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VOL. 130 | NO. 162 | Thursday, August 20, 2015

Orgel Group Planning Another Seasonal Beer Garden

If a Memphis beer garden can work in the spring, why not the fall?

University of Memphis Secures $24 Million for Athletic Facilities Upgrades

At a Wednesday, Aug. 19, press conference on its campus, the University of Memphis took the next step in its athletic capital campaign in announcing it had 60 percent of the needed funds for new football and men’s basketball practice facilities and that ground will be broken on each this fall.

Mayoral Debate Clash Focuses on City Finances

Memphis city government’s financial problems and how those problems happened was the flashpoint for the latest meeting of the top mayoral contenders on the Oct. 8 ballot.

Las Tortugas Deli Mexicana Adding Second Location, Plans for More

Las Tortugas Deli Mexicana founder Jose "Pepe" Magallanes says customers have been asking for years that the restaurant he opened in 2003 add more locations to complement its existing Germantown-area presence.

Verso to Lay Off 600 in Maine, Kentucky

Verso Corp. is permanently eliminating 300 jobs in Maine and laying off another 300 in Kentucky as it reduces production of coated paper and dried market pulp.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
56.0°F
Light Drizzle Fog/Mist
Wind: Southwest at 8.1 mph
Humidity: 100%

EVENTS

Page Robbins Adult Day Center will host a “Wine & Unwind” event with attorney J. Anthony Bradley on Thursday, Aug. 20, at 4 p.m. at Page Robbins, 1961 S. Houston Levee Road. Bradley will discuss VA Aid and Attendance benefits for veterans and their spouses. RSVP to info@pagerobbins.org or 901-854-1200.

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Deferred Retirement Freeze Reflects Larger Police Problem

In response to a police officer shortage, the Memphis City Council on Tuesday, Aug. 18, took its first step toward approving an ordinance that would allow city employees to freeze their retirement plans.

Furthering Dreams

Community Foundation scholarships provide helping hand

Kiera Aycock is starting her freshman year at the University of Memphis. She will live in a dorm. And she will major in criminology, or in psychology with an emphasis in criminology.

Final Forrest Statue Vote Moves Controversy to Planning Stage

Memphis City Council members closed out a series of votes Tuesday, Aug. 18, on moving the statue and disinterring the remains of Nathan Bedford Forrest from Health Sciences Park near Downtown Memphis.

Blues Foundation Taps Newman as CEO

The Blues Foundation has selected a fourth-generation Memphian to succeed Jay Sieleman as president and CEO.

Overton Square To Host October Blues Festival

Overton Square will host a two-day blues festival in October billed as the first of its kind in the city since 1969.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Changing For The Better

Ray’s Take Nobody cares more about your financial well-being than you do. The good news is that handling your money is a learned behavior. The bad news is that you might be making some financial decisions that are not moving you towards your goals.

Is It Too Late?

Carole King famously sang, “[I]t’s too late, baby now, it’s too late,/ Though we really did try to make it.” Something in this song created a gluey intangible not-yet-named noun that affixed itself to my soul. When I hear the words “Somethin’ inside has died, and I can’t hide/ And I just can’t fake it,” I feel a shudder throughout my being.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Democrats Criticize Haslam for Exploring More Outsourcing

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democrats claimed on Tuesday that Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is displaying hostility toward state workers by looking to outsource the management of more government functions to the private sector, but Haslam dismissed the allegation as politics.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Fed at July Meeting Appeared to Be Moving Closer to Hike

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials in their July discussions appeared to move closer to their first interest rate hike in nearly a decade but expressed wide-ranging concerns about wages, inflation and a significant slowdown in China.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Target Is Getting its Groove Back: Turnaround Takes Hold

NEW YORK (AP) — Target is on its way back.

US Consumer Inflation Slowed in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — The biggest drop in airline fares in nearly two decades slowed consumer inflation in July following two months of slightly faster gains.

TECHNOLOGY

Tech Tips: Stuff You Didn't Know You Could Do on Facebook

NEW YORK (AP) — Did you know you can add a pronunciation guide to your name on Facebook? Overlay colorful text on the photos you post? How about mark the end of a relationship without your 500 closest friends getting notified?

High-Tech Cars Bring Detroit and Silicon Valley Face to Face

PALO ALTO, California (AP) — The office has all the trappings of a high-tech startup. There's a giant beanbag in the foyer and erasable, white board walls for brainstorming. Someone's pet dog lounges happily on the sunny balcony.

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PROPERTY SALES 80 80 6,019
MORTGAGES 107 107 7,199
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 1,115
BUILDING PERMITS 0 0 12,591
BANKRUPTCIES 53 53 4,400
BUSINESS LICENSES 28 28 2,391
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 2,540
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