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VOL. TMN-10 | NO. 4 | Saturday, January 21, 2017
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Memphis Women's March Draws Thousands Downtown

Several thousand people marched Saturday, Jan. 21, from the D'Army Bailey Shelby County Courthouse to the National Civil Rights Museum in one of several dozen “Women’s Marches” across the nation including the largest gathering in Washington D.C. the day after President Donald Trump began his term of office.

Smaller Friday March Draws 200

A group of 200 people marched Friday, Jan. 20, from Robert Church Park near Beale Street to the Civic Center Plaza in what some organizers called an “anti-racist, pro-immigration, pro-tolerance” demonstration.

SPECIAL EDITION: Memphis Newsmakers – Sports

Sports Bind City

The soundtrack of daily life in Memphis

Maybe it is your spouse’s Christmas party. Or a local business conference and no one else from your company is attending. When you give the room the once-over, it’s full of unfamiliar faces.

The Great Outdoors Still a Popular Destination for Mid-Southerners

While pro and college sports dominate local media coverage, the Mid-South remains a hotbed for outdoors activities such as hunting and fishing.

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EVENTS

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and the Memphis Office of Youth Services will hold the first event in the “Hear Me Out” Youth Forum Series Saturday, Jan. 21, from 10 a.m. to noon at Greater New Liberty Missionary Baptist Church, 250 E. Raines Road. The series allows youths ages 14-21 the opportunity to share concerns and offer solutions to issues they’ve faced or observed to a panel of city leaders. Others forums will be held Jan. 28, Feb. 4 and Feb. 11 at different locations. Registration required; visit cityofmemphisyouth.org.

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College Football Bowl Scene Changes, But AutoZone Liberty Bowl Endures

Step inside the East Memphis offices of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl and the 58-year history of the game is captured in long, mirrored display cases featuring the helmets of every team to play in the game – from the simple crimson-and-white helmet of Alabama to the golden dome of Notre Dame.

Youth Sports Boost Players’ Skills, Benefit Memphis’ Bottom Line

The baseball fields in January are relatively quiet, at least compared to March. That’s when 60 to 65 teams begin to make their way every weekend to the Gameday Baseball complex in Cordova, where tournaments are in high gear from March through October.

EDITORIAL

Editorial: Sports Remains Part Of Memphis’ Pulse

When we talk about the culture of Memphis, you probably think music first, then maybe food. Perhaps church.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

Jan. 20-26, 2017: This week in Memphis history

1967: Sam The Sham and the Pharaohs headline the year’s first rock ‘n’ roll show at the Mid-South Coliseum atop a bill that includes Hank Williams Jr., Charlie Rich, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Gentrys, The Yo-Yos, and Flash and the Casuals.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Metropolitan CEO Explains Renasant Merger

Not many people were racing to start up banks in 2008, with the underpinnings of the financial system teetering. One of the few who did was Curt Gabardi, a former Regions Bank executive who envisioned a bank that would focus primarily on commercial and private banking clients.

First Tennessee Parent Closes Book on Solid 2016

First Tennessee Bank’s parent company has closed the book on 2016 with a set of quarterly and full-year results attributable to its top executive’s mantra about sticking to the basics.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

St. Jude Expansion Looks East of Campus

The city’s plan for the Pinch District between the Pyramid and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital isn’t the only reason the city will seek expanded uses of the Tourism Development Zone and an expansion of a Tax Increment Financing district.

Airport Authority OKs Update to Design Plan

Memphis International Airport leaders are moving forward with plans to consolidate all of the airline and retail operations to an updated Concourse B.

Land Use Board Makes Decision on Trio of Controversial Cases

The Shelby County Land Use Control Board met neighborhood opposition head-on Jan. 12, approving one controversial project and voting down two others.

EDUCATION

East High T-STEM Program Takes Applications

Dedric McGhee got right to the point Wednesday, Jan. 18, as he explained to a group of about a dozen parents of eighth-graders what the new optional school at East High School will be about.

U of M Adds Master Of Social Work At Lambuth

The Department of Social Work at the University of Memphis will add the Master of Social Work (MSW) program to the U of M Lambuth campus beginning next fall. The new program will both address the need for the curriculum at the Jackson, Tennessee, campus and to better meet the demand for graduate-level social workers in the region.

NONPROFIT SECTOR

Youth Villages' New Marketing Officer Aims to Raise Nonprofit’s Identity

For 15 years, Jennifer H. Jones was with Hilton Worldwide. Her task as senior director of brand marketing: build up the profiles of Conrad Hotels & Resorts and Waldorf Astoria Hotels.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Haslam Tax Plan Would Secure Funds for Road, Infrastructure Projects

NASHVILLE – Memphis legislators are weighing Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to raise fuel taxes and slightly cut the grocery tax, while assessing the impact on local governments of a Hall income tax reduction and a major business tax reduction that is proposed.

Memphis Lawmaker: Junk Food Bill Would Bully the Poor

State Rep. Joe Towns Jr. of Memphis isn’t surprised that Rep. Sheila Butt dropped her bill limiting “junk food” for food stamp recipients.

View From the Hill: Cooperatives Ready to Fill Broadband Void

Rural broadband backers such as Misty O’Beirne in Rutherford County can take heart. Legislation to spread high-speed internet into cyberspace deserts is making the right connections.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

Burgess Suggests Fewer Deputies In Courtroom

Shelby County Commission chairman Melvin Burgess wants to see a broader use of Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies within the city working with Memphis Police.

ECONOMY

Memphis Economists: Trump Tweets Turn the Page on GOP Playbook

It’s long been a cornerstone of Republican political orthodoxy that government should “get out of the way” of businesses, and that the fewer mandates and regulations, well, the better.

LAW ENFORCEMENT

Major Violent Crime Up in 2016, Driven by Growth in Murder Rate

Major violent crime in Memphis for 2016 was up 3.2 percent from 2015 fueled by a 23.9 percent increase in the murder rate and a 4.3 percent rise in aggravated assaults from a year ago.

BEALE STREET

Council Discusses Disbanding Beale Street Authority

Several Memphis City Council members talked Tuesday, Jan. 17, about undoing the Beale Street Tourism Development Authority and acting directly to hire a day-to-day manager for the entertainment district.

TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS

Zipcar Expands Operations in Memphis With ‘Humility’

A Boston-based car-sharing company recently teamed up with officials at Christian Brothers University to give their students a little “Humility.”

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Rent Like a Champion Eyes Memphis PGA Event

"Shark Tank" alumni home-rental platform Rent Like A Champion is looking to move into the Memphis market just in time to sign up homeowners and provide private housing for the FedEx St. Jude Classic golf tournament in June.

HEALTH CARE

Saint Francis Rolling Out Carpet for Nurses

Faced with a growing demand for nurses, hospitals are finding they have to be more creative in their recruitment efforts to attract the best candidates.

THE TIPPING POINT

Restaurateur Couple Make Downtown Feel Like Home

More than streets and buildings, neighborhoods are made of the people who live and work in them. Just ask Deni and Patrick Reilly. Over the last 10 years, as co-owners of the Majestic Grille, they’ve left their mark on Downtown Memphis.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Dave & Buster’s to Open Cordova Location

7930 Germantown Parkway, Memphis, TN 38133  -
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 their first locations in the Bluff City.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Graves Named Director Of Downtown YMCA

Angelic Graves has joined YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South as executive director of the Louis T. Fogelman Downtown YMCA. Graves, a Chicago native, comes to Memphis from the YMCA of Metro Chicago, where she most recently served as executive director of the South Side YMCA.

SPORTS

Markel Crawford Finally Arrives In His Redshirt Junior Year

It’s a distinguished list of alumni that have gone from Melrose High School to play basketball at the University of Memphis: William Bedford, Larry Finch, Ronnie Robinson and Adonis Thomas. And yes, Markel Crawford planned to uphold that legacy.

Saban Dominance Bad for SEC? Not Buying It

I keep reading that Nick Saban is ruining SEC football because his Alabama program is so dominant.

Final 4 is Proof NFL Teams Must Have Elite QBs

Now that the NFL playoffs are down to four teams remaining, it is easy to point out the common thread among them: Elite play at the quarterback position.

Pro Athletes Have Platform to Discuss Race

After touring the National Civil Rights Museum Saturday, Jan. 14, before a forum on race and sports, journalist and commentator Marc Spears had an immediate thought as the panel discussed whether racism is becoming institutionalized in America.

Freshman Bone Gives Vols Hope for Quicker Rebuild

Tennessee coach Rick Barnes isn’t ready to proclaim Jordan Bone a rising star in SEC basketball, but he sure saw promising signs from his freshman point guard last Saturday night in Nashville.

THE PRESS BOX

Grizzlies Hesitate to Use 3-Point Shooting Bargain

On Jan. 16, Grizzlies guard Troy Daniels quoted Martin Luther King Jr., posting this on Twitter: “Your self-sacrificing devotion to your purpose in life and your unwavering faith will carry you through times of difficulty.”#MLKDay.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Remind and Remember

REMEMBERING MOMENTS. I recently called my oldest older brother. I told him that there was snow on the ground outside my window, it was 19 degrees, my gardenia looked like a lime Popsicle, and I didn’t appreciate it. This time of year there’s generally a couple of feet of snow outside his Adirondacks window, 19 is downright balmy, and he’s often threatened to send some of that my way.

Retirement Budget Busters

Ray’s Take When you’re working, emergencies seem to happen fairly regularly. Whether it’s a new roof or a special vacation, they come up. If there’s not enough money in the emergency fund, you can always adjust the plan – earn a little extra, delay retirement, etc. But after you retire, there’s not as much margin for error. 

Spring Break Ideas From Memphis

Spring break is right around the corner and if you’re still thinking of ideas for the family – even ones that have you joining the crowds – I have some thoughts.

The Real Reason A Company Doesn’t Call Back

Interviewing for a job is an incredibly personal process – at least for the job seeker. If you’re looking for a new job, you know the frustration when a company doesn’t call you back. It stings like rejection. It can leave you reeling – wondering what’s wrong with you.

How to Raise Prices and Keep Customers

When planning your price increase, you probably thought about it all: The appropriate increase amount based on competitive standards, which products or services will be affected, and the amount of business your company can afford to lose as a result of the change. But too often companies forget their customers when they outline a price increase strategy. A communication plan is a key part of implementation and should never be an afterthought. 

10 Ways to Refine Your Fundraising Readiness

Editor’s note: Part two of a two-part series. Are you ready for a successful fundraising year? Are you already involved? Before you go full force in the marketplace – whether with cultivation or solicitation – stop and review your fundraising readiness status.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 312 16,192
MORTGAGES 0 293 18,685
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 0 655 33,126
BANKRUPTCIES 0 237 10,737
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 112 5,198
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 127 11,344
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 94 3,867

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