June 26, 2008

Coffee Break – Still No. 1 in Air Cargo Handling

Memphis International Airport remained the busiest cargo airport in the world last year, but Hong Kong is creeping up.

More than 3.84 million tons of cargo came through the airport last year, according to the latest figures from Air Cargo World magazine and Airports Council International.

That was 4 percent more than in 2006, the council said.

Hong Kong ranked at 3.77 million tons, but its cargo handling grew 4.6 percent.

Hong Kong's growth rate remained faster than Memphis' for the first few months of this year, Air Cargo World said.

Malco buys in OB again

Malco Theatres Inc. has bought its second property in Olive Branch, this one from a competitor that was poised to begin construction.

Cinema Group Inc. was planning to build a movie theater at Goodman and Davidson roads when Malco stepped in and bought the site.

Malco officials are not sure if they will build there or on a site they bought five years ago.

"That's going to take more study," said Jimmy Tashie, senior vice president at Malco.

One of the properties could be sold or could be developed into a venture other than a movie theater, he said.

Black college road trip

If you are a recent graduate of a historically black college or university, love football and have some time on your hands, a road trip could be in your future.

Ford is looking for two people who meet those qualifications to take part in its 2008 Black College Road Trip. Those selected will take a 92-day, 13,000-mile trip across the United States in a new 2009 Ford Flex customized by the acclaimed Funkmaster Flex.

The road trip will include stops at high-profile HBCU football games in Atlanta, New Orleans and Memphis, where they'll attend the Southern Heritage Classic between Jackson State and Tennessee State at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

At the games, the so-called "roadies" will participate in pregame parades, step shows and halftime updates. Each week, they will relate their experiences and provide commentaries on the football games during the nationally syndicated "Tom Joyner Morning Show."

Visit fordurban.com for details. Apply by July 18.

Small-biz breakfast

The Small Business Chamber will host the Memphis Breakfast Club from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday at InSouth Bank, 5299 Poplar.

The event will include mini-expos, door prizes and plenty of networking opportunities.

The program is free to members and first-time guests. For details, visit smallbusinesschamber.com.


Well said

John Wooden:

"Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."


Originally published by The Commercial Appeal .

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