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1. Last Word: Verdell Smith and Lifeline, Strickland's First 5 Months and Tennessine -

Lots of blue lights in Cordova Thursday evening as the Memphis Police Department remembers Officer Verdell Smith, who died in Saturday’s Downtown rampage in the line of duty. His funeral is Friday.

2. Waddell & Associates Merges With International Network -

David Waddell’s Memphis-based investment firm is celebrating the third decade of its existence this year with more than just the acknowledgement of its longevity in the business of managing clients’ money.

3. Waddell & Associates Teams With International Network -

Focus Financial Partners, an international partnership of independent, fiduciary wealth management firms, has added Memphis-based investment firm Waddell & Associates Inc. to its network.

4. Waddell & Associates Joins International Firm Network -

Focus Financial Partners, an international partnership of independent, fiduciary wealth management firms, has added Memphis-based investment firm Waddell & Associates Inc. to its network.

5. Pacific Hires Damon Stoudamire as Basketball Coach -

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) – University of Memphis assistant coach Damon Stoudamire was hired Wednesday, March 16, as the new coach at the University of the Pacific. Stoudamire, who also played for the Memphis Grizzlies for three seasons (2005-2008) and later served as a Grizzlies assistant coach, was introduced on the Stockton, Calif., campus Wednesday by Pacific's athletic director, Ted Leland.

6. Nashville Developer Submits Plans for Downtown Memphis Housing -

Two plans recently filed with the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Planning and Development will turn empty lots into housing for disadvantaged Memphians.

Nashville developer Elmington Capital Group submitted plans for gated multifamily housing in Downtown's South End.

7. Does Your Battery Life Stink? Try Some High-Tech Workarounds -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – It's enough to make you want to drop everything and race for the nearest power outlet: Your workday isn't even done, and your smartphone or laptop battery is already in the red zone.

8. Firefighter’s Widow Works Tirelessly to End Drunk Driving -

It was Saturday, July 29, 1995, a typical summer day for the Russell family. Bobby Russell Jr., 41, a Memphis firefighter, was working in the yard with his two sons when he was struck and killed on his front lawn by an impaired driver. Nothing was ever typical again for the Russell family.

9. Dell Buying EMC in $67 Billion Bet on Data Storage -

NEW YORK (AP) – Dell is buying data storage company EMC for $67 billion in a huge bet on a segment of technology that has proven to be more profitable than the slumping personal computer market.

10. Supreme Court Declines to Review Insider Trading Case -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday it won't hear the Obama administration's appeal of a lower court ruling that made it tougher to prosecute people for trading on leaked inside information.

11. Memphis Call Center Added As PILOT Resource -

A Memphis-based national call center has been added as a new resource for companies getting tax breaks in Memphis.

Operating in Clark Tower, at 5100 Poplar Ave., Ashaun LLC is now available to work with participating payment-in-lieu-of-taxes recipients as a diverse supplier under the “contracting services” component of the program.

12. Memphis Call Center Added As PILOT Resource -

A Memphis-based national call center has been added as a new resource for companies getting tax breaks in Memphis.

Operating in Clark Tower, at 5100 Poplar Ave., Ashaun LLC is now available to work with participating payment-in-lieu-of-taxes recipients as a diverse supplier under the “contracting services” component of the program.

13. Southwest Adds Memphis Flights -

Southwest Airlines will add seasonal nonstop flights between Memphis and Austin, Texas, along with an additional seasonal flight to Orlando.

The nonstop service between Memphis International Airport and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport will operate on Saturdays and Sundays starting Dec. 5 and move to Saturdays only starting Jan. 9. The route will continue being offered on Saturdays through March 5.

14. Waddell and Associates Honored by CNBC -

Memphis-based wealth management firm Waddell and Associates Inc. has been ranked 29th on CNBC's list of “Top 100 Fee-Only Wealth Managers” for 2015.

15. Waddell and Associates Honored by CNBC -

Memphis-based wealth management firm Waddell and Associates Inc. has been ranked 29th on CNBC’s list of “Top 100 Fee-Only Wealth Managers” for 2015.

16. Nashville’s Long, Hot, Delicious Summer -

Summertime brings us wedges of juicy watermelon and drippy ice cream cones. It yields pies piled with blackberries and peaches so fresh they can fill a room with their aroma.

It offers jewel-toned tomatoes for slicing and piling onto BLTs.

17. Wendell Smith’s: Charlotte Avenue's Safe Zone for Sinners, Saints -

Other than the fact the roads outside – 53rd and Charlotte – are paved, not much has changed at Wendell Smith’s Corner, a monument to a short life well lived.

18. Nashville Sounds Owner, Players Marvel at New Park -

Ten days before the Nashville Sounds’ scheduled home opener at their palatial new digs, First Tennessee Park in Germantown was still very much a work in progress.

Frank Ward, owner of the Class AAA Pacific League team, was strutting around like a proud father, all but ready to pass out cigars to an expectant media as workmen painted, pounded and pushed to make everything ready in preparation for opening of the 10,000-seat facility.

19. Sounds Like a Hit for Neighbors -

For months, sounds of construction surrounded the Nashville Sounds’ sparkling new First Tennessee Park in Germantown.

The constant thump-thump-thump of pounding jackhammers competed with the irritating, high-pitched beeps of vehicles backing up. Ka-ching! Cranes lifted steel beams into place, keeping time with a syncopated thrumming of never-ending drilling. Ka-ching!

20. Webb’s Decorated Tennis Program Taking Its Lumps -

It’s a mid-March afternoon, and the Webb School of Knoxville boys’ tennis team is fresh off an 8-1 loss to Bristol’s Tennessee High School.

Webb coach Jimmy Pitkanen sees it as a learning experience – just like every other match, win or lose.

21. Eakin: Rising Rents Hitting All of Middle Tennessee -

Selling business people on the idea of relocating to Nashville is easy for commercial real estate broker Barry R. Smith because he, too, bought into the city’s charm when he first came to town in 1981.

22. Dell CEO Says He's Happy With Company's Progress -

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – The founder and CEO of Dell Inc. said he's been pleased with the state of his company since it went private last fall, ending its 25-year run as a publicly traded business.

23. Developers Swing, Miss in Attempt to Buy Prime Germantown Locale -

The first time I stepped into this mustard-yellow building at 300 Jefferson Street to ask how it felt to have the Nashville Sounds moving in across the street, Wayne Woelk, 50, was having a heart attack.

24. Tennessee Now Seeks to Renovate Cordell Hull Building -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's administration is backing off earlier plans to demolish the 60-year-old Cordell Hull office building located next to the state Capitol in Nashville and instead hopes to renovate it.

25. McKinney Named Branch Manager at Waddell & Reed -

Mack McKinney has been promoted at Waddell & Reed to district branch manager for the Memphis area. McKinney has been with the financial advisory firm for five years, holding management positions for four of those years.
McKinney works to develop field leaders and help financial advisers leverage their strengths and experiences to build successful practices. He serves as mentor to both new and seasoned financial advisers and says he’s committed to building an office that demonstrates the collective passion shared for clients and the community.

26. Southeastern Asset Management Posts Strong 2013 -

The annual year-end commentary from Memphis-based Southeastern Asset Management always provides an instructive look at the economic landscape and a peek at the playbook of an investment firm led by a pair of prominent Memphis businessmen.

27. Brown Petition Circulating For District Attorney General -

Former Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Joe Brown has a qualifying petition out to run in the May Democratic primary for District Attorney General.

28. Microsoft Names Cloud Computing Chief as Next CEO -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Microsoft has named the head of its cloud computing business as the company's next CEO, tapping a longtime insider to lead efforts to catch rivals in mobile devices and offer more software and services over the Internet.

29. Nashville Leaders, Team to Break Ground on Ballpark -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and the Nashville Sounds baseball team was set to host a ceremonial groundbreaking Monday for a new minor league ballpark that will return Nashville baseball to its historic home.

30. Southeastern Asset Management Buys Stake in News Corp. -

Memphis-based Southeastern Asset Management Inc., the investment firm that along with activist investor Carl Icahn opposed the proposed buyout of Dell Inc., disclosed that it has taken a nearly 12 percent stake in News Corp.

31. Southeastern Asset Management Buys Stake in News Corp. -

Memphis-based Southeastern Asset Management Inc., the investment firm that along with activist investor Carl Icahn opposed the proposed buyout of Dell Inc., disclosed that it has taken a nearly 12 percent stake in News Corp.

32. County Commission’s Partisan, Personal Divide Resurfaces -

As Shelby County Commissioners were asking some pretty pointed questions Monday, Sept. 9, of those vying for an appointment to the countywide school board, Commissioner Heidi Shafer told Shante Avant, one of the contenders, “We’re not as scary as we seem.”

33. Icahn Ends Takeover Battle for PC Maker Dell -

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is giving up his bitter takeover fight for Dell Inc. a few days before shareholders are scheduled to consider the latest buyout offer from the struggling computer maker’s founder Michael Dell.

34. Judge Won't Fast-Track Icahn Claim Against Dell -

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) – A Delaware judge has refused to fast-track a trial on billionaire investor Carl Icahn's claims that Dell Inc. directors have breached their fiduciary duties in scheduling a vote on founder and CEO Michael Dell's bid to take the embattled computer maker private.

35. Michael Dell Adds Dividend Payment to Buyout Offer -

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) – A special committee of Dell's board has agreed to an increased offer from founder Michael Dell that would add a special dividend for shareholders.

The struggling computer maker said Friday that a group led by its founder and investment firm Silver Lake Partners will tack a one-time shareholder payout of 13 cents per share to an offer they made last week to buy the company for $13.75 per share. The new offer also guarantees that the company's third-quarter dividend of 8 cents per share will be paid at or before the closing.

36. 17 Hall of Famers Ask Goodell for Help -

Seventeen Pro Football Hall of Famers and Dave Robinson, who will be inducted this weekend, have signed a letter telling NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell they are concerned about medical care for former players and the league’s “continued denial of the link between repeated head impacts and permanent brain damage.”

37. Icahn Contests Condition in Latest Dell Offer -

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is renewing his attack on Michael Dell's leadership and warning that the latest offer from Dell to buy the struggling PC maker he founded bypasses an important shareholder safeguard.

38. Dell's Founder Boosts Offer to Buy the Company -

NEW YORK (AP) – A group led by Dell's founder raised its offer for the struggling computer maker Wednesday in hopes of attracting more shareholder support for its plan to take the company private.

39. Dell Delays Vote on Buyout, Sign It Lacks Support -

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) – Dell has delayed Thursday's vote on founder Michael Dell's plan to take the slumping computer maker private in a sign the board needs more time to rally support.

40. Shareholders Voting on $24.4 Billion Dell Buyout -

DALLAS (AP) – Dell Inc. is making a late push to win shareholder support for founder Michael Dell's plan to take the slumping computer maker private, an indication that Thursday's scheduled vote could be close.

41. Icahn to Seek Court Appraisal of $24.4 Billion Dell Deal -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Billionaire investor Carl Icahn will ask a judge to assess the fairness of a proposed $24.4 billion acquisition of struggling personal computer maker Dell in his latest attempt to wrangle a higher price from a group of buyers that includes company CEO Michael Dell.

42. Measuring Innovation With Money -

But will it make real money? Innovation is such a heady, ill-defined concept. Innovation is one of those words – like strategy or creativity – that means either nothing or something different to anyone who hears it. But when handled correctly, genuine innovations are the lifeblood of any company’s continued health and success.

43. Dell Raises Intrigue by Rescheduling Earnings Report -

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) – Struggling personal computer maker Dell will report its latest quarterly earnings ahead of schedule in a move likely to spur speculation that the results will be dismal.

44. Icahn, Southeastern Challenge Dell Takeover Plan -

One of the biggest critics of Michael Dell's plan to take the company he founded private has launched a fresh challenge to that $24.4 billion bid and says the slumping PC maker needs new leadership.

45. Southeastern Asset Management Favors Recent Dell Buyout Offers -

MEMPHIS (AP) – A major Dell shareholder is urging the slumping personal computer maker's board to scrap a $24.4 billion deal to sell the company to a group including CEO Michael Dell and pursue two competing bids instead.

46. Dell Board Will Deal With Icahn, Blackstone -

Michael Dell may have to hike the price he's willing to pay if he wants to take the computer company he founded private, thanks to competition from two new acquisition offers.

A special committee of independent Dell Inc. directors said Monday that it will negotiate with buyout specialist Blackstone Group and activist investor Carl Icahn over bids that rival an offer of more than $24 billion from CEO and Chairman Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners.

47. Icahn Signs Confidentiality Agreement With Dell -

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who is fighting Dell Inc. founder Michael Dell's plan to take the struggling company private, has entered a confidentiality agreement that would give him access to the computer maker's financial records.

48. Waddell Recaps 2012 at State of the Union Address -

Once a year, Waddell & Associates president and CEO David Waddell presents a “State of the Union” address to clients.

49. Memphis Firm Continues to Press Dell -

The Memphis-based investment firm opposing Dell Inc.’s proposed $24.4 billion buyout because it says the amount undervalues the company is continuing to press its case, sending a letter this week to Dell’s board at the same time Dell’s share price was climbing higher.

50. Waddell Recaps 2012 at State of the Union Address -

Once a year, Waddell & Associates president and CEO David Waddell presents a “State of the Union” address to clients.

51. Waddell’s Ideals Centered on Consistency, Honesty -

At a recent appearance in Nashville before an audience of 100 clients, friends and employees at the Country Music Hall of Fame, David Waddell of Waddell & Associates Inc. gave his company’s annual state of the union address.

52. Barnes & Noble Chair Wants to Buy Retail Business -

NEW YORK (AP) – The last remaining national bookstore chain is being taken off the shelf and dusted off for sale.

Founder Barnes & Noble's founder Leonard Riggio disclosed in a regulatory filing Monday that he wants to acquire the company's stores and website, but not the business that makes the Nook e-reader or the company's college bookstores. No price was disclosed.

53. Another Major Dell Shareholder Opposes $24.4 Billion Sale -

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) – Another major Dell shareholder is opposing the company's proposed $24.4 billion sale to a group led by its founder and CEO.

Mutual fund firm T. Rowe Price came out against the deal in a statement issued Tuesday.

54. Memphis Investment Firm at Odds With Dell -

Following Memphis-based Southeastern Asset Management’s public opposition to Dell Inc.’s proposed $24.4 billion buyout, the Texas-based tech company is trying to reassure shareholders that the deal will be beneficial.

55. Oracle to Buy Acme Packet for About $2.1 Billion -

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. (AP) – Oracle will buy Acme Packet Inc., which makes equipment for telecommunications companies, for about $2.1 billion.

Acme's gear is used by more than 1,900 service providers and enterprises around the world. Its technology will complement Oracle's offerings for telecoms providers, said Citigroup analyst Walter Pritchard.

56. Arkansas Governor Announces $1.1 Billion Steel Mill Plan -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Gov. Mike Beebe on Tuesday unveiled Arkansas' largest ever economic development project, saying investors were poised to build a $1.1 billion steel mill along the Mississippi River if legislators approve startup funding.

57. Reports: Microsoft May Invest in Dell Buyout -

NEW YORK (AP) – Microsoft has joined the negotiations to buy struggling computer maker Dell, according to media reports.

Both CNBC and The Wall Street Journal reported that Microsoft Corp. may invest some of the money needed to take Dell Inc. private after 25 years as a publicly traded company. Tuesday's stories cited unidentified people familiar with the negotiations.

58. Saint Francis Parent Reports Quarterly Growth -

Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp. on Wednesday reported growth of more than $77 million, or 40 percent, in adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization compared to last year’s third quarter.

59. Amsdell Cos. Buys Two Storage Facilities -

Cleveland-based Amsdell Cos. has bought a pair of storage facilities from Memphis Storage Group LLC for a combined $4.2 million.

60. Millington Candidates File for August Election -

The field for Millington mayor in that city’s Aug. 2 nonpartisan general election is three candidates following last week’s filing deadline.

It includes former Mayor Terry Jones, who lost a re-election bid four years ago to Richard Hodges; Kenneth Uselton and Debra Sigee.

61. Apple's Next Hot Release: The Dividend Check -

NEW YORK (AP) – Apple made computers sexy. Can it do the same for the musty old dividend?

Issuing a regular payment to your stockholders after years of just amassing cash used to be an admission that your company has run out of creative ideas to grow profits.

62. Apple's Market Clout Likely to Draw More Scrutiny -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – In everything it does, from product design to business deals, Apple strives for as much control as possible.

But as the world's most valuable company sets out to define and dominate the rapidly evolving markets it created with the iPhone and the iPad, Apple is likely to face antitrust regulators who want to curb its power.

63. Waddell Turns Page on ‘Funky’ Year -

The parting remark David Waddell left with the audience at his company’s yearly “State of the Union” presentation this time last year was that he wanted them all to be optimistic in 2011.

64. AP Source: Hornets, Grizzlies, 76ers Agree to Trade -

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Philadelphia, Memphis and New Orleans have agreed on a multi-player trade.

The 76ers are sending Marreese Speights to Memphis, the Grizzlies will move Xavier Henry to New Orleans and the Grizzlies and Hornets each will send a second-round draft pick to Philadelphia.

65. Shoppers Say 'Ho-Hum' Not 'Ho-Ho-Ho' to Sales -

Sale, schmale.

Used to be, customers would come running when stores cut prices. But these days, more Americans are becoming blasé about bargains.

Jennifer Beasley recently left a Toys R Us in Cary, N.C., unimpressed by the retailer's offers that day of 50 percent discounts on things like a $150 Sylvania tablet computer and a $45 My Baby Alive Doll.

66. Airport Authority Considers Contract for Snow Equipment -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board holds its monthly meeting Thursday, July 21, at the airport offices. On the agenda is an indication of the advance planning that goes into running an airport.

67. Threatened by iPad, PCs Start to Look Like Tablets -

NEW YORK (AP) – The response by computer makers to the iPad stealing sales from them: Make their PCs more like iPads.

The "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" strategy" is prompting a wave of experimentation with the design of the laptop, which has been largely unchanged for two decades. Touch-sensitive screens and the use of Google's Android system for mobile devices are two ways the PC industry is adapting.

68. Germantown Collection Sells for $7.3M in Foreclosure -

7810 Poplar Ave.
Germantown, TN 38138
Sale Amount: $7.3 million

Sale Date: June 23, 2011
Buyer: GA Poplar Avenue Germantown LLC (c/o Principal Real Estate Investors)
Seller: Jason A. Strain, substitute trustee
Original Borrower: CH Realty III/Germantown LLC
Original Lender: Principal Life Insurance Co.
Orig. Loan Amount: $8.7 million
Orig. Loan Date: Oct. 12, 2004

69. Goodwill Files $1.2M Permit to Overhaul Stage Store -

Goodwill Memphis Inc. has filed a $1.2 million permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for its store at 6899 U.S. 64 in Bartlett (also known as 6899 Stage Road).

70. Legal Website Launches to Help Storm Victims -

A new website offering free legal help to low-income Tennesseans will be open in time to help victims of the storm and flooding damages across the state.

The Tennessee Bar Association and the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services have pushed up the opening of the website onlinetnjustice.org, which launches Friday, ahead of schedule.

71. Legal Services Website Launches Early to Help Storm Victims -

A new website offering free legal help to low-income Tennesseans will be open in time to help victims of the storm and flooding damages across the state this week.

The Tennessee Bar Association and the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services have pushed up the opening of the website onlinetnjustice.org which launches Friday, ahead of schedule.

72. Waddell: 2011 is Time for Financial Optimism -

It wouldn’t have seemed out of place if David Waddell had reminded the audience at his company’s yearly “State of the Union” presentation that the only thing they have to fear is fear itself.

73. Waddell & Associates Begins Employee Stock Ownership Plan -

David Waddell, the chief executive officer of Memphis-based financial planning firm Waddell & Associates, will be on a plane later this month bound for Florida.

74. Waddell Prepares to Take Over Family Businesses -

Seth Waddell was glad to join his father’s law firm, but working for the family business eventually comes with an inevitable next step.

“The transition we’re going through right now is with me taking over the running of the business and (my parents) stepping back a little bit and making some life changes,” said Waddell.

75. Waddell’s Legacy Will Endure at The Daily News -

Lisa Waddell was a career employee at The Daily News, beginning her work here at the age of 19. Her life story is a model of success, embodying striving for excellence through perseverance, patience and wisdom.

76. Dellinger Takes Readers on Trip Down Proposed I-69 -

When Matt Dellinger came to Memphis a few years ago to research the book he was writing on Interstate 69, he stumbled upon the Little Tea Shop on Monroe Avenue.

The main reason he chose the storied Downtown eatery was because of its street number, 69, which he figured must be a sign considering his book’s subject matter – the new interstate coursing through middle America, including Memphis, from Canada to Mexico.

77. Waddell and Associates Hires First COO -

Memphis-based Waddell and Associates has hired its first chief operating officer, Ed Brundick, a former senior vice president and director of wealth management services at Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc.

78. Rainey Kizer Names Waddell Partner -

Amanda C. Waddell has been named a partner at Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell PLC. Waddell’s practice is concentrated in the areas of medical malpractice, auto liability and insurance coverage.

79. Waddells Buy 14 Units In The Edge at Monroe -

John and Nancy Waddell have paid $1.5 million for 14 units in Downtown’s The Edge at Monroe Condominiums at 437 and 449 Monroe Ave. The Waddells bought the units Feb. 3 from Monroe Properties LLC, financing the transaction with a $1.5 million loan through Financial Federal Savings Bank.

80. Services Scheduled For Divorce Referee Odell -

Services for Patricia Ann Odell will be Saturday at noon at Washington Chapel CME Church at 68 E. Mitchell Road. Visitation will be Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the church’s Washington Chapel.

81. Legal Community Mourns Odell’s Passing -

Shelby County Divorce Referee Patricia Ann Odell passed away Monday. The cause of death had not been released by press time.

82. Divorce Referee Odell Dies -  

Shelby County divorce referee and attorney Patricia Odell has died. Word of Odell’s death comes through the office of Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

Odell was the first African-American woman to serve as a divorce referee in the county.

“All in all, her legacy of compassion and devotion to justice will live on and help to provide encouragement and guidance to those who seek to serve others, both as attorneys and as public officials.”


83. Waddells Buy Ashley Manor Condominiums -

John and Nancy Waddell have bought the two-building, 16-unit Ashley Manor condominiums at 129 and 137 N. Belvedere St. in Midtown for $1.6 million from Chamberlain, McCreery and Rice GP. The sale closed Sept. 4.

84. Pera Appointed Special Adviser For ABA Strategic Communications Committee -

Lucian Pera of Adams and Reese LLP has been appointed as a special adviser of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Strategic Communications for a one-year term.

85. Longleaf Managers Reassure Investors as Bear Market Recedes -

In a letter they sent to shareholders a few days ago, the managers of a family of Memphis-run mutual funds worked to reassure investors their holdings are on track to recover last year’s losses.

The Memphis-based managers of the Longleaf Partners family of mutual funds – who promised, once the Great Recession took hold last year, they would keep a conservative approach as “an anchor against fear” – told shareholders they’re optimistic again. And they are slowly posting the results to back that up.

86. Democrats Squabble Over Mayoral Choices, Backing -

Shelby County Democratic Party leaders are considering weighing in on the coming special election for Memphis mayor.

Local party chairman Van Turner Jr. solicited opinions from members of the party’s executive committee last week at the group’s monthly meeting. The options include a straw poll or some kind of party-sponsored forum for the candidates.

87. Nardelli Says Chrysler Making Progress -

NEW YORK (AP) - With one day left to go before its deadline, Chrysler LLC's chief executive said Wednesday that the automaker is making progress toward meeting the government's restructuring requirements.

88. US Jobless Claims Rise as Retail Sales Slip -

WASHINGTON (AP) - With layoffs spreading, the number of initial claims for jobless benefits rose last week, while the total number of Americans continuing to receive benefits set a record high, the government said Thursday.

89. Wal-Mart to Enter Electronic Medical Records Arena -

WASHINGTON (AP) - As the Obama administration begins investing billions in health information technology, Wal-Mart plans to use its unrivaled size to bring high-tech medical records to U.S. physicians.

90. Dell Q4 Profit Dives, Recession Stunts Tech Spend -

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) - Dell Inc. said Thursday its profit dove 48 percent during the fiscal fourth quarter as the recession forced consumers and businesses to spend less on technology. The company also said it expects to make further cuts to its work force.

91. Dell Settles With States Over Financing Claims -

Dell Inc. has agreed to a legal settlement with states, including Tennessee, that claimed the computer company made misleading financing and service offers to PC buyers.

92. China Irks US With Computer Security Review Rules -

BEIJING (AP) – The Chinese government is stirring trade tensions with Washington with a plan to require foreign computer security technology to be submitted for government approval, in a move that might require suppliers to disclose business secrets.

93. Longleaf Managers See Brighter Days Ahead - Memphians Mason Hawkins and Staley Cates apparently consider themselves “the luckiest managers in the mutual fund world.”

That’s the way they put it in the quarterly report released last week for the Longleaf Partners family of mutual funds they manage. They used those words to describe themselves because they have in large part not been abandoned by shareholders of their funds – even though those funds have taken quite a beating this year.

The Longleaf Partners fund, Longleaf Partners International fund and Longleaf Partners Small-Cap fund each have lost about half their net asset value so far in 2008. To get an idea about the reason for the financial pain, holdings of the trio of funds include FedEx Corp., Sun Microsystems, General Motors and Dell Inc., all of which have troubles of their own.

GM is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. Stock analyst Keith Schoonmaker said Memphis-based FedEx took a “one-two punch” in 2008 in the form of lower package density combined with increases in jet and diesel fuel prices. Sun – a computer, computer parts and computer software vendor – announced last week it is cutting at least 6,000 jobs.

Fortunate days?

Meanwhile, the managers of the Longleaf Partners funds wrote in their third quarter shareholder update that they are lucky. The reason for their good fortune is they have “loyal and long-term fellow shareholders” who have continued to support the funds even as dark days appear to be on the horizon for the global economy.

“For those with the conviction, fortitude and time horizon to live through this volatility, we firmly believe that their patience will be rewarded,” the fund managers wrote to shareholders.

The quarterly report comes on the heels of a flurry of communication over the past several weeks from the managers of the Longleaf Partners funds who also are executives of the Memphis firm Southeastern Asset Management. Hawkins is chairman and CEO of the firm, and Cates is its president.

The money managers sent a letter to shareholders last month in which they promised a conservative appraisal of the funds’ economic picture as an “anchor against fear.” They arranged a conference call for shareholders on Oct. 7 for which the executives received more than 300 e-mails with questions in anticipation of the conference call.


The Q3 report adds context to the picture and represents a transparent assessment of the funds’ situation from its managers.

Investors are being urged to stay calm. “Some pundits are talking depression and positing that today’s environment is somewhat analogous to the 1930s,” Hawkins told investors during the conference call. “We strongly disagree and believe that such talk is not only irresponsible but is not supported by the facts.”

Among the themes of the Q3 report, Longleaf’s managers assure shareholders they know what the companies in their portfolios are worth and that many of the executives whose companies are included in the portfolios have much of their net worth tied to their own stocks.

As a further show of confidence, each director on the board of directors overseeing the Longleaf funds has much of their wealth tied up in the funds, according to Chicago-based investment research firm Morningstar Inc. The directors have more than $100,000 invested in the funds, and most of them have more than $100,000 in each of the three funds.

The Q3 report is available at the funds’ Web site, www.longleafpartners.com.

“We are confident that the Longleaf portfolios will deliver large returns coming out of the bear market because of the competitive and financial strength of our holdings, the extreme undervaluation of their shares, and the numerous and aggressive share repurchases at these discounted price levels,” the fund managers assured investors in the report.


94. Local Managers Keep Stake In Longleaf Funds -

“When the seas are roughest, a conservative appraisal is our anchor against fear.”

That’s one line from a letter sent to shareholders last month by the Memphis-based managers of the Longleaf Partners family of mutual funds. Its reference to choppy financial waters is an apt metaphor for the group of funds, three of which have taken a beating during the year-to-date period and at times lag the performance of rival funds and the S&P 500 Index.

95. Stocks Fluctuate after Fed Keeps Rates Unchanged -

NEW YORK (AP) - Wall Street fluctuated in a wide range Tuesday after the Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged, sending a signal to the markets that the economy is not in dire straits.

96. Waddell to Address Globalization At Annual Meeting -

David Waddell, president and CEO of the Waddell & Associates Inc. wealth management firm, will host his annual "State of the Union" meeting Friday at the FedEx Institute of Technology. About 200 people are expected to attend.

97. Bar Gives Arnoult its Highest Honor -

Some members of the Memphis Bar Association were concerned that last week's annual meeting luncheon might be overshadowed by Monday's appearance at a bar foundation luncheon by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

98. Yandell, MOST Provides Financial Solutions To Parents for Private Education -

Mandy Yandell is someone who believes families should be able to send their children to the school of their choice. She also said she believes a lack of financial means to cover tuition at private or religious-based schools should not be enough to deter families from sending their children to those schools.

99. Professional Tennis Dreams Become Labor and Employment Law Reality -

Thomas L. Henderson is one of four attorneys in the Memphis office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC to be named in the 2008 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Henderson, along with Charles V. Holmes, Frederick J. Lewis and Donna K. Fischer, were named top lawyers in the area of labor and employment. The four were among 77 of the firm's attorneys across the U.S. and the U.S. Virgin Islands featured in the new edition of Best Lawyers.

100. Molding Young Women Drives Waddell's Work at Girls Inc. -

As a mother, wife and business person, Stacie Waddell more than has her hands full. But that doesn't keep her from wanting to help mold young women in the community, teaching them things that "hopefully they will be able to adopt and pass on to their family and their future children."