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VOL. TMN-7 | NO. 25 | Saturday, June 14, 2014
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Training Ground

Saving lives mission critical at Medical Education & Research Institute

You can’t perfectly simulate a real-life disaster. Dr. Joe Holley knows this better than most.

Editorial: MERI Helping City Address Big Problem

In the alphabet soup of acronyms that sometimes define to the public any organization with lots of moving parts, the Medical Education and Research Institute – or MERI – may be just another set of letters to some.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

This week in Memphis history: June 13-19

1993: The model of a statue of blues legend B.B. King was unveiled at B.B. King’s Blues Club on Beale Street. The plan was to install the 18-foot statue in a park on Beale Street similar to the setting for the statue of Elvis Presley. Ultimately, the statue wound up in the visitors center on Riverside Drive, where it remains to this day along with the refurbished Elvis Presley statue that was originally on Beale Street as well. The old Elvis statue was replace by a new statue.

Plastics Recycling Company Considering Memphis Relocation

A company that recycles and manufactures post-industrial plastics is considering relocating from Arkansas to Memphis.

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Graceland Hotel Passes Crucial Hurdle

A new hotel near Graceland has passed a key regulatory hurdle.

Marisol’s World

Brooks Museum returns New York artist to spotlight

When “Marisol: Sculptures and Works on Paper” opens Saturday, June 14, at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, sculptor Marisol Escobar will be at her New York home, where she spends much of her time, working occasionally 40 to 50 years after being in the spotlight of the art world.

Renovation, Expansion Underway at Saddle Creek

The Shops at Saddle Creek has picked up a new tenant as the lifestyle center undergoes a renovation.

Departing PDS Head Says Education Needs ‘Disruption’

The departing headmaster of Presbyterian Day School says American education needs more of a revolution than evolution.

RedRover on Growth Streak, Plans to Double in Size

The addition of new faces at RedRover Sales & Marketing, like that of account executive Charles Vance, underscores the agency’s intent to double in size this year.

Council Weighs Timeline for Key Votes

The Memphis City Council’s vote later this month on health insurance changes for city employees and retirees is critical in terms of increasing the city’s annual required contribution toward its unfunded pension liability.

Growth Strategy

Dunavant Logistics Group experiences strong gains

Cotton helped make Dunavant Enterprises into a worldwide brand, but the family and company have maintained a long-term association with the logistics industry.

Trolley Hiatus Comes at Critical Time for MATA

The decision by the Memphis Area Transit Authority to temporarily stop all trolley service comes at a time of broader change for the city’s mass transit system.

Babalu Tacos & Tapas Adds to Square

In the 1970s, Bill Latham worked as a waiter in Jackson, Miss., at the TGI Fridays restaurant there, one of the first few locations of the chain.

MicroPort to Invest $100 Million in Arlington Expansion

MicroPort Orthopedics Inc. is expanding its Arlington location, investing $100 million over the next five years and creating 171 new jobs.

Shelby County Mortgage Market Dips 2 Percent in May

Sam Goff, a vice president of mortgage and senior loan originator with Independent Bank, said he’s “covered up” at the moment with requests for mortgage pre-qualifications.

Eye Care Deserts

SAVE addresses vision needs of city’s children

By the time students are on board SAVE’s mobile vision unit the secret is out.

Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center Flagged in Audit

The Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center is one of four federal VA hospitals in Tennessee that the Veterans Health Administration – in a national audit announced Monday, June 9 – flagged for further review and investigation.

Judicial Campaigns Get Testy With Endorsements

Some of the reticence about political combat that defines local nonpartisan judicial elections is beginning to wear thin with a little more than a month until the start of early voting for the Aug. 7 elections.

Shelby County Home Sales Down, Prices Up in May

Shelby County experienced a drop in home sales in May compared to the same month last year and also from April.

Luttrell Opens Campaign With Warning

The way Mark Luttrell sees it, his campaign for mayor in 2014 is different than his campaign four years ago because then he was challenging an incumbent and now he is the incumbent.

Knoxville Democrats Stump for Memphis Votes

Four years ago at about this time, Shelby County voters were seeing a lot of the four contenders for the Republican Party’s nomination for governor.

Yearlong Party

Germantown Performing Arts Center celebrates 20th anniversary

It’s perhaps fitting that the Germantown Performing Arts Center celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with Paul Chandler as its executive director, a job he’s had for almost two years now.

Nashville Mayor Maps Issues Similar to Memphis

The Nashville mayor who was once Davidson County's public defender says schools in his city aren’t meeting his test for success in public education.

Campbell Clinic to Open in Cordova

Campbell Clinic will open its fifth Memphis-area clinic in Cordova later this year, focused on a yet-to-be-determined orthopedics subspecialty.

City to Rework Rights-of-Way Fees

Allan Wade points to the patchwork pavement on many Memphis streets – square, sometimes rectangular.

Cohen Challenges Haslam on Medicaid Expansion

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen says the city’s fair share of federal funding for rape kit backlogs is $1 million.

I Choose Memphis: Melissa Duong

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

SPORTS

US Slower to Embrace Fanaticism of World’s Game

Andy Marcinko has been to every World Cup since 1986, and he will be in Brazil for a good two weeks of the 2014 World Cup.

Baseball Gives Rebels Realistic Championship Shot

OXFORD, Miss. – With breakthrough success comes the luxury of laughter, and the breathing room that allows Ole Miss baseball coach Mike Bianco to say that reaching the College World Series took longer than he imagined.

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Health Choice Selects Jones to Lead Provider Engagement

LaTasha Jones has been named director of provider engagement at Health Choice LLC, where she will be responsible for directing and managing the implementation of a clinical integration database for Health Choice providers and practices.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Shops of Wolflake Sells for $3.8 Million

2965 N. Germantown Road, Bartlett, TN 38133, Sale Amount: $3.8 million -
The Shops of Wolflake retail strip center at 2965 N. Germantown Road in Bartlett has sold for $3.8 million.

SMALL BUSINESS

State Systems Prides Itself on Protecting Customers

In 1986, the father-and-son team of Robert and Bob McBride bought a fledgling small business called State Systems.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Use Repeatable Sales Process for Scalable Biz Growth

For many B2B companies, the ability to grow correlates with the ability to effectively expand the sales team. If each member of your team has his own approach to selling your company’s products and services, replicating success and scaling your company can be difficult.

Shouldering Health Care Costs

Ray’s Take: The employer health care benefits that began in the 1950s as a perk to lure top workers have become an industry standard that many of us take for granted. Now the pendulum seems to be swinging back the other way in the face of rising health care costs.

Let’s Roll

GET IT TOGETHER. A year ago, right here, I suggested – and a flat ton of you agreed – that we should get something rolling up and down Cooper.

Career Transitions for Scientists

I’ve recently received multiple letters from scientists in the research community with questions about their career transitions. Most likely, this is because of Memphis’ thriving medical research community. After all, Memphians are developing new technologies for things from vaccines to cancer cures.

OneLook at Family

Dear Judge Vic, Enjoyed your column about stenosing tenosynovitis. I once felt your pain. Who did your surgery? /s/ Curious

Why Retailers Need Tenant Representatives

National and regional retailers have embraced tenant representation for many years as a way to bring local market knowledge to their real estate site selection equation. The local retailer is apt to say, “I know my market well and what locations will work for me, so why do I need a tenant representative to increase my cost?”

How to Sabotage Your Fundraising

Fundraising is about asking for money. That’s the common perception. But is it the truth?

Culture of Collaboration

Despite tremendous advances in technology that yield nearly infinite access to information and the Internet’s connectivity of the world’s greatest experts, many companies continue to look inward for new product development and innovation.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 72 238 10,116
MORTGAGES 103 297 13,172
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 40 2,578
BUILDING PERMITS 192 562 24,086
BANKRUPTCIES 75 227 9,760
BUSINESS LICENSES 20 71 3,674
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 126 390 14,353
MARRIAGE LICENSES 15 68 3,131

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