VOL. 126 | NO. 10 | Monday, January 17, 2011
Hamida Pirani saw a need for a marketplace in Downtown Memphis, but the uncertain economic climate left her wondering whether the timing was right.
Downtown looks to carry momentum into new year
Fresh off a year capped by major office deals and new leadership atop the development agency that oversees it, it’s already clear the story of Downtown Memphis in 2011 will be dominated by forward momentum.
State Senate Republican leader Mark Norris of Collierville defended his bill redefining the terms of school consolidation during his time in Memphis over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.
For two years, architects have dealt with a sluggish construction market that’s kept projects from moving off the boards and employees in a constant struggle for their jobs.
Court filings were a mixed bag in terms of their volume for 2010.
Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. has kicked off 2011 with plans to open several new offices in the Northeast and by adding new executives to the firm’s public finance and investment banking teams.
As real estate professionals gather this week to take a look at the latest numbers, they’ll not only learn about current economic trends but also preview the road ahead.
A first impression David’s Frames & Art’s spacious showroom is the hundreds of perpendicular moldings decking the back wall.
One of the best lines about small business ownership comes from friend Jay Myers. I used it on the cover of my book: “Small business is the fight of a lifetime.” Amen to that.
450 Mulberry St., Memphis, TN 38103, Permit Amount: $1 million -
The National Civil Rights Museum has filed a $1 million permit application for renovations it originally previewed last year.
I had lunch yesterday with Judy Woodard Bell of InnerActive Consulting, who has written a number of blogs on ethics for her company’s website. We were discussing an ethical environment as a must-have for inspiring employees. She said she knows her behavior is on track when she has peace of mind. It’s a good barometer.
Last week, we examined two programs spearheaded by the Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation under their TEAM Up initiative (www.teamupmemphis.org). Both TEAMmates and TEAM Mentoring are growing and strengthening our base of mentors by making the experience more adaptable, easy and fun. This week I want to remain focused on youth by discussing the Memphis Child Advocacy Center (www.memphiscac.org) and ways we can help children who have been abused.
THE MEMPHIS NEWS
To listen to John Phillips talk, you’d think he was at least 10 years older than he actually is because of the seasoned advice he has for people his own age.
Generational analysis can be revealing. It is also ongoing.
The highly anticipated premiere production of Opera Memphis’ “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Michael Ching is a confluence of vocal styles, artistic designs and Shakespearian characters in a setting that may change the way audiences view opera.
While anonymity for a restaurant critic may be the ideal but not always practical goal – as I wrote in this column last week – there are other criteria and results that the dining reviewer should consider.
Let’s face it. Sometimes you don’t want a Big Deal Wine. Sometimes you just want a nice, easy-drinking, tasty little gem to go with that sausage pizza or plate of spaghetti and meatballs or burger. The problem with people who write about wine is that we get spoiled by the volume of Big Deal wines we receive as review samples. I have been known, in profligate manner, to open a bottle of $200 cabernet sauvignon to sip with the Saturday night pizza or a sleek, beautiful and rare pinot noir with my cheese toast.
The Memphis City Council will meet today at 3:30 p.m. in the Council chambers in City Hall, 125 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for a full agenda.
NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are once again being given mandatory training to avoid violating ethics laws.
KNOXVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority's fuel cost will drop in February and reduce bills by about $1.50 for residential customers.
NASHVILLE (AP) – Commissioner Gerald Nicely of the Tennessee Department of Transportation says state maps are still important despite the use of smart phones and GPS devices.
NASHVILLE (AP) – Republican Gov.-elect has named Tennessee Army National Guard Col. Many-Bears Grinder as commissioner of the state Department of Veterans Affairs.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer prices rose last month as the cost of gas increased by the largest amount since June 2009. But outside of energy costs, there was little sign of widespread inflation.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Industrial production rose in December by the largest amount in five months, providing the economy with solid momentum heading into the new year.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Union leaders plan to launch a multimillion dollar campaign to boost the image of government workers and change a political climate that has tilted against organized labor in dozens of states.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rising wholesale prices for food and energy are putting pressure on manufacturers and retailers to pass higher costs to customers. It's a trend that could raise inflation in the United States and slow economies in Asia and Latin America.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Retail sales rose for a sixth consecutive month in December, with big gains in sales of autos and furniture. The increases lifted sales for the year by the largest amount in more than a decade.