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VOL. 125 | NO. 197 | Monday, October 11, 2010

Agents Adapt to New Market

Molly Booth Phillips is getting back to the basics of when she started in the real estate industry 14 years ago.

Health Care Remorse

Bredesen’s new book details concerns over Care Act

Gov. Phil Bredesen thinks it’s “probably a good thing” he was passed over last year when Kathleen Sebelius was tapped as the nation’s new secretary of health and human services.

Cadence Shareholders to Vote on Sale

Cadence Bank shareholders are expected to vote within the next two months on the bank’s sale to a Houston-based private equity firm, with the surprising and hastily arranged deal closing by the end of this year or in early 2011.

Study Will Gauge How Local Arts Scene Stacks Up

ArtsMemphis has been chosen as one of 99 participants in a study designed to examine the strength and health of the arts in communities across the United States.

Commission Eyes Increased School Funding Resolution

Shelby County commissioners pick up the political banner of school funding Monday with a resolution backing state legislation to give the commission some real control of city and county school funding.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Wind: Calm mph
Humidity: 61%


The Memphis Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals will meet Monday at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Select Memphis East, 5795 Poplar Ave. Stuart Wilkinson, vice president of human resources at University of Tennessee Medical Group, will speak. For reservations, call Demetria Sturgis at 448-5529 or e-mail Jennifer Thornton at jjthornton@fedex.com. Cost is $20.

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One Commerce Investors Want to Raise Tax Freeze to 20 Years

The Memphis investors who are buying One Commerce Square and, with the help of an incentive package from governmental agencies worth several million dollars, bringing Pinnacle Airlines Corp. to the tower want to extend a tax freeze they’ve been awarded for the project.

Owner of Cordova Company Admits Medicare Fraud

Michael E. Cohen, the owner of a Cordova orthotics company, has pleaded guilty to defrauding Medicare and is scheduled for sentencing in December.

Metro Charter Case Moves to Federal Court

The move to federal court less than a week before early voting begins on a consolidation charter isn’t a surprise to the most vocal proponents and opponents of consolidation.

Regel Pharmalab Uses Uniqueness to Advantage

Regel Pharmalab is finding a foothold in the Memphis medical community for the same reason it initially encountered skepticism – because the business is different.

All About Business Books

My degree is in journalism but my experience is business ownership. Hopefully, I am a good combination of the two by writing the truth about businesses and business people. That combo is why they let me write my stuff. Writing is a tricky business though, especially if it is books.

Incorporate Charitable Giving Into Everyday Life

Charitable giving can be consistent, easy and fun. Here are some specific examples, which I have seen work, that show how we can incorporate making a difference into our professional and personal everyday lives.


Downtown Touchdown

Many of the dominoes that fell into place in advance of Pinnacle Airlines Corp. deciding to move its Memphis corporate headquarters to the landmark Downtown tower One Commerce Square happened in the public eye.

Pinnacle Deal Provides Blueprint for Memphis

News that Pinnacle Airlines Corp. is heading Downtown – and not Olive Branch – is a welcome sign that change is brewing in Memphis.

TSC Launches Season with ‘Othello’

Most theater companies open their seasons with large-production musicals or plays with a lot of laughs, but this season Tennessee Shakespeare Co. chose to start off with a thinker.

Restaurateur Edwards to Reincarnate Bon Ton Cafe

Every city has restaurants like these Downtown, usually near the courts and lawyers’ offices or the banks, restaurants that serve traditional breakfasts and plate lunches to customers who might be wearing white shirts and ties or workers in blue or gray uniforms or women in everything from slacks to power suits.

Figuero Dazzles Tastebuds With Soft, Spicy Wine

The wines of Vinedos y Bodegas Garcia Figuero – to give this estate its full name – are made of 100 percent tempranillo grapes, some of which derive from vineyards that date to the 1930s. For decades, the grapes from the Figueros vineyards went into the wines of other producers in the Ribera del Duero region in north central Spain, part of the province of Castilla y Leon, until the family launched its own winery in 2001. Good thing, say I.


Economy Loses 95K Jobs Due to Government Layoffs

WASHINGTON (AP) – A wave of government layoffs in September outpaced weak hiring in the private sector, pushing down the nation's payrolls by a net total of 95,000 jobs.

FAA: Dangerous Runway Incidents Down 50 Percent

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of runway incidents that pose a danger of planes colliding dropped by half over the last 12 months, federal transportation officials said Friday.

BofA Halts Foreclosures in 50 States

WASHINGTON (AP) – A mushrooming crisis over potential flaws in foreclosure documents is threatening to throw the real estate industry into chaos, as Bank of America on Friday became the first bank to stop taking back tens of thousands of foreclosed homes in all 50 states.


Obama Signs Technology Access Bill for Disabled

WASHINGTON (AP) – Blind and deaf people soon will be able to more easily use smart phones, the Internet and other technologies that have become staples of life and the workplace.

Analysis: Jobs Report is Bleak News for Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) – The die is cast, and it's grim news for the Democrats. There's nothing now that Congress or President Barack Obama can do to before the November midterm elections to jolt the nation's stagnant economy.

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