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.
26. Constantly Changing Online Prices Stump Shoppers - Friday, December 19, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – Online shopping has become as volatile as stock market trading. Wild, minute-by-minute price swings on everything from clothes to TVs have made it difficult for holiday shoppers to "buy low."27. 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.28. Haslam Taps Boyd to Lead Economic Development - Friday, December 19, 2014
Gov. Bill Haslam has named former higher education adviser Randy Boyd to become his new commissioner of economic development.29. Preparing for January - Friday, December 19, 2014
In less than three weeks, the race will be on. Are you ready? You may wonder what race I’m talking about. It’s time for one of the most important races of your life. The race to your dream job.30. For Tigers, Any Win is Good - Friday, December 19, 2014
The Tigers’ problems are solved. Or at least they are when they make 11 threes, shoot 52.4 percent from long range, and almost 80 percent at the free-throw line.
So let’s reframe things: For a night, this was how the University of Memphis got around their worst habit – giving the ball to the other team.31. 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?32. Fed Promises 'Patient' Approach to a Rate Increase - Thursday, December 18, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve is edging closer to raising interest rates from record lows given a strengthening U.S. job market and economy. But it says it will be "patient" in determining when to raise rates.33. FedEx Considering Baltimore Site for Distribution Hub - Thursday, December 18, 2014
BALTIMORE (AP) – FedEx is considering whether to build a distribution facility at Sparrows Point, showing interest in the steel mill property.
Baltimore County's economic development department says FedEx filed an application with the county's Development Review Committee. But no formal agreements have been signed.34. 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.35. 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 10.36. Holiday Rush - Thursday, December 18, 2014
Marianne Avery has worked for the United States Postal Service for 30 years. In that three decades of service, Avery has pretty much seen it all, but for the veteran postal worker the week before Christmas remains a busy, beloved time of year.37. Health Leaders: Improvement Possible - Thursday, December 18, 2014
Tennessee’s place in the 2014 America’s Health Rankings makes one thing very clear: There’s a lot of room for improvement.
Tennessee ranked 42nd among all states in the annual analysis of the health of the nation conducted by UnitedHealth Foundation.38. 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.39. 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.40. 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.41. Southwest Bag Workers Picketing Over Flight Delays - Wednesday, December 17, 2014
DENVER (AP) – Saying Southwest Airlines is neglecting workers and its customers, baggage handlers are bringing attention to the company's slide in on-time performance as they seek a new contract.42. Apple Wins Class-Action iPod Price Lawsuit - Wednesday, December 17, 2014
After just a few hours of deliberation, a jury in California found in favor of Apple on Tuesday in a billion-dollar class-action lawsuit over the price of its iPod music players.
The eight-member jury in U.S. District Court rejected a claim by attorneys for consumers and iPod resellers, who argued that Apple’s use of restrictive software amounted to anticompetitive behavior aimed at freezing out competing makers of portable music players. Apple had argued that the software provided necessary security protection and was part of a larger package of features that made its iPods and iTunes music store popular with consumers.43. Tennessee Opposes Supreme Court Gay Marriage Hearing - Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The Tennessee attorney general is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to let a ruling stand that upheld the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.
The November decision by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals marked a rare victory for gay marriage opponents. But because it conflicts with decisions in other circuits, legal observers believe it could push the Supreme Court to take up the issue of gay marriage, possibly as soon as this spring.44. 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.45. Ad Retargeting May Spoil Holiday Surprise - Wednesday, December 17, 2014
When you shop Amazon for a product and then see that same product in a Facebook ad days later, it is certainly not a coincidence. It is a marketing strategy called ad retargeting, and it is dominating online advertising.46. Paragon Turns In Positive Third Quarter - Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Partly driven by an uptick in loans, Memphis-based Paragon Bank turned in another positive showing during the third quarter, with year-to-date pre-tax earnings 35 percent higher than in the first three quarters of 2013, the bank said.47. Fed Likely to Note Gains But Signal No Rate Hike - Tuesday, December 16, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – A resurgent U.S. economy has emerged from a long struggle with high unemployment and weak growth. And the Federal Reserve seems poised to recognize the sustained improvement.48. Google Researching Use of Color in Business - Tuesday, December 16, 2014
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Google is one of the major U.S. corporations researching the power of color in the working world, in everything from workspaces to marketing and branding.
Meghan Casserly, spokeswoman for the U.S.-based organization built around the popular search engine, says Google is still early in its research but has already found "a clear link between color and satisfaction with a person's work area," which in turn can boost employee creativity and productivity.49. US Homebuilder Sentiment Slips in December - Tuesday, December 16, 2014
U.S. homebuilders are feeling slightly less confident in their sales prospects heading into next year, even as their overall sales outlook remains favorable.
The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Monday slipped this month to 57, down one point from 58 in November.50. Social Change and Nonprofits - Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, N.Y. Cleveland, Ohio. Michael Brown. Eric Garner. Tamir Rice. These cities and the deaths of these African-American males – men and boys – are in the headlines. So are people’s responses.51. Elvis Presley Enterprises Applies for Hotel Building Permit - Tuesday, December 16, 2014
3066 Elvis Presley Blvd.52. Achievement School District Transition Details Emerge - Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Memphis, TN 38116
Permit Amount: $57 million
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.53. NLRB Issues Rule to Speed Up Union Organizing - Monday, December 15, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – The National Labor Relations Board issued a final rule on Friday aimed at modernizing and streamlining the union election process.
The new rule will shorten the time between when an election is ordered and the election is held, eliminating a previous 25-day waiting period. And it seeks to reduce litigation that can be used to stall elections. It will also require employers to furnish union organizers with email addresses and phone numbers of workers.54. Wealth Gap Widens Between Whites and Minorities - Monday, December 15, 2014
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The economic recovery has not been equal among the races, according to a Pew Research Center study released Friday.
The study found that the wealth gap between white households and minorities has widened in recent years.55. 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.56. More Americans to Buy Homes with 3 Pct. Down - Saturday, December 13, 2014
More Americans will soon be able to buy a home with a down payment as low as 3 percent, the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac say.
The new lending guidelines being announced by the companies are designed to help more low-income and first-time buyers afford homes. Millions of Americans lost their savings or no longer had the income needed to set aside money for a home in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis and the Great Recession.57. Memphis Software Firm Changes its Name - Saturday, December 13, 2014
Business software firm Business Advantage is changing its name to Lumatrak, the firm has announced.
According to Lumatrak founder and CEO Steve Redden, the change in name reflects the Memphis-based company’s sharpening focus on value chain software services.58. Isner Commits to Play Memphis Open - Saturday, December 13, 2014
The United States Tennis Association has announced top-ranked American John Isner has become the second Top 20 player to commit to the Memphis Open, joining 2014 U.S. Open finalist and two-time defending champion Kei Nishikori in the player field.59. Stax Announces Massive Collections Release - Saturday, December 13, 2014
Concord Music Group and Stax Records have announced the digital release and physical reissue of two big box sets – “The Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles, Vol. 2: 1968-1971” and “The Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles, Vol. 3: 1972-1975.”60. 26 Industrial Properties Facing Foreclosure - Saturday, December 13, 2014
The company that purchased Farnsworth Investment Co.’s industrial portfolio in 2005 has defaulted on a $69 million loan, and now 26 of its properties are facing foreclosure, according to a first-run foreclosure notice in the Friday, Dec. 12, edition of The Daily News.61. Mapping a Path to Success - Saturday, December 13, 2014
Like many other things on paper, maps have largely become extinct as interactive, digital versions have taken over.
But for students of history, as well as those with a keen interest in the neighborhoods and boundaries within cities, the paper map is an irreplaceable document.62. Was Realty Lesson Taught By Father or Son? - Saturday, December 13, 2014
All industries are loaded with personalities and characters and residential real estate is no exception. One of the most exciting is a mortgage loan officer known as Marty Maitland who is a twenty-something year veteran of the lending industry and a Nashville native who is currently working with BancorpSouth in Brentwood.63. 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.64. 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.65. 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.66. Titans’ On-, Off-Field Decisions Defy Imagination - Saturday, December 13, 2014
When the Tennessee Titans hired Ken Whisenhunt in January, it brought a breath of fresh air to an organization that sorely needed a change.
But it hasn’t taken long for that breath of fresh air to quickly become stale and toxic.67. Ramsey: Medicaid Expansion ‘Sellable’ in Tennessee - Monday, December 15, 2014
Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says that if fellow Republican Gov. Bill Haslam succeeds in his negotiations with President Barack Obama’s administration on a special Tennessee deal for Medicaid expansion, the result could be “sellable” to skeptical state lawmakers.68. All-Star Voting Opens, Includes Grizz Players - Monday, December 15, 2014
The National Basketball Association and Sprint have tipped off NBA All-Star Balloting 2015 and Grizzlies fans can vote for their favorite Grizzlies players, including Marc Gasol, Mike Conley, Zach Randolph, Tony Allen and Courtney Lee.69. Akbari Introduces Bill to End ASD Phase-Ins - Monday, December 15, 2014
Democratic state Rep. Raumesh Akbari of Memphis has introduced a bill that would bar the state-run Achievement School District from phased-in takeovers of schools a grade or two per school year.
The bill, filed for the upcoming session of the Tennessee Legislature, which begins Jan. 13, would reinforce what has been the practice of Shelby County Schools for the current school year. The Shelby County Schools board voted earlier this year to close schools the ASD was to take over a grade at a time.70. Elvis Presley Enterprises Seeks $57 Million Building Permit for Hotel - Monday, December 15, 2014
Elvis Presley Enterprises has applied for a $57 million building permit for its planned 450-room hotel near Graceland.
The application for the permit filed through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement lists Flintco Inc. as the contractor and Chad Stewart and Associates as the engineer.71. Finding Real Change For The New Year - Monday, December 15, 2014
New Year’s resolutions are tempting to make, and they are even more tempting to forget.
In spite of the insatiable appetite our society has for self-improvement and excellence, good habits just seem hard to acquire. With the beginning of each New Year, we seem compelled to conquer the past by focusing on the future in at least one resolution.72. 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.73. 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.74. Making a Statement - Saturday, December 13, 2014
One of the regional banking players in Memphis is Jackson, Miss.-based Trustmark Bank, which took a big step that made a statement in Memphis this year.75. Brewing Opportunity - Saturday, December 13, 2014
When Memphians like Jimmy Lewis are leaving established careers to remake themselves as coffee roasters, it’s one sign that coffee culture in Memphis is abundant with opportunity and steadily coming into its own.76. Elvis Presley Enterprises Seeks $57 Million Building Permit for Hotel - Friday, December 12, 2014
Elvis Presley Enterprises has applied for a $57 million building permit for its planned 450-room hotel near Graceland.
The application for the permit filed through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement lists Flintco Inc. as the contractor and Chad Stewart and Associates as the engineer.77. Obama Promotes Trade, Tax Fix, Innovation - Friday, December 12, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama on Thursday declared himself "much more optimistic" than he was last year about completing a major trade deal with Pacific Rim countries.
At the same time, the president acknowledged to executives on his advisory export council that a tough sales job will be necessary on a commerce issue certain to put him at odds with fellow Democrats during the last two years of his presidency.78. Labor Board OKs Personal Use of Company Email - Friday, December 12, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – In a victory for unions, the National Labor Relations Board ruled Thursday that employees can use their company email accounts for union organizing and other workplace-related purposes, if they do it on their own time.79. Manufacturers Seek Women for Hard-to-Fill Jobs - Friday, December 12, 2014
MILWAUKEE (AP) – Camry Simon didn't know anything about manufacturing when she signed up for a free 10-week program learning to make metal parts. To her surprise, she loved it.
"You're creating artwork in a sense. You're taking a piece of metal and turning it into something," said the 24-year-old mother, who is now earning an associate's degree and a journeyman's license in Wisconsin in hopes of working in the manufacturing industry. "To me, that means there's a wide range of ways I could go."80. Teen Retailers Get the Cold Shoulder for Holidays - Friday, December 12, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – Being a teen can be tough, but catering to one is even more difficult.
Teen retailers are learning that lesson the hard way this holiday season.
The longtime CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch on Tuesday abruptly retired just a week after the retailer posted an 11.5 percent quarterly sales drop and slashed its annual profit forecast. And American Eagle and Aeropostale gave dismal forecasts for the quarter that includes the holiday shopping season after each posted weak sales for the fall.81. Holiday Shopping Boosts US Retail Sales - Friday, December 12, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. retail sales perked up in November, as cheaper gas and an improving job market fueled a promising start to the holiday shopping season.
Retail sales rose a seasonally-adjusted 0.7 percent, the most in eight months, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Falling gasoline prices dented gas stations receipts by 0.8 percent, but that appears to have freed up money that consumers took elsewhere.82. 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.83. 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.84. 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.85. Undercurrent Brings 2014 to Close - Friday, December 12, 2014
Undercurrent, the monthly networking event launched in 2013 by a handful of creatives, is preparing to close the book on its first full year of events, with its final get-together set for Monday. Dec. 15, at Bounty.86. A Tale of Two Projects - Friday, December 12, 2014
At 7.7 miles, it takes about 12 minutes to make the drive between the Mid-South Fairgrounds and Graceland.
However, the political fortunes of each couldn’t be more different.
A financing plan for a long-delayed expansion of the Graceland campus to develop all 120 acres owned by Elvis Presley Enterprises and amassed since the mid-1990s cleared the Shelby County Commission this week and the Memphis City Council a week before.87. McDonald's to Trim Menu, Examine Ingredients - Thursday, December 11, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's is planning to trim its menu, review its cooking methods and maybe even get rid of some of the ingredients it uses to change perceptions that it serves junk food.88. Tech Summit Addresses Industry's Lack of Diversity - Thursday, December 11, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson spent most of this year pressuring the technology industry into facing up to the glaring scarcity of women, blacks and Latinos at companies renowned as great places to work.89. Harwell Defeats Tea-Party Challenge for Speaker - Thursday, December 11, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – House Speaker Beth Harwell decisively defeated a tea-party challenge from Rep. Rick Womick on Wednesday to win the Republican nomination for another term in charge of the lower chamber of the Tennessee General Assembly.90. Stax Announces Massive Collections Release - Thursday, December 11, 2014
Concord Music Group and Stax Records have announced the digital release and physical reissue of two big box sets – “The Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles, Vol. 2: 1968-1971” and “The Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles, Vol. 3: 1972-1975.”91. Holiday Tech Gadget Wish List - Thursday, December 11, 2014
With the holiday season in full swing, you may find yourself scrounging for gift ideas for the technology aficionado on your shopping list. Wearable technology is an option worth exploring, and one that’s gaining popularity, particularly among fitness enthusiasts.92. 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 90.93. 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.94. 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.95. ReStoring Hope - Thursday, December 11, 2014
The Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis ReStore is feeling the holiday love.
The store’s November “Go North ReStock the ReStore” event brought in a large number of donations and the Hickory Hill store recorded $10,673 in sales the day of the event, the store’s biggest day of sales so far this fiscal year. In addition, November Web traffic was more than double that of November 2013.96. November Mortgage Volume Drops 14 Percent - Thursday, December 11, 2014
Looking at results from last month might suggest mortgage industry professionals are in the midst of a yearend slowdown, with phones not ringing quite as much as a result of interested buyers at the moment.97. 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.98. 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.99. 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.100. 8 Social Media Missteps To Avoid - Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Social media can be an effective marketing channel and the cost to entry – the hard cost that is – is relatively low. Consider, though, your annual salary multiplied by the number of hours you and your team spend on social media each year, and you will no doubt want to ensure that you are getting the most out of that significant time investment by avoiding these common missteps.