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VOL. TMN-6 | NO. 15 | Saturday, April 6, 2013
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Then and Now

Coping with Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination 45 years later

Jay Bailey pictured marching bands and floats when his mother told him he was going on a march.

Editorial: Not All in Memphis has Changed From ’68

On a rainy Saturday when 13 blocks of Downtown Memphis were surrounded by police with no cars, trucks or people on foot allowed, you didn’t have to look very far to find reminders of the spring of 1968.

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April 5-11: This Week in Memphis History

1993: U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Sr. was acquitted of all federal bank fraud charges in the dramatic conclusion to his second trial on the charges in three years. The jury foreman read the not guilty verdicts on 18 counts and on the final count, Ford embraced his oldest son, Harold Ford Jr. Co-defendants Douglas Beaty and Karl Schledwitz were also acquitted of all charges by the jury in a case that began with the collapse of the Butcher bank empire in 1983.

Social Suds Brings Services to Soulsville

With a bubble machine on the roof, the new South Memphis Alliance laundromat and resource center opened Wednesday, April 3, at 1044 S. Bellevue Blvd.

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House Money

Caesars Entertainment goes bold with new $1 million giveaway

Like the gamblers who pace their floors, pull their levers and hover over their betting tables hoping for a payday, sometimes casino companies feel compelled to make uncommonly big bets of their own.

Cardinals Weigh Buying Redbirds

The St. Louis Cardinals are showing renewed interest in purchasing the Memphis Redbirds, but any deal that would transfer ownership of the team and AutoZone Park from the nonprofit Redbirds Foundation almost certainly would require “city involvement,” foundation president Ray Pohlman said Thursday, April 4.

Sammons Outlines Airport Strategic Plan

The chairman of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board got a view of just how devastating passenger air service cuts by Delta Air Lines have been to the airport this past Easter as his Delta flight landed in Memphis.

Agriculture Boom Fuels Agricenter Expansions

Agriculture is a promising business, especially considering the rapidly growing worldwide demand for food and fiber products by a ballooning international population.

Lofty Company

FedEx founder included on Barron’s list of ‘World’s Best CEOs’

For creating the overnight package-delivery business four decades ago, and for everything his company has done since, FedEx Corp. founder Fred Smith has been placed among an elite group of chief executives by the business magazine Barron’s.

Council OKs Registry for Blighted Properties

For months, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and the Memphis City Council had delayed final votes on his proposal to require the registration of property to make it easier for the city to find the owners of blighted property.

Council Ups Ante in Auto Inspections Standoff

City funding of auto emissions inspections is still due to run out on June 30, the end of the current fiscal year at City Hall.

Cestaro: Lab Will be First of its Kind

TriMetis president Phil Cestaro took a year off after he resigned from Nashville-based SCRI Global Services at the Sarah Cannon Research Institute in 2011, where he was president.

Housing Huddle

MAAR hosts its 2013 residential real estate summit

Memphis Area Association of Realtors president Regina Hubbard got an unabashed response from the crowd at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre during the real estate group’s 2013 Residential Real Estate Summit.

Safeways Crime Program Goes for Long Haul

When Pierce Ledbetter, the CEO of LEDIC Management, signed up his company’s Autumn Ridge apartment complex for the federally funded Safeways anti-crime initiative in 2009, he was nervous.

School Board Restructure Next for Federal Court

All sides in the federal lawsuit over the schools merger will be getting together soon to talk about the Shelby County Commission’s plan to restructure the countywide school board.

LaunchYourCity Draws Lessons From West Coast

The group from LaunchYourCity that traveled to San Francisco in March has returned, refreshed and reinvigorated, ready to carry out what was the hoped-for goal of the trip:

Clinic Expands Christ Community’s Services

Last year, Christ Community Health Services delivered 652 Memphis babies. Even with that patient volume, the faith-based medical organization had to turn away about 180 patients daily because the organization’s facilities are stretched beyond capacity.

Lessons Learned

Memphis Police influenced by previous event to keep peace

What happened 15 years ago outside the Shelby County Courthouse between the seated figures of justice and wisdom informed much of what happened Saturday, March 30, when a different Ku Klux Klan group, the American Knights, came to Memphis and rallied at the other southern entrance to the courthouse – between the seated figures of authority and liberty.

Lendermon Discusses Riverfront Access

Riverside Drive could work well if it lost a lane of automobile traffic in each direction, says the president of the Riverfront Development Corp.

MED Reduces Some Employee Hours

The Regional Medical Center at Memphis is reducing the hours of employees who work in transportation, telemetry and its call center to meet its 2013 budget goals.

Choose901 Celebrates One Year of Upbeat Message

One phrase has been popping up in the local social media world with increasingly frequency over the past year.

City-County Swaps Grow More Complex

Memphis City Council members and Shelby County Commissioners are talking about a swap.

SPORTS

Conley Proving Adept at Stealing the Show

The question came at Lionel Hollins as a compliment, the way many questions after dramatic victories do.

Vance Albitz: A True Web Gem

Occasionally, the brilliance of an idea is captured in its name. So it is with “Gloves 4 Troops,” the brainchild of Memphis Redbirds infielder Vance Albitz.

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Bass Striking Right Chord as Curb Institute Director

John Bass earned a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Memphis.

MEMPHIS LAW TALK

Bankruptcy Lawyer Coury Joins Glankler Brown

It’s been a long time coming, but Michael Coury has made the move to Glankler Brown PLLC.

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CBU Names Sumner-Winter Director of Stewardship

Wendy Sumner-Winter has been appointed director of stewardship and donor engagement at Christian Brothers University. In the newly created position, Sumner-Winter will oversee planning, strategy development and implementation of initiatives to increase communication and connections with the CBU community, including donors, alumni and friends.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Panther Properties Buys Two Cordova Apartments

2350 N. Houston Levee Road and 2323 N. Houston Levee Road

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Single-Handed Success Story

SINGULAR PERFORMANCE. The White Station Class of 1966, the year ahead of mine, had two Academy Award winners – one you’ve heard of and one you haven’t.

Social Resumes and the Job Search

As an adjunct accounting professor at the University of Memphis, I am constantly trying to prepare my students for their future. Part of that preparation is exposing the students to tools that will assist them in their search for employment.

Making the Ask – Part Two

Fundraising provides nonprofits with the money they need to deliver on their missions. When you ask others to join you in giving you become part of the nonprofit’s success team.

Disconnecting Could Mean a Richer Life

Ray’s Take Every time you go out to lunch you see it: everyone’s smart phones are right there on the table, ready for texting, talking, checking emails, or some quick research. What happened to simply staying connected to the ones right there in front of you?

‘Keep the Keyhole Clean’

In a Paul Greenberg column I met the word “mitteleuropaish” for the first time. Greenberg (winner of a Pulitzer in 1969) was discussing a recently released book, “Kafka: The Office Writings.” He wrote, “A combination attorney, actuary and all-around bureaucrat, (Kafka) seems to have carried out his duties with a combination of mitteleuropaisch flair and German efficiency.”

Real-Time Marketing

We live in a digital world where we’ve grown accustomed to real-time communication with one another, including with the brands we patronize. Now there is a growing expectation of real-time response from companies large and small. It’s time to become more nimble and proactive – communicating at the same pace as your customers.

Zero Budget – What a Boon

Entrepreneurs come alive when all odds are stacked against them. Think of the famous stories. Walt Disney and Frank Lloyd Wright going bankrupt several times until their visions pay off. Edison brokering the GE deal that meant the West would use the type of electricity the wizard of Menlo Park created. Steve Jobs kicked out of Apple, starting Next. The old saying holds true: the darkest hour is just before the dawn.

Home of the Blues – Literally

Last week we discussed Baptist Memorial Health Care and their collaborative community efforts, like Baptist Operation Outreach. This week let us highlight the Memphis-based organization dedicated to preserving our blues music history, supporting blues education, and ensuring the future of this uniquely American art form: The Blues Foundation.

Marketing Power of Predictability

When I was a very young man many, many years ago, I remember being fascinated by the information on the bottom of the McDonald’s hamburgers signage. Of course, I didn’t know about the word signage back then. I just knew McDonald’s had really cool signs with golden arches and big red and white words. The words at the bottom of the sign intrigued me most.

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PROPERTY SALES 89 242 14,959
MORTGAGES 111 255 19,585
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 21 43 3,838
BUILDING PERMITS 153 512 35,842
BANKRUPTCIES 61 182 14,216
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