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VOL. 128 | NO. 207 | Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Hopson Proposes Plan for Unincorporated Schools

The Shelby County Schools system would continue to educate school age children in the unincorporated areas of Shelby County and operate the 14 schools in those areas as well as one in Lucy and the three schools in Germantown bearing that city’s name under a proposal presented Tuesday, Oct. 22, to the countywide school board by schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson.

Rich Tapestry

RiverArtsFest brings broad spectrum of works to South Main

Bonnie Thornton has a mission at this year’s RiverArtsFest that goes beyond her role as director of the festival’s Artist Market: she’s helping a fledgling art collector get his start.

Contested Judicial Elections Spark Debate

Memphis attorneys John Ryder and Gary Smith both think it is a bad idea to have contested elections for state appeals court judges.

Richland’s McNary Recognized For Achievement

When the school year began in August, Richland Elementary School principal Sharon McNary gave her teachers plastic action figures that could stretch.

Indie Memphis Offers Innovation-Themed Programs

This year’s Indie Memphis Film Festival will again offer a slate of programming tied to the concept of innovation and include guest speakers such as the president of the multimedia news organization The Onion, as well as presentations that complement the festival’s film offerings.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
68°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 5 mph
Humidity: 55%

EVENTS

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at DeVry University, 6401 Poplar Ave., sixth floor. Debbie Reeves of the Tennessee Housing Development Agency will present “First-Time Homebuyers Housing Information Before You Buy or Rent.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz or call Jo Garner at 482-0354.

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MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Fisher Joins Boy Scouts Chickasaw Council as CEO

Richard L. Fisher has joined the Chickasaw Council of the Boy Scouts of America as chief executive officer. In his new role, Fisher will extend character development and leadership skills to youth who live in the Chickasaw Council territory, which includes the Mississippi Delta, Memphis, and Shelby and Crittenden counties.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

How to Discount Without Harming Brand Integrity

Ask a sales rep for the No. 1 objection they face with prospects and more often than not, they’ll say that it’s price. Given the state of our economy over the last several years, price can certainly be a legitimate concern. Often, however, a price objection is merely habit – the tendency of the buyer to attempt to negotiate before making any purchase. Or it may actually be another objection, one that’s more personal or revealing, in disguise. For example, a prospect might cite financial concerns to mask the fact that they have to consult with the real decision maker, which they failed to share with you upfront.

Patents: What Happens in Nature Stays in Nature

Medical research faces an interesting conundrum. Certain medical breakthroughs offer tremendous potential for detecting and treating various diseases, which can provide monetary returns mostly through related pharmaceuticals, analytical tests and medical procedures.

Avoid the Blog Bait

Last week, the keystone cops in Washington signed yet another procrastination resolution to our festering debt and deficit issues. No matter. The market rallied into our fiscal D-Day and right after it to new all-time highs. Why? While the volume of reporting on the debt ceiling has grown substantially, the event itself is old news. Congress has raised the debt ceiling 45 times since the late 1970s. The debt level reached within 2 percent of the ceiling 37 of those times.

STATE GOVERNMENT
REGIONAL

Audit Finds Problems Within Disabilities' Agency

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A state audit has revealed problems within the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Delta Cuts More Memphis Flights

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The same day Delta Air Lines announced its third-quarter earnings, word came down that the Atlanta-based airline will further decimate its Memphis presence.

HEALTH CARE

Builders of Obama's Health Website Saw Red Flags

WASHINGTON (AP) — Crammed into conference rooms with pizza for dinner, some programmers building the Obama administration's showcase health insurance website were growing increasingly stressed. Some worked past 10 p.m., energy drinks in hand. Others rewrote computer code over and over to meet what they considered last-minute requests for changes from the government or other contractors.

Section 42 Housing Could Cost Counties Millions

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A lawmaker has criticized a state Supreme Court decision that will force local governments across Mississippi to refund millions of dollars in property taxes to developers of affordable housing.

BancorpSouth Profit Rises by 4 Percent in Quarter

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Regional bank BancorpSouth Corp. cut costs and bad loans in 2013's third quarter, as profit increased by 4 percent from the same three months of 2012.

For Jobless Over 50, A Challenging Search for Work

EDITOR'S NOTE: Aging America is a joint AP-APME project examining the aging of the baby boomers and the effect this so-called silver tsunami is having on society.

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PROPERTY SALES 87 87 14,804
MORTGAGES 80 80 19,410
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 22 22 3,817
BUILDING PERMITS 142 142 35,472
BANKRUPTCIES 62 62 14,096
BUSINESS LICENSES 62 62 5,053
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 99 99 21,532
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