Posts Tagged ‘Tennessee’

Justices must act fast if gay marriage to be settled in June

WASHINGTON — Time is running short for the Supreme Court to get same-sex marriage on its calendar if the justices want to tackle the issue before their current term ends in late June. They might have to decide to jump in at their closed-door conference Friday if they want to resolve the legal debate over […] [...]

Presley’s 1st record, ‘My Happiness,’ auctions for $300,000

by Published: January 9,2015

Tags: Business, Elvis, guitar, Mississippi, NEWS, Sun Records, Tennessee

MEMPHIS — An acetate recording of the ballad “My Happiness,” the first song Elvis Presley ever recorded, sold at auction Thursday night for $300,000. An undisclosed Internet buyer placed the winning bid at Graceland, the museum and tourist attraction that was Presley’s former home. The auction was held on what would have been the late […] [...]

Mississippi, 6 other states have bans on atheists holding office

ANNAPOLIS — Some freedom-from-religion advocates are pressing Maryland and six other states to remove provisions from their state constitutions prohibiting people who don’t believe in God from holding public office. The Openly Secular coalition, based in Columbus, Ohio, says the other states are Arkansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. The New York […] [...]

Renasant beefs up in Georgia with $258M purchase of HeritageBank

Tupelo’s Renasant Bank continued its march through Georgia last week with a definitive agreement to acquire Albany’s $1.9 billion Heritage Financial Group Inc., parent of HeritageBank of the South, through a stock purchase. Renasant, which a couple years ago began establishing a presence in North Georgia with acquisitions in Blairsville and suburban Atlanta, will gain […] [...]

Ole Miss rated best tailgate spot in the nation

Before football games at Ole Miss, one of the best parties in the South is held on 10 grassy acres shaded by dozens of hulking oak trees in the middle of campus. Under canvass tents, women in dresses and high-heeled shoes mingle with men wearing pressed khakis and starched dress shirts. The buffet tables are […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE: Top 5 social media campaigns of 2014 recognized at mashies

Successful social media campaigns tap into emotions, persuade action and inspire behavior – whether that’s happiness, hope, fear or yearning. Mashable, a leading digital news and social media company, recently held its annual Mashies Awards in New York, which revealed the year’s most outstanding examples of digital media from categories including Best Real-Time Marketing, Best […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE — ‘Newsjacking’ is latest social media phenom

Anyone remember this famous tweet from Waffle House – “We don’t believe in Belgium Waffles”? It happened during Team USA’s run in the World Cup. As you know, Waffle House got a little notoriety from that soccer success as well. This act of genius coined a new term used frequently by David Meerman Scott, a […] [...]

THE SPIN CYCLE — Pitching pitfalls that drive journalists crazy

How well do us PR practitioners and journalists get along? Sometimes it’s easy to avoid common mistakes that will prevent your brand from getting covered and possibly ruin your relationship with the journalist – and who better than journalists themselves to give us tips? With the help of Martin Bryant, editor-in-chief at The Next Web, […] [...]

TODD SMITH — The Spin Cycle: O.J.’s wild ride 20 years ago ushered in new era of journalism

It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since our world was transfixed by an astonishing, slow-motion car chase – O.J. Simpson in that white Bronco, pal Al Cowlings at the wheel, more than a dozen police cars in pursuit, TV helicopters looming overhead. Simpson’s former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, […] [...]

THE SPIN CYCLE with Todd Smith — Under Armor got caught with its pants down

by Published: February 28,2014

Tags: Business, Deane Smith, JACKSON, Mississippi, Nashville, Tennessee

The Winter Olympics was supposed to put Under Armour on the branding podium, but instead the fiasco with the U.S. speed skating team unis flushed it down the half pipe faster than you can say Shawn White. For this venerable sports apparel brand, the games became a global wardrobe malfunction that made us all forget […] [...]

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