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1. Commission Approves New County Fire Trucks -

The Shelby County Commission voted Monday, Jan. 12, to approve $2 million in funding to buy three custom fire engine pumpers and a rescue truck from Ferrara Fire Apparatus Inc. for the Shelby County Fire Department.

2. County Commission Endorses Haslam's Medicaid Expansion Plan -

Shelby County Commissioners, including some vocal Republican opponents of the Affordable Care Act in general, are calling on the Tennessee Legislature to approve Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee Medicaid expansion plan.

3. Strings Come With Fairgrounds Zone -

Shelby County Commissioners could take up an endorsement Monday, Jan. 12, of the city’s proposed Tourism Development Zone for redevelopment of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

But at this point, the backing has a lot of strings attached. And those strings involve two issues related to local schools funding.

4. Sharp & Robbins Names Popwell Partner -

Chris Popwell has been named the newest partner at Sharp & Robbins Construction, which will now operate as Sharp, Robbins & Popwell LLC. Popwell joined Sharp & Robbins’ Memphis office in 2008 as an estimator/project manager and most recently served as general operations manager of the Nashville office since 2012.

5. Gannett Splits Publishing, Broadcasting in Two -

NEW YORK (AP) – The game of survival is on for newspapers, as USA Today owner Gannett on Tuesday became the most recent major media entity to say it will divide its print and broadcast divisions into separate companies.

6. News Media Challenge Ban on Journalism Drones -

WASHINGTON (AP) – More than a dozen media organizations challenged the government's ban on the use of drones by journalists Tuesday, saying the Federal Aviation Administration's position violates First Amendment protections for news gathering.

7. Gannett First-Quarter Net Profit Falls 43 Percent -

MCLEAN, Va. (AP) – Gannett Co. said Wednesday that its first-quarter net profit dropped 43 percent, pulled down by restructuring costs, but its adjusted profit managed to beat Wall Street predictions by a penny.

8. News Media Protest White House Press Access Limits -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Dozens of leading news organizations protested to the White House on Thursday against restrictions that sometimes keep journalists from taking pictures and video of President Barack Obama performing official duties. At the same time, two press groups urged their members to stop using official photos and video handed out by the White House, dismissing them as little more than "government propaganda."

9. Gannett Reports Lower 2nd-Quarter Earnings -

NEW YORK (AP) – Increases in digital and broadcast revenue were not enough to make up for the ongoing decline in Gannett Co.'s newspaper business, leading the publisher of USA Today to report a more than 22 percent drop in its second-quarter net income.

10. Gannett Laying Off 700 More Workers Amid Ad Slump -

McLEAN, Va (AP) – The nation's largest newspaper publisher is laying off another 700 employees to cope with an unrelenting advertising slump.

Gannett, the owner of USA Today and more than 80 other daily U.S. newspapers, hoped to complete the cuts Tuesday. The layoffs are occurring at most Gannett newspapers but not at USA Today.

11. New GMs at Murfreesboro, Clarksville Newspapers -

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) – Michelle Russell has been named general manager of Murfreesboro's The Daily News Journal and Richard Stevens is the new editor/general manager of Clarksville's The Leaf-Chronicle.

12. Wal-Mart Remains Atop Fortune 500 List -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. remains atop the Fortune 500 list even as it struggled to keep its U.S. customers coming in the door.

13. New York Times Profit Triples, Helped by Cost Cuts -

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Times Co. said Wednesday that its fourth-quarter earnings more than tripled, helped by cost cutting, an improving ad market and lower pension costs.

14. Broadcasters' Woes Could Spell Trouble for Free TV -

NEW YORK (AP) - For more than 60 years, TV stations have broadcast news, sports and entertainment for free and made their money by showing commercials. That might not work much longer.

The business model is unraveling at ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox and the local stations that carry the networks' programming. Cable TV and the Web have fractured the audience for free TV and siphoned its ad dollars. The recession has squeezed advertising further, forcing broadcasters to accelerate their push for new revenue to pay for programming.

15. Newspaper Circulation May be Worse than it Looks -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - While U.S. newspapers are losing subscribers at a staggering rate, a few dailies stand out because their circulation is rising. But they aren't necessarily selling more copies.

16. Publisher of The Tennessean Retires, Successor Set -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessean newspaper's president and publisher, Ellen Leifeld, is retiring and Gannett Co. Inc. has named Carol Hudler to replace her.

17. Gannett Ad Sales Still Dropping Despite Q3 Profit -

NEW YORK (AP) - Net income at Gannett Co. fell 53 percent in the third quarter as the nation's largest newspaper publisher endured another big decline in ad revenue.

18. Gannett Expects Q3 Earnings to Top Estimates -

NEW YORK (AP) - Gannett Co., the largest newspaper publisher in the U.S., said third-quarter earnings should far outpace expectations despite a narrow shortfall in revenue, as layoffs and falling newsprint costs help offset weak advertising sales.

19. Cost Cuts Return New York Times Co. to Profit -

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Times Co. said Thursday its second-quarter profit climbed nearly 85 percent, as it cut costs aggressively to deal with punishing declines in newspaper and online advertising.

20. McClatchy Cost Cutting Yields Surprising Q2 Profit -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - McClatchy Co.'s second-quarter profit more than doubled as a cost-costing spree that wiped out one-third of the newspaper publisher's staff offset the loss of more advertisers and subscribers.

21. New Jobless Claims Hit Lowest Level Since January -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of newly laid-off workers filing initial claims for jobless benefits last week fell to the lowest level since early January, largely due to changes in the timing of auto industry layoffs.

22. 467K US Jobs Cut in June; 9.5 Percent Jobless -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Employers cut a larger-than-expected 467,000 jobs in June, driving the unemployment rate up to a 26-year high of 9.5 percent, suggesting the economy’s road to recovery will be bumpy.

23. Hunke, Hillkirk Named to Top Posts at USA Today -

McLEAN, Va. (AP) - USA Today, the nation's largest newspaper, filled two top executive positions Tuesday by naming David Hunke as publisher and John Hillkirk as editor.

Hunke had been publisher of Gannett Co.'s Detroit Free Press and chief executive of the partnership that oversees that newspaper and The Detroit News. Hillkirk had been USA Today's executive editor.

24. U.S. Newspaper Circulation Declines -

Circulation declines at the nation’s newspapers are speeding up.

The Audit Bureau of Circulations said Monday that average daily circulation declined 7.1 percent in the October-March period from the same six-month span in 2007-2008. The latest figures represent data from 395 daily U.S. newspapers that reported in the current and year-ago periods.

25. Gannett Shares Up 39 Percent on Investment -

Shares of USA Today publisher Gannett Co. Inc. surged 39 percent Thursday after a regulatory filing showed fund manager Ariel Investments LLC more than doubled its stake in the newspaper company in the last quarter.

26. AP: Gannett Slashes CEO's Pay Package by 60 Pct -

SAN FRANSCISCO (AP) - Gannett Co. slashed its chief executive's pay package by 60 percent last year, passing along the financial misery that has tormented the largest U.S. newspaper publisher as its stock price and profit shrank amid an industrywide drop in advertising revenue.

27. Hilton Hotels Signs HQ Lease in Tysons Corner -

McLEAN, Va. (AP) - Hilton Hotels Corp. has announced that its new headquarters will be in the Tysons Corner section of Fairfax County.

28. Rocky Mountain News Closing after Friday Edition -

DENVER (AP) - The Rocky Mountain News will publish its last edition Friday.

Owner E.W. Scripps Co. announced on the newspaper's Web site Thursday that its search for a buyer for the paper was unsuccessful.

29. Gannett Imposes 1-Week Unpaid Furlough as Ads Drop -

NEW YORK (AP) - The publisher of USA Today is imposing one-week unpaid furloughs on most of its U.S. employees during the first quarter.

Gannett Co., which also owns The Coloradoan in Fort Collins, Colo., and television stations KUSA and KTVD in Denver, says the furloughs could minimize the need for further layoffs.

30. Gannett Eliminating 100 Management Jobs at Papers -

NEW YORK (AP) - Gannett Co. is eliminating about 100 management jobs at its newspapers across the country on top of about 1,000 job cuts, including 600 layoffs, announced last month.

Neither round of cuts affects Gannett's flagship newspaper, USA Today.

31. Gannett 's July Revenue Slides 12.3 Percent -

NEW YORK (AP) - Gannett Co.'s July revenue fell 12.3 percent as retailers cut back on ad spending and classified ads continued to shrink, the largest U.S. newspaper publisher said Friday.

For the month ended Aug. 3, the McLean, Va.-based company, which publishes USA Today, said revenue fell to $546.4 million from $622.9 million a year ago.

32. Economy Remains Stuck in Low Gear -

NEW YORK - A private sector measure of the economy's health showed the largest drop in a year, and while new jobless claims fell for the second straight week, they remain near the highest levels since 2002. The reports are the latest evidence the languishing American economy remains stuck in low gear.

33. Gannett to Eliminate 1,000 Newspaper Jobs -

Gannett Co. is eliminating 1,000 jobs, including 600 layoffs, across its newspaper operations, a company spokeswoman said Thursday.

USA Today, the largest-circulation newspaper in the country, wasn’t affected by the latest round of cutbacks, but had 45 job cuts of its own last November.

34. Suit Filed Against Elkington Over Shreveport Promotion -      A bill collector has filed a suit against Beale Street developer John Elkington over a bill for promoting a 2003 Mardi Gras celebration in Shreveport, La.
     Memphis attorney Paul I. Mendel

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36. Archived Article: Backfill - CPA group offers tips CPA group offers tips on dealing with IRS The Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants will offer a one-day course on Aug. 25 at the Memphis Marriott titled "Getting the IRS Off Your Clients Back: Installment Agre...

37. Archived Article: Gov Briefs - 10/06 gov. briefs Gannett Satellite Information Network Inc., a subsidiary of Gannett Co. Inc., has agreed to pay a $30,000 civil penalty to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that its violated the commission's 900 number rule in advertis...