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VOL. TMN-7 | NO. 12 | Saturday, March 15, 2014
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‘Bigger and Better’

Musicians hope efforts are enough to reshape Symphony’s future

At a benefit concert earlier this month at Evergreen Presbyterian Church for the financially struggling Memphis Symphony Orchestra, one audience member was noticeably moved during a performance of “Capriccio Espagnol,” a piece based on Spanish folk melodies from the late 1800s by Nikolai Rismky-Korsakov.

Editorial: Help Symphony Keep Creating Joyful Sounds

These are critical times for the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. And it involves more than the organization’s financial problems.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

March 14-March 20: This week in Memphis history

2013: Executives of Bass Pro Shops went back to the drawing board for their signage on The Pyramid after renderings of the signage and details prompted concern from citizens and the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Design Review Board. The new proposal that would surface later was approved by the review board.

Mississippi River Geotourism Effort Touted

The National Geographic Society wants to create an interactive media geotourism project that guides visitors on journeys they can coordinate up and down the length of the Mississippi River.

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Staging Success

Permanent Live at the Garden stage underway

When the Live at the Garden summer concert series at Memphis Botanic Garden launches its 14th season in June, it will feature a new permanent stage and several other amenities.

Shelby County CRE Sales Up 14 Percent in February

Shelby County recorded 49 commercial real estate sales in February, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

McCusker Aims for Criminal Court Clerk

Michael McCusker is used to the assumptions when the assistant district attorney general tells voters he is running for office this year.

Rardin Takes Trial Advocacy Training to Liberia

Assistant Shelby County District Attorney General Kevin Rardin is leaving for Liberia next month for a week of trial advocacy training in the African nation.

RedRover Adds Corporate Veteran to Ranks

It started with Ilenia Buggy scanning LinkedIn and stumbling across RedRover Sales & Marketing, the Memphis-based agency with the catchy canine-infused theme that caught her attention.

Tennessee Brewery Plan Unveiled

Memphis businessman Taylor Berger is part of a team preparing to take short-term ownership of the Tennessee Brewery Downtown, with plans to bring a variety of community-focused uses to the site from roughly the last weekend in April through the last weekend in May.

Spring Break Cleanup

Living Lands & Waters team takes to McKellar Lake

In perfect spring break weather, college students from around the country gathered on McKellar Lake as Daft Punk and Pharrell tunes pumped out of a boat-mounted sound system.

Ruling Sets School Board Membership at Nine

No local elected body in Shelby County has changed as many times in as short a period of time as the Shelby County Schools board.

Digital Magazine Covering Memphis Launches

High Ground News, a new weekly digital magazine and website covering Memphis-area people, places and happenings, has launched, with a team led by Anna Mullins, the venture’s managing editor who’s also executive director of the Cotton Museum.

Redbirds Set Single-Game Ticket Date

Tickets for individual Memphis Redbirds games, including the Friday, March 28, exhibition game with the St. Louis Cardinals, will go on sale on Saturday, March 15.

2014 Home Sales Off to Slow Start

Shelby County home sales were up in February when compared to the same month last year but not enough to overcome January’s sluggish start, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports.

Crosstown Funding Comes With Questions

The Memphis City Council’s approval of $15 million in city funding for the Crosstown redevelopment project last December was supposed to be the last piece of a $180 million funding puzzle for the mammoth undertaking.

Book Blitz

Literacy Mid-South in midst of whirlwind period of activity

Literacy Mid-South is spending part of this month literally surrounded by books.

Shelby County Mortgages Jump 12 Percent in February

The latest monthly totals for Shelby County’s mortgage market show homebuying improved somewhat last month, with total mortgage volume up 12 percent compared to February 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports,www.chandlerreports.com.

Durham Dives Into Legislature During First Year

When someone first mentioned to freshman state Rep. Jeremy Durham that there would be a new seat in Williamson County, he thought he was being asked to suggest someone, not run.

Court Dismissal Leaves Matter of School Board Restructuring

UPDATE: U.S. District Judge Samuel "Hardy" Mays approved Tuesday, March 11, the Shelby County Commission's plan to restructure the Shelby County Schools board to a nine-member board with the August 2014 elections.

Shelby County Party Heads Look Ahead to Primaries

As Shelby County Democrats try to improve on losing every countywide office to Republicans in the 2010 county elections, party leaders are also warning political figures who identify as Democrats not to cross party lines.

Exeter Property Group Acquires Industrial Portfolio

Exeter Property Group has acquired a 4.4 million-square-foot industrial portfolio – including four properties in Memphis – for $132 million.

Calvary Lenten Series Enters 91st Year

Times have changed. Not so much that Calvary Episcopal Church leaders have stopped believing in the value of the daily Lenten Preaching Series because 2014 marks the series’ 91st continuous year.

Frontier Airlines Lands Memphis Return

Frontier Airlines made a triumphant return to Memphis Friday, March, 7, complete with pilots and passengers wearing Elvis sunglasses.

Election Commission Hopeful for School Board Ruling

John Ryder, an attorney for the Shelby County Election Commission, capped a week of cryptic court filings in the case by quoting a line from “Macbeth” as he made the Election Commission’s point that Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays should rule soon.

U of M Finalists Include Three Provosts

The group of four finalists to become the next president of the University of Memphis includes three provosts including the university’s current provost and one former university president.

Triumph Bank Meeting To Highlight Banner Year

Triumph Bank is holding its annual meeting next month in a locale that’s different from the traditional conference room setting where banks tend to make their yearly presentation to shareholders.

Cordova Parents Question Attendance Zone Changes

Parents in Cordova are used to the complexities of school system boundaries. They’ve lived with them for years, with part of the area within the city of Memphis and the other part in unincorporated Shelby County.

Howard Students Volunteer Spring Break in Memphis

Last year, Howard University’s Alternative Spring Break program came to Memphis for the first time with the help of Whitehaven graduate and Howard student Ayanna McFarland.

SPORTS

Nichols’ Rookie Award Comes With Accolades

First, there was the debate. Would Briarcrest star Austin Nichols really stay home and play for the Memphis Tigers? Or would outside offers, including ones from Duke, Kansas and North Carolina, be too good to pass up?

Wins Come in Various Ways

One night at FedExForum, the Grizzlies beat Portland by 10 points as they shoot a season-best 56 percent, three players score 17 or more points, and energizer James Johnson never gets on the floor.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Frierson Joins T-Shirt Champions as Art Director

Nikki Frierson has joined T-Shirt Champions as art director, where she will oversee the planning and creation of all T-shirt art produced by the company’s graphic design team. Frierson is also currently involved in Leadership Memphis’ FastTrack program, an initiative that teaches emerging, high-profile leaders personal leadership skills and knowledge of the community.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Galvanizing Company Files Permit for Facility

3328 Fite Road, Millington, TN 38053, Permit Cost: $1.9 million -

SMALL BUSINESS

Pets Get the Hollywood Treatment at Growing Chain

Shawn McGhee grew up on a farm in Southern California with sheep and cattle and “a dozen dogs, a dozen cats, running loose.”

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Talking Sex

ALL OF OUR COLLEGE PRESIDENTS SHOULD GET SEXY. The Tennessee General Assembly has long been afraid of sex.

Defining Luck

Some people seem to have all the luck. From the outside, they appear to get every promotion, make more money, drive a nicer car and live in a nicer house. It’s like they are surrounded by a ray of sunshine all day. This seems especially true of celebrities, company heads and professional athletes. How do they get so lucky, and when will my luck change?

What’s Your Retirement Status?

Ray’s Take: What are your thoughts about contributions to a 401(k), an IRA or any other tax-qualified investment vehicle? Are you thinking about the “right now” advantage of a tax break or are you thinking long term about what kind of life you would like to live in retirement?

Grisham Thriller Smacks of Dickens

At the pretrial conference, big-city lawyer Wade Lanier does an “evidence dump.” His witness list includes 45 people not previously disclosed in discovery. Local lawyer Jake Brigance moves for a continuance. Lanier says that with two weeks remaining before trial, there’s plenty of time for Jake to call these folks. Judge Reuben Attlee denies the motion. What will Jake do?

Women Leading in Memphis Startup Scene

Memphis has made all the difference for me as a female startup founder. Memphis isn’t often sought after as an entrepreneurial hub, but I found it to be just what I was looking for: supportive and empowering for woman founders like myself. Memphis startup events aren’t only balanced on gender, but also in race. A mind-set for inclusion here is really setting our community apart from others.

Reports of Email’s Death Greatly Exaggerated

The first in a two-part series. While email marketing may have lost a bit of luster given the instant gratification of social media, it’s alive and well and is one of several digital marketing channels businesses are spending significantly more on in 2014. Why? Because compared to social media marketing, email marketing is less time intensive and easier to measure, test and optimize.

Examining Numbers From Data Week

The first week of the month always produces a torrent of economic data that is capped off by the Friday employment report from the Department of Labor. Here is a summary of the more relevant data releases from last week:

Campaign Packaging

Part one of a two-part series. Do you need to raise money for your nonprofit? If you answer “yes,” you are in good company. Fundraising is critical for most nonprofits and it takes time to build relationships that generate the revenue needed to operate.

Keep Your Finger On The Pulse

Would you believe us if we told you that traditional market research is an antiquated practice that is heading toward obsolescence? Even the online survey, the modern successor of the traditional door-to-door and phone surveys doesn’t really cut it in today’s complex world.

Unlocking Doors to Education

George Washington Carver is quoted as saying that “Education is the key to unlock the golden door to freedom.” In our community, there are many education doors; however, there is not a master key that opens all the doors.

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PROPERTY SALES 72 238 10,116
MORTGAGES 103 297 13,172
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 40 2,578
BUILDING PERMITS 0 370 23,894
BANKRUPTCIES 70 222 9,755
BUSINESS LICENSES 20 71 3,674
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