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VOL. 127 | NO. 2 | Wednesday, January 4, 2012

County Redistricting Goes to Court

Three Shelby County commissioners – one Democrat and two Republicans – filed suit against the full commission Tuesday, Jan. 3, over the body's stalled deliberations on a redistricting plan.

Starting Line

Wharton takes oath, talks four-year plans

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. describes his first two years at City Hall as “triage,” as his administration responded to crises.

Memphis Democrats Squeezed in State Redistricting Plan

Tennessee Senate Democratic leader Jim Kyle of Memphis and Republican state Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown are in the same Senate district under a redistricting proposal unveiled by Republican legislative leaders Wednesday, Jan. 4, in Nashville.

Former Tigers Coach Bartow Dies at 81

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Gene Bartow, the former Memphis Tigers coach who succeeded John Wooden at UCLA and later began UAB's athletic program, has died, UAB officials said. He was 81.

University of Memphis Statement on Bartow’s Death

Gene Bartow, the legendary college basketball coach and a native of Browning, Missouri, who led the 1973 Tiger basketball team to the NCAA National Championship Game against UCLA, has lost his long battle against cancer. Bartow, age 81, died on January 3rd at his home in Birmingham, Alabama.

Grizzlies F Zach Randolph Tears Knee Ligament

MEMPHIS (AP) – Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph is expected to miss six to eight weeks after tearing a ligament in his right knee.

Morgan Keegan Begins Coverage Of Amazon.com

The equity research department of Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. has started covering Amazon.com, telling investors they can expect the online retailer to provide a return that’s at least slightly better than that of the overall market.

Wharton Keeps Most Division Directors, Shifts Some Duties

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is keeping the same team of division directors except two for his full four year term of office that started Sunday.

Methodist, CBU Alliance Addresses Underserved

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has enlisted nursing students at Christian Brothers University to extend community health outreach in underserved Memphis neighborhoods through Methodist’s Congregational Health Network.

Dunavant Nominations Deadline Approaches

Nominations for the annual Bobby Dunavant Public Service Awards are open until Jan. 15.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Binkley Promoted to VP at Boyle

Les Binkley has been promoted to vice president at Boyle Investment Co.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Top 10 Smart Marketing Trends For 2012

Pay no heed to the “hottest trends in marketing” hype for the New Year, as there is often little correlation between what’s hot and what actually works. Instead, make your resolution to execute these Top 10 smart marketing trends for 2012.

Cultivate ‘Economic Gardening’

With all of the hype surrounding stimulus packages and estimates of cost starting at $200,000 per job, it is time we all understand where jobs are actually created.

MEMPHIS AREA

AP Interview: US Atty. Stanton Targets Gangs

MEMPHIS (AP) – In his 17 months as U.S. attorney for West Tennessee, lifelong Memphian Edward Stanton has taken a tough stance against sex traffickers and drug rings, while also showing a willingness to get personally involved in the region’s most serious cases.

STATEWIDE

Dollar General to Add More Than 6,000 New Jobs

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Dollar General Corp. plans to add more than 6,000 new jobs this year and open 625 new stores, which includes its first stores in California and Massachusetts.

TVA Begins Year With Board Vacancies

CHATTANOOGA – The Tennessee Valley Authority begins the new year with one third of its board seats vacant.

REGIONAL

Little Rock Airport to Get US Airways Flight to DC

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Little Rock National Airport is getting nonstop, daily service to Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Fed to Release More Interest-Rate Forecasts

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a major shift, the Federal Reserve will start updating the public four times a year on how long it plans to keep short-term interest rates at record lows, according to minutes from its December policy meeting.

Starbucks to Raise Prices in Certain Regions

NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks said Tuesday it is raising some prices regionally as it faces rising ingredient costs.

Citibank Turns Rewards Into ‘Social Currency’

NEW YORK (AP) – Credit card rewards are the new social currency.

Sears Adds Ex-Brookstone CEO to Head Merchandising

NEW YORK (AP) Sears Holdings Corp.'s CEO says he's looking to former Brookstone head Ron Boire as its new chief merchandising officer to help meld the store experience with online and mobile shopping.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Online-Gambling Fight Now About When, Who – Not If

LAS VEGAS (AP) – The fight to fully legalize online gambling in the U.S. is now less about whether Americans will be able to play and more about who will bring the action to them – and when.

SPORTS

SEC Schools to Show Support for Summitt Foundation

KNOXVILLE (AP) – The 12 members of the Southeastern Conference is planning a "We Back Pat" week to show support for Tennessee coach Pat Summitt and the foundation she created to support efforts to fight Alzheimer's.

Dooley Says Tennessee in Good Shape for Future

KNOXVILLE (AP) – Tennessee coach Derek Dooley says the perception that his program is in bad shape right now is far from the truth.

Dooley Agrees to Release Vols WR DeAnthony Arnett

KNOXVILLE (AP) – Tennessee coach Derek Dooley said Tuesday that he's willing to allow freshman wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett to transfer to either Michigan State or Michigan to be close to his ailing father.

Tennessee Coaches Headed to Washington

SEATTLE (AP) Justin Wilcox is leaving Tennessee for a chance to be the answer to Washington's defensive woes.

Titans See Good Future With Munchak Off 9-7 Season

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Titans will spend the offseason thinking of the three games that cost them a playoff berth and looking ahead to a promising second season under coach Mike Munchak.

NBC Sold Out of Advertising Spots for Super Bowl

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Super Bowl spots are still the hottest ticket in advertising.

Jeff Fisher Interviews for Dolphins Coaching Job

DAVIE, Fla. (AP)Jeff Fisher landed at the Miami Dolphins' complex Tuesday. Now the question is whether the Dolphins will land Fisher.

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PROPERTY SALES 57 307 5,073
MORTGAGES 101 483 6,709
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 22 77 1,556
BUILDING PERMITS 0 720 11,979
BANKRUPTCIES 84 341 5,300
BUSINESS LICENSES 36 125 2,061
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