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VOL. 130 | NO. 98 | Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Noura Jackson Takes Plea Deal in Murder Retrial

After serving nine years in prison, Noura Jackson entered an Alford plea Wednesday, May 20, to a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the death of her mother, Jennifer Jackson.

Cummins Will Stay, Expand in Memphis

Ending months of speculation, Cummins Inc. will remain – and expand – in Memphis, according to state and company officials.

Jobs First

Tennessee launches smartphone app to connect employers, job seekers

Mary Cox was outside the Tennessee Career Center on Walnut Grove Road near Midtown scouring job listings in the hopes she could find employment.

Crone Joins Council, City Buys State Office Building

Attorney Alan Crone is the newest member of the Memphis City Council.

TruGreen Inches Closer to New Memphis Headquarters

TruGreen will move its 300 Memphis-area employees to a new corporate headquarters by the end of 2015, a move that will solidify the company’s spot in the Memphis business landscape.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
88.0°F
A Few Clouds
Wind: East at 4.6 mph
Humidity: 52%

EVENTS

Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will meet Wednesday, May 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chickasaw Country Club, 3395 Galloway Ave. Bill Piper with Sandler Training will present “The Buyer Seller Dance.” Cost for nonmembers is $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Visit sms-midsouth.org.

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Relevant Roasters Adds Subscription Service

For Jimmy Lewis and the rest of the crew at Relevant Roasters, a specialty wholesale coffee-roasting business in the Broad Avenue Arts District, selling coffee is about a lot more than, well, selling a cup of joe or bags of coffee beans.

County Budget Committee Wrestles with Deadline, Schools Funding

The Shelby County Commission’s budget committee chairwoman hopes to present a completed set of budget and tax-rate recommendations to the full commission Wednesday, May 20.

NEWSMAKERS

Sutton Joins Dixon Hughes Goodman

Giles Sutton recently joined Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP as a partner in the firm’s tax practice, where he will focus on issues pertaining to state and local tax.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

A Business-Altering Essential: Repeatable Sales Process

The old adage, “nothing happens until a sale is made,” couldn’t be truer. And for many a start-up, identifying a predictable, repeatable sales process that ensures needed sales targets are always met, can seem like the Holy Grail – enticing but ever illusive.

Should Investors 'Sell in May and Go Away'?

Prior to the summer of 2011, if you were a follower of the Memphis Grizzlies, you could forget about the team by the end of April. When the April calendar turned to May, the Grizz faithful moved on to vacations, baseball and fireworks. Once November came around, the interest returned for the next 6 months, only for the cycle to begin again the next April.

STATEWIDE

FTC: Family Raised $187 Million for Cancer, Spent It on Themselves

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Tennessee man and his family used much of the $187 million it collected for cancer patients to buy themselves cars, gym memberships and take luxury cruise vacations, pay for college tuition and employ family members with six-figure salaries, federal officials alleged Tuesday in one of the largest charity fraud cases ever, involving all 50 states.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Says Hate Crimes Decline

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says statistics show hate crimes last year in the state declined from 2013, but more incidents of religious bias were reported.

Alexander, Corker Question Renewable Energy Plans by TVA

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee's Republican U.S. senators, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, are questioning why the Tennessee Valley Authority is placing greater emphasis on renewable energy as part of its long-term plans.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Haslam Signs Bill Overhauling Special Education Funding

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a bill that overhauls how severely disabled children are educated in Tennessee. The Individualized Education Act will turn over roughly $6,600 in education funds to parents to help their children.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

UPS Settles Complaint It Shortchanged Government Customers

ATLANTA (AP) United Parcel Service Co. agreed to pay more than $25 million to settle complaints that it kept false records to hide late deliveries and collect more for overnight packages to government customers.

PayPal Facing $25 Million Sanction for Illegal Credit Sign-Ups

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal regulators are proposing that PayPal Inc. pay $25 million to resolve allegations that it illegally signed up customers for its online credit product, used misleading advertising and mishandled billing disputes.

Not Your Ma's Bell: AT&T Evolves Beyond Phones

NEW YORK (AP) – The company whose name has long been synonymous with telephones is looking for new ways to reach out and touch someone.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 312 16,192
MORTGAGES 0 293 18,685
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 0 655 33,126
BANKRUPTCIES 0 237 10,737
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 112 5,198
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 127 11,344
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 94 3,867

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