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VOL. 126 | NO. 4 | Thursday, January 6, 2011

In the Mix

Mayor Wharton addresses schools issue in ‘state of the city’ speech

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. went on the road Wednesday with a campaign for the fence between opponents and proponents of a Memphis City Schools system charter surrender.

Apperson Crump Continues Legacy With Growth

These days, there’s a lot that’s new at the city’s oldest continuously operating law firm.

EDGE To Be New Economic Development Engine For City-County

Memphis and Shelby County's two mayors have talked for months about finding a way to give their joint business recruitment and retention efforts an edge.

No Election Date Yet For MCS Charter Surrender

The Shelby County Election Commission met Wednesday and adjourned minutes later without putting the Memphis City Schools (MCS) charter surrender on a special election ballot.

Memo: Memphians Concerned with Money, Not Kids

During Christmas week, Jon Crisp outlined a campaign strategy to counter the Memphis City Schools charter surrender.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
49.0°F
Fair
Wind: from the North at 10.4 gusting to 21.9 mph
Humidity: 41%

EVENTS

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art will screen Woody Allen’s latest film “You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger” Thursday at 7 p.m. at the museum, 1934 Poplar Ave. Tickets are $6 for members and $8 for nonmembers. For tickets or more information, call 544-6208.

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$300K Plough Grant to Memphis Goodwill to Aid Job Creation

The Plough Foundation has awarded a two-part $300,000 grant to Memphis Goodwill Industries to support the nonprofit’s Community Workforce program, which provides vocational training to individuals with disabilities and other obstacles to employment.

Dunavant Acquires Houston-based Intermodal Firm

Memphis-based Dunavant Enterprises Inc., which recently shifted its focus from cotton to logistics, has acquired Trans Gulf Transportation Inc., a Houston-based transportation company that specializes in intermodal drayage and trucking operations.

Fentress Puts Technical Training to Work as Patent Attorney

When Susan Fentress decided to earn a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, she wasn’t looking to work with microscopes.

Mental Workout Benefits Validated

We Americans spend billions on our physical well-being, “but there are no comparable efforts to keep people mentally agile and strong.”

Nest Egg Blunders: Counting Chickens Before They Hatch

Ray’s Take: When people talk about retirement, it’s not unusual for them to jokingly mention possibly winning the lottery. Most of us know that winning the lottery is not a realistic retirement strategy.

Employ Camera Lens Approach for ‘Final Freedom’

Victor Frankl, author of “Man’s Search for Meaning,” called our ability to choose how we respond to circumstances our “final freedom.”

STATEWIDE

Rate Grumbles Among Some TVA Industrial Customers

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Some Tennessee Valley Authority industrial customers are grumbling about planned changes and rate increases that they contend have been "worse than ridiculous."

Tenn. Gets Insurance Reimbursement for May Flooding

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State officials say Tennessee has received reimbursement for last May's flooding that damaged state buildings and other state-owned property.

Explosions Rip Munitions Plant in Fayette County

OAKLAND, Tenn. (AP) — A series of explosions and a fire occurred Wednesday at a munitions plant in the West Tennessee town of Oakland, leaving one person unaccounted for.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Service Firms Grow at Fastest Pace Since 2006

WASHINGTON (AP) — Strong consumer demand pushed a key measure of the economy's service sector to its highest level in more than four years, the latest evidence that the economy is gaining strength and job growth could pick up in the new year.

Oil Prices Rebound to Settle Over $90 a Barrel

Oil prices rebounded from early losses Wednesday following more positive economic news and a government report that showed crude oil supplies shrank last week.

NATIONAL POLITICS

112th Congress Convenes; Boehner Elected Speaker

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly elected speaker John Boehner hailed the Republican Party's return to control of the House Wednesday, vowing a more open legislative process but acknowledging that "a great deal of scar tissue has built up on both sides of the aisle."

Spending Data Show December Sales Strong

NEW YORK (AP) – Americans spent more on clothes, shoes, luxury goods and electronics in December than a year earlier, extending retail sales momentum that had been building since August, according to data released Wednesday.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 89 344 19,573
MORTGAGES 110 422 22,914
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 2 8,305 8,305
BUILDING PERMITS 207 838 40,029
BANKRUPTCIES 60 356 13,104
BUSINESS LICENSES 21 194 6,137
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 30 147 12,996
MARRIAGE LICENSES 15 65 4,842

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