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VOL. 128 | NO. 180 | Monday, September 16, 2013

Other Shoe Drops in Troubled City Hall Finances

Concerns about the long-term financial health of Memphis city government that subsided in June go back to the front political burner at City Hall this week.

Readmission Reduction

Hospitals work to lower number of Medicare patients readmitted

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis and The Regional Medical Center at Memphis are leading the pack in efforts to reduce patient readmissions with 30 days of hospital stays.

Open Enrollment Approaching for Insurance Exchange

With open enrollment for purchasing health insurance from the federally run Tennessee health insurance exchange set to begin on Oct. 1, local health care organizations are preparing with operational changes and plans for educating patients.

Sci-Fi Moment Sparked Career Ambition for Bell

For many children coming of age in the 1970s and 1980s, a viewing of the “Star Wars” trilogy led to afternoons of battling make-believe Stormtroopers with homemade light sabers in a backyard re-imagined as the Death Star.

Shelby County Mortgage Market Jumps 23 Percent

Bank of Bartlett’s mortgage company saw an uptick in mortgage volume in August compared to the same month in 2012, and the bank’s vice president said he expects demand from borrowers to persist and home prices to keep trending higher.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
66°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 9 mph
Humidity: 48%

EVENTS

FedEx will host the 34th annual fashion show and auction benefiting The Baddour Center on Monday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Registration begins at 10 a.m.; the luncheon and program begin at 11 a.m. Tickets are $40. Visit baddour.org or call 662-366-6930.

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International Paper Keeps Eye on Rainy Summer

The president and CEO of Memphis-based International Paper Co. has been watching the weather a lot lately.

White Ready to Take on Frayser High

Bobby White is so close that he sometimes has to remember that the decision about who will run Frayser High School won’t be made until December.

Dwight DeBerry Dropped From Ballot

Dwight DeBerry is off the Democratic primary ballot for State Representative District 91.

SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Campbell Clinic Holds True to Founder’s Vision

For more than a century, Campbell Clinic has provided the care for the bones and muscles of Memphis. The clinic’s doctors and other staff also have shared their knowledge of orthopedics and how to best provide such care to the world at large.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Thoughts on Budget Season

For many of you, it’s that time of year again. It’s the season to complete your budgets. So, what’s the deal with budgets? Is all this budgeting activity worthwhile or not? I honestly don't know. Perhaps the most accurate answer is, maybe.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee Offers Veterans Designated Driver's License

NASHVILLE (AP) – Honorably discharged veterans may now obtain specially designated driver's licenses in Tennessee.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Some Employers See Perks of Hiring Older Workers

Older people searching for jobs have long fought back stereotypes that they lack the speed, technology skills and dynamism of younger applicants. But as a wave of baby boomers seeks to stay on the job later in life, some employers are finding older workers are precisely what they need.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Obama Economic Adviser Leaving, Successor Picked

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama will replace Gene Sperling, his chief economic adviser and West Wing workaholic, with Jeffrey Zients, a top aide who has filled in as acting budget director and who led a White House effort to streamline government.

HEALTH CARE

House Unveils Bill to Police Specialty Pharmacies

WASHINGTON (AP) – House lawmakers have introduced legislation that would bring more federal oversight to large specialty pharmacies like the one that triggered a deadly meningitis outbreak last year.

Investigators: 36,000 Game Disability System

WASHINGTON (AP) – Social Security made $1.3 billion in potentially improper disability payments to people who had jobs when they were supposed to be unable to work, congressional investigators said in a report Friday.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 57 307 5,073
MORTGAGES 101 483 6,709
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 22 77 1,556
BUILDING PERMITS 0 720 11,979
BANKRUPTCIES 84 341 5,300
BUSINESS LICENSES 36 125 2,061
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 152 594 7,058
MARRIAGE LICENSES 36 117 1,458

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