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1. Unequal Pay: Must Be a Lot of Good Karma Out There -

NEW YORK (AP) – Don't ask for a raise. Keeping quiet will give you "superpowers" that will translate into employer trust and other "good karma" that will eventually come back around to your purse.

2. Apple, IBM Team Up in Mobile Devices, Applications -

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) – Apple is teaming up with former nemesis IBM in an attempt to sell more iPhones and iPads to corporate customers.

The exclusive partnership announced Tuesday calls for the two technology companies to work together on about 100 different mobile applications designed for a wide range of industries.

3. Partners Drive Startup Ecosystem -

Building startups is tough work that requires the engagement of money, mentorship and professional support.

Back before there were incubators, accelerators and formal platforms to systematically assist startup companies, there were critical trusted advisers in the community to help guide entrepreneurs as they started up. Those advisers were local bankers, lawyers, marketers, accountants and others where entrepreneurs could turn for support and guidance. While new startup infrastructures have sprung up to provide knowledge, capital and other resources, professionals continue to be the backbone driving entrepreneurial growth.

4. Buffett May Face Questions About Performance -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Warren Buffett's failure to beat the stock market in four of the past five years has raised the issue of whether Berkshire Hathaway's 83-year-old CEO has lost his touch.

5. All Dividend Stocks Not Created Equal -

There are 422 dividend paying stocks in the S&P 500 Index, but not all are created equal.

To use a job analogy, some jobs offer a good upfront salary and stability in income, however, upside growth is limited. While other jobs may have lower starting salaries, they make up for it with growth opportunity and, in some cases, unlimited upside through bonuses or commissions.

6. Cisco to Invest Over $1 Billion in Cloud Computing -

NEW YORK (AP) — Cisco says it plans to spend more than $1 billion over the next two years to build up its cloud computing network.

Cisco plans to use the money to expand its data centers for the new service to be called Cisco Cloud Services.

7. IBM's Watson to Help in Brain Cancer Research -

NEW YORK (AP) – IBM is teaming up with the New York Genome Center to help fight brain cancer.

The company said Wednesday that its Watson cloud computing system will be used in partnership with a New York-based genetic research center to help develop treatments for glioblastoma, the most common type of brain cancer in U.S. adults.

8. Buffett Says Economy Continues to Grow Steadily -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Investor Warren Buffett says the economy continues the steady improvement that began in fall of 2009 and he remains optimistic despite Russia's advance into Ukraine.

9. Big Changes Ahead for Frequent Fliers on Delta -

DALLAS (AP) – Delta Air Lines is changing its frequent-flier program to favor passengers who buy the priciest tickets instead of those who fly the most miles.

It's a bid to lure higher-spending business travelers, who often book flights on short notice and pay more than bargain-hunting leisure travelers.

10. Consolidation Talk Surfaces as Races Come to Life -

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy says he would pursue city and county government consolidation if elected Shelby County mayor.

Mulroy made the comment at a Cooper-Young fundraiser as campaigns leading into the May county primaries came to life this week.

11. Microsoft Names Cloud Computing Chief as Next CEO -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Microsoft has named the head of its cloud computing business as the company's next CEO, tapping a longtime insider to lead efforts to catch rivals in mobile devices and offer more software and services over the Internet.

12. CTSI Stays Competitive by Adapting to Client Needs -

It might take a freight train to hold all of the services offered by CTSI-Global, the Memphis-based global supplier of supply chain management expertise and technology to the logistics industry.

With innovative technology and offices located worldwide, CTSI works with shippers and third-party logistics providers (3PLs) to manage their business through a database 150 terabytes strong.

13. Americans Click for Deals on Cyber Monday -

NEW YORK (AP) – Power up and shop.

Millions of Americans took advantage of online deals ranging from free shipping to hundreds of dollars off electronics and half-price clothing Monday, which was expected to be the busiest online shopping day of the year.

14. Twitter Boosts IPO Target to $23-$25 Per Share -

NEW YORK (AP) – Twitter's initial public offering of stock is getting an enthusiastic response from prospective investors.

In a reflection of the demand for Twitter's stock, the 7-year-old short messaging service on Monday boosted the price range for the IPO to $23 and $25 per share. The San Francisco company had set a range of $17 to $20 per share before Twitter executives began pitching investors interested in the IPO in a series of meetings that began last week.

15. Obama Convening Export Panel at White House -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama says rising U.S. exports have been "one of the biggest bright spots" of the U.S. economy.

Obama in 2010 set a goal of doubling exports by 2015, but the country is not on track to meet that goal. However, Obama pointed out the United States now sells more goods overseas than ever before, and those sales have boosted the U.S. economy. Obama says "made in America" means something around the world.

16. Microsoft Says CEO Ballmer to Retire in 12 Months -

NEW YORK (AP) – Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, known as much for his zany personality as his business discipline, will leave a legacy of mixed results and a monumental challenge for his yet-to-be-named successor.

17. Earnings Deluge -

Another week is in the books, resulting in another record close for both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500. Buoyed by some more accommodative comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke during Congressional testimony this week, investors took the occasion to prop the U.S. equity markets to new highs. Coinciding with Bernanke’s testimony, a deluge of second quarter corporate earnings announcements was released. As a reminder, in this space last week, we wrote,

18. Dell Delays Vote on Buyout, Sign It Lacks Support -

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) – Dell has delayed Thursday's vote on founder Michael Dell's plan to take the slumping computer maker private in a sign the board needs more time to rally support.

19. Shareholders Voting on $24.4 Billion Dell Buyout -

DALLAS (AP) – Dell Inc. is making a late push to win shareholder support for founder Michael Dell's plan to take the slumping computer maker private, an indication that Thursday's scheduled vote could be close.

20. Haslam Creates State Chief Operating Officer Position -

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has hired on a former IBM executive to become the state’s chief operating officer, a new Cabinet-level position in his administration.

Haslam announced Tuesday that Greg Adams’ role as COO will be to promote efficiency and effectiveness in operations with state departments. He starts his new job on July 8.

21. Gov. Haslam Creates COO Position in Cabinet -

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has hired on a former IBM executive to become the state’s chief operating officer, a new Cabinet-level position in his administration.

Haslam announced Tuesday that Greg Adams’ role as COO will be to promote efficiency and effectiveness in operations with state departments. He starts his new job on July 8.

22. PURE GOLD: Use Effective Taglines -

While many tools and technologies of marketing change at the speed of innovation, some fundamental elements retain their value. A few essential elements increase in value as more clutter finds new ways to compete for our increasingly valuable attention. Nothing has as much perennial value as an effective tagline.

23. Median CEO Pay Rises to $9.7 Million in 2012 -

CEO pay has been going in one direction for the past three years: up.

The head of a typical large public company made $9.7 million in 2012, a 6.5 percent increase from a year earlier that was aided by a rising stock market, according to an analysis by The Associated Press using data from Equilar, an executive pay research firm.

24. Unique Projects Bolster Zellner in Rough Times -

Zellner Construction Services LLC is a third-generation commercial construction company that has built a solid reputation for quality over quantity.

25. Buffett Says Women Key to Nation’s Prosperity -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Billionaire Warren Buffett is optimistic about America’s economic future because the nation has begun to unleash the potential of women.

Buffett’s views on the role of women appeared online Thursday in an editorial he wrote for Fortune magazine.

26. Oracle to Buy Acme Packet for About $2.1 Billion -

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. (AP) – Oracle will buy Acme Packet Inc., which makes equipment for telecommunications companies, for about $2.1 billion.

Acme's gear is used by more than 1,900 service providers and enterprises around the world. Its technology will complement Oracle's offerings for telecoms providers, said Citigroup analyst Walter Pritchard.

27. Avoid These Seven Deadly Sales Sins -

Whether you call it sales, business development or fundraising, bringing in new customers or donors is essential to your organization’s growth. After all, “nothing happens until a sale is made,” as the late founder of IBM, Thomas Watson, so prolifically stated.

28. Inherent Dangers of Do-It-Yourself Marketing -

When you own or operate a small or mid-sized company, you likely have an innate sense of self-reliance. It’s that desire to get things done on your own that probably got you to where you are today. That same drive to maintain unencumbered control, however, may be inhibiting your growth when it comes to the development and execution of your marketing strategy. While seemingly counterintuitive, here’s why this is often the case.

29. Apple's Softer Side Emerges Under CEO Cook -

NEW YORK (AP) – "Those jobs aren't coming back."

That's what Steve Jobs reportedly told President Obama when asked at a dinner in early 2011 whether Apple would consider moving some of its manufacturing from China to the United States.

30. Buffett Says US Economy Still Inching Ahead -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire investor Warren Buffett said Wednesday that the global economy is definitely slowing because of continued problems in Europe and the decline in Asia.

But he said that the U.S. economy is still improving modestly and business will improve regardless of who wins the presidential election.

31. Weak Earnings Reports Pummel Stocks -

NEW YORK (AP) — Nobody was expecting this round of corporate earnings reports to be great. But companies' underwhelming results are still rattling investors.

Stocks plunged Tuesday in one of the worst days on Wall Street this year. Big-name companies reported weak quarterly revenue and lowered their forecasts for the rest of the year.

32. Executive Speakers Bureau Nears 20 Years -

Memphis-based Executive Speakers Bureau, which helps book speakers or entertainers for client events around the world, hits its 20-year anniversary next year.

And an informal survey of the company’s clients suggests several reasons why it might have lasted this long.

33. Focus Shifts Back to the US -

After China’s deluge of economic information took the spotlight last week, investors this week shifted their gaze back to the United States for a couple of big ticket items.

First, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke made his way to the place that is held in high esteem by the American public: Capitol Hill. He provided his semi-annual testimony to the legislators on Tuesday and Wednesday.

34. Source: Yahoo, Facebook Have Settled Patent Fight -

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook and Yahoo have agreed to settle a dispute over patents, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The deal would end lawsuits the companies filed against each other without any money exchanged, according to the person, who wasn't authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

35. Nothing Wrong With Occasional Flip-Flopping -

So, I heard today that John Kerry is going to play the role of Mitt Romney in President Barack Obama’s debate preparation sessions. Hearing this made me think of an article I read years ago titled “The Dog Handler” published in Time Magazine.

36. Nasdaq Sets Aside $40M for Facebook Investors -

NEW YORK (AP) – The Nasdaq stock exchange said Wednesday that it plans to hand out $40 million in cash and credit to reimburse investment firms that got ensnared by technical problems with trading Facebook stock.

37. MAA Acquires Atlanta Apartment Complex -

MAA has completed the acquisition of Allure in Buckhead Village – a 230-unit mid-rise multi-family apartment community in Atlanta.

Developed in 2002 by Trammell Crow Residential, Allure in Buckhead Village is located in the Buckhead sub-market of Atlanta – one of the nation’s largest mixed-use development areas. Major employers in the area include AT&T, IBM, Fidelity and Morgan Stanley.

38. Turbo-Traders Take Bank of America for a Ride -

NEW YORK (AP) – On a normal day, 4 billion shares of stock change hands on the New York Stock Exchange. One in 10 belongs to a single company. It's not McDonald's or IBM, both of which have been on a tear.

39. Negative Hits Keep Coming in 2011 -

While some of the Mid-South’s more than 3,000 nonprofit organizations received major gifts and successfully engaged new donor bases, the anemic economic recovery required others to hold a magnifying glass to their bottom lines in 2011.

40. Reports Say 'Cyber Monday' Top Online Shopping Day -

NEW YORK (AP) – Online shoppers spent record amounts on the Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, making it the biggest online shopping day in history.

Online sales rose 22 percent to $1.25 billion on "Cyber Monday," when retailers ramp up online promotions, according to research firm comScore Inc. That makes it the biggest online shopping day ever, the research firm said. A year ago, "Cyber Monday" sales topped $1 billion for the first time

41. Shoppers Snap Up Cyber Monday Deals -

NEW YORK (AP) – Shoppers seem to be just as enthusiastic about shopping on their computers and smartphones on Cyber Monday as they were about finding deals over the weekend.

Online sales on Cyber Monday, which was started in 2005 by a retail trade group to encourage Americans to shop online the Monday after Thanksgiving, were up by early afternoon by 20 percent from a year ago, according to data from IBM Benchmark. Meanwhile, sales from mobile devices were up 8.5 percent. The group did not give dollar amounts.

42. Buffett's Firm Buys About $10.7B in IBM Shares -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Investor Warren Buffett says his company bought about $10.7 billion of IBM stock this year, giving it a stake of more than 5 percent in the technology company.

Buffett revealed the investment during an interview on CNBC on Monday. Buffett's company, Berkshire Hathaway Inc., planned to file a full quarterly update on its U.S. stock portfolio Monday afternoon.

43. Cultural Connection -

It’s impossible to deny Western society’s fascination with India.

The interest in Indian culture is evident in the popularity of films such as “Bend it Like Beckham” and “Slumdog Millionaire,” and in literary works such as Arundhati Roy’s Booker Prize-winning “The God of Small Things” and Jhumpa Lahiri’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Interpreter of Maladies.”

44. IBM to Buy 'Clustering' Co. Platform Computing -

ARMONK, N.Y. (AP) – IBM Corp. on Tuesday said that it has agreed to buy Platform Computing, a privately held company that helps customers combine multiple computers into computing "clusters."

45. Why We Buy What We Do -

Do you know the No. 1 reason people buy what they do where they do? There is only one correct answer. It is well-known by most sales professionals. Even though most know this answer, they do not spend the time on it that is called for.

46. Obama, GOP Trumpet Jobs Plans in Silicon Valley -

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) – The debate over how to create jobs has moved to Silicon Valley, where the president and Republican leaders were each taking to the Internet to trumpet their agendas and win over young voters.

47. Beginning A Sales Position -

One of the better-paying positions in business, big or small, is outside salesperson. It is also one of the scariest. If you get past scary, which takes months, you set yourself on the way to business success and prepare well for ownership and CEO positions.

48. Stock Buybacks Rise for 8th Consecutive Quarter -

BOSTON (AP) – America's biggest corporations rewarded shareholders by spending more money on stock repurchases for the eighth consecutive quarter.

Standard & Poor's Indices on Tuesday said stock repurchases by companies in the S&P 500 index rose 41 percent in the April-June period, growing to more than $109 billion from nearly $78 billion in last year's second quarter. Buybacks rose 22 percent compared with this year's first quarter, when the total was nearly $90 billion.

49. IBM Putting Watson to Work in Health Insurance -

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) – Enough with the fun and games. Watson is going to work.

IBM's supercomputer system, best known for trouncing the world's best "Jeopardy!" players on TV, is being tapped by one of the nation's largest health insurers to help diagnose medical problems and authorize treatments.

50. Without Jobs, Apple Must Show it Can Still Deliver -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – With Steve Jobs bowing out as CEO, Apple Inc. must persuade investors and consumers that it doesn't need the force behind the iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad in charge to keep the technology hits coming.

51. Startups vs. Stay-Ups -

There are 5,000-plus small businesses in Memphis and millions in the country, so the state of small-business ownership seems good. The problem is not starting up so much as staying up.

New businesses come on line all the time. Good thing – because many go off line, too. Some 50 percent do not last four years. The Small Business Administration says 69 percent are gone by seven years. Thus the more intense issue is staying in business, not starting one.

52. Schutt Excels As Volunteer, Outdoorsman, Businessman -

When Peter Schutt bought The Daily News Publishing Co. Inc. from his father John Paul “Jack” Jones in 1994, it marked the fourth generation of ownership for the family-run business whose story dates back more than a century.

53. Mother Teresa as Business Jedi -

Two years before she died, Mother Teresa was in the U.S. for a meeting with lay members of her organization. It took place at a nice hotel. Presenters showed charts and noted donation increases but also expense increases. Mother finally got up and said that she was disbanding the hierarchy present, that they spent too much on unnecessary things.

54. Hurry, Put Feet on the Street -

As a rookie sales rep for IBM, a company known to sell a ton of business, I recall a learning experience doled out by my manager about qualifying potential new sales reps. I was in his office, and a call came inquiring about openings for a sales rep. “We do not have any openings,” was his response. The caller hung up. But just that week our branch manager said he wanted to hire a few reps and to recommend anyone that may be promising.

55. House Heads Toward Vote on Patent System Overhaul -

WASHINGTON (AP) – After years of effort to modernize the patent system and assure the competitive edge of American inventors, a proposed overhaul neared a close vote in the House on Thursday.

56. Summer Scholars Institute Under Way at U of M -

Shelby County Schools middle-school students begin a two-week summer camp Monday, June 13, emphasizing science, technology and math skills.

The fifth annual Shelby Summer Scholars Institute runs from through June 24 at the Fogelman Business College on the University of Memphis campus.

57. IBM Grant Benefits Rhodes Library -

Rhodes College’s Crossroads to Freedom has received a $130,000 services grant from IBM Corp.

The grant will allow Crossroads to Freedom to incorporate a new “Story Builder” tool to its archive.

58. Only a Few Ways to Grow Business -

There are many books, seminars and advisers spouting how to grow your business. Good for them, but I can give it to you right here for free. It’s not the least bit mysterious nor should it take more than one page to explain. It’s not buying a bag of Miracle-Gro at Lowe’s and sprinkling it either.

59. AP Survey: Only Oil Shock Can Stop Economy Now -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The American economy is now strong enough to withstand Middle East turmoil and the Japanese nuclear crisis. Only a big rise in the price of oil could stop it now.

Those are the findings of an Associated Press survey of leading economists, who are increasingly confident in a recovery that is nearly two years old. They expect the economy to grow faster every quarter this year.

60. Overcoming the Deep Recession Blues -

Not long ago, we were enjoying remarkable market growth. Companies were doing well, investment portfolios were growing and employees were receiving bonuses. If someone felt a need to change jobs, it wasn’t hard to find one in a desirable location, at a good salary.

61. Addressing Business Killers -

We know half of all businesses do not last even four years. Some 70 percent are gone before seven years. But there is no sense helping these figures along, is there?

It goes on all the time.

62. Turning Ideas Into Revenue -

Welcome to this occasional series of columns on intellectual property, designed to provide the Greater Memphis business and entrepreneurial community with insights into this extraordinary asset – what it is, how it can be turned into revenue and strategies to minimize the risk and expense of legal challenges involving it.

63. Intellectual Property Grows At Wyatt Tarrant -

This month alone, the intellectual property lawsuits have been flying.

Apple is suing Amazon.com over Amazon’s use of the term “App Store” with customers.

64. Creativity Tops MBA -

Over the past 10 years, the IBM Institute for Business Value and IBM Strategy and Change has conducted four biennial Global CEO Study projects. The latest installment – titled Capitalizing on Complexity – surveyed about 1,500 CEOs in 60 countries and 33 industries. The topic they cited consistently as most important and challenging has been the increasing complexity of business. Well, no surprise there, as the word “global” has become integral in the dictionary of just about every business with the possible exception of my vet.

65. Why Salespeople Fade Out -

Salespeople are among the most valuable of employees. They should be; they bring in the money. And then comes a time when they don’t.

The lifespan of an outside sales rep parallels a professional athlete. Both require high levels of physical and mental fitness to be successful and win on game day. That is just the beginning. There must also be strong discipline, a nuclear work ethic of self starting and playing the entire game with intensity.

66. Technology Cos. Commit Funds to Obama Program -

NEW YORK (AP) – Three of the nation's biggest technology companies are committing hundreds of millions of dollars to an initiative backed by President Barack Obama to encourage job creation and economic growth by supporting small businesses.

67. Chamber Breakfast to Help Businesses ‘Revive and Thrive’ -

Jane Applegate, the leading speaker for Bloomberg Television’s “Financial Forum” speaker series, will discuss growth strategies for small businesses at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s first Small Business Council Breakfast of 2011.

68. Five Words to Live By -

Five words make any employer or client breathe a sigh of relief: “I’ll take care of it.”

I learned this from Dusky Norsworthy, owner of Behind the Scenes production services, when I was her client. If I had a problem, opportunity or suggestion, I would present it to her and she would quickly respond, “I’ll take care of it.” And she did. There were never any ifs, ands or buts. I became a devoted client because she made my life easier.

69. Shoppers Crowd the Malls in Christmas Countdown -

NEW YORK (AP) – Packed malls? Healthy gains in holiday spending? It's beginning to look at least a little like a pre-recession Christmas.

Americans spent more on clothing, luxury goods and even furniture, delivering healthy gains across the board, according to MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse, which tracks spending across all transactions including cash. The online category continued to be a bright spot. The big exception was consumer electronics, dragged down by deep discounting of TVs amid a glut. That area was virtually unchanged from a year ago.

70. Quarterly Report: Record Earnings On Horizon -

Earnings Bonanza We have now completed a quarter of third quarter’s earnings season. Traditionally, 60 percent of the companies within the S&P 500 top earnings expectations as managements issue conservative guidance followed by better results. Many forecasted a surprise ratio below the historical norm as economic softness threatens revenue growth and efficiency gains become more difficult.

71. Dow Falls Below 11,000 as Dollar Rises -

NEW YORK (AP) — A stronger dollar and a surprise interest rate hike in China that may slow that country's economy helped push stocks sharply lower Tuesday.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell below 11,000 for the first time in a little more than a week, reversing a streak that had sent the index up nearly 8 percent for the year.

72. It Must Be Easy -

Going through IBM sales school 101, emphasis was on being able to demonstrate products were easy to use. It was near the top of reasons why buyers bought. This is true now more than ever. It is safe to say that anything about your business process that is not easy is costing you business and profits. Anything you try to sell that is complicated or difficult will make it complicated and difficult to make a sale.

73. Make a List Marked ‘Bold’ -

You may be busy being busy these days, but entrepreneurs need to take time to author a category marked “BOLD” in which they place imaginative, creative happenings for the year.

These need not be expensive things, but let’s say they are way outside your usual outside-of-the-box endeavors. They are seedlings, actually, that may become your “Jack and The Beanstalk.” They consist mostly of your time more than money or materials.

74. US Homes Lost to Foreclosure Up 25 Pct on Year -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Lenders took back more homes in August than in any month since the start of the U.S. mortgage crisis.

The increase in home repossessions came even as the number of properties entering the foreclosure process slowed for the seventh month in a row, foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday.

75. IDB Approves 8-Year PILOT for Jabil -

The Memphis-Shelby County Industrial Development Board has approved a new eight-year $1.6 million PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) for Jabil Circuit Inc.

76. IDB Approves 8-Year PILOT for Jabil -

The Memphis-Shelby County Industrial Development Board has approved a new eight-year $1.6 million PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) for Jabil Circuit Inc.

77. Ego Is Expensive -

In business, your greatest competitor is yourself, not the guy across town. A part of beating back yourself as a competitor is containing your ego. This is hardest for men.

We can’t help it. It’s in our DNA. We want to win. We want to be superior. We want to yell, hoot and honk louder than anybody else in the room or on the interstate. Our story must always be more amazing than others.

78. French Fries And Other Constants -

There are only three industries that guarantee investors and employees a future: women’s cosmetics, toilet paper and French fries. Maybe an Apple I-whatever. The rest have to contend with considerable uncertainty.

79. Former FedEx Exec Joins Duncan-Williams -

A former executive whose resume includes stints at FedEx Corp. and IBM has joined Memphis-based investment banking firm Duncan-Williams Inc. as chief technology officer.

80. Salespeople Form A Business’ Lifeline -

Regardless of your experiences with salespeople, they are some of the most important people in business. It is true: Nothing happens until somebody sells something.

For there to be a space industry somebody first sold the president on putting a man into orbit. The sale closed and gave us NASA.

81. Ford Name Plays Into Election Victory -

It didn’t work for Myron Lowery in last year’s special election for Memphis mayor.

But Joe Ford won the Democratic nomination for Shelby County mayor this week by running from the office.

82. Ford Wins Democratic Mayoral Primary -  

Interim County Mayor Joe Ford became the Democratic nominee for mayor in the August county general elections Tuesday night.

And the August sheriff’s race will be a contest between Democrat Randy Wade and Republican Randy Wade.

All three were among the winners in Tuesday’s low turnout county primaries.

Approximately ten percent of Shelby County’s nearly 600,000 voters cast ballots in early voting and election day polling.

Ford, who was appointed interim mayor in December, beat County Commissioner Deidre Malone and General Sessions Court Clerk Otis Jackson in the Democratic primary. He will face Republican Mark Luttrell who had only token opposition in the Republican primary from perennial contender Ernie Lunati.

Luttrell has raised more money than all three of the Democratic primary contenders combined and began running television ads in the last week runup to election day.

The final unofficial totals in the Democratic mayoral primary are:

Ford 20,360 57%

Malone 12,916 37%

Jackson 2,168 6%

The pair of primaries for Sheriff featured eight candidates, seven of whom either currently work for the sheriff’s department or are past employees. Only Reginald French, in the Democratic primary was not a former or current department official.

Wade was the 2002 Democratic nominee, losing to Luttrell who is leaving as Sheriff after serving two terms. French was the Democratic nominee in the 2006 elections.

Oldham is Luttrell’s chief deputy, the number two position in the department. He is also a former director of the Memphis Police Department.

The final unofficials totals in the Republican primary are:

Bill Oldham 13,821 48%

Dale Lane 7,981 28%

Bobby Simmons 5,886 21%

James Coleman 943 3%

In the Democratic primary:

Randy Wade 22,643 67%

Reginald French 6,777 20%

Larry Hill 2,738 8%

Bennie Cobb 1,814 5%

Voters in the primary elections decided to return six Shelby County commissioners to new four year terms with Tuesday’s results. They also elected six new commissioners. The winner of the thirteenth commission seat will be decided on the August general election ballot in a contest between district 5 Democratic incumbent Steve Mulroy and Republican challenger Dr. Rolando Toyos. The winner of the match up will determine whether the commission remains majority Democrat or goes majority Republican.

Mulroy easily defeated Jennings Bernard in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

Republican incumbent Mike Ritz ran unopposed as did new Democratic commissioner Walter Bailey.

In the remaining ten contests, the primaries decided who gets the seats since no one ran in the opposing party’s primary.

The most hotly contested contest among the commission races was for District 4 Position 1. Outgoing Probate Court Clerk Chris Thomas beat John Pellicciotti, appointed to a commission seat last year but running for a different position in the same district. Jim Bomprezzi, the former mayor of Lakeland, was the third contender in the contest.

The final unofficial totals in the Republican primary:

Thomas 7,631 52%

Pellicciotti 4,871 33%

Bomprezzi 2,298 15%

In position 2 of the same district incumbent Republican Wyatt Bunker easily overcame two challengers with former Lakeland alderman John Wilkerson finishing second and Ron Fittes finishing third.

Millington businessman Terry Roland claimed the third position in the district that takes in all six of Shelby County’s suburban towns and cities.

Roland beat George Chism to take the seat Pellicciotti was appointed to but opted not to run for in deference to Roland.

Heidi Shafer, an aide to outgoing County Commissioner George Flinn, claimed Flinn’s District 1 Position 2 seat over Albert Maduska.in the GOP primary.

District 1 incumbent Republican Mike Carpenter easily beat businessman Joe Baier.

In the Democratic commission primaries, Melvin Burgess claimed Malone’s District 2 Position 3 seat in a field of six contenders. His closest contender was Reginald Milton. Burgess, a city school system audit manager, had run for the seat before. He brought in 54 percent of the vote.

The other hard fought Democratic commission primary saw Justin Ford, son of the interim mayor, claim his father’s District 3 Position 3 seat.

Ford beat Edith Moore, a retired IBM executive, whom the commission appointed to the seat after the elder Ford became mayor.

The final unofficial vote totals are:

Ford 7,342 66%

Moore 3,822 34%

Democratic incumbent commissioners Henri Brooks, Sidney Chism and James Harvey were all re-elected over primary challengers.

The county-wide primaries for seven clerk’s positions saw the return of former Criminal Court Clerk Minerva Johnican 16 years after Republican challenger Bill Key took her job. Johnican decisively beat Ralph White and Vernon Johnson in her first bid for office since the 1994 defeat. She will face Republican Kevin Key, the son of Bill Key in the August general election.

The final unofficial vote totals are:

Johnican 16,381 51%

White 10,170 31%

Johnson 5,954 18%

Former Juvenile Court Clerk Shep Wilbun easily won the Democratic primary with 76 percent of the vote to face Republican Joy Touliatos in August for the office being vacated by Republican Steve Stamson. Touliatos was unopposed in the primary.

Democrat Coleman Thompson is back for another go at incumbent Republican Register Tom Leatherwood.

Aside from Leatherwood, Jimmy Moore is the only other of the seven clerks seeking re-election. Moore ran unopposed in the GOP primary. He will face Democrat Ricky Dixon in August.

Trustee Regina Newman was appointed to her office following the death last year of Paul Mattila. Newman easily overcame M LaTroy Williams in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. She will face David Lenoir, who beat former Shelby County Commissioner John Willingham in the Republican contest.

The final unofficial vote totals are:

Lenoir 15,922 58%

Willingham 11,569 42%

The other six candidate field on the ballot was in the Democratic primary for Probate Court Clerk. Sondra Becton posted impressive vote totals over her rivals, bringing in 35 percent of the vote with Peggy Dobbins her closest rival. Becton, who is making her fourth bid for the office, will face Republican Paul Boyd, who ran unopposed in his primary.

The final unofficial vote totals are:

Becton 10,929 36%

Dobbins 5,366 18%

Annita Hamilton 4,848 16%

Clay Perry 3,549 12%

Danny Kail 3,120 11%

Karen Tyler 2,782 9%

The closest contest of the evening was in the Democratic primary for County Clerk. Wrestling promoter and television personality Corey Maclin won his political debut by less than 1,400 votes over Charlotte Draper and LaKeith Miller. He will face Republican Wayne Mashburn who beat Steve Moore in the companion primary.

Early voting in advance of the Aug. 5 election day begins July 16. The August ballot will also feature state and federal primary elections including the statewide primaries for governor and the primaries for all nine of the state’s Congressional districts.

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83. Commission Races Hinge on Public Issues -

Two issues figure in to the 11 competitive races for the Shelby County Commission – the future of the Regional Medical Center and local government consolidation.

Any push card for a credible candidate includes either something about how to save The MED or the candidate’s opposition to consolidation – or both.

84. Ex-IBM Exec Pleads Guilty in Inside Trading Case -

NEW YORK (AP) - A former IBM senior executive pleaded guilty Monday to federal charges arising from what prosecutors call the largest insider trading case in hedge fund history.

Robert Moffat, 53, of Ridgefield, Conn., pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit securities fraud and securities fraud, charges which carry a potential penalty of 25 years in prison.

85. Moore Fights to Keep Commission Seat -

Edith Moore has never run for public office.

But that doesn’t mean she’s never been involved in politics.

86. What’s Coming Up This Election Season -

After a year of turbulence, the Memphis political scene continues to remake itself.

The May 4 and Aug. 5 elections don’t have the focused drama of last October’s special election for Memphis mayor, but they represent new chapters in a story that could end with a new generation of political leaders and at least a passing of the political baton.

87. Surprise Commission Appointee Lays Out Plans, Goals -

Edith C. Moore is the newest member of the Shelby County Commission, which appointed her during its last meeting of the year on Dec. 21.

Moore represents District 3 Position 3, the seat vacated by Joe Ford earlier in December when he was appointed interim Shelby County mayor.

88. An Upset Choice For The County Commission -

A retired IBM executive who decided to take a political leap at the last minute is the newest Shelby County Commissioner.

Edith C. Moore got seven votes from eleven members of the Shelby County Commission in the sixth round of voting to fill the vacancy created by Commissioner Joe Ford’s appointment as interim Shelby County Mayor.

89. UPDATE: Moore Is Upset Choice For County Commission -

A retired IBM executive who decided to take a political leap at the last minute is the newest Shelby County Commissioner.

Edith C. Moore got seven votes from eleven members of the Shelby County Commission in the sixth round of voting to fill the vacancy created by Commissioner Joe Ford’s appointment as interim Shelby County Mayor.

90. Commission To Interview Ford Replacement Applicants -

For the second time in a year, Shelby County Commission members are about to change the makeup of the 13-member body.

Commissioners today will interview applicants for the District 3, Position 3 seat Joe Ford is giving up to become interim Shelby County mayor. The meeting is set for 10 a.m.

91. Computer Programmers Accused of Aiding Madoff Scam -

NEW YORK (AP) - Two former employees for Bernard Madoff programmed an old IBM computer to generate false records that concealed the crooked financier's massive Ponzi scheme and were given hush money when they threatened to stop lying, federal prosecutors said Friday.

92. Memphis Firms Receive Training Grants -

IBM Corp. and In’Tech Medical Inc. will train workers with funding from the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development.

93. U of M Education Dean Forms Advisory Council -

Don Wagner, dean of the College of Education at the University of Memphis, has formed an advisory council made up of community leaders.

94. Events -

The Bartlett Business Expo will be today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bartlett Recreation Center, 7700 Flaherty Place. More than 75 businesses will display their products and services. There also will be door prizes and entertainment. The event is free. For more information, call Mary Crone at 372-9457 or visit www.bartlettchamber.com.

95. ServiceMaster Cuts 155 Memphis Jobs -

As an outgrowth of the announcement in December that Memphis-based ServiceMaster Co. would be outsourcing some of its information technology services to IBM, 155 ServiceMaster employees will be let go in the coming weeks.

96. China Irks US With Computer Security Review Rules -

BEIJING (AP) – The Chinese government is stirring trade tensions with Washington with a plan to require foreign computer security technology to be submitted for government approval, in a move that might require suppliers to disclose business secrets.

97. IBM to Help Build Broadband Network in Power Lines -

NEW YORK (AP) - IBM Corp. is throwing its considerable weight behind an idea that seemed to have faded: broadband Internet access delivered over ordinary power lines.

98. Morgan Keegan Misrepresented Risks, Paper Says -

A former economist with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission believes the Memphis-based brokerage firm Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. misrepresented the risks of investing in six bond funds that cost investors $2 billion last year.

99. Furor Builds on SEC Indexed Annuity Oversight Plan -

NEW YORK (AP) - It sounds like an arcane topic that would concern only a few, but a proposal by the Securities and Exchange Commission has generated a mini furor.

The subject of this highly charged debate? Whether or not equity-indexed annuities, a specialized financial product that combines the promise of regular payments with the potential for gains linked to the stock market, should be considered securities or insurance.

100. IBM Makes Donation To Porter-Leath -

Porter-Leath has received a donation from IBM of 16 KidSmart Young Explorer computer stations for two of the organization’s Head Start centers.

The donation is part of IBM’s KidSmart Early Learning Program for children ranging in age from 3 to 7.