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VOL. 129 | NO. 137 | Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Council Hears Alternatives to Health Insurance Cuts

Memphis City Council members fielded several plans Tuesday, July 15, for alternatives to health insurance cuts approved by the council last month. But leaders of the police and fire unions were not among those making an alternative proposal at the committee session, the first in a series of what amount to public hearings.

Uphill Climb

Lot shortage has builders struggling to keep pace with 2013

Shelby County’s homebuilding industry is off to a slow start in 2014, with builders filing 16.6 percent fewer permits in the second quarter than in the same three-month period a year ago.

Garrison Chosen to Lead Memphis Area Transit Authority

The Memphis Area Transit Authority board has picked Ron Garrison, a former head of the public transit system in Tallahassee, Fla., to be the next president and general manager of the Memphis bus system.

RedRover Tweaks Name, Refreshes Logo

RedRover Sales & Market Strategy, an 8-year-old sales training and coaching, marketing and PR agency, has decided to update its brand and tweak its name.

County Building Permits Soar 63 Percent in June

Shelby County homebuilding activity experienced significant gains in June when compared to the same month last year.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
38.0°F
Fair
Wind: South at 8.1 mph
Humidity: 65%

EVENTS

The Center City Development Corp. board will meet Wednesday, July 16, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

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Juvenile Court Reform Moves to Child Welfare Cases

For the last two years, much of the attention in Juvenile Court reforms has been on delinquent children who come to the court for their actions.

France Investigating Package Delivery Companies

PARIS (AP) – Three of the world's leading package delivery businesses are being investigated by France's competition watchdog, and may face fines.

Levee District Lends Support to Big River Crossing

Proponents of the Harahan Bridge bicycle and pedestrian boardwalk have announced a new milestone for the project.

Johnson Returns to Different Schools Reality

When Carol Johnson left as superintendent of Memphis City Schools at about this time in 2007, the system was struggling with Bush-era No Child Left Behind standards and making progress at some schools.

SPORTS

University of Memphis Confirms Lawson Hire

The University of Memphis confirmed the worst-kept sports secret in town via its Web site Wednesday afternoon with the announcement that Tigers coach Josh Pastner had hired Keelon Lawson, recently the boys basketball head coach at Hamilton High School, as an assistant coach.

Ehrhart Touts Liberty Bowl to SEC Schools

HOOVER, Ala. – Steve Ehrhart has work to do.

SEC Media Days Notebook: July 15

HOOVER, Ala. – South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier has been at this college coaching game a long time. He also had a stint in the NFL. And a college program’s big boosters, he said, are “similar to an owner in the NFL because they put the money up.”

Grizzlies Sign Guard Beno Udrih to Multiyear Deal

MEMPHIS (AP) – The Memphis Grizzlies have signed guard Beno Udrih to a multiyear contract.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Sherman Joins Campbell Clinic as Sports Medicine Physician

Dr. Henry “Hank” Sherman has joined Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics as a sports medicine family practice physician in its Southaven office. Sherman treats patients who suffer from a variety of orthopedic injuries – from competitive athletes looking to get back in the game to weekend warriors who want to stay active later in life.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

10 Surprising Social Media Facts

With how quickly the social media landscape changes, it can be tough to keep up. Here’s the abridged version of the top 10 most surprising social media facts likely to have the greatest impact on your company’s social media strategy.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee Road Projects Could Face Cuts in August

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee has funding for 13 road-widening projects totaling more than $200 million, including a $15.6 million Shelby County project, waiting on whether Congress refreshes the federal Highway Trust Fund in August.

Haslam-Owned Truck-Stop Chain Won't Be Charged

NASHVILLE (AP) – The truck-stop company owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam may have put the worst behind it after federal attorneys agreed not to prosecute Pilot Flying J for cheating customers.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Yellen Says Economy Still Needs Fed Support

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the economic recovery is not yet complete and for that reason the Fed intends to keep providing significant support to boost growth and improve labor market conditions.

House Votes to Slash IRS Tax Enforcement Budget

WASHINGTON (AP) – The GOP-controlled House has voted to slash the budget for the Internal Revenue Service's tax enforcement division by $1.2 billion, a 25 percent cut that would mean fewer audits of taxpayers and make it more likely that people who cheat on their taxes will get away with it.

TECHNOLOGY

Apple, IBM Team Up in Mobile Devices, Applications

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) – Apple is teaming up with former nemesis IBM in an attempt to sell more iPhones and iPads to corporate customers.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 86 393 21,159
MORTGAGES 94 424 24,785
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 93 8,703
BUILDING PERMITS 173 1,010 43,347
BANKRUPTCIES 52 292 14,194
BUSINESS LICENSES 15 90 6,491
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 28 167 13,678
MARRIAGE LICENSES 12 89 5,158

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