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VOL. 132 | NO. 8 | Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Tennessee Acts on Balanced Budget Convention to Curb ‘Crippling’ National Debt

Saying they can avoid a “runaway” convention for “crazy or radical ideas,” Republican state legislators are filing legislation calling for a convention of states in Nashville to adopt a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Tsunami Owner Buys Building, Extends Hours

After almost two decades in business, one Midtown chef has made his house a home. Chef Ben Smith, the owner of the popular Cooper-Young mainstay Tsunami, recently purchased the 928 S. Cooper St. building where his restaurant has been located for the past 18 years.

Rallings Questions Homicide Count, Calls for More Study of Violence

Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings says he is going to “bring the fire” in 2017 when it comes to talking about and dealing with the city’s problem with violent crime.

Blight Fight Takes Root Near Carnes Elementary

Some of Mary Baker’s friends like to joke that she will eventually reclaim the whole city of Memphis, but just one lot at a time. “I say, what’s wrong with that?” Baker replied.

Klondike Parents Review Options in Closing

Most students at Klondike Preparatory Academy in North Memphis will be able to attend Vollentine Elementary next school year with transportation provided by Shelby County Schools.

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EVENTS

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Jan. 11, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in NovaCopy’s conference room, 7251 Appling Farms Parkway. Eric Eurich of FocalPoint Business Coaching will present “Achieving Success in 2017.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

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Ugwueke Takes Reins as Methodist Healthcare CEO

Michael Ugwueke’s first day on the job as CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, a post he assumed Jan. 1, included a round of meeting the troops.

Last Word: Rallings at Rotary, The Weight of Cotton and Ugwueke's Path

It’s becoming pretty obvious that this is going to be a big year for the issue of crime and violence in our city. It’s also becoming the year that Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings has found his voice in a job that may be the ultimate glass house for politicians.

County Commission Renews Bolton Contract

Shelby County Commissioners voted Monday, Jan. 9, to renew a contract with attorney Julian Bolton after some debate about whether Bolton’s position is necessary.

Nonprofits Find a Winner in Grit. Grind. Give.

The national #GivingTuesday movement had started in 2012 in New York on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It was, and remains, a global giving effort riding the power of social media as a way to respond to Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

STATE GOVERNMENT

McNally Voted Tennessee Senate Speaker

Promising to maintain Tennessee’s strong fiscal standing, veteran legislator Randy McNally of Oak Ridge took the gavel Tuesday as Senate speaker, replacing Ron Ramsey, who over the last decade led a Republican majority to power in the Tennessee General Assembly.

Task Force Prepared for Juvenile Justice Legislation

A General Assembly-led panel is backing legislation to change juvenile sexting laws and adopt measures to stop teens from being held in detention for minor offenses as part of an effort to improve juvenile justice.

Boyd Leaving Haslam Administration As He Ponders Gov's Bid

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)Randy Boyd is stepping down as commissioner of the state Department of Economic and Community Development as he ponders a bid to succeed term-limited Gov. Bill Haslam in 2018.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Robinson Takes on Dual Roles At Campbell Clinic

Dr. James Robinson recently joined Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics in two roles: as the lead physician for the clinic’s new daytime walk-in program and as a sports medicine family practice doctor treating sports injuries for young athletes and weekend warriors.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Seek ROI in Sales Promotions

It’s a common practice in business to set up a booth at the same trade show every year out of habit as part of your sales promotion strategy. Businesses show up, set up the same table display, and use the same fishbowl to collect many of the same business cards as they did in prior years. 

Making Friends As An Adult

The title of this column sounds a little strange at first glance. But if you’ve ever tried to make friends as an adult, you know this is a big deal. And it’s not just because it’s important to have friends. The friends you have as an adult can have a major impact on your career.

REGIONAL NEWS

Bryant: State Workers Must Take Sexual Harassment Prevention

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant announced Tuesday that by executive order, he's requiring all state employees to take online training in sexual harassment awareness and prevention.

AUTO INDUSTRY

General Motors Exudes Optimism, Raises Outlook for 2017

DETROIT (AP) – Optimistic executives at General Motors say strong sales in two core markets, the U.S. and China, along with cost-cutting will power the company to higher profits in 2017.

Volkswagen: Draft Deal in Scandal Contains $4.3B in Fines

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – German automaker Volkswagen AG said Tuesday that it was in "advanced talks" with United States authorities over a proposed settlement in its diesel emissions scandal under which the company would pay $4.3 billion in criminal and civil fines.

Despite Scandal, VW in Running for Global Sales Crown

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – It's ironic: Volkswagen spent 2016 battling a huge scandal over cars it rigged to cheat on emissions tests.

ECONOMY

US Job Openings, Quits Rise, Pointing to Modest Hiring Ahead

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers posted more jobs in November and quitting also increased – signs that job gains and wages may increase in the months ahead.

CONSUMER NEWS

IRS to Delay Tax Refunds for Millions of Low-Income Families

WASHINGTON (AP) – The IRS is delaying tax refunds for more than 40 million low-income families this year as the agency steps up efforts to fight identity theft and fraud.

HEALTH CARE

Johnson & Johnson to Reveal Average Drug Price Increases

Health care giant Johnson & Johnson plans next month to disclose price increases of its prescription drugs as the industry tries to calm the storm over soaring prices.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 84 369 6,105
MORTGAGES 107 461 7,302
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 196 1,019 13,309
BANKRUPTCIES 46 243 4,574
BUSINESS LICENSES 32 131 2,340
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 53 352 4,896
MARRIAGE LICENSES 26 110 1,460

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