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VOL. 122 | NO. 172 | Wednesday, September 12, 2007


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Talk Shoppe will meet today from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South, 3693 Tyndale Drive. The topic is "Buying a House with City of Memphis Down Payment Assistance" with Juanita Hamilton, finance manager with the city's Division of Housing and Community Development. For more information, contact Jo Garner at jo.garner@comcast.net.

The Memphis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) today will host Michael Cherenson, who has been nominated chair-elect of the national PRSA and is executive vice president of the national public relations and advertising firm Success Communications Group. The meeting is at 11:45 a.m. at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Cherenson will discuss "PR Advocacy and Ethics." The luncheon is free for members, $25 for nonmembers and $15 for students. Contact Jamie Coggins at jamieprsa@bellsouth.net to reserve space.

MPACT Memphis and Benevon, an organization dedicated to helping nonprofit organizations obtain funding, will hold a session to help nonprofit groups learn how to find donors. It will be held today from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the American Red Cross, 1400 Central Ave. The event is free, but space is limited.
Register by contacting Alaina Szlachta at 206-709-9400, Ext. 132, or at alaina.szlachta@benevon.com.

The Design Review Board will meet today at 5 p.m. in the Center City Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St.

The Tennessee Department of Revenue will hold its free bimonthly business workshop Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon in the Memphis Training Room of the Renaissance Business Center, 555 Beale St. The workshop is free and open to the public and is designed to assist people encountering business-related taxes for the first time. Registration is required and can be made by calling 213-1400.

The American Red Cross will hold blood drives across the area through the month of September to fulfill blood quotas that have fallen short due to the heat wave keeping donors away. A drive will be held Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Southwest Tennessee Community College, 737 Union Ave. For more information, call 501-614-4400.

The Friends of Poplar-White Station Branch Library presents The Second Thursday Community Lecture Series Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at the library, 5094 Poplar Ave. Michael J. Goar, chief operating officer with Memphis City Schools, will speak on the "Five-Year Facilities Plan for the City Schools." The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 682-1616.

The Memphis Regional Chamber will host its monthly Lunch & Learn Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the chamber, 22 N. Front St. The event is free, but a limited number of seats are available. RSVP to Tunga Lee at 543-3571 or tlee@memphischamber.com.

The Society of Entrepreneurs will present a lunch and discussion with George Cates, retired chairman and CEO of Mid-America Apartment Communities, Thursday at noon in the Entrepreneur Hall of Honor in the Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central Ave. Contact Pearson Crutcher at 682-9920 or pearson@soememphis.com for information.

The Cordova Leadership Council and the Memphis Area Home Builders Association will host "The Future of Cordova Politics: City Candidates Forum" Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Memphis Area Home Builders Association, 776 N. Germantown Parkway. For additional information, contact Gene Bryan at esbryan@bellsouth.net or 486-9679.

PROPERTY SALES 116 288 17,672
MORTGAGES 143 337 20,372
BUILDING PERMITS 139 488 36,434
BANKRUPTCIES 43 158 11,322