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VOL. 126 | NO. 6 | Monday, January 10, 2011

EDUCATION SPECIAL EMPHASIS

Education Avenues

Higher education options growing

The University of Phoenix campus in Cordova is in the midst of a renovation that included recently acquiring an additional 7,000 square feet of space and will bring two new classrooms and a remodeled student resource center to the campus.

Snow Day For Schools Standoff

The first lawsuit in the standoff between Shelby County’s two public school systems was to be filed Monday in Chancery Court.

Answers Emerging in School Drama

At the end of a critical week in the standoff between Shelby County’s two public school systems there still was no script for the fast moving drama.

Kvande to Take Reins of Grace-St. Luke’s

Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School, with slightly more than 500 students ranging from preschool to eighth grade, is by no means the largest school in Memphis.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
50.0°F
Fair
Wind: from the Northwest at 13.8 gusting to 19.6 mph
Humidity: 39%

EVENTS

The Memphis Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals will meet Monday at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Rose Jackson Flenorl, manager, social responsibility for FedEx, will speak about “Corporate Social Responsibility.” Cost is $20. For reservations, contact Demetria Sturgis at 448-5599 or memphis.iaap.treasurer@gmail.com.

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Talent Dividend Promotes Increasing Graduate Rate

The Memphis Talent Dividend (MTD) College Attainment Initiative is a more than 100-member mission to increase the number of college graduates in the Memphis Metropolitan area by 1 percent over the next five years.

Housing Shrinks 8 Percent in 2010

While 2010’s home sales are down – 8 percent from the previous year – local real estate agents say bright spots in the report indicate the housing market is on the road to recovery for 2011.

Regions Praised for Service, Client Experience

Bank customers are apparently more likely to get service with a smile when they step into a Regions Bank branch as opposed to any other large U.S. financial institution.

Commission Could Consider Convention Center Management

Shelby County Commissioners may vote Wednesday on a new contract that would put the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau in charge of running the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

MPI Brings Old School Approach to Photo Business

C. M. Neal of C. M. Neal Photography, a professional photography business in Memphis, uses MPI, Memphis Professional Imaging, as his photo lab.

The Best Advice from 2010

It seems readers like lists so I compiled one more to dig out the best print bites of advice I could glean from my column archives. I’ve lived them all personally. Here goes.

Team Up to Impact Lives

Last week, we talked about the importance of donating blood and how you can easily transform lunch with a friend or a corporate gathering into a blood drive that helps save lives. Based on popular response from our recent column, “Give Back Through Mentoring,” this week I want to discuss two programs making mentoring even more accessible and adaptable to our busy lifestyles.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

ATTN: Mayor Wharton

Memphians sound off on city’s most pressing needs.

MSO Concert Explores Italy

TThe Memphis Symphony Orchestra continues its “Season of Discovery” by starting a cold new year with a foray into the land of terraced vineyards and sunlit villas.

Unmasking Food Reviewer Has Widespread Ramifications

The incident that rocked the national restaurant industry occurred a few days before Christmas in Los Angeles.

’07 Gunner’s Daughter is a True Treasure

There’s a time-honored job in Burgundy called the negociant. This is a person or company that buys barrels of wine from other producers and estates, ages them if necessary and bottles them under their own label. This is common practice, usually done under long-term contract, even with some of the most prestigious firms in Burgundy.

Everyone in Memphis Should Heed ‘To Do’ List

Our instructions were simple. We asked some of the people we have covered to give us a list of priorities for the mayor of Memphis to accomplish.

GOVERNMENT AGENDA

Shelby County Commission Agenda

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

REGIONAL

Gov. to Answer Questions From Arkansans on Radio

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Gov. Mike Beebe will be at the microphone for an hour Friday, answering questions called in to the monthly "Ask the Governor" radio show.

REAL ESTATE

Court Rules Against Banks in Pivotal Mortgage Case

BOSTON (AP) — The highest court in Massachusetts ruled against U.S. Bancorp and Wells Fargo & Co. Friday in a widely watched mortgage foreclosure case that could have serious implications for the nation's largest banks.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Bernanke: 4-5 Years to Reach Normal Unemployment

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke sketched a more optimistic view of the economy, but said the Fed's $600 billion bond-buying program is needed because unemployment is likely to stay elevated for up to five more years.

103K New Jobs in Dec. Point to Slow, Steady Growth

WASHINGTON (AP) – The nation's economy added 103,000 jobs in December and the unemployment rate dropped to 9.4 percent last month, its lowest level in 19 months.

AIG to Issue Warrants as Part of Gov't Exit Plan

NEW YORK (AP) – Insurance giant American International Group Inc. on Friday moved another step closer to freeing itself from U.S. government ownership by offering all current shareholders warrants to buy shares at $45 apiece.

NATIONAL POLITICS

House Takes First Step Toward Health Care Repeal

WASHINGTON (AP) – Confronting President Barack Obama, the new Republican-led House took a first step Friday toward a symbolic vote to repeal his landmark health care overhaul law, which would provide coverage to more than 30 million now uninsured.

House Voids Votes of Members Not Sworn In

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans had to correct a first-week gaffe by nullifying the votes of two of their members that were cast before they were sworn in.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 89 344 19,573
MORTGAGES 110 422 22,914
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 2 8,305 8,305
BUILDING PERMITS 207 838 40,029
BANKRUPTCIES 60 356 13,104
BUSINESS LICENSES 21 194 6,137
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 30 147 12,996
MARRIAGE LICENSES 15 65 4,842

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