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VOL. 129 | NO. 11 | Thursday, January 16, 2014

Smucker Given Amended PILOT to Expand

The incentives Memphis and Shelby County offered J.M. Smucker Co. LLC were sweet enough for the peanut butter and jelly maker to expand its operations in the city.

Competing Claims

Court to decide best plan for saving Ashlar Hall

The future of Ashlar Hall has become nearly as unpredictable as its eccentric former proprietor, Robert “Prince Mongo” Hodges.

Leaders Seek Reaction on Schools Closings

Shelby County Schools leaders expect to hear a lot Thursday, Jan. 16, when they hold a public hearing on the latest tentative list of 13 schools that could be closed in the new school year that starts in August.

Shelby County Foreclosures Fall 15 Percent in 2013

Foreclosures in Shelby County continued to head south in 2013, as they have for most of the past few years.

Be the Dream Weekend to Help Youth Honor King

From a youth symposium at the Memphis Cook Convention Center to street sweeps near Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is hoping the Be the Dream Weekend helps young people to link past, present and future.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Partly Cloudy
Wind: Southwest at 9.2 mph
Humidity: 88%


AARP Cordova Chapter will meet Thursday, Jan. 16, at 11:30 a.m. at the Cordova Branch Library, 8457 Trinity Road. The chapter will review and discuss its operations. Email fmyers912@yahoo.com.

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Counseling Group Opens for Backlog Rape Victims

The Shelby County Rape Crisis Center is starting a weekly support group for rape victims whose rape kits were among the 12,000 left untested by Memphis Police Department over a 30-year period.

Business Coaching Provides ROI for Companies

It’s a new year and, like many people, business leaders are also resolving to make some personal and professional improvements.


Dual-Income Families Come with Big Costs

Ray’s Take: DINKs (dual incomes, no kids) might not actually be bringing home as much additional gross income as they think. When kids enter the picture, it’s probably time to take a long and hard look at the pluses and minuses – financial and otherwise – of continuing to have both parents work outside the home.

Modern Eloquence?

“Ladies and gentlemen, if he who made the sun and the moon and hung the stars on high could be merciful and just, then so can you.” Thus began the closing argument of a defense attorney.

Designing the Medical Center for Creative Collisions

The Memphis Medical Center near Downtown is currently in the midst of a significant building boom. Major new facilities by Southwest Tennessee Community College, University of Tennessee Health Science Center and the Bioworks Foundation are underway or nearing completion, joining successful hospitals, clinics, educational institutions and many other great small businesses.


Business Coalition to Support Common Core

NASHVILLE (AP) – A statewide business coalition is showing its support for Tennessee's Common Core standards.


Bill Seeks to Ban Federal Health Care Law

NASHVILLE (AP) – State Republicans have filed legislation to resist implementation of President Barack Obama's health care law in Tennessee.

Full Senate to Vote on Latest Attorney General Election Proposal

NASHVILLE (AP) – The state Senate is taking another run at changing the way Tennessee's attorney general gains office.


US Wholesale Costs Rose Last Month on Gas Prices

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. wholesale prices increased in December, pushed up by rising gasoline prices and energy costs. But overall inflation remained mild.


House Approves Government-Wide $1.1 Trillion Budget

WASHINGTON (AP) – Party leaders pushed a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill for this year through the House on Wednesday, shunning the turmoil of recent budget clashes with a compromise financing everything from airports to war costs and brimming with victories and concessions for both parties.

Obama Nominates California Businesswoman to Lead SBA

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama says his pick to head the Small Business Administration understands what small businesses need and how they can lift up the nation's economy.

Fed: US Economic Growth Healthy Over Holidays

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Federal Reserve survey shows economic growth remained healthy in most U.S. regions in late November and December, helped by gains in consumer spending and factory output.

Supreme Court Deciding Reach of Federal Gun Ban

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court debated Wednesday how to apply a federal gun ban to those with misdemeanor domestic violence records, with justices trying to figure out a middle road between what one justice called two extreme positions.

Both Sides Pledge New Effort on Jobless Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans and Democrats both pledged Wednesday to renew efforts at resurrecting jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, but immediate prospects for compromise appeared dim one day after a Senate deadlock.


Jury Says Medtronic Owes Edwards About $390 Million

NEW YORK (AP) – A federal jury ruled Wednesday that medical device maker Medtronic infringed on a patent held by Edwards Lifesciences and ordered Medtronic to pay its competitor about $390 million in damages.

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