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VOL. 129 | NO. 195 | Tuesday, October 7, 2014

City Council Weighs Fluid Benefits Decisions

Memphis City Council members have third and final votes scheduled Tuesday, Oct. 7, on a set of changes to the city’s pension benefits that are the second of two major sets of reforms in benefits for city employees and retirees.

Broadening District

Bounty latest cuisine offering to join Broad Avenue

When he goes out to eat, Jackson Kramer tends to prefer small plates, sharing items with his wife, talking back and forth about the food and generally making the experience of cleaning one’s plate a communal experience.

United States Cold Storage Expands in Covington

A refrigerated warehouse logistics provider is expanding in Covington with a $48 million investment that will create 63 new jobs in Tipton County.

Evans Hears Arguments Over City Health Insurance Benefits

Chancellor Walter Evans won’t rule until later this month on a move by city retirees to at least temporarily halt the city’s plan to end a 70 percent subsidy of health insurance premiums for city retirees.

New No Gang Zone Targets Dixie Homes Area

For the second time in a year, local authorities have declared a “safety zone” in Memphis where gang members are forbidden by a civil court order from congregating in public.

Local Weather
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Partly Cloudy
Wind: South at 9.2 mph
Humidity: 59%

EVENTS

The Mid-South Area Job Fair, presented by the Mississippi Governor’s Job Fair Network and DeSoto County WIN Job Center, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Landers Center, 4560 Venture Drive in Southaven. The fair opens to members of the military, veterans and spouses at 9 a.m. and to the general public at 9:30 a.m. Visit www.jobfairs.ms.gov.

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Haslam Favors Abortion Amendment

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday, Oct. 6, he intends to vote for all four of the proposed amendments to the state Constitution on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Pocket Park Takes Shape on Madison

For several years, Scott Crosby, an attorney with Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC and co-owner of The Brass Door restaurant on Madison Avenue Downtown, had considered what, if anything, could be done with the shuttered Burger King restaurant across the street, a decaying eyesore in an otherwise vibrant strip of the street.

Presenting the Wild, Wild SEC West

Historic stuff. Unbelievable stuff. That’s the short description for Ole Miss and Mississippi State sharing the No. 3 ranking in this week’s Associated Press poll and the top spot, with Auburn, in the SEC West standings.

Collins Forms Mayoral Exploratory Committee

Memphis City Council member Harold Collins has formed an exploratory committee as he considers a run for Memphis mayor in 2015.

GOVERNMENT AGENDA

October 7 Memphis City Council Agenda

The Memphis City Council will meet Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 3:30 p.m. in the Council chambers in City Hall, 125 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for an agenda.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

McNeill Seeks Permits for Germantown Medical Offices

1432 Kimbrough Road and 1468 Kimbrough Road, Germantown, TN 38138, Project Cost: $2.6 million -
A developer planning a mixed-use development in Germantown has applied for two building permits for a medical office center.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Five Alternative Ways to Give Back

The giving season is upon us. For many nonprofits, hospitals, schools, and colleges the next three months are all about fundraising. You will no doubt see an increase in direct mail and e-mail solicitations, Facebook campaigns, billboards, print and TV commercials and personal asks made by of you by friends, family members and associates.

Five Reasons to Consider Traverse City

Here are a few rules: American beach vacations must take place in Florida, wine getaways in Napa, snow adventures in Colorado, and leaf-viewing excursions in New England.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee Voters to Decide on Abortion Amendment

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee voters will have a chance this November to decide whether they want to give the state Legislature more power to regulate abortions.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Wealthy Giving Less to Charity; Utah Tops States

NEW YORK (AP) – Even as the income gap widens, the wealthiest Americans are giving a smaller share of their income to charity, while poor and middle-income people are donating a larger share, according to an extensive analysis of IRS data conducted by the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Paulson: AIG Bailout Designed to be Punishment

WASHINGTON (AP) – The 2008 government bailout of American International Group Inc. was specifically designed to punish the insurance giant, former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said in U.S. court Monday.

NBA Extends Television Deals With ESPN and TNT

NEW YORK (AP) – The NBA and its television partners couldn't wait to extend their contracts.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Obama Claims Progress on Wall Street Rules

WASHINGTON (AP) – A year after prodding financial regulators to act more swiftly to rein in Wall Street, President Barack Obama on Monday claimed progress in toughening banking rules but urged bank overseers to consider additional ways to prevent the kind of risk-taking that precipitated the 2008 financial crisis.

Evans Hears Arguments Over City Health Insurance Benefits

Chancellor Walter Evans won’t rule until later this month on a move by city retirees to at least temporarily halt the city’s plan to end a 70 percent subsidy of health insurance premiums for city retirees.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 77 435 9,569
MORTGAGES 104 511 11,314
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 3 77 1,634
BUILDING PERMITS 196 1,045 20,310
BANKRUPTCIES 44 275 6,437
BUSINESS LICENSES 21 134 3,446
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 33 170 3,983
MARRIAGE LICENSES 30 115 2,179

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