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.
51. Constantly Changing Online Prices Stump Shoppers - Friday, December 19, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – Online shopping has become as volatile as stock market trading. Wild, minute-by-minute price swings on everything from clothes to TVs have made it difficult for holiday shoppers to "buy low."52. Fear Drives US Stocks Higher - Wednesday, December 17, 2014
In 2014, more than 600 hedge funds have disbanded. Even accounting for the carnage of 2009, this amounts to a record pace of “smart money” failures. In the more pedestrian mutual fund realm, active money managers are having their worst year of relative performance ever.53. Google Researching Use of Color in Business - Tuesday, December 16, 2014
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Google is one of the major U.S. corporations researching the power of color in the working world, in everything from workspaces to marketing and branding.
Meghan Casserly, spokeswoman for the U.S.-based organization built around the popular search engine, says Google is still early in its research but has already found "a clear link between color and satisfaction with a person's work area," which in turn can boost employee creativity and productivity.54. Tanger Outlets Involved in Southaven Project - Tuesday, December 16, 2014
A major player in the development of outlet malls has jumped on board the long-planned effort to build a massive outlet mall in Southaven.
Tanger Outlets, which has a portfolio of 44 outlet centers in 26 markets in the U.S. and Canada, is now involved in the effort to build The Outlet Shops of the Mid-South at Interstate 55 and Church Road in Southaven.55. Editorial: Graceland Plan Ultimately Worth the Price - Saturday, December 13, 2014
The Graceland economic impact plan is a mixed bag.
But we think ultimately and clearly it is worth the investment.
The impact of just the 450-room Guest House at Graceland hotel and resort on the larger Whitehaven area is, to use an overused phrase, a game changer.56. 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.57. Old Friends Conspire to Get Tennessee a Better Bowl - Saturday, December 13, 2014
For all the tough times University of Tennessee football has endured in recent years, a turn for the better was bound to happen.
It certainly did early this week.
UT’s invitation to the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville – now called the TaxSlayer Bowl – was a stunning coup for a 6-6 team that seemed destined for anything but a January bowl on the beach.58. All-Star Voting Opens, Includes Grizz Players - Monday, December 15, 2014
The National Basketball Association and Sprint have tipped off NBA All-Star Balloting 2015 and Grizzlies fans can vote for their favorite Grizzlies players, including Marc Gasol, Mike Conley, Zach Randolph, Tony Allen and Courtney Lee.59. Blackie’s Body Shop Endures Changing Industry - Monday, December 15, 2014
Cars are a lot different, and the business of an auto body shop is too, since Delmus “Blackie” Moore opened a body shop on Fourth Street in Downtown Memphis in 1951.
The business of body work is much faster, with less time for the custom work that once was much of Blackie Moore’s stock in trade.60. Community Hospitals Becoming Endangered Species - Saturday, December 13, 2014
The state of Mississippi has 110 hospitals and three-fourths of them are, as you might expect, in rural areas.
“And 56 of them have fewer than 50 beds,” said Mendal Kemp, director of the Center for Rural Health at the Mississippi Hospital Association.61. Prince, Leuer Lead Grizzlies Bench Above the Rim and Under the Radar - Friday, December 12, 2014
Let’s start with the dunks. Dunks by bench players – Jon Leuer and Tayshaun Prince – who don’t even know from night to night if they will get to play, never mind have an opportunity to catch a sliver of the spotlight.62. A Tale of Two Projects - Friday, December 12, 2014
At 7.7 miles, it takes about 12 minutes to make the drive between the Mid-South Fairgrounds and Graceland.
However, the political fortunes of each couldn’t be more different.
A financing plan for a long-delayed expansion of the Graceland campus to develop all 120 acres owned by Elvis Presley Enterprises and amassed since the mid-1990s cleared the Shelby County Commission this week and the Memphis City Council a week before.63. Beach-Bound - Wednesday, December 10, 2014
“Miami here we come!!!” That was quarterback Paxton Lynch’s tweet, spiced up with sun and palm tree icons.
It summed up what has been a glorious football season for the University of Memphis: a 9-3 record, a 7-1 mark in the American Athletic Conference and the program’s first share of a league title in 40 years. So the Tigers are headed to the first-ever Miami Beach Bowl for a Dec. 22 game with BYU.64. 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.65. Ramsey an Important, Unfamiliar Pioneer - Saturday, December 06, 2014
In this season of thankfulness, Knoxvillians should pay homage to Francis Alexander Ramsey, but many people are probably not familiar with his name.66. Recruiting Wars - Saturday, December 06, 2014
Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley is in his eighth year in the NBA. But he’s just 27 years old and his 10-year class reunion at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis is still an event in the future.67. These Retailers Could Use Some Holiday Cheer - Friday, December 05, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – The holiday shopping season is always a make-or-break period for struggling retailers.
But this year, the fight to grab shoppers has intensified, making it difficult for stores to use the season that accounts for about 20 percent of the retail industry's annual sales to bounce back.68. Promotions, Gas Prices Boost US Auto Sales - Wednesday, December 03, 2014
DETROIT (AP) – American shoppers passed on the malls and headed to the car dealerships over Thanksgiving weekend.
Black Friday promotions – coupled with falling gas prices, low-interest loans and hot new vehicles – drove U.S. auto sales higher in November, kicking off what's expected to be a strong holiday season.69. Year-End Reflections – Part One - Tuesday, December 02, 2014
As 2014 comes to an end, we find ourselves reflecting on our work and this column. They are both intertwined: FUNdraising Good Times is one way we help nonprofit organizations and institutions position themselves for fundraising success.70. Dobbs the Latest in Line of Dual-Threat UT Quarterbacks - Saturday, November 29, 2014
If the University of Tennessee’s football team gains bowl eligibility with a victory Saturday at Vanderbilt, it can look back to a quarterback change Oct. 25 against Alabama as a pivotal point in the season.71. Titans Have Little to be Thankful for With This Turkey - Saturday, November 29, 2014
It is the time of year that we pause to give thanks for all that we have in our lives.
But what do the Tennessee Titans have to be thankful for as they stand 2-9 and are mired in a five-game losing streak?72. Strange Encounters of the Literary Kind - Thursday, November 27, 2014
The main character in this column is the Bard himself, Willie Shakespeare. So, if you’re anti-poetry, see ya!
This is a recycle, even though I’m not on vacation this week. As I wrote in June 1995, “With a deadline every week, I occasionally find it necessary to tell a story only because it cries out to be told.73. Q&A: Bill Courtney - Thursday, November 27, 2014
Former volunteer football coach at Manassas High School who was the subject of the Academy Award-winning documentary “Undefeated.”
Fast Facts: President and CEO of Classic American Hardwoods, a $40 million lumber company in North Memphis; author of “Against the Grain,” and a much-in-demand public speaker; 46 years old.74. Gasol, Grizzlies Finding New Heights - Thursday, November 27, 2014
It’s the unachievable goal, but still a worthy pursuit.
We are, of course, speaking of perfection.
Or rather, Grizzlies center Marc Gasol is speaking of perfection.
“We can never be satisfied,” Big Spain was saying after going for 30 points and 12 rebounds in the Grizzlies’ 107-91 thumping of the Los Angeles Clippers at FedExForum last Sunday. “As soon as you’re satisfied, you start taking steps backwards.75. Telecom Controversy Emerges at City Hall - Thursday, November 27, 2014
During the recent repaving of Danny Thomas Boulevard Downtown, city public works crews discovered a leak in sewer lines, and the political timing lined up with a controversy at City Hall that’s been out of the public eye for the most part since the spring.76. Thanksgiving Trumps Black Friday for Deals - Thursday, November 27, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – Thanksgiving could be the best day to shop all year.
An analysis of sales data and store circulars by two research firms contradicts conventional wisdom that Black Friday is when shoppers can get the most and biggest sales of the year.77. Google's Latest: A Spoon That Steadies Tremors - Wednesday, November 26, 2014
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) – Google is throwing its money, brain power and technology at the humble spoon.
But these spoons (don't call them spoogles) are a bit more than your basic utensil: Using hundreds of algorithms, they allow people with essential tremors and Parkinson's disease to eat without spilling.78. VW Policy for Tennessee Plant Sets Off Labor Scramble - Wednesday, November 26, 2014
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – In rival camps located about a mile apart, both supporters and opponents of the United Auto Workers' efforts to unionize their first foreign auto plant in the South say a new labor policy at the Volkswagen factory is going to help them.79. Mobile Dependency Energizes Text Marketing - Wednesday, November 26, 2014
The average consumer typically has at least one mobile device within arm’s reach at any given time throughout the day. Our growing dependency on these devices has increased the opportunity for marketers to reach targeted consumers with greater immediacy than ever before via text marketing.80. Amusement Parks Challenged By Home Entertainment - Monday, November 24, 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Your local fun zone, amusement center and theme park is facing an existential challenge these days.
They need to lure you, the American guest, off your sofa with your high resolution, interactive video games and into their world of fun – real life fun.81. One Stop Grows From Changing Church Base - Monday, November 24, 2014
In a city known for its churches and the culture of those churches, Betty Hobson has found a business model that shows just how broad and deep the influence of those churches can be.82. Hillsboro High Land Sale: New School, Big Profit - Saturday, November 22, 2014
Merritt Rowe knows her children will never personally benefit from any changes to Hillsboro High School in Green Hills, but as the parent of two current students and another starting next year, it is something she is willing to fight for and encourages other parents – especially those of future students – to do the same.83. Rogero Talks ‘Smart Growth,’ Democratic Politics - Saturday, November 22, 2014
Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero became the first woman to hold that office when she won the election in 2011.
She’s been actively involved in a number of local issues since her election, from urban-core revitalization and business recruitment to broader social issues such as marriage equality.84. Auction of Elvis Items Set for January - Saturday, November 22, 2014
More than 60 authentic artifacts related to late singer Elvis Presley are set to be auctioned in Memphis in January.
Elvis Presley Enterprises says the auction, scheduled for Jan. 8, will be part of the annual celebration of Presley's birthday at Graceland, his longtime Memphis home. Bidding will begin online two weeks prior to the live auction at Graceland.com/Auction.85. Doing Everything Right is Still No Guarantee - Friday, November 21, 2014
I meet people every day who are down on their luck. They’ve applied for job after job online and nothing is clicking. They’ve had a few phone interviews and even an in person interview or two. Their resume seems virtually flawless. They’re actively engaged in LinkendIn and regularly attending networking events.86. Holden’s Hat - Friday, November 21, 2014
FINDING MEMPHIS. Last week the Church of the Holy Communion inaugurated a reading group called Words, and enticed an eclectic baker’s dozen of participants with Muddy’s cupcakes. I can’t speak for the rest, but I’ve worked for much less.87. Auction of Elvis Items Set for January - Thursday, November 20, 2014
More than 60 authentic artifacts related to late singer Elvis Presley are set to be auctioned in Memphis in January.
Elvis Presley Enterprises says the auction, scheduled for Jan. 8, will be part of the annual celebration of Presley's birthday at Graceland, his longtime Memphis home. Bidding will begin online two weeks prior to the live auction at Graceland.com/Auction.88. Estate Planning and State Taxes - Thursday, November 20, 2014
Ray’s take: A lesser-discussed aspect of estate planning is state inheritance taxes. Some states have tax separate and in addition to federal estate taxes. And to make it even more confusing, some states collect estate taxes and some states collect inheritance taxes, while two states collect both.89. Hayes Perseveres to Lead Memphis Football - Thursday, November 20, 2014
He belongs. As much, or more, than any of them.
It’s not just that senior Brandon Hayes has 663 rushing yards, tops among University of Memphis running backs and fourth in the American Athletic Conference. It’s not just what he has done in the previous two seasons and his full body of work – 2,089 career rushing yards, 16 rushing touchdowns, and another four TDs as a receiver.90. Bohannon to Chair Junior Achievement Board - Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Morgan Bohannon has been named chairman of the board of director of Junior Achievement of Memphis & the Mid-South Inc. Bohannon, the regional market manager for iHeartMedia, became engaged with Junior Achievement when iHeartMedia sponsored the “Broadcast Center” at JA BizTown in 2012. He joined the board soon thereafter and has been involved ever since.91. Lang Brings One-Man Show to Orpheum - Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Hollywood star Stephen Lang is a familiar presence on the silver screen, most famous for his roles in movies like “Avatar,” in which he plays Colonel Quaritch, and “Tombstone,” which includes his turn as Ike Clanton.92. This week in Memphis history: November 14-20 - Saturday, November 15, 2014
2013: Justin Timberlake at FedExForum in a day that saw Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. proclaim it as Justin Timberlake day and don a bowtie along with numerous other Memphians. It was Timberlake’s first Memphis show since 2007 and 1,000 free bow ties were distributed.93. 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.94. Bowl-Eligible Tigers Look for More This Season - Friday, November 14, 2014
It was just another score on the bottom-of-the-TV-screen scrawl: Memphis 16, Temple 13.
For most of the country, that’s all it was. If it came with any history, it was only the immediate history of Jake Elliott kicking the game-winning field goal. Or of the Tigers getting their sixth win, which knowledgeable college football fans understand is the magic number: six wins equals a bowl game.95. Ignite Memphis Returns With More Rapid-Fire Ideas - Thursday, November 13, 2014
Ignite Memphis returns next week with what organizers say looks to be the biggest Ignite event ever, on track for another sellout.
The basic idea behind Ignite Memphis: Get a group of creative professionals and Memphians of all stripes, really, to take the stage and make a presentation. That’s pretty much it, other than a few parameters, such as the requirement that the presentations include slides and last a total of five minutes.96. Obama Steps Into Divisive Debate on Net Neutrality - Wednesday, November 12, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Let's say President Barack Obama gets his way and high-speed Internet service providers are governed by the same U.S. regulations imposed on telephone companies 80 years ago.97. 'Success is a Lousy Teacher' - Wednesday, November 12, 2014
In sales, as in life, many a person throws in the towel after failure, not realizing that failure is actually an inevitable outcome of the innovative. Thomas Edison is reported to have had more than 1,000 failures before finally inventing a practical electric light bulb. Aptly, he said, “Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”98. Pyramid’s Past Life Almost Vanished - Tuesday, November 11, 2014
On the north side of The Pyramid, you can still see signs of what once was, in a way that makes 20 years seem like centuries ago.
The logo for the city’s old Wonders series of exhibitions is the most noticeable indicator of the past life of a structure long ago stripped of the seating bowl that made it an arena. 99. Hook, Line & Sinker - Monday, November 10, 2014
In May, when the first guests at Big Cypress Lodge inside The Pyramid open the French doors in their rooms, they’ll be able to walk onto a patio overlooking the sprawling interior of the Bass Pro Shops store and attraction, including a re-creation of Delta cypress swamp and 600,000 gallons of water features.100. Analyst Expects $89B in Online Holiday Sales - Saturday, November 08, 2014
This year more Americans than ever are expected to make their lists, check them twice, and then click the "add to cart" button.
Forrester Research said Monday that it expects U.S. consumers to spend $89 billion by Christmas. That's up 13 percent, or about $10 billion, from a year ago.