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VOL. 129 | NO. 138 | Thursday, July 17, 2014

Uber, Lyft Operating Despite Cease-and-Desist Notices

Uber and Lyft continued to shuttle customers back and forth early this week, undaunted by the city’s decision last week to send the companies cease-and-desist letters.

Rehab on the River

Redevelopers of historic Marine Hospital plan for its future

The next front in the “previtalization” of Memphis is a three-story, neoclassical brick building from the Depression era that was once a hospital for those who worked on the Mississippi River.

Foreclosures Drop 22 Percent in Second Quarter

United Housing Inc. has teamed up with Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church to create the first Grace-St. Luke’s GraceBuilders House, which will involve fixing up a foreclosed home for a family in United Housing’s Homebuyer Education program.

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.

Council Moves to Bridge Gaps in Health Coverage Changes

The ad hoc committee that gathered municipal union leaders, city retirees and Memphis City Council members at the same table to talk about city health insurance meets Thursday, July 17, for the first time since the council approved health insurance plan changes that have drawn vocal protests from city employees and retirees.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
78.0°F
Fair
Wind: Southeast at 3.5 mph
Humidity: 69%

EVENTS

AIA Memphis will host its Third Thursday Lecture on Local Design on Thursday, July 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Cost is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers; RSVP required. Email info@aiamemphis.org.

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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.

SPORTS

Ehrhart Touts Liberty Bowl to SEC Schools

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

SEC Media Days Notebook: July 16

HOOVER, Ala. – Although the first games involving Southeastern Conference football teams are not until Aug. 28, the league’s full-on blitz in promoting the new SEC Network has been going on for a while now.

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.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Thoughts for 30-Somethings

Ray’s take: You spent your 20s setting up your life – developing some marketable skills, getting a career started, (hopefully) creating a budget, and learning to live with it.

Mr. B’s Cross-Examination

Several years ago, a Mr. B. testified as an expert witness in a plane crash case. The lawyer cross-examining him worked awfully hard. And provided some entertainment along the way. The issue was whether the pilot should have been warned of bad weather seen earlier by six FAA employees.

MEMPHIS AREA

Number of 'Sick' Memphis Officers Dropping

MEMPHIS (AP) – The number of Memphis police officers who are calling in sick with the so-called "Blue Flu" is dropping.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee Has Record Year for Lottery Sales

NASHVILLE (AP) The Tennessee Education Lottery Corp. has had a record year with $1.4 billion in sales for fiscal year 2014.

Footwear Factory Closing in Eastern Tennessee

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (AP) – A footwear factory in eastern Tennessee has begun shut down operations in a closure that will put 53 workers out of jobs.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

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.

Locally Grown Foods Look to Bigger Business

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Once a niche business, locally grown foods aren't just for farmers markets anymore.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Latest Fed Survey Sees Improved Economy

WASHINGTON (AP) – The economy kept expanding in all regions of the country in June and early July, helped by strength in consumer spending, a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday indicates.

Yellen Rejects Move to Set Up Formula for Fed

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday it would be a serious mistake for Congress to require the nation's central bank to adopt a formal policy rule to guide its decisions on setting interest rates.

TECHNOLOGY

Apple May Refund $400 Million in Digital Book Settlement

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple will refund up to $400 million to consumers ensnared in a plot to raise the prices of digital books unless the company gets a court to overturn a decision affirming its pivotal role in the collusion.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 77 286 16,478
MORTGAGES 95 347 19,032
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 176 569 33,695
BANKRUPTCIES 59 183 10,920
BUSINESS LICENSES 20 77 5,275
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 102 11,446
MARRIAGE LICENSES 27 97 3,964

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