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VOL. 130 | NO. 55 | Friday, March 20, 2015

Eat Your Heart Out, Memphis

Cheesecake Factory definitely on the way

It’s official. The Cheesecake Factory will open one of its signature restaurants at the Wolfchase Galleria.

Orgel Traces Path to School Board

The first chairman of the consolidated Shelby County Schools board judges how well the school board is performing its duties by how mundane its monthly voting meeting is.

FedEx Founder Not Worried About Uber Dabbling in Delivery

Popular ride-sharing service Uber has hinted it may eventually expand firmly into the logistics sector. It’s a straight line, the thinking goes, from delivering people between destinations to eventually ferrying packages from one point to the next.

Special Delivery

Literacy Mid-South scores 500,000 books through national effort

The crowd should begin gathering on the Overton Park greensward around 11 a.m. Saturday, March 21.

Arlington, Lakeland Qualifying Petitions Open Campaign Season

The campaign season in Shelby County kicks off Friday, March 20, as candidates in the Arlington and Lakeland municipal elections can begin pulling qualifying petitions for the September elections in each of the suburban communities.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
44.0°F
A Few Clouds
Wind: South at 3.5 mph
Humidity: 55%

EVENTS

Memphis Area Master Gardeners will host its 2015 Spring Fling Garden Show and Plant Sale, themed “Growin’ Down the Garden Path,” Friday and Saturday, March 20-21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Farmers Market Big Red Barn at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. The event will include more than 50 vendors, presentations and hands-on demonstrations, children’s activities and more. Admission and parking are free. Visit memphisareamastergardeners.org.

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SPORTS

Grizzlies Turnaround Not As Easy as Flipping a Switch

Consider just one headline from Yahoo Sports to demonstrate how fast a single word in a quote can blow up and get the media and fans alike into panic mode:

Smart Play: NFL Player Chooses Brain Over Bank

His feet were killing him. That’s why former Ole Miss linebacker Patrick Willis recently walked away from the NFL at age 30.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

First At Last

TENNESSEE. FIRST AT LAST. That’s our new slogan. Time to own it. Some of you, my faithful readers, tell me I should be more positive about our prospects as a state. Look at the circus in Nashville – and remember how much fun I had at the circus as a kid, how hard I laughed at the clowns. Watch our march backwards, our retreat from progress – and think of it as a parade, marvel at how the marchers stay in lockstep with their eyes so firmly closed, applaud their speed and coordination.

Finding the Right Work-From-Home Job

Finding a work-from-home job (or WFH job as they’re sometimes called) can seem to be an impossible proposition. It’s like finding a unicorn. You’ve heard they exist, but you’ve never actually seen one.

STATEWIDE

Pure Foods Selects Kingsport for US Headquarters

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam says Pure Foods Inc. has chosen Kingsport for its U.S. headquarters and manufacturing operations.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee Attorney Sues Haslam Administration for Records

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A corporate tax attorney is suing Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration for refusing to produce documents under the Tennessee Open Records Act.

Sponsor Withdraws Bill to Allow Motorcycle Lane Splitting

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A proposal to allow Tennessee motorcyclists to ride between slow-moving cars has been withdrawn by the Senate sponsor.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Judge OKs $10 Million Settlement in Target Data Breach

A Minnesota judge has endorsed a settlement in which Target Corp. will pay $10 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over a massive data breach in 2013.

ACLU Sues for Airport 'Behavior Detection' Program Records

NEW YORK (AP) – A civil rights group sued the federal government Thursday to try to force it to turn over information about airport "behavior detection" programs designed to spot passengers who are potential threats, saying they lead to discrimination.

Applications for US Jobless Aid Barely Rose Last Week

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits basically held steady last week, as the job market continues to outpace broader economic growth.

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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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