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VOL. 129 | NO. 142 | Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Chamber Launches PILOT Education Campaign

Memphis economic development officials wasted little time launching an information campaign about Memphis and Shelby County’s primary business incentive program.

Rising Up

Goal Card program boosts South Memphis students’ success

Adrienne Johnson remembers being stalked. It was actually a good thing. “I grew up in a single-parent home,” said Johnson, 35, today a financial analyst at International Paper and one of IP’s mentors in the RISE Foundation Goal Card program. “I was the first in my family to go to college. It was unrealistic (to attend college), not something I envisioned at all.”

Survey: Graduates Should Return to Memphis After School

Measuring economic sentiment among consumers at any given moment in time involves looking at specific data points and how consumers feel about those sets of numbers and facts.

Mays Dismisses Unions' Claim Against City

U.S. District Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays has dismissed a 3-year-old lawsuit filed by 13 labor unions representing city employees against the city of Memphis for the 4.6 percent pay cut all city employees took that year.

Elvis' Last Cadillac Going on Auction Block

MEMPHIS (AP) – Elvis Presley's last Cadillac is among 72 items being auctioned next month at Graceland during the annual celebration known as Elvis Week.

Local Weather
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Memphis, TN
70°F
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Wind: 0 mph
Humidity: 46%

EVENTS

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, July 23, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. LeMoyne-Owen College President Johnnie Watson will speak. Cost is $18 for nonmembers.

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Local Projects Win State Grant Money

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam handed out five oversized grant checks Wednesday, July 23, on the University of Memphis campus for a total of $1.4 million in grants funding for various pedestrian, park and recreation projects across Shelby County.

Pre-K Funding Approved as Commission Term Nears End

With two meetings left in their current four-year term, Shelby County commissioners – those going off the body and those remaining – are making final pushes for items on their personal political agendas.

UTHSC Awarded $3.1 Million in Federal Grants

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded the University of Tennessee Health Science Center nine federal grants totaling more than $3.1 million for a variety of programs and research projects.

Cohen-Wilkins Campaign Gets Personal

In hard-fought political races, candidates try to disrupt the game plan of their rival, change the rules of the contest to their own liking and control the campaign’s narrative.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

McKinney Named Branch Manager at Waddell & Reed

Mack McKinney has been promoted at Waddell & Reed to district branch manager for the Memphis area. McKinney has been with the financial advisory firm for five years, holding management positions for four of those years.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Right-Brained Reps in Left-Brained World

According to Albert Einstein, the definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” Yet it’s all too common for sales managers to feel like they’re beating their heads against the wall trying to get their sales reps to follow established processes to manage orders and track progress. It can be frustrating for both sales managers and sales reps alike.

Teach for America Leverages Start Co. Resources

Education reform has been alive and well here in Memphis over the last few years. There have been many great initiatives established to secure dollars and establish programming to move our youth forward. As always, I am thinking of scale, sustainability and innovation to stay relevant.

STATEWIDE

Nashville Area to Get New Area Code by Spring

NASHVILLE (AP) – A growing population and the explosive expansion of the use of hand-held electronic devices has prompted the creation of a new area code for Nashville.

Tennessee Gets High Marks in Child Welfare Report

NASHVILLE (AP) – The latest national ranking of the well-being of children shows Tennessee is among five states that made the biggest improvement in the last year.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Wal-Mart Ups Price Wars for Back-to-School Season

NEW YORK (AP)Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is upping the price game for the crucial back-to-school shopping season.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

US Job-Training Review Emphasizes Data, Employers

WASHINGTON (AP) – As the U.S. economy adds new jobs, Americans must have the skills to fill those jobs, President Barack Obama said Tuesday.

REAL ESTATE

US Home Sales Increase 2.6 Percent in June

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sales of previously owned homes rose for a third straight month in June, pushing activity to the highest level in eight months and providing evidence that housing is regaining lost momentum.

HEALTH CARE

Dueling Rulings: Courts Split on Health Law Clash

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama's health care law is snarled in another big legal battle, with two federal appeals courts issuing contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday.

TECHNOLOGY

Target Debuts an Image-Recognition Shopping App

NEW YORK (AP) – Target is introducing an app that lets users purchase items after scanning magazine ads with their smartphones. It's the latest offering from retailers looking to boost sales with the use of improving image-recognition technology.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 38 349 15,066
MORTGAGES 111 449 19,779
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 58 3,853
BUILDING PERMITS 0 512 35,842
BANKRUPTCIES 62 309 14,343
BUSINESS LICENSES 18 138 5,129
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 69 385 21,817
MARRIAGE LICENSES 13 106 4,663

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