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VOL. 123 | NO. 163 | Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Indie Memphis Sees Growth in Fees

This year’s Indie Memphis Film Festival, which kicks off its 11th annual run in October, has already surpassed last year’s festival in at least one area: entry fees.

Ports of Memphis, New Orleans Lasting Partners

Ten years ago, when Ben Jabbour was serving as president of the Memphis World Trade Club, he realized that not enough shippers in town had any idea of how an ocean port worked – how it received cargo, transferred those goods onto the right vessels and shipped them to points worldwide.

STCC Building Campaign Gains Momentum

Southwest Tennessee Community College is well on its way to getting the funding it needs to break ground on the new nursing building that will be constructed on its Midtown campus.

Whitehaven Makeover Closer to Reality

Demolition on a Whitehaven apartment complex owned by Elvis Presley Enterprises could begin by the end of this year, said Memphis City Council member Harold Collins.

Charter Vote Hits Logjam

Shelby County Commissioners did it the hard way this week on the second of three readings of a new set of proposed charter amendments.

Local Weather
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Memphis, TN
27.0°F
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Wind: Southwest at 10.4 mph
Humidity: 66%

EVENTS

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC will present “A Health Care Provider’s Guide to Navigating Employment and Labor Issues” today from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the firm’s Downtown office in the First Tennessee Building, 165 Madison Ave. Cost is $50. For more information and to register for the event, contact Esther Stone at 577-8125 or estone@bakerdonelson.com.

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Medtronic’s Q1 Profit Jumps

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Medtronic Inc.’s fiscal first-quarter profit rose 11 percent on double-digit growth in its spinal and cardiovascular businesses, the medical device maker announced Tuesday.

Macaroni Grill Owner Sells Majority Stake in Chain

NEW YORK (AP) – Brinker International Inc., the owner of the Chili’s Grill & Bar chain, will sell a majority stake in Romano’s Macaroni Grill to a private equity firm.

Pera to Serve on Advisory Board Of Miller-Becker Institute

Lucian T. Pera, a partner at the Memphis office of Adams and Reese LLP, has been invited to serve on the Advisory Board of the Miller-Becker Institute for Professional Responsibility.

Fannie, Freddie fall on Renewed Bailout Fears

WASHINGTON (AP) - Whether or not the government is actually on the verge of taking over mortgage finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, investor fears that a bailout is imminent could turn such a worst-case scenario into reality.

Corps Approves Plans for New Reelfoot Spillway

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has granted the state a long-sought permit to build a new spillway at Reelfoot Lake.

Memphis Schools Using Bar Codes to Track Truants, Tardies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Memphis city schools will be using bar codes to help track students and their attendance starting this week.

Wholesale Prices Rising at Fastest Pace Since 1981

WASHINGTON (AP) - Wholesale inflation surged in July, leaving prices for the past year rising at the fastest pace in 27 years, according to government data released Tuesday.

Small Firms Beef Up Retirement Services

Small businesses are helping employees become better managers - of their own money.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 90 90 890
MORTGAGES 131 131 1,083
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 24 51 146
BUILDING PERMITS 187 319 1,524
BANKRUPTCIES 38 85 576
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 74 240
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 27 28 365
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 82

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