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VOL. 126 | NO. 72 | Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Lenders See Mortgage Counts Drop

As far as mortgage activity is concerned, the local housing market was still stuck in reverse during the first quarter of 2011.

Aviation Summit

Conference keynote speakers include FedEx, Delta CEOs

FedEx Corp. founder Frederick W. Smith told several hundred attendees of the Airport Cities World Conference & Exhibition Tuesday that the U.S. is a leader in aviation.

Police Union Suspension Latest Sign of Turbulence

Just when it looked like J.D. Sewell would outlast outgoing Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin, Sewell fell victim to the political turbulence that is part of being leader of a municipal union in an unprecedented recession.

Local Students Design Future Record Stores

Record stores may evolve into community gathering centers, according to middle school students and those in the business.

Orgs Find Renting Space Viable Revenue Stream

Acquiring funding as a nonprofit or arts organization can already be an arduous undertaking.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
47.0°F
Fair
Wind: Northwest at 9.2 mph
Humidity: 69%

EVENTS

The Public Relations Society of America will hold a luncheon Wednesday at 11:45 a.m. at the Fogelman Executive Conference Center on the University of Memphis campus. Linn Sitler, commissioner of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission, will speak about why Tennessee and Memphis are suffering for lack of competitive state filming incentives. Call 754-9035 or visit www.prsamemphis.org.

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Memphians Undergoing Cosmetic Procedures More Often

Cosmetic procedures such as filling wrinkles with injectables, airbrush facelifts and laser skin rejuvenation aren’t just for Hollywood starlets and Park Avenue socialites anymore.

Disability Standards for Death Row Set

In four Tennessee Supreme Court rulings over 16 years, attorneys, trial court judges and lower appellate courts thought they had established the standards for judging whether the death penalty can be applied in a capital murder case where the defendant claims “intellectual disability.”

Cleaborn Homes Demolition Begins

Cleaborn Homes, a defining part of the inner city landscape south of Downtown Memphis for decades, began to fall Tuesday morning.

Davison Joins Bailey & Greer Law Firm

Nicole Gibson Davison has joined the law firm Bailey & Greer PLLC, where she will provide expertise in personal injury, malpractice and liability cases.

The Great Debate

At our W&A State of the Union in February, we discussed that, in our opinion, the primary threat to America’s national supremacy was not China or an emerging competitor, but our rapidly deteriorating Federal fiscal position. We postulated that the national consciousness on the issue had moved beyond the denial and anger phases and entered into the acceptance phase, with several detailed proposals circling Capitol Hill, and that eventually one would land, forcing debate.

Get Your Mind Right Before Selling

This is the second in a two-part series. Sales. It’s a psychological game. Sure, it takes skills to close sales, but half of the battle is in your head. A bit too much rejection in any given day can evoke fear in even the most seasoned of sales veterans, interfering with their confidence. The trick is to recognize the fear quickly, own up to it and address it before it becomes debilitating.

Forget Competition – Help Each Other

Lots of geniuses work alone and make remarkable contributions to our world. I joke that if you’re playing Trivial Pursuit or Jeopardy and you’re stuck for an answer, try Benjamin Franklin or Thomas Jefferson. They pretty much did it all.

MEMPHIS AREA

225 Apply for Memphis Conducting Contest

MEMPHIS (AP) – Conductors from 34 countries and 30 states have applied for the Memphis International Conducting Competition in May.

STATEWIDE

Flooded Opry Mills Mall to Rebuild, Open 2012

NASHVILLE (AP) – Nearly a year after severe flooding closed Nashville's Opry Mills shopping mall, officials said reconstruction is set to begin.

Report: Tenn. Foster-Care Program Still Needs Work

NASHVILLE (AP) – A new report says that Tennessee's foster-care program needs to do a better job of helping older kids age out of the system.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Haslam Signs Teacher Tenure Bill Into Law

NASHVILLE (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has signed into law a measure to make it more difficult for teachers to obtain and keep tenure in Tennessee.

Tenn. Sales Taxes Grow at Highest Rate in 5 Years

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee sales tax collections grew 8 percent in March, the highest rate in five years.

Haslam 'Won't Apologize' for Cabinet Pay Hikes

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday said he won't apologize for his decision to give many of his department heads big raises while proposing only a 1.6 percent increase for other state workers.

Haslam Meets With House GOP; No Bargaining Talk

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam met with Republicans in the state House on Monday, but said they didn't discuss a measure that would curb Tennessee teachers' collective bargaining rights.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Business Travel Spending Seen Growing 7 Percent

NEW YORK (AP) – Business travelers will spend $245.8 billion this year, up nearly 7 percent from 2010, thanks to improving economic conditions and increasing corporate confidence, according to an industry trade group.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Spending Cuts Not Expected to Dent $1.5T Deficit

WASHINGTON (AP) – The $38 billion in spending cuts agreed to last week won't prevent this year's budget deficit from setting another record high, estimated at $1.5 trillion.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 89 344 19,573
MORTGAGES 110 422 22,914
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 2 8,305 8,305
BUILDING PERMITS 207 838 40,029
BANKRUPTCIES 60 356 13,104
BUSINESS LICENSES 21 194 6,137
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 30 147 12,996
MARRIAGE LICENSES 15 65 4,842

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