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VOL. 125 | NO. 207 | Monday, October 25, 2010

Wharton to File Neighborhood Preservation Act Lawsuits

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. will mark his first year in office by filing 135 lawsuits Tuesday against owners of blighted and neglected properties under the Neighborhood Preservation Act.

Inspired Instruction

School signals new direction for practical education

The New Consortium of Law and Business could be a sign of a new wave of education in Memphis.

Shoemaker Financial Recovering From Morning Fire

If everything goes according to plan, Shoemaker Financial will be back up and running in Germantown by Tuesday afternoon.

Commission: Ford Pension Increase Possible

The Shelby County Retirement Board was scheduled earlier this month to approve the creation of a new slimmed-down pension plan for future county employees.

Cadence Deal: Four-Month Whirlwind

A whirlwind of negotiations spanning four months and involving multiple suitors led to Cadence Bank’s acceptance two weeks ago of a buyout by a Houston-based private equity firm.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
A Few Clouds
Wind: South at 5.8 mph
Humidity: 75%


MPACT Memphis will hold a meet-up for potential, new and current members Monday at 6 p.m. at Fox Ridge Pizza, 1769 N. Germantown Parkway. For more information or reservations, e-mail memberconnections@mpactmemphis.org.

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NAM Pres Says Trade Will Keep US Competitive

Amid a hectic campaign season, trade initiatives are one of the most significant aspects to bear in mind to keep the United States competitive, the keynote speaker at the Economics Club of Memphis meeting said Thursday.

Criteria for Accountable Care Organizations Released

The proposed rules for Accountable Care Organizations – the new paradigm by which the federal government plans to parse out health care dollars – are open for public comment.

Former Labor Secretary Delivers Message of Caution

A former congresswoman and secretary of labor speaking to a group of attorneys and business owners warned the United States is entering a “dangerous” era of political spin and consequences for foreign policy.

Oseman Takes Good Care of Clients’ Insurance Needs

As the Oseman Insurance Agency celebrates its 25th anniversary, its president Stephen Oseman has a lot to celebrate.

Old School Often Trumps the Latest Tech

While we crave instant everything, increase ADHD chemicals anticipating new Apple stuff and beef up multi-tasking abilities buying the new GoogleNetFlixSmartphone4G Textmania HotSpotSkype units, some things remain old school useful.

Making an Impact with Retail

In previous columns, we discussed ways to weave giving back into the normal routine of your life and ways companies can help their employees make an impact, as well. Today we will explore an example of how you can work with your favorite restaurant or retailer to create a win-win with the nonprofit you support. With this approach, you can feel confident knowing you are helping both sides, as there is true value in creating this type of partnership.

Transition Team Recommends Sharper Economic Development Focus

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell’s transition team is recommending the creation of a quasi-governmental “umbrella entity” to jumpstart economic development in the county.

Shelby County Commission Agenda

The Shelby County Commission will meet Monday at the Vasco Smith County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St., beginning at 1:30 p.m. Click on the meeting icon for a full agenda.


A New Era

As the Grizzlies mark their 10th season in Memphis, whispers of “contender” and “dark horse” can be heard in the halls of FedExForum.

Grizzlies Integral to The Memphis Story

The Memphis Grizzlies have provided many memorable moments since arriving here nine years ago.

Ballet Memphis Delves into ‘Dream’ for Opener

The Sugar Plum Fairy from “The Nutcracker” won’t be the only winged sprite delighting Ballet Memphis audiences this year.

Chile and Argentina Foster Carnivore’s Dream Vacation

Vegetarians and vegans may want to think twice before booking those flights to Chile and Argentina, otherwise known as the Lands of Endless Meat. In Chile, the creature du jour tends to be lamb, in Argentina it’s beef, but in both countries, where I sojourned for 12 days recently, I often found my plate heaped with portions of beef, lamb, pork and goat, including various sausages and an inner organ here and there. These are countries where steak is passed as hors d’oeuvres, and some salad or a few vegetables on a plate serve as an excuse for a carnivore’s passacaglia of flesh. They call it barbecue.

La Valentina Turns Basic Grape Into Pleasing Wine

The trebbiano grape produces something like one-third of the white wine made in Italy. That’s a depressing statistic for a grape whose chief distinguishing qualities are squinching acidity and otherwise utter neutrality. Those aren’t bad traits for some purposes; the grape is grown in France under the name ugni blanc and is a primarily contributor to cognac, which is, after all, a distilled spirit. Most of the wines made from trebbiano in Italy’s grape-growing regions, though, are shrill and bland simultaneously.


Governor Candidates Didn't Ace Business Courses

CARTHAGE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's gubernatorial candidates both stress their business careers on the campaign trail, but their college transcripts show that neither excelled in their undergraduate business courses.


Poll Shows Beebe With Huge Lead Over Keet in Ark.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Poll results released Friday show Gov. Mike Beebe has a 26-point lead over Republican Jim Keet, who is trying to derail the Democrat's run for a second term.

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Rises to 7.7 Percent

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Unemployment in Arkansas reached 7.7 percent in September, an increase of two-tenths of a percentage point from August.

Ark. High Court Tosses Interest Rate Ballot Item

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court threw out a lawsuit Friday that sought to strike from the ballot a proposed constitutional amendment that would raise the cap on interest rates.


Health Insurers Help GOP After Dalliance With Dems

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health insurers flirted with Democrats, supported them with money and got what they wanted: a federal mandate that most Americans carry health care coverage. Now they're backing Republicans, hoping a GOP Congress will mean friendlier regulations.

Bill Clinton Races to Help Democratic Candidates

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bill Clinton, out of the Oval Office for nearly a decade and once considered a political liability, is campaigning for Democratic candidates at a pace no one can match, drawing big crowds and going to states that President Barack Obama avoids.


AP Poll: Americans Split on Health Care Repeal

WASHINGTON (AP) — First it was President Barack Obama's health care overhaul that divided the nation. Now it's the Republican cry for repeal.

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