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VOL. TMN-7 | NO. 42 | Saturday, October 11, 2014
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Connecting Creatives

Undercurrent gives city’s young professionals networking, voice

In a body of water, an undercurrent is something that moves beneath the surface and which, though it might be unseen, is unwise to ignore, especially when it flows in the opposite direction of currents visible on the surface.

Editorial: Jobs Growth Has Multilayered Solution

The basic goal of bringing jobs to Memphis isn’t as simple as it sounds.


October 10-16: This Week in Memphis History

2004: The Memphis Grizzlies played their first home game at FedExForum, an exhibition game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Three Companies Seek PILOTs for Distribution Projects

Three companies are exploring Memphis for new distribution operations that would create 272 new jobs.

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The Broad Avenue Arts District will host the Broad Avenue Night Market 2.0 Saturday, Oct. 11, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Water Tower Pavilion. The marketplace will feature artists, food, live music and activities for kids. Cost is free. Visit broadavearts.com.

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EEOC Sues Fedex for Not Accommodating Deaf Workers

BALTIMORE (AP) – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit charging that FedEx discriminated against deaf and partially deaf workers and job applicants for years.

University of Memphis Gets ‘Big Data’ Grant

The University of Memphis is among a dozen universities in the nation sharing in $32 million in federal funding for research into how to analyze and use complex biomedical data, U.S. health officials announced Thursday, Oct. 9.

MLGW Weighs Water Rate Increase

The loss of more than 400 jobs by the Memphis economy could cause Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division to increase water rates.

Central Centennial

Memphis’ Central Station marks 100 years, revival

Central Station is 100 years old, an age that most train stations never reach. And if they do, they get there with some really harrowing years in mid-life.

TGI Fridays Franchisee Buys 3 Local Restaurants

A New Orleans-based restaurant group has acquired three local TGI Fridays restaurants.

Local Officials Emphasize ‘Public Health 101’

As top public health leaders announced the nation’s first death in the current Ebola outbreak, a batch of 3,000 letters were going out Wednesday, Oct. 8, to physicians in Shelby County.

Memphis Music Hall of Fame Prepares to Induct Nine

The Memphis Music Hall of Fame, administered by the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, next month will induct its new batch of honorees, a collection of music legends that each in their way left big marks on the industry’s landscape.

Paragon Launches Small-Business Group

Memphis-based Paragon Bank is expanding beyond the city, thanks to its launch of a new division focused on small-business lending.

Some Council Members Feel Dissed By Wharton

It was a phrase guaranteed to put more diss in the dysfunction between the Memphis City Council and Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

Council Reopens Seismic Standards Debate

Memphis City Council members repealed new seismic provisions for homes in the city-county Unified Development Code Tuesday, Oct. 7, about a year after approving them.

Annual Church Health Center Christmas Cards Return

The idea isn’t new or original. It’s just successful and worth repeating. In 1989, the Church Health Center started a Christmas card program as a fundraiser. Now, the annual CHC Christmas card effort raises about $250,000 annually.

All Shook Up

FedEx TechConnect lab tests packages

FedEx founder, chairman and chief executive officer Frederick W. Smith penned a memo in 1987 outlining his desire for the Memphis-based shipping giant to develop ways to assist customers in shipping their packages, including making sure packages arrived undamaged.

Home Sales Spike Surprises Realtors

In welcome – if not slightly surprising – news for the local housing market, home sales jumped in September as housing values continued to rise, providing a measure of relief for a market that has endured slower-than-expected activity.

No Gang Zone Targets Legends Park Area

In June a group of 100 gang members lined both sides of Mosby Avenue between Dunlap and Ayers Streets, shutting down the area, as they celebrated the birthday of a fellow gang member, according to the local Multi-Agency Gang Unit.

Haslam Touts State Constitutional Amendments

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam intends to vote for all four of the proposed amendments to the state Constitution on the Nov. 4 ballot, he said during a stop in Memphis Monday, Oct. 6.

Four Memphis Companies Join The TENN

Launch Tennessee has picked this year’s crop of 10 companies that will participate in The TENN, its master accelerator program for graduates of Tennessee’s nine startup accelerators.

United States Cold Storage Expands in Covington

A refrigerated warehouse logistics provider is expanding in Covington with a $48 million investment that will create 63 new jobs in Tipton County.

Retirees, City Attorneys Spar Over Lifetime Subsidies

The move by city retirees to block the end of a 70-percent subsidy of their health insurance premiums by the city of Memphis drew heavy fire Monday, Oct. 6, in Shelby County Chancery Court.

Broadening District

Bounty latest cuisine offering to join Broad Avenue

When he goes out to eat, Jackson Kramer tends to prefer small plates, sharing items with his wife, talking back and forth about the food and generally making the experience of cleaning one’s plate a communal experience.

Pocket Park Takes Shape on Madison

For several years, Scott Crosby, an attorney with Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC and co-owner of The Brass Door restaurant on Madison Avenue Downtown, had considered what, if anything, could be done with the shuttered Burger King restaurant across the street, a decaying eyesore in an otherwise vibrant strip of the street.

Methodist Opens Care Clinic in Marion

A subsidiary of Memphis-based Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has opened a primary care clinic in Marion, Ark., and officials hope more providers will follow suit to close the gap left by the sudden closure of Crittenden Regional Hospital in West Memphis.

Keystone Educator Named Teacher of the Year

A fourth-grade teacher at Keystone Elementary School was recognized Thursday, Oct. 2, as Tennessee’s Teacher of the Year.

Collins Taps Frustration in Possible Mayoral Challenge

Memphis City Council member Harold Collins took his exploratory campaign for Memphis Mayor to the Evergreen Historic District just days after launching the effort on social media.


Memphis Football Managing Rising Expectations

A college football coach is nothing without his canons, those principles and precepts that keep the focus tight and trained only on the next game, the next opponent.

Football Dreams

Mid-South college football fans, this hot streak is the real deal

Call the doctor, the sports doctor. Because the collective temperature of Mid-South college football fans is at unsafe levels.

Once High-Flying Vince Carter in Different Role With Grizz

At this stage of his NBA career, there are a lot of euphemisms for Vince Carter.

Future Looks Worse for the Aging Titans

If the Tennessee Titans want to find a blueprint for fixing the mess this franchise has become, perhaps they should study the team that’s coming to LP Field this Sunday.

After Florida, How Do Vols Get Excited About UTC?

Look around the University of Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium about mid-afternoon Saturday.

UT Homecoming Weekend Events

“Tennessee Traditions” is this year’s Homecoming theme.


Bible Joins Shea Moskovitz & McGhee

Kirkland Bible has joined family law firm Shea Moskovitz & McGhee as an associate. In her new position, Bible will represent clients in a variety of family law matters, including divorce, post-divorce and child custody matters.


McNeill Seeks Permits for Germantown Medical Offices

1432 Kimbrough Road and 1468 Kimbrough Road, Germantown, TN 38138, Project Cost: $2.6 million -
A developer planning a mixed-use development in Germantown has applied for two building permits for a medical office center.


Nutty Girl Treats Combines Creativity, Gourmet Desserts

Irina McGuire took inspiration for her baking business’ name, Nutty Girl Treats, from a few different sources.


Joining the Team

As football and basketball seasons start up again, questions have started to arise about working in professional sports. Let’s be honest. Who wouldn’t want to get up and go to work for their favorite sports franchise? Every day would be fun and exciting – and we might even meet a few of the players!

No On One

NO. IT’S HER DECISION, NOT YOURS. The Tennessee General Assembly is 83 percent male – and those big, strong men in the majority are convinced they know what’s best for the little ladies in the minority, in fact, what’s best for all the women of Tennessee.

Local Tech Startup Growth On Right Path

More than 500 Memphis business leaders, investors, entrepreneurs and innovators gathered at the Orpheum Theatre in late August, but they weren’t there for the latest show from Broadway.

On Faulkner and the Use of Punctuation

Regarding the recent Faulkner column, Tracy writes that she got “a solid feel for the place and the time of year. Thank you for not honoring your subject by writing paragraph-long sentences with intricate layers of subordination.”

Top Advertising Week Trends

Advertising geeks from across the nation unite annually at “Advertising Week” to hear industry experts share opinions on the current state of advertising and predictions for the future.

Five Alternative Ways to Give Back

The giving season is upon us. For many nonprofits, hospitals, schools, and colleges the next three months are all about fundraising. You will no doubt see an increase in direct mail and e-mail solicitations, Facebook campaigns, billboards, print and TV commercials and personal asks made by of you by friends, family members and associates.

Five Reasons to Consider Traverse City

Here are a few rules: American beach vacations must take place in Florida, wine getaways in Napa, snow adventures in Colorado, and leaf-viewing excursions in New England.

Financial Elements of the Innovation Process

Innovation is a saturated field, but one with a hole in it. Many companies can generate thousands of potentially valuable ideas, but have no accepted cultural method for placing a value on them.

Take Time to Connect and Share

The drive to the meeting was inspirational. The weather was perfect, the lights were green, and someone even let me in the line of traffic right before it merged to the left.

Nashville Edition

University School of Nashville Kicks Off Centennial

It was the summer of 1915, and a young Nashville educator had the audacity to suggest that a basement schoolroom on the grounds of the George Peabody College for Teachers might serve as a model for preparatory schools.

Goodpasture Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Aijalon Carter, 15, still remembers her first day as a timid 3-year-old at Goodpasture Christian School. Crying and scared, she was greeted by Miss Jill, her new preschool teacher and immediately felt better.

Harpeth Hall: ‘Tenacious’ Curriculum, Dedication to Tradition

Harpeth Hall’s new head of school is a fierce proponent of single-sex education who says that an all-girls school can nurture a female mind, especially one interested in going into a STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and math.

Nashville School News Briefs

Films and videos by Montgomery Bell Academy students and one faculty member will be featured Oct. 23 on the Nashville Education, Community and Arts TV channel’s Artober celebration.

Is Showing a House to a Stranger Worth the Risk?

The real estate community was saddened last week to learn of the murder of one of its own when the body of Little Rock real estate broker Beverly Carter was discovered in a shallow grave days after she had been reported missing.

Knoxville Edition

Does Maryville Have Tennessee’s Best Schools?

Three school systems, Maryville City Schools, Kingsport City School and Williamson County Schools are vying to earn SCORE’s top prize as Tennessee’s No. 1 district for 2014.

Maryville City Schools Wants Another Win

Maryville City Schools doesn’t rest on its laurels.

Kingsport Schools Pursues ‘Comprehensive Approach’

Kingsport City Schools goes about improving learning by coming at students and staff from every direction.

Williamson County Touts Top School-Testing Outcomes

A SCORE Prize finalist three years ago, Williamson County Schools is making another strong push for the top district in Tennessee for student learning, based in part on data compiled by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education [SCORE].

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