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VOL. 128 | NO. 50 | Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Shelby Home Permits Stagnate, Sales Decrease

New home permits were flat in February compared to the same month last year. 

Tunes for Tots

Musicians for Le Bonheur raises money for children’s hospital

Just as Jim Jaggers, meteorologist for WREG News Channel 3, uses the power of his bike pedals to raise money and awareness for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital through Go Jim Go, his son Justin is using guitar pedals to do the same.

Daily News Seminar Highlights Affordable Care Act

Beginning in October, millions of Americans will be able to shop for health insurance through newly created health care exchanges dubbed the Health Insurance Marketplace.

County Commission Ponders Larger School Board

Shelby County Commissioners are about to consider another change to the terms of the ongoing reformation of public education in Shelby County.

Judicial Redistricting Plan Leaves Shelby Same

About a year after the Tennessee legislature set new district lines for itself and the state’s nine members of Congress, it is about to set the district lines for civil and criminal trial court judges at the state level.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
82°F
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: 7 mph
Humidity: 49%

EVENTS

The Rotary Club of Memphis East will meet Wednesday, March 13, at noon at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Meri Armour, president and CEO of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, will speak. Cost is $17. R.S.V.P. to Lee Hughes at lmhughes@bellsouth.net.

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MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Masson Named Senior Director at Caissa

Rick Masson has joined Caissa Public Strategy as senior director. Masson, former chief administrative office for the city of Memphis, was also recently named special master to oversee the city-county schools merger. (For details, see the Monday, March 11, edition of The Daily News.) In his new role at Caissa, Masson will provide consultation and leadership on business development and project management.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Cracking the Facebook Code

Many small businesses devote time and resources to social media presence. Utilizing social media platforms to connect with your market is no longer “savvy.” It’s expected by today’s consumer. Used effectively, it is a dream come true for marketers. Brands can increase their messaging frequency while leveraging their audience to share content virally among their own connections, creating possibilities unheard of by traditional media channels.

3-D Printing Revolution Will Drive Innovation

Technology like that imagined by Star Trek and the futuristic cartoon The Jetsons is becoming reality with 3-D printing. Also known as additive manufacturing, it creates customized solid three-dimensional objects from digital schematics. It has arrived – and it is disruptive.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Supermarket Wine Bill Fails by 1 Vote in House

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal to loosen wine sale laws in Tennessee has failed by a single vote in a House committee after members of the panel refused to grant the sponsor a week's delay to negotiate a final version.

Commissioner Discusses Department of Children’s Services Improvements

NASHVILLE (AP) – The man who took over Tennessee's embattled child welfare agency said Tuesday he's addressing problems that have plagued it for years, including having staffers personally call him when a child death is reported.

House Passes Bill to Close Handgun Carry Records

NASHVILLE (AP) – The House has passed a bill that would seal most handgun carry permit records in Tennessee.

House OKs Proposal to Cut Lawmaker Hotel Allowances

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal to eliminate hotel allowances for some Tennessee lawmakers passed the House on Monday despite concerns that it might hurt those who use the excess to defray other unreimbursed expenses.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Employers Post More Jobs, Cut Fewer Workers

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers advertised more job openings in January, suggesting that hiring will remain healthy in coming months.

Hostess Moves on Twinkies Bid

NEW YORK (AP) – Hostess is moving ahead with plans to sell its Twinkies and other snack cakes after nobody stepped forward to top an offer made by two investment firms.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 83 415 10,637
MORTGAGES 87 499 13,826
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 19 99 2,743
BUILDING PERMITS 0 915 25,222
BANKRUPTCIES 79 343 10,235
BUSINESS LICENSES 19 97 3,833
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 143 573 15,130
MARRIAGE LICENSES 23 106 3,273

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