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1. 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.
2. Music City Christmas
- Saturday, December 06, 2014
In years past, Carl Haley has offered his Grand Avenue transportation passengers the customary Christmas lights tour packages – about the same as other tours in Nashville – with a cruise by Opryland and a trip to a few choice, heavily decorated neighborhoods.
3. Ivey, U of M Seek to Boost Transportation Sector
- Saturday, December 06, 2014
Dr. Stephanie Ivey never intended to get into the transportation field. After earning her doctorate in engineering from the University of Memphis, Ivey had planned on being involved in environmental work but, through a series of twists and turns, accepted a position at the U of M focused on transportation.
4. Edison Park Finds Ally in Habitat for Humanity
- Saturday, November 29, 2014
This Thanksgiving marks two years that Aisha Lbhalla, her husband and their two young sons have lived in Edison Park.
They have a single-family home that backs up to her older son’s school, Thomas A. Edison Elementary. The house has four bedrooms, brick facing, a garage and nearly 1,500 square feet, Lbhalla says.
5. Patrick Ready to Cook at Relocated Rizzo’s Diner
- Monday, December 01, 2014
Chef Michael Patrick reaches for a metaphor to describe what it will feel like once the new, more expansive version of his Downtown eatery, Rizzo’s Diner, opens in the next several days at 492 S. Main St.
6. ’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.
7. I Choose Memphis: Philipp von Holtzendorff-Fehling
- Monday, November 24, 2014
“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.
Name: Philipp von Holtzendorff-Fehling
8. Green Hills in Full Boom Despite Traffic Woes
- Saturday, November 22, 2014
Stephen Graw first moved to Green Hills in 2004 right after college, renting a house with a bunch of buddies from school. Like his neighborhood, he’s done a lot of growing in the last decade and is now a senior advisor at Sperry Van Ness Nashville and on the Chamber West Leadership Council.
9. Riverside Drive Bike Lane Critics Remain
- Monday, November 10, 2014
In the five months since the southbound auto traffic lanes on Riverside Drive between Beale Street and Georgia Avenue were turned into bicycle and pedestrian lanes, bicycle usage of the lanes has risen from an average of 400 a month to more than 600 a month.
10. Out-of-Patience Investors Sell Off Amazon
- Monday, October 27, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon has long acted like an ideal customer on its own website: a freewheeling big spender with no worries about balancing a checkbook. Investors confident in founder and CEO Jeff Bezos' invest-and-expand strategy flooded into the stock as the company revolutionized shopping, upended the book industry and took on the cloud — even though its vast range of initiatives ate up all the company's profits.
11. Central Centennial
- Friday, October 10, 2014
Central Station is 100 years old, an age that most train stations never reach. And if they do, they get there with some really harrowing years in mid-life.
The landmark at South Main Street and G.E. Patterson Drive marked its centennial this month with hundreds of people taking a look around the now recovered and renovated station as well as Amtrak trains and Canadian National railroad locomotives on the tracks that run by the station.
12. 5 Mysteries of US Job Market Waiting to be Solved
- Friday, October 03, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Just how healthy is the U.S. job market?
Despite steady hiring and falling unemployment, the question has provoked sharp debate and considerable uncertainty on the eve of the September jobs report.
13. ‘Cutting Edge’
- Saturday, September 20, 2014
The first thing to understand about the task that Opera Memphis general director Ned Canty feels is before him is that he’s not leading a music organization that competes only with other music outlets and venues for audiences’ attention.
14. Some Fear Auto Industry Returning to Bad Habits
- Wednesday, September 03, 2014
DETROIT (AP) – Big discounts. Six- or seven-year loans, in some cases to buyers who would have been turned down in the past.
As the auto industry strives to sustain its post-recession comeback, car companies are resorting to tactics that some experts warn will lead to trouble down the road.
15. Client Service Remains Top Priority at The Barnett Group
- Saturday, August 30, 2014
The Barnett Group, a Memphis-based employee benefits and financial services firm, didn’t get to the point where it’s provided benefits to more than 75,000 people by accident.
It’s always a reality that businesses are looking to do more with less, cut costs and look for areas where resources can be optimized. The industry space in which The Barnett Group operates is a fast-changing one, with a constant stream of new rules and regulations governing it.
16. 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.
17. Lot Shortage Poses Next Roadblock
- Saturday, July 26, 2014
Local homebuilders say a dearth of developed lots is slowing down the new housing rebound, weighing down an industry still trying to drag itself out of the rubble left by the worst recession in decades.
18. ‘Drive for Progress’
- Saturday, July 26, 2014
There’s a duality of meaning implied in the name of the civic organization where Nancy Coffee serves as president and CEO.
19. Roku CEO Discusses State of Internet Video, TV
- Monday, June 16, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – If Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is the star of the Internet video-streaming phenomenon, then Roku CEO Anthony Wood is the best supporting actor.
20. Across the River
- Saturday, May 03, 2014
The Arkansas land between the bridges across the Mississippi River at Memphis doesn’t have a name, at least not yet.
If graffiti is any indication, lots of people go there. And they cross numerous boundaries on dirt and gravel roads and paths that can end abruptly and are posted with “no trespassing” signs and other warnings as well as railroad video cameras.
21. Editorial: Memphis Must Make Time for Civic Renewal
- Saturday, April 19, 2014
New beginnings are a constant throughout our lives as well as the seasons -- religious, cultural, natural, even sports – that many of us rely on to mark the path those lives take.
One of the more difficult aspects of maintaining a new beginning for so many of us is that it often represents a new way of looking at a world that doesn’t appear to have changed that much or even enough to match the change we are undergoing.
22. Distinctive Design Touches Will Dominate Belly Acres
- Monday, April 14, 2014
From a visual standpoint, there will be no mistaking Belly Acres, the farm-to-table burger restaurant coming to Overton Square at 2102 Trimble Place, once it opens in the next couple of months.
23. Feed the Imagination
- Friday, April 11, 2014
SHOPPING FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT. The courtyard you’re in was once stacked with wooden cases, the food trucks you see were once mule-drawn wagons waiting to load those cases, the locally-brewed beer you’re sipping the reincarnation of what filled them, the live music you hear covering the century-old echoes of the South’s once busiest brewery – the Tennessee Brewery.
24. Tomato Baby Co. Offers Plants and Philosophy
- Monday, March 31, 2014
Being “Tomato Girl” isn’t a full time job for Alainia Hagerty. She has a day job that doesn’t involve selling dozens of varieties of tomato plants grown in her Brighton, Tenn., greenhouse.
But she views the online business with a national reach as a way of life.
25. Caught in the Middle
- Saturday, March 29, 2014
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.”
26. Shelby County Building Permits Down Slightly in February
- Friday, March 21, 2014
With bitterly cold temperatures lingering over the Memphis area last month, homebuilders pulled slightly fewer housing permits in February when compared to the same month last year.
Shelby County homebuilders filed 67 permits in February, down from 73 permits in February 2013 but up slightly from 64 permits filed in January, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.
27. Grisham Thriller Smacks of Dickens
- Thursday, March 13, 2014
At the pretrial conference, big-city lawyer Wade Lanier does an “evidence dump.” His witness list includes 45 people not previously disclosed in discovery. Local lawyer Jake Brigance moves for a continuance. Lanier says that with two weeks remaining before trial, there’s plenty of time for Jake to call these folks. Judge Reuben Attlee denies the motion. What will Jake do?
28. Healthy Design
- Thursday, February 27, 2014
The road to community health and wealth is paved, at least in part, with smart design principles.
Density, a strong mix of uses, high design standards and amenities such as bike lanes and parks can produce healthier communities that attract business investment, Hernando Mayor Chip Johnson told Urban Land Institute Memphis members this week.
29. Older Americans Are Early Winners Under Health Law
- Tuesday, February 18, 2014
CHICAGO (AP) — For many older Americans who lost jobs during the recession, the quest for health care has been one obstacle after another. They're unwanted by employers, rejected by insurers, struggling to cover rising medical costs and praying to reach Medicare age before a health crisis.
30. Putting Your <3 Into Your Job
- Friday, February 14, 2014
The season of love is upon us. Is it fair to say you love what you’re doing for a living? Do you find yourself putting in your all every day, or is it a drag to get up in the morning – or worse yet, to go to bed the night before, knowing your next day’s work is looming over you?
31. Grizz Look at Final 30 With Hope for Strong Finish
- Friday, February 14, 2014
As the Grizzlies took their leave from FedExForum, having won their last home game before the NBA All-Star break, forward James Johnson looked toward the next night’s game at Orlando. He made clear that the Grizzlies were not thinking of Disney World or any other fantasyland, but were committed to the work immediately in front of them.
32. New Home Permits See Slight Bump
- Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Despite bitterly cold temperatures that plagued the Memphis area last month, homebuilders pulled slightly more housing permits in January when compared to the same month last year.
Shelby County homebuilders filed 64 permits in January, up from 57 permits filed in January 2013 and 53 permits in December 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.
33. Working for Yourself
- Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Who’s your boss? Is it your manager, client or customer?
What if the answer is you? To improve your personal power, imagine that you are the only person judging your decisions and your work. Only you are responsible for giving yourself a pat on the back or a coaching session. I’m not talking about being self-critical; I’m talking about being self-reflective, without regard for how others see you.
34. Frigid Weather Pulls January Auto Sales Down 3 Percent
- Tuesday, February 04, 2014
DETROIT (AP) – Auto sales slid 3 percent in January as bouts of snow, ice and frigid temperatures in much of the country kept buyers snug in their homes instead of venturing out to car dealers.
35. Idea Factories
- Saturday, January 11, 2014
Never mind how fully formed or exciting the concept sounds, Michael Overton, partner and creative director at inferno, is probably going to want to see it on the wall.
36. Horseback Rides With Weddings
- Friday, January 03, 2014
BRIDAL PATHS. As I did last year, I begin this year revisiting markers on the journey.
When I was little, I was sure you went to cool weddings by horseback.
After all, Roy and Dale were married, and they sang “Happy Trails To You” from the back of a horse every week. Mom and Dad were married, and they spent the first year of their marriage in Arizona riding horses and doing cool-sounding things like punching cattle, shooting rattlesnakes and smoking Old Golds.
37. Editorial: City Should Resolve to Keep it Real in 2014
- Saturday, December 28, 2013
The year 2013 may be the year that reality took a turn for the better without giving up its status as reality.
Economically, no rampant irrational exuberance in which bubbles have been known to get very big and send shrapnel everywhere when they inevitably burst. But there was some improvement to build on, tempered a great deal by a local unemployment rate that is more stubborn than the national rate.
38. Mississippi Children Learn With Blues Curriculum
- Friday, December 27, 2013
TUNICA, Miss. (AP) – In cotton country a couple miles east of the Mississippi River, just off a road known as the blues highway, fourth graders at Tunica Elementary School are exploring the Delta's homegrown music to learn about rhythm, rhyme and chord progression.
39. Pioneering Woman
- Thursday, December 19, 2013
It was 2004 and Kim Grant Brown had just finished her junior year at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
During the break from her studies, Grant Brown, then 20 years old, acquired a loan and built her first house in Arlington.
40. Tiny Bag to Big Box
- Friday, December 06, 2013
ONE SCREW. ONE CENT. ONCE UPON A TIME.
Saturday at 491 South Highland.
That meant, if you couldn’t get out the door and out of earshot fast enough, you’d be working for Dad. “I need a #2 this or that,” he’d say – staring at the repurposed wooden Philadelphia Cream Cheese box in his hand that no longer held cream cheese and, evidently, not a single #2 this or that either – “Run down to the hardware store.”
41. RV Industry Shows More Signs of Recovery
- Wednesday, December 04, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – RV manufacturers expect to pass another milestone in their steady recovery from the recession that landed the industry in a deep ditch.
Led by sales growth for towable RVs and pricier stand-alone motor homes, recreational vehicle makers expect to ship more than 300,000 units to dealers' lots this year for the first time since the economic downturn battered the industry in 2008 and 2009.
42. Commission to Consider Schools Agreements
- Monday, December 02, 2013
As the Thanksgiving holiday weekend began, Germantown’s still-forming municipal school district was the only suburban school system in Shelby County without an agreement in principle with Shelby County Schools.
43. Bartlett, Collierville and Millington Schools Pacts Approved by School Board
- Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Shelby County Schools board members approved agreements Tuesday, Nov. 26, for Bartlett, Collierville and Millington municipal school districts as well as quit claim deeds for the transfer of all but one of the school buildings within the borders of the three suburban cities.
44. Impulse Buying Can Come at a High Price
- Thursday, November 28, 2013
Ray’s Take There’s a billion-dollar reason the racks of magazines, candy, and soft drinks are right by the checkout counters and at check-out on many a website. It’s called impulse buying, and it’s as bad for your budget as those candy bars are for your waistline.
45. Negotiators Report Little Progress in Budget Talks
- Thursday, November 14, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – House and Senate budget negotiators say they're not close to an agreement but plan to keep at it.
"We're trying to find common ground but we're not there yet," said House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis. He said Republicans and Democrats have spent lots of time in the recent past airing their differences but it's now time to find a way to strike an accord. "The hard part is figuring out where we agree," Ryan said.
46. Weirich Opens Re-Election Campaign
- Wednesday, November 13, 2013
There were lots of judges on hand as Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich opened her re-election campaign Sunday, Nov. 10.
47. Ignite Memphis Connects People, Ideas
- Thursday, November 07, 2013
In a couple of weeks, via a series of structured slide-based presentations, a group of creatives will try to live up to the event’s official billing and ignite Memphis.
Undercurrent, which holds regular events around the city to help people connect with fellow Memphians, is producing the latest version of Ignite Memphis, which happens Nov. 19 at Crosstown Arts, 430 N. Cleveland St. The gathering will pack in everyone from former I Love Memphis blogger Kerry Crawford, who’ll talk about the secret to happiness, to Rhodes graduate Peter Hall, outlining 10 businesses that can be launched in Memphis for less than $1,000, and Opera Memphis general director Ned Canty, who will touch on video games, pop culture and opera by the time he’s finished.
48. Big Lots Closing its Wholesale Units
- Monday, November 04, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Big Lots Inc. said Friday that it will close its wholesale business by the end of the year, citing tough competition and weaker sales and margins.
49. Frontier Airlines Sold to Ultra-Cheap Airline Investor
- Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Frontier Airlines is being sold to William Franke, a pioneer of the cheap tickets and high fees airline business that has spread overseas and is growing in the U.S.
Franke is the former chairman of Spirit Airlines, which has earned consistent profits by jamming more seats on its planes and charging extra for things that other airlines do for free, such as printing a boarding pass at the airport, or using the overhead bin.
50. English Brings New Concept to Midtown
- Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Five years after opening one of the city’s most popular restaurants, Kelly English is preparing to open The Second Line, a more casual restaurant next door to his original eatery, Restaurant Iris.
51. Health Care’s ‘Lost Opportunity’: A Q&A with Phil Bredesen
- Saturday, September 28, 2013
More than two years after leaving state office, Phil Bredesen, the popular former governor and mayor of Nashville, is still on the go. While enjoying a post-political life in Nashville that includes gardening and grandparenting with his wife, Andrea Conte, Bredesen remains active in promoting bipartisan solutions to issues such as the national debt as a speaker and as a member of the Governors’ Council of the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington, D.C.- based think tank.
52. Achievement School District Fields Questions at Carver
- Wednesday, September 18, 2013
The Achievement School District and the charter school operator that could run Carver or Fairley high schools for the state-run school district got lots of questions and some skepticism Monday, Sept. 16, at Carver.
53. Art for Jobs Show Raises Funds for Advance Memphis
- Friday, September 13, 2013
The nonprofit group Advance Memphis, the work of which focuses on helping the poor in South Memphis move up the economic ladder, has made its mark on the inner city.
Since its founding in 1999, the organization has graduated some 600 people from its programs. About 100 people graduate from its job readiness training each year.
54. Fewer School Districts Promoting Junk Food, Soda
- Tuesday, August 27, 2013
ATLANTA (AP) – There's been a big shift in how many school districts take money from soda companies and ban junk food from vending machines, health officials say.
A government survey found 44 percent of school districts banned junk food from vending machines last year, up from 30 percent in 2006.
55. Memphis Banks Show Broad Improvement
- Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Banking in Memphis is in the midst of a rebound, judging by the latest numbers from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
56. US Builders Broke Ground on More Homes in July
- Monday, August 19, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. developers broke ground on homes at a faster pace in July. But the rise was all due to apartment construction, which is typically volatile. By contrast, builders began work on fewer single-family homes – the bulk of the market – and sought fewer permits to build them.
57. Retailers See Slow Start to Back-to-School Season
- Friday, August 09, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) – Shoppers are holding off on back-to-school shopping, and those who delay long enough might be rewarded with some steep discounts from desperate retailers.
Revenue at stores open at least a year – an industry measure of a retailer's health– rose 3.8 percent in July, the slowest pace since March, according to a preliminary tally of 10 retailers by the International Council of Shopping Centers. The figure, which excludes drugstores, was below a 5.5 percent increase in June.
58. Tricky Obstacles Ahead to Averting Shutdown
- Monday, July 29, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – Despite pressure from some liberal Democrats for a September showdown in hopes of ending huge automatic, government-shrinking spending cuts, Washington appears on track to avert what would be the first government shutdown in nearly two decades.
59. Ritz: School Finances Remain Complex
- Thursday, July 25, 2013
Shelby County Commission Chairman Mike Ritz said Tuesday, July 23, the commission is unlikely to increase funding to the countywide school system in the near future.
Ritz spoke at the Memphis Rotary Club the day after the commission approved a $4.38 county property tax rate that includes $20 million in new funding for the schools – the first increase in county funding to public education since 2005.
60. Secret Ingredient
- Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Cafe Eclectic has found itself in an enviable spot since the cafe’s first location opened five years ago in Midtown.
After opening that first location at 603 N. McLean Blvd., the owners didn't have to necessarily go hunting for additional spots. For Cafe Eclectic's second and third stores – the newest of which opened at the end of June near the University of Memphis – owners of those spaces came instead to them.
61. Bumper Crop
- Saturday, July 13, 2013
Unless you see the signs, it is hard to tell when you have crossed the Tennessee-Mississippi state line where Fayette County, Tenn., meets Marshall County, Miss., not too far from the southern city limits of Collierville.
62. 15 Minutes in Memphis
- Friday, July 12, 2013
MEG RYAN, AND 15 MINUTES IN MEMPHIS. The other day, I dropped in to see my jeweler. My jeweler. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Mine makes 75 bucks off me every single year. I mean, watch batteries aren’t cheap, and I’m going to sweat through at least one watchband every summer.
63. Get Real About Selling Your Home
- Thursday, July 11, 2013
Ray’s Take Selling your home is one of the biggest financial transactions you’ll probably make. It’s a time to stay cool and realistic. However, most of us have a big emotional investment in our homes alongside a significant financial one. You probably selected it because you loved it, were excited to move in and built special memories there.
64. Median CEO Pay Rises to $9.7 Million in 2012
- Thursday, May 23, 2013
CEO pay has been going in one direction for the past three years: up.
The head of a typical large public company made $9.7 million in 2012, a 6.5 percent increase from a year earlier that was aided by a rising stock market, according to an analysis by The Associated Press using data from Equilar, an executive pay research firm.
65. Siblings Behind Pop-Up Shop Plan
- Thursday, May 02, 2013
Later this month, three independent retail shops that stretch from Oxford, Miss., to East Memphis will join forces Downtown for a one-day “pop-up shop” event that includes food and music.
Muddy’s Bake Shop and Oxford-based vinyl record store The End of All Music will bring some of their respective wares May 15 to Downtown clothing accessories store Hoot-Louise, at 109 G. E. Patterson Ave.
66. Fallout for States Rejecting Medicaid Expansion
- Tuesday, April 23, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – Rejecting the Medicaid expansion in the federal health care law could have unexpected consequences for states where Republican lawmakers remain steadfastly opposed to what they scorn as "Obamacare."
67. Understanding the Importance of a Getaway
- Friday, April 19, 2013
THE TIME TO GET AWAY IS CLOSE. One morning last week. Anderson’s dogs were running, impossibly fast, circling a field of new wheat, impossibly green, and then through the woods and past the ponds, Snuffy bounding just ahead of us and Bow Wow off to our right in the trees. Their eyes were bright and their joy obvious, impossibly happy.
68. Signs of Life
- Saturday, April 13, 2013
Home sales activity picked up in the first quarter of this year across the Mid-South, and brokers believe the market recovery is gaining traction.
Shelby County home sales rose 6 percent during the first quarter, with 3,382 sales from January to March compared to 3,179 during the first quarter of 2012, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.
69. The Anatomy of a Habit
- Monday, April 08, 2013
As humans, we would have a hard time getting through the day without our strongly ingrained habits. But as you know, some habits produce good results, some produce undesirable results.
In the case of workplace habits, it’s a good idea to consider your current inventory of habits and determine the results they are producing. Think about all the daily routines that are driven by your habits. For example, how do you handle incoming emails, phone calls, pieces of paper that flow into your office, meetings, boredom, anxiety and other triggering events with the potential to influence or alter your behavior?
70. Speck Suggests Riverfront Remedies
- Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Urban planner and designer Jeff Speck has told city government leaders that the recently renamed Jefferson Davis Park is the “obvious next opportunity” for riverfront development plans and represents a “big bang in an important place.”
71. Transportation Center Welcomes Rental Car Operations
- Friday, March 08, 2013
The first two floors of the new $90 million ground transportation center at Memphis International Airport officially opened for rental car business on Wednesday, March 6, marking the latest in a series of airport upgrades and renovations aimed at improving the traveling experience for millions each year.
72. Give Up These 40 Things for Lent
- Friday, February 15, 2013
40 THINGS TO DO WITHOUT. Lent has begun – a season of reflection and sacrifice for believers seeking spiritual strength, a season bridging the gray gloom of winter and the green promise of spring for those seeking renewal, a season of waffles and chicken hash for those seeking comfort in the caloric basement of Calvary Church – 40 days of all of that for me.
73. AP IMPACT: Deficient Levees Found Across America
- Friday, January 18, 2013
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Inspectors taking the first-ever inventory of flood control systems overseen by the federal government have found hundreds of structures at risk of failing and endangering people and property in 37 states.
74. Follow These Steps for Viral Video Success
- Tuesday, January 15, 2013
My sister lives in South Korea. She doesn’t get to come home often, but what she discovered on a visit a few months ago baffled her. Gangnam Style was sweeping the U.S. At first, she was confused. She said it was a popular dance in South Korean clubs, and she’d heard it on Korean radio. But that did not explain why I was asking her to teach me the dance during a TV timeout at a football game at LSU last fall.
75. Making Sense of the Merger
- Saturday, January 12, 2013
There are several certainties for public education in Shelby County when the new school year begins in August.
Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools will be consolidated into a single countywide system and there will be more competition than most Memphians can remember in their lifetimes for that single consolidated school system.
76. Battling Blight
- Monday, January 07, 2013
The kickoff date to the Downtown Memphis Commission’s anti-blight initiative on April 1, 2011, is embedded in president Paul Morris’ memory.
77. Changing Market
- Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Much of 2012’s commercial real estate deals could be summed up in one of three phrases: speculative construction, institutional buyers and unusual transactions.
The first quarter was kicked off when Industrial Developments International Inc. revealed plans to add one build-to-suit and two speculative buildings in its Crossroads Distribution Center in Olive Branch – marking the area’s first spec construction since 2008.
78. Horseback Rides With Weddings
- Friday, December 28, 2012
BRIDAL PATHS When I was little, I was pretty sure you went to cool weddings by horseback. After all, Roy and Dale were married, and they sang “Happy Trails To Us” from the back of a horse every week. Mom and Dad were married, and they spent the first year of their marriage in Arizona riding horses and doing cool-sounding things like punching cattle, shooting rattlesnakes and smoking Old Golds.
79. Builder Permits Rise 10 Percent in November
- Monday, December 24, 2012
The National Association of Homebuilders said Tuesday, Dec. 18, that sentiment across the homebuilding industry rose to its highest level since the middle of 2006.
National housing permits in November posted a 26.8 percent increase from November 2011. And while they’re not up quite that much, local starts are seeing increases as well.
80. Midtown Momentum
- Saturday, December 22, 2012
The Midtown real estate market has long been an anomaly compared to its Bluff City counterparts, with fundamentals as diverse as its demographics.
“The types of real estate that you’ll find in Midtown can be some of the most expensive or some of the most modest when it comes to prices and facility,” said Gary Myers of Gary Myers Co. “Retail in particular.”
81. Entrepreneurial Efforts Multiply Locally
- Friday, November 30, 2012
The building blocks keep snapping into place for what’s becoming a solid foundation for Memphis’ entrepreneurial and startup communities.
A trio of efforts either in the works or soon to come ideally will funnel more startup ideas into the pipeline and connect the entrepreneurs and innovators behind them with the mentors, cash, peer groups, training and lots more they might need to thrive.
82. Gen X Inks State’s First Location on Austin Peay
- Friday, November 16, 2012
A trendy Vernon, Calif.-based retailer has inked its first Tennessee location in Austin Peay Plaza.
Gen X Clothing Inc. signed a 35,000-square-foot lease at 3252 Austin Peay Highway. The space was formerly occupied by Big Lots.
83. Voices of the Past
- Thursday, November 01, 2012
A new crop of historical markers and monuments is sprouting across the city in a move by several groups to broaden the span of the city’s recognized history.
Last week the UrbanArt Commission formally dedicated a statue by artist Vinnie Bagwell in Chickasaw Heritage Park that is the image of a Native American woman. Her sculpted cloak bears images from some of the history that followed the Native Americans who built the ceremonial mounds in the park around 1500 A.D.
84. US may Soon Become World's Top Oil Producer
- Wednesday, October 24, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. oil output is surging so fast that the United States could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest producer.
Driven by high prices and new drilling methods, U.S. production of crude and other liquid hydrocarbons is on track to rise 7 percent this year to an average of 10.9 million barrels per day. This will be the fourth straight year of crude increases and the biggest single-year gain since 1951.
85. Soul Map
- Monday, October 22, 2012
The Soulsville arrows beneath the Bellevue Boulevard railroad overpasses near Walker Avenue point north and south. It is the first indication that you are in an area where several possibilities can coexist.
86. Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
- Monday, October 01, 2012
Maybe you’re a startup founder who wants to rub shoulders with your peers, pitch investors in the hope of landing venture capital and talk to a lawyer about drawing up paperwork.
Maybe you’re a veteran researcher who’s got a side project that looks like it could turn into something big. Or maybe you’ve got little more than an idea on the back of a napkin.
87. Premiums for Family Health Plans Hit $15,745
- Wednesday, September 12, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – Annual premiums for job-based family health insurance went up just 4 percent this year, but that's no comfort with the price tag approaching $16,000 and rising more than twice as fast as wages.
88. More Boomers Aspire to Careers With Social Purpose
- Monday, September 10, 2012
CHICAGO (AP) – Here go the baby boomers again, reinventing themselves and bucking tradition as they bear down on retirement.
This time they're leading a push into so-called encore careers – paid work that combines personal meaning with social purpose – in their 50s and 60s.
89. Diamond Adapts to Changes in Trucking Industry
- Friday, August 24, 2012
Richard Sweebe came to Memphis for International Harvester 30 years ago – when the machinery giant was a significant presence in Memphis manufacturing, something it soon would dramatically decrease.
90. Biz Owners Weighing Health Care Law Impact
- Monday, August 13, 2012
So far, it’s not easy to get a clear picture of how President Barack Obama’s health care law will affect Memphis-area small businesses.
That’s mainly because there are lots of business owners – including both supporters and even strident critics of the Affordable Care Act – who themselves don’t know what impact the law will have.
91. BioDimensions Makes Move to Agricenter
- Monday, July 30, 2012
The Memphis biomass start-up that has focused on developing sweet sorghum as a fuel now has a financial partner who believes in the future of ethanol as a fuel.
BioDimensions Delta BioRenewables LLC recently moved to Agricenter International from the Whiteville, Tenn., cotton gin that has been home to the three-year-old undertaking.
92. Lights, Camera, Action
- Monday, July 16, 2012
The pot of state money available to spur film production in Tennessee got a couple million dollars richer a few months ago.
Thanks to a measure sponsored this past legislative session by state Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, an additional $2 million is now available to incentivize film production in the state. But the good news goes deeper than that seven-figure sum for Tennessee’s film industry.
93. Steinberg Honored For Supporting Women in Law
- Thursday, July 12, 2012
Jill Steinberg, a shareholder in the Memphis office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, has received the firm’s 2012 Susan E. Rich Award for excellence in promoting and supporting the advancement of women in the legal profession.
94. ASD Makes Debut at Three Frayser Schools
- Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Summer school for teachers is under way this week at three Frayser schools that are critical to the state’s Achievement School District
Teachers selected by the state to teach at Corning and Frayser elementary schools as well as Westside Middle School report Wednesday, July 11, for the coming school year and the new methods they will be using under state control.
95. Grant to Enhance West Memphis Port
- Friday, June 29, 2012
The rails at the Port of West Memphis will meet the edge of the levee with $10.9 million in federal funding announced last week in Washington.
The port won funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation as part of the TIGER – Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery – grant program.
96. Big-Box Vacancies Prove Hard To Fill
- Tuesday, June 26, 2012
The closing of big-box stores in recent years belonging to the likes of Borders Group Inc., Circuit City Inc. and others has left suburban shopping centers around the country with lots of space to fill.
97. Eggs And Elmo Take Me Back
- Friday, June 22, 2012
PERFECT REMINDERS. I’m reminded. He stared at the target, and on this particular night it seemed larger than ever. He got his signal – same as before – bring the heat. As soon as he let it go, he knew that’s the best I got. Nobody’s touching it.
98. Record Cotton Yield Possible in Northeast Arkansas
- Friday, June 08, 2012
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) – The weekend rainfall caused a leap in the majority of northeast Arkansas' cotton crop, University of Arkansas Extension Service officials say.
"We saw a few problems early with some cool temperatures and a few insect problems, but over the past few days the crop has really improved," said Clay County Extension Staff Chairman Andy Vangilder. "Cotton is doing well. It is squaring early. And if everything plays out right I think we're getting ready for not only an early cotton harvest, but possibly record yields.
99. It Wasn’t Like This
- Friday, May 18, 2012
AROUND HERE, 24 HOURS AREN’T WHAT THEY USED TO BE. A day in Memphis wasn’t like this.
When Andy Jackson stood on the Chickasaw Bluffs and said to Winchester and Overton, “Boys, we can sell some lots here,” it wasn’t like this.
100. Market Value
- Monday, May 14, 2012
Investor Warren Buffett admitted in his annual letter to shareholders recently that he was “dead wrong” in his early 2011 prediction that the housing market would have begun recovery by now.