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VOL. 127 | NO. 71 | Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Laffer Rails Against Tenn. Estate Tax

Art Laffer, a former economic adviser to President Ronald Reagan, once sketched a diagram on a cocktail napkin for a staffer in Gerald Ford’s administration – named Dick Cheney – to showcase what’s now known as the Laffer Curve.

Growing Power

New arrays, conference highlight booming interest in solar energy

The outlook is as bright as ever for the local solar industry. Two large solar arrays are opening this week in Memphis and Haywood County, while industry leaders are gathering here this week to tout solar power and its growth in Tennessee in recent years.

Municipal Schools Referendums Remain Off 2012 Calendar

Referendums in the Shelby County suburbs on the creation of municipal school districts remain off the table after the Tennessee House removed an amendment from a bill that would have allowed the referendums this year.

Chandler Takes ‘Simply’ Series Formula To Grill

This time last year, local chef Jennifer Chandler was finishing up her third cookbook, launching a restaurant and in the midst of a national media tour with French’s for the release of a new Dijon mustard brand.

Teacher Evaluation Sparks Debate Among Educators

The schools consolidation planning commission hasn’t made any decisions yet about teacher pay and benefits or suggestions about how many teachers the merged school system might need.

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Jazz saxophonist Charles Lloyd will receive a note on the Beale Street Brass Note Walk of Fame Wednesday, April 11, at 11 a.m. inside Alfred’s, 197 Beale St. The event is free and open to the public. Lloyd and his New Quartet will perform at Rhodes College Thursday, April 12, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the McCallum Ballroom of the Bryan Campus Life Center. Tickets are $15. Visit alumni.rhodes.edu/charleslloyd for details and tickets.

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Transplant Recipients, Donor Families Celebrate Life

Mid-South organ and tissue transplant recipients and the families of donors who gave them a second chance at life will gather Sunday, April 15, at 2 p.m. for a celebration of life and remembrance at the Levitt Shell in Overton Park.


Pratt Joins Counterpart As Account Manager

Lisa Pratt has been named senior account manager at Counterpart Communication Design, where she will manage campaigns for several clients from concept to execution. She previously worked at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Secrets To Embracing Rejection

When asked what contributed most to his NBA career, Michael Jordan said he missed more shots than he made, which is why he had the opportunity to make more memorable shots. No one remembers how many shots you missed. Similarly, sales is a numbers game.

Choice Of Entity: Choose Wisely

The “choice of entity” discussion is unavoidable for start-up companies. In the spirit of the lifecycle of a business, it is one of the more prudent and pertinent discussions to have with your tax adviser. While sometimes an afterthought, this is a crucial matter and a misstep can prove costly.


Tenn. House Advances Gun Bills

NASHVILLE (AP) – The House has rushed four bills out of subcommittee to guarantee workers the right to store firearms in vehicles parked on company lots.


Miss. Senate Approves Voter ID Bill

JACKSON, Miss (AP) – Mississippi voters are a little closer to needing to show photo identification before voting.

Gov. Bryant Leads Group to SC Trade Meeting

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Gov. Phil Bryant will lead a Mississippi delegation to a trade conference in South Carolina in May.


Employers Posted More Job Openings in February

WASHINGTON (AP) – Employers posted slightly more job openings in February, suggesting that modest hiring gains will continue in coming months.

Stolen Phones to be Disabled

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wireless carriers will be able to quickly disable a cellphone after it’s reported stolen, under a plan announced Tuesday by federal and local officials.


Supreme Court Misunderstanding on Health Overhaul?

WASHINGTON (AP) – A possible misunderstanding about President Barack Obama's health care overhaul could cloud Supreme Court deliberations on its fate, leaving the impression that the law's insurance requirement is more onerous than it actually is.

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