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VOL. TMN-7 | NO. 8 | Saturday, February 15, 2014
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The Sweet Spot

Candy companies still thriving in Memphis

Gary Wilkes usually doesn’t notice the smell at the family business, Wayne’s Candy Co. Inc., unless he has just returned from vacation.

Editorial: Candy Business has Lessons for Memphis

There are lessons to be learned from even the basic outline of the story of candy in Memphis that go far beyond making something sweet.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

This week in Memphis history: February 14-20

2013: On the front page of The Daily News, Shelby County Schools board members approved a budget proposal that included $145 million in new funding to be sent to the Shelby County Commission for funding. It followed a long debate about whether the commission would approve that much extra and what the reaction from parents and teachers would be to the cuts that followed if the commission didn’t. The commission rejected the budget proposal.

Kickstarter Campaign Seeks Funds for Symphony

Chris James, who plays second flute and piccolo with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, acknowledges the easy temptation to get dejected, even angry, about the financial plight of the symphony as it races to close a six-figure budget gap.

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EVENTS

The Mid-South Sports and Boat Show will be held Friday, Feb. 14, through Sunday, Feb. 16, at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. The event will include boat and tackle vendors, and seminars for both children and adults. Visit midsouthboatshow.com for hours and ticket prices.

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Welcoming Home

U of M works to make campus more ‘veteran-friendly’

Brad Martin recently came across some old photos of University of Memphis students that struck him as a different kind of collegian.

RBCC Law Firm Moving to iBank Tower

The law firm of Rogers, Berry, Chesney & Cannon PLLC, owner of 1713 Kirby Parkway since 2006, recently sold its office building and will relocate to the iBank building on Poplar Avenue in East Memphis.

Memphis Advertising Awards Get Campy

Memphis’ advertising industry has been gearing up to go camping.

Democratic Commission Majority Could Be Safe in Elections

With a week to the filing deadline for candidates in the May 6 Shelby County primary elections, it looks as if Democrats will retain their seven-member majority on the Shelby County Commission.

Pouring It On

Cash Saver growler shop taps local beer market

The Cash Saver store on Madison Avenue in Midtown had begun to show its age, its weather-beaten exterior presenting a less-than-inviting entrance and its dated and worn interior lacking the displays and amenities found in most modern grocery stores.

13th Annual Pinnacle Awards On the Horizon

Planning is well underway for the Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council’s 13th annual Pinnacle Awards ceremony, an evening dedicated to bringing commercial real estate industry professionals together and honoring them for their accomplishments in the previous year.

Rape Kit Backlog Plan Outlined

As Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. announced Wednesday, Feb. 12, that the city would have help from a national nonprofit on the Memphis Police Department’s backlog of 12,000 rape kits, criticism was growing of the problems in the local criminal justice system that led to the backlog.

Harvard Project Zero Comes to Martin Institute

At a time when it seems every assumption about the mechanics of education is being questioned, educators at the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero have been deconstructing the same assumptions and trying to analyze more objectively what should happen to help students learn.

Shelby County Mortgage Market Dips in January

Shelby County’s mortgage market entered 2014 in less of a turbo-charged fashion than it did at the same point last year.

Aging in Style

Trezevant Manor expansion adds options for residents

A few weeks ago, Jill Stepherson fell in a Walgreens parking lot. Given that she is 90 years old, one or more broken bones could have been an unfortunate, but hardly unusual, outcome.

New Home Permits See Slight Bump

Despite bitterly cold temperatures that plagued the Memphis area last month, homebuilders pulled slightly more housing permits in January when compared to the same month last year.

Commission Sets Up in Temporary Space

Shelby County Commissioners will serve out the remaining seven months of their current four-year term of office by staying upstairs at the county administration building in their committee room.

Luttrell Begins Re-Election Bid for Mayor

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell made it official Tuesday, Feb. 11, filing his qualifying petition with the Shelby County Election Commission to run for a second term of office.

January Home Sales Mirror Temperature

Shelby County home sales plummeted with the temperatures in January, as sales declined 18 percent compared to January 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

More Foodie Fun

Dishcrawl grows its Memphis presence in 2014

The leadership of Memphis’ Dishcrawl events has put together a growing list of events, surprises, gatherings and more for 2014 that should whet the appetite of the city’s foodie community.

Southbrook Mall Plan Headed to City Council

What began as a plan last year for $1.5 million in city funding to fix the roof and make other repairs at Whitehaven’s Southbrook Mall has now become a larger and probably more expensive plan for development in a broad area of Whitehaven.

Democrats Still Pondering Unity After 2010 Defeats

After hearing from the four contenders in the Democratic primary for county mayor outline the boundaries of what could be a lively campaign for the right to challenge Mark Luttrell in the August general election, Democrats last week got another look at an intraparty discussion that still hasn’t been settled.

City Delays Fairgrounds Zone Application Vote

The city of Memphis won’t be going to the Tennessee Building Commission in Nashville this week for approval of a Tourism Development Zone for the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

Democratic Mayoral Hopefuls Pitch Base

The four likely contenders in the May Democratic primary for Shelby County mayor have already had their first debate. But there were no clashes among the quartet, at least not yet.

SPORTS

Grizz Look at Final 30 With Hope for Strong Finish

As the Grizzlies took their leave from FedExForum, having won their last home game before the NBA All-Star break, forward James Johnson looked toward the next night’s game at Orlando. He made clear that the Grizzlies were not thinking of Disney World or any other fantasyland, but were committed to the work immediately in front of them.

Former Redbird Ready for MLB Spring Training

If a double play is a pitcher’s best friend, then as a rookie with the St. Louis Cardinals last season Seth Maness was all about making new friends.

Heck No, Pastner Won’t Allow Cursing

Tigers coach Josh Pastner has suspended freshman Dominic Woodson from the team for cursing.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Bell Joins First State Bank as Commercial Loan Officer

Jonathan Bell has joined First State Bank as vice president/commercial loan officer. Bell, who has more than 13 years of experience in the banking industry, will provide banking services for businesses in Collierville and the surrounding area.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

$2 Million Building Permit Filed for Indoor Sports Facility

237 Woodland Lake Drive, Cordova, TN 38018, Permit Cost: $2 million -

SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Burleigh Consulting Group Changes With Times

Robert C. Burleigh still enjoys playing tennis four times a week. But the 78-year-old founder of Burleigh Consulting Group admits he is playing more doubles matches these days.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Give Memphis a Lift

CAN’T GET THERE FROM HERE. Rather than walking a mile in other people’s shoes, try riding a mile on their bus.

Putting Your <3 Into Your Job

The season of love is upon us. Is it fair to say you love what you’re doing for a living? Do you find yourself putting in your all every day, or is it a drag to get up in the morning – or worse yet, to go to bed the night before, knowing your next day’s work is looming over you?

Are Weddings Really Worth Huge Expense?

Ray’s Take I once heard it said that large cathedral weddings cost around $1,000 per step – and some churches have long aisles! According to TheKnot.com, U.S. couples spend an average of over $25,600 on their weddings. Of course, that’s the “average” amount. When you take the mean cost – the point where most weddings cluster – the cost is just over $18,000 – still a substantial sum.

Healing in Las Vegas

Last year, I injured my left ring finger. Despite treatment, it got worse. By year’s end, it was popping each time I opened my hand. And hurting like crazy when I squeezed my hand shut. My family doc diagnosed “trigger finger” and assured me minor surgery could fix it.

Role of Personal Branding in Business

Many of the top-performing CEOs in the world, as determined by Harvard Business Review, are names that aren’t exactly fodder for dinner conversation. They know how to create long-term value for their companies but many focus little on creating their own personal brands.

Muddling Through the Muddling Through

Last week’s December jobs number was billed as an economic tiebreaker after a string of mixed data. The release depicted a softening employment environment. The U.S. economy created 113,000 jobs in January against expectations of 185,000. Over the trailing three months, the economy has added an average of about 150,000 new jobs per month versus 200,000 per month reached last summer/fall. With the jobs market downshifting, can the Fed do more?

Is There a Need for Your Nonprofit?

“What do you do when an organization wants to raise money, but there really isn’t a need for the organization?” That was the question we were asked recently. We were taken aback by the bluntness, but recognized its value. Here are our thoughts.

Red Pen, Red Face

Never, ever hesitate to look things up. This admonition is closely related to, “Never assume anything.” Both of those are why my face was red a couple of days ago.

Prioritize Market Opportunities

Too often companies rush to bring new products to market without first considering which verticals to sell into and which sales channels to utilize. This leads to a series of detrimental scenarios that end in lackluster market performance or white rabbit chasing that burns cash and never yields market traction.

Giving Meaning to Tragedies

It is said that it is not what happens to you, but the meaning you give to what happens to you that matters.

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