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VOL. 130 | NO. 32 | Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Luttrell Scolds State Legislators

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell says the political forces that defeated the Insure Tennessee proposal of Gov. Bill Haslam this month in Nashville weren’t in a fight with Washington and President Barack Obama

Airport Plows Ahead Despite Wintry Mix

Crews at Memphis International Airport worked around the clock to clear runways of the wintry mix that moved into the area Sunday night and Monday morning. Although the runways remained opened, airlines cancelled many flights to and from Memphis due to the weather.

New Entrepreneurship Group Taps First President

The Memphis Bioworks-led entrepreneurship initiative EPIcenter has tapped a nationally recognized entrepreneurship and business development leader to serve as its first president.

Sweetie Pie’s Approached as Mall Tenant

Sweetie Pie’s, the St. Louis soul food institution in a standoff with its Beale Street landlord, has been approached by the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. as a tenant for one of two malls the administration wants to convert to “town centers.”

Debt, Pension Overhang Top City Council Priorities

UPDATE: Council committee sessions are beginning late Tuesday – at 10:30 a.m. – because of weather-related road conditions, and committees will have a condensed schedule, according to council staff.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
61.0°F
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: East at 4.6 mph
Humidity: 78%

EVENTS

Beale Street Merchants Association will hold the annual Mardi Gras parade Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 5:30 p.m. on Beale Street. The celebration will feature a fanfare of carts, horse-drawn carriages, bicycles and wagons decorated for Mardi Gras, plus beads, candy, and jazz and blues music. Visit bealestreetmerchants.com.

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All-Star Game Special Night For Brothers Gasol

Pau Gasol won the historic tip-off from younger brother Marc, making official the Brothers Gasol as the first brothers in league history to start in the NBA All-Star Game.

Coca-Cola Considers Relocation, Consolidation

Coca-Cola Refreshments USA Inc. is considering a $4.8 million project to consolidate distribution operations in Memphis and West Memphis, Ark., into one facility in Memphis, according to application for a tax freeze.

GOVERNMENT AGENDA

February 17 Memphis City Council Agenda

The Memphis City Council will meet Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 3:30 p.m. in the Council chambers in City Hall, 125 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for an agenda.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Maines Paper & Food Service Continues Work in Arlington

11420 Gulf Stream Road, Memphis, TN 38002, Permit Amount: $2.5 million -
More new construction is planned at the Maines Paper & Food Service cold-storage facility in Arlington.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Professional Development Pays Dividends

We were reviewing a proposal for a client this week and noticed in the funder’s guidelines a request for information about the organization’s ongoing training and professional development activities, and the budget for these. Needless to say there was silence in the room.

Memphis Leading Cities In Women-Led Startup Programs

As a female serial entrepreneur, I experienced firsthand both the challenges and the opportunities of building a technology startup as a woman.

STATEWIDE

Cassius Cash Begins Job as New Superintendent of Smokies

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) – Growing up in Memphis, the son of a homicide detective and a cosmetologist, Cassius Cash didn't dream of one day being the superintendent of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Holiday Sales Tax Collections Bolster Tennessee Revenues

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee's general fund tax collections in January were $214 million higher than projected in January on strong consumer spending over the holiday season and unexpected corporate tax payments.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Democrats Seek Relief From Health Law Penalties

WASHINGTON (AP) – The official sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law may be over, but leading congressional Democrats say millions of Americans facing new tax penalties deserve a second chance.

Drones Rule: Proposed Rules for Commercial Unmanned Aircraft

WASHINGTON (AP) – Drone on, the government says.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 31 327 17,870
MORTGAGES 49 409 20,835
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 129 800 36,616
BANKRUPTCIES 51 243 11,925
BUSINESS LICENSES 21 117 5,677
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 175 12,208
MARRIAGE LICENSES 29 121 4,478

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