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VOL. 129 | NO. 173 | Friday, September 5, 2014

Nine Losing Candidates Challenge August Vote

Nine losing candidates from the August elections are contesting the results in a Shelby County Chancery Court lawsuit.

Competition Calls

New county leaders express economic development concerns

Economic development and the quality of jobs coming to Shelby County are the dominant issues as county elected leaders begin a new four-year term of office this month.

FedEx Decides Not to Renew a Renaissance Center Lease

FedEx has decided not to renew a lease at a prominent East Memphis office building.

Peabody Marks 145th Anniversary

The Peabody hotel marked its 145th anniversary Thursday, Sept. 4, on several fronts. There was a nod to the original Peabody location at Main Street and Monroe Avenue. Meanwhile, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra played big band-era melodies on the mezzanine, and Jason D. Williams took over the piano in the lobby of the present-day landmark on Union Avenue between Second and Third streets.

Crosby Stresses Importance of Company Culture

Dr. Scott Morris opens every meeting at the Church Health Center, the innovative Memphis-based health care organization he founded, with a prayer and a story.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
68.0°F
Overcast
Wind: from the South at 15.0 gusting to 34.5 mph
Humidity: 81%

EVENTS

Rock for Love 8, the annual music festival benefiting Church Health Center, will be held Friday, Sept. 5, through Sunday, Sept. 7, with concerts in Crosstown, Overton Square and at the Levitt Shell. Visit rockforlove.org for a schedule and to bid in the online auction through Sept. 7.

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Flinn Gets Republican State Senate Nomination

Fresh from running in the August U.S. Senate Republican primary, George Flinn is back on the Nov. 4 ballot as the Republican nominee in the special general election for state Senate District 30.

Crenshaw’s Lawn Care Business Celebrates 30 Years

Thirty years is a milestone worth celebrating for almost any venture, and for a small business especially, it’s a hard-won anniversary that comes thanks to a combination of luck and hard work. And there’s also the realization that such a milestone is the exception, a contrast to the large number of entrepreneurs out there who tried but came up short.

Southern Airways Expanding Regional Service

Southern Airways Express is expanding service from the Memphis area. The company announced Thursday, Sept. 4, new cities to be served from its hub at Olive Branch Airport in Olive Branch, Miss.

SPORTS

One Week Into Season, Playoff Resembling BCS

The scoreboard at Brice-Williams Stadium in Columbia, S.C., was not yet a sparkle in Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill’s eye when Bill Hancock, executive director of the new college football playoff, gave us this:

Tigers Look for Hollywood Script

The Memphis Tigers and their long-suffering fans were excited. Who could blame them?

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

A Tasteful List 2014

MEMPHIS ON A PLATE. Presenting the fourth edition of the Tasteful List, updated for 2014 – second, third and fourth helpings, this year’s specials, delicious memories – an alphabetical survey of local flavor in one decidedly local man’s opinion.

Jobs are Like Buses

The title of my column today may sound a bit confusing. It comes from one of my own mentors. Years ago, when I was finishing graduate school, I spent a significant amount of time searching for the right job.

What Does Local Really Mean?

I make my living helping retail entrepreneurs, franchisees, national restaurants and retailers find the best home for their business in the Mid-South.

MEMPHIS AREA

Al Green Among Kennedy Center Honorees

WASHINGTON (AP) – It's a rare honor for an artist to receive accolades from the president, let alone have him sing one of your tunes.

STATEWIDE

Coalition Works to Preserve Nashville's Music Row

NASHVILLE (AP) – With development squeezing Nashville's famous Music Row, some in the music industry say time is running out to preserve the district's character and the studios where the Music City's iconic sounds were born.

Magna Starts Construction Near Tennessee GM Plant

SPRING HILL, Tenn. (AP) – Seat maker Magna International Inc. says it has begun constructing a new supplier facility near the General Motors plant in Spring Hill.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Companies Add Jobs at Solid Pace in August

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. businesses added jobs at a healthy pace in August, according to a private survey, the fifth straight month of solid gains.

Fast-Food Protesters Cuffed at Higher-Pay Rallies

NEW YORK (AP) – Police handcuffed dozens of protesters in cities around the country on Thursday as they blocked traffic in the latest attempt to escalate their efforts to get McDonald's, Burger King and other fast-food companies to pay their employees at least $15 an hour.

Home Depot CEO: Probe of Possible Breach Continues

NEW YORK (AP) – Home Depot's outgoing CEO Frank Blake told investors Thursday that the nation's largest home-improvement chain continues to investigate a potential breach at the company and reassured that customers will not be liable for any potential fraudulent charges.

REAL ESTATE

Average US 30-Year Mortgage Rate Holds Steady

WASHINGTON (AP) – The average 30-year U.S. mortgage rate this week remained at a 52-week low of 4.10 percent for the third straight week.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 89 344 19,573
MORTGAGES 110 422 22,914
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 2 8,305 8,305
BUILDING PERMITS 207 838 40,029
BANKRUPTCIES 60 356 13,104
BUSINESS LICENSES 21 194 6,137
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 30 147 12,996
MARRIAGE LICENSES 15 65 4,842

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