VOL. TMN-10 | NO. 3 | Saturday, January 14, 2017
With new Trump administration, trucking industry has the chance to lobby for changes
With every new administration comes some degree of uncertainty when it comes to federal regulations.
Lamar Avenue to the Mississippi state line is arguably one of the most significant 5-mile stretches of road in the country.
The popular restaurant/sports bar/adult arcade Dave & Buster’s will join the likes of Ikea, Nordstrom Rack and Trader Joe’s on the list of popular franchises opening up first-time locations in the Bluff City.
When Lausanne Collegiate School’s Memphis students return to the West Massey Road campus this fall, the school also will be welcoming students on the other side of the world.
Rhodes College president Bill Troutt kept it simple last month when he introduced Marjorie Hass as the next president of the liberal arts college.
A year into a compact between Shelby County Schools and charter school operators, the task of coming up with more-specific rules around the relationship is still ahead.
THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC
1977: On the front page of The Daily News, the Memphis City Council considers a resolution honoring undercover police officer Joe Hoing for his role in the federal investigation of the Memphis Playgirl strip clubs owned by Art Baldwin of Nashville.
As a child, Knox Shelton witnessed first-hand the struggle to break a generational cycle of marginal literacy. He grew up in Jonesville, Virginia, a small Appalachian coal mining town.
The national #GivingTuesday movement had started in 2012 in New York on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It was, and remains, a global giving effort riding the power of social media as a way to respond to Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT
The fact that Ben Pugh and Richie EsQuivel decided to name the brewery they’re developing in Cordova “Meddlesome Brewing Co.” gives at least some indication of the nature of their personalities.
The Memphis and Shelby County housing market remained healthy in 2016, where a record high in average home sales prices and a 15-year low in foreclosures helped make the housing crisis of last decade seem more and more like a distant memory.
Sam Goff, vice president of Independent Bank’s mortgage division, was already upbeat about the Memphis-area mortgage market as 2016 was only just getting under way.
REAL ESTATE RECAP
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Fitness International LLC, an affiliate of L.A. Fitness International, has purchased the site of the former Sunrise Chevrolet Buick GMC in Collierville for $3.7 million.
Michael Ugwueke’s first day on the job as CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, a post he assumed Jan. 1, included a round of meeting the troops.
For Dr. Harry Kochat, the best parts of working in pharmaceutical development are the interactions with grateful patients. Like the one he remembers from early in his career, when Kochat – whose work has focused on the development of life-saving drugs for more than three decades – encountered a mother and her young son.
Dr. James Robinson recently joined Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics in two roles: as the lead physician for the clinic’s new daytime walk-in program and as a sports medicine family practice doctor treating sports injuries for young athletes and weekend warriors.
GOVERNMENT & POLITICS
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said his core services or “brilliant at the basics” strategy is working a year into his four-year term of office. But he told the Memphis Kiwanis Club Wednesday, Jan. 11, that the strategy will take some time and patience toward what he termed a “renaissance.”
Saying they can avoid a “runaway” convention for “crazy or radical ideas,” Republican state legislators are filing legislation calling for a convention of states in Nashville to adopt a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Shelby County Commissioners voted Monday, Jan. 9, to renew a contract with attorney Julian Bolton after some debate about whether Bolton’s position is necessary.
Michael Rallings is just about at the one-year mark in his tenure as Memphis Police director and he has found his voice.
Pop star Justin Timberlake won’t have to worry about getting into trouble for taking selfies at the voting booth if legislation by a Memphis lawmaker passes.
A General Assembly-led panel is backing legislation to change juvenile sexting laws and adopt measures to stop teens from being held in detention for minor offenses as part of an effort to improve juvenile justice.
Cumberland Transit owner Allen Doty isn’t sure if a rule requiring major out-of-state retailers to collect Tennessee sales taxes will create more equity for his shop.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Republican state lawmaker wants all Tennessee license plates to include the phrase "In God We Trust."
Promising to maintain Tennessee’s strong fiscal standing, veteran legislator Randy McNally of Oak Ridge took the gavel Tuesday as Senate speaker, replacing Ron Ramsey, who over the last decade led a Republican majority to power in the Tennessee General Assembly.
Bobby White admits Humes Preparatory Academy is a “challenging situation.”
Most students at Klondike Preparatory Academy in North Memphis will be able to attend Vollentine Elementary next school year with transportation provided by Shelby County Schools.
THE TIPPING POINT
After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, Theo Ossei-Anto knew he wanted to make a difference in education – but he says coming to Memphis was an unexpected adventure.
Some of Mary Baker’s friends like to joke that she will eventually reclaim the whole city of Memphis, but just one lot at a time. “I say, what’s wrong with that?” Baker replied.
Developers of Parkside at Shelby Farms, a proposed mixed-use project, took another step forward with the purchase nearly 40 acres of vacant property adjacent to Shelby Farms.
There is another convention center hotel proposal in circulation, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland says.
Mike Nienaber has won a lot of college basketball games. Recently, he bagged No. 300 as the coach at Christian Brothers University. Before that, he won 242 games for Bethel College in McKenzie, Tenn.
While the NBA moved the Grizzlies’ 15th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Game to Sunday night, Jan. 15, the game against the Chicago Bulls will be televised on ESPN and the team will use Monday to offer service to the community.
In the immediate aftermath of the Tennessee Titans’ turnaround season, Jon Robinson’s title was expanded to executive vice president and general manager.
Are the Tennessee Titans on the verge of a breakthrough? It seemed as much over the second half of the 2016 season – the meltdown at Jacksonville notwithstanding.
TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS
Despite a reinvestment in the development of urban centers across the United States, the average American commute time is still increasing, which is placing a strain on both commuters and their employers.
Leaders of an effort to mark the sites of 32 lynchings in Shelby County have hired a project director for the upcoming centennial of the 1917 lynching of Ell Persons.
Memphis-based Verso Corp. has named B. Christopher DiSantis as its new chief executive officer effective Feb. 1.
Some members of the city’s Overton Park Parking Committee want to talk about changing one of the key ground rules for reconfiguring and expanding the Memphis Zoo’s parking area.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Peter Bowman described himself as a “self-employed” artist on his application to teach at Memphis University School, the institution where he ended up serving as an art instructor from 1979 until 2008.
THE ENGLISH MAJOR RETORT. So here we are between the election – you remember the election – and the inauguration – you know, the upcoming event that even some of the Rockettes can’t raise a leg over – and we’re already exhausted.
Ray’s Take When you’re busy focusing on living your life, it’s easy to fall into spending habits that aren’t exactly consistent with your long-term goals. Marketing departments hire some very smart people who can get you to buy things that you didn’t even know you wanted!
According to Charles Darwin, it’s not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive, but those who can best manage change. In my experience, that’s a true assessment not only for human beings, but also for businesses, regardless of the focus of the business.
It’s a common practice in business to set up a booth at the same trade show every year out of habit as part of your sales promotion strategy. Businesses show up, set up the same table display, and use the same fishbowl to collect many of the same business cards as they did in prior years.
The title of this column sounds a little strange at first glance. But if you’ve ever tried to make friends as an adult, you know this is a big deal. And it’s not just because it’s important to have friends. The friends you have as an adult can have a major impact on your career.
A talk by Johnson & Johnson executives Janette Edelstein, director external innovation, and Chris Ryan, director innovation sourcing.
Editor’s note: Part one of a two-part series. As 2016 came to a close there was an avalanche of well-crafted requests to give to nonprofits. These came in the U.S. mail and via email. They were on TV, radio, Facebook, Twitter, everywhere!