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VOL. 129 | NO. 95 | Thursday, May 15, 2014

Economic Gardening Program Expands Reach

A program aimed at helping small and midsize companies grow is being expanded with the hope it will allow existing companies to extend their roots in the community.

Building Community

Boyle aims for town square feel at Carrington Apartments

The Carrington at Schilling Farms looks like an apartment community you might find in Downtown Memphis or a town square, but the development – Boyle Investment Co.’s first apartment project in more than 30 years – is in the heart of Collierville.

Schools Merger ‘Closeout’ Underway

The first and only year of a single public school system in Shelby County comes to an end May 23 with the last day of school.

U of M’s Ballentine Happy to Be Irrelevant

He watched and waited. Kept watching, and kept waiting. And then with the 256th and final pick in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft, University of Memphis safety Lonnie Ballentine learned he had been taken by the Houston Texans.

ZeroTo510 Names New Participants

Four teams have been chosen to participate in the 2014 ZeroTo510 medical device accelerator and started the 12-week program, now in its third year, at the Memphis Bioworks Business Incubator this week.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
87°F
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: 8 mph
Humidity: 63%

EVENTS

Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest will be held Thursday, May 15, through Saturday, May 17, in Tom Lee Park on Riverside Drive. Hundreds of teams compete for more than $110,000 in prizes. Visit memphisinmay.org.

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LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Debt: Prepay or Let It Ride?

Ray’s take: There was a time when debt was something to be proud of. It was the badge of progress and a good credit rating. 2008 made us all rethink the place of debt in our lives.

‘Like I Know You Now’

I was walking Maggie the Cheagle in the neighborhood, as I often do. This was in November 2012, so the old girl was pushing 10 years old at the time. She was happy enough to stop and greet the young man who was getting out of his car.

Take Back Your Health on Memphis Kidney Action Day

“What you don’t know won’t hurt you” is a popular saying today. While that may be true in some cases, when it comes to your health, the opposite is true. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that when it comes to kidney disease, what you don’t know can actually put your health in grave danger.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Retailers Launch Cybercrime Info Sharing Center

NEW YORK (AP) – Some of the country's largest retailers are banding together in hopes of protecting consumers' personal and financial information from hackers and thieves.

Southwest Airlines Makes Buyback, Lifts Dividend

NEW YORK (AP) – Southwest Airlines is raising its quarterly dividend to 6 cents from 4 cents and plans to buy back $1 billion in company stock.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Federal Government Acknowledges Gaps in Oil Well Inspections

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal agency tasked with managing oil and gas development on Wednesday acknowledged it needed to do more to improve oversight of drilling, pointing to a lack of funding as reasons it failed to inspect oil and gas wells it considers potentially high risks for water contamination.

HEALTH CARE

Consumers Losing Doctors With New Insurance Plans

MIAMI (AP) – Some consumers who bought insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law are experiencing buyer's remorse after realizing that their longtime doctors aren't accepting the new plans.

Senators Question Obama Nominee on Health Care Law

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama's nominee to be health secretary is facing questions from a key Republican senator about the health care law.

TECHNOLOGY

Google Resumes Glass Sales in the US

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google is once again selling its Internet-connected eyewear to anyone in the U.S. as the company fine-tunes a device that has sparked intrigue and disdain for its potential to change the way people interact with technology.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 43 12,074
MORTGAGES 0 78 15,834
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 39 39 3,168
BUILDING PERMITS 292 292 29,124
BANKRUPTCIES 3 100 11,771
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 18 4,292
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 190 17,922
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 43 3,711

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