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VOL. TMN-7 | NO. 32 | Saturday, August 2, 2014
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Voters faced with largest ballot in county’s history

It could have been an election about the local criminal justice system. The set of once-every-eight-years judicial races was the perfect frame for competitive races for district attorney general and juvenile court judge as the main events.

Editorial: Overloaded Ballot Muddies Process

This election year marks 40 years since a political watershed.

August 1-7: This week in Memphis history

2013: Owners of the Nineteenth Century Club began preliminary demolition work on the Union Avenue mansion, which would later be stopped by court order.

Early Voter Turnout Tops 82,000

More than 82,000 Shelby County voters cast early ballots in the early voting period that ended Saturday, Aug. 2, according to turnout statistics from the Shelby County Election Commission.

Home Market Still Facing Obstacles

After suffering through a brutal slump in the wake of the worst economic downturn in decades, the local real estate industry has slowly merged onto the road to recovery, though a few speed bumps that could slow progress remain.

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End in Sight

Early voting comes to close as election day looms

One more weekend of early voting and then it’s the four-day sprint to election day for candidates, their campaigns and the voters who didn’t vote during the early voting period.

Dohmen Life Science Adds Space in SE Memphis

Dohmen Life Science Services is expanding its footprint in Southeast Memphis.

Visible College Basement Opens New Opportunities

There was a time, in the years surrounding the bankruptcy of the Stax Records label decades ago, when the vault of the old C&I Bank Building Downtown housed masters from the label.

Mays Orders End to Kellogg Lockout

U.S. District Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays has ordered an end to the lockout of union workers at the Memphis Kellogg plant.

City Hall Saga Charts New Directions

After a bit of a breather, all sides in City Hall’s simmering political dispute over health insurance changes for city employees and retirees sat down at the same table Tuesday, July 29, and offered a few new directions.

Chisca Rebirth

Historic hotel moves to next redevelopment steps

As the Carlisle Corp. began to really delve into the guts of the old Chisca Hotel on Main Street, company officials discovered hidden gem after hidden gem.

FedEx Founder Highlights Economic Club Fall Slate

FedEx founder Fred Smith will make a rare public speaking appearance in Memphis Nov. 6, as part of the fall 2014 lineup of speakers planned for the Economic Club of Memphis.

Council Aims to Strengthen Local Medical Device Firms

Shelby County medical device manufacturers are known for their innovation. But it took about three years of meetings before officially forming the Greater Memphis Medical Device Council this July.

Riverside Debate Reflects Pace of Riverfront Change

On the day that the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation unveiled plans to add a soccer field, volleyball court and six-station fitness loop to Tom Lee Park, city engineers got an earful in the Beale Street Landing breezeway from critics of other changes to the stretch of Riverside Drive that runs by the park and the landing.

County Schools Show Gains in Reading, Science

The Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program – or TCAP – test data for Shelby County Schools students in grades 3-8 shows 41.7 percent were proficient or advanced in math, with 41 percent proficient or advanced in reading and 52 percent proficient or advanced in science.

Achievement School District Touts Proficiency Gains

The state-run Achievement School District grew its math proficiency percentages in its second school year by 2.2 percentage points, reading and language arts by 3.4 percentage points and science proficiency percentages by half a percentage point – all compared to the previous 2012-2013 school year.

Brooks Museum Director Takes Position in Cincinnati

Cameron Kitchin is leaving his position as director of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art to become director of the Cincinnati Art Museum.

International Paper Profits Fall 38 Percent

International Paper reported second quarter earnings of $161 million Tuesday, July 29, a $98 million drop from the second quarter a year ago when IP reported net earnings of $259 million.

Difference Maker

Green Machine celebrates one year of mobile groceries

When the Green Machine Mobile Food Market rolled up to University Place a year ago – the market being housed inside a lime green retired MATA bus – the first customer was a 103-year-old former school teacher in a wheelchair.

ABF Freight Acquires Two Memphis Properties

ABF Freight System Inc. appears poised to significantly expand its Memphis presence, but company officials aren’t saying it’s a done deal just yet.

Simple Focus Owner Forms Management Company

The arrival of his digital product design company’s fifth birthday finds Simple Focus owner JD Graffam in a different position from where his firm started out in 2009.

Enduring Connections

Undercurrent celebrates first year of networking for YPs

When Patrick Woods and three colleagues decided to launch a social organization to connect young professionals in Memphis, the name they gave it reflected the similarity of its demographic to a particular flow of water that moves beneath the surface, one that’s unwise to ignore.

Registration Could Reflect Suburban Relocation

When Shelby County’s six new suburban school districts register students on Tuesday, July 29, some of those systems’ superintendents will watch for changes from the numbers of students who pre-registered in the new school systems less than a year ago.

Globetrotting Stephens Eyes Eventual Return to NBA

North Texas told D.J. Stephens no, said they no longer had a basketball scholarship for him. Remember that?

Bartlett Ninth Grade Academy Prepares for Debut

A group of 213 children in Bartlett who are coming out of middle school and into a new academic year and system got an introduction last week to the Bartlett school that is a bridge between their middle schools and Bartlett High.

Frayser Town Center Would be Based on Manhattan Park

The town center plan for Frayser that debuted this past weekend at the first annual “Frayser Day” celebration is built on the model of Bryant Park in Manhattan only on a smaller scale to fit the Frayser Plaza Shopping Center.

Simmons First National Moves Into Tennessee

A similar history, a foundation in agriculture lending and growth potential attracted Arkansas-based Simmons First National Corp. to buy Community First Bancshares Inc. of Union City, Tenn., and its $1.9 billion subsidiary First State Bank, says Simmons’ Chairman and CEO George A. Makris.

School Year Brings New Lessons for Teachers

When the school year begins on Aug. 4 for Shelby County Schools and the six suburban public school systems, the learning process will begin not only for students but for teachers.

Start Co. Steers Accelerators Toward Demo Day

Memphis’ startup community is in the throes of its busiest summer in memory.

SPORTS

Razorbacks Have Nowhere to Go But Up in SEC West

Arkansas defensive end Trey Flowers has endured 17 losses over the last two seasons. He was part of the 3-9 team that went 0-8 in Southeastern Conference games in 2013 and finished the season on a school-record nine-game losing streak.

Real Pastime: Forgiving Our Stars

A story on baltimoreravens.com carried the following headline: “Ravens fans give Ray Rice a standing ovation.”

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Kirby Joins Literacy Mid-South to Lead Community Engagement

Carley Cianciolo Kirby has joined Literacy Mid-South as community engagement coordinator. In her new role, Kirby will be responsible for the Mid-South Book Festival, which this year is scheduled for Sept. 25-28, as well as the citywide reading campaigns and Literacy Mid-South’s new school fundraising initiative.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

D. Canale Affiliate Buys Property for Distillery

301 S. Front St., Memphis, TN 38103, Sale Amount: $785,000 -
An affiliate of D. Canale & Co. has bought the Downtown property where it will develop a spirits distillery and public tasting room.

SMALL BUSINESS

ProudOnTV Offers Alternative to Wide-Open Social Media

In a world in which social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. – can be all that’s right about technology or all that’s wrong with it, ProudOnTV is making it a business to eliminate some of those problems for people.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Ask a Lawyer

JUDGED BY LAWYERS. Q: What do you when you have a lawyer buried up to the neck in sand?

To Stay or to Go

Job seeking can be a long, difficult process. If you’re currently looking for a job, there’s a good chance it’s because something at your current job isn’t right. Whether it’s your boss, the pay, or the job itself, you just aren’t happy. And, you probably haven’t been happy for a while. Most people have to reach a certain breaking point before they are willing to volunteer to experience the discomfort of job searching.

What’s Your Investment Risk Profile?

Ray’s Take Risk. It’s something we are all involved in every day – sometimes consciously and sometimes not.

Checking Out the Meanings Behind ‘Glamazon’

I was checking something out online the other day when I came across the word glamazon.

Debunking Five Pinterest Myths

There’s no denying virtual scrapbooking site Pinterest’s explosive growth, now boasting more than 40 million active users per month. The Webs 2014 Small Business Digital Usage Survey cites 20 percent of small businesses who use social media view Pinterest as a top social media channel for marketing their businesses.

Asia Votes for Growth

Ni Hao!

An Interview With Judy Davis, Part One

We eat, drink and sleep fundraising. It’s what we love. We truly enjoy and embrace the people and organizations we work with. We get excited when clients take the tools we develop for them and put them to work. We cherish their successes and most importantly we celebrate their work.

New Life for Old Malls

Since 1957, when the first modern, fully enclosed shopping mall was built in Edina, Minnesota, shopping became an American pastime. New shopping malls changed the landscape in communities across the country at the rate of 140 a year.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 70 125 13,455
MORTGAGES 119 192 17,541
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 1 33 3,424
BUILDING PERMITS 0 623 31,553
BANKRUPTCIES 62 128 12,823
BUSINESS LICENSES 40 51 4,648
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 80 233 19,690
MARRIAGE LICENSES 25 69 4,129

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