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VOL. 129 | NO. 56 | Friday, March 21, 2014

Tigers Look to Ace Next Tourney Test

Memphis made the Final Four. Seriously, you can stop worrying about the first game this Friday against George Washington University.

‘History Has Changed’

Renovated museum digs deeper into civil rights movement

The headquarters for Freedom Summer is still being set up and nearby the stage is almost ready for the March on Washington.

Hilton Garden Inn Planned for Former Bus Station

A Knoxville-based hospitality company has closed on the purchase of the vacant Greyhound facility Downtown and will transform the property into a Hilton Garden Inn.

CB Richard Ellis Brokers Four Multifamily Sales

The multifamily group at CB Richard Ellis Memphis has closed on the sale of four properties in the Memphis market over the last several weeks.

Anderson Upholds Dual Majorities Requirement For Metro Consolidation

The 2010 federal court lawsuit over the failed attempt at consolidating the city of Memphis and Shelby County governments has failed as well with an order Wednesday, March 19, from U.S. District Judge Thomas Anderson granting a motion for summary judgment by defendants in the case.

Shelby County Building Permits Down Slightly in February

With bitterly cold temperatures lingering over the Memphis area last month, homebuilders pulled slightly fewer housing permits in February when compared to the same month last year.

Residency Scratches Moore From Commission Ballot

Less than a month before early voting opens for the Shelby County primary elections, former Shelby County Commissioner Edith Ann Moore is off the ballot in the Democratic primary for commission District 6.

Dunavant Awards Coming in April

The nominations are in and the committee selecting the recipients of the 11th annual Dunavant Public Servant Awards is weighing its choices.

Ben & Jerry’s Co-Founder Talks About Values During Visit at Rhodes College

Jerry Greenfield’s name is part of one of the most well-known snack brand names in the country.

SPORTS

Rested Grizz Prep for Playoff Push

Historians, not to mention members of the 1985-86 Boston Celtics bench, will note that in the Grizzlies’ recent victory over the Utah Jazz the Memphis bench shot 42.9 percent: significant because it ended a stretch of 14 straight games of the bench shooting 50 percent or better, the longest such streak in the NBA since those Celtics did so in 15 consecutive games.

Positive Pastner Makes More Sense After Wins

Take a hike.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

100 Homage

38 STORIES, THOUSANDS OF STORIES. I remember when the big hulk was a big deal, its unimaginative gray mass full of imagination and local color.

Becoming Your Own CEO

I’ve heard the same story at least three times in the past two weeks. A high-performing worker went in for a performance review with the boss. The boss said something along the lines of, “You’ve done a great job. I appreciate you. I can’t offer you a promotion, or a raise, but please don’t leave. I need you here.”

STATEWIDE

Jeb Bush: Follow Through on Common Core Standards

NASHVILLE (AP) – Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Wednesday urged state officials to follow through on Common Core education standards despite what he called an "avalanche" of criticism from those who oppose them.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Haslam Signs Supermarket Wine Bill Into Law

NASHVILLE (AP) – After years of legislative debate, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday signed a law to allow supermarket wine sales in Tennessee.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Applications for US Jobless Aid Rose Slightly

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 5,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 320,000, which is close to pre-recession levels and suggests a stable job market.

Veterans' Unemployment Edges Down but Remains High

WASHINGTON (AP) – The unemployment rate for veterans who served since 2001 dipped slightly in 2013 to 9 percent, the Labor Department reported Thursday. That's down from 9.9 percent the year before, but well above overall civilian unemployment levels of around 7 percent over the same period.

Nearly All Major US Banks Pass Fed 'Stress Tests'

WASHINGTON (AP) – All but one of the nation's 30 largest banks are better able to withstand a severe U.S. recession and global downturn than at any time since the financial crisis, the Federal Reserve has determined.

Starbucks to Roll Out Beer, Wine to More Cafes

NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks plans to turn more of its cafes into a destination for beer and wine in the evenings.

HEALTH CARE

Health Care Law Has Uneven Impact on Companies

Sarah Curtis-Fawley will have to offer insurance to her workers at Pacific Pie Co. because of the health care overhaul, and the estimated $100,000 cost means she may have to raise prices or postpone opening a third restaurant.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 38 349 15,066
MORTGAGES 111 449 19,779
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 33 91 3,886
BUILDING PERMITS 0 512 35,842
BANKRUPTCIES 62 309 14,343
BUSINESS LICENSES 18 138 5,129
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 69 385 21,817
MARRIAGE LICENSES 13 106 4,663

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