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VOL. TMN-7 | NO. 14 | Saturday, March 29, 2014
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SPECIAL EDITION Health Care Reform

Caught in the Middle

Many concerned with securing right health coverage

Even before the Affordable Care Act came along, Deborah Casey was living between a logistical rock and an economic hard place. Casey, a 61-year-old widow, draws a monthly Social Security check based on her husband’s earnings. She works part-time for Shelby County (no benefits), and to continue receiving the same amount in that Social Security check, she has to keep tabs on how much she makes. This is exactly how someone who wants to provide for herself winds up on a “fixed income.”

Employers, Workers Navigate Compliance Rules

As a certified health care reform specialist, Tim Finnell can stand back and from a distance say the Affordable Care Act does not really have a beginning and an end.

Walk-In Clinics Rising as Response to ACA

When the Affordable Care Act became law in 2010, medical providers were not sure what to expect.

Haslam’s Medicaid Expansion Talks Continue

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has walked a fine line since announcing a year ago that the state would not accept federal funding for an expansion of TennCare, Tennessee’s version of Medicaid, at least for now.

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Seminar Explores Complicated Details of Health Care Law

The Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, became law in 2010.

Editorial: Government Must Address Coverage Gap

Our national discussion of the Affordable Care Act continues to say so much about more than the issue of affordable health care.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

This week in Memphis history: February 28-March 3

2013: A group of 61 Ku Klux Klan members along with neo-Nazis and Aryan Nations members rallied at the Shelby County Courthouse to protest the plan by the City Council to rename three Confederate-themed parks. The massive police response included 400 law enforcement officers in riot gear, a chain link fence around the Klan protestors and another chain link fence two blocks away around a group of 1,200 counter protestors and curious onlookers. One counter protestor was arrested.

SPORTS

Tigers Season Sits Somewhere Between Respectable, Not-Quite-Great

So, how best to categorize the 2013-2014 season for the Memphis Tigers basketball team?

Visiting Teams Show Blueprint for Tigers

Now that we’ve all had a few days to digest the premature end to the Tigers’ season, let’s see what we can learn that might help going forward.

Clash of Contenders

County mayoral candidates outspoken in advance of primaries

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy says his political plans last year didn’t include running for county mayor in 2014.

Second Rape Kit Lawsuit Names More Officials

The second federal lawsuit since December over the Memphis Police Department’s backlog of 12,000 untested rape kits casts a wider net of defendants than the first lawsuit, including the current and former Memphis police directors and the current and former district attorneys general.

Plans Coming Together for Tennessee Brewery Untapped

Plans are taking shape for the six-week “temporary activation” project coming to the Tennessee Brewery at 495 Tennessee St., an initiative starting in late April that will be called “Tennessee Brewery Untapped.”

Tripp Logistics Renews Nonconnah Corporate Center Lease

Shawn Glemser, founder and owner of Tripp Logistics, a locally owned and operated logistics and transportation company, has renewed his lease at Nonconnah Corporate Center. Elliot Embry and Hank Martin of NAI Saig Co. represented the landlord, Nonconnah Holdings LLC.

Patrick Accounting Launches Payroll Business

Patrick Accounting and Tax Services PLLC is in something of an extended growth spurt, with a newly launched expanded payroll services business, a Nashville office that opened this past summer and the possibility of even more expansion beyond Memphis.

Craft, Lewellen Honored With Dunavant Awards

Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Chris Craft and Collierville town administrator James Lewellen are the 2014 recipients of the Dunavant Public Servant Awards, selected by the family of the late Probate Court Clerk Bobby Dunavant and the Rotary Club of Memphis East.

Tasty Transformation

Baskin-Robbins debuts new flavors, fresh look for stores

Goodbye, “31 Flavors.” Hello, “40 Flavors.”

School Board Approves $52.6 Million Capital Ask

Shelby County Schools board members have approved 25 sets of attendance zone changes for the first school year of the demerger and sent a $52.6 million capital “ask” for the current fiscal year to the Shelby County Commission for consideration.

New Retail Center Proposed for Downtown Memphis

A new mixed-use retail center could be headed to the area south of FedExForum Downtown after the developer received approval Wednesday, March 26 for two drive-thru windows and several other code variances.

Harper Stays Focused on Constituents

When her children were small, Thelma Harper spent long hours at their school.

Group of Retail Trucks Set for Memphis Debut

A group of mobile retail businesses – think food trucks, except with a retail component instead of food – will be launching in Memphis soon, with the debut of each so-called retail truck staggered throughout April and May.

Commission Votes Down Family-Planning Rebid

Shelby County commissioners voted down a bid Monday, March 24, to rebid the county’s contract for federally funded family-planning services with Christ Community Health Services.

Tasting Success

Restaurateur Jeff Johnson busy with new ventures including food truck

Jeff Johnson has cooked up for himself a busy schedule, considering his expansive and still-growing number of restaurant interests.

Dishcrawl Memphis Cooks Up Busy Schedule

Like the diners who flock to its ever-expanding menu of opportunities to enjoy the culinary best of Memphis, Dishcrawl Memphis has a full plate in front of it.

Brown Contempt Jailing Maps Political Challenge

The arrest of the Democratic nominee for Shelby County district attorney general Monday, March 24, is the best indication yet of the tumult within the local Democratic Party as it attempts to win countywide offices four years after losing every race to Republicans.

Heritage Trail Likely to Continue Despite Rejection

The plan to demolish the last large public housing development in Memphis and use the demolition as a catalyst for a larger redevelopment of the surrounding area did not make the final cut with federal housing officials in Washington.

Federal Court Ruling Ends Consolidation Quest

The last unresolved issue of the 2010 attempt to consolidate city of Memphis and Shelby County governments ended quietly last week in Memphis federal court.

Sugarmon Opens Campaign for Juvenile Court Judge

City Court Judge Tarik Sugarmon told supporters Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court is “administratively top-heavy” and too expensive to operate as it currently is.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Taylor Promoted to Account Supervisor at Red Deluxe

Kelsey Taylor has been promoted to account supervisor from account manager at Memphis-based advertising agency Red Deluxe. Taylor joined the firm in 2011 and leads the firm’s work for Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation in Washington, D.C.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Georgian Woods Apartments Sell for $3.9 Million

118 St. Agnes Drive, Memphis, TN 38112 -
The 100-unit Georgian Woods Apartments at 118 St. Agnes Drive in Midtown has sold for $3.9 million.

SMALL BUSINESS

Love of South Main Led to Bookstore Launch

The idea of spending their retirement years taking it easy doesn’t seem to have sat well with Jean and Clayton Andrus.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Unique Flavor

MEMPHIS RITUAL. The Memphis of Memphis is best observed and shared around tables, best accompanied by good food and best expressed in good stories.

Cleaning Off the Cobwebs

When new jobseekers start their search for the perfect opportunity, they’re often met with one of two concerns. Either “I’m too old” or “I’m too young.” Those who are older feel their experience will be overlooked because they have too many gray hairs. Those who are young feel their lack of experience will trump their abilities.

Time to Ignore Financial Predictions

Ray’s Take. Financial “experts” like to make predictions about what the markets, the economy and sundry other things financial will do in the months ahead. At the beginning of 2013, one well-known economist predicted 2013 would bring 50 percent unemployment alongside a 90 percent drop in the stock market. Thankfully, he was about as far off the mark as you can get. What’s in store for 2014?

Another Five-Peat

“Never in the history of competitive crossword puzzle solving has there been a rivalry like the one between Tyler Hinman and Dan Feyer.” Thus begins a write-up of last week’s American Crossword Puzzle Tournament at time.com.

Ambiverts Make Sales Rock Stars

Inability to find good sales talent is a common source of frustration among business owners and hiring managers nationwide. I would contend it’s because many are simply focusing on the wrong candidate profile.

Higher Markets Ahead?

Fed testimony last week addressed burning economic and policy questions for investors. How did they respond? Fearfully, joyfully and indifferently. Just as they have to nearly every news item so far this year.

Intellectual Property Audits for Companies

Successful businesses routinely conduct audits of their assets, such as merchandise or financial holdings. Audits are fundamental to making informed business decisions that lead to an efficiently managed business.

Six Things You Can Do As a Board Member

Calling all nonprofit board members: Do you sometimes wonder what value you bring to the nonprofits you serve? Do you wish you were more engaged, or that “they” took more advantage of the talents you bring to the board? We have the solution for you: take initiative! Don’t wait for someone to ask you to get involved.

Slow Down to Innovate

Somewhere in the Industrial Revolution a prejudice was created for speed.

Tips for the Entrepreneur

Congratulations, you are an entrepreneur! You have a great idea, and are ready to launch your new business. You’re not alone. This year, according to the Small Business Administration, you are among the other 399,999 folks with a great idea poised to open their doors for business.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 43 12,074
MORTGAGES 0 78 15,834
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 39 39 3,168
BUILDING PERMITS 292 292 29,124
BANKRUPTCIES 3 100 11,771
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 18 4,292
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 190 17,922
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