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VOL. 126 | NO. 60 | Monday, March 28, 2011

Dixon Hughes, Goodman on Track for Merger

The merger of one of the largest accounting firms in Memphis with a large Virginia-based accounting firm is on track for completion.

10 Years of Jabberblabber

Mag, character eye growth of educating area’s children

The Bluff City’s favorite giant, green, googly-eyed monster this month celebrates 10 years of fostering childhood creativity and encouraging fun, educational family interaction.

Hearing on Countywide School Board Now Set for April 4

No court hearing took place Monday in Memphis federal court in the schools consolidation case.

Robinson to Advise County on Public Health Policy

Dr. Kenneth Robinson, former state health commissioner and county health officer, and current minister at St. Andrew AME Church in South Memphis, was recently appointed public health policy adviser to Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell.

Expert: Built Environment to Blame for High Energy Use

Contrary to popular belief, automobiles are not to blame for the highest energy consumption and carbon emissions in the U.S.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
47.0°F
Fair
Wind: from the Northwest at 15.0 gusting to 21.9 mph
Humidity: 48%

EVENTS

The Memphis Public Library Board of Trustees will meet Monday at noon at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave.

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Woodwork Shop Offers Family Atmosphere for Customers

The Woodwork Shop Inc. is not just a family-owned and operated woodworking store that specializes in tools, supplies and education for woodworkers. It also is a meeting place for what owner Rita Dean and her family call “good friend customers” – customers who stick around for hours at a time and are more like extended family than customers.

Accuracy Trumps Emotion

I don’t think there could be any better advice given to both new and veteran business owners than to seek accuracy above all else and to do so continually. What is true for a while may not be true after a while in business. So accuracy is a moving target. And margin for error in small business is small.

Inspiring City From Stage

Last week we discussed Shelby Residential and Vocational Services, which is helping adults with disabilities enjoy productive lives and pursue their dreams. Now let us turn the spotlight on an organization that is dancing their way across sold-out stages from the famous John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington to Paris and New York, all while pushing our own city to greater heights – Ballet Memphis.

Commission Awaits Schools Hearing Date

U.S. District Court Judge Hardy Mays has an early decision to make in the schools consolidation case.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

A Bridge to Cross

Martyrs Park sits atop the Chickasaw Bluff and overlooks the Mississippi River, its lone modern sculpture a memorial to victims of the 19th century Yellow Fever epidemics that devastated Memphis from the 1850s through the 1870s.

Trail New Way for City to Foster Connectivity

Memphis has trail fever.

Playhouse’s Staging of ‘August’ Sizzles

Mattie Fay Aiken, the character played by Ann Marie Hall in Playhouse on the Square’s production of the much-celebrated “August: Osage County” by Tracy Letts, at one point in the play says, “You have to be smart to be complicated.”

Edwards Shifts Gears With Elegant Farmer

Forget everything I wrote about Mac Edwards and the Bon-Ton Café back on Oct 11. That was the story in which Edwards, owner of the well-known McEwen’s on Monroe from 1998 to 2008, talked extensively about being in a partnership to revive the moribund Bon-Ton, a Downtown institution whose roots went back to 1904, with a target opening of late December or early 2011.

Cheverny 2009 Light, Delicate Spring Choice

Ivisited, briefly, the village of Cheverny, oh, 21 years ago, in fact, 21 years ago this month. It lies south of the “royal city” of Blois, headquarters of Joan of Arc in 1429, and is therefore south of the Loire River, a sort of gateway to the Loire chateau country. The village is tiny and charming, and there’s a magnificent chateau, famous for its hunting dogs and a whole, startling room filled with stag antlers.

STATEWIDE

Conference Gives Overview of Courts, Open Records

KNOXVILLE (AP) – Journalists and citizens who want to learn more about Tennessee's judicial system and how to get information from government agencies are invited to a free conference at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Bill Replaces 'Idiot' and 'Lunatic' in State Laws

NASHVILLE (AP) – A new bill will remove terms like "idiot," "lunatic" and "retarded" from state laws, replacing them with updated language.

REGIONAL

TVA Showing Off Browns Ferry Nuke Plant to Media

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) – Tennessee Valley Authority executives are showing off the utility's oldest nuclear plant as a safe facility. The utility says there's no reason to worry about a repeat of the radiation emergency in Japan at any of its reactors.

REAL ESTATE

For Real Estate, a Giant Spring Clearance Sale

In suburban Chicago, it's paradise to be a homebuyer.

HEALTH CARE

Medtronic Gets Approval for Heart Products

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Medical device maker Medtronic Inc. said Friday it received Food & Drug Administration for two heart pacemaker systems.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Economy Faces Challenges After Strong Growth in Q4

WASHINGTON (AP) – American consumers helped boost economic growth in the final months of last year, but higher oil prices are threatening to steal some of that momentum this year.

US Experiencing Uneven Job Growth Across States

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. companies have added jobs for 12 straight months, but the gains across the country have been uneven and a little surprising.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Across Country, GOP Pushes Photo ID at the Polls

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Empowered by last year's elections, Republican leaders in about half the states are pushing to require voters to show photo ID at the polls despite little evidence of fraud and already-substantial punishments for those who vote illegally.

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PROPERTY SALES 128 183 20,949
MORTGAGES 130 174 24,535
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 23 8,633
BUILDING PERMITS 163 359 42,696
BANKRUPTCIES 61 116 14,018
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 22 6,423
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 56 13,567
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 23 5,092

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