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VOL. 128 | NO. 54 | Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Aitken’s Surprise Greets School Board

The countywide school board returns from spring break Tuesday, March 19, for a special meeting that could include terms of or at least a discussion of buyout terms for Shelby County Schools superintendent John Aitken.

Northward Expansion

Visible Music College prepares to launch Chicago campus

Thirteen years after Visible Music College founder Ken Steorts launched a school with a focus on music ministry and production that relocated into Memphis after outgrowing its original Lakeland campus, the school is preparing to launch a satellite campus.

County Commission Sends 13-Member School Board Plan to Judge

Shelby County Commissioners approved a plan Monday, March 18, to convert the countywide school board to a 13-member single district body effective Sept. 1.

Speck Suggests Riverfront Remedies

Urban planner and designer Jeff Speck has told city government leaders that the recently renamed Jefferson Davis Park is the “obvious next opportunity” for riverfront development plans and represents a “big bang in an important place.”

School Board To Consider Reversing Course On Humes

Countywide school board members meeting in special session Tuesday, March 19, will consider a recommendation to change or alter plans for an optional school for the musical arts at Humes Middle School and instead turn the school over to the state-led Achievement School District.

Local Weather
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Memphis, TN
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Wind: 0 mph
Humidity: 44%

EVENTS

National Association of Women Business Owners Memphis chapter will meet Tuesday, March 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Chickasaw Country Club, 3935 Galloway Ave. The topic is “The Little Known Secrets of Lenders: How to Access Capital to Grow Your Business.” Cost is $35 at the door. Visit nawbomemphis.org.

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Council Explores Labor Rule Rewrite

Memphis City Council members get their first look Tuesday, March 19, at a proposal to repeal the much amended impasse ordinance in place since the 1978 fire and police strikes.

Whalum, Woods Differ on Schools Mediation

Two countywide school board members who ran against each other for the same seat on the school board last year agree that the 23-member board is doing the best it can to make decisions about the schools merger.

Triumph Bank Improved Earnings Picture in 2012

Memphis-based Triumph Bank saw a 28 percent gain in its pretax income in 2012 compared to 2011.

GOVERNMENT AGENDA

Memphis City Council Agenda

The Memphis City Council will meet Tuesday, March 19, at 3:30 p.m. in the Council chambers in City Hall, 125 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for an agenda.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Swinnea Warehouse Sold in Lieu of Foreclosure

4550 Swinnea Road, Memphis, TN 38118

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Now Showing: Memphis Rocks

Last week we discussed the importance of crafting a legacy statement to help steer your life and priorities, while affording future generations something to cherish. This week, let us re-focus on our civic pride campaign, “Memphis Rocks,” which is now featured on thousands of T-shirts being worn around the Mid-South and in various cities around the globe.

MEMPHIS AREA

FedEx Earnings Could Indicate Shipping Trends

NEW YORK (AP)FedEx Corp. wants businesses and consumers to buy more express-delivery shipping services, and the company could indicate whether that’s happening yet when it reports fiscal third-quarter results before the market opens Wednesday.

First Lady in Memphis to Promote Early Literacy

NASHVILLE (AP) – First lady Crissy Haslam will be in Memphis on Tuesday, March 19, to promote early literacy.

STATEWIDE

University Panel to Talk Music-Politics Connection

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) – The Lambuth campus of the University of Memphis is sponsoring a panel discussion about the relationship between politics and music.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Breweries Launch 'High Tax Ale' to Urge Change

NASHVILLE (AP) – A special joint offering from Tennessee craft brewers Yazoo and Calfkiller features an unusual sales pitch to beer aficionados: "Now With Even More Taxes!"

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Jobless Rates Rise in January in Half of US States

WASHINGTON (AP) – Unemployment rates increased in half of U.S. states in January from December, as employers nationwide added the fewest jobs in seven months.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Obama Nominates Justice Official to Top Labor Slot

WASHINGTON (AP) Thomas Perez, President Barack Obama's choice for Labor secretary, has used his perch as the nation's chief civil rights enforcer to crack down on voter suppression, discrimination and police brutality.

REAL ESTATE

Builder Confidence Falls on Weak Supply

Confidence among U.S. homebuilders fell this month because of concerns that increased demand for new homes is exceeding supplies of ready-to-build land, building materials and workers.

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PROPERTY SALES 110 154 13,810
MORTGAGES 135 193 18,019
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 1 29 3,534
BUILDING PERMITS 430 430 32,733
BANKRUPTCIES 52 130 13,133
BUSINESS LICENSES 20 45 4,750
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