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VOL. 128 | NO. 165 | Friday, August 23, 2013

Private Legal Talks Underway on Schools

As Bartlett citizens got an update this week on the move by it and the five other suburban towns and cities in Shelby County to form their own school systems, Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald fielded a pointed question with an interesting answer.

Driver’s Seat

FedEx affiliation bolsters Ward’s growing trucking empire

Don Ward hasn’t been on the road in one of his trucks in about three years, but he still wouldn’t be in any other business.

Sweet Noshings Store Fulfills Asbridge’s Business Dream

Leena Asbridge has about two weeks left in her current work as a bank field examiner before she starts a new, sweeter chapter in her professional career.

Three-Month Period Sees Spate of County Elections

Some of the early voting periods and election days will overlap in the set of 11 elections – special and regularly scheduled – in Shelby County this year.

Petties Sentenced to Nine Life Terms

Memphis drug kingpin Craig Petties will be in prison for the rest of his life for heading a violent drug organization with direct ties to a Mexican drug cartel that sold millions of dollars worth of drugs in a multi-state area centered in Memphis from 1995 to 2008.

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Neighborhood Assistance Corp. of America will host its American Dream Event Friday, Aug. 23, through Monday, Aug. 26, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. Counselors and bank representatives will assist with home loans and loan modifications. Cost is free. Visit naca.com.

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Area Teams Set Sights on Dream Seasons

When last we saw the University of Memphis football team, the Tigers were finishing Justin Fuente’s first season on an inspiring three-game winning streak. They checked out of Conference USA with a 4-4 league record. They provided hope as they start play this season in the new American Athletic Conference.

‘Process’ Keeps Alabama, Saban on Top

The best coach in college football admitted that he – and everyone else at Alabama – was proud of the team’s recent accomplishments. You know, two straight national titles and, if you want to deal in ancient history, three in the last four years.

Tigers Release 2013-2014 Basketball Schedule

Tigers basketball coach Josh Pastner expended a lot of energy stumping for Conference USA in hopes it ultimately would help The University of Memphis gain a better seed in the NCAA Tournament. But it never really worked out that way.


Martin’s Program Keeps Girls Engaged in STEM Fields

Girls Inc. is a national nonprofit providing girls ages 6-18 with after-school and summer programs, field trips and college tours.


Views of Memphis

SURPRISE. THERE’S A BOOK. A couple of years ago, friend Willy Bearden – storyteller, writer, historian, filmmaker and lead singer in the Earnestine & Hazel House Band – and I worked on a project for Elmwood Cemetery. Willy scripted and produced a combination walking/driving tour of that magic ground and I voiced it, spending hours poring over the script with Willy and recording every word of it.

Drowning in Big Data

“We have so much data but no answers.” This phrase echoes down the halls of all of the larger clients with whom we meet. In a quantitative world, where there is every dimension of research and analysis available, unreality multiples. The business world is drowning in data and, by the level of panic and anxiety, has lost its rudder.


TVA Board Votes for 1.5 Percent Rate Increase

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority's board of directors voted Thursday to increase its base rate by 1.5 percent, the first increase by the nation's largest public utility in two years.

Jack Daniel's Prepares for its Largest Expansion

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Jack Daniel's is being served a $100 million-plus expansion of its rural Tennessee distillery to flex more muscle in the growing whiskey market.


Nasdaq Resumes Stock Trading After 3-Hour Outage

NEW YORK (AP) – Trading on the Nasdaq stock exchange resumed Thursday after a three-hour halt caused by a technical glitch.

Wal-Mart Pushes ‘Made in America’ at Summit

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is hoping for a groundswell "made-in-America" movement.

UPS to End Health Coverage for Some Spouses

DALLAS (AP)United Parcel Service Inc. is ending health-insurance benefits for employees' spouses who can get coverage elsewhere. It blames the change on the new health-care law.

Wells Fargo to Lay Off 2,300 Mortgage Workers

NEW YORK (AP) – Wells Fargo is laying off workers from its mortgage unit, the latest sign that the mortgage refinancing boom has cooled.

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