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VOL. TMN-8 | NO. 42 | Saturday, October 10, 2015
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Strickland Upsets Wharton In Memphis Mayor's Race


Not even close. Mayoral challenger Jim Strickland rolled up a wide margin over incumbent Mayor A C Wharton in the early-vote totals in advance of the Oct. 8 election day count.

Five City Council Races Destined for Runoffs


The identity of the Memphis City Council that will take office in January with six new members was still in flux at the end of a very long and frustrating Oct. 8 election night.

Craving Cooper-Young

Markets, restaurants and businesses burst onto the scene in eclectic Midtown neighborhood

If a neighborhood can be said to possess whatever the real estate equivalent is of that new car smell – a sense that there’s something new here to enjoy, of possibilities, of happy things to come – Cooper-Young would seem to have that, in spades.


Editorial: Connect Cooper-Young to Keep Midtown Momentum Going

If you went to the Cooper-Young Festival a decade ago and compared it to what you saw this year, you would notice a difference.

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Phillip Ashley Chocolates will host a Spectrum tasting event Thursday, Oct. 15, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Jay Etkin Gallery, 942 S. Cooper St. The tasting will feature seven flights of chocolate paired with seven varieties of whiskey, plus live music and hors d’oeuvres. Cost is $60. Visit phillipashleychocolates.com/spectrum for tickets.

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This Week in Memphis History: October 9-15

2014: Stevie Wonder receives the first Epitome of Soul Award from the Consortium Memphis Music Town. The show, held at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, also featured performances by Chaka Khan, BeBe Winans, Jordan Sparks and Eddie Levert. It’s not the first award Wonder has received in Memphis; he was a recipient of the National Civil Rights Museum’s Freedom Award in 2006.

Historic Clayborn Temple to be Restored

Clayborn Temple, the home base for the sanitation worker strikes of 1968, is on its way to restoration after decades of neglect and four years on the market. Nonprofit Neighborhood Preservation Inc. is taking over what is expected to be a multimillion-dollar project to return the church to religious, educational and community uses.

Graceland West Gets LUCB’s Green Light

Graceland is getting another expansion with a recently approved planned development dubbed Graceland West.

Belz Sells Office Building Near Windyke for $7.8 Million


Belz Enterprises made another big real estate deal on the tail of its recent announcement to redevelop the corner of McLean Boulevard and Union Avenue into a mixed-use development.

Groups Want More Memphians to Discover River’s Front Yard

Once upon a time it was called the “promenade.” In 1828, two years after the city of Memphis was incorporated, the city’s founders and their successors put it in writing.

Mixed-Use Midtown Market on Tap for Long-Vacant Corner

Rumors and speculation have long run rampant about potential development at the southwest corner of Union Avenue and McLean Boulevard, one of Memphis’ busiest intersections.

Memphis Health Care Staffing Company Tweaks Brand

A female-owned, Memphis-based health care business is tweaking its brand to reflect the full scope of its footprint and convey its national ambitions.

Commercial Appeal Parent Company Sold to Gannett

Only a few months after The Commercial Appeal got a new corporate parent – Journal Media Group – the Memphis daily is set to get another.

Fred Smith: Expect More M&A

FedEx Corp. president and CEO Fred Smith made a rare public appearance Wednesday, Oct. 7, to talk about the global trading economy and the future of the logistics industry.

Eat Here Brands Keeps Memphis Restaurants on Cutting Edge

A Jackson, Miss.-based restaurant company with some key holdings in Memphis is working hard to stay on the cutting edge of the culinary scene here.

Shelby County Home Sales Slip, Construction Sees Boost

September real estate slumped in Shelby County, but according to real estate professionals, it’s nothing they haven’t seen before.

Mortgage Market Slips 3 Percent in September

Though it’s been on a tear this year as rates have stayed low and supply remained somewhat thin, the Memphis-area mortgage market cooled a bit as the third quarter drew to a close.

Council Stirs Raleigh Springs Mall Project

The city’s Raleigh Springs Mall project moved just a bit at the last Memphis City Council meeting before Thursday’s city elections.

Covington US Cold Storage Plant Opens

United States Cold Storage is formally opening a frost-free, but below freezing, $48 million expansion of the Unilever ice cream plant in Covington, Tenn.

Allworld Project Management Grows Staff With Tech Focus

Tiger Lane. Crosstown Concourse. The Shelby Farms “Heart of the Park” expansion. The Main to Main Multi-Modal Connector Project across the Harahan Bridge. Some of the city’s biggest development projects lead to Allworld Project Management, a 5-year-old firm that’s taking the project management industry to new, tech-focused territory.

First Tennessee Again Eyes Sale Of Downtown HQ Building

One of Memphis’ tallest buildings could come under new ownership as First Tennessee Bank looks to sell its Downtown tower at 165 Madison Ave.

Collierville Goes to Market on School Bonds

Collierville went to market last week to sell the bonds that will finance construction of a new $90 million Collierville High School.

Memphis Theological Seminary Launches $25M Campaign

A new fundraising campaign publicly launched Friday, Oct. 2, marks the first of its kind in Memphis Theological Seminary’s 50 years in the city.

Frost Bake Shop Eyes Collierville Area For New Store

Frost Bake Shop co-owner Bill Kloos Jr. is busy cooking up more than just the assortment of cakes, cookies and other sweet treats with which his Laurelwood Shopping Center bakery is stocked.

Sheehan: No Quick Fix for Health Care

It’s becoming more commonplace to see health professionals in Memphis talking up not so much the high-tech advancements that dominate specialized practices around the city but rather the opposite end of the care spectrum.

Children’s Celebrations Big Business in Memphis

Birthday parties are a growing business offering in Memphis, where parents are less likely to plan a simple gathering at home with a few friends, instead opting for extravagant themes and events.


Grizz May Be Able to Speed Up A Few Minutes at a Time

It meant nothing – the final score, the individual stats … none of it mattered. And yet when the Grizzlies ran out for the first preseason game of the 2015-16 season, before a half-empty FedExForum on Tuesday Oct. 6, it felt good and it felt right.

Even Joe Buck Knows Value Of a Cubs World Series

Baseball needs the Chicago Cubs.

Fuente: AAC Shouldn’t be Shy About Accomplishments

Virginia Tech, Penn State, Louisville, Miami (Fla.) and Kansas all know the feeling. They are Power Five schools that this season have lost to American Athletic Conference teams. But even beyond the victories, the AAC’s teams draw attention for close losses. East Carolina, which defeated Virginia Tech, only lost by a touchdown to Florida.


Koonce Joins Sedgwick Client Services

Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc. has added K. Max Koonce II as senior vice president of client services for its casualty retail business unit. Koonce, an attorney by trade, comes to Sedgwick from Wal-Mart Stores Inc., where he was senior director of risk management. He simultaneously served as president of Claims Management Inc., Wal-Mart’s wholly owned third-party administrator.


Memphis College Prep Renovating Former Dunn Avenue Elementary

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The building previously known as Dunn Avenue Elementary is getting ready for its first group of students since 2013, according to several permits and deeds recently filed by Memphis College Preparatory School Inc.


Folk’s Folly Updates Space, Stays True to Brand

Working for one employer for 31 years is a nice accomplishment.


Redshirting: Waiting an Extra Year to Start Kindergarten Has Its Risks

Mary-Michael and Joe Horowitz know their son Armour, 5, can handle the academics of kindergarten. But instead of pushing him through to meet state age cutoff standards, they decided to delay his start until next year when he is older and emotionally ready.

Metro Nashville’s Local-Hire Rule Gets Battered On Many Fronts

The ink wasn’t dry on standards for Metro Nashville’s local-hire charter amendment when new Mayor Megan Barry put the measure on hold – despite sizable support in the August election.

AFC South is There for the Taking

Some team has to win the AFC South. League rules require it, even if no team truly deserves to go to the playoffs.


A Pothole 26 Years Deep

CRUISING LIKE IT’S 1989. Let’s pretend you can get three cans of tomato soup at Seessel’s for a buck instead of just one, a six-pack of Bud for four bucks instead of six or seven, and a pound of hamburger for 89 cents instead of five bucks. Hell, let’s pretend there’s a Seessel’s.

Good, Fast and Cheap

If you’ve ever worked for a large corporation, you’re probably familiar with the phrase, “You can only pick two: good, fast or cheap.” The idea is that you can create a new product that’s good in a short timeframe if you’re willing to pay enough. Or, you can create a product that’s good and cheap, but it’s going to take some time. Or, you can make a product that’s fast and cheap, but it’s not going to be very good. Expecting to produce a product that’s good, fast and cheap just isn’t realistic.

A September to Forget

September typically delivers negative performance, and this September was no exception. September’s poor performance punctuated a dismal third quarter. Using MSCI stock indices, the USA, Europe and the emerging markets fell 7 percent, 9 percent and 18 percent respectively. Feeling down? You are not alone…

Autopilot For Faster Accumulation

Ray’s Take Out-of-sight, out-of-mind saving and investing is a great way to increase your money.

One for the Quipper

For the guy who said, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over,” … it’s over. Yogi Berra – catcher, coach, manager and quip-coining character extraordinaire – died Sept. 22 of natural causes. He was 90 years old.

How To Destroy Trust in The Workplace

Company culture can make or break a sales team. Sales leaders have seen promising sales representatives start off strong, then plateau and ultimately burn out more times than they can count. Tough days of rejection in the field are challenging to overcome and are major contributors to the high attrition rate associated with sales positions.

Getting the Most Out of Videoconferences

Many of the companies I work with have some percentage of staff working remotely. One study from Telework Research Network estimates one in five Americans work from home, and the trend is expected to increase exponentially year over year.

Resources And Mindfulness In Nonprofit Life

Editor’s note: This is part two of a three-part series. Fundraising is fundraising, or is it? We asked Lisa Hoffman about her observations related to the similarities and differences between large, established nonprofits and emerging, or grassroots, organizations as it relates to fundraising.

Six Sets Of Eyes For Innovation

To successfully foster an innovation, you have to look through at least six different sets of eyes.

Memphians Feed the Body and the Soul With Outreach

Hunger is a problem that we don’t often connect with living in Memphis, yet food hardship is significant in our city. Memphis ranked eighth in the nation in food hardship in the 2014 Gallup Poll.

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