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VOL. 129 | NO. 162 | Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Marshall County in Running for Cummins Jobs

Add the burgeoning industrial area in Marshall County, Miss., to the list of communities competing for a significant chunk of the Cummins Inc. jobs that are currently in Memphis.

‘Two Ears, One Heart’

Crisis Center fields more calls in wake of Robin Williams’ death

The phone rings and rings at the Memphis Crisis Center – 19,000 times in 2013, or 2.2 times every hour, 52 times a day, 365 days a year.

Westin Memphis Honored for Community Service

When an F-5 tornado tore through Angela Copeland’s hometown of Moore, Okla., last year, she initially felt helpless.

FedEx Weighs In on PILOT Incentives

FedEx has urged Memphis officials to keep tax incentives for businesses in place and suggested that any major changes to the existing program could cause the company to invest elsewhere.

Another Round

Memphis Made adding taproom as local craft beer scene booms

Some time in October, lovers of local craft beers could enjoy a cold brew in a new tasting room at Memphis Made Brewing Co.’s facility in the Cooper-Young district.

Local Weather
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Humidity: 74%

EVENTS

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host musician Graham Nash for a discussion and signing of his memoir, “Wild Tales,” Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 1 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

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Memphis Music Nonprofit to Honor Stevie Wonder

The music nonprofit launched by Memphis music icon David Porter has been busy since its launch in 2012, laying groundwork and assembling talent. Now it’s poised to bring a musical superstar to the city for a bash in October.

Fullilove Calls Off Sales Tax Hike Try, Unions May Try

Memphis City Council member Janis Fullilove pulled the plug Tuesday, Aug. 19, on a proposed November referendum on a citywide half cent sales tax hike.

Southwest’s Essex to Retire In 2015

The leader who guided the merger of the city’s two community colleges announced Tuesday, Aug. 19, that he will retire in June.

Screwpulp Carves Out Identity in Amazon-Led Industry

It’s no secret Amazon is the subject of intense public scrutiny at the moment over a flurry of controversial decisions from the online retailing giant against some of the publishers with which it does business.

15 Shelby County Schools Removed From Failing List

A total of 15 Shelby County Schools made their way off the state’s list of the bottom 5 percent of schools in Tennessee in terms of student performance and proficiency.

Humes Rises From Bottom 5 Percent of Tennessee Schools

Humes Preparatory Academy is no longer in the bottom 5 percent of schools in the state in terms of student achievement, as measured by state education officials.

County Commissioners Bid Final Farewells

Shelby County Commission Chairman James Harvey began the group’s Monday, Aug. 18, meeting on a hopeful note.

NEWSMAKERS

Williams Joins Memphis Obstetrics as OB/GYN

Dr. Jason Williams has joined the staff of Memphis Obstetrics & Gynecological Association PC, where he will focus on women’s health care issues, including prevention, diagnosis and management of many general medical conditions. As an OB/GYN, he specializes in general obstetrical care, infertility, pelvic disorders, and prevention and detection of diseases such as breast and cervical cancer.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Six Revealing Sales Interview Questions

The new hire failure rate is astonishing and expensive, and it’s even worse for sales candidates who can be among the toughest to properly vet. Leadership IQ reports that of 20,000 new hires tracked in a recent study, 46 percent failed within 18 months.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Medtronic First-Quarter Profit Drops Almost 9 Percent

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Medtronic Inc. on Tuesday reported net income that declined by nearly 9 percent in its fiscal first quarter, and beat analysts' expectations.

Consumer Prices Edge Up 0.1 Percent in July

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumer prices rose in July at the slowest pace in five months, held back by a drop in gasoline prices.

McDonald's to Sell Packaged Coffee Nationally

NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's plans to start selling its packaged coffee at supermarkets nationally by early next year, a move intended to help raise the profile of the coffee sold at its U.S. restaurants.

Ballmer Steps Down From Microsoft Board

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is stepping down from the company's board, bringing to a close 34 years with the software giant.

REAL ESTATE

US Home Construction Jumps 15.7 Percent in July

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home construction rebounded in July, rising to the fastest pace in eight months and offering hope that housing has regained momentum after two months of declines.

HEALTH CARE

US Won't Reveal Records on Health Website Security

WASHINGTON (AP) – After promising not to withhold government information over "speculative or abstract fears," the Obama administration has concluded it will not publicly disclose federal records that could shed light on the security of the government's health care website because doing so could "potentially" allow hackers to break in.

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PROPERTY SALES 89 242 14,959
MORTGAGES 111 255 19,585
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 21 43 3,838
BUILDING PERMITS 153 512 35,842
BANKRUPTCIES 61 182 14,216
BUSINESS LICENSES 18 104 5,095
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 76 246 21,679
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