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VOL. 128 | NO. 47 | Friday, March 8, 2013

Exterior Plans for Bass Pro Approved

Bass Pro Shops’ exterior building and site improvements for repurposing the city-owned Pyramid as a destination retailer were approved by the Design Review Board Wednesday, March 6, but the board asked for more time to digest the company’s controversial signage requests.

Improv Time

Orpheum leaders rethink expansion due to lack of donor dollars

The Orpheum Theatre Memphis’ expansion of its iconic South Main campus is being “re-energized” due to an unanticipated lack of donor dollars.

Patterson Warehouses Adds Space

Patterson Warehouses Inc. is boosting its longtime local presence with a new lease in DeSoto County.

Countywide Board Approves Realignments

When the first school year of the consolidated school system begins Aug. 5, the new school system will open its first new school.

2013 Political Season Begins

There was a brief time last year when it looked like 2013 would be that rare political creature in Memphis politics – an off-election year.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
81°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 3 mph
Humidity: 67%

EVENTS

The Southern Women’s Show will be held Friday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 10, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. Tickets at the door are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 to 12. Visit southernwomensshow.com.

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Longtime Family Lawyer to Host Divorce Seminar

Prominent Memphis family law attorney Larry Rice is gearing up to hold his 25th anniversary Divorce Skills Seminar next week.

Transportation Center Welcomes Rental Car Operations

The first two floors of the new $90 million ground transportation center at Memphis International Airport officially opened for rental car business on Wednesday, March 6, marking the latest in a series of airport upgrades and renovations aimed at improving the traveling experience for millions each year.

MEMPHIS STANDOUT

Koury’s Success Defined by Partnerships, Programming

Heather Baugus Koury has been executive director of the American Institute of Architects Memphis chapter for more than a decade, and although she was just named to the distinguished status of Honorary AIA, she’s never considered becoming a practitioner.

SPORTS

Time for Tigers to Make Case for Higher Seed

On Saturday, March 9, the Tigers finish out the regular season at FedExForum against UAB. We know if they win this game, they will have a perfect 16-0 record in the last season in Conference USA. We also know it will be the last time Tigers fans get to see senior D.J. Stephens play – dunk – in a home Tigers game.

Magic’s Offer a Lesson in Obscenity

Decades ago, Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart summed up the definition of obscenity with these words: “I know it when I see it.”

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Failing Every One of Us

FAILING TO DECIDE. I once heard advertising legend and certifiable-one-of-a-kind Jerry Della Femina give the keynote address at an Ad Age Creative Workshop in San Francisco. He was bemoaning the loss of creativity in American advertising at the time and the homogenizing of our colorful national character into a colorless blob. As I remember it, he said he’d had a dream that sometime in the late 60s all the radicals, revolutionaries, hippies, dropouts, turn-ons and turn-offs all got together in a field somewhere to figure out what to do next to take over the country.

Will New Logo Raise Money?

Will a new logo raise money? Will it attract a new donors and volunteers? Can it transform your nonprofit’s relationship to the community? Maybe. The answer depends on the amount of work completed prior to bringing on a graphic designer. Let us start at the end: If you invest in a logo instead of asking hard organizational questions, your logo may not deliver what you want it to. There really are no shortcuts to raising money.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Bill to Lift Switchblade Ban Passes Senate

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Senate has approved legislation that seeks to lift Tennessee's ban on switchblades.

Haslam's School Voucher Bill Delayed

NASHVILLE (AP) – State Republicans are trying to decide between two competing proposals that would create a school voucher program in Tennessee.

REGIONAL

Arkansas Senate Approves Tax Exemption for Military

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The Arkansas Senate has approved a proposal to exempt the pay for active duty military from state income taxes, the first major tax reduction lawmakers are considering this legislative session.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Retailers Report Slowing Sales Gains for February

NEW YORK (AP) – Americans cut back on spending in February as cold weather and economic challenges chilled their appetite for spring merchandise.

US Consumer Debt Up $16.2 Billion in January

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans stepped up borrowing in January to buy cars and attend school, while staying cautious about using their credit cards.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Obama Presses On With GOP Charm Offensive

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama pressed on with his Republican charm offensive Thursday, holding a White House lunch with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan in an effort to soften the ground for potential talks on a long-term deficit reduction deal.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 76 166 10,044
MORTGAGES 105 195 13,070
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 5 40 2,578
BUILDING PERMITS 216 370 23,894
BANKRUPTCIES 82 152 9,685
BUSINESS LICENSES 42 51 3,654
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 103 264 14,227
MARRIAGE LICENSES 29 53 3,116

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