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VOL. 125 | NO. 15 | Monday, January 25, 2010

Sitel Cuts More Than Half of Local Work Force

Nashville-based Sitel is laying off almost 55 percent of the work force at its Memphis call center at 1699 Sycamore View Road.

Upswing in Motion

December pickup gives hope to mortgage industry

When mortgage numbers reach historic lows – as they have in Shelby County during the past two years – any improvement, however small, should be viewed as positive.

Takeover of Failing Schools Not Done Deal

A state takeover of any public schools isn’t going to happen until 2011 at the earliest, Memphis schools superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash said late last week after an afternoon of conference calls with state education commissioner Tim Webb.

Smith & Nephew ‘Gentlemen’s Club’ Lawsuit Moved

A lawsuit filed by three former Smith & Nephew Inc. sales agents has been moved to Memphis federal court. The agents filed suit in Texas last year alleging they were wrongfully fired after visiting a strip club with a physician client.

West Tennessee Neurology Adds Autonomic Clinic

West Tennessee Neurology has set up a clinic with technology that helps pinpoint the causes for a variety of ailments and symptoms that are often difficult to diagnose.

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. Commissioners today will discuss a resolution to provide $10 million to the Regional Medical Center at Memphis to help with the hospital's funding crisis. Click on the icon for a full meeting agenda.


Crimson Tide

Twelve days into the new year, Gov. Phil Bredesen stood in the well of the state House in Nashville and talked about leading the nation in education reform.

Unified Front Needed to Get Local Interests Served in N'ville

There can be no comfort in noting that virtually every other state faces the same revenue problems as Tennessee. And in our corner of the state, the pain will be piled atop years of unfair and inequitable state funding.

Bloodworth Shares Views About Memphis’ Development Needs

Rusty Bloodworth is chairman of the Memphis district council of the Urban Land Institute. He is also executive vice president of Boyle Investment Co.

‘Jersey Boys’ Kicks Off Orpheum’s Broadway Season

Musical bad boys make good in The Orpheum Theatre’s season anchor touring production, “Jersey Boys,” which opens Wednesday. The high-flying, biographical musical brings with it a slew of former No. 1 hit songs and a handful of Tony Awards to boot.

Waiters: Will Hustle for Tips, Not Minimum Wage

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series about tipping in local restaurants.

Logan Chardonnay Stays Honest

I know you’re out there, all you chardonnay lovers who dote on a bit of oak, adore the smack of spice and the languor of lushness and get titillated on the topic of tropical fruit.


Gov. Bredesen Prevails Despite Lame Duck Status

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A governor's last year in office is often a time to ride out the string, not to offer ambitious education proposals like the ones overwhelmingly approved by Tennessee lawmakers in a two-week special legislative session.


Wrongful Termination Case Coming to a Close

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A wrongful termination trial that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court is drawing to a close in district court in Nashville.


Not So Easy

WASHINGTON (AP) – Trimming back the 2,000-page, trillion-dollar Democratic health care bills to the parts that average Americans understand and like may not be as simple as it sounds.

Unemployment Rose in 43 States Last Month

WASHINGTON (AP) - Unemployment rates rose in 43 states last month, the government said Friday, painting a bleak picture of the job market that illustrated nationwide data released two weeks ago.

Private Sector Union Membership Shrinks

WASHINGTON (AP) - A majority of union members now work for the government, partly because massive layoffs in the recession plunged the private sector's union levels to a record low.

American Airlines Furloughing Pilots

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - American Airlines says it will furlough up to 175 pilots beginning next month because it has a too many pilots after reducing its flight schedule.

Stuck Gas Pedal Causes Second Major Toyota Recall

NEW YORK (AP) - Toyota Motor Corp. built its reputation in the U.S. as a maker of safe and dependable vehicles, but the quality of the Japanese automaker's fleet continues to be tarnished by serious safety recalls.


CEOs to Hill: Quit Calling Us for Campaign Cash

WASHINGTON (AP) - Dozens of current and former corporate executives have a message for Congress: Quit hitting us up for campaign cash.

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