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VOL. 129 | NO. 47 | Monday, March 10, 2014
EMPHASIS Construction

Cost Crunch

Fluctuating material prices pose challenge to contractors, homebuilders

The aftermath of the housing crash and economic recession produced a roller coaster of changes in construction costs, one with more peaks than valleys.

Lot Dearth Problematic for Builders

A dwindling supply of developed lots could threaten the nascent local homebuilding rebound, according to homebuilders.

Grinder Looks to Bring Energy to Associated Builders Role

Justin Grinder knew at an early age that he wanted to be involved in the construction industry.

Commission to Vote on Crosstown Funding

Shelby County Commissioners will vote Monday, March 10, on $5 million in public infrastructure funding for the Crosstown redevelopment project.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
80°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 6 mph
Humidity: 54%

EVENTS

Methodist South Hospital will host a stroke support group meeting for survivors and caregivers Monday, March 10, in the outpatient rehabilitation center, 1251 Wesley Drive, suite 141. The topic is “Advanced care directives: Making your health care wishes known.” Email patricia.morgan@mlh.org or rushali.naik@mlh.org.

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U of M Finalists Include Three Provosts

The group of four finalists to become the next president of the University of Memphis includes three provosts including the university’s current provost and one former university president.

Triumph Bank Meeting To Highlight Banner Year

Triumph Bank is holding its annual meeting next month in a locale that’s different from the traditional conference room setting where banks tend to make their yearly presentation to shareholders.

Germantown School Board Reverses Tuition Requirement

Less than a week after approving a tuition requirement for open enrollment of students who live outside Germantown, the Germantown Municipal Schools board reversed course.

Cordova Parents Question Attendance Zone Changes

Parents in Cordova are used to the complexities of school system boundaries. They’ve lived with them for years, with part of the area within the city of Memphis and the other part in unincorporated Shelby County.

Howard Students Volunteer Spring Break in Memphis

Last year, Howard University’s Alternative Spring Break program came to Memphis for the first time with the help of Whitehaven graduate and Howard student Ayanna McFarland.

SMALL BUSINESS

Pets Get the Hollywood Treatment at Growing Chain

Shawn McGhee grew up on a farm in Southern California with sheep and cattle and “a dozen dogs, a dozen cats, running loose.”

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Keep Your Finger On The Pulse

Would you believe us if we told you that traditional market research is an antiquated practice that is heading toward obsolescence? Even the online survey, the modern successor of the traditional door-to-door and phone surveys doesn’t really cut it in today’s complex world.

Unlocking Doors to Education

George Washington Carver is quoted as saying that “Education is the key to unlock the golden door to freedom.” In our community, there are many education doors; however, there is not a master key that opens all the doors.

GOVERNMENT AGENDA

March 10 Shelby County Commission Agenda

The Shelby County Commission will meet Monday, March 10, at 1:30 p.m. in the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for an agenda.

STATEWIDE

Vince Vaughn Brings Comedy Festival to Nashville

NASHVILLE (AP) – Actor Vince Vaughn is bringing a new comedy festival to Nashville this spring with live tapings and stand-up acts to be held at the city's music venues.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Blast of Winter Weather Can't Faze US Employers

WASHINGTON (AP) – Brutal winter weather snarled traffic, canceled flights and cut power to homes and factories in February. Yet it didn't faze U.S. employers, who added 175,000 jobs, far more than the two previous months.

US Consumer Borrowing Up $13.7 Billion in January

WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumers increased their borrowing in January on autos and student loans but cut back on their credit card use.

TECHNOLOGY

Samsung Introduces Free Streaming Radio Service

NEW YORK (AP) – Samsung on Friday unveiled a new free music service for its phones that it touts as a significant improvement from the apps already on the market.

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PROPERTY SALES 38 349 15,066
MORTGAGES 111 449 19,779
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 33 91 3,886
BUILDING PERMITS 0 512 35,842
BANKRUPTCIES 62 309 14,343
BUSINESS LICENSES 18 138 5,129
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 69 385 21,817
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