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VOL. 129 | NO. 99 | Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Wilkins Maps Different Challenge of Cohen

Ricky Wilkins is promising to match U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen’s energy level and be more of a presence in the district than Cohen if he upsets the incumbent in the August Democratic primary for the 9th Congressional District.

In Rhythm

Stern Cardiovascular doctors using new catheter technology

It started with ice cream 25 years ago, probably vanilla with chocolate sauce, because that’s his favorite. Or maybe it was pure coincidence, except that over the years Tim Lyles noticed a pattern.

Zoo Pulls Park Shuttle Funding, Conservancy Moves Up Shuttle Start

The Memphis Zoo pulled its funding Tuesday, May 20, for a trial zoo shuttle from the Overton Square parking garage. And the Overton Park Conservancy moved up the start of the shuttle service it will now fund on its own to start running two weeks earlier than planned.

Council Hesitates Over Fire Recruit Class Funding and Charter Restrictions

Memphis City Council members discussed a new recruit class Tuesday, May 20, for the Memphis Fire Department that is not in Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s budget proposal.

20twelve Brings Style to Broad

There’s an energy in the Broad Avenue Arts District that Chantal Johnson insists “you just can’t bottle.”

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
80°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 6 mph
Humidity: 54%

EVENTS

Sales & Marketing Society of the Mid-South will meet Wednesday, May 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Church Health Center CEO G. Scott Morris will present “Selling the Church Health Center.” Cost for nonmembers is $35 at the door. Visit sms-midsouth.org.

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Ashlar Hall Owner Hopeful for Building’s Rehab

The owner of Ashlar Hall says he would like to pursue renovation of the Midtown mansion and hopes he can find multiple tenants to fill the rehabilitated building, which would help offset the cost of repairs.

Election Commission to Certify May Results

The Shelby County Election Commission meets Wednesday, May 21, to certify the results of the May 6 Shelby County primary elections.

NEWSMAKERS

Tracy Named IMC Chief Information Officer

Joel Tracy has been named the first chief information officer at IMC Cos., a national logistics company focused on international shipments. In his new role, Tracy will be responsible for delivering a broad range of IT initiatives in support of IMC’s logistics business.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Selling to Connected Buyers

First in a two-part series. The buying experience has been completely reinvented over the last decade, and companies slow to adapt are losing revenue and market share as a result.

Diabetes and Importance of Eye Care

Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness within the working population (age 20-65 years old). It’s estimated that 20.8 million people in the U.S. have diabetes and of those, 6.2 million are unaware they even have it.

MEMPHIS AREA

FedEx Sued Again Over Deadly California Bus Crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The family of a Los Angeles student who was among 10 people killed when a FedEx truck collided with a charter bus in Northern California is suing the shipping company.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee Democrats Net $500,000 in Annual Fundraiser

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee Democrats say the $500,000 netted from its Jackson Day fundraiser set a new record for the beleaguered party.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Haslam Regrets Not Adequately Funding Higher Education

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday that he regrets not being able to adequately fund higher education so that all institutions that improve in some important ways can be rewarded financially.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Antitrust Experts: 2 Big Deals Better Than 1

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Antitrust experts say AT&T's bid for DirecTV could reap immediate regulatory rewards. Coming so quickly on the heels of a rival cable company merger – the pairing of Comcast and Time Warner Cable – makes it easier for regulators to approve both transactions because they create two counterbalanced giants in pay TV.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Obama Hosts CEOs Whose Firms are Investing in US

WASHINGTON (AP) – It's the yin and the yang of the U.S. corporate climate.

REAL ESTATE

Housing Debt Still Traps 10 Million Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) – Nearly 10 million Americans remain financially trapped by homes worth less than their mortgage debts – an enduring drag on the U.S. economy almost seven years after the housing bust triggered the Great Recession.

TECHNOLOGY

Microsoft Unveils Larger Surface Tablet

NEW YORK (AP) – Microsoft announced a larger version of its Surface tablet to make the device more compelling as a laptop replacement.

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