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VOL. TMN-8 | NO. 44 | Saturday, October 24, 2015
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Together Again

With core parts still in place, Grizzlies begin push for the most special season yet

To look ahead to next season, we must first go back to last season. To that heady time when the Grizzlies held a 2-1 series lead over the Golden State Warriors in the NBA’s Western Conference semifinals.


Editorial: It’s Grizzlies Season Again In Memphis

Remember when there were seasons in Memphis like fall and winter?

New Daisy Owner Says Tax Dispute Unnecessary

The co-owner of the New Daisy Theatre says the Tennessee Department of Revenue should have been able to find someone at the Beale Street nightclub to talk with before resorting to padlocking the business for a day.

International Paper CEO: 'Find a Way to Be Relevant'

International Paper chairman and CEO Mark Sutton, who’s been the top executive at the Memphis-based paper and packaging products giant for almost a year now, has some pretty basic guideposts for being a good leader.

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The Fall Mid-South Wedding Show & Bridal School will be held Sunday, Oct. 25, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Whispering Woods Hotel and Conference Center, 7300 Hacks Cross Road, Olive Branch. The event will feature vendors, multiple fashion shows, free engagement photos and more. Visit midsouthweddingshow.com for free ticket locations.

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This week in Memphis history: October 23-29

2014: Grand opening of the new Hard Rock Cafe at the northwest corner of Second and Beale streets in what was the original Lanksy Brothers store. The original Hard Rock had been at the southeast corner of Beale and Rufus Thomas Boulevard.

Big River Crossing’s Visibility Stirs Interest

From Martyrs Park on the Memphis bluff, you can see the Big River Crossing on the north side of the Harahan Bridge taking shape 120 to 180 feet at a time.

Memphis Election Results Certified After Complaints

The Shelby County Election Commission has certified the results of the Oct. 8 Memphis elections with all five members of the body complaining about election night problems in posting vote totals.

Strickland: Expect Smaller Memphis City Hall Administration

Several city division directors under outgoing Memphis Mayor A C Wharton have told Mayor-elect Jim Strickland they do not intend to seek reappointment in the new administration.

Literacy Mid-South Creating Diverse Board and Volunteers

Just so there is no misunderstanding: If you’re a billionaire living in Memphis, or even a millionaire, and you’d be interested in helping Literacy Mid-South and perhaps being on the board of directors, executive director Kevin Dean would love to sit down with you and have a conversation.

Campbell Clinic Shows Off New Spine Center

Campbell Clinic CEO George Hernandez was waiting to greet guests once they stepped out of the elevators and onto the fifth floor at 8000 Centerview Parkway, home to his clinic’s new spine center where he was helping direct traffic during an open house Wednesday night.

Wharton’s Transition Reveals Lighter Mood

The incumbent’s advantage in Memphis politics often keeps playing out after all of the votes are counted – even if the winner isn’t the incumbent.

Binghampton, Uptown Grocery Projects Win Tax Breaks

Two community development groups are the first recipients of Community Builder PILOTS, a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive housed at the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine.

Huge Memphis Industrial Lease Caps Busy Q3

The largest lease of the year has gone to a Fortune 500 Company.

Strickland Names 26 to Eight Transition Committees

Memphis Mayor-elect Jim Strickland announced Wednesday, Oct. 21, that he has named 26 people to eight committees that are the structure of his transition committee.

Delayed Midtown Kroger Details Unveiled

With completion of the Union Avenue store now 18 months past initial projections, Kroger Delta Division officials say that the store is on track and “not anywhere near your standard Kroger.”

Study Suggests Video Games Could Have Health Benefits

The conventional wisdom might hold that playing video games is at best a pleasant diversion and at worst a form of entertainment that rots your brain. But new research led by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has come to a far different conclusion.

City Council Approves Hotel-Retail Development Near Shelby Show Place Arena

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Oct. 20, plans to develop one of the few open parcels of land along Germantown Parkway as either a hotel with retail or two retail strips.

Developer Long on Downtown Memphis, Short on Specifics

Three Downtown properties are now owned by an Atlanta-based affiliate of an Australian real estate investment and development company, which is giving little in the way of clues about its Memphis plans.

FedEx Pilots Ratify Contract

The pilots of FedEx Express have reached a new contract agreement with management of the Memphis-based shipping company.

FedEx, TNT Merger Still on Track

All proper approvals are in place for FedEx Corp. to acquire Dutch delivery company TNT Express NV with the $4.8 billion offer expected to close in the first half of 2016.

EDGE Still Explaining Itself To Memphis, Shelby County Elected Leaders

Four years into its existence, Reid Dulberger is still explaining the basics of a group created by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell to streamline local economic development efforts.

The Kitchen Community is Growing Gardens in Memphis Schools

In September, children at Resurrection Catholic School harvested sweet potatoes out of the garden they had been studying all year. They knew about soil content and the lifecycle of a seed, and they knew that there was something special about these sweet potatoes.

Videographer to Release Stanford Documentary

One night several years ago, while he was watching Alex Gibney’s film, “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” Houston-based videographer Dave Henry got an idea.

Interstate 55 Roundabout Delay Creates Frustration

Lauren Crews admits that the old, vacant motel he owns on the border between Interstate 55 and the French Fort neighborhood is an eyesore.

MIFA Takes Over Memphis’ Homeless Hotline, Will Staff 24/7

If there was any doubt that the city’s homeless hotline for families with children needed to be manned 24/7, that question was erased in the first two weeks the hotline was operated by the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association.

Renovation of The Palace on Beale Begins

There were some last-minute fixes to the Big Star Room before it was ready for the public to see. And a crowd gathered Friday, Oct. 16, on Beale Street below as Steve Adelman was giving directions inside the New Daisy Theatre.

Quire Launches Predictive Analytics Technology

Brad Silver’s Memphis-based technology company Quire has launched next-generation software capable of helping health care providers make better decisions about how and where to direct their limited resources.

Timberlake Remarks Show Generational Change in Music Heritage

Memphis music heritage, and the remembrance of it, turned an important corner Saturday, Oct. 17, when Justin Timberlake walked on stage at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts.

McLean Wilson To Address Crosstown’s Resurgence

Four years ago, the Sears Crosstown building started on a complete transformation into becoming a vertical urban village as Crosstown Concourse. It hasn’t been an easy journey for McLean Wilson, leader of the abandoned building’s $200 million redevelopment, but it’s one that has the potential to uplift other disinvested areas in Memphis commercial real estate.

TBI Probe Of Fatal Police Shootings Becomes Policy

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has become the go-to agency for the Memphis Police Department in the last year when it comes to investigations of police conduct. And that’s a policy.


Titans Staff Must Alter Offense to Protect Mariota

As of Sunday, Oct. 18, the Tennessee Titans’ mission has changed going forward – or least it should.

Reveiz Knows What Vols Need to Snap Streak

Tennessee place-kicker Fuad Reveiz was anxious and nervous much of the week leading up the Vols’ game against Alabama on Oct. 16, 1982.


Craig Gordon Joins Advanced Dermatology

Dr. M. Craig Gordon has joined Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Associates. As a general dermatologist, Gordon manages dermatologic conditions ranging from acne, warts, eczema and psoriasis to more complex cutaneous lymphomas and autoimmune skin conditions. He also performs cutaneous surgeries and offer medical cosmetic services.


Boyle Buys Vining Sparks HQ For $16.3M

776 Ridge Lake Boulevard, Memphis, TN 38120 -
Boyle Investment Co. has purchased the Vining Sparks headquarters building in East Memphis.


Prodigi Arts Tells Stories Through Animation

Chris O’Conner’s childhood was probably like many other boys growing up in the 1980s and ’90s who enjoyed watching “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and “G.I. Joe.”


Around Here, You Hear Belz


Build Your Credibility, Be On Time

The importance of being on time is often underestimated in business. It is one of the easiest ways to build credibility and conversely, one of the fastest ways to lose it. Whether you are just starting your career or are a seasoned professional, this is an important point for everyone.

Things You Should Invest In

Ray’s Take It’s important to save where you can, but it’s just as critical to spend where you should.

Judicial Accountability Site Invites Raters

So, I was in Northwest Arkansas a couple weeks ago for a golf tournament. On Friday night I swung by Penguin Ed’s, bought a mess of barbecue, and took it to the home of Sam and Pat Perroni, long-time friends who used to live in Little Rock. They have a beautiful spread a few miles outside Fayetteville, a picture-perfect spot for grand parenting.

Students Find Options via Tennessee Promise

Siegel High School graduate Davione Williamson wasn’t quite sure he was college material when he entered Motlow State Community College in Smyrna this August on a Tennessee Promise scholarship.

Let Your Team Lead

Have you empowered your sales and marketing pros to lead?

The Bounce in Search of a Rally

The lugubrious sentiment that we described in our Oct. 2 commentary, coupled with the collapse in earnings and economic expectations, coiled the market for a well-broadcasted bounce. Since Oct. 2, the S&P 500 has sprung 7 percent higher, led by the year’s most reviled performers.

Stand Beside Her

Stand Beside Her is an example of a powerful new advocacy campaign. Launched by Girl Scouts Heart of the South in 2014, the campaign is now a weeklong national event. It focuses women on supporting each other, and most importantly on changing the culture that girls grow up in. It’s a bold move to reduce comparisons and competition amongst women. The goal: changing our culture so every girl and woman can reach her fullest potential.

Design Thinking As Worldview

Design thinking is considered a human-centered framework for problem solving, used in formal innovation work in many fields: health care, consumer products, software, medical devices, durable goods, services and city planning. Design thinking has been perhaps the most lauded innovation method. In brief, the phases include empathy, define, ideation, prototyping, testing and storytelling.

JIFF Is Making a Difference in Memphis

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, French Jesuit and philosopher, said: “The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason to hope.” It is a brilliant way of capturing the solution, but how do you give hope to a generation of young people who seem mired in a downward spiral of multi-generational hopelessness? What do you hope for when your world is your ZIP code and your ZIP code is a world of violence, crime, hunger, homelessness, gangs, crack houses and unbridled anger? Who gives hope for the future when the present is so dire?

International Paper CEO: 'Find a Way to Be Relevant'

International Paper chairman and CEO Mark Sutton, who’s been the top executive at the Memphis-based paper and packaging products giant for almost a year now, has some pretty basic guideposts for being a good leader.

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