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VOL. TMN-7 | NO. 1 | Saturday, December 28, 2013
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The Year That Was

Memphians find pride in city while grappling with change

2013 brought plenty of unique and out-of-the-ordinary moments, as well as the launch of new events, businesses and civic ventures that collectively made the Memphis experience richer.

Editorial: City Should Resolve to Keep it Real in 2014

The year 2013 may be the year that reality took a turn for the better without giving up its status as reality.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

This week in Memphis history: December 27-January 2

2012: Private talks between suburban leaders and Shelby County Commissioners through the attorneys for each groups on suburban school districts were underway during the holidays. The talks soon broke off without an agreement on a system of suburban charter schools.

Orangetheory Fitness Signs New Lease In Stonecreek

Orangetheory Fitness has signed a lease at Stonecreek Centre at Poplar Avenue and Forest Hill-Irene Road in Germantown.

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Examining the Tigers Entering January

The 17th-ranked Tigers came through the first 10 games of the season – the first chapter, if you will – with an 8-2 record overall and a 1-2 record against ranked opponents. They suffered a lopsided loss to Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla., beat the Cowboys on a neutral court, and had what NCAA bracket analysts would term a “good loss” by two points to Florida at Madison Square Garden.

Wheel Could Bring Fortune to NBA Draft

This June’s NBA Draft is projected to be deep, with perhaps as many as a half-dozen players capable of changing a franchise’s fortunes. It’s a great incentive for “tanking” and trying to get into the top tier of the NBA Lottery.

New Questions

Parents wait for word on school changes

The winter break for students is usually when parents look for word of what changes are ahead in the next school year.

Rape Kit Backlog Lawsuit Shifts Questions

Since August, Memphis City Council members have been reviewing the numbers. Asking questions about them. Verifying them. Categorizing them.

Norris Expects Maintenance of Effort for Pensions

Tennessee Senate Republican leader Mark Norris of Collierville says whatever fix Memphis leaders come up with for the city’s unfunded pension liability, the Tennessee General Assembly will probably still pass legislation dealing with the problem on a scale broader than Memphis.

FBI Questions Surprise Local Politicos

As harsh as the criticism has been of the way the Shelby County Election Commission conducted elections in 2012, no one, including those who filed two Chancery Court lawsuits over the results, have said or presented proof it was intentional.

Marketing Makeover

Two nonprofits win services from Obsidian PR

Two Memphis-area nonprofits are six months away from a 180-degree turnaround in their respective public relations efforts.

Southeastern Freight Lines Gives Back

Despite a busy year greatly expanding its facilities in Memphis, Southeastern Freight Lines has found time to give back to the local community through its Southeastern Serves program, donating 39 hours locally and 1,323 total hours nationally to a variety of worthy causes.

Council Rules Could Change in 2014

Memphis City Council members are already starting to adapt some items in a set of proposed changes in how they conduct business.

Jolly Helpers

Santa’s professional aides take job seriously

This year, a group of researchers from London’s Centre for Economics and Business Research in London teamed up with the founders of the Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair to tackle some tough Santa statistics.

Lakeland Seeks Outlet Mall Revival

Officials in Lakeland are hopeful that a long-planned redevelopment of the old Lakeland Factory Outlet Mall site could finally become a reality.

Wunderlich Caps 2013 With Big Investment

In October, Wunderlich Securities Inc. CEO Gary Wunderlich traveled to Washington to testify in front of a congressional panel about promoting capital formation and job creation on behalf of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association.

Malco Opens 12-Screen Olive Branch Cinema

Memphis-based Malco Theatres is raising the curtains on a new 12-screen cinema in Olive Branch, as the company continues to push deeper into new markets while at the same time investing in its existing properties.

MEMPHIS STANDOUT

Childhood Inspiration Leads Jambor to Fulfilling Career

Like many children of the 1970s, Erik Jambor’s interest in film began with scrolling words on the big screen: “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away … .”

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Cordova Creek Apartments Sell for $12.5 Million

1175 N. Germantown Parkway, Memphis, TN 38016, Sale Amount: $12.5 million -

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Lindow Rejoins The Centre Group

Tracy Lindow has rejoined The Centre Group human resources firm as a senior consultant following several years in Germany. As a senior consultant, Lindow will help organizations improve their bottom line through human asset development by leveraging compensations strategies, executive search, employee attitude research and leadership skills development.

MEMPHIS LAW TALK

Harkavy Happy Mixing Business With Law

Lee Harkavy, partner with Wyatt Tarrant & Combs LLP, had a dream to work in the world of business and finance, so the native Memphian pursued and completed a Bachelor of Business Administration in financing and accounting at the University of Michigan.

SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Worksite Consultants Preps Employees for Job Rigors

In an industrial park in Southeast Memphis is a facility that can best be described as an “adult jungle gym.”

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

New Years and Old Ones

NEW YEAR REMINDER OF OLD FRIENDS. The cutest girl on Tennessee’s campus sent me a message, and that sent me back to Houston for her wedding a lifetime ago, and just about the wildest weekend I’ve ever spent. Extant.

Keeping Up Job Searches During the Holidays

Now’s the time to get started on your resolution to find a new job in the new year. The holidays are the perfect time to begin your search. Yes, many HR departments are on vacation and hiring appears to halt. But, it’s a great time for you to lay the foundation to stand out in 2014.

What Does the Fed Say?

Ben Bernanke announced a tapering of the Federal Reserve’s asset purchase program from $85 billion to $75 billion at his final FOMC meeting last week, and contrary to pundit fears, the Dow Jones Industrial Average threw him a going away celebration by rallying to new highs. What he said:

Fundraising Anticipation for 2014

Part two of a two-part series In our last column we asked you to reflect on your fundraising for the past year and to record your answers to three questions: What have you done well, which activities or strategies didn’t meet expectations and were your goals realistic. In anticipation of the coming year, we suggest you use the wisdom gained from your reflections to lay the groundwork for 2014.

Christmas Miracle Goes Viral

Canadian airline WestJet created a viral marketing sensation this holiday season. It was the second installment in what the brand has proclaimed an annual tradition.

Does Your College Student Know Debt?

Ray’s Take Too many of us are sending our kids to college with no understanding of how to handle – or better yet avoid – debt. A recent survey revealed that while 70 percent of undergrads had credit cards, fewer than 10 percent paid them off in full each month. Even worse, a mere 14 percent knew what their interest rate was!

Ghosts of Holiday Programs Past

It’s that time of year again. Time for holiday programs.

Shooting for the Moon

The Commerical Appeal ran a story last week about the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle and its “Moon Missions.” While the details remain nebulous, the Chairman’s Circle consists of private sector leaders that contribute funding and business perspective to identify, analyze and define solutions for some of Memphis’ greatest challenges.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 89 242 14,959
MORTGAGES 111 255 19,585
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 8 30 3,825
BUILDING PERMITS 0 359 35,689
BANKRUPTCIES 61 182 14,216
BUSINESS LICENSES 18 104 5,095
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 76 246 21,679
MARRIAGE LICENSES 16 75 4,632

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