Back when he was in his mid-teens, John Fry would make frequent trips to the music store in front of Stax, the Satellite Record Shop, where Stax co-founder Estelle Axton would sell the future Ardent Studios founder 45s from behind the counter.
28. 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.29. A Present for the Kids - Friday, December 19, 2014
GIVE THANKS. This Christmas, our country has given our kids a chance. As a county, we had a chance to do it for ourselves but local government wouldn’t fund it and local citizens wouldn’t pay for it. As a state, our governor had to be talked into asking for it and our Legislature would rather not talk about asking for help at all.30. Tigers Look to Go 1-0 At Miami Beach Bowl - Friday, December 19, 2014
December was always sort of depressing. How could it not be? If you’re a college football player and you’d just finished another disappointing season, losing many more games than you had won, how were you supposed to be excited by the bowl season?31. Curry Reunion - Thursday, December 18, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Friday night after Thanksgiving. Stephen Curry’s at the charity stripe. Swish! Golden State 18, Charlotte 10.32. Discussion Remains in Schools Settlement - Thursday, December 18, 2014
The Memphis City Council still has a pretty strong case that its approval of a settlement between the city and Shelby County Schools over a six-year-old funding dispute will be necessary at some point.33. Achievement School District Transition Details Emerge - Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson and Achievement Schools District superintendent Chris Barbic will meet Thursday, Dec. 18, to talk about the coming transition of five schools out of the county district and into the state-run ASD.34. Achievement School District to Add Six Memphis Schools - Saturday, December 13, 2014
Five Memphis schools that are now part of Shelby County Schools will become part of the state-run Achievement School District starting in August with the new school year.
And KIPP Memphis Public Schools will begin a new-start elementary school for kindergarten and first-graders.35. Chamber Wants to Clean Up Memphis - Friday, December 12, 2014
If Greater Memphis Chamber officials get their wish, Memphis will be the nation’s cleanest city by 2019.
The chamber will spearhead a four-year effort to help clean up the litter and waste found in so many corners of the Bluff City, an ambitious new “moon mission” for the economic and community development organization.36. Chamber Plans City Clean-Up, Announces Grants - Thursday, December 11, 2014
If Greater Memphis Chamber officials get their wish, Memphis will be the nation’s cleanest city by 2019.
The chamber will spearhead a four-year effort to help clean up the litter and waste found in so many corners of the Bluff City, an ambitious new “moon mission” for the economic and community development organization.37. Board Seeks ASD Transition Involvement - Thursday, December 11, 2014
As the state-run Achievement School District prepares to announce which low-performing Memphis schools it will take in its third year starting in August, Shelby County Schools board members are considering a better transition period.38. 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.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. 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.41. Haslam Says Decision on Medicaid Expansion Close - Monday, December 08, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam said Friday that he's talked with nine Republican governors who have expanded Medicaid for low-income people in their states, and he plans to announce what he will do by the end of the month.42. Memphis Football Has Envious Success Story - Wednesday, December 03, 2014
The University of Memphis football program is now an example to be envied, a “model” to be copied.
Yes, it’s true.
Connecticut coach Bob Diaco said as much after the Tigers whipped his team 41-10 last Saturday at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium to win their sixth straight game and improve to 9-3 and 7-1 in conference. The Tigers also staked a claim to at least a share of the American Athletic Conference championship – the first league title in school history since 1971.43. Appraisals Trail Amount Middle Tennessee Buyers Willing to Pay - Saturday, November 29, 2014
There are a few hot topics from the real estate world this week, the first being that appraisers seem to have hit the wall on the rampant price inflation.
With less inventory and more sales, sellers are resting in an enviable position inasmuch as buyers are forced to pay whatever is asked, or more, in order to acquire properties.44. 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.45. 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.46. Tigers Football Finds Turnaround with Transforming Coach at Helm - Thursday, November 27, 2014
A lot goes into transforming a football program from an utter laughingstock into one that by winning its next game can earn at least a share of a conference championship.
Finding better players? Check.47. Hearts and Minds - Thursday, November 27, 2014
Last fall, officials at Treadwell Middle School launched a school-wide beautification campaign, reaching out to anyone or any group that could help.
Lowe’s Home Improvement provided a $5,000 grant to help beautify a courtyard at Treadwell Middle and Memphis City Beautiful Commission also provided a grant and much more – a connection between the school and two commercial real estate businesses, Prologis and Colliers International Memphis.48. Thanksgiving Travel Woes? There's an App for That - Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Traveling by plane, train or automobile can be a headache. Mixing in Thanksgiving can make it a throbbing migraine. Technology provides some pain relief in the form of apps to let you know which roads are clogged, what gate your flight leaves from and whether trains are running on time.49. Framing a Business - Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Tom Clifton loves what he does for a living so much that he’ll sometimes happily bound into the office on Sundays to take care of a project.50. 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.51. Starry Nights Unveils New ‘Memphis in Lights’ Display - Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Fans of Orion Starry Nights, the annual holiday light show at Shelby Farms Park, have been treated to small additions and surprises with recent versions of the event, all intended to delight them, to keep them coming back and to stick around.52. 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.53. Education Historian Denounces Common Core - Friday, November 21, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – One of the nation's leading opponents of the education reform movement said Thursday that a public review process the governor has created for Tennessee's Common Core standards can be effective if teachers' ideas are taken seriously.54. The ‘Meh’ Generation - Friday, November 14, 2014
ALL THIS IS GETTING OLD. Mitch McConnell is 117. Across the aisle, Harry Reid is 132, same age as Nancy Pelosi over in the House, and John Boehner is 98.
The last time any of them had an original idea, they had to call it in on a rotary phone. The way they get somewhere, or fail to, is as antiquated as our infrastructure, as much in danger of collapse as our bridges.55. New Lawmakers Trace Likely Abortion Legislation - Tuesday, November 11, 2014
The two newest state legislators from Shelby County say they hope to find ways to work across party lines and even with the Shelby County Commission and the Memphis City Council.
“We may not be in the majority, but there is a lot we can do,” said incoming state Sen. Sara Kyle, who will be one of five Democrats in the 33-member Senate when next year’s legislative session in Nashville begins.56. Secours' Video Histories: The Gift That Keeps Giving - Saturday, November 08, 2014
Five days before her mother died, Molly Secours did what seemed natural. She took out her video camera and began asking questions.
Those moments were the last ones caught on film, and for Secours, capturing her mother’s story not only gave her a lasting document of her life, but the mini-film she created from the footage helped her process her grief.57. ’Tis the Shopping Season - Saturday, November 08, 2014
Buoyed by rising home prices and stock portfolios, Middle Tennesseans are ready to spend big again on the holidays and will be shopping earlier than ever.
In fact, they already have.
Forget Black Friday or even Thanksgiving Day as the traditional start of the holiday shopping season.58. With Dobbs at QB, Vols Look Set for Bowl Season - Saturday, November 08, 2014
As the jubilation settled this week, the University of Tennessee’s football team and its fans still savored last Saturday’s 45-42 overtime victory at South Carolina.
This week’s open date is so much sweeter for UT (4-5, 1-4 SEC) because of the stunning comeback victory.59. Rural Tennessee Museum a Success in First Year - Friday, October 31, 2014
UNION CITY, Tenn. (AP) – When Discovery Park of America opened on a cornfield in rural Tennessee, its founders expected the museum described as a "mini-Smithsonian" to draw about 150,000 visitors in its first year.60. Frayser Battleground for Achievement Schools - Friday, October 31, 2014
After two years of being confronted with bad student achievement data, teachers at schools on the Achievement School District’s list for a takeover are confronting the ASD and charter organizations with data from the first two years of the state-run district.61. Atonement for a Halloween Past - Thursday, October 30, 2014
‘Twas many and many a year ago when I acquired a genuine witch’s hat. That Halloween I covered my face with clown-white and donned an old choir robe. I was trying to be the funniest witch imaginable.62. Achievement Schools Opposition Finds Frustration - Thursday, October 30, 2014
Charter school operators who are being considered for the next round of schools entering the state-run Achievement School District are facing the most organized opposition effort in the three-year history of the district in Memphis.63. I Choose Memphis: Edward C-W Harper IV - Monday, October 27, 2014
“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.
Name: Edward C-W Harper IV64. Porter-Leath Extends Reach of Books From Birth - Monday, October 27, 2014
Each month, the Shelby County Books from Birth program distributes more than 39,000 books via the mail to homes with children age 5 and younger. It’s an impressive effort.
But since the program started here in 2005, there has always been a major challenge: How to get books to kids whose addresses are always changing?65. Events - Friday, October 24, 2014
RiverArtsFest 2014 will be held Friday, Oct. 24, through Sunday, Oct. 26, in the South Main Historic Arts District. The festival will feature a juried artist market, 50 musical acts, food courts, interactive art stations and more. Admission is free on Friday and $5 on Saturday and Sunday. Visit riverartsmemphis.org for hours and more information.66. On Stage - Friday, October 24, 2014
With a box of old ticket stubs, some photographs he took at the concerts he went to and newspaper ads for concerts he came across on microfilm searches for other things, Ron Hall set out to document as many of the major rock and roll and rock concerts in Memphis he could over a fertile 30-year period.67. Las Vegas Without Gambling - Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Who in his right mind spends four days in Las Vegas, without kids to slow down things, and doesn’t sit at a table game even once to play a hand?
Who visits Sin City and doesn’t buy in at a morning poker game? And who travels to Las Vegas with a group of friends, almost all of whom played at least one table game, and doesn’t sit with them?68. Expanding Opportunities - Tuesday, October 21, 2014
The popular image of a library may be one of a dowdy old institution that loans out books and demands hushed voices from its patrons. But because of where the library system in Memphis is headed, though, that notion is – no pun intended – overdue for a rethink.69. Recruiter’s Career Twist - Saturday, October 18, 2014
Ask Janet Miller about her remarkable career at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and she’ll likely attribute it to good timing or pass credit onto others.70. Tigers Look to Johnson to be Floor Maestro - Friday, October 17, 2014
Most of them, the ones that become their college basketball team’s leading scorer or the guy that runs the show from the point, were always obvious talents.
You know the type, best player on the court at age 6 when all the other kids are carrying the basketball like a football or dribbling the ball off their knees.71. Schools Leaders Move Toward Cooperation - Friday, October 17, 2014
As the Achievement School District weighs a short list of a dozen low-performing Memphis schools for the state-run school district in the next school year, Shelby County Schools officials are involved in the selection process far more than they have been in past years.72. Bringing Innovation to Innovation - Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Notes from a keynote by John Kao, BEI 2014, Las Vegas
2.6 billion Google queries were on "innovation" last month, Kao posits. The issue, there is no shared definition, or mental map, of innovation. We are creating a tower of Babel effect.73. Garrison Charts New Course for MATA - Tuesday, October 14, 2014
The new president of the Memphis Area Transit Authority wants more collaboration with groups that have ideas about where the city’s bus system can gain passengers while keeping those riders who depend on the bus system.74. Tourette Help - Tuesday, October 14, 2014
In sports talk radio, questions are a good thing. They don’t have to bring solutions, after all, just open the gates to discussion and debate.
Craig Carton, who is co-host of WFAN’s morning show, “Boomer & Carton,” in New York, is comfortable with that format in that setting.75. Events - Saturday, October 11, 2014
The Broad Avenue Arts District will host the Broad Avenue Night Market 2.0 Saturday, Oct. 11, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Water Tower Pavilion. The marketplace will feature artists, food, live music and activities for kids. Cost is free. Visit broadavearts.com.76. Maryville City Schools Wants Another Win - Saturday, October 11, 2014
Maryville City Schools doesn’t rest on its laurels.
After being named a finalist three out of four years for the State Collaborative on Reforming Education [SCORE] Prize and winning recognition as the top Tennessee district for student learning in 2011, it could claim another victory this year.77. Goodpasture Celebrates 50th Anniversary - Saturday, October 11, 2014
Aijalon Carter, 15, still remembers her first day as a timid 3-year-old at Goodpasture Christian School. Crying and scared, she was greeted by Miss Jill, her new preschool teacher and immediately felt better.78. Events - Friday, October 10, 2014
The 42nd annual Pink Palace Crafts Fair will be held Friday, Oct. 10, through Sunday, Oct. 12, at Audubon Park, 745 S. Perkins Road. The event will include handmade fine art and crafts, live entertainment, artist demonstrations and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Adult tickets are $9. Visit memphismuseums.org.79. Events - Saturday, October 04, 2014
The Memphis Railroad & Trolley Museum will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the grand opening of Memphis Central Station on Saturday, Oct. 4, with an 11 a.m. ceremony and free events from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attendees can tour the Amtrak Exhibit Train, a Norfolk Southern Railroad exhibit car and a Canadian National freight locomotive cab. Visit mrtm.org.80. Is This the Year the Vols Stomp the Chomp? - Saturday, October 04, 2014
KNOXVILLE – Much has happened since Tennessee placekicker James Wilhoit booted a 50-yarder with seven seconds remaining and the No. 13-ranked Vols beat No. 11 Florida 30-28 at Neyland Stadium.81. Events - Friday, October 03, 2014
The Circuit Playhouse will present “The Fantasticks” Friday, Oct. 3, to Oct. 26, at the theater, 51 S. Cooper St. Buy tickets at playhouseonthesquare.com.82. Focus On Your Strengths - Friday, October 03, 2014
A few weeks ago, I had the honor of sitting on a career panel about making the right career moves. In a packed room, we covered everything from preparing for a job interview to how office politics can influence promotions at work.83. App Teaches Kindergartners Basic Computer Coding - Thursday, October 02, 2014
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) – This computer programming app is so easy to use that even a kindergartener can do it.
Researchers in Massachusetts have created a basic computer coding app that they say is the first designed specifically for children as young as 5. Kids who haven't yet learned to read can use the app to craft their own interactive stories and games.84. HipD: Donelson Finds Its Cool Side - Saturday, September 27, 2014
The tag “Hip Donelson” evoked plenty of snickers, eye rolls and snarky comments when it first appeared. After all, the local joke goes, Donelson’s known for hip replacements – not hipsters.85. Middle-Class Squeeze: From Day Care to Health Care - Thursday, September 25, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Three years ago, Jason Prosser was stunned to discover the cost of child care for his newborn son – so much so that he and his wife postponed having a second child.86. Commitment to Fitness Looks to Reverse Childhood Obesity - Thursday, September 25, 2014
If American children and teenagers are fat, then those in the Mid-South are fatter. And you don’t have to rely on some “Fattest Cities in America” list aimed at generating clicks and views to reach this conclusion.87. Woodland Expansion Reflects Broader Changes - Thursday, September 25, 2014
From the outside, the most noticeable change to the campus of Woodland Presbyterian School is the new building for the seventh- and eighth-graders at the pre-K through 8 independent private school in East Memphis.88. Ban Sought on Children Working on Tobacco Farms - Wednesday, September 24, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Thirty-five House Democrats are urging the Obama administration to prohibit children from working on tobacco farms, citing concerns about ill health effects.
The lawmakers, led by Reps. David Cicilline, D-R.I., and Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., made their plea in a letter to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez. A copy of the letter was obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday.89. Events - Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Volunteer Mid-South will hold a volunteer expo Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Oak Court Mall, 4465 Poplar Ave. Dozens of Mid-South nonprofits will on hand to discuss programs and volunteer opportunities. Visit volunteermidsouth.org.90. Events - Monday, September 22, 2014
Volunteer Mid-South will hold a volunteer expo Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Oak Court Mall, 4465 Poplar Ave. Dozens of Mid-South nonprofits will on hand to discuss programs and volunteer opportunities. Visit volunteermidsouth.org.91. Prep Coaches, Players Sold on Jones the Recruiter - Saturday, September 20, 2014
Nothing surprises Murfreesboro Blackman High School football coach Philip Shadowens when it comes to college recruiting.
Shadowens has seen it all – including the flurry of activity created by Blackman senior quarterback and safety Jauan Jennings, rated the No. 18 athlete in the nation by Rivals.com.92. Jones’ Wide Net Gathers Old Friends, Top Prospects - Saturday, September 20, 2014
Butch Jones was sitting in the office of Knoxville’s South-Doyle High School athletic director and football coach Clark Duncan during a visit to see recruit Jocquez Bruce last winter.93. Education Secretary Praises Local Schools Leaders - Saturday, September 20, 2014
Sustainability is a term associated with environmental efforts, though innovation is a much more popular term across causes from economic development to education reform.
But when U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan came to Memphis this month as the last stop on a three-state bus tour of school districts, it was the word sustainability that came up more often than innovation.94. Teacher Surplus Count Drops to Only Four - Saturday, September 20, 2014
Every school year the first estimates come in high in the count of how many school teachers will be surplused – declared excess because of the number of students that are counted at the start of the school year and then reassigned based on the final student head count. 95. 100 Percent Sure - Friday, September 19, 2014
IF A PROGRAM IS 100 PERCENT SUCCESSFUL, GET WITH THE PROGRAM. I wrote something three years ago when President Obama visited Booker T. Washington High School. In light of recent events, I’d like to visit those words again.96. Tigers Hope to ‘Grind’ Win Against MTSU - Friday, September 19, 2014
It’s a big game. Big enough that the University of Memphis got the Grizzlies’ Tony Allen – “The Grindfather” – to do a short video urging fans to come out for the football game this Saturday, Sept. 20, against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders.97. Community Advocates Seek Crime Solutions - Friday, September 19, 2014
In mid-August, Memphis Police brass realized they had a crime problem in different parts of the city.
“We realized we had a spike in crime,” is how Deputy Police Chief Clete Knight put it Wednesday, Sept. 17, to a neighborhood group in East Memphis.98. Seeking Long-Term Outcomes - Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Long-term outcomes, such as improved high school graduation rates and reduced dropout rates, are the ultimate objectives of the Memphis Athletic Ministries’ still-young Academic Diligence program.99. Events - Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will meet Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Racquet Club, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Phil Trenary, president and CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber, will present “Selling Memphis: locally, nationally and internationally.” Cost for nonmembers is $35 at the door. Visit sms-midsouth.org.100. Events - Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Remington College Memphis campus will hold the 3 Lives blood drive, a national effort to recruit minority blood donors, Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Remington, 2710 Nonconnah Blvd. Visit 3lives.com.