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VOL. TMN-6 | NO. 46 | Saturday, November 9, 2013
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Mechatronics

A new term describes an old concept as manufacturing returns to Memphis

“Mechatronics.” Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said the word so fast that it got lost in the echo of the large aircraft hangar at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology near Memphis International Airport.

Editorial: Education Must Adapt to New Workplace

Add another piece to the realigned demographic puzzle of those on college campuses these days.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

This week in Memphis history: November 8-14

1963: Mass immunizations against polio using the new Sabin oral vaccine began in Memphis and Shelby County

Commercial Real Estate Market Reawakens

After suffering through a prolonged slump, the Memphis commercial real estate market this year began to shake off the rust that gathered during the “Great Recession,” and brighter days could be ahead for the prime markets in the apartment, retail, office and industrial sectors, according to local experts.

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The West Tennessee Home Builders Association will hold the 2013 Fall Vesta Home Show Saturday, Nov. 9, to Dec. 1 at the St. James Place development in Germantown. General admission is $12. Visit vestahomeshow.com for hours and parking information.

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SPORTS

Overcoming Adversity Key to Tigers Season

The coach might have picked rebounding, defense or his favorite pet peeve – getting those “50-50 balls.” Any one of these might have been singled out by Josh Pastner as the key to the Tigers’ success.

Grizz Proving They Have a Lot to Prove

To the question, how patient are Grizzlies fans willing to be, we now have a definitive answer.

College Football Notebook: November 8, 2013

The television show “60 Minutes” profiled Alabama coach Nick Saban last week. It was a well-done piece and captured Saban’s perfectionism – his dedication to “The Process” – and his intensity.

Pondexter Settling in for Hard Work

If you follow Grizzlies swingman Quincy Pondexter on Twitter, @QuincyPondexter, you might know of his dog, Buckets, and maybe even follow Buckets on Twitter, too at @bucketsQP20. And in light of the four-year contract extension Pondexter just received from the Grizzlies – reportedly in excess of $14 million – you might be thinking that life is changing for both of them.

Square Roots

Loeb brings mix of tenants, events to sustain retail district

Breakaway Running owner Barry Roberson was blown away by the crowds who visited his new Overton Square store, which opened Oct. 30.

Crosstown Plans Continue to Evolve

The National Park Service nixed plans for planting greenery on one side of the Crosstown parking garage but is OK with developers of the old Sears Crosstown property replacing windows in the mammoth building with new, similar-looking and configured ones.

Winchester Law Firm Inks Lease at Triad Centre

The Winchester Law Firm is moving to a new space within the Triad Centre II office building in East Memphis with a new buildout.

Goldsworthy Pitches Germantown Schools Alternatives

The Shelby County Schools board’s first look Wednesday, Nov. 6, at a specific plan by Germantown city leaders to transfer the three public schools within the city and named for it into a Germantown municipal school system indicated the school board probably wasn’t swayed.

‘Hoarders’ Star Partners With ServiceMaster

“Hoarders” television personality and Clutter Cleaner owner Matt Paxton met this week with ServiceMaster Clean and Restore franchisees and staff at the ServiceMaster Training Academy to discuss their newly formed partnership and examine hoarding, which has been officially listed as a mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association.

Start Co. Gearing up for Trio of Entrepreneurial Events

Global Entrepreneurship Week is around the corner, and Memphis’ Start Co. organization – a hub of related local entrepreneurial initiatives – is gearing up to participate in its own way in the international week-long celebration and support of entrepreneurs.

Neon Welcome Sign Could Shine Once Again

The neon sign on the Lone Star Industries Inc. silos by The Pyramid arena that welcomed visitors to Memphis from the west may be making a comeback of sorts.

Ignite Memphis Connects People, Ideas

In a couple of weeks, via a series of structured slide-based presentations, a group of creatives will try to live up to the event’s official billing and ignite Memphis.

‘Got to Do Something’

Freedom Awards honorees challenge community to be engaged

Educator and Harlem Children’s Zone founder Geoffrey Canada came to the National Civil Rights Museum Freedom Awards Wednesday, Nov. 6, with some harsh words as he and two others accepted the awards.

Council Shares Criticism of Mayor in Mall Debate

Memphis City Council members profoundly disagree with one another on how far the city should go to fund a renovation of Southbrook Mall in Whitehaven.

New Council Chairman Could Have New Rules

The new chairman of the Memphis City Council in 2014 could be overseeing the council under a different set of ground rules.

Sales Can’t Save Wright’s Quarter

Memphis-based Wright Medical said that while sales soared in the third quarter, its quarterly loss swelled to $130 million due to the write-down of its recent acquisition of bone graft maker BioMimetic.

Grant Helps HopeWorks Expand GED Program

Last month, Andy Burgess of Memphis received his GED diploma. With his sights set on a career in the transportation industry, Burgess knew the high school equivalency certificate would make him a more viable job candidate.

Eye of the Tiger

SCO opens optometry clinic at University of Memphis

Southern College of Optometry opened its first full-scope primary care external clinic Monday, Nov. 4, as University Eye Care at the University of Memphis welcomed its first patients.

Tencarva Looking to Expand Memphis Presence

The story of how industrial distributor Tencarva Machinery Co. got its start has all the makings of a great motivational business speech – or a tale told in the iconic style of Sophia Petrillo from “The Golden Girls.”

Fresh Market Eyes Union Avenue Ike's

By this time next year, Midtown residents could be shopping at a new Fresh Market grocery store.

Kelsey Addresses That Book He Gave Sebelius

The only warning State Sen. Brian Kelsey, R-Germantown, gave of what he intended to do at U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ visit to the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library Friday, Nov. 1, was that he would appear “in protest of the visit.”

Suburban Mayors, Schools Leader Discuss Negotiations

Germantown Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy is still “hopeful” that Germantown Elementary, Middle and High schools can remain part of the coming Germantown municipal school district under some kind of negotiated agreement between the Germantown school board and the Shelby County Schools board.

Oldham Opens Sheriff Re-Election Bid

Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham opened his re-election campaign Saturday, Nov. 2, with something he didn’t have four years ago: a record.

Simple Plan

New chef at Bleu focuses on fresh, local food and eclectic menu

A new chapter has begun at a premier Downtown restaurant – Bleu Restaurant & Lounge, whose new executive chef took a circuitous professional route to his current career destination.

Groups Highlight Adoption Awareness in November

November is Adoption Awareness Month, and local groups like Mid-South Alliance and Agape Child & Family Services are working to provide safe and loving homes for more than 1,100 children in foster care in Shelby County.

Nineteenth Century Club Bond Posted

Plaintiffs seeking to stop planned demolition of the Union Avenue mansion once home to the Nineteenth Century Club haven’t cinched a deal with the property’s new owner, but they have closed on a court appeal that could take years to play out.

3 Memphians Among State Supreme Court Applicants

Two Memphis judges and a Shelby County Commissioner are among the five applicants for a vacancy on the Tennessee Supreme Court.

St. Jude’s Downing Elected to Institute of Medicine

Dr. James R. Downing of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has been elected to the Institute of Medicine, a branch of the National Academy of Sciences.

Tomasik Gets Libertarian Heading on Ballot

Attorneys for the state of Tennessee had argued in a Nashville federal court that third-party candidates in Tennessee should be able to be listed under a heading including the names of their parties. And they lost in their defense of a state law permitting the listing.

Workshop Will Outline Growth Principles for Business

It’s a natural impulse for a business owner to want to grow the business. That desire, in fact, is practically a requirement for an entrepreneur who wants his company to stick around tomorrow and who wants to do more than tread water today.

MEMPHIS STANDOUT

Kelley Shares Memphis Stories as Public Defender Assistant

Lurene Kelley loves to tell a good story. These days she’s sharing some important stories that often go unheard in her role as special assistant for organizational communications in the law offices of the Shelby County Public Defender.

MEMPHIS LAW TALK

Box’s Law Career Spurred by Helping Community

Brad Box, a partner at Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell PLC, has been named the 2013-2014 president of the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association. The association is the state arm of the national Defense Research Institute, an organization committed to the exchange of ideas, technique and information.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Inman Joins Next Day Access as Franchise Manager

Greg Inman has joined accessibilities solutions provider Next Day Access as franchise manager for the Memphis office, where he will supervise sales, marketing, service management and hiring. Next Day Access offers wheelchair ramps, stair lifts, bathroom safety products and other accessibility products for people with disabilities or accessibility challenges.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Developer Buys Land for Somerset Subdivision

26.3 Acres near Neshoba, And Germantown Roads, Sale Amount: $1.5 million -
An entity related to Germantown-based developer McNeill Investment Co. has paid $1.5 million for 26.3 acres near the intersection of Germantown and Neshoba roads.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

See and Be Seen

IT’S ALL IN THE WAY YOU LOOK AT IT. In this town, this should play.

Automate for Painless Saving

Ray’s Take Saving is hard. There are so many temptations when you have to make a conscious decision to put money aside each paycheck. For many, the money goes straight into a checking account, and then flows right out again to pay an endless stream of bills.

Pronoun Showdown, Round 3

The Pronoun Showdown continues. I started it some weeks back, asking which of two football coaches was correct, the one who said “between me and him” or the one who said: “between he and I?”

Social Media: Best of the Rest

Part two of a two-part series. With more than 200 major, active social media networks cited by Wikipedia, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all of the choices available. Given the considerable amount of time that businesses are investing in social media marketing, it’s vital to focus those efforts on the right networks versus every network.

‘Pastor Larry’ Inspires at Sober House

When you look at the big picture of poverty, homelessness, and under-education in this country, or here in Memphis, it appears rather bleak. However, when you focus on the individual efforts being made to combat those societal ills that are bending the cycle of poverty to the breaking point, from where I sit, the big picture is looking better all the time.

African-American Execs Needed

The expertise and connections of African-American corporate executives can help chart a sustainable future for historically black colleges and universities. Historically black colleges and universities are amongst the largest African-American-controlled businesses in America. Many date to the 19th century. They have educated generations and built the black middle class. They are major employers in communities across the country. They also face challenges as they operate in an increasingly competitive educational marketplace.

Be Open To Surprises

The commercial world of research and development, product development and innovation can learn from the insights of poetry by applying the deep wisdom to its process and pipeline. A single line from a Robert Frost essay has the gravity to change the growth trajectory of a business: “No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader.”

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 75 255 11,693
MORTGAGES 72 295 15,274
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 3 71 2,982
BUILDING PERMITS 198 590 27,844
BANKRUPTCIES 62 280 11,242
BUSINESS LICENSES 35 98 4,136
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 94 516 17,000
MARRIAGE LICENSES 18 80 3,544

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