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VOL. TMN-9 | NO. 42 | Saturday, October 15, 2016
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Big River

Boardwalk crossing over the Mississippi River seen as huge tourism draw

Jim Jackson had it planned. At the third annual Arkansas Delta Flatlander bicycle ride, the 100-kilometer bike ride would become what it was intended to be – a ride across the Mississippi River from West Memphis to Memphis across the northern side of the Harahan Bridge.

Local Major Violent Crime Rates Up Through August

Major violent crime remained on the increase through August in Memphis and Shelby County, according to crime statistics released Friday, Oct. 14, by the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission.

Green Dot Charter Appeal Approved by State

The Tennessee Board of Education approved Friday, Oct. 14, a Memphis charter school application rejected by the Shelby County Schools board.


Editorial: Big River Crossing Will Revitalize Both Sides

When Big River Crossing, the bicycle and pedestrian boardwalk on the northern side of the Harahan Bridge, has its grand opening Oct. 22, it will be a busy day.

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Businesses Can Expect to Pay More For Insurance Products in 2017

Many businesses are feeling the sting of increasing medical insurance costs, while premiums for other types of business insurance have remained stable over the past year. But that’s all likely to change in the next year, as rates are expected to rise.

Tennessee Insurance Website Scores Low in National Helpfulness Study

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance website ranked second to last in a new study by NerdWallet that looked at consumer helpfulness in searching for auto, health, homeowners and life insurance information.

New Clay & Land President Reflects On Insurance Career, Industry

Todd Dyson’s career in the insurance business has followed a simply trajectory. Treat clients well, pay attention to the relationship aspect of the business and look for opportunities to stand apart from the competition.


October 14-20, 2016: This week in Memphis history

2015: The University of Memphis Tigers football team beats Ole Miss 37-24 at a sold-out Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in a game televised on ABC. It’s a big day in the city. Some tailgaters showed up the night before, anticipating a colossal traffic back-up around the fairgrounds. The evening of the game, a smaller, sold-out crowd gathers at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts for the induction of the latest class to the Memphis Music Hall of Fame. Among those in attendance is late-night TV talk show host Jimmy Fallon, who is inducting Justin Timberlake. Keith Richards is present to induct Scotty Moore.


Shorb's Next Steps

Urban Child Institute job ‘ideal opportunity at ideal time’

Jill Crocker, board chair of The Urban Child Institute, remembers the conversation well. She and interim executive director Meri Armour were discussing the future and the person they would need to find to lead the nonprofit forward.


Mud Island Proposals to Reset If Tourism Funding Approved

Even if the city of Memphis gets state approval to use Downtown tourism development zone (TDZ) funds for Mud Island, Andy Cates says his outdoors company will not be part of any redevelopment plans for the river park.


Green Spaces Valuable Assets for Memphis, Citizens

Shelby Farms Park’s biggest project – Heart of the Park – is open. The Wolf River Greenway is on track for completion no later than 2020. Overton Park has come through the greensward controversy and is moving ahead with park enhancements.


‘Purple Night’ Showcases Pancreatic Cancer Fight

With a disease as deadly as pancreatic cancer, it’s important to call attention to and support research advances, in addition to giving stakeholders and patients an opportunity to network, learn from and lean on each other.

Musculoskeletal Conference Back for 14th Year

The annual Musculoskeletal New Ventures Conference set to take place in Memphis next week for the 14th time is a confab that brings together surgeons, venture capitalists and other industry leaders from around the world to network and pursue a bit of deal-making.


SCS May Still Pursue East High T-STEM After Missing Out on Grant

Although Shelby County Schools didn’t get a federal grant for a new optional school program at East High, the school system is still likely to continue with the ambitious plan.

Early Results Show Graduation Rate Gains In Shelby County, With Exceptions

From 96.4 percent in Arlington Community Schools to 78.7 percent in Shelby County Schools, the high school graduation rate in five of the public school systems in Shelby County increased in the 2015-2016 school year compared to the previous year.

Gestalt to Exit ASD Schools in North Memphis

The sentiment and the math are each familiar in public education in Memphis. 


Southwest President Says Community College Going in ‘Wrong Direction’

For a room with several dozen brightly colored balloons and a buffet, the small auditorium at Southwest Tennessee Community College on Macon Cove got very quiet last week when SWTCC president Tracy D. Hall began talking about her 14-month tenure as leader of the city’s community college.

Haslam Appoints 8 to New University of Memphis Board

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed eight business leaders, including a former University of Memphis interim president and the CEO of J.C. Penney Co., to the newly formed governing board of the University of Memphis.


City Market Owners Opening New Midtown Restaurant This Month

Every morning, Sunny Mandani is having to turn away a dozen or more customers from his and his wife Hamida’s new restaurant at the corner of East Parkway and Central Avenue, across from Christian Brothers University.


Target Zero Outlines Shelter Philosophy

A leader of a national nonprofit group working with the city of Memphis to reform the Memphis Animal Shelter said animal welfare organizations often get in their own way in pursuing a common goal of reducing deaths by euthanasia.


Mortgage Market Up 13 Percent in September

Sam Goff got a call last week from a homebuyer who lives in New York but has family in the Memphis area.

FDIC Report Presents Latest Local Deposit Snapshot

For Metropolitan Bank Memphis market CEO Philip May, it’s not a difficult question to answer.


Home Sales and Prices Continue to Rise in Shelby County

Home prices and sales continued to rise in September across Shelby County’s municipalities. Out of the county’s 33 ZIP codes, 20 had an increase in overall sales activity for the month and 19 ZIP codes saw increases in average sales prices.

Nearly 300 New Apartment Units Headed to McLean Boulevard Intersections

Two projects planned a block apart from each other will flood the Midtown market with luxury rental units.

Southeast Memphis Portfolio Sells for $23.6 Million

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Six warehouses and a parcel of vacant land in southeast Memphis have sold for a combined $20 million. The seller, Gateway McKinley Inc., purchased the seven properties in 2000 for $23.6 million.


Cervantes Helps Latino Memphians Stay Connected

Fabiola Cervantes is proud of her Mexican heritage. At the same time, the public relations and digital content manager at Latino Memphis loves calling the Bluff City home. Her dual heritage makes her a perfect fit to connect and empower Memphis’s 81,000 Latino residents.


Litigator Kimberly Hodges Joins Ogletree Deakins

Kimberly Hodges has joined Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart P.C., one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, as a shareholder in the Memphis office. Hodges has 16 years’ experience as an attorney focused on employment law counseling and litigation. She comes to Ogletree Deakins from Federal Express Corp., where she served as lead counsel – litigation and employment.


Town Hall Meetings Reflect Shift in Protest Discussions

Almost three months after Black Lives Matter movement protestors shut down the Hernando DeSoto Bridge and as a result, opened talks with the administration of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, some of the civic discussion has moved to economic issues.


Surface Parking Lots Inhibit Medical Center’s Growth

Surface parking lots are a “default land banking” strategy, according to Tommy Pacello, president of the Memphis Medical District Collaborative. Often, developers will pave over land with the intention of building something at a later date.


Real Life Can Wait: Former Tiger Alan Cross Walks On in the NFL

The Cross family’s living room in Millington is something of a mini-museum. A living testament, really, to what can happen when someone lives out the clichés – keep trying, never quit, believe in yourself – and decides the best way to deal with doubters is to figuratively head-butt them.

As Always, Vols’ Season Comes Down to Alabama

Halfway through a heart-stopping season, how strong is the pulse for the Cardiac Vols?

Could This Be the Year the Crimson Tide Rolls Out With a Loss at Tennessee?

Tennessee defensive end LaTroy Lewis was raised in Akron, Ohio, and recalls a special Saturday of football each fall when he was a youth: Ohio State vs. Michigan.

24 Questions: Counting Down to the Start of the NBA Season

With the start of the NBA season drawing near, let’s get that shot clock running and put up 24 questions in need of answers:

Titans, Lewan on Same Track to Success, Failure

Is it too simple to say: As goes Taylor Lewan, so go the Tennessee Titans?

Browns at Titans: What to Watch For

Keep on running. The Titans showed against Miami how their “exotic smashmouth” system is supposed to work. The offensive line did a great job opening holes for DeMarco Murray, who has run for 114, 95 and 121 yards in the past three games. The Titans are second in the league in rushing offense, while the Browns are 20th in rushing yards allowed.

Even the SEC Has to Bow to Hurricane

Sports writers covering SEC football have done a historically bad job at the league’s summer Media Days of predicting the conference champion. But it’s an exercise that does not put lives at risk.


Invest In Yourself With Vacation Days

Ray’s Take Vacation time is an investment in your future. Studies show that many Americans leave vacation days on the table every year. We’re too stressed to take a vacation because we’re stressed by the thought of all the work that will accumulate while we’re gone and make the whole vacation worthless. 

Words From Church

FAITH IN THE FUNNY. As you could tell from last week’s column, this campaign is wearing on me and, I suspect, on you. Words don’t appear to matter. Truth is ignored and lies are embraced.

How to Make Your New Business Fail

Congratulations, you are an entrepreneur! You have a great idea and are ready to launch your new business. You’re not alone. This year, according to the Small Business Administration, you are among the other 399,999 folks with a great idea poised to open their doors for business. But don’t worry, there is room for success.

‘Mail Room Guy’ Busted

Twelve states have cities named Greenville: Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas. I tied this down in 1975, breaking an unwritten rule along the way. This, when I wrote a byline article about cities named Green Something.

State Rep. Feels Heat From Staffer’s Firing

Like sands through the hour glass, these are the days of our Legislature’s lives.

When to Walk Away

As strange as I know it sounds, I think of looking for a job a little bit like dating. Unless you are a reality TV show contestant, you’ve probably never gone on a first date hoping the other person would marry you. You’re there to get to know them and to decide whether or not to have a second date.

5 Tips to Keep Your Marketing Emails Out of the Trash Folder

On a typical day, the average professional receives about 100 emails and, according to a recent study, that number is only expected to grow. The average professional also is in the routine of quickly scanning the inbox and deleting emails that don’t quickly catch their attention. It can be tough for any email these days to not end up in the trash bin.

Reboot a Sluggish Brand, Part 2

Editor’s Note: Part-two in a two-part series. In last week’s column, we explored the corporate psychological journey that happens to accept the fact that a once-leading brand needs to be transformed and relaunched.

Year-End Solicitation: Asking Donors for a Gift

Fall is in the air. Time for football, warm sweaters, and the approach of the holidays. For those involved in fundraising, it is also time to focus on the year-end campaign.

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