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VOL. TMN-6 | NO. 42 | Saturday, October 12, 2013
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‘Culinary Adventure’

Food crawls on rise as Memphians seek new dining experiences

Kim Fuqua is always adding something new to the menu of events she’s planning for Memphis’ community of foodies who are hungry for fresh dishes and drinks to sample.

Editorial: Memphis Moves Way Beyond BBQ

Memphis food is more than barbecue. Much more.

EMPHASIS Architects & Engineers

Hanging Around

Engineering firms take on smaller projects to stay afloat

The Pickering Firm Inc. is the architect and engineer of record for Nike’s massive, 1.7 million-square-foot facility expansion in Frayser.

LRK Turns 30 With Eye Toward Growth

LRK Inc. is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and the full-service architectural, planning, environmental and interior design firm is involved with a diverse range of high-profile projects, both locally and nationally, with the intent of creating special places for clients and users.

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Smith Finds Design Passion in Helping Communities

When reflecting on why he chose to become an architect, Stewart Smith tells a story of his father who could draw and had an industrial design background.


W.H. Porter Consultants Treats Engineering Like Art

You might not recognize it as such, yet every day in Shelby County thousands of people pass by, or over, the work of W.H. Porter Consultants PLLC.


October 11-17, 2013: This week in Memphis history

1943: On the front page of The Daily News, Memphis and Shelby County Schools got a $138,780 federal grant to handle the shift of population from rural areas and small towns to areas of the county where war plants were located. The grant brought total funding for the Shelby County Board of Education to more than $1 million.

NovaCopy Seeks Tax Freeze to Expand

Nashville-based NovaCopy is seeking a tax freeze to expand to a larger building and hire 30 new employees.

Room Service

Hilton employees give back with makeover of homeless shelter

Hilton Worldwide celebrates its second Global Week of Service this week, and more than 700 Hilton employees are working locally on community involvement projects, such as this year’s signature event at the Pilgrim’s Rest housing facility, 747 Court Ave.

Overton Square Garage Opens

Visitors to Overton Square know that parking has been at a premium recently, with side streets around the entertainment district filling up as quickly as the restaurants and shops there.

Airport Center Signs Two New Tenants

Memphis International Airport Center in Southeast Memphis has recently experienced positive leasing activity.

Overton Square Growth Boosts Indie Memphis

Choosing the right setting is important for a filmmaker’s finished product, so it’s perhaps fitting that the setting is one reason organizers of this year’s Indie Memphis Film Festival are preparing for another big year.

Akbari Takes District 91 Democratic Primary

As fewer than 2,000 voters participated in the latest of 11 elections in Shelby County in a three-month span, the independent candidate in the Nov. 21 special general election for state House District 91 filed suit against state election officials in U.S. Federal Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.

MEMFix Goes South

Block party planned for history-rich Soulsville area

Of the neighborhoods in which the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team has been working to build retail and commercial trade, none has the amount of history, turmoil, potential and perception problems found in the two blocks east and west of Mississippi Boulevard and Walker Avenue.

Frontier Airlines Returns to Memphis

Five years after Frontier Airlines’ rapid exit from Memphis International Airport, Frontier executives announced Wednesday, Oct. 9, the discount air carrier will return to town with four weekly nonstop flights between Memphis and Denver starting March 7.

Flinn, Whalum Differ on Sales Tax Hike Ballot Question

To Memphis City Council member Shea Flinn, the only uncertainty about the proposed citywide half-cent sales tax hike on the Nov. 21 ballot is the outcome of the vote.

Brews Brothers

Davin and Kellan Bartosch get crafty with Wiseacre Brewing

The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines “wiseacre” as “one who pretends to knowledge or cleverness; a smart aleck” and then asks readers to comment: “What made you want to look up ‘wiseacre’?”

Martin Institute Launches New Teacher Network

The proposal that kick-started education reform in Memphis began with the statistic that 40 percent of teachers in the former Memphis City Schools system left by their third year as an educator.

Crosstown Wins 20-Year Tax Break

The $180 million project to revitalize the Sears Crosstown building won a 20-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) agreement Thursday, Oct. 10, from the Center City Revenue Finance Corp.

Lipscomb: Fairgrounds Retail to be ‘Market Driven’

Robert Lipscomb, director of the city of Memphis’ Division of Housing & Community Development, says the retail to be part of the city’s Fairgrounds overhaul will not be in competition with businesses in the nearby Cooper-Young Historic District or Overton Square.

100 Candles

The Majestic Grille throws a bash for its historic Main Street home

An appreciation of the past is practically a requirement for visitors of the Majestic Grille, 145 S. Main St., a storied Downtown eatery housed in a space with a terra cotta facade, beaux arts decor and even an old movie screen inside.

Recovery Begins at Beale Street Anchor B.B. King’s

One of the cornerstones of the Beale Street entertainment district was surrounded by a chain link fence Tuesday, Oct. 8, following a pre-dawn fire Monday in the kitchen of B.B. King’s Blues Club, on the southeast corner of Third and Beale streets.

Attorney General: Haslam Can Appoint Judges Without Finalists

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam can fill vacancies in state trial and appellate court positions without getting a list of finalists from the Judicial Nominating Commission, which went out of existence at the end of June.

Baptist Begins Work on Germantown Rehabilitation Facility

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. is moving ahead with a new rehabilitation facility on South Germantown Road, aimed at helping meet increased demand from an aging population seeking to continue their independence after a devastating injury or illness.

Helping the Homeless

Genesis House doubles capacity for veterans

Genesis House, a shelter for homeless men and women run by Catholic Charities of West Tennessee, is doubling its capacity for veterans suffering from mental illness and addiction. The home is expanding from five to 10 the number of beds reserved for veterans – good news for the organization following the closure of two of its other programs for the homeless earlier this year because of a lack of new funding.

RootMetrics: AT&T Top Memphis Mobile Provider

Mobile phone carriers are scrapping earnestly among themselves to offer the flashiest phones to consumers, with offerings that cater to all manner of tastes and price points, but when it comes to actual mobile performance, a new study has found a clear winner in Memphis.

Synk to Lead Business Growth Workshop

One often-heard quote about the importance of strategizing makes the point that someone who fails to plan is essentially planning to fail.


What Tigers, Vols Need Now is Finishing Touch

They weren’t supposed to be in the game. Not the Tennessee Volunteers at home against Georgia, not the Memphis Tigers at home against Central Florida.

Hogue Goes Distance for ‘Golf’ Contest

The swing and the sound really haven’t changed that much. The swing is still fast and violent. The sound upon contact is a still a loud “ping!” that signals the ball is about to travel a long, long way.


Ritchey's Business Helps Runners Reach Finish Line

Odds are great that if you know somebody in Memphis who runs, they got their start with Star Ritchey, who has found runaway success with her personal running and training program, Star Runners.


Lewis Flies Unique Path to Legal Career

When Russell Lewis IV entered the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, he had no plans to become a practicing attorney.


Williams Joins Del-Nat as Director of Finance

Ronnie Williams has joined Del-Nat Tire Corp. as director of finance. Williams, who has a 15-year background in finance and accounting, most recently served as director of finance at Health Choice LLC. In his new role, he will be responsible for finance and accounting functions and will direct operations to meet budget and financial goals.


Nike Files $4.3 Million Permit for Frayser Facility

3100 New Frayser Blvd., Memphis, TN 38128, Permit Cost: $4.3 million -
Nike Inc. has filed a $4.3 million building permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for work on its North Memphis distribution center at 3100 New Frayser Blvd.


Know Your ABCs

THE ABCs OF PRE-K. If we are to pass the half-cent sales tax increase to fund prekindergarten for every child in Memphis, the newly appointed Memphis Pre-K Commission will need to learn their ABCs or get schooled by the voters again.

Private Labels Winning Brand Wars

Almost everyday the Studio faces challenges that private label competitors impose upon our branded products clients. More and more private label brands are taking lessons out of the innovation and brand strategy playbooks and getting ahead of the once category-leading brand product.

Purchasing Power as a Mental Construct

I frequently hear radio ads by mortgage companies touting the importance of “locking in low interest rates,” which will, theoretically, increase your “purchasing power.” The idea is, if you want a monthly mortgage payment of roughly $1,100, assuming a 6 percent fixed rate for 30 years, you can afford a $184,000 home; whereas a using a 5 percent interest rate and the same loan terms you could afford a $205,000 mortgage. The implication that for that extra $20,000 in loan amount, you can move up to a nicer home, maybe even a ritzier neighborhood.

Lessons of the Great Recession

Ray’s Take This last recession was a real wakeup call for everyone: once secure jobs evaporated, homes values were halved, retirement portfolios surrendered a decade’s worth of gains. It was a painful experience all around.

Pronoun Showdown

Make no mistake about it: When it comes to words, I’m a huge fan!

Take a Deep Breath

Last Monday, as Congress was debating the 97th version of the Continuing Resolution (CR), I decided to watch some of the floor remarks made from Capitol Hill. After about four minutes of viewing, the alarmist nature of the comments about the pending shutdown proved to be three minutes too much for me.

Beware of Shiny Object Syndrome

The very quality that defines some of the world’s greatest entrepreneurs is the downfall of many. How’s that for irony?

Affordable Care Act’s Time has Come

The Affordable Care Act is here! Knowing that nonprofits play a key role in connecting people to services, we asked a few questions of Dr. Clarence Davis, medical director, Government Business with BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.

Moral Character Wins in Business, Life

Companies that build teams with strong moral character win. Their teams are happier, perform better and are more successful overall.

The Lesson of the Zax

As I sit down to write my article this week, all non-essential people working for the federal government are on furlough. All, that is, except for the most non-essential of all government employees – our Washington politicians.

TigerLIFE Leads to Better Lives

It is a well-worn adage that what gets you to the top is the people with whom you surround yourself. This is true for individuals as well as for organizations, institutions, and cities. Memphis is no different in its collective vision of being at the top of those “Best of” lists. Based on current announcements, Memphis is faring well, and getting better.

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