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1. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline -

Memphis City Council member Lee Harris is challenging Democratic state Sen. Ophelia Ford in the August primary for District 29, the Senate seat held by a member of the Ford family since 1975.

2. Gatewood Named Marketing Dir. At Methodist Healthcare -

Megan Gatewood has been promoted to marketing director at Methodist Healthcare. In her new role, Gatewood is responsible for developing and overseeing marketing strategies for Methodist’s adult hospitals, outpatient services and physician practices.

3. It’s True – No, Really -

IF YOU WANT TO HELP, STOP. My high school classmate, Donna Davis, and I are doing an intervention. We’re asking our other classmates, and yours, to stop sending helpful, lifesaving email. Tell us what you’ve been up to … briefly … maybe even something … a little something … about your children/grandchildren or your plastic/heart/knee/hip surgery, but, please God, stop spreading the dismal fog of spreading germs and apocalyptic prophecy.

4. Events -

Small Biz Memphis will host Business Builders Circle meetings Wednesday and Thursday from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. at 1661 International Drive, Suite 400. For more information, call 205-9303.

5. Events -

Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a birthday celebration Monday at 10 a.m. at its Midtown headquarters, 910 Vance Ave. The event is free and open to the public and will include music, a keynote address by Bartholomew Orr, senior pastor at Brown Missionary Baptist Church, cake and volunteers will participate in a special holiday meals delivery. For more information, call 529-4544.

6. ‘Bottle Bill’ Supporters Hope 2010 is Ripe for Passage -

Supporters of a Tennessee “bottle bill” that would reward people monetarily for picking up the containers are pitching the initiative as a job creator this time around.

A “green movement” may have blossomed across the country, but the environmental argument for establishing a refund system for bottles has not garnered enough support for the Tennessee General Assembly to approve it in past years. The bill would create a 5-cent deposit and refund on the containers.

“We think the stars have been lining up for several years,” said Marge Davis, coordinator of the Tennessee Bottle Bill Project. “We think this bill will pass in 2010.”

Cleaning the city

Positive factors for passage include greater demand for recycled materials, a lowering of the previously proposed tax for bottle distributors, a positive fiscal note for the state budget, wider community support and the need to create jobs, Davis said. Last year, the Shelby County Commission endorsed the legislation. A local nonprofit, Shelby Residential & Vocational Services (SRVS), expressed its desire to serve as a redemption center.

However, the bill has had the support of local environmentalists for several years.

“We used to be one of the cleanest cities in the country and have deteriorated into a litter trash heap,” said Diana Threadgill, a Memphis resident who is executive director of Mississippi River Corridor-Tennessee. “People don’t realize that everything they throw out on the street goes into the sewer system and eventually into the river. I think the bottle bill will help us with that.”

Davis contends that setting up a refund system could create hundreds of jobs statewide because redemption centers and recycling operations would be set up to handle the bottles.

SRVS, which helps mentally disabled people find work, has lost packaging contracts and other work with the economic downturn at its Superior Outsourcing Service. The bottle bill could create new green jobs for the people it serves, said Donna Palmer, the organization’s director of employment concepts.

“SOS has the capacity to be a central redemption center or processing center where the product is sorted and then sold directly to the processors,” Palmer said. “We realized that not only is this a great opportunity for the warehouse to have a new and ‘green’ employment opportunity, but also that this project is a great opportunity to teach our workers more about recycling, how they can become involved and how it impacts their community.”

Taxing issues

If the General Assembly passes the bill this year, bottlers on Oct. 1 would begin paying one-fourth of a cent on every container for a temporary period of time instead of the one-eighth of a cent they currently pay. This doubling of the tax for less than a year would set up the seed money to get the program running.

The tax on distributors would then be lowered to $0.00035-cent tax on each bottle, but effective March 1, 2012, bottlers would also begin paying a 5-cent deposit. Consumers would begin paying the refundable deposit the next month.

Bottle distributors would continue paying the $0.00035-cent tax on each bottle until the 2014-2015 fiscal year when it would go back up to its current rate of one-eighth cent. This tax funds anti-litter efforts, such as educational campaigns.

Initially, the startup funding for the program was supposed to have come from a 3-cent tax on bottlers.

“That didn’t go over very well,” Davis said. “We still had sponsors when it was a 3-cent fee, but we could tell it wasn’t going to pass so we looked at other states and determined how we could operate on no fees from the beverage companies other than what they already pay for the litter grant program.”

The Beverage Association of Tennessee did not return calls by The Daily News made to that organization over a three-week period.

For more information about the proposed legislation, visit www.tnbottlebill.org.

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7. A City in Transition -

Just before sunrise on a rainy Tuesday morning, the armed officers raided the city office. They didn’t make any arrests, but they took files, interviewed employees and served search warrants. And they temporarily closed the Memphis Animal Shelter.

8. Guards Could Be Outsourced At City Hall -

The city of Memphis wants to see if it can save money by replacing the police officers who monitor the entrance to City Hall with contractors from a private firm.

The city administration through Monday will be taking bids from vendors to provide armed security guards who would be posted primarily in the lobby of City Hall. That’s where a small contingent of Memphis Police Department officers now greets the public, waves visitors through metal detectors, helps people navigate the building and answers general questions.

9. Halbert Denies Call For Lowery Ethics Investigation -

City attorney Elbert Jefferson has refused to turn over any paperwork to Mayor Pro Tempore Myron Lowery on what he claims is an “ethics investigation” he is conducting of Lowery.

10. UPDATE: Jefferson Denies Access To Info On Probe To Lowery -

City Attorney Elbert Jefferson has refused to turn over any paperwork to Mayor Pro Tempore Myron Lowery on what he claims is an “ethics investigation” he is conducting of Lowery.

Jefferson made the claim Wednesday during testimony in the city’s Chancery Court lawsuit against Lowery. Jefferson filed the suit in behalf of the city after Lowery attempted to fire Jefferson as his first official act on his first day as mayor. Jefferson said the investigation was requested by City Council member Wanda Halbert who, like Lowery, is a candidate in the Oct. 15 special election for Memphis mayor.

11. Reid: No Health Care Vote in Senate Until Fall -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democratic leaders on Thursday abandoned plans for a vote on health care before Congress' August recess, dealing a blow to President Barack Obama's ambitious timetable to revamp the nation's $2.4 trillion system of medical care.

12. Smith & Nephew Settles Race Bias Suit -

Smith & Nephew Inc. has agreed to pay up to $3.5 million plus legal costs to settle a lawsuit filed in 2006 over allegations of racial discrimination in hiring, paying and promoting at its Memphis operation.

13. TVA Planning Ash Spill Health Monitoring, Research -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Valley Authority will use an independent university research group to guide health monitoring of residents and verify cleanup of contaminated areas from a massive coal ash spill, the agency's top executive said Tuesday.

14. WMC-TV Cuts 15 Jobs -

NBC affiliate WMC-TV laid off about 10 percent of its employees Tuesday, general manager Lee Meredith told The Daily News.

15. WMC Cuts 15 Jobs -

NBC affiliate WMC-TV laid off about 10 percent of its employees Tuesday, general manager Lee Meredith told The Daily News.

16. WMC Cuts 15 Jobs - NBC affiliate WMC-TV laid off about 10 percent of its employees Tuesday, general manager Lee Meredith told The Daily News.

The station, which employs between 140-150 people, laid off 15 who worked in divisions across the spectrum of the station’s operation. Meredith said the layoffs included on-air personalities such as Bill Lunn, who was the station’s midday anchor, sports anchor/reporter Dave Cera and anchor Donna Davis.

Davis, along with Joe Birch, anchored the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts for the station.

“It’s no secret the broadcasting industry and our station – we’re not immune to the economic difficulties that exist across the country right now, including here in our own market in Memphis,” Meredith said. “Ad revenues are challenged at the moment. In order for our station to position itself for the challenges ahead, we have taken the difficult step of reducing some of our staff today.”

Meredith said no additional layoffs will be forthcoming in the foreseeable future.

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17. Events -

The International Business Council will hold its fall meeting today from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, 4339 Park Ave. Aaron S. Brickman, director of Invest in America, U.S. Department of Commerce, will speak. To register, contact Brenda Montgomery at bmontgomery@memphischamber.com or 543-3541.

18. Hennessy Joins Board Of Opportunity Scholarship Trust -

Scott C. Hennessy, president and chief executive officer of True Temper Sports, has joined the board of directors of Memphis Opportunity Scholarship Trust.

Hennessy will help direct the operations and growth of the nonprofit organization, which provides scholarships and tuition assistance. Hennessy also serves on the Board of Governors of the National Golf Foundation.

19. Events -

The American Society for Training and Development will host a one-day conference for learning and networking today from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis hotel, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Cost to attend is $30. Visit www.astdmemphis.org for more information.

20. Events -

The Institute of Management Accountants - Memphis Chapter will hold its monthly Technical Session today at 11:45 a.m. in the Medallion Restaurant in the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. The event is $20. For reservations or more information, visit www.imamemphis.org.

21. Events -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will host its "Researching Grant Funding" workshop today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the alliance office, 606 S. Mendenhall Road, Suite 108. The event is $65 for members, $55 for participants in the Alliance's Program for Nonprofit Excellence and $99 for nonmembers. Call Nancy McGee at 684-6605 for more information.

22. 'Road to Recovery' Airs Tonight on Channel 5 -      WMC-TV 5 will hold a telethon tonight to benefit residents of Dumas, Ark., who were affected by the tornado that touched down there Saturday.
     More than 21 people were injured and virtua

23. Archived Article: Newsmakers - Rhodes Psychology Professor to Serve as Diversity Delegate at Leadership Conference

First Horizon Exec Named to Fed Advisory Council

J. Kenneth Glass was appointed to a one-year term on the Federal Reserve Boards Federal Advisory Council. Glas...

24. Archived Article: Newsmakers - The Memphis Orchestral Society has elected its officers for the 2004 fiscal year

Association of Fundraising Professionals Elects Board Members

The Association of Fundraising Professionals elected the following board members for 2005: Laurie Mc...

25. Archived Article: Market Briefs - The Marion (Ark

The Marion (Ark.) Chamber of Commerce offers free Internet training from Arkansas State University and the Delta Center for Economic Development from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. today through Wednesday at the Woolfolk Library, 100 Currie St....

26. Archived Article: Memos - Khara Woods was the 2003 recipient of the John Paul Jones Journalism Scholarship

Khara Woods was the 2002-2003 recipient of the John Paul Jones Journalism Scholarship at the University of Memphis. Woods, a 21-year-old senior journalism major, is ...

27. Archived Article: Memos - Memphis memos 03-12-03

Chris Camp joined auction-marketing firm John Roebuck & Associates as vice president of business development. Camp has more than 15 years experience in real estate, development, design and building. He joined Roebuck fr...

28. Archived Article: Marketplace - Judging from most accounts, its somewhat murky to accurately predict just what will become of the approaching official holida

Local stores hope holiday sales again beat expectations

By ANDREW BELL

The Daily News

Though predictions about ...

29. Archived Article: Mba P2 - Bar announces election nominees

Bar announces election nominees

David Wade, Memphis Bar Association president, has released the report of the nominations and elections committee.

The 2003 president is Irma W. Merrill. The vice president is ...

30. Archived Article: Real Focus - Vesta 99 Vesta 99 As clock rolls over to 2000, annual show to feature large, luxurious homes with touches of 19th century elegance By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News Large, luxurious homes with elements of old-style elegance will be the focus of the 1...

31. Archived Article: Comm Briefs - Lifeblood, Mid-South Regional Blood Center and Hollywood Video are teaming up to promote blood donation in June Le Bonheurs Week of Miracles raised more than $1.5 million for the medical center. Le Bonheurs annual Childrens Miracle Network Champions...

32. Archived Article: Comm Briefs - SOURCE: Northwest Airlines Northwest Airlines announced six students from Wooddale High School have been awarded scholarships to Aerospace Camp 1999 at the University of North Dakota. A total of 32 students have been awarded scholarships for the cam...

33. Archived Article: Comm Briefs - The Friends of the Library will hold its annual discard sale from 10 a The Friends of the Library will hold its annual discard sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Saturday at the Cossitt branch library located at 33 S. Front St. Items include pape...

34. Archived Article: Calendar - March 3 March 3 The Society of Professional Journalists, University of Memphis chapter, will sponsor its 17th annual Freedom of Information Congress at 7:30 p.m. in the Faulkner Lounge of the University Center. The speaker will be Barrie Dunsmore, f...

35. Archived Article: Postal - lj 10/5 cates   By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News When a company launches a large mailing to advertise a big weekend sale, it wants to be sure potential customers get the ads before the sale, not after. To better ensure timely delivery, the Unit...