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1. McNeill Seeks Permits for Germantown Medical Offices -

1432 Kimbrough Road and 1468 Kimbrough Road
Germantown, TN 38138
Project Cost: $2.6 million

2. Mobile Health Clinic Hits Streets to Help Homeless -

Baptist Memorial Health Care and Christ Community Health Services rolled out a new state-of-the-art mobile health clinic earlier this month, and the larger, modernized vehicle will give Baptist Operation Outreach the ability to treat more of the area’s homeless population in need of medical care.

3. AIA Memphis Celebrates Architecture Month -

September is Architecture Month in Memphis, and the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) is spearheading a series of tours, lectures, exhibits and special events that explore historic and contemporary architecture and design in Memphis.

4. Breakaway Running Inks Deal at Overton Square -

Breakaway Running, a specialty running store with high-quality performance shoes, fitness apparel, nutrition and accessories will be setting up shop in what is becoming a bustling Overton Square.

Breakaway Running signed a lease for 2,346 square feet of retail space at 2109 Madison Ave. in Overton Square, leaving its current home of 1997 Union Ave. this summer. Breakaway Running is the second fitness-focused business to sign a lease at Overton Square, following the opening of Delta Groove Yoga in April.

5. Breakaway Running Inks Deal at Overton Square -

Breakaway Running, a specialty running store with high-quality performance shoes, fitness apparel, nutrition and accessories will be setting up shop in what is becoming a bustling Overton Square.

Breakaway Running signed a lease for 2,346 square feet of retail space at 2109 Madison Ave. in Overton Square, leaving its current home of 1997 Union Ave. this summer. Breakaway Running is the second fitness-focused business to sign a lease at Overton Square, following the opening of Delta Groove Yoga in April.

6. Growing Push to Halt Workplace Bullying -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Margaret Fiester is no shrinking violet, but she says working for her former boss was a nightmare.

"One day I didn't do something right and she actually laid her hands on me and got up in my face and started yelling, 'Why did you do that?'" said Fiester, who worked as a legal assistant for an attorney.

7. Highpoint Church Buys Briarcrest’s East Memphis Campus -

After seven years of leasing space for its worship services, Highpoint Church has acquired Briarcrest Christian School Systems Inc.’s property at 6000 Briarcrest Ave. for $7.25 million.

8. MLB Players, Owners Sign Agreement -

NEW YORK (AP) – Baseball players and owners signed an agreement for a new labor contract Tuesday, a deal that makes baseball the first North American professional league to start blood testing on human growth hormone and expands the playoffs to 10 teams by 2013.

9. Cross Creek Shopping Ctr. Sells for $12.7 Million -

3469 Riverdale Road, 3505 Riverdale Road and 3587 Riverdale Road
Memphis, TN 38115
Sale Amount: $12.7 million

10. Cross Creek Shopping Center Sells for $12.7 Million -

Commack, N.Y.-based Allied Development of Memphis LLC has bought Cross Creek Shopping Center for $12.7 million.

11. Union Avenue Dialysis Ctr. Sells for $1.7 Million -

Haskell, Okla.-based WMEM LLC has bought a nearly 15,000-square-foot building at 2225 Union Ave. from CKC Development Co. for $1.7 million.

12. Atlanta Investment Group Buys Holiday Inn Select -

5795 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38119
Sale Amount: $7.5 Million

Sale Date: July 19, 2011

13. Driver Services Center Site Sells for $1.6M -

An Omaha, Neb.-based real estate investment firm has acquired a single-tenant office building near Poplar Avenue and the Union Avenue crossover.

Circo Enterprises LLC purchased the 10,180-square-foot Department of Safety & Homeland Security building at 3040 Walnut Grove Road for $1.6 million.

14. Despite China's Might, US Factories Maintain Edge -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. factories are closing. American manufacturing jobs are reappearing overseas. China's industrial might is growing each year.

And it might seem as if the United States doesn't make world-class goods as well as some other nations.

15. Bartlett Applebee’s Sells to Arizona Investment Company -

2890 Bartlett Blvd.
Bartlett, TN 38134
Sale Amount: $1.9 Million

Sale Date: Oct. 8, 2010
Buyer: Cole AP Bartlett TN LLC
Seller: DBAPPLEF LLC

16. US Says It's Committed to Cutting Greenhouse Gases -

AMSTERDAM (AP) – The United States assured international negotiators Monday it remains committed to reducing carbon emissions over the next 10 years, despite the collapse of efforts to legislate a climate bill.

17. Inside The Priest Files: Documents reveal 50 years of abuse, cover-ups in Memphis diocese -

John Doe and his family watched 1999 change to the year 2000 in Memphis.

They were visitors to the city, here for a family medical emergency.

Looking back on it seven years later, Doe would remember “mentally trying to see if the world was going to end because everybody was scared something was going to happen.”

18. Cuts on Track For Medicare Doctors -

While Congress tries to decide what to do about health care reform, the clock is ticking for severe cutbacks in Medicare reimbursements to doctors.

The 21.5 percent cutback, which is scheduled to go into effect March 1, affects Medicare, the federal insurance program for the elderly and the disabled, as well as Tricare, which provides coverage to Americans serving in the armed forces and to military retirees.

19. Enclave Partnership Files Loan For 19 Lots of Enclave at Sparkle Creek -

Enclave at Sparkle Creek Planned Development
Unincorporated Shelby County
Loan Amount: $1.5 Million

Loan Date: Aug. 13, 2009
Maturity Date: Aug. 15, 2011
Borrower: The Enclave Partnership
Lender: Merchants & Planters Bank

20. Braking Point: Inside MATA's identity crisis -

The bus system in Memphis has an undeserved “mythology,” according to the people who run it. However, some who ride Memphis Area Transit Authority buses everyday – and many who don’t – contend the system is far from perfect.

21. Medical Office Owner Files $800K Loan -

The new owner of the Applingwood Professional Office Building at 1540 Appling Care Lane in unincorporated Shelby County has filed an $800,000 loan on the property.

22. Jackson Lived Like King But Died Awash in Debt -

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michael Jackson the singer was also Michael Jackson the billion-dollar business.

Yet after selling more than 61 million albums in the U.S. and having a decade-long attraction open at Disney theme parks, the "King of Pop" died Thursday at age 50 reportedly awash in about $400 million in debt, on the cusp of a final comeback after well over a decade of scandal.

23. Deadline: What it's Really Like Inside the City's Big Daily - EDITOR’S NOTE: Bill Dries was a reporter at The Commercial Appeal from June 1997-October 2005. This story is based in part on his experiences there and more recent conversations with other CA staffers.

The fall evening six years ago when Chris Peck became the editor of The Commercial Appeal was treated with utmost secrecy inside the newspaper at 495 Union Ave.

Then-publisher John Wilcox was determined to prevent leaks of that night’s decision to any other media outlets. So not only would the choice be a secret to those outside the building, but inside as well.

Then-Metro editor Charles Bernsen camped out in his small office at one end of the newsroom with the blinds drawn across its large window. He emerged just before the regular 11 p.m. deadline to tell editors on the copy desk he was sending the story, written from home by a trusted reporter.

The article by Tom Charlier in the Oct. 9, 2002, edition described Peck as “a veteran journalist who built a national reputation for innovative leadership and unblinking coverage of difficult topics” as the editor of The Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, Wash.

Otis Sanford, the CA’s deputy managing editor and the other finalist for the top job, was promoted to managing editor. It was the first of many changes in the past six years to the newspaper’s masthead, where its top leaders are listed.

New era dawns

Peck arrived in Memphis shortly after the article and, although he would officially take over in January after Angus McEachran’s retirement, there was a great deal of anticipation – and, uncharacteristically for a floor full of reporters – not much background checking on Peck.

Before selecting Peck, executives of the CA’s parent company, the E.W. Scripps Co., had set up a committee of CA employees and solicited their opinions on what they wanted to see in the next editor. Many said they wanted a new direction at the newspaper.

Peck came to Memphis from a short stint as the Belo Distinguished Chair in Journalism at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He had served as editor at the Spokane Spokesman-Review just prior to the academic post.

Peck left that paper on the heels of a journalism controversy that got little play outside the Northwest and continued to linger as recently as two years ago. It concerned financing for a large public project involving the newspaper’s owners.

Meanwhile, hopes were high among some CA staff members that Peck would change the dysfunctional management style at the paper. Others believed no creative undertaking the size of a newspaper is possible without some level of dysfunction. And still others were leery about any optimistic assessment for any reason.

Bernsen was among the first to leave the CA after Peck’s hire. Louis Graham, who had been expected to head the Metro desk even if Sanford became the new top editor, replaced Bernsen.

Six years later, departing and current staffers describe the CA’s management style and newsroom atmosphere as “toxic.” They also complain that little has changed in terms of who runs the newspaper on a daily basis despite a frequent shuffling of the management chart.

None would talk with The Memphis News on the record for fear of reprisals. Even past staffers didn’t want their names used because of the prospect of doing freelance work for the newspaper. Those still in the newsroom and on the payroll wouldn’t talk on company phones.

Profits and losses

What ails The Commercial Appeal has a lot to do with what ails the newspaper industry in general these days. But that’s a black-and-white version that misses large colorful splotches unique to the institution.

Decisions made during the past six years to pursue a growth strategy targeting “suburban” readers, as well as longstanding practices for managing talent, have also helped bring the newspaper to where it is today.

Managers at the newspaper, in separate interviews with The Memphis News, insist it is stable, profitable and will remain a seven-day-a-week operation despite recent moves that severely cut the reporting staff, eliminated classified ads from the already thin Monday and Tuesday print editions and an admission that the newspaper probably won’t be covering less urgent topics in the future.

Asked if the demise of classified ad sections in the Monday and Tuesday editions could be a sign that the Monday and Tuesday print editions might vanish entirely, publisher Joe Pepe was unequivocal.

“No. That’s not going to happen, at least under my tenure here,” Pepe said. “A lot of the transactional classified business is done online anyway. Everything that you see in the paper every day of the week is also online. So putting the Monday and Tuesday (classifieds) online was essentially just a way for us to save on some newsprint costs while not taking away from the advertising.”

The CA is profitable, Peck and Pepe insist, although they won’t release any numbers.

“We’ve projected a profit for 2009,” Peck said. “We were profitable in 2008. So, I fully expect we’ll be profitable in 2009.”

Pepe responded, “Absolutely,” when asked if the CA is profitable. When asked if he would be more specific, he replied, “No. Good try.”

Doing less with fewer

The newspaper is not alone in its reluctance to give out specific financial data. Most businesses consider such information to be proprietary.

The optimistic assessment is in contrast to a letter subscribers got this month from Karl D. Wurzbach, vice president of circulation, saying subscription rates would go up by $2 a month effective Nov. 1.

“This is the only way we can continue to deliver to your home every day,” he wrote. “This increase is across the board, for everybody, with no exclusions.”

Wurzbach’s letter also noted that the CA had dropped home delivery to 11,600 subscribers in outlying areas during a five-month period. The weekday newsstand price had already increased from 50 cents to 75 cents.

“It was costing us more money to print and deliver than we earned in revenue,” he said in the letter. “No company can survive using that business model. … Simply put, we are making very difficult decisions to help our business survive.”

Both moves in the appearance and delivery of the paper came in the week after 20 reporters and editors faced the ultimate “difficult decision.”

The newspaper made the decision of whom to fire using a controversial system that ranks reporters in the particular section of the paper they work for. The key to the ranking is not reporting ability or even a byline count; it’s how a reporter gets along with his or her editor. It had already been a key to longevity at the CA before Peck arrived in Memphis and made it a formal part of employee evaluations.

“You have to grieve those who are no longer with us in a genuine way because they were great contributions,” Peck said. “But you really at that point also have to rather quickly turn your attention to the task at hand. That’s what we’re trying to do.”

But the veteran employees “grieved” by management are the same employees management had ranked as the least valuable in their respective departments.

That included Jimmie Covington, the longest-serving reporter at the paper until his dismissal in March after years of being shuffled from one suburban bureau to another. Covington was a veteran of the county government and Memphis City Schools beats.

The layoffs also included Frederic Koeppel and Christopher Blank, who provided much of the newspaper’s arts coverage and who apparently won’t be replaced with full-time reporters.

There’s now no mention of the “master narratives” Peck once included in his “blueprint” for the CA. They included long-form stories on race, the city’s musical heritage, barbecue and the river. It was to be a departure from the newspaper being what Peck referred to as a “news utility,” or all-purpose paper of record.

“What we have to do is prioritize our staff resources,” Peck said just weeks after 20 people in the CA newsroom either resigned or were fired in the latest series of cutbacks – the deepest to date for the editorial staff. “I think where that’s going to lead is making sure that we have the nuts and bolts of hard news coverage. That’s probably police reporting, court reporting, government reporting, school reporting. We want to make sure we’ve got those bases covered.”

Whatever is left of a full-time reporting staff will be devoted to issues and institutions such as FedEx, the University of Memphis Tigers basketball team, the Memphis Grizzlies, the economy and the medical center.

“If we run out of people at that point, then we’re going to turn to freelancers and more community-generated content,” Peck said. “I think we’ll be able to fill a lot of holes there if we need to and I think it will work out fine.”

Wanted: free (or reduced) labor

Pepe offered a basic definition of citizen journalism.

“All blogging is citizen journalism,” he told The Memphis News. “In a lot of cases it’s unsubstantiated. It’s not objective. It’s not edited content. It leans more toward opinion and subjectivity. Anytime we have citizen journalism, it’s still going to get edited. It’s still going to get verified. It’s going to get checked for facts before we post it. We apply the same rules to citizen-sponsored journalism as we do to our top line reporter.”

Sanford said citizen journalism “has its place” and has been discussed since the early 1990s. It shows up in the pages he governs in the form of opinion pieces and letters to the editor. Non-newspaper employees also serve on the CA’s editorial board.

“Now, I am a traditional, old-fashioned journalist,” Sanford said. “And I believe that while citizen journalism has its place, I’m not one – and maybe this is an old-fashioned view – but I’m not one to think that citizen journalism can ever take the place of the traditional journalism that I know and love. I just don’t believe that.”

The names of reporters and photographers cut in the most recent round of layoffs are already turning up in CA coverage as freelancers. Instead of a straight name with “The Commercial Appeal” below it, their names now appear with the phrase “special to The Commercial Appeal” and, of course, they receive no health benefits or regular paychecks from the newspaper.

Worldwide wakeup call

Before Peck’s arrival in Memphis, the CA was more than out of touch with the need for an Internet presence. The newspaper was hostile to such a move.

Posting a story on the Web site that was anything more than a teaser paragraph before the actual newspapers rolled of the presses and into delivery trucks was seen as handing the story to the competition.

It was a philosophy that had served the newspaper well in competing with television news, even with the rise of 24-hour cable news channels.

However, there have been consequences for being late to the Internet party, and financial consequences for not taking the Internet seriously.

“Right now all the revenue is generated off advertising,” Pepe said of print journalism’s gradual realization that it needed to be in the Web business as well. “Until search engines are firewalled – until all local media either together or individually start charging for content online – it’s going to continue to be a source of non-revenue in terms of content. That then means that revenue for all Internet ventures will be based on advertising.”

After Peck arrived, the move to unique content for the Web site was still slow in coming.

Editors exerted the same multi-tiered control over copy that might mean a story was not edited for Web or print until later in the day, closer to the print deadline.

Scraps often erupted over how copy was edited after it left the editors and went to the “new media” department. It might be a change in a few words or a new, snappier lead (first sentence), but some editors clearly didn’t like having their work changed as much as they might have imagined reporters liked having their work rearranged.

Reporters are expected to take such changes without protest, and protests are rare even when edits distort meaning. Reporters can always fall back on the excuse that the story got messed up after it was out of their hands.

But that brings into play another rule for newsroom survival – always, always make a hard copy of the story you turn in to your editor.

The anonymity of snark

The comments section on www.commercialappeal.com, where readers may post their thoughts at the bottom of stories, has been wildly successful if you look just at the number of comments some stories generate in a short amount of time.

But success isn’t the word that comes to mind if you start to read the comments on a regular basis.

They routinely crackle with racial tension and even racial slurs. When some staffers complained about the slurs and called for better policing of such comments, Peck reportedly asked for a list of what slurs should be considered cause for removing comments.

Sanford had a different take in March as he spoke at a University of Memphis panel discussion about race and the media.

“Please stop reading those comments,” Sanford told a crowd of 100 people on campus. “You’ve got … anonymous people who go on our stories … and make unbelievably goofy and stupid comments. And then that becomes, unfortunately, the reality. And we have to stop that. We can’t stop the comments because the Web people have told us, ‘Well, that’s how you get people in there.’ But please don’t listen to that.”

To civic groups and even individual citizens who contact the paper with complaints and concerns, Sanford is its face, voice and ears. When the CA participates in media forums, chances are the speaker will be Sanford.

For the past two years, Sanford has been in charge of the paper’s editorial board and Viewpoint section. It’s a position that evolved after editorial page editor David Kushma’s departure, when Kushma’s duties came to be included in Sanford’s.

“That just didn’t work right,” Sanford told The Memphis News. “We had a lot of discussions about this. Corporate was even involved in it. We agreed that the editorial pages, Viewpoint, the editorial board – we would sort of restructure the newsroom operation and the editorial board and the editorial opinions of the paper so that would fall directly under the publisher and I would be running that. I think that was a good thing to do.”

That means that Sanford works for Pepe, not Peck, as he did when he was managing editor.

Gum-popping good times

Peck met with each reporter in his office shortly after he arrived in Memphis. He appeared to be taking notes on a legal pad as he listened to their comments and suggestions.

However, trying to find Peck’s strategy over the years has been no simple matter. There wasn’t much beyond slogans that included “rebuilding the jet while flying it” or “building a 21st century newspaper.” The latter phrase was still being used six years into the new century.

One reporter who tried to get into Peck’s head in terms of management philosophy hit a brick wall with a thud, although he is still employed at the CA.

On that occasion, Peck was in no mood to discuss philosophy despite a casual-sounding e-mail asking if the reporter had a few minutes to talk. Instead of a dialogue, Peck gave the reporter $50 in cash and a list of books he could buy to read. He also sent the reporter back to the night cops beat for objecting to how a story was edited.

The editorial page and op-ed page were the first parts of the paper that changed. Peck wanted more letters to the editor. He also wanted to stop the practice of rigorously fact-checking letters.

This drew dissent from Kushma, who was eventually overruled and left in the first round of buyouts in 2003 that followed Peck’s arrival. Some of the other changes were in the Metro section – the hard news engine of the paper.

Reporters were switched around, which is a normal part of life at the city’s daily newspaper unless you are declared immune from such changes. The six or seven Metro editors were immune for the most part from the changes.

The newspaper’s home office in Cincinnati had long maintained that the paper was top heavy with such editors. Peck talked a lot about change, but didn’t change that.

At one of Peck’s first meetings with the Metro staff, a reporter asked Peck when there would be changes for the editors as well. Peck’s answer was to talk about Dentyne gum and how the company that makes it had allegedly improved its sales figures by repackaging the gum.

The analogy was that the CA was going to undergo a similar repackaging: What was under the wrapper would remain the same.

For weeks after the meeting, fellow reporters left numerous packages of Dentyne on the questioner’s desk.

Before Peck answered the question, some staffers remained hopeful because they saw most of the problems with the new management as a result of Peck having to answer to John Wilcox, the CA’s publisher. It was a key difference in the management structure.

Before Wilcox’s arrival, McEachran had served as editor and president – a title that gave McEachran near absolute power over everything the newspaper did, editorially and otherwise.

The Dentyne story showed that if there was a struggle between Wilcox and Peck, it wasn’t much of a difference of opinion. They essentially agreed on a newsroom strategy that continued to unfold.

Neighborly gestures

Of those at the top of the masthead, only Sanford has seen all of the changes unfold from one regime to the other.

“In terms of news, certainly the newspaper has changed dramatically under Chris,” Sanford told The Memphis News. “There have been significant changes in focus and really in newsroom culture.”

Asked to characterize whether the change has been good, bad or indifferent, Sanford said, “I’m not going to say. I’m going to let others decide that. The readers can determine that.”

Peck’s take on newsroom culture at the CA is almost as neutral.

“The culture is not one where people are necessarily beaming with big smiles every day because it’s a difficult time in the industry,” he told The Memphis News. “I think that I have tried to be very realistic with people with what’s going on in the business – and very realistic about our expectations of what we need from our staff, from my office all the way down to the last person who leaves at night.”

The Neighbors sections were abolished with Peck’s settling in – sections included every Thursday for each zone of the city that also contained honors rolls of all schools in and out of the zone, and other such listings. It had the kind of items that readers might like to cut out and post on their refrigerators. No matter where you lived in Memphis, you got a Neighbors section.

Peck wasted no time in making the refrigerator postings a rallying cry for what was to replace Neighbors. They would be hyper-local sections that would contain only news about that part of the county. Some would be written by a staffer, but most often written by citizens in that area. Often, the citizens were members of a group or organization that was the focus of the piece.

Soon the philosophy began to apply to the news that appeared in other parts of the particular delivery zone.

Not every section of the city got a suburban edition. Vast sections of North and South Memphis as well as Frayser and Raleigh were out of the loop.

Peck first pleaded ignorance to and has since repeatedly denied a central tenet of life in Memphis. Memphians often have family that might live in another part of town. Thus someone Downtown might want to see the honor roll of Tara Oaks Elementary School in Collierville or someone in Bartlett might be interested in what is happening in Arlington.

This often led to readers wondering what they missed in other parts of the city, and being suspicious of only receiving certain news.

New suburban bureaus were opened as full-time postings in Mississippi and Arkansas and state Capitol coverage from Jackson and Little Rock, respectively, was abandoned. Meanwhile, the newspaper’s greatest success in a suburban edition was being changed to make it fit the cookie-cutter mold of the new suburban bureaus.

Escape hatch

The newspaper’s DeSoto County edition opened late in McEachran’s tenure. It was one of the few times McEachran talked about marketing studies as he explained a concept to the newsroom. But it was because the data were clear.

DeSoto County readers wanted a newspaper that covered North Mississippi and did not mention Memphis, at least on the front page. The DeSoto County bureau had a separate sales and management staff. And the CA edition delivered in DeSoto County had its own front page that was DeSoto County-centric. It was even called The DeSoto Appeal. And it was a hit out of the box, with plans to duplicate the model in Tipton County while maintaining a different model within Shelby County because of the differences in attitudes clearly shown in the marketing study.

Peck wasn’t interested in the distinction.

When Pepe arrived as publisher in late 2005, the CA got someone with experience in such suburban editions. Pepe came to Memphis from St. Louis, where he headed the Suburban Journals – a collection of 38 weekly community newspapers.

Pepe said the CA’s suburban business strategy as modified several times over has worked. That strategy is to get advertising from small businesses in the community receiving the directed section – businesses whose reach and revenue can’t sustain a pitch to the paper’s larger audience.

“In St. Louis, they’ve been in place for 50 years,” Pepe said. “So they were humming. Here, we’ve had them in place for three or four years. I would suggest that if we’d not done this, that we would have even greater financial problems, only because the dependency on the larger advertisers would have been even greater than it is.”

“Zoning,” as it’s called, is now a three-day-a-week proposition.

“We still do zoning Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. We have a suburban, urban and a DeSoto zone. I think that’s where we need to be,” Peck said. “What we’re trying to do is balance the best of both worlds. Make sure our readers have the best of what’s going on in greater Memphis, but that we also provide a degree of zone content that is either geared toward the metro area, the suburbs or DeSoto County.”

But the practice has been much different than the theory behind the advertising and the needs of news consumers. As valued as the suburban coverage has been throughout Peck’s tenure, the bureaus have been places where reporters with troublesome attitudes toward editors have been exiled.

It was the next destination for many of those summoned for personal meetings with Peck as the first round of buyouts began in late 2003. In some cases, reporters have welcomed the assignment to be able to get out of the Downtown newsroom.

In the doghouse

The first round of buyouts under Peck in 2003 was brutal – even more ham-handed and graceless than anyone imagined possible. And the CA is not an organization noted for having an optimistic outlook.

All employees who were older than 40 and had been at the company 20 years or more got packets outlining the terms of the buyout. But within that group, Peck singled out about a dozen copy editors, reporters and photographers, including some of the most senior reporters and photographers in the organization. He had already begun discussions with several in the group who had been ill or had surgery.

Each got an e-mail from Peck asking if they had a few minutes to talk in his office. Peck would later quarrel with an assertion that he had threatened those in the group in the one-on-one talks. But he did tell each of them that if they didn’t take the buyout, they would be assigned more onerous duties.

One was told that if he didn’t take the buyout, he would be working nights and weekends. When the employee said he already worked nights and weekends, the meeting ended abruptly. A features reporter and another reporter each were told they would be working the night cops beat if they didn’t accept the buyouts.

The night shift started at 4:30 p.m. and ran until 1 a.m. or so. It involved listening to a police scanner and checking for such news that had to be written on deadline. The night cops reporter is the only news reporter on duty at the paper after 5p.m. unless there’s a late City Council meeting or someone on dayside decides they are on a roll and continues working.

Most papers have the night cops beat, and it is usually where beginning reporters start. It’s a good way to learn the basics of print reporting and determine whether a reporter can hold up under deadline pressure. At the CA, it is a beat assigned to reporters who are out of favor – firmly, decisively and usually terminally out of favor.

Under Peck, even summer interns don’t have to work night cops.

The Newspaper Guild, the union that represents reporters, photographers and copy editors, took the unusual move of passing a resolution that complained about Peck’s singling out employees. The same day the union passed the resolution, Peck called into his office the reporter who had made the proposal. I was that employee.

“I would really like for this not to find its way to Cincinnati,” was his reaction after he quarreled over whether his other talks with employees had amounted to threats.

The guild membership had voted unanimously for the resolution to be sent to Scripps management in Cincinnati. Peck later talked union leaders out of sending it, despite the membership vote.

Some of the squeezed employees took the buyout. Others stayed and were shuffled out to the suburban bureaus the following August, and were among those laid off this past March.

‘Treacherous ground’

The guild’s idea of a protest was to have reporters in the newsroom wear green on certain days of the week. This signaled that contract negotiations weren’t going well or weren’t going at all.

It’s been six years since the last labor contract expired that included guaranteed annual raises. Then the guild went to the idea of wearing green buttons – no words on the buttons, just green buttons that Scripps brass in town would see during their visits to Memphis. The brass never got near the newsroom. Still later, the guild kept the idea of the green color scheme but added the wording “We All Merit A Raise” to protest the company’s proposal of merit pay raises instead of a percentage raise guaranteed in the contract.

At one point, the guild was optimistic that the company was getting the message. So the guild urged members not to file grievances against management to keep the goodwill going.

In October 2007, the most visible sign of dissent in years came outside the framework of the guild and stalled contract talks. As the CA prepared to publish a series of articles on the impact of Memphis businesses around the world, a lead piece about FedEx to be sponsored by FedEx was ordered rewritten and the reporter, Trevor Aaronson, refused. The newspaper had approached FedEx about sponsoring that particular piece. Dozens of staff members, in a rare public move, signed a petition objecting to the practice Peck referred to as “monetizing content.” They felt it crossed the line separating the editorial part of the newspaper from sales. National trade magazines and blogs, which normally overlook the CA, took note of the flap.

Peck retreated, telling Editor & Publisher, a print trade magazine, “I went to our publisher and said, ‘We have probably gone half a step more than we should have gone on this project.’ It is treacherous ground when you start talking about having an advertiser in a section that has them in the reporting.”

Aaronson later left the CA, but has been quoted as saying he enjoyed the freedom he was given to pursue his own interests.

“I don’t care to talk about my experiences there,” Aaronson wrote in an e-mail.

The favored few

The stage for the latest round of layoffs that came in April was set with the release of fourth-quarter figures for Scripps.

Profits were way down. The chain ended the year with its share prices down 51 percent or $22. The chain announced it would freeze the pension plan, cutting 401(k) matching funds from the company. At the CA, the 401(k) match has always only applied to managers.

Mark Watson, head of the triumvirate of labor unions at the CA, including The Newspaper Guild, broke the news about the layoffs, calling it a “crisi-tunity.” He was among those laid off weeks later.

The weekend after the announcement, Peck in his Sunday column once again lectured about the hard economic times.

From the start, Peck’s quest was to garner favorable attention within the city and in journalism circles across the country by winning awards. At first, he touted every award the paper won, which, for writing and reporting, were usually the monthly Scripps awards from the home office in Cincinnati.

But he later reversed that and said the paper should note only awards of national stature. Photographers regularly won those, but reporters didn’t.

When some reporters complained their work was always excluded from consideration, Peck directed that reporters submit on a monthly basis any work they wanted to be considered for award entries.

Those suggestions were then forwarded to the very editors who had been excluding their work in the first place and who remained in control of contest entries.

Like other newspapers, the CA’s approach to awards is sometimes to deem a story to be eligible for an award, possibly before the first interview is done or the first word is written.

But a contest entry had to have the right byline as well – the right reporter doing a story for a contest was usually not the one covering the beat from which the story arose.

Pamela Perkins, who left the paper voluntary in the November 2008 round of layoffs, along with music writer Bill Ellis, who left in 2005, won a national award in 2004 from the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri for their continuing coverage of the return of Stax Records and the surrounding Soulsville neighborhood in South Memphis. Their writing won first place in the arts and entertainment category of the Missouri Lifestyle Journalism Awards.

There was no companywide e-mail congratulating them as there had been for awards in the monthly Scripps competition.

Stephen Price’s work as one of several reporters working on the deadly shooting of a child on Rosamond Avenue in 2002 caught the attention of Florida’s Poynter Institute, a leading journalism think tank. Other reporters deemed more worthy were praised the next day in the inevitable self-congratulatory e-mail in which management separated those it favored from those it didn’t.

Price had blended into the neighborhood crowd as police cleared reporters from the area, came back with the story no one else had and wrote it on deadline.

The Poynter Institute carries a lot of weight in Peck’s newspaper philosophy. Several times, he’s used Poynter fellows to mediate discussions with community leaders about the newspaper’s policies. But when Price’s account of the shooting aftermath in the Rosamond neighborhood was reprinted in Poynter’s annual anthology of the nation’s best journalism of the past year, CA management once again did not acknowledge the accolade.

Curious ideas

As the 2004 presidential season began, Peck revealed an important part of his views on political coverage to an editors’ forum in Washington. It was the same night as the Iowa caucuses.

The remarks to the American Press Institute gathering didn’t get much publicity, even after they showed up on an industry blog. It took a few more months. He never said anything about it to anyone who worked at the CA.

Peck said having reporters cover campaign events was a waste of time and resources. Instead, he said citizen journalists should cover the events – those who were already going to attend the rallies anyway.

“We have to get over the notion that we have to do it all ourselves,” he told Chad Capellman of API as he talked of having editors find volunteers to write summaries of what was said. “It’s not doing the democracy any good to send out a reporter to write down a regurgitation of what a candidate is saying in a staged event.”

Peck also said newspapers should compete with comedy shows such as “The Daily Show” and “Saturday Night Live” as a source of political information. Also, Peck called for focus groups of readers to determine what issues should be discussed.

“Don’t let the candidates drive coverage of the three issues they want to ride to get elected,” he told the API group.

Being the newspaper’s political reporter had been a difficult posting for some time, even before Peck arrived in Memphis. Bernsen had a checkered history of political coverage that turned into a deep distrust and contempt for politics when he became the head of Metro.

Each election season he would dutifully call those assigned to political coverage to his office and haul out a set of his own news clippings, which he said illustrated the kind of reporting he wanted. Under no circumstances, he insisted, would the candidates be setting the agenda for the newspaper’s coverage.

Such tension is normal in the planning of most media coverage of politics. It’s a game candidates, their representatives and the reporters who cover them play constantly.

Bernsen’s decision was not to play the game at all. He did not want coverage of campaign events and rallies. And the end of an election meant the end of political coverage. Any attempt a candidate made to establish or give voice to an issue was uniformly rejected even if it obviously hit a nerve with voters. To him, the whole process was rigged and the newspaper’s view was the only valid one.

There was supposed to be a wall between the reporting that was allowed on the political process and the endorsements of candidates that the CA editorial board made. Most candidates interested in the newspaper’s endorsement never believed there was a wall. If there was, they reasoned, editors not on the board would still find a way to limit or tilt coverage of those who weren’t endorsed.

Prism of perception

The CA began 2009 with a curious 15-part series that recapped the public life of Mayor Willie Herenton.

Herenton has had problems with the newspaper throughout that public life. And similarly, the newspaper’s leadership has had problems seeing straight when the subject was Willie Herenton.

The paper’s until then consistent political coverage was missing in action when Herenton launched a surprisingly strong-willed bid for mayor in 1991. Editorially, the newspaper had strong reservations about the People’s Convention that Herenton took by storm, clearing the first political obstacle in what became a historic campaign.

His willingness to participate in the convention, whose goal was to come up with a consensus black challenger to incumbent Dick Hackett, put off those in the newspaper’s front office. It translated to next to no coverage of a campaign effort that was on the streets every day, while Hackett pursued the local equivalent of a rose garden strategy of speaking to small groups at select backyard parties.

When Herenton won, the ambivalence turned into hostility.

Herenton had a good relationship with several reporters who had covered his tenure as city schools superintendent – even through the sexual harassment lawsuit that came near the end of his tenure there and just before his entry into the 1991 mayor’s race. (The harassment case stemmed from a relationship Herenton had with a teacher.)

Those reporters had to walk a fine line. A favorable comment by Herenton in public that got back to editors could mean that reporter would be perceived as biased toward Herenton. The problem many reporters had with walking the tightrope was editors increasingly viewed a reporter’s duty to the paper as a requirement to shank their sources in print to show where their loyalties lay.

The editors were convinced a 2005 recall petition mounted by radio talk show host and blogger Thaddeus Matthews would succeed. They considered it a foregone conclusion that Matthews would gather more than enough signatures on the petitions and do it well before the deadline to file with the Shelby County Election Commission.

The newspaper’s planned coverage moved past the recall drive itself. The editors ordered up a piece on who was likely to run in the recall election that followed. They approached at least two reporters with the task before the effort flagged just enough for the piece to become an article on who might run for city mayor in 2007.

The fact that politicos across the city were still waiting to see if the 2006 county elections would offer any opportunities didn’t cross their minds. Calls to those politicos were met with widespread laughter and wonderment at the eccentric methods afoot at the CA. The petition drive failed and Matthews backed Herenton’s 2007 bid for re-election.

Distance learning

By this past February, CA management signed off on a content-sharing agreement with fellow Scripps paper The Knoxville News Sentinel, as well as The Tennesseean newspaper in Nashville and the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The Feb. 5 agreement was already in effect by the time an internal memo from News Sentinel management surfaced in early March in Editor & Publisher.

The CA and the Knoxville newspaper had used such a strategy for years in covering politics. The result was that the CA continued to do without any local political coverage beyond biographical pieces introducing candidates.

Statewide races for governor and the U.S. Senate were covered from Knoxville or by the CA’s Nashville bureau chief, Richard Locker, or in some cases by Bartholomew Sullivan, a former CA reporter who now works for the Scripps News Service’s Washington bureau. That meant candidates for statewide office coming to Memphis were usually covered before they got to the city or after they left.

The agreement was most visible during the 2006 U.S. Senate race between Republican Bob Corker of Chattanooga and Democrat Harold Ford Jr. of Memphis. One of the campaign’s crucial events was a showdown between the two at Memphis International Airport.

Corker had called a press conference there. Ford crashed the event ahead of time and the two faced off in the airport parking lot – a few inches from each other with television cameras and microphones surrounding them.

There was no CA reporter in the press pack. Sullivan covered what became known as the “parking lot debate” from the D.C. bureau.

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24. Events -

The Memphis Bar Association will hold a free legal clinic Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Friendship United Methodist Church, 6220 U.S. 51 N. The clinic is free and open to the public and provides attendees with an opportunity to talk to an experienced attorney. Attorneys will see individuals on a first-come, first-served basis.

25. Events -

The Shelby County Beer Board will meet today at 2 p.m. at the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. For more information, call Steve Summerall at 545-4301.

26. Events -

The Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will host a presentation by James Hutto, managing project director for Valeo Design and Marketing, today at 11:45 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Select, 5795 Poplar Ave. Hutto will present “ROI Marketing for Your Business: Driving Top-Line Growth with Your Website.” Cost is $25 for guests and $15 for students. Lunch is included. Guests may pay at the door.

27. Freight Haulers Slam on the Brakes -

In a normal year, Gordon Trucking Inc. might replace 20 percent of its fleet of 1,500 big rigs with new trucks. But given the bleak outlook for the freight business, the Pacific, Wash., hauler doesn’t intend to buy a single new truck next year.

28. Tennessee’s Tanner Prepares For 20th Year in Congress -

John Tanner will mark 20 years in Congress when he returns to Washington in January. The Union City, Tenn., Democratic U.S. representative is running unopposed on the Nov. 4 election ballot.

29. Former Midtown Grocer Building Gets New Owner, Look -

A Midtown building once home to a well-known grocery store and then an antique shop is on the verge of yet another incarnation as its new owners prepare to give it a fresh look.

Memphis-based Lynch and Weddle Holdings GP, whose partners are Richard Lynch and Todd Weddle, Feb. 6 bought the decades-old strip center on the northeast corner of North McLean Boulevard and Madison Avenue for $600,000.

30. Exchange Club Settles In to Renovations And Preps for Gala -

The Exchange Club Family Center recently completed a $1.2 million facelift that will allow it to serve clients better, furthering its mission of ending the cycle of domestic violence.

With the additional space, interns and counselors will better be able to help children and families, said executive director Barbara King.

31. Herenton : Will 'Hit Hard' On Consolidation -

Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton says he is open to several possible ways of consolidating city and county governments. But he wants one vote by Shelby Countians on any proposal that might make it onto a ballot.

32. Baptist Footprint Grows Ever Larger Downtown -

When the 19-story Baptist Medical Center was imploded two years ago, it marked the departure of Baptist Memorial Hospital from Downtown, at least in the minds of many.

But Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. continues to have a major presence in the neighborhood, with long-term plans that might even include an expansion of clinical care.

33. Role in Collective Bargaining Proves Rewarding to Warren -

Keith A. Warren is one of four attorneys in the Memphis office of Ford & Harrison LLP to be named to the 2008 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Warren, Herbert E. Gerson and Arnold Perl - all partners in the firm - and managing partner Louis P. Britt, were named top lawyers in the labor and employment law category.

34. Shy Thompson Finds Loudest Voice When Speaking for Clients -

Tanja L. Thompson discovered a knack for the voice of other people when, as a child, she often found herself speaking for her German-immigrant parents. As a result, Thompson, who describes herself as shy, shed that introverted nature when it became necessary to represent others.

35. UTHSC's Netland Honored by American Academy of Ophthalmology -

Dr. Peter A. Netland will receive the Senior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology at its annual conference this fall.

Netland, a Siegal Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), is the director of the Glaucoma Service and vice chair for academic affairs for the UTHSC Department of Ophthalmology. He is also the site leader in Memphis for the Congressional Glaucoma Caucus.

36. Hugueley Named Chief Nursing Officer For Methodist Extended Care Hospital -

Sandra Hugueley has been named chief nursing officer for Methodist Extended Care Hospital (MECH). Hugueley joined Methodist in 1996 as a registered nurse and became nurse manager of Medical-Surgical ICU at Methodist North Hospital in 1997. She recently served as corporate director of Interim Administrative Services.

37. Collierville, Memphis ApartmentsSell for Nearly $36 Million -      Dogwood Creek Apartments in Collierville and Hunters Trace Apartments in Memphis have sold for $35.8 million.
     G&I V Dogwood Creek LLC bought the Collierville complex from Dogwood Creek-

38. Memphis Judges Tasked With Decision In National Domestic Spying Case -

Memphis has a significant connection to arguments made this week in a federal appeals court about whether the government's controversial domestic spying program is unconstitutional.

Of the three judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit who heard arguments Wednesday from supporters of the program in the Justice Department as well as the American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) opposition, two are from Memphis.

39. Relationships, Client Needs Behind Husch Eppenberger Offshoot -

Jennifer Ziegenhorn is not from Memphis, but after more than 13 years practicing law here, says she is beginning to feel very much at home in the Bluff City.

Ziegenhorn moved to Memphis right after graduating from law school at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville in 1993.Ziegenhorn recently was promoted to equity partner of the Memphis office of Husch & Eppenberger LLC. She also will head the firm's commercial litigation and dispute resolution group.

40. Carmony Named Newcomer of the Year -

Brad Carmony has been named Newcomer of the Year in the 2006 MPACT Maker Awards. The award recognizes individuals who have lived in Memphis for a short time, but who have made significant contributions to the community. Carmony is the public relations manager at inferno. He also serves on the regional advisory board of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association of Tennessee, the Exchange Club Family Center's Gala Committee and as a member of the Shelby County Humane Society's Pet Set organization.

41. Prestidge Chosen to Head Kroger Delta Division -

Mark Prestidge has been promoted to president of The Kroger Co.'s Delta Division. The Delta Division is based in Memphis and includes 111 Kroger stores in Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. Prestidge succeeds Richard Tillman, who recently announced his retirement after a 42-year career with Kroger. Prestidge previously served as vice president of operations for Kroger's Southwest Division.

42. In Step with Biotech -

A plan proposed by Gov. Phil Bredesen in September to increase Tennessee's high school graduation rate could shine light on something that's been going on in Memphis for some time.

Bredesen's plan would offer free tuition to high school graduates who attend two-year community colleges, helping them get jobs that range in pay from $25,000 to $30,000 almost immediately after they graduate. The governor's plan would add much-needed tuition funding to a program that was implemented in 1997 at State Technical Institute at Memphis, now Southwest Tennessee Community College.

43. Archived Article -

Ashland Lakes
Phase One
Loan Amount: $12.1 million

Loan Date: Aug. 1, 2006

Maturity Date: Oct. 1, 2024

44. Blair Appointed to State Supreme Court's Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee -

Allen S. Blair has specialized in labor and employment law for most of his career.

As a member of Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh PLLC, he concentrates his practice on mediation and arbitration. The Tennessee Supreme Court recently appointed Blair to its Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Committee, which helps the high court administer its mediation program in all of Tennessee's state courts.

45. Commercial Appeal Management Dealt Legal Blow -

In 1997, the future looked good for the Spokane Spokesman-Review, the daily newspaper of the city of Spokane, Wash., and one of the few family-owned newspapers left in the country.

That year, the paper and its staffers took home top honors in two journalism contests. The paper's editor at the time, who would later serve as president of the Associated Press Managing Editors association, already had helped it garner a slew of awards for reporting, design and photography. During his tenure, the Columbia Journalism Review named the paper one of the 25 best in the country.

46. Baker Donelson Hires New IT Professional -

Cheryl Proctor just joined Baker Donelson's information technology management team as client services manager. Proctor currently serves as Southeast regional vice president of the International Legal Technology Association. She will direct Baker Donelson's client support services group. The group provides firm-wide electronic services, offering Baker Donelson's clients and attorneys sophisticated document sharing capabilities and technologically advanced litigation support systems. Proctor previously served as manager of application services at Waller Landsen Dortch & Davis PLLC in Nashville.

47. Underutilized Downtown Properties Await Development -

The 29-story Sterick Building at 8 S. Third St. was once the city's premier office building - and was the tallest structure in the region for several decades.

Today, the 350,883-square-foot building is vacant and faces the same plight of inactivity as nine other historic Downtown properties identified by the Center City Commission.

48. Archived Article: Daily Digest - Apartment Property

Apartment Property

Sells for $7.9 Million

Eastview 432 LP has purchased property at 3316 Hickory Hill Road near Knight Arnold Road from Mid-America Apartments LP for $7.9 million, according to The Daily News Online, www.m...

49. Archived Article: Events - The Construction Specifications Institute presents AIA Document A201-1997 General Conditions of the Contract for Construction

The Construction Specifications Institute presents AIA Document A201-1997: General Conditions of the Contract for Constr...

50. Archived Article: Small Biz - ANDY MEEK

Deliberate Literate Focuses on Customer Favorites

ANDY MEEK

The Daily News

Since Debbie Smith bought The Deliberate Literate with her husband last year, shes tried to make it a second home for her customers.

Like a family. A...

51. Archived Article: Daily Digest - Shelby County Sees

Shelby County Sees

Slight Unemployment Rise

Tennessees seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged in March, at 5 percent, the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced. Shelby Countys rat...

52. Archived Article: Chamber (lead) - Volunteers key to Chambers campaign

Volunteers key to Chambers campaign

By ANDREW BELL

The Daily News

Over a deli sandwich and a bag of chips, about 10 businesspeople scan their manuals and twist in black leather chairs.

The meeting r...

53. Archived Article: Daily Digest - Beautiful Business Awards

Beautiful Business Awards

lights up Garden tonight

Memphis City Beautiful will present the 2003 Beautiful Business Awards at the Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road, beginning at 5:30 p.m. today.

The awards ...

54. Archived Article: Memos - Memphs memos

Larry K. Scroggs joined Burch, Porter & Johnson as a member in the law firms litigation section. Scroggs has been in private practice since 1971. He earned a law degree from Vanderbilt University. He was a state representative fo...

55. Archived Article: Comm Focus - Womens show vendors cash in on power of the purse

Womens show vendors cash in on power of the purse

By STACEY WIEDOWER

The Daily News

Women have always held the purses, but now, many hold the purse-strings, too.

An increase in dual-in...

56. Archived Article: Newsmakers - Food Bank Creates New Coordinator Position

Food Bank Appoints Nutrition Education Coordinator Hattie Clark was appointed to The Food Banks newly created position of nutrition education/Kids Cafe coordinator. Clark oversees education and safe food...

57. Archived Article: Pat O's (lead) - Pat OBriens opens with a splash

Pat OBriens opens with a splash

By ANDREW BELL

The Daily News

The effort to pour one of Pat OBriens rum-studded Hurricanes alongside the Beale Street cobblestones underwent a kind of tempest on its own. 58. Archived Article: Ups P2 - UPS workers ratify 6-year deal

UPS workers ratify 6-year deal
U.S. drivers, package handlers and other Teamsters union workers at United Parcel Service Inc. voted overwhelmingly to back a rich contract with the package carrier, the union sai...

59. Archived Article: Real Focus - One of the largest African-American denominations in the country, Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (CME) is joining forces Local lenders open doors to homeownership One of the largest African-American denominations in the nation, Christian Metho...

60. Archived Article: Memos - Paul E Paul E. Prather, a partner at Kiesewetter Wise Kaplan Schwimmer and Prather PLC, was appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court to the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization. He earned bachelors and law degrees fr...

61. Archived Article: Comm Focus - Local judge reveals lighter side of the law Local judge reveals lighter side of the law By MARY DANDO The Daily News Ever wanted to write a book and have it published? A local publisher was the answer to one writers prayer. Germantown resident Sharo...

62. Archived Article: Comm Briefs - The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art will present the Art of Warner Bros

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art will present the Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons, an exhibition of original artwork from the world of Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies from Nov. 17 ...

63. Archived Article: Real Review - Fed order review Fed orders review of bargain home sale The government is reviewing a program that allowed more than 3,800 police officers and teachers to buy homes at half price in economically depressed neighborhoods after auditors found widesprea...

64. Archived Article: Focus (tour) - By JENNIFER MURLEY Home tour puts Evergreen District on display By JENNIFER MURLEY The Daily News A unique blend of five old and new homes with distinctly European characters will be featured on the 2001 Evergreen Historic District Home Tour. The to...

65. Archived Article: Memos - Gayle Hanover graduated from the Graduate, Realtors Institute program Gayle Hanover graduated from the Graduate, Realtors Institute program. Hanover is an agent with Marx & Bensdorf and a member of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors. Insur...

66. Archived Article: Union (lead) - Former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev will be the keynote speaker at Union Universitys annual Scholarship Banquet set Gobachev to speak at Union University Former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev will be the keynote speaker at Union Univ...

67. Archived Article: Focus Box - Timeline Timeline 1990: Five banks backed by the American Bankers Association sue the National Credit Union Administration and the AT&T Family Federal Credit Union. The banks claim they are being "harmed" by the credit union regulator's 1982 pol...

68. Archived Article: Switchdata (lead) - By SUZANNE THOMPSON Construction begins on telecom center By SUZANNE THOMPSON The Daily News Construction is set to start on a multi-million dollar telecommunications center at 3599 Knight Road for Switch and Data Facilities Co. The privately held T...

69. Archived Article: Landmarks (lead) - Landmarks to review cobblestone plans Landmarks to review plan for cobblestones By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News Plans for a walkway and three shade structures to be built overlooking Memphis historic cobblestone landing will be up for review today ...

70. Archived Article - Call centers: a ring of opportunity Call centers ring with opportunity for Memphis By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News The world is calling, and Tennessee is picking up the phone. Call centers are a booming sector of the states economy, and representat...

71. Archived Article: Memos - John V John V. White Jr. has been appointed chairman, president and chief executive officer of Union Planters Bank. White joins Union Planters from National City Bank, where he served as executive vice president of retail banking for the state of In...

72. Archived Article: Marketplace (plastics) - By JANE DUBOSE Rubber, plastics industries major players in states economy By JANE DUBOSE Special to The Daily News One might say the rubber and plastics industries in Tennessee are the "Rodney Dangerfield" sectors of the states economy. T...

73. Archived Article: Wild Oats (lead) - By SUZANNE THOMPSON Union Wild Oats to close April 1 By SUZANNE THOMPSON The Daily News The Wild Oats store at 1801 Union Ave. will close its doors permanently on April 1, according to Jim Lee, president of the Colorado-based health food retailer. &...

74. Archived Article: Union (lead) - Building purchase allows Building purchase allows grad program expansion By KATHLEEN BURT The Daily News Union University has made an offer to purchase the Immanuel Baptist Church building at 2745 Hacks Cross Road, in order to expand its graduate sc...

75. Archived Article: Benchmark - The National Labor Relations Board has entered into a compliance agreement with the United Auto Workers Union and Pace Industries, d/b/a Precision Industries NLRB enters in agreement with auto workers union, Pace The National Labor Relations Board h...

76. Archived Article: Calvary (lead) - By LAURIE JOHNSON More room, new families lure Calvary Church to Cordova By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News Calvary Church, a Church of the Nazarene, has started construction on the first phase of its new church home at 1851 Houston Levee Road in Cord...

77. Archived Article: Groundhog (market) - Groundhog to see 20,000 Tennessee shadows Groundhog to see 20,000 Tennessee shadows By Sharon H. Fitzgerald and Laurie Johnson For the third straight year, Tennessees work force will be humming a collective rendition of "Me and My Shadow" ...

78. Archived Article: Benchmark - The nation's three largest credit reporting agencies have agreed to pay a total of $2 Credit bureaus settle call blocking case The nation's three largest credit reporting agencies have agreed to pay a total of $2.5 million to settle federal charges ...

79. Archived Article: Gov't Focus - Union Avenue hotel Union Avenue hotel scheduled for facelift By KATHLEEN BURT The Daily News A sight that greets those entering the Medical Center District from Downtown by way of Union Avenue is the subject of a tax freeze request. Allad Investment...

80. Archived Article: Office Depot - Office Depot opens Southaven store Office Depot opens Southaven store By LAURIE JOHNSON Office Depot opened the doors last week to its new DeSoto County store, located at the corner of Interstate 55 and Goodman Road in Southaven. The 30,000-square-f...

81. Archived Article: Benchmark - Home - Yahoo A U.S. District Court judge has issued a preliminary injunction barring the enforcement of a Michigan law targeting people who distribute sexually explicit materials to children over the Internet. The judge ruled the law would have viol...

82. Archived Article: Comm Focus - Delivering a legacy Delivering a legacy The United Parcel Service gives Memphis youth a sporting chance By KATHLEEN BURT The Daily News When the Eagle Lodge Blue Pony Lacrosse program in Denver was forced to borrow sticks from the local high school ...

83. Archived Article: Comm Focus (guns) - By STACEY PETSCHAUER Safety on Local programs aim to reduce youth violence against others and themselves By STACEY PETSCHAUER The Daily News Recent school shootings have placed youth violence in the nations spotlight, but assaults by children and te...

84. Archived Article: Real Focus - The Old Home Expo This old house Memphis first Old Home Expo offers four days of preservation activities, the latest restoration products, how-to demonstrations and a tour of historic Vollintine-Evergreen homes. By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News Just...

85. Archived Article: Market Briefs - National Processing Reaches USF Holland, a unit of USFreightways Corp., has announced the relocation of its Memphis terminal to a larger facility. The operation recently opened in a new 80-door structure in Olive Branch, Miss., that is located on 19...

86. Archived Article: Graphic - Active lenders for first quarter Active lenders for first quarter Lenders for home mortgages have been very active in the first quarter of 1999. In the first three months of this year, a total of 7,430 deeds of trust have been filed in the Shelby Co...

87. Archived Article: Market Briefs - SOURCE: Terminix CSX Transportation Inc. and Union Pacific Railroad announced an industry-first agreement that will streamline east-west rail traffic through major gateways that connect the two railroads. Although railroads traditionally "pre-b...

88. Archived Article: Law Column - A look back a look ahead A look back a look ahead By Jeff Weintraub Special to The Daily News 1998 was another interesting year in labor relations. Both the NBA and Northwest Airlines pilots struck, and Federal Express narrowly avoided a strike. The...

89. Archived Article: West Tn (bott) - By LAURIE JOHNSON West Tennessee sets capital investment record in 1998 By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News Companies spent more than $857 million to build new plants or expand existing ones in West Tennessee during 1998 a record high for capital inves...

90. Archived Article: Real Briefs - Parkway Properties, Inc Trammell Crow Co. announced construction has begun on Parkway Place at Cordova, a $20 million, 20-acre project on Germantown Parkway at Cordova Road. The four-building complex will total 260,000 square feet and is expected to...

91. Archived Article: Market Briefs - Bank of America, SCORE To Offer Harrahs Entertainment Inc. announced it will relocate its corporate headquarters and move about 50 senior executives and staff to Las Vegas. The company plans to retain the balance of its local employees in Memphis, m...

92. Archived Article: Memos - FDX Global Logistics Inc FDX Global Logistics Inc. announced several appointments. Debra A. Gray has been named vice president and chief financial officer. She previously was staff vice president of finance for the FDX information and logistics serv...

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94. Archived Article: Market Briefs - Union Planters Bank announced it has opened a new, full-service Thomas & Betts Corp. reported a third quarter net loss after a $108.5 million pre-tax charge for closing facilities and restructuring. The company reported net earnings, excluding t...

95. Archived Article: Discover U St - By SUZANNE THOMPSON Entrepreneur designs `health club for the mind' Discover U feeds members bodies and minds By SUZANNE THOMPSON The Daily News When Carol Coletta went to the University of Memphis University College as a non-traditional student, it...

96. Archived Article: Graphic - Top lenders third quarter Top lenders third quarter First Tennessee Bank tops the list for the most lent for 15- and 30-year residential mortgages in the third quarter of 1998, according to trust deeds filed between July 1 and Sept. 30 in the Shelby...

97. Archived Article: Market Briefs - Fred's adopts shareholder rights plan Union Planters Corp. reported net earnings for the third quarter were $17.5 million compared to $98.3 million for the same period in 1997. Diluted earnings per common share for the third quarter were 13 cents co...

98. Archived Article: Law Focus St - By SUZANNE THOMPSON A leading lawyer Randall Noel will use his leadership skills as the new president-elect of the Tennessee Bar Association By SUZANNE THOMPSON The Daily News Leadership skills come naturally to Randall Noel, the newly installed pre...

99. Archived Article: Memos - ResortQuest International Appoints Paul Manteris has been appointed vice president of operations for ResortQuest International Inc. He most recently held senior management and training positions with Colorado-based Premier Resorts Inc./Village Resor...

100. Archived Article: Market Briefs - Omega Health Systems, Inc Working Mother magazine has named two Memphis-based companies, First Tennessee Bank and Federal Express, as family friendly. The magazine based its ranking on whether the companies give work-life training to managers and wh...