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VOL. 128 | NO. 104 | Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Leaders at Table in Separate Talks

The elected officials on all sides of the schools merger lost one item on their plates last week as the school year ended for Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools students and parents.

Cocktail Napkin Reality

Southern Airways Express goes from dream to reality with first flight

North Mississippi attorney Stan Little’s private plane had become so popular with friends they joked that he should start his own regional airline.

School Board Keeps Uniform Status Quo, Rejects Union Representation

Countywide school board members agreed Tuesday, May 28, that for the new school year to come, students will follow whatever uniform or dress code they had last school year in their respective schools.

Beale Club Reopening About Timing

The negotiations to reopen one of Beale Street’s busiest and most profitable nightspots were about not missing one of the busiest Downtown weekends of the year and how to handle the allegation that some employees of Club 152 either sold drugs or were complicit in drug sales in the club.

Boyle Donates $50,000 To Main-To-Main Project

The city of Memphis has raised the matching funds to build the “Main to Main Connector,” the $29.7 million project designed to link Main Street Memphis to Broadway Avenue in West Memphis via a boardwalk for bicyclists and pedestrians on the north side of the Harahan Bridge straddling the Mississippi River.

Local Weather
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EVENTS

The Rotary Club of Memphis East will meet Wednesday, May 29, at noon at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Jason Levien, CEO and managing partner of the Memphis Grizzlies, will speak. Cost is $17. R.S.V.P. to Lee Hughes at lmhughes@bellsouth.net.

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Tennessee Receives Grant for Workforce Development

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce has announced the United States Department of Labor awarded the state $697,963 for exceeding all performance goals that were set for the state’s workforce development and education activities.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Fisher Named Director Of Economic Development

Gwyn Fisher has been named the greater Memphis regional director of economic and community development by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. In her new role, Fisher will work with companies, municipalities and stakeholders in Shelby, Fayette, Tipton and Lauderdale counties to create jobs, attract new businesses and expand existing businesses.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

The Secret Of Instant Rapport

People buy from those they like and trust, often regardless of the strength of the sales pitch or quality of the products and services. That’s reality. The challenge for sales professionals is to master the art of instant rapport with someone you may be meeting for the very first time versus leaving it to chance.

PURE GOLD: Use Effective Taglines

While many tools and technologies of marketing change at the speed of innovation, some fundamental elements retain their value. A few essential elements increase in value as more clutter finds new ways to compete for our increasingly valuable attention. Nothing has as much perennial value as an effective tagline.

STATEWIDE

Martin Named Interim Finance and Administration Chief

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed Larry Martin interim commissioner of the Department of Finance and Administration.

REGIONAL

Arkansas Lawmakers Approve $16.5 Million for Exchange

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers on Tuesday approved spending nearly $16.5 million in federal funds to continue setting up a marketplace where more than 500,000 people can shop for insurance under the health care law.

Court to See if Mississippi Lawsuit OK on Global Issue

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider whether the state of Mississippi can bring a state-level lawsuit in a global LCD screen price-fixing conspiracy.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Rising Home, Stock Prices Boost US Confidence

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are more confident in the U.S. economy than at any point in the past five years, thanks to surging home values, a brighter job market and record-setting stock prices.

Strong US Economic Data Push World Markets Up

LONDON (AP) — Rising home prices and consumer confidence in the U.S. pushed global stock markets higher on Tuesday as investors welcomed evidence that the world's largest economy is improving steadily.

Court Won't Hear Challenge to Copyright Board

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won't hear a challenge to the authority of the board that sets royalty rates for musical works.

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