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VOL. 129 | NO. 57 | Monday, March 24, 2014
EMPHASIS Economic Development

‘Memphis Message’

Chamber execs, business owners travel country to tout city’s strengths

During the recent Trans-Pacific Maritime conference in Long Beach, Calif., Memphis business leaders like Neely Mallory and Buzz Fly extolled the virtues of doing business in the Bluff City.

Fisher Finds Reward Sharing Local Economic Story

When Conduit Global announced during a January event at FedExForum it would create 1,000 new jobs in Memphis over the next three to five years, Gwyn Fisher was finally able to exhale and show some emotion.

Chamber Initiatives Targeting Small Business

The Greater Memphis Chamber’s Small Business Council is launching three initiatives aimed at helping small-business owners find answers to some of their most vexing questions and identify tools and resources for growth.

Tigers Season Ends on Common Theme: ‘Underachieved’

RALEIGH, N.C. – Senior guard Geron Johnson had guaranteed the Memphis Tigers would win two NCAA Tournament games. But in the wake of their 78-60 loss to top-seeded Virginia Sunday night in the round of 32, Johnson looked a reporter in the eye and offered a revised declaration.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
45°F
Cloudy
Wind: 6 mph
Humidity: 71%

EVENTS

Rhodes College will host Maud Manzel for a Communities in Conversation lecture titled “Muslims and Jews in France: History of a Conflict,” Monday, March 24, at 6 p.m. in the McCallum Ballroom of the Bryan Campus Life Center on campus, 2000 North Parkway. Reception begins at 5:30 p.m. Cost is free. Visit rhodes.edu.

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Commission Takes Up Family Planning Contract

Shelby County commissioners Monday, March 24, take up an attempt to end the county’s contract for federally funded family planning and related health services with Christ Community Health Services.

Federal Court Ruling Ends Consolidation Quest

The last unresolved issue of the 2010 attempt to consolidate city of Memphis and Shelby County governments ended quietly last week in Memphis federal court.

Sugarmon Opens Campaign for Juvenile Court Judge

City Court Judge Tarik Sugarmon told supporters Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court is “administratively top-heavy” and too expensive to operate as it currently is.

SMALL BUSINESS

Love of South Main Led to Bookstore Launch

The idea of spending their retirement years taking it easy doesn’t seem to have sat well with Jean and Clayton Andrus.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Slow Down to Innovate

Somewhere in the Industrial Revolution a prejudice was created for speed.

Tips for the Entrepreneur

Congratulations, you are an entrepreneur! You have a great idea, and are ready to launch your new business. You’re not alone. This year, according to the Small Business Administration, you are among the other 399,999 folks with a great idea poised to open their doors for business.

STATEWIDE

Teachers' Union Files 2nd Test Scores Lawsuit

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee's largest teachers' union is suing Gov. Bill Haslam and his education commissioner.

REGIONAL

New Arkansas Speaker: No ‘Drama’ on Medicaid Votes

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The incoming Arkansas House speaker says he hopes to avoid the "drama" that marked the debate over the state's compromise Medicaid expansion in this year's session when it comes up for another vote next year.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Obama Meeting With Internet CEOs on Tech Privacy

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is meeting with CEOs from leading Internet and technology companies to discuss their concerns about privacy and National Security Agency programs.

HEALTH CARE

With Health Law, Workers Ponder the I-Quit Option

CHICAGO (AP) – For uninsured people, the nation's new health care law may offer an escape from worry about unexpected, astronomical medical bills. But for Stephanie Payne of St. Louis, who already had good insurance, the law could offer another kind of escape: the chance to quit her job.

Congress Confronts Medicare Cuts to Doctors' Fees

WASHINGTON (AP) – Hope is fading for a Capitol Hill drive to permanently fix Medicare's outdated payment formula and spare doctors from automatic cuts in their fees next month. Now the question is whether lawmakers can regroup and come up with a short-term solution when the current patch expires.

Q&A: Can't Afford Health Plan, Will I Be Fined?

WASHINGTON (AP) – The new health care law helps some people, hurts others and confuses almost everyone. Hoping to simplify things a bit, The Associated Press asked its Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus followers for their real-life questions about the program and the problems they're running into as the March 31 deadline approaches to sign up for coverage in new insurance markets.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 81 301 17,656
MORTGAGES 101 347 22,998
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 38 76 4,504
BUILDING PERMITS 208 722 41,947
BANKRUPTCIES 61 237 16,629
BUSINESS LICENSES 11 61 5,762
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 60 256 25,125
MARRIAGE LICENSES 14 80 5,365

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