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VOL. 127 | NO. 14 | Monday, January 23, 2012
EDUCATION SPECIAL EMPHASIS

The Merger Effect

Private schools officials want ‘strong public school structure’

When the merger of Memphis City and Shelby County schools occurs, many private school administrators are hoping refugee students don’t show up at their doors.

Merger Involves Many Moving Parts

There are a lot of players to keep track of between the two bodies that are leading Shelby County’s two public school systems down the road to consolidation in August 2013.

Geraci’s Goal: Nutrition For 106,000 Students

Tony Geraci is a third-generation chef from New Orleans who came to Memphis in November to run a state-of-the-art kitchen built on 14 acres of land with menus featuring locally grown food from “the richest soil on the planet.”

St. Agnes Wraps 160th Anniversary Celebration

St. Agnes Academy opened its doors in February 1851 with 20 boarders and 20 day students. Today, with an enrollment of more than 900, the school is celebrating its rich 160-year-old history and tradition of academia.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
55.0°F
A Few Clouds
Wind: Northwest at 5.8 mph
Humidity: 26%

EVENTS

The Ladies of Armor Society will launch the networking program Jumpstart Your Business Monday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m. at Stop Alarms Inc., 6095 Apple Tree Drive. Open membership is available at an introductory rate for eight weeks of $175. For more information, visit www.ladiesofarmor.com or www.jumpstartyourbusinessmemphis.com.

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First Horizon Posts Q4, Yearly Profit

A little more than three years removed from the worst of the credit crisis and with a new chairman of the board in place, the parent company of the largest Tennessee-based bank posted solid fourth-quarter and full-year 2011 numbers Friday, Jan. 20.

Commission Takes Up Redistricting and Ouster Rule Change

Shelby County Commission members pick up Monday, Jan. 23, where they left off last Wednesday – in turmoil and possibly headed for a political realignment of the partisan body along something other than party lines.

Court Filings Fall 12 Percent

The business of Shelby County's civil courts in 2011 saw a couple of shifts from 2010, including fewer filings in two courts, more filings in one court and a couple of shifts in the categories with the most filings.

New Category Highlights Q4 Chancery Cases

Court filings in the last three months of 2011 showed a new category of cases in Chancery Court.

GOVERNMENT AGENDA

Shelby County Commission Agenda

The Shelby County Commission will meet Monday, Jan. 23, at 1:30 p.m. in the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for a full agenda.

EDITORIAL

Public Notices Have Important Role

When I first became publisher of The Daily News in Memphis, I’ll admit I knew very little about public notices. I quickly learned that they are a longstanding requirement on governments, individuals and some businesses to give notice to the public when a range of critically important actions are about to be taken – the foreclosure of a home, passage of a local ordinance, the adoption of a child, and so on.

SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Relocated Campus Spotlights NCBT’s Growing Presence

The National College of Business and Technology is in the very early stages of the planning process for its new brick-and-mortar campus in Memphis.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Cookies, History And Business

Recently, I rekindled my interest in world history to prepare for a new book project. If you reflect on history, things have unfolded much like the events in the children’s book “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.”

Program Gets Local Kids To College

In 1993, I packed up my car and traveled down I-40 to Knoxville. I was starting the next chapter of my life at the University of Tennessee. It was never a question of if I was going to college, simply a matter of where.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

100 Years of Higher Learning

School celebrates its past, present and future as centennial kicks off

You can find the origins of the University of Memphis in the 19th century – the 19th Century Club, that is.

Wilde Play Gets Classic Treatment

Good manners and a love of words mix for comic effect in Theatre Memphis’ upcoming production of Oscar Wilde’s most famous play, “The Importance of Being Earnest.”

It’s Alex Grisanti’s Turn to Be the Boss

Ronnie Grisanti. Judd Grisanti. Alex Grisanti.

Sparkling Wine Not Just For The Holidays

It seems to be the case that sparkling wine was not invented or discovered in Champagne in the late 17th century but in a rather obscure town called Limoux in southwest France, between the medieval walled city of Carcassonne and the Pyrenees foothills, around 1531. By happy accident, wine whose fermentation stopped in the winter with cold weather went into fermentation again in the spring, producing – voila! – bubbles. Of course the process had to be controlled, but once that happened, Limoux was launched on its 500-year tradition of making sparkling wines.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tenn. Panel Hasn't Posted Regular Meeting Notices

NASHVILLE (AP) – A state commission that recently was in court over allegations it crafted an immigration policy in secret hasn't regularly posted notices of upcoming meetings on its website during at least the past two years.

State Orders 54,600 Copies of Tenn. Blue Book

NASHVILLE (AP) – The latest edition of the Tennessee Blue Book are being delivered being delivered to the state Capitol.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Fed Spells Out How it Will Forecast Rate Changes

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve has specified how it will begin signaling when its benchmark interest rate will rise and what the rate will be at points in the future.

House GOP to Push for Pipeline Despite Obama Move

BALTIMORE (AP) – House Republicans say a fresh push for a 1,700-mile Canada-to-Texas pipeline could be part of a new round of negotiations over extending the payroll tax cut and benefits for the long-term unemployed.

New Rules Set for Money Transfers

NEW YORK (AP) – Consumers who send money abroad will soon be entitled to disclosures that spell out fees and exchange rates of their transfers.

REAL ESTATE

Home Sales Up at End of Dismal Year, Offering Hope

WASHINGTON (AP) – Home sales in December reached their highest pace in nearly a year. The gain coincided with other signs that the troubled U.S. housing market improved at the end of last year.

TECHNOLOGY

After Protest, Congress Puts Off Movie Piracy Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) – Caving to a massive campaign by Internet services and their millions of users, Congress indefinitely postponed legislation Friday to stop online piracy of movies and music costing U.S. companies billions of dollars every year. Critics said the bills would result in censorship and stifle Internet innovation.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 61 331 19,904
MORTGAGES 80 391 23,305
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 83 8,387
BUILDING PERMITS 0 338 40,366
BANKRUPTCIES 35 231 13,335
BUSINESS LICENSES 28 76 6,213
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 125 13,120
MARRIAGE LICENSES 21 94 4,936

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