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VOL. TMN-6 | NO. 13 | Saturday, March 23, 2013
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‘Teacher Town’

Schools turn focus to recruiting new crop of idealistic instructors

There was a time not too long ago when teacher residency programs in Memphis were exercises in isolation. The new teaching recruits in and out of those programs often talked of being overwhelmed in their new school and career environments. But in the larger maelstrom of changes to the face of local public education, the residency programs are growing across all the different types of public schools emerging in advance of the August merger of city and county schools.

Mays Needs to Grab Control of Merger

Maybe most of the work of the schools merger has been done by the countywide school board. That’s a big maybe.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

March 22-28: This Week in Memphis History

1968: 16.1 inches of snow fell on the city of Memphis, cancelling plans for striking city sanitation workers to march with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the front of their ranks from Clayborn Temple to City Hall. King would return to the city to lead the march on March 28, a march that would end before it got to City Hall from Clayborn Temple because of violence. The violent end of that march would prompt King to return to the city to lead another march April 5.

Golfing Options

City golf courses survive budget cuts for new season

Al Patton doesn’t expect the real golfers until the weather gets warmer, more consistent and past the spring showers.

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Dunavant Symposium Examines Public Service

Saying there should be “good government” and there must be “ethical government” is easy.

Coffee, Beer Bar Coming Downtown

Downtown residents and visitors will soon be able to grab a cup of joe, locally brewed beer and a fresh sandwich or salad in one convenient spot.

Forum Highlights Concerns With Non-Urgent ER Visits

Healthy Memphis Common Table and the League of Womens Voters hosted a public forum Monday, March 18, at the Great Hall and Conference Center in Germantown to discuss findings from the seventh Take Charge For Better Health Report released earlier this week.

Miracle Workers

MED Foundation gala to raise money for hospital’s lifesaving efforts

Jennifer Harvey was still several months away from her due date when she developed life-threatening high blood pressure, a condition known as preeclampsia.

FedEx Misses Analysts’ Expectations

FedEx Corp. reported third quarter earnings that missed analysts’ expectations on continued weakness in international air freight markets and customers that chose less expensive and slower shipping services.

Aitken Departs Post Without Board Opposition

In the end there weren’t any attempts Tuesday, March 19, to talk John Aitken into remaining as Shelby County Schools superintendent.

Hattiloo Theatre Ready to Rise at Overton Square

Hattiloo Theatre is preparing to break ground on its build-to-suit facility at Overton Square in Midtown within the next 45 days, as it finalizes some last-minute financing and lines up subcontractors.

GPAC Names Main Theater in Honor of Duncan-Williams

The next time an art lover heads to the Germantown Performing Arts Centre to take in a world music concert, watch a ballet or enjoy any of the host of other acts lined up for GPAC’s new season, they’ll be doing so inside the Duncan Williams Performance Hall.

Aerotropolis Pitch to Council Receives Mixed Reaction

After years of very general talk about the aerotropolis concept, Memphis City Council members are ready for leaders of the effort to bring it in for a landing in specific terms that work with plans in smaller areas of the district around Memphis International Airport.

Raising the Roof

Blues Foundation in final stage of fundraising for Hall of Fame

If all goes well, The Blues Foundation will be raising the roof on a new Blues Hall of Fame at 421 S. Main St. in six months.

Riverfront Report Highlights Quick Fixes

With a set of 20 Memphis riverfront plans and reports spanning several decades, urban planner and designer Jeff Speck’s mission wasn’t to add to the stack of documents, maps and renderings.

Jack Jones Shootout Returns to Memphis

Four of the five players in the 2013 recruiting class of the University of Memphis basketball team will be featured in the annual Jack Jones Basketball Shootout that begins Thursday, March 21, and continues through Saturday, March 23.

School Board Restructuring Plan Goes to Mays

On the way to U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays is a plan by the Shelby County Commission to convert the countywide school board to a 13-member single-district body effective Sept. 1.

St. Agnes-St. Dominic Installs Solar Panels in Memory of Alumnus

St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School has honored Ryan Edwards by promoting environmental sustainability, a concept that was close to the late St. Dominic alumnus’ heart.

Northward Expansion

Visible Music College prepares to launch Chicago campus

Thirteen years after Visible Music College founder Ken Steorts launched a school with a focus on music ministry and production that relocated into Memphis after outgrowing its original Lakeland campus, the school is preparing to launch a satellite campus.

Whalum, Woods Differ on Schools Mediation

Two countywide school board members who ran against each other for the same seat on the school board last year agree that the 23-member board is doing the best it can to make decisions about the schools merger.

Mortgage Activity Slows in February

Mortgage activity in Shelby County began 2013 by shifting into a higher gear, but someone tapped the brakes in February.

SPORTS

Grizzlies Proving Their Brand is Winning Games

The long-term benefits of the Grizzlies’ 90-89 overtime win against the Oklahoma City Thunder, if there are any, won’t be known for a while. The Western Conference playoff standings are ever-changeable.

Time to Burn Brackets

I have one fool-proof method for filling out my NCAA Tournament bracket. I go straight to the 1 vs. 16 games and advance all of the No. 1s into the next round. Seeing as how a No. 1 seed has never lost to a No. 16 seed, this has never failed me.

MEMPHIS STANDOUT

Musicians Get Plugged in to Cawein’s Signal Flow

When Elizabeth Cawein left her job with the Memphis Music Foundation amid a restructuring of the organization, she had a choice.

MEMPHIS LAW TALK

Bradley, Burch Porter Recognized for Pro Bono Work in Community

Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC and probate attorney Beth Bradley have been honored for giving back to the community.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Hagan Named President of Memphis Heritage Board

Joey Hagan, principal of Architecture Inc., has been named the 2013-2014 board president for Memphis Heritage Inc. after being nominated and elected by the previous board. Hagan’s primary responsibilities as one of two principals at Architecture Inc. include running the organization, marketing, design and project management. As MHI president, he will strive to continue to make preservation of important properties a priority for Memphians.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Swinnea Warehouse Sold in Lieu of Foreclosure

4550 Swinnea Road, Memphis, TN 38118

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

The Duck, The Dog, The Farm

GOING TO LIVE IN THE COUNTRY. My column last week prompted a number of you to share your memories of the creatures that came home with you from the cages at Katz Drug Store. My friend Bill Haltom, attorney and storyteller, sent me this:

The Power of Women Fundraisers

Women are role models in so many sectors of our economy, and the nonprofit sector is no exception. In honor of women’s history month we salute women who step up to the challenge of raising money for nonprofit organizations and institutions they believe in. Their leadership and vision impact the lives of individuals, families, communities, regions and our nation as a whole.

Explore Alternatives to Banks

Ray’s Take In decades past you built a relationship with your bank and, more importantly, your banker. After so many mergers, that’s become harder to do. Generation low interest rates have banks piling up fees on their customers as well as limiting services It might be worthwhile to at least consider options other than the neighborhood brick-and-mortar bank.

Feyer Cruises to Fourth ACPT Title

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The American Crossword Puzzle Tournament is like an annual meeting for the cruciverbalism industry. At the 36th installment of this event, the three-peat crown wearer, Dan Feyer, a pianist from Manhattan, pretty much went wire to wire.

Sales: PR’s Missing Ingredient

If your company’s contributions are more newsworthy than the media coverage generated, you could have a sales problem. That’s right, I said a “sales” problem.

Put Your Internal Team on Bootstrap to Drive Innovation

In 1992, The American Heritage Dictionary acknowledged the popular use of a new word, “intrapreneur,” meaning “a person within a large corporation who takes direct responsibility for turning an idea into a profitable finished product through assertive risk-taking and innovation.” This term and concept is enjoying a revival as current companies struggle to realize growth and innovation. Companies seeking growth typically design programs that are based in strategy-driven or intrapreneur-driven innovation.

Look at the Facts, Not Rhetoric

CITE YOUR SOURCE. In human psychology, fear seems more legitimate than hope. Claims of “impending doom,” and “bursting bubbles” elicit fast emotional responses that seem impervious to critique. So many programs, speeches and advertisements prey on this phenomenon today.

Now Showing: Memphis Rocks

Last week we discussed the importance of crafting a legacy statement to help steer your life and priorities, while affording future generations something to cherish. This week, let us re-focus on our civic pride campaign, “Memphis Rocks,” which is now featured on thousands of T-shirts being worn around the Mid-South and in various cities around the globe.

The Problem With Problem Solving

Years ago I stumbled across an interesting book titled “The Logic of Failure” by Dietrich Dörner. The main premise of the book is that if you are not careful, the side effects of some solutions will make things worse.

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