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Grand Re-opening of Northgate Mall, Nov. 7
On Thursday, November 7, Northgate Mall will kick off a three-day celebration marking the completion of a multi-million dollar transformation of the mall owned by CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. The renovation is the shopping destination’s third major interior renovation since opening in 1972.
The Grand Celebration, which runs through Saturday, November 9 will launch with a public celebration of the newly completed renovations at the property. The public is invited to a ribbon cutting on Thursday, November 7 at 10 a.m. at Center Court. Refreshments will be served and musical entertainment will be provided by The Salvation Army Band, Brassworks beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Nightly renovation work allowed Northgate Mall to remain open during the seven-month makeover that features energy efficiency upgrades; ceiling and lighting upgrades; upgraded tile floors throughout the property; new paint throughout; and carpeted soft seating areas
Retailers that have opened this year include Michaels and Ross Dress for Less outside the mall and Auntie Anne’s Pretzels inside the mall. Burlington Coat Factory will open their doors in fall 2014 in a 63,000 square foot space, and Old Navy will open in January 2014.
“Our continued investment in Northgate Mall not only reinforces its place as the market dominant shopping destination, but it also helps to attract new retailers to the shopping center. We know that our shoppers want a comfortable and enjoyable shopping experience. The renovation and ongoing growth at Northgate Mall helps us deliver just that and we look forward to continuing our growth in the years to come,” said Steve Banks, General Manager.
Other family-friendly events include the grand opening of the all new Memorial Hospital – Hixson Play Area on Thursday, November 7 at 11 a.m. The water-themed soft-sided play sculptures include a dolphin, a turtle, a sand castle slide and more. Activities will include special goody bags for first 100 children, DJ and musical entertainment, cookie cake and a festive ribbon cutting. Also on Thursday, November 7, from 12 noon until 6 p.m. at Center Court, Sunny 92.3, Hits 96 and WUUQ Classic County will conduct live remotes and giveaways.
On Friday, November 8, Santa Claus will arrive to kick off the holiday season at Northgate Mall with a Pajama Party. The event will start at 6:00 p.m. at Center Court and will offer storytelling, a magic show, musical entertainment, cookie decorating and more. Kids 12 and under wearing their pajamas will receive a FREE pillowcase to take home, while supplies last.
On Saturday, November 9, join Memorial Hospital – Hixson for a Health Fair at Center Court from 12 noon until 4 p.m. Screenings offered include bone density, blood pressure, balance screening and waist circumference. Nutritional and other self tests for sleep apnea and diabetes will be offered. Vitamin World and GNC will be offering samples and The North River YMCA will showcase several of their new programs including: Diabetes Prevention; LiveStrong; and Teen Leadership.
Also on Saturday from noon until 1:30 p.m., celebrate Chick-fil-A’s 30th Anniversary in Center Court with cake (while supplies last), a magician and balloon animals. Chick-fil-A will offer great food/drink discounts and special giveaways in store all week from Monday, November 4 through Saturday, November 9.
For more go to VisitNorthgateMall.com
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. homebuilders' confidence in the housing market is a bit better right now but remains relatively low for the third straight month, reflecting the impact of tight credit for home buyers and a shortage of workers and land.
The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index for April has edged up to 47 from 46 in March.
Readings below 50 mean builders view sales conditions as poor. The index had been above 50 from June through January. But builders recently have complained that they can't find enough workers or lots.
Builders expect sales to improve over the spring and summer. The index measuring their confidence in home sales over the next six months rose to 57, highest since January.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lower U.S. gasoline prices kept consumer inflation in check last month, helping offset higher costs for food and clothing.
The Labor Department says the consumer price index rose 0.2 percent in March, after scant 0.1 percent increases the previous two months. Prices have risen just 1.5 percent year over year. That remains well below the Federal Reserve's 2 percent target for inflation.
Excluding the volatile food and energy categories, core prices increased 0.2 percent in March and 1.7 percent in the past year.
Prices at the gas pump tumbled 1.7 percent in March, lowering costs for the entire energy category.
But food prices jumped 0.4 percent, led by increases in eggs, milk, butter, oranges, pork chops, ground beef and poultry. Prices for clothing, used cars and cable television also rose.
J&J profit up 8 percent on sales jump; Coca-Cola profit dips, but more drinks sold
UNDATED (AP) -- Johnson & Johnson says its first-quarter profit rose 8 percent.
The world's biggest maker of health care products easily beat Wall Street expectations and raised its earnings outlook. J&J's report credits restrained costs and a big jump in prescription drug sales for its gains. Its stock is up more than 1 percent.
Coca-Cola says its first-quarter profit fell nearly 8 percent despite selling more drinks worldwide.
Soda sales actually fell for the first time in a decade, but the drop was offset by stronger sales of non-carbonated drinks, such as juice. Still, a stronger dollar hurt profits.
Excluding one-time items, Coca-Cola's net income totaled 44 cents per share, matching Wall Street expectations. Coca-Cola shares are up more than 3 percent.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal appeals court has upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.
The new regulations are designed to clean the air of toxins such as mercury, lead and arsenic, which contribute to respiratory illnesses, birth defects and developmental problems in children.
In its ruling, the court rejected state and industry challenges to the rules. Industry groups argue it would cost billions of dollars annually to comply with the new rules and the EPA overstates their benefits.
When the rules were brought forward three years ago, there were no limits on how much mercury or other toxic pollutants could be released from a power plant's smokestacks.
The EPA calls the decision "a victory for public health and the environment," adding that the new standards will "prevent heart and asthma attacks" and slash emissions that can impair children's ability to learn.
PAP SMEAR DEBATE-FDA
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A high-tech screening tool for cervical cancer is facing pushback from more than a dozen patient groups, who warn that the genetic test could displace a simpler, cheaper and more established mainstay of women's health: the Pap smear.
The new test comes from Roche and uses DNA to detect the human papillomavirus, or HPV, which that causes nearly all cases of cervical cancer. While such technology has been available for years, Roche now wants the FDA to approve its test as a first-choice option for cervical cancer screening, bypassing the decades-old Pap smear.
But a number of women's groups warn that moving to a DNA-only testing model would be a "radical shift" in medical practice that could lead to confusion, higher costs and overtreatment in some women.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says recent initiatives by the Fed and other regulators to help banks make it through periods of financial stress are important, but they may still need to be strengthened.
Yellen believes current rules governing how much capital banks must hold in case of losses do not address all threats. She said that the Federal Reserve staff is actively considering what additional measures may be needed.
Bank regulators need to focus on this area, Yellen says, since bank runs generated at shaky firms were the primary engine that triggered the 2008 financial crisis.
Yellen's comments Tuesday came in an address delivered by video to a financial markets conference sponsored by the Federal Reserve's regional bank in Atlanta.
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union Parliament has completed the biggest overhaul of the bloc's financial system since the introduction of the euro currency.
Lawmakers in Strasbourg today passed laws aimed at minimizing the risk and cost posed by failing banks. They signed off on the establishment of a European authority to unwind or restructure failing banks as well as new rules designed to prevent any further bailouts with taxpayer money.
The EU Parliament also passed legislation that protects all deposits of up to 100,000 euros ($138,000) in case of bank failures across the 28-nation bloc.
The EU Commissioner in charge of financial market reform says the new rules "put an end to the era of massive bailouts and ensure taxpayers will no longer foot the bill when banks face difficulties."
During the global financial crisis, European governments pumped more than $800 billion into ailing banks.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A public employees union is fighting a bipartisan effort in Congress to force the Internal Revenue Service to hire private contractors to collect some delinquent taxes.
The IRS stopped using private tax collectors in 2009 after determining that agency employees could do a better job.
The Senate Finance Committee passed a bill two weeks ago that included an amendment requiring the IRS to revive the program. The amendment was offered by Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer of New York. It was accepted without opposition.
The amendment was attached to a bill that extends several dozen tax breaks that expired at the start of the year.
The National Treasury Employees Union said the program failed in the past and should not be forced on the IRS.
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