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VOL. 127 | NO. 193 | Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Audit Details Election Commission Faults

The Tennessee Comptroller’s audit division has concluded the Shelby County Election Commission has “demonstrated an inability to conduct elections without significant inaccuracies, including those identified in the 2012 elections.”

Improved Flight Path

Air medical transport service Hospital Wing upgrades facility to meet demand

Air medical transport service Hospital Wing has consolidated its operations under one roof with a $1.2 million renovation and expansion of its headquarters near Downtown Memphis.

Cooper-Young Featured in Top 10 'Great Neighborhoods' List

Cooper-Young has been named as one of 10 Great Neighborhoods for 2012 under the American Planning Association’s Great Places in America program, noted for its revitalization, character and historic architecture.

Indie Memphis Festival Gets New Tech Elements

There’s a decided South by Southwest feel to this year’s Indie Memphis Film Festival, based on a lineup the nonprofit sent out Tuesday afternoon.

National Small Business Workshop Coming to Memphis

A small-business-themed workshop tour presented in part by the New York Stock Exchange is stopping in Memphis next week.

Local Weather
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Memphis, TN
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Humidity: 68%

EVENTS

Talk Shoppe will host a free discussion by Lance and Terry Walker of Walker Auctions on how to buy at auction, followed by an auction to benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale Ave. Visit talkshoppe.biz.

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Government Leaders Tout Sales Tax Hike

Just before Shelby County Commission chairman Mike Ritz and others announced a political coalition in favor of a countywide sales tax hike on the Nov. 6 ballot, Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell approached Ritz.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

RedRover Names Thomson Account Manager

Melissa Thomson has been promoted to account manager from account executive at RedRover Sales & Marketing. In her expanded role, Thomson serves as a fractional chief marketing officer for growing Mid-South companies by conducting critical market research then creating and executing marketing strategies.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

How to Adapt to Today’s Visual Culture

Great advertising engages our senses. While we may not be able to touch or taste a product through an ad, with the right visual, we get a sense for what it’s like through another’s eyes.

Measure Twice, Cut Once

Ideas are a dime a dozen, indeed; the old cliché holds true. When following a formal innovation process, it pays to measure the size of the market potential and validating the concept before investing in a build.

STATEWIDE

3 Women Workers Claim Wal-Mart Discrimination

NASHVILLE (AP) – Three Tennessee employees have sued Wal-Mart claiming they lost pay and promotion opportunities because they are women.

REGIONAL

Justice Department Wants Details on Mississippi Voter Law

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Attorney General Jim Hood says the Department of Justice has asked for more information on Mississippi's voter identification law.

Arkansas Revenues Up Despite Slip in Sales Taxes

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas' finance office said Tuesday that the state's revenues are ahead of last year's figures and are beating expectations, but officials said they're worried about sales tax collections sliding for the third straight month.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Holiday Sales Seen Rising 4.1 Percent in 2012

NEW YORK (AP) – Americans are expected to spend more during what's traditionally the busiest shopping season of the year, but they're not exactly ready to shop 'til they drop like they have been in the past two years.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 81 301 17,656
MORTGAGES 101 347 22,998
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 37 75 4,504
BUILDING PERMITS 208 722 41,947
BANKRUPTCIES 61 237 16,629
BUSINESS LICENSES 11 61 5,762
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 60 256 25,125
MARRIAGE LICENSES 14 80 5,365

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