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VOL. 126 | NO. 108 | Friday, June 3, 2011

Vision Airlines Lands at Tunica

During the spring and summer Destin, Fla., is a popular beach getaway destination for Memphians. And this week Vision Airlines began service between Tunica Airport – about an hour from Memphis – and the Florida beach city, where Vision has a hub. The Tunica-Destin flight will then connect to Baton Rouge, La., and Las Vegas.

Breaking Bread

Caritas Village kicks off June lunchtime discussion

A diverse cross-section of Memphians broke bread together this week at Caritas Village, a community cultural center in the heart of Binghampton, while participating in meaningful dialogue centered on the future of health care, particularly as it affects those living in poverty.

Cable Service Provider Signs New Lease

A Madison, Tenn.-based cable service provider is taking advantage of lower rates in a competitive leasing environment.

Conrad’s City Budget Plan Offers Balance

At week’s end, Memphis City Council members and Shelby County commissioners were each moving toward final votes next week on budgets for both local governments.

Municipal Unions Rally Against Conrad Proposal

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. said Thursday, June 2, he is not “seeking privatization of any of the positions” held by members of the union that represents the city’s sanitation workers.

Local Weather
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Wind: Southwest at 9.2 mph
Humidity: 61%

EVENTS

The Rotary Club of Memphis Central will meet Friday, June 3, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Dana Baker, counselor at Whitehaven High School, will speak about “What every senior needs to know before applying for college.” Cost is $20 for nonmembers. For reservations, call Karen Shea at 683-9099.

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Motions Offer New Details in Petties Drug Case

Three of the four remaining defendants in the largest and most violent drug case ever brought in Memphis federal court want more information about the cases against them and a separate trial for two of them.

Morris to Celebrate First Anniversary at CCC

Among the actions A C Wharton Jr. took after his election as mayor of Memphis in October 2009 was adding then-Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston PC attorney Paul Morris to a transition team already packed with movers and shakers.

A Memphis Marvel

The Real-Life Adventure Serial. “I’m going to see Halliburton Tower,” I told the Rhodes College guard. “Why?” Why indeed. On what appear to be the tower’s main doors a sign says, ironically, “Please use main door.” The tribute to Richard Halliburton that I’m told used to grace the space behind those locked doors has been covered in carpet, now the office of a college vice president. Not only is it difficult to find much evidence of Halliburton in Memphis, you can’t find much of him in his own memorial bell tower.

Volunteer Fundraising and the Board

Part Two of a Three-Part Series In part one of this series, we discussed the difference between staff-led fundraising and volunteer-led fundraising. To generalize, staff-led fundraising is led by staff. Volunteer-led fundraising is led by volunteers. Now we take on the question: “How do you develop a volunteer-led fundraising program?”

STATEWIDE

Comptroller Appoints Tenn. Business Advocate

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson has appointed the state's new small business advocate.

Tenn. Cities Buck National Trend of Job Gains

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee made up nearly half the nationwide total of cities that saw a rise in their unemployment rate in April.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Tenn. Opens Door to Corporate Political Donations

NASHVILLE (AP) – A new Tennessee law opens the door to businesses making campaign donations directly to candidates.

REGIONAL

Miss. Gov's Office: Estimated Ag Losses $250M

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Officials say flooding in Mississippi could have caused more than $250 million in damages to agriculture.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Judge Extends Deadline for Borders, Sale Expected

NEW YORK (AP) – A judge granted Borders an extension to file its reorganization plan under bankruptcy protection, but a sale of some of its stores appears more likely.

It's Here: Groupon Files for Hotly Anticipated IPO

NEW YORK (AP) – Fast-growing daily deal site Groupon Inc. on Thursday filed go public, the first step what will be one of the year's most hotly anticipated initial public offerings.

New Poll: Investor Optimism Down 21 Pct. Since Feb.

High gas prices, failure of the government to control the federal deficit, and persistently high unemployment has soured the attitude of workers toward investing, a poll released Thursday says.

Wal-Mart: A Year of Taking Stock to Regain Footing

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart is in a race against time to give the people what they want before they get comfortable shopping elsewhere.

Pinched by Gas, Shoppers Pull Back Elsewhere

NEW YORK (AP) – Shoppers are showing signs of pulling back on spending on discretionary items like clothing and home goods as gasoline and groceries eat up more of their paychecks.

Sam's Club Unveils New Store Brands

BENTONVILLE, ARK. (AP) – Wal-Mart's Sam's Club is rolling out three new exclusive brands in a bid to maintain the sales momentum it's enjoyed over the past five quarters and lure more shoppers with its groceries.

Factory Orders Fell in April After Parts Shortage

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. businesses cut back on their orders for heavy machinery, computers and autos in April, partly because the March earthquake in Japan has made components parts harder to come by.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Democrats Meet With Obama on Deficits

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Democrats met with President Barack Obama for talks on cutting the U.S. deficit Thursday as the White House pushed back against calls from Republicans for Obama to show more leadership and offer more specifics on the issue.

Sony, Epsilon Execs Support Data Breach Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) – Top executives from Sony and online marketing firm Epsilon told lawmakers Thursday that they support federal legislation that would require companies to promptly notify consumers if their personal information is stolen or exposed by a data breach.

HEALTH CARE

Food Pyramid Out, 'My Plate' in for Healthy Eating

WASHINGTON (AP) – There's a new U.S. symbol for healthful eating: The Agriculture Department unveiled "My Plate" on Thursday, abandoning the food pyramid that had guided many Americans but merely confused others.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 83 223 16,103
MORTGAGES 62 207 18,599
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 0 323 32,794
BANKRUPTCIES 66 187 10,687
BUSINESS LICENSES 28 86 5,172
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 37 127 11,344
MARRIAGE LICENSES 15 75 3,848

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