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VOL. 125 | NO. 133 | Monday, July 12, 2010

InMotion Cuts Staff by Almost Half

InMotion Orthopaedic Research Center has cut its staff nearly in half as the nonprofit shifts its priorities.

Irish Soul Man Promotes Memphis Music Tourism

Chris Maher is one of Memphis soul music’s greatest ambassadors.

Bank Sales Slip As Housing Market Rebounds

People who sold their houses benefited more than banks from the final months of the homebuyers’ tax credit in Memphis, where overall sales during the second quarter of 2010 rose 7 percent from a year ago.

Restructure Will Close Four Local Wells Fargo Stores

Wells Fargo & Co.’s decision to shutter a consumer finance division and cut about 30 percent of the unit’s work force will mean cutting or reassigning a little less than 100 of the unit’s employees in Tennessee.

Sick, Family Leave Highlight County Commission Agenda

Shelby County Commissioners will consider a proposal Monday to rein in the banking of sick and family leave by county employees.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: Northwest at 8.1 mph
Humidity: 77%


The Madison Hotel will host Smoking Up High: High-Class, Low-Key, a monthly rooftop cigar event, Monday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the rooftop of the hotel, 79 Madison Ave. The event will feature a selection of cigars from the Mix Cigar Emporium, a cash bar and tapas. For reservations, call 333-1224.

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Charter Commission Takes Message to the People

The Metro Charter Commission drew a crowd of 200 last week at the first of three public hearings on the consolidation proposal still taking shape.

Delivered Magazine Sets Faith-Based Tone

Zach Thomas, 25, believes fear is a business leader’s Kryptonite.

Add to Your Score: Law of the Pinball

There are still a few around, so hopefully you remember the pinball machine. If you are a business owner or salesperson, you need to live by the Law of the Pinball.


Pension Bomb

For years, government pension liabilities – the lifetime retirement benefits paid to everyone from local cops to garbage collectors – have been the equivalent of ticking time bombs.

Abating Pension Woes Requires Hard Choices

We have reached a very dangerous point in the affairs of our two local governments – Memphis and Shelby County.

Chism Eyes County Sweep

Shelby County Commissioner Sidney Chism is more than an elected official. Since the glory days of the Ford political machine, he has one of the most potent get-out-the-vote machines in Memphis politics.

‘Hairspray’ to Provide Big Boost for SRVS

Controversial music, dramatic hairdos and original artwork combine to benefit people living with disabilities in an artistically unique kickoff event at Playhouse on the Square.

EuroStyle Brings Wide, Diverse Menu to Memphis

Say you’re in the mood for spaghetti and meatballs but your spouse, friend or witness protection supervisor has a yen for besh barmak.

Alois Lageder Brings Summer Pleasures

Alois Lageder doesn’t look like an Italian name, but northeastern Italy abuts Austria and was ruled by the Austrian Empire for much of the 18th century and from 1815 to 1848. It’s not surprising, therefore, that those steep hilly regions of Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli-Venezia-Giulia abound with Germanic monikers.


Tenn. Texting While Driving Law Gets Limited Use

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police across Tennessee are writing few citations under the year-old texting-while-driving law.


Michigan Steel Producer to Open Miss. Plant

IUKA, Miss. (AP) — Dennen Steel Corp. of Grand Rapids, Mich., will locate a manufacturing plant at the Yellow Creek Port in Iuka, Miss.

Immigration Proposal Disqualified From Ark. Ballot

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Secretary of State Charlie Daniels says supporters of a proposal to deny state services to illegal immigrants did not gather enough signatures to get the measure on the November ballot.

Calls, Applications Slow Ark. Lottery Scholarships

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Higher Education Department says more than 55,000 students have applied for scholarships funded by the state lottery and the office is backlogged in giving applicants word on whether they have qualified.

Miss. Dropout Rate Rises Slightly

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A new report shows a slight increase in Mississippi's dropout rate.


It's Either Haley's Comet to 2012 or GOP Kingmaker

BOSTON (AP) — Hurricane Katrina curtailed Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's presidential aspirations last time around. His response to the devastation from the Gulf oil spill and his work to elect Republican governors this year are stirring talk of a White House bid in 2012.

GOP Leaders Let Demagogues Set Tone, Lawmaker Says

WASHINGTON (AP) — Too many Republican leaders are acquiescing to a poisonous "demagoguery" that threatens the party's long-term credibility, says a veteran GOP House member who was defeated in South Carolina's primary last month.

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