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VOL. 129 | NO. 2 | Friday, January 3, 2014

Memphis Made, Reverb Unite for Coffee Stout

A partnership between a small production brewery in Memphis and a micro coffee roastery hints at new developments for each venture in 2014.

Hats in the Ring

Filing opens for candidates in more August races

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam will be seeking a second term as governor, and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander will be running for re-election – both starting with the Aug. 7 statewide primaries that open for filing Friday, Jan. 3.

Wright Signs Lease for East Memphis Headquarters

After months of planning, Wright Medical Group Inc. has signed the lease for its new headquarters and is in the process of moving to the wooded office campus at Park Avenue and Cherry Road in East Memphis.

Park Expresses Purposeful Giving in Book

Whether it’s on television, on the radio, in print or around town, Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club President Jeremy Park seems to be everywhere, and a quick scan of his professional history reveals a similarly expansive career.

Memphian Finds Success With Matchmaking Agency

Memphian Kim Hill has always loved planning events as a hobby. She also has a knack for introducing single people who subsequently hit it off.

Local Weather
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Wind: 0 mph
Humidity: 76%

EVENTS

Playhouse on the Square will present “Almost, Maine” as part of the POTS@TheWorks series Friday, Jan. 3, through Jan. 26 at TheatreWorks, 2085 Monroe Ave. Buy tickets at playhouseonthesquare.com.

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SPORTS

‘Hungry’ Johnson Making Most of Latest NBA Chance

You can’t really call this forward James Johnson’s second chance because the Memphis Grizzlies are his fifth NBA team, if you count his four preseason games with the Atlanta Hawks before being released last October.

Wading In With a Few Thoughts to Begin 2014

1) A shout-out to Tennessee State Parks’ First Hikes of 2014 program. My wife and 15-year-old son and I spent part of our New Year’s Day hiking 5.8 miles at Fort Pillow State Park in Henning. Great way to step into the New Year. Even if we did order pizza after returning home.

MEMPHIS STANDOUT

Malasri Promotes Importance of Young Memphis Leaders

Jittapong “J.T.” Malasri, a civil engineer with Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division, says his father probably knew his son would go into the engineering field long before he himself did. And his father, Siripong Malasri, should know – he was the dean of the School of Engineering at Christian Brothers University before returning to the classroom to teach and chair various departments.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Horseback Rides With Weddings

BRIDAL PATHS. As I did last year, I begin this year revisiting markers on the journey.

New Year, New You

January is the perfect time to begin working on your 2014 plan. As you prioritize your New Year’s resolutions, consider a career cleanup along with your plans to go to the gym more often. If you’ve been thinking of a career change, whether it’s an internal promotion or moving to a new company or field altogether, this is the perfect time.

MEMPHIS AREA

Moody's Upgrades AutoZone's Credit Rating

NEW YORK (AP) – Moody's Investors Service raised the credit rating of AutoZone Inc. by one notch on Thursday, saying that the auto-parts retailer is benefiting as drivers hang on to their cars longer.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Factory, Construction Growth Boost 2014 Outlook

WASHINGTON (AP) – Expectations are rising for a stronger U.S. economy in 2014 after reports Thursday showed solid growth in manufacturing and construction spending at the end of last year.

Macy's, Martha Stewart Living Settle Dispute

NEW YORK (AP) – Macy's and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia say they have settled a breach-of-contract lawsuit involving J.C. Penney.

REAL ESTATE

US Construction Spending Up 1 Percent in November

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. construction spending rose in November at the strongest pace in more than four years, driven by solid gains in home construction and commercial projects.

HEALTH CARE

New Drug Approvals From FDA Declined in 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Food and Drug Administration approved 27 first-of-a-kind drugs in 2013, down from 39 new medications in 2012, which was a 15-year high.

Study Finds Medicaid Expansion Drove Up ER Visits

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – A new study has found that people enrolled recently in Medicaid went to the emergency room 40 percent more frequently than others, often seeking help for conditions that could be treated less expensively in a doctor's office or an urgent care clinic.

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