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VOL. 128 | NO. 146 | Monday, July 29, 2013
EMPHASIS Health Care

Culture of Health

Company wellness programs get employees on right track

Local businesses are encouraging employees to get up, get out and get moving by offering wellness programs and financial incentives.

Hospitals Keep Eye on Patient Satisfaction

Local hospital administrators are focusing on improving everything from catering menus to patient and staff communication since Medicare last year began paying them partly based on patient satisfaction scores under the health care overhaul.

McCullers Striving for New Model of Pediatric Care

Now in his second year as chairman of the Department of Pediatrics for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and pediatrician-in-chief for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Dr. Jon McCullers has been slowly building the children’s hospital into what he calls a nationally recognized academic health center.

Family Safety Center’s VOICES Targets Domestic Violence

The Family Safety Center on Thursday, July 25, celebrated the launch of VOICES, a new victims advocacy group consisting of domestic violence survivors and local organizations in Memphis and Shelby County.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
64°F
Cloudy
Wind: 7 mph
Humidity: 46%

EVENTS

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, July 30, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham will speak. Cost for nonmembers is $18. R.S.V.P. to Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

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Improving Real Estate Metrics Offer Hope

The 2013 countywide reappraisal resulted in a historic drop in property values, but improving real estate metrics are providing a glimmer of hope for the local economy.

Upstart Memphis Begins Hatching Women-Led Startups

The fourth floor of Playhouse on the Square’s facility at 66 S. Cooper St. is a bustling hub of entrepreneurial activity.

2014 County Commission Candidates Mapping Strategy

A map may be one of the most valuable tools of the coming campaign season for the Shelby County Commission.

Barbic Shares Achievement Test Results With Frayser Audience

The superintendent of the Achievement School District told a Frayser audience last week that students and their teachers in the cluster of schools in the area will work harder on their reading skills in the school year to come.

Community Forums Help Parents Navigate School Changes

As students and their parents gear up for going back to the school, a local campaign is holding a series of forums throughout the city to educate families on what to expect for the inaugural school year of the consolidated countywide school system.

SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Onyx Carves Niche in Medical Device Arena

Medical device firm Onyx Medical Corp. experienced a record year in 2012, and that momentum has carried over through 2013.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

A 'Barn Raising' Company Culture

Let’s think like farmers for a minute. It has often struck me that if you want to develop practical solutions to problems, you should try to think like farmers. That’s because in general farmers are no-nonsense, practical-minded folks. Don’t get me wrong, I like out-of-the-box thinking as much as the next guy. However, there’s a time and a place for all kinds of thinking and when you need to solve a real-world problem quickly, you might want to try thinking like a farmer.

STATEWIDE

Company Creates Nashville Exchange-Traded Fund

NASHVILLE (AP) – A Nashville company has developed the nation's first city-based exchange-traded fund that follows an index of companies based in Nashville and the surrounding counties.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

AP Source: No Fed Chair Pick Until the Fall

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says President Barack Obama is not expected to name a new chairman of the Federal Reserve until the fall, lowering expectations for an imminent announcement.

Tricky Obstacles Ahead to Averting Shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) – Despite pressure from some liberal Democrats for a September showdown in hopes of ending huge automatic, government-shrinking spending cuts, Washington appears on track to avert what would be the first government shutdown in nearly two decades.

REAL ESTATE

Ally Financial Firms Paying $198 Million for US Claims

WASHINGTON (AP) – Ally Financial and its related companies are paying about $198 million to settle federal complaints that the companies wrongfully foreclosed on homeowners.

TECHNOLOGY

Apple's Smartphone Market Share Slips

Apple's share of the global smartphone market fell during the second quarter to its lowest level in four years, according to data released Friday.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 69 311 15,028
MORTGAGES 83 338 19,668
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 15 58 3,853
BUILDING PERMITS 0 512 35,842
BANKRUPTCIES 65 247 14,281
BUSINESS LICENSES 16 120 5,111
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 70 316 21,749
MARRIAGE LICENSES 18 93 4,650

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