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VOL. 129 | NO. 150 | Monday, August 4, 2014

County Commission Weighs End of Term Items

At the next to last meeting of their four-year terms of office, Shelby County commissioners will be dealing with some items that have been on the wish lists of individual commissioners for years in some cases.

School’s In

Monday marks start of new era for Shelby County education

When public schools open Monday, Aug. 4, for the academic year across Shelby County, the merger of public education into one school system will give way to the demerger into seven separate public systems.

Buses Roll for First Day of School

Buses rolled as scheduled for the most part for all seven of the city’s public school systems on opening day, Monday, Aug. 4.

Legend Donates $30,000 to Soulsville Charter School

Nine-time Grammy winner John Legend has made a $30,000 donation to the Soulsville Charter School in Memphis through the singer's Show Me Campaign program.

Cohen Complains of Fake Obama Endorsement

The latest battle over an endorsement in the Democratic primary for the 9th Congressional District isn’t a confrontation between Democratic incumbent Steve Cohen and his challenger, Ricky Wilkins.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
82°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 3 mph
Humidity: 60%

EVENTS

Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital will hold a stroke survivor group meeting Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 4 p.m. in Medical Office Building A, 7655 Poplar Ave, suite 250. The group will discuss issues that can affect patients after a stroke. Email angela.mensi@mlh.org or call 516-6929.

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Early Voter Turnout Tops 82,000

More than 82,000 Shelby County voters cast early ballots in the early voting period that ended Saturday, Aug. 2, according to turnout statistics from the Shelby County Election Commission.

Graceland Area Could Have Its Own Industrial Development Board

A proposed Graceland Tourism Development Zone would have its own industrial development board under a proposal the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. will take Tuesday, Aug. 5, to the Memphis City Council for discussion.

Synk Brings ‘Rock & Sand’ Model to WKNO

WKNO-TV is airing a business special later this month featuring business educator and coach Michael Synk, who will present a televised version of the “Rock & Sand” business model upon which he’s already built workshops and a book.

Tigers Look to Build Chemistry on Canada Trip

What Tigers sophomore Nick King knows about Canada can be explained in two words: Andrew Wiggins – the Toronto native who was the No. 1 pick in the recent NBA Draft.

Pera: Development, Re-Signing Gasol Keys to Success

Grizzlies controlling owner Robert Pera introduced new additions to the team’s front office during a press conference Friday, Aug. 1, at FedExForum, and took questions from reporters. But mainly he delivered the message that the franchise’s path to contending for a championship will come through player development and not free agency.

SMALL BUSINESS

Local Movers Hit the Big Leagues

Steven Reed, Jeff Coletta and Jonathan Greer met as children while playing youth football at the Germantown Youth Athletic Association, igniting a life-long bond that remains to this day.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

The Power of Unplugging

I am returning from a vacation on the Forgotten Coast, a cape wedged in between the sea and a bay. The best part of the location is that my smartphone connection did not work.

GOVERNMENT AGENDA

August 4 Shelby County Commission Agenda

The Shelby County Commission will meet Monday, August 4, at 1:30 p.m. in the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for an agenda.

STATEWIDE

Utility to Pay Tennessee Coal Ash Victims $27.8 Million

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The nation's largest public utility has agreed to pay $27.8 million to settle claims from Tennessee property owners who suffered damages from a huge spill of toxin-laden coal ash sludge.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Job Growth Eases but Tops 200,000 for a Sixth Month

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sixth straight month of solid 200,000-plus job growth in July reinforced growing evidence that the U.S. economy is accelerating after five years of sluggish expansion.

US Stocks Have Their Worst Week in Two Years

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market is closing out its worst week in two years.

Obama: Economy Stronger, Congress Could do More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the economy is getting stronger and, quote, "engines are revving a bit louder."

US Manufacturing Expands Again in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — US manufacturing expanded for the 14th straight month in July in a good sign for the overall economy.

US Consumer Spending Up 0.4 Percent in June

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in three months in June, providing momentum for the economy going into the second half of the year.

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PROPERTY SALES 109 433 13,330
MORTGAGES 114 591 17,349
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 11 93 3,391
BUILDING PERMITS 0 366 30,930
BANKRUPTCIES 76 352 12,695
BUSINESS LICENSES 21 108 4,597
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 77 564 19,457
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