44. Obama Signs Actions Taking Aim at Gender Pay Gap - Wednesday, April 09, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – In a concerted election-year push to draw attention to women's wages, President Barack Obama signed directives Tuesday that would make it easier for workers of federal contractors to get information about workplace compensation. He seasoned his move with a sharp rebuke of Republicans whom he accused of "gumming up the works" on workplace fairness.45. Mississippi Network Set for Child Medical, Mental Needs - Wednesday, April 09, 2014
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi officials hope that a $5 million grant will create a more seamless system to care for children's medical, mental and behavioral needs.
The partnership between the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Mississippi Children's Home Services was announced Tuesday.46. Volkswagen Expansion Talks at Standstill in Tennessee - Wednesday, April 09, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) – Expansion talks at Volkswagen's lone U.S. plant have ground to a halt amid disagreements about the role of organized labor at the factory in Tennessee.
An acrimonious vote in February at the plant in Chattanooga resulted in the narrow defeat of the United Auto Workers union.47. Commission to Discuss Budget, Schools Funding - Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Shelby County Commissioners offer their first public comments Wednesday, April 9, on the budget proposal by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell and a request by Shelby County Schools leaders for $52.6 million in capital funding.48. Events - Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, April 9, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. George Cogswell, publisher of the Commercial Appeal, will speak. Cost is $18 for nonmembers.49. Cold Calling Gets Bad Rap - Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Cold calling gets a bad rap. Sales reps dread it, due to the anxiety and rejection that too often accompany it. In reality, the make-or-break moment in most cold calls is just the initial conversation starter – that first 10-20 seconds from your first word to the point at which the prospect gives you permission to continue talking. If you can make it past that all-important hurdle, it’s all downhill from there.50. Stephens Joins Maintenance Team at Commercial Advisors - Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Timothy Stephens has joined Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors as a maintenance mechanic at One Commerce Square. In his new role, Stephens will performing plumbing, painting and general maintenance services.51. New Digital Pet Magazine Launches - Wednesday, April 09, 2014
The number of new digital media outlets launching in Memphis keeps getting bigger. The newest addition is Bluff City Bark, a venture billing itself as Memphis’ first digital pet magazine. The first issue was published a few days ago, and the cover features Jeff Fioranelli, owner of Buckley’s restaurant, photographed with his two dogs, Teddy and Sam.52. Fourth Annual MED Night Raises Hospital Awareness - Wednesday, April 09, 2014
“Celebrate good times, come on!” The song by Kool & the Gang – this year’s MED Night: A Soul Celebration headliner – pretty much encapsulates not only the night, but the overall feeling about Regional One Health’s vision and new direction.53. Craft Follows 36-Year Path to Bench - Wednesday, April 09, 2014
The path of Criminal Court Judge Chris Craft to the bench has been the result of seeing possibilities in other positions.54. Avoiding Heartache - Wednesday, April 09, 2014
The Grizzlies had just watched the Golden State Warriors score 14 straight points to turn a seven-point deficit into a 100-93 victory. Yet Memphis coach Dave Joerger rejected the notion that the Grizzlies, who also happened to miss their last seven shots in the fourth quarter, had lost the game more than the Warriors had won it.55. City Blight Effort Faulted in Audit - Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. came up with the anti-blight initiative 25 Square specifically to attack overgrown lots in a systematic and targeted approach.
But the city’s internal auditors concluded in a report released this week that city leaders of the “grass mitigation” program didn’t use a “targeted approach” at all.56. End of Windows XP Support Spells Trouble for Some - Tuesday, April 08, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – Microsoft will end support for the persistently popular Windows XP on Tuesday, and with an estimated 30 percent of businesses and consumers still using the 12-year-old operating system, the move could put everything from the operations of heavy industry to the identities of everyday people in danger.57. Senate Nears Passage of Jobless-Benefits Bill - Tuesday, April 08, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Capping a three-month struggle, the Senate closed in Monday on passage of election-year legislation to restore jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed that expired late last year.58. UTHSC Realigns Department of Dental Hygiene - Tuesday, April 08, 2014
The Department of Dental Hygiene at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Allied Health Sciences will be realigned under the UTHSC College of Dentistry.
By July 1, the seven full-time faculty, 16 adjunct faculty and four staff members of the department will relocate across campus from their 930 Madison Ave. offices to the Dunn Dental Building at 875 Union Ave. The leadership of the dental hygiene program will remain in place, reporting to Dr. John D. Seeberg, assistant dean for Clinical Affairs in the College of Dentistry.59. Events - Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Methodist North Hospital will hold a stroke support group meeting for survivors and caregivers Tuesday, April 8, at 2 p.m. in day room one at HealthSouth Rehabilitation, 4100 Austin Peay Highway. Physical therapist Melody Clayton will present “Moving Forward.” Visit methodisthealth.org.60. All Dividend Stocks Not Created Equal - Tuesday, April 08, 2014
There are 422 dividend paying stocks in the S&P 500 Index, but not all are created equal.
To use a job analogy, some jobs offer a good upfront salary and stability in income, however, upside growth is limited. While other jobs may have lower starting salaries, they make up for it with growth opportunity and, in some cases, unlimited upside through bonuses or commissions.61. Hillview Village Apartments Sell for $5.9 Million - Tuesday, April 08, 2014
2051 E. Alcy Road
Memphis, TN 38114
Sale Amount: $5.9 million
Sale Date: March 27, 201462. Lebanon’s Pody Works for Amendment Passage - Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Buyer: 2013 Hillview LP
Seller: Alcy Partners LP
Details: The 265-unit Hillview Village Apartments at 2051 E. Alcy Road in the Defense Depot neighborhood have sold for $5.9 million.
Helping people with insurance requires the ability to plan for multiple scenarios.
That’s something Rep. Mark Pody, a Republican from Lebanon, Tenn., has taken with him to the Tennessee General Assembly, and he says it helps even when everyone is in agreement on a bill’s final outcome.63. Former Memphian Finds Online Success With StyleBlueprint - Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Former Memphian Elizabeth Fox and Liza Graves launched the online lifestyle publication StyleBlueprint.com in January 2009 with the goal of connecting women with their community.64. Open House - Tuesday, April 08, 2014
The historic James Lee house in Victorian Village is days away from a grand opening celebration, the culmination of a restoration several years in the making that has turned the property once home to the Memphis College of Art into a bed-and-breakfast inn.65. Museum Reopening Raises Issues About Present - Tuesday, April 08, 2014
There was a moment in the April 5 two-hour reopening ceremony for the renovated National Civil Rights Museum that demonstrated the tension that still exists when it comes to the important issue of who is telling the story of history.66. US Finally Regains the Jobs Lost in the Recession - Monday, April 07, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy has reached a milestone: It has finally regained all the private-sector jobs it lost during the Great Recession.
Yet it took a painfully slow six years, and unemployment remains stubbornly high at 6.7 percent.67. Haslam Free Tuition Plan Garners Praise, Concern - Monday, April 07, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's signature proposal this year, a program that would cover a full ride at two-year colleges for any high school graduate, appears on track to pass as lawmakers enter the waning days of the legislative session. The details, however – including how to pay for this perk in the years to come – remain scattered.68. Health Care Bill Helps Add 3 Million to Medicaid - Monday, April 07, 2014
Three million Americans signed up for Medicaid under President Barack Obama's new health care law as of the end of February, the administration said Friday, offering its first full accounting of how much the safety-net health program has grown since implementation of the law.69. Alexander has $3.1 Million for Senate Campaign - Monday, April 07, 2014
Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander raised $614,000 in the first quarter, leaving him with $3.1 million on hand for his bid for a third term.
Alexander said he received formal notification on Thursday that he has qualified for the Aug. 7 primary. His eight opponents in the GOP nomination contest include state Rep. Joe Carr of Murfreesboro and former Shelby County Commissioner George Flinn.70. First Tennessee Bank Expands to Houston - Monday, April 07, 2014
Memphis-based First Tennessee Bank has expanded to Houston.
The company has tapped longtime Houston banker Gary Olander to be its Houston market president. He joined First Tennessee March 25 and is building a team of top Houston bankers for First Tennessee.71. Keep Hope Alive for Next Generation - Monday, April 07, 2014
Teilhard de Chardin, the controversial French philosopher and Jesuit priest, once said, “The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope.”
He was controversial, as are most visionaries, because his insights reduced the complex to the simple, the difficult to the achievable. Long before there was a plethora of slogans to promote achievement, Chardin was a champion of potential, of unlimited possibilities, of the evolution of personal goals, of always going from good to great. But hope – what’s hope have to do with that next generation who are sitting in classrooms across our country? Actually, hope has everything to do with it. Hope gives a future orientation to students who are bored at school.72. Trendcasting and Innovation - Monday, April 07, 2014
Did you wake up this morning to realize that the world has changed and your business has not changed with it? If you are a regular reader of this column you know we discuss growth strategy and innovation and all of the challenges that accompany those pursuits. We see many companies of all sizes that are dying a slow death in a saturated market with outdated business models. They fail to get out ahead of what’s next.73. PT Squared’s Krista Robinson Now an Everyday Cheerleader - Monday, April 07, 2014
She was a junior in college, captain of the University of Memphis cheerleading squad, and she had her life choreographed: finish school, become a physical therapist, work with the rich and famous.
“Beforehand, I was convinced I would work with an NFL team, do ACL injuries and things like that,” Krista Robinson said, adding with a laugh, “I’d have spent Monday chewing them out for the game they played on Sunday.”74. Luttrell Wants Suburban Schools Consideration in Funding Split - Monday, April 07, 2014
Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has a pretty good idea what is on the $52.6 million capital spending “ask” list Shelby County Schools is sending his way.75. Pahlow Wins Broker of the Year - Monday, April 07, 2014
After enduring early struggles in his commercial real estate career, Scott Pahlow has reached the top of his industry.
Pahlow, an executive vice president with Newmark Grubb Memphis, was named Commercial Broker of the Year Thursday night at the Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council’s 13th annual Pinnacle Awards gala.76. This week in Memphis history: April 4-10 - Saturday, April 05, 2014
2013: The Memphis Soul concert in the East Room of the White House featuring Sam Moore and Justin Timberlake.77. Two Film Programs Launching in April - Saturday, April 05, 2014
Indie Memphis and Crosstown Arts are offering two programs for Memphis-area filmmakers and film lovers next month.
Both programs will be held at Crosstown Arts, 430 N. Cleveland St.78. Music Series Coming To Overton Square - Saturday, April 05, 2014
Overton Square is getting a live music series called Thursdays Squared.
Resource Entertainment Group is launching the event, which will arrive at the Tower Courtyard at Trimble Place and Florence Street on Thursdays starting April 17. It’ll be a concert, but also more than that – a street party with an outdoor music festival feel that includes beer and wine for sale. Covers will range from $5 to $15 depending on the headlining band. Up first is Party Planet April 17, with special guests including Al Kapone, Ruby Wilson and more.79. Manufacturing Grew More Quickly in March - Saturday, April 05, 2014
U.S. manufacturing grew at a slightly faster pace in March compared with February as factory output recovered from disruptions caused by severe winter weather. Manufacturers also received more orders, suggesting that production could strengthen a bit in the months ahead. The Institute for Supply Management, a group of purchasing managers, said Tuesday that its manufacturing index increased to 53.7 from 53.2 in February. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion.80. State DCS Releases Child Death Figures - Saturday, April 05, 2014
Tennessee's Department of Children's Services has published the first set of child fatality statistics since an agency overhaul following revelations that child welfare officials did not know how many children were dying in DCS custody.81. Events - Saturday, April 05, 2014
National Civil Rights Museum will host a community day and grand reopening Saturday, April 5. The event includes a 9:30 a.m. Freedom Forward Parade from Cook Convention Center to the museum, 450 Mulberry St. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.82. Trustee’s Texts Reaching Tardy Taxpayers - Saturday, April 05, 2014
Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir has found a new way to reach out and touch someone – specifically, tardy taxpayers.83. Steiner Resigns as CEO of GTx - Friday, April 04, 2014
Dr. Mitchell Steiner has resigned effective Thursday from being CEO and vice chairman of GTx, the Memphis-based company he co-founded.84. US Home Market: Few Buyers and Not Enough Sellers - Friday, April 04, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Entering the 2014 spring buying season, the U.S. housing market faces an unusual dilemma: Too few people are selling homes. Yet too few buyers can afford the homes that are for sale.85. Report Says Blacks, Latinos Losing Economic Ground - Friday, April 04, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – African-Americans and Latinos are losing economic ground when compared with whites in the areas of employment and income as the United States pulls itself out of the Great Recession, the latest State of Black America report from the National Urban League says.86. US Trade Deficit Hits $42.3 Billion in February - Friday, April 04, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit climbed to the highest level in five months in February as demand for American exports fell while imports increased slightly.
The deficit increased to $42.3 billion, which was 7.7 percent above the January imbalance of $39.3 billion, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.87. Children's Services Releases Child Death Figures - Friday, April 04, 2014
Tennessee's Department of Children's Services has published the first set of child fatality statistics since an agency overhaul following revelations that child welfare officials did not know how many children were dying in DCS custody.88. Events - Friday, April 04, 2014
National Civil Rights Museum will host a candlelight vigil honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Friday, April 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the museum courtyard, 450 Mulberry St. Cost is free. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.89. Grizz Running in Mud - Friday, April 04, 2014
So the group text came in a little before midnight after the Grizzlies’ horrible excuse for a basketball game at Minnesota against the Timberwolves.
They were on the low side of a 102-88 score that wasn’t that close and they had played a starring role in Kevin Love’s free agency mix tape: Triple-Double Love.90. Cardinals Expect ‘Good Things’ to Happen Again - Friday, April 04, 2014
At grantland.com, the writer said the St. Louis Cardinals have even more depth than last year’s team, but then he went on to pick the Los Angeles Dodgers to win the World Series.91. New Partners Sign On to Tennessee Brewery Effort - Friday, April 04, 2014
This weekend, volunteers will return to the Tennessee Brewery property to continue getting it ready for Tennessee Brewery Untapped, a six-week series of community events that will run April 24 through June 1.92. Rape Survivors Go Public in Backlog Lawsuit - Friday, April 04, 2014
The three rape victims who filed a federal lawsuit March 26 against city and county governments over the backlog of 12,000 untested rape kits deliberately wanted their real names used in the lawsuit, their attorney said Wednesday, April 2, as two of the three women talked with reporters about the case.93. High Court Loosens Reins on Big Campaign Donors - Thursday, April 03, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court's conservative majority voted Wednesday to free wealthy donors to give to as many political candidates and campaigns as they want, further loosening the reins on giving by big contributors as the 2014 campaign moves into high gear.94. Haslam: No Threat Implied in VW Incentive Offer - Thursday, April 03, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says making a $300 million incentive package to Volkswagen subject to labor talks concluding to the state's satisfaction was not a threat but a "statement of reality."95. Now Tack! - Thursday, April 03, 2014
In sailing, when the wind shifts direction, you must move your sails or risk losing the wind. The first indication of a shifting breeze comes from the telltales, strips of lightweight material attached to the sails that foreshadow a change in conditions. Recently, the market telltales have been active.96. One and One for the Morrisseys - Thursday, April 03, 2014
Robin and Darren Morrissey, wife and husband, finished one and one at the 2014 Clinton School Puzzle Festival. That would be first place in crosswords and first place in Sudoku.97. Invest Early For the Best Retirement - Thursday, April 03, 2014
Ray’s Take The very best friend a young investor has is time. Someone who puts $4,000 per year into retirement accounts starting at age 22 could have $1 million by age 62, assuming an 8 percent average return. Waiting 10 years to start contributing means you would need to put in $8,800 per year to get the same results.98. Taveras Aims to Prove Himself at Top - Thursday, April 03, 2014
Before every Memphis Redbirds season, there is picture day. On Monday, March 31, the Redbirds held an open workout at AutoZone Park, but first, players lined up like school kids in the first-base dugout to don a Redbirds jersey and cap and get their pictures taken.99. Toast Cafe Chain Seeks Memphis Expansion - Thursday, April 03, 2014
A breakfast-focused restaurant chain called Toast Cafe, described by its CEO as the “antithesis of a greasy spoon,” is looking to expand into Memphis by opening as many as five stores over the next two to three years.100. Deadline Brings High Interest for Health Insurance - Wednesday, April 02, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A blizzard, jammed phone lines and unreliable websites failed to stop throngs of procrastinating Americans from trying to sign up for health coverage by the midnight Monday deadline for President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy initiative.