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VOL. 123 | NO. 45 | Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Hardy to Reopen East Raines Plant April 7

One of the businesses nearly destroyed by the Feb. 5 storms that hit parts of Memphis and the surrounding region plans to be up and running in early April, one of the company's lead executives said.

Conference To Provide Fuel For Transport Future

The Memphis World Trade Club will continue the momentum of its inaugural event of a year ago by hosting the second annual Memphis Multi Modal Conference March 19 and 20 at The Peabody hotel.

Levy Receives Ruby R. Wharton Award

Dr. Marian Levy, associate professor and director of the Master of Public Health program at the University of Memphis, has received the Ruby R. Wharton Outstanding Woman Award in the area of race relations.

New Details Allege Memphis Adviser Part of Tax Scheme

Federal prosecutors recently added a Memphis-based investment adviser to a group of defendants they say was involved in a broad conspiracy to create and sell dubious tax shelters to wealthy clients.

D.C.-Bound

Memphis-based Neely's BBQ, which just received a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Blue Ribbon Small Business Award, will be honored in April at a small-business summit in Washington. The meeting is part of the chamber's Small Business of the Year selection process. Shown here are Pat and Gina Neely during their Food Network show, "Down Home with the Neelys."

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
85°F
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: 3 mph
Humidity: 40%

EVENTS

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will host "Conducting Market Research and Focus Groups" today from 9 a.m. to noon at The Assisi Foundation of Memphis Inc., 515 Erin Drive. The cost to attend is $65 for Alliance members, $55 for participants in the Program for Nonprofit Excellence and $99 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, contact April DeBerry at 684-6605 or adeberry@npexcellence.org.

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Suspected Killings 'Stain on Our Community'

Memphis Police appealed for information Tuesday about the discovery of six bodies in a house in the Binghampton area.

Anxious Observers Track Old Justine's Decline

It was once a house in the country surrounded by farmland near what used to be Pigeon Roost Road.

Artificial Intelligence Research Simmers at University of Memphis

Nearly 100 people who will change your life forever gathered in Memphis recently to discuss the future of artificial intelligence, and to revive the goal of building machines capable of abstract thought.

Bernanke: More Needed to Prevent Home Foreclosures

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke called Tuesday for additional action to prevent more distressed homeowners from falling into foreclosure.

State Senate to Vote on Making Universal Carding for Beer Permanent

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Senate has passed a permanent extension to the state's first-in-the-country requirement to card anyone buying beer - no matter how old they are.

Tenn. Senate Rejects Bill to Allow Minors to Work Where Smoking Allowed

NASHVILLE (AP) - The state Senate on Monday rejected a proposal to allow people younger than 21 to work in restaurants that allow smoking.

Bill to Move Sales Tax Holiday Weekend Goes to Governor

NASHVILLE (AP) - Legislation that would move this month's sales tax holiday so it won't fall on Easter weekend is headed to the governor for his consideration.

AG Says Measure to Ban Plea Bargains for DUIs is Unconstitutional

NASHVILLE (AP) - The state attorney general says a proposal to ban prosecutors from offering plea bargains in drunken driving cases would violate the state constitution.

Bill to Make Antifreeze Bitter Advances Despite Concerns

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to require a bittering agent to be mixed into antifreeze sold in Tennessee is advancing in the House despite concerns that the measure exempts producers from liability.

Regulators Say Banking Industry Strong Despite Current Problems

WASHINGTON (AP) - Banking and savings and loan institution regulators insisted Tuesday that the system remains strong despite precipitous declines in earnings sparked by the mortgage crisis.

Former Commissioner Kirk Sued For Sexual Harassment

A female employee in the office of the Shelby County Board of Commissioners filed a lawsuit this week in federal court alleging that a former county commissioner sexually harassed and assaulted her over a four-year period beginning in 2002.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 110 154 13,810
MORTGAGES 135 193 18,019
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 15 39 3,544
BUILDING PERMITS 430 430 32,733
BANKRUPTCIES 52 130 13,133
BUSINESS LICENSES 20 45 4,750
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 83 204 20,104
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 33 4,230

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