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VOL. 128 | NO. 8 | Friday, January 11, 2013

Cash Exits At Critical Juncture In Merger

Countywide school board members approved Thursday, Jan. 10, a severance package that ends Kriner Cash’s tenure as superintendent of Memphis City Schools.

Back to Work

Tennessee legislative session sees smaller Shelby delegation

The Shelby County legislative delegation to Nashville returned to the capital Tuesday, Jan. 8, with three fewer members – one state senator and two state representatives – all Democrats – but with no new faces.

Wharton Talks New Convention Center

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. said 2013 will be the year his administration reopens discussions about a new convention center.

Atlantic Track Grows Local Operations

Bloomfield, N.J.-based Atlantic Track & Turnout Co. is expanding its Memphis operations with a 12,900-square-foot pre-engineered metal building addition with a bridge crane at 363 E. Bodley Ave.

Traffic Club Welcomes Witt to Kick Off Centennial Year

The Traffic Club of Memphis kicked off the new year by welcoming Marshall Witt, senior vice president of finance for FedEx Freight, as the guest speaker at its monthly luncheon, held earlier this week at The Racquet Club of Memphis.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
84°F
Fair
Wind: 9 mph
Humidity: 67%

EVENTS

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art will screen the British Arrows Awards Friday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at the museum, 1930 Poplar Ave. Tickets, which include admission to Brooks’ Mod Party from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., are $25 for members of the museum or the Memphis Advertising Federation and $30 for nonmembers. Additional screenings are Saturday, Jan. 12, and Sunday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m. Cost is $6 for members and $8 for nonmembers. Visit brooksmuseum.org.

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MEMPHIS STANDOUT

Fitzpatrick Lends Hand to Nonprofits, Startups

When Brittany Fitzpatrick first came to Memphis a few years ago for graduate studies at the University of Memphis, journalism professor Dr. David Arant welcomed her to the city with three words.

SPORTS

‘Bad Joe’ Gone as Poise Brings Winning Formula

The Conference USA Tournament came early this season. That, or Tigers guard Joe Jackson has his dates confused. After two roller coaster seasons that included winning the Most Valuable Player award in two straight league tournaments – a C-USA first – Jackson apparently has decided to flip the calendar forward.

Gay Must be Traded Either Now or Later

The time will come – after this season, if not before the Feb. 21 trade deadline – when moving Rudy Gay will be the only sensible thing for the Grizzlies’ new ownership to do.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

‘It’ Goes to Committee

THREE YEARS LATER, MEMPHIS GOES TO COMMITTEE. Almost three years ago, in the hope that we were on the verge of positioning ourselves, of taking our rightful place among places, I wrote this in another column:

Preparing for Fundraising Success

Why are some nonprofits successful with fundraising and when others face challenges? What can be done to change a nonprofit’s fundraising “fate?”

STATE GOVERNMENT

Top Chairwoman Out in Senate Committee Shakeup

NASHVILLE (AP) – Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey on Thursday replaced the chairwoman of the powerful judiciary committee with a key ally, while some opponents of a proposal to allow wine sales in grocery stores lauded committee assignments in the lower chamber.

House OKs Limiting Lawmakers to 15 Bills a Year

NASHVILLE (AP) – The House has approved setting a cap on how many bills each lawmaker can file each year.

REGIONAL

Wal-Mart to Join Arkansas Health Care Program

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Thursday it will add its Arkansas employees' insurance plan to a state effort aimed at lowering health care costs by changing the way private insurers and Medicaid pay for services, and it committed $670,000 to create a tracking system that would measure the initiative's success.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Unemployment Aid Applications Tick Up to 371,000

WASHINGTON (AP) – Weekly applications for U.S. unemployment benefits ticked up slightly last week, the latest sign of slow but consistent gains in the job market.

HEALTH CARE

FDA Requires Lower Doses for Sleep Medications

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Food and Drug Administration is requiring makers of Ambien and similar sleeping pills to lower the dosage of their drugs, based on studies suggesting patients face a higher risk of injury due to morning drowsiness.

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PROPERTY SALES 43 43 12,074
MORTGAGES 78 78 15,834
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 3,130
BUILDING PERMITS 0 0 28,832
BANKRUPTCIES 97 97 11,768
BUSINESS LICENSES 18 18 4,292
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 190 190 17,922
MARRIAGE LICENSES 43 43 3,711

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