Archive for December, 2009

The search for a missing FedEx employee Jennifer Hurt may have come to an end.  Hurt’s car was found upside down in a ravine on Raines road, just west of Mendenhall, and just block’s away from her job.  Hurt was last seen leaving FedEx after work, the morning of January 8th.  Investigators also confirm a body was found inside the car, but won’t know for at least a day if it’s Jennifer Hurt. Hurt’s stepfather Ira Green said he’s preparing his family for just about anything.

The morning Jennifer disappeared, was the coldest day of winter so far, with a low of 9 degrees. There was a light snow that morning, and it had snowed the day before.  Investigators say it’s too early to determine exactly how the car ended up in the ravine.

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Shelby County Commissioners selected Edith Moore, a retired IBM worker from Murfreesboro, to replace Joe Ford. Representing District 3, position 3 on the Shelby County Commission. Moore is not a political novice. Five rounds of voting failed to produce a candidate with a majority of commission votes, and narrowed a field of four nominees to Moore and Justin Ford, the son of the interim county mayor. A member of the Ford family has held the seat since 1994 when James Ford, brother of Joe Ford and uncle of Justin Ford, claimed the seat. Ford left to become interim Shelby County Mayor. Moore faced off against Joe Ford’s son, Justin, in the final round of voting. After a 7-3 vote, Moore was selected for the position. When the vote was announced, Moore lifted her fist in triumph. Minutes later, she said she couldn’t believe it was true. “It’s like David slaying Goliath. Moore was immediately sworn in by minute clerk Carealine Tuggle.

Moore moved to Memphis in 1968 from her native Murfeesboro, Tn. but left Memphis in the 1980s for a promotion out of IBM’s Memphis operation to the corporation’s Atlanta headquarters. Moore was appointed to the Cobb County, Ga. Human Relations Council in the 1980s. She also worked with Georgia state officials as an appointed liasion and lobbyist. She moved back to Memphis in 2002 after she retired from IBM.

Edith C. Moore; Age: 61; Previous government experience: This will be her first elected office, but she’s served on various boards, including some in the state of Georgia; Education: Attended Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Memphis. Did religious studies at the Tennessee School of Religion; Career: Retired from IBM, substitute teacher at Hamilton High School and other Memphis City Schools; Family: Widowed, two adult daughters and a teenaged grandson; Personal: She’s a member of Gospel Temple in North Memphis and an avid player of the card game pinochle.

Several factors contributed to Moore’s surprise win. Marcus Holliday dropped out after he spent much of his public interview earlier this month explaining a record that included driving under the influence and related problems. Candidates, James T. “Jai” Boyd and Jarvis Harris, don’t live in the South Memphis district they would represent on the commission. George Flinn and other Republicans on the commission were forced to pick among a slate of Democratic candidates. Moore appeared relatively nonpartisan. That left Moore with just three competitors: Ford, former high school principal James O. Catchings and Memphis City Schools teacher Ike Griffith. Seven votes were needed to win. Voting for Ford were Chism, Steve Mulroy and Deidre Malone, all Democrats. Voting for Moore were Republicans Avery, Mike Carpenter, Flinn, and Mike Ritz, as well as Democrats Henri Brooks, J.W. Gibson and James Harvey. Republican Wyatt Bunker voted “pass.”

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The Memphis Police Department staged an undercover prostitution sting this weekend. More than a dozen women were arrested for prostitution near a school or church. Prostitution is a big problem near Hollywood and Chelsea. Undercover officers posed as decoys in several areas around the city. 12 women were all willing to have sex for money, and they were all within a mile and a half of a church or school.

Tonya Richardson Geraldine Patterson Mary Crenshaw
LaTwonda Mabry

Katherine Cooper

Angel Jones
Jeanette Brooks Erica Hudson Ashley Crowder
Sophia Watson Elizabeth Bowling Cicely Guy

Busts were also made near Winchester Elementary, Hanley elementary and other middle and high schools around the city. The women’s bonds ranged from a $100 to $250. At last check Sunday night, about half of them had been released. The women who were arrested range in age from 22 to 52.

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FedEx said on Thursday that its second-quarter profit fell 30 percent on a 10 percent decline in revenue and issued a disappointing forecast for the current period, setting off a 6 percent decline in its share price. The company predicted earnings of 50 to 70 cents a share in the current quarter, well under analysts’ expectations of 84 cents a share. In the quarter, FedEx earned $345 million, or $1.10 a share, compared with $493 million, or $1.58 a share, in the period a year earlier. Sales in the period, which ended Nov. 30 and was the second quarter of FedEx’s fiscal year, fell to $8.6 billion, from $9.54 billion. Shares of FedEx, which is based in Memphis, fell $5.48, to $84.47.

The chief executive, chairman and president, Frederick W. Smith, said in a conference call he believed that the nation’s economy “reached a turning point” in recent months. FedEx is adding more flight hours to meet international demand in the current quarter, which will increase its costs. The company cut flight hours by 6 percent during the last quarter as it used fewer and more fuel-efficient airplanes. But as package volume started picking up in the quarter, especially in Asia and Latin America, FedEx scheduled more flights.

Average daily package volumes at FedEx Ground were up 4 percent, according to company officials, with FedEx SmartPost, its “last mile” delivery service partnership with the United States Postal Service up 63 percent year-over-year at 1,265 packages shipped per day. And total U.S. domestic daily package volumes were up 4 percent at roughly 2,618 pounds per day, but revenue per package at $14.51 dipped 19 percent from $17.86, which was primarily due to declining fuel surcharges, rate per pound, and weight per package. FedEx International Priority average daily package volume was up 6 percent at about 529 pounds per day, but revnue per package at $52.88 was down 14 percent, due to lower fuel surcharges. Data from its peak Christmas shipping day, Dec. 14, show that FedEx shipped 14.1 million packages in one day. That’s up from 12 million shipped on last year’s busiest day. That data comes from FedEx’s major domo, Smith believes the overall U.S. economy passed a “turning point” in the most recent quarter about the time of the one-year anniversary of the Lehman Brothers collapse.

FedEx is restoring merit-based pay increases at the shipping giant and also is restoring the 50 percent match to its employees’ 401(k) contributions. FedEx stock fell on the day of the announcement by 5 percent, dragging the entire market with it, FedEx stock is still up 34 percent for the year and has outgained rival UPS by double-digits over the past 52 weeks. The company on Monday shipped 14.1 million packages, considered the peak day for mailing holiday goods. The figure was a million higher than expected and up 17% from the busiest day last year. December volume growth indicates that “global economic conditions are improving,” Smith said in a conference call Thursday after the company reported a 30% drop in profit. Chief Financial Officer Alan B. Graf Jr. said the company is starting to emerge from “the worst economic downturn in FedEx history.”

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