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VOL. TMN-9 | NO. 43 | Saturday, October 22, 2016
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Big Crowds Follow Formal Opening of Big River Crossing

The Big River Crossing across the Mississippi River opened Saturday, Oct. 22, with a whistle blast from a restored Union Pacific railroad steam engine and delegations from each side of the pedestrian and bicycle boardwalk -- Memphis and West Memphis – meeting in the middle.

Resetting the Bar

Grizzlies, Tigers, have high hopes and high hurdles

David Fizdale is a first-time NBA head coach. Tubby Smith is a college coach with a Hall-of-Fame resume.


Editorial: The Most Important Election of Your Lifetime

After all of the votes – popular and electoral – are counted in this tiresome campaign season in which being the lesser of two evils is extolled as a virtue, we all still have work to do.

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Leadership Memphis will host its ninth annual Multicultural Breakfast on Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 7:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Kenneth S. Robinson, president and CEO of United Way of the Mid-South, will present the keynote. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at eventbrite.com through Monday, Oct. 24.

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EMPHASIS Health Care

Campbell Clinic Spine Center Reflects Changing Health Care Landscape

Campbell Clinic’s Cordova-area spine center is a manifestation of some of the big themes driving the evolution of health care today.

Claims Pushing ACA Marketplace Rates Higher, Some Providers Out

Memphians with health care insurance through the state’s marketplace exchange or those looking to acquire health care insurance are bracing for rate increases that come on Jan. 1.

McDonald Murrmann Women’s Clinic Successful and Thriving in 20th Year

Early in their careers Dr. Mary McDonald and Dr. Susan Murrmann ended up in the same Memphis OB/GYN group. A private management company offered to buy the group, Murrmann recalls, and every physician was in line to get about a half-million dollars right up front.


October 21-27, 2016: This week in Memphis history

2010: On the front page of The Daily News, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton marks one year in office with the city filing more than 130 lawsuits in Shelby County Environmental Court against owners of blighted properties. “I’m a lawyer and I’ve gotten to the point where I’m just saying, ‘Hey, I gotta sue somebody,” he says. Wharton says he feels “right at home” in the mayor’s office. “You never see me arguing with council members,” he adds. “Wonder why that is?” The remark is the closest Wharton comes to comparing his governing style to former Mayor Willie Herenton, whose July 2009 resignation set the stage for the October 2009 special election that Wharton won while serving as Shelby County mayor. The contrast in governing styles is one factor in Wharton’s move to City Hall. But Wharton’s relationship with the council is already becoming more complex as he marks one year as mayor.


Impact of Three-Day RiverArtsFest Felt Year-Round

RiverArtsFest is gearing up for its 10th annual fine arts festival this weekend Downtown in the South Main Arts District, where more than 20,000 people are expected to attend the three-day event.

New Bishop of Local Catholic Diocese Begins Tenure With Call for ‘True Love’

The new leader of the Catholic Diocese of Memphis comes to the city from 12 years in Washington, D.C., as auxiliary bishop and vicar general of the Archdiocese of Washington.

Big River Crossing, St. Jude Ride and RiverArtsFest to Draw Crowds

The Oct. 22 opening of the much anticipated Big River Crossing is joining the St. Jude Ride and the 10th annual RiverArtsFest for a big weekend of festivities on the banks of the Mississippi in Downtown Memphis.

Impact of Three-Day RiverArtsFest Felt Year-Round

RiverArtsFest is gearing up for its 10th annual fine arts festival this weekend Downtown in the South Main Arts District, where more than 20,000 people are expected to attend the three-day event.


Medical District Begins Buy Local Program

Nine hospitals and universities within the Memphis Medical District are inviting Memphis-based innovators, entrepreneurs and existing companies to help solve operational challenges within their supply chain.


First TN Bank Focuses On Growth With New Hires

“Growing the business” is a mantra executives of First Tennessee Bank’s parent company have repeated often in recent weeks.

First Horizon Grows Third Quarter Net Income

The parent company of the largest bank based in Memphis is marching toward year’s end increasingly confident about its financials and outlook.


Airbnb Regulations Stripped of ‘Red Tape’

For several weeks, the coming of a city ordinance regulating Airbnbs looked like the model of how to achieve political compromise and consensus with the City Council brokering the process.

City Council Vote to Focus On Highland Strip Project

Memphis City Council members vote Tuesday, Oct. 18, on an economic impact plan for the Highland Strip area that sets the stage for the tax increment financing district to finance infrastructure changes in the private development hot spot.


Federal Appeals Court Upholds Ban on Beale Sweep

A federal appeals court has confirmed that an eight-year-old Memphis Police Department policy of clearing the Beale Street entertainment district after 3 a.m. is unconstitutional.


United Way Mid-South is Building a Network of Agencies to Fight Poverty

Memphis has a poverty problem, a problem that exists despite thousands of human service agencies at work in the region, and United Way Mid-South having interaction with some 650,000 people last year.


Early Voting Opens with Raw Election Appeals

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen’s choice of cap usually has some logo related to the University of Memphis or the Grizzlies and, occasionally, to baseball legend and childhood inspiration Minnie Minoso.


Shelby County Commission Approves Ambulance Service Starting Jan. 1

In a two-month period, Shelby County government has decided to add ambulances to the services provided by the Shelby County Fire Department after years of regular debates about the wisdom of contracting with private companies for the service.


Launch Party At Brooks To Celebrate Big Star Book

So much has changed since the images were taken, when the camera captured the long-haired Memphis power pop band Big Star in its short-lived prime and the road ahead seemed long and full of musical promise.


Board of Regents Vice Chancellor Talks Of Second TCAT Center for Memphis

The leader of the statewide system of Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology wants another one of the centers in Shelby County.


Grant & Co. Gets Into Luxury Home Market

Grant & Co., a family-owned homebuilder in the Memphis area, has expanded into the luxury home market with new homes being built in Collierville’s Hearthstone neighborhood.


Five-Year Crime Plan Avoids 'Stop & Frisk' Reference

Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission president and CEO Bill Gibbons won’t even say “stop and frisk.”


Grier Helps Memphis Youth Find the Right Career

As director of career development at the Juice Plus+ Technical Training Center of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis, Tiffanie Grier has an important job. She helps students between the ages of 16 and 24 find career paths that align with their personalities, talents and passions.


Vols Get Midterm B Despite Back-to-Back Losses

Tennessee’s football team is spending this week’s open date trying to get healthy after a rugged four-game stretch of SEC football in which they defeated Florida and Georgia and lost to Texas A&M and Alabama.

As Big 12 Stands Pat, AAC Looks To Grow Brand

It wasn’t difficult to figure out why the Big 12 – or the Confused 10, if you prefer – started down the road of exploring expansion.

Titans Turnaround? Only If They Can Beat Colts

A single two-point victory at home over the worst team the NFL has to offer this season might not sound like much of an accomplishment.

Kiffin’s Coaching Rehab Drives Vols Fans to Drink

Based on the events last weekend at Neyland Stadium, I think it’s safe to say the rehabilitation process is almost complete for Lane Kiffin.

Cleveland Indians, ‘Major League’ Come to World Series

The Chicago Cubs have the charm and the brand. Lovable losers. The Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field.

AAC West Division Could be at Stake as 5-1 Tigers go on the Road to Face No. 24 Navy

Top-ranked Alabama has scored more defensive touchdowns than any team in the country, but even the Crimson Tide cannot match the University of Memphis for volume of takeaways. Through six games, the Tigers’ 18 takeaways lead the nation.


Hawes Takes on New Role At ACE Awareness Foundation

Kiersten Hawes has been promoted to task force liaison and education coordinator at the Memphis-based ACE Awareness Foundation, which works to inform the community about the negative impact of adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs. Hawes will also continue to serve as a therapist at Universal Parenting Place’s Knowledge Quest location.


Financial Accounts and College Fees

Ray’s Take We are now seeing total undergraduate degree costs well in excess of the cost of a new home. We could talk about whether it’s worth it, but that’s another column. Today we want to discuss ways to save for it. First thing–start immediately. You should get going the moment you have a social security number for your child. Second–run the numbers honestly. It’s not realistic to assume scholarships before potty training. A multi-faceted plan will probably work best.

I’ll Never Be President

BIRTHDAY REFLECTIONS IN AN ELECTION YEAR. Let’s face it; I’ll never be president.

Driving Into Western Ovens

Sitting next to the pool at Excalibur Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip I couldn’t help but laugh at all the times I’ve heard people say “Oh, but it’s a dry heat” when talking about summers in Las Vegas.

Sisterpact Fighting Breast Cancer One Promise at a Time

July 3, 2008: the day my life changed forever. I was actually at work that day, expecting a phone call from my doctor. I had a biopsy done days earlier and was waiting for the results.

BCBS Bombshell Leaves Insurance Seekers in Bind

Nashville resident Jennifer Murray is caught in the snare of uncertainty looming over Tennessee health insurance coverage.

Courtroom Couplet

One of my I Swear Crossword test-solvers – a male musician from San Francisco by way of New York City – wrote, with regard to the current puzzle, “I don’t think I understand the quip.” 

Don’t Be Afraid To Bend Rules

Inevitably when I meet a job seeker, I ask a question that makes them pretty uncomfortable. Most of the time, the question is along the lines of, “Why don’t you send that hiring manager an email on LinkedIn?”

Brand Identity: The Importance of Color

No matter the industry, few things form company value faster and more dependably than a successful brand, and the first step to achieving this is by making an initial connection with customers.

Why Sales Training Doesn’t Work

Imagine you’re a football player and your coach shows you a new play by drawing it out on the white board. He asks you to execute the play in the next big game without ever practicing it. What is your likelihood for success? It’s likely very low, even if you’re an elite athlete, because elite athletes earn that moniker through hour upon hour of practice.

Innovation And The Tech World

While the world of technology has filled the world with tools of productivity and connection, it has its drawbacks. Many people today suffer from the shadow side of technology.

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