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VOL. 124 | NO. 177 | Wednesday, September 9, 2009

UPDATE: City Attorney Controversy Gets Uglier

Memphis Mayor Pro Tem Myron Lowery’s scheduled meeting with City Attorney Elbert Jefferson will have to wait until next week at the earliest.

Herenton Talks About Legal Fees

Spence Complains About Release of Documents

To former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton, his successor's recent statements and actions surrounding the city's legal division amount to "ruthless, reckless politics with a vengeance."

Wilkins Off Beale Street Case

Attorney Disputes Lowery on Details of Legal Bills

Memphis Mayor Myron Lowery has dismissed attorney Ricky E. Wilkins as the city’s attorney in a long-standing civil suit over the Beale Street Entertainment District.

Aug. Homebuying Slowdown Not All Bad News

As the end of summer draws near, the busy homebuying season also comes to a close, and the first sign of an unavoidable sales slowdown occurred last month.

Legal Fee Controversy Involves More Than Just Jefferson

A political war is erupting in city government over the fees billed by outside attorneys and law firms that do contract work for the city.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
55.0°F
Overcast and Breezy
Wind: from the Northwest at 24.2 gusting to 40.3 mph
Humidity: 62%

EVENTS

Talk Shoppe will present “Financial Solutions for Business Owners” today from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call Jo Garner at 482-0354.

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Recent Malco Dustup Leads To E. Memphis Alliance

Crowd control problems at the Malco Paradiso movie theater have led to a broader discussion about development in East Memphis, including the theater and a number of thriving businesses.

Families Now Have More Choices For Senior Care

Federal money can begin going to adult day care programs and assisted living centers in Tennessee, which has until now spent almost all its Medicaid allotment for long-term care with nursing homes.

Mattila’s Visitation, Memorial Service Today

About five months ago, Shelby County Trustee Paul Mattila stood in his backyard in Millington and told several dozen people he would be running in the 2010 county elections.

Pera Appointed Special Adviser For ABA Strategic Communications Committee

Lucian Pera of Adams and Reese LLP has been appointed as a special adviser of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Strategic Communications for a one-year term.

Valero Energy to Close Part of Delaware Refinery

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Valero Energy Corp., the nation's largest independent refiner, said Tuesday it will close an unprofitable portion of a Delaware refinery, laying off at least 150 employees and 100 contract workers.

Settlement Proposals Due in IP Mill Explosion Suit

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Memphis-based International Paper Co. and two brothers who were severely burned when a boiler exploded at a Mississippi plant have until Friday to submit proposals to settle a federal lawsuit.

Time Running Out for Bipartisan Health Compromise

WASHINGTON (AP) – Lawmakers returning to Capitol Hill a day ahead of President Barack Obama’s health care speech wasted no time Tuesday showing just how hard his selling job will be.

Federal Survey Finds Coal Ash Sites in 35 States

WASHINGTON (AP) - The toxic leftovers from burning coal for power are sitting in nearly 600 sites in 35 states, according to a federal survey released Tuesday.

Three More Cases of West Nile Reported in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting three more human cases of West Nile virus, bringing the state's total this year to 29 with two deaths.

Sunken Economy Boosts Public Construction Projects

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. (AP) - Public construction projects, usually an exercise in cost overruns, are getting cheaper as material prices fall and builders compete for contracts just to stay afloat, a silver lining for cash-strapped governments but a worry to some contractors who risk lowballing themselves out of business.

Grocery Aisle Relief as Food Prices Fall

Grocery shoppers are finally seeing some reprieve from last year's steep price increases.

Mixing Old and New is a Great Design Strategy

You probably didn't realize, when you put an ornate old picture frame next to the sleek Pottery Barn sofa in your living room, that you had your finger on the pulse of America's design culture.

Mixing Old and New is a Great Design Strategy

You probably didn't realize, when you put an ornate old picture frame next to the sleek Pottery Barn sofa in your living room, that you had your finger on the pulse of America's design culture.

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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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