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VOL. 125 | NO. 52 | Wednesday, March 17, 2010

UPDATE: Wharton Says New City Office To Be City Funded

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is defending his creation of a new Office of Talent and Human Capital. And in a Facebook statement Wednesday evening, Wharton also apologized for an apparent change of course in how the office would be funded.

Area Malls See Different Reappraisal Results

When The Avenue Carriage Crossing opened in Collierville in 2005, its open-air, lifestyle center concept was touted as a hot new retail trend that would dramatically reshape the traditional mall experience.

Changing Landscape

Beale Street’s recent announcement that it is welcoming three tenants goes well beyond having a few cool new places to hang out.

Cargo Security Gets Its Due At Seminars

Millions of cargo containers crisscross Memphis and the surrounding area each year.

Gubernatorial Candidates Campaign Locally

Three of the contenders for Tennessee governor – one Democrat and two Republicans – were in Shelby County at the same time this week.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
69.0°F
Overcast
Wind: from the South at 17.3 gusting to 29.9 mph
Humidity: 70%

EVENTS

The Center City Development Corp. Board of Directors will meet today at 9 a.m. in the CCC conference room, 114 N. Main St.

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Mayoral Candidates Liven Race Up at First Debate

At one point during Monday’s first debate among the contenders for Shelby County mayor, Joe Ford said only two people he spoke to didn’t want him to run for the post he now holds on an interim basis.

Business Showcases Green Rehab of Downtown Space

The building is nondescript, but the door is the real attention-getter at the new Downtown headquarters of Big River Engineering and Manufacturing.

Colvett Named Greenscape President

Frank Colvett Jr. has been promoted to president of GreenScape Inc.

STATEWIDE

Tenn. Supreme Court Won't Hear Sheriff's Appeal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear the appeal of a former Middle Tennessee sheriff who was convicted of charges related to illegal prescription drugs.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Bill to Remove Tenn. Governor's Emergency Authority

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Legislation that would limit the governor's authority to suspend or limit the sale of firearms during a state of emergency in Tennessee has been delayed three weeks in the Senate.

House Advances Bill to Make Primary Results Final

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee political parties would lose the right to overrule the results of primary elections under a bill advancing in the state House.

Tenn. Bill Would Require Abortion Coercion Signs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A House committee on Tuesday delayed a vote on legislation that would require abortion clinics in Tennessee to post anti-coercion signs because of concerns from some lawmakers.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Housing Construction Drops 5.9 Percent in February

WASHINGTON (AP) – Housing construction fell in February as winter blizzards held down activity in the Northeast and South. The decline highlighted the challenges facing builders as they struggle to emerge from the worst housing slump in decades.

Fed Holds Rates at Record Lows to Foster Recovery

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Reserve on Tuesday repeated its pledge to hold interest rates at record lows to foster the economic recovery and ease high unemployment.

When Tweets Can Make You a Jailbird

WASHINGTON (AP) - Maxi Sopo was having so much fun "living in paradise" in Mexico that he posted about it on Facebook so all his friends could follow his adventures. Others were watching, too: A federal prosecutor in Seattle, where Sopo was wanted on bank fraud charges.

NATIONAL POLITICS

PROMISES, PROMISES: Records Not So Open with Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) - One year into its promise of greater government transparency, the Obama administration is more often citing exceptions to the nation's open records law to withhold federal records even as the number of requests for information declines, according to a review by The Associated Press of agency audits about the Freedom of Information Act.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 89 344 19,573
MORTGAGES 110 422 22,914
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 2 8,305 8,305
BUILDING PERMITS 207 838 40,029
BANKRUPTCIES 60 356 13,104
BUSINESS LICENSES 21 194 6,137
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 30 147 12,996
MARRIAGE LICENSES 15 65 4,842

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