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VOL. 123 | NO. 56 | Thursday, March 20, 2008

Down in DeSoto

Commercial sales drop amid national economic woes

Like elsewhere in the region and across the nation, the commercial real estate market in DeSoto County has experienced a rise in "tire kicking."

Attorney General To Defend Strip Club Ordinance

Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper will help defend the Shelby County ordinance governing Memphis strip clubs in U.S. District Court.

Former Memphian Brings West Coast Experience to Wyatt

Michael G. Ramsey has joined Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP as a partner. He returns to Memphis after living in San Diego, where he was a partner at Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP.

Herenton Wants To Close Nine Buildings

Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton knows his proposal to close five libraries and four community centers on the first of July won't be popular with some citizens.

Memphis Tax Structure at Root Of Struggles, Expert Says

During his lunchtime presentation Tuesday to a crowd of local business professionals, Marlin Mosby had a captive audience. His address to the Memphis Rotary Club concerned a hot topic: the perception that Memphians pay a high tax burden and what, if anything, can be done about it.

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EVENTS

The National Black MBA Association Inc. will hold its general membership meeting today from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, will be the featured speaker. Seating is limited. R.S.V.P. to memphis_nbmbaa@yahoo.com.

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Earnings Preview: FedEx

NEW YORK (AP) - FedEx Corp. reports earnings for its fiscal third quarter today. The following is a summary of key developments and analyst opinion related to the period available by press time.

Bredesen Signs Executive Order on Energy Task Force

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Phil Bredesen has signed an executive order to establish a task force on a comprehensive state energy policy.

Bredesen Backs Increase in Coal Severance Tax

NASHVILLE (AP) - At a time when coal mining operations are expanding in Tennessee, Gov. Phil Bredesen is backing an increase in the state's coal severance tax.

Open Records Advocates say Gun Bill Amounts to 'Prior Restraint'

NASHVILLE (AP) - Information contained in handgun permit applications and renewals would be confidential under a bill moving in the Legislature.

State Bill to End Anonymous Environmental Complaints Withdrawn

NASHVILLE (AP) - A sweeping proposal to eliminate most environmental investigations based on anonymous complaints has been withdrawn from consideration in the Legislature.

House Panel Kills Several Handgun Proposals

NASHVILLE (AP) - A House subcommittee has killed several legislative proposals to change handgun laws in Tennessee.

Alexander Officially Launches Re-Election Campaign

NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander is officially launching his re-election bid.

Herenton Announces Resignation Effective July

Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton is resigning in July. Herenton announced the stunning political move at a luncheon today and word filtered out late this afternoon.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 61 122 17,665
MORTGAGES 82 150 20,576
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 151 334 36,150
BANKRUPTCIES 54 92 11,774
BUSINESS LICENSES 31 59 5,619
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 28 120 12,154
MARRIAGE LICENSES 24 49 4,406

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