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VOL. 127 | NO. 86 | Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Muni School District Bill Awaits Decision

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has said he would have preferred some other outcome. But on his desk this week awaiting his decision is the bill that sets the stage for referendums this year in Shelby County’s suburbs on forming municipal school districts.

Bell Ringer

Calvary begins replacing brick in historic tower

Bricks are not normally seen as a sign of age. But walk past Downtown’s Calvary Episcopal Church and the weathered bricks on the church’s north side begin to tell the story of the oldest public building in Memphis still in continuous use.

Wright Medical Q1 Income, Sales Decline

Wright Medical Group Inc. Tuesday, May 1, reported its adjusted net income declined 9 percent to $8.6 million for the first quarter of 2012 from $9.4 million in Q1 2011, while diluted earnings per share, as adjusted, decreased 8 percent to $0.22 in Q1 from $0.24 in Q1 2011.

Conference Aims to Lift City’s Tech Tide

The Macon campus of Southwest Tennessee Community College is about to become tech central.

Bluff City Coffee Continues to Grow

Bluff City Coffee has been on a tear lately – expanding conservatively while letting its customers decide what menu items reign supreme.

Local Weather
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EVENTS

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold its annual conference Wednesday, May 2, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Clark Opera Memphis Center, 6745 Wolf River Blvd. The topic is “Powerful Networks: Nonprofits, Social Media and Community.” Cost is $120 for members, $160 for nonmembers and $65 for students. Visit npexcellence.org or email info@npexcellence.org.

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Commission Could Reconsider Redistricting

Shelby County Commissioners might take another try at approving a redistricting plan for the commission before Shelby County Chancellor Arnold Goldin decides the court case over the new district boundaries.

Girls Night Out Promotes Heart Health for Women

The Memphis Chapter of the American Heart Association is gearing up for Girls Night Out, a fundraiser for heart health slated for Thursday, May 3, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis hotel, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd.

Local to Open Second Locale in Overton Square

After having a popular Downtown presence for more than two years, Local Gastropub has inked its second location in Overton Square.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Garrett to Head Adult Programs At Literacy Mid-South

Alfred Garrett has been promoted to director of adult programs at Literacy Mid-South. Previously the adult programs manager, Garrett’s new role will include establishing and maintaining program delivery policies, evaluating effectiveness and measuring outcomes for the nonprofit organization’s adult programs.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Creating a Last Impression

Ambient marketing, an underutilized form of guerrilla marketing, aims to catch the attention of prospective customers in nontraditional locations while in a place and at a time when they are most open to considering what you’re offering.

STATEWIDE

Hotel Company Sues Government Over Tenn. Flooding

NASHVILLE (AP) Gaylord Entertainment Co. filed a lawsuit Monday accusing the National Weather Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of negligence that heavily damaged its luxury hotel in Nashville and the famous Grand Ole Opry House during flooding in 2010.

STATE GOVERNMENT

House Sends Welfare Drug Testing Bill to Governor

NASHVILLE (AP) – The House has passed a bill to implement a suspicion-based drug testing for welfare recipients in Tennessee.

Lawmakers Send Budget to Governor

NASHVILLE (AP) — The state’s more than $31 billion annual spending plan is headed to the governor after Republicans rejected Democratic efforts to make further changes to the compromise legislation.

Bill to Overhaul TRA Passes Tenn. House 60-28

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to overhaul the Tennessee Regulatory Authority passed the House on Tuesday despite criticism that it's unnecessary.

Roll-Your-Own Cigarette Bill Passes House

NASHVILLE (AP) – A measure that would require roll-your-own cigarette retailers to pay a licensing fee and tax and adhere to certain restrictions has passed the House.

Bill to Prove Legality for Benefits Passes Senate

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal that would require agencies to verify that applicants for public benefits are legal residents has passed the Senate.

House, Senate OK Bill Targeting Vanderbilt Policy

NASHVILLE (AP) – Lawmakers have given final approval to a bill seeking to rescind Vanderbilt University's "all-comers" policy, which requires school groups to allow any interested students to join and run for office.

Bill to Form Fair Commission Headed to Governor

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal to set up a state fair commission is headed to the governor for his consideration.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Manufacturing Grows at Fastest Pace Since June

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. manufacturing grew last month at the fastest pace in 10 months. New orders, production and a measure of hiring all rose.

Toyota, Chrysler See Big April Sales Gains

DETROIT (AP) – Toyota and Chrysler saw big U.S. sales gains in April, but they came at the expense of General Motors and Ford.

REAL ESTATE

US Construction Spending Barely Increased in March

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. builders barely increased their spending on construction projects in March after two straight months of declines. A pickup in single-family home construction and commercial projects offset a steep drop in state and local government building.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 110 154 13,810
MORTGAGES 135 193 18,019
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 28 3,533
BUILDING PERMITS 222 222 32,525
BANKRUPTCIES 52 130 13,133
BUSINESS LICENSES 20 45 4,750
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 83 204 20,104
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