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VOL. 130 | NO. 100 | Friday, May 22, 2015

Ed Stanton Nominated to Federal Court Bench

President Barack Obama has nominated U.S. Attorney Edward Stanton III to be a federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.

Council Impasse Panel OKs 3 Percent Memphis Police Pay Hike

A panel of three Memphis City Council members meeting Thursday, May 21, unanimously approved a 3 percent pay raise for Memphis police officers in the fiscal year that begins July 1.

School’s End

Schools close the book on one year, look forward to the next

When Catholic Bishop Terry Steib put on a hardhat a week ago to break ground on the Immaculate Conception Cathedral School’s new $4.2 million Cathedral Center, he had the attention of the school’s youngest students.

Memphis Financial Startup Secures Seed Funding

Consumers are increasingly turning to technology and the convenience of smartphones to pay for goods and services or perform banking-related tasks.

Stein World Finds New Home

Stein World has found a new home. The furniture distributor, which played a pivotal role in Cummins Inc.’s decision to expand locally, has inked a lease for 330,870 square feet at 5321 Shelby Drive.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
61°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 5 mph
Humidity: 58%

EVENTS

Bluff City Tri-Art Theatre Company will present Judi Ann Mason’s “Livin’ Fat” Friday, May 22, through May 31 at Theatreworks, 2085 Monroe Ave. Call 901-213-7444 or visit eventbrite.com for times and tickets.

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Memphis Airport Authority Names New Chairman

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has found a new chairman to lead the organization through what is arguably its most important period of change in decades.

Columbus Statue Discovers New East Memphis Home

The statue of Christopher Columbus that had been at the southwest corner of Third Street and Adams Avenue has now been restored and recently made its debut in Marquette Park in East Memphis.

Jackson Plea Preserves Controversy

There will be no retrial of Noura Jackson for the murder of her mother.

Commission Budget Consensus Includes Tax Rollback

There is still some “cognitive dissonance” left in the county’s budget season, county commissioner Heidi Shafer said near the end of the marathon Wednesday, May 20, budget committee session she oversaw.

SPORTS

Jacob Wilson Climbs the Ladder From Bartlett High to Redbirds

He used to be one of them, another kid with pen in hand, leaning forward at the fence line at AutoZone Park and hoping against hope one of the Memphis Redbirds would come over and sign an autograph.

Memphis Grizzlies' Marc Gasol Earns Highest Career Honor

Marc Gasol is now in the same company as LeBron James and Stephen Curry.

This Grizzlies Era Will Stand the Test of Time

Tony Allen, you’ll be happy to know, plans to be in town for much of the summer. Which means there’s always the chance you might run into him at the Zoo, a Redbirds game, on Beale Street, at the mall, and at any of those places he might suddenly stop, make that first down signal, and repeat what is now legend:

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Time to Produce

MEMPHIS: THE SEQUEL. “People who make movies – people like Francis Ford Coppola and Milos Forman and Sydney Pollack, and our own Craig Brewer and Willy Bearden – and people like me who write and produce TV spots and videos all have something in common. We know just how damn good Memphis looks through a lens, we know how deep the local talent pool is for actors and crew, we know how wide the choice is for great locations.

Death to Reply-All

In the past two decades, the way we communicate has completely changed. Twenty years ago, email was somewhat of a novelty. Today, it’s a necessity.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Democrats Seek Return to Relevance in Tennessee Politics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – For a party once accustomed to dominating state politics, the outlook for Tennessee Democrats is bleak.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Aviation Agency Unveils Messaging System to Reduce Delays

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Communications between air traffic controllers and pilots are undergoing a change aimed at cutting delays.

IRS Refunds $10 Million to Tax Preparers Who Paid for Test

WASHINGTON (AP) – The IRS is refunding a total of $10 million to thousands of tax preparers who paid to take a competency test, the agency announced Thursday.

REAL ESTATE

Renters Appear More Satisfied in Many Pricey US Cities

WASHINGTON (AP) – High rents are worth it.

US Home Sales Slide in April Amid Listing Shortage

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sales of existing U.S. homes slipped in April due mainly to relatively few listings and rising prices, providing evidence of the housing sector's uneven recovery.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 74 437 6,772
MORTGAGES 122 557 9,280
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 104 1,965
BUILDING PERMITS 236 716 15,738
BANKRUPTCIES 56 309 6,059
BUSINESS LICENSES 17 104 2,598
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 76 499 8,469
MARRIAGE LICENSES 31 138 1,997

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