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VOL. 131 | NO. 149 | Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Methodist South to Launch ICU Renovation

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare is preparing to start work on a new part of its Whitehaven hospital as part of its ongoing comprehensive renovation that’s been underway for the past couple of years.

Parkside Developer Seeks TIF Designation

The developer of the Parkside mixed-use project at Shelby Farms hopes to add a traffic light at Kirby-Whitten and Mullins Station roads and fund a portion of the Shelby Farms Parkway.

Shelby County Seeing Low Early Voting Turnout

At the end of the first full week of early voting in advance of the Aug. 4 election day, Shelby County Election Commission data shows Democratic and Republican primary turnout closely matched.

RVC Outdoor Destinations Helps Honeybees

RVC Outdoor Destinations is making an investment in one of America’s most important natural resources: honeybees.

Last Word: Union Turns A Corner, Parkside's TIF and Bee Cause

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There hasn’t been this much excitement since right turn on red came to town 40 years ago.

Local Weather
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EVENTS

Southwest Tennessee Community College will hold an open house for those interested in pursuing a technology career path Thursday, July 28, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Fulton Building Auditorium, room 400, on the Macon Cove campus, 5983 Macon Cove. Tours will be given of state-of-the-art technology labs and new tech equipment, and attendees can explore associate degrees and technical certificates. Contact Susan Wilson at scwilson@southwest.tn.edu or 901-333-4031 for details.

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Rating Agencies, State Comptroller Tout Improved City of Memphis Finances

The most outspoken critic of the city’s financial condition said Monday, July 25, that Memphis leaders have made a “remarkable achievement.”

Gannett to Restructure Commercial Appeal

The union that covers newsroom employees at The Commercial Appeal has begun the process of formally challenging a new series of cost-cutting and efficiency measures in the works at the paper, comparing the moves to “The Hunger Games.”

SPORTS

Will Memphis Make the Big 12 Cut?

Another day, another media source outside of Memphis ranking the Big 12 expansion candidates. The following evaluation comes from The Orlando Sentinel.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

BBB Names Crowder Director Of Business Development

Carol Crowder has joined the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South as director of business development, responsible for increasing the number of BBB-accredited businesses and growing revenue throughout the 28 counties that BBB of the Mid-South serves. She also will work with accredited areas to help them take advantage of BBB services to help them promote and grow their businesses. Crowder has more than 20 years’ experience in sales, marketing and operations. She previously served as an associate director for ALSAC/St. Jude. 

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Always Avoid Taboo Topics

A reader contacted me today with an important question for consideration: when is it appropriate to wear clothing, jewelry, or other items associated with her religion to an interview or to work?Her concern was about being judged in the office for her religious affiliation.

Market with a Startup Mindset

Having spent the lion’s share of my career marketing national corporations, I would certainly say there is a science to marketing at that level and the better brands market like well-oiled machines. Opening my own business ten years ago, however, and partnering with countless startups through those years, I’ve also learned there’s a thing or two startups can teach the big boys about marketing.

How to Write Emails That Get Responses

Have you ever been running to a meeting or catching a tight connection at the airport when you receive an email that needs your prompt attention? 

Memphis Baby Boomers Seek Support Of Local Organizations to Age in Their Homes

Advancements in technology and medicine have contributed to an increased lifespan and adults are living well beyond retirement years.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Haslam Urges Durham to Resign, Won't Call Special Session

CAMDEN, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is renewing his call for state Rep. Jeremy Durham to resign, but says he won't speed up the process for convening a special legislative session to oust him.

REGIONAL NEWS

Board of Education Sets Score Levels on New Mississippi Test

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi will remain a hard grader of its students, as state officials adopted test-score standards that mirror those used on a multi-state test students took in 2015.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

$15 Billion Volkswagen Emissions Deal Clears 1st Hurdle

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A nearly $15 billion settlement over Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal cleared a key hurdle Tuesday, with a federal judge giving preliminary approval to the deal that includes an option for owners to have the carmaker buy back their vehicles.

McDonald's US Sales Disappoint Amid Turnaround Efforts

NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's is again looking for ways to win back customers, less than a year after launching a widely touted all-day breakfast menu that makes Egg McMuffins available around the clock.

ECONOMY

Survey: American Consumers' Confidence Remains Steady

WASHINGTON (AP) – American consumers are feeling confident about current economic conditions but are a bit warier about the future.

US Home Prices Rise at Steady Pace as Sales Heat Up

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home prices extended their steady upward march in May, spurred by rising sales and a dwindling supply of available houses.

RETAIL

Trade Group Raises 2016 Sales Growth Forecast to 3.4 Percent

NEW YORK (AP) – A trade group raised its forecast Tuesday for retail sales growth this year to 3.4 percent, with more help from online sales, as the economy improves.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 78 146 11,266
MORTGAGES 96 170 14,073
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 2,278
BUILDING PERMITS 403 549 24,583
BANKRUPTCIES 58 135 8,567
BUSINESS LICENSES 28 51 3,822
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 102 239 13,696
MARRIAGE LICENSES 14 49 3,080

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