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VOL. 131 | NO. 35 | Thursday, February 18, 2016

Biden Touts Stimulus In Stop At Rossville Intermodal Facility

Vice President Joe Biden came to the Norfolk Southern intermodal yard in Rossville Wednesday, Feb. 17, to tout the seven-year old economic stimulus act and push for continued public investment in roads as well as railways.

Memphis Meats Startup Focused on Lab-Grown Food

The purpose of new meat-production startup Memphis Meats Inc. is in the name, but what’s perhaps more important – the “how” of the company’s operation – is not as readily apparent.

First Tennessee Names Competing Bank in Employment Complaint

First Tennessee Bank is expanding the scope of a legal action it filed last May in the wake of Nashville-based Pinnacle Financial Group’s entry into the Memphis market.

City Council Punts Minority Business Issue to Panel

Memphis City Council members debated at length Tuesday, Feb. 16, whether or not to form a committee to explore the lack of minority business growth locally.

Last Word: 901Fest, First Tennessee Sues Pinnacle and EDGE Responds

U of M Tigers 73 – UCF Knights 56 at FedExForum and on ESPN Wednesday evening.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
47.0°F
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: Southeast at 4.6 mph
Humidity: 54%

EVENTS

Rhodes College will host artist Mel Chin, keynote speaker for the “Memphis: Art and Place” symposium, Thursday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m. in the Bryan Campus Life Center’s McCallum Ballroom on campus, 2000 North Parkway. Cost is free. Other symposium events are scheduled for Friday and Saturday. Visit rhodes.edu/content/memphis-center-conferences for details and a schedule.

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I-Team Veteran Takes Reins Of Innovate Memphis

Two years ago, when Justin Entzminger found a job that combined his background in entrepreneurship with his dedication to the public realm, he jumped at the chance to join the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team.

PNA Conference Covers Gamut of Issues to Improve Seniors' Lives

Most of the topics you would expect. The 2016 overview on Medicare, coordinating services for seniors, and dealing with grief in the workplace.

Pinch District Hotel Close to Reality

After six months of negotiations and delays in votes by the Memphis City Council, there is an agreement for the construction of a hotel with retail space across Front Street from The Pyramid.

MATA Chief: System ‘On Verge Of Collapse’

The president and CEO of the Memphis Area Transit Authority said Tuesday, Feb. 16, that the city’s bus system will “collapse” without additional operating funds and city capital funding to buy new buses.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Orleans at Walnut Grove Sells for $29.2 Million

317 Royal Chartres Square E., Cordova, TN 38018 -
The 276-unit Orleans at Walnut Grove apartment community has sold for $29.2 million.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Think About Spring Break A New Way

If you’re planning a spring break trip to the Gulf Coast or Orlando, you’re not alone in that decision. College students and families alike flock to popular beach communities and Florida theme parks year after year.

Doing My Civic Duty

In October last year – just as I was preparing to teach Kafka’s “The Trial” for about the twelfth time – I received a missive from, of all places, the United States District Court. Guess what, it said (though, this is a paraphrase), you are being called to jury duty. As Yogi would’ve said, “It’s deja vu all over again.”

Debate Rages Over Reasons For Rising Higher-Ed Costs

When figures are presented detailing a 456 percent increase in tuition and fees at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville over the last 20 years, the result is usually some serious sticker shock.

STATEWIDE

UT President Says School Thriving Despite Legal Troubles

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro pushed back against recent criticisms of the school, telling UT supporters that "the long arm of the government" is reaching further and further into university matters.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Haslam, Colleges Agree to Outside Review of Outsourcing Plan

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's administration announced Wednesday that it has agreed with higher education leaders to have an outside group review the Republican's privatization plan for building maintenance at Tennessee's public colleges and universities.

Tennessee AG Seeks Durham's Electronic Devices, Emails

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee attorney general's office has requested that Rep. Jeremy Durham turn over all state electronic devices and personal email accounts as part of an investigation into sexual harassment allegations, the Republican lawmaker said Tuesday.

Senate Finance Committee Votes To Add 2 Open Records Jobs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Senate Finance Committee has voted to approve funding for two new positions in Tennessee government to help clear a backlog of open record questions.

ECONOMY

Minutes Show Fed Worried By Global Turmoil

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve policymakers expressed growing concerns at their meeting last month about potential threats to the U.S. economy, including turbulence in financial markets, plunging oil prices and slowing growth in China and other emerging markets.

TECHNOLOGY

US Fight Over Gunman's Locked iPhone Could Have Big Impact

WASHINGTON (AP) – A U.S. magistrate's order for Apple Inc. to help the FBI hack into an iPhone used by the gunman in the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, sets up an extraordinary legal fight with implications for ordinary consumers and digital privacy.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 86 393 21,159
MORTGAGES 94 424 24,785
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 93 8,703
BUILDING PERMITS 173 1,010 43,347
BANKRUPTCIES 52 292 14,194
BUSINESS LICENSES 15 90 6,491
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 28 167 13,678
MARRIAGE LICENSES 12 89 5,158

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