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VOL. 126 | NO. 63 | Thursday, March 31, 2011

Road to Blues City Brewery Rough

The plan by City Brewing Co. of La Crosse, Wis., to buy the 40-year-old Memphis beer brewery that is now Hardy Bottling Co. didn’t begin this year.

Take a Seat

Office furnishings change to meet latest demands

In the past two and a half years, companies have had to tighten more than budgets – instead of expanding offices, business owners have been forced to do more with their existing real estate.

ServiceMaster Revenues Increase

Hank Mullany’s tenure as CEO of The ServiceMaster Co. begins Friday at the Memphis headquarters of the company that includes Terminix, TruGreen, Merry Maids and other residential and commercial services.

Roundtable Tackles Trademark Infringement

The law firm of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC will hold a roundtable discussion Thursday on the topic “Use of Competitor’s Trademark in Keyword Advertising: Infringement or Not?”

Wharton, Cash to Talk Funding

When Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and Memphis City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash meet Thursday it will be the first face-to-face meeting the two leaders have had about school funding in more than a month.

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Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC will host a roundtable discussion titled “Use of Competitor’s Trademark in Keyword Advertising: Infringement or Not?” Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. at Baker Donelson’s office at 165 Madison Ave., 20th floor. For more information or to register, contact Brittany Meeker at 577-2275 or bmeeker@bakerdonelson.com.

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Who’s Who of Soul to Perform for MED Foundation

More than a dozen legendary soul artists plan to bring down the house – in this case The Peabody hotel – during a one-night-only, blowout concert benefiting The MED Foundation, the fundraising arm of The Regional Medical Center at Memphis.

Local Democratic Party Faces Battle for Chair

Shelby County Democratic Party chairman Van Turner probably faces a challenge in his bid for another two years in the position and the challenger is probably Shelby County Commissioner Justin Ford.

Ole Miss Leader Talks Higher Ed

The freshmen class at Ole Miss this fall was 20 percent larger than any previous class in the 167-year history of the university. As a result, University of Mississippi Chancellor Dr. Daniel W. Jones told a gathering this week of the Memphis Rotary Club the institution is better “managing” its selection of out-of-state students.

IDB Approves Blues City Brewery PILOT

The Memphis-Shelby County Industrial Development Board on Wednesday approved a 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes program for City Brewing Co. LLC, the La Crosse, Wis., brewer that will buy the Hardy Bottling Co. plant in Hickory Hill.

Puzzling Tourney 2011

Brooklyn, N.Y. – My annual trek to the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament began before daylight March 17. It was St. Patrick’s Day, and I forgot to wear green. Fortunately, I had my green pen in my pocket.

Brown Takes Road Less Traveled to Successful Career

Helen Brown has plenty in common with her fellow members of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC, where she has worked in the firm’s corporate and securities practice area since September 2002.

Life of Ex-Pat Is Hardly Glamorous

Ray’s Take: Many people often feel overwhelmed by the gap between how much they have actually saved for retirement and how much the retirement calculators tell them they will need.


Tenn. Effort to Cut Food Tax With Levy on Sodas Stalls

NASHVILLE (AP) – A state House panel has parked a bill to exchange a reduction in Tennessee's sales tax on groceries with an increase in the tax on sugary drinks.

Tenn. Charter School Bill Advancing in Senate

NASHVILLE (AP) – Legislation that seeks to create more charter schools in Tennessee would hurt public schools, critics said of the proposal that advanced in the Senate on Wednesday.

Tenn. Lawmakers Reject Term Limits for Themselves

NASHVILLE (AP) – A Senate panel has rejected a proposed constitutional amendment to limit lawmakers to eight years per chamber of the General Assembly.

Judicial Election Latest Disagreement in Tenn. GOP

NASHVILLE (AP) – Add the election of Supreme Court justices and appellate judges to the list of disagreements between the top two Republicans at the Tennessee Statehouse.

State Bill to Protect Critique of Scientific Theories

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal that protects teachers in Tennessee from being disciplined for allowing students to critique scientific theories – such as evolution – is headed for a full House vote.


Obama Sets Ambitious Goal to Reduce US Oil Imports

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday called for a one-third reduction in U.S. oil imports by 2025, reviving a long-elusive goal of reducing America's dependence on foreign supplies as political unrest rocks the Middle East and gasoline prices rise at home.

US: Banks Will Use Fed Funds to Repay Fed Bailout

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Treasury Department official says he expects some banks to use money from a government program aimed at increasing small business loans to repay their federal bailouts.

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