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VOL. 129 | NO. 34 | Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Election Filing Pace Quickens as Deadline Nears

The May 6 Shelby County primary races began to move toward their final form Monday, Feb. 17, just ahead of the noon Thursday filing deadline for candidates.

Improving Disparities

Couple examines issues in Memphis to ‘move the needle’

Working to better understand, and thus bring down, Shelby County’s infant mortality rate would be a giant undertaking.

Grizzlies Grit-n-Grind Way to Much-Needed Win

It took until Tuesday, Feb. 18, but with the Grizzlies’ 98-93 victory over New York, they raised their record at FedExForum (15-14) above .500 for the first time since they were 3-2 after a home loss to Toronto on Nov. 13.

Restaurateur Berger Announces County Commission Run

Memphis restaurateur Taylor Berger says a variety of outside factors inspired him to set up a group called Make Memphis, which held a kickoff meeting earlier this month Downtown to identify community projects that ought to be tackled.

Council Tours Pyramid, Weighs City Offices In Two Malls

Memphis City Council members heard Tuesday, Feb. 18, that the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. wants to move some city government offices into the Soulsville Town Center in South Memphis and is weighing whether to renovate or tear down and build anew on the site of the Southbrook Mall in Whitehaven.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
74°F
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: 7 mph
Humidity: 64%

EVENTS

Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will meet Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Susan S. Stephenson, co-founder, co-chairman and president of Independent Bank, will present “Make it Work Marketing: Sending a Message That Matters.” Cost for nonmembers is $30 at the door. Visit sms-midsouth.org.

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New Women’s Business Group Grows In Memphis

A new business group for professional women and business owners has launched in Memphis and is meeting at Napa Cafe next week to hear a veteran sales strategy consultant talk about authenticity in the digital world.

Tigers Pledge Focus With Lesser Foes on Tap

Absorb nothing. Or as players such as Tigers guard Chris Crawford like to say, don’t let it “soak.” Meaning win or lose, don’t dwell on it.

Clean Line Energy To Meet With Local Cos.

Clean Line Energy and its partners are hosting public meetings this month to provide information on their wind energy distribution plan and meet with local businesses.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Ellis Joins State Systems As Sales Executive

Alisa Ellis has joined State Systems Inc. as a low voltage sales executive. She brings 16 years of telecommunications experience to the company, which offers protection products and services, including fire protection equipment, training and cleaning services, as well as technology services such as network integration, cabling systems and wireless support.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

2014 Search Engine Trends

There is a complex day-to-day science to ranking consistently well with the search engines. Unless you’ve made it your life’s work to stay abreast of the ever-changing algorithms, your best bet is to stick to the basics.

Yellen Debuts as Fed Chair

For the first time since 2006, someone not named Ben Bernanke testified before the House Financial Services Committee as Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Dr. Janet Yellen officially assumed the post on Feb. 3.

REGIONAL

Arkansas Lawmakers Considering 'Private Option' Bill

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — House and Senate leaders are upbeat about the prospect of continuing Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion, as its funding bill nears its first floor vote of this year's session.

Arkansas Cattle Industry on Rebound After Drought

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas ranchers are rebuilding their herds after culling animals during a lengthy drought.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Weather, Computer Outage Cause Flight Delays

DALLAS (AP) — More than 600 U.S. flights were canceled and about 2,600 were running late on Tuesday as a winter storm swept across the Northeast.

Comcast-TWC Merger Worries Consumers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cable subscribers don't give Comcast and Time Warner Cable good grades when it comes to customer satisfaction. So after Comcast announced its $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable Thursday, it didn't take long for consumers to start venting their frustrations over high prices, spotty service and fears of a monopoly.

US Cold, Chinese Growth Help Lift Oil Above $101

The price of oil climbed above $101 a barrel Tuesday on expectations that cold weather in the U.S. and steady Chinese growth will underpin demand.

Cold Weather Causes Factory Output to Drop

WASHINGTON (AP) — Harsh winter weather led to a steep drop in U.S. factory output in January. Manufacturers made fewer cars and trucks, appliances, furniture and carpeting, as the recent cold spell ended five straight months of increased production

Gov't Fails to Issue Rules on Musical Instruments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Busted guitars, mangled cellos, broken banjos, lost lutes — musicians who rely on airlines to get them to performances have seen it all.

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PROPERTY SALES 38 349 15,066
MORTGAGES 111 449 19,779
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 33 91 3,886
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