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VOL. 128 | NO. 89 | Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Council Tackles Budget, Tax Rate

Memphis City Council members take their first steps Tuesday, May 7, toward approving a city operating budget and property tax rate for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Promoting Play

Construction progressing at Overton Park’s Rainbow Lake Playground

Work crews with ViktorHall Construction have been wrapping up some extensive site work needed to renovate the area of Overton Park that houses the Rainbow Lake Playground.

Southwest Booking Memphis Flights for November

Southwest Airlines will make the formal announcement Tuesday, May 7, but the long-sought, Dallas-based discount air carrier began booking Memphis flights online Monday evening, signaling the beginning of Southwest service at Memphis International Airport starting Nov. 3.

Suburbs Start Second Move To Ballot On Municipal Schools

Aldermen in five of the six suburban towns and cities in Shelby County began the move Monday, May 6, to a July 16 referendum date for a second round of referendums on forming municipal school districts possibly as early as the 2014-2015 school year.

Shorb: Increased Care Comes With Need for Lower Costs

In increasing access to care and outcomes, health care organizations in Memphis and elsewhere in the nation need to find innovative solutions to bring down the cost of providing care, Gary Shorb, president and CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, said in a speech to industry leaders at the University Club earlier this month.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
46°F
Cloudy
Wind: 13 mph
Humidity: 87%

EVENTS

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, May 7, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Jeremy Park, director of the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club, will discuss corporate philanthropy and community building. Cost is $18. R.S.V.P. to Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

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Hopson Says Merger Not Reason for Staff Cuts

The interim superintendent of Shelby County’s two public school systems says staffing changes at some schools to start with the first school year of the merger aren’t as draconian as they could have been.

Commission Votes Down Second Amendment Gun Resolution

Shelby County Commissioners voted down a resolution Monday, May 6, that would have backed the idea of state legislators and county sheriffs across the state “nullifying” federal gun control laws they consider unconstitutional.

Shelby County Officials Watch River Levels

Shelby County leaders continued this week to monitor water levels on the Mississippi River as well as its tributaries.

GOVERNMENT AGENDA

May 7 Memphis City Council Agenda

The Memphis City Council will meet Tuesday, May 7, at 3:30 p.m. in the Council chambers in City Hall, 125 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for an agenda.

Real Estate Recap

Whole Foods Files Permit for Expansion

5014 Poplar Ave. Memphis, TN 38117

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Engaging Employees in the Community

This week, let us extend the Giving Back conversation by exploring ways that a company can provide incentives to encourage employees to volunteer with nonprofits and get more engaged in the community.

Creating Continuity of Operation Plan

Part two of a two-part series Emergencies and disasters are unthinkable everyday occurrences. Some big, some small. They impact us as individuals, families, communities and sometimes as a nation.

STATEWIDE

Wildlife Resources Agency Seeking Comments on Hunting Regulations

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency wants to hear from people with concerns about the state's hunting regulations. The TWRA is asking the public for comments on proposed regulations for the 2013-2014 hunting seasons. Officials say it's an opportunity for citizens to share their concerns with the agency.

Nuclear Protester Trial Gets Underway This Week

NASHVILLE (AP) – An octogenarian nun and two codefendants used bolt cutters to cut through fences and spent about two hours inside a Tennessee national security plant that has had a hand in making, maintaining or dismantling parts of every nuclear weapon in the country's arsenal, federal authorities allege.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Senate Bill Lets States Tax Internet Purchases

WASHINGTON (AP) – Attention online shoppers: The days of tax-free shopping on the Internet may soon end for many of you.

FDA Wants Cancer Warnings on Tanning Beds

WASHINGTON (AP) – Indoor tanning beds would carry new warnings about the risk of cancer and be subject to more stringent federal oversight, under a proposal unveiled Monday by the Food and Drug Administration.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 65 366 17,721
MORTGAGES 70 417 23,068
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 15 91 4,519
BUILDING PERMITS 210 932 42,157
BANKRUPTCIES 62 299 16,691
BUSINESS LICENSES 19 80 5,781
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 49 305 25,174
MARRIAGE LICENSES 16 96 5,381

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