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VOL. TMN-7 | NO. 9 | Saturday, February 22, 2014
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Breaking Through

Women working hard to shatter glass ceiling locally, nationally

If it was just an abstraction or a mere theory, it wouldn’t have a definition in the dictionary or a website. It would simply be another urban myth.

Telling Her Own Story

Long before she was running her own business and co-writing a book, “Women in High Gear,” Amy Howell was a little girl in overdrive.

Shockey ‘Ideal Fit’ as Chamber Chair

Leigh Shockey had gone to Memphis International Airport in her role as an executive for the family business – Drexel Chemical Co.

Women Prove Mettle in Tough CRE Industry

When Rosemarie Fair first entered the world of commercial real estate in the early 1980s, it was still a largely male-dominated profession and she felt the biting sting of disrespect.

Seminar to Focus on Importance of Women in Business

When Amy Howell delivers the keynote address at the Women & Business Seminar Feb. 27 at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, she will, rather appropriately, be speaking about the art of appreciating what women can bring to any business setting.

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Editorial: Nation Must Continue Closing Gender Pay Gap

Women today make 77 cents for every dollar men make in the U.S. economy, President Barack Obama said in his January State of the Union address.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

This week in Memphis history: February 21-27

2013: The Salvation Army Kroc Center opened at the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

SPORTS

Hobbled Grizzlies Won’t Go Down Without Fight

Two years ago, Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph returned from a torn MCL in his right knee and essentially finished out the season on one leg.

For Love of the Game, Indeed

“I’ve never been humbled by anything like baseball. And I’ve been humbled more coaching than playing.”  Jonathan Lyons, former college and minor-league pitcher and now a coach of a 12-and-under competitive team

Memphis Airport Changes Reflect New Reality

Memphis International Airport, gutted by the downsizing of Delta Air Lines, is pursuing a $114 million “concourse modernization” plan that will eliminate a large number of gates and result in upgrades to what is left.

Northgate’s Shift

Kroger’s closure marks end of an era in Frayser

When the Kroger store opened at Northgate shopping center in Frayser 58 years ago, the store gave away a Shetland pony.

Butler Sevier Law Firm Expands Downtown

Butler, Sevier, Hinsley & Reid PLLC law firm has expanded its presence at 88 Union Ave.

Changes Likely in Attendance Zones Proposal

The set of two dozen proposed attendance zone changes affecting nearly 7,000 students in Shelby County unveiled this week by Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson is the first step on the road to certainty for parents of children in the consolidated system that is about to break into seven public systems.

Sector Capital Management Independent Again

Three years after its acquisition by Argent Financial Group, Memphis-based Sector Capital Management is an independent company again.

Walker Avenue Remake

Redevelopment of YMCA at center of neighborhood’s new life

The former Mason YMCA on Walker Avenue near the University of Memphis is getting a new look. The redevelopment of the 11,500-square-foot property is underway and should be complete by the end of the year.

Three Town Center Concepts Take Shape

The city of Memphis would move government offices into two shopping malls and the Soulsville Town Center under tentative “conceptual” plans Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. took Tuesday, Feb. 18, to the Memphis City Council.

Deadline Nears for Pinnacle Awards

The deadline for the Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council’s 13th annual Pinnacle Awards ceremony is fast approaching.

Tour Shows Work Progressing in Pyramid

The opening date for Bass Pro Shops at The Pyramid is still tentative.

Businessman Berger Tosses Hat Into Political Ring

Memphis businessman Taylor Berger was thinking about it pretty much until the last minute Tuesday, Feb. 18, when he pressed send on an email that announced his intention to run for a seat on the Shelby County Commission.

Improving Disparities

Couple examines issues in Memphis to ‘move the needle’

Working to better understand, and thus bring down, Shelby County’s infant mortality rate would be a giant undertaking.

Reedy Thriving As Housing Investments Skyrocket

Jim Reedy began selling real estate in 1976 while he was a student at the University of Memphis, and within three years, he moved into selling investment properties.

CDC Leaders Have Challenges in Communities

Community development corporations are designed to help create more housing in areas where investors and banks might not normally invest without incentives.

Coley Works Tirelessly To End Human Trafficking

You may not know it, but human trafficking is a problem in Tennessee. It’s such a problem that Rep. Jim Coley, R-Bartlett, chairman of the House Civil Justice Subcommittee, has dedicated his career in office to fight against the crime in his home state.

Signs of the Times

Iconic Memphis signage turned into Memphis Type book

A single image of iconic Memphis landmarks such as the Arcade Restaurant or the Lorraine Motel is sometimes all that’s needed to ground the viewer in a place and time and convey whole chapters of Memphis history.

Harris Questions Ford’s Guns-in-Parks Vote

Memphis City Council member Lee Harris started raising funds and gauging support for a challenge of state Sen. Ophelia Ford last week by bringing up Ford’s vote earlier in the week in favor of the bill allowing guns to be carried in parks regardless of whether a local government bans the practice.

Dunavant Awards Symposium Set for April 21

When the 11th annual Bobby Dunavant Public Service awards are given out in April, the University of Memphis will also host the awards’ second annual symposium on public service.

‘Zeroing’ In

Project Zero researchers discuss education at Memphis symposium

Ron Ritchhart came to Memphis for a two-day symposium on Harvard’s Project Zero education research with a message about student-achievement testing he suggested U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan should hear.

Caissa Public Strategy Opens DC Office

Fueled by a demand for the specialized services it provides, Memphis-based consulting firm Caissa Public Strategy has expanded with the opening of a new office in the nation’s capital.

I Choose Memphis: Bradley James Leon

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Ellis Joins State Systems As Sales Executive

Alisa Ellis has joined State Systems Inc. as a low voltage sales executive. She brings 16 years of telecommunications experience to the company, which offers protection products and services, including fire protection equipment, training and cleaning services, as well as technology services such as network integration, cabling systems and wireless support.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Orpheum Files Permit For Performing Arts Center

225 S. Main St., Memphis, TN 38103 -
The Orpheum Theatre Memphis has filed a $10.2 million permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for its Centre for Performing Arts.

SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Stage Door Opens Arts Opportunities to All

In recreational sports, you might hear that it’s not whether you win or lose but how you play the game. It is not so different in community theater.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Preaching to Meddling

OUR NEW PHARISEES. Pharisee |'farese|, noun

Make More Money This Year

If you’re like most people, you created a list of new year’s resolutions at the end of December or in the beginning of January. One of your resolutions was probably related to your finances. It may have been to save more, to make more or both. Regardless of which you selected, increasing your income can achieve both goals.

Is That Big Move Going to Pay Off?

Ray’s Take You’re contemplating moving to another home – maybe even to another city or the country. The catalyst could be a job offer, school changes, the desire for more living space or to be near family. While your personal, family and career situation will be major factors in the final decision, don’t forget to consider the financial angle as well. There are more costs for a new home than the selling price alone.

Uphill Struggles

I read in the paper about some folks who’ve done well with weight loss and fitness resolutions. They attribute their success to posting goals, activities and results on Facebook. “Got up at 4, started running at 4:30, did three miles. Tomorrow, five.” That kind of thing.

2014 Search Engine Trends

There is a complex day-to-day science to ranking consistently well with the search engines. Unless you’ve made it your life’s work to stay abreast of the ever-changing algorithms, your best bet is to stick to the basics.

Yellen Debuts as Fed Chair

For the first time since 2006, someone not named Ben Bernanke testified before the House Financial Services Committee as Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Dr. Janet Yellen officially assumed the post on Feb. 3.

Website Shows That ‘Black Gives Back’

If you want to challenge your thinking on the relationship between African-Americans and philanthropy you need to follow BlackGivesBack.com. Founded by Tracey Webb in 2007, BlackGivesBack.com takes the stereotype of African-Americans as the recipients of others’ philanthropy and illustrates – with images and words – that African-Americans are busy giving to diverse causes.

Your Intellectual Property Strategy

Entrepreneurs and businesses alike wrestle with the question of patents. Patents can be an accelerator or a hurdle as new products and technology travel through the pipeline and approach the market.

Net Leases – Explained

Many retail and industrial leases are structured as net leases, but what does “net lease” mean?

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 110 154 13,810
MORTGAGES 135 193 18,019
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 28 3,533
BUILDING PERMITS 0 0 32,303
BANKRUPTCIES 52 130 13,133
BUSINESS LICENSES 20 45 4,750
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 83 204 20,104
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 33 4,230

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