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VOL. 126 | NO. 23 | Thursday, February 3, 2011

Motion Hearing Expected in Consolidation Case

The case of the metro consolidation charter vote count from November begins to move Thursday in Memphis federal court. And what happens might affect the coming March 8 referendum on school consolidation.

Vegas in Memphis

Children’s Museum gets flashy with largest fundraiser

What happens at CMOM, stays at CMOM.

International Paper Reports Q4 Profit

International Paper Co. reported net earnings of $316 million for the fourth quarter of 2010 and net earnings for all of 2010 of $644 million, a $19 million drop for the year from 2009.

Blockbuster Closing Last Two Memphis Storefronts

In a matter of days, Memphians will no longer be able to visit a store and make it a Blockbuster night.

Crye-Leike Merges With Coleman-Etter, Fontaine

Crye-Leike Realtors Inc. continues to expand its standing as the largest real estate firm in the Mid-South area by merging with longtime Memphis-based Coleman-Etter, Fontaine Realtors.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
88°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 3 mph
Humidity: 53%

EVENTS

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold a workshop Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at its office, 5100 Poplar Ave., suite 502. Participants will become familiar with the basic principles of grant writing and the tools needed for a successful proposal. Cost is $99 for members, $150 for nonmembers and $89 for those in the Program for Nonprofit Excellence. For more information, call 684-6605 or visit www.npexcellence.org.

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Norris Schools Surrender Bill Clears Senate Committee

There would be no countywide referendum on school consolidation under an amended proposal on schools consolidation offered Wednesday by state Senate Republican leader Mark Norris of Collierville.

Inaugural Seminar to Focus on CRE Issues

Despite commercial real estate’s doldrums, local brokers are seeing signs of resurgence.

UPTA Gives Aspiring Theater Workers Chance in Slow Economy

Anyone searching for a job these days knows they are up against thousands of invisible applicants. Theater actors and technicians, though, often see their competition firsthand.

How Attorney General Chosen Up for Debate

The chairman of the Shelby County Republican Party, a former chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party and the president of the American Bar Association don’t have words of support for Tennessee lawmakers who want to change the way the state taps an attorney general.

Bass Pro’s Pyramid Plans Shaken by Seismic Concerns

It’s always been about the chance of an earthquake.

Words Chosen Carefully in Schools Standoff

The best indication of just how carefully Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam chose his words this week in the schools standoff is in the very different interpretations of the comments in the Memphis and Shelby County political community.

Wiseman ‘Sets the Table’ for Policy as Lawyer, GOP Chair

Like most lawyers, some of whom will point to the first time they watched Perry Mason or read “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Lang Wiseman gets asked a lot about how he got into the field of law.

There Is No Mulligan

Ray’s Take: I know a man who prides himself on managing his own investments and has done quite well. Years ago he consulted an actuarial table that estimated he would live 83.5 years. Now he is 87. Oops!

That Blankety-Blank Law!

Did you ever stop to think about what a remarkably versatile concept “law” is?

MEMPHIS AREA

Hilton Opening First New Brand in 20 Years

MEMPHIS (AP) – Hilton is launching its first new hotel brand in 20 years.

STATEWIDE

Oglesby Chosen as New State Architect

NASHVILLE (AP) – The State Building Commission has selected Robert E. Oglesby to be the state architect.

Apply Online to Distribute Food to Children

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Department of Human Services is accepting applications from local agencies who want to distribute food to needy children over the summer.

Safety Department Proposes Cutting 29 Troopers

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons is proposing cutting 29 highway patrol troopers and 36 driver's license workers across the state.

STATE LEGISLATURE

TBI Backs Prescriptions for Meds Used for Meth

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn says he supports legislative efforts to require prescriptions to buy cold and allergy products that contain an ingredient used to make methamphetamine.

REGIONAL

New Miss. Tourism Push: 'Find Your True South'

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is revamping its tourism promotions with a new slogan: "Find Your True South."

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Winter Storms Expected to Slow US Economy Slightly

WASHINGTON (AP) – The winter storms that are paralyzing the Midwest after battering the Northeast are likely to slow the U.S. economy only modestly, analysts say.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Treasury Gives New Date for Hitting Debt Limit

WASHINGTON (AP) – Treasury officials said Wednesday that the government may not hit its $14.3 trillion debt limit until the end of May, slightly later than anticipated.

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PROPERTY SALES 76 166 10,044
MORTGAGES 105 195 13,070
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 5 40 2,578
BUILDING PERMITS 216 370 23,894
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