VOL. 126 | NO. 194 | Wednesday, October 5, 2011
When officials with the parent company of First Tennessee Bank walked through the company’s second quarter earnings in July for analysts, they noted that the implementation of stricter rules governing debit card fees would mean an annual $15 million to $20 million hit to the company’s revenue.
Highwoods’ capital improvements cohere Triad Centre buildings
Highwoods Properties Inc. is about two weeks away from completing more than $1 million in parking lot renovations and building improvements at the East Memphis office complex Triad Centre, bringing its three developments into a cohesive, campus-style environment.
Field days in agriculture are usually a chance for farm and crop experts as well as agriculture novices to get into the fields and see crops being grown and harvested and talk about techniques and experimental crops.
As Memphis voters prepare to bring to an end another city campaign season, Shelby County Commissioner Mike Carpenter just ended a five-year run on the Shelby County Commission.
Martavius Jones didn’t stumble over his introduction at all Monday, Oct. 5, as seven new members of the new countywide school board took the oath of office.
No ballot questions are to be decided in the Thursday, Oct. 6, Memphis elections. But at least one of the City Council races will be viewed as a referendum on the clout of the city’s municipal labor unions.
Diabetes is a growing public health concern, especially in Shelby County, where the diabetes rate is 11.5 percent, according to Charlotte Cavin, manager of the Diabetes Education Center at Baptist Rehabilitation-Germantown.
A new statewide alliance has been formed by communications experts from Memphis to Knoxville to provide blanket geographic coverage for products and issues in Tennessee.
Eric Jackson has joined Devcon Security as general manager of the company’s Memphis branch. Jackson’s primary focus will be hiring and training sales people and technicians, as well as building daily branch operations and acting as the brand ambassador to building partnerships in the community.
No marketing strategy can save a brand that fails to deliver on its brand promises. Absent customer service fundamentals, even the best-laid marketing plan will simply drive in one-time customers who wind up feeling duped in the end, likely sharing their unfortunate experiences. In the age of social media, it certainly doesn’t take much time to share those experiences with thousands of people – mere seconds in fact.
Change is the only constant. It’s always been with us, always will be, and for some, it’s never easy. Science, technology, transportation and communications are advancing so rapidly that all of life seems to be in constant transition. At times, you may have to make major changes to your business in order to survive and prosper. Many people naturally don’t like change because it creates uncertainty. So, how do we break down that fear and welcome necessary change?
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – The American Queen steamboat, whose home port is Beale Street Landing, will take part in the 50th anniversary of the Kentucky Derby Festival's Great Steamboat Race next year, along with the Belle of Louisville and the Belle of Cincinnati.
NASHVILLE (AP) – A new law designed to curb illegal voting by noncitizen residents has gone largely unnoticed, overshadowed by Tennessee's new voter identification law.
NASHVILLE (AP) – Rating agencies have decided not to downgrade Tennessee's debt after the state submitted a game plan for how each agency would respond to deep federal spending cuts.
NASHVILLE (AP) – State officials expect the already busy driver service centers to get even more crowded over the coming months.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Businesses ordered more computers, communications equipment and other big-ticket items in August, a hopeful sign for the slumping economy.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says the economic recovery "is close to faltering" and the central bank is prepared to take further steps to support it.
ST. LOUIS (AP) – Anheuser-Busch plans to invest $1 billion in its U.S. breweries and other facilities by 2014.
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) – Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday it will add 5,750 jobs and invest $4.8 billion in its U.S. factories as part of a new contract deal with the United Auto Workers union.
BOSTON (AP) – Fidelity Investments is opening up some of its college savings plans by including other companies' mutual funds on its menu of investment options, rather than restricting investors to Fidelity's own funds.
MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. (AP) – Kohl's Corp. will hire 40,000 seasonal workers for the holidays, up 5 percent from last year.
J.C. Penney is upping the ante on impulse holiday gifting, with plans to carve out areas on the main floor dedicated to gifts from the whimsical to the practical.
CINCINNATI (AP) – Television station and newspaper owner The E.W. Scripps Co. said Monday that it will pay $212 million in cash for nine TV stations owned by The McGraw-Hill Cos.
ATLANTA (AP) – A small group of frequent fliers began using lower-hassle security lines Tuesday in exchange for sharing more personal information with the government in a trial program at four U.S. airports.
DALLAS (AP) – President Barack Obama is criticizing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor for saying the president's $447 billion jobs bill will not get a vote in its entirety in the Republican-led House.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Mortgage giant Fannie Mae knew about allegations of improper foreclosure practices by law firms in 2003 but did not act to stop them, a government watchdog says.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Many workers will have a new form of health insurance coverage to consider when they sign up for next year's benefits plans this fall, and in some cases, it may be an offer they can't refuse.
Bank of America's home page displayed an error message and its consumer online banking service was slow for a fifth day Tuesday.
NEW YORK (AP) – As her grandfather sat pleasantly perplexed at her wedding, Lauren Barnes reached into the recesses of her strapless white gown, whipped out her iPhone and accepted her groom's Facebook relationship change to "married."
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Fresh off the successful re-release of "The Lion King" in 3-D, Disney says it will churn out four more classics in three dimensions starting with "Beauty and the Beast" in January.
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) – Apple Inc. unveiled a new iPhone on Tuesday that is faster and more powerful but stops short of a more radical upgrade. It said Sprint customers will now be able to use one.