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VOL. 129 | NO. 139 | Friday, July 18, 2014

FedEx Charged With Illegal Pharmacy Deliveries

FedEx’s couriers in several states told company officials they suspected they were delivering illegal prescription pills, saying that delivery addresses included schools, parking lots and vacant buildings where people were lined up waiting to retrieve their shipments.

Youth Movement

Opportunities growing for city’s young professionals

It’s a good time to be a young professional in Memphis who wants to do more than punch a clock.

First Horizon Reports Positive Quarter

For the second quarter of its 150th anniversary year, the Memphis-based parent company of First Tennessee Bank reported growth in profit as well as increases in loans, while continuing to reduce the drag of the mortgage business the company sold in 2008.

Downtown Stakeholders Talk Office Space, Riverfront

Office space is moving east in Memphis for now.

Bankruptcy Filings Drop Below 3,000

For the first time since 2011, the number of Memphis-area bankruptcies filed in the second quarter dropped below 3,000.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
46°F
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Wind: 0 mph
Humidity: 68%

EVENTS

Stage Door Productions will present a locally inspired production of “Godspell” Friday, July 18, to Sunday, July 20, and July 25-27 at the Kroc Center, 800 East Parkway. Buy tickets at stagedoormemphis.org.

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Justices Stump in Memphis as Early Voting Begins

Early voting in Shelby County opened Friday, July 18, with that most political of omens – rain.

Green Mountain Consulting Finds Home Along Poplar

Logistics vendor Green Mountain Consulting wasn’t necessarily looking to buy an office building when it began its search for more office space for expansion.

Wharton Clarifies He Won't Propose Sales Tax Ballot Question

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. clarified Thursday, July 17, that he has no intention of proposing a ballot question later this year asking city voters to approve a half cent increase in the city’s local option sales tax.

‘Big Ballot’ Moves to Early Voting Friday

Voters begin making their decisions Friday, July 18, on the longest ballot of any election cycle in Shelby County politics.

FedEx Charged With Assisting Illegal Pharmacies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Federal authorities have charged FedEx Corp. with assisting illegal pharmacies by knowingly delivering dangerous drugs to customers without prescriptions.

SPORTS

Jones, Volunteers Still Face Steep Climb Up Rocky Top

HOOVER, Ala. – It’s Tennessee against the world. Don’t believe that? Just ask second-year coach Butch Jones.

SEC Media Days Notebook: July 17

HOOVER, Ala. – As usual, there was a large contingent of Alabama fans gathered in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Birmingham that cheered upon first sight of coach Nick Saban.

University of Memphis Confirms Lawson Hire

The University of Memphis confirmed the worst-kept sports secret in town via its website Wednesday afternoon with the announcement that Tigers coach Josh Pastner had hired Keelon Lawson, recently the boys basketball head coach at Hamilton High School, as an assistant coach.

No Crying in Vanderbilt Football, Not Anymore

HOOVER, Ala. – Before James Franklin, Vanderbilt never had been to consecutive bowl games. He took them to three in three years.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

More Than Delta

MESSAGE FROM HOME. A while back – right after I wrote a column blasting Delta, the Airport Authority and Garage Gargantua – I was invited to tour the airport and learn a thing or two or 50 about where so much of what and where we are takes off and lands every day.

Networking How To’s

One of the best ways to advance a career in a competitive market is through networking. In many ways, it’s both the easiest and hardest part of a search. Today, I received two questions on the topic of networking best practices.

STATEWIDE

Report: FBI Quizzing People About Meningitis

NASHVILLE (AP) – FBI agents have been interviewing Tennessee residents sickened or widowed by fungal meningitis as part of a criminal probe into the outbreak that sickened 751 people nationwide with 64 deaths.

Senate Candidate Gives Loan to Prominent Supporter

NASHVILLE (AP) – The campaign of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Carr has loaned $200,000 to the company of a prominent supporter in an unusual arrangement that has drawn the attention of the Federal Election Commission.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Microsoft Cutting 18,000 Jobs, Signals New Path

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its history Thursday, saying it will cut 18,000 jobs as it streamlines its Nokia mobile device business to focus on using the Windows Phone operating system.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

House Passes Tax Breaks to Boost Charitable Giving

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House passed a package of tax breaks Thursday designed to boost charitable donations by seniors, private foundations and procrastinators.

HEALTH CARE

Largest US Insurer's Move Signals Industry Shift

The nation's largest health insurer expects to play a much bigger role in the health care overhaul next year, as the federal law shifts from raising giant questions for the sector to offering growth opportunities.

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PROPERTY SALES 81 301 17,656
MORTGAGES 101 347 22,998
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 21 59 4,488
BUILDING PERMITS 208 722 41,947
BANKRUPTCIES 61 237 16,629
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