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1. The Optimal Retirement Age
- Friday, April 28, 2017
Ray’s Take Most of us say we want to do it – retire, that is. Given that, how do we find that perfect time to do it? Retirement at the optimal age isn’t something to be left to chance; it is something that needs to be a rational decision that takes into consideration a variety of variables. Financial variables include how much income you’ll be receiving from all sources and factoring in life expectancy and health issues. Emotional variables include considering that your spouse may have taken you for better or worse, but not for lunch.
2. Bryant: State Workers Must Take Sexual Harassment Prevention
- Wednesday, January 11, 2017
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant announced Tuesday that by executive order, he's requiring all state employees to take online training in sexual harassment awareness and prevention.
3. Spending Smart to Save
- Friday, October 7, 2016
Ray’s Take When we bring up the “B” word (budget), most people’s knee-jerk response is to think in terms of depravation – not spending. While that’s true to an extent, it’s more likely to be successful and sustainable if we slightly change our mindset from “less” spending to “different” spending.
4. Man Who Got Generations Singing Oscar Mayer Wiener Song Dies
- Monday, October 3, 2016
CHICAGO (AP) – The man who got generations of hot dog lovers singing along to the Oscar Mayer Wiener song has died.
5. New Year, New Financial You
- Wednesday, February 24, 2016
With the new year now well underway, you might have spent January tackling fitness or organizational goals, but many experts believe the most powerful resolution that you can adopt is to focus on your financial well-being.
With most of 2016 ahead of us, and tax season right around the corner, there’s no better time to take a look at your finances and make a plan to increase your financial stability for this year and beyond.
6. Measure Increasing Seat Belt Fines Among New Tennessee Laws
- Friday, January 1, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Motorists in Tennessee who don't buckle up could face stiffer fines under one of many new Tennessee laws taking effect Friday.
The tougher seat belt law increases the fine for first-time offenders from $10 to $25 and from $20 to $50 for repeat offenders.
7. New Law Will Increase Seat Belt Fines in Tennessee
- Wednesday, December 16, 2015
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Motorists who don't buckle up in Tennessee will soon face a stiffer fine.
A new law passed by state lawmakers and signed by the governor takes effect on Jan. 1.
8. Berry-Buckley Retires as Lifeblood Joins Blood Systems
- Wednesday, September 16, 2015
After guiding a six-year turnaround of the Memphis region’s blood bank, Susan Berry-Buckley has announced her retirement as CEO of Lifeblood, effective Sept. 30.
Coinciding with her retirement, Lifeblood on Oct. 1 will become part of Blood Systems, a national nonprofit that operates community blood centers serving more than 700 hospitals in 22 states.
9. Alabama Still Team to Beat, Tennessee On the Rise in 2015 Football Season
- Friday, August 14, 2015
Dak Prescott, the best returning quarterback in the Southeastern Conference, isn’t buying the national narrative that the league is “down” because the first College Football Playoff title game featured Ohio State beating Oregon.
10. CMA Fest a Blast for Artists, Merchants
- Saturday, June 6, 2015
The Glimmer Twins wannabe in the white cowboy hat and the 21-year-old blonde who has worked her tail off to climb from the audience to one of the main stages at CMA Music Festival display different but genuine levels of excitement about Music City’s biggest week.
11. David Lusk Gallery Relocates to Flicker Street for Now
- Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Change, milestones, new beginnings – they’re all on the mind of David Lusk at the moment, now that he’s wound things down at his gallery’s longtime home in the Laurelwood Shopping Center to undertake a relocation.
12. Dr. Neil Bomar Joins Support Solutions
- Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Dr. Neil Bomar has joined Support Solutions as its first staff psychiatrist, a role in which he will help individuals with intellectual disabilities and those with a history of long-term mental illness who are currently supported by the organization. Bomar’s addition makes Support Solutions one of the only industry providers in the Mid-South to provide this level of support.
13. Ready to Spend
- Saturday, February 21, 2015
Elizabeth Moss is in the middle of a total kitchen renovation at the Hendersonville home she bought on August 4, 2013.
14. Evenflo Recalls Infant Seats to Fix Sticky Buckles
- Monday, October 27, 2014
Evenflo is recalling more than 202,000 rear-facing infant seats because the buckles can become difficult to unlatch.
The recall affects Embrace 35/9999 models with an AmSafe QT1 buckle. Documents posted by U.S. safety regulators say that if the buckles don’t release easily, it may be difficult to get a child out of the seat in an emergency.
15. Chamber Launches Young Professionals Group
- Thursday, July 10, 2014
Before a concert gets underway, musicians will run through a soundcheck that serves as a kind of warm-up to the main event, during which participants can make suggestions for tweaks before the big show and can make sure that everything is done that needs to be.
16. Editorial: MPD’s Handling Of Rape Cases Pitiful
- Saturday, March 22, 2014
Old-time cops call it the “belt buckle brigade.”
The brigade is summoned when law enforcement in our community calls a press conference to announce something they have done. Usually it’s a case they have solved.
17. Retailers Report Modest Gains for May
- Friday, June 7, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) – In the latest sign that Americans are feeling better about the overall economy, stores across the country had a pickup in sales in May.
An improving job picture, better housing market and stock market rallies have all led to consumer confidence reaching five-year highs. That has left Americans a bit more likely to reach into their pockets and spend, as monthly revenue reports released by national retailers on Thursday show.
18. Seat Belt Fine Bill Fails in House Committee
- Wednesday, April 3, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal to increase the fine for not wearing a seat belt has failed this session.
Members of the House Transportation Committee voted 11-2 on Tuesday to defeat the measure. Earlier in the day, the companion bill passed the Senate Finance Committee 6-4.
19. Bill Would Increase Fine for Not Wearing Seat Belt
- Wednesday, March 27, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) – Legislation that would increase the fine for not wearing a seat belt is scheduled to be heard by lawmakers on Tuesday.
The Senate version is to be heard first in the Senate Finance Committee, and the companion bill is scheduled for later in the House Transportation Committee.
20. Bill to Increase Fine for Not Wearing Seat Belt
- Thursday, March 14, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal that would increase the fine for not wearing a seat belt by $40 is advancing in the Senate.
The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro narrowly passed the Senate Transportation Committee 5-4 on Wednesday. The companion bill was to be heard in the House Transportation Subcommittee later in the day.
21. Tales of Comeback
- Monday, August 6, 2012
Jay Myers is gritting his teeth so much it feels like some of them are starting to buckle.
It’s April 2003, and Myers, the founder and CEO of Memphis-based videoconference technology company Interactive Solutions Inc., is sitting in his office with the door closed. His hands are shaking.
22. IPhone Appeal Dims as Samsung Shines
- Tuesday, July 31, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) – The latest iPhone looks much the same as the first iPhone, which came out more than five years ago. That hasn't been a problem for Apple – until, now.
The pace of iPhone sales has slowed, Apple revealed last week. Part of the problem is that the competition has found a formula that works: thinner phones with big screens that make the iPhone look small and chubby.
23. Senate Passes Highway, Transit Programs Overhaul
- Thursday, March 15, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate voted Wednesday to overhaul transportation programs and keep aid flowing to thousands of construction projects while strengthening highway and auto safety.
24. Turbo-Traders Take Bank of America for a Ride
- Monday, February 13, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) – On a normal day, 4 billion shares of stock change hands on the New York Stock Exchange. One in 10 belongs to a single company. It's not McDonald's or IBM, both of which have been on a tear.
25. Tennessee Traffic Deaths Fewest Since 1962
- Monday, January 2, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee traffic fatalities declined sharply this year, reaching their lowest figure in 49 years.
So far in 2011, 926 people have died in wrecks in the state. It's the fewest since 811 in 1962.
26. No. 2 Official Takes Over After FAA Chief Resigns
- Thursday, December 8, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The sudden resignation of its chief leaves the Federal Aviation Administration in the hands of Deputy Administrator Michael Huerta, who's a well-regarded manager but lacks his predecessor's insider knowledge of the nation's airlines.
27. Retailers Post Strong April but Fret Over Future
- Friday, May 6, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – Retailers reported surging April revenue helped by a late Easter, extending strong spending momentum since late last year.
But some also warned gas prices nearing $4 a gallon are starting to cut into the spending power of lower-income customers who were already on tight budgets.
28. House GOP Budget Retains Democratic Medicare Cuts
- Thursday, April 14, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – In a postelection reversal, House Republicans are supporting nearly $450 billion in Medicare cuts that they criticized vigorously last fall after Democrats and President Barack Obama passed them as part of their controversial health care law.
29. Have a Belt for the Road!
- Thursday, March 24, 2011
“I’ve never unbuckled a dead man.”
So said a law enforcement officer, later quoted by Dear Abby and her sister, Ann Landers. Yet, there persists a story, predating the Internet but widely circulated in recent years, in which a group of loveable people burn to death in a crash because they could not get out of their seat belts.
30. GM Recalling 100,000 Crossovers to Fix Seat Belts
- Monday, December 20, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) – General Motors Co. is recalling about 100,000 crossover vehicles to fix seat belts that could fail in a crash.
31. Target November Sales Figure Beats Expectations
- Friday, December 3, 2010
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Discount retailer Target Corp. said Thursday more shoppers came to its stores in November and spent more than a year earlier, helping a key revenue figure rise 5.5 percent during the month, more than expected.
32. B&B Bounce Back
- Thursday, November 4, 2010
Bonne Terre Country Inn & Café has dealt with more than a recession in the past two years. However, new owners Emily and Robert Rygg have worked to navigate Bonne Terre through tough times and into a period of new life.
33. Jobless Claims Keep Fluctuating as Recovery Slows
- Friday, July 9, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) — Applications for unemployment aid have been fluctuating from week to week, offering an uncertain view of layoffs and the job market.
First-time requests for jobless aid dropped last week to their lowest level since early May, the government said Thursday, erasing increases made in the last two months.
34. Retailers Post Choppy June, Start to Discount More
- Friday, July 9, 2010
NEW YORK (AP) — Stores steepened discounts more than planned in June to help drive recession-scarred customers into the malls to buy summer merchandise. But shoppers spent cautiously amid escalating job worries, resulting in modest gains for many merchants.
35. Be Tough with Your Financial Adviser
- Tuesday, June 1, 2010
NEW YORK (AP) - Your financial adviser might be acting like a doctor who prescribes certain medicine only because he's on a drug company's payroll and then neglects to tell you about it.
Not all brokers who sell stocks, bonds, annuities and other investments are required to put their clients' interests first. They can steer you into mutual funds or college savings plans that pad their firms' profits or their own commissions, and you might never know.
36. State Disaster Drill Set for This Week
- Wednesday, March 10, 2010
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency is having drills this week on improving communications among local, state and federal agencies during a major disaster.
There were a series of classroom sessions Tuesday followed by a full-scale exercise today at the Tennessee Fire and Codes Enforcement Academy in Bell Buckle.
37. New Jobless Claims Fall to Lowest Level Since January
- Friday, October 9, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of newly laid-off workers filing first-time claims for jobless benefits fell to the lowest level since early January, as layoffs eased a bit amid a fledgling economic recovery.
38. Retailers See Sales Begin to Recover in September
- Friday, October 9, 2009
NEW YORK (AP) - The nation's stores saw their first sales gain in 14 months in September, a sign of life from shoppers that fuels some hope for the holiday shopping season.
A late Labor Day and delayed school openings helped boost back-to-school sales in September. And stores' figures are looking better as they are compared last September when spending plummeted amid the ballooning financial meltdown.
39. Retailers Report Sales Declines For August
- Friday, September 4, 2009
NEW YORK (AP) – Retailers on Thursday posted sales declines for August as shoppers held back on back-to-school purchases and continued to focus on necessities, but overall results came in ahead of analyst predictions.
40. Weak Retail Report Cards Likely, Analysts Say
- Thursday, September 3, 2009
NEW YORK (AP) - It may be the beginning of the year for students, but for retailers, it's report-card time. Analysts expect the early grades on the back-to-school selling season to be weak when retailers report August results Thursday.
41. US Retailers Report May Sales Declines
- Friday, June 5, 2009
Although consumer confidence may be increasing, it’s not showing up at the cash register yet. Many retailers posted disappointing May sales Thursday, although food and necessities remained high on shoppers’ lists.
42. Fred’s Posts 5% Rise, Other Retailers See Hope
- Friday, May 8, 2009
Memphis-based Fred’s Inc. reported Thursday that same-store sales rose 5 percent in April at the retailer and pharmacy chain as consumers gravitated to discounts amid the recession.
For the four-week period ended May 2, total sales fell 1 percent to $135.8 million, which reflected the closure of 74 stores and 23 pharmacies. Fred’s opened one new pharmacy in April.
43. US Shoppers Stay Cautious, But Sales Declines Ease
- Friday, April 10, 2009
NEW YORK (AP) - March same-store sales fell for the sixth straight month, as U.S. consumers continued to shop cautiously and stick mostly to necessities such as food, but there were some glimmers of stabilization in retailers' reports on Thursday.
44. Legal Community Mourns Stinson
- Monday, March 23, 2009
Judge William David Stinson Jr. died Wednesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis. He was 82.
Stinson served as a Shelby County General Sessions judge from 1970 to 1982. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he was assigned to the 231st Chemical Depot Company, which was sent to Okinawa and arrived just after the Japanese surrendered in World War II. Stinson spent one year in Okinawa guarding Japanese prisoners. He was discharged in 1946 as a sergeant, after which he returned to his education.
45. Retailers Report Sales Declines in February
- Friday, March 6, 2009
NEW YORK (AP) - Tighter inventory control and milder weather helped retailers in February as business at many merchants was not as bad as in January. Wal-Mart's gains far outpaced expectations – but many stores, especially at the higher end, still struggled.
46. Retail Analyst Sees Weak Holiday Sales
- Tuesday, January 6, 2009
A late surge in retail sales during the last weekend in December likely will not be enough to rescue a poor holiday season, an analyst said Monday.
Jeffrey Klinefelter of PiperJaffray said estimates from ShopperTrak indicate sales were up 30 percent from a year earlier for the weekend following Christmas. However, he estimated same-store sales for November through December to be down by a percentage in the low single digits, hurt by low consumer confidence and tightened spending.
47. BofA CEO: No Plans to Scuttle Countrywide Deal
- Thursday, June 12, 2008
NEW YORK (AP) - Bank of America Corp. Chief Executive Kenneth Lewis said Wednesday that there are no plans to call off its $4 billion deal to acquire Countrywide Financial Corp., and that he believes charge-offs and delinquencies in the U.S. will peak in the third quarter.
48. Arena Talks Appear Fraught With Motives, Real or Imagined
- Friday, March 14, 2008
Shelby County Board of Commissioners member Sidney Chism had been talking for months about the county washing its hands of its minority ownership share in The Pyramid. It was his way of expressing his frustration with what he sees as the micromanagement by some on the commission of talks to find a use for the vacant arena.
49. Hopes and Dreams Continue for Hattiloo
- Thursday, August 30, 2007
Hattiloo Theatre's second season is well under way and it includes a production by the Nubian Dance Company called "Uniquely Us," an adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol."
On this, the eve of the theater's one-year anniversary, executive director Ekundayo Bandele said one of the key obstacles he's faced has been getting Memphis residents to realize that Hattiloo offers just the type of diversity the city needs.
50. Archived Article: Fares P2
- Monday, July 8, 2002
Flyers ground fare hikes
Flyers ground leisure fare hikes
Three of the biggest U.S. air carriers attempted to hike prices on select leisure fares stubbornly low since Sept. 11, but industry analysts dismissed the hike as largely irrelevant.
51. Archived Article: Comm Focus
- Friday, May 18, 2001
Click it or ticket campaign goes into overdrive May 21 Click it or ticket campaign shifts into overdrive By MARY DANDO The Daily News Tennessee drivers who do not buckle up themselves or their children beware. During the month of May, proclaimed &qu...
52. Archived Article: Standout (fletcher)
- Friday, June 2, 2000
By SUZANNE THOMPSON Million dollar idea man By SUZANNE THOMPSON The Daily News Tony Fletcher, chairman and chief executive officer of Geobot, learned the hard way that getting a company off the ground isnt always easy. He spent the first part of his...
53. Archived Article: Memorial Travel (lead)
- Friday, May 26, 2000
High gas prices wont stop holiday travel High gas prices wont hinder holiday travel By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News Despite higher gas prices, the nations highways are expected to be busy this holiday weekend. A record number of Americans plan to g...
54. Archived Article: Community Focus (belts)
- Friday, May 19, 2000
By Stacey Wiedower BELTS program wants kids buckled up safely By Stacey Wiedower The Daily News Child passenger safety warnings are everywhere these days: on vehicle sun visors, on child safety product boxes, on labels affixed on the products themse...
55. Archived Article: Comm Briefs
- Friday, May 19, 2000
The 11th annual Memphis Italian Festival is set for June in Marquette Park in East Memphis The 11th annual Memphis Italian Festival is set for June in Marquette Park in East Memphis. The festival is 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. June 2 and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Ju...
56. Archived Article: Comm Briefs
- Friday, May 7, 1999
Online Survivors Group Share Hope, Dentists across the country are kicking off "Smiles for Life," a campaign that will raise funds for St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital. Participating dentists provide patients free dental whitening serv...
57. Archived Article: Tech Focus1
- Wednesday, December 9, 1998
Pick a topic, any subject, and it can be found on the Internet Hes a soul man The Rev. Al Green takes his religious message global through Internet site By KATHLEEN BURT The Daily News Pick a topic, any subject, and it can be found on the Internet. ...
58. Archived Article: Comm Focus
- Friday, August 14, 1998
By STACEY PETSCHAUER An ounce of prevention Coalition uses education to teach parents and children safety behaviors By STACEY PETSCHAUER The Daily News With children gearing up to head back to school, parents and educators are again focusing on how ...
59. Archived Article: Back
- Tuesday, February 18, 1997
Urba Wolfchase gets new stores before grand opening Coach will open its first Mid-South store, and Brooks Brothers will open a second local store at the Wolfchase Galleria, which is scheduled to have its grand opening Feb. 26. Coach, a division of S...
60. Archived Article: Tgiving Traffic Lj
- Wednesday, November 27, 1996
lj 10/5 cates Holiday travel predicted heavy despite higher gas prices By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News Whether heading home for the holidays or just escaping for a little rest and relaxation, more than 31 million Americans are expected to hit the h...