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VOL. TMN-7 | NO. 34 | Saturday, August 16, 2014
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Bigger, Better, Louder

The SEC makes no apologies and takes no prisoners

“When it comes to college football, the South has no equal, because the Southeastern Conference has no equal. Find me a conference with a better commissioner, better players, better head coaches, better staffs, better game-day atmospheres, better-looking coeds – better anything.”

Editorial: Football Must Find Way to Improve Safety

The start of another football season comes with memories of the previous season – the victories, defeats and moments in between.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

August 15-21: This week in Memphis history

2013: Norah Jones was a surprise guest at a Levitt Shell concert by Cory Chisel and the Wild Rovers Tour.

Marek Pushes For Cameras on Memphis Cops

The newly-elected chairman of a subcommittee of the recently reconstituted Citizens Law Enforcement Review Board plans to propose that the board recommend the city of Memphis outfit all on-duty Memphis police officers with cameras.

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FedEx Indicted on New Charges Over Drug Shipments

Federal prosecutors say several addicts died after receiving shipments of illegal prescription drugs delivered by FedEx.

Democrats Struggle With Generation Gap

Memphis Democrats don’t agree on a whole lot these days, especially since the Aug. 7 county general elections in which Democratic nominees lost to Republicans in all but one race – Shelby County assessor, won by the lone countywide Democratic incumbent, Cheyenne Johnson.

Hit Factory

Moman, American Studios recognized for impact on music

The massive trees and the shade they make are the only thing left on the northwest corner of Danny Thomas Boulevard and Chelsea Avenue from the days when American Studios turned out 120 hit records from 1965 to 1972.

Developer Tries Again for Highland McDonald’s

The developer behind a proposed McDonald’s on Highland Avenue near the University of Memphis is making another attempt at the project.

First South Financial Launches Business Products

First South Financial’s tag line “You can bank on us” now applies to a wider group of customers.

Brogdon Joins Race for Germantown Mayor

With about a week left to the filing deadline for candidates, Germantown has a race for mayor.

LYFE Kitchen Moving to Memphis

LYFE Kitchen, a unique California-based restaurant concept, will move its headquarters to Memphis and open two locations – one in Downtown and another in East Memphis.

Graceland Expansion Ready to Rock

After nine years of different ownership and talk of a $250 million expansion beyond Elvis Presley’s mansion, the revitalization of Graceland into a 120-acre campus gets underway Thursday, Aug. 14.

Roast of the Town

Wholesale coffee business Relevant Roasters to open on Broad

If you catch Jimmy Lewis these days and get him talking about coffee roasting, chances are he might never stop.

Fresh Market Debuts Midtown Store

For a while now Central Gardens resident Tom Clifton has been driving to East Memphis to get his groceries.

McIver Makes Push for Legal Aid Into Broader Community

For Harrison McIver, receiving the American Bar Association’s Dorsey Award this month at the ABA’s annual meeting in Boston was a special honor.

U of M’s Rudd Touts Freshmen Growth

The student population at the University of Memphis is growing, but the city’s largest higher education institution is becoming more selective about those who apply for admission.

Memphis In May Ends Fiscal Year on High

The Memphis in May International Festival finished its fiscal year with about $180,000 more in revenues than expenditures.

Actor Rob Lowe to Headline Cancer Center Fundraiser

The annual Methodist Cancer Center Luncheon has a track record of bringing in speakers with high name recognition, from actor Michael Douglas to former first lady Laura Bush to network anchorman Tom Brokaw to actress Sally Field.

Memphis Health Center Marks Expansion

When the Memphis Health Center Inc. moved out of two trailers in 1975 into a stucco building on E.H. Crump Boulevard, the center was just beginning and the building was a modest start that signified a continuing need for the medical services it offered.

Musical Tribute

Jazz Foundation, professor honor Charles Ives with CD

Jack T. Cooper was born a few years after American modernist composer Charles Ives died, but this did not the stop them from connecting – even before Cooper was born.

Pinch District Could Lose Historic Designation

The Pinch District, one of the city’s oldest commercial districts, could lose its designation on the National Register of Historic Places, a move that would jeopardize existing buildings but possibly make some new development easier.

Lower Cost Moves Bridge Project Closer to Reality

The Big River Initiative, the nonprofit group raising private funding for a pedestrian and bicycle boardwalk on the Harahan Bridge across the Mississippi River, has $2.5 million to raise to get the project started.

BarterSugar Co-Founder to Speak at Startup Grind

The next speaker in the Startup Grind event series in Memphis is a New York attorney, executive and author who ended up in the Bluff City, without planning on it, when she discovered the burgeoning startup community continuing to grow and take shape here.

Midtown Corner Could See Turnaround

While Midtown as a whole is experiencing a resurgence, two properties at the key intersection of Union Avenue and McLean Boulevard remain vacant, decaying eyesores.

Curtains Up

New Season of Tennessee Shakespeare Co. set to begin

As counterintuitive as it might sound, the more digitized and interconnected people get, the more they seem to appreciate the handiwork of Dan McCleary and the fellow live theater proponents who work with him.

Supreme Court Retention Clash Likely to Continue

Both sides declared victory when the three Tennessee Supreme Court justices were retained by voters in the Thursday, Aug. 7, statewide judicial elections.

Pressure Builds to Grant More Tax Breaks

The head of the Economic Development Growth Engine organization says there is another side to the controversy over granting property tax abatements through payments-in-lieu-of-taxes that isn’t heard in the current civic discussion about the incentives.

Harvey Offers Advice to New County Commissioners

Who swears in the judges who will be swearing in other county leaders later this month when they all begin their terms of office?

Democratic Chairman Apologizes as Party Parses Defeats

Democrats don’t consider it a successful campaign season unless there is some kind of intra-party dust up, the political axiom goes.

Shelby County Home Sales, Prices Dip in July

From 2008 to 2012, bank sales – or foreclosure sales – propped up what was an otherwise crumbling real estate market.

Nonprofits to Pitch Ideas for GiVE 365 Grants

Three minutes to make their best pitch. That’s what the finalists will have Monday night, Aug. 18, when they compete for Community Foundation of Greater Memphis GiVE 365 grants.

SPORTS

Former Tigers Head Man Finds Simpler Life at MTSU

In nine years as the head coach, Tommy West provided the University of Memphis with much of its football lore: five bowls – there have only been seven – and 49 wins (third-most all time).

Wade: Never Too Early for Tiger Basketball Fans to Fret

Oh, Josh Pastner, you Canada-bound court jester, you. Telling Tiger Nation that it makes no difference whether the University of Memphis wins exhibition games or loses them against college basketball giants Carleton University, McGill University and the University of Ottawa.

National TV Shuns Grizzlies in 2014-2015

At home or on the road, it hasn’t mattered where the Grizzlies opened the NBA season since moving from Vancouver to Memphis. For 13 straight years, they have started the season with a loss.

Shoulder Injury Could End McCarthy’s Titans Career

NASHVILLE – The star-crossed career of Tennessee Titans linebacker Colin McCarthy took another wicked turn with the news that he could miss the entire season with a shoulder injury.

Vols Resurrect Fond Memories of ‘Wide Receiver U’

None of the receivers on the University of Tennessee football team were born when the program was dubbed “Wide Receiver U” in the 1980s.

NEWSMAKERS

Tubbs Joins Humane Society as Development and Marketing Director

Nikki Tubbs has joined the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County as director of development and marketing, responsible for developing and executing the humane society’s fundraising plan, overseeing special events and securing sponsorships, and supervising supplemental development programs and the development team.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

New York Firm Buys Retirement Community

996 Cherry Road, Memphis, TN 38117, Sale Amount: $12.9 million -
An affiliate of New York-based Garrison Investment Group has paid $12.9 million for the 176-unit Town Village Audubon Park retirement community at 950 Cherry Road in East Memphis.

SMALL BUSINESS

New Business Helps Clients Organize Homes, Lives

When Amy Tuggle and her mother, Fran Cutshall, moved to Memphis from St. Louis recently they each decided to make a career change.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

The Q Party

CRISIS AVERTED. It’s all a matter of perspective.

Keeping Your Search Secret

Can you keep a secret? Benjamin Franklin famously said, “Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead.” Keeping private information private, especially about your job search, can be a tall order.

Over 50 – Should You ‘Catch Up’?

Ray’s Take: If you’re age 50 or older, you can make extra “catch-up” contributions to certain types of tax-favored retirement accounts.

Rail Houses in Art, Elsewhere

Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series.

Where the Values Aren’t

Downturns, while painful, can be very useful for the information they provide.

Cold Email Mastery, a Click Away From Anyone

Cold calling is a tough business, though a necessity for many companies. The cost of sales is high, as is sales rep rejection and fatigue. Imagine if email could significantly improve your engagement rate with otherwise cold prospects. If executed well, it can, explains Scott Britton with life-longlearner.com, the forensic accountant of the email world whose company was acquired by Constant Contact for $100 million in 2012.

Making Philanthropic Dollars Go Extra Mile

Giving back to the community is a great way to fulfill your life while helping improve the lives of others. Acts of charity are both widely needed and often given, so if you are thinking about donating money, resources or time to a philanthropic cause, there are a few things you should take into consideration.

The First 72 – Don’t Kill Your Fundraising

Asking for a donation to your nonprofit is one component of fundraising. How that gift is processed once it is received is another.

Discovering the World of Travel

What does travel mean? On one hand, it’s a vacation from everyday life, an escape. It’s an opportunity to have your physical pains massaged away in a spa while an ocean breeze momentarily relieves your stress and worry.

Why Experts Live in Fear

More trouble has fallen upon companies that tempt the universe with this ego-inflated statement: "We are the experts.” A sizable lack of innovation occurs in the practice of being perceived as experts instead of practicing humility in the workplace.

Examining the Penalty of Leadership

Nearly one hundred years ago, Theodore F. MacManus, working as a copywriter for Cadillac, wrote a brilliant piece on leadership.

TENNESSEE LEDGER
Knoxville Edition

A Perfect Union

Downtown Knoxville gets the bookstore it ‘needs’

Union Ave Books buzzes with activity on a Tuesday afternoon as families from San Francisco and Paris browse the shelves in the children’s section.

Author Support Key to Booksellers’ Success

Building relationships with customers and forming partnerships with other organizations is a key ingredient to keeping Union Ave Books vibrant in the Knoxville community.

UT Welcomes Largest Freshman Class in 3 Decades

Nearly 4,700 freshmen – the largest first-year class in at least 30 years – will begin classes on Aug. 20 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Fight to Save Printers Alley a Family Affair

“How does it feel to be on your own?” Fritz Hester turns Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” into a surging blues tune that spills out of the Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar into the thick, cigarette and beer-flavored humidity stifling Printers Alley

Nashville Edition

Reshaping a City, One Lot at a Time

'Infill King’ John Brittle has a plan to curb urban sprawl

John G. Brittle Jr. doesn’t have an office. He has a war room. The space, crowded with maps, charts, books, piles of paper and marked-up spreadsheets, is ground zero for InfillNashville, the 10-person team of site selection specialists that Brittle leads at Village Real Estate Services.

Less-Frenzied House Hunting in Williamson County

This past week, Realtor Stephanie Tipton Soper had two out-of-town families relocating to Nashville. Both were in search of homes in Williamson County.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 269 16,682
MORTGAGES 0 313 21,745
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 56 4,322
BUILDING PERMITS 0 209 39,587
BANKRUPTCIES 0 287 15,829
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 67 5,558
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 413 23,986
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 94 5,129

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