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VOL. 130 | NO. 46 | Monday, March 9, 2015
EMPHASIS Construction

Building Boom

General contractors say brighter days ahead

With the greater Memphis area slower to recover from the recession and economic downturn than other parts of the country, frustrated local general contractors watched in 2012 and 2013 as firms across the country participated in what appeared to be a robust national economic rebound.

Wave of New Retail Construction Boosts Contractors

Retail development in the Memphis area is booming in what construction and retail officials describe as the most active period for retail construction since the recession, with everything from a massive outlet mall in Southaven to grocery stores and smaller, traditional retail centers going up.

After Chisca, Carlisles Simplify One Beale Design

When the family-owned Carlisle Corp. joined the redevelopment of the historic but blighted Chisca Hotel Downtown, the project design only called for eight types of units.

Sun Sets on Memphis in May’s Annual Symphony

Sunset Symphony will take its final bow this year.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Wind: from the East at 10.4 gusting to 16.1 mph
Humidity: 77%


Calvary Episcopal Church will present the 2015 Lenten Preaching Series and Waffle Shop Tuesdays to Fridays through March 27. The preaching series runs from 12:05 p.m. to 12:40 p.m., and the Waffle Shop is open from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Visit calvarymemphis.org/lentenpreaching for a series schedule.

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Memphis Part of Federal TechHire Job Training Effort

Memphis is one of 21 cities involved in a commitment to improve training for workers in the technology sector, and the city will compete for $100 million in federal grant money for tech job training programs.

Commission Debates School Voucher Bill

Shelby County Commissioners have a lively difference of opinion about the schools voucher bill moving through the Tennessee legislature in Nashville even though nobody on the commission has a vote on the proposal.

Council Votes Down, Delays Rule Changes

While Memphis City Council members are preparing for the upcoming budget season and some key financial decisions, the council is taking its time with a series of proposed changes in the way it conducts the public’s business.

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.

I Choose Memphis: Gabriel Fotsing

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.


Husband-and-Wife Cleaning Company Builds on Reputation

Frank Jacob’s career trajectory is a good example of how a part-time project can sometimes lead to a full-time opportunity.


Four Internal Benefits of Practicing Innovation

Ultimately, innovation must be defined by the new value it creates for an organization.

The Ransom Note on Tennessee Public Records

The fastest way to shut down access to government records is to charge fees people can’t afford to pay.


Ceramic Tile Company to Open First US Facility in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Officials say a ceramics company will be opening its first U.S. manufacturing plant in Tennessee, creating 180 new jobs and investing $80 million to construct a new facility in Maury County.


Caesars Seeks to Demolish Part of Former Harrah's in Tunica

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A division of Caesars Entertainment Corp. is asking a federal bankruptcy judge for permission to "dismantle and liquidate" part of its shuttered Harrah's casino complex in Mississippi's Tunica County.

Sparks Joins List of North Mississippi US House Candidates

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Oxford attorney Daniel Sparks says he's running for a vacant congressional seat in north Mississippi.


Solid US Jobs Report: 295,000 Positions Added

WASHINGTON (AP) – A burst of hiring in February underscored the resilience and confidence of U.S. businesses, which are adding workers at the fastest pace in 17 years. Yet the strong job gains did little to raise wages last month.

Dow Reshuffle: Apple Joins Blue-Chip Index and Boots AT&T

NEW YORK (AP) – Apple is in. AT&T is out.

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