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VOL. 132 | NO. 144 | Friday, July 21, 2017

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Pennsylvania FedEx Drivers Decertify Union

FedEx Corp. subsidiary FedEx Freight announced that Croydon, Pennsylvania, city and freight drivers voted to decertify the Teamsters union as their bargaining representative.

The news comes less than two weeks after a similar decision in Charlotte, North Carolina, where drivers at that FedEx Freight location in also voted to decertify their union.

– Patrick Lantrip

Tigers’ Ferguson Makes Unitas Golden Arm Watch List

University of Memphis senior quarterback Riley Ferguson has been named to the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award watch list, and is one of three quarterbacks from the American Athletic Conference on the list. Houston’s Kyle Allen and Cincinnati’s Hayden Moore also were selected.

Ferguson returns in 2017 after one of the most productive seasons by a quarterback in program history. Ferguson was 280-of-443 passing for 3,698 yards and 32 touchdowns last season. His 32 touchdown tosses set a school season mark, and his 3,698 yards and 280 completions are the second-most in program history behind only Paxton Lynch, who was a 2016 NFL Draft first-round pick of the Denver Broncos.

Ferguson finished the 2016 campaign ranked among the AAC leaders in passing yards per game (2nd; 284.5 ypg), pass efficiency (2nd; 152.6), total offense (3rd; 279.1 ypg) and touchdown passes (T1st; 32). He finished 11th among all Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) quarterbacks in TD passes in 2016.

The Golden Arm Award is presented at the end of each football season, and the winner is selected based on accomplishments both on and off the field. Candidates must be a college senior or fourth-year junior on schedule to graduate with their class.

The Golden Arm Award committee will announce the top-15 finalists for the award in September. The 30th anniversary presentation of the Golden Arm Award will be held Dec. 8 at the Embassy Suites Baltimore Inner Harbor & Grand.

– Don Wade

Mississippi Agencies to Host Opioid Epidemic Rallies

The Mississippi Board of Pharmacy, Mississippi Department of Mental Health, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Mississippi Department of Public Safety, U.S. Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Jackson Division of the FBI have partnered to host a series of town hall rallies to address the impact of opioids throughout the state, including a session at Landers Center in Southaven on Aug. 1 at 6:30 p.m.

The Southaven event will include a formal presentation, as well as a panel of representatives from the local community and across the state who will conduct a question-and-answer session for those in attendance.

The goal of the rallies is to bring awareness to communities across the state about opioid abuse, and what can be done to help reduce deaths and the destruction caused by opioid addiction.

In Mississippi alone, one in 10 people misuse prescription drugs, and overall prescription drug abuse has surged 400 percent in the past decade, according to a release.

The Town Hall Rally will be held in Room 1 of Landers Center, 4560 Venture Drive. Go to www.dmh.ms.gov, www.mbp.ms.gov, www.dps.state.ms.us, www.fbi.gov/jackson, or www.dea.gov for more information.

– Daily News staff

State Setting Record Pace For Workforce Tax Credits

The Workforce Services Division of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development issued more than $215 million of Work Opportunity Tax Credits (WOTC) to employers across the state through June.

2017 is on pace to be a record-breaking year for the WOTC program in Tennessee.

During the first six months of 2017, the division received 162,795 WOTC applications and approved 83,385 of them, totaling nearly $215.5 million in tax credits for employers.

The WOTC provides federal tax credit incentives to employers who hire eligible individuals. A company can receive a tax credit that ranges from $1,500-$9,600 per approved employee.

Eligible workers must come from targeted groups that consistently face significant employment barriers trying to enter or reenter the labor force.

Those groups include persons who have been unemployed for a long period of time, veterans, food stamp recipients, ex-felons, persons in vocational rehabilitation, Social Security insurance recipients, as well as several other groups of individuals.

“The amount of funding the Work Opportunity Tax Credit offers Tennessee employers can really benefit a company’s financial situation, while helping an individual who is struggling to find meaningful employment,” Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development commissioner Burns Phillips said in a release.

“It is truly a great program,” Phillips added.

Employers can go to the department’s website (tn.gov/workforce) and apply for WOTC.

– Daily News staff

FedEx General Counsel Announces Retirement

FedEx Corp.’s executive vice president, general counsel and secretary Christine P. Richards has announced she will retire from her role with the company effective Sept. 30, 2018.

Richards, 62, joined FedEx’s legal department in 1984 and has led the company’s legal, regulatory, governmental affairs and security groups since 2005.

During her career as general counsel, Richards directed legal strategies and led the company’s business negotiations and acquisitions, including the recent deal with Netherlands-based TNT Express.

Christine Richards has provided bold and innovative leadership in successfully addressing a wide variety of critical legal, regulatory and security challenges and opportunities for FedEx,” Fred Smith, the company’s chairman and chief executive officer said in a release. “Her untiring work ethic and in-depth knowledge of the inner workings of the business have made her service as a counselor and business partner invaluable.”

– Patrick Lantrip

Remington Enrolling Students For New HVAC Program

Remington College’s Memphis campus is now enrolling students for its new Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning degree program.

The new program is an extension of the existing HVAC diploma program. Students will have the option of taking some additional classes to receive their Associate of Occupational Studies Degree in heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

The HVAC degree program is designed to provide in-depth training to prepare students for entry-level positions in the fields of residential and commercial heating and cooling, industrial refrigeration and freezers, as well as introducing them to the basic concepts of operating a small business.

The program, which can be completed in as few as 24 months, is a combination of classroom and hands-on education in operating, troubleshooting, and maintenance and installation of HVAC systems.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for HVAC and refrigeration mechanics and installers is expected to grow by 14 percent through 2024.

Remington College’s Memphis campus is located at 2710 Nonconnah Blvd.

– Andy Meek

PROPERTY SALES 57 94 2,713
MORTGAGES 16 37 1,820
BUILDING PERMITS 303 621 6,322
BANKRUPTCIES 138 138 1,115