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VOL. 117 | NO. 119 | Thursday, June 19, 2003

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Blue Monkey Downtown

Blue Monkey set to open

new Downtown location

The long-awaited opening of the Downtown Blue Monkey, 529 S. Front St., is Tuesday, said co-owner Michael Johnson.

Though the restaurant has made its mark on Midtown with pizzas and one of the best happy hours in Memphis, the new location will feature a grill-based menu. The closest thing to a pizza at the new spot will be trolley car crisps on the appetizer menu.

Its a different crowd were playing to down here, Johnson said. The people that are going to make this happen are the people that live here.

Blue Monkey will open at 11 a.m. for lunch Monday through Saturday and at noon Sunday. The bar closes at 3 a.m. seven days a week.

Among the many nuances inside the new eatery is a built-to-scale replica of Memphis Trolley 204. The 2,300-square-foot restaurant has seating for 90.

 

Union Planters

to release earnings

Memphis-based Union Planters Corp. will release second quarter earnings and post a pre-recorded earnings message July 17.

The second quarter earnings announcement will be released at about 5 a.m. Pre-recorded earnings messages will be available by webcast or telephone at about 6:30 a.m.

For information, visit www.unionplanters.com.

 

Cotton Council seeks

leadership class nominees

Applications will be taken until July 1 for U.S. cotton industry members seeking selection to the National Cotton Councils 2003-2004 Cotton Leadership Class.

Those interested in applying can visit http://leadership.cotton.org to download the application and review the program curriculum and eligibility requirements.

The site includes a contact form that allows users to submit questions, request information and schedule a personal visit with local program alumni.

 

Tennessee gas prices

increase slightly

The states average price for self-serve regular gasoline rose 3.3 cents to an average of $1.428 per gallon, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge report.

At Memphis fuel pumps, regular gasoline averaged $1.42. Mid-grade was $1.503. Premium registered $1.575. Diesel was $1.511 on average.

Diesel prices were the highest recorded statewide. While prices for unleaded grades of gasoline were highest in Nashville, Memphis was near the top of each category.

At this time last year, regular unleaded averaged $1.306 per gallon.

 

Collierville Chamber

sets ribbon-cutting

AOC LLC, 860 Tennessee Highway 57 East, is the site of ribbon-cutting ceremonies at 2:30 p.m. June 26.

Collierville Chamber of Commerce members, city leaders and company officials will mark the business official opening.

 

Northwest to lay off

150 more mechanics
Northwest Airlines Corp. said Wednesday it will lay off 150 mechanics because severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, has crushed Pacific demand and forced the airline to park many of its large jets.

Mechanics union leaders said they believe the layoffs are a contract violation relating to cost-cutting plans at Northwest and not to SARS.

The No. 4 U.S. air carrier is using smaller jets on Pacific routes to trim capacity, requiring 700 fewer mechanics at its Minneapolis-St. Paul maintenance center, a spokesman said.

 

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 64 87 1,429
MORTGAGES 39 60 1,107
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 6 196
BUILDING PERMITS 0 117 3,173
BANKRUPTCIES 0 42 795
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 2 331
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0