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VOL. 130 | NO. 35 | Friday, February 20, 2015

Coca-Cola Awarded Incentives to Stay, Expand in Memphis

Coca-Cola appears poised to grow its Memphis presence.

Comfy Camping

RVC Outdoor Destinations helps people camp out on their terms

The way Andy Cates explains it, camping out hasn’t changed a lot in about half a century.

Greater Memphis Chamber Promotes Ernest Strickland

Ernest Strickland has been promoted to vice president of international & business partnerships for the Greater Memphis Chamber, effective immediately.

St. Jude Opens $198 Million Kay Research and Care Center

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital opened its new $198 million Kay Research and Care Center Thursday, a facility the hospital says will usher in a new era of research, education, collaboration, care and treatment for the hospital.

City Wants Urban Land Institute to Review of Fairgrounds

City Housing and Community Development Director Robert Lipscomb wants the Urban Land Institute to “review, evaluate and issue recommendations” on the Wharton administration’s Fairgrounds redevelopment plan after leading a set of public hearings and discussions that would take place over a five-day period.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
38.0°F
Fair
Wind: Calm mph
Humidity: 73%

EVENTS

Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s School will host an opening reception for “Horn Island: Paint & Metal,” new works by Richard Prillaman and Bill Nelson, Friday, Feb. 20, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Buckman, 60 Perkins Road Extended. The exhibition is on display through April 7 in the Levy Gallery. Visit buckmanartscenter.com.

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Sprouts Opening Lakeland Store May 13

Sprouts Farmers Market, a fast-growing specialty grocery chain, has set an opening date for its first Memphis-area store.

Haslam Wary of Gas Tax Hike

Despite low gas prices, a backlog on road projects and prevailing winds for fuel-tax reform, Gov. Bill Haslam is pulling back from a gas-tax increase this session.

Tennessee Medical Association Unveils Legislative Agenda

Ahead of its annual Day on the Hill next month and fresh off the legislative defeat of a Medicaid expansion in Tennessee, the state’s largest professional association for doctors has unveiled its wish list for the 2015 legislative session.

SPORTS

Three Questions Grizzlies Must Answer to Keep Momentum

They have banked 39 wins and earned their current standing – emphasis on the word current – as the team with the second-best record in the Western Conference behind Golden State.

Martinez Pitching for Himself, and for Taveras

Carlos Martinez’s English isn’t very good. But you don’t need a translator to communicate the raw facts.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

A Word About Reality

“REALITY JUST IS.” I stood in the bathroom in boxer shorts and shaving cream and cheered words coming from my radio – words good enough to overcome that image I just put in your head – words like these:

Personal Brand Building

When’s the last time you thought of yourself as a brand? If you were a car, would you be a Ford or a Mercedes? Would you be a SUV or a convertible?

MEMPHIS AREA

Cohen Announces Funding for HIV Treatment

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen says Shelby County is receiving more than $5.6 million in federal funds to help care for people living with HIV.

Jury Begins Deliberations in Tennessee Armory Shooting Trial

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A jury started deliberating Thursday in the federal trial of a Tennessee National Guard recruiter charged with trying to kill four superiors in an armory shooting.

STATEWIDE

New Group Spending Money to Support Common Core

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Records show a new group with ties to Gov. Bill Haslam has spent more than $100,000 defending his position on maintaining Tennessee's current education standards.

Jeb Bush to Headline Tennessee GOP Fundraiser in May

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is headlining the Tennessee Republican Party's annual fundraiser in May.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee House Cancels Rest of Week Due to Ice, Snow

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee House of Representatives canceled committee meetings and its Thursday floor session amid icy and snowy conditions around the state.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Facing Militant Threat, Corker Shoulders Matters of War

WASHINGTON (AP) – Two years ago, Sen. Bob Corker wondered aloud whether the standstill Senate was worth a grown man's time.

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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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