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VOL. 125 | NO. 246 | Monday, December 20, 2010

Georgia-Pacific to Close Memphis Plant, Lay Off 97 Workers

Atlanta-based box maker Georgia-Pacific LLC expects to lay off 97 workers by mid-February by closing its 611 Winchester Road corrugated box plant.

Soft Surge

Gracie Bleu latest addition to Memphis yogurt craze

Self-serve frozen yogurt shops have popped up en masse across the Mid-South in recent months, with the latest batch coming online soon.

Commission to Choose Jones’ Successor

Shelby County commissioners pick a new state representative at Monday’s session to round out the 22-member Shelby County delegation to Nashville.

Providers Elevate Need for Improved IT

The pressure continues for health care providers to complete the transition from paper charts to electronic health records technology.

MCS to Consider Charter Surrender Resolution

Memphis City Schools board members may make the most important decision of their tenures Monday night with a resolution to surrender the school system’s charter.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Wind: North at 3.5 mph
Humidity: 82%


The Alzheimer’s Association will hold an introduction to dementia and Alzheimer’s class Monday at 5:30 p.m. at the Alzheimer’s Association offices, 326 Ellsworth St. For more information, call 565-0011 or visit www.alz.org.

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Banks Shift Focus to Growing Assets

A little more than half of the two dozen banks the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis lists as based in the Memphis market have grown their asset base over the past year.

Petties Makes Rare Comments in Court

Whatever jail time Craig Petties faces for having a shank hidden in the mattress in his prison cell may not be much more than the time he has already served in federal prison.

Echtenkamp Brings Fresh Ideas to Reverie Fine Linens

At an age when most people are coming to terms with having to make their own beds in the morning, Laura Echtenkamp has awoken, made her bed and is lying in it, too.

What Happened to the Rainmakers?

One reason businesses are stagnant is the decline in “rainmakers.”

Finding Cultural Connection to Giving Back

Last week, we talked about the value of mentoring and how it can be an easy, fun way to give back and help prepare our future leaders.


Shelby County Commission Agenda

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


On the Mend

It’s said that you don’t choose The MED – you wake up in The MED.

MED’s Comeback an Encouraging Start

The MED has a surplus.

GPAC Stages Russian ‘Ballet Blanc’

It may or may not be a white Christmas this year, but Germantown Performing Arts Centre promises a return of “white” ballet in January.

Added Gratuity Not Intended to Deter Large Dining Groups

How festive to be part of a large group at a restaurant, with the conversation, the clinking glasses on extended arms, the laughter, the tasting of colleagues’ food. At this time of year, with office Christmas lunches taking place throughout the city and suburban towns, restaurants are often filled by groups of people toasting the best wishes for the holidays and exchanging presents. What fun!

Mirabelle Brut Commands Serious Respect

For our sparkling wine today, I’m going to up the ante, in price, yes, but also in quality. For the previous two weeks in this series the sparkling products have been charming and quaffable and quite respectable, but now is the time to get a little more serious.


Chattanooga Case Focuses on Tenn. Employment Law

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Supreme Court's decision this week to hear the case of a University of Tennessee-Chattanooga professor who sued the school under the state whistle-blower act could have broad implications for state employment law.


Tax Bill Won’t Help Those Who Used Up Jobless Aid

WASHINGTON (AP) – The tax-cut bill President Barack Obama was expected to sign Friday renews benefits for millions of unemployed people. But it does nothing for hundreds of thousands who have been out of work so long they’ve used up all benefits available to them.

Stores Push Gimmicks for Super Saturday

Many stores are pushing discounts and other gimmicks for the last weekend before Christmas. Research firm ShopperTrak predicts Saturday will be the second or third busiest shopping day of the year.

GM Recalling 100,000 Crossovers to Fix Seat Belts

WASHINGTON (AP)General Motors Co. is recalling about 100,000 crossover vehicles to fix seat belts that could fail in a crash.

Unemployment Rate Rises in 21 States, Falls in 15

WASHINGTON (AP) – Unemployment rates rose in 21 states last month, the highest number to report an increase since August. The report is a reminder of the job market's struggle to rebound even as the economy is improving.


Obama Bill Signing Heralds New Balance of Power

WASHINGTON (AP) – Displaying a new style of compromising, President Barack Obama invited Democrats and Republicans alike to the White House on Friday for the signing of a massive tax package that frayed his relations with liberals, caused him to abandon a pledge not to extend tax cuts to the rich and heralded a new balance of power in the capital.

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