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VOL. 128 | NO. 170 | Friday, August 30, 2013

Baptist Restructuring Includes 61 Layoffs

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. this week laid off 61 employees in a system-wide restructuring plan.

School Board Crossing

Downsized membership brings countywide board to crossroads

The Shelby County Schools board will no longer need a massive semi-circle with 23 seats at its next meeting in September.

11 File for State House District 91 Special Election

The race for the state House seat held by the late Lois DeBerry since 1973 includes 10 Democrats, one Libertarian and no Republicans or independents, as of the Thursday, Aug. 29, noon filing deadline for candidates.

Conference Promotes Women Business Ownership

Marketing firm owner Amy Howell could write a book on her experience as a female business owner. As a matter of fact, she has.

Collier Paints a Business on Her Professional Canvas

Dorothy Collier’s career path has unfolded similarly to many enterprising professionals marking time before fully committing to their passion.

Local Weather
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Memphis, TN
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Wind: 0 mph
Humidity: 67%

EVENTS

Business and Professional Women of Tennessee members will meet Friday, Aug. 30, at 11:30 a.m. at Jason’s Deli, 3743 Poplar Ave., to discuss re-establishing a Memphis chapter. The state organization is an affiliate of the BPW Foundation, an advocate for women on work-life balance and workplace equity issues. Email martha.ervin@ervinhypnosiscenter.com or call 489-5481.

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Early Voting Opens for Lakeland, Arlington

The first votes in a series of 11 elections across Shelby County over the next three months will be cast Friday, Aug. 30.

SPORTS

O-Line’s Job: Keeping the Star Players Clean

Of all the talented yet anonymous offensive linemen in the country, Vanderbilt senior Wesley Johnson might be the closest thing to a 6-5, 295-pound invisible man as there can be. Johnson has made 38 straight starts and was expected to make his 39th on Thursday, Aug. 29, against Ole Miss.

Johnny Football Ever-Elusive, NCAA Ever-Inept

While there is a paper trail from the sale of No. 2 jerseys back to Texas A&M and the NCAA, and a direct line to the word “hypocrisy” in your nearest Merriam-Webster Collegiate dictionary, there apparently is no paper trail here.

MEMPHIS STANDOUT

Greaud Keeps Memphis Airport Operating Smoothly

As Memphis International Airport expands and contracts depending on the time of day, the state of the airline industry and the financial climate, much of the responsibility of keeping the facility running smoothly falls to John Greaud.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

LEAP of Faith

A STEP IN SYNC. I have in my possession a rare document, evidence of a shared spark of hope, a light at the end of all the tunnel vision, a warm fire in that cold cave in Nashville.

The [Fill in the Blank] Way

Each professional entity has a way of handling business. This way is encoded with spoken and codified rules and unspoken and non-verbal clues on how to perform. What gets done, how decisions are made and how money gets allocated can be defined as “culture.” This way, then, is an explicit and implicit set of rituals that reward or punish based on its own complicated, internal logic.

MEMPHIS AREA

Fred’s Profit Falls on Year-Ago Charges

MEMPHIS (AP) – Fred’s Inc. reported Thursday that its fiscal second-quarter net income fell sharply because of a sizable tax benefit a year ago, but adjusted results showed improved profitability.

STATEWIDE

Grant to Tennessee Will Help Pay Test Fees

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee will be able to reduce the costs of advanced placement test fees for low-income students with a U.S. Education Department grant of more than $340,000.

Manchester Cheesemaker MDS Foods Plans New Plant

MANCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) Cheesemaker MDS Foods Inc. plans to build an expanded production facility in Manchester.

Highway Construction Work Takes Holiday Friday-Monday

NASHVILLE (AP) – TDOT has told contractors and its own crews to knock off work at noon on Friday for the Labor Day weekend.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Former Speaker Williams to Retire From Tennessee House

NASHVILLE (AP) – State Rep. Kent Williams, whose 2009 election as House speaker shocked and infuriated fellow Republicans, announced Thursday he won't seek a fifth term to instead run for Carter County mayor next year.

Business Leaders Make Case for Immigration Reform

NASHVILLE (AP) – Prominent business leaders and Republicans held a forum in Nashville on Wednesday to build support for immigration reform among the public and members of Congress.

REGIONAL

Arkansas Lawmakers to Discuss 'Private Option' Waiver

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas lawmakers are set to discuss the state's request to use federal Medicaid funds to provide private health insurance to thousands of low-income residents.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Banks Earn Record $42.2 Billion in 2nd Quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. banks earned more from April through June than during any quarter on record, aided by a steep drop in losses from bad loans.

Judge Likely to Approve AMR Bankruptcy Exit

NEW YORK (AP) – A federal judge signaled Thursday that he is leaning toward approving American Airlines' emergence from bankruptcy protection but wanted more time to reflect.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Perez: Fast-Food Strikes Show Need for Wage Hike

WASHINGTON (AP) – The recent spate of fast-food worker strikes is another sign of the need to raise the minimum wage for all workers, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said in an interview with The Associated Press.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 54 266 12,031
MORTGAGES 111 406 15,756
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 27 107 3,130
BUILDING PERMITS 0 606 28,832
BANKRUPTCIES 73 364 11,671
BUSINESS LICENSES 17 119 4,274
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 121 549 17,732
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