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VOL. 126 | NO. 163 | Monday, August 22, 2011

Kruger to Invest $316M in Memphis Plant

Canada-based manufacturer Kruger Inc. has chosen Memphis from among several locales as the place where the company will invest $316 million to develop a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant.

Expanded Coverage

Memphis hospitals add health care services to surrounding counties

Along with new housing developments, restaurants, and retail and entertainment establishments, recent population increases have brought expanded health care services to outlying counties.

Mediation Effort Continues in Schools Consolidation Case

All sides in the schools consolidation case were in Memphis federal court again Monday, Aug. 22, as an attempt continued to mediate the second set of decisions to be made in the case.

Outer County Homes Appeal to Variety Of Buyers

For the past decade or so, many homebuyers have settled outside the Shelby County limits, flocking to outlying counties such as DeSoto, Tipton and Fayette.

Pregracke Sees Positives in River Cleanup

Chad Pregracke is pretty sure he’s got the world’s largest message in a bottle collection. For the last 13 years, the founder of river cleanup group Living Lands and Waters has sometimes been referred to as the garbage man for America’s rivers. He and his group have hit hundreds of cities and towns in 18 states and removed millions of pounds of garbage, one piece at a time, one river at a time.

Local Weather
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A Few Clouds
Wind: Northwest at 5.8 mph
Humidity: 26%

EVENTS

The Memphis Symphony Chorus will hold auditions to select new chorus members Monday, Aug. 22, at 6 p.m. at Balmoral Presbyterian Church, 6413 Quince Road. The 2011-2012 season will feature the chorus performing “Home for the Holidays,” “Carmina Burana” and “Mahler 2” with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Interested singers can email info@memphissymphonychorus.org or call 537-2500 to schedule an audition time.

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Region Sees Logistics Assets Grow

Change is afoot with the area’s transportation and logistics industries. New developments in the region – from a proposed third bridge spanning the Mississippi River to a new multimillion-dollar intermodal facility – should keep transportation and logistics as the area’s bread-and-butter businesses.

Davis Leads Southaven During Population, Business Growth

Greg Davis became mayor of Southaven in 1997, when its population was far less than 29,000.

Schools Consolidation Mediation Takes Full Day - No Word on Progress

All eight sides in the schools consolidation case put in a full day at the federal building Downtown Friday, Aug. 19, in a closed mediation session aimed at producing a settlement of the remaining issues in the case.

Arlington Mayoral Hopefuls Sound Off

The town of Arlington has seen substantial growth in the last eight years. But the four contenders for Arlington mayor told several hundred people last week that the town isn’t yet at the point where it can or should make investments in a police force, a beefed-up fire department or a new library.

Commission Considers Convention Center Buyout

It was May 2009 when the Shelby County Commission sold the county’s share of The Pyramid to the city of Memphis.

Bank of Fayette County Withstands Economic Woes

The name of his bank puts it squarely in one area of the state, but these days McCall Wilson’s attention is just as keenly focused on another.

GOVERNMENT AGENDA

Shelby County Commission Agenda

The Shelby County Commission will meet today at 1:30 p.m. in the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for a full agenda.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Litigators, Alligators and Lawyers

There comes a time in business when you need a courtroom attorney. This may be either to defend yourself or sue. The fun factor ranks right in there with seeing a urologist.

Tiaras, Tea and Little Girls’ Dreams

Last week we highlighted Victims to Victory, which is responding to the emotional, spiritual and practical needs of family members who have felt the traumatic impact of violent crime. This week let us discuss an organization that is taking a unique approach to philanthropy by combining the joys of socializing with friends and hosting glitzy afternoon tea parties with the goal of supporting one young girl each year: Tiara Tea Society.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Need Not Apply

Memphis youths face all-time high for teen unemployment

If America’s busted housing market is the ghost of recession past, then teenagers flipping burgers, selling clothes at the local mall or filling internships are in danger of becoming the ghosts of that downturn’s future.

We Can’t Stop Prepping Youth for Workplace

One of the great frustrations of our city and our state’s drive for more jobs is to continually see an announcement of hundreds of new jobs that will come in the months ahead.

Stoppard Play Mixes Absurdity, Reality

An upcoming Playhouse on the Square production will stretch the limits of theatrical characterization through a unique collaboration with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.

Loftus’ The Brass Door: ‘Pub Inside a Museum’

Seamus Loftus sits down for an interview on the mezzanine of his new Irish pub, The Brass Door, looks over at a ventilation duct next to him, runs a finger along one edge and purses his lips in disapproval. He calls a staff member over. “Look,” he says, “I’m not mad, and I don’t remember who’s in charge upstairs, but there’s dust all over these vents. This is unacceptable. Just bring me a rag and I’ll wipe them off.”

Classic Chianti Brings Heady Flavor to Glass

Acouple of months ago in this column, I recommended the Bindi Sergardi Chianti Colli Senesi 2008, a 100 percent sangiovese wine that represents good value at about $15 or $16. Today, let me offer that wine’s sort of big brother, the Bindi Sergardi Chianti Classico 2007, made not in the hills near the city of Siena, but closer to and south of Florence, the cradle of Chianti Classico and the sangiovese grape.

MEMPHIS AREA

Memphis Asks National Group to Evaluate Shelter

MEMPHIS (AP) – Memphis officials hope the Humane Society of the United States will help evaluate the city's animal shelter.

STATEWIDE

State Gets $1.4 Million for Suicide Prevention

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Department of Mental Health has been awarded a grant of more than $1.4 million to fight suicides by youths.

AP Exclusive: Evaluations Worry Teachers

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee education officials say they're taking steps to address teachers' concerns about a new evaluation system that for the first time will use students' standardized test scores as part of the process.

Republicans Warn Against Waiving Air Subsidy Cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republican lawmakers warned Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in a letter this week against waiving cuts in subsidies for air service to 10 rural communities unless he can show it would be too difficult for residents to reach a larger airport.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Unemployment in July Rose in 28 States, Fell in 9

WASHINGTON (AP) – Unemployment rates rose in July in more than half the states for the second straight month, evidence that job growth remains weak nationwide.

Liberty Drops Barnes & Noble Bid, Plans to Invest $204M

NEW YORK (AP)Barnes & Noble Inc. said Thursday that Liberty Media, the conglomerate controlled by John Malone, has dropped its $1 billion bid to buy the bookseller and instead will invest $204 million in the company.

NATIONAL POLITICS

White House Orders Agencies to Cut Their Budgets

WASHINGTON (AP) – It's a microcosm of the budget battling that has consumed Congress all year: The Obama administration wants federal agencies to save money while Republicans push for additional savings to take a substantial bite out of the government's towering pile of IOUs.

Coalition of Moderate Dems Loses More Members

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Blue Dogs may be losing their bark. Despite polls showing a desire for more compromise in Washington, the political climate for moderate to conservative Democrats in the House has continued to deteriorate.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 61 331 19,904
MORTGAGES 80 391 23,305
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 83 8,387
BUILDING PERMITS 0 338 40,366
BANKRUPTCIES 35 231 13,335
BUSINESS LICENSES 28 76 6,213
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 125 13,120
MARRIAGE LICENSES 21 94 4,936

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