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VOL. 129 | NO. 191 | Wednesday, October 1, 2014

African-American Icons Highlight Freedom Awards

The National Civil Rights Museum will honor journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Freedom Summer icon Bob Moses and baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson at the 2014 Freedom Awards.

Cycle for Life

Ride to Fight On will benefit West Cancer Center

She’s young, physically active, and the family history did not suggest she was at risk. Yet Kate Horton was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Wharton Suggests Moving High School Football To Days

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson said Tuesday, Sept. 30, that Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. has suggested the school system move its night football games to day time hours as one answer to mob violence by teenagers.

Wellness Clinic Part of City’s Insurance Changes

A new “wellness clinic” for city of Memphis employees and retirees opens Wednesday, Oct. 1, in Midtown and takes its place in City Hall’s summer to fall political tempest over changes in health insurance coverage approved by the Memphis City Council in June.

Whitehaven Flood Response Complicated

When the Memphis area got seven inches of rain on Sept. 11, a group of Whitehaven homeowners at the state line watched once the rain stopped as their neighbors on the other side of the border got a prompter response in terms of a federal disaster declaration.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
72°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 3 mph
Humidity: 68%

EVENTS

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, Oct. 1, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. The guest speaker is University of Memphis President M. David Rudd. Cost is $18 for nonmembers.

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Baptist Memorial Health Care Cutting 112 Jobs

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. is eliminating 112 jobs across its three-state service area as a cost-cutting measure.

Triumph Bank Surpasses $500 Million in Assets

Triumph Bank didn’t choose its new tagline, “Let’s talk growth,” earlier this year only because it sounded hopeful or was an ideal to strive for.

Williams-Sonoma Growth Highlights DeSoto Push

In 1999, Williams-Sonoma Inc. opened its first DeSoto County distribution center on Polk Lane in Olive Branch.

NEWSMAKERS

Stuttering Foundation's Fraser Honored for Service

Jane Fraser, president of the Memphis-based Stuttering Foundation of America, has received an honorary fellowship from the London-based Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists. She was selected for her distinguished service in promoting the profession of speech and language therapy. Fraser, whose father started the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation in 1947, has served as its president since 1981.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Social Media Impact on Buying Decisions

Research giant Gallup released its State of the American Consumer Report in June of this year with the overarching finding that few brands are winning the battle for consumer engagement. Those that are, inevitably steal share and pull away from the competitive pack.

The Return of King Dollar

The market’s game ball in the third quarter goes to the U.S. dollar. The U.S. dollar rose 7 percent, boosted by the comparative hawkishness of the U.S. Fed. The currency has now advanced for 11 consecutive weeks, its longest winning streak in nearly 20 years (although the uptrend actually started in mid-2011). What should you know about the return of King Dollar?

STATE GOVERNMENT

Haslam Tells Tennessee Agencies to Plan for Cuts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is calling on all state agencies to plan for up to 7 percent spending cuts in the upcoming budget year.

Haslam Working to Stop Shredding of Books

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday that he's continuing to negotiate with the U.S. Postal Service to prevent it from shredding Imagination Library books delivered to incorrect addresses.

State Supreme Court Declines to Hear TSSAA Case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee's Supreme Court will not hear an appeal of a court ruling that the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association is subject to the state's public records laws.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Study: Gambling Industry Worth $240 Billion, 1.7 Million Jobs

LAS VEGAS (AP) – U.S. casinos and the makers of the games found inside had a $240 billion economic impact and employed 1.7 million people in 2013, a study shows.

SPORTS

Government: NFL TV 'Blackout' Rule Unsportsmanlike

WASHINGTON (AP) – For years, football fans have bemoaned the rule barring NFL home games that haven't sold out from being televised in the local market.

HEALTH CARE

Drug and Device Firms Paid $3.5 Billion to Care Providers

WASHINGTON (AP) – From research grants to travel junkets, drug and medical device companies paid doctors and leading hospitals billions of dollars last year, the government disclosed Tuesday in a new effort to spotlight potential ethical conflicts in medicine.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 110 154 13,810
MORTGAGES 135 193 18,019
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 15 39 3,544
BUILDING PERMITS 430 430 32,733
BANKRUPTCIES 52 130 13,133
BUSINESS LICENSES 20 45 4,750
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 83 204 20,104
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 33 4,230

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