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VOL. 126 | NO. 199 | Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Millington Mayor Indicted on Corruption

Millington Mayor Richard Hodges was charged Wednesday afternoon with two counts of bribery. He was charged by a grand jury on the state charges.

‘Brave New World’

Libraries teach patrons how to ‘check out’ e-books

When the Memphis City Schools system held a “read for the record” celebration last week at Downtown Elementary School, “Llama Llama Red Pajama” wasn’t just read aloud to and by the grade-schoolers. For the first time, some read along using e-books, or digital books.

City Prepares Madison Ave. for Bike Lanes

Madison Avenue is set to get dedicated bike lanes on both sides of the street between Cooper and McNeil streets.

Home Starts Jump 20 Percent

Local homebuilders filed 20 percent more new home permits during the third quarter compared to last year, giving 2011 its best quarter so far, but experts say there are still obstacles on the horizon.

Builders File 70 Permits in September

September’s permit totals notched a double-digit increase year over year, much like the performance seen during the third quarter.

Local Weather
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Humidity: 97%


The Memphis Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America will hold a luncheon Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 11:45 a.m. at the Fogelman Executive Conference Center on the University of Memphis campus. Mary Kathryn Walker, American Cancer Society communications and marketing field strategy associate director, will speak. Deadline to register is Tuesday, Oct. 11, at noon. To register, call 754-9035 or visit www.prsamemphis.org.

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Website Gives Memphians New Job Fever

Drew Bringhurst wants to bring new job fever to Memphis – both literally and figuratively.

New School Board Has Changes on Mind

At four hours, the first meeting of the countywide school board Monday, Oct. 10, was a bit shorter than the average Memphis City Schools board meeting. It was twice as long as the longest Shelby County Schools board meeting.

Six Apply for Carpenter’s Commission Seat

Shelby County commissioners interview contenders Wednesday, Oct. 12, for the District 1 seat vacancy following the Oct. 1 resignation of Mike Carpenter, who left to become state director of StudentsFirst, an education reform nonprofit based in Nashville.

Baptist Recognized for Infection-Battling Efforts

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for its efforts to combat health care-associated infections, which are a leading cause of death in the United States.

Brucker Joins McManus Reilly As Investment, Insurance Adviser

Edward Brucker III has joined McManus Reilly Financial Foresight as investment and insurance adviser.

No Deal: NBA Cancels First Two Weeks of Season

NEW YORK (AP) – Two weeks of NBA games are lost. Many more could be in jeopardy.


Sure-Fire Ways to Kill A Sale

Today’s business climate is tough on those in the sales profession. Good prospects are few and far between, and putting your best foot forward in each sales pitch is crucial to your survival. This reality inspired me to share the most common missteps I see salespeople making so you can be sure to avoid them.


Usher Honored by National Civil Rights Museum

MEMPHIS (AP) – The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis is honoring hip-hop artist Usher with its Philanthropy Freedom Award.


New State Workers' Comp Exemptions Take Effect

NASHVILLE (AP) – A new state law allows more people to become eligible for exemptions from workers' compensation.

Tenn. to Sell Estimated $584 Million in Bonds

NASHVILLE (AP) – The state of Tennessee plans to sell an estimated $584 million worth of bonds this week, the largest sale in the state's history.


New Ammunitions Plant in Oxford Expands Quickly

OXFORD (AP) – Winchester officials haven't wasted any time in the expansion of the company's Centerfire ammunition manufacturing operations in Oxford.


FDIC Backs Ban on Banks Trading for Own Profit

WASHINGTON (AP) – Banks would be barred from trading for their own profit instead of their clients under a rule federal regulators proposed Tuesday.

Google's Q3 Expected to Show Slower Revenue Growth

SAN FRANCISCO (AP)Google Inc.'s third-quarter earnings report will provide insights into how well online advertising is holding up amid recent signs that the economy may be limping toward another recession. The report is due out after the stock market closes Thursday.

Proxy Adviser Says Murdochs Should be Voted Off

NEW YORK (AP) – A leading shareholder advisory firm says most of News Corp.'s board, including Chairman Rupert Murdoch, should be replaced because of a phone-hacking scandal that has embroiled one of the conglomerate's British tabloids.


Obama: Jobs Bill is 'Moment of Truth' for Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate faced a critical "moment of truth," President Barack Obama declared Tuesday as lawmakers neared a vote on his $447 billion jobs bill. Despite his exhortations, defeat was likely at the hands of Republican senators opposed to stimulus spending and a tax surcharge on millionaires.

Groups Sue Obama for Scrapping Stricter Smog Limit

WASHINGTON (AP) – Environmental groups sued the Obama administration Tuesday for scrapping a stricter limit for smog-forming pollution, saying the decision violated the law and put politics ahead of protecting public health.

Cantor Backs Off Calling Protesters ‘Mobs’

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is no longer saying that Occupy Wall Street protesters amount to "mobs," but he says they're divisive in ways that tea partyers are not.

Obama, Advisory Council Urge Action to Create Jobs

PITTSBURGH (AP) – President Barack Obama is pressing for passage of his full $447 billion jobs package in the face of certain congressional defeat while embracing more modest administrative remedies to the nation's sluggish economy and unwaveringly high unemployment.


Walgreen Hiring Cigna Executive Jeffrey Kang

DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Drugstore operator Walgreen Co. said Tuesday it is hiring the chief medical officer of health insurer Cigna Corp. for a new role as vice president of health and wellness services and solutions.


Wal-Mart to Localize Offers for Facebook Fans

NEW YORK (AP) – Just in time for the crucial winter holidays, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. aims to recreate the feel of a local store for its more than 9 million Facebook fans.

Discover Cardholders Can Use Cash-Back at Amazon

NEW YORK (AP) – Discover credit card holders can now use their cash back rewards to shop on Amazon.com.

IBM to Buy 'Clustering' Co. Platform Computing

ARMONK, N.Y. (AP)IBM Corp. on Tuesday said that it has agreed to buy Platform Computing, a privately held company that helps customers combine multiple computers into computing "clusters."

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