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VOL. 129 | NO. 133 | Thursday, July 10, 2014

City to Issue Cease-and-Desist Notices to Rideshare Services

The city of Memphis will ask popular ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft to cease and desist operations until they acquire city permits.

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Overton Square programming continues to evolve

Everything about the redevelopment of Overton Square followed a script.

Chamber Launches Young Professionals Group

Before a concert gets underway, musicians will run through a soundcheck that serves as a kind of warm-up to the main event, during which participants can make suggestions for tweaks before the big show and can make sure that everything is done that needs to be.

Johnson Joins Other Former Grizz in Toronto

Once upon a time, the Grizzlies moved from Vancouver to Memphis. Now, they appear to have an unofficial branch office in Toronto.

City Could Consider Blue Flu a Strike

At some point, if enough Memphis Police officers call in sick, the job action underway since the end of June could be considered a strike by the city of Memphis. And that would signal a new phase in what is the most significant job action by Memphis Police since the 1978 police and fire strikes.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Wind: Southwest at 10.4 mph
Humidity: 79%


National Hispanic Professional Organization-Memphis will meet Thursday, July 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Martha Perine Beard, president of the Federal Reserve in Memphis, will speak. Cost is free for members and $20 for nonmembers. Email info@nhpomemphis.us.

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Budget Reality Informs Response to Sick-Outs

For about a year, Memphis Fire Department Director Alvin Benson has been taking ladder trucks out of service to deal with firefighters on vacation and on sick leave at much lower levels than those that surfaced Wednesday.

Allen Gas Plant Would Be Historic Shift

A new natural gas power plant to be built in the shadow of the Allen Steam Plant in Southwest Memphis got its first reviews Tuesday, July 8, at a Tennessee Valley Authority forum Downtown.

Chamber Head: Hard Choices on City Benefits Necessary

The president and CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber says efforts by municipal union leaders to boycott business members of the chamber and get those businesses to drop their chamber membership is having only a minimal effect.

City Official: No Blue Flu Threshold for National Guard

The state of Tennessee has offered to direct Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers to Memphis to help fill manpower gaps as a result of the hundreds of Memphis Police officers who’ve called in sick over the last week.

Archer-Malmo Hits Record-High Headcount

In terms of its headcount, Memphis-based marketing communications agency archer-malmo is at a high-water mark.

Nurse-Family Partnership Benefits Mothers, Children

At one level, the results of a clinical trial that studied low-income families in Memphis for more than 20 years delivered about what was expected.

Benson Says Fire Absences Cause Concern But Not Alarm

Memphis Fire Director Alvin Benson admits the 65 firefighters out sick Wednesday, July 9, is “the highest number we’ve had off sick in one day for some time." However, he declined to call it a job action.


Alternative Banking – Is It For You?

Ray's take: The world of banking is evolving. Over the past decade we’ve seen an increase in the number of online only, or alternative banks. Whether or not this is a good thing depends on whom you talk to about it.

For the Red, White & Blue

Let’s start this column with holiday quiz:


Tupelo Airport Board Gives Nod to SeaPort

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – The Tupelo Airport Authority Board has chosen Portland, Oregon-based SeaPort Airlines for local passenger service.


Want Contracts? Work Harder, Women's Organization CEO Says

NEW YORK (AP) – Pamela Prince-Eason isn't letting women business owners off the hook – if they want more contracts with big corporations or the government, they have to work harder to get them than they do now.

US Students in Middle of Pack on Financial Knowhow

WASHINGTON (AP) – In an increasingly global economy, just 1 in 10 teenagers around the world is able to make some key – but complex – financial decisions, including choosing among various loans or analyzing invoices and pay slips.

PC Shipment Slump Bottoms Out

NEW YORK (AP) – A two-year slump in personal computer sales ended in the second quarter, helped by improving demand in developed markets like North America and Europe.


Fed Split on Signals for First Rate Increase

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve officials had differing views in June on the best way to signal to financial markets when they might raise a key short-term interest rate. They were in broad agreement, however, that they will likely announce an end to their monthly bond buying program in October.

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