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VOL. 127 | NO. 184 | Thursday, September 20, 2012

AutoZone Income Rises 7.4 Percent

Memphis-based auto parts retailer AutoZone Inc. is in a rare club among publicly traded retail companies: It’s in a position to rack up strong same-store sales and earnings per share growth regardless of the economic cycle.

‘Go-To Hangout Spot’

Court Square Concert Series latest boon for Downtown park’s growth

Court Square has made impressive strides from the quality of life issues that plagued it just a few years ago.

Schools Case Continues in Federal Court

When U.S. District Court Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays resumes his hearing on municipal school districts, Thursday, Sept. 20, he will already have a desk full of reports, documents and depositions to consider.

Council Delays Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

When the Memphis City Council got to the real intent this week of the latest version of an anti-discrimination ordinance it has been debating off and on for two years, it wasn’t just a decision about including “sexual orientation” in the wording.

CCDC Passes Two Downtown Projects

Two Downtown Memphis projects were propelled Wednesday, Sept. 19, by the Center City Development Corp. while the board was briefed on several of the area’s businesses that are in flux.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
78°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 0 mph
Humidity: 27%

EVENTS

Tennessee Shakespeare Co. will present “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” Thursday, Sept. 20, to Sunday, Oct 7, at Poplar Pike Playhouse, 7653 Old Poplar Pike. Visit tnshakespeare.org.

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Baker Donelson Wins Industry Award

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC has picked up a prominent industry award for the development of its patent pending legal project management system, BakerManage.

Solomon Shares ‘Pictures of Hope’ With Children

Nationally recognized photojournalist and author Linda Solomon traveled to Memphis Tuesday, Sept. 18, to share her lifelong passion for photography and to encourage children from underprivileged backgrounds to follow their own hopes and dreams.

MEMPHIS LAW TALK

Path Takes Buffington From Biomedical to Law

Beth Buffington has been an associate at Evans Petree PC law firm for about four months.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Don’t Buy Into TV Financial Programs

Ray’s Take Programs offering insider investment tips and advice on financial strategy abound on television. You might occasionally learn a valuable nugget to apply to your own unique financial needs, but a study by Case Western Reserve University showed that investors who followed televised recommendations actually lost money over the six months following.

From the Pens of Babes

Transitioning now, from the past four weeks of courtroom pleadings and testimony, to actual letters. Received by me. From fifth and sixth grade students who attended programs I presented in their schools or actual sessions at the courthouse.

REGIONAL

AP Interview: Arkansas Treasurer Wants to Fix Problems

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Treasurer Martha Shoffner says she wants to correct problems identified by legislative auditors who questioned her office's investment practices, and says she won't step down over the findings.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Gates, Buffett Again Top Forbes' Billionaires List

NEW YORK (AP)Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates remains the nation's richest man by far, as the tech and philanthropy giant took the top spot on the Forbes 400 list for the 19th year running, with a net worth of $66 billion.

REAL ESTATE

Home Sales Highest Since 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) – A jump in sales of previously occupied homes and further gains in home construction suggest the U.S. housing recovery is gaining momentum.

HEALTH CARE

Premiums Inching Higher for Popular Medicare Plans

WASHINGTON (AP) – Monthly premiums for popular private insurance plans through Medicare are only inching up next year, the Obama administration said Wednesday, trumpeting good news for skeptical older voters on a closely watched election-year issue.

10 Drugmakers Team Up to Improve Testing Process

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Pharmaceutical industry heavyweights are teaming up to address a challenge that's long vexed drugmakers: how to improve the way experimental drugs are tested so they can get approved, and reach patients, faster.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 57 307 5,073
MORTGAGES 101 483 6,709
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 22 77 1,556
BUILDING PERMITS 0 720 11,979
BANKRUPTCIES 84 341 5,300
BUSINESS LICENSES 36 125 2,061
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 152 594 7,058
MARRIAGE LICENSES 36 117 1,458

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