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VOL. TMN-10 | NO. 42 | Saturday, October 14, 2017
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Amazon Confirms Plans for $72M Memphis Distribution Center

While Memphis has been working to win the nod from Amazon in the company’s highly publicized decision on where it will put its second headquarters, the city is poised to get a major unrelated investment from the e-commerce giant.

Pfizer Seeks Incentives to Retain Financial Services Operations in Memphis

Admitting that its workforce in Memphis has been declining due to technology and business changes, pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. is seeking a 14-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive from the city and county to retain its finance and accounting operations in Memphis with a “stabilized” workforce of about 250 workers.

Turning The Page

Anticipation, anxiety, mystery abound as Grizzlies start season

The Memphis Grizzlies still cling to their old grit-and-grind identity – at least for marketing purposes and perhaps a subconscious need for comfort and security. But they also decided now was the time they had to initiate transformative change.

Historical Commission Grants City November Hearing on Forrest Statue

The Tennessee Historical Commission agreed Friday, Oct. 13, to send the city's request to remove a statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest from Health Sciences Park to an administrative law judge for a hearing next month.

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EMPHASIS Attorneys

Law Firms Implement Initiatives, Mentoring to Retain Women Attorneys

Although more than half of law school graduates are women, they make up only 36 percent of legal professionals, according to a 2017 report from the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women.

Process vs. Protest: Opinions Differ On How to Remove Monuments

Protest and the legal process live in the same neighborhood. Sometimes they are next-door neighbors with borders that may be in dispute. At others times they are allies. But there is almost always a tension between the two.

Memphis Law School Wellness Program Defending Work-Life Balance

It’s not that Richard Vaughan wasn’t busy before, because he was. He carried a full load as an undergrad at the University of South Carolina and also was a cheerleader there.

EDITORIAL

Editorial: End Runoffs to Avoid Ranked-Choice Voting

Almost a decade ago, Memphis voters approved a set of city charter amendments that included ranked-choice voting – a system in which voters select more than one candidate and then rank them by preference.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

October 13-19, 2017: This week in Memphis history

1954: E.H. Crump dies after two days in a coma at his house on Peabody near McLean. The previous August, Crump had missed voting in the primary elections, reportedly the first time he had missed voting since he turned 21 years old, which was the legal voting age at the time.

REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT

Designs for 3 Downtown Redevelopment Projects Approved

Plans for three prominent Downtown redevelopment projects received the architectural green light Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 11, from the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Design Review Board.

Nostalgic Space

Quonset Studios opening on Flicker Street

Frank Roberts has a passion for recapturing pieces of history. And while a 65-year-old Quonset hut on the outskirts of Tobey Park may not be have the elegant art deco accents of Crosstown Concourse, it certainly captures the essence of its post-war industrial beginnings the same way the former Sears building did in the 1920s.

New Apartments, Offices Headed for Cooper-Young

Two new development projects will get underway later this year along Cooper Street in Midtown, following their approval for 11-year PILOTs on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

Outdoors Retailer REI Planning First Memphis Store

5895 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38119 -
Group RMC Corp., the new owners of Southwind Office Center, have tapped CBRE’s Ron Kastner and Patrick Reilly to handle leasing services for the recently acquired asset.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

Monumental Decision

Strickland: Historical commission must decide by mid-November

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland may not even get a discussion with the Tennessee Historical Commission Friday, Oct. 13, about moving the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest out of a city park.

Corker’s Public Disagreement with Trump A Defining Moment in His Political Career

Many politicians have touchstones outside the world of politics and holding office they will return to and use in their political life.

Collins Says Smart Grid Era Will Improve MLGW Service

At Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division, storms causing power outages that affect more than 30,000 homes and businesses are considered major storms.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Memphis Launches Public Campaign for Amazon Bid

Memphis’ bid to land Amazon’s second U.S. headquarters got a new public component Wednesday, Oct. 11, with the launch of a social media push and the lighting of Big River Crossing in Amazon’s signature orange color to help raise the city’s profile amid intense competition.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

First Music Project Funded Through Memphis Slim House Loan Program

Attendees of the Eric Hughes Band’s CD release party next week won’t see everything that goes into making a collection of tunes like the band’s latest.

COMMUNITY

Coming Back

Mason Village returns residential to Fowler Homes site

Heavy machinery has been moving dirt around for a few months now on the E.H. Crump Boulevard lot that was once the site of the Fowler Homes public housing development. Leaders with the city of Memphis and the Memphis-based Church of God in Christ (COGIC) got around to the formalities Wednesday, Oct. 11, of breaking ground for construction of Mason Village – a $12.5 million development of 77 affordable townhomes on the site.

CONSUMER NEWS

Financial Exploitation of Elderly a Crime of Increasing Opportunity

America’s oldest citizens always have been at risk for financial exploitation and abuse. But as people live longer, the window of opportunity for such crimes widens.

TECHNOLOGY

Memphis Businesses Getting Smart About Internet of Things

As cloud-based technologies continue to advance, a growing number of Memphis companies are hooking into the Internet of Things to become more efficient while offering consumers greater convenience.

Interactive Solutions CEO Prepares to Hand Reins to Son

Jordan Myers’ business card identifies his title at Interactive Solutions Inc. as account manager for the Memphis-based audio visual and video-conference technology company.

EDUCATION

CMDS Begins East Memphis Campus Garden

The start of the school day was rainy, but the clouds gave way Tuesday, Oct. 10, for students at Christ Methodist Day School to assemble outside the East Memphis school and start a new learning garden.

HEALTH CARE

Methodist Changes Its Organizational Structure

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has re-arranged itself organizationally, putting its institutions into two groups and encouraging executives to think more across the whole organization rather than with a narrower hospital focus.

TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS

MATA Outlines Service Changes for December

The Memphis Area Transit Authority is considering a suspension of its Shelby Farms Park bus route until spring 2018 and an extension of its Appling Farms route to eliminate the Goodlett Ikea Way route that specifically serves the Ikea store in Cordova.

GREEN

Confluence Park Opening Marks Transformation

The name of the westernmost point of the Wolf River Greenway is still a working title. But the 115 acres on the north end of Mud Island has emerged from decades of overgrowth, used tires other materials dumped there to become an actual park.

DOWNTOWN

County Prepares to Begin Total Renovation of CJC

With the Memphis Police Department’s move into Civic Center Plaza from its long-time headquarters on the top floors of the Criminal Justice Center, Shelby County government is preparing to begin a total renovation of the CJC at 201 Poplar Ave.

THE TIPPING POINT

Cory Christmas Gives Access to Opportunities

Cory Christmas describes himself as risk-averse. But while he was growing up on the Gulf Coast, in Mobile, Alabama, he dreamed of being the sort of news reporter who broadcasts live during a hurricane.

SPORTS

Core Two: Fizdale Expects and Needs Gasol and Conley to Lead

For all of the uncertainty surrounding the Grizzlies as they wind down the preseason – from a still-diminished Chandler Parsons possibly being relegated to backup power forward to ongoing roster spot battles – coach David Fizdale is sure of this much:

What the NBA Needs is an Epic Upset

One thing the NBA is not is international soccer. Which is to say, Trinidad and Tobago does not make magic here.

Hartnell: ‘It’s Very Comforting’ to be Back

Scott Hartnell ran into unexpected difficulty back in 2000 on one of his very first road trips with the Nashville Predators.

Reeling Vols Are 0-5 Against Carolina’s Muschamp

Fans are fuming. Players are fighting. Butch Jones is coaching for his job.

Warriors to Win NBA Title Again, NBA GM Survey Says

Marc Gasol is the third-best center in the NBA, Mike Conley the fourth-best leader, and former Grizzlies defensive stopper Tony Allen is still tough, but no longer the toughest guy in the league.

AFC South Membership Only Thing Saving Titans

Right now, the best thing that can be said about the Tennessee Titans is they play in the AFC South, where someone’s mediocrity will be rewarded with a playoff berth come Dec. 31.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Steele Joins Southern Growth Studio’s Anthropology Team

April Steele has joined Southern Growth Studio as a business anthropologist, responsible for collecting and analyzing data to evaluate existing and potential products and services. Steele’s hire comes as the Memphis-based innovation consulting firm grows its applied anthropology practice. Using qualitative social research methods like ethnography, the anthropology team steers the innovation process, conducting primary research to distill and communicate key insights to clients.

SNAPSHOT

Snapshot: Larger Than Life

The 1,200-pound “Praying Mantis” sculpture is part of David Rogers’ Big Bugs exhibition on display at Memphis Botanic Garden through Jan. 1. The 10 sculptures, which stretch up to 18 feet tall, are intended to reverse the traditional perception of insects and are carved entirely from whole trees and other forest materials.

VIEW FROM THE HILL

Trump’s Bluster Cascades Through State Politics

The chaos emanating from President Donald Trump’s administration is changing the landscape of Tennessee politics, setting the stage for upheaval within the dominant Republican Party.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

The Ride From Can’t to Can

“THREE BUCKS A DAY, ALL IN.” My friend Jay Martin, founder and chairman of Juice Plus+, is impatient with systems for systems’ sake, with bureaucracies based on bureaucracies, with the tried and true default of “we’ve always done it that way.” If he sees a problem and sees no solution or a solution as problematic as the problem, he has a habit of building one himself and taking it out for a spin. And then he gets a few friends to climb on.

The Magic Numbers

Ray’s Take: Saving for retirement doesn’t just happen by accident. It takes meaningful thought, discipline, and action to create and execute a plan that will sustain you in your golden years. Yet, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, only 18 percent of U.S. workers say they are very confident of having enough money to live comfortably during their retirement years. There seems to be a big disconnect going on between knowledge and execution.

How to Meet Leadership Challenges Head-On

You applied for the position, anxious to seize the opportunity to finally become an administrator, a boss, a leader in the workplace. You went through the rigorous interview process, prepared yourself with the education and experience necessary, and you got the job! Now, you can’t seem to wipe the smile off your face as you picture yourself living that next step in your career. After all, you’ve worked for bosses; you know what to do. How hard can it be?

LinkedIn’s Latest HR Tool: Talent Insights

The hiring landscape is continuously being reshaped by the internet and the increasing data available to employers. On Oct. 4 in Nashville, LinkedIn.com unveiled its latest human resources product offering: LinkedIn Talent Insights. It will most likely impact how you, the job seeker, experiences the hiring process.

Avoid These Sales Proposals Fails

You put so much time and energy into getting a prospect to agree to a meeting, preparing for that meeting, pitching your services and gaining agreement from the prospect to consider buying. So why, all too often, is so little time spent on the sales proposal itself? It’s like running the ball to the 10-yard line and then sitting down on the field, which inconsequentially, is essentially what my team did this past Sunday.

Give Employers, Families, Seniors Relief From Pending ACA Tax

If you have health insurance coverage through work, you may be interested in knowing that your premiums could go up next year by as much as $500. But amid all the debate about health insurance, you likely haven’t heard much about it.

Year-End Fundraising: It’s Not Too Late

The end of 2017 will soon be upon us and the new year will begin. For nonprofits that means a concerted effort on what is referred to as “year-end fundraising.”

Using Innovation Inside the Enterprise

Increasingly people with job functions that serve an enterprise but have no customer-facing roles are filling up our Innovation Bootcamps. They are being sent to learn new methods, mindsets and approaches to problem solving. They don’t know what to expect when they arrive, but have plans to apply what they learned to create value for their firms upon leaving.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 128 183 20,949
MORTGAGES 130 174 24,535
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 4 27 8,637
BUILDING PERMITS 163 359 42,696
BANKRUPTCIES 61 116 14,018
BUSINESS LICENSES 24 46 6,447
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 29 85 13,596
MARRIAGE LICENSES 24 47 5,116

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