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VOL. 124 | NO. 182 | Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Metro Charter Commission Gets Council Go

Jefferson Survives -- Saino Doesn't

The Memphis City Council has approved the creation of a metro charter commission.

Planned Parenthood, Others Seek New Locations

Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region Inc. plans to move to another location in Midtown because its lease won’t be renewed, while the owner of two long-term care hospitals looks to build new facilities because of an eminent domain lawsuit.

Commissioners Seek Mattila’s Replacement

Shelby County Commissioners are scheduled to fill the vacancy in the county trustee’s office by the end of this month.

Local Bridges to Be Reinforced Soon

Six structurally deficient bridges in Shelby County will be replaced or repaired during the first year of the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s four-year, $350 million Better Bridges Program approved by the Legislature earlier this year.

Wharton Takes Heat For Consolidation Push

Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton Jr. drew fire from his political rivals in the Memphis mayor’s race during a candidates’ forum in Whitehaven this week.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Partly Cloudy
Wind: West at 6.9 mph
Humidity: 58%


Talk Shoppe will present “Home Financing: How to Get the Best Deal in Today’s Market” today from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call Jo Garner at 482-0354.

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Byrd Enters 2010 Race For County Mayor

Seven years after he first ran for Shelby County mayor but reluctantly called off his bid, longtime Bartlett banker Harold Byrd is back.

Caputo Joins Baker Donelson’s Construction Law Practice

Chris Caputo has joined Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC. Caputo concentrates his practice in construction law and has experience in representing public and private owners, contractors and subcontractors, suppliers, insurers, financial institutions and design professionals.


Tenn. Road Builders Urge Fuel Tax Hike

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee road builders say fuel taxes aren't keeping up with transportation needs, but state highway officials aren't pushing for a tax hike.

Feds OK Tenn. Plan to Use Stimulus Money for Solar

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The U.S. Energy Department has approved Tennessee's plan to spend about $62 million in federal stimulus money on solar projects, Gov. Phil Bredesen said Tuesday.


Timber Products Company Announces More Tupelo Layoffs

CORINTH, Miss. (AP) - Timber Products Company officials say a continuing drop in product orders due to the ongoing downturn in the economy led to the decision to layoff 23 workers at its Corinth manufacturing facility.

Circuit Judge Announces Ark. Supreme Court Candidacy

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox has become the first announced candidate for the state Supreme Court seat being vacated by retiring Justice Annabelle Clinton Imber.

SunTrust, Citi Form International Trade Alliance

ATLANTA (AP) - SunTrust Banks Inc. and Citigroup Inc. said Tuesday they have entered into a trade alliance to serve the international needs of SunTrust's corporate clients.


Airline Trade Group Predicts $11B Loss for ’09

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Global airline losses are headed for a worse-than-expected $11 billion this year and it’s not clear when lucrative business travel will rebound to pre-recession levels, a trade group reported Tuesday.

Judge Appoints Public Defender for Stanford

HOUSTON (AP) - A federal judge has appointed a public defender to represent jailed Texas billionaire financier R. Allen Stanford.

Blockbuster May Close as Many as 960 US Stores

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Blockbuster Inc. may close as many as 960 stores by the end of next year, shedding more dead weight as the struggling video rental chain tries to reverse its losses and fend off rapidly growing rivals Netflix Inc. and Redbox.

Kroger Cuts Guidance as Q2 Profit Falls 8 Pct

CINCINNATI (AP) - The nation's largest grocery store operator says worried shoppers are still cautiously stretching their dollars by coming in more often while buying only what they need right away and at the lowest prices.

Business Inventories Fall in July, But Sales Rise

WASHINGTON (AP) - Businesses slashed their inventories for the 12th straight month in July, but sales posted a second consecutive gain, providing hope that companies soon will switch from trimming stockpiles to increasing their orders.

Geithner: Obama Against Any Middle-Class Tax Hike

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner acknowledged Tuesday the federal government had to take some "deeply offensive" steps to help the country get past the financial crisis a year ago.

Focus on Main St. as Firms Fight Wall St. Rules

WASHINGTON (AP) - Recognizing that many people see them as villains, the financial industry and big business groups working to stop key elements of President Barack Obama's financial overhaul are taking a new tack.

Obama to Talk with Autoworkers, Union Members

WASHINGTON (AP) - Going before groups of autoworkers and union members, President Barack Obama is trying Tuesday to assure blue-collar audiences that the economy is coming back – and that his administration deserves credit for saving some of their jobs.

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