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.
36. 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.37. Wharton and Schools Settle Six-Year Funding Dispute Without Council - Wednesday, December 17, 2014
It appears Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and the Shelby County Schools board have settled the six-year dispute over city funding for schools without the Memphis City Council.
But the fast-moving compromise will likely require a council vote to fund it.38. 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.39. According to Foyle - Friday, December 12, 2014
My early New Year’s resolution is to be more like Christopher Foyle. Demeanor-wise and wisdom-wise. No, I won’t be wearing a vest.
“Foyle’s War” is a British detective series created by Anthony Horowitz. As World War II rages, Inspector Christopher Foyle (played by Michael Kitchen) investigates crimes from his headquarters in Hastings, England. He never raises his voice. He’s never puzzled by an inconsistency. Obvious lies from the devious don’t faze him one bit.40. Gasol, Grizzlies Refuse Satisfaction - Friday, December 12, 2014
Odds are, Marc Gasol will not win the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award this season.
But as Gasol would be the first to tell you, that doesn’t matter.
Neither does it take away from that moment at the end of a recent game here against the Dallas Mavericks. Gasol was at the free-throw line, scoring the last two of his 30 points as the Grizzlies secured a 114-105 victory and improved to 17-4, when the serenade started.41. Playoff Committee Plays Political Football - Friday, December 05, 2014
Just to be sure I hadn’t lost my mind, I checked the NFL standings. In every division, the team – or teams – with the best record occupied first place. I found this amazing.
And I’m not even an alum of Baylor or Florida State.42. 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.43. 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.44. Stunning Loss Casts Doubt on Tigers’ Season Opener - Monday, November 17, 2014
After Division 2 Christian Brothers University had rocked the local college basketball world with its 74-70 overtime victory over the University of Memphis on Wednesday, Nov. 12, Bucs coach Mike Nienaber knew what was coming.45. How’s Mettenberger Doing? Same as Other Rookies - Saturday, November 15, 2014
For those who are still watching the Tennessee Titans and hoping that something can go right before the 2014 season is up, it could be a long wait.
After dropping to 2-7 with Sunday’s loss at Baltimore, the Titans get to show the nation how far they have decayed this Monday night when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers at LP Field.46. Succession Plan Charts Future For Linkous Construction - Monday, October 27, 2014
As children, Jamie and Rusty Linkous used to hop in the family vehicle with their parents, R.E. and Clare Linkous, and visit work sites, watching firsthand the hard work their parents put into altering the built landscape of the city.47. Grizzlies Find Respect Hard to Come By - Friday, October 24, 2014
Perhaps it was a just coincidence. On the day that the results of the annual NBA General Managers’ survey were announced, ESPN was in Memphis for its only scheduled visit of the season.
Or perhaps this was no coincidence at all.48. 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.49. 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.50. Football Dreams - Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Call the doctor, the sports doctor. Because the collective temperature of Mid-South college football fans is at unsafe levels.
Mississippi State and Ole Miss are undefeated and tied for third in the Associated Press poll. The historically downtrodden University of Memphis football program just blasted preseason American Athletic Conference favorite Cincinnati on the road and hung with both Ole Miss and UCLA.51. Neighborhood Art - Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Downtown’s South Main neighborhood may have been part of the first official arts district in the city of Memphis, but that’s not been exactly obvious while looking around on a drive or walk through the area.52. Road to Better Mass Transit - Saturday, September 20, 2014
Picking a new transit chief is critical for a city in transition.
Next year, Nashville residents will elect a new mayor and turn over its large Metro Council.
Davidson County also expects some 200,000 new residents over the next 20 years, and much of the success of future development will depend on the ease of navigating around Nashville – already the nation’s second-worst area for sprawl, according to Smart Growth America.53. 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.54. Raising Concerns Over Education Coverage - Tuesday, September 16, 2014
With just one person reporting on schools in a metropolitan area of more than 1.3 million people, The Commercial Appeal is forging ahead with a relationship with a nonprofit journalism organization dedicated to covering education.55. Trio of Entrepreneurs Reimagines Furniture in Broad Strokes - Monday, September 08, 2014
Broad Avenue continues to be a haven for businesses with character, restaurants, art ventures and entrepreneurs who fit neatly into one of the city’s burgeoning cultural scenes.
Broad Strokes, a store specializing in re-creating old pieces of furniture using paint with a dash of imagination, is one of the latest such businesses to set up shop in the neighborhood.56. City Union Presents Alternative Plan on Benefits - Thursday, August 21, 2014
Memphis Fire Fighters Association president Thomas Malone takes the union’s plan for reversing city employee and retiree health insurance coverage cutbacks to a city oversight committee Thursday, Aug. 21, on employee issues.57. Fullilove Calls Off Sales Tax Hike Try, Unions May Try - Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Memphis City Council member Janis Fullilove pulled the plug Tuesday, Aug. 19, on a proposed November referendum on a citywide half cent sales tax hike.58. Wharton Reacts to Beale Street Incident - Monday, August 11, 2014
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. said Monday, Aug. 11, it is “upsetting” that a man found bloodied and unconscious in the Beale Street entertainment district over the weekend wasn’t immediately helped by a group of people on the street.59. Blueprint for the Future - Friday, August 08, 2014
It was 1992, and architect Joey Hagan was searching high and low for space for his own office.
He turned to his friend David Schuermann – the two had previously worked together at Bologna and Associates – whose firm at the time, DMS Architects, had an office at 88 Union Center Downtown.60. Neighborhood Health - Tuesday, August 05, 2014
As the owner of Inbalance Fitness in Cooper-Young, Scott Lebowitz is focused on the physical health of the clients who walk through his doors.
Starting a few years ago, however, Lebowitz began to wear an additional, albeit less obvious, professional hat. He’s also a commercial property owner, having bought the building in which his business operates as well as the space of other Cooper-Young businesses around him – which means that in addition to his clients’ health, he’s also paying close attention to the health of the neighborhood.61. Real Pastime: Forgiving Our Stars - Friday, August 01, 2014
A story on baltimoreravens.com carried the following headline: “Ravens fans give Ray Rice a standing ovation.”62. ‘Sudden Change’ Means Little Job Security at University of Tennessee - Friday, August 01, 2014
KNOXVILLE — Don’t look for University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones to play favorites when fall training camp begins Friday, Aug. 1.
Jones is all about open competition. Every practice. Every session. Every minute.63. FedEx Founder Highlights Economic Club Fall Slate - Thursday, July 31, 2014
FedEx founder Fred Smith will make a rare public speaking appearance in Memphis Nov. 6, as part of the fall 2014 lineup of speakers planned for the Economic Club of Memphis.64. Enduring Connections - Tuesday, July 29, 2014
When Patrick Woods and three colleagues decided to launch a social organization to connect young professionals in Memphis, the name they gave it reflected the similarity of its demographic to a particular flow of water that moves beneath the surface, one that’s unwise to ignore.65. Tigers Seek Consistency From Goodwin, Nichols - Friday, July 25, 2014
Last season, any basketball doctor examining the state of the Memphis Tigers would have started by taking the pulse of the backcourt.
Typically, the Tigers needed at least two of their four senior guards to be pumping out points, energy and defense or the team was going to flounder.66. TheGRIND Evolves as First Anniversary Approaches - Thursday, July 24, 2014
The one-year anniversary is approaching for theGRIND, a digital publication that launched in January to bring its own take on covering the people, places and events of Memphis.
Leading up to that milestone, the publication has several things in the works that collectively showcase how it’s evolved quickly from an idea to the reality of an ambitious media startup. Editor in chief Kendra Lyons, for example, says plans in the works include a print version of the digital-only outlet, as well as a coffee table-style book that would feature the best photography and stories from theGRIND.67. Cargill Inc. to Invest $45 Million In West Memphis Grain Facility - Saturday, July 19, 2014
Cargill Inc. will invest $45 million to build a grain handling and shipping facility in West Memphis, the company announced Friday, June 10.68. Sherman Joins Campbell Clinic as Sports Medicine Physician - Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Dr. Henry “Hank” Sherman has joined Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics as a sports medicine family practice physician in its Southaven office. Sherman treats patients who suffer from a variety of orthopedic injuries – from competitive athletes looking to get back in the game to weekend warriors who want to stay active later in life.69. Digital ‘Buy Local’ Platform MadeIn Set to Launch - Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Next week, a venture called MadeIn is launching a new shopping platform in Memphis to connect people to a website where they can buy and sell local goods.
The venture is a digital platform that will act as a kind of local version of Amazon, and MadeIn creator Jennifer Sadler said her startup also will sell curated gift boxes that include an assortment of local products.70. Juvenile Court Judge Race Remains Hard-Fought - Tuesday, July 08, 2014
The candidates are counting down the days to the July 18 start of early voting in advance of the Aug. 7 election day.
With one more weekend of campaigning until early voting dictates a shift in tactics, the sizeable cast of the longest ballot of any Shelby County election cycle is searching at events for crowds comprised of mostly voters rather than other candidates and their campaign workers.71. Editorial: Time for City, County Residency Standard - Saturday, July 05, 2014
We have a residency problem.
In the world of local politics not everyone we elected from a district lives in that district.
But they should. There are laws that say they should.
Some of the folks we elect who don’t live in the district they represent make those laws that have residency loopholes big enough for them to build a house in.72. I Choose Memphis: Airika Wallace Gigas - Friday, July 04, 2014
“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.
Name: Airika Wallace Gigas73. A Wise Sports Fan Appreciates the Journey - Friday, July 04, 2014
So what does Team USA’s soccer experience and the Memphis Grizzlies experience have in common?
You know, besides the obvious – playing against a bunch of floppers/whiners, be they from Portugal or Lob City?74. Highway Crisis Looms as Soon as August, US Warns - Wednesday, July 02, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Gridlock in Washington will lead to gridlock across the country if lawmakers can't quickly agree on how to pay for highway and transit programs, President Barack Obama and his top officials warned Tuesday.75. What’s in a Name? - Friday, June 27, 2014
Let’s consider our own Memphis Grizzlies. The team kept a nickname that migrated from Vancouver because fans here have embraced it. In fact, you or someone in your family probably owns a cap or a shirt bearing the team nickname or the likeness of a grizzly bear.76. Fewer Americans Apply for Jobless Aid - Saturday, June 21, 2014
Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, as the number of people collecting jobless aid fell to its lowest level in more than six years.
The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment benefits fell 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 312,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, declined to 311,750.77. Fewer Americans Apply for Jobless Aid - Friday, June 20, 2014
Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, as the number of people collecting jobless aid fell to its lowest level in more than six years.
The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment benefits fell 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 312,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, declined to 311,750.78. Marisol’s World - Friday, June 13, 2014
When “Marisol: Sculptures and Works on Paper” opens Saturday, June 14, at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, sculptor Marisol Escobar will be at her New York home, where she spends much of her time, working occasionally 40 to 50 years after being in the spotlight of the art world.79. Merck to Pay $3.85 Billion for Hepatitis C Drug Developer - Tuesday, June 10, 2014
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Merck & Co. will spend about $3.85 billion for Idenix Pharmaceuticals Inc., a small company developing hepatitis C medicines that, together with Merck's experimental drugs, could produce lucrative combo therapies that quickly cure most patients with the blood-borne virus afflicting tens of millions.80. Floyd Part of Relationship-Driven Team at Magna - Saturday, June 07, 2014
Banks may tout with increasing frequency their facility with the array of digital tools available today, but there is a downside to that trend as financial institutions race to catch up with their more mobile-oriented customers.81. Consumer Spending Down 0.1 Percent in April - Monday, June 02, 2014
U.S. consumers cut back on spending in April for the first time in a year, taking an unexpected pause after a big jump during the previous month. The results, however, are unlikely to derail an expected spring rebound in the economy.82. Book Serves as ‘Love Letter’ to Memphis - Thursday, May 22, 2014
Samantha Crespo has written her first book with a simple goal: to make readers fall in love with Memphis.
A writer for a few years now of products for the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau and Tnvacation.com, Crespo’s book “100 Things to Do in Memphis Before You Die” is exactly what the title suggests.83. Go Deep or Go Home - Monday, April 28, 2014
We meet companies and nonprofits who have been marketing to the same lists for years. Often, these lists and the assumptions about the people on their lists are more than a decade old. These aged lists may have been scrubbed, but that is simply for those who have fallen off the grid, one way or another. This point should be obvious to any reader of this column: there are major problems with this scenario.84. New Redbirds GM has Deep Cardinals Connections - Friday, April 25, 2014
The huge ring that Craig Unger wears on his finger just doesn’t tell the story of the St. Louis Cardinals’ 2011 World Series triumph, although that’s the story Unger is in the business of trying to help replicate.85. 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.86. High-Tech Workshop - Saturday, April 19, 2014
Give a crew of tech-savvy creatives a digital sandbox in which to stretch their imagination, and they’re liable to build something fun and inventive that requires so much inspiration it feeds back into their real job.87. Yellen: Fed Stimulus Still Needed for Job Market - Thursday, April 17, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that the U.S. job market still needs help from the Fed and that the central bank must remain intent on adjusting its policy to respond to unforeseen challenges.88. Avoiding Heartache - Wednesday, April 09, 2014
The Grizzlies had just watched the Golden State Warriors score 14 straight points to turn a seven-point deficit into a 100-93 victory. Yet Memphis coach Dave Joerger rejected the notion that the Grizzlies, who also happened to miss their last seven shots in the fourth quarter, had lost the game more than the Warriors had won it.89. 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.90. Report: Tennessee Offered Contingent Incentives to VW - Wednesday, April 02, 2014
NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee's incentive offer to Volkswagen was made contingent on the labor situation at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga developing to the "satisfaction" of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration, according to documents obtained by WTVF-TV in Nashville.91. Tigers Season Sits Somewhere Between Respectable, Not-Quite-Great - Friday, March 28, 2014
So, how best to categorize the 2013-2014 season for the Memphis Tigers basketball team?
Great? Not even coach Josh Pastner has settled on that word.
Respectable? It was much more than that. You may be tired of hearing Pastner say it, but it is true the Tigers stayed in the national rankings until the final Associated Press poll right before the NCAA Tournament.92. Intellectual Property Audits for Companies - Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Successful businesses routinely conduct audits of their assets, such as merchandise or financial holdings. Audits are fundamental to making informed business decisions that lead to an efficiently managed business.93. Positive Pastner Makes More Sense After Wins - Friday, March 21, 2014
Take a hike.
Yes, you, Negative Nelly Tigers fan. You have unrealistic expectations for the University of Memphis basketball team and its coach, Josh Pastner, who suggested – amid criticism – that this small minority of overly critical Tiger fans no longer was needed inside the tent.94. University of Memphis Provost Kicks Off President Interviews - Wednesday, March 19, 2014
David Rudd began with the obvious this week, as the four finalists to become the next president of the University of Memphis began individual sessions with faculty, students and staff at the city’s largest institution of higher education.95. Tigers Look to Reverse AAC Result - Monday, March 17, 2014
The Memphis Tigers were bound to pay a price for getting run off their home court in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference by UConn. And on Selection Sunday, they found out the price was landing in another 8-9 game in the NCAA Tournament.96. Visible Appeal - Tuesday, February 25, 2014
At one point a few days ago, the performance space at Visible Music College near the front entrance to the school was booming with raucous applause and with the strains of musicians performing, cutting loose and using the stage to explore the range of their musical talents.97. Caissa Public Strategy Opens DC Office - Monday, February 17, 2014
Fueled by a demand for the specialized services it provides, Memphis-based consulting firm Caissa Public Strategy has expanded with the opening of a new office in the nation’s capital.
Caissa founder Brian Stephens said the reason for the expansion there isn’t necessarily obvious. Caissa didn’t hang out its shingle in Washington to focus on landing new work there – instead, the new office is intended to help Caissa have better relationships with its clients there who need work done in the South.98. Dunavant Awards Symposium Set for April 21 - Monday, February 17, 2014
When the 11th annual Bobby Dunavant Public Service awards are given out in April, the University of Memphis will also host the awards’ second annual symposium on public service.99. Apply Dinner Party Etiquette to Job Search - Friday, January 31, 2014
The title of this column may sound funny. After all, you’re looking for a new job, not a steak and baked potato. On the surface, you’re right, but there are lessons you can carry over from your dinner tonight to your job interview tomorrow morning.100. Archer-Malmo Launches Digital Lab - Thursday, January 30, 2014
The bright orange sign in the shape of a triangle that hangs in the lobby at archer-malmo has a feature that’s not immediately obvious to visitors.
If someone taps on the sign, the light visible behind it will dim and then flash in quick succession the same number of times the sign was tapped. That feature was added thanks to a few employees of the marketing and communications agency who got together and decided to “hack” the sign – no particular reason, really, just to flex their technical skills.