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VOL. TMN-7 | NO. 30 | Saturday, July 19, 2014
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From Despair to Belief

Memphis nonprofit HopeWorks gives offenders an opportunity and a future

A July weekday afternoon, about 2:45. It’s the perfect time for just about anyone to be nodding off in class.

Editorial: City Falters in Benefits Changes Approach

There was a better way for the city of Memphis to make needed changes to health insurance benefits for city employees and retirees.

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July 18-24: This week in Memphis history

2003: Hurricane Elvis, a storm featuring straight line winds that damaged more than 300,000 homes and cut power to 750,000 households in Shelby County. Seven people died as a direct or indirect result of the storm and property damage was estimated at more than $500 million.

FedEx Charged With Illegal Pharmacy Deliveries

FedEx’s couriers in several states told company officials they suspected they were delivering illegal prescription pills, saying that delivery addresses included schools, parking lots and vacant buildings where people were lined up waiting to retrieve their shipments.

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Youth Movement

Opportunities growing for city’s young professionals

It’s a good time to be a young professional in Memphis who wants to do more than punch a clock.

First Horizon Reports Positive Quarter

For the second quarter of its 150th anniversary year, the Memphis-based parent company of First Tennessee Bank reported growth in profit as well as increases in loans, while continuing to reduce the drag of the mortgage business the company sold in 2008.

Green Mountain Consulting Finds Home Along Poplar

Logistics vendor Green Mountain Consulting wasn’t necessarily looking to buy an office building when it began its search for more office space for expansion.

‘Big Ballot’ Moves to Early Voting Friday

Voters begin making their decisions Friday, July 18, on the longest ballot of any election cycle in Shelby County politics.

Uber, Lyft Operating Despite Cease-and-Desist Notices

Uber and Lyft continued to shuttle customers back and forth early this week, undaunted by the city’s decision last week to send the companies cease-and-desist letters.

Rehab on the River

Redevelopers of historic Marine Hospital plan for its future

The next front in the “previtalization” of Memphis is a three-story, neoclassical brick building from the Depression era that was once a hospital for those who worked on the Mississippi River.

Council Hears Alternatives to Health Insurance Cuts

Memphis City Council members fielded several plans Tuesday, July 15, for alternatives to health insurance cuts approved by the council last month. But leaders of the police and fire unions were not among those making an alternative proposal at the committee session, the first in a series of what amount to public hearings.

Juvenile Court Reform Moves to Child Welfare Cases

For the last two years, much of the attention in Juvenile Court reforms has been on delinquent children who come to the court for their actions.

Johnson Returns to Different Schools Reality

When Carol Johnson left as superintendent of Memphis City Schools at about this time in 2007, the system was struggling with Bush-era No Child Left Behind standards and making progress at some schools.

Bragging Rights

Mike Slive has plenty to boast about as SEC Media Days commences

HOOVER, Ala. – Before he was done, Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive would quote Muhammad Ali, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Winston Churchill and Nelson Mandela, stump for the league’s new television network, and remind the world that the “autonomy of the SEC and the other four conferences” is really all that matters.

D. Canale to Open Distillery, Public Tasting Facility

Longtime Memphis food and beverage wholesaler D. Canale & Co. will develop a spirits distillery and public tasting room at 301 S. Front St. Downtown.

Memphis Immigration Reform Discussion Quiet But Complex

As much of the national attention in the immigration reform debate was focused last week on Washington and protests in Southern California and Texas, a group of local leaders made the case for immigration reform in Memphis with much less attention.

Wharton Courts Alternatives in Benefits Dispute

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. says any alternatives are welcome to the coming health insurance changes for city employees and retirees.

Uphill Climb

Lot shortage has builders struggling to keep pace with 2013

Shelby County’s homebuilding industry is off to a slow start in 2014, with builders filing 16.6 percent fewer permits in the second quarter than in the same three-month period a year ago.

Brooks Challenge Grows Toward End of Term

The last six weeks of the current terms of office of the 13 Shelby County commissioners will be marked by a series of political challenges involving Commissioner Henri Brooks.

Wright Taking UAM to New Heights

When Keri Wright was a little girl, her dad built an airplane out of plywood and fitted it with controls and switches, and she and her brother would play in the plane next to their sandbox.

Cargill Inc. to Invest $45 Million In West Memphis Grain Facility

Cargill Inc. will invest $45 million to build a grain handling and shipping facility in West Memphis, the company announced Friday, June 10.

SPORTS

Jones, Volunteers Still Face Steep Climb Up Rocky Top

HOOVER, Ala. – It’s Tennessee against the world. Don’t believe that? Just ask second-year coach Butch Jones.

Ehrhart Touts Liberty Bowl to SEC Schools

HOOVER, Ala. – Steve Ehrhart has work to do.

Transplant Games Show True Athletic Spirit

At the NCAA Tournament every March, it is the cliché of clichés when coaches and players say in a press conference before their first game, “We’re just happy to be here.”

University of Memphis Confirms Lawson Hire

The University of Memphis confirmed the worst-kept sports secret in town via its website Wednesday afternoon with the announcement that Tigers coach Josh Pastner had hired Keelon Lawson, recently the boys basketball head coach at Hamilton High School, as an assistant coach.

No Crying in Vanderbilt Football, Not Anymore

HOOVER, Ala. – Before James Franklin, Vanderbilt never had been to consecutive bowl games. He took them to three in three years.

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Sherman Joins Campbell Clinic as Sports Medicine Physician

Dr. Henry “Hank” Sherman has joined Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics as a sports medicine family practice physician in its Southaven office. Sherman treats patients who suffer from a variety of orthopedic injuries – from competitive athletes looking to get back in the game to weekend warriors who want to stay active later in life.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Primacy Parkway Office Building Sells for $7 Million

6060 Primacy Parkway, Memphis, TN 38119, Sale Amount: $6.9 million -
The 130,593-square-foot office building at 6060 Primacy Parkway in East Memphis has sold for $6.9 million.

SMALL BUSINESS

Dance Teacher Spreads Love of Dance From Cordova

Arman Sahakyan, born in Armenia’s capital city of Yerevan, started taking dance classes as a 6-year-old.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

More Than Delta

MESSAGE FROM HOME. A while back – right after I wrote a column blasting Delta, the Airport Authority and Garage Gargantua – I was invited to tour the airport and learn a thing or two or 50 about where so much of what and where we are takes off and lands every day.

Networking How To’s

One of the best ways to advance a career in a competitive market is through networking. In many ways, it’s both the easiest and hardest part of a search. Today, I received two questions on the topic of networking best practices.

Thoughts for 30-Somethings

Ray’s take: You spent your 20s setting up your life – developing some marketable skills, getting a career started, (hopefully) creating a budget, and learning to live with it.

Mr. B’s Cross-Examination

Several years ago, a Mr. B. testified as an expert witness in a plane crash case. The lawyer cross-examining him worked awfully hard. And provided some entertainment along the way. The issue was whether the pilot should have been warned of bad weather seen earlier by six FAA employees.

10 Surprising Social Media Facts

With how quickly the social media landscape changes, it can be tough to keep up. Here’s the abridged version of the top 10 most surprising social media facts likely to have the greatest impact on your company’s social media strategy.

Welcoming Home Baby Boomers

Part two of a two-part series. Talented leadership is always in high demand. The question is: Where do you look for leaders, who are you overlooking and how do you effectively sustain their involvement?

Communicate Effectively With Your Audience

The digital world has altered the way businesses communicate with audiences. Regardless of size, they have the opportunity to connect with customers on a more personal basis than at any other point in history.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 69 311 15,028
MORTGAGES 83 338 19,668
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 43 3,838
BUILDING PERMITS 0 512 35,842
BANKRUPTCIES 65 247 14,281
BUSINESS LICENSES 16 120 5,111
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 70 316 21,749
MARRIAGE LICENSES 18 93 4,650

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