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VOL. TMN-7 | NO. 29 | Saturday, July 12, 2014
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Riverfront Cornerstone

Beale Street Landing opens with complex history, high hopes

Beale Street Landing seems an unlikely choice as a cornerstone, considering its troubled path to completion.

Editorial: Enhanced Riverfront Much Needed for City

The idea of a city’s riverfront as an ornate front door is a relatively new concept in the evolution of cities as old as ours.

EMPHASIS Green

Changing Landscape

Shelby Farms Parkway on hold as park work moves ahead

It’s been confusing from a distance.

Memphis’ Water Remains Envy of Other Cities

Brian Waldron is cautious even as he talks about the city’s advantages in its water supply and the abundance of that supply.

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Chamber: More People Working in Green Sector

The Greater Memphis Chamber counts approximately 15,380 Memphians working in the green economy, with the largest group being 4,800 who work in clean energy.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

This week in Memphis history: July 11-17

2007: U.S. Sen. and 2004 Democratic nominee for Vice President John Edwards campaigned in Memphis in advance of the 2008 presidential race with a stop at the Metropolitan Interfaith Association store at 910 Vance Ave.

After the Flood

Questions remain about future of Wheel Estate Mobile Home Park

When the flood water and debris from Nonconnah Creek receded last week from the Wheel Estate Mobile Home Park on East Brooks Road, it exposed a set of familiar issues for such properties in Memphis.

City to Issue Cease-and-Desist Notices to Rideshare Services

The city of Memphis will ask popular ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft to cease and desist operations until they acquire city permits.

Chamber Launches Young Professionals Group

Before a concert gets underway, musicians will run through a soundcheck that serves as a kind of warm-up to the main event, during which participants can make suggestions for tweaks before the big show and can make sure that everything is done that needs to be.

Pathmark Inks Lease at I-Bank Tower

A longtime third-party logistics company is on the move.

Budget Reality Informs Response to Sick-Outs

For about a year, Memphis Fire Department Director Alvin Benson has been taking ladder trucks out of service to deal with firefighters on vacation and on sick leave at much lower levels than those that surfaced Wednesday.

Chamber Launches Young Professionals Group

Before a concert gets underway, musicians will run through a soundcheck that serves as a kind of warm-up to the main event, during which participants can make suggestions for tweaks before the big show and can make sure that everything is done that needs to be.

Square Entertainment

Overton Square programming continues to evolve

Everything about the redevelopment of Overton Square followed a script.

Allen Gas Plant Would Be Historic Shift

A new natural gas power plant to be built in the shadow of the Allen Steam Plant in Southwest Memphis got its first reviews Tuesday, July 8, at a Tennessee Valley Authority forum Downtown.

Chamber Head: Hard Choices on City Benefits Necessary

The president and CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber says efforts by municipal union leaders to boycott business members of the chamber and get those businesses to drop their chamber membership is having only a minimal effect.

Archer-Malmo Hits Record-High Headcount

In terms of its headcount, Memphis-based marketing communications agency archer-malmo is at a high-water mark.

Nurse-Family Partnership Benefits Mothers, Children

At one level, the results of a clinical trial that studied low-income families in Memphis for more than 20 years delivered about what was expected.

Finding Forever Homes

Humane Society looks to boost pet adoptions, competes for grant

It isn’t that there are not compelling animal stories. There are.

Brooks Residency Issue Grows More Political

Shelby County Commissioners seemed to settle one question Monday, July 7, about the residency challenge of Commissioner Henri Brooks.

Digital ‘Buy Local’ Platform MadeIn Set to Launch

Next week, a venture called MadeIn is launching a new shopping platform in Memphis to connect people to a website where they can buy and sell local goods.

Odyssey Building

Memphis volunteer program gets grant to expand its work

It’s fitting that the word “odyssey” is included in the name of Sarah Petschonek’s program she launched in March 2013 as a volunteering platform for job seekers.

Juvenile Court Judge Race Remains Hard-Fought

The candidates are counting down the days to the July 18 start of early voting in advance of the Aug. 7 election day.

UTHSC College of Allied Health Sciences Gets New Name

Come fall, nearly 600 students will be enrolled in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Health Professions – and that will be a first because on July 1, that became the new name for what formerly was known as the College of Allied Health Sciences.

SMALL BUSINESS

Linkous Construction Never Wavered in Face of Recession

As the real estate crash and Great Recession battered the construction industry, the leadership at Linkous Construction Co. made a strategic decision to keep its team intact and maintain the level of service the general contracting and construction management firm had become known for.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Addison at Collierville Owner Files $17 Million Loan

400 Orchard Circle, Collierville, TN 38017, Loan Amount: $16.8 million -
The owner of the 226-unit Addison at Collierville apartments at 400 Orchard Circle W. has filed a $16.8 million loan on the property.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Cushman & Wakefield Adds Yates to Capital Markets Team

Alex Yates has joined the Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors Capital Markets team as vice president, assisting and executing investment sales, debt/equity placement and development advisory projects. Yates’ efforts will be heavily concentrated in multifamily and retail, but he will focus on other product types as well.

SPORTS

Tommy John Surgery Growing More Common

Envision a baseball board game with dice and a spinner in which players try to go from Little League to pitching and winning Game 7 of the World Series.

LeBron’s Contract: Best Bargain in Sports

The money can drive you crazy, if you let it. Each day in Memphis we’re reading about “blue flu” and the city’s ongoing financial crisis.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

We’re All Invited

MEMPHIS, SERVED IN THE SHELL. Following up last week’s column, this from a reader:

Leveling the Playing Field

One of the biggest struggles many job seekers face is gathering enough information. It’s important to understand how much a company pays, if the environment is healthy, and how the interview process works.

Alternative Banking – Is It For You?

Ray's take: The world of banking is evolving. Over the past decade we’ve seen an increase in the number of online only, or alternative banks. Whether or not this is a good thing depends on whom you talk to about it.

For the Red, White & Blue

Let’s start this column with holiday quiz:

Top 10 Email Marketing Best Practices

Part two in a two-part series. Email marketing has advanced significantly over the past decade, with the potential to be one of the strongest performers of all weapons in your marketing arsenal due to its unique ability for highly personalized content and comprehensive tracking delivered straight to the consumers’ inbox. Unfortunately, it’s also, perhaps, one of the most poorly executed of the marketing channels.

Grow Your Talent Pool With Older Workers

Part one of a two-part series. Are you overlooking a valuable pool of prospective employees and volunteers? Are you unknowingly operating from outdated stereotypes of “senior citizens” and leaving talent sitting on the sidelines?

Atkinson Joins Dermaflage Team

Michael Graber asked that I write this week’s column to both announce my move to join the leadership team at our Ventures company, Silicone Arts Labs, and to reflect on the last seven years at Southern Growth Studio. We announce my departure from the Studio with a great sense of pride and accomplishment, as it is one of the ways we are meeting our mission and making a positive impact in Memphis.

Asics America Expanding in Byhalia

Asics America Corp. is expanding its footprint in Byhalia, Miss.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 38 349 15,066
MORTGAGES 111 449 19,779
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 33 91 3,886
BUILDING PERMITS 0 512 35,842
BANKRUPTCIES 62 309 14,343
BUSINESS LICENSES 18 138 5,129
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 69 385 21,817
MARRIAGE LICENSES 13 106 4,663

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