VOL. 123 | NO. 31 | Thursday, February 14, 2008
Judging from all the shops, restaurants and retail centers that surround Wolfchase Galleria mall, it would appear that consumers clearly love spending money in that commercial corridor. But so does another group of people: hotel developers.
An emotional discussion on term limits received a lot of attention at this month's meeting of the Memphis Charter Commission.
Kari Sutherland is a recent arrival at the Memphis office of Butler, Snow, O'Mara, Stevens and Cannada PLLC. She's not new to the practice of law - she previously spent time as an attorney at Butler Snow's Jackson, Miss., office. She has been away from the law firm environment for a few years, though.
Former state Sen. Kathryn Bowers is due in Memphis federal court this afternoon to be sentenced for taking bribes in the Tennessee Waltz corruption sting.
The Bellevue Inn, a South Memphis motel featured in an Aug. 24 Daily News story about prostitution, was closed as a public nuisance Tuesday by the Shelby County District Attorney General's Office.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The lobbying group representing homebuilders is cutting off contributions to federal congressional campaigns, saying lawmakers and the Bush administration have not done enough to stabilize the housing market.
NASHVILLE (AP) - A legislative proposal that aims to expand access to state open records would boost Tennessee's national ranking by the Better Government Association from near the bottom to No. 10.
Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton has announced the city will immediately buy 65 walkthrough and 210 handheld metal detectors to be used by every middle, junior and senior high school in the Memphis City Schools system. In addition, the Memphis police department will shift 67 officers to city school campuses. Herenton announced the moves at a Wednesday afternoon City Hall press conference.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush signed legislation on Wednesday to send $300 to $1,200 rebate checks to millions of Americans as a "booster shot" for the economy.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans reported 20 percent more cases of consumer fraud in 2007 than the year before, with nearly a third of complaints related to identity theft, the government said Wednesday.
NASHVILLE (AP) - The Registry of Election Finance on Wednesday declined to reconsider a record $120,000 fine against former Sen. Jerry Cooper.
NASHVILLE (AP) - The director of a national pre-kindergarten advocacy group says Tennessee is a model for other states because of the way it has expanded its pre-K program and shown bipartisan support for it.
NASHVILLE (AP) - Legislators hoping other local governments can avoid recent chaos experienced by Knox County want to require special elections rather than appointments for filling multiple vacancies on a county commission.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Shoppers put aside worries about the slumping economy to go to the malls and auto dealerships in January. That propelled retail sales to a surprising rebound following a dismal December.
NASHVILLE (AP) - Lawmakers have begun evaluating proposals to change Tennessee's open government laws.
MEMPHIS (AP) - Lifeblood, the Memphis region's blood bank, says two laptop computers have gone missing that contain information on about 320,000 donors.
Former State Sen. Kathryn Bowers was sentenced to one year and four months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Breen this afternoon after pleading guilty this summer to one bribery count. Bowers admitted taking $11,500 in bribes during an undercover FBI sting operation named Tennessee Waltz.