VOL. TMN-8 | NO. 43 | Saturday, October 17, 2015
After winning the seventh floor, Jim Strickland’s journey is just beginning
Jim Strickland has some big decisions to make.
A precinct-by-precinct breakdown of the vote in the Memphis mayor’s race shows Mayor-elect Jim Strickland carried eight of the 10 highest turnout precincts, five of them with better than 65 percent of the vote.
THE MEMPHIS NEWS EDITORIAL
The next 10 weeks will go by quickly for Jim Strickland.
They were down 14-0 not six minutes into the game. And they had given up a 68-yard touchdown on a trick play when star Ole Miss receiver Laquon Treadwell threw a pass.
Two of Memphis’ prominent food deserts are on the mend with possible tax breaks to attract grocery stores.
The week’s end found the chairman and CEO of First Tennessee Bank’s parent company in a bit of a philosophical mood about his financial institution, First Horizon National Corp., as well as the industry as a whole.
Despite being unfinished and empty for six years, the 16-story building at the corner of Riverside and Channel 3 drives has remained a landmark in the Downtown skyline. And finally, the lights are coming on.
The timeline is tight. But with the city of Memphis elections done, the Beale Street Tourism Development Authority is ready to move on several fronts before the end of the year to take control of the entertainment district and hire a day-to-day property manager.
THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC
2010: On the front page of The Daily News, the Industrial Development Board grants a $72 million payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement to Cargill Inc. to renovate and expand its Presidents Island corn milling operation. The eight-year agreement saves Cargill $11.5 million in taxes and keeps 370 jobs in Memphis.
Fred Davis can laugh about it now, but the founder of the Fred L. Davis Insurance Agency – which opened its doors back in 1967, the year before Davis was elected to the Memphis City Council – wasn’t always as sanguine about the color of his hair.
President Barack Obama’s signing of the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees Act (PACE) in recent days has some small businesses now relieved that they’ll be spared from health insurance premium increases.
Kathryn Cook finds her profession rewarding. But building a successful career in an industry that doesn’t have many female producers hasn’t been easy, particularly for the single mother of a special-needs child.
Breast cancer survivor Lisa Robertson (center) with five of her grandchildren, from left: Ayuana Rucker, DuQuon McCain, Dakenya Hooker, Anaigia Ricker and Divine McCain.
Woodson Dunavant and Don Lake are used to the question now that Dunavant Enterprises is through its non-compete with Dreyfus Commodities, the company that bought its global cotton operation in 2010.
Beale Street Caravan executive producer Kevin Cubbins has realized something over the course of the radio program’s now 20-year run.
The proposed Midtown mixed-use development at McLean Boulevard and Union Avenue has turned a corner with newly approved tax breaks.
Competition and the presence of new upstarts shaking up the status quo are par for the course when it comes to running a business over the long term.
Despite being unfinished and empty for six years, the 16-story building at the corner of Riverside and Channel 3 drives has remained a landmark in the Downtown skyline.
The South Main Artspace Lofts got a big boost from the Downtown Memphis Commission in an “extraordinary” grant that went beyond the parameters of its established financial incentive programs.
Always looking for a good topic of conversation, Hattiloo Theatre founder Ekundayo Bandele decided to put a group of millennials and active senior citizens together.
Cartwright Farms in the Collierville Commerce Center is a 165-acre lot well positioned for new industrial activity.
“He’s impressive, and I like him.” So summed up Downtown Memphis Commission president Paul Morris about the general sentiment in electing Terence Patterson to take over the post when Morris steps down next month.
The person was not a politician, wasn’t famous and wasn’t in law enforcement. He – or she – just wanted to thank local enforcement people for the service they provide every day.
Operating adjacent to Trolley Stop Market, at 694 Madison Ave., a food-focused nonprofit has just kicked off the fall season of its work connecting Memphians to healthy food from local farms.
Newman takes reins at Blues Foundation
When Barbara Newman took over as president and CEO of The Blues Foundation, it was her first job in the music industry.
Phil Coles remembers one job interview in particular as he was hiring for the new United States Cold Storage plant in Covington, Tenn.
A new veterinary clinic at the northwest corner of Sam Cooper Boulevard and Tillman Street will keep the lights on 24/7 and hopefully direct activity to Memphis’ less-trafficked Binghampton core.
Back in September, when the Memphis mayor’s race was still a race, Shelby County General Sessions Court clerk Ed Stanton walked out of his office at the Shelby County Courthouse, crossed both cratered and potholed lanes of Washington Avenue, entered the Shelby County Election Commission offices and kicked off the 2016 campaign season.
Shelby County commissioners have hired an attorney in their continued exploration of retaining their own permanent legal counsel independent of the county attorney’s office.
The identity of the Memphis City Council that will take office in January with six new members was still in flux at the end of a very long and frustrating Oct. 8 election night.
Memphis is backup point guard Beno Udrih’s sixth NBA city. And the four most previous ones – Sacramento, Milwaukee, Orlando and New York – have not been happy places of late.
The Ol’ Ball Coach resigned at South Carolina. No more Steve Spurrier fun and frivolity at SEC Media Days, no more jabs at opposing coaches, no more quips that make sports writers tingle.
The whispers are already out there. How much job security does Ken Whisenhunt really have with the Tennessee Titans?
Order has been restored in Vol Nation, at least for now.
Robert W. Ratton has joined Fisher & Phillips LLP’s Memphis office as of counsel, a role in which he represents employers in a wide range of employment law matters and supports clients with internal investigations and compliance issues. Ratton most recently served as a staff attorney at TruGreen LP.
REAL ESTATE RECAP
3725 Champion Hills Drive, Memphis, TN 38125, Sale Amount: $7.8 million -
Belz Enterprises made another big real estate deal on the tail of its recent announcement to redevelop the corner of McLean Boulevard and Union Avenue into a mixed-use development.
Sue Layman Lightman enjoyed her career in the public relations industry.
Can you imagine your car payment going up by 44 percent next year? Or that the cost of your cable was going up another 36 percent per month?
As owners of East Nashville’s popular Art & Invention Gallery, Meg and Bret MacFadyen are part of the city’s growing population of creatives, a group that includes entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, writers and all sorts of contractors.
–30– In 1936, she was the society editor and all of 24 and he was a graphic artist for The Commercial Appeal and barely 21. A man walked up to her desk, the first one you came to off the elevator at the front of the old city room, and asked, “Could you tell me where I could find Cal Alley?”
Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with a group of hiring managers at a conference hosted by the Society for Information Management. It’s an organization that encourages networking and education for technology leaders.
Ray’s Take Wikipedia defines a mortgage-burning party as a 20th-century American custom that is the ritual burning of a paid-off mortgage document by homeowners often including a party in which extended family and friends are invited to celebrate.
TAMPA, FLA. – “Inspiring architecture complements the warm palette and modern touches of the new Le Meridien Tampa.” Thus begins an online promo for the building I am sitting in – a century-old federal court building that’s been transformed into an unusual boutique hotel.
Legislation rejecting the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling faces major constitutional questions and, if passed, could put a financial burden on Tennessee taxpayers.
“Is greatness born – or is it made?”
Editor’s note: This is part three of a three-part series. The vitality of a nonprofit lies with its board members. Their individual and collective action, engagement and clarity of mission make a difference in the world. In this final installment of our interview with Lisa Hoffman we share her thoughts regarding the important work of a nonprofit board.
It’s October. You’re probably thinking pumpkins, crisp weather, football, campfires and weekends away to view the beautiful changing leaves.
An odd dynamic is taking place among the C-suite of many companies. They demand more innovation from the organization without really knowing what that means and the implications it has for the organization.