STOCK PURCHASE AGREEMENT

This Stock Purchase Agreement ("Agreement") is made as of March 31/st/, 1997, by
MASTER GRAPHICS, INC., a Tennessee corporation ("Buyer"), and MICHAEL G. HARPER,
an individual resident of Henderson, North Carolina,  LYNN H. HARPER, an
individual resident of Henderson, North Carolina, MICHAEL G. HARPER, CUSTODIAN
FOR EMILY HINES HARPER, MINOR, an individual resident of Henderson, North
Carolina, and LYNN H. HARPER, CUSTODIAN FOR DAVIS HILLMAN HARPER, MINOR, an
individual resident of Henderson, North Carolina (collectively the "Sellers").

                                    RECITALS

Sellers desire to sell, and Buyer desires to purchase, all of the issued and
outstanding shares (the "Shares") of capital stock of Harperprints, a North
Carolina corporation (the "Company"), for the consideration and on the terms set
forth in this Agreement.

                                   AGREEMENT

The parties, intending to be legally bound, agree as follows:

1. DEFINITIONS

For purposes of this Agreement, the following terms have the meanings specified
or referred to in this Section 1:

"ACCOUNTANTS"--KPMG Peat Marwick LLP, the Buyer's independent certified public
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accountants.

"ADJUSTMENT AMOUNT"--as defined in Section 2.5.
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"APPLICABLE CONTRACT"--any Contract (a) under which the Company has or may
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acquire any rights, (b) under which the Company has or may become subject to any
obligation or liability, or (c) by which the Company or any of the assets owned
or used by it is or may become bound.

"BALANCE SHEET"--as defined in Section 3.4.
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"BREACH"--a "Breach" of a representation, warranty, covenant, obligation, or
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other provision of this Agreement or any instrument delivered pursuant to this
Agreement will be deemed to have occurred if there is or has been (a) any
inaccuracy in or breach of, or any failure to perform or comply with, such
representation, warranty, covenant, obligation, or other provision, or (b) any
claim (by any Person) or other occurrence or circumstance that is or was
inconsistent with such representation, warranty, covenant, obligation, or other
provision, and the term "Breach" means any such inaccuracy, breach, failure,
claim, occurrence, or circumstance.

"BUYER"--as defined in the first paragraph of this Agreement.
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"CASH AMOUNT"--as defined in Section 2.2.
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"CLOSING"--as defined in Section 2.3.
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"CLOSING DATE"--the date and time as of which the Closing actually takes place.
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"COMPANY"--as defined in the Recitals of this Agreement.
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"COMPANY ACCOUNTANTS"--as defined in Section 2.6.
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"CONSENT"--any approval, consent, ratification, waiver, or other authorization
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(including any Governmental Authorization).

"CONTEMPLATED TRANSACTIONS"--all of the transactions contemplated by this
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Agreement, including:

     (a) the sale of the Shares by Sellers to Buyer;

     (b) the execution, delivery, and performance of the Promissory Note, the
     Employment Agreement, the Noncompetition Agreement and the Sellers'
     Release;

     (c) the performance by Buyer and Sellers of their respective covenants and
     obligations under this Agreement; and

     (d) Buyer's acquisition and ownership of the Shares and exercise of control
     over the Acquired Companies.

"CONTRACT"--any agreement, contract, obligation, promise, or undertaking
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(whether written or oral and whether express or implied) that is legally
binding.

"DAMAGES"--as defined in Section 10.2.
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"EARNOUT AMOUNT"--as defined in Section 2.2.
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"EARNOUT GUARANTIES"--as defined in Section 2.4(b)(iii).
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"EARNOUT NOTES"--as defined in Section 2.4.
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"EBITDA"--pre-tax income plus interest expense deducted in computing pre-tax
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income, minus interest income included in pre-tax income, plus or minus any
extraordinary items of expense or income, respectively, deducted or included in
computing pre-tax income,  plus or minus any losses or gains from the sale of
capital assets, respectively, deducted or included in computing pre-tax income,
plus depreciation and amortization deducted in computing pre-tax income, all as
determined in accordance with GAAP utilizing fully-absorbed costing for work-in-
process and finished goods inventory.  No allocation of home office overhead
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income. Any dispute concerning the calculation of EBITDA shall be resolved in
accordance with the procedures contained in the Earnout Note.

"EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENTS"--as defined in Section 2.4(a)(iii).
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"ENCUMBRANCE"--any charge, claim, community property interest, condition,
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equitable interest, lien, option, pledge, security interest, right of first
refusal, or restriction of any kind, including any restriction on use, voting,
transfer, receipt of income, or exercise of any other attribute of ownership.

"ENVIRONMENT"--soil, land surface or subsurface strata, surface waters
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(including navigable waters, ocean waters, streams, ponds, drainage basins, and
wetlands), groundwaters, drinking water supply, stream sediments, ambient air
(including indoor air), plant and animal life, and any other environmental
medium or natural resource.

"ENVIRONMENTAL, HEALTH, AND SAFETY LIABILITIES"--any cost, damages, expense,
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liability, obligation, or other responsibility arising from or under
Environmental Law or Occupational Safety and Health Law and consisting of or
relating to:

     (a) any environmental, health, or safety matters or conditions (including
     on-site or off-site contamination, occupational safety and health, and
     regulation of chemical substances or products);

     (b) fines, penalties, judgments, awards, settlements, legal or
     administrative proceedings, damages, losses, claims, demands and response,
     investigative, remedial, or inspection costs and expenses arising under
     Environmental Law or Occupational Safety and Health Law;

     (c) financial responsibility under Environmental Law or Occupational Safety
     and Health Law for cleanup costs or corrective action, including any
     investigation, cleanup, removal, containment, or other remediation or
     response actions ("Cleanup") required by applicable Environmental Law or
     Occupational Safety and Health Law (whether or not such Cleanup has been
     required or requested by any Governmental Body or any other Person) and for
     any natural resource damages; or

     (d) any other compliance, corrective, investigative, or remedial measures
     required under Environmental Law or Occupational Safety and Health Law.

The terms "removal," "remedial," and "response action," include the types of
activities covered by the United States Comprehensive Environmental Response,
Compensation, and Liability Act, 42 U.S.C. (S) 9601 et seq., as amended
("CERCLA").

"ENVIRONMENTAL LAW"--any Legal Requirement that requires or relates to:
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     (a) advising appropriate authorities, employees, and the public of intended
     or actual releases of pollutants or hazardous substances or materials,
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     prohibitions and of the commencements of activities, such as resource
     extraction or construction, that could have significant impact on the
     Environment;

     (b) preventing or reducing to acceptable levels the release of pollutants
     or hazardous substances or materials into the Environment;

     (c) reducing the quantities, preventing the release, or minimizing the
     hazardous characteristics of wastes that are generated;

     (d) assuring that products are designed, formulated, packaged, and used so
     that they do not present unreasonable risks to human health or the
     Environment when used or disposed of;

     (e) protecting resources, species, or ecological amenities;

     (f) reducing to acceptable levels the risks inherent in the transportation
     of hazardous substances, pollutants, oil, or other potentially harmful
     substances;

     (g) cleaning up pollutants that have been released, preventing the threat
     of release, or paying the costs of such clean up or prevention; or

     (h) making responsible parties pay private parties, or groups of them, for
     damages done to their health or the Environment, or permitting self-
     appointed representatives of the public interest to recover for injuries
     done to public assets.

"ERISA"--the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 or any successor
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law, and regulations and rules issued pursuant to that Act or any successor law.

"FIXED NOTE AMOUNT"-as defined in Section 2.2.
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"FIXED NOTES"-as defined in Section 2.4.
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"FACILITIES"--any real property, leaseholds, or other interests currently or
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formerly owned or operated by the Company and any buildings, plants, structures,
or equipment (including motor vehicles, tank cars, and rolling stock) currently
or formerly owned or operated by the Company.

"FIXED NOTE GUARANTIES"--as defined in Section 2.4(b)(ii).
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"GAAP"--generally accepted accounting principles, applied on a basis consistent
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with the basis on which the Balance Sheet and the other financial statements
referred to in Section 3.4(b) were prepared.

"GOVERNMENTAL AUTHORIZATION"--any approval, consent, license, permit, waiver, or
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other authorization issued, granted, given, or otherwise made available by or
under the authority of any Governmental Body or pursuant to any Legal
Requirement.

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"GOVERNMENTAL BODY"--any:
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     (a) nation, state, county, city, town, village, district, or other
jurisdiction of any nature;

     (b) federal, state, local, municipal, foreign, or other government;

     (c) governmental or quasi-governmental authority of any nature (including
     any governmental agency, branch, department, official, or entity and any
     court or other tribunal);

     (d) multi-national organization or body; or

     (e) body exercising, or entitled to exercise, any administrative,
     executive, judicial, legislative, police, regulatory, or taxing authority
     or power of any nature.

"HAZARDOUS ACTIVITY"--the distribution, generation, handling, importing,
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management, manufacturing, processing, production, refinement, Release, storage,
transfer, transportation, treatment, or use (including any withdrawal or other
use of groundwater) of Hazardous Materials in, on, under, about, or from the
Facilities or any part thereof into the Environment, and any other act,
business, operation, or thing that increases the danger, or risk of danger, or
poses an unreasonable risk of harm to persons or property on or off the
Facilities, or that may affect the value of the Facilities or the Acquired
Companies.

"HAZARDOUS MATERIALS"--any waste or other substance that is listed, defined,
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designated, or classified as, or otherwise determined to be, hazardous,
radioactive, or toxic or a pollutant or a contaminant under or pursuant to any
Environmental Law, including any admixture or solution thereof, and specifically
including petroleum and all derivatives thereof or synthetic substitutes
therefor and asbestos or asbestos-containing materials.

"INDEBTEDNESS"--as defined in Section 2.2(a)(ii).
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"INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ASSETS"--as defined in Section 3.22.
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"INTERIM BALANCE SHEET"--as defined in Section 3.4.
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"IRC"--the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or any successor law, and regulations
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issued by the IRS pursuant to the Internal Revenue Code or any successor law.

"IRS"--the United States Internal Revenue Service or any successor agency, and,
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to the extent relevant, the United States Department of the Treasury.

"KNOWLEDGE"--an individual will be deemed to have "Knowledge" of a particular
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fact or other matter if such individual is actually aware of such fact or other
matter.

A Person (other than an individual) will be deemed to have "Knowledge" of a
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matter if any individual who is serving, or who has at any time served, as a
director, officer, partner, executor, or trustee of such Person (or in any
similar capacity) has, or at any time had, Knowledge of such fact or other
matter.

"LEGAL REQUIREMENT"--any federal, state, local, municipal, foreign,
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international, multinational, or other administrative order, constitution, law,
ordinance, principle of common law, regulation, statute, or treaty.

"NONCOMPETITION AGREEMENTS"--as defined in Section 2.4(a)(iv).
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"OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH LAW"--any Legal Requirement designed to provide
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safe and healthful working conditions and to reduce occupational safety and
health hazards, and any program, whether governmental or private (including
those promulgated or sponsored by industry associations and insurance
companies), designed to provide safe and healthful working conditions.

"ORDER"--any award, decision, injunction, judgment, order, ruling, subpoena, or
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verdict entered, issued, made, or rendered by any court, administrative agency,
or other Governmental Body or by any arbitrator.

"ORDINARY COURSE OF BUSINESS"--an action taken by a Person will be deemed to
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have been taken in the "Ordinary Course of Business" only if:

     (a) such action is consistent with the past practices of such Person and is
     taken in the ordinary course of the normal day-to-day operations of such
     Person;

     (b) such action is not required to be authorized by the board of directors
     of such Person (or by any Person or group of Persons exercising similar
     authority); and

     (c) such action is similar in nature and magnitude to actions customarily
     taken, without any authorization by the board of directors (or by any
     Person or group of Persons exercising similar authority), in the ordinary
     course of the normal day-to-day operations of other Persons that are in the
     same line of business as such Person.

"ORGANIZATIONAL DOCUMENTS"--(a) the articles or certificate of incorporation and
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the bylaws of a corporation; (b) the partnership agreement and any statement of
partnership of a general partnership; (c) the limited partnership agreement and
the certificate of limited partnership of a limited partnership; (d) any charter
or similar document adopted or filed in connection with the creation, formation,
or organization of a Person; and (e) any amendment to any of the foregoing.

"PERSON"--any individual, corporation (including any non-profit corporation),
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general or limited partnership, limited liability company, joint venture,
estate, trust, association, organization, labor union, or other entity or
Governmental Body.

"PLAN"--as defined in Section 3.13.
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"PREMIER"--Premier Graphics, Inc., a Tennessee corporation which is wholly owned
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by Buyer.

"PROCEEDING"--any action, arbitration, audit, hearing, investigation,
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litigation, or suit (whether civil, criminal, administrative, investigative, or
informal) commenced, brought, conducted, or heard by or before, or otherwise
involving, any Governmental Body or arbitrator.

"PROMISSORY NOTES"--the Earnout Notes and the Fixed Notes.
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"RELATED PERSON"--with respect to a particular individual:
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     (a) each other member of such individual's Family;

     (b) any Person that is directly or indirectly controlled by such individual
     or one or more members of such individual's Family;

     (c) any Person in which such individual or members of such individual's
     Family hold (individually or in the aggregate) a Material Interest; and

     (d) any Person with respect to which such individual or one or more members
     of such individual's Family serves as a director, officer, partner,
     executor, or trustee (or in a similar capacity).

With respect to a specified Person other than an individual:

     (a) any Person that directly or indirectly controls, is directly or
     indirectly controlled by, or is directly or indirectly under common control
     with such specified Person;

     (b) any Person that holds a Material Interest in such specified Person;

     (c) each Person that serves as a director, officer, partner, executor, or
     trustee of such specified Person (or in a similar capacity);

     (d) any Person in which such specified Person holds a Material Interest;

     (e) any Person with respect to which such specified Person serves as a
     general partner or a trustee (or in a similar capacity); and

     (f) any Related Person of any individual described in clause (b) or (c).

For purposes of this definition, (a) the "Family" of an individual includes (i)
the individual, (ii) the individual's spouse [and former spouses], (iii) any
other natural person who is related to the individual or the individual's spouse
within the second degree, and (iv) any other natural person who resides with
such individual, and (b) "Material Interest" means direct or indirect beneficial
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defined in Rule 13d-3 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934)
of voting securities or other voting interests representing at least 20% of the
outstanding voting power of a Person or equity securities or other equity
interests representing at least 20% of the outstanding equity securities or
equity interests in a Person.

"RELEASE"--any spilling, leaking, emitting, discharging, depositing, escaping,
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leaching, dumping, or other releasing into the Environment, whether intentional
or unintentional.

"REPRESENTATIVE"--with respect to a particular Person, any director, officer,
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employee, agent, consultant, advisor, or other representative of such Person,
including legal counsel, accountants, and financial advisors.

"REPURCHASE CLOSING DATE"--as defined in Section 11.2.
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"REPURCHASE PRICE"--as defined in Section 11.2.
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"SECURITIES ACT"--the Securities Act of 1933 or any successor law, and
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regulations and rules issued pursuant to that Act or any successor law.

"SELLERS"--as defined in the first paragraph of this Agreement.
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"SELLERS' RELEASES"--as defined in Section 2.4.
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"SHARES"--as defined in the Recitals of this Agreement.
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"STOCK PURCHASE WARRANTS"--as defined in Section 2.4(b)(iii).
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"SUBSIDIARY"--with respect to any Person (the "Owner"), any corporation or other
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Person of which securities or other interests having the power to elect a
majority of that corporation's or other Person's board of directors or similar
governing body, or otherwise having the power to direct the business and
policies of that corporation or other Person (other than securities or other
interests having such power only upon the happening of a contingency that has
not occurred) are held by the Owner or one or more of its Subsidiaries; when
used without reference to a particular Person, "Subsidiary" means a Subsidiary
of the Company.

"TAX RETURN"--any return (including any information return), report, statement,
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schedule, notice, form, or other document or information filed with or submitted
to, or required to be filed with or submitted to, any Governmental Body in
connection with the determination, assessment,  collection, or payment of any
Tax or in connection with the administration, implementation, or enforcement of
or compliance with any Legal Requirement relating to any Tax.

"THREAT OF RELEASE"--a substantial likelihood of a Release that may require
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action in order to prevent or mitigate damage to the Environment that may result
from such Release.

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"THREATENED"--a claim, Proceeding, dispute, action, or other matter will be
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deemed to have been "Threatened" if any demand or statement has been made
(orally or in writing) or any notice has been given (orally or in writing), or
if any other event has occurred or any other circumstances exist, that would
lead a prudent Person to conclude that such a claim, Proceeding, dispute,
action, or other matter is likely to be asserted, commenced, taken, or otherwise
pursued in the future.

2. SALE AND TRANSFER OF SHARES; CLOSING

2.1 SHARES

Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, at the Closing, Sellers
will sell and transfer the Shares to Buyer, and Buyer will purchase the Shares
from Sellers.

2.2 PURCHASE PRICE

     (a) The purchase price (the "Purchase Price") for the Shares will be equal
to:

          (i) the sum of:

               (A) $7,500,000; plus

               (B) the lesser of (I) an amount equal to 4.4829 times the amount
               by which EBITDA of the Company for the 12 month period commencing
               April 1, 1998 and ending March 31,1999 exceeds $1,500,000, or
               (II) $6,724,352 (the "Earnout Amount"); minus

          (ii) the amount of the interest bearing debt of the Company on the
          Closing Date, exclusive of the Phoenixcor debt, all as more
          particularly described on Schedule 2.2(a)(ii) (the "Indebtedness");
          plus or minus

          (iii) the Adjustment Amount.

     (b) Of the Purchase Price:

          (i) an amount equal to the Purchase Price less (A) the Fixed Note
          Amount, and (B) the amount of the Indebtedness, will be paid in cash
          (the "Cash Amount") at Closing;

          (ii) $1,125,000 (the "Fixed Note Amount") will be paid pursuant to the
          Fixed Notes (as defined in Clause 2.4(b)(ii);

          (iii) the Earnout Amount will be paid pursuant to the Earnout Notes
          (as defined in Clause 2.4(b)(iii)); and

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     (c) the Purchase Price will be allocated among the Sellers in the manner
reflected on Exhibit 2.2(c).

2.3 CLOSING

The purchase and sale (the "Closing") provided for in this Agreement will take
place at the offices of Black Bobango & Morgan, Attorneys, at 530 Oak Court
Drive, Suite 345, Memphis, Tennessee, at 10:00 a.m. (local time) on or before
March 31, 1998, or at such other time and place as the parties may agree.
Subject to the provisions of Section 9, failure to consummate the purchase and
sale provided for in this Agreement on the date and time and at the place
determined pursuant to this Section 2.3 will not result in the termination of
this Agreement and will not relieve any party of any obligation under this
Agreement.

2.4 CLOSING OBLIGATIONS

At the Closing:

     (a) Sellers will deliver to Buyer:

          (i) certificates representing the Shares, duly endorsed (or
          accompanied by duly executed stock powers)  for transfer to Buyer;

          (ii) a release in the form of Exhibit 2.4(a)(ii) executed by each
          Seller (the "Sellers' Releases");

          (iii) employment agreements in the form of Exhibit 2.4(a)(iii),
          executed by Michael G. Harper and Lynn H. Harper (the "Employment
          Agreements");

          (iv) noncompetition agreements in the form of Exhibit 2.4(a)(iv),
          executed by Michael G. Harper and Lynn H. Harper (the "Noncompetition
          Agreements"); and

          (v) a certificate executed by Sellers representing and warranting to
          Buyer that each of Sellers' representations and warranties in this
          Agreement was accurate in all material respects as of the date of this
          Agreement and is accurate in all material respects as of the Closing
          Date as if made on the Closing Date; and

     (b) Buyer will deliver to Sellers:

          (i) the Cash Amount, by wire transfer to accounts specified by
          Sellers;

          (ii) promissory notes ("Fixed Notes") in the form of Exhibit
          2.4(b)(ii)(A) aggregating to the Fixed Notes Amount which will be
          personally guaranteed by John P. Miller pursuant to guaranty
          agreements in the form of Exhibit 2.4(b)(ii)(B) (the "Guaranties");

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          (iii) promissory notes ("Earnout Notes") in the form of Exhibit
          2.4(b)(iii)(A) aggregating to the Earnout Amount which will be
          guaranteed by Premier pursuant to guaranty agreements in the form of
          Exhibit 2.4(b)(iii)(B) (the "Earnout Guaranties");

          (iv) stock purchase warrants in the form of Exhibit 2.4 (b)(iv)
          executed by Buyer and John P. Miller (the "Stock Purchase Warrants");

          (v) a certificate executed by Buyer to the effect that, except as
          otherwise stated in such certificate, each of Buyer's representations
          and warranties in this Agreement is accurate in all material respects
          as of the Closing Date as if made on the Closing Date;

          (vi) the Employment Agreements, executed by Buyer;

          (vii) a stock pledge agreement, executed by the Buyer, pursuant to
          which the Buyer shall grant to the Sellers a security interest in the
          Shares and pledge the Shares to the Sellers, as required under Section
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          11, which stock purchase agreement shall be in form and substance
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          reasonably satisfactory to Sellers; and

          (viii) an agreement executed by the Buyer, the Sellers and General
          Electric Capital Corporation, regarding the Sellers' right to exercise
          its option to repurchase the Shares under Section 11 and the other
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          maters set forth in Section 11, which agreement shall be in form and
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          substance reasonably acceptable to the Sellers.

2.5 ADJUSTMENT AMOUNT

In the event the stockholders' equity of the Company as of the Closing Date
determined in accordance with GAAP is either less than $2,316,815 or more than
$2,831,663, the Adjustment Amount will be equal to the amount by which the
stockholders' equity of the Company as of the Closing Date determined in
accordance with GAAP is either less than $2,316,815 or more than $2,831,663, as
the case may be.  In the event the stockholders' equity of the Company as of the
Closing Date determined in accordance with GAAP is equal to or greater than
$2,316,815, but not greater than $2,831,663, there will be no Adjustment Amount.

2.6 ADJUSTMENT PROCEDURE

     (a) Buyer and Sellers will jointly prepare financial statements ("Closing
     Financial Statements") of the Company as of the Closing Date and for the
     period from the date of the Balance Sheet through the Closing Date,
     including a computation of stockholders' equity as of the Closing Date.
     Buyer and Sellers agree to complete the Closing Financial Statements within
     sixty days after the Closing Date. If within thirty days following
     completion of the Closing Financial Statements, neither Buyer nor Sellers
     have objected to the Closing Financial Statements (such objection must
     contain a statement of the basis of the objection), then the stockholders'
     equity reflected in the Closing Financial Statements will be used in
     computing the Adjustment Amount. If Buyer or Sellers give notice of
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     agree on how the Closing Financial Statements should be prepared, then the
     issues in dispute will be submitted to the Accountants and the independent
     certified public accountants utilized by the Company prior to the Closing
     (the "Company Accountants") for resolution. If issues in dispute are
     submitted to the Accountants and the Company Accountants for resolution,
     (i) each party will furnish to the respective accounting firms such
     workpapers and other documents and information relating to the disputed
     issues as the respective accounting firms may request and are available to
     that party (or its independent public accountants), and will be afforded
     the opportunity to present to the respective accounting firms any material
     relating to the determination and to discuss the determination with the
     respective accounting firms; (ii) the determination by the two accounting
     firms, as set forth in a notice delivered to both parties by the two
     accounting firms, will be binding and conclusive on the parties; and (iii)
     Buyer and Sellers will each bear 50% of the fees of the two accounting
     firms for such determination. In the event the two accounting firms are
     unable to agree on how the Closing Financial Statements should be prepared
     then the issues and dispute will be submitted to a third accounting firm
     chosen by the Accountants and the Company Accountants for resolution. The
     determination by the third accounting firm will be binding and conclusive
     on the parties. Buyer and Sellers will each bear 50% of the fees of the
     third accounting firm for such determination.

     (b) On the tenth business day following the final determination that there
     is an Adjustment Amount and the amount of the Adjustment Amount, if the
     Adjustment Amount results in a reduction to the Purchase Price, Sellers
     will pay the amount of the Adjustment Amount to Buyer.  If the Adjustment
     Amount results in an increase in the Purchase Price, Buyer will pay the
     amount of the Adjustment Amount to Sellers, payments of the Adjustment
     Amount must be made by wire transfer to such bank accounts as Buyer or
     Sellers, as the case may be, will specify.

3. REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES OF SELLERS

Sellers represent and warrant to Buyer as follows:

3.1 ORGANIZATION AND GOOD STANDING

     (a)  The Company is a corporation duly organized, validly existing, and in
     good standing under the laws of its jurisdiction of incorporation, with
     full corporate power and authority to conduct its business as it is now
     being conducted, to own or use the properties and assets that it purports
     to own or use, and to perform all its obligations under Applicable
     Contracts. The Company is duly qualified to do business as a foreign
     corporation and is in good standing under the laws of each state or other
     jurisdiction in which either the ownership or use of the properties owned
     or used by it, or the nature of the activities conducted by it, requires
     such qualification.

     (b) Sellers have delivered to Buyer copies of the Organizational Documents
     of the Company, as currently in effect.

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3.2 AUTHORITY; NO CONFLICT

     (a) This Agreement constitutes the legal, valid, and binding obligation of
     Sellers, enforceable against Sellers in accordance with its terms. Upon the
     execution and delivery by Sellers of the  Employment Agreements, the
     Sellers' Releases, and the Noncompetition Agreements (collectively, the
     "Sellers' Closing Documents"), the Sellers' Closing Documents will
     constitute the legal, valid, and binding obligations of Sellers,
     enforceable against Sellers in accordance with their respective terms.
     Sellers have the absolute and unrestricted right, power, authority, and
     capacity to execute and deliver this Agreement and the Sellers' Closing
     Documents and to perform his obligations under this Agreement and the
     Sellers' Closing Documents.

     (b) Except as set forth in Schedule 3.2, neither the execution and delivery
     of this Agreement nor the consummation or performance of any of the
     Contemplated Transactions will, directly or indirectly (with or without
     notice or lapse of time):

          (i) contravene, conflict with, or result in a violation of (A) any
          provision of the Organizational Documents of the Company, or (B) any
          resolution adopted by the board of directors or the stockholders of
          the Company;

          (ii) contravene, conflict with, or result in a violation of, or give
          any Governmental Body or other Person the right to challenge any of
          the Contemplated Transactions or to exercise any remedy or obtain any
          relief under, any Legal Requirement or any Order to which the Company
          or  Sellers, or any of the assets owned or used by the Company, may be
          subject;

          (iii) contravene, conflict with, or result in a violation of any of
          the terms or requirements of, or give any Governmental Body the right
          to revoke, withdraw, suspend, cancel, terminate, or modify, any
          Governmental  Authorization that is held by the Company or that
          otherwise relates to the business of, or any of the assets owned or
          used by, the Company;

          (iv) cause any of the assets owned by the Company to be reassessed or
          revalued by any taxing authority or other Governmental Body;

          (v) contravene, conflict with, or result in a violation or breach of
          any provision of, or give any Person the right to declare a default or
          exercise any remedy under, or to accelerate the maturity or
          performance of, or to cancel, terminate, or modify, any Applicable
          Contract; or

          (vi) result in the imposition or creation of any Encumbrance upon or
          with respect to any of the assets owned or used by the Company.

To Sellers' Knowledge and except as set forth in Schedule 3.2, neither Sellers
nor the Company are or will be required to give any notice to or obtain any
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the execution and delivery of this Agreement or the consummation or performance
of any of the Contemplated Transactions.

     (c) Sellers are acquiring the Promissory Notes for their own account and
     not with a view to their distribution within the meaning of Section 2(11)
     of the Securities Act.

3.3 CAPITALIZATION

The authorized equity securities of the Company consist of 1,000 shares of
common stock, $100 par value per share, of which 420.3082 shares are issued and
outstanding and constitute the Shares. Sellers are and will be on the Closing
Date the record and beneficial owners and holders of the Shares, free and clear
of all Encumbrances. No legend or other reference to any purported Encumbrance
appears upon any certificate representing equity securities of the Company. All
of the outstanding equity securities of the Company have been duly authorized
and validly issued and are fully paid and nonassessable. There are no Contracts
relating to the issuance, sale, or transfer of any equity securities or other
securities of the Company. None of the outstanding equity securities or other
securities of the Company was issued in violation of the Securities Act or any
other Legal Requirement. The Company does not own, or have any Contract to
acquire, any equity securities or other securities of any Person or any direct
or indirect equity or ownership interest in any other business.

3.4 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Sellers have delivered to Buyer: (a) audited balance sheets of the Company as of
December 31 in each of the years 1994 through 1997, and the related consolidated
statements of income, changes in stockholders' equity, and cash flow for each of
the fiscal years then ended (the December 31, 1997 balance sheet of the Company
shall hereinafter be referred to as the "Balance Sheet"), (b) an unaudited
balance sheet of the Company as of February 28, 1998, (the "Interim Balance
Sheet") and the related unaudited  statement of income for the first two months
of 1998. Such financial statements and notes fairly present the financial
condition and the results of operations, changes in stockholders' equity, and
cash flow of the Company as at the respective dates of and for the periods
referred to in such financial statements, all in accordance with GAAP, subject,
in the case of interim financial statements, to normal recurring year-end
adjustments (the effect of which will not, individually or in the aggregate, be
materially adverse) and the absence of notes (that, if presented, would not
differ materially from those included in the Balance Sheet); the financial
statements referred to in this Section 3.4 reflect the consistent application of
such accounting principles throughout the periods involved, except as disclosed
in the notes to such financial statements. No financial statements of any Person
other than the Company are required by GAAP to be included in the financial
statements of the Company.

3.5 BOOKS AND RECORDS

The books of account, minute books, stock record books, and other records of the
Company, all of which have been made available to Buyer, are complete and
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accordance with normal business practices. The minute books of the Company
contain accurate and complete records of all meetings held of, and corporate
action taken by, the stockholders, the Boards of Directors, and committees of
the Boards of Directors of the Company, and no meeting of any such stockholders,
Board of Directors, or committee has been held for which minutes have not been
prepared and are not contained in such minute books. At the Closing, all of
those books and records will be in the possession of the Company.

3.6 TITLE TO PROPERTIES; ENCUMBRANCES

Schedule 3.6 contains a complete and accurate list of all real property,
leaseholds, or other interests therein owned by the Company. Other than as shown
on Schedule 3.6, the Company owns (with good and marketable title in the case of
real property, subject only to the matters permitted by the following sentence)
all the properties and assets (whether real, personal, or mixed and whether
tangible or intangible) that they purport to own located in the facilities owned
or operated by the Company or reflected as owned in the books and records of the
Company, including all of the properties and assets reflected in the Balance
Sheet and the Interim Balance Sheet (except for assets held under capitalized
leases disclosed or not required to be disclosed in Schedule 3.6 and personal
property sold since the date of the Balance Sheet and the Interim Balance Sheet,
as the case may be, in the Ordinary Course of Business), and all of the
properties and assets purchased or otherwise acquired by the Company since the
date of the Balance Sheet (except for personal property acquired and sold since
the date of the Balance Sheet in the Ordinary Course of Business and consistent
with past practice), which subsequently purchased or acquired properties and
assets (other than inventory and short-term investments) are listed in Schedule
3.6.  All material properties and assets reflected in the Balance Sheet and the
Interim Balance Sheet are free and clear of all Encumbrances and are not, in the
case of real property, subject to any rights of way, building use restrictions,
exceptions, variances, reservations, or limitations of any nature except, with
respect to all such properties and assets, (a) mortgages or security interests
shown on the Balance Sheet or the Interim Balance Sheet as securing specified
liabilities or obligations, with respect to which no default (or event that,
with notice or lapse of time or both, would constitute a default) exists, (b)
mortgages or security interests incurred in connection with the purchase of
property or assets after the date of the Interim Balance Sheet (such mortgages
and security interests being limited to the property or assets so acquired),
with respect to which no default (or event that, with notice or lapse of time or
both, would constitute a default) exists, (c) liens for current taxes not yet
due, and (d) with respect to real property, (i) minor imperfections of title, if
any, none of which is substantial in amount, materially detracts from the value
or impairs the use of the property subject thereto, or impairs the operations of
the Company, and (ii) zoning laws and other land use restrictions that do not
impair the present or anticipated use of the property subject thereto.

3.7 CONDITION AND SUFFICIENCY OF ASSETS

The buildings, plants, structures, and equipment of the Company are in normal
operating condition and repair, and are adequate for the uses to which they are
being put, and to Sellers' Knowledge none of such buildings, plants, structures,
or equipment is in need of substantial deferred maintenance or repairs except
for ordinary, routine maintenance and repairs that are not material in nature or
cost.

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3.8 [INTENTIONALLY OMITTED]

3.9 INVENTORY

All inventory of the Company, whether or not reflected in the Balance Sheet or
the Interim Balance Sheet, consists of a quality and quantity usable and salable
in the Ordinary Course of Business, except for obsolete items and items of
below-standard quality, all of which have been written off or written down to
net realizable value in the Balance Sheet or the Interim Balance Sheet or on the
accounting records of the Company as of the Closing Date, as the case may be.
All inventories of raw materials not written off have been priced at the lower
of cost or net realizable value on a first in, first out basis. All work-in-
process and finished goods inventory are valued in such a manner so as to take
into account the net realizable value of such inventory in a sale of the
finished goods to the customer.  The quantities of each item of inventory
(whether raw materials, work-in-process, or finished goods) are not excessive,
but are reasonable in the present circumstances of the Company.

3.10 NO UNDISCLOSED LIABILITIES

To Sellers' Knowledge except as set forth in Schedule 3.10, the Company has no
liabilities or obligations of any nature (whether known or unknown and whether
absolute, accrued, contingent, or otherwise) except for liabilities or
obligations reflected or reserved against in the Balance Sheet or the Interim
Balance Sheet and current liabilities incurred in the Ordinary Course of
Business since the respective dates thereof.

3.11 TAXES

     (a) The Company has filed or caused to be filed (on a timely basis since
     1994) all Tax Returns that are or were required to be filed by it pursuant
     to applicable Legal Requirements. Sellers have delivered or made available
     to Buyer copies of, and Schedule 3.11 contains a complete and accurate list
     of, all such Tax Returns relating to income or franchise taxes filed since
     1994. The Company has paid, or made provision for the payment of, all Taxes
     that have or may have become due pursuant to those Tax Returns or
     otherwise, or pursuant to any assessment received by Sellers or the
     Company, except such Taxes, if any, as are listed in Schedule 3.11 and are
     being contested in good faith and as to which adequate reserves (determined
     in accordance with GAAP) have been provided in the Balance Sheet and the
     Interim Balance Sheet.

     (b) Schedule 3.11 contains a complete and accurate list of all audits of
     all such Tax Returns, including a reasonably detailed description of the
     nature and outcome of each audit. All deficiencies proposed as a result of
     such audits have been paid, reserved against, settled, or, as described in
     Schedule 3.11, are being contested in good faith by appropriate
     proceedings. Schedule 3.11 describes all adjustments to the United States
     federal income Tax Returns filed by the Company for all taxable years since
     1994, and the resulting deficiencies proposed by the IRS. Except as
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     Company has given or been requested to give waivers or extensions (or is or
     would be subject to a waiver or extension given by any other Person) of any
     statute of limitations relating to the payment of Taxes of the Company or
     for which the Company may be liable.

     (c) The charges, accruals, and reserves with respect to Taxes on the books
     of the Company are adequate (determined in accordance with GAAP) and are at
     least equal to the Company's liability for Taxes. There exists no proposed
     tax assessment against the Company except as disclosed in the Balance Sheet
     or in Schedule 3.11. No consent to the application of Section 341(f)(2) of
     the IRC has been filed with respect to any property or assets held,
     acquired, or to be acquired by the Company. All Taxes that the Company is
     or was required by Legal Requirements to withhold or collect have been duly
     withheld or collected and, to the extent required, have been paid to the
     proper Governmental Body or other Person.

     (d) All Tax Returns filed by (or that include on a consolidated basis) the
     Company are true, correct, and complete in all material respects. There is
     no tax sharing agreement that will require any payment by the Company after
     the date of this Agreement.

3.12 NO MATERIAL ADVERSE CHANGE

Since the date of the Interim Balance Sheet, to Sellers' Knowledge, other than
ordinary business and market conditions, there has not been any material adverse
change in the business, operations, properties, prospects, assets, or condition
of the Company, and no event has occurred or circumstance exists that may result
in such a material adverse change.

3.13 EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

     (a) Schedule 3.13 sets forth a true and complete list of all employment
     contracts, all collective bargaining or other labor agreements, all
     pension, retirement, stock option, stock purchase, savings, profit-sharing,
     deferred compensation, retainer, consultant, bonus, group insurance,
     incentive, welfare or any other contracts, plans or arrangements providing
     for employee compensation or benefits (the "Plans"), and all trust
     agreements relating thereto, to which the Company is a party or to which
     the Company contributes or by which it is bound.  Copies of each of the
     foregoing have been or promptly will be furnished or made available to
     Purchaser.  The only Plans which individually or collectively would
     constitute an "employee pension benefit plan" as defined in Section 3(2) of
     ERISA are identified in Schedule 3.13, and are hereinafter referred to as
     the "Pension Plans."  No Plan constitutes a "multiemployer plan" as defined
     in Section 4001(a)(3) of ERISA.

     (b)  Each Plan that is intended to be qualified under Section 401(a) of the
     Code is so qualified, and each trust forming a part thereof is exempt from
     tax pursuant to Section 501(a) of the Code.  Copies of all Internal Revenue
     Service determination letters and audit reports relating to such Plans have
     been or promptly will be provided to Purchaser.  Requests for determination
     letters relating to amendments required to cause such Plans to be in
     compliance with the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982, the
     Deficit Reduction Act of 1984, 

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     and the Retirement Equity Act of 1984, were timely filed and have been
     received or are currently pending.

     (c)  Each Plan has been maintained in substantial compliance with the
     requirements prescribed by any and all statutes, orders, rules and
     regulations, including, but not limited to, ERISA and the Code, that are
     applicable to such Plans.  No "accumulated funding deficiency" within the
     meaning of ERISA has been incurred with respect to any Pension Plan,
     whether or not waived.  No reportable event (as described in Section
     4043(b) of ERISA) has occurred with respect to any Plan.  No Plan nor any
     trust created thereunder, nor any trustee or administrator thereof, has
     engaged in a "prohibited transaction" as such term is defined in Section
     4975 of the Code, which could subject such Plans or any of them, any such
     trust, or any such trustee or administrator thereof, or any party dealing
     with such employee benefit plans or any such trust, to any tax or penalty
     on prohibited transactions imposed by such Section 4975; as of the date of
     this Agreement, the fair market value of the assets of any Pension Plan
     that is subject to Title IV of ERISA (excluding for these purposes any
     accrued but unpaid contributions) exceeded the present value of all
     benefits accrued under any such Plan, determined on a termination basis
     using the assumptions established by the Pension Benefit Guaranty
     Corporation ("PBGC") as in effect on such date.  The Company has not
     incurred any liability under Title IV of ERISA arising in connection with
     the termination of, or complete or partial withdrawal from, any plan
     covered or previously covered by Title IV of ERISA.

     (d)  All contributions and payments accrued under each Plan, determined in
     accordance with prior funding and accrual practices as adjusted to the
     extent required to include proportional contribution and payment accruals
     for the period from the last funding date to the Closing Date, will be
     discharged and paid on or prior to the Closing Date except to the extent
     that any such amount is recorded as a liability on either the Interim
     Balance Sheet.  Except as set forth in Schedule 3.13, there has been no
     amendment to, written interpretation or announcement (whether or not
     written) relating to, or change in employee participation or coverage under
     any Plan that would increase materially the expense of maintaining such
     Plan above the level of expense incurred in respect thereof for the
     preceding fiscal year.

3.14 COMPLIANCE WITH LEGAL REQUIREMENTS; GOVERNMENTAL AUTHORIZATIONS

     (a) Except as set forth in Schedule 3.14:

          (i) to Sellers' Knowledge the Company is, and at all times has been,
          in full compliance with each Legal Requirement that is or was
          applicable to it or to the conduct or operation of its business or the
          ownership or use of any of its assets;

          (ii) to Sellers' Knowledge no event has occurred or circumstance
          exists that (with or without notice  or lapse of time) (A) may
          constitute or result in a violation by the Company of, or a failure on
          the part of the Company to comply with, any Legal 

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          Requirement, or (B) may give rise to any obligation on the part of the
          Company to undertake, or to bear all or any portion of the cost of,
          any remedial action of any nature; and

          (iii) the Company has not received any notice or other communication
          (whether oral or written) from any Governmental Body or any other
          Person regarding (A) any actual, alleged, possible, or potential
          violation of, or failure to comply with, any Legal Requirement, or (B)
          any actual, alleged, possible, or potential obligation on the part of
          the Company to undertake, or to bear all or any portion of the cost
          of, any remedial action of any nature.

     (b) Schedule 3.14 contains a complete and accurate list of each
     Governmental Authorization that is held by the Company or that otherwise
     relates to the business of, or to any of the assets owned or used by, the
     Company. Each Governmental Authorization listed or required to be listed in
     Schedule 3.14 is valid and in full force and effect. Except as set forth in
     Schedule 3.14:

          (i) to Sellers' Knowledge the Company is, and at all times has been,
          in full compliance with all of the terms and requirements of each
          Governmental Authorization identified or required to be identified in
          Schedule 3.14;

          (ii) to Sellers' Knowledge no event has occurred or circumstance
          exists that may (with or without notice or lapse of time) (A)
          constitute or result directly or indirectly in a violation of or a
          failure to comply with any term or requirement of any Governmental
          Authorization listed or required to be listed in Schedule 3.14, or (B)
          result directly or indirectly in the revocation, withdrawal,
          suspension, cancellation, or termination of, or any modification to,
          any Governmental Authorization listed or required to be listed in
          Schedule 3.14;

          (iii) the Company has not received, at any time any notice or other
          communication (whether oral or written) from any Governmental Body or
          any other Person regarding (A) any actual, alleged, possible, or
          potential violation of or failure to comply with any term or
          requirement of any Governmental Authorization, or (B) any actual,
          proposed, possible, or potential revocation, withdrawal, suspension,
          cancellation, termination of, or modification to any Governmental
          Authorization; and

          (iv) all applications required to have been filed for the renewal of
          the Governmental Authorizations listed or required to be listed in
          Schedule 3.14 have been duly filed on a timely basis with the
          appropriate Governmental Bodies, and all other filings required to
          have been made with respect to such Governmental Authorizations have
          been duly made on a timely basis with the appropriate Governmental
          Bodies.

To Sellers' Knowledge, the Governmental Authorizations listed in Schedule 3.14
collectively constitute all of the Governmental Authorizations necessary to
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conduct and operate its business in the manner it currently conducts and
operates such business and to permit the Company to own and use its assets in
the manner in which it currently owns and uses such assets.

3.15 LEGAL PROCEEDINGS; ORDERS

     (a) Except as set forth in Schedule 3.15, there is no pending Proceeding:

          (i) that has been commenced by or against the Company or that
          otherwise relates to or may affect the business of, or any of the
          assets owned or used by, the Company; or

          (ii) that challenges, or that may have the effect of preventing,
          delaying, making illegal, or otherwise interfering with, any of the
          Contemplated Transactions.

To the Knowledge of Sellers and the Company, (1) no such Proceeding has been
Threatened, and (2) no event has occurred or circumstance exists that may give
rise to or serve as a basis for the commencement of any such Proceeding. Sellers
have delivered to Buyer copies of all pleadings, correspondence, and other
documents relating to each Proceeding listed in Schedule 3.15. The Proceedings
listed in Schedule 3.15 will not have a material adverse effect on the business,
operations, assets, condition, or prospects of the Company.

     (b) Except as set forth in Schedule 3.15:

          (i) there is no Order to which the Company, or any of the assets owned
          or used by the Company, is subject;

          (ii) no Seller is subject to any Order that relates to the business
          of, or any of the assets owned or used by, the Company; and

          (iii) to the Knowledge of Sellers and the Company, no officer,
          director, agent, or employee of the Company is subject to any Order
          that prohibits such officer, director, agent, or employee from
          engaging in or continuing any conduct, activity, or practice relating
          to the business of the Company.

     (c) Except as set forth in Schedule 3.15:

          (i) the Company is, and at all times has been, in full compliance with
          all of the terms and requirements of each Order to which it, or any of
          the assets owned or used by it, is or has been subject;

          (ii) no event has occurred or circumstance exists that may constitute
          or result in (with or without notice or lapse of time) a violation of
          or failure to comply with any term or requirement of any Order to
          which the Company, or any of the assets owned or 

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          used by the Company, is subject; and

          (iii) the Company has not received at any time any notice or other
          communication (whether oral or written) from any  Governmental Body or
          any other Person regarding any actual, alleged, possible, or potential
          violation of, or failure to comply with, any term or requirement of
          any Order to which the Company, or any of the assets owned or used by
          the Company, is or has been subject.

3.16 ABSENCE OF CERTAIN CHANGES AND EVENTS

Except as set forth in Schedule 3.16, since the date of the Interim Balance
Sheet, the Company has conducted its business only in the Ordinary Course of
Business and there has not been any:

     (a) change in the Company's authorized or issued capital stock; grant of
     any stock option or right to purchase shares of capital stock of the
     Company; issuance of any security convertible into such capital stock;
     grant of any registration rights; purchase, redemption, retirement, or
     other acquisition by the Company of any shares of any such capital stock;
     or declaration or payment of any dividend or other distribution or payment
     in respect of shares of capital stock;

     (b) amendment to the Organizational Documents of the Company;

     (c) payment or increase by the Company of any bonuses, salaries, or other
     compensation to any stockholder, director, officer, or (except in the
     Ordinary Course of Business) employee or entry into any employment,
     severance, or similar Contract with any director, officer, or employee;

     (d) adoption of, or increase in the payments to or benefits under, any
     profit sharing, bonus, deferred compensation, savings, insurance, pension,
     retirement, or other employee benefit plan for or with any employees of the
     Company;

     (e) damage to or destruction or loss of any asset or property of the
     Company, whether or not covered by insurance, materially and adversely
     affecting the properties, assets, business, financial condition, or
     prospects of the Company, taken as a whole;

     (f) entry into, termination of, or receipt of notice of termination of (i)
     any license, distributorship, dealer, sales representative, joint venture,
     credit, or similar agreement, or (ii) any Contract or transaction involving
     a total remaining commitment by or to the Company of at least $25,000;

     (g) sale (other than sales in the Ordinary Course of Business), lease, or
     other disposition of any asset or property of the Company or mortgage,
     pledge, or imposition of any lien or other encumbrance on any material
     asset or property of the Company, including the sale, lease, or other
     disposition of any of the Intellectual Property Assets;

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     (h) material change in the accounting methods used by the Company; or

     (i) agreement, whether oral or written, by the Company to do any of the
     foregoing.

3.17 CONTRACTS; NO DEFAULTS

     (a) Schedule 3.17(a) contains a complete and accurate list, and Sellers
     have delivered to Buyer true and complete copies, of:

          (i) each Applicable Contract that involves performance of services or
          delivery of goods or materials by the Company of an amount or value in
          excess of $10,000 other than purchase orders received by the Company
          in the Ordinary Course of Business;

          (ii) each Applicable Contract that involves performance of services or
          delivery of goods or materials to the Company of an amount or value in
          excess of $10,000 other than purchase orders placed by the Company in
          the Ordinary Course of Business;

          (iii) each Applicable Contract that was not entered into in the
          Ordinary Course of Business and that involves expenditures or receipts
          of the Company in excess of $10,000;

          (iv) each lease, rental or occupancy agreement, license, installment
          and conditional sale agreement, and other Applicable Contract
          affecting the ownership of, leasing of, title to, use of, or any
          leasehold or other interest in, any real or personal property (except
          personal property leases and installment and conditional sales
          agreements having a value per item or aggregate payments of less than
          $10,000 and with terms of less than one year);

          (v) each licensing agreement or other Applicable Contract with respect
          to patents, trademarks, copyrights, or other intellectual property,
          including agreements with current or former employees, consultants, or
          contractors regarding the appropriation or the non-disclosure of any
          of the Intellectual Property Assets;

          (vi) each collective bargaining agreement and other Applicable
          Contract to or with any labor union or other employee representative
          of a group of employees;

          (vii) each joint venture, partnership, and other Applicable Contract
          (however named) involving a sharing of profits, losses, costs, or
          liabilities by the Company with any other Person;

          (viii) each Applicable Contract containing covenants that in any way
          purport to restrict the business activity of the Company or any
          Affiliate of the Company or limit the freedom of the Company or any
          Affiliate of the Company to engage in any line of business or to
          compete with any Person;

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          (ix) each Applicable Contract providing for payments to or by any
          Person based on sales, purchases, or profits, other than direct
          payments for goods;

          (x) each power of attorney that is currently effective and
          outstanding;

          (xi) each Applicable Contract for capital expenditures in excess of
          $10,000;

          (xii) each written warranty, guaranty, and or other similar
          undertaking with respect to contractual performance extended by the
          Company other than in the Ordinary Course of Business; and

          (xiii) each amendment, supplement, and modification (whether oral or
          written) in respect of any of the foregoing.

Schedule 3.17(a) sets forth information adequate to identify such Contracts,
including the date and parties to the Contracts, and the Company's office where
details relating to the Contracts are located.

     (b) [Intentionally Deleted]

     (c) Except as set forth in Schedule 3.17(c), each Contract identified or
     required to be identified in Schedule 3.17(a) is in full force and effect
     and is valid and enforceable in accordance with its terms.

     (d) Except as set forth in Schedule 3.17(d):

          (i) to Sellers' Knowledge the Company is, and at all times has been,
          in full compliance with all applicable terms and requirements of each
          Contract under which the Company has or had any obligation or
          liability or by which the Company or any of the assets owned or used
          by the Company is or was bound;

          (ii) to Sellers' Knowledge each other Person that has or had any
          obligation or liability under any Contract under which the Company has
          or had any rights is, and at all times has been, in full compliance
          with all applicable terms and requirements of such Contract;

          (iii) to Sellers' Knowledge no event has occurred or circumstance
          exists that (with or without notice or lapse of time) may contravene,
          conflict with, or result in a violation or breach of, or give the
          Company or other Person the right to declare a default or exercise any
          remedy under, or to accelerate the maturity or performance of, or to
          cancel, terminate, or modify, any Applicable Contract; and

          (iv) the Company has not given to or received from any other Person at
          any time any notice or other communication (whether oral or written)
          regarding any actual, alleged, 

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          possible, or potential violation or breach of, or default under, any
          Contract.

     (e) There are no renegotiations of, attempts to renegotiate, or outstanding
     rights to renegotiate any material amounts paid or payable to the Company
     under current or completed Contracts with any Person and, to the Knowledge
     of Sellers and the Company,  no such Person has made written demand for
     such renegotiation.

3.18 INSURANCE

     (a) Sellers have delivered to Buyer:

          (i) true and complete copies of all policies of insurance to which the
          Company is a party or under which the Company, or any director of the
          Company, is or has been covered at any time within the three years
          preceding the date of this Agreement;

          (ii) true and complete copies of all pending applications for policies
          of insurance; and

          (iii) any statement by the auditor of the Company's financial
          statements with regard to the adequacy of such entity's coverage or of
          the reserves for claims.

     (b) Schedule 3.18(b) describes any self-insurance arrangement by or
     affecting the Company, including any reserves established thereunder;

     (c) Schedule 3.18(c) sets forth, by year, for the current policy year and
     each of the three preceding policy years:

          (i) a summary of the loss experience under each policy other than
          health insurance policies;

          (ii) a statement describing each claim under an insurance policy for
          an amount  in excess of $10,000 other than health insurance policies,
          which sets forth:

               (A) the name of the claimant;

               (B) a description of the policy by insurer, type of insurance,
               and period of coverage; and

               (C) the amount and a brief description of the claim; and

          (iii) a statement describing the loss experience for all claims that
          were self-insured, including the number and aggregate cost of such
          claims.

     (d) Except as set forth on Schedule 3.18(d):

          (i) All policies to which the Company is a party or that provide
          coverage to either 

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          Sellers, the Company, or any director or officer of the Company are
          valid, outstanding, and enforceable;

          (ii) To Sellers' Knowledge, neither Sellers nor the Company have
          received (A) any refusal of coverage or any notice that a defense will
          be afforded with reservation of rights, or (B) any notice of
          cancellation or any other indication that any insurance policy is no
          longer in full force or effect or will not be renewed or that the
          issuer of any policy is not willing or able to perform its obligations
          thereunder.

          (iii) The Company has paid all premiums due, and have otherwise
          performed all of their respective obligations, under each policy to
          which the Company is a party or that provides coverage to the Company
          or director thereof.

          (iv) The Company has given notice to the insurer of all claims that
          may be insured thereby.

3.19 ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS

Except as set forth in Schedule 3.19 and the Phase I Environmental Report
obtained by Buyer:

     (a) To Sellers' Knowledge the Company is, and at all times has been, in
     full compliance with, and has not been and is not in violation of or liable
     under, any Environmental Law. Neither Sellers nor the Company have any
     basis to expect, nor has either of them or any other Person for whose
     conduct they are or may be held to be responsible received, any actual or
     Threatened order, notice, or other communication from (i) any Governmental
     Body or private citizen acting in the public interest, or (ii) the current
     or prior owner or operator of any Facilities, of any actual or potential
     violation or failure to comply with any Environmental Law, or of any actual
     or Threatened obligation to undertake or bear the cost of any
     Environmental, Health, and Safety Liabilities with respect to any of the
     Facilities or any other properties or assets (whether real, personal, or
     mixed) in which Sellers or the Company have had an interest, or with
     respect to any property or Facility at or to which Hazardous Materials were
     generated, manufactured, refined, transferred, imported, used, or processed
     by Sellers, the Company, or any other Person for whose conduct they are or
     may be held responsible, or from which Hazardous Materials have been
     transported, treated, stored, handled, transferred, disposed, recycled, or
     received.

     (b) There are no pending or, to the Knowledge of Sellers and the Company,
     Threatened claims, Encumbrances, or other restrictions of any nature,
     resulting from any Environmental, Health, and Safety Liabilities or arising
     under or pursuant to any Environmental Law, with respect to or affecting
     any of the Facilities or any other properties and assets (whether real,
     personal, or mixed) in which Sellers or the Company have or had an
     interest.

     (c) Neither Sellers nor the Company have Knowledge of any basis to expect,
     nor has either of them or any other Person for whose conduct they are or
     may be held responsible, received, 

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     any citation, directive, inquiry, notice, Order, summons, warning, or other
     communication that relates to Hazardous Activity, Hazardous Materials, or
     any alleged, actual, or potential violation or failure to comply with any
     Environmental Law, or of any alleged, actual, or potential obligation to
     undertake or bear the cost of any Environmental, Health, and Safety
     Liabilities with respect to any of the Facilities or any other properties
     or assets (whether real, personal, or mixed) in which Sellers or the
     Company had an interest, or with respect to any property or facility to
     which Hazardous Materials generated, manufactured, refined, transferred,
     imported, used, or processed by Sellers, the Company, or any other Person
     for whose conduct they are or may be held responsible, have been
     transported, treated, stored, handled, transferred, disposed, recycled, or
     received.

     (d) To Sellers' Knowledge neither Sellers nor the Company, or any other
     Person for whose conduct they are or may be held responsible, has any
     Environmental, Health, and Safety Liabilities with respect to the
     Facilities or, to the Knowledge of Sellers and the Company, with respect to
     any other properties and assets (whether real, personal, or mixed) in which
     Sellers or the Company (or any predecessor), has or had an interest, or at
     any property geologically or hydrologically adjoining the Facilities or any
     such other property or assets.

     (e) To Sellers' Knowledge there are no Hazardous Materials present on or in
     the Environment at the  Facilities or at any geologically or hydrologically
     adjoining property, including any Hazardous Materials contained in barrels,
     above or underground storage tanks, landfills, land deposits, dumps,
     equipment (whether moveable or fixed) or other containers, either temporary
     or permanent, and deposited or located in land, water, sumps, or any other
     part of the Facilities or such adjoining property, or incorporated into any
     structure therein or thereon. To the Knowledge of Sellers, neither Sellers,
     the Company, nor any other Person for whose conduct they are or may be held
     responsible, any other Person, has permitted or conducted, or is aware of,
     any Hazardous Activity conducted with respect to the Facilities or any
     other properties or assets (whether real, personal, or mixed) in which
     Sellers or the Company has or had an interest except in full compliance
     with all applicable Environmental Laws.

     (f) To Sellers' Knowledge there has been no Release or Threat of Release,
     of any Hazardous Materials at or from the Facilities or at any other
     locations where any Hazardous Materials were generated, manufactured,
     refined, transferred, produced, imported, used, or processed from or by the
     Facilities, or from or by any other properties and assets (whether real,
     personal, or mixed) in which Sellers or the Company has or had an interest,
     or to the Knowledge of Sellers and the Company any geologically or
     hydrologically adjoining property, whether by Sellers, the Company, or any
     other Person.

     (g) Sellers have delivered to Buyer true and complete copies and results of
     any reports, studies, analyses, tests, or monitoring possessed or initiated
     by Sellers or the Company pertaining to Hazardous Materials or Hazardous
     Activities in, on, or under the Facilities, or concerning compliance by
     Sellers, the Company, or any other Person for whose conduct they are or may
     be held responsible, with Environmental Laws.

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3.20 EMPLOYEES

     (a) Schedule 3.20 contains a complete and accurate list of the following
     information for each employee or director of the Company, including each
     employee on leave of absence or layoff status: employer; name; job title;
     current compensation paid or payable and any change in compensation since
     January 1, 1997; vacation accrued; and service credited for purposes of
     vesting and eligibility to participate under the Company's pension,
     retirement, profit-sharing, thrift-savings, deferred compensation, stock
     bonus, stock option, cash bonus, employee stock ownership (including
     investment credit or payroll stock ownership), severance pay, insurance,
     medical, welfare, or vacation plan, other Employee Pension Benefit Plan or
     Employee Welfare Benefit Plan, or any other employee benefit plan.

     (b) To Sellers' Knowledge no employee or director of the Company is a party
     to, or is otherwise bound by, any agreement or arrangement, including any
     confidentiality, noncompetition, or proprietary rights agreement, between
     such employee or director and any other Person ("Proprietary Rights
     Agreement") that in any way adversely affects or will affect (i) the
     performance of his duties as an employee or director of the Company, or
     (ii) the ability of the Company to conduct its business, including any
     Proprietary Rights Agreement with Sellers or the Company by any  such
     employee or director. To Sellers' Knowledge, no director, officer, or other
     key employee of the Company intends to terminate his employment with the
     Company.

     (c) Schedule 3.20 also contains a complete and accurate list of the
     following information for each retired employee or director of the Company,
     or their dependents, receiving benefits or scheduled to receive benefits in
     the future: name, pension benefit, pension option election, retiree medical
     insurance coverage, retiree life insurance coverage, and other benefits.

3.21 LABOR RELATIONS; COMPLIANCE

Since January 1, 1997 except as disclosed in any schedule attached hereto, there
has not been, there is not presently pending or existing, and to Sellers'
Knowledge there is not Threatened, (a) any strike, slowdown, picketing, work
stoppage, or employee grievance process, or (b) any Proceeding against or
affecting the Company relating to the alleged violation of any Legal Requirement
pertaining to labor relations or employment matters, including any charge or
complaint filed by an employee or union with the National Labor Relations Board,
the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or any comparable Governmental
Body, organizational activity, or other labor or employment dispute against or
affecting the Company or their premises. To Sellers' Knowledge no event has
occurred or circumstance exists that could provide the basis for any work
stoppage or other labor dispute. There is no lockout of any employees by the
Company, and no such action is contemplated by the Company. To Sellers'
Knowledge the Company has complied in all respects with all Legal Requirements
relating to employment, equal employment opportunity, nondiscrimination,
immigration, wages, hours, benefits, collective bargaining, the payment of
social security and similar taxes, occupational safety and health, and plant
closing. To Sellers' Knowledge the Company is not liable for the payment of any
compensation, damages, taxes, fines, penalties, or other amounts, however
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to comply with any of the foregoing Legal Requirements.

3.22 INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

     (a) Intellectual Property Assets--The term "Intellectual Property Assets"
         ----------------------------                                         
     includes:

          (i) the name Harperprints, all fictional business names, trading
          names, registered and unregistered trademarks, service marks, and
          applications (collectively, "Marks");

          (ii) all copyrights in both published works and unpublished works
          (collectively, "Copyrights"); and

          (iii) all know-how, trade secrets, confidential information, customer
          lists, software, technical information, data, process technology,
          plans, drawings, and blue prints (collectively, "Trade Secrets");
          owned, used, or licensed by the Company as licensee or licensor.

     (b) Agreements--Schedule 3.22(b) contains a complete and accurate list and
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     summary description, including any royalties paid or received by the
     Company, of all Contracts relating to the Intellectual Property Assets to
     which the Company is a party or by which the Company is bound, except for
     any license implied by the sale of a product and perpetual, paid-up
     licenses for commonly available software programs with a value of less than
     $5,000 under which the Company is the licensee. There are no outstanding
     and, to Sellers' Knowledge, no Threatened disputes or disagreements with
     respect to any such agreement.

     (c) Know-How Necessary for the Business-- To Sellers' Knowledge, The
         -----------------------------------                             
     Intellectual Property Assets are all those necessary for the operation of
     the Company's business as it is currently conducted. To Sellers' Knowledge,
     the Company has the legal right to use such Intellectual Property Assets,
     free and clear of all liens, security interests, charges, encumbrances,
     equities, and other adverse claims, and without payment to a third party.

     (d) Trademarks-- The Company has no registered Marks other than the
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     trademark "Harperprints Screenless."

     (e) Copyrights-- The Company owns no Copyrights.
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3.23 CERTAIN PAYMENTS

Since January 1, 1991, neither the Company nor any director, officer, agent, or
employee of the Company, or to Sellers' Knowledge any other Person associated
with or acting for or on behalf of the Company, has directly or indirectly (a)
made any contribution, gift, bribe, rebate, payoff, influence payment, kickback,
or other payment to any Person, private or public, regardless of form, whether
in money, property, or services (i) to obtain favorable treatment in securing
business, (ii) to pay for favorable treatment for business secured, (iii) to
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already obtained, for or in respect of the Company or any Affiliate of the
Company, or (iv) in violation of any Legal Requirement, (b) established or
maintained any fund or asset that has not been recorded in the books and records
of the Company.

3.24 DISCLOSURE

     (a) To Sellers' Knowledge, no representation or warranty of Sellers in this
     Agreement omits to state a material fact necessary to make the statements
     herein or therein, in light of the circumstances in which they were made,
     not misleading.

     (b) No notice given pursuant to Section 5.5 will contain any untrue
     statement or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements
     therein or in this Agreement, in light of the circumstances in which they
     were made, not misleading.

3.25 RELATIONSHIPS WITH RELATED PERSONS

Neither Sellers nor any Related Person of Sellers or of the Company has owned
(of record or as a beneficial owner) an equity interest or any other financial
or profit interest in, a Person that has (i) had business dealings or a material
financial interest in any transaction with the Company other than business
dealings or transactions conducted in the Ordinary Course of Business with the
Company at substantially prevailing market prices and on substantially
prevailing market terms, or (ii) engaged in competition with the Company with
respect to any line of the products or services of the Company (a "Competing
Business") in any market presently served by the Company except for less than
one percent of the outstanding capital stock of any Competing Business that is
publicly traded on any recognized exchange or in the over-the-counter market.
Except as set forth in Schedule 3.25, neither Sellers nor any Related Person of
Sellers or of the Company is a party to any Contract with, or has any claim or
right against, the Company.

3.26 BROKERS OR FINDERS

Sellers and their agents have incurred no obligation or liability, contingent or
otherwise, for brokerage or finders' fees or agents' commissions or other
similar payment in connection with this Agreement.

3.27 SECURITIES REPRESENTATIONS

(a)  The Stock Purchase Warrants and Promissory Notes are being acquired by the
Sellers solely for their own account for investment and not with a view to the
distribution or transfer thereof, and Sellers acknowledge and understand that
the Stock Purchase Warrants and Promissory Notes will bear a legend in
substantially the following form:

(i) For Stock Purchase Warrants:

          NEITHER THIS STOCK PURCHASE WARRANT NOR THE COMMON STOCK ISSUABLE UPON
          EXERCISE OF THE 

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          STOCK PURCHASE WARRANT HAVE BEEN REGISTERED UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT
          OF 1933, AS AMENDED, OR UNDER ANY STATE SECURITIES ACT AND CANNOT BE
          SOLD, TRANSFERRED, OR OTHERWISE DISPOSED OF UNLESS REGISTERED UNDER
          SUCH ACTS OR UNLESS EXEMPTIONS FROM REGISTRATION ARE AVAILABLE.

(ii) For Promissory Notes:

          THE PROMISSORY NOTES HAVE NOT BEEN REGISTERED UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT
          OF 1933, AS AMENDED, OR UNDER ANY STATE SECURITIES ACT AND CANNOT BE
          SOLD, TRANSFERRED, OR OTHERWISE DISPOSED OF UNLESS REGISTERED UNDER
          SUCH ACTS OR UNLESS EXEMPTIONS FROM REGISTRATION ARE AVAILABLE.

(b)  Sellers represent and warrant as follows:

(i) Sellers confirm that Buyer has made available to him or to his
representatives the opportunity to ask questions of Buyer's officers and
directors and to acquire such information about the Stock Purchase Warrants and
the Promissory Notes and the business and financial condition of Buyer as
Sellers requested, which additional information has been received.

(ii)  In deciding to acquire the Stock Purchase Warrants and Promissory Notes
pursuant to this Agreement, each Seller has consulted with his own respective
legal, financial, and tax advisors with respect to the Agreement and the nature
of the investment together with any additional information provided under
subsection (i) above.

(iii) Sellers have adequate means of providing for their current needs and
personal contingencies and has no need for liquidity in his investment in Buyer.
Sellers, either alone or with their representatives, have such knowledge and
experience in financial and business matters that they are capable of evaluating
the merits and risks of the Agreement.

(iv) Each Seller understands and acknowledges that the investment in the Stock
Purchase Warrants and Promissory Notes is a speculative investment which
involves a high degree of risk of loss of Seller's investment therein; that
there are substantial restrictions on the transferability of the Stock Purchase
Warrants and Promissory Notes under the applicable provisions of the Securities
Act and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder and applicable state
securities or "blue sky" laws; and, accordingly, that it may not be possible to
liquidate an investment in the Stock Purchase Warrants or Promissory Notes.

(v) Sellers have been advised and understand that (i) the issuance of the Stock
Purchase Warrants and Promissory Notes has not been registered under the
Securities Act; (ii) the Stock Purchase Warrants must be held indefinitely and
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in the Stock Purchase Warrants until the offer or sale of the Stock Purchase
Warrants is subsequently registered under the Securities Act or any "blue sky"
laws or an exemption from such registration is available; (iii) the Promissory
Notes are subject to Subordination Agreements and as such must be held until
payment on such Promissory Notes are permitted by the Subordination Agreements
and the terms of such Promissory Notes and the Sellers must continue to bear the
economic risk of the investment in the Promissory Notes until such payment on
the Promissory Notes is permitted by the Subordination Agreements and the terms
of such Promissory Notes; (iv) Rule 144 promulgated under the Securities Act is
not presently available with respect to the sale of any securities of Buyer,
including the Stock Purchase Warrants and Promissory Notes, and when and if the
Stock Purchase Warrants or Promissory Notes may be disposed of without
registration in reliance on Rule 144, such disposition can be made only in
accordance with the terms and conditions of such Rule; (v) the restrictive
legends described in paragraph (a) shall be placed on the Stock Purchase
Warrants and Promissory Notes; and (vi) a notation shall be made in the
appropriate records of Buyer indicating that the Stock Purchase Warrants and
Promissory Notes are subject to restrictions on transfer.

4. REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES OF BUYER

Buyer represents and warrants to Sellers as follows:

4.1 ORGANIZATION AND GOOD STANDING

Buyer is a corporation duly organized, validly existing, and in good standing
under the laws of the State of Tennessee.

4.2 AUTHORITY; NO CONFLICT

     (a) This Agreement constitutes the legal, valid, and binding obligation of
     Buyer, enforceable against Buyer in accordance with its terms. Upon the
     execution and delivery by Buyer of the Employment Agreements, and the
     Promissory Notes (collectively, the "Buyer's Closing Documents"), the
     Buyer's Closing Documents will constitute the legal, valid, and binding
     obligations of Buyer, enforceable against Buyer in accordance with their
     respective terms. Buyer has the absolute and unrestricted right, power, and
     authority to execute and deliver this Agreement and the Buyer's Closing
     Documents and to perform its obligations under this Agreement and the
     Buyer's Closing Documents.

     (b) Except as set forth in Schedule 4.2, neither the execution and delivery
     of this Agreement by Buyer, nor the consummation or performance of any of
     the Contemplated Transactions by Buyer, will give any Person the right to
     prevent, delay, or otherwise interfere with any of the Contemplated
     Transactions pursuant to:

          (i) any provision of Buyer's Organizational Documents;

          (ii) any resolution adopted by the board of directors or the
          stockholders of Buyer;

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          (iii) any Legal Requirement or Order to which Buyer may be subject; or

          (iv) any Contract to which Buyer is a party or by which Buyer may be
          bound.

Except as set forth in Schedule 4.2, Buyer is not and will not be required to
obtain any Consent from any Person in connection with the execution and delivery
of this Agreement or the consummation or performance of any of the Contemplated
Transactions.

4.3 INVESTMENT INTENT

Buyer is acquiring the Shares for its own account and not with a view to their
distribution within the meaning of Section 2(11) of the Securities Act.

4.4 CERTAIN PROCEEDINGS

There is no pending Proceeding that has been commenced against Buyer and that
challenges, or may have the effect of preventing, delaying, making illegal, or
otherwise interfering with, any of the Contemplated Transactions. To Buyer's
Knowledge, no such Proceeding has been Threatened.

4.5 BROKERS OR FINDERS

Buyer and its officers and agents have incurred no obligation or liability,
contingent or otherwise, for brokerage or finders' fees or agents' commissions
or other similar payment in connection with this Agreement and will indemnify
and hold Sellers harmless from any such payment alleged to be due by or through
Buyer as a result of the action of Buyer or its officers or agents.

4.6 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Buyer has, or will, deliver to Sellers an unaudited consolidated balance sheet
and income statement of Buyer as of December 31, 1997, and the unaudited balance
sheet of Premier as of December 31, 1997.  Such financial statements and notes
fairly present the financial condition and the results of operations of the
Buyer as of the applicable dates.  No financial statements of any Person other
than the Buyer are required by GAAP to be included in the financial statements
of the Buyer.

4.7 NO UNDISCLOSED LIABILITIES

To Buyer's Knowledge, neither Buyer nor Premier has any liabilities or
obligations of any nature (whether known or unknown and whether absolute,
accrued, contingent or otherwise) except for liabilities or obligations
reflected or reserved against in the September 30, 1997 balance sheet of Premier
and the October 31, 1997 balance sheet of the Company, and current liabilities
incurred in the Ordinary Course of Business since September 30, 1997 and October
31, 1997, respectively.

4.8 NO MATERIAL ADVERSE CHANGE

Since December 31, 1997, to Buyer's Knowledge, other than ordinary business and
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conditions, there has not been any material adverse change in the business,
operations, properties, prospects, assets, or condition of the Buyer, and no
event has occurred or circumstance exists that may result in such a material
adverse change.

5. COVENANTS OF SELLERS PRIOR TO CLOSING DATE

5.1 ACCESS AND INVESTIGATION

Between the date of this Agreement and the Closing Date, Sellers will, and will
cause the Company and its Representatives to, (a) afford Buyer and its
Representatives and prospective lenders and their Representatives (collectively,
"Buyer's Advisors") full and free access to the Company's personnel, properties
(including subsurface testing), contracts, books and records, and other
documents and data, (b) furnish Buyer and Buyer's Advisors with copies of all
such contracts, books and records, and other existing documents and data as
Buyer may reasonably request, and (c) furnish Buyer and Buyer's Advisors with
such additional financial, operating, and other data and information as Buyer
may reasonably request.  Between the date of this Agreement and the Closing
Date, Buyer will, and will cause Premier and its Representatives to, (a) afford
Sellers and their Representatives (collectively, "Sellers' Advisors") full and
free access to Buyer's and Premier's personnel, properties, contracts, books and
records, and other documents and data, (b) furnish Sellers and Sellers' Advisors
with copies of all such contracts, books and records, and other existing
documents and data as Sellers may reasonably request, and (c) furnish Seller and
Sellers' Advisors with such additional financial, operating, and other data and
information as Sellers may reasonably request.

5.2 OPERATION OF THE BUSINESS OF THE COMPANY

Between the date of this Agreement and the Closing Date, Sellers will, and will
cause the Company to:

     (a) conduct the business of the Company only in the Ordinary Course of
     Business;

     (b) use their best efforts to preserve intact the current business
     organization of the Company, keep available the services of the current
     officers, employees, and agents of the Company, and maintain the relations
     and good will with suppliers, customers, landlords, creditors, employees,
     agents, and others having business relationships with the Company;

     (c) confer with Buyer concerning operational matters of a material nature;
     and

     (d) otherwise report periodically to Buyer concerning the status of the
     business, operations, and finances of the Company.

5.3 NEGATIVE COVENANT

Except as otherwise expressly permitted by this Agreement, between the date of
this Agreement and the Closing Date, Sellers will not, and will cause the
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Buyer, take any affirmative action, or fail to take any reasonable action within
their or its control, as a result of which any of the changes or events listed
in Section 3.16 is likely to occur.

5.4 REQUIRED APPROVALS

As promptly as practicable after the date of this Agreement, Sellers will, and
will cause the Company to, make all filings required by Legal Requirements to be
made by them in order to consummate the Contemplated Transactions. Between the
date of this Agreement and the Closing Date, Sellers will, and will cause the
Company to, (a) cooperate with Buyer with respect to all filings that Buyer
elects to make or is required by Legal Requirements to make in connection with
the Contemplated Transactions, and (b) cooperate with Buyer in obtaining all
consents identified in Schedule 4.2.

5.5 NOTIFICATION

Between the date of this Agreement and the Closing Date, Sellers will promptly
notify Buyer in writing if Sellers or the Company become aware of any fact or
condition that causes or constitutes a Breach of any of Sellers' representations
and warranties as of the date of this Agreement, or if Sellers or the Company
become aware of the occurrence after the date of this Agreement of any fact or
condition that would (except as expressly contemplated by this Agreement) cause
or constitute a Breach of any such representation or warranty had such
representation or warranty been made as of the time of occurrence or discovery
of such fact or condition. During the same period, Sellers will promptly notify
Buyer of the occurrence of any Breach of any covenant of Sellers in this Section
5 or of the occurrence of any event that may make the satisfaction of the
conditions in Section 7 impossible or unlikely.

5.6 PAYMENT OF INDEBTEDNESS BY RELATED PERSONS

Except as expressly provided in this Agreement, Sellers will cause all
indebtedness owed to the Company by Sellers or any Related Person of Sellers to
be paid in full prior to Closing.

5.7 NO NEGOTIATION

Until such time, if any, as this Agreement is terminated pursuant to Section 9,
Sellers will not, and will cause the Company and each of their Representatives
not to, directly or indirectly solicit, initiate, or encourage any inquiries or
proposals from, discuss or negotiate with, provide any non-public information
to, or consider the merits of any unsolicited inquiries or proposals from, any
Person (other than Buyer) relating to any transaction involving the sale of the
business or assets (other than in the Ordinary Course of Business) of the
Company, or any of the capital stock of the Company, or any merger,
consolidation, business combination, or similar transaction involving the
Company.

5.8 BEST EFFORTS

Between the date of this Agreement and the Closing Date, Sellers will use  their
best efforts to cause the conditions in Sections 7 and 8 to be satisfied.

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6. COVENANTS OF BUYER

6.1 APPROVALS OF GOVERNMENTAL BODIES

As promptly as practicable after the date of this Agreement, Buyer will, and
will cause each of its Related Persons to, make all filings required by Legal
Requirements to be made by them to consummate the Contemplated Transactions.
Between the date of this Agreement and the Closing Date, Buyer will, and will
cause each Related Person to, cooperate with Sellers with respect to all filings
that Sellers are required by Legal Requirements to make in connection with the
Contemplated Transactions, and (ii) cooperate with Sellers in obtaining all
consents identified in Schedule 3.2; provided that this Agreement will not
require Buyer to dispose of or make any change in any portion of its business or
to incur any other burden to obtain a Governmental Authorization.

6.2 BEST EFFORTS

Except as set forth in the proviso to Section 6.1, between the date of this
Agreement and the Closing Date, Buyer will use its best efforts to cause the
conditions in Sections 7 and 8 to be satisfied.

6.3 [INTENTIONALLY OMITTED]

6.4 ASSISTANCE OF BUYER AFTER CLOSING

Buyer acknowledges that Sellers have a significant interest in maximizing the
Company's EBITDA in order to maximize the Earnout Amount and the incentive bonus
under the Employment Agreement of Michael G. Harper.  Accordingly, Buyer hereby
agrees that it will assist the Company in whatever manner is reasonable to
maximize the Company's EBITDA, including, but not limited to, providing the
Company with benefits and services comparable to those provided to other
subsidiaries of Buyer and/or divisions of such subsidiaries.  In determining the
reasonableness of assistance required by the Buyer, one of the factors which may
be considered is whether such action is consistent with the business plan of
Buyer and whether such assistance would have a detrimental effect on the overall
profitability of Buyer and its subsidiaries it being the intention that both
parties act in a reasonable manner in determining whether such assistance should
be provided.

During the period commencing on the Closing Date and ending on March 31,1999,
Buyer will not, without the consent of Sellers which will not be unnecessarily
withheld, directly or indirectly acquire any company or business which has any
customer which (a) is one of the companies listed on Schedule 6.4, and (b) if
such company has a customer listed on Schedule 6.4 the sales volume with such
customer during the target company's preceding fiscal year exceeded the
Company's sales volume with such customer during the same period.

During the term of the Employment Agreements Buyer agrees that it will allow
Michael G. Harper to pay profit sharing bonuses to the employees of the Company
consistent with the past practices of the Company during the three (3) calendar
years immediately preceding the Closing Date.

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7. CONDITIONS PRECEDENT TO BUYER'S OBLIGATION TO CLOSE

Buyer's obligation to purchase the Shares and to take the other actions required
to be taken by Buyer at the Closing is subject to the satisfaction, at or prior
to the Closing, of each of the following conditions (any of which may be waived
by Buyer, in whole or in part):

7.1 ACCURACY OF REPRESENTATIONS

     (a) All of Sellers' representations and warranties in this Agreement
     (considered collectively), and each of these representations and warranties
     (considered individually), must have been accurate in all material respects
     as of the date of this Agreement, and must be accurate in all material
     respects as of the Closing Date as if made on the Closing Date.

     (b) Each of Sellers' representations and warranties in Sections 3.3, 3.4,
     3.12, and 3.24 must have been accurate in all respects as of the date of
     this Agreement, and must be accurate in all respects as of the Closing Date
     as if made on the Closing Date.

7.2 SELLERS' PERFORMANCE

     (a) All of the covenants and obligations that Sellers are required to
     perform or to comply with pursuant to this Agreement at or prior to the
     Closing (considered collectively), and each of these covenants and
     obligations (considered individually), must have been duly performed and
     complied with in all material respects.

     (b) Each document required to be delivered pursuant to Section 2.4 must
     have been delivered, and each of the other covenants and obligations in
     Sections 5.4 and 5.8 must have been performed and complied with in all
     respects.

7.3 CONSENTS

Each of the Consents of Schedule 3.2, and each Consent identified in Schedule
4.2, must have been obtained and must be in full force and effect.

7.4 ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS

Each of the following documents must have been delivered to Buyer:

     (a) opinions of Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell and Maupin Taylor &
     Ellis, P. A., dated the Closing Date, in the form of Exhibit 7.4(a);

     (b) such other documents as Buyer may reasonably request for the purpose of
     (i) enabling its counsel to provide the opinion referred to in Section
     8.4(a), (ii) evidencing the accuracy of any of Sellers' representations and
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     or the compliance by Sellers with, any covenant or obligation required to
     be performed or complied with by Sellers, (iv) evidencing the satisfaction
     of any condition referred to in this Section 7, or (v) otherwise
     facilitating the consummation or performance of any of the Contemplated
     Transactions.

7.5 NO PROCEEDINGS

Since the date of this Agreement, there must not have been commenced or
Threatened against Buyer, or against any Person affiliated with Buyer, any
Proceeding (a) involving any challenge to, or seeking damages or other relief in
connection with, any of the Contemplated Transactions, or (b) that may have the
effect of preventing, delaying, making illegal, or otherwise interfering with
any of the Contemplated Transactions.

7.6 NO CLAIM REGARDING STOCK OWNERSHIP OR SALE PROCEEDS

There must not have been made or Threatened by any Person any claim asserting
that such Person (a) is the holder or the beneficial owner of, or has the right
to acquire or to obtain beneficial ownership of, any stock of, or any other
voting, equity, or ownership interest in, any of the Company, or (b) is entitled
to all or any portion of the Purchase Price payable for the Shares.

7.7 NO PROHIBITION

Neither the consummation nor the performance of any of the Contemplated
Transactions will, directly or indirectly (with or without notice or lapse of
time), materially contravene, or conflict with, or result in a material
violation of, or cause Buyer or any Person affiliated with Buyer to suffer any
material adverse consequence under, (a) any applicable Legal Requirement or
Order, or (b) any Legal Requirement or Order that has been published,
introduced, or otherwise proposed by or before any Governmental Body.

7.8 EXECUTION OF NEW LEASE

Buyer shall have entered into a new ten (10) year lease for the property at
which the Company currently operates, with such lease containing terms and
conditions acceptable to Michael G. Harper, Lynn H. Harper and Buyer.

8. CONDITIONS PRECEDENT TO SELLERS' OBLIGATION TO CLOSE

Sellers' obligation to sell the Shares and to take the other actions required to
be taken by Sellers at the Closing is subject to the satisfaction, at or prior
to the Closing, of each of the following conditions (any of which may be waived
by Sellers, in whole or in part):

8.1 ACCURACY OF REPRESENTATIONS

All of Buyer's representations and warranties in this Agreement (considered
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of these representations and warranties (considered individually), must have
been accurate in all material respects as of the date of this Agreement and must
be accurate in all material respects as of the Closing Date as if made on the
Closing Date.

8.2 BUYER'S PERFORMANCE

     (a) All of the covenants and obligations that Buyer is required to perform
     or to comply with pursuant to this Agreement at or prior to the Closing
     (considered collectively), and each of these covenants and obligations
     (considered individually), must have been performed and complied with in
     all material respects.

     (b) Buyer must have delivered each of the documents required to be
     delivered by Buyer pursuant to Section 2.4 and must have made the cash
     payments required to be made by Buyer pursuant to Section 2.4(b)(i).

8.3 CONSENTS

Each of the Consents identified in Schedule 3.2 must have been obtained and must
be in full force and effect.

8.4 ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS

Buyer must have caused the following documents to be delivered to Sellers:

     (a) an opinion of Black Bobango & Morgan, A Professional Corporation, dated
     the Closing Date, in the form of Exhibit 8.4(a); and

     (b) such other documents as Sellers may reasonably request for the purpose
     of (i) enabling their counsel to provide the opinion referred to in Section
     7.4(a), (ii) evidencing the accuracy of any representation or warranty of
     Buyer, (iii) evidencing the performance by Buyer of, or the compliance by
     Buyer with, any covenant or obligation required to be performed or complied
     with by Buyer, (ii) evidencing the satisfaction of any condition referred
     to in this Section 8, or (v) otherwise facilitating the consummation of any
     of the Contemplated Transactions.

     (c) this Agreement, the Employment Agreements, the Lease referenced in
     Paragraph 6.3 and all other documents required to be delivered by Buyer
     pursuant to Section 2.4 shall have been executed by all parties thereto.

     (d) any guaranty or other personal obligation of either Seller on or with
     respect to any indebtedness of the Company shall have been terminated.

8.5 NO INJUNCTION

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There must not be in effect any Legal Requirement or any injunction or other
Order that (a) prohibits the sale of the Shares by Sellers to Buyer, and (b) has
been adopted or issued, or has otherwise become effective, since the date of
this Agreement.

9. TERMINATION

9.1 TERMINATION EVENTS

This Agreement may, by notice given prior to or at the Closing, be terminated:

     (a) by either Buyer or Sellers if a material Breach of any provision of
     this Agreement has been committed by the other party and such Breach has
     not been waived;

     (b) (i) by Buyer if any of the conditions in Section 7 has not been
     satisfied as of the Closing Date or if satisfaction of such a condition is
     or becomes impossible (other than through the failure of Buyer to comply
     with its obligations under this Agreement) and Buyer has not waived such
     condition on or before the Closing Date; or (ii) by Sellers, if any of the
     conditions in Section 8 has not been satisfied of the Closing Date or if
     satisfaction of such a condition is or becomes impossible (other than
     through the failure of Sellers to comply with their obligations under this
     Agreement) and Sellers have not waived such condition on or before the
     Closing Date; or

     (c) by mutual consent of Buyer and Sellers.

9.2 EFFECT OF TERMINATION

Each party's right of termination under Section 9.1 is in addition to any other
rights it may have under this Agreement or otherwise, and the exercise of a
right of termination will not be an election of remedies. If this Agreement is
terminated pursuant to Section 9.1, all further obligations of the parties under
this Agreement will terminate, except that the obligations in Sections 11.1 and
11.3 will survive; provided, however, that if this Agreement is terminated by a
party because of the Breach of the Agreement by the other party or because one
or more of the conditions to the terminating party's obligations under this
Agreement is not satisfied as a result of the other party's failure to comply
with its obligations under this Agreement, the terminating party's right to
pursue all legal remedies will survive such termination unimpaired.

10. INDEMNIFICATION; REMEDIES

10.1 SURVIVAL; RIGHT TO INDEMNIFICATION NOT AFFECTED BY KNOWLEDGE

All representations, warranties, covenants, and obligations in this Agreement,
the certificate delivered pursuant to Section 2.4(a)(v), and any other
certificate or document delivered pursuant to this Agreement will survive the
Closing. The right to indemnification, payment of Damages or other remedy based
on such representations, warranties, covenants, and obligations will not be
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any investigation conducted with respect to, or any Knowledge acquired (or
capable of being acquired) at any time, whether before or after the execution
and delivery of this Agreement or the Closing Date, with respect to the accuracy
or inaccuracy of or compliance with, any such representation, warranty,
covenant, or obligation.

10.2 INDEMNIFICATION AND PAYMENT OF DAMAGES BY SELLERS

Sellers will severally, based upon the relative number of Shares sold by each
Seller, indemnify and hold harmless Buyer, the Company, and their respective
Representatives, stockholders, controlling persons, and affiliates
(collectively, the "Indemnified Persons") for, and will pay to the Indemnified
Persons the amount of, any loss, liability, claim, damage (including incidental
and consequential damages), expense (including costs of investigation and
defense and reasonable attorneys' fees) or diminution of value, whether or not
involving a third-party claim, and to the extent not otherwise covered by
insurance (collectively, "Damages"), arising, directly or indirectly, from or in
connection with:

     (a) any Breach of any representation or warranty made by Sellers in this
     Agreement, or any other certificate or document delivered by Sellers
     pursuant to this Agreement;

     (b) any Breach of any representation or warranty made by Sellers in this
     Agreement as if such representation or warranty were made on and as of the
     Closing Date, other than any such Breach that is expressly identified in
     the certificate delivered pursuant to Section 2.4(a)(v) as having caused
     the condition specified in Section 7.1 not to be satisfied;

     (c) any Breach by Sellers of any covenant or obligation of Sellers in this
     Agreement;

     (d) any claim by any Person for brokerage or finder's fees or commissions
     or similar payments based upon any agreement or understanding alleged to
     have been made by any such Person with either Sellers or the Company (or
     any Person acting on their behalf) in connection with any of the
     Contemplated Transactions; or

     (e) the prior release by the Company of water-based aqueous coating into
     the sewer system as described in Schedule 3.19.

The remedies provided in this Section 10.2 will not be exclusive of or limit any
other remedies that may be available to Buyer or the other Indemnified Persons.

10.3 INDEMNIFICATION AND PAYMENT OF DAMAGES BY BUYER

Buyer will indemnify and hold harmless Sellers, and will pay to Sellers the
amount of any Damages arising, directly or indirectly, from or in connection
with (a) any Breach of any representation or warranty made by Buyer in this
Agreement or in any certificate delivered by Buyer pursuant to this Agreement,
(b) any Breach by Buyer of any covenant or obligation of Buyer in this
Agreement, or (c) any claim by any Person for brokerage or finder's fees or
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upon any agreement or understanding alleged to have been made by such Person
with Buyer (or any Person acting on its behalf) in connection with any of the
Contemplated Transactions.

The remedies provided in the Section 10.3 will not be exclusive of or limit any
other remedies that may be available to Sellers or the other Indemnified
Persons.

10.4 TIME LIMITATIONS

If the Closing occurs, Sellers will have no liability (for indemnification or
otherwise) with respect to any representation or warranty, or covenant or
obligation to be performed and complied with prior to the Closing Date, other
than those in Sections 3.3, 3.11, 3.13, 3.19 and 10.2(e), unless on or before
the second anniversary of the Closing Date Buyer notifies Sellers of a claim
specifying the factual basis of that claim in reasonable detail to the extent
then known by Buyer.  A claim with respect to Section 3.3 may be made at any
time.  A claim with respect to Section 3.11 may be made at any time within the
applicable statutes of limitation.  A claim with respect to Section 3.13 may be
made only on or before the third anniversary of the Closing.  A claim with
respect to Sections 3.19 or 10.2(e) may be made only on or before the fifth
anniversary of the Closing.  If the Closing occurs, Buyer will have no liability
(for indemnification or otherwise) with respect to any representation or
warranty, or covenant or obligation to be performed and complied with prior to
the Closing Date, unless on or before second anniversary of the Closing Date
Sellers notify Buyer of a claim specifying the factual basis of that claim in
reasonable detail to the extent then known by Sellers.

10.5 LIMITATIONS ON AMOUNT--SELLERS

Sellers will have no liability (for indemnification or otherwise) with respect
to the matters described in clause (a), clause (b) or, to the extent relating to
any failure to perform or comply prior to the Closing Date, clause (c) of
Section 10.2 until the total of all Damages with respect to such matters exceeds
$50,000, and then only for the amount by which such Damages exceed $50,000.
Buyer's right to recovery against each Seller under this Agreement or otherwise
will be limited to the amount of the Purchase Price received by such Seller;
however, this Section 10.5 will not apply to any Breach of any of Sellers'
representations and warranties of which Sellers had Knowledge at any time prior
to the date on which such representation and warranty is made and knowingly did
not disclose such Breach to Buyer or any intentional Breach by Sellers of any
covenant or obligation, and Sellers will be liable for all Damages with respect
to such Breaches.

10.6 LIMITATIONS ON AMOUNT--BUYER

Buyer will have no liability (for indemnification or otherwise) with respect to
the matters described in clause (a) or (b) of Section 10.3 until the total of
all Damages with respect to such matters exceeds $50,000, and then only for the
amount by which such Damages exceed $50,000. However,  this Section 10.6 will
not apply to any Breach of any of Buyer's representations and warranties of
which Buyer had Knowledge at any time prior to the date on which such
representation and warranty is made or any intentional Breach by Buyer of any
covenant or obligation, and Buyer will be liable for all Damages with respect to
such Breaches.

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10.7 OBLIGATION OF SET-OFF

Upon a final non-appealable judicial determination (or the expiration of any
applicable appeal period and the failure to appeal during such period) or
agreement of the parties that amounts are due Buyer under this Section 10, Buyer
will be obligated to first set off any amount to which it may be entitled under
this Section 10 against amounts otherwise payable under the Promissory Notes.
The set-off by Buyer of amounts due in accordance with the provisions of this
Section 10.7, will not constitute an event of default under the Promissory Notes
or any instrument securing the Promissory Notes.

10.8 PROCEDURE FOR INDEMNIFICATION--THIRD PARTY CLAIMS

     (a) Promptly after receipt by an indemnified party under Section 10.2 or
     10.3, or of notice of the commencement of any Proceeding against it, such
     indemnified party will, if a claim is to be made against an indemnifying
     party under such Section, give notice to the indemnifying party of the
     commencement of such claim, but the failure to notify the indemnifying
     party will not relieve the indemnifying party of any liability that it may
     have to any indemnified party, except to the extent that the indemnifying
     party demonstrates that the defense of such action is prejudiced by the
     indemnifying party's failure to give such notice.

     (b) If any Proceeding referred to in Section 10.8(a) is brought against an
     indemnified party and it gives notice to the indemnifying party of the
     commencement of such Proceeding, the indemnifying party will, unless the
     claim involves Taxes, be entitled to participate in such Proceeding and, to
     the extent that it wishes (unless (i) the indemnifying party is also a
     party to such Proceeding and the indemnified party determines in good faith
     that joint representation would be inappropriate, or (ii) the indemnifying
     party fails to provide reasonable assurance to the indemnified party of its
     financial capacity to defend such Proceeding and provide indemnification
     with respect to such Proceeding), to assume the defense of such Proceeding
     with counsel satisfactory to the indemnified party and, after notice from
     the indemnifying party to the indemnified party of its election to assume
     the defense of such Proceeding, the indemnifying party will not, as long as
     it diligently conducts such defense, be liable to the indemnified party
     under this Section 10 for any fees of other counsel or any other expenses
     with respect to the defense of such Proceeding, in each case subsequently
     incurred by the indemnified party in connection with the defense of such
     Proceeding, other than reasonable costs of investigation. If the
     indemnifying party assumes the defense of a Proceeding, (i) it will be
     conclusively established for purposes of this Agreement that the claims
     made in that Proceeding are within the scope of and subject to
     indemnification; (ii) no compromise or settlement of such claims  may be
     effected by the indemnifying party without the indemnified party's consent
     unless (A) there is no finding or admission of any violation of Legal
     Requirements or any violation of the rights of any Person and no effect on
     any other claims that may be made against the indemnified party, and (B)
     the sole relief provided is monetary damages that are paid in full by the
     indemnifying party; and (iii) the indemnified party will have no liability
     with respect to any compromise or settlement of such claims effected
     without its consent. If notice is given to an indemnifying party of the

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     commencement of any Proceeding and the indemnifying party does not, within
     fifteen days after the indemnified party's notice is given, give notice to
     the indemnified party of its election to assume the defense of such
     Proceeding, the indemnifying party will be bound by any determination made
     in such Proceeding or any compromise or settlement effected by the
     indemnified party.

     (c) Notwithstanding the foregoing, if an indemnified party determines in
     good faith that there is a reasonable probability that a Proceeding may
     adversely affect it or its affiliates other than as a result of monetary
     damages for which it would be entitled to indemnification under this
     Agreement, the indemnified party may, by notice to the indemnifying party,
     assume the exclusive right to defend, compromise, or settle such
     Proceeding, but the indemnifying party will not be bound by any
     determination of a Proceeding so defended or any compromise or settlement
     effected without its consent (which may not be unreasonably withheld).

10.10 PROCEDURE FOR INDEMNIFICATION--OTHER CLAIMS

A claim for indemnification for any matter not involving a third-party claim may
be asserted by notice to the party from whom indemnification is sought.

10.11 ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE

     (a) Sellers' responsibilities with respect to the Company's accounts
     receivable are as described in Section 3.8 and this Section 10.11.  On
     September 30, 1998 the aggregate amounts owed under the Fixed Notes shall
     be reduced by the excess of the then outstanding balances of all accounts
     receivable of the Company that were 60 days old or older as of the Closing
     Date over the reserve for bad debts of the Company as of the Closing Date.

     (b) Buyer shall cause ownership accounts receivable equal to the amount of
     the reduction of the Fixed Notes to be transferred to Sellers.  The actual
     accounts receivables transferred to Sellers shall be the receivables which
     have been outstanding for the longest period of time. For purposes of this
     Section payments received after Closing from obligors of the accounts
     receivable referred to in Clause (a) above shall be applied first towards
     satisfaction of such accounts receivable unless designated otherwise by the
     account debtor.

11.  RIGHT OF REPURCHASE

11.1 REPURCHASE OPTION

In the event Buyer (a) defaults on its payment obligations under the Earnout
Notes, or (b) Buyer defaults in the payment of any indebtedness owed to General
Electric Capital Corporation ("GECC") or under any loan agreement or other loan
document with respect to such indebtedness, and GECC gives Sellers notice of its
intent to foreclosure the liens of GECC on the assets of the Company or the
Shares (or GECC initiates any proceeding or takes any action with respect to
such foreclosures). Sellers shall have the option, but not the obligation, to
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and outstanding capital stock of the Company. The option to repurchase the stock
following a default described in clause (a) may be exercised by Sellers on or
after July1, 1999, provided the payment default under the Earnout Notes at the
time option is exercised has not been cured. The option to repurchase the stock
contained in clause (b) may be exercised at any time following the occurrence of
the event listed in clause (b) Sellers shall provide written notice to Buyer of
its intent to exercise the option. Once Sellers have provided written notice to
Buyer of its intent to exercise the option, Sellers shall have 180 days from the
date of the notice to close on the repurchase of the stock. In the event Sellers
fail to close on the repurchase of the stock within the 180 day period, Sellers
shall forfeit their option to repurchase the stock. Once Sellers have closed on
the repurchase of the Shares, Sellers shall have no further rights under the
Earnout Note or any other instrument securing the obligations under the Earnout
Note.

Buyer agrees to cause GECC to enter into a letter agreement (the "Tri Party
Agreement") with Sellers and Buyer pursuant to which GECC will acknowledge
Sellers' option to repurchase the Shares and will agree to give Sellers written
notice at least thirty (30) days prior to the initiation by GECC of any
proceeding or the taking of any action by GECC to foreclose its liens on the
assets of the Company or the Shares.

Nothing contained in this Section 11 shall limit Sellers rights to pursue any
right or remedy under the Earnout Note or the Fixed Note or this Agreement.

11.2 REPURCHASE PRICE

The purchase price of such stock (the "Repurchase Price") shall be equal to:

     (a) $7,500,000; minus

     (b) the difference between the current assets of the Company as of the
     Closing Date as reflected in the Closing Financial Statements less the
     current assets of the Company as of the closing date of repurchase (the
     "Repurchase Closing Date") IF the current assets of the Company as of the
     Closing Date as reflected in the Closing Financial Statements is greater
     than the current assets of the Company as of the Repurchase Closing Date;
     plus

     (c)  the difference between the current assets of the Company as of the
     Repurchase Closing Date less the current assets of the Company as of the
     Closing Date as reflected in the Closing Financial Statements IF the
     current assets of the Company as of the Repurchase Closing Date is greater
     than the current assets of the Company as of the Closing Date; plus

     (d) the difference between the current liabilities of the Company as of the
     Closing Date as reflected in the Closing Financial Statements less the
     current liabilities of the Company as of the Repurchase Closing Date IF the
     current liabilities of the Company as of the Closing Date as reflected in
     the Closing Financial Statements is greater than the current liabilities of
     the Company as of the Repurchase Closing Date; minus

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     (e)  the difference between the current liabilities of the Company as of
     the Repurchase Closing Date less the current liabilities of the Company as
     of the Closing Date as reflected in the Closing Financial Statements IF the
     current liabilities of the Company as of the Repurchase Closing Date is
     greater than the current liabilities of the Company as of the Closing Date;
     minus

     (f) the additional state and federal income taxes paid by Sellers as a
     direct result of the sale of the Shares to Buyer hereunder; minus

     (g) the sales price of any fixed assets sold by the Company after the
     Closing Date and before the Repurchase Closing Date; plus

     (h) the book value as of the Repurchase Closing Date of any fixed assets
     purchased by the Company after the Closing Date and before the Repurchase
     Closing Date.

For purposes of this Section 11.2, current liabilities shall not include (i) the
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current portion of any debt incurred by the Company in connection with the
transactions contemplated by this Agreement, (ii) any expenses incurred by the
Company in connection with the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, or
(iii) any debt of the Company to the Buyer or any affiliate of the Buyer.

The Buyer shall cause the Company to not incur any indebtedness or liabilities
of any nature until all payments due on the Earnout Note are paid in full other
than (i) ordinary course trade payable, (ii) indebtedness to General Electric
Capital Corporation in an amount not to exceed $10,000,000 (which indebtedness
shall be canceled in accordance with the Tri-Party Agreement and (iii)
intercompany indebtedness.  All indebtedness and other liabilities of any nature
other than ordinary course trade payables shall be canceled and extinguished
prior to or contemporaneously with the Closing of the repurchase pursuant to
this Section 11.  Buyer agrees to cause the Company to comply with all covenants
and conditions contained in the Stock Pledge Agreement by and between Buyer and
Sellers.

11.3 PAYMENT OF REPURCHASE PRICE

The Repurchase Price shall be paid by Sellers tendering the Fixed Notes to Buyer
and paying the difference between (a) the Purchase Price, and (b) all accrued
and unpaid principal and interest due Sellers under the Fixed Notes, in cash on
the Repurchase Closing Date by wire transfer to accounts designated by Buyer.

11.4 PURCHASE OR SALE OF FIXED ASSETS

Buyer covenants and agrees that it will not cause the Company to purchase or
sale any fixed assets after the Closing Date and before the Repurchase Closing
Date without the prior consent of Sellers, which consent will not be
unreasonably withheld.

11.5  LIENS

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Sellers shall be granted a security interest in the Shares as security for
Buyer's obligations under this Section 11.  Such security interest shall be
subordinate only to the security interest of General Electric Capital
Corporation.  Buyer covenants and agrees that it will cause all liens against
the assets of the Company or the capital stock of the Company as of the
Repurchase Closing Date to released upon receipt of the Repurchase Price. In
addition, Buyer shall cause all intercompany indebtedness between the Company
and Buyer existing at the time of the Repurchase Closing Date to be eliminated.
Buyer further agrees to cause GECC to enter into a letter agreement with Sellers
and Buyer pursuant to which GECC shall consent to the granting to the Sellers of
the security interest in the shares and GECC shall agree to release and
terminate its security interest in the Shares and the assets of the Company and
to release all indebtedness of the Company to GECC upon receipt by GECC of the
Repurchase Price.  All provisions contained in this Section 11 shall be subject
to the terms and conditions of the letter agreement by and among GECC, Buyer and
Sellers.

12. GENERAL PROVISIONS

12.1 EXPENSES

Except as otherwise expressly provided in this Agreement, each party to this
Agreement will bear its respective expenses incurred in connection with the
preparation, execution, and performance of this Agreement and the Contemplated
Transactions, including all fees and expenses of agents, representatives,
counsel, and accountants. Sellers will cause the Company not to incur any out-
of-pocket expenses in connection with this Agreement. In the event of
termination of this Agreement, the obligation of each party to pay its own
expenses will be subject to any rights of such party arising from a breach of
this Agreement by another party.

12.2 PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

Any public announcement or similar publicity with respect to this Agreement or
the Contemplated Transactions will be issued, if at all, at such time and in
such manner as Sellers and Buyer mutually agree. Unless consented to by all
parties hereto in advance or required by Legal Requirements, prior to the
Closing the parties shall, and shall cause the Company to, keep this Agreement
strictly confidential and may not make any disclosure of this Agreement to any
Person. Sellers and Buyer will consult with each other concerning the means by
which the Company' employees, customers, and suppliers and others having
dealings with the Company will be informed of the Contemplated Transactions, and
Buyer will have the right to be present for any such communication.

12.3 CONFIDENTIALITY

Between the date of this Agreement and the Closing Date, Buyer and Sellers will
maintain in confidence, and will cause the directors, officers, employees,
agents, and advisors of Buyer and the Company to maintain in confidence, and not
use to the detriment of another party or the Company any written, oral, or other
information obtained in confidence from another party or the Company in
connection with this Agreement or the Contemplated Transactions, unless (a) such
information is already known to such party or to others not bound by a duty of
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becomes publicly available through no fault of such party, (b) the use of such
information is necessary or appropriate in making any filing or obtaining any
consent or approval required for the consummation of the Contemplated
Transactions, (c) the furnishing or use of such information is required by or
necessary or appropriate in connection with legal proceedings, or (d) the
furnishing of such information by Buyer to lenders or other institutions
providing financial accommodations to Buyer.

If the Contemplated Transactions are not consummated, each party will return or
destroy as much of such written information as the other party may reasonably
request. Whether or not the Closing takes place, Sellers waive, and will upon
Buyer's request cause the Company to waive, any cause of action, right, or claim
arising out of the access of Buyer or its representatives to any trade secrets
or other confidential information of the Company except for the intentional
competitive misuse by Buyer of such trade secrets or confidential information.

12.4 NOTICES

All notices, consents, waivers, and other communications under this Agreement
must be in writing and will be deemed to have been duly given when (a) delivered
by hand (with written confirmation of receipt), (b) sent by telecopier (with
written confirmation of receipt), provided that a copy is mailed by registered
mail, return receipt requested, or (c) when received by the addressee, if sent
by a nationally recognized overnight delivery service (receipt requested), in
each case to the appropriate addresses and telecopier numbers set forth below
(or to such other addresses and telecopier numbers as a party may designate by
notice to the other parties):

     Sellers:       Michael G. Harper
                         Lynn H. Harper
                         P. O. Drawer 1596
                         Henderson, NC 27536

     Facsimile No.:      (919) 492-8944

     with a copy to:     Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell
                         1800 Republic Centre
                         633 Chestnut Street
                         Chattanooga, Tennessee 37450
     Attention:          Ken Beckman
 
     Facsimile No.: (423) 756-3447

     Buyer:         Master Graphics, Inc.
                         2500 Lamar Avenue
                         Memphis, Tennessee 38114
 
     Attention:          John P. Miller
 

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     Facsimile No.: (901) 744-6012

     with a copy to:     Black Bobango & Morgan
                         530 Oak Court Drive, Suite 345
                         Memphis, Tennessee 38117

     Attention:          Michael P. Morgan

     Facsimile No.:      (901) 683-2553

12.5 JURISDICTION; SERVICE OF PROCESS

Any action or proceeding seeking to enforce any provision of, or based on any
right arising out of, this Agreement may be brought against any of the parties
in the courts of the State of Tennessee, County of Shelby, or, if it has or can
acquire jurisdiction, in the United States District Court for the Western
District of Tennessee, and each of the parties consents to the jurisdiction of
such courts (and of the appropriate appellate courts) in any such action or
proceeding and waives any objection to venue laid therein. Process in any action
or proceeding referred to in the preceding sentence may be served on any party
anywhere in the world.

12.6 FURTHER ASSURANCES

The parties agree (a) to furnish upon request to each other such further
information, (b) to execute and deliver to each other such other documents, and
(c) to do such other acts and things, all as the other party may reasonably
request for the purpose of carrying out the intent of this Agreement and the
documents referred to in this Agreement.

12.7 WAIVER

The rights and remedies of the parties to this Agreement are cumulative and not
alternative. Neither the failure nor any delay by any party in exercising any
right, power, or privilege under this Agreement or the documents referred to in
this Agreement will operate as a waiver of such right, power, or privilege, and
no single or partial exercise of any such right, power, or privilege will
preclude any other or further exercise of such right, power, or privilege or the
exercise of any other right, power, or privilege. To the maximum extent
permitted by applicable law, (a) no claim or right arising out of this Agreement
or the documents referred to in this Agreement can be discharged by one party,
in whole or in part, by a waiver or renunciation of  the claim or right unless
in writing signed by the other party; (b) no waiver that may be given by a party
will be applicable except in the specific instance for which it is given; and
(c) no notice to or demand on one party will be deemed to be a waiver of any
obligation of such party or of the right of the party giving such notice or
demand to take further action without notice or demand as provided in this
Agreement or the documents referred to in this Agreement.

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12.8 ENTIRE AGREEMENT AND MODIFICATION

This Agreement supersedes all prior agreements between the parties with respect
to its subject matter (including the Letter of Intent between Buyer and Sellers
dated November 17, 1997) and constitutes (along with the documents referred to
in this Agreement) a complete and exclusive statement of the terms of the
agreement between the parties with respect to its subject matter. This Agreement
may not be amended except by a written agreement executed by the party to be
charged with the amendment.

12.10 ASSIGNMENTS, SUCCESSORS, AND NO THIRD-PARTY RIGHTS

Neither party may assign any of its rights under this Agreement without the
prior consent of the other parties, which will not be unreasonably withheld.
Subject to the preceding sentence, this Agreement will apply to, be binding in
all respects upon, and inure to the benefit of the successors and permitted
assigns of the parties. Nothing expressed or referred to in this Agreement will
be construed to give any Person other than the parties to this Agreement any
legal or equitable right, remedy, or claim under or with respect to this
Agreement or any provision of this Agreement. This Agreement and all of its
provisions and conditions are for the sole and exclusive benefit of the parties
to this Agreement and their successors and assigns.

12.11 SEVERABILITY

If any provision of this Agreement is held invalid or unenforceable by any court
of competent jurisdiction, the other provisions of this Agreement will remain in
full force and effect. Any provision of this Agreement held invalid or
unenforceable only in part or degree will remain in full force and effect to the
extent not held invalid or unenforceable.

12.12 SECTION HEADINGS, CONSTRUCTION

The headings of Sections in this Agreement are provided for convenience only and
will not affect its construction or interpretation. All references to "Section"
or "Sections" refer to the corresponding Section or Sections of this Agreement.
All words used in this Agreement will be construed to be of such gender or
number as the circumstances require. Unless otherwise expressly provided, the
word "including" does not limit the preceding words or terms.

12.13 TIME OF ESSENCE

With regard to all dates and time periods set forth or referred to in this
Agreement, time is of the essence.

12.14 GOVERNING LAW

This Agreement will be governed by the laws of the State of Tennessee without
regard to conflicts of laws principles.

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12.15 COUNTERPARTS

This Agreement may be executed in one or more counterparts, each of which will
be deemed to be an original copy of this Agreement and all of which, when taken
together, will be deemed to constitute one and the same agreement.

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed and delivered this Agreement as of
the date first written above.

BUYER:    MASTER GRAPHICS, INC.                    SELLERS:



          By: /s/ John P. Miller              /s/ Michael G.Harper
              ------------------              -------------------- 
                                              Michael G. Harper 
              Its: President 
                                                                



                                              /s/ Lynn H. Harper
                                              ------------------
                                              Lynn H. Harper



                                              /s/ Michael G. Harper, custodian
                                              --------------------------------


                                              for Emily Hines Harper, minor
                                              -----------------------------
                                              Michael G. Harper, custodian for
                                              Emily Hines Harper, minor



                                              /s/ Lynn H. Harper, custodian
                                              -----------------------------
                                              for Davis Hillman Harper, minor
                                              -------------------------------
                                              Lynn H. Harper, custodian for
                                              Davis Hillman Harper, minor

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Source: OneCLE Business Contracts.