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1. State Voters Have More to Fear Than Russian Meddling
- Thursday, January 25, 2018
About 30 years ago, my wife and I were hanging out with another couple and decided to make a big night of it. We’d go out for Mexican food and then rent a movie.
After we had some Mexican grub, we went to Kroger to find a flick. As we perused the selections, my friend said, “What about a Russian spy movie?” To which his girlfriend (future wife, now ex-wife) whined, “John, you know I don’t speak Russian.” (His name is changed to protect the innocent.)
2. Despite Merry Holidays, Retailers Face Challenges in 2018
- Tuesday, January 16, 2018
NEW YORK (AP) – Retailers are riding high after ebullient U.S. consumers shopped at the healthiest pace in more than a decade over the holiday season. But merchants can't afford to rest easy.
3. Retail Workers Feel Disruption From Shifting Shopper Habits
- Tuesday, January 9, 2018
NEW YORK (AP) – With new options and conveniences, there's never been a better time for shoppers. As for workers ... well, not always.
The retail industry is being radically reshaped by technology, and nobody feels that disruption more starkly than 16 million American shelf stockers, salespeople, cashiers and others. The shifts are driven, like much in retail, by the Amazon effect – the explosion of online shopping and the related changes in consumer behavior and preferences.
4. Calendar Quirk, Amazon Put Pressure on Retailers to Deliver
- Monday, December 18, 2017
NEW YORK (AP) – A calendar quirk this year and Amazon's seven-days-a-week delivery capability are building pressure on retailers to deliver.
With Christmas on a Monday, most retailers have one less day to get packages delivered on time. Some are pushing up their deadlines for standard delivery or free shipping. And after promoting the convenience of buying online with store pickup, retailers are also trying to satisfy lots of customers coming in to collect their orders.
5. Apocalypse Not
- Saturday, November 25, 2017
Much has been said about the so-called “Retail Apocalypse,” a frightening term that conjures images of a desolate landscape littered with boarded-up malls and shopping centers representing the death of American capitalism.
6. Medicaid Cuts Could Hit Rural Children Hardest
- Thursday, June 15, 2017
As Congress fiddles with an Obamacare replacement, one likely to cut billions in Medicaid spending, health care experts warn a decrease in funding could be hard on Tennessee.
During a recent forum in Jackson, Andy Schneider of the Georgetown Center on Children and Families reported that 50 percent of Tennessee’s children in small towns and rural areas are covered by Medicaid, a higher percentage than the rest of the nation, and more than in Tennessee’s urban areas where 39 percent have Medicaid.
7. View From the Hill: Haslam Credits GOP ‘Experiment’ for Tennessee’s Success
- Thursday, May 18, 2017
If you ask Gov. Bill Haslam, Republican government is the best thing since sliced bread.
Not only is GOP leadership responsible for a myriad of tax cuts leading to record surpluses and a $37 billion budget funding better K-12 and higher education, shoring up the rainy day and TennCare funds, shrinking state debt and building an economic environment for job creation, Haslam says. It’s even bringing us the cleanest air since before the industrial revolution.
8. Poag Works with Residents to Build Strong Neighborhoods
- Friday, May 12, 2017
When it comes to community development, money helps. But if the neighborhoods don’t know what you’re up to – or if they don’t like it – you may as well stop now, because your plan is doomed to fail. It’s a lesson Memphis has learned the hard way.
9. Memphis, Nashville Mayors Praise Passage of Haslam’s Road Funding Bill
- Thursday, April 20, 2017
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland lauded the Tennessee Legislature for passing the IMPROVE Act, including a combination of fuel tax and fee increases designed to improve transportation funding.
10. Editorial: Ending the Shell Game Of Memphis Buildings
- Saturday, April 1, 2017
Memphis’ tallest building, 100 North Main, is a dump – a fenced-off, red-tape-entangled, code-violating fire hazard of a dump. Its owners aren’t doing anything about it, and it’s not the only property in this city sitting unused and neglected.
11. Boyd Opens Memphis Campaign for Governor
- Thursday, March 16, 2017
Former Tennessee Economic and Community Development commissioner Randy Boyd brought his newly launched campaign for governor to Memphis Wednesday, March 15, with a pledge to continue the economic development policies of Gov. Bill Haslam – policies, particularly in workforce training, that Boyd played a key role in shaping.
12. View From the Hill: Taxing Online Sales Not Such an Easy Fix
- Thursday, January 12, 2017
Cumberland Transit owner Allen Doty isn’t sure if a rule requiring major out-of-state retailers to collect Tennessee sales taxes will create more equity for his shop.
But Doty, who has been selling everything from bicycles to kayaks and camping gear for 34 years in Nashville, is definitely tired of people shopping in his store for hours, snapping a picture of shoes they like, then going home and buying them online “just to avoid sales tax.”
13. Six-Point Plan to Help Vols Coach Stick Around Longer
- Friday, November 11, 2016
On that day in December 2012 when Butch Jones was introduced as Tennessee’s head football coach, he told Vol Nation that he had a template for fixing everything.
He said: “The plan is infallible if the players buy in.”
14. Mortgages: 15 or 30?
- Friday, September 9, 2016
Ray’s Take When thinking about mortgages, most people look at either the rate or the payment. Typically a 30-year mortgage offers lower payments but has a higher rate and more total interest cost. A 15-year mortgage offers a lower interest rate but has higher payments. Neither one is inherently right or better. When deciding on the mortgage that is best for you, take a deeper look at everything involved.
15. 10 Years After Housing Peaked, US is More of a Renter Nation
- Tuesday, June 21, 2016
MOUNT PLEASANT, South Carolina (AP) – It's a troublesome story playing out across America in the 10 years since the housing bubble peaked and then burst in a ruinous crash: As real estate has climbed back, homeowners are thriving while renters are struggling.
16. ‘Critical Mass’
- Saturday, June 4, 2016
Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson calls it “a brave new world” after four years of unprecedented changes: the merger and demerger of the county’s public schools systems, the rise of charter schools, the formation of both the state-run Achievement School District and locally run Innovation Zone model, and declining SCS enrollment.
17. Poll: Americans More Upbeat About Own Finances Than Economy
- Thursday, May 19, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans are of two minds about the economy in the midst of an elec-tion race that largely hinges on the issue. They are strikingly pessimistic about the national econ-omy yet comparatively upbeat about their own financial circumstances.
18. March Is a Good Month to Find Deals on Japanese Cars
- Thursday, March 24, 2016
DETROIT (AP) – If you're in the market for a Japanese car, March is a good time to buy.
Unlike U.S., European and Korean automakers, which end their financial year on Dec. 31, Japanese companies such as Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. close their books on March 31. In order to hit their annual sales targets, Japanese automakers usually ramp up the promotions and deals in March.
19. US Auto Sales Strong in July on SUV, Luxury Demand
- Tuesday, August 4, 2015
DETROIT (AP) – American drivers want to get noticed again.
SUVs and luxury vehicles are selling fast, defying recession-era predictions that Americans would downsize and stop flaunting their wealth. Luxury sales were up 10 percent in the first six months of this year; in the same time period, mass-market vehicle sales rose just 3 percent, according to car shopping site TrueCar.com.
20. Families Face Tough Decisions as Elder-Care Cost Soars
- Tuesday, July 21, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Doris Ranzman had followed the expert advice, planning ahead in case she wound up unable to care for herself one day. But when a nursing-home bill tops $14,000 a month, the best-laid plans get tossed aside.
21. Mannis’ Hard Work Pays Off for Himself, Others
- Saturday, June 6, 2015
Eddie Mannis, Knoxville businessman, entrepreneur, volunteer and donor, grew up understanding the value of hard work.
He says he knew it would be the defining factor in his life.
That standard has seen his company, Prestige Cleaners/Prestige Tuxedo, grow from a start-up using 30-year-old dry cleaning equipment to a business with a state-of-the art facility in North Knoxville.
22. Both Sides Dig In for Insure Tennessee Special Session
- Monday, February 2, 2015
Battle lines have been drawn for a Feb. 2 special session of the state Legislature to determine the fate of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee proposal, which would use federal funds to catch some 280,000 working people falling through a health insurance coverage gap.
23. Both Sides Dig In For Insure Tennessee Special Session
- Saturday, January 31, 2015
Battle lines have been drawn for a Feb. 2 special session of the state Legislature to determine the fate of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee proposal, which would use federal funds to catch some 200,000 working people falling through a health insurance coverage gap.
24. Why the US Will Power the World Economy in 2015
- Tuesday, December 30, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States is back, and ready to drive global growth in 2015.
After long struggling to claw its way out of the Great Recession, the world's biggest economy is on an extended win streak that is edging it closer to full health. But the new year doesn't look quite so bright in other major countries.
25. Financial Literacy Is a Must
- Thursday, November 6, 2014
Ray's take: I occasionally am asked to teach a short financial literacy course in the Shelby County Schools system. I am amazed how many 11th and 12th graders already have credit cards. When I ask if they pay off their cards each month, they usually respond, “Oh yes, I pay the minimum balance every month!”
26. Road to Better Mass Transit
- Saturday, September 20, 2014
Picking a new transit chief is critical for a city in transition.
Next year, Nashville residents will elect a new mayor and turn over its large Metro Council.
Davidson County also expects some 200,000 new residents over the next 20 years, and much of the success of future development will depend on the ease of navigating around Nashville – already the nation’s second-worst area for sprawl, according to Smart Growth America.
27. GOP States Offer Little Help on Buying Insurance
- Thursday, October 3, 2013
ATLANTA (AP) – After three years of bashing President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, Republican governors were surprisingly mute on the first day consumers could shop for insurance policies through online marketplaces.
28. Frontier Airlines Sold to Ultra-Cheap Airline Investor
- Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Frontier Airlines is being sold to William Franke, a pioneer of the cheap tickets and high fees airline business that has spread overseas and is growing in the U.S.
Franke is the former chairman of Spirit Airlines, which has earned consistent profits by jamming more seats on its planes and charging extra for things that other airlines do for free, such as printing a boarding pass at the airport, or using the overhead bin.
29. BlackBerry Weighs Putting Itself Up for Sale
- Tuesday, August 13, 2013
TORONTO (AP) – BlackBerry will consider selling itself after the long-awaited debut of its new phones failed to turn around the struggling smartphone maker.
The company said Monday that its board has formed a special committee to explore "strategic alternatives" in hopes of enhancing the company's value and boosting adoption of its BlackBerry 10 platform.
30. Icahn Contests Condition in Latest Dell Offer
- Tuesday, July 30, 2013
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.
31. Dell Board Will Deal With Icahn, Blackstone
- Tuesday, March 26, 2013
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.
32. Barnes & Noble Chair Wants to Buy Retail Business
- Tuesday, February 26, 2013
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.
33. Lawmakers to Resume Education Focus in New Session
- Tuesday, January 8, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) – Legislation that would allow parents to decide the fate of a struggling school is among several education-related proposals lawmakers are likely to discuss during the 108th Tennessee General Assembly that convenes Tuesday.
34. Best Buy Reports Third-Quarter Loss
- Wednesday, November 21, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) – Struggling Best Buy Co. reported another dismal quarter on Tuesday, recording a third quarter loss and continued sales slump just as the crucial holiday season revs up.
35. Weak Hiring Shows Economy Still Hurting
- Monday, July 9, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – A third straight month of weak hiring shows the U.S. economy is still struggling three years after the recession officially ended.
U.S. employers added just 80,000 jobs in June, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.2 percent, the Labor Department said Friday.
36. Best Buy Profit Falls 26 Pct. in First Quarter
- Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Best Buy Co. said Tuesday that its fiscal first-quarter profit dropped 26 percent on restructuring charges as the struggling electronics retailer began implementing a turnaround plan.
37. J.C. Penney Gets Rid of Hundreds of Sales
- Thursday, January 26, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) – J.C. Penney is permanently marking down all of its merchandise by at least 40 percent so shoppers no longer have to wait for sales to get bargains.
Penney said Wednesday that it is getting rid of the hundreds of sales it offers each year in favor of a simpler approach to pricing. Starting on Feb. 1, the retailer is rolling out an "Every Day" pricing strategy with much fewer sales throughout the year.
38. Patrick Travels Long Road Before Opening Rizzos
- Monday, January 9, 2012
Michael Patrick came to Memphis in 1997. Things are finally starting to look up.
“Well, maybe that’s an exaggeration,” the chef said, sitting at the front sun-drenched table in his three-month-old Rizzos Diner. “At certain times, my time in Memphis has been disappointing. Sometimes it was going great, and then I had the carpet pulled out from under me. I got the rep of a person who had too many jobs.”
39. Sears Adds Ex-Brookstone CEO to Head Merchandising
- Wednesday, January 4, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) – Sears Holdings Corp.'s CEO says he's looking to former Brookstone head Ron Boire as its new chief merchandising officer to help meld the store experience with online and mobile shopping.
40. Sears to Close 100 to 120 Kmart, Sears Stores
- Wednesday, December 28, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – Sears Holdings Corp. plans to close between 100 and 120 Sears and Kmart stores to raise cash after a weak holiday shopping season for the retailer.
41. Shoppers Say 'Ho-Hum' Not 'Ho-Ho-Ho' to Sales
- Thursday, December 8, 2011
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.
42. Retailers Bank on Kindle Fire for Holidays
- Tuesday, October 4, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon's Kindle Fire is a Catch-22 for retailers: The $199 tablet computer could both help Christmas traffic and hurt future sales.
Retailers hope the Kindle Fire's low price tag – which is less than half that of Apple's cheapest iPad tablet – will attract shoppers to stores during the busy holiday season. But the device, which offers free shipping and other incentives for customers to shop at Amazon, ultimately could drive sales to their online nemesis.
43. AP IMPACT: Hospital Drug Shortages Deadly, Costly
- Monday, September 26, 2011
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – A drug for dangerously high blood pressure, normally priced at $25.90 per dose, offered to hospitals for $1,200. Fifteen deaths in 15 months blamed on shortages of life-saving medications.
44. Drug Prices to Plummet in Wave of Expiring Patents
- Tuesday, July 26, 2011
The cost of prescription medicines used by millions of people every day is about to plummet.
The next 14 months will bring generic versions of seven of the world's 20 best-selling drugs, including the top two: cholesterol fighter Lipitor and blood thinner Plavix.
45. Auto Industry, Seeing New Life, is on Hiring Spree
- Thursday, July 7, 2011
DETROIT (AP) – Volkswagen opened a plant in Tennessee last month with 2,000 workers. Honda is hiring 1,000 in Indiana to meet demand for its best-selling Civic. General Motors is looking for 2,500 in Detroit to build the Chevy Volt.
46. Home Prices Falling in Most Major US Cities
- Wednesday, March 30, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – Home prices are falling in most major U.S. cities, and the average prices in four of them are at their lowest point in 11 years. Analysts expect further prices declines in most cities in the coming months.
47. Early Deals Draw Shoppers, Raise Retail Spirits
- Tuesday, November 23, 2010
NEW YORK (AP) – Shoppers spent a bit more in early November, raising retailers’ spirits about the holiday season right before it kicks into high gear.
Early discounting on everything from TVs and sweaters as well as free shipping deals helped pull in shoppers in the first two weeks of November. Consumers coming out of their shells could be a gift for an economy that has suffered from depressed spending for almost three years.
48. Economy Offers Mixed Picture Day Before Election
- Tuesday, November 2, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) – A mixed picture of the economy emerged one day before key midterm elections that have focused on the nation's financial health.
Spending by Americans slowed in September and their incomes fell for the first time in more than a year. At the same time, manufacturing activity grew by the most in five months and the weak construction industry showed a little life.
49. State Bandages Tenn. BEST Tuition Program Again
- Tuesday, July 20, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State officials have put another $15 million into the Baccalaureate Education System Trust.
The fund was envisioned as self-sustaining and would use investment returns to pay for an eventual college education for children whose parents prepay at current tuition rates.
50. BP Floating Financial Lifeline to Station Owners
- Wednesday, June 30, 2010
HOUSTON (AP) – Oil giant BP PLC is floating a financial lifeline to the owners, operators and suppliers of the gas stations around America that bear its name and have been struggling because of boycotts prompted by the Gulf spill.
51. Consumer Confidence Grows as Economy Strengthens
- Wednesday, April 28, 2010
NEW YORK (AP) — Key pillars of the U.S. economy are getting stronger.
The best consumer confidence reading since September 2008's financial meltdown and bullish earnings reports this week from companies ranging from Whirlpool to UPS show increasing demand and a rebound gathering steam. Americans are even feeling a bit better about the job market.
52. Trainer Gets Around Tighter Business Climate
- Wednesday, April 28, 2010
The fear of public speaking is as common as the fear of heights, but Don Hutson found that knowing what to say and how to say it makes good business sense.
53. The Cost of Progress
- Monday, March 8, 2010
The development of Norfolk Southern Corp.’s $112 million intermodal yard on a former cattle ranch in Fayette County has polarized the community for more than a year.
54. Housing Divided
- Monday, November 23, 2009
A couple of years ago, when Clay Thompson of Memphis decided it was time to stop renting, he set his sights on the Downtown condominium market. He was especially interested in the old warehouses in the South Main Historic Arts District that had been converted to condos.
55. Braking Point: Inside MATA's identity crisis
- Monday, August 24, 2009
The bus system in Memphis has an undeserved “mythology,” according to the people who run it. However, some who ride Memphis Area Transit Authority buses everyday – and many who don’t – contend the system is far from perfect.
56. GM, Chrysler Say Slashing Dealerships Necessary
- Thursday, June 4, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - The chiefs of General Motors and Chrysler told skeptical lawmakers on Wednesday they have too many dealers to support their slimmed down operations and sacrifices must be shared as they fight to overcome bankruptcy and survive. They acknowledged that slashing dealerships is causing pain in communities around the country.
57. Finance Unit Woes Lower GE Earns 36 Pct
- Monday, April 20, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - General Electric Co.'s first-quarter earnings fell 36 percent as profits tumbled at its troubled finance arm, but the results beat Wall Street forecasts in a glimmer of good news for the struggling company.
58. After 60 Years Circuit City Powers Down
- Tuesday, March 10, 2009
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - What began 60 years ago as a humble television store in this sleepy Southern capital ended Sunday as Circuit City closed its doors for good – its 567 remaining U.S. stores to be left broom clean and vacant.
59. Associate Retention Challenge For Firms In Tough Times
- Thursday, February 5, 2009
When a young lawyer joins a firm as an associate, it used to mean they were on partner track at that firm.
Changing times combined with the struggling economy, however, have transformed the partnership track idea for many associates. In a recent article published in The Memphis Lawyer titled “Stop Loss: The Scoop on Associate Retention,” several co-authors wrote, “Firms across Memphis are getting frustrated by an attrition rate many see as alarming.”
60. Circuit City Ripples Go Beyond Vacancies, Layoffs
- Thursday, February 5, 2009
Circuit City will finally flicker out when its last 567 stores close this year, but the bankruptcy of the nation's second-largest electronics retailer will ripple across the U.S. economy for years.
61. Fiat and Chrysler Sign Alliance Plan
- Wednesday, January 21, 2009
ROME (AP) - Fiat and Chrysler said Tuesday they have agreed to form a strategic alliance that would give the Italian auto empire a 35-percent stake in the troubled U.S. carmaker and could eventually bring it full control.
62. GMAC Gives Up Some Car Financing
- Monday, January 5, 2009
DETROIT (AP) – GMAC will no longer have exclusive rights to provide low-interest loans to people who buy General Motors Corp. vehicles, and it will stop financing leases under a complex deal to get federal aid for the troubled lender.
63. Holiday Shopping Season Off to a Modest Start
- Tuesday, December 2, 2008
NEW YORK (AP) - The Thanksgiving shopping weekend may not have been the disaster some had feared, but unprecedented discounts and tempered buying likely resulted in overall soft sales as a buying binge on Friday quickly fizzled. Now, online retailers are ramping up deals to turn skittish shoppers into "Cyber Monday" spenders.
64. Government Announces New Loan Programs
- Wednesday, November 26, 2008
WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government, still struggling to manage a severe financial crisis, unveiled two new programs Tuesday that will provide $800 billion to try to help unfreeze the market for consumer debt from home mortgages to credit cards.
65. Conway Looks for Better Ways to Build Business
- Friday, October 31, 2008
John Conway pointed to a likeness of himself emblazoned in full color on a Conway Services van that lets people know he’s in the heating and air conditioning business.
66. MAAR Forms Group For Young Brokers
- Friday, October 3, 2008
Commercial real estate can be a tough profession at any age, but it’s especially difficult for a young agent breaking into the industry to find his or her footing alongside the established practitioners.
67. Renovations Pick Up At Local Hospitals
- Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Several area hospitals have major renovation projects going on.
The Regional Medical Center at Memphis soon will join that group, as U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, continue working with their respective legislative bodies to secure $500,000 so the hospital can renovate its emergency department.
68. Boeing Sends Machinists Final Offer
- Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Boeing Co. delivered a final contract offer to its union machinists Thursday that it said would boost pay by 11 percent on average over three years, the latest effort by the airplane maker to avoid a strike which could cost the company millions of dollars a day.
69. McCain, Obama Duel on Economic Fix-It Plans
- Wednesday, July 9, 2008
DENVER (AP) - Barack Obama and John McCain agree on this much: The economy is staggering under the Bush administration, and Americans are hurting. But who's to blame and how best to fix it?
Well, they part ways on that, as they made clear in dueling economic speeches Monday on the issue that has taken center stage in their presidential contest.
70. Calls to Modify Mortgage Loans Pit Regulators Against Investors
- Thursday, September 13, 2007
NEW YORK (Dow Jones/AP) - Regulators want banks to help subprime mortgage borrowers avert disaster by easing their loan terms, but for bond investors, the cure may not be better than the disease.
71. Tick Bite is Far Cry From Brain Tumor Woes
- Friday, August 25, 2006
As Gov. Phil Bredesen - a multi-millionaire whose net worth some sources estimate at between $50 million and $150 million - made his trek Wednesday to the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for help with "flu-like" symptoms, people like Kim Fields of Millington struggled to survive.
72. Archived Article: Tech Focus
- Wednesday, January 29, 2003
Multi-sensory books hone reading skills locally
Multi-sensory books hone reading skills locally
By ANDREW BELL
The Daily News
Caldwell Elementary School first grade teacher Ashley Woodard left school for Christmas break worried about the...