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VOL. 128 | NO. 114 | Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Morris to Lead Main to Main Project

Downtown Memphis Commission President Paul Morris will become the new project director for the Main Street to Main Street revitalization project that includes a Harahan Bridge boardwalk.

Rightful Owner

Martin family again takes control of East Memphis property

Ever since he was a child, Brad Martin, chairman of private investment firm RBM Venture Co. and retired chairman and CEO of Saks Inc., was attracted to the large wooded property at 1023 Cherry Road near Park Avenue in East Memphis.

School Board Approves Use of Reserve To Fund Merger Budget

Countywide school board members approved Tuesday, June 11, the use of $12 million from the reserves of the two combined school systems to bridge a funding gap in the budget for the first fiscal year of the consolidated school system.

Baptist Integrates Cancer Care With Center

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. broke ground Monday, June 10, on an $84.8 million Cancer Center near the Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis campus that is slated to open mid-2015.

Overton Park Playground Comes With Risk

The new playground near Rainbow Lake in Overton Park features something not seen on modern playgrounds in awhile – a metal merry-go-round or roundabout.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
58°F
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: 3 mph
Humidity: 28%

EVENTS

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, June 12, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. U.S. District Judge John Fowlkes will speak. Cost is $18 for nonmembers.

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MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Neal Joins Madison Line Records as Chief Operating Officer

Antonio Neal has joined Madison Line Records, the record label affiliated with Visible Music College, as chief operating officer. Neal – a four-time Gospel Music Association Dove Award winner who has also been nominated for a Grammy Award and four Stellar Gospel Music Awards – will oversee marketing, publishing and day-to-day operations at the label.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Convert Web Traffic to Sales

Every brand needs a Web presence to survive in the digital age, but how do you know that Web investment is actually performing?

Doing Right is Good Marketing

Here is a short list of rapid cultural changes: Consumer and business databases. Cable. TIVO and DVR. The Internet. Search engines. Satellite radio. Podcasts. Social networks. Blogs. Mobile. The iPhone. Thousands more innovations in beta today.

MEMPHIS AREA

Events Lined Up for Elvis Week in Memphis

MEMPHIS (AP) – An appearance by former Elvis Presley co-star Mother Dolores Hart and a listening party for a new box set featuring his performances at Stax Records are highlights of the annual celebration of the rock n' roll icon this August.

STATEWIDE

Belmont Law School Gets Initial OK From American Bar

NASHVILLE (AP) – Belmont University's law school has received provisional accreditation.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

More Americans Quit Jobs, a Sign of Confidence

WASHINGTON (AP) – More Americans are quitting their jobs, suggesting many are growing more confident in the job market.

Google Asks to Publish More US Government Information

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google is asking the Obama administration for permission to disclose more details about the U.S. government's demands for emails and other information that people transmit online.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

EEOC Sues Over Criminal Background Checks

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing Goodlettsville, Tenn.-based discount retailer Dollar General Corp., and a BMW manufacturing plant in South Carolina over their use of criminal background checks to screen out job applicants or fire employees.

REAL ESTATE

Federal Study Finds Race Affects Home Buying, Renting

WASHINGTON (AP) – A major federal study has found that minority renters and homebuyers who test the housing market for discrimination were told about and shown fewer homes and apartments than their equally qualified white counterparts.

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PROPERTY SALES 78 215 4,981
MORTGAGES 96 322 6,548
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 13 38 1,517
BUILDING PERMITS 223 541 11,800
BANKRUPTCIES 84 203 5,162
BUSINESS LICENSES 19 65 2,001
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 124 351 6,815
MARRIAGE LICENSES 21 65 1,406

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