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1. Actions Should Speaker Louder Than Words
- Friday, February 28, 2014
The Sports Morality Police have pinned on their badges and are cracking down on athlete-on-athlete crime.
You know, those vicious moments where one millionaire calls another millionaire a name across the line of scrimmage in what amount to little more than a grunt.
2. Election Filing Pace Quickens as Deadline Nears
- Wednesday, February 19, 2014
The May 6 Shelby County primary races began to move toward their final form Monday, Feb. 17, just ahead of the noon Thursday filing deadline for candidates.
Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy brought the Democratic primary race for county mayor to four as he filed his qualifying petition Monday afternoon.
3. Healing in Las Vegas
- Thursday, February 13, 2014
Last year, I injured my left ring finger. Despite treatment, it got worse. By year’s end, it was popping each time I opened my hand. And hurting like crazy when I squeezed my hand shut. My family doc diagnosed “trigger finger” and assured me minor surgery could fix it.
4. Are Weddings Really Worth Huge Expense?
- Thursday, February 13, 2014
Ray’s Take I once heard it said that large cathedral weddings cost around $1,000 per step – and some churches have long aisles! According to TheKnot.com, U.S. couples spend an average of over $25,600 on their weddings. Of course, that’s the “average” amount. When you take the mean cost – the point where most weddings cluster – the cost is just over $18,000 – still a substantial sum.
5. You Can Save Too Much for Retirement
- Thursday, January 23, 2014
Ray’s Take Around half of all workers older than 55 have less than $50,000 saved for retirement. We hear this message over and over along with warnings that many Americans may never be able to afford to quit working. Some respond by effectively giving up hope. Others keep saving, but live in constant anxiety that it probably won’t be enough. They may be fine and not even know it!
6. Home Electricity Use in US Falling to 2001 Levels
- Tuesday, December 31, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) – The average amount of electricity consumed in U.S. homes has fallen to levels last seen more than a decade ago, back when the smartest device in people's pockets was a Palm pilot and anyone talking about a tablet was probably an archaeologist or a preacher.
7. Robertson to Retire National Civil Rights Museum Post
- Monday, December 02, 2013
Beverly Robertson, president of the National Civil Rights Museum for 16 of its 22 years, will guide the institution through its first major renovation that debuts in March and will retire from the museum’s leadership in July.
8. Team Players
- Saturday, November 23, 2013
The key players, from Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. to St. Louis Cardinals chairman and CEO Bill DeWitt Jr., grabbed the microphone at an invitation-only rally held on the club level of AutoZone Park and made their best pitches.
9. Think Twice Before Picking Retirement Date
- Thursday, September 26, 2013
Ray’s Take “When I hit age 65, I’m out of here,” is a common enough observation. Global competition, increased governmental regulation and the speed of technological innovation have made working careers more unnerving than ever. That magical number “65” was selected a long time ago when life expectancies were a good bit shorter. We run our retirement models to at least age 95 now. Delaying retirement beyond that magical number of 65 for even a few years can make a significant difference in your financial security.
10. Hornsey Showcases Versatility as Tigers Punter
- Wednesday, September 18, 2013
After a disappointing 0-2 start to the season, there are not a lot of topics that University of Memphis football coach Justin Fuente can embrace without qualifiers and caveats. But senior punter Tom Hornsey is one.
11. Bundle of Joy Can Cost You Bundle of Cash
- Thursday, August 29, 2013
Ray’s Take I was asked once if two could live as cheaply as one. I answered, “Certainly, as long as one of them didn’t eat or wear clothes.” Most couples realize having a baby is going to mean extra expenses. However, many are shocked when they realize just how high those expenses are. According to the U. S. Department of Agriculture, a child born in 2011 will cost an average of $235,000 to raise to age 17. That number doesn’t include a penny for private tuition or college.
12. Rich Doesn’t Mean Successful
- Thursday, August 15, 2013
Ray’s Take Society tends to equate the possession of riches with a happy, successful life and the pursuit of riches as the best course to achieve success. That’s a rather limited definition, however, and reality doesn’t bear it out. Studies show that the 100 richest people in this country are only slightly more satisfied with their lives than the average person. As the saying goes, “money doesn’t buy happiness.”
13. Get Real About Selling Your Home
- Thursday, July 11, 2013
Ray’s Take Selling your home is one of the biggest financial transactions you’ll probably make. It’s a time to stay cool and realistic. However, most of us have a big emotional investment in our homes alongside a significant financial one. You probably selected it because you loved it, were excited to move in and built special memories there.
14. Should Kids Work?
- Thursday, June 27, 2013
Ray’s Take Like it or not, eventually most kids are going to have to enter the workplace, so why not let them learn something about the “real world” while school is still their main focus? After all, learning to balance work and other pursuits is central to a successful life.
15. A Year Later: ZeroTo510 Companies Still Going
- Thursday, June 20, 2013
Charleson Bell thought he and his associates had a solid business model for the startup they launched last year called BioNanovations, which is developing devices that use bionanotechnology for quickly diagnosing bacterial infections.
16. Talk About Money Before Taking Vows
- Thursday, May 16, 2013
Ray’s Take You’re blissfully in love and happily engaged to your soul mate. The future looks idyllic. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean your fiancé is your ideal financial mate. In fact, a study by professors from The Wharton School and Northwestern University revealed financial opposites tend to be attracted to each other, and those marriages often face significant challenges. With some honest and open discussion in advance, that doesn’t have to happen to you.
17. In Need of Relief
- Saturday, April 13, 2013
Perhaps it is only too appropriate that baseball is played without a clock. For securing the future of the Memphis Redbirds may require extra innings, not to mention extra effort.
The ballpark was on the leading edge of revitalizing Downtown when it opened in 2000 at Third and Union. This, of course, was “B.G.” in Memphis – Before the Grizzlies. Also, before FedExForum. The city was ready for something big and bold – something that showed Memphis could overachieve, not underachieve.
18. Are Foreclosures or Short Sales Worth It?
- Thursday, March 28, 2013
Ray’s Take This is in many ways a fantastic time to be looking for a new home. In addition to historically low mortgage rates, there are a lot of distressed properties on the market – homes for sale as foreclosures or short sells. There are plenty of bargains to be had, but also plenty of risks and financial pitfalls along the way.
19. Analysis: Obama, GOP See No Need to Stop the Cuts
- Monday, February 25, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – Unlike in earlier rounds of budget brinkmanship, President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans both seem content to fight out their latest showdown on the current terrain, let across-the-board spending cuts take effect on March 1 and allow them to stay in place for weeks if not much longer.
20. Hand Family Files Loan on Local Properties
- Tuesday, February 19, 2013
45 W. E.H. Crump Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38106
Loan Amount: $3.2 million
Loan Date: Feb. 4, 2013
Maturity Date: N/A
Borrower: The Hand Family Realty Co. LLC
Lender: JPMorgan Chase Bank NA
Details: The Hand Family Realty Co. LLC has filed a $3.2 million loan on its Memphis portfolio, including the Anheuser-Busch distribution facility at 45 W. E.H. Crump Blvd. south of Downtown.
21. Hand Family Files Loan on Local Properties
- Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The Hand Family Realty Co. LLC has filed a $3.2 million loan on its Memphis portfolio, including the Anheuser-Busch distribution facility at 45 W. E.H. Crump Blvd. south of Downtown.
22. Reconsider Your W-4 Withholding
- Thursday, February 07, 2013
Ray’s Take It’s that time of year again. Your mailbox is receiving the annual tax form allotment. In addition to filing your income tax, take time to evaluate your withholding. It might be that you should adjust the deductions on your W-4 form to change the amount withheld from your paychecks.
23. Ravens’ Cox Long Snaps Way Into Anonymity
- Friday, February 01, 2013
There’s more than one way to reach the big game.
For Briarcrest Christian School graduate Michael Oher, his journey was storybook and he’ll start on the offensive line for the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, Feb. 3, when they play the San Francisco 49ers at the Superdome in New Orleans.
24. Visions of Grace
- Friday, November 16, 2012
CHICKEN WIRE AND TIFFANY. This Saturday, seven windows of Louis Comfort Tiffany are open at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, and his brilliant lamps shine through Jan. 13 at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.
25. Excise Tax Looms for Local Device Companies
- Monday, October 15, 2012
A new excise tax will be levied on medical devices beginning Jan. 1, and the impact will be significant for medical device companies with a Memphis presence.
Large players like Wright Medical Technology Inc. and fledgling outfits like Arrowhead Medical Device Technologies Inc. are preparing for the 2.3 percent pinch on each device sold in the U.S., including pacemakers and stents, defibrillators, artificial joints, chemotherapy delivery systems, surgical tools and X-ray machines.
26. New Forensics Center Takes Technological Leap
- Friday, August 31, 2012
The new $13 million Regional Forensic Center that formally opened Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 637 Poplar Ave. is the first facility of its kind in West Tennessee that is not a hand-me-down adapted pathology center.
27. Congestion Woes
- Friday, August 03, 2012
Tennessee Transportation Commissioner John Schroer told the Regional Logistics Council Thursday, Aug. 2, that his office has the “right priority list” of road projects for the Memphis area.
28. Cohen Talks About Opponents, Schools, Race and His Political Past
- Monday, July 23, 2012
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen is running for a fourth term in Congress starting with the Aug. 2 primary, in which he is being challenged by countywide school board member Tomeka Hart.
29. Be Careful With Charitable Giving
- Thursday, June 21, 2012
Ray’s Take Charities are facing increasing demand and costs and more cautious donors given the uncertain economy. They look to individuals for more than 80 percent of their funding. Many believe that “giving back,” if they can afford to and are meeting their other responsibilities, is part of being a good citizen. However, it is important to do basic due diligence so your donations are effective.
30. Should Teens Have Credit Cards?
- Thursday, May 10, 2012
Ray’s Take While I don’t like debt – especially credit card debt – I do realize that credit cards are a necessary tool today. This means part of raising your kids to be responsible adults requires teaching them how to use credit cards the right way; by teaching them to control their spending and pay off their credit card each month, on time and in full. I have seen an extraordinary amount of pain and suffering result from a lack of understanding of credit cards.
31. Plan Your Funeral For Family’s Sake
- Thursday, April 12, 2012
Ray’s Take Whether death comes unexpectedly or after a long illness, it is always a very difficult and emotional time for family members. Since you won’t be there to help and comfort them, you can make the choice to pre-plan your funeral to make things a bit easier.
32. Is Refinancing Your Home Wise?
- Thursday, April 05, 2012
Ray’s Take: Home mortgage interest rates continue to be low, causing many homeowners to wonder whether they should consider refinancing, even if they feel like they just did it. The answer is “maybe,” but there are a lot of things to take into consideration.
33. What Should Drive a Car Purchase?
- Thursday, February 09, 2012
Ray’s Take Whether you opt for a new or used vehicle, cars are not cheap. Even though you might spend a substantial amount of money on them, they’re not investments either. Plain and simple, a car is an expense.
34. Don’t Let Possessions Mar the Art Of Investing
- Thursday, January 12, 2012
Ray’s Take With an erratic stock market and banks paying virtually no interest, it’s no wonder people are looking for alternative investments. There’s been a buzz lately about something I haven’t seen interest in since the 70s – art and collectibles as investments, and I have two words to say about that: Bad idea.
35. Expect, Plan For Unexpected
- Thursday, December 22, 2011
Ray’s Take Odds are you will encounter financial emergencies in your lifetime. They could range from the relatively minor – like damaging the family car – to something as devastating as complete home destruction. You simply should expect that the unexpected will happen and, at a minimum, have six months’ worth of living expenses set aside in savings or money-market accounts you can readily access.
36. NTSB Recommends Banning Drivers’ Use of Elec. Devices
- Wednesday, December 14, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – States should ban all driver use of cell phones and other portable electronic devices, except in emergencies, the National Transportation Board said Tuesday.
The recommendation, unanimously agreed to by the five-member board, applies to both hands-free and hand-held phones and significantly exceeds any existing state laws restricting texting and cellphone use behind the wheel.
37. Can You Afford to Retire?
- Thursday, December 01, 2011
Ray’s Take: Baby Boomers are on the brink of retirement. Or are they? The recent market downturn changed retirement plans for many people as investments shrank and homes lost their value.
38. Civil Rights Museum Kicks Off Capital Campaign
- Thursday, October 27, 2011
As he became governor of Tennessee in January, Bill Haslam encountered first-hand the drawing power and the dilemma of the National Civil Rights Museum.
Haslam twisted his way through a packed museum on the observance of the federal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was assassinated in 1968 on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel – which is now the museum. It was two days after Haslam took the oath of office as governor.
39. 4 Airports Try Limited Low-Hassle Security Checks
- Wednesday, October 05, 2011
ATLANTA (AP) – A small group of frequent fliers began using lower-hassle security lines Tuesday in exchange for sharing more personal information with the government in a trial program at four U.S. airports.
40. Sen. Alexander Recalls Early Days of Governorship
- Monday, October 03, 2011
U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee said he tends to favor the trio of governors in the still forming field for the Republican presidential nomination.
“I like the governors,” Alexander, a former governor of Tennessee, told more than 100 students last week at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphries School of Law. “I think President Obama has many admirable qualities and some policies I agree with. But I think what’s not as strong is (his) executive leadership.”
41. Feds Seek Anonymous Jury in Drug Case
- Thursday, September 15, 2011
Federal prosecutors want an “anonymous jury” for the trial next year of four men accused of being contract killers for the largest drug ring ever tried in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee in Memphis.
42. Political Hobnobbing
- Friday, September 09, 2011
The group of around 100 people in the plaza of AutoZone Park Wednesday, Sept. 7, led a few passersby to think a ballgame was under way.
But politics was the only sport in the plaza during the Greater Memphis Chamber’s annual HobNob In The Park gathering.
43. $25M Baggage Screening Slated for MEM
- Friday, September 02, 2011
In the 10 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, security measures at Memphis International Airport have changed the face of the airport as well as the pace and routine of passengers.
The evolving technology that has come with the increased security measures is a multimillion-dollar undertaking, one that took another step forward this week.
44. Senate Dems Give Way to GOP to End FAA Shutdown
- Monday, August 08, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate approved legislation Friday ending a two-week partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration and President Barack Obama signed it into law, clearing the way for thousands of employees to return to work and hundreds of airport construction projects to resume.
45. Affidavit: Millington Mayor Took Part in Illegal Gambling
- Monday, August 08, 2011
Millington Mayor Richard Hodges was into an illegal gambling operation for more than $10,000 and the town’s police chief, Ray Douglas, watched the gambling but didn’t participate, according to an affidavit by a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation special agent filed Friday, Aug. 5, with the Shelby County Criminal Court Clerk’s office.
46. Avoid Wedding Bell Budget Blues
- Thursday, July 28, 2011
Ray’s Take: Like most parents, you want to give your child a wedding to remember, and you set a budget accordingly. Unfortunately, the total wedding cost has a tendency of creeping skyward. A lot of that additional cost shows up in small increments – spending just a bit more on the venue or adding some special touch – but it all adds up to a real budget buster.
47. Open Door
- Monday, July 25, 2011
By 2050, it’s projected all minorities combined will represent more than 50 percent of the U.S. population, and as the United States moves closer to becoming a minority-majority nation, the growing Hispanic population is increasingly becoming a major power player in the new economy.
48. Charging Ahead
- Monday, July 11, 2011
A row of four electrical outlets with cords in the Peabody Place garage Downtown are a first for the city’s hospitality industry and retailers in general – charging stations for electric vehicles.
49. Stores Find Success by Focusing on the Hunt
- Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Trader Joe's, the specialty grocery chain, might not have the cheapest toilet paper or the most varieties of ketchup, but it hooks customers with mango butter, chocolate-covered pomegranate seeds and cilantro-and-jalapeno hummus.
50. End of the Road
- Monday, July 04, 2011
Not long after the Federal Reserve announced a controversial program in November 2010 to buy $600 billion in U.S. government securities, Tennessee’s junior senator found himself besieged by incredulous voters at a town hall meeting in Memphis.
51. End of the Road
- Friday, July 01, 2011
ot long after the Federal Reserve announced a controversial program in November 2010 to buy $600 billion in U.S. government securities, Tennessee’s junior senator found himself besieged by incredulous voters at a town hall meeting in Memphis.
52. Opening of Floodgates Empties Many Cajun Towns
- Tuesday, May 17, 2011
BUTTE LAROSE, La. (AP) – Cajun-country towns in the path of Mississippi River floodwaters were all but deserted Monday as residents heeded warnings to seek higher ground after a major floodgate was opened for the first time in four decades.
53. Training Ground
- Friday, April 29, 2011
The first thing many Memphis Catholic High School alumni notice is that the Midtown school hasn’t changed since they went there. But they do notice a difference in the student body. The private school had always been a mix of middle- and upper-class students – some with well-known last names and some who were children of blue-collar families. That changed in the 2006-2007 school year.
54. Observers Anticipate Fed’s Latest Actions
- Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Now that Election Day is in the rear-view mirror, it’s on to the week’s second of three closely watched market-moving events.
When the Federal Reserve ends its two-day policy-setting committee meeting Wednesday, it’s expected to announce a new program that pumps billions of dollars into the economy.
55. MED Eyes Dallas Hospital as Example
- Friday, October 29, 2010
Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell said Thursday his top priority is appointing a board for The MED that will help the publicly owned hospital build a stronger foundation.
56. Even in Liberal Bastions, GOP Sees Election Chance
- Wednesday, October 20, 2010
HYANNIS PORT, Mass. (AP) — In the congressional district that's home to the Kennedy family compound, a Kennedy public skating rink and a Kennedy museum, the heart of liberalism is beating uneasily.
57. D. Canale Site Sells as Part of Hand Purchase
- Tuesday, October 05, 2010
45 E.H. Crump Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38106
Sale Amount: $4 million
Sale Date: Sept. 24, 2010
Buyer: The Hand Family Realty Co. LLC
Seller: D. Canale Beverages LLC
Loan Amount: $48.4 million
Loan Date: Sept. 27, 2010
Maturity Date: n/a
Lender: Branch Banking and Trust Co.
58. Canale Sells Property to Hand for $4 Million
- Thursday, September 30, 2010
The D. Canale Beverages LLC property at 45 E.H. Crump Blvd. has formally sold for $4 million to The Hand Family Realty Co. LLC, an affiliate of Clarksville, Tenn.-based The Hand Family Beverage Co.
59. Kit Helps Homeowners Lower Tax Bills
- Thursday, May 27, 2010
Real estate information company Chandler Reports has introduced a 2010 Tax Kit homeowners can use to help lower their property taxes.
The MyChandlerReports.com Tax Kit, which can be downloaded online, includes all the reports needed to file an appeal of the Shelby County Assessor of Property’s appraisal to the Shelby County Board of Equalization (SCBoE).
60. Conserve and Protect
- Monday, May 03, 2010
Iconic nautical images abound on the modern-day Mississippi River, this country’s largest and most storied river system.
Stroll along the banks of the “Mighty Mississippi” and it’s possible to see a tugboat pushing a barge against the current, a steamboat churning through the muddy waters, a Coast Guard cutter darting across the choppy surface.
61. Administration Releases New Fuel Efficiency Rules
- Friday, April 02, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration set tougher gas mileage standards for new cars and trucks Thursday, spurring the next generation of fuel-sipping gas-electric hybrids, efficient engines and electric cars.
62. Worth it? Extras to Speed Through Airline Security
- Monday, January 18, 2010
ATLANTA (AP) - Laptop bags that may not require you to remove your computer. Luggage concierge services that enable you to check your bags before you arrive at the airport. PDAs to display your mobile boarding pass.
63. Out of Bounds
- Monday, November 16, 2009
The August report from the NCAA calls him “student-athlete 1.” Everyone but the NCAA and the University of Memphis calls him Derrick Rose.
64. US Official: Distracted Driving a 'Menace'
- Thursday, October 01, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood called distracted driving a "menace to society" Wednesday, kicking off a two-day meeting on preventing drivers from using mobile devices behind the wheel.
65. Tupelo Man Wants to Save Historic Home
- Thursday, October 01, 2009
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - One of Tupelo's most endangered historic properties will soon be renovated thanks to resident and history buff Brad Prewitt.
66. Memphis Drum Shop Named ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’
- Monday, December 15, 2008
The students mix with the masters at Memphis Drum Shop.
One recent day saw Tony Coleman, who tours with B.B. King and Bobby Blue Bland, shake hands with some of the aspiring drummers as they trotted past cymbals, congas, djembes, timpanis and toms toward the back of the store.
67. Fannie, Freddie Spent Millions On Lobbying
- Friday, July 18, 2008
WASHINGTON (AP) – For years, mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac tenaciously worked to nurture, and then protect, their financial empires by invoking the political sacred cow of homeownership and fielding an army of lobbyists, power brokers and political contributors.
68. No Dunkin' For These Doughnuts
- Tuesday, July 10, 2007
More than 300 people or businesses applied for new business licenses in June in Shelby County, representing a little more than 20 percent of those who filed licenses during the second quarter. During Q2, 1,458 licenses were filed with the Shelby County Clerk, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.
69. Memphis Takes Additional Step as Nexus Of Transportation and Commerce
- Friday, December 01, 2006
The River of Trade Corridor Coalition, a partnership of more than 225 members spread out over nine states and dedicated to the promotion of commerce, selected Memphis as the site of its major quarterly meeting, which convenes today.
70. One Big Chat Room
- Wednesday, November 29, 2006
"We've got a lot of work to do."
Those were the words of New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin to a crowd of about 40 people when he visited Memphis earlier this year. The venue, Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, was a forum for New Orleanians windswept by Hurricane Katrina to Memphis.
71. Cordova Residents Fight Retail Development
- Friday, March 24, 2006
The way Ray Bratcher sees it, the developers who are bringing a pair of retail centers to his tree-lined suburban neighborhood couldn't have picked a more ironic name for themselves.
The unfinished project - which could include a hotel, offices and a five-star restaurant, all tucked behind another row of stores - is being built in the Countrywood subdivision by a group that calls itself Family Values Property LLC. Bratcher says he thinks that name is odd because of what the group plans to do.
72. Chopping Block Looms for Libertyland
- Thursday, January 26, 2006
After 18 years of auctioning off anything from furniture to industrial equipment, Ken Roebuck is preparing for what might be his auction company's most attention-grabbing sale.
Bidders at the event would be vying for such items as an old-fashioned wooden carousel with 48 hand-carved horses. Roller coasters, amusement park equipment and a bevy of other items could also be up for grabs.
73. Debate Mounts on Fairgrounds Proposals
- Thursday, December 01, 2005
When local bands the Zippin Pippins and the Revolutionaires perform at Murphy's in Midtown next week, the show will be about more than music: It also will pay homage to the amusement park where Memphians have enjoyed the scent of funnel cakes, the charm of an old-fashioned carousel and the dips and dives of roller coasters since it opened in 1976.
74. Archived Article: Calendar
- Monday, August 18, 2003
Calendar of Events August 18-24
Calendar of Events August 18-24 August 18
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75. Archived Article: Marketplace St
- Monday, February 08, 1999
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76. Archived Article: Home Expo '97 Lj
- Thursday, March 06, 1997
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