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.
10. Mississippi Universities Win Final OK to Raise Tuition - Friday, December 19, 2014
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi's College Board gave final approval Thursday to plans for the state's eight public universities to raise tuition by an average of 3.2 percent this fall.11. Troubled Youth Center Making Improvements - Friday, December 19, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A troubled Middle Tennessee youth detention center has increased security and is making changes to its behavior-modification program in hopes of preventing future rioting and escapes, officials said Thursday.12. Summer Avenue Car Lot Denied - Thursday, December 18, 2014
In zoning and development items Tuesday, Dec. 16, the Memphis City Council unanimously voted down a car lot at Summer Avenue and Vaughn Road.
Council members approved an amendment to the Kirby Gate planned development by Grant Properties LLC that allows a self-service storage facility as well as an amendment to the Oak Tree Planned Development at Mt. Moriah Road and Park Avenue permitting commercial mixed-use development.13. Roth Conversion, Should You Do It? - Thursday, December 18, 2014
Ray’s Take There’s been a lot of discussion in recent years about Roth accounts, specifically the Roth IRA and the Roth 401(k). Maybe you’re wondering if you should convert your own accounts but aren’t sure.14. Folk’s Folly Rebrands, Renames Butcher Shop - Thursday, December 18, 2014
Folk’s Folly has finished rebranding and renovating the restaurant’s adjacent butcher shop that opened in 1989, a spate of activity that also included renaming the shop in honor of restaurant founder Humphrey Folk.15. City Council Approves Pension Changes - Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Memphis City Council members put to rest Tuesday, Dec. 16, at least the City Hall portion of the debate about city employee benefits and the liability of those benefits by approving changes to the city’s pension plan.16. Greenfield Voted to Lead Veterinary Dental College - Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Dr. Barden Greenfield has been unanimously voted president-elect for the American Veterinary Dental College. In 2009, Greenfield started Your Pet Dentist, the umbrella that incorporates his involvement in Memphis Veterinary Specialists, Nashville Specialists and the Animal Emergency and Specialty Clinic of Little Rock. He has been on the AVDC board for three years, serving as chair of the PR Committee and as a member of the Credentials Committee.17. T-Mobile to Let Customers Carry Over Unused Data - Wednesday, December 17, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – T-Mobile will now let customers carry over their unused cellular-data allotments.
U.S. wireless carriers have been pushing consumers into larger data plans, but they typically lose what they don't use at the end of their billing month. Under T-Mobile's plan announced Tuesday, customers would be able to stash what they don't use for up to a year. It's reminiscent of the days before wireless companies offered unlimited voice calls; some carriers were offering to roll over unused minutes into future months.18. Ex-Employees Sue Sony Pictures Over Hacked Personal Details - Wednesday, December 17, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – Two former employees of Sony Pictures Entertainment are suing the company for not preventing hackers from stealing nearly 50,000 social security numbers, salary details and other personal information from current and former workers.19. Haslam Reaches Agreement to Expand Medicaid in Tennessee - Monday, December 15, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam announced Monday that he has reached a deal to expand Medicaid in Tennessee after more than a year of discussions with federal officials.
The Republican's administration touted the plan as an alternative deal with federal officials. The two-year pilot program, dubbed Insure Tennessee, would provide coverage for the state's uninsured without creating new taxes for Tennesseans.20. Senate Confirms TVA Board Nominees - Saturday, December 13, 2014
The U.S. Senate has confirmed two nominees to serve on the board of the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation's largest public utility.
Media report the Senate held a roll call vote on the nominations of Democrats Ron Walter and Virginia Lodge after some Republicans objected to all Democrats being appointed to the board. The measure passed Tuesday night 86-12.21. 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.22. Goat Milk and Smart Marketing - Saturday, December 13, 2014
Maybe it was that last Facebook post that put them over the top. Or, maybe it was the #voteforgoats hashtag.
Little Seed Farm’s goats aren’t telling, but they do look a bit smug.
The goats, along with Little Seed Farm owners James and Eileen Ray, recently pulled in a cool $25,000 by snagging the top spot in furnishing retailer west elm’s, “We Love LOCAL Small Business’’ grant contest.23. 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.24. 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.25. Networking to the New Year - Friday, December 12, 2014
December is my favorite time of year for networking. It sounds a little crazy, right? The holidays are for family and loved ones. It’s a time of gift giving, cookie baking, and sing-alongs. It’s a time to visit those you haven’t seen in over a year, and if you’re lucky, to build snowmen with your children.26. Back to Normal - Friday, December 12, 2014
NORMAL. AGAIN. Last week, Bob Loeb and I took a stroll through the 1950s in the reality of 2014.27. Doctors Face Steep Medicaid Cuts as Fee Boost Ends - Thursday, December 11, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Primary care doctors caring for low-income patients will face steep fee cuts next year as a temporary program in President Barack Obama's health care law expires. That could squeeze access just when millions of new patients are gaining Medicaid coverage.28. Senate Confirms TVA Board Nominees - Thursday, December 11, 2014
The U.S. Senate has confirmed two nominees to serve on the board of the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation's largest public utility.
Media report the Senate held a roll call vote on the nominations of Democrats Ron Walter and Virginia Lodge after some Republicans objected to all Democrats being appointed to the board. The measure passed Tuesday night 86-12.29. Reinventing Retirement - Thursday, December 11, 2014
Ray’s take: At the turn of the 20th century, the average life expectancy was 47 years. Today, the average American can look forward to about 78 years of life. The average life expectancy for today's 65-year-old has increased to 84, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. I currently have twelve clients over 90.30. Why Areas With Good Jobs Have Hard-to-Afford Homes - Wednesday, December 10, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – It's the new career trade-off: Around the country, areas with the strongest job markets increasingly have some of the costliest homes. And areas with the most affordable homes lack a solid base of middle class jobs that attract workers.31. Sharp & Robbins Names Popwell Partner - Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Chris Popwell has been named the newest partner at Sharp & Robbins Construction, which will now operate as Sharp, Robbins & Popwell LLC. Popwell joined Sharp & Robbins’ Memphis office in 2008 as an estimator/project manager and most recently served as general operations manager of the Nashville office since 2012.32. December’s a 'Fun Month' for MIFA - Tuesday, December 09, 2014
December is a good month at the Metropolitan Inner-Faith Association (MIFA), a “fun month, a popular month,” as executive director Sally Jones Heinz says.33. Dollar General Misses Street 3Q Forecasts - Saturday, December 06, 2014
Dollar General Corp. reported third-quarter results Thursday that missed Wall Street expectations, and said it is still committed to buying rival discount retailer Family Dollar, which has already agreed to be bought by Dollar Tree. Dollar General said it plans to give an update on its Family Dollar bid this month.34. Walton Foundation Awards Grant to Excel Center - Saturday, December 06, 2014
The Excel Center, a new charter high school that will serve adults 18 and older, has been awarded a $250,000 Walton Family Foundation grant for school startup. The Excel Center will begin classes in fall 2015 at 1490 Norris Road, site of the former Norris Road Elementary.35. Former St. Jude CEO Wins Claes Nobel Award - Saturday, December 06, 2014
Dr. William E. Evans, former president and CEO of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, has been honored with a 2014 Claes Nobel World Betterment Award, named for Claes Nobel, senior member of the Nobel family and founder of the National Society of High School Scholars Foundation.36. Kemmons Wilson Cos. Announces New Leaders - Saturday, December 06, 2014
Kemmons Wilson Cos., a family-run business started by Holiday Inn Hotels founder Kemmons Wilson, has announced a new leadership team.
Spence Wilson Jr., Kemmons Wilson III, McLean Wilson and Webb Wilson – all grandsons of Kemmons Wilson – are now principals of the firm. The previous second-generation family leadership group, Spence Wilson Sr., Robert Wilson, and Kemmons Wilson Jr., will remain members of the board of directors.37. How to Gain Immunity From Funding Cuts - Monday, December 08, 2014
Martin Elliott, senior director of Mattel Inc.’s New Business Ventures, tells innovators how to avoid the budget cut thresher. Think like a V.C.38. It’s Time to Move - Monday, December 08, 2014
I posed the question just last week, “Ferguson, Missouri …What’s Next?” Little did I know, that the “what’s next” would be yet another grand jury finding no probable cause for having a criminal trial in the death of Eric Garner.39. 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.40. 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.41. Christmas As It Was - Saturday, December 06, 2014
The hustle and bustle of a 21st Century Christmas and holiday season can be overwhelming, but the Historic Ramsey House offers a view of a bygone era.
Area residents and visitors have an opportunity to travel back to a time when life was slower and an orange in the stocking and a wooden doll under the tree was reason for excitement.42. What Could It Hurt to Wait for a Better Offer? - Saturday, December 06, 2014
As hot as this market is, the old axiom of pigs get fat and hogs get slaughtered can apply.
In numerous situations across town, buyers and their agents are receiving offers quickly after the homes are listed only to inform those would-be buyers that they are holding all offers for a day or two and, in some cases, as long as three days.43. Festive Drinks and Fun Venues - Saturday, December 06, 2014
A number of new places opened in Nashville this year, bringing a bevy of new bourbons, crafted brews and incredible places to sit, relax and sip. If you are looking for more than a meal and want that genuine, trendy Nashville experience, here are a few hot spots.44. 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.45. Titans Should Follow Lions’ Lead in Overhauling Roster - Saturday, December 06, 2014
Instead of CBS, Fox or even the NFL Network, the Titans might need to move to the HGTV, where experts take once-proud houses and restore them to their former grandeur.
Now losers of six in a row and 10 of their past 11 – with only a two-point home win against fellow patsy Jacksonville – the Titans are no longer treading the waters of mediocrity, as they had for the previous five years.46. Dollar Tree Expects to Have to Shed Some Stores - Monday, December 08, 2014
CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) – Dollar Tree said that the Federal Trade Commission has indicated that it will require divestment of some stores to get its approval for the company's approximately $8.5 billion acquisition of Family Dollar Stores Inc.47. This week in Memphis history: December 5-11 - Saturday, December 06, 2014
2013: The Memphis Ice Run. After the St. Jude Marathon was canceled because of below-freezing temperatures and the threat of icy streets along the route, some of the runners from Memphis and some who had traveled to the city for the annual event ran the course anyway. Race officials who kept the race finish setup in place at AutoZone Park quickly moved in to award medals to those who completed the course.48. 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.49. Average Affordable Care Premiums Going Up in 2015 - Friday, December 05, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Many people covered under President Barack Obama's health care law will face higher premiums next year, the administration acknowledged Thursday. While the average increases are modest, it's more fodder for the nation's political battles over health care.50. Dollar General Misses Street Third-Quarter Forecasts - Friday, December 05, 2014
Dollar General Corp. reported third-quarter results Thursday that missed Wall Street expectations, and said it is still committed to buying rival discount retailer Family Dollar, which has already agreed to be bought by Dollar Tree. Dollar General said it plans to give an update on its Family Dollar bid this month.51. Events - Friday, December 05, 2014
Art for Life’s Sake will present a holiday blues concert Friday, Dec. 5, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Jerry Lee Lewis’ Cafe & Honky Tonk, 310 Beale St. The concert will include an array of blues music by famous local and international blues artists. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Visit artforlifessake.org.52. Just for Pun - Friday, December 05, 2014
SUFFERING FOOLISH. Just when you think your cold is getting better, it snot. If you think that’s bad, I’m just getting started.
As I write this, Thanksgiving weekend is winding down and my cold, a gift from my grandchildren, is just getting warmed up. Nora’s gone to church, the dogs have fled to another room, I’m out of Kleenex, and the last sneezing exhibition numbered 18. Not feeling much like writing a column, I opened my email and saw these from my friend, Gene:53. Tennessee Promise Mentors Prepare for Work - Friday, December 05, 2014
As high school seniors are getting answers back from the colleges they have applied to, a group of volunteer tutors are about to guide another group of seniors through the complex process of stepping into higher education.54. Head of NEA Supports Higher Tennessee Teacher Pay - Thursday, December 04, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The head of the National Education Association said Wednesday that she supports increased pay for Tennessee teachers because it's necessary to take care of their families, as well as pay off college loans they used to get into the profession.55. Events - Thursday, December 04, 2014
The Association of Fundraising Professionals will meet Thursday, Dec. 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thomas Center at Christian Brothers University, 650 East Parkway S. Jim Duncan, executive director of Memphis Botanic Garden, will present “The Memphis Botanic Garden Experience: From Red to Black.” Cost is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Visit afpmemphis.org.56. Next Generation Takes Helm of Kemmons Wilson Cos. - Wednesday, December 03, 2014
A new leadership team has taken the reins at Kemmons Wilson Cos., the family-run business started by Holiday Inn founder Kemmons Wilson.
Spence Wilson Jr., Kemmons Wilson III, McLean Wilson and Webb Wilson – all grandsons of Kemmons Wilson – are now principals of the firm. The previous second-generation family leadership group, Spence Wilson Sr., Robert Wilson, and Kemmons Wilson Jr., will remain members of the board of directors.57. Excel Center Awarded Walton Family Foundation Grant - Wednesday, December 03, 2014
The Excel Center, a new charter high school that will serve adults 18 and older, has been awarded a $250,000 Walton Family Foundation grant for school startup. The Excel Center will begin classes in fall 2015 at 1490 Norris Road, site of the former Norris Road Elementary.58. Simonson Joins IRIS Orchestra Staff - Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Jenna Simonson has joined IRIS Orchestra as community relations coordinator. In her new role, Simonson will oversee community engagement programs and office management for the orchestra, which kicked off its 15th season in October.59. Victorian Village Homes See Demand - Wednesday, December 03, 2014
A new single-family residential project in the heart of Victorian Village is doing very well, thank you very much.
Five of the eights lots inside Planters Row II, a unique master planned community on Jefferson Avenue in Victorian Village between the Medical Center and Downtown core, are already optioned or under contract after the first day of sales, according to Scott Blake, president of Design 500 Inc. 60. White House: First Daughters Should Be Off-Limits - Tuesday, December 02, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says the controversy over a Republican operative who criticized President Barack Obama's daughters is a reminder of the importance of carefully choosing one's words.61. Former St. Jude CEO to Receive Claes Nobel Award - Tuesday, December 02, 2014
Dr. William E. Evans, former president and CEO of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, will receive a 2014 Claes Nobel World Betterment Award on Saturday, Dec. 6, in Atlanta.
Claes Nobel, senior member of the Nobel family and founder of the National Society of High School Scholars Foundation, will present the 2014 Claes Nobel World Betterment Award to Evans, as well as to Laura Turner Seydel, chairperson of Captain Planet Foundation, and Arne Duncan, former CEO of Chicago Public Schools and current U.S. Secretary of Education.62. Veterans Care Battles Bureaucracy, Hesitancy - Tuesday, December 02, 2014
The new generation of veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq face a homeland that knows about post-traumatic stress disorder.
But those veterans still face a massive federal bureaucracy that requires them to sort it out as they also try to deal with issues on their own.63. Local Shopping - Tuesday, December 02, 2014
Modern Handmade Memphis has come back to Overton Square with another of its pop-up shops that showcases handmade goods, the latest such event hosted a few times each year by the duo who also captain the Memphis Etsy Team.64. Craft Beer Boom - Saturday, November 29, 2014
Looking to replace that regular beer with something more exotic? Get hoppy and explore Knoxville’s craft-beer scene, because by bottle and tap, growler and flight, the national beer movement has come to East Tennessee in a very substantial way.65. 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.66. Blight of the Living Dead - Saturday, November 29, 2014
When the Smiths moved into a brand new home right before Christmas 2007, they had no idea that construction in their Antioch area subdivision would soon stop cold – and stay stopped for four years.67. Positive Influence Has Ripple Effect - Monday, December 01, 2014
There is a passage from Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” that reads, “A child goes forth each day, and the first object that the child sees, that object he becomes, for a day, or part of a day, or for days stretching into years.” Growing up, my parents were that object.68. Events - Saturday, November 29, 2014
Small Business Saturday, an annual event that encourages consumers to shop and dine at small, independent businesses, will be held Saturday, Nov. 29. For more information, visit shopsmall.com.69. Page Robbins Provides Safe ‘Middle Ground’ - Saturday, November 29, 2014
The youngest is 53 and the oldest is 98. Some appreciate classical music and others prefer Elvis, the Mamas & the Papas or the Beatles, and others John Denver, Arlo Guthrie or Bruce Springsteen.70. Editorial: Give Thanks for Common Bonds - Saturday, November 29, 2014
Thanksgiving can be a near sport if you forget there is more to it than the start of a shopping season and columns of dollar figures set against projections for and by retailers.
So, let’s not forget why we come together at this point on the calendar and that seasons are more than changes in the weather.71. ’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.72. After-School Programs Give Youth Educational Boost - Monday, December 01, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – As Tennessee strives to stay at the forefront of student academic improvement, some education advocates say the hours after the last bell rings could be crucial to maintaining that edge.73. Events - Thursday, November 27, 2014
Hattiloo Theatre will present “If Scrooge Was a Brother” Friday, Nov. 28, through Dec. 21 at the theater, 37 S. Cooper St. Buy tickets at hattiloo.org.74. Ginkgos and Band-Aids – and Thanks - Thursday, November 27, 2014
LOOK FOR THE WONDER. REPEAT. I write about it every year. This year, just last week, it happened again.
Right outside my window is a ginkgo tree, and another on the other side of the house. Every fall they engage in an ancient mating dance, a spectacular competition for attention. So exhausting is the effort, it doesn’t last long. So intense is the result, it’s explosive. And then it’s gone, leaving only a memory.75. 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.76. Facing Health Law Hikes, Consumers Mull Options - Thursday, November 27, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumers across most of America will see their health insurance premiums go up next year for popular plans under President Barack Obama's health care law.
But it will take time for families to figure out the best bang for their budgets – even as a bigger political battle brews over the program's future.77. 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.78. Events - Wednesday, November 26, 2014
SRVS will hold free dance and movement classes for adults with disabilities Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at the SRVS Learning Center, 3971 Knight Arnold Road. Email email@example.com to register, or visit srvs.org.79. Spillyards Leads Community Advisors Launch - Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Greg Spillyards has joined the brokerage team at Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors to launch the firm’s Community Advisors service line.
Community Advisors is focused on the Memphis city core, with a goal to provide real estate advisory services to assist in the revitalization of the city’s underserved areas with passion, creativity and entrepreneurship, and with service to those already living and leading in their neighborhoods.80. Thomas Family Sets Course at St. Jude - Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Her official title is national outreach director of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
But in the 23 years since the death of her father, St. Jude founder and entertainer Danny Thomas, Marlo Thomas has deeply influenced the course of the internationally known Memphis medical institution.81. Do You Need to Break the Bank to Get a Good Phone? - Tuesday, November 25, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – It might seem as though everyone has an iPhone or Galaxy smartphone. But many customers are eschewing the best cameras and screens – and their top-end price tags – and choosing models that can get the job done at less than a third of the cost.82. Events - Tuesday, November 25, 2014
The Orpheum Theatre will present “A Christmas Story” Tuesday, Nov. 25, through Nov. 30 at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Visit orpheum-memphis.com or call 525-3000 for showtimes and tickets.83. Giving Tuesday - Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Thanksgiving. Black Friday. Cyber Monday. What’s next? Giving Tuesday. That’s right. This December 2, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is a new global holiday, and it’s all about philanthropy.84. 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.85. Events - Monday, November 24, 2014
Chickasaw Council of the Boy Scouts of America will honor Barbara and J.R. “Pitt” Hyde with a Distinguished Citizens Award at a ceremony Monday, Nov. 24, with a reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Visit chickasaw.org/distinguishedcitizensawarddinner for tickets and more information.86. 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.87. 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-Fehling88. Germantown Was Into Mixed-Use Before It Was Cool - Saturday, November 22, 2014
Even before Mayor Karl Dean’s announcement that the $60 million ballpark would be constructed in Germantown, the area was flourishing – not to the extent that it is now, but it was experiencing growth and development.89. Stonewall Jackson's Little Slice of Heaven in Brentwood - Saturday, November 22, 2014
“Everybody has to meet his Waterloo,” sings honky-tonk hero Stonewall Jackson in his breakthrough No. 1 hit back in 1959.
Of course, that line, the entire song really, means everybody must meet his or her fate someday.90. 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.91. Magna Bank Hosts Series Of Thankfulness Initiatives - Saturday, November 22, 2014
Magna Bank has launched a series of in-branch and social media initiatives called Magna Banksgiving, designed to show how thankful the bank is for its clients’ business.92. After the Campaign - Saturday, November 22, 2014
The 2014 election year began in January with dissent from the floor.
At the end of the Shelby County Democratic Party’s annual Kennedy Day fundraiser in January, former Memphis City Council member and state Rep. Carol Chumney, who was not among the speakers, challenged the party establishment from her table to do more to support women running for office.93. Soaring Generic Drug Prices Draw Senate Scrutiny - Friday, November 21, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain health care costs for decades are seeing unexpected price spikes of up to 8,000 percent, prompting a backlash from patients, pharmacists and now Washington lawmakers.94. US Home Sales Rise in October - Friday, November 21, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans bought homes in October at the briskest pace this year, a sign that the sluggish housing market is turning around.
Sales of existing homes rose 1.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.26 million last month, the National Association of Realtors said Thursday. That's up from a revised pace of 5.18 million in September. October marked the first month in 2014 when sales increased compared to a year ago, registering a 2.5 percent gain.95. Magna Bank Hosts Series of Thankfulness Initiatives - Friday, November 21, 2014
Magna Bank has launched a series of in-branch and social media initiatives called Magna Banksgiving, designed to show how thankful the bank is for its clients’ business.96. Family Dollar Delays Special Shareholders Meeting - Thursday, November 20, 2014
MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) – Family Dollar is delaying a special meeting at which shareholders were to vote on its $8.5 billion acquisition by Dollar Tree as regulators determine how many stores might need to be divested for antitrust reasons.97. Expedient Data Centers Expands to Memphis - Thursday, November 20, 2014
Expedient Data Centers, a leading provider of cloud computing and other related services, has settled on Memphis as the site of its first data center in Tennessee.
Expedient currently operates 10 data centers in six markets, and its 11th is planned for 3180 Players Lane in Memphis, close to the TPC Southwind Golf Course and FedEx headquarters.98. Home for the Holidays - Thursday, November 20, 2014
Jasmine Morris, a 27-year-old Memphis native, had been renting while trying to raise her daughter, but she always longed to follow her dream of owning a home.
That long-awaited dream is finally becoming a reality. 99. US Homebuilder Sentiment Rallies in November - Wednesday, November 19, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. homebuilders' confidence rebounded in November as both sales expectations and buyer traffic improved.
The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo index rose to 58 this month, up from 54 in October. That puts the index just short of September's reading of 59, which was the highest level since November 2005, shortly before the housing bubble burst.100. 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.