VOL. 126 | NO. 226 | Friday, November 18, 2011
Hank Mullany has a pretty basic mission statement and set of guiding principles for The ServiceMaster Co., the Memphis-based home- and commercial-services company he took the helm of earlier this year as CEO.
IDEXX Laboratories completes $13.5M expansion
IDEXX Laboratories Inc. has completed a $13.5 million expansion of its Memphis reference laboratory and distribution center at 6100 E. Shelby Drive.
Construction plans for a new stand-alone space for a growing Arlington veterinary clinic are under way near its current shopping center space.
Minnesota-based Impact Innovations Inc. has applied for a tax break to help it set up a major gift wrap production facility in Memphis.
At the long-awaited opening of the Memphis Area Transit Authority’s Airways Transit Center last week, MATA general manager Will Hudson told the crowd gathered in the new center at Brooks Road and Airways Boulevard to remember three initials – BRT.
The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority re-elected its chairman and awarded two contracts Thursday, Nov. 17, at its monthly board of commissioners meeting.
When the announcement was made during a chapel session to the St. Mary’s Episcopal School student body in mid-October that Albert Throckmorton would be the new head of school, applause broke out once the first syllable of his name was announced.
Every season has a first game. But this was not a perfunctory tip to an ordinary season. This one felt different, felt like the first act of a play that could have the ultimate, dramatic, ending.
Coach. The word used to carry hard-won reverence. Coach. Not just anyone deserves to hear that word used before their name.
IF THIS IS YOUR JUNGLE, ACT LIKE A TIGER. Statistics show that the people who could help the University of Memphis compete, even win, aren’t even in the game. And I’m not talking football.
We’re all human. We get tired, lose focus and experience fatigue. Sometimes we can’t name what we are experiencing. We find it difficult to refocus, reenergize and – if needed – reinvent. When this occurs within a nonprofit we refer to it as “nonprofit fatigue.”
BEDFORD PARK, Ill. (AP) – A gunman walked into a Chicago-area FedEx shipping facility Thursday morning yelling for his wife, then fired several shots that sent panicked employees fleeing before he fatally shot himself, police said.
NASHVILLE (AP) – The aeronautics division of the Tennessee Department of Transportation has a new director.
CHATTANOOGA (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority board has voted to continue a freeze on executive pay for fiscal 2012, including President and CEO Tom Kilgore's base pay and performance incentives in a compensation package that will again exceed $3.5 million.
KNOXVILLE (AP) – Tennessee's Pat Summitt is among a dozen recipients of AARP The Magazine's Inspire Awards in the wake of the coach's announcement that she has dementia.
KNOXVILLE (AP) – The University of Tennessee's solar-powered house will travel across the state, beginning with an exhibition for the public Saturday in Knoxville to coincide with the UT-Vanderbilt football game.
BLUE SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) – Toyota celebrated the start of Corolla production at its newest U.S. auto plant Thursday after a lengthy delay that the car maker blamed on a weak economy.
WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of people applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level since early April, a sign that layoffs are easing and hiring may pick up.
NEW YORK (AP) – Sears Holdings Corp. turned in a wider-than-expected loss in its third-quarter, dragged down by weakness in Canada, declining consumer electronics sales and softer clothing sales at its Kmart stores.
NEW YORK (AP) – Target is the latest company to learn the new retailing reality: If you discount it, they will come.
NEW YORK (AP) – This Thanksgiving, 42.5 million people in the United States are expected to hit the road to visit family and friends – the highest number of holiday travelers since the start of the recession.
NEW YORK (AP) – Special financing for the next six months!
NEW YORK (AP) – Hardly a day goes by without a politician or pundit pointing out that companies are hoarding cash – roughly $3 trillion – and that they could help the economy if only they'd spend it.
WASHINGTON (AP) – With the federal government racking up deficits of more than $1 trillion a year and lawmakers paralyzed by political differences, the House on Thursday is taking up a proposed constitutional amendment that would force Congress to balance its budget.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Millions of taxpayers who take advantage of deductions for mortgage interest, charitable donations and state and local taxes would be targeted for potential tax hikes under a GOP plan to raise taxes by $290 billion over the next decade to help reduce the nation's deficit.
WASHINGTON (AP) – With a special deficit-reduction supercommittee floundering, the top Republican in Congress warned Thursday that he won't permit savings from winding down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to pay for President Barack Obama's jobs spending agenda.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress is on the verge of killing funding for President Barack Obama's signature high-speed rail program, but it may have some life in it still.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Teachers and principals are worrying more about their own report cards these days, and they're being graded on more than test scores.
WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. builders started slightly fewer homes in October but submitted plans for a wave of apartments, a mixed sign for the struggling housing market.
WASHINGTON (AP) – The average rate on the 30-year mortgage hovered above the record low for a third straight week. But cheap mortgage rates have done little to boost home sales or refinancing.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Medtronic is selling its business that makes heart monitors and external defibrillators to Bain Capital for $487 million in cash, the company said Thursday.