VOL. 126 | NO. 94 | Friday, May 13, 2011
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Coverage of the rising waters in the Memphis area
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.
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.
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.
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.
Beverly Mattingly is an artist in many respects, channeling her artistic energy as a greeting card and invitation designer in her spare time.
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.
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?
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.
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As the Mississippi River crested at a historic level last week, most Memphians went to their jobs as usual.
The response to the historic flooding isn’t over, as Shelby County preparedness director Bob Nations has been quick to point out.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to limit lawsuit damages in Tennessee has passed the Senate.
NASHVILLE (AP) – House Republicans are hoping to wrap up this year's legislative session as early as next week.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumers spent more in April, but most of their money went to pay higher food and gas prices.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-controlled House has easily passed the last of three bills to expedite and expand oil and gas drilling.
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.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of people applying for unemployment benefits plummeted last week, reversing nearly all the sharp rise reported the previous week.