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VOL. 127 | NO. 188 | Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Election Reform Advisory Board Approved

A new Election Reform Advisory Board approved Monday, Sept. 24, by the Shelby County Commission is to report its recommendations by the end of March to the Shelby County Election Commission.

Getting to Business

Countywide school board gets down to details year into task

A year after they took the oath of office along with other members of the new countywide school board, David Reaves and Billy Orgel got a brusque introduction to each other.

Duval County Schools Pass On Cash

The Duval County Florida school board has picked someone other than Memphis City Schools superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash to lead the Jacksonville-based school system.

Arrowhead Strengthens Area Footprint

Local startup Arrowhead Medical Device Technologies LLC is rapidly growing a presence in the medical device industry thanks to its Arrow-Lok Digital Fusion System, an innovative toe implant device used for the surgical repair of a painful condition commonly referred to as “hammertoe,” or proximal interphalangeal joint flexion deformity.

Executive Speakers Bureau Nears 20 Years

Memphis-based Executive Speakers Bureau, which helps book speakers or entertainers for client events around the world, hits its 20-year anniversary next year.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
80°F
Fair
Wind: 5 mph
Humidity: 85%

EVENTS

Memphis Area Transit Authority and Mid-South Food Bank are holding the second annual “Stuff a MATA Bus” food drive Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Poplar Plaza Shopping Center at Poplar Avenue and Highland Street. Call 527-0841 or 722-7136 for a list of the most-needed items.

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Kroger Midtown Expansion Gets Mixed Reaction

While the expansion of Kroger’s Midtown store is still in the early stages, the effects are apparent in the surrounding community.

Flinn-Cohen Race Gets Minor Jolt

The general election campaign in the 9th Congressional District sparked to life Monday, Sept. 24, with a brief encounter between incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen and a team from the campaign of Republican challenger George Flinn.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Ciaramitaro Joins Grace-St. Luke’s as School Counselor

Licensed clinical social worker Courtney Ciaramitaro has joined Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School as school counselor. She will work primarily with middle school students.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Cultivating Relationships With Distinct Buyer Types

In today’s increasingly competitive world, it’s vital to know your audience and what language resonates with them most. The most skilled in sales are able to identify in mere minutes the buyer type with which they’re speaking and what factors most likely influence their decision to buy. Having this powerful information in your arsenal allows you to tailor your pitch accordingly and close more business.

Look for Lightning When Hiring

We’ve been interviewing a lot lately, trying to fill key positions at the Southern Growth Studio. We have been inundated with well-qualified people seeking exile from soul-crushing corporate cultures and large, global consultancies where they feel like a machine part.

STATEWIDE

3 Airlines Add Flights to Nashville Airport

NASHVILLE (AP) – Three major airlines have announced additional flights to the Nashville International Airport with new routes to Boston, Cleveland and Los Angeles.

REGIONAL

Mississippi Personal Income Outpaces Nation in Quarter

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Finally, some good news about Mississippi's economy.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Pilots Say American Airlines Wants to Resume Contract Talks

DALLAS (AP) – There could be progress in breaking the standoff between American Airlines and its pilots, which appears to have caused a spike in canceled and delayed flights.

Airlines Set Bag Fee Record in First Half of Year

NEW YORK (AP) – U.S. airlines collected more than $1.7 billion in baggage fees during the first half of the year, the largest amount ever collected in that six-month period.

HEALTH CARE

Report: Premium Hikes for Top Medicare Drug Plans

WASHINGTON (AP) – Millions of seniors enrolled in some of the most popular Medicare prescription drug plans face double-digit premium hikes next year if they don't shop for a better deal, says a private firm that analyzes the highly competitive market.

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PROPERTY SALES 73 114 11,552
MORTGAGES 100 142 15,121
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 47 47 2,958
BUILDING PERMITS 198 392 27,646
BANKRUPTCIES 60 128 11,090
BUSINESS LICENSES 19 37 4,075
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