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VOL. 128 | NO. 175 | Monday, September 9, 2013
EMPHASIS Construction & Design

Cutting Edge

Methodist applies sustainable design to Olive Branch hospital

Methodist Olive Branch Hospital opened its doors late last month, and hospital officials can expect to see dramatically reduced energy costs thanks to innovative, environmentally friendly design features like photoelectric glass and a geothermal heat pump system – one of the first of its type in a hospital in the U.S.

Handful of Projects on Horizon, but Construction Still Struggling

Commercial real estate construction activity in the Mid-South perked up modestly this year following a sluggish 2011 and 2012, and industry execs are cautiously optimistic that the positive trajectory will continue through next year.

GOP Sen. Alexander Opposes US Strike on Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander says he will oppose a measure authorizing U.S. military force against Syria.

Fuente: Football Opener an ‘Awesome Display of Tiger Nation’

More than 44,000 fans turned out for the University of Memphis season opener Saturday, Sept. 7, at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. They saw Duke beat the Tigers by a score of 28-14. They saw redshirt freshman quarterback Paxton Lynch complete 14-of-28 passes for 148 yards and rush for 29 yards on eight carries.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
63°F
Cloudy
Wind: 12 mph
Humidity: 87%

EVENTS

Stax Museum of American Soul Music will screen the U.S. premiere of BBC documentary “Otis Redding: Soul Ambassador” Monday, Sept. 9, at 6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. at the museum, 926 E. McLemore Ave. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. Cost is free. Visit staxmuseum.com.

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Divine Inspiration Helps Guide Renaissance’s Allen

Brandon Allen, an architect with Renaissance Group, was raised with a pencil and paper in hand, and the blueprint for how to put them to use in a career.

Memphis Economic Indicator Seeks Participants

The end of the third quarter is approaching, which means it’s time once again to hear what members of the local business community have to say about the direction of the economy.

County Commission to Fill School Board Vacancy

Shelby County Commissioners bring the countywide school board up to its full strength of seven members Monday, Sept. 9, by appointing someone to the open District 6 seat.

Principal Intervention Teaches Teachers

Talethia Harris sometimes has to intervene at Cromwell Elementary School to have a talk with those whose performance is not showing progress in academic achievement. And the intervention has to be the right mix of compassion and firmness.

Kyle: Lottery Reserve Should Go to College Completion

State Sen. Jim Kyle of Memphis wants to use some of the surplus funds from the Tennessee lottery to pay for more Tennesseans to resume and complete college.

GOVERNMENT AGENDA

Sept. 9 Shelby County Commission Agenda

The Shelby County Commission will meet Monday, Sept. 9, at 1:30 p.m. in the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for an agenda.

SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Webb Builds on Reputation of Integrity, Efficiency

Long before the county and city would cleave their school systems, Shelby County Schools saw unprecedented growth as more and more residents filled the neighborhoods that seemed to appear overnight like springtime daffodils.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Need for Constant Love

Sometimes strange things, more accurately strange ideas and events, influence our behavior.

Focus on Character

In an address to the nation during his presidency Theodore Roosevelt said, “Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of individuals, and of a nation.”

STATEWIDE

UAW Confirms Talks with Volkswagen About Tennessee Plant

DETROIT (AP) – The United Auto Workers union confirmed Friday that it's in talks with Volkswagen about representing workers a factory in Chattanooga, Tenn.

TVA Called On to Expand Solar Energy Program

NASHVILLE (AP) – Energy firms and conservation groups are calling on the Tennessee Valley Authority to expand its small-scale solar energy program.

REGIONAL

Arvest Intends Offer for Metropolitan National Bank

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A second bank says it will make an offer for Little Rock-based Metropolitan National Bank when it goes on the auction block next Monday.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Muddled US Jobs Picture to Weigh on Fed Decision

WASHINGTON (AP) – Employers are sketching a hazy picture of the U.S. job market for the Federal Reserve to weigh in deciding this month whether to reduce its stimulus for the economy – and, if so, by how much.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 72 368 16,413
MORTGAGES 66 422 21,432
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 15 76 4,266
BUILDING PERMITS 176 877 39,378
BANKRUPTCIES 60 294 15,542
BUSINESS LICENSES 20 98 5,491
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 69 423 23,573
MARRIAGE LICENSES 17 95 5,035

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