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VOL. 129 | NO. 86 | Friday, May 2, 2014

Thunder's 'Easy Points' Take Grizz Down 104-84

In a season dedicated to doing things the hard way, the Memphis Grizzlies are now face-to-face with a Game 7 on Saturday in Oklahoma City.

Poetry in Motion

Darius Clayton promoting city’s underground arts community

Darius Clayton was one of the few people at a recent NAACP political forum who wasn’t running for Shelby County office this year or working for a candidate.

Brown Contempt Case Goes to Appeals Court

Special Criminal Court Judge Paul Summers on Friday, May 2, sent the Juvenile Court contempt citation against former Criminal Court Judge Joe Brown to the Tennessee Court of Appeals in Jackson, Tenn.

Early Voting Turnout Tops 26,000

Early voting turnout in advance of the May 6 Shelby County primaries topped 26,000.

Graceland Hotel First Sign of Expansion Plans

It’s been several years since executives at Elvis Presley Enterprises took an expansion plan to homeowners in Whitehaven.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
82°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 3 mph
Humidity: 60%

EVENTS

Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival, featuring more than 60 national and local artists, will be held Friday, May 2, through Sunday, May 4, at Tom Lee Park. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased on site at the north and south gates. Visit memphisinmay.org for a schedule and map.

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Eastgate Set for Possible Makeover

A venerable shopping center in East Memphis could be getting a significant makeover, according to a recent retail market report from CB Richard Ellis Memphis.

Regents Approve Rudd as University of Memphis President

David Rudd, provost of the University of Memphis, was approved Thursday, May 1, as the next president of the city’s largest higher education institution.

Carnival Memphis Celebrates Trucking Industry

Trucking industry representatives and employees packed the spacious Tennessee Ballroom at Hilton Memphis, the gleaming glass hotel in East Memphis, for Carnival Memphis’ salute to the trucking industry.

Moon River Music Festival Set for Levitt Shell

When Nashville-based singer-songwriter Drew Holcomb comes back to his hometown of Memphis in June, it will be to launch a music festival at the Levitt Shell.

Coletta: ZIP Codes Don’t Define Destiny

It’s not often you hear a featured speaker identify herself by ZIP code, but that’s just what Carol Coletta did Thursday morning at the ninth annual Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence conference at Temple Israel.

SPORTS

Heisley’s Legacy: Believing in Memphis

It is said that the famous have their lives summed up in the first paragraph of their public obituary.

Memorable Sports Week Here, Everywhere

In the NBA, extra time is always available. Well, at least if it’s a playoff series between the Grizzlies and Oklahoma City.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

The Heartbreak Hotel

HEARTBREAK HOTEL. ON THE EDGE OF THINGS. “They’re calling this area The Edge, and it’s about to explode,” Ben said.

Negotiation 101

Negotiation is one of my favorite topics. You negotiate things every day – from which movie to watch to what to eat for dinner. At work, your ability to negotiate can hit close to your wallet.

MEMPHIS AREA

Tactical Urbanism: Citizen Projects Go Mainstream

MEMPHIS (AP) – The city painted a crosswalk and installed tennis-ball green signs, but the cars just kept on zooming through. But rather than wave a white flag, Sarah Newstok grabbed an orange one instead.

STATE GOVERNMENT

8 Apply for Appeals Court Vacancy in West Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) – Eight candidates have applied to fill an upcoming vacancy on the state Court of Appeals caused by the Gov. Bill Haslam's appointment of Judge Holly Kirby to the state Supreme Court.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Wells Fargo Sets $100 Billion Small-Business Lending Goal

NEW YORK (AP) – Wells Fargo has set a goal of at least $100 billion in new loans to small businesses over the next five years.

Buffett May Face Questions About Performance

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Warren Buffett's failure to beat the stock market in four of the past five years has raised the issue of whether Berkshire Hathaway's 83-year-old CEO has lost his touch.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Yellen Says Fed Seeks to Avoid Undue Regulations

WASHINGTON (AP) – As the Federal Reserve works to ensure that the nation's largest banks pose no undue threats to the financial system, it will avoid imposing unnecessary rules on small banks, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said Thursday.

White House Calls for More Privacy Laws

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House is asking Congress to pass new privacy laws that would add more safeguards for Americans' data and provide more protections for emails sought in the course of a law enforcement investigation.

REAL ESTATE

Average US 30-Year Mortgage Rate Eases to 4.29 Percent

WASHINGTON (AP) – Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages declined slightly this week as the spring home-buying season has gotten off to a slow start.

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PROPERTY SALES 109 433 13,330
MORTGAGES 114 591 17,349
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 11 93 3,391
BUILDING PERMITS 0 366 30,930
BANKRUPTCIES 76 352 12,695
BUSINESS LICENSES 21 108 4,597
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 77 564 19,457
MARRIAGE LICENSES 29 151 4,060

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