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VOL. TMN-9 | NO. 6 | Saturday, February 6, 2016
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The Memphis Police Department faces pivotal leadership shift

Just days before Toney Armstrong was off the city payroll, his successor as interim director of the Memphis Police Department, Michael Rallings, was getting used to the attention and ring kissing that comes with being the city’s top cop.

Tigers Win Game, Larger Story Remains the Same

After a much-needed victory, the embattled Tigers head coach opened the door and walked into the media room for his post-game press conference. Seated in the first row and sporting a blue University of Memphis cap was U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, who offered up a grin and polite applause.

HUD Cancels Rent Subsidies At Embattled Memphis Apartments

Federal housing officials have ended subsidies at the Warren and Tulane apartments in Memphis.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS EDITORIAL

Editorial | Help Wanted: Top Cop With View Beyond the Ranks

Finding the city’s next top cop is the most important police director selection in a generation.

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EVENTS

University of Memphis Hooks Institute will host “Stokely: A Life” author Peniel E. Joseph for a lecture, lunch and book signing Thursday, Feb. 11, at 11 a.m. in the University Center River Room, 499 University St. Joseph’s biography of Stokely Carmichael won the 2014 Benjamin L. Hooks Institute National Book Award. Visit memphis.edu/benhooks for details.

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EMPHASIS Financial Services

Cannon Wright Blount Senior Tax Manager Answers Questions

The busy time of the year is fast approaching for Dan Walker, senior tax manager with Cannon Wright Blount.

Helping Hand

Dixon Hughes Goodman’s Cindy MacAuley brings new practice area to Memphis

Cindy MacAulay started collecting a flurry of news articles last year about restaurants opening in Memphis, new businesses setting up shop here and on ways the city is improving and growing.

Growing Freelance Economy Creates Financial, Tax Implications

Gone are the days of the traditional 9-to-5 office setting dominating the white-collar landscape.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

This week in Memphis history: February 5-11

1996: Rod Stewart at The Pyramid performing in the round.

REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT

Midtown Memphis Ready for Apartment Building Boom

It’s been more than a decade since new apartments were built in Midtown, and that’s poised to change in a big way with a wave of new multifamily construction stretching from Binghampton to Crosstown.

Cates Wants Detail on Downtown Agreements

From Mud Island River Park across the Memphis harbor to The Pyramid and further east to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – there are a lot of connections as the areas head toward a new incarnation.

Collaborative Aims to Enhance Memphis Medical District

In 2016, the Memphis Medical Center will see $1.8 million in upgrades and enhancements aimed at creating a unified, livable district. That’s the annual budget for the newly established Medical District Collaborative, a nonprofit entity made up of the area’s stakeholders and executives.

Details of Bass Pro-St. Jude Pinch Plan Near

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Bass Pro Shops have agreed on a tentative and general plan for future development of the Pinch District, according to Memphis City Council member Berlin Boyd.

Nashville Developer Submits Plans for Downtown Memphis Housing

Two plans recently filed with the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Planning and Development will turn empty lots into housing for disadvantaged Memphians.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Save-A-Lot to Anchor New Sam Cooper Shopping Center

Southeast Corner of Sam Cooper, Boulevard and Tillman Street, Memphis, TN 38104 -
Save-A-Lot Food Stores is the anchor tenant for the Binghampton Grocery Center, a new shopping complex at the corner of Sam Cooper Boulevard and Tillman Street developed by the Binghampton Development Corp.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Tenn. Approves Incentives for TV Series Production in Memphis

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development has approved a grant of up to $4.3 million to support production of a TV series that will be shot in Memphis this spring.

Councilman Boyd Calls For PILOT Moratorium

Memphis City Council member Berlin Boyd is calling for a three-month moratorium on any new tax breaks through the Economic Development Growth Engine to come up with a local business participation program.

EDGE Grants Development Loans to 4 Inner-City Businesses

Memphis’ inner-city neighborhoods garnered $79,000 in business development loans at the Feb. 3 meeting of the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine’s finance committee.

Boyd: Tennessee Shifting to ‘Product Development’ Site Selection

Elected officials are going to say it if they talk long enough about economic development.

HEALTH CARE & BIOTECH

Pet Rehab, Fitness Practice Launches in East Memphis

The young, injured patients often in need of rehabilitation and physical therapy who are brought to Dr. Roxana Caraballo’s new East Memphis center can’t speak for themselves or necessarily demonstrate where and why they hurt.

Ultrasound Studio to Open in East Memphis

Hearing a baby’s heartbeat and seeing the child’s form for the first time can be one of the most anticipated and emotional moments for would-be parents during the course of a pregnancy.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

Alexandria Smith Learning the ‘Undercurrents’ of Politics on the Job

It would have made a good story, how another stone-hearted stockbroker that thrives on the “action” had been honing all the necessary skills since age 10.

Strickland: Police Body Camera Rollout Requires More Personnel

The rollout of police body cameras will mean hiring more people at the Memphis Police Department and the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office, according to Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland.

Minority Leader Harris Confident Even on Wrong Side of Supermajority

Lee Harris says he ran for state Senate because he felt Memphis could do better on Capitol Hill, defeating Ophelia Ford in 2014.

Haslam Outlines Conservative Approach to Surplus

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam told state legislators Monday, Feb. 1, that the state’s estimated $500 million surplus has to be balanced with a global economy that could change for the worse.

SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Glazed with Tradition, Gibson’s Donuts Keeps Customers Coming Back

While word-of-mouth and nostalgia might get customers in the door of Gibson’s Donuts, great donuts and a commitment to customer service are what keep them coming back.

LAW & THE COURTS

New Mental Health Court Aims for Intervention

At any given time, around 525 of the people jailed at 201 Poplar have a persistent mental illness. That’s means 25 percent of the jail’s capacity, and exponential care and liability, are directed to people who commit crimes as a byproduct of illness.

COMMUNITY

Planetarium Rings in New Era at Pink Palace

When the AutoZone Dome at the Sharpe Planetarium reopened to the public Saturday, Jan. 30, it was an important step in the transformation of the Pink Palace Family of Museums’ campus.

Packed Overton Park Traffic Town Hall Seeks View Beyond Greensward

Architect and urban planner Steve Auterman stood before a standing-room-only crowd at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art Tuesday, Feb. 2, and made the case for a broader vision of Overton Park.

Playback Memphis Works to Expand Reach

The Playback Memphis organization is looking to expand its reach this year and is preparing to host three training courses at the Pilgrim House Hostel and Retreat Center at First Congregational Church in Midtown later this month.

SPORTS

Mike Norvell Era Starts with Optimism And a Raise-the-Bar Recruiting Class

In a few minutes, first-year coach Mike Norvell would be standing behind a lectern providing assembled media a summary of his first recruiting class at the University of Memphis.

Ariel Hearn Goes Where No Tiger Has Gone Before

Keith Lee owns the University of Memphis records for career points and rebounds. Yet he didn’t do this.

Equality of Partners a Problem for Titan Owners

It’s the question that won’t go away – will the Tennessee Titans be sold. On the day the Titans formally introduced Jon Robinson as general manager and Mike Mularkey as head coach, team president Steve Underwood admitted that the NFL is not happy with the team’s ownership structure, which is split evenly among Bud Adams’ heirs.

Confident Serrano Playing for Future at UT

Tennessee baseball coach Dave Serrano wasn’t setting the bar too high when he met with the media for his 2016 preseason press conference.

EDUCATION

New Superintendent Says ASD Not Monolithic

The superintendent of the state-run Achievement School District says critics of the district for the state’s lowest-performing schools don’t understand that the organization doesn’t operation conventionally.

CORPORATE NEWS

FedEx Targets $200M in Giving By Decade’s End

Memphis-based FedEx has decided to approach its corporate giving in a new way, one focused on figuring out how to use its assets to make the biggest possible impact in communities.

NEWSMAKERS

Hinds Joins Martin Tate Law Firm

Rebecca Hinds has joined Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston P.C. as an associate attorney in the firm’s litigation section. In this role, Hinds represents clients in civil and commercial litigation matters, including business law, transportation liability, construction disputes, breach-of-contract matters and employment law. She also helps commercial clients obtain tax incentives and advises individuals and businesses in the drafting and negotiation of contracts. 

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

A Bit More Super

CARE ABOUT THE GAME. I’m a homer. I can’t watch a sporting event for the beauty of the game, the spirit of the competition, the skill displayed on both sides. I want somebody’s butt kicked and for good reason.

Financial Steps for Executors

Ray’s Take The death of a spouse is high on the list of the most stressful events in life. But, as bad as the emotional trauma can be, the financial fallout can be equally traumatic – and can last much longer. Most spouses name each other as their executor, which makes sense. But the job is not an easy one, and few are fully prepared for the responsibility.

Letter to the Editor: Memphis Zoo Is in Favor of Parking Solution at Overton Park

In his column last week, “History Lesson,” Dan Conaway made an absurd comparison related to the Memphis Zoo’s current parking challenges and the fight to prevent I-40 from cutting through Overton Park in the 1970s.

Only So Much Durham Could Blame on Media

It’s little wonder state Rep. Jeremy Durham had to take a two-week break from the General Assembly.

Spirited Courtrooms

Nine or 10 years ago, in a court I know well, something along the following lines was said between a judge and a somewhat aggrieved defendant in traffic court:

For Whom Do You Create New Products?

According to AcuPoll more than 95 percent of new products fail each year. This harrowing statistic should sound an alarm, one that says, the way we approach the conceptualization and launch of new products does not work

What’s In A Review?

Reviews have become a standard way in which we communicate our satisfaction or displeasure with one another. Chances are good that the last time you had a negative experience at a restaurant, you logged on to a site like Yelp to share your experience with the online community.

Data Breaches: ‘The Third Certainty in Life’

I recently received an email from a former colleague that appeared to be a DropBox link with “important documents.” Since it had been awhile since our last correspondence, I emailed back to make sure that the note was real, only to receive a bogus response that confirmed my suspicions. Cue me reporting it to her company’s help desk, blocking the user from my email, and deleting the note.

Super Bowl Advertising Huge Gamble

History has already been made at this year’s Super Bowl of advertising – thanks to a record price tag of $5 million for a 30-second spot. It’s a hefty spike from the $4.5 million advertisers ponied up last year, but it didn’t slow CBS from nearly selling all of its big-game ad time by last November.

Ingredients of A Quality Meeting

We recently received a request from a reader wanting to know how to get the most impact from meetings with her supervisor. “Each week, I am given full responsibility for what is discussed. It is the one opportunity where I have my supervisor’s undivided attention and think I should be more strategic in our discussion.”

Valentine’s Ignites Travel desires

February is the shortest month of the year, but it’s also one that presents travel opportunities for couples looking to celebrate Valentine’s Day on a quick getaway.

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