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VOL. 126 | NO. 148 | Monday, August 1, 2011

Despite Confusion City Ballot Set

Three would-be candidates in the Oct. 6 elections for Memphis City Council have filed complaints with the Shelby County and Tennessee Election Commissions.

Cheers

South of Beale celebrates two years as South Main gastropub

Two years ago, Brittany Whisenant and Ed Cabigao were given just four hours notice the day their new South Main restaurant debuted.

Clayborn-Ball Temple Plays Role In Area’s Future

A historic Downtown church is for sale after decades of attempts by the AME church leadership to bring it back.

Wright Medical’s Q2 Net Sales Up 4 Percent

Wright Medical Group Inc., an Arlington-based global orthopedic medical device manufacturer, on Thursday, July 28, reported its net sales had risen 4 percent in the second quarter, totaling $132.5 million as compared to $127.7 million during the second quarter of 2010.

State Asks Feds For NCLB Waiver

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says the state is asking federal education officials to give the state a waiver in meeting federal education standards under the No Child Left Behind program.

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EVENTS

The Memphis Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America will host a professional development seminar Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Joe Incardona of Media Source will conduct the seminar titled “Monitoring, Measuring and Giving Value to Social Media.” To register, call 754-9035 or visit www.prsamemphis.org.

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Thompson Dunavant to Present Compliance Program

The news has been filled for months with stories of hack attacks on major entities around the world like Sony Corp. and even the CIA.

Faraci: IP Takeover Attempt ‘Not Hostile’

The same day Memphis-based International Paper Co. executives talked to analysts about their attempt to acquire Temple-Inland Inc., IP chairman and CEO John Faraci talked with management and employees about the takeover as well.

Report Looks at Children’s Health

The Urban Child Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to the health and well-being of local children from conception to age 3, has released the sixth edition publication about the state of children in Memphis and Shelby County.

Welcoming Home an Ambassador

Memphian Wei Chen completed a round the world flight Friday at Wilson Air Center at Memphis International Airport.

Dive Shop’s Success Based On Relationships, Good Times

The Dive Shop turned 50 this year in its state-of-the-art location in Memphis, complete with a saltwater pool behind its impressive retail selection. But the store’s beginnings in 1961 were far more humble.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Business: It’s About Time

Time is currency and never more so than in small business. How you and your employees use it may determine success or failure. It is instructive to note Bill Gates and Fred Smith had the same 24 hours in the day as us. They have global businesses. We have certain areas of Shelby County.

Effective Leadership: Backbone of Successful Biz

It can be hard to face the fact that many organizations fail due to ineffective leadership. However, there is also huge opportunity in that fact, because ineffective leadership can be remedied.

Encouraging Employees To Give Back

Last week we spotlighted the Leadership Academy, which is infusing world-class leadership training into individuals to create a ripple effect with waves of positive change in our community. This week, let us explore ways that a company can provide incentives to encourage employees to volunteer with nonprofits and get more engaged in the community.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Budget Redux

A union lawsuit against the city jeopardizes new fiscal year

Every July 1, the city’s budget deliberations are supposed to be over and the fiscal year should be under way.

Open Government Helps Ease Problems

The threatened reopening of what should have been the recently closed city budget season indicates City Hall may be moving too quickly and too quietly.

Luna Nova Honors Late Patron

In pop music, the latest thing is always in demand, but with classical music, new names work hard for their audiences. This season, the Luna Nova Music Ensemble will kick off its season with a little of both.

Roth Forges Own Path with Alchemy in C-Y

Ben Vaughn has some advice for Karen Roth:

Rosé Offers Respite from Memphis Heat

Critics and reviewers are supposed to be objective and not play favorites. Still, as far as wine is concerned, it’s impossible not to have deep feelings for some of the producers whose wares I have been tasting and writing about for years. One of those is Hendry Ranch in California’s Napa Valley. I would be happy to drink their elegant and subtly balanced chardonnays, zinfandels and cabernet sauvignon wines for the rest of my life. And their pinot noirs are gorgeous!

REGIONAL

Ark. Panel Adopts Governor's Redistricting Plan

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Board of Apportionment on Friday approved new boundaries for the Legislature that decrease the number of majority black districts in the state House.

Lesser-Known Miss. Gov Candidates Offer Platforms

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Democratic and Republican primaries this coming Tuesday will narrow the field of candidates for Mississippi governor.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Malaise, Debt Stalemate Shake Allies Globally

BEIJING (AP) — America's debt crisis and economic malaise are shaking confidence in its global leadership.

New Mileage Standards Aim for Less Fuel, Pollution

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and automakers ushered in the largest cut in fuel consumption since the 1970s on Friday with a deal that will save drivers money at the pump and dramatically cut heat-trapping gases coming from tailpipes.

Economy Slowed Sharply in First Half of Year

WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy expanded at a meager 1.3 percent annual rate in the spring after scarcely growing at all in the first three months of the year, the Commerce Department said Friday.

House Nears Vote on GOP Debt Bill; Dems Oppose

WASHINGTON (AP) — Partisan to the core, Congress groped uncertainly Friday for a way to avoid a government default threatened for early next week. "We are almost out of time," warned President Barack Obama as U.S. financial markets trembled.

HEALTH CARE

Experts Say Medical Device Review System 'Flawed'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators asked the country's leading medical experts two years ago to recommend ways to improve the government's system for approving most medical devices, ranging from pacemakers to X-ray scanners. On Friday the experts came back with a surprise answer: scrap it because it fails to protect patients. Even more surprising, FDA summarily dismissed the idea.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 73 155 19,728
MORTGAGES 95 170 23,084
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 7 8,311
BUILDING PERMITS 200 338 40,366
BANKRUPTCIES 50 122 13,226
BUSINESS LICENSES 14 23 6,160
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 52 13,048
MARRIAGE LICENSES 28 58 4,900

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