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VOL. 126 | NO. 65 | Monday, April 4, 2011

McWherter, Former Governor, House Speaker, Dies

NASHVILLE (AP) – Ned McWherter, a one-time factory worker who became a millionaire businessman, speaker of the state House and then a two-term Democratic governor, has died at the age 80.

'More Opportunities'

Health care projects help building industry remain afloat

Despite scarce commercial construction and soaring gas prices, the health care industry is turning to builders and contractors perhaps more so now than ever before.

School Consolidation Parties Agree to Begin Talks

All of the sides in the schools consolidation lawsuit have agreed to begin talks to resolve the lawsuit and possibly set new terms for the consolidation of Shelby County’s two public school systems.

Spec Building on Decline as Presale Market Gains Popularity

There was a time in the not too distant past that expansive speculative home neighborhoods were going up left and right in Shelby County.

City, Community at Heart of Montgomery Martin’s Work

Construction, says Montgomery Martin, is hard. And he should know, having been in the business since 1978.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: West at 9.2 mph
Humidity: 67%


The April 4th Foundation will hold its 11th Annual Commemorative Awards Banquet Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. Civil rights activist Charles Patrick will receive the Open Door Award. The I Am A Man award recipient and keynote speaker will be Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright. For more information or tickets, call 859-3364.

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Kilboy Focused on ‘Transforming’ Properties with Praxis

Originally from Chicago, Jim Kilboy discovered an appreciation for architecture at an early age.

St. Francis Opens Primary Care Clinic

St. Francis Medical Partners unveiled its new location at 452 Perkins Extended Thursday during a ribbon-cutting event.

Argent Financial Strengthens Memphis Ties

It’s been almost a year since Louisiana-based Argent Financial Group, a diversified financial services company with more than $3 billion in client assets, opened a Memphis office.

Commission to Consider County Leave Policies

Shelby County Commissioners take another look Monday at county government’s policies for employee leave.

Judge to Hear School Board Appointment Arguments

Federal Judge Hardy Mays could make his first decision Monday in the schools consolidation lawsuit. Mays is specifically hearing motions seeking a court order to block the Shelby County Commission from appointing a countywide school board for now until the full case is decided.

Techy Small Biz Ideas Often Path to the Graveyard

Upstart entrepreneurs can get enamored about not just starting a business but doing so with a new techy product or service. This may produce a louder reputation at outset, and there is merit in being unique, but also little likelihood of long-term success.

Building Futures … Literally

Last week we spotlighted Ballet Memphis, which is raising the artistic bar with masterful performances, like upcoming “Romeo & Juliet.” This week let us explore Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis, a nonprofit Christian housing ministry that is helping eliminate substandard housing in and around our community by literally helping families build a new home and path to a brighter future.


Shelby County Commission Agenda

The Shelby County Commission will meet today at 1:30 p.m. in the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for a full agenda.


Batter Up

Opening Day is right around the corner for the Memphis Redbirds, who will open the 2011 campaign with improvements to both its ballpark and its financial outlook.

America’s Pastime has Place in Memphis

A year ago, the Memphis Redbirds were searching for an owner.

East Meets West at Brooks Exhibition

These days Western nations are scurrying to make connections with China, which is at the center of global economic growth.

Spring Fever, Flavors Hit Memphis Kitchens

March came in like a lion and it didn’t exactly go out like a lamb, but the contradictory month still spells the beginning of spring, when young men’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love, and chefs in restaurant kitchens begin considering changes to their menus that reflect a more buoyant season. In fact, chefs get pretty darned excited about this momentous change of seasons.

Explore Taste of Beaujolais with Louis Jadot ’09

I’ll make this little lesson about the hierarchy of Beaujolais – Education Alert! – brief and painless. First, geography: The Beaujolais region lies south of Burgundy in eastern France, not touching Burgundy proper because areas called Maconnais and Chalonnais fall between, but all of this can be understood as extensions of similar topography.


Paper Unemployment Checks Being Phased Out

NASHVILLE (AP) – Paper unemployment checks will be phased out in the state beginning Monday in West Tennessee.


February Construction Activity Drops 1.4 Percent

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. builders started work on fewer homes, apartments and government projects in February, pushing construction activity down to the lowest level in more than a decade.

Unemployment Rate Falls to 8.8 Pct., Two-Year Low

WASHINGTON (AP) – The unemployment rate fell to a two-year low of 8.8 percent in March, capping the strongest two months of hiring since before the recession began.

Manufacturing Growth Slows Slightly in March

WASHINGTON (AP) – Manufacturing activity cooled off a bit last month after expanding in February at the fastest pace in nearly seven years.

Report: Dish, Icahn Join Bidding for Blockbuster

NEW YORK (AP) – Several bidders are set to duke it out for Blockbuster Inc. at a bankruptcy auction in New York on Monday. They reportedly include Dish Network Corp. and billionaire investor Carl Icahn.

Auto Sales Up on Jobs Outlook, Fuel-Efficient Cars

DETROIT (AP) – U.S. sales of new cars and trucks rose in March, helped by a brighter jobs outlook and rising sales of fuel-efficient vehicles.


Obama: GOP, Dems Close to Deal on Budget Cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing negotiators to avoid a looming government shutdown, President Barack Obama warned Friday that outcome could be ruinous and said a deal was in sight.

Obama: Jobs Numbers are Sign of Economy's Strength

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) – President Barack Obama says unemployment numbers released Friday indicate the economy is showing signs of strength.


FDA Proposes Calorie Counts on Menus

WASHINGTON (AP) – Like it or not, many restaurant diners will soon know more about what they are eating under new menu labeling requirements proposed by the Food and Drug Administration.

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