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VOL. 129 | NO. 69 | Wednesday, April 9, 2014

City Blight Effort Faulted in Audit

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. came up with the anti-blight initiative 25 Square specifically to attack overgrown lots in a systematic and targeted approach.

Avoiding Heartache

Grizzlies look to turn tide of recent play

The Grizzlies had just watched the Golden State Warriors score 14 straight points to turn a seven-point deficit into a 100-93 victory. Yet Memphis coach Dave Joerger rejected the notion that the Grizzlies, who also happened to miss their last seven shots in the fourth quarter, had lost the game more than the Warriors had won it.

Craft Follows 36-Year Path to Bench

The path of Criminal Court Judge Chris Craft to the bench has been the result of seeing possibilities in other positions.

Fourth Annual MED Night Raises Hospital Awareness

“Celebrate good times, come on!” The song by Kool & the Gang – this year’s MED Night: A Soul Celebration headliner – pretty much encapsulates not only the night, but the overall feeling about Regional One Health’s vision and new direction.

New Digital Pet Magazine Launches

The number of new digital media outlets launching in Memphis keeps getting bigger. The newest addition is Bluff City Bark, a venture billing itself as Memphis’ first digital pet magazine. The first issue was published a few days ago, and the cover features Jeff Fioranelli, owner of Buckley’s restaurant, photographed with his two dogs, Teddy and Sam.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
55°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 7 mph
Humidity: 69%

EVENTS

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, April 9, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. George Cogswell, publisher of the Commercial Appeal, will speak. Cost is $18 for nonmembers.

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MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Stephens Joins Maintenance Team at Commercial Advisors

Timothy Stephens has joined Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors as a maintenance mechanic at One Commerce Square. In his new role, Stephens will performing plumbing, painting and general maintenance services.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Cold Calling Gets Bad Rap

Cold calling gets a bad rap. Sales reps dread it, due to the anxiety and rejection that too often accompany it. In reality, the make-or-break moment in most cold calls is just the initial conversation starter – that first 10-20 seconds from your first word to the point at which the prospect gives you permission to continue talking. If you can make it past that all-important hurdle, it’s all downhill from there.

STATEWIDE

Volkswagen Expansion Talks at Standstill in Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) – Expansion talks at Volkswagen's lone U.S. plant have ground to a halt amid disagreements about the role of organized labor at the factory in Tennessee.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Senate Votes for Open Gun Carry Without Permit

NASHVILLE (AP) – The state Senate has passed a bill to allow Tennesseans to openly carry guns without a state-issued permit.

Bill Seeks 'In God We Trust' Signage at Capitol

NASHVILLE (AP) – Legislation that calls for the phrase "In God We Trust" to be displayed above the main Capitol entrances and behind the speakers' podiums in both the House and Senate has been approved by the Senate.

REGIONAL

Mississippi Network Set for Child Medical, Mental Needs

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi officials hope that a $5 million grant will create a more seamless system to care for children's medical, mental and behavioral needs.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Traffic on Southwest Airlines Rose in March

DALLAS (AP) Southwest Airlines Co. said Tuesday that passenger traffic and a key revenue figure rose slightly last month compared with March 2013.

Tesla to Offer Electric Car Leases to Businesses

DETROIT (AP) – Electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. says it will begin leasing cars to small and midsize businesses.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Obama Signs Actions Taking Aim at Gender Pay Gap

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a concerted election-year push to draw attention to women's wages, President Barack Obama signed directives Tuesday that would make it easier for workers of federal contractors to get information about workplace compensation. He seasoned his move with a sharp rebuke of Republicans whom he accused of "gumming up the works" on workplace fairness.

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PROPERTY SALES 74 312 15,378
MORTGAGES 125 389 20,168
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 23 109 3,995
BUILDING PERMITS 431 872 36,714
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