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VOL. TMN-9 | NO. 2 | Saturday, January 9, 2016
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After Criticism, Urban Child Institute Ups its Grant Game

The Urban Child Institute has approved a 5 percent annual granting strategy that will equate to giving about $8 million to local organizations to support children’s needs.

Graffiti Green Light

Memphis' street art scene looks to come out of the shadows

Brandon Marshall is a full-time artist, making a living painting commissioned murals for clients. He’s also well-versed in the graffiti world of Memphis, a small but determined group of artists who tag properties around the city.

Editorial: Art and the Changing Eye of the Beholder

One of the oldest public murals in Memphis, a city that can’t seem to get enough of them, is at the Pink Palace Museum.

FedEx, TNT Merger Nabs Regulatory Approval in Europe

FedEx Corp. has received the green light to proceed with its $4.8 billion acquisition of Dutch delivery company TNT Express.

Memphis Average Airfare Continues Drop

The average airfare at Memphis International Airport has dropped more than $93 since 2012, according to passenger and fare data from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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EVENTS

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis will host the 14th annual Valero Memphis Refinery Tool Box Bash on Friday, Jan. 15, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road. The event will include live and silent auctions, whiskey tasting, live music and more. Tickets are $60 at toolboxbash.com or 901-322-3532.

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THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

This week in Memphis history: January 8-14

1973: The Harlem Globetrotters make their first appearance on ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” with a game from the Mid-South Coliseum, with Howard Cosell, Don Meredith and Frank Gifford hosting the telecast.

LAW ENFORCEMENT

Armstrong Leaves MPD After Five Years of Change

In five years as Memphis Police Department director, Toney Armstrong has seen more changes in law enforcement culture and how officers are perceived than most of his predecessors in the position ever saw.

REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT

Carlisle: One Beale Exploring Office Tower

Carlisle Corp. is exploring a third high-rise building to go with the luxury hotel and apartment towers in its $215 million One Beale project.

Homewood Suites Proposed For Vance Area of South Main

A six-story Homewood Suites hotel is the latest new development proposed in the South Main Historic District.

CBRE Acquires Memphis Affiliate

CBRE Memphis has gone from being an affiliate of CBRE Group Inc. to becoming part of the Fortune 500 real estate service and investment firm.

Tri-State Bank HQ Sale Heightens Speculation

The northeast corner of Main and Beale streets is more than prime real estate; it’s historic ground with a direct connection to ongoing racial and economic issues.

NONPROFIT SECTOR

From City to Rural County, Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry Delivers

Poverty and hunger are easy enough to find in Memphis. You don’t have to go far from the Mid-South Food Bank’s offices, at 239 South Dudley St., before you start wandering into pockets of isolation – food deserts.

AIRPORT

Memphis Lands Another Nonstop to Atlanta

Frontier Airlines is expanding its presence at Memphis International Airport by adding a nonstop flight to Atlanta.

BUSINESS

Gourmade Food Truck a Labor of Love for Creator

Jared Richmond admits he’s one of “those” kinds of restaurant patrons, a lover of food and of the food experience who sweats the details at places he visits and constantly has an eye for things that could be improved and that he’d have done differently.

Citing Future, NexAir CEO Talks Merger And Acquisition

When nexAir CEO Kevin McEniry says his company is always on the lookout for growth opportunities, it’s both an accurate reflection of its evolution over 75 years and also something of an understatement.

HEALTH CARE

St. Jude, Methodist, Le Bonheur Prep For a Year of Expansion

Flush with updated master plans, plentiful resources and abundant cash to spend, the arrival of 2016 finds at least three Memphis hospitals with ambitious New Year’s resolutions.

Ellen Degeneres Steering Donation to St. Jude

Ellen Degeneres is behind another big donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

ECONOMY

Fed's Bullard to Address Economic Club of Memphis

Only a few weeks after the Federal Reserve decided to raise interest rates after keeping them near zero for years, a key Fed official will be in Memphis later this month to talk about the economy and what lies ahead.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

After First Meeting, Personality of New Council Emerges

The judgments began early for the new Memphis City Council, which met for the first time Tuesday, Jan. 5, at City Hall.

Luttrell: State Likely to Mandate $1B Liability

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell said the state of Tennessee will most likely move to require Shelby County Schools to fully fund its $1.5 billion liability for health insurance and similar employee benefits.

Memphis City Schools Liability Questions Remain

It’s been overshadowed by City Hall’s liability crisis of the last two years.

Memphis Legislators Sound Off On State-Run School District

Armed with a Vanderbilt University study showing Shelby County schools that were taken over by the state’s Achievement School District are showing little to no improvement, Memphis legislators are nearly ready to kill the experiment.

Harris Weighs Cohen Challenge

Tennessee state Senate Democratic leader Lee Harris is considering a challenge of U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen in the August Democratic Congressional primary.

Candidates Already Gearing Up For August Elections

The ballot for the March 1 Tennessee presidential primaries and county primaries for General Sessions Court Clerk was set while many voters were focused on the holidays and preparations for the new city leaders taking office in January.

Police Body Cameras to Be Phased In

Body cameras for Memphis police officers will roll out in nine phases, one precinct at a time.

Greensward Controversy Revived With New Year’s Eve Legal Opinion

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland says a New Year’s Eve legal opinion on the use of the Overton Park greensward does not speak for his administration.

TECHNOLOGY

Amazon Planes May Not be Imminent Threat to FedEx, UPS

While it relies today on outside vendors like UPS, FedEx and the USPS to deliver customer orders, Amazon has been making moves that signal it wants to increasingly cut out those companies and become something of a package delivery giant in its own right.

SPORTS

SEC Still Overrated? Wrap Your Head Around SEC West, Says Bielema

That an Arkansas team played its best football at season’s end, coming into Memphis and defeating Kansas State 45-23 in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, hardly qualifies as a surprise.

Grizz Sign Former Tiger to 10-Day Contract

The Memphis Grizzlies have waived veteran backup big man Ryan Hollins and signed former University of Memphis guard Elliot Williams to a 10-day contract.

Mediocre Grizz, McGwire Gets It, NCAA Madness

Wednesday night, Jan. 6, Grizzlies at Oklahoma City on ESPN. It was, well, must-grimace TV.

Sports Execs Tackle Teams’ Economic Impact

Football fans in Charlotte, N.C., have had a fun season watching the NFL’s Carolina Panthers reel in 15 wins, a near perfect season, and secure the top playoff seed in their conference.

Sports Legacy Award Winners to Be Honored at MLK Game

Jalen Rose, Spencer Haywood and Tamika Catchings are the recipients of the 11th annual National Civil Rights Museum Sports Legacy Award and will be honored on Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Monday, Jan. 18 – when the Grizzlies play the New Orleans Pelicans at FedExForum.

‘Undefeated’ Courtney to Speak at Tigers Baseball Banquet

The University of Memphis baseball program has never been shy about swinging for the fences when booking speakers for its annual Meet the Tigers Banquet. Past speakers include Hall-of-Famer George Brett, best-selling author John Grisham, and pitcher Jim Morris, who inspired the movie “The Rookie.”

SMALL BUSINESS

Miss Cordelia’s Adapts To Customers’ Needs

Amidst a constantly changing grocery scene in the Memphis area, Miss Cordelia’s keeps plugging along in Harbor Town on Mud Island.

NEWSMAKERS

Sutherland Named HR Manager At CDS

Renee’ Sutherland has joined Central Defense Staffing as the human resource manager. In her role, she is responsible for conducting recruitment efforts, training and development of employees, employee relations, conflict resolution and workers’ compensation. She has a team that consists of recruiters, coordinators and administrative support workers.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Mall of Memphis Property Bought by Trucking Company

113-Acre Former, Mall of Memphis Site, Sale Amount: $3.9 million -
The 113-acre former Mall of Memphis property has a new owner. TAG Real Estate Holdings, an affiliate of Memphis-based TAG Truck Enterprises LLC, paid $3.9 million, or $34,513 an acre, to buy the property from Johnson Development Associates Inc., acting as Memphis Industrial Properties LLC.

COMMUNITY

Fitness Resolutions

Yoga remains fitness staple as other exercise trends gain ground

Exercise trends through the years have included everything from grainy VHS tapes of Jane Fonda and Richard Simmons to step and spin classes, Zumba, and CrossFit.

TENNESSEE LEDGER

New Routes to a Healthier New Year

About a year ago, Christina Charley launched Love Yourself Fitness, a virtual at-home personal training and holistic coaching business.

Holistic Care Finally Finding Mainstream Acceptance

Jean Wilhoite’s private practice as a holistic nurse in Knoxville is thriving even though she rarely actively advertises her services.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Let’s Not Forget

BELL. BOWLING. CROWE. GARDENHIRE. KELSEY. NICELY. ROBERTS. AND NORRIS. As the Tennessee General Assembly gets going in 2016, let’s remember how they started 2015 – with the abandonment of common sense and decency and hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans.

Back to Basics: Investing 101

Ray’s Take Learning how to invest your money is one of life’s more important lessons. You don’t need to be Warren Buffet to start investing. But you do need to have a basic understanding of investment and investment terms along with the confidence to make a plan.

How To Innovate Like A Startup

Ann Thompson, The Garage Group; Kristi Zuhlke, Knowledge Hound; Tarrae Schroeder, Kellogg; Kristine Greiwe, LYFT; Luana Nichifor, Proctor & Gamble

75-Year Wordfest

I’m a word fanatic. Always have been. And the first of the year is never a bad time to reflect on what’s going on in the world of dictionarization. To set the stage, let’s first look at a progression of new dictionary entries – decade by decade – over the past 75 years. 

A Magic Trick for Landing the Job You Want

Time and time again, I am tasked as a recruiter to pull the perfect candidate out of my hat for my clients.

Letting Go Of Fear

As we enter into a new year, there’s quite a bit of talk about setting new goals. They may be related to career, family, fitness or other personal pursuits. As these goals began to be shared, it’s interesting to think about which will be achieved and which will eventually be shelved.

Incarcerated Youth Offer Solutions, Hope

There is a growing concern about the increase of youth violence in the United States, and an equally growing commitment to advance the work of violence prevention and early intervention to prevent youth violence before it occurs. Memphis is no exception, on either issue.

Meteoric Rise of Digital Leaves TV in Dust

Editor’s Note: This column is the eighth in an 11-part series on the Top Ten 2016 Marketing Trends. Check back for the remainder of the series and a deep dive into each of these trends.

Building Consensus And Reaching Agreement

This is the second in a series focused on the prerequisites for fundraising success.

2016 Could Be Banner Year for Travel

Every new year is filled with possibilities.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 128 128 17,998
MORTGAGES 155 155 20,990
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 149 149 36,765
BANKRUPTCIES 60 60 11,985
BUSINESS LICENSES 19 19 5,696
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 49 49 12,297
MARRIAGE LICENSES 40 40 4,518

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