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VOL. 129 | NO. 184 | Monday, September 22, 2014
EMPHASIS Education

Old School, New Day

Fairview Junior High School becomes Maxine Smith STEAM Academy

Vasco Smith remembers working the polls at Fairview Junior High School in the 1960s as a child. His job was simple – to hand out campaign literature and not stray within the 100-foot limit by law between poll workers and the polling place in the gymnasium.

Teacher Surplus Count Drops to Only Four

Every school year the first estimates come in high in the count of how many school teachers will be surplused – declared excess because of the number of students that are counted at the start of the school year and then reassigned based on the final student head count.

Education Secretary Praises Local Schools Leaders

Sustainability is a term associated with environmental efforts, though innovation is a much more popular term across causes from economic development to education reform.

AutoZone Tops Fourth-Quarter Profit Expectations

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) AutoZone Inc. on Monday reported fiscal fourth-quarter net income of $373.7 million.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: from the Southwest at 12.7 gusting to 24.2 mph
Humidity: 91%


Volunteer Mid-South will hold a volunteer expo Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Oak Court Mall, 4465 Poplar Ave. Dozens of Mid-South nonprofits will on hand to discuss programs and volunteer opportunities. Visit volunteermidsouth.org.

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Sprouts Confirms Lakeland, Germantown Stores in 2015

Sprouts Farmers Market, a fast-growing specialty grocery chain, has confirmed it will open two Memphis-area stores in 2015, one in Germantown and another in Lakeland.

Haslam Swears In Judges, Gets Flu Shot in Memphis

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam swore in a new Tennessee Supreme Court justice and two state Appeals Court judges during a busy Friday, Sept. 19, visit to Memphis that also included getting a flu shot.

TSA Expands PreCheck at Memphis Airport

Pace Cooper, president and CEO of Cooper Hotels, a hospitality development and management company that owns and manages hotels in multiple states, is accustomed to flying and the hassles that sometimes accompany air travel.

Medtronic Advances Spinal Fracture Treatment

Without treatment, people suffering vertebral compression fractures probably can expect chronic pain, decreased mobility and the potential for neurological complications.

County Commission Starts School Bond Process

Shelby County Commissioners vote Monday, Sept. 22, on a resolution that is the first step in issuing $120 million in general obligation bonds over the next two years to finance “public works projects, including schools,” according to the resolution.


September 22 Shelby County Commission Agenda

The Shelby County Commission will meet Monday, Sept. 22, at 3 p.m. in the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for an agenda.


Drake Cleaners Presses On as It Nears Century Mark

Every day, tens of thousands of motorists on Poplar Avenue’s Midtown leg drive past a longstanding landmark near the neon satellite sign for Joe’s Liquors. It’s on the other side of Poplar, on the northern border of a parking lot at Evergreen Street.


The Only Difference: Mindset

The same truths not brought into action present themselves as lessons, ongoing themes. This one rings with more truth every time I encounter it. Mindset is the real pivot point, the only true sustainable, competitive advantage (other than exclusivity, which is always temporary) for organizations that want to flourish.

Ritualizing Your Parenthood

We are people of ceremony and ritual. Every occasion of transition is cause for celebration. A prescribed formula marks our rite of passage from one status to another.


Haslam Keeps Door Open to Pre-K; Ramsey Skeptical

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – While Gov. Bill Haslam is keeping the door open to an expansion of the public pre-kindergarten program in Tennessee, any such move would remain a tough sell among some fellow Republicans in the Legislature.


Procter & Gamble Cancels On-Field NFL Promotion

NEW YORK (AP) – Procter & Gamble is canceling an on-field breast cancer awareness promotion it had been planning with the National Football League, the latest sponsor to respond to the NFL's growing problems.

SEC May Take Enforcement Action Against ITT

NEW YORK (AP) – The Securities and Exchange Commission may take enforcement action against for-profit education company ITT Educational Services Inc. over its student loans.


FDA Tweaks Food Safety Rules Due Next Year

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government will rewrite sweeping new food safety rules after farmers complained that earlier proposals could hurt business, the Food and Drug Administration said Friday.

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