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VOL. 129 | NO. 217 | Thursday, November 6, 2014

Bass Pro Shops Sets Pyramid Opening for May 1

Bass Pro Shops executives say their store and other attractions at The Pyramid will open May 1 and the 100-room hotel they are developing in The Pyramid will begin taking reservations later this month.

Tech Support

FedEx Tech Manager brings services to consumers

As FedEx evolved, it developed its own technologies for moving packages around the globe, such as handheld devices that scan packages. When those devices experienced problems, FedEx technicians repaired them.

Kyle: Nothing to Rule On in Commission Lawsuit

Shelby County Chancellor Jim Kyle ruled Thursday, Nov. 6, that the current Shelby County Commission has no permanent rules of order and so he has nothing to rule on in the pending lawsuit pitting seven of the 13 commissioners against chairman Justin Ford.

Council Pans City Garbage Proposal

The administration of Mayor A C Wharton Jr. calls it SMART – Save Money And Reduce Trash. It’s a rebranding of the slow move to a pay-as-you-throw concept for city garbage and trash pickup.

CCRFC Considers Conservation Bonds for Crosstown

The Sears Crosstown redevelopment project could get an infusion of funds for energy conservation efforts.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Partly Cloudy
Wind: Southwest at 6.9 mph
Humidity: 63%


Cannon Wright Blount will present “Getting Started With QuickBooks: Learn from the Experts” Thursday, Nov. 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in its boardroom, 756 Ridge Lake Blvd., suite 100. Cost is $75. Register at cannonwrightblount.com/resources or call 685-7500.

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Voters Approve Wine, Amendments

Shelby County citizens voted 2-to-1 Tuesday, Nov. 4, against a proposed amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that gives the Tennessee Legislature the power to regulate abortion, including in cases of rape or incest.

FedEx Freight CEO Retiring for Health Reasons

William J. Logue, the chief executive and president of FedEx Freight, will retire at the end of the year due to health concerns, the company announced Wednesday, Nov. 5.

MERI Trains First Responders for Ebola Readiness

When in doubt, disinfect the gloves yet again.

Outdoors Inc. Cyclocross Championship Returns

Memphis might not qualify as a cyclocross racing hotbed. That description better fits Seattle, San Francisco, Denver and Boston.

Batch Subscription Service Expands, Adds Gifts

The Batch subscription service that sends a surprise collection of local goods each month to subscribers’ doorsteps expanded to Memphis at the beginning of this year after launching first in Nashville.

Benson Appointed County Fire Chief

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has appointed the director of the Memphis Fire Department to be the new Shelby County Fire Department chief.


Financial Literacy Is a Must

Ray's take: I occasionally am asked to teach a short financial literacy course in the Shelby County Schools system. I am amazed how many 11th and 12th graders already have credit cards. When I ask if they pay off their cards each month, they usually respond, “Oh yes, I pay the minimum balance every month!”

Reader Beware

“Unfortunately, the quip in this puzzle didn’t tickle [the editor] quite enough to say yes. Partially, this may have been because he didn’t think that building a puzzle around ‘trigger warning’ was something solvers would love.” Thus read a note from the crossword puzzle guru’s intern a few months ago.


Footwear Operation Bringing Jobs to Morristown

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (AP) – State officials say a tactical footwear manufacturer locating in Hamblen County is expected to create close to 200 jobs.


Haslam Can Identify No Mistakes in First Term

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's first four years in office included a struggle to exert authority over fellow Republicans in the Legislature on issues ranging from Common Core education standards to Medicaid expansion.


Nissan Pledges Further Expansion of Mississippi Plant

CANTON, Miss. (AP) Nissan Motor Co. says it wants to produce 507,000 vehicles a year at its Mississippi plant by 2017, an expansion that would add about 1,000 employees to the current 6,300 workers at the complex.


Survey: US Businesses Add 230,000 Jobs in October

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. companies added 230,000 jobs in October, a private survey said, the most in four months and a sign that businesses are still willing to hire despite signs of slowing growth overseas.

US Services Firms Grow More Slowly, But Hiring Up

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. services firms expanded more slowly in October, but the pace of growth was still healthy. Hiring also rose to the fastest pace in more than nine years.


US Officials Unveil Plan to Test Ebola Drugs

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The quest for an Ebola treatment is picking up speed. Federal officials have unveiled a plan to test multiple drugs at once, in an umbrella study with a single comparison group to give fast answers on what works.

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