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VOL. 129 | NO. 18 | Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Haslam: Medicaid Expansion ‘A Clunker’

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he understands critics of his decision so far not to accept a federally funded expansion of Medicaid in Tennessee. But Haslam said the terms of the increased funding wouldn’t provide better outcomes for users or providers.

Joy of Cooking

Katie’s Kitchen owner finds success after taking plunge

A man walks into Katie’s Kitchen in Germantown with hearty greetings all around and proceeds to select mass quantities of the take-out home-cooked meals in which the restaurant specializes.

Court Invalidates Ashlar Hall Transfer

Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter has invalidated Robert “Prince Mongo” Hodges’ November transfer of Ashlar Hall to acquaintance Kenny Medlin, after Medlin did not produce a plan for rehabilitating the property.

Commission Approves Other Part of Ballpark Deal

Shelby County Commissioners reluctantly approved county government’s part of the AutoZone Park deal Monday, Jan. 27, despite delaying a vote on it at committee sessions last week.

Wine-in-Supermarkets Bill Advances in House

NASHVILLE (AP) – The House committee that killed last year's version of a bill to allow wine sales in Tennessee grocery stores on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted in favor of giving cities the ability to hold referendums on the proposal.

Developers Show Interest in Germantown’s Arthur Property

A 33-acre site near Saddle Creek in Germantown is seeing increased interest from developers and could change hands as early as this year, according to a real estate agent marketing the property.

Grizzlies Making Key Strides

Last Saturday, Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale was looking back at his team’s 88-87 loss at home to the Grizzlies the previous night.

Lost Pizza to Open in East Memphis in March

The Lost Pizza Co. is about two months away from opening the first Memphis location for its fast-casual restaurant concept.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Former Motel 6 Sells for $1.4 Million

1321 Sycamore View Road, Memphis, TN 38134, Sale Amount: $1.4 million -

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Lessons From Young Women Philanthropists

We were recently inspired by a group of young professional women who came together on a Saturday morning to discuss fundraising for their upcoming conference. These Memphis women were under 40, energized and engaged. They were getting ready to launch their sponsorship program and wanted guidance regarding how to solicit.

Walk a Mile

We’re right in the middle of awards season – Golden Globes, Oscars, SAG, and so on. Politics and sequins aside, the performers are rewarded for their ability to capture the character’s point of view and driving force. That takes empathy; understanding or having compassion for the role. Personal power rests heavily on practicing empathy, at home, at work or in friendships.

STATEWIDE

Nashville Leaders, Team to Break Ground on Ballpark

NASHVILLE (AP) – Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and the Nashville Sounds baseball team was set to host a ceremonial groundbreaking Monday for a new minor league ballpark that will return Nashville baseball to its historic home.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Poll: Breaches Not Changing People's Habits

NEW YORK (AP) – American shoppers say they are very concerned about the safety of their personal information following a massive security breach at Target, but many aren't taking steps to ensure their data is more secure, says a new Associated Press--GfK Poll.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Despite Market Unrest, Fed Likely to Pare Stimulus

WASHINGTON (AP) – Just as Ben Bernanke prepares to turn the chairmanship of the Federal Reserve over to Janet Yellen, global markets are on edge over the prospect that she'll extend a policy he began: a steady pullback in the Fed's extraordinary economic stimulus.

REAL ESTATE

US Sales of New Homes Drop 7 Percent in December

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. sales of new homes fell in December for a second consecutive month but even with the pause at the end of the year, sales for all of 2013 climbed to the highest level in five years.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 72 238 10,116
MORTGAGES 103 297 13,172
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 19 59 2,597
BUILDING PERMITS 192 562 24,086
BANKRUPTCIES 75 227 9,760
BUSINESS LICENSES 20 71 3,674
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 126 390 14,353
MARRIAGE LICENSES 15 68 3,131

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