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1. House Approves Bill to Stop Cut to Medicare Docs -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House on Thursday passed legislation to give doctors a yearlong reprieve from a looming 24 percent cut in their payments from Medicare.

The bill passed on a surprise voice vote and advanced to the Senate, which hopes to pass it before a Monday deadline. The vote was delayed by an hour amid doubt that the measure could muster the two-thirds vote required under fast-track procedures.

2. ‘Champion of Working Man’ Rep. Turner Set to Retire -

State Rep. and Nashville Democrat Mike Turner is retiring from the General Assembly and considering a run for mayor.

3. Healthcare.gov Failures Surface at Hill Hearing -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The leading contractors on the Obama administration's troubled health insurance website told Congress Thursday that the government failed to thoroughly test the complicated system before it went live.

4. House Bill Shifts Funds in Health Care Law -

WASHINGTON (AP) – After dozens of attempts to overturn the new health care law, House Republicans on Wednesday took a different tack, promoting legislation that would come to the rescue of a prominent program in the new law at the expense of another vital element of the law.

5. Haslam Proposes Capping Online-School Enrollment -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Some Democratic lawmakers say they support a proposal by Gov. Bill Haslam that would place stricter enrollment requirements on online public schools established in Tennessee.

6. Lease Brings New Breed Footprint to 3 Million Feet -

New Breed Inc. is enhancing its Memphis operations with a new distribution warehouse lease in the Southeast industrial submarket.

7. Why Memphis Rocks -

Last week we kicked off this series of reader-response columns by asking, “Why do you think Memphis Rocks?” So far, we have received some heartwarming stories, catchy slogans, and fascinating perspectives that all capture the essence of what makes our community so great. Let us go ahead and start sharing your responses while I encourage you, our readers, to keep the feedback coming, so we can share even more next week.

8. ‘Memphis Rocks’ -

A few months ago, a contestant from Memphis appeared on the TV game show “Wheel of Fortune.”

The host asked if Memphis, by chance, had a slogan for the city, to which the local contestant replied there isn’t one. But Jeremy Park, the indefatigable maestro behind the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club and one of the city’s loudest cheerleaders, is eager to see something fill that void.

9. Calvary Mission Building Hope -

Last week we highlighted Agape Child & Family Services, a Christian-based organization that is providing children and families with healthy homes. This week let us discuss an independent, Christian organization focused on rebuilding the lives of homeless men while ministering to their physical and emotional needs and working to restore them to personal and spiritual fulfillment: Calvary Rescue Mission.

10. Bill to Benefit Unemployed Military Spouses -

Military spouses who leave their jobs because of the frequent moves required in the military would be eligible for unemployment benefits under proposed bill in Tennessee that has the support of the governor.

11. Memphis’ Media Source Wins Bronze Telly -

Media Source has received one of the television industry’s most prestigious honors, a Bronze Telly Award, for its production of “Mahaffey Covers Country Music’s Biggest Night.”

12. Fallen Police Memorial to be ‘Lasting Tribute’ -

Men and women in blue were joined by friends, family and supporters at the Oak Court Mall, 4465 Poplar Ave., Friday, Dec. 16, for the unveiling of the mockup of a Fallen Officer Memorial that will honor the Memphis Police Department officers who have given their lives in the line of duty.

13. ‘In This Together’ -

For some Memphis consumers, it’s a completely natural impulse to go out of the way to keep from going far away when there’s money to spend. Those particular consumers will run over a TCBY to get to YoLo, shove past a Starbucks to get their caffeine fix at Otherlands, Republic or Cafe Eclectic, hop over an IHOP to stand in line at Brother Juniper’s and dodge Dillard’s to suit up at shops like Oak Hall and James Davis.

14. A Monument to Fallen Officers -

Last week, we discussed the Memphis Police Foundation, which is helping to fund essential equipment and training for the Memphis Police Department, while also serving as the conduit to construct a monument to those MPD officers who have lost their lives protecting our city. This week, let us spotlight that monument: the MPD Fallen Officer Memorial.

15. 'Power of the Dollar' Campaign Stresses Local Spending -

Some great ideas are so simple that they are overlooked until an economic crisis comes along.

But the creators of a new media campaign encouraging businesses to buy from each other locally is ringing loud and clear as Memphis considers its budget woes.

16. Memphis Area Teachers’ Credit Union Appoints Weickenand CEO -

Daniel Weickenand has been appointed chief executive officer of Memphis Area Teachers’ Credit Union. Weickenand’s appointment follows a year-long, nationwide executive search.

Hometown: Houston, Texas
Education:
BBA in Accounting and an MBA at the University of Texas San Antonio
Work Experience:
CEO of MATCU; chief financial officer, FedEx Credit Association; chief financial officer, HEB FCU; Public Accounting
Family:
Wife, Diane; Children, Leah, 18, Michael ,16, and Cole 13
Favorite quote:
“We will either find a way or make one.” – Hannibal
Last book read:
“The Mother Tongue – English and How It Got That Way” by Bill Bryson
Favorite music:
Americana
Favorite movie:
“The Godfather”
Sports team:
Houston Astros
Activities you enjoy outside of work:
Playing guitar, reading, live music and spending time with my family
What talent do you wish you had?
I would like to play guitar as well as Joe Restivo.
Who has had the greatest influence on you?
The greatest influence comes from the members who have entrusted their financial resources with the institutions where I have worked.
What attracted you to Memphis Area Teachers’ Credit Union?
The appeal is the opportunity to do great things for the entire community by providing low-cost financial products and services.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments?
Turning around troubled institutions and making them successful
What do you most enjoy about your work?
I really get pleasure from working to improve the financial lives of everyday individuals.

17. Events -

The Lipscomb & Pitts Breakfast Club will meet today at 7:30 a.m. at the Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road. Andy Andrews, author of “The Traveler’s Gift: Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success,” will speak. For more information, call 321-1020.

18. Events -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold a workshop today from 8:30 a.m. to noon at its office, 5100 Poplar Ave., Suite 502. Dione Alexander, vice president of the Nonprofit Finance Fund, Midwest Region, will speak. Cost is $65 for members, $125 for nonmembers and $55 for those in the Program for Nonprofit Excellence. For more information, call 684-6605 or visit www.npexcellence.org.

19. Higher Ed Concerned Over Immigration Bill Cost -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal to make Tennessee’s public colleges and universities more carefully screen out illegal immigrants has been delayed in the House after higher education officials raised concerns about the cost of heightened enforcement.

20. Application Period for State Court of Appeals Vacancy Ends -
NASHVILLE (AP) - The state Judicial Selection Commission will meet later this month to discuss filling the state Court of Appeals vacancy created when Judge William Koch was named to the Supreme Court.

21. Archived Article: Newsmakers - Tennessee Press Association elects vice president

Pitts Named Principal Owner at Pickering

Robert J. Pitts was named principal owner of Pickering Inc. Pitts is the companys civil engineering team leader. He received a bachelors degree from the...

22. Archived Article: Memos - Mary A Mary A. Cuyler has been promoted to audit manager of the Memphis office of BDO Seidman LLP. A certified public accountant, Cuyler is a graduate of the University of Memphis. Shannon Kloek of Hnedak Bobo Group Inc. has been elected president o...