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VOL. 129 | NO. 8 | Monday, January 13, 2014
EMPHASIS Education

On the Border

Cordova caught in middle of de-merging of suburban schools

The first attendance zone maps and details about where school children in Cordova might go to school this coming August was the dominant topic of discussion when the Cordova Leadership Council held a town hall meeting late last year.

Schools’ Marketing Intensifies as Choices Grow

January is a busy month on the school choice front in Shelby County. The state of Tennessee has an open-enrollment policy within school districts that allows students in low-performing schools to attend a different school.

Leaders of Suburban Schools Get to Work

Minutes after his contract as superintendent of Germantown Schools was approved, Jason Manuel was already well along with the process of contemplating the detail work that followed the milestone closely.

Luttrell Talks School Funding as Reformation Continues

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell says Shelby County has seen more change and movement in education than any other community in the country.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
75°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 9 mph
Humidity: 64%

EVENTS

The Tennessee Arts Commission will hold a strategic planning public meeting and panel discussion Monday, Jan. 13, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Stax Museum for American Soul Music, 926 E. McLemore Ave. The panel will discuss how the arts can impact economic development and educational success in Tennessee communities. Visit tn.com/arts for more information.

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Shelby County Posts Most Home Sales in 5 Years

Shelby County posted a five-year high in home sales and average sales prices in 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports.

Home Sales Down 4 Percent in Fourth Quarter

Shelby County home sales slowed in the fourth quarter when compared to the same three-month period in 2012.

December Home Sales Decline Slightly

Shelby County home sales declined slightly in December when compared to the same month in 2012, but home prices showed strong gains.

County Commission Expected to Fill Vacancy

The Shelby County Commission starts with a dozen members at the first meeting of 2014. But it should be back up to the full 13 members by the end of the Monday, Jan. 13, session.

Dueling Election Databases Make Tracking Difficult

If ever the political axiom of needing a scorecard to keep up with the players applied to an election cycle, it would be the set of three elections in 2014 across Shelby County.

GOVERNMENT AGENDA

January 13 Shelby County Commission Agenda

The Shelby County Commission will meet Monday, Jan. 13, at 1:30 p.m. in the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for an agenda.

SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Avenue Coffee Hoping to Make Difference in City

A new coffee shop is opening near the University of Memphis soon, and the founders have a multipurpose mission for it.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Time for Biz Housekeeping

The new year is a time of growth planning, renewed focus and basic housekeeping. We encourage you to take this time to evaluate your business for pruning opportunities. Just like nature’s cycle, the old must die to make room for the new in the business realm as well.

Move Past Fighting for the Kids’ Sake

There is an African saying that “When elephants fight, only the grass gets trampled.” Since my only encounters with elephants are limited to an occasional trip to the zoo, I did not really get the full impact of the saying until I saw elephants fight on an Animal Planet show.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Haslam to Decide on School Vouchers This Week

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam won't announce his decision about whether to support school voucher legislation until state lawmakers return into session this week.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Surprisingly Weak Jobs Report Puzzles Economists

WASHINGTON (AP) – It came as a shock: U.S. employers added just 74,000 jobs in December, far fewer than anyone expected. This from an economy that had been adding nearly three times as many for four straight months – a key reason the Federal Reserve decided last month to slow its economic stimulus.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Obama Picks Ex-Bank of Israel Head as No. 2 at Fed

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama took a step Friday toward reshaping the Federal Reserve under incoming chairman Janet Yellen, choosing a leading expert on the global economy to be her vice chairman.

HEALTH CARE

States Urged to Register Compounding Pharmacies

BOSTON (AP) – The commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sent letters to state agencies and other stakeholders across the country calling on them to encourage compounding pharmacies to register as producers of sterile drugs in an effort to protect the public.

Proposed Medicare Drug Change Stirs Access Worries

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a move that some fear could compromise care for Medicare recipients, the Obama administration is proposing to remove special protections that guarantee seniors access to a wide selection of three types of drugs.

Feds Won't Renew Health Website's Lead Contractor

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government's much-maligned health insurance website is getting a new outside contractor to steer the revamped portal through the remainder of open enrollment season.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 70 224 13,880
MORTGAGES 105 298 18,124
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 39 3,544
BUILDING PERMITS 0 430 32,733
BANKRUPTCIES 81 211 13,214
BUSINESS LICENSES 23 68 4,773
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 103 307 20,206
MARRIAGE LICENSES 39 72 4,269

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