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VOL. TMN-8 | NO. 3 | Saturday, January 10, 2015
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Tennessee’s Health Problem

Wellness initiatives at heart of proposed Medicaid expansion

For years, the concept of “wellness” or “preventive health” measures has been the “eat your vegetables” mantra of a growing national discussion on health care that has focused primarily on the cost of such care and who should pay for it or try to control it.

Editorial: Insure Tennessee Expansion Brings Wellness Over Time

The problem with wellness initiatives is our definition of the health care coverage issue in America.

EMPHASIS Education

School and Chemo

St. Jude school keeps patients on education track

A child with cancer who comes to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has a lot of concerns.

Southwest Tennessee Grows With Demand

For Nathan Essex, the president of Southwest Tennessee Community College, his tenure has been a series of changes.

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Italian Winterfest, benefiting Ave Maria Home and the Catholic Education Scholarship Fund, will be held Sunday, Jan. 11, at 5 p.m. at The Racquet Club, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. The event will feature Italian cuisine and signature dishes from 15 Memphis restaurants, plus traditional Italian tableside music and a deejay. Tickets are $45. Visit avemariahome.org.

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Shelby County's School Systems Prepare to Build

Shelby County government will have $110 million in bonds over the next two years to finance school construction projects across the seven public school systems.


This week in Memphis history: January 9-15

2005: Three development partners were to close on the purchase of the Tennessee Brewery by the end of the month and announced plans to convert the historic building into 35 luxury condominiums and penthouse units with prices starting at $350,000.

Harris Goes to Nashville

Councilman reflects on tenure en route to Legislature

At his last Memphis City Council session, Lee Harris reflected this week on his three years on the council and the group of politicians he joined.

Service Assurance Founder Giannini Arrested in Florida

Memphis businessman Mark Giannini is in custody in Florida following his indictment this week on aggravated rape and rape charges.

Methodist to Close Fayette Hospital

Methodist Fayette Hospital in Somerville is tentatively slated to close March 27, according to Methodist Healthcare executives who said Thursday, Jan. 8, they made the “difficult decision” because of several years of a declining inpatient volume.

Macy’s to Close Southland Mall Store

Macy's is closing its 150,000-square-foot store at Southland Mall in early spring, affecting 112 employees.

Tanger Outlets Confirms Southaven Involvement

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. has confirmed what The Daily News first reported in December: It will play a key role in the development of a massive outlet mall in Southaven.

Trekking In

Google extends Street View technology in Memphis

Google already has mapped cities like Memphis extensively via the company’s now familiar, camera-equipped Street View cars, which produce interactive images that can be explored by a curious user. The search company, though, has also taken that technology a step farther, with the result available in Memphis starting today.

Tennessee Brewery Redevelopment Plans Emerge

The long-vacant Tennessee Brewery Downtown could be reborn as a largely residential project, according to new details about the pending redevelopment.

Concerns Raised About Ikea Incentives

Some city of Memphis officials are concerned that offering tax incentives to Swedish furniture retailer Ikea could set a dangerous precedent, one that could open the door for other retailers, including large mall owners, to seek the tax breaks.

Greenline Bike Repair Stations Open

For most bike riders on the Shelby Farms Greenline it’s what might be called the offseason, which makes this the perfect time for the soft opening of four bike repair stations by the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy and Conway Services, which is sponsoring the stations.

AutoZone Park Unveils $6.5 Million Facelift

AutoZone Park’s makeover is now underway. When renovations are completed they will total about $6.5 million, with the St. Louis Cardinals contributing around $2 million in addition to the $4.5 million that was part of the deal that had the Cardinals purchasing the Memphis Redbirds last year and the Cardinals leasing the ballpark from the city.

Creative Destruction

CDC charts new course for Binghampton

For about three years Veronica Skinner called the two-story, 24-unit apartment building at 480 Tillman St. in the Binghampton neighborhood home.

Dunavant Award Nominations Open

With Memphis elections on the horizon in another election year, Rotarians are about to begin the process of selecting new winners of the Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards.

Funeral Services Set for Former Police Director

Walter Winfrey was part of a wave of Memphis Police officers who got their badges and hit the streets of Memphis in 1968.

Proposed Lakeland Prep Site Considered

The proposed site for the new Lakeland Prep school is 94 acres of land north of U.S. 70, east of Canada Road.

Keeping Time

Midtown watch shop sees brisk business in preservation

Memphis Mean Time, a full-service vintage and modern watch repair shop based in Cooper-Young, is hoping to complete a move in the next couple of months. The owners say they’re looking for a ground-floor space somewhere they can own, rather than rent.

City Council Year Begins With Challenges

The Tuesday, Jan. 6, session of the Memphis City Council is the first council meeting of 2015 and with it the debut of council member Myron Lowery as council chairman for the next year, succeeding Jim Strickland in the leadership position.

Loeb Acquires Newby’s Restaurant Space

Memphis-based Loeb Properties has acquired one of the most venerable locations on the Highland strip.

Business Development

Junior Achievement takes after-school program to Hooks Library

Today, Larry Colbert is president and CEO of Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South.

Graceland Jets on Auction Block

Two jets once owned by Elvis Presley that have been part of tours of Graceland since the mid-1980s are going on the auction block, the auction company authorized by Graceland announced Friday, Jan. 2.

Memphis Industrial Market Rebounds in 2014

The upswing in the industrial real estate sector that started in 2012 and gained momentum in 2013 continued in 2014 and the Memphis market, fueled by several large transactions late in the year, should top 2013's level of around 3.2 million square feet of absorption.

Wharton Indicates Greensward Parking Possible

A New Year’s eve letter from Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. indicates that when spring crowds begin to reach parking capacity in Overton Park, the park’s greensward will be used for overflow automobile parking at the Memphis Zoo.

Bedrock Eats and Sweets Heading Downtown

A new healthy eating outlet is headed Downtown. Bedrock Eats and Sweets founder Brandi Marter has signed a lease to occupy the former Frank’s Market & Deli space Downtown, where she’s bringing the venture she started almost two years ago.

Command and Control

Special unit ensures FedEx delivers

On the fourth floor of Module F at a non-descript but sprawling FedEx campus nestled between Winchester Road and Shelby Drive on Airways Boulevard, a massive video wall featuring 36 40-inch LED screens displays real-time information on global weather patterns and the locations of hundreds of FedEx Express jets.


Grizzlies Move to Front in NBA Trade Rumors

One only need look back to Monday, Jan. 5, at FedExForum to understand the business of the NBA. The New York Knicks were warming up for their game against the Grizzlies when word came down that team president Phil Jackson was done waiting for things to get better on their own.

Pastner Rumors Part of 2014-15 Season Narrative

Wading in with some quick takes on everything from Josh Pastner to Jameis Winston to Baseball Hall of Fame voting …

Q&A: Jake Elliott, University of Memphis Placekicker

FAST FACTS: Elliott was the American Athletic Conference’s Special Teams Player of the Year in 2014 as a sophomore; he scored 13 points in the Miami Beach Bowl victory to give him 120 for the year, second in school history to the 138 points scored by running back DeAngelo Williams in 2004; Elliott holds the school record for longest field goal (56 yards) and kicked a 55-yard field goal to tie the score in the bowl game vs. BYU and send the game into a second overtime.

Vols Take Plenty of Momentum Into Offseason

KNOXVILLE – There’s nothing like going into the offseason on a high note. The Vols will be riding the momentum from the resounding 45-28 victory against Iowa in the Jan. 2 TaxSlayer Bowl through the end of recruiting season, winter workouts, spring practices and into the summer months.


Batts Joins HealthChoice as Complex Care Manager

Kenneth Batts has joined HealthChoice’s new Population Health team as complex care manager. In his new role, Batts will reach out to patients identified with complex medical needs to schedule home visits, where he’ll provide customized intervention and condition education, including goal setting, care coordination, and long-term support with the goal to achieve improvements in their health.


The Preserve at Southwind Sells for $28 Million

7991 Capilano Drive, Memphis, TN 38125, Sale Amount: $28 million -
A team that includes Memphis-based Foegelman Venture Partners has sold The Preserve at Southwind apartment community for $28 million.


Hollywood Furniture Marks 90 Years in North Memphis

You don’t see many furniture stores that are also hardware stores. But then not many furniture and hardware stores have been around for 90 years – and on the same street corner.


Sick Irony

A SPECK OF CEREAL. Insure Tennessee reminds me of Lorne Greene, David Letterman and a can of Alpo.

European Job Hunt

When I visited Dublin, Ireland, in 2013, I was surprised at what I found. It was a European city that in some ways reminded me of home. People were incredibly friendly. The culture was built around music, food and socializing. The city’s core is a similar size to Downtown Memphis, and it’s built around a river.

Money Management Principles

Ray’s take: Most things in life involve a set of basic principles, and money management is no exception to the rule.

On Growing

“Dear Judge Vic, In last week’s column, you wrote, ‘A repeating scene in “Breaking Bad,” which I’ve now watched twice, involves the protagonist’s birthday.’ This was a sly segue into talking about your birthday. (Happy birthday, BTW, belatedly!) My question is, Did you watch the repeating scene twice? Or did you watch the series twice? /s/ Muy Curioso.”

Top 10 2015 Marketing Trends That Matter

2015 marketing trend reports are a dime a dozen this time of year, though in reality many focus on fads, which by definition, have fleeting popularity. Fads are for gamblers. Marketing trends, on the other hand, are generally slower building, longer lasting and ideally a result of factual supporting data. As such, the RedRover Sales & Marketing team is predicting these 10 marketing trends worthy of consideration in your 2015 marketing strategy.

Media Coverage: More Than a Press Release

Will 2015 be the year your nonprofit is highlighted in news stories and feature pieces? Will those who could benefit from the work of your organization read about you in the newspaper, see a story on TV, or listen to an interview on the radio?

Empathy For Successful Innovation

If you unpack the stories of most successful innovations, you’ll find that a deep immersion into the user experience of a product or service is the key that often unlocks the potential of the concept.

The Long Road to ‘Overnight Success’

The label “Overnight Success” has been mistakenly used to describe someone whose achievement is actually the result of a lifetime of hard work, sacrifices and overcoming adversity.

Nashville Edition

Commercial Success

Here’s why attorney Bart Durham’s ‘cheesy’ TV ads succeed

If, as the saying goes, everyone gets 15 minutes of fame, Bart Durham’s has come in 15- and 30-second spurts – the length of the commercials that depict him as a lawyer everyman, ever-ready to tilt at windmills for the sake of justice for the working class.

Blair Durham Embraces Firm Strategy, Planning No Changes

Don’t look for change up on the 17th floor of Parkway Towers, where Blair Durham is determined to keep his pop’s legacy thriving long into the future.

The Production Company Behind Durham’s Ads

Bart Durham is perhaps the best-known attorney among those who watch late-night TV when the commercial rates are lower.

OK, It’s a Great House! Can We Please See It?

In Nashville real estate circles, it is difficult to say goodbye to 2014. We loved that 2014 and she was wonderful.

Knoxville Edition

Fear of Trying

Dance teachers have a message: You can do it

The most complicated move in ballroom dancing is often the step that gets you through the dance studio’s front door.

Shedding Stress, Pounds on the Dance Floor

Learning how to ballroom dance may be a check mark off of someone’s to-do list, but the benefits of dancing, considered a sport by some, are far reaching.

Friday Night Parties a Good Start for Beginners

Ballroom dancing, or social dancing as it’s also called these days, teaches people many different skills, and area studios also provide outlets so student dancers can use what they’ve learned.

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