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VOL. 126 | NO. 207 | Monday, October 24, 2011

First South Growth Part of Strategic Plan

The vision of Craig Esrael, president and CEO of Bartlett-based First South Financial Credit Union, is for First South eventually to have a physical presence within a 15-minute drive of everyone in its market area.

‘Your Moment’

Educator urges children to push for better schools

Dr. Steve Perry, the principal and founder of Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Connecticut, tweeted a warning Thursday, Oct. 20, before he came to Memphis to speak at the request of the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club about children and education.

Pinnacle Facing More Than $1M in FAA Fines

MEMPHIS (AP) – Memphis-based Pinnacle Airlines Inc. is facing more than a million dollars in civil penalties for allegedly not complying with federal regulations.

Bleu Latest Addition To Downtown Dining Scene

It’s safe to say that it’s been a banner year for Downtown’s dining options. Within the past 12 months or so, restaurant openings have included Thai Bistro and The Brass Door on Madison Avenue; City Market, Krispy Krunchy Chicken and the Green Beetle on Main Street; and Rizzos Diner on G.E. Patterson Avenue, to name a few.

Apple Founder Visited Sun While Recuperating in Memphis

Many details about Steve Jobs’ brief time in Memphis in 2009 are still not known. That’s partly because of the late Apple CEO’s penchant for secrecy and the sensitive nature of his trip to the city, which came about because of his need for a critical liver transplant at Methodist University Hospital.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
42.0°F
Fair
Wind: Northwest at 10.4 mph
Humidity: 53%

EVENTS

The Tennessee Beta Unit of Parliamentarians will hold its monthly meeting and educational program Monday, Oct. 24, at 5:45 p.m. at the Memphis Public Library & Information Center’s Poplar-White Station branch library, 5094 Poplar Ave.

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Defendant in Petties Case Pleads Guilty

The biggest drug case ever brought in Memphis federal court is down to three defendants who have a tentative trial date in January on racketeering and murder-for-hire charges.

Donald Takes Appeals Court Oath

Bernice Donald took the oath of office as the newest U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals judge Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts.

Orlando Joins Memphis In Studying NBA Suit

It’s not just Memphis anymore. According to news accounts out of Orlando Thursday night, lawyers for the home city of the Orlando Magic, like those in Memphis, are studying the possibility of a lawsuit against the NBA because of the protracted lockout.

MacAdvantage Changes Hands, Moves to Erin Way Center

MacAdvantage Inc. is one of Tennessee’s only two Apple Specialist stores – a name that carries a certain amount of pride to an independent Apple dealer because of the hard work it takes to reach that goal.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Business Owners Need Workout Routines

As Americans, we are saps for movie stars and professional athletes. This is why they make all the money. We give it to them. We just throw it at them. Why? One reason is that we admire their discipline.

Enrich Students, Cos. With Internships

Last week we spotlighted Memphis Opportunity Scholarship Trust, which is providing scholarships for low-income children and fostering greater access to private and parochial schools for all children in our community.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Shared Success

Mentoring programs aim to empower – and retain – next generation

Talent acquisition and retention and an ongoing focus on sustainable workforce development are vital to the economic success of any city. And in Memphis – a city beleaguered by high rates of poverty and unemployment – long-term strategies aimed at building that workforce are now targeting future workers as young as middle school students.

Corporate Mentoring Plays Valuable Role

Mentoring was going on long before it was called that and long before it was included in corporate annual reports and mission statements.

Visceral ‘Tosca’ Takes Orpheum Stage

An international star returns home while another makes her American debut in Opera Memphis’s season opener, “Tosca,” by Giacomo Puccini.

Raviolo Remains Popular Choice at Restaurant Iris

Another entry in the occasional “Signature Dish” series.

Harsh Climate Able to Yield Good Wine

Castillo y León, the largest autonomous region in Spain and one of the least populated, is a high, arid plain surrounded by mountains; its climate is usually described as harsh. Why, then, is the inhospitable province home to several well-known grape-growing and wine-producing areas? The presence of the Duero River makes that cultivation possible, and it’s no accident of geography that those winemaking regions either straddle the Duero or lie alongside it.

STATEWIDE

TDOT Hires Environmental Chief, Changes Logo

NASHVILLE (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's Department of Transportation has hired a new chief environment and planning officer and replaced a green logo introduced by his Democratic predecessor.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Lawmakers Try Again for Welfare Drug Testing

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee lawmakers are once again proposing legislation that would require drug testing for welfare recipients.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Groupon's Fall to Earth Swifter Than its Fast Rise

NEW YORK (AP) – Only a few months ago, Groupon was the Internet's next great thing. Business media christened it the fastest growing company ever. Copycats proliferated. And investors salivated over the prospect of Groupon going public.

AP-GfK Poll: 37 Percent of Public Back Protests

WASHINGTON (AP) – More than one-third of the country supports the Wall Street protests, and even more – 58 percent – say they are furious about America's politics.

For Investors, Playing it 'Safe' Can be Risky

CHICAGO (AP) – Investors remain anxious to find safety even as the stock market moves back toward positive territory for the year.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Senate Unveils Next Piece of Obama Jobs Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama's allies in the Senate on Friday unveiled the next piece of his failed $447 billion jobs measure to get a vote in the Senate: an almost $70 investment in infrastructure projects such as roads and bridges.

Obama to Name Fed Dissenter Hoenig as FDIC No. 2

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is nominating a longtime Federal Reserve official and critic of big banks to be the No. 2 official at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

Cain Tweaks 9-9-9 Tax Plan to Allow Exemptions

DETROIT (AP) – Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain on Friday redefined his tax plan to exclude the poorest Americans and to allow some deductions, abandoning the zero-exemption feature of his "9-9-9" proposal that helped win headlines but would have meant a tax increase for 4 out of 5 Americans.

Obama Signs 3 Trade Deals, Biggest Since NAFTA

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama signed off Friday on the first three – and possibly last – free trade agreements of his administration, deals with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama that could be worth billions to American exporters and create tens of thousands of jobs.

REAL ESTATE

Senate Votes to Extend Higher Loan Limits

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate has voted to extend higher limits on federally backed mortgage loans for two more years.

HEALTH CARE

Wal-Mart Cuts Some Health Care Coverage

NEW YORK (AP) Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the nation's largest private employer, is scaling back health care coverage for future part-time workers while raising premiums for many of its full-time workers, particularly tobacco users.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 115 270 19,843
MORTGAGES 141 311 23,225
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 35 83 8,387
BUILDING PERMITS 0 338 40,366
BANKRUPTCIES 74 196 13,300
BUSINESS LICENSES 25 48 6,185
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 40 125 13,120
MARRIAGE LICENSES 15 73 4,915

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