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VOL. 129 | NO. 59 | Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Commission Votes Down Family-Planning Rebid

Shelby County commissioners voted down a bid Monday, March 24, to rebid the county’s contract for federally funded family-planning services with Christ Community Health Services.

Crunch Time

Grizzlies’ road to playoffs goes through five cities in eight days

The regular season is down to 12 games and the Grizzlies are a season-high 14 games over .500 at 42-28. They have a 10-game home winning streak.

Dishcrawl Memphis Cooks Up Busy Schedule

Like the diners who flock to its ever-expanding menu of opportunities to enjoy the culinary best of Memphis, Dishcrawl Memphis has a full plate in front of it.

Brown Contempt Jailing Maps Political Challenge

The arrest of the Democratic nominee for Shelby County district attorney general Monday, March 24, is the best indication yet of the tumult within the local Democratic Party as it attempts to win countywide offices four years after losing every race to Republicans.

Plans Coming Together for Tennessee Brewery Untapped

Plans are taking shape for the six-week “temporary activation” project coming to the Tennessee Brewery at 495 Tennessee St., an initiative starting in late April that will be called “Tennessee Brewery Untapped.”

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
58°F
Fair
Wind: 0 mph
Humidity: 81%

EVENTS

B.I.G. for Memphis, a business interest group that connects Memphis Police colonels and business leaders, will meet Wednesday, March 26, from 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Phelps Security, 4932 Park Ave. Laura Vaughn, community chapter executive for the American Red Cross, will present “Creating Resiliency Through Preparedness.” Visit phelpssecurity.com.

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MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Taylor Promoted to Account Supervisor at Red Deluxe

Kelsey Taylor has been promoted to account supervisor from account manager at Memphis-based advertising agency Red Deluxe. Taylor joined the firm in 2011 and leads the firm’s work for Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation in Washington, D.C.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Ambiverts Make Sales Rock Stars

Inability to find good sales talent is a common source of frustration among business owners and hiring managers nationwide. I would contend it’s because many are simply focusing on the wrong candidate profile.

Higher Markets Ahead?

Fed testimony last week addressed burning economic and policy questions for investors. How did they respond? Fearfully, joyfully and indifferently. Just as they have to nearly every news item so far this year.

Intellectual Property Audits for Companies

Successful businesses routinely conduct audits of their assets, such as merchandise or financial holdings. Audits are fundamental to making informed business decisions that lead to an efficiently managed business.

STATE GOVERNMENT

DCS Wants to Use Survey to Improve Workplace

NASHVILLE (AP) – Leaders at the Tennessee Department of Children's Services plan to use the results of a survey of front-line employees to improve the workplace.

Bill to Allow Attorney General to Investigate Corruption Fails

NASHVILLE (AP) – Legislation that would allow the state's attorney general to investigate public corruption has likely failed this session.

Lawmakers, Groups Announce Health Initiative

NASHVILLE (AP) – Legislative leaders and several groups are launching a new initiative to encourage healthy eating in Tennessee.

Bill to Make In-State Tuition Changes Fails

NASHVILLE (AP) – Legislation that would make students in the country illegally eligible for in-state tuition has failed this session.

Senate OKs Religious Expression Measure

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal that would give students free religious expression is headed to the governor for his consideration.

Lawmaker Pulls UT Sex Week Bills

KNOXVILLE (AP) – A Republican lawmaker says he's dropping a legislative fight over the student run Sex Week at the state's flagship public university.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Consumer Confidence Rebounds in Sign of Optimism

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumer confidence has rebounded to the highest reading in six years, providing a further sign that the economy's prospects should brighten with warmer weather.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Report: Payday Loans Can Cost Borrowers Much

WASHINGTON (AP) – About half of all payday loans are made to people who extend the loans so many times they end up paying more in fees than the original amount they borrowed, a report by a federal watchdog has found.

High Court Seems Divided Over Birth Control Rule

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court seemed divided Tuesday over whether employers' religious beliefs can free them from a part of the new health care law that requires that they provide coverage of birth control for employees at no extra charge.

REAL ESTATE

US Home Prices Dip in January for 3rd Straight Month

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home prices dipped in January for a third straight month, likely because of slower sales in recent months caused by cold weather, a limited supply of homes and higher mortgage rates.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 87 87 14,804
MORTGAGES 80 80 19,410
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 22 22 3,817
BUILDING PERMITS 142 142 35,472
BANKRUPTCIES 62 62 14,096
BUSINESS LICENSES 62 62 5,053
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 99 99 21,532
MARRIAGE LICENSES 37 37 4,594

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