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VOL. 129 | NO. 1 | Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Last Deadline Passes in Schools Case

Two days before Christmas, the nearly three-year-old federal court case that was a key part of the change in Shelby County public education passed what might be one of its final deadlines.

Cameraman’s Collection

Newman’s historic Memphis photos on display

Don Newman was a photographer whose pursuit of the perfect shot once took him to the middle of one of the busiest streets in Memphis.

In the Press Magazine Hosts Benefit

In the Press Magazine, an independently owned and operated faith-based magazine, hosted a holiday gala and food benefit Sunday, Dec. 29, at Downtown’s 300 South Main Gallery, marking the publication’s official release party.

Corinth Silicon Plant Adds to 2013 Mississippi Jobs Total

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant capped a busy 2013 on the economic development front with a New Year’s Eve announcement of a $200 million silicon metal plant near Corinth.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
68°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 3 mph
Humidity: 50%

EVENTS

T.O. Fuller State Park will host its first hike of the year Wednesday, Jan. 1, at 9:30 a.m., starting at the visitors center, 1500 Mitchell Road. The 4-mile hike along the Discovery Trail will include a birds of prey program during the break. Cost is free; bring hiking shoes and water. Call 543-7581 or email michael.champagne@tn.gov.

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MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Makino Named Music Director at Opera Memphis

Ben Makino has joined Opera Memphis as the company’s music director. The conductor and pianist, who most recently worked with the Long Beach Opera in Long Beach, Calif., previously served as the music director of Opera Memphis’ inaugural 30 Days of Opera in 2012.

MEMPHIS LAW TALK

Shelton Returns Home After Traveling Globe

Before settling in for a career in law, Jack Shelton, an associate with Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh PLLC, needed to quench his thirst for travel.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

2014 Game-Changing Sales Trends

With the rapid technological advancements that have accompanied the Information Age, the “selling process” has been shifting toward more of a “buying process” for years, as most buyers engage in significant online research prior to ever engaging a sales rep. Today’s buyers are further along in the sales process, with a much clearer understanding of what they need before your sales reps ever get their shot.

Swear Off Spending That Causes Holiday Hangovers

Ray’s Take: It was a great holiday. The decorations sparkled, the food was opulent, and the gifts were worthy of the best Santa Claus. However, in a tradition nearly as old as the holiday itself, now the mailbox is stuffed with bills and your bank account is depleted.

Bowling for Who-Knows-What

On the day after Christmas, 1958, I turned 7. The next day, Ole Miss played Florida in the Gator Bowl. The only other bowl games then were Sugar, Orange, Rose, and Cotton – all played on New Year’s Day – plus Sun, Tangerine, and Bluegrass, played earlier. Eight in all.

STATEWIDE

Businesses Encouraged to Support LGBT Community

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Equality Project is starting a new initiative to encourage business to show support for the state's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

Tennessee Lottery CEO Gets Award Named After Her

NASHVILLE (AP) – The president and CEO of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corp. is being recognized by a leading lottery trade organization with an award named after her.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Retirement Unlikely for Some Blue-Collar Americans

Tom Edwards grew up in a family that's been cutting trees and hauling timber in the Pacific Northwest for more than a century. The Spanaway, Wash., resident says he has worked as a logger since he was a kid – it's just what an able-bodied youngster was expected to do.

CEO Predictions for the Next 100 Years of Flying

NEW YORK (AP) – Millions of people step aboard airplanes each day, complaining about the lack of legroom and overhead space but almost taking for granted that they can travel thousands of miles in just a few hours.

US Consumer Confidence Rises on Better Job Outlook

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumer confidence jumped this month on a better outlook for hiring and overall growth, supporting other signs that show the economy could accelerate in 2014.

Netflix Tests New Price Tiers for Video Service

Netflix is testing new price plans for streaming video as it tries to lure more viewers.

REAL ESTATE

US Home Price Gains Slow in October From September

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home prices rose in October from the previous year at the fastest pace in almost eight years. But price gains slowed in most U.S. cities from September to October, suggesting the increases are leveling off.

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