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VOL. 128 | NO. 212 | Wednesday, October 30, 2013

French Quarter Suites Deal Hangs in Balance

A planned deal to redevelop the long-vacant French Quarter Suites Hotel near Overton Square is nearing a critical deadline.

Health Coverage

Little Clinic adds locales, expands presence inside Kroger stores

The Little Clinic is opening its sixth and seventh limited-care clinics in the Memphis area this month as part of a growth plan that includes 30 new Little Clinics opening in Kroger stores in 2013.

Building Negotiations Likely to Stray for Schools

The Shelby County Schools board approved a specific framework Monday, Oct. 28, for negotiations with each of the future six suburban school systems on school buildings within their boundaries.

Evolve Bank & Trust Honored for Creating Jobs

Memphis-based Evolve Bank & Trust generated 203 jobs from Jan. 1, 2012, through June 30 of this year, a feat that was honored in Inc. Magazine’s second annual Hire Power Awards.

Sickle Cell Foundation Considers Hunt-Phelan House

The Hunt-Phelan house would become a campus for the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee under a plan the foundation announced Tuesday, Oct. 29, on the steps of the 175-year-old home at 533 Beale St.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
73°F
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Wind: 0 mph
Humidity: 79%

EVENTS

The University of Memphis and Lambda Chi Alpha will host a Lifeblood blood drive Wednesday, Oct. 30, and Thursday, Oct. 31, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the lobby of the Michael D. Rose Theatre, 470 University St. Visit lifeblood.org.

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Wharton Denies Ordering Police Stand Down

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. said Tuesday, Oct. 29, the decision to shut down the Memphis Police TACT unit for several weeks was made by Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong without any pressure from him.

EDGE Board Remains on Political Hot Seat

The next time Shelby County Commissioners gather to talk over funding for the Economic Development Growth Engine, they hope to have EDGE leaders and city leaders in their committee room.

Agape Brings Back Holiday Card Sets

Agape Child & Family Services is bringing back its Pictures of Hope holiday card sets fundraiser from last holiday season, and the sets are the result of a nationally sponsored program targeting children in need.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Williams Honored by Tennessee Urban Forestry Council

Laurie Williams, adult education coordinator at Memphis Botanic Garden, was recently awarded the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council’s President’s Award for her contribution to establishing and maintaining viable community forests in Tennessee. Williams was one of seven individuals the urban forestry council honored this year.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Investing in the Right Social Media

Part one of a two-part series. For the majority of industries, social media is an essential arrow in a company’s quiver of marketing tools.In fact, more than half of businesses using social media marketing for more than three years report an increase in sales over that period, according to the 2012 Social Media Industry Report.

Stocks March Into Higher Realm

Found: New Highs!

MEMPHIS AREA

Memorial Service for 3 Killed in Helicopter Crash

MEMPHIS (AP) – Nearly 2,000 people attended a memorial service for a pilot and two hospital workers killed in a medical helicopter crash in Tennessee.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Ex-US Attorney General on Judge Selection Panel

NASHVILLE (AP) – Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is one of five new members on a panel that nominates candidates for Tennessee's appeals courts and its Supreme Court.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Consumer Confidence Plunges on Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans' confidence in the economy fell this month to the lowest level since April, as many worried about the impact of a 16-day partial government shutdown. The decline could weigh on spending and economic growth.

Outside Drop in Autos, US Retail Spending Rises

WASHINGTON (AP) – A sharp drop in auto sales caused largely by a calendar quirk lowered U.S. retail spending in September. But Americans spent more on most other goods, showing some confidence in the economy before much of the government shut down.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Dimmer View of Economy Makes Fed Pullback Unlikely

WASHINGTON (AP) – A lot can change in six weeks.

Lawmakers Push to Delay Huge Flood Insurance Hikes

WASHINGTON (AP) – A bipartisan group of lawmakers Tuesday unveiled legislation that would delay for about four years several changes to the federal government's flood insurance program that are threatening to sock thousands of people with unaffordable premium hikes.

HEALTH CARE

Medtronic Unveils Heart Valve Study Results

WASHINGTON (AP)Medtronic Inc. said Tuesday its CoreValve artificial heart valve achieved its goal of helping more patients survive at least one year after implantation compared with the standard treatment.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 109 433 13,330
MORTGAGES 114 591 17,349
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 11 93 3,391
BUILDING PERMITS 0 366 30,930
BANKRUPTCIES 76 352 12,695
BUSINESS LICENSES 21 108 4,597
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 77 564 19,457
MARRIAGE LICENSES 29 151 4,060

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