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VOL. 119 | NO. 167 | Thursday, September 15, 2005

Bankruptcy Changes to Hit at Tough Time

Katrina victims could face stricter criteria to wipe slate clean

The waiting room on the sixth floor of 200 Jefferson Ave., known among bankruptcy attorneys as the "bus stop," can be a chaotic place. There, rows of debtors wait to speak with their lawyers and meet with the Bankruptcy Court's trustees - a process that has grown so exponentially over the years that a new bankruptcy judge will be named soon to help with the caseload.

Legal Professionals Rally Around Katrina Victims

As cleanup and recovery efforts continue along the Gulf Coast following the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, attorneys in Memphis are working together to lend a hand to evacuees in the area.

Assistant D.A. Named to Tennessee Judicial Council

Lee V. Coffee, an assistant district attorney with the Shelby County District Attorney's Office, was appointed in July by Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen to serve on the Tennessee Judicial Council. Coffee's term runs through March 31, 2009.

Local Weather
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Wind: South at 10.4 mph
Humidity: 46%

EVENTS

Seedco presents "Benefits for Businesses," a free event for Memphis business owners and their employees, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in Court Square. Attendees will learn about assistance available to businesses in Memphis and Shelby County. Light refreshments will be served. Call 528-1205 or visit www.earnbenefits.org for details.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 31 327 17,870
MORTGAGES 49 409 20,835
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 129 800 36,616
BANKRUPTCIES 51 243 11,925
BUSINESS LICENSES 21 117 5,677
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 41 215 12,248
MARRIAGE LICENSES 29 121 4,478

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