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VOL. 127 | NO. 216 | Monday, November 5, 2012
SPECIAL EMPHASIS: The Business of Law

Full Docket

Law school’s 50th highlights happenings in legal industry

Here’s a look at what’s going on at the moment in the city’s legal community and some things that are on the horizon.

Legal Community Seeks Access, Diversity

Diversity and access to justice are some of the watchwords often heard around Memphis legal circles these days.

Being First Integral to Success for May, Alpha Reporting

Kathy May was on her way to becoming a dental hygienist when she got diverted while driving to an early morning class.

County’s Early Vote Total: 38.9 Percent

Nearly 40 percent of Shelby County’s 598,803 voters cast ballots during the early voting period that ended Thursday, Nov. 1.

Local Weather
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Memphis, TN
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Wind: 0 mph
Humidity: 66%

EVENTS

Encore Creative Arts in Soulsville will host a launch open house for adults 55 and older Monday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Memphis Black Arts Alliance FireHouse Community Arts Center, 985 S. Bellevue Blvd. Attendees can sample and register for classes, which are geared to nurturing seniors’ creativity by teaching them to dance, sing, play an instrument or learn other arts. Email mbaafirehouse@gmail.com or call 948-9522.

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Wells Fargo Survey: Retirement Picture Looks Grim

If a Wells Fargo & Co. survey is any indication, there’s no way to sugarcoat it: The retirement years look bleak for a large swath of the U.S. population. Take the fact that, according to the survey, more than one-third of respondents might find themselves living close to poverty in their golden years. Those 34 percent expect their retirement income to be half of their current income.

Seminar Underscores Commercial Sectors’ Highs, Lows

Memphis’ commercial real estate market for the most part appears to mirror national trends, with all four sectors boasting challenges and bright spots so far this year.

Bartlett Zoning Case Tops Commission Agenda

Shelby County Commissioners take up a proposed assisted living facility at their meeting Monday, Nov. 5, that doesn’t yet require approval from the city of Bartlett but which is in an area Bartlett is seeking to annex.

Gas Tax Supporters Escalate Campaign

On a recent cold fall day, backers of a one-cent-a-gallon local gasoline tax on the Nov. 6 ballot rallied for their cause on the parking lot of the Memphis Area Transit Authority’s north end terminal.

Lender Buys MIAC for $14.3 Million

Memphis International Airport Center sold back to the lender for $14.3 million Wednesday, Oct. 31, on the Shelby County Courthouse steps following a foreclosure.

GOVERNMENT AGENDA

Shelby County Commission Agenda

The Shelby County Commission will meet Monday, Nov. 5, at 1:30 p.m. in the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for a full agenda.

SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Memphis Area Legal Services Relies on City’s Legal Community

The description of Memphis Area Legal Services Inc. as a law firm works in some ways.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Because I Said So

Persuasion involves providing sound reasons for doing something and getting others to take action on your request. Sales professionals use persuasion to sell products, medical professionals use persuasion to sell healthy lifestyle choices, managers use persuasion to sell ideas, parents use persuasion (but often default to the old standard, “Because I said so!”) to get their children to do things. In other words, most of us frequently find ourselves in situations that call for us to persuade others of something.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Rekindling Crosstown

Grassroots efforts at heart of breathing new life into neighborhood, building

Video artist Chris Miner says one way to explain the redevelopment of the Sears Crosstown building is likening it to the process of creating art.

Momentum Builds for Crosstown Plan

If you are looking for the real promise of the Crosstown project, don’t look up. Look at the areas just beyond the boundaries of the old Sears Crosstown building.

STATEWIDE

Legal Aid Society Launches New Tennessee Initiative

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Legal Aid Society has launched a new initiative to help Tennessee homeowners dealing with foreclosure and mortgage rescue scams.

University of Tennessee Researchers Predict Slow Economic Growth

KNOXVILLE (AP) – University of Tennessee researchers are predicting modest economic gains for the state through the first half of 2013, but they say significant economic improvement is still a year or two away.

REGIONAL

Arkansas Revenues Dip in October

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas finance officials say weak sales and income tax collections pushed the state's revenues in October below last year's figures and their predictions.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Economy Adds 171,000 Jobs, Unemployment Rate Rises

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers added 171,000 jobs in October, and hiring was stronger in August and September than first thought. The solid job growth showed that the economy is strengthening slowly but consistently.

Verizon Says Sandy Effects Could be ‘Significant'

NEW YORK (AP) – Verizon says the effects of Superstorm Sandy on its fourth-quarter earnings could be "significant."

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PROPERTY SALES 81 301 17,656
MORTGAGES 101 347 22,998
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 10 48 4,477
BUILDING PERMITS 208 722 41,947
BANKRUPTCIES 61 237 16,629
BUSINESS LICENSES 11 61 5,762
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