STOCK PURCHASE AGREEMENT

This Stock Purchase Agreement ("Agreement") is made as of December 16, 1997, by
MASTER GRAPHICS, INC., a Delaware corporation ("Buyer"), and WENDELL BURNS, an
individual resident in Chattanooga, Tennessee ("Burns"), and ROBERT RYMER, an
individual resident in Chattanooga, Tennessee ("Rymer")(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 Jones Printing Company,
Inc., a Tennessee 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 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. In computing pre-tax income one-third (1/3)
of the Net Value Added shall be included in the originating division's pre-tax
income.

"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, 

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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, violations
of discharge limits, or other 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;

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(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.

"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.

"GUARANTIES"--as defined in Section 2.4(b)(ii).
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"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.

"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
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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.

"JONES PRINTING DIVISION"-contemporaneous with the acquisition of the Company it
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will be merged into Premier.  After the merger the Company will be operated as
the Jones Printing Division.

"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
particular fact or other 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.

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"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.

"NET VALUE ADDED"-the Value Added from orders where the sale is generated by the
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Jones Printing Division and the work is performed by a separate division of
Premier less the Value Added from orders where the sale is generated by a
separate division of Premier and the work is performed by the Jones Printing
Division; provided, however, in no event shall the Net Value Added be less than
zero.

"NONCOMPETITION AGREEMENT"--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.

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"PLAN"--as defined in Section 3.13.
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"PREMIER"-Premier Graphics, Inc., a Delaware 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
ownership (as defined in Rule 13d-3 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934)
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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.

"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.

"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
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matter is likely to be asserted, commenced, taken, or otherwise pursued in the
future.

"VALUE ADDED"-revenue generated from a particular job less the cost of paper,
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film plates, all direct material costs and outside services associated with such
job.

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) $6,000,000; plus

          (B) the sum of:

               (1) the first $150,000 of the EBITDA over $1,200,000 for the
               Jones Printing Division for each of the calendar years 1998, 1999
               and 2000; and

               (2) to the extent EBITDA of the Jones Printing Division exceeds
               $1,350,000, 10% of such excess EBITDA for each of the calendar
               years 1998, 1999 and 2000 (the "Earnout Amount"); minus

     (ii) the amount of the indebtedness of the Company as of the Closing Date
     which is identified on Schedule 2.2(a)(ii) (the "Indebtedness"); plus or
     minus

     (iii) the Adjustment Amount.

(b) Of the Purchase Price:

     (i) $4,750,000 less the sum of (A) the amount of the Indebtedness of the
     Company as of the Closing Date, and (B) the face amount of the note
     receivable from Knotch Bradley will be paid in cash (the "Cash Amount") at
     Closing;

     (ii) $1,250,000 (the "Fixed Note Amount") will be paid pursuant to the
     Fixed Notes (as defined in Clause 2.4(b)(ii); and

     (iii) the Earnout Amount will be paid pursuant to the Earnout Notes (as
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     2.4(b)(iii).

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 December 16,
1997, 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) an employment agreement in the form of Exhibit 2.4(a)(iii), executed by
each Seller (the "Employment Agreements");

(iv) a noncompetition agreement in the form of Exhibit 2.4(a)(iv), executed by
Burns (the "Noncompetition Agreement"); 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");

(iii) promissory notes ("Earnout Notes") in the form of Exhibit 2.4(b)(iii);

(iv) stock purchase warrants in the form of Exhibit 2.4 (b)(iv) executed by
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(the "Stock Purchase Warrants");

(v) the note receivable from Knotch Bradley duly endorsed to the order of
Sellers;

(vi) 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; and

(vii) the Employment Agreements, executed by Buyer.

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 $2,115,162 or more than
$2,585,198, 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 less than $2,115,162 or more than $2,585,198, 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
$2,115,162 but not greater than $2,585,198, there will be no Adjustment Amount.
For purposes of calculating the stockholders' equity of the Company as of the
Closing Date the bad debt reserve shall be deemed to be $290,771.

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 objection, or if Buyer and Sellers are unable to 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 (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

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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, Sellers will pay the
amount of the Adjustment Amount to Buyer.  Payments to Buyer must be made by
wire transfer to such bank account as Buyer 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.

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
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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
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.

(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 2000 shares of common
stock, no par value, of which 76 shares are issued and outstanding and
constitute the Shares and 98,000 shares of Preferred Stock none of which shares
are issued and outstanding. 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.

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3.4 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Sellers have delivered to Buyer: (a) unaudited (or audited if available) balance
sheets of the Company as of December 31 in each of the years 1994 through 1996,
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,
1996 balance sheet of the Company shall hereinafter be referred to as the
"Balance Sheet"), (b) an unaudited balance sheet of the Company as of October 31
(the "Interim Balance Sheet") and the related unaudited  statements of income,
changes in stockholders' equity, and cash flow for the ten months then ended,
including in each case the notes thereto. 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
correct and have been maintained in accordance with sound 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
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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. Except
for matters disclosed on the surveys prepared by David W. Barnes dated December
12, 1997 or on the title commitment issued by Lawyer's Title Insurance
Corporation dated November 9, 1997, 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.

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 not written off have been priced at the lower of cost or net
realizable value on a first in, first out basis. 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 and 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 

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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 described in Schedule 3.11, neither the Sellers
nor the 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 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
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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, 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
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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 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
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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.

The Governmental Authorizations listed in Schedule 3.14 collectively constitute
all of the Governmental Authorizations necessary to permit the Company to
lawfully 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 any of the Acquired Companies, 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.

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(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 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 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;

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(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;

(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;

(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;

(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, 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.

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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:

(i)   any self-insurance arrangement by or affecting the Company, including any
reserves established thereunder;

(ii)  any contract or arrangement, other than a policy of insurance, for the
transfer or sharing of any risk by the Company; and

(iii) all obligations of the Company to third parties with respect to insurance
(including such obligations under leases and service agreements) and identifies
the policy under which such coverage is provided.

(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;

(ii)  a statement describing each claim under an insurance policy for an amount
in excess of $10,000, 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):

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(i)   All policies to which the Company is a party or that provide coverage to
either Sellers, the Company, or any director or officer of the Company are
valid, outstanding, and enforceable;

(ii)  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, 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
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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.

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:

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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 Acquired Companies, 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, 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 designated, for failure to comply with any of the foregoing
Legal Requirements.

3.22  INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

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

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(i)   the name Jones Printing Company, 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-- The Intellectual Property Assets are
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all those necessary for the operation of the Company's business as it is
currently conducted. 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.
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(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
obtain special concessions or for special concessions 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)   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.

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(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.

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 Delaware..

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
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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;

(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 October 31, 1997, and the unaudited balance
sheet of Premier as of September 30, 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,
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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 September 30, 1997, to Buyer's 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 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

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

Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company shall have the right to pay prior to
Closing the amounts owed Kay Burns under that certain promissory note in the
original principal amount of $40,000.

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
Company not to, without the prior consent of 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
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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.

6. COVENANTS OF BUYER PRIOR TO CLOSING DATE

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 NEGOTIATION OF NEW LEASES

Immediately upon execution of this Agreement, Buyer agrees to enter into good
faith negotiations with Commercial Properties, the owner of the properties at
which the Company operates, for a multi-year lease for such properties with such
lease containing terms and conditions similar to the leases currently in effect.

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

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(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) an opinion of Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell, 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 warranties, (iii)
evidencing the performance by Sellers of, 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
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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 LEASES

Buyer shall have entered into new multi-year leases for the properties at which
the Company currently operates, with such leases containing terms and conditions
acceptable to 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
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.

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
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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

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;

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(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
affected by 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 (collectively, "Damages"), arising, directly or
indirectly, from or in connection with:

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(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.

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
commissions or similar payments based 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, and 3.19, 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
Section 3.19 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
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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
$25,000, and then only for the amount by which such Damages exceed $25,000.
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 $25,000, and then only for the
amount by which such Damages exceed $25,000. 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.

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, 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.

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(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
commencement of any Proceeding and the indemnifying party does not, within ten
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
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Section 3.8 and this Section 10.11. On May 31, 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 existed as of November
30, 1997 (excluding the Knotch Bradley note transferred to Sellers) over an
assumed reserve for bad debts of $290,771 (without any reduction in the bad debt
reserve as a result of transferring the Knotch Bradley to Sellers).

(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. GENERAL PROVISIONS

11.1 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.

11.2 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.

11.3 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.

11.4  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:            Wendell H. Burns
                         Robert M. Rymer                    
                         1907 Crutchfield Street
                         Chattanooga, Tennessee 37406

     Facsimile No.:      (423) 622-9084

     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

11.5 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.

11.6 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.

11.7 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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11.8  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 October 6, 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.

11.10 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.

11.11 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.

11.12 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.

11.13 TIME OF ESSENCE

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

11.14 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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11.15 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.

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/ Wendell Burns
              ------------------                  -----------------
                                                  Wendell Burns
          Its: President


                                                  /s/ Robert Rymer
                                                  ----------------
                                                  Robert Rymer

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Source: OneCLE Business Contracts.