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VOL. 129 | NO. 37 | Monday, February 24, 2014

Commission Takes Up School Board Redistricting

A majority of Shelby County Commissioners seems to agree that the Shelby County Schools board should be smaller than the 13 members it will become with the August school board elections if the commission takes no further action.

Telling Her Own Story

Amy Howell blazes path as business owner, leader, author

Long before she was running her own business and co-writing a book, “Women in High Gear,” Amy Howell was a little girl in overdrive.

Shockey ‘Ideal Fit’ as Chamber Chair

Leigh Shockey had gone to Memphis International Airport in her role as an executive for the family business – Drexel Chemical Co.

Women Prove Mettle in Tough CRE Industry

When Rosemarie Fair first entered the world of commercial real estate in the early 1980s, it was still a largely male-dominated profession and she felt the biting sting of disrespect.

Criminal Justice Issues Likely to Dominate Races

Expect to hear a lot between now and August about how the local criminal justice system does or does not work.

GOVERNMENT AGENDA

February 24 Shelby County Commission Agenda

The Shelby County Commission will meet Monday, Feb. 24, at 1:30 p.m. in the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for an agenda.

SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Tart Cafe Mixes French Flair, Love of Memphis

The business partners opening Tart – a new French-focused cafe, coffee shop, bakery and art gallery in Cooper-Young that held a preview party earlier this month – have been spreading the word through social media and in person that theirs is more than a simple coffeehouse.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Innovation for the Rest of Us

Innovation, as a discipline, tends to be special assignment work that is reserved for the creative hotshots, iconoclasts, those in hot spots like Palo Alto, or on an esteemed university campus, such as MIT.

A Failure to Communicate

A research study was done that asked 100 people who were all more than 90 years of age to describe what they would do differently if they had to live their lives over. The responses most often given were that they would take more risks, that they would spend more time reflecting, and that they would do more that would live on after they were gone. I was not a part of that survey, but I would like to add one more to that list of “do overs”: to listen more.

MEMPHIS AREA

Liberty Bowl, AutoZone Extend Sponsorship Deal

MEMPHIS (AP) – The Liberty Bowl has extended its title sponsorship deal with AutoZone through the 2019 season.

STATEWIDE

UAW Appeals Volkswagen Workers' Rejection in Tennessee

WASHINGTON (AP) – The United Auto Workers is challenging last week's vote by workers at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee rejecting the UAW to represent them.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Court: Passing Field Sobriety Tests Doesn't Matter

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that police may still have grounds to arrest people for DUI even if they pass field sobriety tests.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Agriculture Census Shows Boom in Farm Sales

WASHINGTON (AP) – American agriculture has experienced a boom, with market values of crops, livestock and total agricultural products reaching record highs even as the amount of U.S. farmland declined, according to a new government survey.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Transcripts Show Fed at Times Slow to Grasp Crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve agonized in 2008 over how far to go to stop a financial crisis that threatened to cause a recession and at times struggled to recognize its speed and magnitude.

Cellphone Calls on Planes? Don't Ask the Feds

WASHINGTON (AP) – It looks like the government is more conflicted about cellphones on planes than most travelers. Even as one federal agency considers allowing the calls, another now wants to make sure that doesn't happen.

HEALTH CARE

FDA Looks to Reboot Nonprescription Drug System

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Food and Drug Administration is looking to revamp its system for regulating hundreds of over-the-counter drugs, saying the decades-old process is not flexible enough to keep pace with modern medical developments.

TECHNOLOGY

Pew Maps Twitter Conversations, Finds 6 Types

NEW YORK (AP) – People take to Twitter to talk about everything from politics to breakfast to Justin Bieber in what feels like a chaotic stream of messages. So it may come as a surprise that the conversations on the short messaging service fit into just six distinct patterns.

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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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