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VOL. 127 | NO. 38 | Friday, February 24, 2012

Tech Speeds up Requests at MEM

Since June, airline passengers with disabilities at Memphis International Airport have been met by agents from Delta Global Services with handheld devices including scanners to speed their pickup assignments for wheelchairs and scan boarding passes.

The Coach’s Calling

Oscar-nominated film depicts Courtney’s ability to find ‘story under every helmet’

Earlier this week, Manassas High School principal James Griffin was shopping at a Sam’s Club store and was stopped by several people raving about “Undefeated,” the Oscar-nominated documentary about one season in a hard-fought turnaround of the Manassas football program that could earn an Academy Award this weekend.

Petties Org Drug Trial Ends Third Week

The Craig Petties drug organization trial has settled into some predictable rhythms as it begins its fourth week Monday, Feb. 27, in Memphis Federal Court.

E.W. Scripps Q4 Earnings Down

The E.W. Scripps Co. on Friday, Feb. 24, reported lower 2011 fourth quarter earnings and revenue compared to the same period the year before.

IRS Says 18,000 Tennesseans Could Get 2008 Refunds

NASHVILLE (AP) – As taxpayers prepare their income tax returns for 2011, the Internal Revenue Service is still holding millions that are owed to Tennessee residents from 2008.

Local Weather
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Memphis, TN
51°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 16 mph
Humidity: 56%

EVENTS

FAcademics will hold an opening celebration Friday, Feb. 24, at 9 a.m. at its location, 2182 West St. FAcademics is a tutoring and learning company specializing in academic services for all ages, grades and subjects. For more information, visit www.facademics.com or call 755-7797.

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Ramsey: No Grant Secrecy Without Disclosing Owners

NASHVILLE (AP) – A full Senate vote was delayed Thursday on Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to close records used to make economic development grant decisions, as some lawmakers questioned why ownership details should be sealed.

EdR Sees Q4 Net Loss of $5.8M

The same day Memphis-based EdR announced it would have a majority interest in developing, owning and managing a $36 million cottage-style community near the University of Mississippi, the collegiate housing company reported a fourth quarter net loss of $5.8 million compared to fourth quarter 2010.

‘Washington Courtyard’ Sells For $900K

A trio of office buildings at Washington Avenue and Danny Thomas Boulevard has traded hands for $900,000.

Schools Planning Group Hears Specifics of School Structure Proposal

The group drafting the blueprint for the structure of a consolidated countywide public school system got several dozen PowerPoint slides and a briefing Thursday, Feb. 23, on the idea of a two-track school system that includes a “path to autonomy.”

Wright Medical Q4 Net Sales Fall 8 Percent

Wright Medical Group Inc. reported net sales fell 8 percent to $126.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to $138.3 million during the same period in 2010.

3 USPS Closings Reroute Mail to Memphis Centers

The U.S. Postal Service says it is closing 10 mail processing operations across Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi, rerouting mail from three of those centers to Memphis facilities.

EdR to Develop Ole Miss Housing

Memphis-based collegiate housing company EdR has executed agreements with Landmark Properties to develop, own and manage a $36 million community near the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss.

Questions Raised About Plea Deals

Shortly after Clarence Broady shot Latrell Small and Kalonji Griffin to death in a car at a Hickory Hill apartment complex in 2004, Demetrius Fields got a new tattoo.

Memphis Heart Clinic, Stern Cardiovascular Merge

The 14 physicians of Memphis Heart Clinic have joined Stern Cardiovascular Foundation, one of the region’s largest cardiology group practices.

MEMPHIS STANDOUT

‘Miss Penny’ First Face Many See at St. Jude

On Ash Wednesday, Alice Tramontozzi – better known as “Miss Penny” at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where she works as a guest services representative – stood in the chapel, marking ashes on the foreheads of patients and families who weren’t able to go to church.

SPORTS

America Still Waiting For Next Great Tennis Champ

Before last year’s U.S. Open, GQ asked a question with John McEnroe-like bluntness: “Why does America suck at tennis?”

Pastner Channels Inner Bob Knight

Josh Pastner finally got mad.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Waffle Shop Again Answers Prayers

GOD’S SAUSAGE. “You might just be a copywriter,” Brick Muller said, staring down at the piece of paper I’d just handed him. On it was an ad idea I’d just pounded out on the 1948 Royal typewriter he was paying me to use as a copywriter. The fact that this was his first recognition that I might be one was gratifying since I’d already been there for nine months.

How to Engage, Manage Volunteers

Part five of a five-part series Volunteers are at the heart of fundraising. They make all the difference in the world. They are passionate, connected, creative and talented. And they need to be managed. Ask anyone who has served as a fundraising volunteer and you will quickly learn what made their experience great and what fueled disappointment. Perhaps you, as a volunteer, have experienced the joys and the pitfalls.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Grant Secrecy Bill Returned to Senate Committee

NASHVILLE (AP) – A full Senate vote was delayed Thursday, Feb. 23, on Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to close records used to make economic development grant decisions, as some lawmakers questioned why ownership details should be sealed.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Sears Shedding Some Stores, Reports Q4 Loss

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears said Thursday that it's unloading some of its profit-busting stores, but the retailer fell short of revealing how it plans to woo shoppers back into its remaining ones.

Target's Q4 Profit Declines 5.2 Percent

NEW YORK (AP) Target Corp. reported a 5.2 percent drop in earnings for the fourth quarter, as big discounts to get tight-fisted shoppers to buy during the holiday season eroded profits.

HEALTH CARE

Express Scripts Moves Past Split With Walgreen

Express Scripts Inc. says it is doing fine after breaking up with pharmacy operator Walgreen Co., but it won't rule out getting back together with the largest U.S. drugstore chain.

TECHNOLOGY

T-Mobile USA to Make Data Network Work With iPhone

NEW YORK (AP) – T-Mobile USA on Thursday said it will revamp its wireless data network this year, with the side effect of making it compatible with iPhones and some other smartphones sold by competing carriers.

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