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VOL. 126 | NO. 222 | Monday, November 14, 2011

Commission Tackles Redistricting Plan

Shelby County Commissioners should take the first of three votes Monday, Nov. 14, on a new redistricting plan that would change the areas represented by those on the 13-member body but not the size of the commission.

Career Stability

Despite poor economy, nursing profession in high demand

Nursing may very well be the most recession-proof profession – good news for Memphis’ robust health care sector – but despite the need for more registered nurses, thousands of qualified nursing school applicants are being turned away from programs.

PA Demand Remains High For Industry

During a time when many people are searching for a glimmer of hope on the national employment scene, the outlook for physician assistants is getting brighter, particularly in the Mid-South.

Bares, Bioworks Build Up Biosciences in Decade

In his 10th year as president and executive director of Memphis Bioworks Foundation, Dr. Steven J. Bares remains focused on economic development, urban revitalization and educational opportunities in the community through biosciences.

Costs, Alignments Dominate Health Care Conversation

The local and national trend of health care systems aligning with physicians groups emerged as the primary topic of discussion Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Business of Health Care Seminar, presented by The Daily News at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Ave.

Local Weather
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EVENTS

Rhodes College will present “‘The Death and Life of Great American Cities’: Fifty Years Later” Monday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Blount Auditorium on campus. The free event will feature a panel discussion of Jane Jacobs’ 1961 book “The Death and Life of Great American Cities.” A reception will follow. For more information, email jacksonj@rhodes.edu.

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Oden Celebrates 40 Years in 40 Days

In 1971, when gas was 40 cents a gallon and a postage stamp sold for 8 cents, Dale Oden founded a one-man design shop in Memphis.

Harris Wins District 7 City Council Seat

The lineup for the 13-member Memphis City Council that takes office with the new year is complete.

Local Banks Show Signs of Rebound

The Memphis banking market – along with that of the state – continues to bounce back. New reports out from two federal banking regulators show a surge in year-to-date profits for Memphis-area banks, including a more than doubling of net income for the area’s largest bank, First Tennessee, in the third quarter from Q3 2010. That’s from data compiled by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Genome Explorations Searches Genetic Code for Cancer Cause

In a nondescript building on Jefferson Avenue, in what looks like an oversized kitchen with multiple refrigerators, Divyen Patel and his staff are searching genetic codes to find the switch that might, one day, turn off cancer.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Secret Santa 2.0

Last week we recognized the efforts of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis and a group of community-minded individuals who came together, through GiVE 365, to award grants totaling $49,278 to nine local nonprofits.

Work Together For Office Harmony

If you ever heard a group of men singing in church, it sounds pretty good. Deep baritones resonating off the walls in pretty good harmony. That is, if you hear them as a group. Sitting next to some singing individuals may find you wanting to bolt for the door. I suspect it is the same for female groups. And I am one of those individuals to the point my daughter stifles giggles when I sing.

GOVERNMENT AGENDA

Shelby County Commission Agenda

The Shelby County Commission will meet today at 1:30 p.m. in the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for a full agenda.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Heart of Memphis

Downtown projects keep city’s core bustling

The day before Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was the keynote speaker this summer at the Downtown Memphis Commission’s 2011 Annual Luncheon, he went for a jog in Nashville wearing his “Believe Memphis” Grizzlies T-shirt.

Core About More Than Bricks, Mortar

You’ve read this story before.

Selznick Art Appeals to Adults as Well

Children’s books aren’t always just for children, according to the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, where an American author/illustrator’s works playfully blur the lines between kids and grownups.

Madison Hotel Eatery To Reopen as Eighty3

The Westin Memphis Beale Street isn’t the only Downtown hotel whose restaurant is undergoing radical revision, revisioning and rebranding.

Give Thanks For Champalou Vouvray 2009

I suspect that Americans don’t know much about the wines of Vouvray, except perhaps that they’re vaguely sweet white wines. I also suspect that Americans don’t know much about the grapes they’re made from, which happen to be chenin blanc. So, in the brief space allotted to me here – Education Alert! – I’ll fill in some background.

MEMPHIS AREA

Danny Glover Talks About Education in Memphis

MEMPHIS (AP) – Actor Danny Glover and two other recipients of this year's Freedom Awards spoke Thursday about the importance of education and the role young people played in the civil rights movement.

STATEWIDE

Goodyear Plant in Union City Sold to Tire Maker

NASHVILLE (AP) – The former Goodyear tire plant in Union City has been sold to a maker of off-road equipment tires, officials said Friday.

Drivers Can Check Fuel Prices Using New iPhone App

KNOXVILLE (AP) – Motorists including professional drivers can check on fuel prices using a new iPhone application offered by Pilot Flying J.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US to Conduct 4th Round of Bank Stress Tests

WASHINGTON (AP) – The second-ranking member of the Federal Reserve said the central bank will conduct a fourth round of stress tests in the coming weeks to determine if U.S. banks can withstand a recession.

Money Fund Assets Rise to $2.639 Trillion

NEW YORK (AP) – Total U.S. money market mutual fund assets rose $16.46 billion to $2.639 trillion for the week that ended Wednesday, the Investment Company Institute said Thursday.

MF Global Fires Entire Workforce

NEW YORK (AP) – Defunct trading company MF Global Inc. has terminated its entire workforce of 1,066 employees, the trustee for its liquidation said Friday.

Dillard's Q3 Net Income Jumps

LITTLE ROCK (AP) – Department store operator Dillard's Inc. on Friday said its profit rose 85 percent as more people bought clothing and other items.

Viacom Moving Listing to Nasdaq From NYSE

NEW YORK (AP)Viacom Inc., the parent of MTV and Nickelodeon, on Friday said it's transferring its stock listing to the Nasdaq Stock Market from the New York Stock Exchange next month because it's more "cost effective."

Universal, Sony/ATV to Buy EMI for $4.1 Billion

LOS ANGELES (AP) – EMI Group Ltd., the iconic British music company that is home to The Beatles, Coldplay and Katy Perry, is being split and sold for $4.1 billion.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Obama Urges Debt Panel to Reach for Deal

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) – President Barack Obama has urged leaders of Congress' supercommittee to press hard for a deal on slashing the deficit – and not look for an end run around a key enforcement mechanism.

TECHNOLOGY

Internet Helps Military Connect to Main Street

WASHINGTON (AP) – A nagging worry stumps military leaders in the waning days of two unpopular wars amid calls to drastically cut defense spending.

Battery Life Fix Out for New iPhone, Apple Devices

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) – Apple has released a software update to fix a problem that is shortening the battery life of some iPhones, iPads and iPods.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 78 307 21,073
MORTGAGES 82 330 24,691
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 66 93 8,703
BUILDING PERMITS 0 837 43,174
BANKRUPTCIES 63 240 14,142
BUSINESS LICENSES 17 75 6,476
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 25 139 13,650
MARRIAGE LICENSES 10 77 5,146

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