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VOL. 128 | NO. 224 | Friday, November 15, 2013

ServiceMaster to Spin Off Struggling TruGreen

The ServiceMaster Co. plans to spin off its TruGreen lawn care business at the end of 2013 after several years in which the Memphis-based collection of residential- and commercial-services companies has struggled with the right business model for the TruGreen brand.

Tax Dead Dilemma

Vacant properties causing headaches thanks to owed taxes

The brick church at 299 Chelsea Ave. in North Memphis shows up in records at the Shelby County Assessor’s office as “vacant land.”

Olymbec Acquires 13-Building Bellbrook

Olymbec USA LLC has snatched up two more key Memphis properties, including the 1.8 million-square-foot Bellbrook industrial park.

Cardinals Announce AutoZone Deal Before Council Vote

The St. Louis Cardinals baseball organization has a tentative deal with the Memphis Redbirds Baseball Foundation and the city of Memphis in which the Major League Baseball organization would buy the Memphis Redbirds team and city would buy AutoZone Park.

Guards, Balance Key Tigers’ Tuneup

An Austin Nichols dunk off a turnover and a Shaq Goodwin assist; a Joe Jackson driving layup; a Geron Johnson “wow” backwards dunk on a fastbreak off a Jackson steal and assist; and a Michael Dixon jumper off another Jackson steal and assist.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
A Few Clouds
Wind: Southwest at 5.8 mph
Humidity: 96%


The Downtown Memphis Commission will host an electronics recycling drive for Friday, Nov. 15, from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Central Station pavilion, at the corner of South Front Street and G.E. Patterson Avenue. Many items will be recycled for free. For a list of items, including those with fees, visit 5rprocessors.com.

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AutoZone Park Deal Resurfaces at Crucial Time

The Christmas tree in the plaza of AutoZone Park is more than a reminder of the holiday season.

Highland McDonald’s Proposal Withdrawn

The developers behind a proposed McDonald’s on Highland Avenue near the University of Memphis withdrew their request for approval from the Land Use Control Board Thursday, Nov. 14.

Possible TennCare Expansion Still Work in Progress

The Tennessee lieutenant governor says it is a waste of time. The Memphis representative in U.S. Congress says it is overdue.

TN eShare Direct Project Passes Milestone

A growing number of local physicians are adopting Direct technology for the secure transferal of electronic medical records, and many more are expected to hop the wave in the next few months. Just in the first half of this month, the number of early adopters of the Direct system has surged from less than 1,000 to more than 1,400 in Tennessee.

Felicia Suzanne’s Celebrates 12 Years With New Patio, Concept

Felicia Suzanne’s Downtown Memphis restaurant is coming up on its 12th birthday, and the eatery has been in the midst of a flurry of changes.

Bleu Hosts Launch Party Nov. 18 for New Timberlake Drink Brands

Concertgoers who attend Justin Timberlake’s Memphis show Nov. 18 can also take part in the launch of Timberlake’s new drink brands that day.


Looking for Last Season’s Grizz to Make Appearance … Now

The Grizzlies are going out on a four-game road trip that starts with a Friday, Nov. 15, game in Los Angeles against the Lakers. Maybe a change of scenery will do them good. After a 3-5 start to the season that feels even worse than the record, a change of scenery is as good an idea as any.

Dear Nick

An open letter to America’s Best Coach …

College Football Notebook: November 15, 2013

It has been a challenging season at Mississippi State. And it’s about to get more challenging with No. 1 Alabama invading Starkville for a 6:45 p.m. game this Saturday.


Daush Takes Love of Teaching to Association Leadership Role

Barbara Daush, president of St. Agnes Academy and St. Dominic School, has recently been named chairwoman of the Southern Association of Independent Schools.


We’ll Get There

IT’S NOT THE RIDE. IT’S THE DESTINATION. The guy driving this thing is from Chicago. And the way they get places in Chicago isn’t pretty.


Audit Critical of Company Hired to Manage Assets

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says the state has benefited from a company hired to manage its assets, despite a comptroller's report that suggests the company may have benefited from its own advice, creating a conflict of interest.


US Trade Deficit Widens 8 Percent in September

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit widened in September as imports increased to the highest level in 10 months while exports slipped. The wider gap suggests growth was somewhat slower over the summer than previously estimated.

Lockheed Martin Cutting 4,000 Jobs, Closing Plants

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) – Lockheed Martin is cutting 4,000 jobs, about 3.5 percent of its workforce, as the defense contractor continues to look for ways to lower costs amid reduced government spending.

Wal-Mart Third-Quarter Profit Up, But Cuts Outlook

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart shoppers – much like many Americans – still feel like they're in a recession.


Ending Tax Breaks Eyed as Way to Ease Budget Cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrats' new mantra in budget talks is to close tax loopholes for certain businesses, investors and professionals as a way to raise more revenue to help ease autopilot spending cuts that soon are to become more painful.

Yellen Stands by Fed's Low Rate Policies

WASHINGTON (AP) – Janet Yellen made clear Thursday that she's prepared to stand by the Federal Reserve's extraordinary efforts to pump up the economy when she's chairman, if that's what it needs.


Obama: 'We Fumbled Health Care' Law Rollout

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama says his administration "fumbled the rollout" of his signature health care law.

In Reversal, Obama to Allow Canceled Health Plans

WASHINGTON (AP) – His personal and political credibility on the line, President Barack Obama reversed course Thursday and said millions of Americans should be allowed to renew individual coverage plans now ticketed for cancellation under the health care law that is likely to be at the heart of the 2014 elections.


Governments Mining Google for More Personal Data

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google is rebuffing governments more frequently as authorities in the U.S. and other countries get more aggressive about mining the Internet for information about people's online activities.

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