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VOL. 128 | NO. 172 | Wednesday, September 4, 2013

School Board Moves To Make Hopson Permanent Superintendent

At its first meeting as a seven-member body with one vacancy, the countywide school board voted Tuesday, Sept. 3, to authorize its chairman to negotiate contract terms with interim schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson.

Affordable Aging

Elder care companies lower costs to keep seniors home

The cost of caring for family members and loved ones as they age can become overwhelming if not planned for properly.

Business Leaders Back Pre-K Initiative

The Greater Memphis Chamber and members of the business community have come out in support of a half percent hike in the city sales tax rate to fund pre-kindergarten education for more than 4,500 4-year-olds in the city.

Council Approves Solid Waste Fee, Delays Vote On Handy Park Lease

The Memphis City Council sent a proposed lease of Handy Park on Beale Street back to committee Tuesday, Sept. 3, for more discussion about the details.

Gathering Targets Region’s Workforce Development

When state officials gather at The University of Memphis University Center Wednesday, Sept. 4, to talk about workforce training, it won’t be with a check in hand to lead the effort.

Smaller School Board Could Take Several Paths

There are at least two schools of thought about the path the seven-member countywide school board should take without the 16 members it has had since October 2011.

Prominent Congressmen Visiting FedEx World Hub Next Week

Two U.S. congressmen are visiting Memphis next week as part of what they’re calling a “Simpler Taxes for America” road tour across the country - an effort to advocate for comprehensive tax reform.

Archer-Malmo Grows With New Hires

Memphis-based marketing communications agency archer-malmo continues to grow its ranks.

Beer Fest Taps Creativity of Local Brewers

Dixon Gallery and Gardens will host its annual Art on Tap event for the 18th consecutive year on Friday, Sept. 6. The beer-tasting extravaganza will feature offerings from local breweries and eateries, as well as live music and other entertainment.

Memphis Suit Project Aims to Dress the Needy

Three Memphis businessmen have started a nonprofit venture to help young men literally suit up for opportunities they encounter – the kind of opportunities that make it possible to advance in life and that require the participant to dress for the occasion.

Tigers Get Extra Look at Duke

The Tigers’ game Saturday, Sept. 7, against Duke at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium isn’t just the season’s first for the University of Memphis. It’s also a relevant measuring stick because the fourth game last season was played at Duke and the Tigers were on the short end of a 38-14 score.

Sales Tax Hike Campaign Begins

The Shelby County Election Commission hasn’t formally set the election date, but the campaign for passage of a half percent hike in the city sales tax is underway.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Woeppel Named CEO of UT Medical Group

Charles “Chuck” Woeppel has been named chief executive officer of UT Medical Group Inc. Woeppel, who has served as the organization’s chief operating officer since 2012, will also continue in that role.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Tenacity Lifts Low Rate of Sales Closings

Often, we’re just too close to our businesses to clearly see glaring opportunities for growth. That’s likely why so many sales teams churn through perfectly good prospects, which are not in infinite supply, entirely too fast. More often than not, that churn is simply due to a lack of sales tenacity, resulting in the loss of significant business.

STATEWIDE

TVA Won't Ask to Raise Borrowing Cap

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority won't ask Congress to raise its borrowing cap for at least the next 10 years.

Nature Conservancy, Tennessee Forestry Division Partner

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Nature Conservancy and the Tennessee Division of Forestry have launched an education initiative to help save native tree species from invasive pests.

REGIONAL

Director Says He Wants to Grow Mississippi Film Industry

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Director Tate Taylor says he wants to make his native Mississippi a place where people can build careers with steady work in the movie business.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Investors in $7 Billion Swindle Start Getting Payouts

HOUSTON (AP) – Investors in a $7 billion Ponzi scheme orchestrated by R. Allen Stanford are starting to get back some of the money the former Texas financier squandered.

Pace of US Manufacturing Hit 2-Year Peak in August

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. factories expanded last month at the fastest pace since June 2011 on a jump in orders. The report signals that manufacturing output could strengthen in coming months.

TECHNOLOGY

AP Exclusive: Kodak CEO Talks Company's Future

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) – You can feel the spirit of George Eastman in Antonio Perez's office.

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