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VOL. 127 | NO. 110 | Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Commercial Advisors Awarded Industrial Listing

Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors Asset Services LLC has been awarded listing and management of the 900,000-square-foot industrial space at 5461 Davidson Road, the largest vacancy in the Memphis market.

Building Blitz

Homebuilders construct five homes in five days at Trinity Park

Some of the city’s prominent homebuilders huddled up at McDonald’s on Winchester and Tchulahoma roads around 4:30 a.m. on Monday, June 4, trying to decide what the weather had in store for the first morning of the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis/Memphis Area Home Builders Association Home Builders Blitz.

First Lady to Visit Memphis

First lady Michelle Obama is coming to Memphis June 28 for a fundraiser reception at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

Council Lowers Property Tax Rate, Approves $609M Budget

Memphis City Council members approved a $3.11 city property tax rate Tuesday, June 5, to fund a city operating budget of $609,802,357 and Memphis City Schools to the tune of $64,819,307.

Jobs Data Signals Slower Recovery

The next employment data showing jobless figures for the state of Tennessee will be released next week. The next local data comes the week after that.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
43.0°F
Fair
Wind: Northwest at 10.4 mph
Humidity: 71%

EVENTS

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, June 6, from noon to 1 p.m. at The Peabody hotel, 149 Union Ave. Hattiloo Theatre founder Ekundayo Bandele will speak. Cost is $25 for nonmembers.

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Reform Won’t Mean Better Access For Minorities

Although health care reform will likely have a favorable outcome regarding access to insurance coverage, that won’t necessarily translate to actual access to medical care, particularly for minorities.

State ASD Charter Schools Unveiled

Memphis City Schools officials formally turned over the school buildings Tuesday, June 5, that will become part of the state-run Achievement School District starting with the new school year in August.

AirTran Brand Remains At MEM for Now

The four daily AirTran flights and the AirTran operation at Memphis International Airport won’t be converted to the Southwest Airlines brand this year.

Work Pushes Ahead on Madison Ave. Building

The process of shoring up a wall shared by a Downtown building on Madison Avenue and another on Court Avenue began this week even as the owner of the building on Court Square sought an injunction Monday, June 4, to stop the work.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Executive Coach Burtch Earns Int’l Designation

Bill Burtch, founder and president of full-service management consultancy firm Harmony Coaching & Consulting, has received the Professional Certified Coach designation from the International Coach Federation, becoming the second PCC in Memphis. Burtch, who also holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources designation, focuses his consulting work in executive/team coaching, professional development training and human resources consulting.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Google Page 1 Is Holy Grail

We all know intuitively that a strong search engine ranking can impact traffic to your website, but just how “make or break” is it? A whopping 75 percent of people don’t click past the first page of search results, and the top three results on page one, excluding paid ads, account for 60 percent of the clicks according to Sitepoint.com.

E-Visits Just Make Cents

I had the flu. Those four words, painfully small words, meant that I would be miserably affixed to my bed for the foreseeable future. The affliction attacked without warning and left me contemplating what sins I had committed in a previous life that deserved such punishment.

May: A Month of Decelerating

May came to a merciful end last week, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average had its biggest monthly decline in two years, retreating by 6 percent. While those returns are discomforting, the real pain was felt outside of our borders.

REGIONAL

Arkansas Farmers Welcome Rain but Drought Persists

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Farmers welcomed this week's downpour after enduring one of the driest Mays on record in some parts of Arkansas and one that worsened drought conditions in the state.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Senate GOP Blocks Democrats' Equal Pay Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Republicans have blocked a bill that calls for equal pay in the workplace.

HEALTH CARE

Minn. Democrats in Bind Over Medical Device Tax

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Democrats in Minnesota's congressional delegation are in a bind over a bill by Republican U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen to eliminate a tax on medical devices like those made by Medtronic and other Minnesota companies.

Schools Turn Their Noses Up at 'Pink Slime'

NEW YORK (AP) – The nation's school districts are turning up their noses at "pink slime," the beef product that caused a public uproar earlier this year.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
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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