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VOL. 130 | NO. 253 | Wednesday, December 30, 2015

University of Memphis to Focus on Drone Research in 2016

The FedEx Institute of Technology in 2016 will roll out heavy programming, research and community engagement in drones and other unmanned vehicles as these emerging technologies continue to mature.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act Set for Jan. 1

With the arrival of the new year this week, a new law goes into effect in Tennessee that requires coaches and parents of athletes 18 years and younger to be informed about the signs and symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest.

Razorbacks Hope Roller-Coaster Season Ends On High Note

They lost to Toledo. That in itself created a good-sized emotional earthquake among Arkansas Razorback fans.

After a Year of Triumphs and Defeats, Haslam Looks Ahead

Eight days into 2015, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam formally set a special session of the Tennessee legislature for February on his Insure Tennessee plan, a Medicaid expansion Haslam negotiated with the Obama administration.

Last Word: Drones, Haslam's Year and Bygone Sports Logos

Drones. Yes, drones -- which seem to be an odd match for a column called Last Word since there will be many more words written about them and their technological impact.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
79.0°F
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: Northeast at 10.4 mph
Humidity: 74%

EVENTS

Overton Square New Year’s Eve Bash will be held Thursday, Dec. 31, from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Overton Square businesses. Check out the inside scene at Lafayette’s Music Room (details below), and enjoy outside entertainment, beer vendors and more leading up to a special surprise at midnight. Madison Avenue will be closed between Cooper and Diana streets from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Visit overtonsquare.com for details and specials.

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Robilio Names Top Staff in Clerk's Office

Memphis City Court Clerk Kay Robilio has appointed her front office as she prepares to take the oath of office Friday, Jan. 1, as the first new city court clerk in 20 years.

NEWSMAKERS

Earthman Promoted at Geotechnology

Doug Earthman Jr. has been promoted to business development associate at Geotechnology Inc., a geotechnical engineering and environmental services firm. In his new role, he’ll develop and maintain relationships with clients throughout Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas in markets that include transportation, manufacturing, energy, institutional and commercial developments.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

New Year, New You

Happy New Year! With the holiday season coming to a close, 2016 is upon us. It’s such an exciting time, full of hopes and dreams for the future. One of the first things we often do is create resolutions for the upcoming year.

Video to Dominate in 2016

This column is the seventh in an 11-part series on the Top Ten 2016 Marketing Trends. Check back for the remainder of the series and a deep dive into each of these trends.

STATEWIDE

OSHA Warns Tennessee Residents About Storm Clean-Up Hazards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is warning Tennessee residents to be safe when cleaning up after recent storms.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

DuPont Moves Ahead on Job Cuts Ahead of Dow Merger

DuPont says it will cut 1,700 jobs in its home state of Delaware and thousands more globally as it prepares for its merger with Dow Chemical.

REAL ESTATE

US Home Prices Climb in October, Helped By Solid Job Market

WASHINGTON (AP) – Steady job growth, low mortgage rates and tight inventories helped fuel rising U.S. home prices in October.

ECONOMY

US Stocks Are Ending 2015 Mostly Flat, Capping Volatile Year

The stock market took investors for a wild ride in 2015, but in the end it was a trip to nowhere.

Healthy Job Market Lifts Consumer Confidence in December

WASHINGTON (AP) – A stronger job market lifted consumer confidence in December, a business group said Tuesday.

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