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VOL. 129 | NO. 49 | Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Tennessee Brewery Plan Unveiled

Memphis businessman Taylor Berger is part of a team preparing to take short-term ownership of the Tennessee Brewery Downtown, with plans to bring a variety of community-focused uses to the site from roughly the last weekend in April through the last weekend in May.

Time for Winning

Tigers enter tourney season needing to move past ‘war wounds’

Through a 31-game regular season and an 18-game grind in the American Athletic Conference, the University of Memphis never lost back-to-back games. It’s a notable achievement.

Mays Approves 9-Member County Schools Board

With two rulings in as many days, U.S. District Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays this week cleared his schedule of any pending matters in the reformation of public education in Shelby County.

2014 Home Sales Off to Slow Start

Shelby County home sales were up in February when compared to the same month last year but not enough to overcome January’s sluggish start, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports.

Crosstown Funding Comes With Questions

The Memphis City Council’s approval of $15 million in city funding for the Crosstown redevelopment project last December was supposed to be the last piece of a $180 million funding puzzle for the mammoth undertaking.

Local Weather
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Memphis, TN
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Wind: 9 mph
Humidity: 79%

EVENTS

Lifeblood and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center will host a community blood drive Wednesday, March 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at UTHSC, 800 Madison Ave., rooms B201-B204. Visit lifeblood.org or call 529-6320 for eligibility guidelines and appointments.

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Shelby County Mortgages Jump 12 Percent in February

The latest monthly totals for Shelby County’s mortgage market show homebuying improved somewhat last month, with total mortgage volume up 12 percent compared to February 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports,www.chandlerreports.com.

Durham Dives Into Legislature During First Year

When someone first mentioned to freshman state Rep. Jeremy Durham that there would be a new seat in Williamson County, he thought he was being asked to suggest someone, not run.

American Athletic Conference Honors Three Tigers

Senior guard Joe Jackson and sophomore forward Shaq Goodwin made the American Athletic Conference All-Conference Second Team and freshman forward Austin Nichols made the All-Rookie Team.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Frierson Joins T-Shirt Champions as Art Director

Nikki Frierson has joined T-Shirt Champions as art director, where she will oversee the planning and creation of all T-shirt art produced by the company’s graphic design team. Frierson is also currently involved in Leadership Memphis’ FastTrack program, an initiative that teaches emerging, high-profile leaders personal leadership skills and knowledge of the community.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Reports of Email’s Death Greatly Exaggerated

The first in a two-part series. While email marketing may have lost a bit of luster given the instant gratification of social media, it’s alive and well and is one of several digital marketing channels businesses are spending significantly more on in 2014. Why? Because compared to social media marketing, email marketing is less time intensive and easier to measure, test and optimize.

Examining Numbers From Data Week

The first week of the month always produces a torrent of economic data that is capped off by the Friday employment report from the Department of Labor. Here is a summary of the more relevant data releases from last week:

STATEWIDE

Tennessee Workers Seek Higher Minimum Wage

NASHVILLE (AP) – A coalition of close to 200 workers rallied on the steps of the state Capitol on Tuesday to speak out on issues ranging from increasing Tennessee's minimum wage to supporting public schools.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Common Core Bill Passes House 81-9

NASHVILLE (AP) – Legislation that would require any data collected under Tennessee's Common Core standards only be used to track the academic progress and needs of students has passed the House.

Fiscal Review Committee Bill Delayed in House

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal that would change the time frame the Legislature's Fiscal Review Committee has to provide a fiscal analysis of a bill has been delayed.

Bill Gives Students Free Religious Expression

NASHVILLE (AP) – Legislation that would allow a student to express a religious belief in a school assignment has passed the House.

Bill to Block Nashville Amp Project Worries Haslam

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday raised concerns about efforts by fellow Republicans in the state Legislature to block a dedicated bus lane project through Nashville.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Flight Cancelations Take a Toll on Airline Revenue

DALLAS (AP) – Airlines are still tallying up the damage from this winter's storms, but solid demand for travel means they are likely to weather the rocky start to 2014 in good shape.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

US Employers Posted More Open Jobs in January

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers advertised slightly more jobs in January than in December, a sign that hiring should remain steady in coming months.

US House Committee Investigating GM Recall

DETROIT (AP) – A congressional committee is investigating the way General Motors and a federal safety agency handled a deadly ignition switch problem in compact cars.

Court Dismissal Leaves Matter of School Board Restructuring

UPDATE: U.S. District Judge Samuel "Hardy" Mays approved Tuesday, March 11, the Shelby County Commission's plan to restructure the Shelby County Schools board to a nine-member board with the August 2014 elections.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 43 43 12,074
MORTGAGES 78 78 15,834
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 3,130
BUILDING PERMITS 0 0 28,832
BANKRUPTCIES 97 97 11,768
BUSINESS LICENSES 18 18 4,292
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 190 190 17,922
MARRIAGE LICENSES 43 43 3,711

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