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VOL. 131 | NO. 69 | Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Shelby County Commission Releases Disparity Study

In a unanimous vote, Shelby County commissioners waived their legal privilege Wednesday, April 6, and approved the public release of a disparity study that is expected to show minority businesses get a low percentage of county government contracts.

Overton Parking-Traffic Study Sees Future Garage

An Overton Park traffic and parking study released Tuesday, April 5, recommends a phased-approach to creating more parking in and around the park, better coordination of traffic patterns and then a likely move to a 300-space, $7.8 million parking deck on Prentiss Place Drive off McLean Boulevard at the end of 2017.

Fashion Week Organizers Launching Business Incubator

The greater aim of Memphis Fashion Week is stitching together infrastructure to support a local fashion industry. But this week, the glamour is on full display.

Grizzlies End 6-Game Skid With Home Win Over Bulls

If it had been a football game, you could have called it the Desperation Bowl. The Chicago Bulls and Memphis Grizzlies each badly needed a victory.

Last Word: A Day In The Park, Fashion Week and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The skid is over. The Grizzlies beat the Bulls at home and the post-season possibility drama continues in the land of Griss and the one year and done college home of Derrick Rose.

Local Weather
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EVENTS

Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development’s mobile Career Coach will be at Southwest Tennessee Community College’s Union Avenue campus on Wednesday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 737 Union Ave. Career Coach staff will help people create resumes and register with jobs4tn.gov, where more than 90,000 jobs are available.

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Lawsuit Seeks to Void City Decision on Greensward

The lawsuit filed in the name of Susan Lacy and Stephen Humbert, two Memphis residents, argues the action should be voided by the court because the council allegedly violated the state’s open meetings law.

Plan Seeks To Make Medical District Even Greater Asset

On the surface, it might seem unclear why Memphians outside the immediate vicinity should care about what’s going on in the Memphis medical district, an area home to more than 16,000 people and 8,000 students.

State: Sewage Leak Causing Major Fish Kill in McKellar Lake

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – State officials say a sewage leak has caused a major fish kill in a lake near the Mississippi River in West Tennessee.

Jesse Jackson Calls for Passion to Continue Dr. King's Work

He was 26 years old in 1968 when he was a guest at the Lorraine Motel with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and one of the younger members of King’s inner circle.

SPORTS

Memphis Baseball Trusting Young Pitchers

University of Memphis baseball coach Daron Schoenrock looks at his freshmen pitchers and sees talent and promise, even if at times this season “the moments have been a little big for them.”

NFL Picks Twitter to Stream Thursday Night Games

NEW YORK (AP) – The NFL has picked Twitter to stream its Thursday night games.

GOVERNMENT AGENDA

April 7 County Commission Special Meeting Agenda

The Shelby County Commission will meet in special session Wednesday, April 6, at 9:30 a.m. in the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for an agenda.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Gaskins Leads Engineering Office

Wain Gaskins has joined consulting engineering firm Cannon & Cannon Inc. as manager of the company’s new Memphis office as well as director of West Tennessee operations and business development. 

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Career Fairs Aren’t Just For Kids

Yesterday, I found myself saying something I often say this time of year: “One of my all-time favorite things is to go to a job fair!” The response I received was not unexpected. The job seeker hadn’t even thought of attending a job fair since college. They seem so juvenile on some level.

Three Ways to Finish Last

In the world of sales, we are conditioned to live life by the month. We are driven by monthly sales goals and monthly paychecks. But when we don’t take time to create a plan of attack at the start of each month, we are workhorses rather than stagecoach drivers.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Insure Tennessee Protest Held in House Speaker's Office

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Insure Tennessee supporters have held a protest inside the lobby of Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell's office at the legislative office complex in Nashville.

Bill to Make Bible Tennessee's State Book Heads to Governor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Derided by critics as everything from unconstitutional to sacrilegious, Tennessee lawmakers nevertheless plowed ahead with designating the Holy Bible as the state's official book.

Haslam Shakeup of Public Universities Gains Final Approval

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's plan to spin off four-year public universities from the Tennessee Board of Regents system gained final approval in the state Legislature on Monday.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee Standardized Testing to Be Scaled Back Next Year

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee's top education official has announced that students will be spending less time taking standardized tests next year.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Hiring Reaches 9-Year High; Job Openings Slip

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. hiring jumped to a nine-year high in February, a sign of robust business demand for new workers, while the number of open positions slipped.

TECHNOLOGY

Facebook Programs Computers to Describe Photos for the Blind

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) – Facebook is training its computers to become seeing-eye guides for blind and visually impaired people as they scroll through the pictures posted on the world's largest online social network.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 78 342 10,184
MORTGAGES 73 374 11,888
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 139 755 21,724
BANKRUPTCIES 59 235 7,045
BUSINESS LICENSES 33 112 3,581
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 41 222 7,664
MARRIAGE LICENSES 14 89 2,552

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