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VOL. 126 | NO. 67 | Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Stevens Replaces Henley as Wright President, CEO

Wright Medical Group Inc. announced Tuesday its board has appointed Chairman David D. Stevens as interim president and CEO, effective immediately.

Marketing for the Future

iPad technology takes PR, marketing into new realm

The third in a series about how the iPad is revolutionizing local business.

New CFO Latest Sign Of Growth At Evolve

Memphis-based Evolve Financial Group has brought a new chief financial officer on board.

On Location: Memphis Showcases Local, International Films

In the business of film festivals, international films bring prestige, but local films bring dollars.

McWherter Had Local Reach

As Tennessee governor, Ned McWherter always did well politically in Memphis, the largest base of Democratic voters in a single county in the state when they turn out.

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The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold a workshop Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon at its office, 5100 Poplar Ave., suite 502. Participants will increase understanding of key ethical issues faced by nonprofit leaders and learn approaches to practice and model ethical leadership. Cost is $60 for members, $110 for nonmembers and $55 for those in the Program for Nonprofit Excellence. For more information, call 684-6605 or visit www.npexcellence.org.

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Memphis Health Careers Academy Preps Future Industry Workers

Graduates of Memphis Health Careers Academy not only receive a high school diploma; they earn a career technology certificate with a focus on allied health, making them well-prepared and immediately eligible for employment in Memphis’ robust health care sector.

County Commission Tightens Attorney-Client Rules

The Shelby County Commission could keep legal documents out of the hands of some of its own members if they talk to the public about what happens in closed attorney-client meetings.

Schools Chess Game Gives Way to Settlement Talks

After a wild political ride that has lasted from about Thanksgiving to now Easter just around the corner, all of the players in the schools consolidation drama have made just about all of the moves they can to checkmate the other sides.

Noffsinger Receives Leadership Award

Mike Noffsinger, sales manager for the Memphis location of the RJ Young Co., has received the John T. Crunk Leadership Award, an honor given to an employee who exhibits outstanding leadership traits and performance during the year.

Create a Calendar of Inspiration

In my True Comic Genius Hall of Fame I count Steve Martin, the man who brought us a book titled “Pure Drivel” and starred in the hilarious 2009 movie “It’s Complicated” with Meryl Streep. Martin professes, “There is no harm in charging oneself up with delusions between moments of valid inspiration.”

Tips For Overcoming Fear of Selling

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a two-part series.


New TDOT Website Launches With Safety Emphasis

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Department of Transportation is stressing highway construction zone safety by launching TDOT SmartWay Mobile for smartphones.

TVA Drafts 20-Year Plan for Natural Resources

KNOXVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority has drafted a natural resources plan to help guide management and use of public land for the next two decades.


Haslam Gives Oath of Office to New Education Chief

NASHVILLE (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has sworn in Kevin Huffman as his education commissioner.


Judge Overturns $625.5M Patent Suit Against Apple

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A federal judge has overturned a federal jury's order that Apple Inc. pay $625.5 million in damages for violating patents held by a Mirror Worlds LLC, a small technology company.

Retail Sector Adding Jobs, But Not Always Careers

Erin Abell left a job in finance to volunteer for John McCain's presidential campaign in early 2008. She had hoped to return to the industry after the election, but by then Wall Street was on life support, and Abell had to live off credit cards until joining a friend's startup.

It's a Gasoline World: Fuel Connections Everywhere

EDITOR'S NOTE – Liz Sidoti has covered national politics for The Associated Press since 2003.

Verizon Pays $93.5M to Settle Whistleblower Suit

WASHINGTON (AP)Verizon Communications Inc. has paid $93.5 million to settle allegations that it overcharged the federal government, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

Poll Reveals Baby Boomers' Retirement Fears

WASHINGTON (AP) – Baby boomers facing retirement are worried about their finances, and many believe they'll need to work longer than planned or will never be able to retire, a new poll finds.

Icahn, Dish, Liquidators Vie for Blockbuster

NEW YORK (AP) – Billionaire investor Carl Icahn, Dish Network and a pair of liquidation firms are among the bidders for video-rental chain Blockbuster in an auction Tuesday morning at U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York.

Service Sector Expanded in March at Slower Pace

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. service sector expanded in March for the 16th straight month, although growth slowed from the previous month's pace, which was the fastest in more than five years.

Walgreen March Sales Top Wall Street Estimates

DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) Walgreen Co. sales rose in March as the largest U.S. drugstore chain filled more prescriptions and its customers spent more money.


Obama to Hold Facebook Town Hall This Month

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama intends to hold a town hall-style session on Facebook later this month during a trip to California.

Obama, House Leader Fail on Budget Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) – A visibly frustrated President Barack Obama emerged from a failed meeting on a budget deal Tuesday and said he would demand daily sessions with House Speaker John Boehner until an agreement was hammered out to prevent a U.S. government shutdown at week's end.

Fed Members Raise Specter of Higher Interest Rates

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve officials raised concerns last month that a big jump in energy prices could weaken the economy and unleash inflation, prompting a few to suggest the possibility of tightening credit this year.

Congress Votes to Repeal Small Part of Health Law

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress sent the White House its first rollback of last year's health care law Tuesday, a bipartisan repeal of a burdensome tax reporting requirement that's widely unpopular with businesses. Even President Barack Obama is eager to see it gone.

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