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VOL. TMN-7 | NO. 3 | Saturday, January 11, 2014
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Idea Factories

Local ad firms take unique approaches to creative process

Never mind how fully formed or exciting the concept sounds, Michael Overton, partner and creative director at inferno, is probably going to want to see it on the wall.

Editorial: Memphis Must Provide Bedrock for Great Ideas

For every Holiday Inn and Piggly Wiggly and FedEx, there are hundreds – maybe thousands – of ideas in Memphis that don't make the cut.

EMPHASIS Education

On the Border

Cordova caught in middle of de-merging of suburban schools

The first attendance zone maps and details about where school children in Cordova might go to school this coming August was the dominant topic of discussion when the Cordova Leadership Council held a town hall meeting late last year.

Leaders of Suburban Schools Get to Work

Minutes after his contract as superintendent of Germantown Schools was approved, Jason Manuel was already well along with the process of contemplating the detail work that followed the milestone closely.

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Church Health Center Wellness will host an open house Saturday, Jan. 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1115 Union Ave. The free event will include health screenings, yoga and stretching classes, cooking demos and more. Visit churchhealthcenter.org.

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Luttrell Talks School Funding as Reformation Continues

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell says Shelby County has seen more change and movement in education than any other community in the country.

Schools’ Marketing Intensifies as Choices Grow

January is a busy month on the school choice front in Shelby County. The state of Tennessee has an open-enrollment policy within school districts that allows students in low-performing schools to attend a different school.


This week in Memphis history: January 10-16

1950: On the front page of The Daily News, the city had a second Crosley automobile dealership. John Charles Wright opened Wright Motor Co. at 395 Union Ave. with another Crosley dealership named Fly & Harwood at 333 Madison Ave. Crosley Motors Inc. was headquartered in Cincinnati and started production on the line of subcompact cars in 1939, stopping in 1942 when World War II production restrictions put a temporary end to civilian automobile manufacturing. Production resumed in 1946, but Crosley stopped making cars by 1953.

Raymond James Looks to Sublease Space

Raymond James Financial Inc. is marketing space it has vacated at its 21-story Downtown office tower for subleasing opportunities as the company continues to evaluate its real estate needs.

Electrolux Cooks

New oven plant makes public debut

Executives at Electrolux Major Appliances North America formally opened their Memphis plant Thursday, Jan. 9, at Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park.

Midtown Medical Office Building Sells for $2.6 Million

A partnership of two Utah-based companies has acquired a medical office building on Union Avenue near Overton Square.

Smucker to Upgrade Peanut Butter Production

The J.M. Smucker Co. plans to increase investment at its Southeast Memphis facility but will hire fewer new employees than the company promised last year.

Veteran Marketer to Discuss Loyalty at Chamber Lunch

Chris Malone, a veteran marketer who has worked with organizations such as the NBA and The Coca-Cola Co., will be the featured speaker this month at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Small Business Council program launch luncheon.

Council Approves Ballpark Deal, Changes Coming

When AutoZone Park opens for another season of Redbirds baseball, you probably won’t notice anything different about the ballpark itself, though it will be owned by the city and the Redbirds will be owned by the St. Louis Cardinals.

New Management

Downtown Memphis Commission takes over Beale Street

It was shortly after 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3, and Downtown Memphis Commission president Paul Morris got an urgent message about a problem on Beale Street.

Germantown Planning Commission OKs Plan for Whole Foods

Developers on Tuesday, Jan. 7, cleared a key regulatory hurdle for a planned Whole Foods Market store in Germantown.

PRSA Memphis, Rossie Prep for Busy Year

The Memphis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America is kicking off what incoming chapter president Kim Speros Rossie is calling a busy 2014 by naming Beverly Robertson, outgoing president of the National Civil Rights Museum, as the 2014 recipient of the chapter’s Communicator of the Year Award.

Little Outlines Options for City’s Pension Liability

Changing retirement and health care benefits for city of Memphis employees going forward is a given, said city Chief Administrative Officer George Little this week.

15 Vie for County Commission Seat

Shelby County Commissioners will interview a group of 15 citizens Wednesday, Jan. 8, who want to become the newest member of the elected body.

Blues Foundation Nearing Fundraising Goal for Hall of Fame

The Blues Foundation is about 80 percent of the way toward securing its $2.5 million budget for construction of the Blues Hall of Fame, which will be housed at 421 S. Main St.

Grocery Growth

Memphis-area grocers angle for bigger slices of customer pie

By the end of this year, Kroger will have spent between $150 million and $200 million on upgrades, fixes and renovations at its Memphis-area stores.

Airport Authority CEO Sees Growth in New Reality

Memphis International Airport is making the transition from an airport with a majority of connecting flights, 90 nonstop destinations, higher fares and less competition to one with more origin and destination traffic, 30 to 35 nonstop destinations and lower fares.

Plans in Works for Dormant Midtown Project

City officials are working on plans to kick-start the dormant Washington Bottoms project at Poplar Avenue and Cleveland Street in Midtown.

Consolidation Voting Case Still Complex in 3rd Year

Three years after all the votes were counted in dual votes on an attempt to consolidate city and county governments, the federal lawsuit over the dual-vote requirement in state law continues.

Creative Aging Mid-South Delivers Arts to Elderly

Meryl Klein is on a mission to bring color, music, movement and beauty to senior citizens throughout the Mid-South.


Tigers' Life in ‘Real’ Conference Off to Tough Start

The Tigers’ first home game in the American Athletic Conference started with great promise. When guard Joe Jackson dunked to finish off a fastbreak and give the Tigers an 8-2 lead over Cincinnati, FedExForum was rocking.

Can ‘Cardinal Way’ Improve Park Attendance?

To put it in the game’s terms, the Memphis Redbirds/AutoZone Park/St. Louis Cardinals defeated political skepticism and doubt by a score of 8-4 and saved baseball at Third and Union for many summers to come.


Gold Strike Promotes Slade to PR Manager

Elizabeth Slade has been promoted to public relations manager at Gold Strike Casino Resort. In her new role at the MGM Resorts International property, Slade will lead in developing and executing integrated marketing communication plans with components such as media relations, social media strategy, community partnerships and brand management.


Oakhaven Warehouse Sells for $1.2 Million

4300 Air Trans Road, Memphis, TN 38118, Sale Amount: $1.2 million -
The 109,626-square-foot warehouse at 4300 Air Trans Road in Oakhaven has traded hands for $1.2 million.


Saint Blues Celebrates 30th Birthday with Events, New Guitars

Memphis-based guitar maker Saint Blues Guitar Workshop is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2014 and is marking the occasion in part with the introduction of several new guitar models.


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Learning to Stand Out From the Pack

Many people think they know what it is that makes one candidate stand out from another. Some think it’s an expensive graduate degree. Others say it’s the ability to take on loads of student debt, or being born into the right family. Although a pedigree from a good school and being in the right social circle never hurts, it usually won’t be the deciding factor between you and another candidate.

Get Ready for 2014 Taxes Now

Ray’s Take: Some of us have already started gathering our records and receipts in preparation for completing our 2013 federal income tax forms. However, it’s not too soon to be thinking about 2014 taxes as well. Changes in the tax code – from bracket revisions to the 3.8 per cent investment tax – could have an impact on your withholding and tax bill a year from now.

The Psychology Behind Social Media

Brands leveraging social media as an arrow in their quiver of marketing tools naturally want to know what drives people to engage with their brand. It’s perhaps the most important question of all, as mainstream social media sites like Facebook are placing increasing emphasis on how much your followers engage with your brand versus your total follower count.

‘Nigerian’ Inheritance Scam Leads to Lawyer’s Suspension

Early last month an attorney whose name I’ll spare you was suspended from practice for 12 months by his state’s lawyer disciplinary panel. Someone the lawyer had represented in a criminal case presented documentation indicating that he (the client) was the beneficiary of a large bequest. From a long-lost cousin. In Nigeria.

Resolve to Right Your Finances

It’s 2014. Odds are you made a resolution this year. Maybe you want to lose weight, get a new job or learn to cook. But how do your finances look? If you aren’t thinking about retirement, education or just saving for a rainy day, 2014 is the time to start. If you are thinking about it, where do you stand? Regardless of your situation, I’d like to challenge you to do a few things to better your financial situation in 2014.

It Pays to Look Forward

The thundering herd that carried the equity markets into the record books in 2013 seemed spooked by the first few trading days of 2014. Should we read into this?

Three Tips for Fundraising Success

Proper planning can set you up for fundraising success. Visualize your success, feel it in your heart and then make sure the prerequisites for fundraising success are in place before you start soliciting. Here are three tips to launch your 2014 fundraising in the right direction.

Personal Power

Remember me? Throughout 2011, I wrote about engaging employees. In order to engage anyone, you need something I call personal power.

Will a Leader Take a Stand?

Despite its history of entrepreneurialism, Memphis is a ghost town when it comes to birthing and growing businesses.

Staying Out of the Frying Pan

Last year, the whole country watched as celebrity chef Paula Deen found herself in the frying pan of bad publicity and damaging legal action. Now that the fire has more or less cooled, what lessons can employers and human resources professionals learn from what happened?

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