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VOL. 125 | NO. 163 | Monday, August 23, 2010

'KNO Tonite to Feature News, Local Programming

Now that WKNO has settled into its new 39,000-square-foot digital media center, the public broadcasting station is moving to the next item it's long had on its to-do list.

Sprucing Up a Classic

Folk’s Folly updates lounge, expands bar

One of the hallmarks of Folk’s Folly, the venerable East Memphis steakhouse that opened more than 30 years ago, is tradition.

Election Results Saga Not Over Yet

The Aug. 5 election results are certified. But the events of the coming week will determine whether that’s the final word on who won and who lost.

Retirement Plans Affected By Job Changes

The average American has three or four jobs in a lifetime.

Controversy Highlights End to Commission’s Term

Six Shelby County Commissioners attend the last scheduled meeting of their tenure Monday.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
47.0°F
A Few Clouds
Wind: Variable at 3.5 mph
Humidity: 44%

EVENTS

The Downtown Parking Authority will meet Monday at 9 a.m. in the Center City Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. For more information, call 575-0581.

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Samaritan’s Feet Founder Brings Gift Full Circle

Emmanuel “Manny” Ohonme seeks to do with shoes what Jesus did with fish.

Centre Group Fulfills Companies’ HR Needs

Tom Kolano is a plant manager, not a human resources specialist. So when he moved to Memphis in 2002 to run American Yeast Corp.’s plant near General DeWitt Spain Airport, the first thing he did was look for a company to manage his human resources needs. After searching and trying out different companies for more than a year, he landed with Memphis’ Centre Group.

Recession’s Lessons

The recession is teaching me, or maybe the better term is re-teaching, valuable lessons on running a small business.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Infection Offensive

Tennessee has lifted a curtain of secrecy, exposing the successes and failures of Memphis hospitals in preventing bloodstream infections.

Any Election Review Should Benefit Voters

Memphians haven’t had an off-election year in nearly a decade, so it’s unlikely that any examination of how elections are conducted can take place in a clinical environment.

Small Investment Could Yield Big Dividends for City’s Children

The Child Impact Statement Reporting System (CISRS) is coming to City Hall.

Actor Daniels Brings Singing Talents to BPACC

The Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center box office has had to clarify a few things about its upcoming concert by big-screen leading man Jeff Daniels on Aug. 28 at 8 p.m.

Youth, Enthusiasm Drive Vietnamese Bistro Owners

Tommy Bui and Annie Tran grew up in towns only half an hour away from each other in Vietnam, two hours south of Saigon, but they didn’t meet until they were in high school in Memphis. And even then they attended different schools, Overton for Annie and Kingsbury for Tommy. Their families came to Memphis in 1995.

The Time Is Right For These Wines

Automobiles and wines have vintage dates, and sure as little green apples make the best pies, one year is followed by another and new models are produced. Both cars and wine possess built-in obsolescence, though the relative longevity of wine and cars depends on different factors. Not all wines are built to age, though a few years in bottle for even a relatively inexpensive wine can sometimes result in a sense of additional character.

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.

MEMPHIS AREA

Section of I-40 in Tenn. Named After Isaac Hayes

MEMPHIS (AP) – A section of Interstate 40 in the Memphis area now honors late soul musician Isaac Hayes.

STATEWIDE

McWherter Questions Haslam's Environmental Record

NASHVILLE (AP) – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike McWherter is questioning his Republican rival Bill Haslam's ability to objectively run the state's environmental program because his family's chain of truck stops has been cited dozens of times for violations.

Tenn. Unemployment Rate Declines to 9.8 Percent

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee unemployment rate for July was 9.8 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from the previous month.

TBI Launches Use of Nixle

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is starting a new communication service beginning Sept. 1 that will carry alerts and messages directly to the community.

New Chancellor Volunteers to Take $80K Pay Cut

NASHVILLE (AP) – The new chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents has agreed to take an $80,000 pay cut to eliminate what he called the "distraction" caused by his salary.

REGIONAL

Miss. Medicaid Launches Electronic Health Records

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi's Medicaid program launched a new computerized health records system Thursday, and officials said it could help improve patient care.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Spike in Layoffs Feeds Fear of Faltering Recovery

WASHINGTON (AP) – Layoffs are back, and that’s bad news for the fragile economic recovery.

Quicken Online Shutting Down This Month

The popularity of free budgeting sites continues to soar. But users of one of the big players in the arena, Quicken Online, will no longer be able to sign in starting Aug. 29.

Fidelity: 401(k) Hardship Withdrawals, Loans Up

In the wake of news about a spike in new applications for unemployment benefits comes another potentially troubling sign: A record number of workers made hardship withdrawals from their retirement accounts in the second quarter.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Nearly 50 Percent Leave Obama Mortgage-Aid Program

WASHINGTON (AP) – Nearly half of the homeowners who enrolled in the Obama administration's flagship mortgage-relief program have fallen out.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 86 393 21,159
MORTGAGES 94 424 24,785
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 93 8,703
BUILDING PERMITS 173 1,010 43,347
BANKRUPTCIES 52 292 14,194
BUSINESS LICENSES 15 90 6,491
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 28 167 13,678
MARRIAGE LICENSES 12 89 5,158

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