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VOL. 126 | NO. 150 | Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Jackson Suspended as General Sessions Court Clerk

General Sessions Court Clerk Otis Jackson has been suspended for 60 days by the judges of the civil and criminal divisions of General Sessions Court. The suspension was announced Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 3.

Recycled Thinking

Adaptive reuse major feature of trustee’s new office

The four-story Shelby County government office building at 157 Poplar Ave. has been confused for a jail. It’s come close to demolition to create more parking for county employees.

Memphis Area Unemployment Hits 10.9 Pct.

Unemployment in the Memphis area ticked up almost a full percentage point in June.

Youth Villages Receives $42M Grant

Youth Villages, a Memphis-based national organization that provides a wide array of services to children and families in 11 states and Washington, will receive the largest grant in the organization’s history, and one of the largest ever awarded to a social services organization.

Schutt Excels As Volunteer, Outdoorsman, Businessman

When Peter Schutt bought The Daily News Publishing Co. Inc. from his father John Paul “Jack” Jones in 1994, it marked the fourth generation of ownership for the family-run business whose story dates back more than a century.

Local Weather
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Wind: Southeast at 3.5 mph
Humidity: 69%

EVENTS

Talk Shoppe will present “How to Buy at Auction and Benefit Auction for Make-A-Wish” Wednesday, Aug. 3, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call Jo Garner at 482-0354.

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Council Approves MCS Funding

The Memphis City Council approved a funding agreement with the Memphis City Schools system Tuesday, Aug. 2, that almost guarantees the MCS school year will begin on Aug. 8 on schedule.

Baptist Enhances Cancer Treatment With CyberKnife

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. is on the cutting edge of cancer treatment, especially where that treatment may not involve any cutting at all.

Cohen Votes No, Others OK Debt-Ceiling Act

Two of the three congressmen and both U.S. senators who represent Memphis and Shelby County voted for the Budget Control Act of 2011.

Baptist Launches Interactive Hearing Loss Campaign

Research shows that thanks to easy portable devices, modern teenagers listen to music about twice as often as previous generations did, and the way they listen to music puts them at increased risk for noise-induced hearing loss.

Fisher Steps Down as Director of MPACT

Gwyn Fisher, MPACT Memphis executive director, is stepping down at the end of the month after three years in office.

Haslam Visits Middle East

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has been in Iraq and Kuwait since Monday, Aug. 1.

Whitehead Promoted At Obsidian

Thomas Whitehead has been promoted to account manager at Obsidian Public Relations.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Reaching the Best Customers

Finding the best customer may feel like finding the Holy Grail. It’s something we all strive to find, but the traditional methods for identifying those best customers may always not be the most effective.

So It Comes to This

It appears that agreement on substance has arrived in Washington. That will forestall default, but may not be enough to forestall downgrade. Should you fear a downgrade U.S. Treasury debt?

MEMPHIS AREA

FDA Says Memphis-Made Sleepy Brownies are Unsafe

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Food and Drug Administration has warned the manufacturer of melatonin-laced brownies called "Lazy Larry" that the government considers them unsafe and could seize them from store shelves.

STATEWIDE

Jackson City Council Moves to Buy Lambuth Campus

The Jackson City Council has unanimously approved a resolution to spend $3 million toward buying the campus of now-closed Lambuth University.

Figures Show 771 Tenn. State Workers Denied Raises

NASHVILLE (AP) – More than 700 state employees were denied pay increases July 1 after Gov. Bill Haslam changed existing policy and blocked raises for those receiving poor evaluations or disciplined in the past year.

Courts Taking Comments on Commission Applicants

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee's Administrative Office of the Courts is taking public comments on the applicants for the state's Judicial Nominating Commission.

REGIONAL

City, County OK Hospital Sale to Baptist

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) – The city of Oxford and Lafayette County have sold the Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi building to Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Americans Cut Spending in June

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans cut their spending in June for the first time in nearly two years after seeing their incomes grow by the smallest amount in nine months. The latest data offered a troubling sign for an economy that is adding few jobs and barely growing.

US Auto Industry Uneasy After Weak July Sales

DETROIT (AP) – Auto sales were expected to rise only slightly in July, adding to concerns in the industry that Americans are pulling back on car buying.

Amazon Starts AmazonLocal Online Deals Site

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Online retailer Amazon.com is trying to become a bigger player in the mushrooming market for online deals with the launch of a website that offers large discounts on local goods and services.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Fitch: US Debt Deal Alone Won't Sustain AAA Rating

NEW YORK (AP) – The U.S. may have avoided a possible debt default by passing a bill to raise the country's borrowing limit. But it might not enough to maintain its coveted AAA debt rating, according to Fitch Ratings.

FAA Shutdown to Continue in Partisan Standoff

WASHINGTON (AP) – A stalemate that has partially shut down the Federal Aviation Administration will continue into September. A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Senate Democrats were unwilling to accept cuts in subsidies for rural air service.

HEALTH CARE

State Wants Parents to Know About CoverKids

NASHVILLE (AP) – The state wants to make sure parents are aware of Tennessee's low-cost, comprehensive health insurance plan for children.

Tenet Healthcare Q2 Profit More Than Doubles

DALLAS (AP)Tenet Healthcare Corp. on Tuesday said its second-quarter earnings more than doubled, as the hospital operator benefited from pricing improvements and saw several favorable trends.

Pfizer Q2 Net Up 5 Pct. on Lower Charges, Taxes

Generic competition cut deeper into drugmaker Pfizer Inc.'s sales in the second quarter – with the U.S. patent expiration for its cholesterol fighter Lipitor, the world's top-selling drug, just five months away.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 209 209 16,401
MORTGAGES 252 252 18,937
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 393 393 33,519
BANKRUPTCIES 124 124 10,861
BUSINESS LICENSES 57 57 5,255
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 102 102 11,446
MARRIAGE LICENSES 70 70 3,937

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