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VOL. 127 | NO. 49 | Monday, March 12, 2012

Roar of the Tiger: Memphis Captures C-USA Championship

Before halftime it was clear that the University of Memphis would be cutting down the nets at FedExForum as champions of the Conference USA Tournament. Again, their defense and athleticism – one and the same for the Tigers – was too much for an overwhelmed opponent as they defeated Marshall, 83-57, on Saturday for their seventh straight win and third consecutive blowout in the tournament.

Adopting Changes

Interim MAS director plans to clean up shelter

When the new Memphis Animal Shelter opened in November, an undercover police officer was among its employees, working as a technician.

Stamps Opens Realty Venture in C’ville

Local real estate professional John Stamps is investing in his home town by setting up a namesake business venture in Collierville Town Square.

Commentary: Tigers Story Written? Not Yet

Ideally, I was going to spend some time charting a course for how the University of Memphis would make it to the Sweet 16. They would get, say, a 6 seed and I'd spend a little time talking about how they would beat an 11 seed in their first game and then I'd make a case for them upsetting a 3 seed in their second game and reaching the tournament's second weekend.

Defense Moves for Mistrial in Petties Case

The defense in the Petties drug organization trial in Memphis federal court won’t start presenting its case at least until Tuesday, March 13.

Local Weather
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Memphis, TN
49°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 0 mph
Humidity: 90%

EVENTS

The Memphis chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals will meet Monday, March 12, at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Lenny Johnson, an independent consultant, will discuss public speaking. Cost is $22. For reservations, contact Sharon Gardner at sharon.gardner@asentinel.com or 752-6213.

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Commission Could Pass Redistricting

Shelby County Commissioners could pass a redistricting plan Monday, March 12, two months and two weeks after the deadline to complete the once-a-decade process.

Luttrell Pushes for Quicker Schools Decisions

Now that the schools consolidation planning commission has settled on a structure for the merged school system to come, Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell is pushing the countywide school board to make a decision sooner rather than later on arguably the two most immediate concerns of parents.

Diversified Trust Promotes Smithwick

Diversified Trust, a Memphis-based comprehensive wealth management firm, has a new managing principal of its Memphis office.

Following Primary, Races Point to August

Two days after all the votes were counted in the Tennessee presidential primary, state Republican Party leaders had already worked out how many of the state’s at-large delegates would go to their top three candidates.

Workforce Development Topic of Bioworks Event

Memphis Bioworks Business Association will host “Building the Talent Base for Bioscience: Workforce Development Initiatives in the Mid-South,” Thursday, March 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The University Club, 1346 Central Ave.

Tigers Advance to C-USA Championship

From the Tigers’ perspective, what wasn’t there to like about a resounding 83-52 victory over Central Florida Friday evening in the semifinals of the Conference USA Tournament at FedExForum?

GOVERNMENT AGENDA

Shelby County Commission Agenda

The Shelby County Commission will meet Monday, March 12, at 1:30 p.m. in the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. Click on icon for a full agenda.

SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Ricki’s Keeps Memphis’ Sweet Tooth Satisfied

The concept of Ricki’s Cookie Corner began at the Memphis home of Ricki Krupp more than 30 years ago and grew over the years thanks to a mixture of made-from-scratch Kosher recipes and family support.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Learning Balance From Kids

Have you ever seen little kids spin around and around until they get so dizzy they become totally out of balance and fall down? They try to get up a few times and fall down again and again.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Worldly View

Caldwell to discuss Austrian school of thought during speech to Economics Club of Memphis

Ron Paul would feel right at home in the Economic Club of Memphis audience next week.

Tax Hike Speaks to Budget Trouble

Remember the “one-time-only” 18-cent property tax hike approved by the Memphis City Council in 2011?

Dream Becomes Published Reality

For science fiction author Joe Fitzpatrick, the completion of his first novel was a dream within a dream.

Cultures and Flavors Meld at Evelyn & Olive

What does it take to open a restaurant?

French White for All Spring And Summer

Many years ago, on a beautiful afternoon in March, I ate a very pleasant lunch sitting outside at a little restaurant in Nîmes (“neem”), just across from the Roman coliseum there. The picturesque town, obviously ancient, lies in the South of France, and is surrounded by some of the country’s oldest vineyards.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Economy Adds 227K Jobs, Jobless Rate Unchanged

WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States added 227,000 jobs in February as the nation has put together the strongest three months of job growth since the Great Recession, boding well for President Barack Obama's re-election chances.

B of A to Reduce Home Loans

NEW YORK (AP) – Bank of America is providing mortgage relief to about 200,000 homeowners.

US Trade Deficit Grew to 3-Year High in January

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit surged in January to the widest imbalance in more than three years after imports grew faster than exports.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Obama: New Jobs Report a Sign Economy on Rebound

PRINCE GEORGE, Va. (AP) – President Barack Obama on Friday praised another month of added jobs as a sign the economy is building strength in this election year. But with millions still looking for work, Obama warned of the challenges ahead and urged Congress to rally behind his agenda to boost American manufacturing.

REAL ESTATE

Fannie, Freddie Executive Pay Limited, Bonuses Cut

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government is capping pay for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac executives at $500,000 per year and eliminating annual bonuses, giving in to pressure from Congress to stop big payouts at the bailed-out mortgage giants.

SPORTS

Titans Owner Tells Paper He Wants to Sign Manning

NASHVILLE (AP) – Titans owner Bud Adams wants to sign Peyton Manning and says he will do whatever is necessary to convince the four-time NFL MVP to come to Tennessee, even offering up a job in the front office once his playing career ends.

Mayo Scores 22 to Lead Grizzlies Past Nuggets

DENVER (AP) – Sitting quietly at his locker, Andre Miller tore the stat sheet into shreds and put the bits of paper in the trash.

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