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VOL. 123 | NO. 95 | Wednesday, May 14, 2008

UrbanArt Commission Looks to Color Downtown

Passersby stroll past the intersection of Main Street and Peabody Place in Downtown and a pulsating beam of green light appears under their feet. Caught off guard but amused, the pedestrians hold out their arms and move a little to see what the beam of light will do.

West Memphis Moves Up With FTZ Designation

West Memphis enhanced its logistics and distribution profile last month when 340 acres of industrial real estate was granted a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) designation, which provides economic benefits in the form of reduced tariffs for importers and exporters.

Charter Changes Stalled in Commission

The movement of two sets of proposed Shelby County charter amendments ground to a halt Monday over the issue of term limits.

Cooper Testifying In Ford Trial

Former Shelby County Commissioner Joe Cooper will continue his testimony Wednesday in the federal corruption trial of former Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford Sr.

Opening Statements Get Ford Trial Under Way

The defense and prosecution in the corruption trial of former Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford Sr. have given the jury in the federal case very different explanations for the money Ford is accused of having taken.

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EVENTS

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will host “Grants Management” today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Assisi Foundation of Memphis Inc., 515 Erin Drive. The cost to attend is $99 for members, $89 for participants in the Program for Nonprofit Excellence, and $150 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, contact April DeBerry at 684-6605 or adeberry@npexcellence.org.

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Bredesen Cuts Include TennCare, Higher Ed, Schools, Raises

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Phil Bredesen during a speech to lawmakers Monday outlined a series of deep cuts to bridge a nearly half-billion-dollar hole in Tennessee’s upcoming spending plan.

China, U of M Relationship Continues With Health Care Visit

The University of Memphis this week began forging another tie with China, hosting a delegation of 19 health care officials from as many far-flung regions of the world’s most populous nation. They are spending three weeks in West Tennessee learning about American health care, particularly in rural areas.

Crye-Leike’s Meyer Hits 20 Years With Company

Chris Meyer has reached his 20th anniversary at Crye-Leike Realtors as a licensed sales associate. Meyer is a Life Member of both the Memphis Area Association of Realtors and the Crye-Leike Multi-Million Dollar Clubs. He is a licensed affiliate broker in Tennessee and Mississippi, specializing in residential real estate with a focus on new home construction and relocation.

House Passes Proposal to Allow TBI to Make Traffic Stops

NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal to allow Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents to make traffic stops passed the House.

Northwest Airlines Exec Neal Cohen Leaving

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) - Northwest Airlines Corp. says executive Neal Cohen is leaving.

Retail Sales Dip but Sales Excluding Autos Show Strength

WASHINGTON - Consumers cut back on car-buying in April but boosted spending in a number of other areas, giving evidence of the economy's staying power in spite of soaring gasoline prices.

Bredesen's Budget Plan Questioned by Fellow Democrats

NASHVILLE (AP) - Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen's budget cut proposal is drawing pointed questions from lawmakers in his own party.

Bill on Judicial Selection Passes House, Stalls in Senate

NASHVILLE (AP) - House members voted Tuesday in favor of changing the way state appellate court candidates are selected, but the same measure stalled in a Senate committee.

Board Reaches Tentative Agreement on Term Limits

It was a compromise on a compromise, but the Shelby County Board of Commissioners reached a tentative compromise Wednesday (May 14) on term limits for future elected county leaders.

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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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