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VOL. 128 | NO. 177 | Wednesday, September 11, 2013

International Paper to Lay Off 1,100 in Alabama Mill Closure

International Paper Co. will close its paper mill in Courtland, Ala., in several stages through the first three months of 2014.

Music Outreach

Memphis Symphony Orchestra adds community engagement department

In a nontraditional move for the orchestra industry, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra has formed a dedicated community engagement department, with the goals of educating and enriching the Memphis community with innovative projects and services while at the same time attracting new audience members for the concert hall.

AIA Memphis Celebrates Architecture Month

September is Architecture Month in Memphis, and the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) is spearheading a series of tours, lectures, exhibits and special events that explore historic and contemporary architecture and design in Memphis.

Achievement School District and Innovation Zone Choose Third-Year Schools

Leaders of the state-run Achievement School District and the countywide school system’s Innovation Zone schools have picked 13 schools for the 2014-2015 school year – the third school year of operation for each.

County Commission’s Partisan, Personal Divide Resurfaces

As Shelby County Commissioners were asking some pretty pointed questions Monday, Sept. 9, of those vying for an appointment to the countywide school board, Commissioner Heidi Shafer told Shante Avant, one of the contenders, “We’re not as scary as we seem.”

Local Weather
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Memphis, TN
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Wind: 13 mph
Humidity: 61%

EVENTS

New Memphis Institute will host “Whatever It Takes: Creating World Class Public Education” on Wednesday, Sept. 11, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. The discussion will feature Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson and Achievement School District superintendent Chris Barbic, and will be moderated by University of Memphis interim president Brad Martin. Tickets are $30. Visit newmemphis.org.

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Nineteenth Century Club Prepares to Fade Away

No matter what happens to the old mansion that has been home to the Nineteenth Century Club for most of the 20th century and all 13 years of the 21st century, the club itself is about to go out of existence.

Southern College of Optometry Wraps Up $9.4 Million Expansion

Construction and renovations are nearly complete at Southern College of Optometry, which is wrapping up a $9.4 million expansion.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Bigger Joins TriMetis as Business Development Specialist

Lauren Bigger has joined preclinical services company TriMetis, a subsidiary of Memphis Bioworks Foundation, as a business development specialist. In her new role, Bigger will work with the operations and scientific teams to drive new projects for the TriMetis specialized laboratory and manage the sales and protocol review processes.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Six Tips for Shortening the Sales Cycle

A career in sales isn’t for the faint of heart. You must be thick-skinned in the face of adversity, have a dogged determination, and be prepared for some long days in the pursuit of the almighty sale. That’s why I have the utmost respect for sales professionals and have dedicated much of my career to helping them work smarter versus harder in an effort to close more sales more efficiently. Perhaps the fastest path for doing just that is by shortening the sales cycle.

MEMPHIS AREA

Memphis Music Hall of Fame Names New Class

MEMPHIS (AP) Johnny Cash, influential blues guitarist Albert King and soul singer Carla Thomas are among the 13 new inductees of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.

STATEWIDE

Corker Calls Volkswagen Talks With UAW 'Incomprehensible'

NASHVILLE (AP) – Volkswagen would become a "laughingstock" if it goes through with a deal to have the United Auto Workers represent workers at its Tennessee plant, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said Tuesday.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Attorney General: Tennessee Charter School Law Constitutional

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper has rendered a legal opinion that the state's charter school funding law is constitutional.

Republican Group Seeks to Put More Women in Office

NASHVILLE (AP) – The nation's largest caucus of Republican state leaders plans to spend $6 million to recruit 300 women to run for office in the next election cycle, women GOP leaders said Tuesday.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Employers Posted Fewer Jobs, But Hired More

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers advertised fewer jobs in July but hired more workers, a mixed sign that suggests only modest improvement in the job market.

Dow Average Adds Goldman Sachs, Nike and Visa

The Dow Jones industrial average is dropping Bank of America, Hewlett-Packard and Alcoa, its three-lowest priced stocks, as part of a six-company shakeup of the most widely known barometer of the U.S. stock market.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Study: US Could Default as Early as Oct. 18

WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States could default on its obligations as early as Oct. 18 if Washington fails to agree on legislation to raise the government's borrowing cap, a new study predicted Tuesday.

HEALTH CARE

'Obamacare' Contractors Project Confidence

WASHINGTON (AP) – Major contractors hooking up the internal plumbing of President Barack Obama's health care law projected confidence Tuesday that they will be ready to go by an Oct. 1 deadline, even though the system is still being tested.

TECHNOLOGY

Apple Introduces 2 New iPhone Models

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) – Apple's latest iPhones will come in a bevy of colors and two distinct designs, a cheaper one made of plastic and another that aims to be "the gold standard of smartphones" and reads your fingerprint.

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MORTGAGES 84 228 21,660
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 21 56 4,322
BUILDING PERMITS 0 209 39,587
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