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VOL. 125 | NO. 236 | Monday, December 6, 2010

FedEx Braces for Busiest Day in History

FedEx Corp.’s busiest day in company history is coming up next week, a milestone driven largely by e-commerce.

100 Years of Medicine

UTHSC kicks off centennial celebration

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis is kicking off its 100th anniversary celebration with the publication of a commemorative hardcover book.

Commission Set for IT Talk Drama

Vetoes by a Memphis mayor are rare. They are even rarer by a Shelby County mayor because of the strength of the Shelby County Commission in the county charter.

FTN Financial Forecasts Slow Growth in 2011

Economists with FTN Financial tipped their hat to the well-known Chinese proverb “May you live in interesting times” in opening the team’s newly published 2011 economic forecast.

Loan Scam Serves as Reminder of Internet Safety

Bill Oates was getting back to work after Thanksgiving when his business phone started ringing off the hook, but not with happy customers.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
36.0°F
Fair
Wind: South at 12.7 mph
Humidity: 70%

EVENTS

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold a workshop Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at its office, 5100 Poplar Ave., suite 502. Participants will become familiar with basic concepts in program evaluation. Cost is for $99 for members, $150 for nonmembers and $89 for those in the Program for Nonprofit Excellence. For more information, call 684-6605 or visit www.npexcellence.org.

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County Atty: Jackson Strong-Armed Clerk Employees

Two years after Otis Jackson upset incumbent Republican General Sessions Court Clerk Chris Turner, Jackson is the focus of a criminal investigation that could end his brief time in elected office.

October Home Sales Dip 29 Percent

While Memphis-area home sales took yet another hit in October, falling 29 percent from the same month a year ago, the average sales price indicates the market is starting to recover.

Juicy Jim’s Brings Slice of Jersey to Highland Strip

“Juicy” Jim Matson, proprietor of two Highland Street eateries, learned everything he knows about the pizza business from his mentor, “Greasy” Tony Giorgianni.

Nobody Ever Washed a Rental Car

Management philosophies are debated and written about, but I can tell you which one works best in small business: treating everyone differently.

Give Back by Recycling

Last week, we took a look at how you can weave giving back into your business by outsourcing certain projects to nonprofits. This week, let us explore how you can use recycling in both your business and personal life to support charitable organizations.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Nonprofit Necessity

Something had to change.

Collaboration Serves Purpose for Nonprofits

In this week’s cover story, David Jordan of Agape Child and Family Services refers to the “Big C Word.”

MSO Concert to Benefit At-Risk Children

School children in Memphis will have a little more music in their holidays this year thanks to a unique collaboration between the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and a nonprofit focused on improving the lives of at-risk children.

Rainey, Green Pour Hearts Into Midtown’s Fresh Chef Cafe

Robert Green, spectral thin, stirs a pot of bacon-lettuce-and-tomato soup on a portable propane burner. It’s equipment far different from what he has used in restaurant kitchens throughout a long career as chef in Hawaii, Louisiana and California.

Try Buying This Sparkling Wine by the Case

So, it’s December, and I don’t know about you, but my thoughts turn to bubbles, that is, the bubbles in sparkling wine. It’s a festive time, starting with my birthday and going on through the Yuletide season that includes Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Twelfth Night. That being the case, beginning with today’s recommendation, I’ll be focusing for the rest of the month on reasonably priced examples of sparkling wine from various countries and vineyard areas.

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.

STATEWIDE

State has More Money and Equipment for Bad Weather

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee transportation officials have more money and additional equipment to deal with winter weather this year.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

October Factory Orders Post 0.9 Percent Decline

WASHINGTON (AP) – Orders to U.S. factories fell in October by the largest amount in five months, reflecting a big drop in demand for aircraft.

Service Sector Grew at a Faster Pace in November

WASHINGTON (AP) – The service sector expanded for the 11th straight month in November and at the fastest pace in six months.

Sam's Club Launches Delivery Service

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Warehouse club operator Sam's Club has launched a new service that offers delivery, installation, assembly or set-up of a number of items such as mattresses, televisions, computers, barbeque grills and more.

Walgreen November Revenue Surpasses Expectations

DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) Walgreen Co., the largest U.S. drugstore chain, said Friday sales at stores open at least a year climbed 3.2 percent in November, more than Wall Street analysts expected.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Republicans Seize on Unemployment Rate Hike

WASHINGTON (AP) – With unemployment rising, incoming House Speaker John Boehner vowed Friday that Republicans will show the way toward extending tax cuts in 2011 if the outgoing Democrats fail to do it sooner.

Biden: November Jobs Report 'Disappointing'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden says a weak November jobs report is "disappointing" and a sign that the economic recovery is fragile.

Senate Bill Would Extend Renewable Energy Programs

WASHINGTON (AP) – A key Senate Democrat is trying to get two programs aimed at boosting solar, wind and other renewable energy extended through the end of next year.

Ear Relief: Congress Acts to Stifle Loud TV Ads

WASHINGTON (AP) – Here's a message TV viewers may not want to mute: The days of getting blasted out of the easy chair by blaring TV commercials may soon be over.

Deficit-Cutting Plan Fails to Advance to Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama's budget deficit commission failed to garner enough support Friday to spur quick congressional action, but it's austere spending blueprint will live on because a majority on the panel embraced it.

Obama: Deficit Panel Dramatized Need for Decisions

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama says the work of his budget commission underscores the need to make 'difficult choices' to curb the nation's debt.

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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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