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VOL. 126 | NO. 94 | Friday, May 13, 2011

Flood Disruptions Minor for Cargo

For a local economy built on a cornerstone of transportation and logistics, this week’s historic crest of the Mississippi River at Memphis could have been much worse.

Business of Barbecue

BBQ Fest provides uniquely Memphis networking opportunities

The Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is moving its celebration of a fine plate of pork from its established home in Tom Lee Park to Tiger Lane at the Mid-South Fairgrounds this year.

Printing Co. Mimeo Seeks 8-Year PILOT

Mimeo is planning an expansion of its Memphis facility that will include 190 new jobs and a $11.3 million capital investment. The company will appear before the IDB Wednesday in support of its request for an eight-year tax freeze.

‘The Rat’ at Rhodes Gets Makeover

Rhodes College has filed an $11 million permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to expand and renovate its main dining hall facility.

Rescue Groups Team Up to House Displaced Pets

Wednesday morning for Mid-South animal responders began with the rescue of a domestic cat, one of roughly 40 local animals rescued from floodwaters since a coalition of rescue groups arrived in the Mid-South about two weeks ago.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
55.0°F
Overcast
Wind: Southwest at 8.1 mph
Humidity: 38%

EVENTS

The Baccalaureate Service for the 162nd Session of Rhodes College will be held Friday at 3 p.m. at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, 70 N. Bellevue Blvd.

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Special Coverage: Mid-South Flooding

Coverage of the rising waters in the Memphis area

Wharton Preps for 2011 Mayoral Campaign

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. was still fielding national media flood inquiries with a mantra of “Memphis is open for business” as he attended the latest of the early campaign fundraisers this week for his re-election effort.

Annesdale Snowden Plows On With Home Show

Stanton Thomas isn’t an actor, but he’s willing to play a role to draw attention to homes in the Annesdale Snowden Historic District where he lives. The neighborhood’s annual home tour is still viable, he said, though others have fallen by the wayside.

MED, BlueCross Partner for Medical Home

The Regional Medical Center at Memphis has partnered with BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee to establish a Patient-Centered Medical Home for BlueCross members in Memphis at its five Health Loop primary-care sites.

Schools Consolidation Case Hearing Goes Into Second Day

With a day of coutroom give and take with attorneys representing six sides in the schools consolidation case, U.S. District Court Judge Hardy Mays has begun laying the groundwork for a decision on the federal lawsuit that will determine what a consolidated Shelby County school system looks like.

Mattingly Right at Home at RedRover

Beverly Mattingly is an artist in many respects, channeling her artistic energy as a greeting card and invitation designer in her spare time.

Marcus and Davy

Kings of this wild frontier. Marcus Winchester was the son of one of our founders, and he was our city’s first mayor, first postmaster and the proprietor of our very first store. He was also the agent for something called the Rice Tract, two adjoining 5,000-acre parcels on the Fourth Chickasaw Bluff acquired by Andy Jackson, John Overton and the Winchester family. That land would become Memphis, a city laid out by Jackson, Overton and General James Winchester in 1819 as a business venture.

Using Volunteer Leadership

Leadership is at the core of successful fundraising. But who should provide that leadership? Should it be the executive director, president or CEO? Should it come from the board of directors? What about someone who is neither a board member nor a staff member?

Memphians Come Together in Flood Response

At first glance, the Great Flood of 2011 has been a tale of two cities. Hundreds evacuated their homes, and the rising water caused millions of dollars worth of damage to property and infrastructure throughout the city.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Raging River, Watchful City

As the Mississippi River crested at a historic level last week, most Memphians went to their jobs as usual.

Flood Brings Out Best, Raises Valid Concerns

The response to the historic flooding isn’t over, as Shelby County preparedness director Bob Nations has been quick to point out.

Eroica Wraps Season With Pair of Shows

The Eroica Ensemble’s concert season is winding to a close, but its director hopes that audiences have seen that they are just getting started.

Journey of 1,000 Meals Begins With One Bite

Food and I go way back. Restaurants and I, on the other hand, had only a distant acquaintance during my childhood, in Rochester, N.Y., where I spend my first 10 years, and in Memphis, the city we adopted in 1955. The history of my involvement with restaurants, therefore, and with writing about restaurants and reviewing them, was not inculcated during my formative years. Going out to eat, for my family, was a ritual rarely indulged, an occasion of magical importance.

Avaniel Perfect Companion for Barbecue Meal

The Ribera del Duero wine region lies north of Madrid in Castilla y Leon on either side of the Duero river. In fact “Ribero del Duero” translates to “the banks of the Duero,” indicating how important that waterway is to grape cultivation in north-central Spain. In Portugal, the Duero becomes the Douro, which flows through the steep hillside vineyards of Port country. The red wines of Ribero del Duero, based primarily on the tempranillo grape, tend to be hearty, robust and flavorful, making them ideal to drink with – barbecue!

MEMPHIS AREA

‘City of New Orleans’ Amtrak Service Remains Down

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – The Amtrak train that runs from Chicago to New Orleans will continue to be shut down through at least the weekend because of flooding.

STATEWIDE

Tenn. Sees 13th Straight Month of Sales Tax Growth

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee has marked the 13th straight month of growth in sales taxes collections, which account for two out of every three tax dollars collected by the state.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Tenn. Senate Passes Bill to Limit Lawsuit Payouts

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to limit lawsuit damages in Tennessee has passed the Senate.

House Republicans Hoping to End Session Next Week

NASHVILLE (AP) – House Republicans are hoping to wrap up this year's legislative session as early as next week.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Job Gains Should Offset Higher Gas and Food Prices

WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumers spent more in April, but most of their money went to pay higher food and gas prices.

Businesses Boost Inventories in March

WASHINGTON (AP) – Businesses added to their stockpiles for a 15th straight month in March while their sales rose for a ninth consecutive month, suggesting U.S. factory production will remain strong in coming months.

AP-GfK Poll: Americans More Upbeat About Economy

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans are growing more optimistic about the U.S. economy, a sentiment that is benefiting President Barack Obama despite public disenchantment with his handling of rising gasoline prices and swollen government budget deficits.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Passing Third Bill, House Says 'Drill Baby, Drill'

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-controlled House has easily passed the last of three bills to expedite and expand oil and gas drilling.

McConnell Lays Out Debt Ceiling Demands

WASHINGTON (AP) – The top Republican in the Senate said Thursday it'll take cuts both to agencies' day-to-day budgets and to long-term spending on programs like Medicare and Medicaid to win his vote to permit the government to keep going into debt to meet its obligations.

Regulators Update Congress on Financial Overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and other regulators gave Congress an update Thursday on their efforts to implement the biggest overhaul of America's financial rules since the Great Depression.

Senate Panel OKs Fed Nominee, But Prospects Dim

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Senate panel has advanced the nomination of a Nobel prize winning economist to sit on the Federal Reserve. But the prospects for full Senate confirmation remain dim as Republicans strongly oppose President Barack Obama's pick.

Fewer People Apply for Unemployment Benefits

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of people applying for unemployment benefits plummeted last week, reversing nearly all the sharp rise reported the previous week.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 331 19,904
MORTGAGES 0 391 23,305
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 83 8,387
BUILDING PERMITS 0 338 40,366
BANKRUPTCIES 1 232 13,336
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 76 6,213
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 125 13,120
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 94 4,936

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