33. Obama Signs Actions Taking Aim at Gender Pay Gap - Wednesday, April 09, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – In a concerted election-year push to draw attention to women's wages, President Barack Obama signed directives Tuesday that would make it easier for workers of federal contractors to get information about workplace compensation. He seasoned his move with a sharp rebuke of Republicans whom he accused of "gumming up the works" on workplace fairness.34. Dallas Company Buys Macon Road Center - Wednesday, April 09, 2014
An affiliate of Dallas-based The PNL Cos. has paid $1.2 million for the 30,000-square-foot shopping center at 6100 Macon Road in Northeast Memphis.35. New Digital Pet Magazine Launches - Wednesday, April 09, 2014
The number of new digital media outlets launching in Memphis keeps getting bigger. The newest addition is Bluff City Bark, a venture billing itself as Memphis’ first digital pet magazine. The first issue was published a few days ago, and the cover features Jeff Fioranelli, owner of Buckley’s restaurant, photographed with his two dogs, Teddy and Sam.36. Craft Follows 36-Year Path to Bench - Wednesday, April 09, 2014
The path of Criminal Court Judge Chris Craft to the bench has been the result of seeing possibilities in other positions.37. City Blight Effort Faulted in Audit - Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. came up with the anti-blight initiative 25 Square specifically to attack overgrown lots in a systematic and targeted approach.
But the city’s internal auditors concluded in a report released this week that city leaders of the “grass mitigation” program didn’t use a “targeted approach” at all.38. Senate Nears Passage of Jobless-Benefits Bill - Tuesday, April 08, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Capping a three-month struggle, the Senate closed in Monday on passage of election-year legislation to restore jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed that expired late last year.39. Memfeast Attendees to Vote on Water Tower Design - Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Those attending the April 13 Memfeast next to the Broad Avenue Water Tower, 2532 Broad Ave., will vote on the coming redesign of the arts district icon.40. Falls Building Owner Files $6 Million Loan - Tuesday, April 08, 2014
The owner of the Falls Building at 22 N. Front St. has filed a $6 million loan for the Downtown high-rise office tower.41. Former Memphian Finds Online Success With StyleBlueprint - Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Former Memphian Elizabeth Fox and Liza Graves launched the online lifestyle publication StyleBlueprint.com in January 2009 with the goal of connecting women with their community.42. Conference to Present Power of Networks - Tuesday, April 08, 2014
The Mid-South nonprofit community is doing better than it was during the throes of the recession. And there is a report on the 2013 fiscal year as proof that things are better than they once were.
But in the nonprofit world, there is always a need to do more and to expand resources as far as possible. So, when the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence holds its ninth annual conference on May 1 at Temple Israel, the keynote speaker will be an expert on grantmaking.43. Museum Reopening Raises Issues About Present - Tuesday, April 08, 2014
There was a moment in the April 5 two-hour reopening ceremony for the renovated National Civil Rights Museum that demonstrated the tension that still exists when it comes to the important issue of who is telling the story of history.44. Hillview Village Apartments Sell for $5.9 Million - Monday, April 07, 2014
The 265-unit Hillview Village Apartments at 2051 E. Alcy Road in the Defense Depot neighborhood have sold for $5.9 million.45. Experts Highlight Health Care Game-Changers - Monday, April 07, 2014
Both before the Affordable Care Act became law and after, consumers viewed health care costs differently than they do other costs.
So said Dr. Scott Morris during a panel discussion at The Daily News Publishing Co. Inc.’s Health Care Reform seminar Thursday, April 3, at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.46. This week in Memphis history: April 4-10 - Saturday, April 05, 2014
2013: The Memphis Soul concert in the East Room of the White House featuring Sam Moore and Justin Timberlake.47. - Saturday, April 05, 2014
THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC...48. Kellogg Lockout Leads To NLRB Complaint - Saturday, April 05, 2014
The National Labor Relations Board has issued a complaint against Kellogg Co. related to a lockout of more than 200 employees at its Memphis facility.49. Loaded for Bear Agency Teams with Crosstown - Saturday, April 05, 2014
Loaded for Bear, a local advertising, graphic design and public relations agency, has announced a partnership with the Crosstown redevelopment project.
The company announced in a Facebook post Wednesday, April 2, that “we look forward to working alongside this visionary group to realize the epic potential of a building, a neighborhood and a city.”50. Market Mystery - Saturday, April 05, 2014
Over the last several years, investors ranging from mom-and-pop shops to large hedge funds have been acquiring single-family homes in Memphis at a historic pace.
But determining the long-term impact that investor purchases have made on neighborhoods remains elusive.51. Bill Extends Tax Breaks for Wind Farms, Filmmakers - Friday, April 04, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Wind farms, NASCAR tracks and filmmakers would keep their treasured tax breaks as part of an $85 billion package of temporary tax cuts passed by a key Senate committee Thursday.52. Loaded for Bear Agency Teams with Crosstown - Friday, April 04, 2014
Loaded for Bear, a local advertising, graphic design and public relations agency, has announced a partnership with the Crosstown redevelopment project.
The company announced in a Facebook post Wednesday, April 2, that “we look forward to working alongside this visionary group to realize the epic potential of a building, a neighborhood and a city.”53. Collierville Strip Center Sells for $1.8 Million - Friday, April 04, 2014
The 12,072-square-foot Ballard Station strip center and gas station at 1990 W. Poplar Ave. in Collierville has sold for $1.8 million.54. Grizz Running in Mud - Friday, April 04, 2014
So the group text came in a little before midnight after the Grizzlies’ horrible excuse for a basketball game at Minnesota against the Timberwolves.
They were on the low side of a 102-88 score that wasn’t that close and they had played a starring role in Kevin Love’s free agency mix tape: Triple-Double Love.55. Restivo Group Moves to New Midtown Digs - Friday, April 04, 2014
The Restivo Group Realtors has expanded into new offices at 1861 Madison Ave. in the landmark Gilmore Building.56. Oak Court Mall Transferred To Simon Property Spinoff - Thursday, April 03, 2014
Simon Property Group has transferred ownership of the Oak Court Mall to Washington Prime Group Inc. as part of a planned spinoff of some of its shopping centers and smaller malls.57. Events - Thursday, April 03, 2014
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and Memphis Medical Center partners will host Spring at the Park Thursday, April 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Health Sciences Park, at the corner of Madison Avenue and Dunlap Street. The event will include arts performances, food trucks and vendors. Cost is free. Call 576-7185.58. Now Tack! - Thursday, April 03, 2014
In sailing, when the wind shifts direction, you must move your sails or risk losing the wind. The first indication of a shifting breeze comes from the telltales, strips of lightweight material attached to the sails that foreshadow a change in conditions. Recently, the market telltales have been active.59. Filing Frenzy - Thursday, April 03, 2014
Until Tuesday, no one was running for the District 7 seat on the Shelby County Schools board. No one had pulled a qualifying petition from the Shelby County Election Commission until just two days before the filing deadline for candidates on the August election ballot.60. Congress Demands Answers on Delay in GM Recall - Wednesday, April 02, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – The piece needed to fix a defective ignition switch linked to 13 traffic deaths would have cost just 57 cents, according to documents submitted by General Motors to lawmakers investigating why the company took 10 years to recall cars with the flaw.61. State Employees, Teachers Won't Get Pay Increase - Wednesday, April 02, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday that he won't be able to give state employees and teachers a pay increase next year mainly because of reductions due to an ongoing decline in revenue collections, which state officials are looking into.62. Millington Dollar General Sells for $3.2 Million - Wednesday, April 02, 2014
The 9,301-square-foot Dollar General store at 8021 Austin Peay Highway in Millington has sold for $3.2 million.
Cash Properties LLC bought the retail property in a March 25 warranty deed from Ware Properties LLC, the Coldwater, Miss.-based company that developed this property and also has developed numerous Dollar General stores in the area.63. Events - Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, April 2, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. National Civil Rights Museum president Beverly Robertson will speak. Cost is $18 for nonmembers.64. - Wednesday, April 02, 2014
MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS...65. Change Agents - Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Greg Smith was a hard worker. Ran a carpet cleaning crew, didn’t mind putting in 10 or 12 hours a day to get the job done.66. Yellen: Job Market Needs Low Rates 'For Some Time' - Tuesday, April 01, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen made clear Monday that she thinks the still-subpar U.S. job market will continue to need the help of low interest rates "for some time."67. Owner of Air Trans Warehouse Files Loan - Tuesday, April 01, 2014
The owner of the 224,749-square-foot warehouse at 4120 Air Trans Road in Oakhaven has filed a $3.8 million loan on the property.68. Events - Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital will hold a stroke survivor group meeting Tuesday, April 1, at 5 p.m. in suite 250 of Medical Office Building A, 7655 Poplar Ave. Stroke survivors will discuss caregiving issues; partners and family will discuss time and stress management. Call 516-6929.69. Berger Withdraws From Commission Race - Tuesday, April 01, 2014
In a somewhat abrupt turnaround, Memphis businessman Taylor Berger has decided to withdraw his candidacy for the Shelby County Commission about a month after announcing his intent to run for the District 5 seat.70. Bares: EPIcenter Effort Targets ‘Scalability’ - Tuesday, April 01, 2014
It’s all about “scalability” when it comes to creating new businesses in Memphis, and that means creating ones with a reach beyond the city to customers in other places – customers that more often than not are other businesses, not consumers.71. Kellogg Lockout Leads to Labor Board Complaint - Monday, March 31, 2014
The National Labor Relations Board has issued a complaint against Kellogg Co. related to a lockout of more than 200 employees at its Memphis facility.72. Mill Creek Apartments Owner Files $7 Million Loan - Monday, March 31, 2014
The owner of the 448-unit Mill Creek Apartments at 4461 Millbranch Road in Whitehaven has filed a $6.8 million loan on the property.73. Events - Monday, March 31, 2014
Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital will hold a stroke survivor group meeting Tuesday, April 1, at 5 p.m. in suite 250 of Medical Office Building A, 7655 Poplar Ave. Stroke survivors will discuss caregiving issues; partners and family will discuss time and stress management. Call 516-6929.74. Pittman Brings Love of Memphis to Yelp Role - Monday, March 31, 2014
On a recent lunchtime visit to Mot & Ed’s, the restaurant at 1354 Madison Ave. specializing in Southern food with a popular stuffed burger, Joelle Pittman immediately got the owner’s attention after the owner introduced herself and found out Pittman works for Yelp.75. Ramsey: Pay Raises, Higher Ed Funding Face Cuts - Monday, March 31, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) – Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says worse-than-expected revenue collections could force Tennessee to cancel planned pay raises for state employees and reduce planned investments in higher education.76. Las Vegas Company to Buy Tunica Casino - Saturday, March 29, 2014
Las Vegas-based Full House Resorts has agreed to buy Fitzgerald’s Casino in Tunica, Miss., from Majestic Star Casino LLC.77. This week in Memphis history: February 28-March 3 - Saturday, March 29, 2014
2013: A group of 61 Ku Klux Klan members along with neo-Nazis and Aryan Nations members rallied at the Shelby County Courthouse to protest the plan by the City Council to rename three Confederate-themed parks. The massive police response included 400 law enforcement officers in riot gear, a chain link fence around the Klan protestors and another chain link fence two blocks away around a group of 1,200 counter protestors and curious onlookers. One counter protestor was arrested.78. - Saturday, March 29, 2014
THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC...79. 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.”80. House Approves Bill to Stop Cut to Medicare Docs - Friday, March 28, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – The House on Thursday passed legislation to give doctors a yearlong reprieve from a looming 24 percent cut in their payments from Medicare.
The bill passed on a surprise voice vote and advanced to the Senate, which hopes to pass it before a Monday deadline. The vote was delayed by an hour amid doubt that the measure could muster the two-thirds vote required under fast-track procedures.81. Industrial Portfolio Sells for $43 Million - Friday, March 28, 2014
Affiliates of Plymouth Meeting, Pa.-based Exeter Property Group have paid a combined $42.9 million for a Memphis industrial portfolio.
The companies, in three separate special warranty deeds, bought the Memphis International Distribution Center at 4550 Swinnea Road in Oakhaven for $10.1 million, the warehouse at 6005 Freeport Avenue for $14.8 million and the warehouse at 3399 E. Raines Road for $18 million.82. Visiting Teams Show Blueprint for Tigers - Friday, March 28, 2014
Now that we’ve all had a few days to digest the premature end to the Tigers’ season, let’s see what we can learn that might help going forward.
Two days after Memphis again lost in the round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament, coach Josh Pastner struck a different tone when answering questions from the media.83. Tripp Logistics Renews Nonconnah Corporate Center Lease - Friday, March 28, 2014
Shawn Glemser, founder and owner of Tripp Logistics, a locally owned and operated logistics and transportation company, has renewed his lease at Nonconnah Corporate Center. Elliot Embry and Hank Martin of NAI Saig Co. represented the landlord, Nonconnah Holdings LLC.84. Craft, Lewellen Honored With Dunavant Awards - Friday, March 28, 2014
Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Chris Craft and Collierville town administrator James Lewellen are the 2014 recipients of the Dunavant Public Servant Awards, selected by the family of the late Probate Court Clerk Bobby Dunavant and the Rotary Club of Memphis East.85. Report: Digital Sites Bring Momentum to News - Thursday, March 27, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – Growing digital outlets are bringing "a sense of momentum" to the news business even as long-term problems continue to plague the industry, a journalism think tank said on Wednesday.86. Group of Retail Trucks Set for Memphis Debut - Thursday, March 27, 2014
A group of mobile retail businesses – think food trucks, except with a retail component instead of food – will be launching in Memphis soon, with the debut of each so-called retail truck staggered throughout April and May.87. Quality Inn Owner Files $1.5 Million Loan - Thursday, March 27, 2014
The owner of the 130-room Quality Inn at 42 S. Camilla St. in Midtown has filed a $1.5 million loan on the property.88. Seminar Explores Complicated Details of Health Care Law - Thursday, March 27, 2014
The Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, became law in 2010.
But the law has grown and changed so much since then that its pages number more than 25,000, and if you stack them one on top of another they are more than 10 feet high, says Tim Finnell, founder and president of Group Benefits LLC.89. Old Venice Pizza Owner Files Loan on Property - Wednesday, March 26, 2014
The owner of the Old Venice Pizza Co. at 368 Perkins Road Extended in East Memphis has filed a $1.1 million loan on the property.90. Higher Markets Ahead? - Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Fed testimony last week addressed burning economic and policy questions for investors. How did they respond? Fearfully, joyfully and indifferently. Just as they have to nearly every news item so far this year.91. - Wednesday, March 26, 2014
MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS...92. Brown Contempt Jailing Maps Political Challenge - Wednesday, March 26, 2014
The arrest of the Democratic nominee for Shelby County district attorney general Monday, March 24, is the best indication yet of the tumult within the local Democratic Party as it attempts to win countywide offices four years after losing every race to Republicans.93. Lawmaker Pulls UT Sex Week Bills - Wednesday, March 26, 2014
KNOXVILLE (AP) – A Republican lawmaker says he's dropping a legislative fight over the student run Sex Week at the state's flagship public university.
Sen. Stacey Campfield of Knoxville and other lawmakers took issue with the use of student fees for the weeklong program about sex.94. Lawmakers, Groups Announce Health Initiative - Wednesday, March 26, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) – Legislative leaders and several groups are launching a new initiative to encourage healthy eating in Tennessee.
A news conference was scheduled at the state Capitol on Tuesday to announce the plan.95. DA Candidate Brown Jailed For Contempt in Juvenile Court - Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Former Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Joe Brown, who is the Democratic nominee for District Attorney General in the August county general elections, was arrested and jailed Monday, March 24, for being in contempt of court.96. Mississippi College Savings Plan to Reopen Enrollment - Tuesday, March 25, 2014
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A board has voted unanimously to re-open enrollment this fall in the Mississippi Prepaid Affordable College Tuition program.
The state-backed savings plan had been closed to new enrollees since the fall of 2012 because of concerns about a funding shortfall.97. Las Vegas Company To Buy Tunica Casino - Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Las Vegas-based Full House Resorts has agreed to buy Fitzgerald’s Casino in Tunica, Miss., from Majestic Star Casino LLC.98. Owner Files Loan On Germantown Land - Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The owner of a 1.2-acre parcel at the corner of Germantown and Farmington roads in Germantown has filed a $1.8 million loan on the land.
The entity, called Lot 3 Saddlecreek PUD Partners, filed the deed of trust, security agreement and assignment of rents and leases March 20 through Financial Federal Bank.99. The Daily News Claims Four Awards - Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The Daily News and The Memphis News earned first place honors over the weekend for editorials in the annual Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editors awards.
The editorials were judged the best among Division 3 newspapers across the state of Tennessee, newspapers with a circulation of up to 15,000.100. Tasting Success - Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Jeff Johnson has cooked up for himself a busy schedule, considering his expansive and still-growing number of restaurant interests.