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1. Mid-South Farm Tourism Harvests Big Autumn Business
- Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Deciding to start a business that is focused on carving paths through a field of corn might not seem like a sound post-college plan.
But Justin Taylor and friend Chris Taylor weren’t thinking long term when they started what is today known as the Mid-South Maze at Agricenter International. It was 2001, and the pair had a friend who owned land in Arkansas, a few miles outside of Downtown Memphis. That April, at the last moment possible to plant and be ready for a corn maze that fall, the two took the plunge just to see what would happen.
2. Is State’s Role to Provide a Service or Turn a Profit?
- Thursday, September 03, 2015
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam appears to be on the brink of privatizing state government. But he won’t be able to do it without a battle, especially from university unions and Democratic lawmakers.
3. NYSE Resumes Trading After Outage of More Than 3 Hours
- Wednesday, July 08, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) – Trading has resumed on the New York Stock Exchange after an outage of more than three hours caused by technical problems.
There was no interruption at the dozens of other U.S. stock exchanges Wednesday, including the Nasdaq, so investors were still able to buy and sell stocks easily.
4. Memphis' Cost for Non-Pension Benefits Still Controversial
- Tuesday, July 07, 2015
The amounts are roughly the same at about $1 billion, but there’s a difference between City Hall’s liability for pension and non-pension benefits, including health insurance, for city of Memphis employees.
5. Plane Talk
- Saturday, July 04, 2015
It was 2012 and Tom Jones was growing increasingly frustrated.
The root of Jones’ discontent was the high fares Delta Air Lines was extracting from Mid-Southerners at Memphis International Airport.
6. Memphis Finance Gurus Retrace City’s Fiscal Path
- Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Mayors come and go at City Hall and what was a priority for one administration can change with the next. But one constant is finance.
It defines a city’s overall health, no matter who is in office, and thus its ability to borrow money to fund those priorities and then pay off that debt.
7. Stones’ Nashville Connections Go Way Back
- Saturday, June 13, 2015
While Brad Paisley lives what he calls “a bucket list item” by singing while playing his guitar in typically showy fashion as the opening act for The Rolling Stones, the most important guitarist in rock ‘n’ roll history and a man idolized by Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood will be sitting in his house on Blueberry Hill in the hills of northern Davidson County.
8. Time to Produce
- Friday, May 22, 2015
MEMPHIS: THE SEQUEL. “People who make movies – people like Francis Ford Coppola and Milos Forman and Sydney Pollack, and our own Craig Brewer and Willy Bearden – and people like me who write and produce TV spots and videos all have something in common. We know just how damn good Memphis looks through a lens, we know how deep the local talent pool is for actors and crew, we know how wide the choice is for great locations.
9. Jordan, 2 Other NBA Owners Join Forbes' Billionaire List
- Tuesday, March 03, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) – Michael Jordan and two other NBA owners have reached new heights, making Forbes world list of billionaires.
10. US Companies Eager to Embrace Cuba Face Hurdles
- Tuesday, December 23, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Cargill aims to sell more corn and soybeans. MasterCard covets another site for Americans to swipe credit cards. Marriott sees beachfront property that needs hotels.
And outside Orlando, Florida, Danny Howell just knows there would be demand for his classic Chevrolet parts.
11. Dobbs the Latest in Line of Dual-Threat UT Quarterbacks
- Saturday, November 29, 2014
If the University of Tennessee’s football team gains bowl eligibility with a victory Saturday at Vanderbilt, it can look back to a quarterback change Oct. 25 against Alabama as a pivotal point in the season.
12. Winless SMU on Tap for 3-3 Tigers
- Thursday, October 23, 2014
They aren’t No. 18 East Carolina and they aren’t winless SMU. Halfway through the 2014 season, the Tigers are in the middle. The University of Memphis is 3-3 overall, 1-1 in the American Athletic Conference and in a large pack of teams whose seasons could yet reach lofty heights … or tumble down to the lowly place everyone knows too well.
13. County Commission Begins New Term
- Monday, September 08, 2014
Shelby County Commissioners elect a new chairman Monday, Sept. 8, for the next year at the first voting meeting of their four-year term of office.
And their agenda includes votes on appointments by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell to his second-term team of division directors and administrators.
14. Wade: College Football Returns With Passion
- Friday, August 29, 2014
First off, I don’t believe everything that Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper says.
“Coach Lane Kiffin is a great coach and a great person to be around,” Cooper said of the Crimson Tide’s new offensive coordinator. “Coach is a likable guy.”
15. August 15-21: This week in Memphis history
- Saturday, August 16, 2014
2013: Norah Jones was a surprise guest at a Levitt Shell concert by Cory Chisel and the Wild Rovers Tour.
1984: The Center City Commission reported $450 million in construction Downtown since 1976, counting public as well as private financing. The construction boom included the Memphis Plaza Hotel, Morgan Keegan Tower and the Scimitar Building.
16. Malone to Challenge Luttrell In August Mayoral Showdown
- Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Former Shelby County Commissioner Deidre Malone will challenge incumbent Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell in the August county general election after winning the Tuesday, May 6, Democratic mayoral primary.
17. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline
- Thursday, April 03, 2014
Memphis City Council member Lee Harris is challenging Democratic state Sen. Ophelia Ford in the August primary for District 29, the Senate seat held by a member of the Ford family since 1975.
18. Roland ReElected At Filing Deadline, Two Countywide Races Set For August
- Friday, February 21, 2014
One of the six Shelby County Commission incumbents seeking re-election this year was effectively elected to a new four-year term in a new district with the noon Thursday, Feb. 20, filing deadline for candidates in the May county primaries.
19. Blume Named to Tennessee Real Estate Commission
- Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Gary Blume, a veteran agent with RE/MAX Real Estate Experts, has been appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam to a five-year term on the Tennessee Real Estate Commission. Blume is a past president of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors and has served twice as president of the Tennessee Real Estate Educational Foundation.
20. Twitter Tunes in to TV Partnerships Ahead of IPO
- Tuesday, October 08, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) – People don't just watch TV anymore; they talk about it on Twitter. From the comfort of couches, they share reactions to touchdowns and nail-biting season finales – and advertisers and networks are taking note.
- Saturday, August 31, 2013
The Center for Southern Folklore will present the Memphis Music & Heritage Festival Saturday, Aug. 31, and Sunday, Sept. 1, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Main Street between Peabody Place and Union Avenue. The event will include music, food, and arts and crafts vendors. Cost is free. Visit southernfolklore.org for a list of performers.
- Friday, August 30, 2013
Business and Professional Women of Tennessee members will meet Friday, Aug. 30, at 11:30 a.m. at Jason’s Deli, 3743 Poplar Ave., to discuss re-establishing a Memphis chapter. The state organization is an affiliate of the BPW Foundation, an advocate for women on work-life balance and workplace equity issues. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 489-5481.
23. Past Due
- Friday, May 17, 2013
In the last five years, the 600 computers in the Memphis Public Library & Information Center were used 1.2 million times.
In that same five years, the budget for the library system of 18 locations has been cut 21 percent and there has been a 20 percent reduction in hours over the same five years.
24. 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.
25. Shelby Early Vote Shows Cohen Winning - Two Tax Questions Losing
- Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Early vote totals from Shelby County were released just before 10 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 6, after the vote count was delayed in part by long lines of voters waiting to vote at the 7 p.m. closing of polls.
26. Decision Day
- Tuesday, November 06, 2012
The last election of 2012 will be one where questions continue to command as much attention if not more than candidates.
The polls are open Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Voters come to the polls in this election to vote in the presidential general election. That is what drives the only election cycle in which more than half of the county’s registered voters consistently show up.
27. Wings Ride Team to Cycle for Cancer Funds, Awareness
- Thursday, September 13, 2012
The Wings Ride Team will depart Sept. 28 at noon on a 500-mile charity cycling event to promote cancer awareness, encourage healthy lifestyles, and raise funds for Wings Cancer Foundation’s Wellness Program.
28. Unemployment Could Stay High as US Economy Slows
- Monday, July 30, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – High unemployment isn't going away – not as long as the economy grows as slowly as it did in the April-June quarter.
Weak consumer spending held growth to an annual rate of just 1.5 percent, even less than the 2 percent rate in the first quarter. And few expect the economy to accelerate in the second half of the year as Europe's financial woes and a U.S. budget crisis restrain businesses and consumers.
29. News Corp. Considers Split in 2
- Wednesday, June 27, 2012
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Under pressure to limit contagion from the British phone-hacking scandal, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. said Tuesday that it is considering splitting into two publicly traded companies.
30. Forum Addresses Airfare Concerns
- Friday, June 15, 2012
Southwest Airlines will come to Memphis International Airport at some point. But when the Dallas-based carrier does, Memphis airline passengers shouldn’t expect it will drop airfares at the airport back to pre-recessionary levels.
31. Airfare Forum Draws Southwest Predictions
- Thursday, June 14, 2012
Southwest Airlines will come to Memphis International Airport at some point. But when the Dallas-based carrier does, Memphis airline passengers shouldn’t expect it will drop airfares at the airport back to pre-recessionary levels.
32. Straighten Up and Fly Right
- Friday, May 25, 2012
NOTE TO DELTA AND THE AIRPORT AUTHORITY: IT’S NOT YOUR AIRPORT. Tom Jones has suggested that Delta is doing to us what hard-core protagonist Debbie did to Dallas. This time around, Delta is the only one deriving any pleasure out of the act and charging us two, three, even four times the going rate for the experience.
33. Fed Unlikely to Raise Rates Until at Least 2014
- Thursday, January 26, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve went further than ever Wednesday to assure consumers and businesses that they'll be able to borrow cheaply well into the future.
The Fed pushed back the date for any likely increase in its benchmark interest rate by at least a year and a half, until late 2014 at the earliest.
34. Coming Soon: Something Better
- Monday, December 12, 2011
Toothpaste tops tell it all. All of them used to be twist-off. Then came the flip cap, arthritis cap and even a pump if caps stressed you out.
This would all seem trivial if there were not millions of dollars of toothpaste sales at stake. Stay with twist-tops at your peril. “What, you still making me twist off my caps? I‘m walking.”
35. Jazz Orchestra Swings Into Calvary and the Arts Concert
- Wednesday, November 09, 2011
The Memphis Jazz Orchestra’s date at the annual Calvary and the Arts series usually falls the same week as Veterans Day.
That is the case again this Wednesday, Nov. 9, for the concert, which begins at 12:05 p.m. and ends 45 to 50 minutes later with a light lunch for $5 at the historic Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 N. Second St.
36. Education on the Farm
- Thursday, October 20, 2011
In the Mid-South, pumpkin picking, corn-maze meandering and hayrides across fields of crisp fallen leaves spell October – by far the busiest month for local agritourism businesses.
Factors such as the development of supportive public agritourism initiatives, a renewed consumer interest in the origin and production of food, and the “buy local” movement have in recent years contributed to the growth of agritourism in the Mid-South.
37. Economy Adds 103,000 Jobs, But It's Not Enough
- Monday, October 10, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The jobs crisis isn't getting worse. But it isn't getting much better, either.
The economy added just enough jobs last month to ease fears of a new recession. But hiring is still too weak to bring down unemployment, which has been stuck at about 9 percent for more than two years.
38. Best Times to Host Senior Expo
- Tuesday, July 26, 2011
The Best Times, a monthly news magazine for active, mature Mid-Southerners, will host a Senior Expo and Health Fair on Wednesday, July 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Oak Court Mall, 4465 Poplar Ave.
39. Ga.-Based Coastal Logistics Signs Lease
- Friday, June 24, 2011
A budding Savannah, Ga.-based third-party logistics firm is expanding into the Southeast Memphis industrial market. Coastal Logistics Group Inc. has signed a new 50,000-square-foot lease at 5715 Distribution Drive.
40. Businesses Now Hiring at Fastest Pace Since 2006
- Monday, May 09, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – American companies are on a hiring spree.
Businesses delivered a jolt of strength to the economy by creating 268,000 jobs in April, the biggest monthly total in more than five years. The gains were solid across an array of industries, even beleaguered construction.
41. Yes! Reinvent the Wheel!
- Monday, March 21, 2011
If you are trying to invent something already invented, somebody, like my father, will say “Don’t try to reinvent the wheel, son.” For instance, when I was younger, I came across a strange-looking screw that wouldn’t work with what I knew to be a screwdriver, so Dad handed me a Phillips to replace mom’s kitchen knife I was trying to make work. “Don’t …….”
42. Houston Joins Memphis Chemical & Janitorial Supply
- Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Ursula Y. Houston has joined Memphis Chemical & Janitorial Supply Co. as account executive.
43. County Commission Questions Then Approves Electrolux Deal
- Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Shelby County Commissioners approved the agreement and $22 million in bond financing Monday to bring the Electrolux plant to the Pidgeon Industrial Park.
But the votes for the plan came after a lot of debate about the larger subject of government subsidies used to compete for and lure corporations to locate in the city.
44. Obama Goal: 'Putting the Economy Into Overdrive'
- Tuesday, January 25, 2011
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) – More than half the nation disapproves of President Barack Obama's policies to reduce stubbornly high unemployment, a new Associated Press-GfK poll said Friday as Obama refocused his job-creation efforts on a business-friendly vision emphasizing innovation and exports to other countries.
45. Investors' Return to US Stocks Could be too Late
- Wednesday, January 19, 2011
BOSTON (AP) — Investors are finally inching back into the stock market. But are they too late?
While millions sought refuge in traditionally stable bonds over the past two years, they missed a more than 90 percent rally in stocks. Suddenly bonds don't look so safe, and some of the $11 trillion that Americans have parked in mutual funds is shifting back to stocks.
46. Memo: Memphians Concerned with Money, Not Kids
- Thursday, January 06, 2011
During Christmas week, Jon Crisp outlined a campaign strategy to counter the Memphis City Schools charter surrender.
47. Shoppers Crowd the Malls in Christmas Countdown
- Tuesday, December 21, 2010
NEW YORK (AP) – Packed malls? Healthy gains in holiday spending? It's beginning to look at least a little like a pre-recession Christmas.
Americans spent more on clothing, luxury goods and even furniture, delivering healthy gains across the board, according to MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse, which tracks spending across all transactions including cash. The online category continued to be a bright spot. The big exception was consumer electronics, dragged down by deep discounting of TVs amid a glut. That area was virtually unchanged from a year ago.
48. Foreclosure Class Actions Pile Up Against Banks
- Thursday, November 18, 2010
NEW YORK (AP) – Foreclosure-fraud class action lawsuits are starting to pile up against major banks across the country, threatening a besieged industry with billions more in potential losses.
49. Girl Scouts Heart of the South Buys White Station Property
- Tuesday, November 16, 2010
717 S. White Station Road, Units A, B and C
Memphis, TN 38117
Sale Amount: $1.8 Million
50. Register’s Office Unearths Historic Paper Gems
- Friday, November 12, 2010
Tom Leatherwood’s official job title is Shelby County’s register of deeds.
By collecting and storing property records and a host of other filings that include tax liens, marriage settlements and powers of attorney, the job makes Leatherwood the county’s official record-keeper.
51. Kallen Esperian Performs at Calvary
- Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Kallen Esperian, a soprano who has sung at every major opera house in the world, will perform at noon Wednesday at Calvary Episcopal Church.
She is one of several artists featured during the 2010 Calvary & the Arts Season.
52. Federal Lawsuit Seeks One Count Of Consolidation Votes
- Friday, October 08, 2010
Eight Shelby County voters have filed suit in Memphis federal court against Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper, the Shelby County Election Commission and Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett to throw out the requirement that a consolidation charter must pass in two separate votes on the Nov. 2 ballot.
53. Fun on the Farm
- Thursday, October 07, 2010
With dry dirt dusting up around his feet, Henry Jones walks the family farm and talks about the weather.
Some rain would be nice, he says, as long as it’s not on a Friday or a Saturday. The pumpkins may be smaller this October and their vines a bit withered, but he’s more worried about the “Trail of Terror” getting rained out.
54. Bardos Named Dean at St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School
- Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Denny Bardos has joined St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School as dean of enrollment management and financial aid.
Education: Bachelor of Arts, psychology, Christian Brothers University
Work Experience: Prior to joining SAA-SDS, I spent 16 years in college admissions.
Family: My wife, Amanda, and I have three children:Daniel, 14; Breana, 11; and Brandon, 2.
Favorite quote: “Many a truth is said in jest.” William Shakespeare
Last book read: “The Little Big Things” by Tom Peters
Favorite music: I like anything from Beethoven to Blink 182, but alternative is my favorite.
Favorite movie: The original “Batman” with Jack Nicholson
Sports team: Chicago Cubs
Activities you enjoy outside of work: I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and biking.
What talent do you wish you had? I wish I could play the piano.
Who has had the greatest influence on you? My mother. She was an incredibly generous, loving, spiritual, and caring woman.
What drew you to St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School? I wanted to be able to utilize my background in admissions and financial aid at an excellent independent school.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments? Seeing students whom I recruited go on to become very successful in their lives.
What do you most enjoy about your work? Working with families to show them all the outstanding benefits of a SAA-SDS education!
55. Fan Friendly
- Tuesday, September 07, 2010
The Mid-South Fairgrounds may be the most unlikely landscape for a civic project that has succeeded in catching the eye of skeptical Memphians.
But it isn’t the architectural renderings of water-colored citizens strolling in the glow of a possible future that has our attention. It’s what Memphians don’t see when they drive by the fairgrounds that has their attention.
56. Whalum and Webb Draw Challengers In School Board Races
- Friday, August 20, 2010
Memphis school board members Betty Mallott and Martavius Jones were unopposed at Thursday’s filing deadline for the four Memphis school board races on the Nov. 2 ballot. Noon was the deadline for candidates to file their qualifying petitions in the school board races as well as three sets of municipal elections in Bartlett, Collierville and Germantown.
57. Dellinger Takes Readers on Trip Down Proposed I-69
- Wednesday, August 18, 2010
When Matt Dellinger came to Memphis a few years ago to research the book he was writing on Interstate 69, he stumbled upon the Little Tea Shop on Monroe Avenue.
The main reason he chose the storied Downtown eatery was because of its street number, 69, which he figured must be a sign considering his book’s subject matter – the new interstate coursing through middle America, including Memphis, from Canada to Mexico.
58. Action! We Belong in the Movies
- Friday, August 06, 2010
Gene Hackman has a big head.
I’m not talking ego, the man really does have a head the size of a medicine ball. I know because I stood next to him one morning in Court Square chatting about the Hebe Fountain. Okay, he wasn’t actually talking to me, he was talking to the little guy on the other side of him – Tom Cruise. Maybe 5-7, depending on his shoes. They were here shooting “The Firm.”
59. Tough Crowd
- Friday, July 30, 2010
The Metro Charter Commission never drew close to a hundred citizens at all but one of its public hearings earlier this month. The exception was the first hearing at Memphis Botanic Garden.
But the group did find an interesting array of opinions even when the numbers were small.
60. Dim Retail Sales Hurt Economy as Fed Sees Weaknesses
- Thursday, July 15, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) — A second straight month of declining retail spending will likely keep unemployment high and help weaken the recovery.
Not everyone is suffering, though. Shoppers with stable jobs and steady pay can find lots of bargains. The economy is bleaker for anyone seeking a job or at risk of losing one. Still, Americans as a group are spending less, and that threatens the pace of the recovery.
61. Miss. Dropout Rate Rises Slightly
- Monday, July 12, 2010
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A new report shows a slight increase in Mississippi's dropout rate.
The state Department of Education on Thursday released figures that showed the graduation rate for this past year was 71.4 percent and the dropout rate was 16.7 percent.
62. Fulbright-Dent Joins First Tennessee Team
- Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Moya Fulbright-Dent has been named to the First Tennessee Bank private client team.
Hometown: Hot Springs, Ark.
Education: B.S. in finance, University of Memphis; MBA, Union University
Work Experience: Eight years at American Express Financial Advisors; six and a half years in banking, five at First Tennessee
Family: Husband and college sweetheart, Daniel; and two-year-old son, Colin.
Favorite quote: “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all.” – Emily Dickinson
Who has had the greatest influence on you? The two people who have influenced me most are my mother and my first boss, Harish Vishria. By example, my mom instilled a work ethic, mental toughness and positive attitude that has gotten me through every experience in my life. (Vishria) taught me the difference between a dream and a goal and gave me the ability to teach others how to achieve their dreams by setting goals.
Why did you pursue a career in financial services? As a child, I saw firsthand the difference asset management can make in not only one person’s life but that of a whole multigenerational family. When I was about 10 years old, two older family members passed away. I learned at that early age how difficult it can be to struggle with the emotional and financial challenges that can come with a loss in a family. I saw then how important it is to be prepared for life’s uncertainties so that one can make the right choices.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments? I consider the everyday difference I am able to make in my clients’ lives my greatest accomplishment.
What do you most enjoy about your work? Each person’s financial situation is different. When I chose to major in business instead of art or literature, I thought I was giving up the chance to use my creativity. I have found that developing a plan for an individual, a family, or a business takes just as much creativity as writing a novel or painting a picture.
63. Bass Pro and Beyond
- Monday, June 14, 2010
"Adaptive reuse” is the term for what city leaders hope will happen at The Pyramid.
Throw in the Mid-South Fairgrounds and the Beale Street Landing projects, though, and “adaptive reuse” seems inadequate to define what is happening among the three concepts.
64. Filing Deadline Hits for August Primaries
- Thursday, April 01, 2010
The stage is set for the county’s most anticipated political showdown in the Aug. 5 state and federal primary elections.
Noon today is the deadline for candidates in the primaries, as well as those vying for nonpartisan seats on the Shelby County school board and the three judicial positions, to file their qualifying petitions for the ballot.
65. Fairgrounds Work Continues Despite Parking Questions
- Thursday, March 11, 2010
The demolition and cleanup of the old Libertyland theme park is just about finished, and a 10-0 vote by the Memphis City Council this week means that and other work to create a “great lawn” at the Mid-South Fairgrounds will continue for now.
66. Fairgrounds Jump Start on Council's Agenda
- Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Memphis City Council members will be called on today to jump start the stalled renovation of The Fairgrounds.
The push by the Liberty Bowl's three tenants is to get an immediate council vote on a plan to create a great lawn at the Fairgrounds and demolish seven buildings including the Pipkin Building.
An ad hoc committee including council members and representatives of the three tenants met Monday evening to talk about current demolition underway at the Fairgrounds.
The demolition of the old Libertyland amusement park caused some concern when it went into a parking area outside the park.
Southern Heritage Classic founder Fred Jones immediately began expressing concerns that the new activity as well as the digging of a temporary siltation pond would cut the number of parking spaces available for his annual Jackson State-Tennessee State football matchup.
The work was stopped several weeks ago as the council tried to sort out where the demolition ended and the creation of a “great lawn” during the brief tenure of Mayor Pro Tempore Myron Lowery began.
“There’s a whole lot of work still being done,” Jones told the committee Monday evening of what he had seen earlier that day.
City Housing and Community Development director Robert Lipscomb said it was only a “clean up” of the area.
At Monday’s meeting, the three tenants of the football stadium said they back going ahead with the great lawn project as long as the lawn, in some form, and a plan to demolish the seven buildings, most of which are livestock barns, can all be done by the time football resumes at the Liberty Bowl with the Sept. 11 Southern Heritage Classic.
Some of the demolition contracts run out next week.
Jones said he supports the concept of a great lawn from East Parkway to the stadium. But he questioned whether the plans would increase the number of parking spaces from the current 5,372 within the Fairgrounds property to 7,568.
“We need to know exactly what we have. I don’t mean conceptually,” Jones said. “You’re not creating new spaces.”
Architect Tom Marshall, the city’s consultant on the project, insisted new and more parking will be created with the demolition of the buildings and Libertyland.
Marshall offered to come up with a detailed map showing individual parking spaces for today’s council discussion expected to begin during executive session at 1pm.
“I’ll even put in big cars,” he told Jones at one point.
Jones was the only no vote in the seven member committee vote to ask the city council for immediate approval of the project.
“I’m not really satisfied with what I’ve seen,” he said after he and others said the work by some divisions of the city including the Park Services division didn’t mesh with what other parts of city government were saying. “It’s just too convenient that the park services people weren’t here. Every time we say there is additional parking, I have not seen it.”
Council member Reid Hedgepeth moderated the session, trying to keep all of those involved from discussing past mis-steps.
“From now on people are going to know what’s happening,” he said. “If we’re going to do it, let’s do it. If not … let’s send them home,” he said referring to demolition crews.
Liberty Bowl executive director Steve Ehrhart said pre bowl game events should have some kind of building on the grounds to host them. Lipscomb said a tent will serve the purpose even though Ehrhart would prefer one of the surviving Fairgrounds buildings.
“A tent would be better than those buildings,” Lipscomb said.
Marshall estimated what is known as phase one of The Fairgrounds overhaul could cost $6-million to $9-million. There are no plans for a second phase or anything else beyond the great lawn and the building demolition.
The phase one cost could vary depending on bids and design work still to be done. Construction would start in June. But the council could vote on a specific design in April or May.
“We’re supportive of it,” University of Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson said near the end of the two hour session. “I’m more and more concerned about the land. But we want to move on it.”
The construction of the Salvation Army Kroc Center on a Fairgrounds lot along East Parkway next to Fairview Junior High School is independent of the city’s on again-off again plans for the rest of the Fairgrounds property including phase one....
67. UPDATE: Council To Be Asked To Jump Start Fairgrounds Project
- Monday, March 08, 2010
Memphis City Council members will be on the deciding end Tuesday of a push to get an immediate council vote on a plan to create a great lawn at the Fairgrounds and demolish seven buildings including the Pipkin Building.
68. Malone Files Petition For County Mayor’s Race
- Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Shelby County Commissioner Deidre Malone filed her qualifying petition for Shelby County mayor Monday at the Shelby County Election Commission, making her the first candidate to file in the race.
Interim Shelby County Mayor Joe Ford has said he is now considering a bid for mayor in the May primary after initially saying he would not seek the office.
69. Trash to Gas: Landfill Energy Projects Increasing
- Wednesday, January 06, 2010
LIVERMORE, Calif. (AP) - Hundreds of trash trucks across California are rumbling down city streets using clean fuel made from a dirty source: garbage.
The fuel is derived from rotting refuse that San Francisco and Oakland residents and businesses have been discarding in the Altamont landfill since 1980. Since November, the methane gas created from decaying detritus at the 240-acre (96-hectare) landfill has been sucked into tubes and sent into an innovative facility that purifies and transforms it into liquefied natural gas.
70. Early Stock Gains From Bernanke Comments Evaporate
- Tuesday, December 08, 2009
NEW YORK (AP) – Even the prospect of interest rates staying low couldn't keep buyers in the stock market.
Stocks ended little changed Monday, having given back a brief afternoon gain that followed comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. The Fed chief said unemployment and other problems would hold the economy to "moderate" improvements and that rates are likely to remain low.
71. U of M’s Raines Appointed To Southern Regional Education Board
- Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Dr. Shirley C. Raines has been appointed to the Southern Regional Education Board by Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen. Raines, president of the University of Memphis, will serve a four-year term.
72. Local Artists Set Up Seasonal Cooperative
- Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Several local artists are kicking off a Winter Arts cooperative this week at 5475 Poplar Ave., just east of Bud Davis Cadillac.
73. Public-Private Partnerships at Center of Freight Conference
- Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Memphis’ intermodal and freight capabilities are legendary. The city has boasted the world’s busiest cargo airport for 17 straight years thanks to hometown shipping giant FedEx Corp.
74. Chrysler to Close 5 More Plants; Court Case Begins
- Monday, May 04, 2009
NEW YORK (AP) - Attorneys for Chrysler LLC said the company will file a motion by Saturday morning to sell substantially all of its assets to Italian automaker Fiat Group SpA, but that won't include eight plants, including five that the automaker revealed it will shutter by the end of next year.
75. Wells Fargo Q1 Results in Line with Forecast
- Thursday, April 23, 2009
NEW YORK (AP) - Wells Fargo & Co.'s first-quarter report on Wednesday had few big surprises, as results fell in line with the bank's forecast and easily beat Wall Street's estimates. But like most of its peers, the bank continues to post higher credit costs.
76. Fairgrounds Discussion Becomes More Ambiguous
- Thursday, April 16, 2009
For two hours this week the lights were dimmed in the theater of the Children’s Museum of Memphis and Memphis City Council members got a review of plans for the Mid-South Fairgrounds renovation.
When the house lights came up and the PowerPoint presentation went dark, many concluded the ambitious Herenton administration plan is “back to square one,” to quote several council members.
77. Citizens Concerned About I-269 Impact
- Thursday, March 19, 2009
When Interstate 269 is completed, it will serve as an outer loop for the entire Mid-South region, a beltway linking communities and providing easier access for vehicles traveling into or out of Memphis.
78. Wal-Mart Reports Better-Than-Expected Q4 Earnings
- Wednesday, February 18, 2009
NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it's still pulling shoppers away from its main rivals and enjoying a rise in customer traffic as the world's largest retailer released better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings Tuesday.
79. Harley to Cut 1,100 Jobs as Q4 Profit Falls
- Monday, January 26, 2009
NEW YORK (AP) - Harley-Davidson Inc. said Friday it will cut 1,100 jobs over two years, close some facilities and consolidate others as it grapples with a slowdown in motorcycle sales.
80. Race and Education Panel To Hold Discussion
- Thursday, December 18, 2008
New Path and The Memphis Urban League will bring their 2008 “Race Relations & Memphis” panel series to a close today at 6 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library at 3030 Poplar Ave.
81. Bush, Bernanke Open to New Stimulus Package
- Tuesday, October 21, 2008
WASHINGTON (AP) – Momentum increased Monday for a new economic stimulus package as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke endorsed extra help for the ailing economy, while the White House was open to the idea.
82. US Moves To Jump Start Bank Rescue Effort
- Tuesday, October 14, 2008
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Bush administration announced Monday it is moving quickly to implement a $700 billion rescue program, including consulting with private law firms on how to buy ownership shares in banks to help thaw frozen lending and get the economy moving again.
83. Buy Time Now, But Improve In the Future
- Thursday, October 02, 2008
Tom Garrott is the former president and CEO of National Commerce Financial Corp., the parent company of NBC Bank (now part of SunTrust).
We unarguably face the greatest financial crisis since 1929-1939.
84. Stocks Tumble After Government Bailout of AIG
- Thursday, September 18, 2008
NEW YORK (AP) - Wall Street plunged again in a crisis of confidence Wednesday as anxieties about the financial system still ran high after the government's bailout of insurer American International Group Inc. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped about 340 points, and investors seeking the safety of hard assets and government debt sent gold, oil and short-term Treasurys soaring.
85. Stocks Fluctuate after Fed Keeps Rates Unchanged
- Wednesday, September 17, 2008
NEW YORK (AP) - Wall Street fluctuated in a wide range Tuesday after the Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged, sending a signal to the markets that the economy is not in dire straits.
86. Hennessy Joins Board Of Opportunity Scholarship Trust
- Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Scott C. Hennessy, president and chief executive officer of True Temper Sports, has joined the board of directors of Memphis Opportunity Scholarship Trust.
Hennessy will help direct the operations and growth of the nonprofit organization, which provides scholarships and tuition assistance. Hennessy also serves on the Board of Governors of the National Golf Foundation.
87. Treasurys Advance on Worries About Credit Market
- Thursday, August 14, 2008
NEW YORK (AP) - Treasury bond prices advanced Tuesday, driven by continued concern about credit losses from major Wall Street banks and uncertainty about the value of risky mortgage-backed securities.
88. PBS' Smiley, Others Converge On Memphis to Honor MLK
- Tuesday, April 01, 2008
The eyes of the city and the nation are turning to Memphis this week to mark what will be the 40th anniversary Friday of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The city is doing its part to promote the historic moment - and so are other people from around the country.
89. Leatherwood to Challenge Blackburn; Other Races Heating Up Too
- Thursday, March 27, 2008
The 9th Congressional District Democratic primary won't be the only challenge to an incumbent congressman whose district includes the Memphis area.
Shelby County Register Tom Leatherwood told The Daily News this week that he will challenge 7th District Republican incumbent Marsha Blackburn on the Aug. 7 ballot.
90. Herenton To Take Oath Tuesday
- Monday, December 31, 2007
Mayor Willie Herenton will kick off his fifth term in office Tuesday.
Herenton and all 13 Memphis City Council members elected this year will begin new four-year terms by taking their respective oaths of office at noon at The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., will be the featured speaker.
91. Fairgrounds Redevelopment Now In Three Flavors
- Thursday, December 06, 2007
Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton this week unveiled to the City Council three options for redeveloping the Mid-South Fairgrounds.
Herenton told council members the fate of Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium will depend on a pending decision from the U.S. Department of Justice about what improvements the city must make to the stadium to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
92. 'Stall' Tactics in Play During Efforts To Regulate Strip Clubs
- Monday, November 26, 2007
The Herenton administration's proposal for regulating strip clubs by permitting them to keep serving beer got off to a rocky start last week before the City Council.
It passed on the first of three readings after council members nearly refused to add it to the agenda. Such a refusal would have left the proposal to the new council that takes office in January, since there are only two more council meetings left in 2007.
93. Best Western Seeks to Enter Business Travel Market
- Friday, November 23, 2007
NEW YORK (Dow Jones/AP) - Best Western International aims to be a new competitor in lodging for business travel with a new prototype dubbed "Atria."
It's a new direction for Best Western, known for catering to mainly leisure travelers in the mid-scale market. And, the new prototype comes at a time when there is increasing competition to customize offerings for business travelers, who continue to be a core client base for the hotel industry.
94. Proposed Changes Could Weaken Open Meetings Law
- Tuesday, November 13, 2007
NASHVILLE (AP) - What started as a legislative effort to strengthen the law that prevents local government officials from meeting in private could end up weakening the law instead.
Tennessee's Sunshine Law currently prohibits local government officials from meeting behind closed doors to conduct public business, but there is no penalty for breaking the law.
95. Council Hustles On Tying Loose Ends
- Thursday, October 18, 2007
Memphis City Council members, most of them leaving office with the New Year, took several steps this week toward shaping the four-year term of their successors as well as the fifth term of Mayor Willie Herenton.
96. Fowlkes to Take Oath Friday
- Tuesday, September 25, 2007
For most of his career in Memphis, John T. Fowlkes Jr. has worked Downtown, within a five-block area that is the seat of government for Memphis and Shelby County. It's also ground zero for the local criminal justice system.
97. Exports Boost Economy But Struggle Against Housing Crunch
- Thursday, September 06, 2007
WASHINGTON (AP) - A slowdown in manufacturing and construction means the economy needs to rely even more on exports to sustain growth.
Turmoil in the housing and financial markets appears to be spilling over to the broader economy, according to data released Tuesday that showed expansion in the manufacturing sector slowed in August while construction spending dropped sharply in July. Although exports remain a bright spot, analysts don't expect overseas sales to accelerate enough to prevent U.S. economic growth from slowing in the second half of this year.
98. Council Passes Buck On 'Disgusting' Warehouse Proposal
- Thursday, September 06, 2007
A familiar and decidedly unwelcome name confronted City Council members on Tuesday's agenda. And the council reacted by sending the project for a warehouse near Memphis International Airport back to the Land Use Control Board (LUCB).
99. City Council Races Overflow With 83 Candidates Filing
- Monday, July 23, 2007
It's the year of the open seat on the Memphis City Council.
With seven incumbents not running for re-election and the resignation last month of an eighth, it is already the biggest turnover of council seats in the 40-year history of the mayor-council form of government.
100. Things Go From Hot To Smoking Hot In Election Contests
- Thursday, July 12, 2007
With one week to the filing deadline for the Oct. 4 Memphis city elections, 124 citizens have thought seriously enough about running for the 15 offices on the ballot to check out qualifying petitions. Nearly 40 had filed by the end of the first week.