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VOL. TMN-10 | NO. 8 | Saturday, February 18, 2017
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Strickland Calls For Review of City Hall Escort List

Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings is reviewing a list of 81 citizens who cannot come to City Hall without a police escort to wherever they are going in the building after Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland requested the review Saturday, Feb. 18.

Having It Their Way

Women blazing their own corporate trails

She was working for a major petroleum company and had just been transferred to Cody, Wyoming. She was relatively new to the industry and certainly to the boots-on-the-ground oil field where on Day One she got out of her SUV wearing a long skirt and flats.

AMR Closing Memphis Office, Laying Off 175

American Medical Response of Tennessee plans to close its Memphis office April 1, resulting in the loss of 175 jobs.

EDITORIAL

Editorial: The Water Beneath Our Feet

Maybe we haven’t taken our water supply for granted. Let’s start with that optimistic premise. But we certainly haven’t taken the steps necessary given technological advances in recent decades to find out more about it, including where it is vulnerable to contaminated groundwater.

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SPECIAL EDITION Women & Business

Networking Helping Propel Women-Owned Businesses To New Heights

When Memphis middle schoolers and sisters Madison Star and Mallory Iyana went on “Shark Tank” and secured $60,000 and partnerships with both Mark Cuban and Daymond John, they took their place among the ranks of female entrepreneurs who, in large numbers these days, are showing the business world that they are a force to be reckoned with.

Evans Brings Precision, Experience To Chairmanship of TVA Board

Lynn Evans is precise, a trait that comes with being a certified public accountant and the owner of her own accounting and consulting firm. It also works well with her path to becoming the new chairwoman of the Tennessee Valley Authority board.

Packard's Playbook Helps Women Thrive In A Corporate Business World

Susan Packard’s premise is straightforward: Business is a team sport. Winning doesn’t just happen, but requires everything any team sport would – preparation, strategy, spirit, competitiveness, composure, focus, creativity and, yes, gamesmanship.

LEGAL AFFAIRS

Downtown Developer Charged in Public Corruption Case

John Wessman, the real estate developer who plans to turn two Downtown Memphis buildings into boutique hotels, has been charged with bribery in a Palm Springs, California, corruption case.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

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

2015: Eric Trump, son of future President Donald Trump, is in Memphis for the opening of the new Eric Trump Foundation Surgery and ICU Center at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Edge District Employing Micro Concept to Stir Retail Offerings

Successful rehabilitation projects in the city’s core like Broad Avenue, Crosstown and Overton Square have demonstrated the impact innovative ideas can have on struggling neighborhoods, but fine-tuning the right approach for each neighborhood is far from a perfect science.

NuVasive Receives 11-Year PILOT, Will Invest $116 Million

Medical device company NuVasive Inc. has been approved for an 11-year tax incentive that will allow them to invest $116 million into their southeast Memphis facility and create 15 net new jobs.

Panel OKs Downtown Project, Midtown Changes

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. approved two Downtown projects and changes for Belz Enterprises mixed-use development at Union Avenue and McLean Boulevard in Midtown on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

Snapshots: Tech901 Settles In At Crosstown

Even though the official grand opening isn’t until May, one Crosstown Concourse tenant is already up and running.

CCDC Approves Grants for Downtown Apartments, Public Art Project

Wessman Development’s plans to convert a long-vacant historic building in Downtown Memphis into luxury apartments, a high-end basement bar and coffee shop took another step forward Wednesday, Feb. 15.

RESTAURANT NEWS

Grassfed Burger Joint Coming to Memphis

An Atlanta-based restaurant that specializes in grassfed burgers is planning a new location in Memphis.

MEDIA

Commercial Appeal Changes Reflect News Industry Realities

In a special staff meeting this week at The Commercial Appeal, USA Today Network executive and president of The Tennessean newspaper Laura Hollingsworth was asked whether The CA’s corporate parent might sell its longtime home at 495 Union Ave.

EDUCATION

Hopson Groups 19 Schools for 'Critical Focus'

Nineteen Shelby County schools are getting a second chance at improving student achievement that could include a longer school day, an intervention specialist and other measures seen at Innovation Zone schools in the SCS system.

Rudd Praises Board as ‘Historic’ Step for U of M

NASHVILLE – Calling the appointment of a board of trustees a “historic” and “essential” step for the University of Memphis, president M. David Rudd says the autonomous board will enable the university to control its own destiny.

HEALTH CARE

Snapshot: Hearts for Health

Mary Jo Pakkala, a second-year pharmacy student at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, gives a blood pressure screening to 24-year-old Olivia Marshall at the Fred's on Lamar Avenue. The American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists at UTHSC is partnering with Fred’s to provide free blood pressure screenings through Feb. 28.

New Dehydration Treatment Putting The Squeeze on Strain of Super Lice

An epidemic of head lice called “super lice” has invaded 48 states this winter, including Tennessee. This special strand of head lice earned its nomenclature because it is resistant to pyrethroids, synthetic pesticides used in over-the-counter lice treatments.

Culinary Medicine Takes Center Stage

Church Health is ramping up its culinary medicine efforts as it prepares to move to Crosstown Concourse in the coming weeks, efforts that include forming an advisory board to help spread the word about culinary medicine in Memphis.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Ballet On Wheels Series Explores Contributions of Black Dancers

The dancers at Memphis’s Ballet On Wheels Dance School are celebrating Black History Month in an innovative way this year. In conjunction with the Memphis Public Library, Ballet On Wheels has launched an interactive, monthlong series called “Groundbreakers: African-American Ballerina Stories of Triumph and Struggles,” that invites Memphians to consider the history and future of ballet in a new light.

Warhol Film Icon Talks Art, Being an Underground Icon

Joe Dallesandro has “practically never” done the kind of question-and-answer session he did Thursday, Feb. 15, at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

LAW & THE COURTS

Immigration Attorney Cites Anxiety Over Next Steps in Federal Immigration Rules

An experienced Memphis immigration attorney says his advice to anyone who thinks they may be affected by the Trump administration immigration travel ban is “get back in” the U.S. even though the order’s enforcement remains on hold.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

Strickland and Luttrell Mark Different Points in Mayoral Tenures

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland was 13 months and nine days in office when he delivered his second State of the City address last week at a Frayser church.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Lovell Resigns Tennessee House Seat, Democrats Seek Probe

NASHVILLE – House Democrats are calling for a probe into the sudden resignation of first-term Rep. Mark Lovell, who denies being involved in sexual misconduct as he leaves the state Legislature after just one month.

Democrats Want Investigation of Lovell’s Resignation

NASHVILLE – A day after former Rep. Mark Lovell resigned abruptly, House Majority Chairman Ryan Williams says he asked Lovell to step down, but only if accusations of sexual misconduct against him were true.

State Lawmakers Confronted Over Anti-LGBT Bills

NASHVILLE – The unveiling of legislation undercutting same-sex marriage and enforcing transgender bathroom rules turned into a short-circuited press conference and confrontation Wednesday, Feb. 15.

Flurry of Bills Affecting LGBT Community Filed in State Legislature Before Deadline

NASHVILLE – Tennessee lawmakers met last Thursday’s legislation-filing deadline with a host of social measures one Memphis representative describes as “wedge bills” because they drive people apart.

Sara Kyle, Clemmons Push Alternative Fuel-Tax Bill

NASHVILLE – State Sen. Sara Kyle of Memphis and Nashville Rep. John Ray Clemmons are pushing a plan to raise fuel taxes for transportation funding, similarly to Gov. Bill Haslam’s, but also to give local governments more options for bringing in their own money for mass transit.

View From the Hill: Outsourcing, Rates Worry Park Fans

Dunlap resident Kathy Gilbert opposes privatization of Fall Creek Falls on a number of fronts.

THE TIPPING POINT

Murrell Helps Teens Find the Right Career Path

Erica Murrell admits to three obsessions: kids, animals and science. Fortunately, she’s got a job that connects all three. “For me, it’s about connecting people with what they’re passionate about,” she says. “I love figuring out where to put them.”

SUSTAINABILITY

TVA Drilling Controversy May Change Well Actions

The controversy over Tennessee Valley Authority drilling water wells into the Memphis aquifer for the new TVA power plant in southwest Memphis is becoming a push for more public notice of such plans and better mapping of the water supply under the city.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

New Triumph Bank Office Shows Way Forward

Sometimes, a building can be as much a place as it is a statement, a testament to values and the culture of the people who occupy it.

TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS

County Seeks Public Input of Possible Hacks Cross Project

Shelby County officials and representatives from civil engineering firm Powers Hill Design presented plans to widen parts of Hacks Cross Road at a public meeting Thursday, Feb. 9.

SPORTS

Grizz Hit All-Star Break With Loss, But Their Goals Are Within Reach

After he had answered the obligatory questions about the Grizzlies’ ugly 95-91 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans in the last game before the All-Star break, coach David Fizdale spoke to the big picture: “We’re in good position.”

The Press Box: Men’s Pro Tennis Needs a Slice of Apple Pie

There are a lot of ways to define the state of men’s professional tennis, but maybe the easiest is to open up the 2017 ATP World Tour Media Guide and turn to the alphabetical listing of players. Let’s try the “K” section.

Helton Providing Priceless, Free Service to Vols

Todd Helton stands behind the batting cage at Tennessee’s Lindsey Nelson Stadium, eyeing swings and chatting with UT baseball players.

Memphis Baseball Academy Bets on HitTrax Technology

It wasn’t that long ago that Ryan Huber, 26, was still a small-college baseball player and stepping in the batter’s box for one-on-one showdowns with pitchers.

Free Agent Frenzy? That’s Not Robinson’s Style

Upon his arrival as the Tennessee Titans’ general manager in January 2016, Jon Robinson made an immediate impact with the trade for DeMarco Murray and his wheeling/dealing approach to the draft.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Criswell Take Reins As MAAR Board President

Tommie Criswell has begun her yearlong tenure as president of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors’ board of directors. Criswell has actively volunteered with MAAR for more than 20 years. At Crye-Leike East Memphis, where she serves as broker/manager, she focuses on residential real estate along with some commercial real estate sales. 

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Luxury Apartments Begin $17 Million Expansion

3333 Hacks Cross Road, Memphis, TN 38125: Fieldstone Apartment Homes, a gated community in southeast Memphis, is in the process of another massive expansion.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Publicly Advancing

WHEN PUBLIC GOES PRIVATE, WE HAVE IT BACKWARDS. My kids and I know more about public schools and public school innovation than our brand-new secretary of education and voucher poster girl, Betsy DeVos, and our own state senator and voucher poster boy, Brian Kelsey.

Retirement Spending Budget

Ray’s Take How much you spend from your retirement savings from year to year is arguably the most important piece in the retirement finance puzzle.

Finding Weekend Escape in Tuscaloosa

When I hear Tuscaloosa, it’s almost always in the classic voice of former college football announcer Keith Jackson as he welcomes TV viewers to the campus of the University of Alabama.

Avoid Business Crisis With Plan

Natural disasters, bankruptcy, insider trading, bad social media reviews, product recalls and the like are certainly what initially comes to mind when you think of a crisis that could strike and devastate your business. Then you think to yourself – what is the likelihood that any of those things will really happen to me?

Opposing Views at Work

2017 has certainly started off on an interesting foot. I don’t know about you, but social media used to be a relaxing activity where I learned about engagements, saw baby photos and watched cat videos. Lately, it’s filled with opposing views and tension – on all sides of every issue. It’s exhausting. 

Dr. Bethune Was True Fundraiser

In the early 1950’s, I had the honor to hear Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune speak in a packed, hot and humid Clayborn Temple in Downtown Memphis. She was a powerful orator. She mesmerized me, she mesmerized the crowd. She raised money for Bethune-Cookman College the old fashioned way: “She passed the hat.” 

AMR Closing Memphis Office, Laying Off 175

American Medical Response of Tennessee plans to close its Memphis office April 1, resulting in the loss of 175 jobs.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 74 276 2,450
MORTGAGES 93 384 3,098
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 108 792 5,463
BANKRUPTCIES 54 296 1,946
BUSINESS LICENSES 29 147 917
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 51 293 2,040
MARRIAGE LICENSES 15 92 464

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