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VOL. 131 | NO. 49 | Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Madison Avenue Business Association Launches 'Meet Me' Event

If you’re on or around Madison Avenue later this month with at least $20 to spend, there will be specials and deals aplenty as part of a new event to boost business to the street.

Valerie Smith Appointed Circuit Court Judge

Memphis attorney Valerie L. Smith is the newest Shelby County Circuit Court judge.

Luttrell Exit for Congress Likely Would Not Lead to County Special Election

There probably won’t be a special election for Shelby County mayor if current mayor Mark Luttrell gets elected to Congress later this year.

Allegiant Adds Two New Memphis Flights

Allegiant has announced new summer service from Memphis International Airport to two sun-drenched locations.

Last Word: Rain & Votes, Setting Madison's Boundaries and The Rise of Renters

Here comes the rain. Not a Beatles tune but close enough with the word late Tuesday that George Martin – to my mind at least, the closest thing to a fifth Beatle – has died.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
39.0°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: South at 8.1 mph
Humidity: 73%

EVENTS

HireLive will host a sales and marketing career fair Wednesday, March 9, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 5069 Sanderlin Ave. Email your resume to 11056-36-mh2006@apply.maxhire.net and bring 10-15 resumes to the event. Visit hirelive.com.

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Commission Votes Down Term Limits Referendum

Shelby County commissioners voted down a referendum ordinance Monday, March 7, to eliminate term limits in county government.

SPORTS

Allen Leads Depleted Grizzlies Past Cleveland

So what’s the real explanation for the Grizzlies’ stunning 106-103 victory over LeBron James and the defending Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers? You know, given that they played without (long list here): Marc Gasol, Mike Conley, Zach Randolph, Matt Barnes, Brandan Wright and Chris Andersen?

Shaq Goodwin, Dedric Lawson Receive AAC Honors

University of Memphis senior Shaq Goodwin has been named to the All-American Athletic Conference First Team, while freshman Dedric Lawson was named to the Second Team and to the All-Rookie Team.

NEWSMAKERS

Anne Dixon Joins BRIDGES as CFO

Anne Dixon has joined BRIDGES as vice president of finance and chief financial officer. Dixon, who is a Bridge Builders alumna, is responsible in her new role for financial reporting and analysis to help BRIDGES leadership in performing their responsibilities. 

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

What’s Your Exit Strategy?

With the unusual job market we’ve been experiencing for years now, keeping an exit strategy in mind is a must. Do you have yours nailed down? If your exit strategy is dependent on hope and crossed fingers, it’s time to rethink things.

How PR Can Help Your Small Business Grow

Public relations is a great way for a small business to raise awareness. But when business owners put together marketing plans, they usually think advertising, not public relations.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Haslam Unveils Outsourcing Details Amid Capitol Protests

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration is unveiling its "business justification" for a proposal to outsource building maintenance at state colleges and universities.

Senate Passes Bill to Set Sign Requirements for Gun Bans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Senate has unanimously passed a bill seeking to establish minimum signage requirements for Tennessee business owners who want to ban customers from carrying firearms inside their establishments.

Senate OKs Extending Temporary Tennessee Tax Into 4th Decade

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee's "temporary" tax used to pay for roadside cleanup would extend into its fourth decade under a bill advancing in the state Legislature.

Senate Votes to Add Penalties for Texting School Bus Drivers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A fatal school bus crash in Knoxville has inspired Tennessee lawmakers to seek tougher penalties for drivers using electronic devices.

Tennessee Lawmakers OK Longer Car Seat Requirements

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Toddlers would have to ride in rear-facing car seats for an additional year under a bill passed by both chambers of the Tennessee General Assembly.

House Approves $50 Fine for Driving Slow in the Fast Lane

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The state House has passed a bill to create a $50 fine for driving slow in the fast lane on major highways in Tennessee.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

VW Employee Chief Urges US to Consider Fallout of Fines

BERLIN (AP) – The head of Volkswagen's employee council said Tuesday he hopes that American authorities will consider the potential fallout on jobs in the U.S. and beyond as they mull what fines to impose on the company over its emissions-rigging scandal.

HEALTH CARE

Health Law Fines Double for Many Uninsured at Tax Time

WASHINGTON (AP) – Many people who went without health insurance last year are now seeing fines more than double under President Barack Obama's health care law, tax preparation company H&R Block said Tuesday.

REAL ESTATE

Study: Renters' Rise Extends Beyond Big US Cities to Suburbs

NEW YORK (AP) – In the American imagination, suburbs are places to buy a house and put down roots. But a growing percentage of suburbanites rent, according to a new study.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 82 82 19,655
MORTGAGES 75 75 22,989
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 7 7 8,311
BUILDING PERMITS 138 138 40,167
BANKRUPTCIES 72 72 13,176
BUSINESS LICENSES 9 9 6,146
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 52 52 13,048
MARRIAGE LICENSES 30 30 4,872

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