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VOL. 127 | NO. 59 | Monday, March 26, 2012

Petties Jury Convicts on All but One Count

The jury in the Petties drug organization trial has convicted the two defendants on all but one of the drug conspiracy, racketeering and murder-for-hire counts they faced.

Blight Fight

NAR funds to be used to raze vacant homes

Memphis is one of five cities to receive a $25,000 grant from the National Association of Realtors to demolish about 20 vacant, blighted homes.

Dancing Jimmy’s to Replace Former Pat O’s Space

The former Pat O’Brien’s space on Beale Street is being replaced with a new concept from some of the street’s prime stakeholders.

County Redistricting Battle Continues

Shelby County Commissioners will meet privately with their attorneys Monday, March 26, to see whether they have any options left in a redistricting scrap that is now firmly in the courts.

Gay, Mayo Help Grizzlies Beat Lakers 102-96

LOS ANGELES (AP) – After losing the first three games on their West Coast trip, getting a win in the finale should let the Memphis Grizzlies rest easier on the flight home.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
55°F
Fair
Wind: 6 mph
Humidity: 67%

EVENTS

The Tennessee Solar Institute will offer a free course in the basics of solar installation and photovoltaic technology Monday, March 26, through Friday, March 30, at the University of Memphis Fogelman Conference Center, 330 Innovation Drive. The 40-hour course will be held each day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and lunch will be provided. At the conclusion of the course, an entry-level certificate of knowledge exam will be given. For more information, contact Patricia Wells at patricia.wells@tennessee.edu or 615-253-6371.

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Participants Sought For e200 Biz Program

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr., Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell and the Small Business Administration are urging local small-business owners and executives to enroll in The Emerging 200.

Wunderlich Securities Inc. Expands Private Client Group in Houston

Memphis-based Wunderlich Securities Inc. has expanded its private client group in Houston.

All Eyes Look to Nashville in Schools Debate

As Tennessee legislative committees in Nashville prepare to shut down for the year, there are still a few to meet this week.

GOVERNMENT AGENDA

Shelby County Commission Agenda

The Shelby County Commission will meet Monday, March 26, at 1:30 p.m. in the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. Click on the icon for a full agenda.

SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Amro Still Strikes Chord In Music Retail Business

When customers walk into Amro Music, they are greeted first by two mannequins in marching band uniforms.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Is It All About The Money?

Some say money makes the world go around. But in reality, how much does money make the business world go around? And how important is money to the people who make the business world go around?

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

‘People Like Me’

VA Hospital improving life for veterans, including latest wave of U.S. soldiers

Robert Littlepage still thinks about it.

Commit to Veterans Who Committed to US

Most veterans make the adjustment back to civilian life with very few bumps.

Prepare to Laugh at ‘Don Pasquale’

Love is sometimes cruel, but marriage can be even worse.

Price Increase Coming to Wine, Other Liquors

Gazing into my crystal ball, I see that prices for a liquid near and dear to your heart are going to increase in 2012.

Sleek, Elegant California Red Worth a Look

I’m in the mood for a pretty darned sleek and scintillating California cabernet sauvignon wine today, how about you? I thought so. Let’s turn, however, not to the Napa Valley or Alexander Valley, famed for their cabernets, but to an area north of Napa and east of Sonoma, and that’s Lake County. Specifically, Lake County’s Red Hills AVA – American Viticultural Area – approved by the TTB in 2004, TTB standing for the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, the entity of the federal government that oversees the American wine industry.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

For Long-Unemployed, Hiring Bias Rears its Head

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Few job seekers who fail to get an interview know the reason, but Michelle Chesney-Offutt said a recruiter told her why she lost the chance to pitch for an information technology position.

REAL ESTATE

BofA to Offer Rentals as Foreclosure Alternative

NEW YORK (AP) – Bank of America says it has begun a pilot program offering some of its mortgage customers who are facing foreclosure a chance to stay in their homes by becoming renters instead of owners.

HEALTH CARE

Insurers Speed Health Care Overhaul Preparations

The nation's big insurers are spending millions to carry out President Barack Obama's health care overhaul even though there's a chance the wide-reaching law won't survive Supreme Court scrutiny.

TECHNOLOGY

Facebook Warns Employers Not to Demand Passwords

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook is warning employers not to demand the passwords of job applicants, saying that it's an invasion of privacy that opens companies to legal liabilities.

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PROPERTY SALES 89 242 14,959
MORTGAGES 111 255 19,585
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 21 43 3,838
BUILDING PERMITS 153 512 35,842
BANKRUPTCIES 61 182 14,216
BUSINESS LICENSES 18 104 5,095
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 76 246 21,679
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