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VOL. 126 | NO. 10 | Monday, January 17, 2011

2010 Business License Filings See Decline From ’09

Hamida Pirani saw a need for a marketplace in Downtown Memphis, but the uncertain economic climate left her wondering whether the timing was right.

Pushing Up and Ahead

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.

MCS Board Meets, Norris Waits

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.

Architecture Report Brings Cautious Optimism

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.

2010 Court Filings Show Mixed Bag

Court filings were a mixed bag in terms of their volume for 2010.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Light Rain
Wind: South at 4.6 mph
Humidity: 79%


The Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South will host a breakfast forum Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale Drive. The topic is “Health Care Reform: Implications in Motion.” For reservations, contact Nancy Crawford at 757-8627 or ncrawford@bbbmidsouth.org.

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Morgan Keegan Plots 2011 Growth

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.

Seminar Helps Attendees Master Real Estate Market

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.

Friendliness as Important as Framing at David’s Frames & Art

A first impression David’s Frames & Art’s spacious showroom is the hundreds of perpendicular moldings decking the back wall.

Walking the Plank?

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.

Civil Rights Museum Files Permit for Phase One Redesign

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.

Ethics: No Ifs, Ands or Buts

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.

The Gift of a Teddy Bear

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.


Untapped Potential

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.

Gen Y’s Time is Now

Generational analysis can be revealing. It is also ongoing.

Ching Gives Bard Operatic Twist

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.

Restaurant Reviewers Should Follow Three Important Rules

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.

Simple Wine for Low-Key Occasions

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.


Memphis City Council Agenda

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.


Tenn. Lawmakers Receive Training on Ethics Laws

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are once again being given mandatory training to avoid violating ethics laws.


TVA Says Fuel Cost to Drop About $1.50 in February

KNOXVILLE (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority's fuel cost will drop in February and reduce bills by about $1.50 for residential customers.

Tenn. Transportation Head Says Maps are Still Important

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.

Haslam Names Grinder to Head Veterans Affairs

NASHVILLE (AP) – Republican Gov.-elect has named Tennessee Army National Guard Col. Many-Bears Grinder as commissioner of the state Department of Veterans Affairs.


Consumer Price Index Jumps on Costlier Gas

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.

Industrial Production Rises by Most in 5 Months

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.

Union Campaign to Boost Image of Public Workers

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.

Higher Commodity Prices May Spur Inflation

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.

Retail Sales Rise for Sixth Month in December

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.

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