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VOL. 126 | NO. 221 | Friday, November 11, 2011

Infrastructure Needs at ‘Tipping Point’

U.S Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, said the nation has reached “a tipping point” in its infrastructure – the publicly funded roads, rails, runways and other facilities on which the country’s goods and services move.

The Next Link

Chelsea Avenue Greenline on tap for North Memphis

The next front in the city’s greenline movement is along the floodwalls of Chelsea Avenue in North Memphis.

Harris Claims District 7 Council Seat

University of Memphis Law School professor Lee Harris claimed the District 7 seat on the Memphis City Council Thursday, Nov. 10, over actress Kemba Ford in a runoff election decided by fewer than 4,000 voters.

IDEXX Opens Memphis Expansion Wednesday

IDEXX Laboratories Inc. executives will formally open the $13.5 million expansion of the company’s Memphis facility Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 6100 E. Shelby Drive.

Union Holiday Deli & Ham Adds Drive-Thru, Parking

Holiday Deli & Ham Co. is in the midst of adding parking and a drive-thru to its high-volume Midtown store.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: South at 13.8 mph
Humidity: 94%


Rotary Club of Memphis Central will meet Friday, Nov. 11, from 11:45 to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Dr. Steve Bares, president and executive director of the Memphis Bioworks Foundation, will speak. Cost is $15 for nonmembers. To reserve a seat, call Dick Wieland at 270-3778.

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Skateboard Community Stoked About New Park

The city’s first skatepark is more than a location in Tobey Park near the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

Isom Indicted In Chancery Clerk Probe

A federal grand jury has indicted a second person in the criminal investigation of more than $1 million taken from delinquent tax property sale accounts at the Chancery Court Clerk’s office.

Cyclocross Gains Speed in 25th Year

In 25 years, the annual Outdoors Inc. Cyclocross Championship has had three homes – Shelby Farms Park, Sea Isle Park in East Memphis and its current home in Greenbelt Park on Mud Island.

Several New Businesses on Tap for South Main

The Center City Development Corp. at its Wednesday, Nov. 16, meeting will be voting on applications for development incentives totaling almost $27,000 for six Downtown projects that include new restaurants, retail stores and office locations. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission at 114 N. Main St.

Adair Discusses Grand Vision for Piperton

Proving naysayers wrong has become a hobby of William Adair’s.

Prison Stories Lends Ear to Women Behind Bars

Elaine Blanchard has a reputation in the Memphis community as a gifted storyteller, but her greatest gift seems to lie in her willingness to listen, particularly to those who are listened to least.

Strip Club Beer Ban Takes Effect Jan. 1

The beer comes off the tables at the eight strip clubs in Memphis starting Jan. 1.

NTSB Orders Pinnacle to Turn Over Records on Pilot

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal accident investigators are ordering a regional air carrier to turn over previously withheld records regarding the qualifications of the pilots involved in a deadly 2009 air crash.


Expectations High as Tigers Look to Build on Success

After the University of Memphis Tigers’ first-round NCAA Tournament loss to Arizona, guard Joe Jackson might have fired up the grill and tossed his team warm-up onto the flames.

In Sports, Only Count On Surprise

Editor’s Note: This is the debut of “The Press Box,” a weekly column looking at the latest happenings in Memphis sports and sports business.


College of Optometry Prez Touts School’s Technology

As president of the Southern College of Optometry, Dr. Richard W. Phillips is responsible for the execution of the policies established by the board of trustees for the day-to-day operation of the institution and coordinating faculty, staff and student activities.


Law Isn’t Holy

WE DON’T SPEAK FOR HIM, GOD KNOWS. When I write about politics and religion – lately, the same thing – questioning the judgment of some of our elected officials and self-anointed saviors, I’m apparently not only risking their self-righteous wrath, but the very wrath of heaven. Or, as we say around here, I am going straight to hell. So here goes.

You Can Help Heal City’s Hunger Pains

It’s great to know where our next meal is coming from. Food brings people together. Especially during the last two months of the year! But what about the 14.5 percent of households who are hungry without dependable, consistent access to food? Where will their next meal come from and how can we help put food on their tables?


Olan Mills Bought by Competitor Lifetouch

CHATTANOOGA (AP) – The 75-year-old Lifetouch photography company of Eden Prairie, Minn., purchased 79-year-old competitor Olan Mills and expects to hire nearly all the Chattanooga-based company's 4,000 employees.


City has Nixed 2 Proposals for Airport Service

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – Delta Air Lines is set to pull out of Tupelo next month after saying the airport doesn't have a large enough passenger base to support Delta's 50-passenger jets.


Unemployment Aid Hits 7-Month Low, Trade Gap Falls

WASHINGTON (AP) – The outlook for American jobs and trade looked a little brighter Thursday, despite growing uncertainty overseas.

Feds Order Review of All US Futures Firms

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal regulators have ordered a review of all U.S. futures trading firms after hundreds of millions of dollars in client funds went missing from MF Global, a firm run by former Goldman Sachs chief Jon Corzine.

MF Global's Dive Shows Few Changes on Wall Street

WASHINGTON (AP) – After countless new rules designed to make Wall Street safer, it's come to this: Another securities firm has collapsed from risky, poorly disclosed bets.

Wal-Mart to Offer Holiday Deals Thanksgiving Night

NEW YORK (AP)Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will be kicking off the official start to the holiday shopping season with special deals starting on Thanksgiving night. It's the latest retailer to woo crowds earlier than last year in a bid to get a jump on the competition.


Bernanke Seeks to Reassure Vets in Weak Economy

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Thursday tried to reassure U.S. soldiers, a group hit hard by high unemployment, that the Fed is working to strengthen the economy.

Senate Approves Jobs Benefits for Veterans

WASHINGTON (AP) – A united Senate emphatically approved legislation Thursday intended to help unemployed veterans and companies doing business with the government, endorsing a measure that includes the first small slice of President Barack Obama's jobs plan that is likely to become law.

Federal Gov't Runs $98.5B Deficit in October

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government started the budget year with a smaller October deficit than a year ago, modest progress after three straight years of $1 trillion-plus deficits.


Regulator Says Fannie, Freddie Bonuses Necessary

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government regulator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac said Thursday that million-dollar bonuses paid to executives at the companies were necessary to keep the mortgage giants running.


FDA Cites 1,200 Tobacco Retailers

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it has issued about 1,200 warning letters to retailers in 15 states for violating federal tobacco regulations since beginning inspections under a 2009 law giving it authority to regulate the industry.

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