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VOL. TMN-9 | NO. 31 | Saturday, July 30, 2016
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Court Rules Police Director Applicants List Must Be Made Public

The city of Memphis and the International Association of Chiefs of Police have been ordered to make public the names of everyone who applied this summer for the job of Memphis Police director.

Blue Collar High School

An emerging education strategy for growing the middle class in Memphis would change the role and the length of high school

For all of the changes in public education Memphis has seen in the past six years, there is at least one more big one still on the way.

EDITORIAL

Editorial: Six-Year High School Model is Promising

The real test of an economic development strategy is how well it holds up when the economy takes a downturn and more people begin losing their jobs.

Q2 Data Show Solid Memphis Economic Picture

Some clients of the wealth management and financial planning firm Kelman-Lazarov Inc. apparently got a little spooked by the recent decision of voters in Britain to leave the European Union.

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The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host Coloring Between the Wines on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Unwind and color adult coloring books from Thunder Bay Press while enjoying wine and snacks. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

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Senator Seeks Reconvening of Congress Over Zika Virus

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the Zika virus in Florida (all Eastern times):

SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

CyberYard Taps Market For High-Tech Recycling, Preserves Environment

For the past 15 years, TheCyberYard.com Inc. has done its part to keep the rapidly growing mountain of cyber and packaging waste from going into a landfill or being shipped to dumps in developing nations.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

July 29-Aug. 4, 2016: This week in Memphis history

2015: Memphis Police Officer Sean Bolton is shot and killed in the 4800 block of Summerlane Avenue in Parkway Village after fighting with a passenger in a car parked illegally on the block. Bolton is shot several times and dies later of his wounds at Regional Health One. A neighbor finds Bolton and using Bolton’s radio calls for help. Bolton is believed to have interrupted a drug deal in the car and police name Tremaine Wilbourn, a just released bank robber, as the suspect.

GOVERNMENT AGENDA

Commission Sets Tax Rate, Debate Remains

Shelby County Commissioners made it official Wednesday, July 27, keeping the county property tax rate the same – at $4.37 per $100 of assessed value.

County Leaders Face New Budget Anxiety

Shelby County commissioners meet in special session Wednesday, July 23, to cross the last “t” of the spring budget season some 27 days after the start of the new fiscal year.

EDUCATION

Public School System in Shelby County Continues Evolution

The new school year that begins Aug. 8 is four academic years since the start of the state-run Achievement School District, three academic years past the merger of public education in Shelby County and two years since the demerger into seven school systems.

Shelby County Schools Budgets – Past and Present – Amended

The final numbers are in for Shelby County Schools and the quest for funding of the county’s largest public school system.

TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS

Mallory Taps Houston For Panama Canal Expansion

Memphis-based shipping company Mallory Alexander International Logistics has opened an office in Houston in anticipation of changes in shipping patterns as a result of the Panama Canal’s expansion.

SPORTS

With Redbirds Pitcher Reyes the Plan is Attack

A few hours before St. Louis Cardinals prospect Alex Reyes took the mound at AutoZone Park, Memphis Redbirds manager Mike Shildt confided that it was a good time to “back him off” – or hold down his pitch count.

Vols Turnaround Rests on QB Dobbs

Over the summer, Peyton Manning spoke with Josh Dobbs about the essence of a senior season for a college quarterback.

Titans GM Robinson Has Changed The Culture

Hope is what Tennessee Titans have to offer their fans when training camp officially opens on Saturday.

Will Memphis Make the Big 12 Cut?

Another day, another media source outside of Memphis ranking the Big 12 expansion candidates. The following evaluation comes from The Orlando Sentinel.

The SEC is TEC – Tight End Conference

Last season, Hunter Henry became the second Arkansas Razorback to win the John Mackey Award, which for the last 16 years has annually recognized the best tight end in college football. Henry, famously known for the fourth-and-long “Hunter Heave” in the Razorbacks’ wild 53-52 overtime win over Ole Miss, also produced a strong body of work for the entire season, including 46 receptions for 647 yards and three touchdowns.

MLB Commissioner Needs More Faith in His Game

Steph Curry, you’re too good. So as decreed by NBA commissioner Adam Silver, you are now limited to seven 3-point attempts per game and no more than two in the fourth quarter.

REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT

Parkside Developer Seeks TIF Designation

The developer of the Parkside mixed-use project at Shelby Farms hopes to add a traffic light at Kirby-Whitten and Mullins Station roads and fund a portion of the Shelby Farms Parkway.

TAG Expects Truck Facility to be Operational by Mid-2017

TAG Truck Center is moving forward with a $28 million trucking facility at the former site of the Mall of Memphis. Contractor Linkous Construction Co. recently filed two building permits for TAG’s new headquarters.

THE TIPPING POINT

Fight Over Confederate Flag Taught Robertson How to Change Minds

Memphis stands at the threshold of incredible possibility. In this series, we profile innovative Memphians who are driving our city forward and forging its future success.

STARTUP CONFIDENTIAL

Petschonek: ‘You Have to Be a Jack-of-All-Trades’

Can you get a business idea from a 30-day break from work, followed by a road trip? For Sarah Petschonek, founder and executive director of Volunteer Odyssey, the answer is yes.

POLITICS

Akbari Speaks at Democratic Convention

State Representative Raumesh Akbari had the stage at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Thursday, July 28, for four minutes.

Red State, Blue Mayors

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, a Democrat in Tennessee’s sea of red, finds herself adapting to the control Republicans hold over the state Legislature.

Shelby County Seeing Low Early Voting Turnout

At the end of the first full week of early voting in advance of the Aug. 4 election day, Shelby County Election Commission data shows Democratic and Republican primary turnout closely matched.

Dark Money Ads Surface in 8th District Primary

As Republicans were either at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland or watching it on TV last week, “dark money” entered the crowded Republican primary for Tennessee’s 8th Congressional district.

FINANCIAL

Pinnacle Keeps Ramping Up in Memphis

Pinnacle Financial Partners has been steadily ramping up its presence in Memphis since entering the market last year via its acquisition of Memphis-based Magna Bank.

GREEN

RVC Outdoor Destinations Helps Honeybees

RVC Outdoor Destinations is making an investment in one of America’s most important natural resources: honeybees.

MEDIA

The Daily News Publishing Co. Acquires Paper In Chattanooga

The Daily News Publishing Co. announced it has acquired The Hamilton County Herald, a 100-year-old Chattanooga-based paper of record that adds another holding to the newspaper properties the Memphis-based company now owns across the largest markets in Tennessee.

Revenue Up, Profit Down At Gannett

Shares of The Commercial Appeal’s parent company are down some 12 percent this year, compared to a more than 6 percent year-to-date gain in the S&P 500 index, and the company’s second quarter earnings released Wednesday, July 27, help partly explain why.

Gannett to Restructure Commercial Appeal

The union that covers newsroom employees at The Commercial Appeal has begun the process of formally challenging a new series of cost-cutting and efficiency measures in the works at the paper, comparing the moves to “The Hunger Games.”

COMMUNITY

Demonstrations Raise Interest in Pending Bike Share Program

A demonstration bike share station set outside of High Cotton Brewery signaled what Memphis could expect early next year when 60 bike share stations are up and running.

Pinnacle Financial to Anchor Boyle’s Building

Pinnacle Financial Partners will be an anchor tenant in Boyle Investment Co.’s long-awaited office building in Ridgeway Center.

HEALTH CARE

Methodist South to Launch ICU Renovation

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare is preparing to start work on a new part of its Whitehaven hospital as part of its ongoing comprehensive renovation that’s been underway for the past couple of years.

CITY HALL

Rating Agencies, State Comptroller Tout Improved City of Memphis Finances

The most outspoken critic of the city’s financial condition said Monday, July 25, that Memphis leaders have made a “remarkable achievement.”

REAL ESTATE RECAP

TAG Truck Center to Occupy Mall of Memphis Land

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TAG Truck Center is moving forward with a $28 million trucking facility at the former site of the Mall of Memphis. Contractor Linkous Construction Co. recently filed two building permits for TAG’s new headquarters.

LAW ENFORCEMENT

Violent Crime Still Up, But Rate of Increase Slows

Major violent crime in Memphis jumped 3 percent and 4.7 percent countywide in June from the same period last year, according to the latest Memphis crime statistics from the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

BBB Names Crowder Director Of Business Development

Carol Crowder has joined the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South as director of business development, responsible for increasing the number of BBB-accredited businesses and growing revenue throughout the 28 counties that BBB of the Mid-South serves. She also will work with accredited areas to help them take advantage of BBB services to help them promote and grow their businesses. Crowder has more than 20 years’ experience in sales, marketing and operations. She previously served as an associate director for ALSAC/St. Jude. 

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

The Privilege of Legacy

WE ARE PRIVILEGED TO BE HERE. As poor as we are, we are far richer than we may realize. As so many struggle to make ends meet, one may wonder why so many are drawn to us. As difficult as it is to breathe the air this time of year, there is music in that air, there is a world-famous beat to this city.

Long-Term Care – Not for Everyone

Ray’s Take With people living longer due to advances in medicine and lifestyle changes, chances are that most of us will become disabled for some time before we die and will need some long-term care. The projected numbers are at least seven in 10 Americans over age 65, and the vast majority underestimates the cost. 

Strengthen the Human Chain

When I was growing up, my family would spend the summers at the beach. Learning to swim in the Atlantic Ocean also meant learning to respect the unpredictability of the undertow. I learned that respect after I was pulled from its grasp by the last person on a human chain of 27 rescuers, as I was being sucked under the water for what I thought would be the last time.

I Think I Like ‘The Lobster’

In a dystopian future era, applicable law dictates that if you are single after a certain age, you must take up residence in The Hotel for 45 days. If you don’t fall in love with someone in that time period, you will be transformed into the beast of your choice and released into the wild.

Feedback Follow-Ups

Communication is most effective when it flows up and down a two-way street, without roadblocks. While this may seem elementary, many companies are just beginning to realize the value of employee feedback.

Always Avoid Taboo Topics

A reader contacted me today with an important question for consideration: when is it appropriate to wear clothing, jewelry, or other items associated with her religion to an interview or to work?Her concern was about being judged in the office for her religious affiliation.

Market with a Startup Mindset

Having spent the lion’s share of my career marketing national corporations, I would certainly say there is a science to marketing at that level and the better brands market like well-oiled machines. Opening my own business ten years ago, however, and partnering with countless startups through those years, I’ve also learned there’s a thing or two startups can teach the big boys about marketing.

How to Write Emails That Get Responses

Have you ever been running to a meeting or catching a tight connection at the airport when you receive an email that needs your prompt attention? 

Memphis Baby Boomers Seek Support Of Local Organizations to Age in Their Homes

Advancements in technology and medicine have contributed to an increased lifespan and adults are living well beyond retirement years.

Gray Hair: White Space

Geritol. AARP. RVs. These symbols of retirement are losing their relevance, empty shells of another generation’s concept of how to spend the remainder of your life once you have worked your last day.

3 Ways to Elevate Your Volunteer Engagement Program

How can you increase the time, money and expertise available to your nonprofit? Some of us want to increase the hours in our days from 24 to 30, others believe “cloning” is an alternative. We understand the lament “not enough hours in the day” and so we offer a proven solution: elevate your volunteer engagement program. Here are three things to consider.

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PROPERTY SALES 106 418 11,538
MORTGAGES 135 521 14,424
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 2,278
BUILDING PERMITS 220 913 24,947
BANKRUPTCIES 53 297 8,729
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