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VOL. 130 | NO. 33 | Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Start Co. Expands Its Downtown Space

The organization helping startup founders launch new ventures in Memphis will soon have more elbow room for the space where it holds events, teaches and provides a co-working environment for startup teams.

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James Lee House displays work from Memphis College of Art again

Things have come full circle at the James Lee House, the historic Victorian Village landmark once home to a riverboat tycoon that reopened as a bed and breakfast almost a year ago.

Coca-Cola Awarded Incentives to Stay, Expand in Memphis

Coca-Cola appears poised to grow its Memphis presence.

New Video Details Sears Crosstown Project

The Sears Crosstown redevelopment team has released a video about the years-long effort to transform the vacant Midtown property in advance of a Saturday, Feb. 21 public groundbreaking ceremony.

Council Critical of Wharton Debt Restructuring

First reviews from Memphis City Council members Tuesday, Feb. 17, to Memphis Mayor A C Wharton’s plan to restructure the city’s debt payments were harsh and skeptical.

Wharton: Tourism Is Serious Business

Sometimes in tourism, it is the little things that count. But “little” is relative. Consider the digital LED display screen on the west wall of the Memphis Cook Convention Center – big enough to be seen by eastbound traffic on the Hernando DeSoto Bridge – which local leaders debuted this month after three years of planning.

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.”

NEWSMAKERS

Lowery Installed as President of Association for Women Attorneys

Keating Lowery has been installed as the 2015 president of the Association for Women Attorneys. As an attorney with Lawrence & Russell PLC, Lowery devotes her practice to litigating Employee Retirement Income Security Act matters on behalf of employers, plan fiduciaries and third-party administrators throughout the United States.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Building Trust In Sales

A key to sales success is identifying the prospect’s needs. But that knowledge doesn’t mean much if the potential relationship lacks a foundation of trust.

Social Media Now Integral to Protest

It may not seem intuitive to connect intellectual property rights with a human tragedy, but the two intersect more often than we realize.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Education Commissioner Begins Tour to Connect With Teachers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Education Commissioner Candace McQueen plans to connect with at least 10,000 teachers by the end of the calendar year.

Tennessee Lawmaker Operated Hog Farm Without Proper Permits

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Republican lawmaker from northwestern Tennessee operated his hog farm without proper state permits, and an inspector said he was discouraged by upper management from enforcing violations.

REGIONAL

Miss. Lawmakers Propose Property Tax Break for Seniors

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi homeowners older than 65 could get a break on their property taxes under a proposal some lawmakers are pushing.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Feds Halting Preparations for Challenged Immigration Program

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Homeland Security Department will cease preparations for a program intended to protect millions of immigrants from deportation in the wake of a federal court ruling halting it, Secretary Jeh Johnson said Tuesday.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 46 229 20,995
MORTGAGES 74 248 24,609
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 27 8,637
BUILDING PERMITS 478 837 43,174
BANKRUPTCIES 61 177 14,079
BUSINESS LICENSES 12 58 6,459
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 29 114 13,625
MARRIAGE LICENSES 20 67 5,136

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