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VOL. 128 | NO. 238 | Friday, December 6, 2013

Runners Ready to Brave Elements for St. Jude

Despite the looming possibility of winter weather, more than 20,000 people are still prepared to hit the streets this Saturday for the 12th annual St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend, a series of races designed to raise awareness of and funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Literacy Focus

Shelby County Schools system aims to boost third-grade reading proficiency

For Shelby County Schools officials, there hasn’t been much time to wonder about the second part of the historic reformation of public education in Shelby County.

Wunderlich Gets $40 Million to Fuel Growth

Memphis-based investment firm Wunderlich Securities Inc. is getting up to $40 million in an equity capital investment that will be used to expand several company divisions.

BizChair Leases Olive Branch Distribution Space

BizChair.com, an Internet retailer that specializes in selling chairs and furniture for offices, schools, restaurants, medical facilities, and homes, has inked a lease for around 382,500 square feet at 8631 Polk Lane, inside Olive Branch Distribution Center in Olive Branch, Miss.

First Horizon Stresses Patience to Investors

The business of banking isn’t exactly a picnic at the moment for a company like First Horizon National Corp., which has made big strides toward lowering its risk profile but continues to see lower near-term profitability than it would like.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
86°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 6 mph
Humidity: 43%

EVENTS

New Ballet Ensemble & School will present “Nut ReMix” Friday, Dec. 6, through Sunday, Dec. 8, at Germantown Performing Arts Center, 1801 Exeter Road. The performance is a traditional and modern take on “Nutcracker,” featuring ballet, hip-hop and African dance. Buy tickets at newballet.org.

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Wolf River Greenway Part of Transportation Funding

Plans for a fifth leg of the Wolf River Greenway in North Memphis are getting $271,305 in state funding awarded through the local Metropolitan Planning Organization.

Arlington Developmental Center Court Case Ends After 21 Years

The Federal Court lawsuit over conditions at the Arlington Developmental Center is over after 21 years.

SPORTS

Grizz Bigs Taking Advantage of Opportunity

Not so long ago, forward Ed Davis entering a Grizzlies game cued a barrage of negative tweets and even a few scattered boos.

All Signs Point to Breakthrough for ‘Josh’

Josh.

College Football Notebook: December 6, 2013

A few thoughts going forward in the wake of the ending to the Iron Bowl last weekend:

MEMPHIS STANDOUT

Urban Planner Whitehead Drawn to City Lights

As planning director for the Memphis & Shelby County Office of Planning and Development, Josh Whitehead wears the hat of a mediator – a facilitator of wishes among government, private business, developers and citizens.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Tiny Bag to Big Box

ONE SCREW. ONE CENT. ONCE UPON A TIME.

Communication Key to Successful Acquisitions

The responsible parties have done their parts – the accountants have certified the numbers, the lawyers have drawn up the contracts and the publicists have prepared a glowing press release. The buyer can already envision the return on investment and the seller is making plans for a new beach house. What could possibly go wrong?

MEMPHIS AREA

FedEx to Raise Ground and Home Delivery Rates

NEW YORK (AP) – FedEx will raise its FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery rates in January in addition to raising express shipping rates.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Fast-Food Protests Return Amid Push for Wage Hikes

NEW YORK (AP) – Fast-food workers and labor organizers are marching, waving signs and chanting in cities across the country Thursday amid a push for higher wages.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Obama to Feds: Boost Renewable Power 20 Percent

WASHINGTON (AP) – Saying the government should lead by example, President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered the federal government to nearly triple its use of renewable sources for electricity by 2020.

TECHNOLOGY

AT&T Reduces Fees for People Who Bring Own Devices

NEW YORK (AP) – AT&T is joining T-Mobile in reducing monthly fees for people who pay for their own devices.

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