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VOL. 129 | NO. 186 | Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Roxul Plant Makes Debut in Marshall County

Almost a year and a half after breaking ground in Marshall County just south of the state line with Collierville and Fayette County, executives of the Danish company Roxul Inc. will formally open Wednesday, Sept. 24, their $160 million plant and packaging site in the Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park.

‘Super Bowl’ Bound

Ole Miss game next step on Memphis football’s journey

For years, fans have been leaving University of Memphis football games early. Home games at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium were a kind of cruel test for the diehard fans.

Commission Balks at Ford Appointments

When the Shelby County Commission moved back into its renovated chamber at the Vasco Smith Administration Building this month, the new chairman of the body, Justin Ford, had a new seating arrangement for the 13 members, including six newly elected commissioners.

County Commission Approves $120 Million in Bonds to Come

Shelby County Commissioners began the process of issuing $120 million in construction bonds Monday, Sept. 22, approving the initial resolution for the general obligation bonds including ones for school construction.

Opening Briefs in FedEx Case Due Dec. 3

As Memphis-based FedEx is in the midst of what is expected to be another record peak holiday shipping season, the company’s outside legal team will be filing key briefs in federal criminal court in San Francisco.

NEWSMAKERS

Johnson Named Memphis Law School Registrar

Jamie M. Johnson has joined the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law as law school registrar.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Top Five Sales Excuses

Sales greats have the ability to adapt based on their audience, are able to embrace rejection as an express pass to their next “yes,” and generally have a high degree of emotional intelligence. But even veteran sales pros can fall into the trappings of excuse making as a way to cope with sales hurdles.

Robotic Rise of the S&P

The S&P 500 hit a new all-time high again last week for the 34th time so far this year. However, U.S. stocks appear increasingly detached.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Transportation Grants to Help Local Communities

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Department of Transportation is providing grants to help local communities with transportation projects and planning.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Limits on Overseas Mergers Prompt Renewed Debate

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration's decision to curb the ability of U.S. corporations to skirt taxes by merging with foreign companies kicked off an immediate election-season debate over when and how to tackle the nation's complex corporate tax code.

Soda Makers Pledge to Reduce Calorie Consumption

NEW YORK (AP) – Coke, Pepsi and Dr Pepper said Tuesday they'll work to reduce the calories Americans get from beverages by 20 percent over the next decade by more aggressively marketing smaller sizes, bottled water and diet drinks.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Ban Sought on Children Working on Tobacco Farms

WASHINGTON (AP) – Thirty-five House Democrats are urging the Obama administration to prohibit children from working on tobacco farms, citing concerns about ill health effects.

HEALTH CARE

More Insurers to Offer Health Law Plans Next Year

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration says consumers in most states will have more insurance options next year under the president's health care law.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 70 125 13,455
MORTGAGES 119 192 17,541
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 19 51 3,442
BUILDING PERMITS 146 769 31,699
BANKRUPTCIES 62 128 12,823
BUSINESS LICENSES 40 51 4,648
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 80 233 19,690
MARRIAGE LICENSES 25 69 4,129

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