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VOL. 130 | NO. 45 | Friday, March 6, 2015

Tennessee Unemployment Rate Rises to 6.7 Percent

Tennessee’s unemployment rate inched in the wrong direction in January while remaining above the national average.

Capping a Career

‘Flu Hunter’ Dr. Robert Webster reflects on his work at St. Jude

A Smithsonian Magazine article once referred to him as “The Flu Hunter,” which is as good a description as any to get a sense of the kind of work Dr. Robert Webster has spent more than four decades pursuing at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Southbrook Project Resurfaces Again

The owners of Southbrook Mall got $1.5 million in improvements from City Hall this week. But it wasn’t the $1.5 million the owners of the Whitehaven mall wanted in 2012, when the city contemplated giving them that sum to fix the roof and make repairs to the mall’s heating and air conditioning system.

MRG Enjoys Flurry of Leasing Activity

Memphis-based Makowsky Ringel Greenberg LLC is reporting leasing activity at its retail, office and industrial properties.

Elvis' Planes Could Take Flight in New Museum

Two jets once belonging to Elvis Presley that have been displayed at Graceland for years could be destined for a museum, if the group that owns the planes has its way.

Local Weather
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EVENTS

The 2015 Mid-South Home Expressions Show, presented by the West Tennessee Home Builders Association and Home Builders Association of North Mississippi, will be held Friday and Saturday, March 6-7, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, March 8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Landers Center, 4560 Venture Drive in Southaven. The show will feature home improvement seminars and exhibitors showcasing home trends and products. Buy tickets at midsouthhomeexpressions.com.

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Desperate Families Plead for Cannabis Oil

Josie Mae Mathes had her first birthday recently, but because she suffers from childhood epilepsy and infantile spasms, she’s so medicated she can barely move.

SPORTS

Having It Both Ways: Pastner Says Tigers Don’t Get Any Breaks

Sometimes a single word says a lot. For this University of Memphis basketball season, that word might be “despite.”

Tigers Take the Field for Spring Practice

Coming off a 10-win season, an American Athletic Conference title and a victory in the Miami Beach Bowl, the University of Memphis football team got back to work at spring practice this week. Coach Justin Fuente was rewarded with a long-term contract extension and Paxton Lynch returns at quarterback.

Grizzlies’ Worries Shouldn’t Include Tony’s Temper

What, you expected this Grizzlies season to be all wine and roses? Or in the Memphis vernacular, all microbrew and barbecue?

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Join In The Waffle Shop Ritual

MEMPHIS RITUAL. The Memphis of Memphis is best shared around tables, best accompanied by good food, and best expressed in good stories.

The Value of Honesty

I’m not going to lie; recently, I’ve been on the receiving end of dishonesty in a business setting. The person could have easily told the truth or apologized, and it would have been no big deal. But, they didn’t. In order to save face, they stepped right up and said something that was clearly and definitely not the truth.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tuition Equality Bill Advances in Senate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Legislation that would make undocumented students eligible for in-state tuition is advancing in the Senate.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

A Robust US Job Market is Expected to Keep Delivering

WASHINGTON (AP) – Even after the most vigorous three-month hiring spree in 17 years, U.S. employers are showing few signs of letting up.

Applications for US Jobless Aid Inch Up to a 10-Month High

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since May, though the pace of applications remains at a level consistent with steady hiring.

US Productivity Falls at Faster Pace, Labor Costs Rise

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. worker productivity was even weaker than first thought from October through December while labor costs rose at a faster rate.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 86 393 21,159
MORTGAGES 94 424 24,785
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 93 8,703
BUILDING PERMITS 173 1,010 43,347
BANKRUPTCIES 52 292 14,194
BUSINESS LICENSES 15 90 6,491
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 28 167 13,678
MARRIAGE LICENSES 12 89 5,158

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