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VOL. 126 | NO. 179 | Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Methodist Group Takes Message to D.C.

A group representing Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare’s Center of Excellence in Faith and Health – an interfaith collaborative center of research, innovation and training – has been asked to travel to the White House this month to share ideas with a group of health system and health policy leaders about crafting successful community partnerships and programs.

Serving Families

Ronald McDonald House in 20th year of helping St. Jude families

Since April, Ronald McDonald House of Memphis has served as a home-away-from-home for Jeanne Erickson and her son, Kaden, 9, a patient undergoing treatment for a form of leukemia at nearby St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Web Presence Takes TDN To New Levels

When The Daily News Publishing Co. Inc. was founded more than a century ago, court filings were recorded manually, a tweet was a sound a bird made, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg’s parents hadn’t been born yet.

Terms of Consolidation Still Taking Shape

There is still some uncertainty about the exact terms of the transition to a consolidated countywide school board.

Artists, Politicians Weigh in on Gibson Raids

British singer-songwriter James Blunt has filmed a brief video of himself praising Gibson Guitar Corp., the embattled guitar maker whose Memphis and Nashville facilities were raided last month by federal agents.

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EVENTS

Talk Shoppe will present “20 Ideas from 20 Years’ Experience in Real Estate Investing” Wednesday, Sept. 14, 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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Changes on Tap at NCRM

There was a demonstration earlier this week at the National Civil Rights Museum. The performance by the New Ballet Ensemble in the courtyard was the latest indication of change in the 20-year-old institution built on the site of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Architecture Inc.’s Schuermann Receives Chairman Appointment

David M. Schuermann, AIA, NCARB, principal at Architecture Inc., has been named chairman of the Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

The World Is Your Billboard

Mere minutes after stepping off the plane in Vegas, I was reminded how well Sin City leverages every piece of potential marketing real estate imaginable.

STATEWIDE

CEO Says TN Officials Understand Entrepreneurship

NASHVILLE (AP)Scott Case, CEO of the Startup America Partnership, says Tennessee officials understand that fostering entrepreneurship will drive economic prosperity.

TRA Chief Quits as Haslam Contemplates Reform of Agency

NASHVILLE – The announcement of Chairman Eddie Roberson's resignation from the Tennessee Regulatory Authority comes as Gov. Bill Haslam is engaged in a study on how to overhaul the agency that oversees many utilities in the state.

Tenn. County Mayors Say They're Tapping Reserves

NASHVILLE (AP) – The head of the Tennessee county mayor's group says more than half of the counties he's heard from have used reserve funds to balance their current budgets.

State Library Now has New Civil War Letters

NASHVILLE (AP) – For the first time, the Tennessee State Library and Archives in Nashville has a collection of letters from white officers who led black troops during the Civil War.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Fidelity Ousts Manager of Struggling Magellan Fund

NEW YORK (AP) – Fidelity Investments on Tuesday said it is replacing the manager of its struggling Magellan fund, once the largest mutual fund in the world.

Google to Offer Tracking Opt-Out to Wi-Fi Owners

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google is making a concession that will allow the owners of residential wireless networks to prevent their systems from being listed in a database that helps the company track people on cell phones.

Airlines Collect $783M in Bag Fees in 1st Quarter

NEW YORK (AP) – U.S. airlines collected slightly more in baggage fees in the first three months of the year as the number of travelers increased.

H&R Block Won't Offer Refund-Backed Loans in 2012

NEW YORK (AP) – H&R Block Inc. said Tuesday that it won't offer refund anticipation loans next tax season because it's getting more new clients and the appeal of the high-cost loans is shrinking.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Federal Deficit Totaled $1.23T Through August

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal budget deficit reached $1.23 trillion in August. The third straight $1 trillion-plus deficit adds pressure on Congress and the White House to reach agreement on a long-term plan to trim government spending.

Greenspan: Controlling Gov't Debt Will be Painful

WASHINGTON (AP) – Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan says there is no credible way to control the government's debt without inflicting pain on the economy.

Nearly 1 in 6 Americans in Poverty, Census Says

WASHINGTON (AP) – The ranks of the nation's poor have swelled to a record 46.2 million – nearly 1 in 6 Americans – as the prolonged pain of the recession leaves millions still struggling and out of work. And the number without health insurance has reached 49.9 million, the most in over two decades.

Obama Adviser: GOP Candidates Offer No Job Ideas

WASHINGTON (AP) – Barack Obama's top political adviser says none of the president's Republican challengers has much to say about how they're going to create jobs.

Bill to Avert Another FAA Shutdown Passes House

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House on Tuesday approved a stopgap bill intended to avoid a shutdown of federal highway and aviation programs, with Senate action expected later this week.

Obama: Congress Has No Reason to Wait on Jobs Bill

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Imploring Congress to follow his lead, President Barack Obama on Tuesday lobbied lawmakers to adopt his nearly $450 billion jobs plan, promising it would help workers in the construction industry and rebuild schools in crumbling condition. Said Obama: "My question to Congress is, what on earth are we waiting for?"

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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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