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VOL. 127 | NO. 44 | Monday, March 5, 2012
SPECIAL EMPHASIS: Health Care

Home Alone

Access to in-home health services declines as need rises

For many senior citizens, access to homemaker services – such as housekeeping and grocery shopping – enables them to continue living in the comfort of their own homes for as long as possible.

Data Present Big Picture For LSON Students

To University of Memphis’ Loewenberg School of Nursing student Joni Gossett, 38108 is more than just a ZIP code. It’s also a diagnostic tool.

Christie Leaves As Pinnacle CFO

The chief financial officer of Memphis-based Pinnacle Airlines Corp. is resigning effective the end of March.

Santorum Campaigns In Cordova Pre-Super Tuesday

GOP Presidential contender and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania blitzed the Memphis area Sunday, March 4, attending services at Bellevue Baptist Church and Mass at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, both in Cordova.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
43°F
Cloudy
Wind: 7 mph
Humidity: 76%

EVENTS

The Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, March 6, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Allen Godfrey, executive director of the Mississippi Gaming Commission, will speak. Cost is $18 per person. Email Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org for reservations.

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Cushing’s Day Gig for ‘Betterment of Humanity’

In February, senior research assistant Richard Cushing began working with the Pathology Department of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in the Tissue Services Core and Repository.

2012 Should Be Busy For Health Care

This year is positioned to be very interesting in the world of health care. From the Supreme Court hearing in March until the presidential election in November, health care is guaranteed a place in the news for the rest of the year. In addition to the big stories, some smaller health care stories will also grab some of the limelight as the medical industry deals with changing trends and developments.

First Horizon in Savings Mode

First Tennessee Bank’s parent company is serious about cutting costs. Memphis-based First Horizon National Corp. had originally tagged $110 million in cost savings to try and reach in 2011, which the company’s chief financial officer called “a watershed year for us” in a presentation to analysts a few days ago in Boston.

Five Guys to Open 2nd Local Burger Joint

Five Guys Burgers and Fries has inked its second Memphis-area lease – this one in Bartlett – and is close to solidifying two other locations, including one in Midtown.

Planning Commission Reworking System Structure

The schools consolidation planning commission isn’t quite ready to vote on a structure for the consolidated countywide system to come. That milestone vote may come Thursday, March 8.

Actor, Author Rivers To Speak At YWCA Benefit

For its 15th annual benefit luncheon Wednesday, March 7, the YWCA of Greater Memphis is bringing actor-turned-activist and best-selling author Victor Rivas Rivers to town to discuss his familial experiences with domestic violence.

YoLo to Open 11th Locale at U of M

YoLo recently finalized a deal to open up a shop on the University of Memphis campus, marking its 11th location in less than two years.

Petties Trial Focuses on Turner Killing

The point at which the prosecution ends and the defense begins in the Craig Petties drug organization trial in Memphis Federal Court should be when the 2006 murder of Marcus Turner becomes the center of attention again.

IDI Bringing 3 Buildings to DeSoto County

Industrial Developments International Inc. is in the midst of adding one build-to-suit and two speculative buildings in its Crossroads Distribution Center in Olive Branch – marking the area’s first spec construction since 2008.

SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Ambitious Growth on Tap For Med Communications

Pharmaceutical consulting firm Med Communications Inc. is expanding its presence in Memphis, with plans to soon move into a larger office space to accommodate anticipated growth over the next several years.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Strange Thing About Tough Times

It was April 2011, the force of the storm was awesome, and the devastation was appalling. Everything in the path of the powerful twisting funnel of wind was almost completely destroyed.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Revealing Character

Oscar win for ‘Undefeated’ shines light on Courtney’s work at Manassas

Not long after the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature was awarded to “Undefeated” during the 84th annual Academy Awards, the film’s big-name executive producer excitedly sent out a flurry of tweets.

Manassas High’s Story Part of Memphis’ Story

Alocal white businessman volunteers to lead a struggling inner-city football team to an undefeated season, yielding an Oscar-winning documentary film.

Teens Awaken in Broadway Musical

Love and flowers aren’t the only things that bloom in spring, at least according to an award-winning Broadway musical premiering at Circuit Playhouse in March.

Engage Social Media for Restaurant Success

Let’s be blunt: If a restaurant does not utilize every available form of social media, it risks losing a competitive edge. And just having a website doesn’t count anymore, especially a website that doesn’t do anything for the customer and isn’t up-to-date. A restaurant must maintain an active and reactive website, Facebook page and Twitter account, and it doesn’t hurt to post videos frequently to YouTube.

Take a Ride With ‘Biker’ Zinfandel

A wine nicknamed “Biker” would probably conjure the idea of a burly, bearded guy wearing motorcycle colors, midnight black shades and an old German army helmet astride a powerful Harley, hurtling down the highway in a roar of power and arrogance. The Four Vines “Biker” Zinfandel 2009, Paso Robles, however, while being fairly burly, does not come across as a two-fisted, no-holds-barred blockbuster. In fact, there’s a certain paradoxical sense of balance and decorum about the wine, though it is undeniably forthright and flavorful.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Court Orders Halt Telemarketing Companies

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee attorney general's office has obtained a federal court order that temporarily halts operations of east Tennessee telemarketing companies accused of scamming consumers out of thousands of dollars.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Eagle Airline Lays Off 50 Pilots, Grounds 9 Planes

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – American Eagle, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, plans to lay off 50 pilots as it grounds nine turboprop planes.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Soaring Cost Estimate Prompts Health Law Doubts

WASHINGTON (AP) – Cost estimates for a key portion of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law have ballooned by $111 billion from last year's budget, and a senior Republican lawmaker on Friday demanded an explanation.

TECHNOLOGY

Startup Sued for Putting Local TV on the iPhone

NEW YORK (AP) – Broadcasters have sued a startup backed by media billionaire Barry Diller that sends live local TV feeds to iPhones and iPads in the New York area.

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