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- Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Germantown Performing Arts Center will host a visual arts exhibition by Ron Olson and Saj Crone Tuesday, Dec. 3, to Jan. 3 in the GPAC lobby, 1801 Exeter Road. Cost is free. Visit gpacweb.com.
- Saturday, November 30, 2013
Small Business Saturday will be held Saturday, Nov. 30, at participating small businesses across Memphis. The nationwide event includes retailers, restaurants, museums, entertainment venues and more. Visit shopsmall.com for a list of participating businesses.
3. Evolve Bank & Trust Honored for Creating Jobs
- Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Memphis-based Evolve Bank & Trust generated 203 jobs from Jan. 1, 2012, through June 30 of this year, a feat that was honored in Inc. Magazine’s second annual Hire Power Awards.
4. Smaller Manufacturers Feel Device Tax
- Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Controversy continues to swirl around the new medical device excise tax that went into effect on Jan. 1.
The flat 2.3 percent tax is applied to every dollar of sales for medical device manufacturers, and for many small- to mid-sized companies the tax is crippling their ability to grow and invest much needed funds into other areas like research and development, sales and marketing, and hiring additional staff.
5. Under Fire, 'Obamacare' Going Live – With Glitches
- Tuesday, October 01, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – Contentious from its conception, President Barack Obama's health care law has survived the Supreme Court, a battle for the White House and rounds of budget brinkmanship. Now comes the ultimate test: the verdict of the American people.
6. House GOP Presses Delay in Health Care Law
- Thursday, July 18, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans pressed ahead Wednesday on delaying key components of President Barack Obama's signature health care law, emboldened by the administration's concession that requiring companies to provide coverage for their workers next year may be too complicated.
7. Fisher Named Director Of Economic Development
- Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Gwyn Fisher has been named the greater Memphis regional director of economic and community development by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. In her new role, Fisher will work with companies, municipalities and stakeholders in Shelby, Fayette, Tipton and Lauderdale counties to create jobs, attract new businesses and expand existing businesses.
8. Another Round for the House on 'Obamacare'
- Friday, May 17, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – There they go again: The House is moving toward a vote on yet another Republican bill to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law.
Only months away from the rollout of coverage for uninsured Americans, Republicans on Thursday were making their 37th attempt in a little more than two years to eliminate, defund or partly scale back the Affordable Care Act.
9. Emergency Preparation – Part 1
- Friday, April 26, 2013
A bombing and citywide lockdown in Boston, a chemical explosion in West, Texas; threats of flooding along the Mississippi River; tornadoes; earthquakes; and the all-too-frequent house fire.
These are a few of the disasters we all need to prepare for. We need to get ready at home with our families, at work, at our places of worship and at the nonprofits where we spend our time. Most emergencies come with little warning. Many are unthinkable. Some are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Others – such as fires – occur every day. How will you get ready?
10. ‘All is Not Lost’
- Thursday, March 07, 2013
Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. has been nationally recognized for its work providing health care services for the homeless population of the Mid-South, helping people like Grace Hilton-Young transform their lives.
11. Breaking the Mold
- Saturday, February 23, 2013
When Rosemarie Fair was named Broker of the Year in investment sales at last year’s Pinnacle Awards, she became the first woman ever to do so.
Before Fair founded One Source Commercial Inc. in 1993, she worked with Carlisle Corp. in the early 1980s on Beale Street Landing Downtown. She remembers often what her mentor Gene Carlisle taught her – “Somebody will take care of the big stuff, it’s the nickels and dimes that make the difference.”
12. Loeb: City Should Increase Investment in Urban Core
- Thursday, January 31, 2013
The relevance of Overton Square is that it’s one of many initiatives the city has in place to make Memphis a better place and a city of choice for the millennial generation.
Seventy-seven percent of those born from the early 1980s to the early 2000s want to live in the urban core and to drive less.
13. Dunavant Awards Honor, Discuss Good Government
- Tuesday, January 29, 2013
An award for elected and non-elected public officials marking its 10th anniversary this year began as a way to honor the late Probate Court Clerk Bobby Dunavant and to counter the damage done 10 years ago by the Tennessee Waltz federal public corruption investigation.
14. Countdown to Reform
- Saturday, January 05, 2013
The Obama administration recently took the next step in implementing the new health care reform by laying out more specific guidelines regarding the health insurance market reforms. The Department of Health and Human Services published the new regulations on Nov. 20.
15. Local Students Give Back With Literacy Program
- Friday, December 14, 2012
A lot of people have good ideas that could change the world, or at a little piece of it. But often those ideas never quite turn into action.
Two Memphis University School seniors – basketball player Jonathan Wilfong and football player and wrestler Andrew Renshaw – had just such a good idea. Inspired by “Caddy for a Cure,” in which an individual makes a donation to a charity and in turn gets to caddy for a PGA golfer, they created “Coaching for Literacy – The Assistant Coach Program for Promoting Literacy.”
16. Grace St. Luke’s Adds ‘Little Lukers’ Program
- Friday, December 14, 2012
Next year, Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School will welcome a new group of students onto its Midtown Memphis campus: 2-year-olds.
Officials at the private school for students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade recently announced the addition of a new program for 2-year-olds and young 3s at its Miss Lee’s Preschool. The Little Lukers program will open in 2013, and applications are being accepted through Jan. 15.
17. Surprise: New Insurance Fee in Health Overhaul Law
- Tuesday, December 11, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — Your medical plan is facing an unexpected expense, so you probably are, too. It's a new, $63-per-head fee to cushion the cost of covering people with pre-existing conditions under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
- Saturday, December 08, 2012
LightWave Solar will host a lunch & learn titled “How Solar Can Work for Your Home or Business” Friday, Dec. 14, from noon to 1 p.m. in the River Tower at South Bluffs clubhouse, 655 Riverside Drive. R.S.V.P. to Grace Robertson at email@example.com or 615-641-4050, ext. 104.
- Friday, December 07, 2012
The DeSoto County Economic Development Council will hold its annual membership luncheon Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 11:45 a.m. at Landers Center, 4560 Venture Drive. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant will present the keynote. Cost is $25. R.S.V.P. to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, Dec. 7.
20. Grizzlies Ramp Up Charitable Efforts as Holidays Begin
- Thursday, November 22, 2012
On the court, the Grizzlies have given away next to nothing. They reeled off an eight-game winning streak. Night after night, 48 minutes at a time, they have been stingy – selfish, even.
But off the court, the Grizzlies have embraced this holiday season of giving as though it, too, were a competition. This month, they haven’t just been making baskets but giving them away hundreds at a time: Zach Randolph distributing food baskets to families from Carver and Booker T. Washington high schools; Rudy Gay passing out foodstuffs at The Pursuit of God Power Center; and Quincy Pondexter’s food basket give-away at New Direction Christian Church/Power Center Academy as part of his ongoing “Random Acts of Q-Ness.”
21. Obama Carries Shelby, Cohen Over Flinn and Two Tax Hikes Defeated
- Wednesday, November 07, 2012
President Barack Obama carried Shelby County in unofficial Nov. 6 election returns as his Republican challenger Mitt Romney took the state’s 11 electoral votes.
Voter turnout in the most popular election cycle among Shelby County voters was 61.9 percent, about the same percentage as four years ago. But the 371,256 voters is fewer than 2008 when more than 400,000 Shelby County voters cast ballots. The percentage is about the same because there are fewer registered voters in Shelby County than there were four years ago after a purge by election officials.
22. Excise Tax Looms for Local Device Companies
- Monday, October 15, 2012
A new excise tax will be levied on medical devices beginning Jan. 1, and the impact will be significant for medical device companies with a Memphis presence.
Large players like Wright Medical Technology Inc. and fledgling outfits like Arrowhead Medical Device Technologies Inc. are preparing for the 2.3 percent pinch on each device sold in the U.S., including pacemakers and stents, defibrillators, artificial joints, chemotherapy delivery systems, surgical tools and X-ray machines.
23. AP-GfK Poll: Most See Health Law Being Implemented
- Thursday, September 27, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – It still divides us, but most Americans think President Barack Obama's health care law is here to stay.
More than 7 in 10 say the law will fully go into effect with some changes, ranging from minor to major alterations, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds.
24. Suburban School Board Races Almost Set
- Friday, August 17, 2012
Races on the Nov. 6 ballot for six sets of suburban school boards took shape Thursday, Aug. 16, at the noon filing deadline for candidate qualifying petitions.
The candidates that made the deadline have another week to withdraw from the races if they wish.
25. Graceland Marks 30th Year as Tourist Attraction
- Thursday, June 14, 2012
MEMPHIS (AP) – When Graceland opened to the public 30 years ago this month, nobody knew if it would be a success. Nearly 18 million visitors later, the house where Elvis Presley once lived is a money-making business that's helped transform the city of Memphis into a top destination for music lovers.
26. Center Promotes Russian, Southern Link
- Friday, June 08, 2012
Anna Terry, president of The Russian Cultural Center of Memphis, will travel to Washington Tuesday, June 12, for a reception with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak.
- Thursday, May 10, 2012
The Greater Memphis Chamber: International Business Council will hold a seminar on business in the Philippines Thursday, May 10, at 8:30 a.m. at Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Cost is free. The IBC will also hold a luncheon at noon at the Hilton. Cost is $25, or $15 for attendees of the breakfast seminar. Call Brenda Montgomery at 543-3541.
28. Bynum, Bryant Help Lakers Beat Grizzlies in 2 OTs
- Wednesday, March 14, 2012
MEMPHIS (AP) – It took two overtime periods, but the Los Angeles Lakers eventually made sure the Memphis Grizzlies stayed behind them in the Western Conference standings.
Andrew Bynum had a season-high 37 points and 16 rebounds, Kobe Bryant scored 22 of his 34 points after halftime, and the Lakers beat Memphis 116-111 in double overtime on Tuesday night.
29. Cynthia Ham Named BRIDGES President
- Wednesday, January 25, 2012
The youth-development organization BRIDGES has a new president.
Cynthia Ham, archer-malmo principal and chief public relations officer, will leave the firm she’s been with for 15 years to start work Feb. 15 as BRIDGES’ new head. She succeeds Jim Boyd, who stepped down late last year after 16 years with the organization, which works to build a community of leaders to advance racial, economic, educational and environmental justice in Memphis and Shelby County.
30. Cynthia Ham is New BRIDGES President
- Tuesday, January 24, 2012
The youth-development organization BRIDGES has a new president.
Cynthia Ham, principal and chief public relations officer for archer-malmo, will leave the firm she’s been with for 15 years to start work Feb. 15 as BRIDGES’ new head. She succeeds Jim Boyd, who stepped down late last year after 16 years with the organization, which works to build a community of leaders to advance racial, economic, educational and environmental justice in Memphis and Shelby County.
31. Opera Memphis Dons Comic Mask
- Monday, January 16, 2012
Opera Memphis, which opened its 2011-2012 season with the torrid romance and drama of “Tosca” now invites audiences to sit back and laugh.
“The rest of the year it’s all happy endings,” said Ned Canty, Opera Memphis’ general director and stage director for Johann Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus,” which will be staged at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre Jan. 21 and 24.
32. Music Festival Returns for Second Year
- Thursday, January 12, 2012
The Fareveller Music Festival is returning to Memphis after its kickoff in 2011 that brought more than 1,200 people to the three-day event.
For three nights – March 22 to 24 – Young Avenue Deli, Newby’s and Otherlands will showcase local and national music talent. The initial lineup will be released Monday, Jan. 16, at www.fareveller.com.
33. Loeb Tells Rotary About Overton Square Plans
- Thursday, January 12, 2012
Among the first of Bob Loeb’s comments when he addressed the Memphis Rotary Club Tuesday, Jan. 10, was that when his firm finishes the redevelopment of Overton Square, the hope is to pass the Rotarian Four-Way Test.
34. Crossing Boundaries
- Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Philanthropy takes a lot of planning and a lot of caution – so much so that young adults might give it a wide berth when it comes to ongoing involvement in the fundraising that is a central function of philanthropy.
35. Tenn. Photo ID Law Could Face Challenge
- Wednesday, January 04, 2012
A requirement that Tennessee voters show photographic identification could be challenged in a lawsuit.
Unless or until there is legislative or court action to change the statute that took effect Sunday, Jan. 1, it remains the law. Tennessee Election Coordinator Mark Goins said his office anticipates voters will be required to show a photo ID when they go to the polls for the March primary elections, according to The Tennessean.
36. Abortion, Immigration Changes Among New 2012 Laws
- Thursday, December 29, 2011
Girls seeking abortions in New Hampshire must first tell their parents or a judge, employers in Alabama must verify new workers' U.S. residency, and California students will be the first in the country to receive mandatory lessons about the contributions of gays and lesbians under state laws set to take effect at the start of 2012.
- Wednesday, December 28, 2011
The Memphis Bar Association Young Lawyers Division will present “Legal Ethics in the Movies” with speaker Mike McLaren of Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee PC and special guest U.S. Magistrate Judge Diane Vescovo Wednesday, Dec. 28, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the auditorium at Memphis Bioworks Foundation, 20 Dudley St. For more information or to register, visit www.memphisbar.org.
- Monday, December 26, 2011
The Memphis Bar Association Young Lawyers Division will present “Legal Ethics in the Movies” with speaker Mike McLaren of Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee PC and special guest U.S. Magistrate Judge Diane Vescovo Dec. 28 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the auditorium at Memphis Bioworks Foundation, 20 Dudley St. For more information or to register, visit www.memphisbar.org.
39. Kids Take Center Stage with Circus
- Monday, December 26, 2011
If the kids are pinging off the walls after a long winter holiday school vacation, Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center would like to put their excess energy to good use.
Starfish Circus, a pre-programmed artistic residency for high schoolers, will introduce kids to the many techniques of physical theater and stage acrobatics in a crash course culminating in a live performance.
- Thursday, December 22, 2011
Chez Philippe will host a Christmas Eve dinner Saturday, Dec. 24, at the restaurant in The Peabody hotel, 149 Union Ave. Cost is $80 per person and includes a four-course meal. For reservations, call 529-4188. Christmas Day Brunch will be held Sunday, Dec. 25, on The Peabody’s mezzanine from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $55 per person and $20 for children. For reservations, call 529-3668. The Capriccio Grill will have a Christmas Day dinner Sunday, Dec. 25, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Cost is $45 per person and $15 for children. For reservations, call 529-4199.
41. 2 Centuries After New Madrid Quakes, What's Next?
- Monday, December 19, 2011
MEMPHIS (AP) – The United States was still a young nation when three major earthquakes rocked the central Mississippi River valley in the winter of 1811-1812.
Chimneys fell, the earth heaved and church bells rang hundreds of miles away, set off by the powerful vibrations from what is now called the New Madrid Seismic Zone. As farmland rolled and shuddered, the shock waves spread as far as New York and the Carolinas.
42. Obama Admin: 2.5M Young Adults Gain Coverage
- Thursday, December 15, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Young adults trying to get traction in a tough economy are getting a welcome assist: the new federal health care law has markedly improved their access to health insurance.
43. Ark. Organ Donor to be Honored at Rose Parade
- Thursday, December 15, 2011
Verna Harris is able to work 40 hours a week. She goes to church on Sundays and enjoys taking in a movie now and then.
44. AP Source: Freeze Agrees to Take Ole Miss Job
- Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Arkansas State's Hugh Freeze has agreed to take the Mississippi job, according to a person familiar to the coaching search.
45. AP-GfK Poll: 37 Percent of Public Back Protests
- Monday, October 24, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – More than one-third of the country supports the Wall Street protests, and even more – 58 percent – say they are furious about America's politics.
The number of angry people is growing as deep reservoirs of resentment grip the country, according to the latest Associated Press-GfK poll.
46. Steve Jobs and Shades of Yellow
- Friday, October 07, 2011
Editor’s Note: “From the Blog” is a new weekly feature that highlights some of the enterprising work our staff posts on The Daily News blog, blog.memphisdailynews.com.
47. Be Prepared
- Monday, September 26, 2011
In remarks to the National Press Club in Washington earlier this month, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani singled out two people in his administration as being largely responsible for helping him make it through a day that started like any other day in 2001 but changed the course of the nation’s history before it was over.
48. Business Plan Basics, Part Three
- Friday, July 01, 2011
Part three of a three-part series about the role of the business plan: an interview with Dr. Jan Young In our last two columns, we’ve shared with you the wisdom of Dr. Jan Young, executive director of the Assisi Foundation of Memphis, about the development of business plans for nonprofits. Here, we asked her to provide examples of how a business plan can impact an organization’s success.
49. Business Plan Basics, Part Two
- Friday, June 24, 2011
Part two of a three-part series about the role of the business plan: an interview with Dr. Jan Young: Last week, Dr. Jan Young explained how creating a business plan can help nonprofit organizations assess their capacity, strategy and potential funding sources. This week, she discusses the basics of creating a plan.
50. Business Plan Basics, Part One
- Friday, June 17, 2011
Part one of a three-part series about the role of the business plan: an interview with Dr. Jan Young: One of the prerequisites for fundraising success is a fund development or fundraising plan that is tied to an organization’s strategic plan. While strategic planning has a long history within the nonprofit sector, some organizations are now choosing to work from a business plan.
51. Major Local Impact Expected From ‘Memphis’ Tour
- Monday, March 07, 2011
The official word is that “Memphis” is coming to Memphis.
Starting Oct. 15, Memphians will finally get to see the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical as it begins its nationwide tour in the city that bears its name.
52. Reader’s Digest Makes Difference-Making Memphis Stop
- Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Call it the marriage of economic stimulus and National Lampoon’s Vacation, or maybe just “Three Dudes in an RV.” The Reader’s Digest We Hear You America Tour made a stop in Memphis with cash in hand.
53. U of M to Host Biomaterials Day
- Friday, January 21, 2011
Biomedical industry professionals, students and faculty will have the opportunity to pick the brains of industry professionals at next week’s Biomaterials Day at the University of Memphis.
The Jan. 28 event, to be held at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., will include presentations by both graduate and undergraduate students, as well as industry professionals. Experts from Wright Medical Technology Inc., Smith & Nephew and Medtronic Inc. will speak about challenges in biomaterials and offer their expertise in the biomedical field through panel discussions.
54. Smith & Nephew Rumors Continue to Swirl
- Friday, January 21, 2011
Despite Smith & Nephew’s attempts to quash rampant rumors that it’s being targeted for takeover, Wall Street seems to be sticking with the maxim that where there’s smoke, there’s fire.
55. Second Phase of Bike Plan Kicks Off
- Wednesday, January 19, 2011
The second phase of the Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)’s Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan begins Wednesday with opportunities for public input.
Organizers and participants hope to ride the current wave of public interest in bicycling and walking, which began with the opening of the Shelby Farms Greenline last summer.
56. ‘Sun Studio Sessions’ TV Show Embarks on Second Season
- Friday, January 07, 2011
Tim Jones studied Memphis music at Indiana University.
“I had taken a lot of rock ‘n’ roll history classes at Indiana University and became obsessed with the early Sun recordings of Elvis, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis,
57. When One Door Closes, Another Opens for Vaughn
- Monday, December 27, 2010
“By Jan. 2, there will no vestige of Grace,” said Ben Vaughn.
When Vaughn announced two weeks ago that Grace, his restaurant in Cooper-Young, was closing, it seemed like a throwback to the bad economy days of 2009, especially combined with other recent closings.
58. GPAC Stages Russian ‘Ballet Blanc’
- Monday, December 20, 2010
It may or may not be a white Christmas this year, but Germantown Performing Arts Centre promises a return of “white” ballet in January.
The Russian National Ballet Theatre’s production of “Les Sylphides” and “Romeo and Juliet” takes the stage Jan. 2 offering romantic reverie on two different levels.
59. Italian Eatery to Take Over Dish’s Cooper-Young Site
- Monday, November 22, 2010
Italian is coming to the intersection of Cooper and Young.
Chef David Cleveland, in Memphis since 1997, and veteran front-of-the-house manager Leslie Billman will open Cortona – they hope by the beginning of 2011 – in the space where Dish closed Jan. 31.
60. Exhibition Delves into American Ethos
- Monday, November 15, 2010
Rural Southern landscapes, poetically charged illustrations and re-created battle scenes compose an extensive perspective on life in the South and American art in the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s current exhibition.
61. Don’t Let Open Enrollment Pass You By
- Wednesday, November 03, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – It’s time for workers around the country to think – really think – about health insurance.
Open enrollment has started for many employer-sponsored benefits plans that renew their coverage Jan. 1. Next year’s plans may include free preventive care and other changes thanks to the health care law Congress passed earlier this year. They also are likely to come with a higher premium.
62. FedEx Focused on Future
- Wednesday, September 29, 2010
FedEx Corp. announced its goal to increase earnings per share by 10 to 15 percent yearly over the long-term and achieve 10 percent plus operating margins at this week’s annual stockholders meeting.
- Friday, July 09, 2010
The Memphis Rotary Club will meet Friday at noon at the Chickasaw Country Club, 3395 Galloway Ave. Dr. Jan Young, executive director of the Assisi Foundation, will be the featured speaker. Cost is $25 for guests. Reservations are not needed.
64. Springdale Fights Back
- Monday, June 21, 2010
In the mile of Springdale Street between Chelsea and Jackson avenues there are five churches. That’s not counting the churches on side streets.
On Eldridge Avenue, one of those side streets, between two tiny churches is a pair of identical small houses – both boarded up.
The one closest to the corner has faded blue spray paint stenciled across the plywood.
In inner-city Memphis, the stenciling is as familiar as gang graffiti. It’s the mark of the Memphis Police Department’s Blue CRUSH campaign.
Five years into the crackdown guided by a devotion to crime statistics, crime is down in Memphis.
But the statistical drop in crime has come with lingering questions and concerns in Springdale and other neighborhoods with Blue CRUSH houses.
“Once we board them up, we really have to depend on the community to let us know if drug dealers have broken back into them,” Shelby County District Attorney General Bill Gibbons said. “If we don’t know about it, sometimes drug dealers can get right back in there.”
In the neighborhoods, homeowners lament that street level dealers are easily replaced and soon released from jail to resume their place in the neighborhoods – now with a criminal record that makes a move away from drug dealing even more unlikely.
Last year, a team from Memphis that included a police officer, a state prosecutor, a federal prosecutor, a University of Memphis researcher, the head of the Memphis Leadership Foundation and the pastor of one of those five churches along Springdale went to several cities to get training in a new anti-drug strategy.
“We were really interested in changing people’s lives, not locking them up,” Springdale Baptist Pastor Derrick Hughes told The Memphis News. Hughes wasn’t sure at first if he would be part of the Drug Market Intervention (DMI) program.
“It sounded as if possibly it was just another program that was going to possibly just put criminals in jail without rehabilitation,” he said. “And I wanted to make sure that if we were going to be a part of something that it was going to look at rehabilitating the person, changing lives, changing them from a holistic point of view as well as a spiritual point of view.”
Gibbons said some of his prosecutors and some police brass also had their doubts as they looked for an area to test out DMI Memphis style.
“It was based primarily on looking at crime patterns and in particular drug activity in that area,” he told The Memphis News. There was plenty of open drug dealing in the Springdale area.
Drug Market Intervention is picking several street level drug dealers in a community, confronting them with the evidence against them and telling them they have one more chance to get out of the business. The police are involved in making a decision not to prosecute a few as they target dozens of others in an area.
Others on the team are community leaders from the neighborhood. And some are with proven programs to provide job training and other help in getting a legitimate job.
High Point, N.C., was the first stop for the Memphis group because it is the birthplace of DMI. It seems an unlikely example for Memphis with a population of fewer than 100,000. But in 2003, High Point had several open air drug markets. The city’s new police chief, James Fealy, attacked them using what became the DMI strategy.
David Kennedy, director of the Center for Crime Control and Prevention at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, replicated DMI in other cities with money from the federal Bureau of Justice Assistance. The BJA funded the training of the Memphis team and came here.
Kennedy’s philosophy is specific to open air drug markets. It doesn’t pretend to eliminate all drug dealing.
“Open air drug markets are found primarily in our cities and in African-American neighborhoods,” Kennedy wrote in a 2008 article for the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Journal. “Although we are loathe to admit it, this issue is soaked in race.”
Kennedy said police complained to him that the families of the drug dealers and others in the surrounding communities knew they were selling drugs, did nothing to stop it and profited from it.
But Kennedy said those living in the communities countered that police were only interested in locking up as many people as they could as part of a conspiracy to destroy the community.
Kennedy said each side had a point and each side was wrong.
“The crime is real and overwhelmingly the arrests are legitimate. But we are destroying the village in order to save it,” he wrote. “And none of this gets rid of the crime. The drug markets and violence continue to exist.”
Kennedy didn’t try to tackle the long-standing racial issues and their lengthy back story. The conversations that formed the basis for the DMI strategy were about drug markets.
It was hard for some on the Memphis team to believe that hardened drug dealers would respond when the threat of arrest, prison time, drive-by shootings and gang turf tripwires hadn’t discouraged them from the life.
Nevertheless, when they returned to Memphis, the planning began for several months of undercover drug buys in the Springdale area by the police Organized Crime Unit. For months, the officers bought repeatedly from dozens of street dealers in a two-mile radius of Springdale. And they recorded the drug buys on video – not just one buy but multiple buys.
Prosecutors reviewed the cases against more than 60 men and women and prosecuted 51 of them. Five were indicted on federal drug charges. Six others – five men and a woman – were the first candidates for the Memphis DMI program.
“It was taking a look at individuals who obviously were involved in drug trafficking, but a little more on the periphery – not an extensive drug record,” Gibbons said.
A few days after New Year’s Day, police descended on the Springdale area serving the arrest warrants and putting up a fresh crop of plywood with blue stenciling on the drug houses in the area. The neighborhood grapevine buzzed anew about the heavy police presence.
It was still buzzing when on the coldest day of the year – Jan. 8 – the Memphis group knocked on six doors in the Springdale area. The temperature never got near freezing and was in single digits part of the day.
No one inside the six houses knew they were coming. No one approaching the doorsteps knew what the reaction inside would be.
It was the first indication the six people involved and inside those homes had that they had sold drugs to undercover Memphis police officers and had been recorded on video making multiple drug sales to the officers.
The father of one of the six was among those who had been arrested.
When the DMI team knocked on his door, his grandmother answered.
“He did not want his grandmother to know why we were standing at the door,” Peggie Russell, the DMI coordinator and a University of Memphis researcher and community resource specialist, said. “He said, ‘It’s OK grandmother.’”
Howard Eddings, president of the Memphis Leadership Foundation, said the young man didn’t deny he was a drug dealer.
“He wanted to basically shut the door,” Eddings told The Memphis News. “She might not have known exactly what he was doing. She was an older lady. He didn’t like the fact that we were knocking on her door.”
He and the other five got a letter asking them to come to Springdale Baptist Church a few days later. If they came, the letter from Police Director Larry Godwin said they would not be prosecuted this time.
For Hughes the pledge was crucial. He wanted to be able to say, “I give you my word, you will not be arrested,” with certainty and conviction.
Five of the six showed up at Hughes’ church where the congregation and other community leaders were waiting in the sanctuary. On the walls were posters of the 51 defendants who weren’t getting the chance they were about to get. The posters included the possible prison sentences those defendants faced.
The five “guests” sat in a reserved front row with a friend or family member.
Their faces blurred in a video of the event, they listened as Assistant District Attorney Amy Weirich told them, “We’ve had it,” and called their names individually. “The Memphis Police Department is tired of picking up dead bodies in the street.”
Russell remembers some denying they had done anything wrong. Then police showed the video.
They watched video of themselves selling drugs numerous times to undercover police officers.
The woman’s denials stopped.
“She got caught during the first time. I don’t necessarily know that we believed it was the first time,” Eddings remembered. “But she was so embarrassed as a mom who had small kids who was put in the spotlight. … All of her junk is coming to the forefront.”
Russell said some of the others were telling those who came with them that they had no idea why they were summoned to the church.
“You’re sitting there and you’re telling your family member, ‘No, I didn’t do it,’” Russell said. “Then the tape started rolling … and you see yourself. It’s reality. You can’t hide it. I think that was a turning point for most of them.”
Hughes told the group of five that the church cared about them and was willing to help.
Some of his congregants spoke up too.
“Our congregants said, ‘Listen, we’re tired of watching you sell drugs. We’re tired of being afraid of coming in and out of our communities. We want our community back,’” Hughes recalled. “During the call in, some of our residents had an opportunity to look in their faces and say, ‘We are tired of the way you’ve been running down our communities. This used to be a wonderful community where people had pride, where people had hope. … Now a lot of us are afraid.’”
After the tough talk and the confrontation came a commitment to work with the five DMI candidates. Eddings emphasized there are no guarantees.
“We were careful not to promise them that we were going to get them jobs or that even if we could get them a job that it was going to pay them something comparable to what they were making on the street,” he said. ”We said the opposite. We can’t do that at all. But one thing we do know for sure. If you stop doing what you’re doing, you don’t go to jail.”
Russell, who gets much of the credit for pushing to give DMI a try and has become the program’s de facto coordinator, described the response as “something totally new.”
“It’s not about those five,” she said. “They are supposed to stay out of trouble for two years to make the necessary transition in their lives. But it’s really about the Hollywood Springdale community, changing the response of the community to open air drug sales.”
Eddings was surprised by the response.
“Most of these guys’ mamas know what they’re doing. But to know now that other mamas and other grandparents and other church leaders and the community have their eye on you, it has a different motivation,” he said. “Some of these guys are hardened. They’ve been doing it for a while and they’ve been out there on the streets. So, not much embarrasses them. But I could tell by looking at them and even some of the denials.”
The Memphis Leadership Foundation already works with convicted felons trying to make the difficult transition after prison. There are even fewer guarantees for those with a substantial prison record.
Marcus, who didn’t want his last name used, vented about how hard it’s been to find a legitimate job since he did prison time in 2006 for felony drug dealing.
“It’s not like people want to sell drugs,” he began. “On a lot of applications they are saying they don’t discriminate. They’re lying. … They’re ready to end the session right then. They might tear up the application in your face.”
If drug dealers like him bring blight to areas like Springdale and violence and a hard life for law-abiding citizens, Marcus said society has responded with its own brand of hardness.
“They ain’t reaching out anymore,” he said. “They expect for the world to be better because we’re building more jails. We’re putting more cops out. If somebody killed me today – the person who killed me, they want to put him in jail. But why put him in jail when y’all treating this man he killed like he’s a nobody anyway.”
Eddings said with criminal records or without, street level drug dealers have problems as they get older because they have no legitimate work history. He started to say there aren’t transferable skills before thinking about it.
“Actually, some of the skills do transfer. They’ve just got to get access,” he said. “It’s really a reshaping, a little bit more recognition that they need to deal with in terms of how they see themselves and how they can use those skills that they utilize on the streets to do something positive and pursue a legitimate way of life.”
The young man Eddings is working with seems not to have hit the wall that Marcus is at yet.
“He is simply trying to figure out how to put one foot in front of the other. They go from having some source of income to having no source of income,” Eddings told The Memphis News. “We’re convincing him now that getting his GED ought to be a decision that he ought to make. He’s been a little slow in that.”
Hughes said he would get the occasional dope boy showing up at his church before DMI.
“Very rarely. I did hear one or two stragglers you come across who say, ‘Yes, I do want to change.’ Often times, it’s usually because of a pending trial or they are in trouble,” he said. “Since that time, we’ve had a lot of people coming, wanting to change their lives.”
Gibbons is reviewing some neighborhoods where DMI might go next but he’s not saying where because of the undercover police work involved. He wants to see it replicated based on lessons learned in Memphis and he hopes to get a federal grant to hire a full-time coordinator.
The sixth man given a chance in the DMI program didn’t come to the church and was prosecuted. He pleaded guilty to five counts of selling drugs and was sentenced to four years in prison and fined $10,000. But the sentence was suspended and he was put on a diversion program.
Weirich recalled Criminal Court Judge John Fowlkes asking the man why he didn’t respond. He told Fowlkes, “It sounded too good to be true.” ...
65. State’s Nuisance Law Helps Nab Three Memphis Cops
- Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Three Memphis police officers could be indicted by a federal grand jury as early as today on conspiracy, bribery and extortion charges.
Timothy Green, Christopher Crawford and Michael Young were arrested Friday and charged in a complaint.
66. The Business of Law
- Monday, February 15, 2010
As many sectors of the economy slowly sputter back to life, the state of the legal industry is often overlooked in economic reports. This trend can be surprising because law firms and corporate legal departments provide the advice and representation necessary for many different kinds of businesses to move forward with their recovery.
67. Cooper Young to Lose Major Tenant
- Thursday, January 21, 2010
THING OF THE PAST: Dish, a nightspot in the Cooper-Young district, will close Jan. 31. David Nestler, the general manager, said the business had been operating on a month-to-month lease for about a year, and the economy was a factor in the decision to close. The company that owns Dish also operates the Bluefin Restaurant, which Nestler also manages, and the Sekisui restaurants.
68. Drug Benefit Expanded to 1 Million More Seniors
- Monday, January 11, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) - In case the prospect of nearly $4,000 in prescription assistance isn't enough to perk up low-income seniors, the government is using '60s singer Chubby Checker to publicize "the twist" in the Medicare drug program.
- Tuesday, December 29, 2009
The Dixon Gallery and Gardens will host “Tours at Two” today at 2 p.m. at the Dixon, 4339 Park Ave. Visitors can take a special tour of the exhibits “Carry Me: Lucite Handbags from the Caryn Scheidt Collection” and “Lichtenstein in Process.” For more information, call 761-5250.
- Monday, December 28, 2009
The Dixon Gallery and Gardens will host “Tours at Two” Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Dixon, 4339 Park Ave. Visitors can take a special tour of the exhibits “Carry Me: Lucite Handbags from the Caryn Scheidt Collection” and “Lichtenstein in Process.” For more information, call 761-5250.
- Thursday, December 24, 2009
Heartsong Church will host a Christmas Eve celebration featuring local singer Alexis Grace today from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Heartsong, 800 N. Houston Levee Road. For more information, contact Michelle Worth at 755-6332 or e-mail email@example.com.
- Wednesday, December 23, 2009
The Memphis Bar Association will present a continuing legal education seminar titled “Summary Judgment in Tennessee, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” today from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the MBA office, 80 Monroe Ave., Suite 220. To register, visit www.memphisbar.org.
73. Rove to Address Politics With Rhodes Students, Faculty
- Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Karl Rove, the controversial senior adviser to former president George W. Bush, will speak in Memphis next month.
Rove will give an address Jan. 20 on American politics to Rhodes students. The lecture is being presented by the Rhodes College Lecture Board and Young America’s Foundation. The speech is open to the Rhodes community only and it starts at 8 p.m. in the McCallum Ballroom.
Students, faculty and staff will be notified next month about ticket details.
– Andy Meek
74. Local Musicians, Artists Soon Will Have Legal Outlet
- Thursday, December 17, 2009
Musicians and artists in the Memphis area are now able to seek legal help through a new partnership among the Memphis Music Foundation, ArtsMemphis, Memphis Area Legal Services Inc. and others.
75. Baptist Health Care’s Pounds Elected to Novation Board
- Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Don Pounds, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp., has been elected to serve on the board of Novation LLC, the health care supply contracting company for VHA, University HealthSystem Consortium and Provista LLC.
Since coming to Baptist in 1987, Pounds has served in a variety of roles, starting as chief financial officer at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County.
76. Mid South Reads, Literacy Council Soon to Merge
- Friday, December 04, 2009
The partnership between Mid South Reads and the Memphis Literacy Council is about to be a marriage.
The two nonprofit organizations will become a single entity Jan. 1 with a new name, Literacy Mid South. No mission or program will be abandoned because of the merger.
77. Little Ready to Join Wharton Team
- Friday, December 04, 2009
George Little has a towering physique and a booming voice. He speaks slowly, intently and with an almost steely gaze.
78. Paul Stanley's Fall From Grace
- Monday, August 17, 2009
Jim Kyle, a Memphis Democrat who serves as minority leader in the state Senate, gave the first lunchtime address of 2009 to the Memphis Rotary Club.
Rotarians got a bird’s-eye view of the state’s financial picture from Kyle, who described choices needed to close the state’s budget shortfall. Kyle this week announced his candidacy in the 2010 gubernatorial race.
79. Stimulus Credit Lures First-Time Buyers
- Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Like many people, Tyree Nesbit III became addicted to the 24-hour news networks during last year’s presidential campaign.
That habit of keeping up on current events carried over into the new year as Nesbit followed the new administration’s efforts to jumpstart the economy with programs like the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, aka the stimulus bill.
80. Gap Says 4th-Quarter Profit Declines 8.3 Percent
- Monday, March 02, 2009
NEW YORK (AP) - After slashing costs for 18 months, Gap Inc.'s CEO told investors Thursday that the apparel chain will now focus on pulling more customers into its stores and use its low-price chain Old Navy to "compete on behalf of the company."
81. New Info Surfaces in Priest Sex Cases
- Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Fifteen priests in the Catholic Diocese of Memphis have been accused of sexually abusing children since the diocese was formed in 1971.
That was among the disclosures made in a Circuit Court hearing late last week to set the ground rules for the pending civil trial of a lawsuit against the diocese and the Dominican religious order. The hearing continues Thursday.
82. Taube Named Partner At Adams and Reese
- Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Emily Campbell Taube has been named a partner at Adams and Reese LLP. Taube is a member of the Litigation Practice Group and focuses on the areas of commercial litigation, employment litigation, product liability and estate and trust litigation.
83. Bios of GOP Choices For 3 State Constitutional Offices
- Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Legislative Republicans on Monday elected their three nominees for Tennessee’s constitutional offices.
The comptroller, treasurer and secretary of state were scheduled to be elected today by a joint assembly of the House and Senate, where Republicans have a 69-63 advantage.
84. Blues Icon King to be Honored
- Monday, January 05, 2009
SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) - Blues icon B.B. King will be honored Jan. 17 at the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi's Crystal Ball gala in Southaven.
- Friday, October 24, 2008
The Memphis Bar Association in conjunction with the American College of Trial Lawyers will host the 3rd Annual Professionalism, Civility and Courtesy Seminar today from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Room 252 of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. The seminar is worth three hours of dual continuing legal education credit. To register, visit www.memphisbar.org.
- Thursday, July 31, 2008
The Memphis Bar Association will hold a Bench & Bar Luncheon today at 12:30 p.m. at Pearl’s Oyster House, 299 S. Main St. Reservations are encouraged but not required. For more information, call 526-6701 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
87. Muddy’s Bake Shop Offers Creativity, Creature Comforts
- Monday, July 21, 2008
Kat Gordon, the owner of Muddy’s Bake Shop LLC, didn’t even realize when she opened the business Feb. 29 that it would mean the store could only have a “real” birthday every four years.
“I didn’t even think about it until opening day,” Gordon said, referring to the Leap Year founding date.
88. Editor's Note
- Friday, February 01, 2008
The Memphis Flyer, in its Jan. 24 "Fly On The Wall" column, made fun of a few of our headlines.
At least, it seemed like The Flyer was making fun of the headlines. However, the further w
89. New Policy Could RequireHigh School Finance Class
- Tuesday, January 15, 2008
A new educational policy expected to be approved this month by the state Board of Education would require high school students to take a personal finance class.
The policy to be voted on
90. Former Employees Sue Baptist for Unfair Pay
- Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Two recently terminated Baptist Memorial Hospital employees have filed a lawsuit against the hospital for unpaid overtime compensation and "related penalties and damages and for failure to pay ... employees for all hours worked."
91. Several Job Swaps on Tap at Today's Council Meeting
- Tuesday, January 08, 2008
The new year formalities are almost completed at City Hall.
The oaths of office have been taken. The written and signed oaths are soon to be filed. Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton barely roiled the political waters with his New Year's Day speech. But he made a more detailed pitch for consolidation than he ever has before on Jan. 2.
92. MPACT Memphis Moves To New Downtown HQ
- Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Beginning Jan. 1, MPACT Memphis will have a new address. The organization is moving its offices from Tennessee Street to 22 N. Front St., Suite 160.
The nonprofit organization has been
93. Ardent in the Electronic Age
- Thursday, December 13, 2007
A little more than halfway through the set his band recorded on a recent night at Ardent Studios for a new Internet radio show, vocalist Ben Davis gave audience members in the room something they wanted besides music. In between songs, he shared a few stories from the road.
94. Wurzburg Celebrates 100th Birthday, Seeks New CEO
- Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Wurzburg Inc. might be reorganizing its top management and adopting new technologies, but the longtime Memphis company has no intention of changing the way it's done business since the early 1900s.
95. Pastor, Others Seek Ways to Reduce Local Crime
- Thursday, March 29, 2007
Crime is a serious and sometimes overwhelming problem in Memphis.
No one could argue with that when looking at the number of criminal offenses that have been reported so far this year.
96. The Hes, Bakers & Foster Care
- Wednesday, February 21, 2007
At the end of January, the Tennessee Supreme Court made a ruling that will profoundly affect the life of one little girl.
Eight-year-old Anna Mae He, whose name has spawned a media blitz across the country, soon will be reunited with her birth parents, Shaoqiang "Jack" and Qin Luo "Casey" He, despite relentless efforts by her foster family to hold onto her.
97. Legal Columnist To Speak About Larger Implications Of Duke Case
- Thursday, February 01, 2007
Legal columnist Stuart Taylor knew something was wrong with the Duke University lacrosse case when he first heard about it.
The case, which still is open, involves three white lacrosse players at Duke who were accused of raping a black exotic dancer who performed for them at a team party last spring. The racially charged case continues to make national headlines.
98. Phillips to Become President of Optometry School
- Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Dr. Richard W. Phillips has been named president-elect of Southern College of Optometry in Memphis. Phillips is a 1978 graduate of the college and the former regional executive director for Tennessee operations for TLC - Laser Eye Centers. He will be only the sixth person to hold the office in the college's 75-year history. Phillips will assume the presidency May 17. He is replacing William E. Cochran, who is retiring.
99. Barone to ReplaceFratello as Grizz Head Coach
- Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Tony Barone Sr. has been named interim head coach for the Memphis Grizzlies. Barone is replacing Mike Fratello, who was fired from his head coaching duties Thursday afternoon.
100. New Home to be Raffled to Raise Money for Southaven Charity
- Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Desoto Sunrise Homes has a light, and it's going to let it shine.
The faith-based charity in Southaven, Miss., will break ground Wednesday on a home it intends to award by raffle July 4.
All proceeds minus building costs will fund the construction of a group home for neglected and abused boys at an undetermined site in DeSoto County. The event will be held at the entrance of the Snowden Grove subdivision at the corner of Getwell Road and Central Park in Southaven.