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VOL. 129 | NO. 52 | Monday, March 17, 2014

Start Co. Moves Back Downtown

With a new home, new programming and expanded leadership, among other things, this summer finds the Start Co. entrepreneurship organization in the midst of one of the more consequential periods in its history.

Interpreting Health

U of M program reaches lofty status with accreditation

Probably, you’ve seen this scene on a television show or in a movie. Some English-speaking authority figure – say, a doctor – can’t communicate with a middle-aged or older person from Mexico.

Tigers Look to Reverse AAC Result

The Memphis Tigers were bound to pay a price for getting run off their home court in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference by UConn. And on Selection Sunday, they found out the price was landing in another 8-9 game in the NCAA Tournament.

Abatements Return As Budget Season Issue

With the arrival of spring this week, city and county government leaders prepare for the coming of another season about which there is rarely as much excitement.

I Choose Memphis: Micah Brafford

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
42°F
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: 3 mph
Humidity: 53%

EVENTS

SHRM-Memphis will hold a legal seminar for human resources professionals Tuesday, March 18, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Fogelman Executive Center, 330 Innovation Drive. Attorneys from four firms will explore hot topics, trends and practical approaches to preventing and managing labor and employment law issues. Cost is $80 for members, $85 for nonmembers and $35 for students. Visit shrm-memphis.org.

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Collierville Pepsi Plant Lays Off 55

The Pepsi Beverages Co. plant in Collierville is laying off 55 workers as it shut down soft drink and other beverage production immediately at the plant at 110 S. Byhalia Road, according to a notice the company sent to Collierville city leaders.

SMALL BUSINESS

MorGreen Shifts to Meet Changing Customer Demands

When Mike Omar opened MorGreen in Collierville in 1987, it was as a traditional outdoor landscaping business, a garden center focused on selling items like fertilizer, mulch and sod and offering some landscaping work.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Marketing Is About Strategy

The word marketing has lost its true meaning in common business vernacular. Instead of a strategic activity that contemplates price, product, promotion and place, marketing has largely come to mean tactical execution of advertising or sales materials.

Broker’s Act to Reflect Commission Changes

The Broker’s Act has been enhanced by our state legislature and will be signed into law this month.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee Can Lawfully Electrocute Inmates if No Drugs

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee can lawfully use the electric chair in executions if lethal injection is stopped by the courts or because the state can't get the drugs to carry out the sentence, the state attorney general said in a legal opinion this week.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Quiznos Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

DENVER (AP) – Denver-based Quiznos has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to reduce its debt by more than $400 million after the chain lost ground to competitors.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

FDIC Sues 16 Big Banks That Set Key Rate

WASHINGTON (AP) The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has sued 16 big banks that set a key global interest rate, accusing them of fraud and conspiring to keep the rate low to enrich themselves.

HEALTH CARE

New Insurance Rights for Same-Sex Couples

WASHINGTON (AP) – Addressing gay and lesbian concerns, the Obama administration Friday moved to expand health insurance access for same-sex couples and close a loophole that threatened to leave some HIV/AIDS patients without coverage.

TECHNOLOGY

Target Says It Ignored Early Signs of Data Breach

NEW YORK (AP) Target Corp. said in its annual report that a massive security breach has hurt its image and business, while spawning dozens of legal actions, and it noted it can't estimate how big the financial tab will end up being.

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PROPERTY SALES 70 134 16,547
MORTGAGES 72 144 21,576
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 9 35 4,301
BUILDING PERMITS 209 209 39,587
BANKRUPTCIES 80 149 15,691
BUSINESS LICENSES 15 28 5,519
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 117 201 23,774
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