Google already has mapped cities like Memphis extensively via the company’s now familiar, camera-equipped Street View cars, which produce interactive images that can be explored by a curious user. The search company, though, has also taken that technology a step farther, with the result available in Memphis starting today.
43. Creative Destruction - Wednesday, January 07, 2015
For about three years Veronica Skinner called the two-story, 24-unit apartment building at 480 Tillman St. in the Binghampton neighborhood home.44. Council to Vote on Beale Street Tourism Authority - Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Memphis City Council members vote Tuesday, Jan. 6, on the creation of a Beale Street Tourism Development Authority to oversee the future of the entertainment district.
The proposal by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. sets up a nine-member body appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the City Council to issue bonds for construction projects in the district, levy fees to pay off the debt and to make lease agreements with tenants.45. Hollywood Furniture Marks 90 Years in North Memphis - Monday, January 05, 2015
You don’t see many furniture stores that are also hardware stores. But then not many furniture and hardware stores have been around for 90 years – and on the same street corner.
Hollywood Furniture and Hardware Co. marked its 90th year in business in 2014.46. Memphis Industrial Market Rebounds in 2014 - Monday, January 05, 2015
The upswing in the industrial real estate sector that started in 2012 and gained momentum in 2013 continued in 2014 and the Memphis market, fueled by several large transactions late in the year, should top 2013's level of around 3.2 million square feet of absorption.47. Loeb Acquires Newby’s Restaurant Space - Thursday, January 01, 2015
Memphis-based Loeb Properties has acquired one of the most venerable locations on the Highland strip.
Loeb purchased the long-time home of club and restaurant Newby’s at 535 and 539 Highland St. from Paragon Bank. A purchase price was not disclosed Friday, Jan. 2.48. A Cool Ending to 2014 - Thursday, January 01, 2015
As is so often the story, 2014 ended with others seeing more in us than we see in ourselves.
A story of tween and teen sisters from Switzerland via Germany, of Scandinavian design and meatballs from Sweden, of a 12-year-old made a superstar chef by a national television audience.49. Memphis Brand Enjoys Banner 2014 - Wednesday, December 31, 2014
That thing that might best be described as the Memphis brand has enjoyed something of a banner year in 2014.
Businesses and entrepreneurs like Paper & Clay, Muddy’s Bake Shop and chocolatier Phillip Ashley Rix found themselves in the spotlight at various times in the past 12 months thanks to national media attention. The National Association of Food Journalists held its annual conference in Memphis. The city won plaudits for its bike lanes and its affordability.50. Why the US Will Power the World Economy in 2015 - Tuesday, December 30, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States is back, and ready to drive global growth in 2015.
After long struggling to claw its way out of the Great Recession, the world's biggest economy is on an extended win streak that is edging it closer to full health. But the new year doesn't look quite so bright in other major countries.51. Retailers Setting Eyes on Memphis - Tuesday, December 30, 2014
The Memphis-area retail sector, fueled by several new retailers entering the market and a massive amount of grocery-based activity, experienced a strong 2014.
Grocery store activity came into full bloom this year, with market leader Kroger investing heavily in its stores and higher-end, organic-focused chains targeting the market for growth.52. Market Square, Old City Vie for Knoxville Revelers - Saturday, December 27, 2014
Christmas wrapping packed away? Check. 2014 all but in the books? Check. Resolutions for 2015 made? Maybe. Check. Making plans for New Year’s Eve? Check. Check.
New Year’s Eve revelers have choices of how they want to ring in 2015 while celebrating a successful – or at least completed – 2014. There’s no time yet for making resolutions when two of the year’s biggest parties are about to blast Knoxville with noisemakers and fireworks.53. Music Takes Center Stage for Nashville's New Year’s Eve - Saturday, December 27, 2014
Cynics and service industry folks might call it “amateur night.” And one can hardly blame them as New Year’s Eve can turn even the most unassuming guest into a rowdy reveler for a night.54. Events - Saturday, December 27, 2014
Hard Rock Cafe Memphis will host the seventh annual Hard Rock Guitar Drop Wednesday, Dec. 31, from 6:30 p.m. to Thursday, Jan. 1, at 2 a.m. at Hard Rock, 126 Beale St. The event will feature live music inside and outside the cafe, including a headline performance by The Bar-Kays. General admission is $20. Visit hardrock.com/memphis for more information.55. Love Pop Soda Shop Brings Something New to South Main - Monday, December 29, 2014
The newly opened soda shop with the memorable name on South Main Street is a place where customers can satisfy their taste for a sweet drink and where the owners work to stimulate a love of the city the shop calls home.56. Airport Officials Ready for New Reality - Monday, December 29, 2014
It was a year of massive change at Memphis International Airport with continued cuts from the dominant airline there, new or increased service from other carriers and the beginnings of a concourse modernization plan to craft a cozier, more customer-friendly Concourse.57. Events - Thursday, December 25, 2014
The Daily News offices will be closed for Christmas Thursday, Dec. 25, and Friday, Dec. 26. Offices will reopen Monday, Dec. 29, at 8:30 a.m.
South Main Art Trolley Tour will be held Friday, Dec. 26, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the South Main Historic Arts District. Email email@example.com. Addressing the Post Office - Thursday, December 25, 2014
“Dear Judge Vic, I am writing about the U.S. Postal Service. My wife and me send several things each month to the same address in a major city in another state. To the home of our kids. A house we’ve stayed at. A place with a porch, where the mail guy leaves packages. A few weeks ago, we sent a box with some presents in it.59. Events - Wednesday, December 24, 2014
The Daily News offices will be closed for Christmas Thursday, Dec. 25, and Friday, Dec. 26. Offices will reopen Monday, Dec. 29, at 8:30 a.m.
South Main Art Trolley Tour will be held Friday, Dec. 26, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the South Main Historic Arts District. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t Be a Hero, Leave Rates at Zero - Wednesday, December 24, 2014
As if we needed further evidence that investment markets price off of central bank soliloquies, markets worldwide rallied 4.5 percent last week in reaction to a short press release from the U.S. Fed.61. Events - Tuesday, December 23, 2014
South Main Art Trolley Tour will be held Friday, Dec. 26, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the South Main Historic Arts District. Email email@example.com. Cuban Cigar Boom? Not Yet, Stores and Customers Say - Monday, December 22, 2014
MIAMI (AP) – The coveted Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the U.S. in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing American travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in their suitcases. But the cigars won't roll into stores just yet, and owners say they aren't worried about any dip in business.63. Events - Monday, December 22, 2014
South Main Art Trolley Tour will be held Friday, Dec. 26, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the South Main Historic Arts District. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Expanding East - Monday, December 22, 2014
Tamp & Tap, the name of the popular Downtown coffee shop and restaurant, is an allusion to both espresso – which is tamped for compression before going into the machine – and also kegs of beer, which are tapped.65. Evolving Identity - Saturday, December 20, 2014
Some of the most telling views of Memphis are the ones many of us see for only seconds at a time as we drive on viaducts that take us and our cars just above the treetops and rooftops of older neighborhoods interrupted by the roadways.66. Events - Friday, December 19, 2014
American Red Cross will hold a blood drive Saturday, Dec. 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bumpus Harley Davidson, 325 S. Byhalia Road. Visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-REDCROSS for eligibility requirements and appointments.67. Wharton Whirlwind - Friday, December 19, 2014
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. will ask the Memphis City Council to approve the approximately $30 million in city funding at the core of the settlement of the six-year-old schools funding controversy and lawsuit.68. Target, Cummins Awarded Tax Breaks - Friday, December 19, 2014
Two companies won approval Wednesday, Dec. 17, for tax incentives for projects that will create around 1,400 jobs.
The board of the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine approved 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes, or PILOT, incentives for Target and Cummins Inc.69. Target, Cummins Awarded 15-Year Tax Breaks - Thursday, December 18, 2014
Two companies won approval Wednesday, Dec. 17, for tax incentives for projects that will create around 1,200 jobs.
The board of the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine approved 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes, or PILOT, incentives for both Target and Cummins Inc.70. Events - Thursday, December 18, 2014
AARP Cordova Chapter will hold its holiday luncheon and inauguration of 2015 officers Thursday, Dec. 18, at 11:30 a.m. at Cheddar’s Restaurant, 2147 S. Germantown Road. Guests are welcome.71. FedEx Reports 23 Percent Earnings Boost - Wednesday, December 17, 2014
FedEx on Wednesday, Dec. 17, reported net income of $616 million for the September-November quarter, a 23 percent increase from $500 million in the same period last year but slightly below Wall Street estimates.72. Fear Drives US Stocks Higher - Wednesday, December 17, 2014
In 2014, more than 600 hedge funds have disbanded. Even accounting for the carnage of 2009, this amounts to a record pace of “smart money” failures. In the more pedestrian mutual fund realm, active money managers are having their worst year of relative performance ever.73. Clean Pathways Revives City Anti-Blight Effort - Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The city’s anti-blight contracts with nonprofit groups are back under new terms.
City Public Works division grants of $75,000 each went to Lifeline to Success and Freedom From Unnecessary Negatives to remove blighted conditions in a two- to four-block radius of schools across the city twice a month for four months.74. Beale Street Authority Takes Shape - Wednesday, December 17, 2014
A new tourism development authority being proposed for the Beale Street entertainment district would not replace the Beale Street Development Corp. 75. Recipe for Success - Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Michael Hudman is overseeing some last-minute preparations at Porcellino’s, walking through the space that will not only be home to a butcher shop but also represents fresh progress toward the master plan that chefs Hudman and Andy Ticer came up with years ago for their piece of Brookhaven Circle.76. City Council to Consider Pension Alternative - Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Memphis City Council members again have final votes pending Tuesday, Dec. 16, on several possible sets of changes to the city’s pension plan.
The last meeting of 2014 for the council again finds the body poised to make final decisions on the last in a set of two changes this year to the benefits city employees and retirees receive.77. This week in Memphis history: December 12-18 - Saturday, December 13, 2014
2013: The city of Memphis was preparing to take day-to-day control of the Beale Street Entertainment District with the court settlement marking the formal exit of Performa Entertainment, the developer and manager of the district since its reopening in 1983. Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. announced the Downtown Memphis Commission would run the district until a new developer and manager could be selected by the city and a future direction agreed on. The DMC continues to run the district a year later.78. Editorial: Graceland Plan Ultimately Worth the Price - Saturday, December 13, 2014
The Graceland economic impact plan is a mixed bag.
But we think ultimately and clearly it is worth the investment.
The impact of just the 450-room Guest House at Graceland hotel and resort on the larger Whitehaven area is, to use an overused phrase, a game changer.79. Hot Rod Power Tour to Return in June - Saturday, December 13, 2014
The 21st annual Hot Rod Power Tour returns in 2015 with new features for spectators, participants and auto enthusiasts, as the seven-day, seven-city journey travels more than 1,000 miles and includes a stop in Memphis.80. Collierville Adds Signs to Historic District - Saturday, December 13, 2014
The town of Collierville has added new signs directing motorists on Tenn. 385 and U.S. 72 to the Downtown Historic District.
The new signs are a recognition that with last year’s completion of Tenn. 385, traffic volume is increasing along Collierville’s southern corridor.81. 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.82. 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.83. Community Hospitals Becoming Endangered Species - Saturday, December 13, 2014
The state of Mississippi has 110 hospitals and three-fourths of them are, as you might expect, in rural areas.
“And 56 of them have fewer than 50 beds,” said Mendal Kemp, director of the Center for Rural Health at the Mississippi Hospital Association.84. Council to Weigh Next Moves on Beale - Friday, December 12, 2014
A Beale Street Tourism Development Authority with a nine-member appointed board would oversee the development and management of the entertainment district under the terms of a 13-page resolution that goes to the Memphis City Council this week for discussion.85. Prince, Leuer Lead Grizzlies Bench Above the Rim and Under the Radar - Friday, December 12, 2014
Let’s start with the dunks. Dunks by bench players – Jon Leuer and Tayshaun Prince – who don’t even know from night to night if they will get to play, never mind have an opportunity to catch a sliver of the spotlight.86. Court Order Details Spread of Violent Gang - Friday, December 12, 2014
Fourteen years ago, a group of eight teenagers who lived on Burnham Street in Frayser tried to join the Vice Lords street gang and were rejected.
They became the FAM Mob street gang.
And according to a petition filed in Shelby County Environmental Court this week by the Multi-Agency Gang Unit to secure the city’s two latest no-gang zones, the rejection fueled violence that gang unit officers say have been a large part of the gang since its founding.87. Shelby County Commercial Sales Dip in October - Friday, December 12, 2014
Shelby County recorded 90 commercial sales in October, down 4 percent from 94 commercial sales recorded in October 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.88. Latest No-Gang Zones Target FAM Mob - Thursday, December 11, 2014
Two Frayser apartment complexes are the latest no-gang safety zones in Memphis under court orders the district attorney general’s office sought from Shelby County Environmental Court.
The Ridgecrest Apartments on Rangeline Road and the Greenbriar Apartments on Dellwood Avenue are areas where members of the FAM Mob gang named in the court order signed by Judge Larry Potter are specifically prohibited from gathering together in public for any reason.89. Morgan Stanley Paying $4 Million to Settle SEC Charges - Thursday, December 11, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Morgan Stanley has agreed to pay $4 million to settle federal charges of failing to prevent the unauthorized purchase of $525 million in Apple stock by one of its customers.90. Hot Rod Power Tour to Return in June - Thursday, December 11, 2014
The 21st annual Hot Rod Power Tour returns in 2015 with new features for spectators, participants and auto enthusiasts, as the seven-day, seven-city journey travels more than 1,000 miles and includes a stop in Memphis.91. Armstrong’s Comments Overshadow Attorney General’s Visit - Thursday, December 11, 2014
Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong had some concerns Tuesday about speaking before U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder addressed a group of 100 local leaders at Hattiloo Theatre in Overton Square.92. 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.93. Fed Proposing Big US Banks Boost Capital Buffers - Wednesday, December 10, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal regulators are proposing that the eight biggest U.S. banks be required to further increase the amount of capital they set aside to cushion against unexpected losses.94. Memphis Features Prominently in 'Nashville' Finale - Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Tennessee’s capital is a centerpiece of the hit ABC series “Nashville,” but its winter finale episode airing tomorrow will also highlight Memphis and a few iconic locations here in addition to featuring a Memphis-focused storyline.95. Holder Stresses Need for Police ‘Conversation’ - Wednesday, December 10, 2014
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told a group of 100 at Hattiloo Theatre Tuesday, Dec. 9, that the aftermath of a series of deaths at the hands of police is the return of a national conversation on the relationship between police and the communities in which they work.96. AutoZone Net Income Up 9.3 Percent - Tuesday, December 09, 2014
AutoZone kicked off its new fiscal year with another quarter of growth, posting increases in same-store sales and earnings per share that are typical of earning announcements from the Memphis-based auto parts retailer.97. US Decoupling - Tuesday, December 09, 2014
The Eurozone, Japan and select emerging markets all seem to be struggling economically with low inflation levels, poor policy responses, and low demand. Meanwhile, the U.S. keeps posting surprisingly strong economic numbers.98. Year-End Reflections – Part Two - Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Last week we shared a little of the history of this column. We hope we conveyed why we are committed to these weekly writings, and most importantly our belief in you, our readers. While we have met only a few of you in person, we hold you up before us in our minds as we write.99. Local Die-In Protesters Look Ahead to Saturday - Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Organizers of three days of local protests over a series of deaths at the hands of police officers in New York, Ferguson, Mo., and elsewhere will likely hold a similar protest Saturday, Dec. 13, the same day a national protest is being planned for Washington D.C.100. 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.