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VOL. 126 | NO. 152 | Friday, August 5, 2011

Informant Reveals Millington Investigation About Gambling

An affidavit released Friday, Aug. 5, from a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agent alleges investigators had a confidential informant who is alleging Millington Mayor Richard Hodges gambled at a transmission shop near his home. The TBI also interviewed a witness who claimed he had gambled with Hodges and others at Millington City Hall as well as the Transmission Doctors business on Easley Road.

Canine Comfort

Therapy dogs provide physical, emotional benefits to patients of all ages

A wet nosed-kiss, a gentle nuzzle and the wag of a happy tail can go a long way to brighten anyone’s day, but it’s especially true for people facing serious physical and emotional challenges.

Pinnacle Reports $2.4M Q2 Loss

Pinnacle Airlines Corp. will begin moving into its new headquarters at One Commerce Square Downtown next week and complete the move from the airport area in December, the regional air carrier’s new CEO told analysts this week.

Jackson Sues Judges Over Suspension

General Sessions Court Clerk Otis Jackson is suing the General Sessions Court Judges who suspended him from office earlier this week.

Tiger Gift Shop Moves To Larger Space

Tiger Gift Shop is relocating a few doors down from its current location on the Highland Strip near the University of Memphis.

Local Weather
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Wind: South at 6.9 mph
Humidity: 85%

EVENTS

The Rotary Club of Memphis Central will meet Friday from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Darrin Mullis will speak about the Holy Rosary Angel Program, an autism educational support service. Cost is $20 for nonmembers. For reservations, call Karen Shea at 683-9099.

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Arlington Gears Up for Mayor’s Race

Before Memphis voters go to the polls this October to decide a mayor’s race, voters in Arlington will decide a four-way race for mayor in the Sept. 15 elections there.

Yale to Study Medtronic Spinal Surgery Product

Medtronic Inc. has announced a $2.5 million grant to Yale University to independently review the safety and effectiveness of a bone-growth protein product.

Park(ing) Day to Spotlight Over-Dependence on Cars

Downtown Memphis is losing 19 parking spaces next month. It’s just for a day, though. And it’s for a community cause.

City Considers Pension Overhaul

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration has taken a tentative overhaul of the city’s retirement system to the Memphis City Council that would set a minimum retirement age for city employees, redefine line of duty disabilities and limit benefits for spouses of city employees.

Faulhaber Takes Building From Paper to Reality

Hans Faulhaber, a construction manager at brg3s architects, defines architects as problem-seekers. And as an architect in the field, watching a building spring from paper into reality, is to find the problems and solve them.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Feed the Spirit at Caritas Village

IT’S GOOD FOR YOU. My cheeseburger was a religious experience. Melting provolone flows over and through a mound of caramelized onions and sautéed mushrooms, a luscious kind of lava covering a mountain of ground beef, all between two pieces of a toasted artisan bun fighting, and losing, a battle to contain the whole eruption. What happens when flavors this diverse come together – in this sandwich and in this place – can restore your faith.

It’s a Family Affair – Reunions and Giving

Part one of a two-part series Summertime is the time for family reunions. If you’ve been to one you know they can be expensive. But they’re also priceless. Reunions bring together families across the generations to celebrate history, to take pride in accomplishments and to pass down family history and traditions.

STATEWIDE

Tennesseans Like Sales Tax Holiday Yet Use it Less

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennesseans taking advantage of the state's sixth annual sales tax holiday this weekend say it provides needed relief in a tough economy, but state figures show that shoppers aren't using it as much as they first did.

Crissy Haslam Hosts Event for Tenn. Guard Spouses

NASHVILLE (AP) – First lady Crissy Haslam is hosting a gathering at the governor's mansion in Nashville for the spouses of deployed members of the Tennessee Army and Air National Guard.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Retailers Report Solid Sales Gains for July

NEW YORK (AP) – Many retailers posted solid sales during the kickoff to the back-to-school season as discounts and high temperatures in July drove shoppers to air-conditioned malls. But merchants worry that momentum won't continue through the remainder of the second-biggest shopping period of the year as the weather gets cold and the deals dry up.

Southwest Posts Q2 Profit of $161 Million

DALLAS (AP)Southwest Airlines Co. set records for full planes, and higher fares boosted revenue as the summer vacation season kicked into high gear.

CVS Caremark Q2 Profit Slips 1 Percent

NEW YORK (AP) – CVS Caremark said Thursday its profit slipped 1 percent in the second quarter as its pharmacy benefits management business weathered lower prices on contract renewals.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Moody's Backs US Triple-A Rating; Outlook Negative

WASHINGTON (AP) – Moody's Investors Service said Tuesday that the United States will retain its triple-A bond rating following passage of legislation to boost the debt ceiling. But the agency put a "negative" outlook on the rating, raising the specter of a future downgrade.

Dems Warn Long-Term Jobless Could Derail Recovery

WASHINGTON (AP) – Unemployment remains stubbornly high at just over 9 percent, but it's the alarming number of long-term jobless that is causing fresh concern for Democratic lawmakers.

More to FAA Shutdown Than Air Service Subsidies

WASHINGTON (AP) – On the surface, the partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration is about whether to cut $16 million in air service subsidies, a pretty small amount in this town. Underneath are layers upon layers of political gamesmanship that, at its heart, is about whether Democrats or Republicans get to call the shots in Congress.

HEALTH CARE

Medicare Prescription Premiums Won't Rise in 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration had good news for seniors Thursday: The average monthly premium for Medicare's popular prescription program won't go up next year.

36M Lbs. of Turkey Recalled in Salmonella Outbreak

WASHINGTON (AP) – Meat giant Cargill is recalling 36 million pounds of turkey after a government hunt for the source of a salmonella outbreak that has killed one person in California and sickened dozens more. The Agriculture Department says it is one of the largest meat recalls ever.

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