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VOL. 131 | NO. 44 | Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Nordstrom Rack to Open In East Memphis

After months of speculation, Nordstrom Rack has confirmed plans to open in Memphis.

MATA Guard Pleads Guilty in Passenger’s Death

A Memphis Area Transit Authority security guard has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault involving an unruly passenger who died of complications three months later.

Council Approves Zoo Control of Overton Greensward Section

Memphis City Council members voted 11-1 Tuesday, March 1, to grant the Memphis Zoo control of the northern part of the Overton Park Greensward.

Trump, Clinton Carry Shelby in Tennessee Primaries

A lot of walk-up business at the polls Tuesday, March 1, meant some late election results for Shelby County in the Tennessee presidential primaries.

Strickland Says $136.1 Million In Capital Surprises 'Kick in the Shin'

The city has to put up $30 million over five years to match a $30 million federal grant the city got in 2015 for the South City development, including demolition and redevelopment of the Foote Homes public housing development.

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EVENTS

Mid South Area Business Travel Association will meet Thursday, March 3, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Marriott Courtyard-Collierville, 4640 Merchants Park Circle. The topic is “Travel Industry Jeopardy: How to Win in 2016,” featuring Will Tate of Goldspring Consulting. Cost is $25 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Visit msabta.org.

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RVC, Mansion to Give More Specifics on Mud Island Plans

The CEO of RVC Outdoor Destinations of Memphis says his company is “ready to invest $10 million of our own capital that is currently available and ready to deploy.”

Last Word: Trump, Clinton and Stanton, The Greensward Vote and Cover Letters

This will be a relatively short edition of Last Word given the crush of an exceptional Tuesday in which a day at City Hall was more exciting than the state’s presidential primaries.

AutoZone Sees 8 Percent Gain in Second-Quarter Profit

When gas prices are low and falling, consumers who have more money in their wallet to spend on other things than fueling up aren’t the only ones who are happy.

Luttrell Declares for Congressional Bid

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell announced Monday, Feb. 29, that he will be a candidate in the August Republican primary for the 8th Congressional District.

Germantown Community Theatre Seeking Donations for Expansion

The Germantown Community Theatre’s $1.5 million capital campaign has a clear theme: “Build, Grow, Expand.”

City Council Comment Limits Raise Questions

Most Memphis City Council members don’t want to stop comments from the public during council sessions. But several do want a better explanation of how the comments work, what their role is and what kind of comments won’t be tolerated.

NEWSMAKERS

Engineer Jonnye McElyea Joins Allen & Hoshall

Jonnye McElyea has joined Allen & Hoshall as a structural engineer. McElyea, who designs structures such as buildings, bridges and retaining walls, is among the 19 percent of engineers who are women. Her previous experience includes time at Parsons Corporation and AFRAM Corp.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Death of The Cover Letter

Have you heard the rumor? Everything important about your career is listed within the pages of your resume. Why would you possibly want to waste your time putting together a cover letter these days?

Creating a Flexible Sales Pitch

If you don’t bend, you’ll break. We’ve all heard that saying before, but it’s increasingly true for sales teams.

STATE GOVERNMENT

House Defeats Bill to Allow Skunks as Pets in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A proposal to allow skunks to be kept as pets in Tennessee has fallen short in the state House amid concerns about spreading rabies.

GOP Divided Over Cap on Liquor Store Ownership in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Efforts to restrict the number of liquor stores that can be owned in Tennessee drew vocal opposition from a Republican lawmaker Monday, who said it is contrary to GOP principles and suggested that supporters may have been "bought and paid for" by lobbying groups.

State Awards Emergency Contract for I-75 Rock Slide Cleanup

CARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Officials in Tennessee have let an emergency contract to begin clearing an area of Interstate 75 that's covered by a rock slide.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Medtronic Q3 Profit Rises 12 Percent, Revenue Up 61 Percent

NEW YORK (AP) – Medtronic's third-quarter revenue soared more than 60 percent, led by health sales of heart and surgical devices in the U.S.

Automakers Post Healthy February US Sales Gains

DETROIT (AP) – Automakers posted big U.S. sales gains last month as consumers – giddy from Super Bowl ads – returned to showrooms after a snowy January.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

FBI: Phone Encryption a 'Vicious Guard Dog' in Crime Probes

WASHINGTON (AP) – FBI Director James Comey likened impenetrable digital encryption to a "vicious guard dog" Tuesday, as a high-stakes fight between privacy and national security moved from the courts to Congress.

New FDA Chief Cites Promise of Harder-to-Abuse Pain Drugs

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Food and Drug Administration's new commissioner says his agency will fully back efforts to develop harder-to-abuse painkillers, part of a sweeping government drive to reduce deadly overdoses with pain medications.

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PROPERTY SALES 115 270 19,843
MORTGAGES 141 311 23,225
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 35 83 8,387
BUILDING PERMITS 0 338 40,366
BANKRUPTCIES 74 196 13,300
BUSINESS LICENSES 25 48 6,185
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 40 125 13,120
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