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VOL. 124 | NO. 223 | Thursday, November 12, 2009

Small Biz Group Wary of House Health Bill

The health care reform bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last week has caused members of one small business group to circle their wagons and call out for help.

Baptist to Sell Hospital in Ripley

Baptist Memorial Health Care plans to sell its hospital in Ripley, Tenn., to HMC/CAH, the parent corporation announced Wednesday.

State Supreme Court Amends Rules

The Tennessee Supreme Court in late October adopted new and amended rules for pro bono service, in-house legal work and cross-jurisdictional practice.

Early Voting Starts For Local Elections

Early voting in the last two local elections of 2009 begins today for voters in East Memphis and East Shelby County.

For Hopeful Sports Fans, Memphis Still Home of the Blues

It’s often difficult being a sports fan around here, but the past two weeks have been especially brutal for Memphians.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
36.0°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: South at 9.2 mph
Humidity: 76%

EVENTS

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC will present “Show Me the Money (and the Strings): Things the Construction Industry Needs to Know about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009” today from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Ron Terry Center of First Tennessee Bank, 4385 Poplar Ave. The event is free. To register, contact Nicolette Thomas at 577-2328 or nthomas@bakerdonelson.com.

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Journalist Who Helped Spark Madoff Downfall to Speak Tonight in Memphis

To the financier blessed with what looked like the Midas touch, she was “that idiot woman from Barron’s.”

Wright Medical, Medtronic Launch New Products

Two of the leading corporations in the Memphis orthopedics industry have announced new products this week.

Conway Brings Compassionate Nature, Diverse Interests To Memphis Area Legal Services

Liz Conway has joined Memphis Area Legal Services Inc. as director of development. In that capacity, she will oversee MALS’ annual Access to Justice Campaign.

MEMPHIS AREA

Grizzlies Enhance TV Game Broadcasts

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Memphis Grizzlies have announced an enhancement to TV game broadcasts to give viewers a feeling of being in the arena.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Wamp, Ramsey: Gubernatorial Primary Unlike 2006

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey and U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp both consider themselves the main challenger to Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam for Tennessee's gubernatorial nomination. And yet they spend a lot of their time preoccupied with each other.

STATEWIDE

EPA Fines Knoxville Utility for Sewage Overflows

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has fined Knoxville's utilities division for repeated raw sewage overflows.

Southwest to Begin Nonstop Flights to St. Louis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Southwest Airlines will begin nonstop flights from Nashville to St. Louis in 2010.

REGIONAL

Poll: Southerners Want Federal Help, Fear for Jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A new poll shows Southerners are fretting about job loss and the economy and don't think the federal government is doing enough to address either.

Ark. State Board Denies 3 Charter School Applications

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Board of Education has rejected three more applications for new charter schools in the state.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Report: 10 States Face Looming Budget Disasters

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A study released Wednesday warns that nine states are barreling toward an economic disaster similar to California's ongoing fiscal crisis that has been marked by IOUs and budget-busting deficits.

Report: AIG CEO Ready to Quit Over Pay Constraints

NEW YORK (AP) - After just three months as head of embattled insurer American International Group, Robert Benmosche has threatened to leave his post as he struggles to deal with heavy government oversight and restrictions on what the bailed-out company can pay employees, according to a published report.

REAL ESTATE

5 Pct. of Americans Plan to Buy a Home Next Year

NEW YORK (AP) - Just one in 20 Americans say they plan to buy a home within the next year, and they're most likely to be 34 years old or younger and living in the South or West, according to a survey released Wednesday.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 86 393 21,159
MORTGAGES 94 424 24,785
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 93 8,703
BUILDING PERMITS 173 1,010 43,347
BANKRUPTCIES 52 292 14,194
BUSINESS LICENSES 15 90 6,491
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 28 167 13,678
MARRIAGE LICENSES 12 89 5,158

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