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VOL. TMN-7 | NO. 26 | Saturday, June 21, 2014
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Parking Wars

Overton Park controversy points to larger changes for the property

It’s been a hot, humid and restless spring at Overton Park.

Editorial: Park Situation Speaks to Bigger City Issues

The parking controversy at Overton Park is probably the best place to begin to think more about what happens when we get our wish for more density within the parkways.

EMPHASIS Architects & Engineers

Team Setting

Traditional office layout giving way to collaborative space

In February, three executives at the Church Health Center moved into a shared office space.

Koury Helps Local AIA Serve Community

In 2010, the American Institute of Architects Memphis chapter launched lunITECTS, a non-professional group for people who have a keen interest in architecture and design.

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Local Firms Benefiting from Cycling, Walking Paths

For years Memphis was labeled as a backwater when it came to walking trails and bike lanes, showing up on list after list highlighting the worst cities for pedestrians and cyclists.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

This week in Memphis history: June 20-26

2013: FedEx Corp. executives watched as a 727 landed at Memphis International Airport, completing the last flight by a 727 for the company ending the use of the jets by the pioneering Memphis company after 35 years.

Brady: Zoo Parking Solution Difficult

The president of the Memphis Zoo says solutions to the parking problem at Overton Park won’t be easy and likely will involve change for all of the park’s institutions.

Battle Lines

Council budget vote creates divide over city’s financial condition

The city’s operating and capital budgets are just about set for the new fiscal year next month. Hard decisions made about health insurance for city employees and retirees Tuesday, June 17, are unlikely to be revisited by the Memphis City Council.

Gestalt Schools Signs Lease in Hickory Hill

A charter school operator has inked a lease for space on Winchester Road in Hickory Hill.

Rape Kit Controversy Continues After Report

This week’s report by former U.S. Attorney Veronica Coleman-Davis on the city’s backlog of more than 12,000 untested rape kits is unlikely to be the last word on the controversy.

Heart of Park Advances as Shelby Farms Parkway Stalls

Within the space of a few days this month, the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy formally broke ground on the park’s $70 million Heart of the Park project and then its leaders watched as the Memphis City Council delayed the Shelby Farms Parkway project for a year.

Back on Track

Horizon, One Beale poised for comeback

Two major Downtown projects that suffered setbacks after the real estate market seized up when the recession battered the economy are poised for a comeback.

Flying Saucer Celebrates 17 Years in Memphis

The explosion of Memphis’ beer scene and the enthusiasm for unique craft beers is pretty hard to miss.

FedEx Earnings Beat Estimates

Fueled by a surge in e-commerce leading to increased gains in its Ground division, FedEx on Wednesday reported higher than expected earnings for the quarter that ended May 31.

Long Council Day Comes With Change, Emotions

It was apparent early in the long council day Tuesday, June 17, at City Hall that there wouldn’t be many amendments to the $600 million operating budget and $84 million capital budget the council would approve later that evening.

Uncommon Internship

Sullivan Branding launches first formal intern program, The Refinery

When the leadership at Sullivan Branding began cooking up their idea for what would become the agency’s first formal intern program, they knew one thing.

Rape Kit Backlog Report Finds No Blame

The city’s report on the largest backlog of untested rape kits in the country concludes there was “no malice or wanton disregard or conspiracies” to ignore police and other policies governing the handling of such cases.

Future Uncertain But Innovation Team’s Work to Continue

Though the future of the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team in Memphis is uncertain at this point, the work it’s involved in – incubating businesses and activating neighborhoods, for example – appears set to continue.

Brooks: Assault Charge Being Used by ‘Detractors’

The same day that she announced she was quitting her job at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks’ mug shot on an assault charge wound up on the top row of the front page of “Just Busted.”

Recorded History

Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum celebrates milestone moment in rock

It’s one of the most well-known bits of lore associated with Memphis, that of a 19-year-old singer who, in July 1954, walked into a recording studio and belted his raucous version of the blues song “That’s All Right (Mama)” into Sam Phillips’ microphone.

County Budget Season Not Over Yet

The Shelby County Commission defeated two competing versions of the county property tax rate for the new fiscal year on the second of three readings Monday, June 16.

County Commission to Discuss Brooks’ Residency

A challenge of Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks’ residency is serious enough that her fellow commissioners are prepared to discuss it at a special meeting next week.

Wilkins Targets Cohen as ‘Career Politician’

Ricky Wilkins told a packed campaign headquarters in Poplar Plaza on a busy campaign weekend that U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen is waging a dirty campaign while complaining that Wilkins is doing the same.

‘A Step Closer’

Crosstown hits key milestone with trio of building permits

The general contractor for the Crosstown redevelopment project recently applied for three building permits totaling $115.3 million as the development team approaches a key period for financing the ambitious project.

Cash Reflects on ‘Long Way Home’

As Graceland marks the anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley in August, another important artist from Sun Records will be remembered in Dyess, Ark.

Arrests Mark Turbulent Season for Democrats

At week’s end, Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks and Shelby County Democratic Party Chairman Bryan Carson had been arrested within 24 hours of each other on separate charges.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Busby Joins Howell Marketing as Social Media Manager

Lisa Busby has joined Howell Marketing Strategies LLC as a social media manager, handling the social media marketing for several accounts. Busby’s background includes experience in the business, media and nonprofit sectors – including past roles as a radio news reporter and writer, and as a print editor in the national headquarters for the Fraternal Order of Police.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Aren Investments Buys Winchester Haverty’s

6870 Winchester Road, Memphis, TN 38115, Sale Amount: $1.1 million -
Local real estate investment firm Aren Investments LLC has paid $1.1 million for the Haverty’s furniture store at 6870 Winchester Road in Hickory Hill.

SMALL BUSINESS

Lehman-Roberts’ Longevity Paved by Family Ownership

Lehman-Roberts Co. is a highway paving contractor that president Patrick Nelson regards with the kind of pride that might at first seem out of place for work that involves asphalt and roadwork.

SPORTS

Klinsmann’s Outlook Changed in California

SAO PAULO (AP) – Jurgen Klinsmann was 19 years old and playing for his hometown Stuttgarter Kickers in Germany’s second division when he touched down in the United States for the first time.

‘Pop’ at Top of His Game One More Time

Numbers rarely lie, and in Gregg Popovich’s case they finally piled up in a way too compelling to ignore.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Fat Chance

12-STOP. “My name is Dan, and I’ve lost control.”

Outlasting Outdated Industries

One result of technological advances is a change in the way we do business. Sometimes this change results in new jobs, but often, it can also result in job loss.

Identity Theft and Social Media

Ray’s take: You just logged into your online banking and your account is empty. You go to apply for a loan and are told you don’t qualify due to overextended credit. You file your tax return only to discover it has already been filed and your refund check issued and cashed. These are some of the very real things that have happened due to identity theft.

More ‘Unicorns,’ More Rosenfelt

When I wrote about the 2014 Little Rock Film Festival, I reviewed, in three paragraphs, “I Believe in Unicorns.” This just in from that film’s director, Leah Myerhoff: “I appreciate your thoughtful response to the film. However, [please] make one correction: the lead actress is Natalia Dyer, not Amy Seimetz.”

5 Steps to Grow Your Email List

One of the most cost-effective strategies for driving Web traffic and generating online leads is email marketing. Unfortunately, most small and mid-sized companies have an email database filled mostly of current clients, business partners and other friends of the firm. To put a fire under your email marketing and dramatically boost results, follow these five steps for growing your email database.

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

The most commonly cited indicator of complacency, the VIX or volatility index, recently hit a low of 10.73, a level not seen since early 2007.

Partners Drive Startup Ecosystem

Building startups is tough work that requires the engagement of money, mentorship and professional support.

Creating a Nonprofit Private-Public Partnership

Part one of a three-part series. Private-public partnerships are promoted as a collaborative way to bring people and resources together across sectors.

Perfection vs. Petri Dish

We live in the fastest-evolving marketplace in history, so why is it that so many companies still move so slowly bringing new products to market?

Good Medicine for the Soul

It was one of those medication one-upmanships at a recent meeting when some attendees were discussing the number of medications they were taking to address a plethora of medical conditions.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 74 312 10,190
MORTGAGES 103 400 13,275
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 60 2,598
BUILDING PERMITS 0 562 24,086
BANKRUPTCIES 72 299 9,832
BUSINESS LICENSES 39 110 3,713
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 129 519 14,482
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 68 3,131

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