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VOL. 127 | NO. 172 | Monday, September 3, 2012

Council Could Dissolve Coliseum Board

Memphis City Council members take another step Tuesday, Sept. 4, toward an emerging new push for redevelopment of the Mid-South Fairgrounds by Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration.

Main Connector

South Main district to get boost from Harahan Bridge project

The attention Downtown Memphis’ South Main Historic Arts District and its surrounding areas has received this year has far-reaching implications for future development.

Mays Begins Hearings in Schools Case

Memphis Federal Court Judge Hardy Mays begins two days of hearings Tuesday, Sept. 4, that are pivotal to what happens next in the coming merger of Shelby County’s two public school systems.

FirstBank Looks to Grow Memphis Presence

The third-largest bank based in Tennessee is on the move. Lexington-based FirstBank has been adding new talent to its ranks around the state, and it’s looking to do the same in Memphis.

Flinn Rekindles Red-Light District Discussion

Memphis City Council member Shea Flinn acknowledges strip clubs aren’t a normal topic for civic discussion at forums like the Memphis Rotary Club.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
38°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 8 mph
Humidity: 60%

EVENTS

The Chick-fil-A 5K benefiting Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South will be held Monday, Sept. 3, at 9 a.m. starting at AutoZone Park, 200 Union Ave. On-site registration begins at 7:30 a.m. For costs and to register in advance, visit chickfila5k.com.

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GOVERNMENT AGENDA

Memphis City Council Agenda

The Memphis City Council will meet Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 3:30 p.m. in the Council chambers in City Hall, 125 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for a full agenda.

SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Apollo Thrives by Making Business All About Clients

It’s been a long and winding road for Apollo Distributing LLC president Todd Farris, who’s seen the family business struggle, survive and now thrive.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Panda to Build Restaurant On Winchester Outparcel

7525 Winchester Road, Memphis, TN 38125 -
Panda Restaurant Group Inc. has filed a $791,345 permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to build a Panda Express at 7525 Winchester Road in Southeast Memphis.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Declarations, Conversations

Declarations can change the way we see, hear, interpret and respond to the events in our lives. Words, in the form of declarations, have been used throughout history to change the course taken by entire groups of people.

Pull a Plane for Special Kids and Families

Last week we discussed Calvary Rescue Mission, which is an independent, Christian organization focused on providing temporary shelter, food and clothing to homeless men in need. This week let us highlight a local nonprofit that provides family centered programs and services that address the unique abilities and challenges of young children with special needs: Special Kids and Families.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

For the People

Citizens’ well-being is top priority at University of Memphis’ School of Public Health

It’s well-known that the Memphis area’s population suffers from a host of chronic health issues, from obesity to hypertension to Type 2 diabetes, making it ground zero for students and researchers dedicated to finding solutions to public health issues.

School Serves Our ‘Public’ Very Well

Kayla Larson, the head of the Public Health Student Association at the University of Memphis School of Public Health, got right to the heart of the discussion.

REGIONAL

Groups Ask Arkansas Court to Strike Marijuana Measure

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A coalition of conservative groups asked the Arkansas Supreme Court on Friday to strike a medical marijuana proposal from the November ballot, accusing the measure's backers of not informing voters that if approved, medical marijuana users could still face prosecution under federal law.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Bernanke: With Unemployment High, Fed Can Do More

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. (AP) – Chairman Ben Bernanke made clear Friday that the Federal Reserve will do more to boost the economy because of high U.S. unemployment and an economic recovery that remains "far from satisfactory."

US Factory Orders Rose 2.8 Percent in July

WASHINGTON (AP) – Orders to U.S. companies rose in July, reflecting a surge in demand for autos and commercial aircraft. But in a troubling sign of manufacturing weakness, a key orders category that tracks business investment plans fell by the largest amount in eight months.

REAL ESTATE

US Homes Cracking Due to Drought-Parched Soil

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Carol DeVaughan assumed her suburban St. Louis home was simply settling when cracks appeared in the walls. When she noticed huge gaps between her fireplace and ceiling, and that her family room was starting to tilt, she knew she had bigger problems.

SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Apollo Thrives by Making Business All About Clients

It’s been a long and winding road for Apollo Distributing LLC president Todd Farris, who’s seen the family business struggle, survive and now thrive.

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