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VOL. TMN-7 | NO. 36 | Saturday, August 30, 2014
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SPECIAL EDITION Human Resources

People Power

Meg Crosby, other Memphis business leaders shift focus to valuing employees first

Meg Crosby and her fellow principals at the HR-focused consulting firm PeopleCap chose that name for their organization because of the way they think about the modern workplace – particularly, the ever-changing nature of the employees who populate it.

Millennials Bring ‘Out-of-the-Box Mentality’ to Workplace

The young creatives included among the workforce at Sullivan Branding don’t just bring fresh thinking and out of the box perspectives to projects and client work.

Archer-Malmo CEO Shares Insight Into Company Culture

The Memphis-based marketing communications agency archer-malmo has won awards for its company culture, and it draws a steady stream of creatives attracted to everything from the hip workspace to the way creativity is given room to flourish.

Client Service Remains Top Priority at The Barnett Group

The Barnett Group, a Memphis-based employee benefits and financial services firm, didn’t get to the point where it’s provided benefits to more than 75,000 people by accident.

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EVENTS

Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club will host a female business leader luncheon Thursday, Sept. 4, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Napa Cafe, 5101 Sanderlin Ave. The Dutch treat lunch brings together business leaders and up-and-coming leaders to discuss various topics related to women in business. Register at thelpbc.com.

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Editorial: Some Priorities for Our Newly Elected Officials

At the outset of a new term of office for the winners in the county general elections of August, we offer a few priorities.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

This week in Memphis history: August 29-September 4

1972: Wattstax at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – a concert to mark the seventh anniversary of the Watts riots in Los Angeles by Stax Records that was a high point for the Memphis-based record label and featured a day-long bill of Memphis soul and funk and gospel from the stadium stage with Isaac Hayes headlining.

Hot Yoga Plus Expands in Memphis

Hot Yoga Plus, a Nashville-based yoga concept, is opening a second Memphis area location.

Legal Opinion Sets Rules for Filling State Senate Vacancy

The local Democratic and Republican parties have until Sept. 8 to select a nominee for the state Senate District 30 seat that becomes vacant Friday, Aug. 29, according to a legal opinion Thursday, Aug. 28, from the Tennessee attorney general’s office.

Kirby, Wiseman Campaign for Judicial Selection

Attorney Lang Wiseman says there will be no return to the days when Tennessee legislators had no direct role in who the governor appointed to be appellate court judges if an amendment to the Tennessee Constitution is defeated in November.

Changing Landscape

‘High-end’ grocery chain eyes Memphis market

A “high-end” grocery store chain not currently serving the Memphis market has leased the shuttered former Kroger store at 9050 U.S. 64 in Lakeland and should open in the spring, according to a Lakeland official.

Greenprint Advocates Tout Range of Benefits

After being lampooned for years as one of the worst metro areas in the country for bicyclists and pedestrians, the Memphis region is poised to make a huge leap forward in developing a regional greenway and trail system.

Mullins Joins New Memphis Institute as Marketing Director

Anna Mullins likes promoting Memphis – so much so that she keeps finding new ways to make a living doing it.

8 Apply to Become Next Tennessee Attorney General

NASHVILLE (AP) – Eight candidates have applied with the Tennessee Supreme Court for the next eight-year term as state attorney general.

Hopson Changes School System’s Front Office

The set of four regional superintendents of Memphis City Schools came and went and came back in the last 40 years of the school system that merged in 2012 with Shelby County Schools.

Cohen: Ferguson Police Could Have ‘Shot to Wound’

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen said police in Ferguson, Mo., could have shot to wound instead of shot to kill Michael Brown in the fatal incident there this month that has prompted national and international reaction to a number of race-related issues beyond the shooting.

Southwest, Frontier Add Memphis Flights

Frontier Airlines and Southwest Airlines are increasing service at Memphis International Airport, providing more service for local flyers and boosting the facility’s transition away from a high-priced hub airport.

Election Commission Certifies August Vote

The Shelby County Election Commission certified the August election results Monday, Aug. 25, at the beginning of a week that includes an early oath of office for those elected to county offices on the ballot.

Rape Kit Backlog Prompts Court Fight on Two Fronts

The court fight over the city’s backlog of untested rape kits has two legal fronts with the filing this week of a Circuit Court lawsuit by Meaghan Ybos, Madison Graves and Rachel Johnson, the three rape survivors who filed suit earlier this year in U.S. District Court against Memphis and Shelby County over the backlog.

Shelby County New-Home Permits Drop 7.8 Percent in July

The local homebuilding industry can still mystify a veteran builder and developer like David Goodwin Jr.

Canal Centennial

Dixon exhibit celebrates Panama Canal's 100th year

History buffs may be especially interested in one of the newest exhibits on display at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, which commemorates the centennial of a triumph of engineering that represents a milestone in both U.S. and world history.

Women of Hope CEO Fights Ebola in Sierra Leone

A war does not occur in a vacuum, and neither does a health crisis, such as the Ebola virus now spreading through West Africa. Kim Kargbo knows this too well.

Millington Leaders Emphasize Unique School System

For much of the move to the demerger of public education in Shelby County, the Millington Municipal Schools district has been overshadowed by the five other suburban school systems.

Jackson Ruling Draws Line on Comments to Juries

Prosecutors and defense attorneys sometimes get right up to the line that separates proper from improper when it comes to their closing statements to a jury during a trial.

Silicone Arts Laboratories Recruited for Dallas Accelerator

A Memphis company founded in 2011 that makes innovative cosmetic products has been recruited to participate in the Dallas-based health care accelerator Health Wildcatters.

Kyle Senate Replacement Process Slows

Shelby County Democratic Party Chairman Bryan Carson has slowed down the process of picking a Democratic nominee for the state Senate seat Jim Kyle is giving up effective Sept. 1 to become a Chancery Court judge.

Automotive Parts Maker Expanding Smyrna Facility

SMYRNA, Tenn. (AP) – An automotive parts manufacturer is expanding its distribution facility in Smyrna and is expected to create more than 130 additional jobs in Rutherford County.

SPORTS

Attendance Woes to Bring Changes at AutoZone Park

As the Memphis Redbirds closed out their regular-season home schedule at AutoZone Park this past week, pitcher Tim Cooney set a franchise record with his 14th win and the Redbirds widened their lead over second-place Nashville in the Pacific Coast League American Southern Division.

Finding Life Influencers

Football coaches depend on leaders from within programs

Coaches such as Alabama’s Nick Saban get paid millions to lead and win championships, so it’s only natural that Saban would say something like this:

Wade: College Football Returns With Passion

First off, I don’t believe everything that Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper says.

‘Eager’ Tigers Ready to Begin Hopeful Season

By now, pretty much anyone with an interest in University of Memphis football knows there will be concerts on Tiger Lane and that this season’s slogan is “Wait ’Til This Year.”

Veteran Titan Gives Human Face to ALS Awareness

A year ago, Tim Shaw was trying to hang on to his roster spot with the Tennessee Titans.

Vols Among NCAA’s Youngest Headed Into Sunday Opener

KNOXVILLE – For better or worse, University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones won’t need to wait long to see the talent level of his highly touted freshman class.

NEWSMAKERS

Fuchs Joins Vaco Logistics as Recruiter

Eddie Fuchs has joined Vaco Memphis as an executive recruiter for Vaco Logistics, where he’ll consult with distribution, transportation and manufacturing companies to help identify candidates for leadership and specialized skill positions. Fuchs, who previously worked in the business development department of Intermodal Cartage Co., was recently named to the Greater Memphis Chamber’s 2014 Young Memphians list.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Macon Homes Complex Sells for $800,000

500 N. Claybrook St., Memphis, TN 38104, Sale Amount: $800,000 -

SMALL BUSINESS

Veteran’s HomeCare Franchise Aims for Place in Market

There are always adjustments to be made, such as when a middle-school-aged boy moves from Philadelphia to Birmingham, Ala.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

It Begins

KICKING IT OFF. Here we go again. Some years ago, I found myself at a tailgate party in downtown Tuscaloosa. Even though the game wasn’t until that afternoon and it was only mid-morning, there were plenty of people well into their cups.

Standing Out in The Crowd

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of participating in a panel as part of the Memphis Urban League Young Professional’s 2014 Empowerment Conference. We spoke on the topic of “Stand Out in the Crowd.”

Beneficiary Forms Trump Your Will

Ray’s take: Few people like to think about death – particularly their own. But a sound estate plan includes dealing with that possibility to be certain your wishes are honored after you “make the switch.”

Counsel to the Council?

In the statewide daily I read each morning, the Aug. 13, 2014, “Judge Parker” comic strip featured legal secretary Gloria saying to senior partner Sam, “Rocky Ledge is talking about having Steve come aboard as corporate council” (sic). I’m not a reader of this strip. Or any soap-operaesque strips, actually. Though I can remember a time in life when I read “Mary Worth” on a regular basis. I just can’t remember why.

Ice Bucket Challenge Spotlights Viral Video Power

Perhaps one of the greatest viral phenomena – the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – has dominated social media channels for the past month, raising an impressive $70 million to date, compared to $2.5 million typically raised by the nonprofit during the same time period.

Meet Hong Kong

I just realized that while I have now lived in Hong Kong for nearly a month I have failed to properly introduce you. Allow me to give you the tour.

Getting In on Ice Bucket Challenge

In the heat of summer having a bucket of ice water thrown on you may not be a bad thing. It’s a phenomenon that’s sweeping the nation – contagious fundraising spurred on by social media, sports celebrities, television hosts, movie stars and international performers. Everyone – it seems – is in on it. Well, except for the two of us. We are enjoying the summer heat with no ice water – but we’re giving to ALS anyway. Here’s the reason: we want to be “in with the in crowd.”

Discover Labor Day Getaways Close to Home

Labor Day, the traditional end to summer. Public swimming pools are closing and college football is getting underway.

Primary Research and Talking Sticks

Business, organizations, and nonprofits grow with the level of firsthand experiences they have with their prospects, customers, members or donors. These entities both know themselves and also know their audience, their tribe.

Goodwill Center Helps Job Seekers Reclaim Dreams

The event was held in the shadow of the shuttered Raleigh Springs Mall, in the expanded section of the Goodwill store at 3830 Austin Peay Highway. It was the grand opening of the Goodwill Job Center.

TENNESSEE LEDGER

Embracing Cremation

High cost of funerals drives search for end-of-life alternatives

As business decisions go, this was a tricky one.

A More Earth-Friendly Burial Option Now Available

When Dara Ashworth’s father died this spring after battling metastatic melanoma, she and her two sisters struggled with the best way to honor his life, his memory and his body.

Developers Swing, Miss in Attempt to Buy Prime Germantown Locale

The first time I stepped into this mustard-yellow building at 300 Jefferson Street to ask how it felt to have the Nashville Sounds moving in across the street, Wayne Woelk, 50, was having a heart attack.

Is It Really Time to Relax Lending Standards?

Just when you thought it was safe to believe in the wisdom of the system, they pull this.

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