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VOL. TMN-9 | NO. 35 | Saturday, August 27, 2016
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Bursting the Bubble

What Graceland’s expansion means for a broader Whitehaven renaissance

Graceland is in Memphis. But the two have tended to coexist, rather than being part of each other, since Elvis Presley’s home opened as a commercial enterprise in 1982.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS EDITORIAL

Editorial: The Natives’ Guide To Memphis Tourism

Mixing tourism with the everyday life of our city is always going to be a bit risky. And the mix is relatively new to a Memphis that has really only had a recognized tourism industry for about 35 years.

Uptown Vision

Carter Work Project lifting up Bearwater Park subdivision

Brand new sidewalks, streetlights and paved roads set the stage for Habitat for Humanity’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project in North Memphis, where nearly 1,500 volunteers have descended this week to build a subdivision from scratch.

French Truck Coffee Making Splash in Memphis

Jimmy Lewis said that when he agreed to move his Relevant Roasters concept into Crosstown Concourse, he was taking a risk. His coffee-roasting operation is only 2 years old, and the in-house coffee shop element at 584 Tillman St. is even newer.

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EVENTS

Choose 901 will host a 901 Day celebration Thursday, Sept. 1, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Loflin Yard, 7 W. Carolina Ave. The evening will feature food and Memphis-themed drinks for purchase, a live music showcase, local vendors and more. Admission is free. Visit choose901.com.

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THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

Aug. 26-Sept. 1: This week in Memphis history

1986: It’s Memphis Slim Day in Shelby County. The blues icon himself returns to the city from Paris for the honors, including a birthday party on the Plantation Roof of The Peabody, which has been reopened for five years. Slim, whose real name is Peter Chatman, also is being honored with a brass note on the new Beale Street.

SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Celtic Crossing Making Changes, But Retaining Irish Pub Identity

Celtic Crossing owner DJ Naylor was in his native Ireland this summer and, naturally, in a pub. He was offered a craft beer and told he would like it. He did.

TECHNOLOGY

Pera’s Ubiquiti Networks at Pivotal Moment

Big tech companies like Google and Facebook have been generating news headlines and public interest for a while now over their plans to bring internet connectivity to the large swaths of the world that still don’t have it, or that need a better offering of some kind.

DOWNTOWN

Cossitt Series Kicks Off With 1980s Games, Films

The city’s first public library is not closed. It’s something Memphis Public Library director Keenon McCloy has to keep telling people. And she’s taking steps to do more than just show the Cossitt Library is open, including fielding and testing out ideas for the second floor of the library.

EDUCATION

Crosstown High, 4 Other Charter Schools Win Approval

Shelby County Schools board members approved a new Crosstown High charter school Tuesday, Aug. 23, for the Crosstown Concourse development and four other new charters for the 2017-2018 school year.

COMMUNITY

Memphians Invited to Tour Victorian Village Homes This Weekend

Scott Blake lives in the kind of Memphis neighborhood where he can go three, sometimes four days without ever starting his car. Everything he needs, everywhere he has to go, is that close by.

Giving Ideas Of Memphis ‘Rock Stars’ Bigger Stage

Eighteen people working in Memphis will bring their innovations to a global audience at the upcoming TEDxMemphis conference.

REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT

City Council Sets Coliseum Deal with Wiseacre

And so the due diligence part of turning the Mid-South Coliseum into an expanded Wiseacre Brewery begins a four- to six-month run, with lease terms between the city and Wiseacre set if the concept proves to be feasible.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Artspace Begins $17M Affordable Housing Project

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The South Main Artspace Lofts will be moving into the South Main Historic Arts District this year. The $17 million project, first announced in December 2011, has secured its final round of financing and has set a formal groundbreaking for Sept. 29.

STARTUP CONFIDENTIAL

Washington: ‘Always Take Time to Analyze’

Startup Confidential

It was 1996 when Alfred Washington, a lineman on the University of Memphis football team, got his first security job. U2 was in town, and the owner of a security firm asked Washington and another football friend if they would work security at the concert – escort the artists into the arena, stay backstage with them, make sure they had what they needed. The artists and their security handlers liked Washington so much they offered him a job.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Morgan Tate Promoted At River City Land Co.

Morgan Tate has been named principal property manager of River City Land Co.’s property management division. A fourth-generation real estate professional, Tate joined the team at River City Land Co. in 2008 and began working for the firm’s property management division in 2012. 

NONPROFIT SECTOR

Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club Rebrand Points to Growth, Busy Future

Sometimes, an organization changing its name becomes a foregone conclusion because it’s just time to change, maybe to shake things up. In the case of the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club, though, a rebrand became necessary simply because the old one didn’t fit anymore.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

Democrats Seeking New Faces in 'Reboot'

The political vacuum in the absence of a Shelby County Democratic Party didn’t last long at all.

Local Democratic Party Troubles Follow Abysmal County Election Record

To those who don’t live and breathe politics, the Friday, Aug. 19, decision by Tennessee Democratic Party chairwoman Mary Mancini to decertify the Shelby County Democratic Party looks more serious than it is.

New Voting Machines on Shelby County's Political Horizon

The end is near for the touch-screen voting machines Shelby County voters have been using for 18 years.

Memphis City Council's Pot Debate Fires Up Larger Issues

The Memphis City Council’s move to decriminalize possession of less than a half ounce of marijuana started with a mix of long-running themes about mass incarceration, the best use of police resources and the message the ordinance would send about drug use.

THE TIPPING POINT

Smith Helps Mayor Pick the Right Team

As chief human resources officer for the city of Memphis, Alexandria Smith is responsible for the HR strategy and talent management for the city as an employer. She provides advice to the mayor and senior leadership team, a role that has played an important part in shaping the city’s future, including leading the recent search for a police chief.

SPORTS

Trailblazer on the Track

‘First Lady of Drag Racing’ Shirley Muldowney set a path for women race car drivers

Two or three times a week, the dream returns. No matter that it has been 13 years since she was behind the wheel of a top fuel dragster. No matter that she is now 76 years old.

Let’s Play 12 (Big) Questions

While we wait for the gods of the Big 12 to make their decision on expansion, 12 questions as a public service:

Enjoy The Hype, Vol Fans. It’s Been A Long Time

The temptation here is to throw a couple of buckets of cold water on the great expectations for the Tennessee Vols this season.

Players Like Mularkey’s Honesty – Even With Media

You don’t have to be around Mike Mularkey very long to realize something about him that you won’t necessarily find in a lot of NFL head coaches.

Once QB Country, SEC Now Has Only A Few Proven Players at the Position

At SEC Media Days this summer in Hoover, Ala., the 14 head coaches brought along more starting offensive linemen (5) than starting quarterbacks (3). Such is the state of the most high profile position in the Southeastern Conference at the beginning of the 2016 college football season.

It’s Life After Dak for Mississippi State

In seven seasons at Mississippi State, head coach Dan Mullen has won 55 games and reeled off six straight bowl appearances. So, when Mullen addresses the state of the program there is much motivation to look at the big picture.

Former Memphis Tiger Paxton Lynch Is Already the Favorite QB in Denver

Hear that drumbeat out of Denver? It’s fans, some media, and certainly anyone with a blog, openly campaigning for Paxton Lynch to be the Broncos’ starting quarterback – at least for the next preseason game.

TENNESSEE LEDGER

The World at your Doorstep

Your doctor, liquor, meals, work, car repair, education – all home-delivered

There is nothing you can’t get delivered these days. If you can imagine owning it, it’s only a matter of time before it can be in your possession, brought to your front door within minutes, hours or days from the first moment you even conjured the thought of having it.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

The Money Mindset

Ray’s Take We all have rules about how we live our lives, and we have rules about how we use our money. Whether you realize it or not, you have created certain rules around your spending, saving and giving of money.

We Know, We Know

THE MORE YOU KNOW, THE BETTER. There’s a guy crawling around my house with something called a moisture meter. Whatever it finds is measured in money. There’s another one sanding my living room down to raw wood. Cha-ching. My dogs are going nuts not knowing which of them to bark at next or which sound to run from or toward. Please shut up.

Give Anger the Silent Treatment

I heard a story recently about a woman whose husband was dead for three days before she called for help. When the paramedics arrived they asked her why she waited so long to call. “I didn’t realize he was dead,” she said. “I thought he was just giving me the silent treatment.”

Lessons Learned from Delta’s Power Outage

Recently, tens of thousands of Delta Air Lines passengers worldwide were stranded as a result of a power outage within the company’s computer system. When the Delta Technology Command Center in Atlanta lost power, the critical systems and network equipment failed to switch over to a backup system.

Dolly Parton Sharing Love of Reading

“You can never get enough books into the hands of enough children.” – Dolly Parton.

Toast to the Achievement School District

Somebody forgot to tell the Achievement School District it had to follow a few simple rules when the Legislature formed it a few years ago to save failing schools: Primarily, don’t party with the money.

Use Instagram to Gain Share

Now with more than a half-billion users, mobile photo-sharing site Instagram has surpassed Twitter in popularity. In fact, according to GlobalWebIndex, it is the fastest-growing major social media network.

No-Fear Networking

Have you ever wondered where you can make the biggest investment into your career? At first glance, another advanced degree might make sense. Or, perhaps an online certification course would be beneficial. Although these things will help to beef up your resume, there’s a cheaper alternative that very well may be more impactful: networking.

5 Guidelines for Managing Nonprofit Funds

Editor’s note: Part two of a two-part interview with Leland FaustWhat would you do if you were responsible for reviewing financial management policies for your nonprofit? What would you do if asked to vote on a change of investment firms? What questions would you ask?

Brand Essence: The Rock ‘n’ Roll of Business, Part 2

Editor’s note: Part two in a three-part series. One real power of a brand is that it serves as a tuning fork for an organization, helping them quicken strategic decisions, vetting new opportunities and making hard choices when projections are slipping away from the target.

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