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VOL. 128 | NO. 84 | Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Mays Ponders Changes in Merger Terms

U.S. District Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays is considering whether he should change the terms of the 2011 consent decree that so far has governed the path to consolidation of Shelby County’s two public school systems.

Arts Award

New Ballet Ensemble extends reach with grant

The New Ballet Ensemble and School is a first-time recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, money the Midtown-based school is using to create and perform an original dance work.

Schools Merger Saga Faces Busy Day

Countywide school board members will discuss and vote Tuesday, April 30, on starting the process of closing 11 more schools, one agenda item during what promises to be a busy day in the schools consolidation saga.

Three Confederate Parks Get New Recommended Names

An ad hoc committee of the Memphis City Council voted Monday, April 29, on three permanent names to recommend to the City Council for three Confederate themed parks.

Beale Street Landing Restaurant Stalls

The Riverfront Development Corporation is looking for a new contractor to operate a restaurant in Beale Street Landing.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
59°F
Light Rain
Wind: 10 mph
Humidity: 94%

EVENTS

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, April 30, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell will present the State of the County address. Cost is $18. R.S.V.P. to Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

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Carlisle Corp. Solidifies Development of Chisca

Paul Morris hesitated when he started organizing the project launch two weeks ago for the renovation and conversion of the old Chisca hotel into an apartment building.

Kyle, Kelsey Debate Health Care, Government’s Role

State Senate Democratic leader Jim Kyle of Memphis says Republicans in the Tennessee General Assembly are becoming like “Dixiecrats” – the Southern segregationist Democrats in the U.S. Congress in the late 1940s who formed their own party for a time.

Dixon Opens Petit Palais Jewelry Exhibition

A rare display of French jewelry and designs at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens traces the history of jewelry design from the late 17th century to after World War II.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Virginia Company Buys Poplar Avenue Retail Property

7665 Poplar Ave. Germantown, TN 38138

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Data Facts Leading by Example

Last week we highlighted Friends For Life Corp., which is an organization helping people affected by HIV/AIDS to live well. This week let us discuss an important trend in corporate philanthropy and spotlight a local company leading by example.

E-Strategy for Retailers

A couple of weeks ago, my colleague Andy Cates penned an article regarding the impact of e-commerce on distribution and industrial real estate. If you think about it, regardless of the channel you use to buy, the item you purchase still has to get from seller to buyer in some manner. From a distribution perspective, as more people order online rather than shop in retail stores, more distribution is moving to direct-to-consumer and that will have an impact on distribution strategy. So what about the impact from the retail perspective? What is the future of the physical retail store?

STATEWIDE

Pilot Flying J Lauds Denial of Witness-Tampering Claim

NASHVILLE (AP) – A Knoxville judge on Monday rejected a claim that Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam is tampering with potential witnesses in a lawsuit stemming from an FBI raid on the country's largest diesel retailer.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Federal Judge More Upbeat on Children’s Services at Hearing

NASHVILLE (AP) – A federal judge overseeing changes at the Department of Children's Services expressed cautious optimism that the agency's new leadership can resolve some of its problems.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Consumers Boost Spending 0.2 Percent in March

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans kept increasing their spending in March and their income grew, further indication that consumers are shaking off higher taxes.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Obama Taps Foxx to Run Transportation Department

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama on Monday tapped rising Democratic politician Anthony Foxx to lead the Department of Transportation, an agency at the center of Washington's fiscal fights.

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