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VOL. 130 | NO. 7 | Monday, January 12, 2015
EMPHASIS Education

School and Chemo

St. Jude school keeps patients on education track

A child with cancer who comes to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has a lot of concerns.

Shelby County's School Systems Prepare to Build

Shelby County government will have $110 million in bonds over the next two years to finance school construction projects across the seven public school systems.

Southwest Tennessee Grows With Demand

For Nathan Essex, the president of Southwest Tennessee Community College, his tenure has been a series of changes.

Stonebridge Crossing Sells for $34.7 Million

An affiliate of a New York-based real estate investment firm has bought the Stonebridge Crossing Apartments in Lakeland for $34.7 million.

City Council Gets Ahead of Self With Vacancy Deadline

The deadline for submitting an application to fill a vacant seat on the Memphis City Council wasn’t necessarily last week, according to a legal opinion from the council’s attorney.

Wright Expects 23 Percent Revenue Growth for Fourth Quarter

Wright Medical Group Inc. expects revenue for fourth quarter 2014 to be approximately $83.3 million, representing growth of 23 percent as reported compared to fourth quarter 2013, the Memphis-based orthopedic company announced Monday, Jan. 12.

Strings Come With Fairgrounds Zone

Shelby County Commissioners could take up an endorsement Monday, Jan. 12, of the city’s proposed Tourism Development Zone for redevelopment of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

Macy’s Exit Presents Problems, Possibilities in Whitehaven

In what could be a troubling sign for the city’s first enclosed mall, Macy’s is closing its 150,000-square-foot store at Southland Mall in early spring, a move that will affect 112 employees.

Elvis Birthday Proves Eventful on Several Fronts

Jack Soden, the head of Elvis Presley Enterprises, looked out at a crowd on the front lawn of Graceland last week in single-digit temperatures and talked about the durability of Elvis Presley’s appeal.

Haslam Eager to Defend Insure Tennessee Plan

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam hopes that when the special session of the Tennessee Legislature begins Feb. 2 the ceremony of the start of a legislative session as well as his second inaugural will have passed.

Memphis Football Seniors Chosen for All-Star Games

The University of Memphis football team’s historic season is over, but several seniors are playing on.

I Choose Memphis: Gene Baker

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


January 12 Shelby County Commission Agenda

The Shelby County Commission will meet Monday, Jan. 12, at 3 p.m. in the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for an agenda.


At Graffiti Nail Bar, Boyd’s Business is Art

Because she’s the owner of Graffiti Nail Bar, Lauren Boyd’s business is nails. What she really is, though, is an artist, and her business is her art studio.


Metrics for Front-End Innovation Projects

“What are the metrics?” We get this question all the time from nervous directors and VPs who are struggling with the philosophical underpinnings of front-end innovation. They are eager to launch an innovation program, but want to be able to foresee the outcome before embarking on the journey of discovery.


Presley's First Record, 'My Happiness,' Auctions for $300,000

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – An acetate recording of the ballad "My Happiness," the first song Elvis Presley ever recorded, sold at auction Thursday night for $300,000.


2014 Was Best Hiring Year Since '99; Jobless Rate 5.6 Percent

WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States capped its best year for hiring in 15 years with a healthy gain in December, and the unemployment rate hit a six-year low. The numbers support expectations that the United States will strengthen further this year even as overseas economies stumble.


Obama Proposes Publicly Funded Community College for All

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – President Barack Obama on Friday proposed to bring the cost of two years of community college "down to zero" for all Americans, an ambitious nationwide plan based on a popular Tennessee program signed into law by that state's Republican governor.

Federal Reserve Paid Government Record $98.7 Billion in 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve announced Friday that it paid the federal government a record $98.7 billion in 2014, a payment that reflects the central bank's earnings from holdings of Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities purchased to keep long-term interest rates low to boost the economy.

US 'Sanctions Czar' is Obama's Pick for Deputy CIA Chief

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is tapping the current U.S. "sanctions czar" to be the No. 2 in command at the CIA.


Coming to a Car Near You: Auto Technology at CES

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Self-driving cars garner much of the attention, but in reality, we're years away from tooling around in something like Knight Rider's KITT. Coming sooner to a car near you: smartphone apps on dash displays, cruise control that adapts to cars around it, remote engine starting and more.

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