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VOL. 130 | NO. 67 | Tuesday, April 7, 2015

FedEx Secures Deal to Buy TNT Express

FedEx Corp. has agreed to take over one of Europe's largest delivery companies, TNT Express, for $4.8 billion, the companies announced Tuesday, April 7.

Midtown Mudbugs

Overton Square Crawfish Festival expecting big crowd

In the 20th year of a Midtown tradition, Overton Square is stronger than ever.

Luttrell's $1.1 Billion Budget Plan Goes to Commission Wednesday

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell takes a $1.18 billion budget proposal to Shelby County Commissioners in Wednesday, April 8, committee sessions.

Carr Remembered Fondly

Shelby County Chancellor Oscar “Bo” Carr was remembered warmly by colleagues and friends Tuesday, the day after he was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his car on the parking lot of Memphis Country Club.

School Competition Shows Promise, Threat

The competition among Shelby County Schools, the Achievement School District and charter schools has been a positive for public schools, say two Shelby County Schools board members.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
61.0°F
Fair
Wind: South at 8.1 mph
Humidity: 63%

EVENTS

Talbots of Saddle Creek will host a shopping extravaganza benefiting Le Bonheur Club Tuesday, April 7, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 2055 West St., suite 1. A donation will be given on all purchases, with proceeds going toward the purchase of toys for Le Bonheur Children's Hospital's Bunny Lane. The event will also feature refreshments, goody bags and Le Bonheur's new pediatric ambulance. 

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Mid-South Food Truck Fest Coming to Tiger Lane

About 25 food trucks are set to descend on Tiger Lane next week, along with musicians to provide live entertainment, as part of the first Mid-South Food Truck Fest.

City Council to Hear Plan for New Police Strategy

Memphis City Council members get their first look Tuesday, April 7, at a new strategy for the Memphis Police Department as well as Memphis Mayor A C Wharton’s choices for the new Beale Street Tourism Development Authority.

Grichuk Makes Cardinals’ Roster as Reserve Outfielder

When outfielder Randal Grichuk arrived at spring training this year, he could look down the schedule to the April 3 St. Louis Cardinals’ exhibition game with the Memphis Redbirds at AutoZone Park and wonder if he would be staying behind while the big club left for Chicago and the start of the major-league season.

FedEx Agrees to Take Over Dutch Rival TNT Express

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – American package delivery service FedEx has agreed to take over Dutch rival TNT Express, one of Europe's largest delivery companies, for 4.4 billion euros ($4.8 billion), the companies announced Tuesday, in a move FedEx said will strengthen its business globally.

GOVERNMENT AGENDA

April 7 Memphis City Council Agenda

The Memphis City Council will meet Tuesday, April 7, at 3:30 p.m. in the Council chambers in City Hall, 125 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for an agenda.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Woods at Ridgeway Apartments Sell for $18.5 Million

6277 Lake Arbor Drive and 6206 Knight Arnold Road, Memphis, TN 38115, Sale Amount: $18.5 million -
The Woods at Ridgeway, an apartment community near the northeast corner of Ridgeway and Knight Arnold roads, has sold for $18.5 million to an affiliate of Michigan-based ROCO Real Estate.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Be A Butterfly Agent

This is what we’ve heard: When a butterfly flaps its wings, it can start a hurricane on the other side of the world. The idea being that a tiny movement can initiate unanticipated activities. We hope you will join us in a burgeoning butterfly movement of unintended positive consequences.

Exploring an Arizona Oasis

Waking at 4 a.m. for an early morning flight to Phoenix isn’t how I’d typically want to start a day that sees me hiking a difficult trail up Camelback Mountain at lunchtime.

STATEWIDE

Volkswagen Seeks to Increase Planned Expansion by 25 Percent

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Volkswagen is seeking to add to a planned expansion announced last year to produce a new sport utility vehicle in Tennessee.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Gloves Coming Off in Fight Over 'Tennessee Whiskey' Law

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The gloves are coming off in a legislative fight over efforts to repeal state guidelines about which spirits can be labeled as "Tennessee Whiskey."

Haslam Says He Favors Stripping Guns-at-Capitol Provision

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday that he favors House lawmakers stripping a provision inserted into a guns-in-parks proposal that would allow handgun carry permit holders to be armed on the grounds of the state Capitol.

Haslam to Promote Free-Tuition Plan for Tennessee Adults

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam will travel across the state this week to highlight an initiative for adults to attend a Tennessee college of applied technology free of tuition and fees.

Court Adds Way for Lawyers to Donate to Access Justice

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Supreme Court said that it is adding a way that lawyers can voluntarily donate to access to justice programs to help people who don't have enough money for an attorney.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Service Firms Grew at Slightly Slower Pace Last Month

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. service firms expanded at a slightly slower yet still healthy pace in March, an encouraging sign after multiple reports last week pointed to a slowing economy.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 102 224 17,767
MORTGAGES 127 277 20,703
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 176 510 36,326
BANKRUPTCIES 54 146 11,828
BUSINESS LICENSES 21 80 5,640
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 27 147 12,181
MARRIAGE LICENSES 11 60 4,417

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