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1. Firm Reassures Commitment To House Of Mews -

When Memphis-based information technology outsourcing firm Service Assurance last week announced it had been bought out by a division of New Jersey-based Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA Inc., some Memphians questioned whether the acquisition would put the House of Mews in jeopardy.

2. Service Assurance Bought by California IT Firm -

Memphis-based IT outsourcing firm Service Assurance has been bought by a division of Ramsey, N.J.-based Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA Inc.

3. Events -

Bank of America will host a free customer outreach event at which customers can meet face to face with home retention specialists to review options for home loan modifications Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. To register or for more information, visit www.bankofamerica.com/homeownerevent or call 1-855-201-7426.

4. IT Challenges From Phones Lunch Topic -

A recent Morgan Stanley study predicted that by 2015, more than 50 percent of all Internet access will occur through a mobile device.

5. Noffsinger Receives Leadership Award -

Mike Noffsinger, sales manager for the Memphis location of the RJ Young Co., has received the John T. Crunk Leadership Award, an honor given to an employee who exhibits outstanding leadership traits and performance during the year.

6. Elected Leaders Meet Tuesday on Schools Legislation -

There is some movement between political forces in Memphis and political forces representing the city and county in Nashville on the school consolidation question.

“I’m relatively certain there will be no effort to interfere with the right of the vote on March 8,” Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. said Monday afternoon, referring to the March citywide referendum on the surrender of the Memphis City Schools system charter.

7. The No Voting Machine -

THANKS, GUYS, BUT WE’LL TAKE IT FROM HERE.

For the first half of the 20th century, one political machine with one man firmly at the controls ran Memphis. Not only did Boss Crump decide who got elected, appointed, fired and indicted around here, he pretty much did that for the whole state, and wielded considerable influence in the national Democratic Party. Memphis mayor for six years and congressman for four, he was the power behind everything for almost 50.

8. New School Merger Option Emerges -

A second quicker path to school consolidation opened this week, the same night the Memphis City Schools board made a bigger splash by voting down a compromise offer from the Shelby County Schools system.

9. March 8 Set for Schools Election -

With no discussion, the Shelby County Election Commission has set March 8 as the date for a special citywide election on the Memphis City Schools charter surrender.

The date is the same day as the general election in Raleigh and North Memphis for the state House district 98 seat.

10. No Schools Lawsuit Yet, State Elections Coordinator Asks For Clarification -

The Tennessee elections coordinator has asked for clarification about why the Memphis City Schools (MCS) board wants to hold a special election.

The attorney for MCS Tuesday sent a letter to elections coordinator Mark Goins that might lead to another Shelby County Election Commission look at putting the MCS charter surrender referendum to Memphis voters possibly in February or March.

11. Schools Controversy Spotlight Moves From Election Prep -

This may be where the dispute between Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools goes to court and drags in more political entities.

The dimmed prospect of a February referendum of Memphis voters on an MCS charter surrender has turned the spotlight from the preparations for an election to a race across the new year’s calendar between an election and special school district legislation in the Tennessee Legislature.

12. No Election Date Yet For MCS Charter Surrender -

The Shelby County Election Commission met Wednesday and adjourned minutes later without putting the Memphis City Schools (MCS) charter surrender on a special election ballot.

The five-member body refused based on a legal opinion from Tennessee Elections Coordinator Mark Goins delivered an hour before the meeting. The opinion says the Memphis City Council must approve having the referendum before the item can go on the ballot.

13. Dem Leaders Prepare for Legal Challenge -

Local Democratic Party leaders are collecting affidavits as a start toward formally challenging the Aug. 5 Shelby County election results.

A standing-room-only crowd of more than 200 people gathered at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union hall in Midtown this week.

14. Luttrell, Cohen Win Most-Watched Races -

Outgoing Shelby County Sheriff Mark Luttrell was elected Shelby County mayor Thursday evening. Meanwhile, incumbent Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen easily won the 9th Congressional District primary, crushing challenger and former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton.

15. Yeates Joins A2H As Project Manager -

Arthur Yeates has joined Askew Hargraves Harcourt & Associates Inc. (A2H) as an architectural project manager.

16. Donation Gives House of Mews New Life -

Mark Giannini is allergic to cats, but they touched his heart just the same.

Giannini, founder and CEO of the Memphis-based information technology firm Service Assurance, and company president Kelli Mitchell made a long-term commitment of financial support to the struggling yet iconic House of Mews cat adoption center, giving its director a reprieve from personal hardships.

17. 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.

18. Computer Consulting Firm Hires as It Grows -

Don’t tell Service Assurance there’s a Great Recession: The information technology firm has thrived in recent years, hiring 30 people since 2007 and continuing to seek engineers now.

Service Assurance, which audits IT departments, manages clients’ computer needs and provides disaster backup systems, is experiencing strong growth in audits, said Mark Giannini, co-owner of the company with Kelli Mitchell.

19. Events -

The Greater Memphis Chamber will hold a Small Business Council summit Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Memphis Marriott, 2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Featured speakers will include Don Hutson, Austin Baker, Amy Howell and Dr. George Deitz. Cost is $50 for members and $100 for nonmembers. Deadline for reservations is today. For reservations, contact Ericka Milford at 543-3518 or emilford@memphischamber.com.

20. Gibbons’ Pressure Tactics Outed G’town Pols -

The controversy over the Germantown ballot endorsing Gary Pruitt, Frank Uhlhorn and Mike Palazzolo in the town’s three alderman races underscores the power the local GOP ballot has in Shelby County outside the Memphis city limits.

21. Cohen Crushes Tinker - Jackson Upsets Turner - Charter Changes Pass-Fail - Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen was the big winner in Thursday’s primary elections. Cohen, with 80 percent of the vote, crushed challenger Nikki Tinker in the hard fought 9th District Democratic primary.

The upset of the evening was the general election contest for General Sessions Court Clerk where Democratic challenger Otis Jackson beat Republican incumbent Chris Turner.

And only one of two sets of Shelby County charter amendments on the ballot were approved by voters.

Voter turnout was just under 16 percent in Shelby County. Voter turnout was clearly driven by the 9th District Democratic primary. More people voted in that primary which covers most but not all of Shelby County than voted countywide in the state Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate. Turnout in the Democratic primaries was twice that of the Republican primaries in Shelby County.

All results are unofficial pending audit and certification by the Shelby County Election Commission and Tennessee election officials

9th Congressional District
Democratic Primary
Steve Cohen 50,284 79%
Nikki Tinker 11,814 19%
Joe Towns Jr. 914 1%

Not even close. Cohen won the primary for the open all Shelby County seat two years ago by 4,400 votes over Tinker and 13 other candidates. This time around he was the incumbent and Tinker’s challenge was more strident with a pair of controversial attack ads in the gap between the end of early voting and election day. Both were probably factors in the vote totals along with a smaller field of five candidates.

Cohen faces independent candidate Jake Ford in the Nov. 4 general election.

7th Congressional District
Republican Primary
248 of 265 precincts reporting
Marsha Blackburn 29,158 65%
Tom Leatherwood 15,636 35%

These are the results district wide which includes not only the eastern part of Shelby County but a strip of Middle Tennessee up to the Kentucky state line. In Shelby County’s part of the 7th district, Leatherwood beat Blackburn with 62 percent of the vote. But it was 62 percent of just over 19,000 votes. Outside Shelby County it was always going to be difficult for Leatherwood.. The low voter turnout in Collierville and other eastern parts of the county made Leatherwood’s task impossible.

Blackburn faces Democrat Randy G. Morris on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Shelby County Charter Amendment #360
Yes  49,506   49.73%

No   50,043   50,27%

Closest contest of the night in Shelby County with a 537 vote margin and the highest turnout with 99,549 votes total.

This set of charter changes was to fix a legal problem noted in a recent Tennessee Supreme Court ruling. Another part of the package deal was increasing term limits for the county mayor and the county commission from two consecutive four year terms approved by voters in 1994 to three consecutive four year terms. The County Commission meets Monday to ponder whether it should offer another charter amendment on the Nov. 4 ballot that would fix the legal problem.

Shelby County Charter Amendment #361
Yes 65,548 68%
No 30,188 32%

This set of charter amendment includes provisions for recalling elected officials. It also establishes a new method for filling a vacancy in the office of County Mayor.

General Sessions Court Clerk
Otis Jackson 51,438 52%
Chris Turner 43,971 45%

The upset of the evening. Turner, the Republican nominee and the incumbent was seeking a fourth term. Jackson, the Democratic nominee, was making his fourth bid for county-wide office after coming close in a 2006 bid for County Clerk.

Trustee
Paul Mattila 54,734 57%
Ray Butler 29,977 31%

Mattila beats Butler in a race featuring an energetic and misleading campaign by M. LaTroy Williams in which Williams billed himself as the “real Democrat.” He was, in fact, an independent candidate garnering 8 percent of the vote. Mattila fills the remaining two years left in the term of office of the late Bob Patterson, a Republican. Mattila, a Democrat, worked with Patterson. Butler, the Republican, was also a friend of Patterson’s and the race amounted to who would best continue to operate the office as Patterson did.

Criminal Court Judge Div. 6
John Fowlkes 44,581 52%
Latonya Burrow 21,874 26%
Michael G. Floyd 12,071 14%
Claiborne H. Ferguson 6,240 7%

Fowlkes serves out the remaining six years left of the eight year term of office of Fred Axley who resigned from the bench shortly after winning re-election in 2006. Burrow finished a close second to Axley two years ago and again ran an energetic campaign this time around. But Fowlkes status in the legal community and his appointment to the bench by Gov. Phil Bredesen proved to be the advantage.

Assessor of Property
Cheyenne Johnson 59,637 60%
Bill Giannini 39,057 40%

Johnson, the Democratic nominee, easily beat Giannini, who is also doubling as local GOP chairman. Local Democrats keep the county-wide position in their column as voters go for the candidate endorsed by outgoing Democratic incumbent Rita Clark.

U.S. Senate
Democratic Primary
2,192 of 2,290 precincts reporting
Bob Tuke 54,613 32%
Gary G. Davis 37,193 22%
Mike Padgett 32,190 19%
Mark Clayton 30,359 18%
Kenneth Eaton 13,718 8%
Leonard Ladner 4,431 3%

These are the statewide results. Tuke got 42 percent of the Shelby County vote with Clayton finishing second. Tuke, the former state Democratic Party chairman, faces Republican incumbent Lamar Alexander, one of the most successful politicians in the history of the state, in the Nov. 4 general election.

Judicial Retention Races

All seven state appellate court judges, including two Tennessee Supreme Court justices, won their yes/no contests on the ballot across the state. That includes Tennessee Criminal Appeals Court Judge Camille McMullen of Millington who was just appointed to the bench in June by Gov. Phil Bredesen.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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22. MedConnect Symposium To Highlight Portable Health Info -

The Memphis Medical Society (MMS), Mid-South Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and the Memphis Regional Chamber are hosting MedConnect 2007 next Thursday for physicians and health care administrators.

23. Events -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence hosts "How to Succeed in Fundraising by Really Trying" today from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 6560 Poplar Ave. The event is $99 for alliance members, $150 for nonmembers and $65 for students. To register, call 684-6605 or visit www.npexcellence.org.

24. Events -

Talk Shoppe presents "Snapshot of the Memphis Multifamily Market" today from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call Jo Garner at 759-7808.

25. Events -

St. Francis Hospital will host a luncheon for Memphis-area business leaders to discuss hospital quality ratings today at 11:30 a.m. in the St. Catherine's Room at St. Francis, 5959 Park Ave.

26. Events -

Methodist Transplant Resource Center is holding its annual golf tournament, Transplant Fore Life Classic, today at 11 a.m. at Irene Golf & Country Club, 8141 Irene Blvd. The tournament is limited to 36 teams. For more information or to register, call 516-7993 or e-mail swearinj@methodisthealth.org.

27. Events -

The Memphis Regional Chamber offers "Preparing Your Business for the Unthinkable" today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 22 N. Front St., Ste. 200. Mark Giannini, co-founder of Service Assurance Corp., is the guest speaker. Call Tunga Lee at 543-3571 or e-mail tlee@memphischamber.com for more information.

28. Shelby Farms Ad Hoc Committee to Meet -

Oct. 31

The Shelby County Board of Commissioners Ad Hoc Committee on Shelby Farms meets at 2 p.m. in the Commission's 4th floor committee room at the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. Call Steve Summerall at 545-4301 for more information.

29. Events -

The Memphis Advertising Federation offers "Marketing Tips from the Pros: A Seminar for Non-Profits" Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, 1900 Union Ave. Speakers will cover a range of topics from Internet marketing to online donations to communicating with diverse audiences. Cost is $79 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. To register, call Kathy Kelley at 523-2828 or e-mail kkelley@midsouth.rr.com.

30. Memphis Theological Seminary Installs New Dean -

The board of trustees of Memphis Theological Seminary installed Dr. Barbara A. Holmes as vice president of academic affairs/dean of the seminary. Holmes joined MTS as a faculty member in the ethics and African-American religious studies programs in 1998. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut and a master's degree from Southern Connecticut University.

31. Archived Article: Law Focus - Law

Law Firms Battle Information Technology Issues

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32. Archived Article: Bbb - By LAURIE JOHNSON Better Business Bureau to release customer service study By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News The Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South has completed a study that reveals the good, the bad and the ugly about customer service provided...

33. Archived Article: Memos - Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Memphis has named 16 new board members: James N. Augustine, Rick Bobo, Michael J. Bruns, Darrow R. Calhoun, Mark R. Giannini, James P. Going, Tati Guzman, Lorenzo Hester, Stanley Horton, Trezette T. McNeal, Larry ...