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VOL. 129 | NO. 188 | Friday, September 26, 2014

Viability of Black Creative Districts Explored

Several weeks ago, Eric Robertson, the president of the neighborhood revitalization intermediary Community LIFT, was showing a group of visitors around the city’s various creative and entertainment districts.

Broadway’s Back

Orpheum kicks off new season with ‘Phantom of the Opera’

One of the most acclaimed Broadway shows has returned to Memphis, a show so beloved that a traveling exhibit of elaborate stage costumes from the production also made its way to the city as well to give people an up-close look at costumes from the original show.

Ugwueke to Clarify Health Care Complexities

Clarity. That’s what anyone attending a seminar on health care is seeking. What’s going on here and across the country? What’s the impact of the Affordable Care Act? What are the trends? What about the looming shortage of primary care physicians?

Williams-Sonoma Adding 900 Jobs in Mississippi

OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (AP)Williams-Sonoma Inc. is adding 900 jobs in an expansion of its distribution center in northwest Mississippi.

Memphis-Area Unemployment Rate Dips in August

The unemployment rate for the metro Memphis area dipped to 8.5 percent in August, down from 9.5 percent in August 2013 and 8.8 percent in July, according to preliminary numbers from the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development.

Local Weather
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Wind: South at 3.5 mph
Humidity: 96%

EVENTS

Playhouse on the Square will present the regional premiere of “One Man, Two Guvnors” Friday, Sept. 26, through Oct. 12 at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. Buy tickets at playhouseonthesquare.org.

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Cummins Eyes Memphis Site for Expansion

Cummins Inc. is eyeing a Memphis property for a planned expansion of the company’s distribution operations, a move that would be welcome news for Memphis officials.

State Supreme Court Reverses Bartlett Double-Murder Conviction

The Tennessee Supreme Court reversed Thursday, Sept. 25, the first-degree double-murder conviction of Henry Lee Jones for the 2003 murders of Clarence and Lillian James in Bartlett.

Roxul Opening 17 Years in Making

U.S Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi searched the 1997 Congressional Record this week before he arrived in Marshall County for the formal opening of the Roxul Inc. plant.

SPORTS

New CBU Athletic Director Has Lofty Goals On, Off Field

For generations, the athletic director’s chair received one aging coach after another. It was just the way the college athletics world turned.

Cardinals’ Influence Brings Change to Redbirds

You don’t have to be in uniform to get cut from the team. Several folks working for the Memphis Redbirds found that out a few days ago.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Raise A Glass

RAISE A GLASS. INSTITUTIONS ARE PASSING. What’s your pleasure? Maybe a chocolate malt or a single malt. Maybe a vanilla soda or a scotch and soda. Maybe a root beer or a draft beer. But these guys wouldn’t ask that question because they already knew your drink. What’s your name?

Free Tools to Help With Your Job Search

This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Mike Steinerd from Indeed.com. Indeed is the No. 1 job site worldwide with over 140 million visitors per month. We talked about everything from how fast you should apply for a job to companies you should consider if you’re looking for work-life balance.

STATEWIDE

Auto Components Manufacturer Coming to Spring Hill

SPRING HILL, Tenn. (AP) – State officials say Comprehensive Logistics Co. Inc. plans to build a facility that will house the manufacturing and light assembly of automotive components for the General Motors plant in Spring Hill, about 30 miles south of Nashville.

Ball Challenges Alexander to US Senate Debates

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Democratic Senate candidate Gordon Ball is criticizing incumbent Republican Lamar Alexander for refusing to participate in debates that would highlight differences on issues including abortion, education and guns.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Prices at the Pump Head Below $3 in Much of US

NEW YORK (AP) – The price of a gallon of gasoline may soon start with a "2'' across much the country.

US Bank Refunding $48 Million to Credit Card Customers

WASHINGTON (AP)U.S. Bank is refunding about $48 million in the latest federal settlement by a major bank over improper billing for extra credit card products that customers didn't receive.

REAL ESTATE

Average US 30-Year Mortgage Rate at 4.20 Percent

WASHINGTON (AP) – Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates declined slightly this week, after marking their largest one-week gain of the year the previous week.

HEALTH CARE

Senators: Widen Medicaid Program for Frail Seniors

WASHINGTON (AP) – More than a dozen U.S. senators from both parties are calling on the Obama administration to broaden a Medicaid program for the nation's frailest seniors, calling it a proven alternative to pricier nursing home care as states seek to limit long-term medical costs.

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PROPERTY SALES 80 401 13,843
MORTGAGES 99 439 16,005
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 19 63 2,202
BUILDING PERMITS 233 998 28,755
BANKRUPTCIES 49 276 8,926
BUSINESS LICENSES 23 136 4,701
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 23 141 5,534
MARRIAGE LICENSES 15 88 2,982

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