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VOL. 115 | NO. 134 | Monday, July 16, 2001

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Calendar of events: June 5 11 Calendar of events: July 16-July 22 July 16 Memphis city officials will host a public meeting from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Plaza Club in the Toyota Center, next to AutoZone Park, to discuss the application for the Round III Empowerment Zone program and the new Renewal Community Initiative. This meeting is designed for the business community. Tax professionals will be on hand to discuss vision and location with emphasis on reviewing available tax incentives. City officials will look at eligible census tracks and gather feedback on the location to be included in either designation. Mayor Willie Herenton will announce final recommendations of the Fair Housing Task Force at a 10 a.m. meeting in the Hall of Mayors in the Memphis City Hall, 125 N. Main St. Starlit Nights, the Sharpe Planetariums summer program, continues through Sept. 16. Designed to help attendees find their way around the night sky and answer stargazing questions, the show explores the legends associated with major constellations visible during the summer. Call for admission and show time information, 320-6362. July 19 "NAFTA: Trade with Canada and Mexico," presented by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center and the U.S. Commercial Service, begins at 8:15 a.m. at the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce, 22 N. Front St., Suite 200. Registration is $75. For questions, call Phil Johnson, 543-3563. The Service Corps of Retired Executives will offer a seminar from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Racquet Club, 5111 Sanderlin Ave., designed to help attendees operate a successful and profitable business. Speakers include Dr. Ben Doddridge of The Horizon Group, attorney Buddy Bernstein, certified public accountant Mickey Ison, Debra LeJuene of Zions Bank and certified insurance counselor Tommy Thomas. July 21 The 13th annual WEVL Blues on the Bluff concerts kicks off at National Ornamental Metal Museum, 374 Metal Museum Drive, with Robert "Wolfman" Belfour, Joyce Cobb and Reba Russell. The second in the series is Aug. 25 with Sid Selvidge, Mason Ruffner and Keith Sykes. Tickets are $10. July 20, 21 The University of Memphis College of Communication and Fine Arts will host the 30th anniversary of "An Evening of Soul Roots, Rhymes and Righteous Times," in the Michael D. Rose Theatre. The Friday performance begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, a gala reception hosted by Isaac Hayes and Dr. Richard Ranta, dean of the college, begins at 5:15 p.m. That nights performance follows at 7:15 p.m. The event will launch the Emma L. Clanton Communication and Fine Arts Fund, which will provide scholarships for African-American students. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 on the night of the performance. VIP tickets to the reception and Saturdays performance are $50. For tickets, call 525-1515. Upcoming events: July 24-26 The Memphis Area Association of Realtors will host an introduction to commercial investment real estate analysis class at the education center, 6393 Poplar Ave. The cost is $200 for this three-day seminar, which includes study materials and a HP10B calculator. This course is approved for 16 hours continuing education credit. For more information, call Linda Stubbs, 818-2421. July 28 The Memphis Ronald McDonald House is the beneficiary of the seventh annual Big Scoop Ice Cream Festival at Agricenter International from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For a $6 admission fee, patrons can sample a variety of ice cream and other frozen treats, cookies, popcorn and snacks. Children 3 and under are admitted free. Aug. 7 The Memphis Area Association of Realtors member services committee will host "Realtor Night with the Redbirds" when the Redbirds take on the Fresno Grizzlies. The party deck includes club level seats, access to the air-conditioned club level lounge, a full-service bar and private restrooms. Price for the game and buffet is $27. Reserve tickets by calling 818-2444. Make payment to MAAR by July 20. Aug. 9 The Memphis Bar Association hosts "Ethics 2001: Are You Ready for the Challenge?" sponsored by the American Law Institute-American Bar Association. The seminar will be shown by tape delay at 9:30 a.m. at the MBA, One Commerce Square. The fast-paced, hypothetical-driven discussion will include topics such as client crime or fraud, corporate client subsidiaries, client suicide threats and short-term legal services.
PROPERTY SALES 50 389 12,758
MORTGAGES 21 248 8,003
BUILDING PERMITS 295 813 29,934
BANKRUPTCIES 35 164 6,064