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VOL. TMN-10 | NO. 3 | Saturday, January 14, 2017
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Rerouting Regulations

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.

EDITORIAL

Editorial: Increase the State Gas Tax And Prevent Poaching

Lamar Avenue to the Mississippi state line is arguably one of the most significant 5-mile stretches of road in the country.

RESTAURANT NEWS

Dave & Buster's To Open In Cordova

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.

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EVENTS

National Civil Rights Museum will remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy Monday, Jan. 16, at its King Day Celebration, with the theme “Come Too Far to Turn Back Now.” The museum will offer reduced admission of $5 during the extended hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. An entertainment stage, health pavilion and children’s activity tent (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) will be set up outside. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org/king-day for details.

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EMPHASIS Education

Lausanne Leading Academic Efforts at New School in China

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’s Presidential Transition Reflects Larger Changes in Education

Rhodes College president Bill Troutt kept it simple last month when he introduced Marjorie Hass as the next president of the liberal arts college.

Charter School Path More Complex With Local, Federal Changes

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

January 13-19, 2017: This week in Memphis history

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.

NONPROFIT SECTOR

Literacy Mid-South Building Network to Raise Reading Levels

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.

Nonprofits Find a Winner in Grit. Grind. Give.

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

New Cordova-Area Brewery Coming Soon

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.

Shelby County Home Sales Prices Hit Record High

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.

Local Mortgage Market Closes Out Strong 2016

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

LA Fitness Eyes Collierville, Urban Village Moves Ahead

1048 W. Poplar Ave., Collierville, TN 38017 -
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.

HEALTH CARE

Ugwueke Takes Reins as Methodist Healthcare CEO

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 New Plough Center Director, Job is a Calling

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.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Robinson Takes on Dual Roles At Campbell Clinic

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

Strickland: Core Services Strategy Sustaining Momentum

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.”

Tennessee Lawmakers Act on Balanced Budget Convention to Curb ‘Crippling’ National Debt

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.

County Commission Renews Bolton Contract

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.

LAW ENFORCEMENT

Rallings Finds Voice on Violent Crime

Michael Rallings is just about at the one-year mark in his tenure as Memphis Police director and he has found his voice.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Justin Timberlake-Inspired Selfie Bill in Play in Tennessee Legislature

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.

Task Force Prepared for Juvenile Justice Legislation

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.

View From the Hill: Taxing Online Sales Not Such an Easy Fix

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.

GOP Lawmaker Wants Tennessee Tags to Say 'In God We Trust'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Republican state lawmaker wants all Tennessee license plates to include the phrase "In God We Trust."

McNally Voted Tennessee Senate Speaker

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.

EDUCATION

Frayser Charter Seeks to Take Over Humes Prep Academy

Bobby White admits Humes Preparatory Academy is a “challenging situation.”

Klondike Parents Review Options in Closing

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

Ossei-Anto Lifts Up Memphis Kids

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.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Blight Fight Takes Root Near Carnes Elementary

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.

Parkside Developers Finish Acquiring Land for Shelby Farms Urban Village

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.

DOWNTOWN

More Than One Convention Center Hotel Proposal

There is another convention center hotel proposal in circulation, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland says.

SPORTS

CBU’s Mike Nienaber Enjoys the Wins, Survives the Losses

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.

Grizzlies’ MLK Game Changed, but Mission Remains the Same

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.

Robinson’s Success Warrants Any Title He Wants

In the immediate aftermath of the Tennessee Titans’ turnaround season, Jon Robinson’s title was expanded to executive vice president and general manager.

Reese: Titans on Track to Match Early Success

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

Commuter Program Works With Employers to Alleviate Transit Troubles

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.

HISTORY

Lynching Centennial Observance Nears in May

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.

MANUFACTURING

Verso Names New CEO

Memphis-based Verso Corp. has named B. Christopher DiSantis as its new chief executive officer effective Feb. 1.

OVERTON PARK

Zoo Parking Space Dimensions Emerge as Issue in Greensward Compromise

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

Exhibit Recalls Peter Bowman’s Inspiration

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.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

The Bard’s Barbs

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.

Saving More – Can It Be Done?

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!

Adapt To Survive

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.

Seek ROI in Sales Promotions

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. 

Making Friends As An Adult

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.

Becoming A Partner of Choice

A talk by Johnson & Johnson executives Janette Edelstein, director external innovation, and Chris Ryan, director innovation sourcing.

Define Your Giving Priorities in 2017

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!

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 78 78 13,921
MORTGAGES 93 93 16,098
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 2,202
BUILDING PERMITS 242 242 28,995
BANKRUPTCIES 59 59 8,985
BUSINESS LICENSES 29 29 4,730
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 37 37 5,570
MARRIAGE LICENSES 37 37 3,019

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