VOL. TMN-10 | NO. 4 | Saturday, January 21, 2017
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.
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
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.
While pro and college sports dominate local media coverage, the Mid-South remains a hotbed for outdoors activities such as hunting and fishing.
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.
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.
When we talk about the culture of Memphis, you probably think music first, then maybe food. Perhaps church.
THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC
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.
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 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.
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.
Memphis International Airport leaders are moving forward with plans to consolidate all of the airline and retail operations to an updated Concourse B.
The Shelby County Land Use Control Board met neighborhood opposition head-on Jan. 12, approving one controversial project and voting down two others.
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.
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.
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.
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.
State Rep. Joe Towns Jr. of Memphis isn’t surprised that Rep. Sheila Butt dropped her bill limiting “junk food” for food stamp recipients.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
A Boston-based car-sharing company recently teamed up with officials at Christian Brothers University to give their students a little “Humility.”
"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.
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
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
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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.
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.
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.
I keep reading that Nick Saban is ruining SEC football because his Alabama program is so dominant.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.