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VOL. 123 | NO. 64 | Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Gwendolyn Smith Took Lie Detector Test, Latest Info Reveals

Over the past several days, the investigation into a blackmail plot against Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton drew to a close. And in the waning days of that criminal probe, the woman who went public last year with details of the plot was given a polygraph exam, The Daily News has learned.

White Oak's Developers To Showcase New Homes

The Villages at White Oak in Arlington is unveiling five model homes to give visitors to Shelby County's newest subdivision something to see and feel.

Memphis City Schools to Build New Colonial Middle School

4778 Sea Isle Road, Memphis, TN 38117, Permit Amounts: $22 million and $1.2 million -
Memphis City Schools has filed an application to build a new Colonial Middle School on the northeast corner of Colonial and Sea Isle roads. The school district filed two permits - one for $1.2 million for site work and one for $22 million to build, said Louise Mercuro, the school district's executive director for capital planning and transportation. "This is a replacement facility for Colonial Middle School, and if the budget permits, a replacement for the Speech and Hearing Center," Mercuro said. "Both are currently adjacent to where the new facility will be built."

Building Permits Drop 28.6 Percent, Prelim Q1 Data Show

To almost no one's surprise, property sales and building permits in Shelby County declined in the opening months of 2008, according to preliminary numbers compiled by The Daily News, www.memphisdailynews.com.

Portrait of Violent Drug Ring Emerges In Petties Case

One of the largest federal drug cases in Memphis Federal Court has taken another turn. It's been nearly six years since a grand jury indicted Craig Petties on charges of possessing 600 pounds of marijuana.

Local Weather
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Wind: Southwest at 3.5 mph
Humidity: 74%

EVENTS

The Memphis Rotary Club will meet today at noon at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. The speaker will be Winfield Dunn, former governor of Tennessee. Cost is $18 at the door. R.S.V.P. to Taylor Hughes, 526-1318 or taylor@memphisrotary.org.

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Filing Deadline For Elections Is Thursday

A healthy voter turnout doesn't necessarily mean every race on the ballot gets the benefit. Politicos call it "ballot falloff." It means races such as those for president or mayor get voters to the polls. But those same voters might decide not to vote in the other races.

Crime Efforts Focus On Hickory Hill Apartment Complexes

Hickory Hill residents can expect to see an even greater reduction in crime in the area, Memphis Police Department Director Larry Godwin told a room of about 100 residents recently.

PBS' Smiley, Others Converge On Memphis to Honor MLK

The eyes of the city and the nation are turning to Memphis this week to mark what will be the 40th anniversary Friday of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The city is doing its part to promote the historic moment - and so are other people from around the country.

Bush Administration Unveils Sweeping Plan To Overhaul Financial Regulation

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush administration Monday proposed the most far-ranging overhaul of the financial regulatory system since the stock market crash of 1929 and the ensuing Great Depression.

HUD Secretary Quits Amid Housing Crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) - HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson, his tenure tarnished by allegations of political favoritism and a criminal investigation, announced his resignation Monday amid the wreckage of the national housing crisis.

Northwest Airlines CEO Steenland Will Have 8 Million Reasons to Go, Come June

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Northwest Airlines CEO Doug Steenland will have about eight million reasons to bail out of the struggling carrier this June.

State Lawmakers Want Report on Companies in Terrorist-Backing Nations

NASHVILLE (AP) - A legislative committee that oversees the state's $32 billion pension fund says it supports a report on its investments in companies that operate in nations sponsoring terrorism rather than divestment.

Wharton Budget Proposal Expected to be $23.5M in the Red

Shelby County Mayor AC Wharton Jr. told County Commissioners Monday that his upcoming budget proposal will have nearly $23.5 million in red ink.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 90 140 15,764
MORTGAGES 100 162 18,210
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 8 21 2,426
BUILDING PERMITS 194 315 32,829
BANKRUPTCIES 57 116 10,129
BUSINESS LICENSES 25 50 5,228
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 35 64 6,213
MARRIAGE LICENSES 26 50 3,463

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