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VOL. 129 | NO. 80 | Thursday, April 24, 2014

Hopson Pushes Realignment, New Goals in Budget

After hearing from more than a dozen citizens Tuesday, April 22, including some who quoted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in their arguments against specific Shelby County Schools budget cuts, superintendent Dorsey Hopson had his own quote from the civil rights leader.

Hard Work Pays Off

Ozark Motor Lines grows from humble beginnings

It was 1961 when Mose and Dorothy Higginbotham started Ozark Motor Lines with a 1949 Ford pickup they used to carry freight from Memphis to Missouri.

Allen, Grizz Ready for Thunder’s Adjustments

If Kevin Durant is Superman then Tony Allen is … that’s right, kryptonite. At least that was the contention in at least one Internet headline after Allen rendered Durant mortal in the Grizzlies’ overtime win in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series at Oklahoma City.

Luttrell: Voters ‘Dropping Out’ of Process

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell says “a lack of civility in public discourse” is one of several reasons many Shelby County voters seem uninterested or unaware of this year’s elections in Shelby County.

Wilson Joins Inferno as PR Manager

After several years working in Memphis for companies like Varsity Brands and Mahaffey Tent and Party Rentals and Mahaffey Fabric Structures, Beth Wilson’s mind began to turn to the possibility of agency work for the next phase of her public relations career.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

How Much of Your Net Worth is Yours?

Ray’s take: Net worth is defined as the single amount that represents how much a person would have if he or she sold all assets and paid off all debt. In other words: Assets - Liabilities = Net worth. Seems pretty straightforward. But that does not paint the total picture.

From the Gallery of Tradition

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Overheard in the gallery:

STATEWIDE

Tennessee Ranked 6th for Courtroom Interpreters

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee's courtroom interpreter program has been ranked sixth in the nation by Cardozo School of Law's National Center for Access to Justice.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Court Refuses to Rehear Case on Judges

NASHVILLE (AP) – A special state Supreme Court panel has refused to rehear a case that challenged the constitutionality of the way Tennessee selects its judges.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Gannett First-Quarter Net Profit Falls 43 Percent

MCLEAN, Va. (AP)Gannett Co. said Wednesday that its first-quarter net profit dropped 43 percent, pulled down by restructuring costs, but its adjusted profit managed to beat Wall Street predictions by a penny.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

First Lady Announces One-Stop Job Site for Veterans

WASHINGTON (AP) – Aiming to streamline employment resources for people leaving the military, the government is creating an integrated website that can help job-seekers create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database of veterans and their spouses for companies to mine for skills and talents.

Court-Ordered Tobacco Ads Will Include Black Media

WASHINGTON (AP) – The nation's tobacco companies and the Justice Department are including media outlets that target more of the black community in court-ordered advertisements that say the cigarette makers lied about the dangers of smoking, according to a brief filed in U.S. District Court in Washington on Wednesday.

HEALTH CARE

Wellness Programs Grow More Popular With Employers

That little voice nagging you to put down the cake and lace up the running shoes is increasingly coming from your employer and is likely to grow louder with a looming change under the federal health care overhaul.

TECHNOLOGY

Amazon Snares Classic Shows in Deal With HBO

NEW YORK (AP) – Fans of classic HBO shows like "The Sopranos" and "The Wire" will soon have access to those series and more through Amazon Prime in the first online streaming deal signed by the cable network.

Microsoft Expands Ad-Free Bing Search for Schools

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Microsoft is expanding a program that gives schools the ability to prevent ads from appearing in search results when they use its Bing search engine. The program, launched in a pilot program earlier this year, is now available to all U.S. schools, public or private, from kindergarten through the 12th grade.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
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
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 83 204 20,104
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