Back when he was in his mid-teens, John Fry would make frequent trips to the music store in front of Stax, the Satellite Record Shop, where Stax co-founder Estelle Axton would sell the future Ardent Studios founder 45s from behind the counter.
28. NLRB Issues Rule to Speed Up Union Organizing - Monday, December 15, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – The National Labor Relations Board issued a final rule on Friday aimed at modernizing and streamlining the union election process.
The new rule will shorten the time between when an election is ordered and the election is held, eliminating a previous 25-day waiting period. And it seeks to reduce litigation that can be used to stall elections. It will also require employers to furnish union organizers with email addresses and phone numbers of workers.29. Stars Flock to Music City’s Ernest Tubb Record Shop - Saturday, December 13, 2014
When Bob Dylan drops by, he generally goes right for “a handful” of Hank and Carter Family recordings, although on one Lower Broadway afternoon the old man from the North Country also is reported to have purchased a “Larry the Cable Guy” DVD.30. Brewing Opportunity - Saturday, December 13, 2014
When Memphians like Jimmy Lewis are leaving established careers to remake themselves as coffee roasters, it’s one sign that coffee culture in Memphis is abundant with opportunity and steadily coming into its own.31. According to Foyle - Friday, December 12, 2014
My early New Year’s resolution is to be more like Christopher Foyle. Demeanor-wise and wisdom-wise. No, I won’t be wearing a vest.
“Foyle’s War” is a British detective series created by Anthony Horowitz. As World War II rages, Inspector Christopher Foyle (played by Michael Kitchen) investigates crimes from his headquarters in Hastings, England. He never raises his voice. He’s never puzzled by an inconsistency. Obvious lies from the devious don’t faze him one bit.32. Celebrating the Holiday Season in East Tennessee - Saturday, December 06, 2014
Even ole Ebenezer Scrooge could find something in Knoxville to get him in the holiday spirit.
Area residents have a wide selection of holiday activities including a Clarence Brown Theatre rendition of Scrooge’s Christmas Eve’s nocturnal visitors. Many of the activities are free, but others range in price. Visit the websites for more detailed information, including time, ticket price and availability.33. ’Tis the Season - Saturday, November 29, 2014
After the recession struck, desperate retailers competing for a shrinking amount of shopping dollars and market share began tinkering with time-tested holiday marketing strategies.
Good prices, great values, unique offerings and convenience no longer were enough to boost retail sales.34. More at Moore - Tuesday, November 25, 2014
The large old trees on its campus and the large paned windows of its brick buildings indicate the William R. Moore College of Technology has been around for a while.
It was the idea of William R. Moore, a dry goods wholesaler, who left a $500,000 endowment to fund the institution following his death in 1909. 35. Handling the Stress of Thanksgiving Air Travel - Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Do you plan on traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday? You’re not alone, as Airlines for America has projected 24.6 million passengers will travel globally on U.S. airlines during the 12-day Thanksgiving travel period.36. Vols Unlikely to Repeat November 2013 Collapse - Saturday, November 15, 2014
KNOXVILLE – University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones doesn’t have to remind his team about the disappointing fade last November.
UT went 0-3 to start what has historically been its best month of football. First, the Vols lost to Missouri and Auburn. Then a 14-10 loss to Vanderbilt in Neyland Stadium knocked the Vols out of bowl eligibility.37. The ‘Meh’ Generation - Friday, November 14, 2014
ALL THIS IS GETTING OLD. Mitch McConnell is 117. Across the aisle, Harry Reid is 132, same age as Nancy Pelosi over in the House, and John Boehner is 98.
The last time any of them had an original idea, they had to call it in on a rotary phone. The way they get somewhere, or fail to, is as antiquated as our infrastructure, as much in danger of collapse as our bridges.38. Watching Kobe’s Empty-the-Clip Tour - Friday, November 14, 2014
For those first few minutes, Kobe Bryant was toying with us. He passed the ball and he passed up shots – open and otherwise.
The crowd last Tuesday night at FedExForum seemed unnerved by this. Let’s face it, whether you come wearing a white No. 50 Zach Randolph jersey or a purple and gold No. 24 Lakers jersey, you come to see Kobe be true to his DNA.39. Tech Support - Thursday, November 06, 2014
As FedEx evolved, it developed its own technologies for moving packages around the globe, such as handheld devices that scan packages. When those devices experienced problems, FedEx technicians repaired them.40. Nashville Serves Lesson in Equality Via Steam Table - Saturday, November 01, 2014
Attending the Southern Foodways Alliance symposium meant homework before class. Leading up to the meeting, we received a list of about 14 articles, 26 books, two thesis papers, five oral histories and nine films to help put the talks and meals we would have into context.41. Why are Tennesseans So Afraid of an Income Tax? - Saturday, November 01, 2014
The odds of an income tax becoming a reality in Tennessee – one of the nation’s lowest-taxed states – are slim to none.
And, yet there is an amendment on the Nov. 4 ballot that would change Tennessee’s constitution by giving the Legislature authority to prohibit passage of an income tax or payroll tax in the state.42. How Well Did the Fed's Stimulus Work? - Wednesday, October 29, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – Soaring inflation. A collapsing dollar. Bubbles in financial markets that would soon pop. One presidential candidate even suggested that the Federal Reserve chairman should be roughed up.43. Redbirds Family Loses Former Player - Monday, October 27, 2014
St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, a top prospect who played for the Memphis Redbirds the past two seasons, was killed in a car accident on Sunday, Oct. 26, in the Dominican Republic. He was 22.44. Recruiter’s Career Twist - Saturday, October 18, 2014
Ask Janet Miller about her remarkable career at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and she’ll likely attribute it to good timing or pass credit onto others.45. Long-Term Success - Saturday, October 18, 2014
Insurance products by definition tend to be long-term oriented, providing value over an extended period of time. No surprise, then, that Memphis insurance agency Lipscomb & Pitts, which opened its doors with one employee in 1954, all of a sudden finds itself celebrating 60 years in business.46. Slive’s Influence Stretches Beyond SEC - Friday, October 17, 2014
What would the NFL be today if Pete Rozelle had never been the league’s commissioner? We might still just be watching pro football on Sunday afternoons.
Rozelle’s name belongs in the same conversation with retiring Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive. Because what Rozelle did for the pro game – pushing the idea of Monday football for but one example – Slive has done for the SEC and college football overall.47. Local Officials Emphasize ‘Public Health 101’ - Friday, October 10, 2014
As top public health leaders announced the nation’s first death in the current Ebola outbreak, a batch of 3,000 letters were going out Wednesday, Oct. 8, to physicians in Shelby County.
The letters are a reminder to physicians about the basic information on Ebola and the importance of getting “a good solid travel history,” said Shelby County Health Department director Yvonne Madlock.48. NBA Extends Television Deals With ESPN and TNT - Tuesday, October 07, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – The NBA and its television partners couldn't wait to extend their contracts.
The league renewed its deals with ESPN and TNT even though two seasons remain on the old ones. With potential competition from Fox looming, both networks were willing to pay generously to secure the rights long term.49. Vols Hope to Snap 20-Game Road Slump vs. Ranked Opponents - Saturday, September 27, 2014
KNOXVILLE – It doesn’t get much easier for the University of Tennessee’s football team.
The Sept. 20 open date has come and gone. UT’s coaches and players had ample time to digest and dissect details of the 34-10 loss to No. 4-ranked Oklahoma on Sept. 13 and a week to prepare for a challenge just as formidable.50. Everyone Wants Locker to Succeed, But Can He? - Saturday, September 27, 2014
Perhaps the best thing that Jake Locker has going for him right now is Coach Ken Whisenhunt’s profession of faith.
There is no question that virtually everyone at St. Thomas Sports Park is pulling for Locker to make good in his final chance to be the Titans long-term answer at quarterback.51. New Seat, Same Drive - Saturday, September 27, 2014
Dawn Distler was a bus driver for 10 years, but these days she does her work from the passenger seat.
Knoxville’s new director of transit, on the job since June 1, rides the Knoxville Area Transit buses often, making the most of her commute, traveling to work-related events or taking her staff on a friendly fact-finding mission.52. Active Community Keeps Sports Medicine Busy - Saturday, September 27, 2014
George Hernandez is not only the CEO of Campbell Clinic, he’s a client.
An avid runner, Hernandez was doing a trail marathon last winter. Conditions were rainy, cold and windy. Worst of all, there were wet leaves underfoot covering protruding tree roots.53. Johnson Named Memphis Law School Registrar - Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Jamie M. Johnson has joined the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law as law school registrar.
In her new role, Johnson will have direct oversight of the registrar’s office and duties relating to enrollment verification, managing student’s academic records, and ensuring the accuracy, integrity, maintenance and delivery of all law school institutional data. Johnson will also work closely with the dean of academic affairs to administer exams, determine class rank and report grades.54. Meritan’s Branch Named Among Top Nurses - Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Cindy Branch, Meritan’s associate vice president for health services, has been selected to represent Tennessee as one of the nation’s top 50 home care and hospice nurses by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and the Home Healthcare Nurses Association. Branch, a registered nurse, has oversight of Meritan’s nursing programs, including home health, private duty nursing and medical residential homes. She will be recognized at NACH’s annual meeting in October.55. Unintended Consequences: ER Visits Increase - Saturday, September 13, 2014
Hospital officials have been pushing for the state to expand Medicaid health care coverage for thousands of Tennessee’s poorest citizens, despite two significant and related concerns:
Expansion will lead to increased visits to the most expensive place in America for routine health care, the emergency room.56. Cardinals Finding Way Back to Playoffs - Friday, September 12, 2014
Everyone always says the expectations are highest in their clubhouse. But when the St. Louis Cardinals say it, well, it has a certain depth. The past decade has seen seven playoff trips and two World Series championships. And this season, the Cardinals are hunting their fourth straight Red October.57. Lee Joins MOGA’s DeSoto Office - Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Dr. Daniel Lee has joined the DeSoto office of Memphis Obstetrics & Gynecological Association PC. Lee provides comprehensive women’s health services, including office gynecology, obstetrics and surgical management, to women of all ages.58. Bloodworth: Greenways Increasing Residential Values - Tuesday, September 09, 2014
The Memphis region’s existing 50 miles of greenways, paths and trails are responsible for some increase in property values, particularly residential property, says Rusty Bloodworth, vice president of Boyle Investment Co. and past chairman of the Urban Land Institute’s Memphis chapter.59. High-Flying Vols Can’t Overlook Arkansas State - Saturday, September 06, 2014
KNOXVILLE – You had to be hiding under a rock not to hear the buzz this week about the University of Tennessee’s football team.
One person not reveling in the Vols’ 38-7 season opening victory over Utah State on Sunday night was UT coach Butch Jones.60. Music City Food + Wine More Than Another Festival - Saturday, September 06, 2014
A wallop of good food and music can leave a mark. It’s why a year later, I can still conjure that trickle of butter on my chin from a bite of Chef John Besh’s crab and caviar toast at the inaugural Music City Food + Wine festival.61. Crenshaw’s Lawn Care Business Celebrates 30 Years - Friday, September 05, 2014
Thirty years is a milestone worth celebrating for almost any venture, and for a small business especially, it’s a hard-won anniversary that comes thanks to a combination of luck and hard work. And there’s also the realization that such a milestone is the exception, a contrast to the large number of entrepreneurs out there who tried but came up short. 62. Stepherson Named Chair-Elect of Grocers Association - Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Randy Stepherson has been named 2014-2015 chairman-elect of the Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association board of directors. Stepherson is president of Stepherson Inc., the family- and employee-owned parent company of Superlo Foods, which has five Memphis-area locations, and Stepherson’s.63. Redbirds Prepare for Playoffs Appearance - Wednesday, September 03, 2014
First-year Memphis Redbirds general manager Craig Unger grew up a St. Louis Cardinals fan and he spent the last five years working in the team’s front office. He even wears a huge World Series ring from the team’s 2011 championship.64. Redbirds’ Easley, Scruggs Enjoy Stellar Season - Monday, September 01, 2014
Oscar Taveras, Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty. Those were the St. Louis Cardinals’ hot outfield prospects stashed in Memphis at season’s start.
Taveras and Grichuk have shuttled between the Cardinals and Redbirds and both are with the big club as the Redbirds’ regular season winds down. Piscotty has stayed with the Redbirds, but throughout the year Cardinals general John Mozeliak openly has talked about having playing time in St. Louis for Piscotty in the near future.65. Is It Really Time to Relax Lending Standards? - Saturday, August 30, 2014
Just when you thought it was safe to believe in the wisdom of the system, they pull this.
Back in 2008, when the Great Recession made its way into Middle Tennessee and the area began to feel the pain that other regions had endured for several years, the financial world collapsed.66. Longtime Tennessee Civil Rights Lawyer Dies at 86 - Thursday, August 28, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) – George Barrett, a longtime Tennessee civil rights lawyer known for handling a case that ultimately desegregated the state's public colleges and universities, has died. He was 86.67. Greenprint Advocates Tout Range of Benefits - Thursday, August 28, 2014
After being lampooned for years as one of the worst metro areas in the country for bicyclists and pedestrians, the Memphis region is poised to make a huge leap forward in developing a regional greenway and trail system.68. Finding Life Influencers - Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Coaches such as Alabama’s Nick Saban get paid millions to lead and win championships, so it’s only natural that Saban would say something like this:
“We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat; they do not exist.”69. Tennessee Agencies Have $121 Million in Military Surplus - Tuesday, August 26, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) – Since 1993, Tennessee law enforcement agencies have received more than 41,000 military surplus items worth at least $121 million, much of that going to the state's smaller cities and counties.70. That Realtor Key Box Might Welcome Unwanted Visitors - Saturday, August 23, 2014
This one may get me in trouble with some of my peers, but it is important, so here goes.
First, some background.
In most cases, when a buyer’s agents schedule appointments for showings, they find the properties on MLS and print the listing sheets.71. Class is In - Saturday, August 23, 2014
For Collierville Schools superintendent John Aitken, the demerger of public schools in Shelby County didn’t become “real” until teachers reported the week before the Aug. 4 first day of classes.72. Wade: Pastner Hits Reset Button on Roster, Season - Friday, August 22, 2014
John Calipari never could have gotten away with this. Wait, let me rephrase that:
Calipari can get away with anything – see two voided Final Fours at UMass and Memphis and his current station as King of College Basketball at Kentucky.73. Target Cuts Outlook as Breach Fallout Lingers - Thursday, August 21, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – Target Corp. slashed its annual profit outlook for the second time in three months as the retailer reels from a massive customer-data breach, a botched Canadian expansion and sluggish U.S. sales.74. Williams Joins Memphis Obstetrics as OB/GYN - Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Dr. Jason Williams has joined the staff of Memphis Obstetrics & Gynecological Association PC, where he will focus on women’s health care issues, including prevention, diagnosis and management of many general medical conditions. As an OB/GYN, he specializes in general obstetrical care, infertility, pelvic disorders, and prevention and detection of diseases such as breast and cervical cancer.75. Reshaping a City, One Lot at a Time - Saturday, August 16, 2014
John G. Brittle Jr. doesn’t have an office. He has a war room. The space, crowded with maps, charts, books, piles of paper and marked-up spreadsheets, is ground zero for InfillNashville, the 10-person team of site selection specialists that Brittle leads at Village Real Estate Services.76. Hit Factory - Friday, August 15, 2014
The massive trees and the shade they make are the only thing left on the northwest corner of Danny Thomas Boulevard and Chelsea Avenue from the days when American Studios turned out 120 hit records from 1965 to 1972.77. Real Pastime: Forgiving Our Stars - Friday, August 01, 2014
A story on baltimoreravens.com carried the following headline: “Ravens fans give Ray Rice a standing ovation.”78. Razorbacks Have Nowhere to Go But Up in SEC West - Friday, August 01, 2014
Arkansas defensive end Trey Flowers has endured 17 losses over the last two seasons. He was part of the 3-9 team that went 0-8 in Southeastern Conference games in 2013 and finished the season on a school-record nine-game losing streak.79. Riverside Debate Reflects Pace of Riverfront Change - Thursday, July 31, 2014
On the day that the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation unveiled plans to add a soccer field, volleyball court and six-station fitness loop to Tom Lee Park, city engineers got an earful in the Beale Street Landing breezeway from critics of other changes to the stretch of Riverside Drive that runs by the park and the landing.80. Council Aims to Strengthen Local Medical Device Firms - Thursday, July 31, 2014
Shelby County medical device manufacturers are known for their innovation. But it took about three years of meetings before officially forming the Greater Memphis Medical Device Council this July.
“The industry was not used to coming together and sitting down,” said Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce president John Threadgill. “They’re competitors. And to get competitors in the same room to talk about their issues, there’s some reluctance. But the fact is, they’re all having the same issues. The cat’s out of the bag.”81. Riverside Drive Hearing Draws Opposition to Bike and Pedestrian Conversion - Wednesday, July 30, 2014
City engineers heard a lot of opposition Tuesday, July 29, to not only the recent changes to Riverside Drive by Tom Lee Park but also the way the city went about the conversion of the two southbound lanes to bicycle and pedestrian access only.82. Bartlett Ninth Grade Academy Prepares for Debut - Tuesday, July 29, 2014
A group of 213 children in Bartlett who are coming out of middle school and into a new academic year and system got an introduction last week to the Bartlett school that is a bridge between their middle schools and Bartlett High.83. Globetrotting Stephens Eyes Eventual Return to NBA - Tuesday, July 29, 2014
North Texas told D.J. Stephens no, said they no longer had a basketball scholarship for him. Remember that?
The only reason Stephens wound up at the University of Memphis was that a new young coach named Josh Pastner needed bodies to fill out the roster after John Calipari left for Kentucky and took everything but the nets off the rims at the Finch Center.84. Registration Could Reflect Suburban Relocation - Tuesday, July 29, 2014
When Shelby County’s six new suburban school districts register students on Tuesday, July 29, some of those systems’ superintendents will watch for changes from the numbers of students who pre-registered in the new school systems less than a year ago.85. Mr. B’s Cross-Examination - Thursday, July 17, 2014
Several years ago, a Mr. B. testified as an expert witness in a plane crash case. The lawyer cross-examining him worked awfully hard. And provided some entertainment along the way. The issue was whether the pilot should have been warned of bad weather seen earlier by six FAA employees.86. Sherman Joins Campbell Clinic as Sports Medicine Physician - Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Dr. Henry “Hank” Sherman has joined Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics as a sports medicine family practice physician in its Southaven office. Sherman treats patients who suffer from a variety of orthopedic injuries – from competitive athletes looking to get back in the game to weekend warriors who want to stay active later in life.87. Juvenile Court Reform Moves to Child Welfare Cases - Wednesday, July 16, 2014
For the last two years, much of the attention in Juvenile Court reforms has been on delinquent children who come to the court for their actions.
But this fall, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges will begin an examination of its child welfare program – the reason that most children come to the court.88. Changing Landscape - Saturday, July 12, 2014
It’s been confusing from a distance.
The formal groundbreaking for Shelby Farms Park’s $70 million “Heart of the Park” improvements, including an expansion of Patriot Lake, came the same week last month the Memphis City Council voted to delay for one year the city’s portion of funding for the Shelby Farms Parkway.89. Tommy John Surgery Growing More Common - Friday, July 11, 2014
Envision a baseball board game with dice and a spinner in which players try to go from Little League to pitching and winning Game 7 of the World Series.
Let’s call our fictional game “Bringing the Heat.” One can imagine positive squares where players learn “you just struck out 12 in a game, move ahead two spaces” or “you just had your fastball clocked at 94 MPH as a junior in high school, move ahead three spaces.”90. Sharky's Closes Following Chapter 11 - Saturday, July 05, 2014
Sharky’s Gulf Grill, an upscale seafood establishment in East Memphis, has closed its doors.
Sharky's Gulf Grill LLC, which opened in 2009 and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in April, closed the restaurant in the 6,300-square-foot building at 6201 Poplar Ave. in East Memphis, which is prime commercial real estate space.91. Grizzlies Hope Stokes Develops Into Next Z-Bo - Friday, July 04, 2014
It’s unlikely that Jarnell Stokes was the only Memphis high school basketball player sitting in the upper reaches of FedExForum cheering on the Grizzlies and warming up to that new power forward that we all know as Z-Bo.92. Ex-Senator Baker Remembered for Crossing the Aisle - Wednesday, July 02, 2014
HUNTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Former Senate Majority Leader Howard H. Baker Jr. was remembered Tuesday for his ability to bridge political divides in Washington while also establishing the Republican Party as a statewide force in Tennessee.93. Web Sites Can Take Some Hassle Out of Car-Buying - Monday, June 30, 2014
DETROIT (AP) – Want to take some of the stress and mystery out of the car-buying process? Get on the Internet.
Auto Web sites – once filled mostly with reviews and advice – are getting more sophisticated, connecting potential buyers with dealers and offering instant price guarantees. Some let buyers estimate their trade-in values and turn in credit applications online. One company even lets buyers complete the entire sale online and get cars delivered to their door.94. 'Get a Warrant' to Search Cellphones, Justices Say - Thursday, June 26, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – In an emphatic defense of privacy in the digital age, a unanimous Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police generally may not search the cellphones of people they arrest without first getting search warrants.95. Grizzlies Seek NBA Draft Night Magic - Thursday, June 26, 2014
Three years ago, you probably had never heard of Kawhi Leonard. He played at San Diego State, the same school from which the Grizzlies selected guard Jamaal Franklin in the second round of the 2013 NBA Draft.96. Ni Hao, Y'all: US Hinterlands Woo Chinese Firms - Tuesday, June 24, 2014
PINE HILL, Ala. (AP) – Burdened with Alabama's highest unemployment rate, long abandoned by textile mills and furniture plants, Wilcox County desperately needs jobs.
They're coming, and from a most unlikely place: Henan Province, China, 7,600 miles away.97. Busby Joins Howell Marketing as Social Media Manager - Wednesday, June 18, 2014
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.98. Wilkins Targets Cohen as ‘Career Politician’ - Tuesday, June 17, 2014
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.99. Baseball Gives Rebels Realistic Championship Shot - Friday, June 13, 2014
OXFORD, Miss. – With breakthrough success comes the luxury of laughter, and the breathing room that allows Ole Miss baseball coach Mike Bianco to say that reaching the College World Series took longer than he imagined.100. Tennessee Health Officials Investigate Report of New Virus - Thursday, June 12, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) – Health officials in Tennessee say they are investigating what could be a new mosquito-borne virus in the state.
The Tennessee Department of Health told media outlets on Tuesday that the state may have its first cases of the chikungunya virus, which is painful but not usually fatal.