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VOL. 127 | NO. 106 | Thursday, May 31, 2012

Fullilove Files Bankruptcy

Memphis City Council member Janis Fullilove has filed bankruptcy.

Medical Necessity

Local universities work to meet growing demand for PAs

An aging population, changes in the national health care model and a shortage of primary care physicians have increased the need for physician assistants, or PAs, who work under the direction of physicians and surgeons.

Differences Remain on City Tax Rate

When the Memphis City Council’s budget committee gets together Tuesday, June 5, there probably will be agreement that the full council should not raise property taxes.

Commercial Advisors Grows CRE Portfolio

Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors Asset Services LLC is on a roll, picking up various leasing and management assignments that have brought its office and industrial involvement to 17.8 million square feet.

Auction to Fight Funding Shortage for MALS

Memphis Area Legal Services Inc. is known for the help it provides to people in need of legal services.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
77.0°F
Fair
Wind: Southeast at 3.5 mph
Humidity: 69%

EVENTS

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC will hold a labor and employment breakfast briefing Thursday, May 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Holiday Inn, 280 Marathon Way in Southaven. Brent E. Siler and Robert Williams will present “Top Ten Employer Mistakes in Employee Leave Issues.” Registration begins at 8 a.m. Cost is free. Email rsvp@bakerdonelson.com.

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Suburbs Move Forward With School Districts

All six suburban towns and cities are just about set to vote starting in mid-July on forming municipal school districts.

MEMPHIS LAW TALK

Memphis Law Alum Kidd Gets Admin Post

In relatively short order, Jamie Kidd went from being a student at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law to working there.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Consider Buying Your First Home

Ray’s Take I’ve long believed the economic benefits of home ownership are overrated and renting is under-appreciated. However, for some first-time homebuyers the math has started to turn and they may find it less expensive to buy a home than rent!

Thankfully, It’s Only Fiction

I didn’t like the last novel I read, C.J. Box’s “Three Weeks to Say Goodbye” (2009). If you think you want to read it, then don’t read this column, as it will spoil the experience.

Does Your Brand Have Personality?

Ever wonder why some small businesses become powerful brands and others stagnate? Often, it comes down to brand personality, or lack thereof.

STATEWIDE

State's Venture Fund Makes First Investments

NASHVILLE (AP) – A state-created venture capital fund that uses federal grant money to spur investments in high-growth companies has infused $4.4 million in five ventures in Tennessee.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Small Business Employment, Revenue Growing

NEW YORK (AP) – Revenue and staffing are both growing at small businesses but have yet to get back to pre-recession levels, according to data released by business software provider Intuit Inc. on Wednesday.

Unemployment Rates Fall in Most US Metro Areas

WASHINGTON (AP) – Unemployment rates fell in nearly all large U.S. cities in April from March, aided by summer hiring on farms and in tourist destinations.

Colleges' Bank Deals Saddle Students With Big Fees

WASHINGTON (AP) – As many as 900 colleges are pushing students into using payment cards that carry hefty costs, sometimes even to get to their financial aid money, according to a report released Wednesday by a public interest group.

Closing Bank Account Will Cost You, Group Finds

It could cost as much as $55 to close your bank account.

REAL ESTATE

Sales Contracts for US Homes Dropped in April

WASHINGTON (AP) — A gauge of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes fell in April from nearly a two-year high in the previous month.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 209 209 16,401
MORTGAGES 252 252 18,937
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 393 393 33,519
BANKRUPTCIES 124 124 10,861
BUSINESS LICENSES 57 57 5,255
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 102 102 11,446
MARRIAGE LICENSES 70 70 3,937

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