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VOL. 127 | NO. 37 | Thursday, February 23, 2012

Elvis Presley Blvd. Center of Council Talks

For decades what is now Elvis Presley Boulevard was the road to Memphis for those from Mississippi, whether they were coming to stay or coming to visit.

Public Servants

Ted Illsley, Myron Lowery recognized with Dunavant Awards

The two winners of the 2012 Bobby Dunavant Public Service Awards thanked their coworkers Wednesday, Feb. 22, as they were honored by the family of the late Probate Court clerk and the Rotary Club of Memphis East.

Wright Medical Q4 Net Sales Fall 8 Percent

Wright Medical Group Inc. reported net sales fell 8 percent to $126.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to $138.3 million during the same period in 2010.

Autonomy Plan Part of Schools Consolidation Proposal Unveiled Thursday

The schools consolidation transition planning commission will get two recommendations Thursday, Feb. 23, for the structure of a countywide consolidated public school system.

3 USPS Closings Reroute Mail to Memphis Centers

The U.S. Postal Service says it is closing 10 mail processing operations across Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi, rerouting mail from three of those centers to Memphis facilities.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
60°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 0 mph
Humidity: 83%

EVENTS

CSI Memphis Chapter will meet Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Agricenter International Banquet Hall, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. The social will begin at 5:30 p.m., dinner will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., and the program will start at 7 p.m. Greg Maxted, executive director of the Harahan Bridge Project, will speak. Cost is $25. For reservations, contact Charlotte Cooper at charlotte.c@comcast.net or 377-8063.

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EdR to Develop Ole Miss Housing

Memphis-based collegiate housing company EdR has executed agreements with Landmark Properties to develop, own and manage a $36 million community near the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss.

Barton Leads Memphis Over East Carolina 70-47

MEMPHIS (AP) – After a demoralizing home loss to Texas-El Paso last Saturday, the Memphis Tigers wanted to show they had not lost their edge.

Memphis Heart Clinic, Stern Cardiovascular Merge

The 14 physicians of Memphis Heart Clinic have joined Stern Cardiovascular Foundation, one of the region’s largest cardiology group practices.

Firm Reassures Commitment To House Of Mews

When Memphis-based information technology outsourcing firm Service Assurance last week announced it had been bought out by a division of New Jersey-based Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA Inc., some Memphians questioned whether the acquisition would put the House of Mews in jeopardy.

Defense Critical of Plea Deal for Fields in Petties Case

Shortly after Latrell Small and Kalonji Griffin were shot to death by Clarence Broady in a car at a Hickory Hill apartment complex in 2004, Demetrius Fields got a new tattoo.

Georgia Drug Dealer Turns Up in Fed Case

When Torrance Hill testified in Memphis Federal Court this week about his role as a major drug dealer from Columbus, Ga., and the Atlanta area, it was new to the jury in the Petties drug organization trial.

Harvest Creative Puts Muscle Into ADDY Prep

The biggest event of the year for the advertising industry is fast approaching, and local agency Harvest Creative is responsible for the theme, “Hustle + Workflow.”

MEMPHIS LAW TALK

Thomas’ Law Practice Moves to New Office

Justin Thomas opened his boutique family law firm last year in Clark Tower.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Baby Boomers, Watch Out

Ray’s Take Some Baby Boomers desperate to make up portfolio losses due to the financial crisis or “catching up” from years of under-saving are being victimized at record numbers by a number of financial frauds. In one year, the number of criminal complaints and other financial regulatory actions involving investors 50 or older more than doubled.

Lessons From a 3-Legged Dog

DAVIDSON, N.C. – This community of 11,000 residents, site of my alma mater, is also home to my favorite place to spend the night on the road: the Davidson Village Inn, half a block down Depot Street from the campus.

IP Rights Protect Business’s Assets

Intellectual property rights fall into three categories: copyrights, trademarks and patents. Each is protected by federal statute while trademarks also are protected by state law.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Haslam Expects Passage of Parking Lot Guns Bill

NASHVILLE (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says he expects lawmakers to pass a bill this year to force businesses to allow workers to store firearms in vehicles parked on company lots, though he doesn't expect the measure to be as broad as originally introduced.

Lawmakers Lament Governor's Civil Service Bill

NASHVILLE (AP) – Lawmakers are lamenting Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to change Tennessee's civil service law, saying it would eliminate preference given to military veterans.

Tenn. GOP Puts Off 'Don't Say Gay' Ban in House

NASHVILLE (AP) – Supporters of a measure to ban the teaching of gay issues to elementary and middle school students have put off consideration of the proposal after being told of fellow Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's concerns.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Obama Seeks Corporate Tax Rate Cut, Loophole Limit

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday proposed a lower corporate tax rate and an end to dozens of loopholes he said helps U.S. companies move jobs and profits overseas. "It's not right and it needs to change," he said.

Unions Gearing Up to Spend Big in 2012 Election

WASHINGTON (AP) – Unions are gearing up to spend more than $400 million to help re-elect President Barack Obama and lift Democrats this election year in a fight for labor's survival.

REAL ESTATE

Rising Sales Point to Better Year for Housing

WASHINGTON (AP) – The housing market is flashing signs of health ahead of the spring-buying season.

HEALTH CARE

Walgreen, Other Pharmacies Form Nationwide Network

Walgreen Co. and some independent drugstores are investing in a nationwide push to give pharmacists a chance to work more with patients to improve care and cut costs.

TECHNOLOGY

T-Mobile Asks FCC to Block Verizon-Cable Deal

NEW YORK (AP) – T-Mobile USA, which just had its acquisition by AT&T blocked by regulators, is urging the federal government to block another deal in the wireless world: Verizon's planned purchase of spectrum from cable companies for $3.9 billion.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 38 349 15,066
MORTGAGES 111 449 19,779
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 33 91 3,886
BUILDING PERMITS 0 512 35,842
BANKRUPTCIES 62 309 14,343
BUSINESS LICENSES 18 138 5,129
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 69 385 21,817
MARRIAGE LICENSES 13 106 4,663

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