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VOL. 128 | NO. 90 | Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Commission Evades Gun Control Fray

From time to time, Shelby County Commissioners hear the siren political call of national issues and movements.

Parking Permit

Plans for Cooper-Young garage gaining momentum

The first elected official to drop hints about a Cooper-Young parking garage was Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr., who is frequently seen in the restaurants in the district on Saturday mornings or mid-afternoon.

Council Moves on School Funding Standoff

Memphis City Council members want to try to resolve the Memphis City Schools $57 million court judgment against the city as well as the city’s legal counterclaim that the school system owes it more than twice that by the end of this month.

Tennessee Named Top Choice for Retirement

Retirees considering where to spend their golden years might want to consider Tennessee.

Methodist, Local Churches Unite to Serve Community

A unique faith-based partnership between Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and more than 500 of the area’s churches has been lauded nationally by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a model for addressing health care disparities and preventing and managing chronic diseases.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
77°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 5 mph
Humidity: 19%

EVENTS

Business Over Coffee International will launch a six-part social media training class titled Weave Your Own Web on Thursday, May 9, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the group’s headquarters, 5865 Ridgeway Road, suite 300. Classes will continue on the second Thursday of each month. Cost is free for members and first-time guests, and $10 for returning guests. Visit businessovercoffee.biz or call 820-4469.

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Suburbs Start Again on Municipal Schools

Aldermen in five of the six suburban towns and cities in Shelby County began the move Monday, May 6, to a July 16 referendum date for a second round of referendums on forming municipal school districts possibly as early as the 2014-2015 school year.

Southwest Makes Memphis Service Official

Southwest Airlines Co. said Tuesday, May 7, it will enter the Memphis market Nov. 3 with daily nonstop service to five cities: Houston, Baltimore, Chicago, and Tampa and Orlando, Fla.

Memphis Newsmakers

Rhodes Honors Gray for Outstanding Research

Dr. Patrick Gray, an associate professor in Rhodes College’s department of religious studies, has received the college’s Clarence Day Award for Outstanding Research. Gray’s research centers on biblical studies, specifically the history and literature of early Christianity and the Greco-Roman context.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Assumptions That Cost You Sales

Good sales professionals are subject matter experts on the products and services they sell. This expertise inevitably creates a few blind spots. When you feel like you’ve seen it all – every prospect response, motivation and objection – it’s easy to occasionally jump to the wrong conclusion. Ensure bad assumptions don’t deter your selling efforts by watching out for the following most common.

Both Sides Win in ‘Battle of the Brains’

If you have ever engaged someone in a discussion about left- and right-brain thinking they almost always take a side. Sometimes it seems that the two sides are incompatible and unbending in their view of how one should see the world. The right-brain people are typically labeled “creative” and “artistic” with a unique ability to see things intuitively and as a whole. The left-brain people are “analytical” and “detail oriented” utilizing linear process and logic to solve problems.

STATEWIDE

Program Aims to Find Jobs for National Guard

NASHVILLE (AP) – A retired Tennessee National Guardsman has taken on a new role to help members of the Guard and their families find jobs and get career counseling.

Group Files Petition Over Tennessee Nuclear Plant License

NASHVILLE (AP) – An environmental group has filed a petition to intervene in the Tennessee Valley Authority's request to renew the licenses for the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant in Soddy-Daisy.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Children’s Services to Appeal Ruling on Records, Wants More Money

NASHVILLE (AP) – The state Department of Children's Services will appeal a Nashville judge's ruling ordering the agency to release records at 50 cents per page.

Lawmakers' Offices Lit Up 24 Hours a Day at $500,000

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee taxpayers are spending more than $500,000 a year to keep the lights on 24 hours a day at Legislative Plaza and the War Memorial Building, where lawmakers have their offices.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Job Postings Fell in March; Hiring Slowed

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers posted fewer job openings in March compared with February and slowed overall hiring, underscoring a weak month of job growth.

Appeals Court Strikes Down Union Poster Rule

WASHINGTON (AP) – In another blow to the nation's dwindling labor unions, an appeals court on Tuesday struck down a federal rule that would have required millions of businesses to put up posters informing workers of their right to form a union.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Internet Sales Tax Bill Faces Tough Sell in House

WASHINGTON (AP) – Traditional retailers and cash-strapped states face a tough sell in the House as they lobby Congress to limit tax-free shopping on the Internet.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 52 136 5,209
MORTGAGES 79 182 6,891
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 13 50 1,606
BUILDING PERMITS 328 328 12,307
BANKRUPTCIES 70 175 5,475
BUSINESS LICENSES 30 58 2,119
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 85 182 7,240
MARRIAGE LICENSES 19 43 1,501

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