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VOL. 125 | NO. 100 | Monday, May 24, 2010

Seafood Businesses Combat Oil Spill Misconceptions

Market repercussions from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are causing bigger problems for Memphis seafood businesses at this point than the actual environmental damage from the disaster.

West Memphis Mojo Rises

On the night of the worst civic tragedy in West Memphis’ history, blues stood up and did its thing.

Profitability in Tennessee Banks Increases

No need to send Tennessee's banking industry a Get Well Soon card. It’s already headed that way.

ServiceMaster Company Reaches for ‘Stratosphere’

About six months ago, ServiceMaster Building Maintenance decided it needed to launch a rebranding campaign as it changed its name to ServiceMaster by Stratos – part of an effort to become the standard by which all others in the janitorial industry are measured.

Having An Owner’s Eye

Business owners have their own particular way of viewing things that are different from employees’. As well it should be. Let’s call it The Owner’s Eye.

Commissioners to Vote on Health Loop Clinic Funding

When The Regional Medical Center at Memphis decided late last year to spin off five of its outpatient care clinics, administrators of the hospital said the decision would give the institution financial breathing room. It would save the county $3.8 million annually.

ESPN’s Bilas Motivates Memphis Business Leaders

Best known for his savvy basketball commentary, Jay Bilas spoke Friday morning about the parallels between a successful sports team and a successful business.

Daq Drama Raises More Ownership Questions

The case of a Southeast Memphis restaurant with no beer permit, beer for sale and a complex ownership history got more curious last week as the saga appeared to come to an end.

GOP Candidates Differ on Aid to The MED

Nine Shelby County Commissioners – outgoing, re-elected and recently elected – waited outside the emergency room at The Regional Medical Center at Memphis last week.

Memphis City Council Agenda

Click on the icon for the Memphis City Council's full meeting agenda.


How to Build a Government in 71 days

The idea of consolidation is a political perennial in Memphis, but the details of merging Memphis and Shelby County governments are much more elusive.

Too Many Elections — Or Not Enough Voters?

It’s been a while since we’ve been free of campaign signs on the landscape. And it’s prompted some to ask whether we have too many elections.

Untapped Potential Lives in Memphis, Coletta Says

Carol Coletta is president of CEOs for Cities, a consulting company exploring the idea of “talent dividends.”

Our Own Voice Examines Customer Service, Love

Even customer service reps need love, according to a new play by a theater troupe focused on inclusiveness. Our Own Voice (OOV), a company in residence at TheatreWorks, hopes to challenge audiences to empathize with workers in an industry that often gets an earful.

Noisy Dining Can Hurt Your Bottom Line

“Oh, yes, we love this place! What? Uh, yes, the apricot-glazed Brussels sprouts are delicious! I said DELICIOUS! What? WHAT??? I CAN’T HEAR YOU! IT’S TOO LOUD IN HERE!!!”

‘Mystery’ Table Wine Offers Bargain

The Hogue Red Table Wine 2007, from Washington’s Columbia Valley, is somewhat of a mystery. I received it as a sample from the winery; yes, friends, that’s what happens when you write about wine – it gets delivered to you! How cool is that?


Tenn. Tea Party Won't Drop Speaker for Islam Views

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tea party organizers will not drop a speaker from a Tennessee convention this weekend despite calls from a national Muslim rights group that considers her anti-Islamic.

State to Inspect Unregulated Dams This Year

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - The state will inspect unregulated dams this year, starting with about 70 that could result in deaths if they break, but state conservation officials want legislation giving them authority to inspect and regulate all of the state's 1,200 nonfederal dams.

Development VP Leaving UT; Endowment in Good Shape

KNOXVILLE (AP) - The administrator guiding a University of Tennessee campaign to add $1 billion in endowment funds is leaving.


Consumer Watchdog Eyes Lenders in New Bank Rules

Consumer watchdog eyes lenders in new bank rules

Jobless Rates Drop in 34 States and DC

WASHINGTON (AP) - Unemployment rates fell in a majority of states last month as improved economic conditions spurred hiring.


Obama Orders New Fuel Standards for Future

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama called for first-ever mileage and emissions standards for big rig and work trucks Friday, seeking to limit pollution from the large vehicles that contribute a big share of it.

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