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VOL. 128 | NO. 30 | Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Year of Change for Smith & Nephew

On the heels of laying off 63 employees in Memphis and as it grapples with challenging business conditions locally and worldwide, London-based medical device maker Smith & Nephew sees a bright spot in the Bluff City: the new Centre for Innovation.

Arena Transformation

City prep of The Pyramid for Bass Pro Shops nears completion

As the city of Memphis is nearing completion of its preparation of The Pyramid for Bass Pro Shops, the Springfield, Mo.-based retailer is slated to start its part of the project in March.

School Board Asks For $145 Million Extra

The countywide school board is asking the Shelby County Commission for $145 million in extra funding for the first fiscal year of the schools merger.

Conference Turns Memphis Into Startup Hotspot

The Everywhere Else startup conference that kicked off at the Memphis Cook Convention Center earlier this week has turned the city into ground zero for technologists, startup founders, investors and entrepreneurs.

County Commission Debates Schools Merger

Shelby County Commissioners marked the two-year anniversary Monday, Feb. 11, of the federal lawsuit over schools consolidation and municipal school districts with a running debate across several items about the upcoming schools merger.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Wind: West at 3.5 mph
Humidity: 96%


Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, Feb. 13, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Lucy Shaw will discuss the Bridges Out of Poverty program. Cost is $18 for nonmembers.

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Hagerty Talks Exports, Incentives

The state of Tennessee’s economic development effort outside the U.S. has returned formally this week to where it was in 1997 with overseas offices pushing Tennessee exports and foreign investment in the state.

Soul Fish to Open in Wolf Camera Spot on Poplar

Soul Fish Café has selected a prime piece of real estate in East Memphis for its third location.


Phillips Joins Spirco as Manager, Vice President

Mike Phillips has joined Spirco Manufacturing as general manager and vice president of operations. In his new role, Phillips will oversee all divisions of the metal-building manufacturer and direct its organizational needs.


Do’s and Don’ts of Online PR

The digital age is a double-edged sword for those pitching content in hopes of landing the coveted story. On one hand, it’s never been easier to communicate with reporters, but on the other there’s so much clutter that breaking through all of the noise competing with your story has grown quite challenging.

Can Big Data Pay Off Big?

Perhaps one of the most exciting advances in this decade is the emergence of big data, a collection of data sets so large they cannot be processed with standard database management programs. The analytics that companies glean from this data yield quantitative insight into business strategy that was previously unavailable. The world’s technological per-capita capacity to store information has roughly doubled every 40 months since the 1980s.


Jefferson Commission OKs Industrial Megasite

DANDRIDGE, Tenn. (AP) – Jefferson County Commission members have voted to begin securing land options for an industrial megasite.


Children’s Services Deleted Pages From Child Death Records

NASHVILLE (AP) – Someone at the Department of Children's Services redacted numerous pages of information about child fatalities in meeting minutes that were provided to the media.

Bid to Clamp Down on Lawmaker Allowances Delayed

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal to eliminate hotel allowances for some Tennessee lawmakers was put on hold Tuesday after a state Senate committee member said the reimbursement rules should be tightened for the entire Legislature.

Lawmaker Says Grade-Fixing Questions Justify Bill

NASHVILLE (AP) – Questions about grades being changed at a privately run online school are a good example of why the so-called virtual schools should be run by the government, a state lawmaker said Tuesday.


Another Major Dell Shareholder Opposes $24.4 Billion Sale

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) – Another major Dell shareholder is opposing the company's proposed $24.4 billion sale to a group led by its founder and CEO.


US Plan Aimed at Keeping China Out of US Networks

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House is expected to unveil a new cybersecurity executive order Wednesday. It's being described as the most comprehensive plan yet for confronting electronic attacks on America's computer networks, or at least a good-faith effort amid an alarming tide in industrial espionage in the past year that experts blame mostly on China.

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