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VOL. 130 | NO. 88 | Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Renowned Farm-to-Table Restaurant Hitting Memphis

A restaurant chain known for propelling the national farm-to-table dining movement will serve up its acclaimed fare at two high-profile Memphis locations.

Greenprint Guru

Chamber hires new face to administer Greenprint Plan

When John Michels was a kid going to nature camps with his family and hiking with his brother and cousins, he was taking the first steps along his career path.

Council Questions Administration's Intent on Southbrook Mall

Memphis City Council members questioned Tuesday, May 5, whether the Wharton administration’s plan for a town center at the Southbrook Mall site in Whitehaven was set up to fail.

Larger Hotel Overton To Replace French Quarter Inn

The idea of an Overton Square hotel has long been a part of plans for the Midtown entertainment district, which marks the 45th anniversary of its founding this month.

Study Recommends Sweeping Changes in Access to Police Reports

A monthlong review of just how open public records are within Memphis government recommends some sweeping changes in public access to city police investigations.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
41.0°F
Light Rain
Wind: East at 13.8 mph
Humidity: 96%

EVENTS

Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau will celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week with a “Party in the Park” Wednesday, May 6, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Court Square, at Main Street and Court Avenue. The event will include food trucks, booths, entertainment, giveaways and more. Visit ilovememphisblog.com.

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ULI Gathering Puts Numbers to Poverty Challenge

The way Steve Guinn sees it, there are two ways for Memphis to reduce its poverty rate by 10 percentage points.

Pair of Employee Benefits Firms Merge

Two Memphis-based employee benefits firms have merged, effective May 1, and they’re attributing the union in part to the daunting task some firms have of coming to grips with the Affordable Care Act.

NEWSMAKERS

Rodgers Takes Reins at Collierville Chamber

Kanette Keough-Rodgers recently took over as president/CEO of the Collierville Chamber of Commerce after the chamber’s transition team selected her from more than 170 candidates.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

What Business Leaders Can Learn From Improv Actors

Take a moment to think of someone you know who is confident and fast to adapt in the moment, someone who routinely performs well under pressure and who has an uncanny ability to deftly counterbalance risks and rewards in an instant to make a smart decision.

Blame Fed for Lame Q1 GDP?

The U.S. economy grew 0.2 percent in the first quarter, well below analyst consensus. The fairly typical excuses followed the release, from weather to port strikes, to the first quarter growth curse that has stifled Q1 numbers since the financial crisis. The Fed even brushed off the weak numbers as a consequence of “transitory factors.”

SPORTS

Cardinals Recall Lyons to Start, Option Tuivailala to Memphis

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The St. Louis Cardinals recalled left-hander Tyler Lyons from Triple-A Memphis to start Tuesday night against the Chicago Cubs and optioned rookie right-hander Sam Tuivailala to Memphis.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Growth in US Services Firms Picked Up Speed Last Month

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. service firms' growth accelerated in April, fueled by more orders, rising sales and an uptick in hiring. The figures provide solid evidence that the economy is recovering from its first-quarter stumble.

US Trade Deficit Jumps to 6-Year High of $51.4 Billion

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit in March swelled to the highest level in more than six years, propelled by a flood of imports that may have sapped the U.S. economy of any growth in the first quarter.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Report: IRS Issues $5.6 Billion in Bogus Education Credits

WASHINGTON (AP) – The IRS issued $5.6 billion in potentially bogus education tax credits in a single year – more than a quarter of all education credits claimed by taxpayers, a government watchdog said Tuesday.

TECHNOLOGY

High-Tech Sensors Help Kids Keep Eye on Aging Parents

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Each time 81-year-old Bill Dworsky or his 80-year-old wife Dorothy opens the refrigerator, closes the bathroom door or lifts the lid on a pill container, tiny sensors in their San Francisco home make notes on a digital logbook.

Googling on Mobile Devices Surpasses PCs in US for First Time

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google's influential search engine has hit a tipping point in technology's shift to smartphones. More search requests are now being made on mobile devices than on personal computers in the U.S. and many other parts of the world.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 86 393 21,159
MORTGAGES 94 424 24,785
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 93 8,703
BUILDING PERMITS 173 1,010 43,347
BANKRUPTCIES 52 292 14,194
BUSINESS LICENSES 15 90 6,491
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 28 167 13,678
MARRIAGE LICENSES 12 89 5,158

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