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VOL. TMN-10 | NO. 47 | Saturday, November 18, 2017
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Tigers Defeat SMU, Mother Nature to Clinch AAC West Championship

The football gods decreed that the University of Memphis would have to wait a little longer. Of course they did. Hurricanes and tropical storms altered game schedules and caused harsh playing conditions early in the season. On Saturday, there was a lightning delay just as a berth in the American Athletic Conference title game was within reach.

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The Next Four Years

Republicans, Democrats map out 2018 campaigns amid the ‘Trump effect’

A week before candidates for the 2018 Shelby County elections could pull qualifying petitions to run, Shelby County Commissioner David Reaves was thinking out loud on Facebook.

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Editorial: Want to Rock the Vote? Recognize You Matter

On the other side of New Year’s Day you will be reading, seeing and hearing a lot more about the 2018 elections on the local, state and federal levels, but make no mistake, the campaigns are already underway.

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Grizzlies PG Conley Out for Two Weeks and Counting

Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley will be shut down for at least the next two weeks because of a sore left heel and Achilles. Conley had missed two of the team’s first 14 games because of the soreness, including the team’s loss to Indiana on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

Collins Leaving as City's Chief Financial Officer

City of Memphis chief financial officer Brian Collins is leaving the post he’s held for the last five years across two mayoral administrations to become executive director of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, Collins announced Friday, Nov. 17. He is leaving City Hall in January and starts his new job Jan. 8.

EMPHASIS Health Care

UTHSC Researchers Studying Why People Grow Old

A group of researchers led by a University of Tennessee Health Science Center assistant professor is in the midst of a study focused on aging: the science behind it, why it happens, and the scientific framework behind why everyone starts slowing down, going gray and needing more medical care as they get older.

Gradient’s Worthington Looks To Increase Access to Pain-Relief Device

With an extensive history as a researcher in pain management and a dedication to assisting patients suffering from pain due to aging, activity or surgery, Dr. W. Bradley Worthington recently joined Memphis-based Gradient Medical, creator of the Quadrabloc wearable therapeutic magnetic device for managing pain, as its new chief medical officer. 

CBU Finds Crosstown Concourse Right Fit for Graduate Program, More

Christian Brothers University already had a relatively new Healthcare Master of Business Administration program. Leasing 4,000 square feet of space at Crosstown Concourse, which opened in August, provided an opportunity to merge the two and also feed into the school’s larger goal.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

November 17-23, 2017: This week in Memphis history

1929: The Chicago Bears come to town to play the Memphis “Sole Owner Tigers” professional football team at Hodges Field – the city’s largest venue at 10,000 seats. The game is arranged by Clarence Saunders, owner of the Memphis team, and George Halas, the Chicago Bears owner and until recently a player.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Graceland vs. Errrybody

When Memphis City Council members were told in an Aug. 22 open committee session about Graceland’s plan to build a 5,000- to 6,000-seat concert venue, it wasn’t the first time local officials heard about the idea.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

Political Opening

Filing season opens for first elections of 2018

The Shelby County Election Commission is moving its Downtown office Friday, Nov. 17, the same day that candidates can begin pulling qualifying petitions there and at its Shelby Farms offices to run in the 2018 county primaries.

Luttrell Says Administration Will Intervene in Commission's Opioid Litigation

Shelby County Chancellor Jim Kyle left no doubt in his ruling Tuesday, Nov. 14, about who was correct between county mayor Mark Luttrell and the county commission over opioid abuse litigation in Circuit Court.

State Elections Coordinator Says Ranked-Choice Voting Not Permissible

The Tennessee elections coordinator has told Shelby County election officials that it is illegal to use ranked-choice voting in an election because there are no state guidelines and procedures in place for counting second- and third-preference votes.

Landers Loss Factored Into Coliseum Not Being in Plan

The probability of a repurposed Mid-South Coliseum running an operating deficit as part of a youth sports tournament complex at the Fairgrounds was what prompted Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and his administration to put a renovation of the arena on hold for now.

NONPROFIT SECTOR

Expanding Its Reach

Youth Villages continues to make a difference in real lives

His was a story as tragic as it is familiar. E. Young had immediate family members in a gang. More than one gang tried to recruit him. His parents were in no way equipped to raise him.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Fed Official: Memphis Area Banks ‘Performed Well’ in Third Quarter

News is more positive that not these days for Memphis-based banks, according to a newly released report from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Copeland Retires at OPD, Zeanah Nominated as Successor

After 29 years in city and county government, Rick Copeland is retiring as director of the Memphis-Shelby County Division of Planning and Development effective Jan. 2.

COMMUNITY

Magic Of Carousel Horses Returns to CMOM

The first horse on the restored Memphis Grand Carousel was a “jumper” – a horse that moves up and down, as opposed to a “stander” that doesn’t move.

TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS

Bus Planning Process Goes Deeper Into ‘Hard Choices’

On the road to recommending changes by May, a consultant is exploring options for a city bus system with a $45 million increase in funding. The options include “hard choices” that could either increase coverage and drop the frequency of bus trips, or increase the frequency of bus trips for quicker journeys but eliminate coverage in some sparsely populated areas of Memphis.

HEALTH CARE

Saint Francis-Memphis Hires New Chief Nursing Officer

As the newly hired chief nursing officer at Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis, Jennifer Chiusano doesn’t really have a typical day, which can involve working with the nursing leadership team, managing the quality and service of the nurse staff and helping manage the quality of patient outcomes.

REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT

Bringing Down Walls

Edge Alley and High Cotton Brewing combine operations

High Cotton Brewing Co. and Edge Alley, which were already two of the Memphis Medical District’s more popular venues on their own, have taken a taken a very tangible step in combining the two concepts into a single entity.

Philadelphia Firm Poised To Launch New Plant

Philadelphia-based chemical manufacturer Peroxychem received a seven-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive from the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County to build a 108,000-square-foot facility at the M.C. Stiles Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Banks Behind 2 Large Lakeland Residential Developments

Plans for more than 200 acres of residential development in Lakeland will go before the city’s joint Municipal Planning and Design Review Commission on Thursday, Nov. 16.

Shelby Farms Draws $142 Million, 71-Acre Development

Elmington Capital Group has submitted plans for a 71-acre senior housing, apartment and single-family development next to Shelby Farms Park. Dwell at Shelby Farms is a new $142 million development to be located on the north side of Raleigh-LaGrange Road near the intersections of Trinity and Fischer Steel roads.

THE TIPPING POINT

Empathy Drives Growth of Andrews’ Senior-Care Business

“My friends and I still talk about my grandmother,” Rico Andrews shares one afternoon in his office at Always Best Care Senior Services. “We’d all go over to her house after school and hang out – 17-, 18-year-old dudes hanging out with someone’s grandma.”

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

EPIcenter, Little Bird Innovation Launch Business Plan Contest

The local EPIcenter organization, along with research, strategy and design firm Little Bird Innovation, are launching a business plan competition Wednesday, Nov. 15, that’s meant to enlist entrepreneurs in coming up with ways to solve persistent challenges that confront local makers and artisans.

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Coach Fizdale Must Manage Minutes Early

A minute here. A minute there. Just 14 games into the Grizzlies’ 82-game regular season trek, coach David Fizdale is already trying to steal time, to manage minutes, and, yes, trying to make the best calculated decisions he can when weighing the chance to win a game today vs. the potential tax that might be assessed tomorrow.

Memphis Basketball: A Program in Decline

They’ve only played two games. The early signing period for the class of 2018 has just passed. And yet it feels like the University of Memphis basketball program’s ceiling for this season and the foreseeable future is dropping.

Interim Coach Can Get Vols Into Bowl Game

Brady Hoke makes his debut as Tennessee’s interim football coach Saturday at 7 p.m. EST (ESPN) against LSU in Neyland Stadium.

Lewan Pines For His Desert Dirt-Biker Days

Motocross’ loss is apparently the NFL and the Tennessee Titans’ gain.

The Grizzlies’ $3.3 Million Steal, Tyreke Evans, Playing Toward a Payday

The Grizzlies didn’t quite score enough points in losing 110-103 in Milwaukee to finish 2-3 on a five-game road stretch. But not because Tyreke Evans didn’t try to carry the Grizzlies to victory yet again.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Cannon Center Promotes Hirt To Event Services Coordinator

Jasmine Hirt has been promoted to marketing and event services coordinator for the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts less than a year after joining the venue’s staff as marketing and event services assistant. In her new role, Hirt is responsible for advancing, managing and coordinating marketing efforts for ticketed events at the 2,100-seat venue, which is managed by Memphis Management Group.

Snapshot: Fluffy, Soft and Clean

Volunteers for Farm Education Day at the Agricenter teach students how a cotton gin works. Farm Education Day is in its 20th year and attracted more than 550 students from Shelby County Schools.

VIEW FROM THE HILL

Despite Massive Turnover, GOP Owns Legislature

2018 will be a year of change for the Tennessee General Assembly, and 2019 will bring even more, especially in leadership – much depending on the popularity of President Donald Trump.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Time for What’s Next

A NEW LOOK AT OLD VIEWS. Just as we’re getting somewhere on Brady’s Parking Lot vs. Overton Park, Brooks decides to chase something bigger, shinier and newer on the bluff and the Memphis College of Art throws down their brushes.

Playing It Safe

Ray’s Take: With the rise in major hacking instances, it’s more important than ever to be safe, savvy and vigilant when it comes to online accounts. Not only were there major hacks to some of the big-box stores like Target and Home Depot, but they also happened at sites that are perceived to be much more secure. Like Experian – and the federal government. Remember the hack into the personnel database?

Keeping Children Safe On Travels

I’m not an alarmist but I’m also a realist. Traveling with children isn’t always easy, and focusing on keeping them safe is a big priority. It’s really not hard, especially if you follow some of these ways to keep children safe while traveling.

Five Steps to Retire From Your Business With Confidence

As a business owner, you’ve poured your time and energy into making your company successful. But how much thought have you given to what will happen when you relinquish this role? Sooner or later, you will step down and hand the reins to someone else.

Don’t Overlook Company Reviews

Being happy at work is an essential part of career fulfillment. Sometimes, it seems we spend more time researching where to eat the best hamburger than where to work. Much like skipping restaurant reviews, failing to research a company can come back to burn you later. The good news is you no longer have to know someone personally to get the scoop on a company.

Capturing Consumer Attention

How much time do people spend with your marketing materials? For years we’ve been telling you to make your marketing content shorter. After all, the human attention span is eight seconds. That’s one second shorter than your average goldfish.

What Business Are We In?

Frequent readers of this column know we are always asking questions. What you may not know is that our team members are busy asking us questions, challenging us to “think outside the box.”

How Betting On the 76ers Paid Off

A talk by Rhyan Truett, director of Innovation Lab operations, Philadelphia 76ers. Rhyan Truett is the director of operations at the Sixers Innovation Lab crafted by Kimball. The Sixers Innovation Lab supports rapidly growing, early-stage companies in the consumer product space and provides speed and flexibility; individualized, industry-leading consulting; and investment opportunities to startups with potential.

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