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VOL. 131 | NO. 23 | Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Haslam Outlines Conservative Approach to Surplus

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam told state legislators Monday, Feb. 1, that the state’s estimated $500 million surplus has to be balanced with a global economy that could change for the worse.

New Superintendent Says ASD Not Monolithic

The superintendent of the state-run Achievement School District says critics of the district for the state’s lowest-performing schools don’t understand that the organization doesn’t operation conventionally.

Planetarium Rings in New Era at Pink Palace

When the AutoZone Dome at the Sharpe Planetarium reopened to the public Saturday, Jan. 30, it was an important step in the transformation of the Pink Palace Family of Museums’ campus.

Zoo Distances Self From Overton Park Traffic Study

Unusually warm temperatures over the weekend brought out more visitors to Overton Park and the Memphis Zoo, offering a preview of what the spring could be like on the greensward.

Last Word: Post Caucus, Fincher's Exit, 1919 Handwriting and Your Rolodex

That close (very little light between index finger and thumb) between Clinton and Sanders in Iowa Monday evening.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
30.0°F
Fair
Wind: Calm mph
Humidity: 75%

EVENTS

Rotary Club of Memphis will meet Tuesday, Feb. 2, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Randy Boyd, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, will speak. Visit memphisrotary.org.

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Stephen Fincher Won't Seek Re-Election

U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher announced Monday, Feb. 1, that he will not run for re-election in Tennessee’s 8th Congressional District.

U of M Notebook: Wins, Attendance Not Created Equally

Despite all the hue and cry about lousy attendance at FedExForum – and the concerns are justified because both announced attendance and actual people in the seats are on the decline – the Tigers still lead the American Athletic Conference with an average (announced) attendance of 11,534.

Playback Memphis Works to Expand Reach

The Playback Memphis organization is looking to expand its reach this year and is preparing to host three training courses at the Pilgrim House Hostel and Retreat Center at First Congregational Church in Midtown later this month.

Council Probes Police Body Camera Delay

Memphis City Council members talk Tuesday, Feb. 2, about when police body cameras might be ready for action.

EMPHASIS Distribution & Logistics

MATA ‘Thinking Outside the Bus’ to Overcome Funding Shortfall

To accommodate for a chronic budget shortfall, the Memphis Area Transit Authority said that it has to start “thinking outside the bus.”

Tech Developments Advance Efficiency in Logistics Industry

Memphis is known as a center for the logistics industry, and technology advances keep things on the move.

Q&A: U of M’s Dan Pallme Points to Shipping Changes, Challenges in 2016

Dan Pallme is heavily involved in the University of Memphis’ logistics industry departments. He runs the Freight Transportation Leadership Academy, a program that consists of technical tours, sessions with industry experts, and overviews of historic and current trends to encourage leadership in Memphis’ primary modes: rail, river, road and runway.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Save-A-Lot to Anchor New Sam Cooper Shopping Center

Southeast Corner of Sam Cooper, Boulevard and Tillman Street, Memphis, TN 38104 -
Save-A-Lot Food Stores is the anchor tenant for the Binghampton Grocery Center, a new shopping complex at the corner of Sam Cooper Boulevard and Tillman Street developed by the Binghampton Development Corp.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Ingredients of A Quality Meeting

We recently received a request from a reader wanting to know how to get the most impact from meetings with her supervisor. “Each week, I am given full responsibility for what is discussed. It is the one opportunity where I have my supervisor’s undivided attention and think I should be more strategic in our discussion.”

Valentine’s Ignites Travel desires

February is the shortest month of the year, but it’s also one that presents travel opportunities for couples looking to celebrate Valentine’s Day on a quick getaway.

GOVERNMENT AGENDA

February 2 Memphis City Council Agenda

The Memphis City Council will meet today at 3:30 p.m. in the Council chambers in City Hall, 125 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for an agenda.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Haslam Calls for 'Thoughtful' Spending of Tennessee Surplus

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says his sixth annual State of the State address will focus on what he calls a "thoughtful" approach to spending a surplus in Tennessee revenues.

US ECONOMY

US Consumer Spending Flat, Savings Rate at 3-Year High

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers kept their spending flat in December and instead boosted their savings rate to the highest level in three years.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Airlines Restore Tiny Perks, Like Pretzels, to Pacify Fliers

NEW YORK (AP) — After 15 years of near austerity, U.S. airlines are restoring some small perks for passengers crammed into coach.

Abbott to Buy Medical Test Provider Alere

NEW YORK (AP) — Abbott Laboratories will buy Alere for $4.8 billion as it tries to expand its medical-testing business.

Council Probes Police Body Camera Delay

Memphis City Council members talk Tuesday, Feb. 2, about when police body cameras might be ready for action.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 128 183 20,949
MORTGAGES 130 174 24,535
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 4 27 8,637
BUILDING PERMITS 163 359 42,696
BANKRUPTCIES 61 116 14,018
BUSINESS LICENSES 24 46 6,447
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 29 85 13,596
MARRIAGE LICENSES 24 47 5,116

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