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VOL. 130 | NO. 37 | Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Allegiant Air to Take Off in Memphis

Allegiant Air will bring its ultra-low-cost service to Memphis International Airport beginning May 22 with nonstop flights to Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and its hometown of Las Vegas, the company announced Wednesday.

Dream Realized

Crosstown Concourse officially breaks new ground

Around 2010, Francis Ssebikindu saw people exploring the Sears Crosstown property, kicking the tires of the long-vacant retail and distribution building.

Gestalt Renews Hickory Hill School Plans

A new Power Center Academy middle school in Hickory Hill near or on the footprint of the old Marina Cove Apartments moved a step closer to reality with Gestalt Community Schools applying for a $7 million building permit to build a 40,147-square-foot middle school at 5449 Winchester Road.

Williams Says Mayoral Bid Based On Change

Saying there is a pulse in the city for change, Memphis Police Association President Mike Williams announced Monday, Feb. 23, he will run for Memphis mayor in the October city elections.

EDGE Leader Faults 'Vague' Concerns About Incentives

The president of the Economic Development Growth Engine wants Memphis City Council members and Shelby County commissioners to approve proposed changes to payment-in-lieu-of taxes incentives the EDGE board grants.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
79.0°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: Southeast at 10.4 mph
Humidity: 56%

EVENTS

Greater Memphis National College Fair will be held Tuesday, Feb. 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. Students and parents can meet with admission representatives from a wide range of colleges and universities, learn about financial aid and more. Cost is free; registration is required. Visit nacacnet.org.

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Carson Departs, Problems Remain For Local Democrats

With about a month left in his term as chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party, Bryan Carson resigned Saturday, Feb. 21, after a confrontation behind closed doors with the party’s executive committee over his handling of the party’s bank accounts.

Former Miami Mayor Diaz to Speak in Memphis

Upon his election, Diaz pursued policies that included tax cuts, rebuilding the city’s reserves and working to take the city from junk bond status to an A+ bond rating.

Another Discount Carrier to Land at Memphis International

In what officials hope will be another step in rebuilding service at Memphis International Airport, the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority will announce the arrival of a new low-cost carrier on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Developer Charlie Ryan Focusing on Central-Cooper Intersection

765 Tanglewood St., Memphis TN 38104, Sale Amount: $27,000 -
Developer Charles S. “Charlie” Ryan has acquired a key piece of Midtown property.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

‘Lion King’ Actor Gives Back to Memphis

You’re trying to raise money. You know who could provide funding. You set personal appointments, talk with people in person. You know you have a good project that will make an impact. Yet all you hear is “no.” When do you give up? Russell Joel Brown heard “no” 75 times before he got to “yes.”

Baseball Heaven Found in Phoenix

For baseball fans, one of the greatest days is when pitchers and catchers report for spring training.

STATEWIDE

4-Year Schools Competing for Tennessee Promise Students

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Many people know Tennessee Promise offers free tuition to the state's community colleges. But the money can also be used at four-year schools that offer associate degrees.

SmartWay Traffic App Benefiting Motorists

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A new real-time road conditions map developed by the Tennessee Department of Transportation has come in handy this winter.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tenn. Political Leaders Put Off Gas Tax Talk Despite Needs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – While political leaders in Tennessee agree on the growing need to bolster funding for road building and maintenance, there is little consensus about how go about doing it.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Labor Chief: Unions to Push on Wages in 2016 Campaign

ATLANTA (AP) – Politicians of all ideologies have failed American workers in an era of rising corporate profits and declining wages, the nation's top labor leader said Monday, vowing to pressure candidates running for president in 2016 to address the issue.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Saving for Retirement: Obama Proposal Sets Up Wall Street Fight

WASHINGTON (AP) – Tapping the anxieties of aging baby boomers, President Barack Obama on Monday called for tougher standards on brokers who manage retirement savings accounts, a change that could affect the investment advice received by many Americans and aggravate tensions between the White House and Wall Street.

REAL ESTATE

US Home Sales Plunge 4.9 Percent in January

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home sales struck a snow drift in January, plunging to the slowest pace in nine months.

TECHNOLOGY

Google Teams With 3 Wireless Carriers to Combat Apple Pay

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Aiming to undercut Apple's latest hit service, Google is teaming up with three major U.S. wireless carriers to prod more people into using its mobile wallet.

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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 41 215 12,248
MARRIAGE LICENSES 29 121 4,478

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