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VOL. 128 | NO. 167 | Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Martin Sets University of Memphis Priorities

On the first day of the academic year at The University of Memphis, Monday, Aug. 26, yoga was on the schedule of the university’s interim president, Brad Martin.

Talking Points

Corker talks Syria, housing during Memphis stop

Not long after appearing on two morning news shows to assert that U.S. military action in Syria is imminent, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker started his week with a list of Memphis appearances that included speaking to a lunchtime crowd on a range of subjects – everything from Middle East policy to the housing market’s incremental recovery.

Nineteenth Century Club Hearing Moves Into Second Day

The Chancery Court hearing that will likely determine whether the Nineteenth Century Club building in Midtown Memphis stands or falls moves into Tuesday, Aug. 27, after a Monday in court of testimony from the plaintiffs trying to stop the transfer of ownership of the mansion and the building’s demolition.

Baptist Still Growing in DeSoto County

Twenty-five years ago, Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. built a 130-bed hospital in DeSoto County, Miss., on the site of a former dairy farm.

Fetch Brings Ikea Delivery to Memphis

Ikea doesn’t have a store in Memphis, and the retailer doesn’t deliver some products to Memphis – which is why Ben Colar and two other guys created a venture to give fans of the retailer a guaranteed personal delivery service.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
56°F
Fair
Wind: 3 mph
Humidity: 90%

EVENTS

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, Aug. 27, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper will speak. Cost for nonmembers is $18. RSVP to Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

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City Sanitation Changes Start With Fragile Pact

Changes in city sanitation services would move toward a plan that could change decades of a system in which anything Memphians put by the curb gets picked up for a monthly solid waste fee, no matter how much is on the curb.

Memphis Police, School System Rift Not First One

It took three weeks into the unified school system’s first school year for Memphis Police to get a memo that they were to respond to calls at Shelby County Schools within the city of Memphis.

American Athletic Conference Ready for High-Exposure Start to Season

The new American Athletic Conference kicks off Thursday night and nine of the league’s 10 teams play this weekend. ESPN will televise two of the games, other ESPN networks will carry another six games, and NBC will televise Temple at Notre Dame. It’s a high-exposure start for the league formerly known as the Big East.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Henry Turley Co. Files Permits for South Junction

727 E. Mann Circle; 726. E. Mann Circle; 725 W. Mann Circle; 35 W. Georgia Ave.; 649 Florida St.; 18 W. Carolina Ave.; 9 E. Carolina Ave., Memphis, TN 38103, Permit Costs: $1.5 million; $1.5 million; $1.5 million; $1.5 million; $1.5 million; $1.5 million; $1.4 million -
A development group led by Henry Turley Co. has filed a series of building permits totaling $10.4 million for the 197-unit South Junction apartments Downtown.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

What’s Your Policy?

Most people who volunteer with nonprofits are ethical and deeply committed to the organizations and institutions they serve. But sometimes in the midst of doing good there may be a tendency to sidestep best practices that build credibility. One way to ensure credibility is for the board to craft, approve and implement fundraising guidelines, policies and procedures. These should be clearly worded and should support the work of board members, volunteers, staff and donors.

MEMPHIS AREA

Missouri Financial Adviser Gets Probation in Memphis

MEMPHIS (AP) – A Missouri financial adviser and campaign fundraiser for President Barack Obama was sentenced to six months of house arrest and five years' probation Monday for conducting a bizarre plot to stalk her daughter's ex-boyfriend.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee Lawmakers Drafting Hemp Bill

KNOXVILLE (AP) – Two state lawmakers in Tennessee are pointing to Kentucky's recent approval of hemp farming as they push for a similar measure.

REGIONAL

Mississippi Casino Revenue Again Drops Sharply in July

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A sharp drop in coastal casino revenue contributed to a 6 percent drop in Mississippi gambling revenue in July.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Orders for Long-Lasting US Factory Goods Plunge

WASHINGTON (AP) – Orders for long-lasting U.S. factory goods fell sharply last month as demand for commercial aircraft plummeted and businesses spent less on computers and electrical equipment.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Corker Calls for Syrian Air Strike

WASHINGTON (AP) – The ranking Senate Foreign Relations Committee Republican is urging a "surgical" U .S. air strike against Syria in reprisal for Bashar Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons.

Treasury Says US Will Hit Debt Limit in Mid-October

WASHINGTON (AP) – Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is telling Congress that the U.S. government will hit its borrowing limit in mid-October and urged lawmakers to raise it before then.

HEALTH CARE

Fewer School Districts Promoting Junk Food, Soda

ATLANTA (AP) – There's been a big shift in how many school districts take money from soda companies and ban junk food from vending machines, health officials say.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 38 349 15,066
MORTGAGES 111 449 19,779
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 33 91 3,886
BUILDING PERMITS 0 512 35,842
BANKRUPTCIES 62 309 14,343
BUSINESS LICENSES 18 138 5,129
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 69 385 21,817
MARRIAGE LICENSES 13 106 4,663

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