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VOL. 124 | NO. 183 | Thursday, September 17, 2009

Lakeland Commission Race Ends In Draw

Brooks and Fox Reelected Arlington Aldermen

Voters in Arlington and Lakeland settled two of three political contests at the polls Thursday.

CN’s $100M Renovation Draws to a Close

Canadian National Railway Co. next week will unveil the three-year, $100 million renovation to its Johnston Yard freight car switching facility in South Memphis. The railroad will commemorate its massive investment of time and money on Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. at the yard, 297 Rivergate Road, off Horn Lake Road.

Attorney Sees Opportunities Ahead For New Practice

Stephen H. Biller took the risk in a down economy of going off on his own and forming The Biller Law Firm – a risk that appears to have paid off as he has hired a new attorney and other staff members since opening June 1.

West Clinic Deploys New Test For Ovarian Cancer

The West Clinic is one of 27 sites in the United States using a new blood test to determine whether women with a pelvic mass requiring surgery are at high or low risk for ovarian cancer.

Majority Rules In Metro Charter Commission Accord

Nearly four decades of little more than talk about city-county consolidation is at an end.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
43.0°F
Overcast
Wind: East at 6.9 mph
Humidity: 93%

EVENTS

The Memphis Lawyers’ Chapter and University of Memphis Law School Student Chapter of the Federalist Society will hold a seminar today from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 3715 Central Ave. Steven J. Mulroy and Christopher Green will present “A Constitution Day Debate: Living Constitution vs. Original Intent.” To register, call Greg Grisham at 527-0214.

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Political Fault Lines Illuminated In City Attorney Feud

City Attorney Elbert Jefferson never got the chance to make his case before the Memphis City Council this week. But he did get to keep his job as the council voted down 4-7 a resolution to oust him.

McCleskey Discusses Role On County Ethics Commission Board

Steve McCleskey, an attorney at Glankler Brown PLLC, in July was appointed by Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton Jr. to the board of directors for the Shelby County Ethics Commission. The Ethics Commission is a 13-member body the Shelby County Commission oversees.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee’s Aug. Unemployment Slightly Up

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development today reported the state’s unemployment rate for August was 10.8 percent, up 0.1 percentage point from the July rate of 10.7 percent.

Chattanooga Man to Head State Athletic Commission

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Athletic Commission has picked a Chattanooga man to be its chairman.

REGIONAL

Tupelo Officials Allow Sunday Alcohol Sales

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - Tupelo city officials have reversed a century-old ban on the Sunday sale of beer and light wine in restaurants and stores.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Medtronic Recalling LifePak CR Defibrillators

NEW YORK (AP) - Medtronic Inc. is recalling some LifePak CR defibrillators made last summer because humidity may cause them to malfunction, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.

AP Source: NY AG Subpoenas 5 BofA Board Members

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Attorney General's office subpoenaed five members of Bank of America Corp.'s board of directors Wednesday as part of an investigation into the bank's acquisition of Merrill Lynch & Co., according to a personal familiar with the investigation.

Foreign Demand for Long-Term US Securities Falls

WASHINGTON (AP) - Foreign demand for long-term U.S. financial assets fell in July, but China boosted its holdings, the U.S. Treasury Department said Wednesday.

Current Account Deficit Dips to $98.8 Billion

WASHINGTON (AP) - The deficit in the broadest measure of foreign trade shrank in the spring to the lowest level in relation to the total economy in 10 years, another dramatic sign of how much the recession had reduced America's appetite for foreign goods.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Senate Votes to Allow Guns on Amtrak

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate voted Wednesday to permit passengers on the Amtrak passenger railroad to transport handguns in their checked baggage.

Senate's 10-Year Health Fix Would Cost $856B

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Max Baucus on Wednesday brought out the much-awaited Finance Committee version of an American health-system remake – a landmark $856 billion, 10-year measure that starts a rough ride through Congress without visible Republican backing.

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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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