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VOL. 126 | NO. 75 | Monday, April 18, 2011

Appointment Comes Just in Time for Budget

Just in time for the new budget season, the Shelby County Commission Monday considers the appointment of Mike Swift as the new county finance director.

No Place Like It

Running tech company from home brings numerous rewards, challenges

After tucking her two young children in for the night, Rinu Agarwal, founder and principal of technology group e2global, works from the comfort of her Germantown home, remotely managing a team of employees in her native India, where the sun has risen and the workday has begun.

Grizzlies Sued Over Stanford Funds; More Money Sought From Memphis Hospitals

The court-appointed receiver for disgraced financier R. Allen Stanford’s empire, along with an official group of Stanford investors, has added another Memphis name to the group of entities they’re suing.

Community Health Makes All-Cash Bid for Tenet

NEW YORK (AP) – Hospital operator Community Health Systems Inc. on Monday revised its $3 billion offer for rival Tenet Healthcare Corp. to an all-cash bid.

Social Media Opens New World of Business

Feedback is not like it used to be, says Shauna Wright. There was a time when a bad experience with a company meant telling a neighbor or a few friends, but in today’s ever-shrinking world, those friends can be a thousand miles away and number in the hundreds.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Wind: West at 10.4 mph
Humidity: 69%


Agape Child & Family Services will hold its annual Kids Classic Golf Tournament Monday at noon at TPC Southwind, 3325 Club at Southwind. Teams of four are $1,600 and individuals are $400. Sponsorships are available and start at $500. For more information or to register, call 323-3600 or visit www.apagemeanslove.org.

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Family Life Drives More Women Home for Work

When Marci Lambert started her own studio in the fall of 2008, she discovered that photographing families doesn’t keep her from managing her own.

Country Nightclub Two-Steps Into Town

A new nightclub is saddling up at Sycamore View and Interstate 40.

Q1 Court Filings Remain Consistent

The business of Circuit, Chancery and Probate courts remained constant in the first three months of 2011.

Dixon Hughes Goodman Eyes Local Growth

Certified Public Accounting firm Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP will step up efforts to expand its forensic, litigation support and valuation practice in the Memphis market following its April 1 formation.

Qualifying Period for City Races Opens

Here come the city elections. Monday is the first day candidates in the Oct. 6 Memphis elections can begin picking up and filing qualifying petitions for mayor, all 13 seats on the Memphis City Council, City Court clerk and the three divisions of City Court.

Mid-South Coliseum Next in Preservationists’ Crosshairs

With the recent demolishment of Union Avenue United Methodist Church in the rearview mirror, Memphis Heritage Inc. is back and perhaps more empowered than ever.

Switch Creative Designs On Local, National Levels

Switch Creative is a Memphis-based design firm that has made a name for itself on a local and national level in the advertising world.

You Should No Longer Expect a Complete Conversation

I had a customer come right out and say it: “Hey Tom, don’t try to call me because I don’t answer the phone.” You and about everyone else. We have technology now so it is no longer necessary to talk. No need to spell either; just get with it on the correct mangling of the King’s English and use the appropriate texting symbols. Larynx doctors must have a large drop in business.

A Pause for Homelessness

Last week, we focused attention on the Mid-South STEM Alliance, which is bringing government, business and education together to focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This week, let us discuss an organization giving homeless families a “pause” in life with free, temporary housing and the means to re-establish their independence: the Dorothy Day House of Hospitality (DDHH).


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.


Home Run

From March to September, Matt Hughes is a busy man. His 10-year-old son plays for the Jackson (Tenn.) Coyotes, a competitive baseball team. Just about every weekend Hughes and his family of four hit the road for a baseball tournament, traveling around the Southeast to places from Memphis to Panama City, Fla.

National Pastime with a Local Twist

Amateur baseball has always been a growth industry in the Memphis area.

TSC Takes ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Outside

It has given Memphis the best of Shakespeare’s clowns, soldiers and politicians, and now the Tennessee Shakespeare Co. will add lovers to the list, presenting “Romeo and Juliet” in a new outdoor venue.

A Brief History of City’s Wine by the Glass Boom

First, some history:

Try This Spanish Wine for Simple, Fresh Enjoyment

One could assert, I suppose, that there’s a wine for every time and purpose under the sun, and then there are the wines that just make us happy when we drink them.


University in Jackson Closing Doors Opened in 1843

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) – Officials of Lambuth University have decided to close the school after 168 years.

US Sen. Corker Raises $1.87M for Re-Election Bid

NASHVILLE (AP) – U.S. Sen. Bob Corker has raised $1.87 million in the first quarter, pushing the Tennessee Republican's total collections for his re-election bid to more than $4 million to date.

State Promoting Infant Immunizations This Month

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee health officials say parents and medical personnel must all invest time and energy to be sure every infant in the state is properly immunized.


Tenn. Revenue Estimates Reflect Improving Economy

NASHVILLE (AP) – More money should be coming into the state as a result of an improving economy, but high gas prices that are eating up people's disposable income are also affecting Tennessee's revenue projections, the State Funding Board said Friday.


Consumers Feel the Pinch of Pricier Gas and Food

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans are paying more for food and gas, a trend that threatens to slow the economy at a crucial time.

US Video Game Sales Fell 4 Percent in March

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – U.S. retail sales of video game systems, games and accessories fell 4 percent in March as game software sales declined, according to new data from an industry group.


Obama: Raise Debt Ceiling or Risk Global Recession

CHICAGO (AP) – Failure by Congress to raise the U.S. debt limit "could plunge the world economy back into recession," President Barack Obama declared Friday, and he acknowledged that he must compromise on spending with Republicans who control the House to avoid such a crisis.

House Passes $6 Trillion Spending Cut Plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Friday passed a Republican budget blueprint proposing to fundamentally overhaul Medicare and combat out-of-control budget deficits with sharp spending cuts on social safety net programs like food stamps and Medicaid.

IRS Paid $513M in Undeserved Homebuyer Tax Credits

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Internal Revenue Service has paid out more than a half-billion dollars in homebuyer tax credits to people who probably didn't qualify, a government investigator said Friday.

First Lady: Military Members, Spouses Need Jobs

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – First lady Michelle Obama called on companies Thursday to recruit and hire members of the military and their spouses, saying they offer unique skills and qualities.

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