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VOL. 128 | NO. 173 | Thursday, September 5, 2013

Business Leaders Back Pre-K Initiative

The Greater Memphis Chamber and members of the business community have come out in support of a half percent hike in the city sales tax rate to fund pre-kindergarten education for more than 4,500 4-year-olds in the city.

Breathing Easy

Adams to lead new Ashton Place pulmonary unit

Ashton Place Rehabilitation & Health Center earlier in August opened its newly designated 14-bed private-room unit dedicated to decannulating patients with a tracheostomy due to an injury, chronic disease or other respiratory problems.

NCAA Clears Michael Dixon to Play for Tigers

Notifications from the NCAA tend toward the bad news, but on Wednesday, Sept. 4, University of Memphis coach Josh Pastner and guard Michael Dixon got good news: He has been cleared to play for the Tigers this season.

Council Gives Early Approval to Solid Waste Fee

The Memphis City Council sent a proposed lease of Handy Park on Beale Street back to committee Tuesday, Sept. 3, for more discussion about the details.

Police Plan New Evidence Storage for Rape Kits

A backlog of thousands of unprocessed rape kits, some dating back to the 1980s, has gone from a plan to process them to a new DNA evidence storage room for the Memphis Police Department.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
39°F
Light Rain
Wind: 5 mph
Humidity: 86%

EVENTS

The city of Germantown will host the Farm Park Farmers Market on Thursday, Sept. 5, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Farm Park, 2740 Cross Country Drive, near Germantown Elementary School. Email mmcdonnell@germantown-tn.gov.

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Crawford Says Goodbye to ‘I Love Memphis’

Kerry Crawford still loves Memphis, but she’s saying goodbye to her “I Love Memphis” blog as well as her job as a social media specialist for the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau.

School Board Makes Hopson's Superintendent Role Permanent

Somewhere around the time he underwent his first trial by fire – presenting the school system’s budget to the Shelby County Commission for approval – Dorsey Hopson began rethinking whether he was interested in being the superintendent of the consolidated school system on a long-term basis.

MEMPHIS LAW TALK

Montgomery Honored as Top Insurance Lawyer

Larry Montgomery, member with Glankler Brown PLLC, has been named a Top Lawyer in American Lawyer/Corporate Counsel’s 2013 Top Rated Lawyers in Insurance Law, based on his Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Buying Used Can Save You Money – Most of the Time

Ray’s Take: Too often as individuals consider ways to improve their financial situation they first look at the income side of the ledger; how to earn more money or increase their investment return. More often than not, we have much more control over the expense side of the ledger. You can save a lot of money buying some things used rather than new. However, you can also waste money that way, too. Doing your homework and knowing the worth of what you’re buying can make all the difference.

Grandparenting 101

Susan and I had a crash course in grandparent training a couple of weeks ago, keeping 6-month-old Anna Clary for a weekend. This was an independent-study course, and we gave ourselves passing marks. However, I’m always in search of materials to study for the next phase of grandparenthood.

STATEWIDE

GOP Dreads Prospect of New UAW Foothold in South

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The prospect of the United Auto Workers gaining a new foothold at Volkswagen's plant in Tennessee worries some Southern Republicans, who say laws banning mandatory union membership have helped lure foreign automakers.

Wait Times Still Long in Driver Service Centers

NASHVILLE (AP) – Although state officials have made improvements in how driver service centers operate, motorists still have long wait times for service.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Automakers Report Sales Up Double-Digits in August

DETROIT (AP) – The major U.S. and Japanese automakers all posted double-digit U.S. sales gains last month as car buyers snapped up pickup trucks and small cars to lead the industry toward its best month in six years.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Fed Survey Finds US Economy Growing Moderately

WASHINGTON (AP) – Economic growth held steady across the United States from July through late August, as Americans bought more cars and homes and auto factories added workers.

US Trade Deficit Widens to $39.1 Billion in July

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit widened in July from a four-year low in June. American consumers bought more foreign cars and other imported goods, while U.S. companies exported fewer long-lasting manufactured goods.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 81 301 17,656
MORTGAGES 101 347 22,998
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 38 4,467
BUILDING PERMITS 0 514 41,739
BANKRUPTCIES 57 233 16,625
BUSINESS LICENSES 11 61 5,762
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 60 256 25,125
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 66 5,351

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