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VOL. 126 | NO. 119 | Monday, June 20, 2011

Commission Returns to Budget Process Monday

Shelby County Commissioners on Monday, June 20, will pick up just a few steps beyond where they left off two weeks ago in the budget process.

Ramping Up

Tobey skatepark one step closer to realization

After four years of false starts and different locations, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. broke ground on a rainy afternoon Thursday, June 16, for the city’s first public skatepark at Tobey Park.

The MED Approves $20 Million in Upgrades

The board governing The Regional Medical Center at Memphis approved its fiscal year 2012 budget, including roughly $20 million in capital improvements, during a Thursday, June 16, meeting at the Adams Pavilion, 842 Jefferson Ave.

Partnership Advocates Social Media to Firms

Now that Morgan Stanley has allowed itself to be the first major wealth manager to use social media for marketing purposes, Memphis marketing professional Amy Howell is encouraging other financial services companies to follow Morgan Stanley’s lead.

Hemline Creative Marketing: Women Serving Women

Just eight short years ago, Cynthia Saatkamp and Kelley Morice sat at the Beauty Shop restaurant, sharing a Wi-Fi connection and a unique vision.

Local Weather
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Wind: from the Northwest at 13.8 gusting to 19.6 mph
Humidity: 39%

EVENTS

Visible Music College and the Cooper Young Business Association will present Visible Live, a free concert featuring Visible students, alumni and staff, Monday, June 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the corner of Cooper Street and Young Avenue. Josh Smith will perform. For more information, visit www.cooperyoung.biz.

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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.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Select a Coach or Consultant Very Carefully

What’s the difference between a business coach and a consultant?

The Right Way to Start a Business

Ideas don’t start businesses, business people do. At least the kind of businesses 99 percent of Memphis entrepreneurs work to make successful. Certainly an original, scalable idea can rocket like a Google or Facebook. You have better odds of such success, though, playing blackjack.

The Power of Positive News

Last week, we explored Knowledge Quest, which is working as a community change agent for youth and families in the 38126 and 38106 ZIP codes. This week, let us discuss a broad topic that could have powerful implications for our businesses, nonprofits and community pride: the Power of Positive News.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Housing Gap

New perspectives on the American Dream of home ownership

The push for home ownership has been a fundamental element of the American Dream since the 1960s.

Renting Can Coexist With Ownership

Memphis has for quite some time had an unusually high percentage of renters when compared with other cities.

Dixon Returns to French Roots

The Dixon Gallery and Gardens is going back to its roots in a big way. After numerous American art exhibitions, French Impressionism will again take center stage with a massive collection by one of the genre’s rock stars.

Role of Restaurant Critic: Helpful Public Servant or ‘Ignoramus with iPhone’?

Your new restaurant has been open for a few weeks. The kitchen and front-of-house staffs are working in sweet sync. Patrons react favorably to food, service and atmosphere. There’s a sense of anticipation in the dining room, and you’re taking reservations a month out. You seem to be heading toward a great success story.

Travel Back in Time with Pinot Blanc ’09

If the ancientness of the European wine industry conjures the whole historic fabric of heritage and romance, you’ll love this. The Kuentz family began making wine in Alsace in 1795. A marriage in 1895 created the firm of Kuentz-Bas. In 2004, the estate was acquired by Jean-Baptiste Adam, whose family has been involved in grape-growing and winemaking in Alsace since 1614; that’s right, a 14th generation winemaker using some of the same vineyards his ancestors used.

MEMPHIS AREA

Buckeye Technologies Closing Canadian Plant

MEMPHIS (AP) — Fiber and woven goods maker Buckeye Technologies Inc. said Friday that will close a Canadian manufacturing facility by the end of 2012.

STATEWIDE

GM to Invest $65M in NY and Tenn. Engine Plants

DETROIT (AP) – General Motors says it will invest $65 million in two plants and create or retain 163 jobs at those sites so it can make more four-cylinder engines.

REGIONAL

Miss. Jobless Rate Falls a Bit in May

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi's unemployment rate fell slightly in May.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Target Faces Much-Watched Union Vote in New York

NEW YORK (AP) – Target may be known for its cheap-chic apparel, but workers at one New York store say the company is just plain cheap.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Senate Panel Agrees on Defense Budget Blueprint

WASHINGTON (AP) – A blueprint for defense programs approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee would write into law the handling of captured terrorist suspects, including a permanent ban on building facilities in the United States to house those currently at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 89 344 19,573
MORTGAGES 110 422 22,914
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 2 8,305 8,305
BUILDING PERMITS 207 838 40,029
BANKRUPTCIES 60 356 13,104
BUSINESS LICENSES 21 194 6,137
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 30 147 12,996
MARRIAGE LICENSES 15 65 4,842

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