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VOL. 127 | NO. 46 | Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Santorum Carries Shelby and State, Jackson Out As Clerk

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum carried Shelby County and the state of Tennessee in the Tuesday, March 6, Republican Presidential primary.

Tragedy Rediscovered

New exhibit in Marion examines Civil War-era steamboat explosion

When the steamboat Sultana exploded and sank north of Memphis on the Mississippi River in April 1865, it went down near the Arkansas side of the river.

Housing Increase Marred by Bank Sales

Local home sales posted a 36 percent increase in February, but many of those sales were executed by banks and investors.

IDB Committee Approves Wider Road for Electrolux

A $3 million grant from the Delta Regional Authority will be used to widen a road near the site where Electrolux is building its new Memphis plant, according to plans approved by a subcommittee of the city-county Industrial Development Board.

Mixed-Use Development Planned for Downtown

A roughly $3.2 million mixed-use development anchored by loft-style apartments – Printer’s Alley Lofts – in the works for Downtown at the northwest corner of Front Street and Talbot Ave.

Local Weather
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Memphis, TN
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Wind: 0 mph
Humidity: 63%

EVENTS

Cannon Wright Blount certified public accounting firm will continue its series of seminars about QuickBooks accounting software Wednesday, March 7, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the firm, 756 Ridge Lake Blvd. Each two-hour class costs $75. Seating is limited. To reserve a place, visit www.cannonwrightblount.com/resources, and for more information, call Debbie Bossé or Cathy Russell at 685-7500.

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Groups Seeking Regional Work For Artwalk

Downtown businesses have the space. Now all they need are the artists to fill what will essentially be pop-up galleries around the city’s core.

Optometry College Preps for $9.4M Expansion

Southern College of Optometry – an independent, nonprofit college founded in 1932 – soon will break ground on a $9.4 million expansion that will provide its students with new classroom facilities and state-of-the-art instructional space.

Fed Drug Case Zeroes in on Defendants

For three weeks, federal prosecutors in the Craig Petties drug organization trial have told a jury the wide-ranging story of the organization and dozens of the leaders and other players in it.

Santorum Carries Shelby In Early Vote - Stanton in Clerk's Race

Early vote totals in Shelby County confirmed what happened across the state in the Republican presidential primary Tuesday, March 6.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Pruitt Keeps Centre Group Running Smoothly

Holly Pruitt is office manager of The Centre Group, a human resources consulting firm. Pruitt handles accounting and administrative duties and works closely with the company’s marketing firm.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Stunt Marketing Breaks Through Promotion Noise

With the explosion of social media, the sheer volume of marketing messaging vying for the attention of your customers is astounding. In fact, buying behaviors have fundamentally changed as a result.

STATEWIDE

Requests for Expunged Records Jump in Tight Economy

NASHVILLE (AP) – An increasing number of people in Tennessee are requesting that their criminal records be cleared.

STATE GOVERNMENT

NRA Aims to Shoot Down Parking Lot Gun Exceptions

NASHVILLE (AP) – The National Rifle Association is pressuring Republican lawmakers to abandon proposed limitations to a measure that would let workers store firearms in vehicles parked on their employers' lots.

REGIONAL

Miss. Lawmakers Want to Improve Film Incentives

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi legislators want to improve the incentives offered to film productions.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Financier Stanford Convicted in $7 Billion Fraud

HOUSTON (AP) – Texas tycoon R. Allen Stanford, whose financial empire once spanned the Americas, was convicted Tuesday on all but one of the 14 counts he faced for allegedly bilking investors out of more than $7 billion in massive Ponzi scheme he operated for 20 years.

Lehman to Emerge From Bankruptcy and Wind Down

NEW YORK (AP) – Lehman Brothers, the investment bank that failed at the depths of the financial crisis, says it will sell the last of its assets starting in April.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 57 307 5,073
MORTGAGES 101 483 6,709
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 22 77 1,556
BUILDING PERMITS 0 720 11,979
BANKRUPTCIES 84 341 5,300
BUSINESS LICENSES 36 125 2,061
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 152 594 7,058
MARRIAGE LICENSES 36 117 1,458

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