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VOL. TMN-8 | NO. 41 | Saturday, October 3, 2015
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Memphis Early Vote Turnout Higher Than 2011 and 2009

Nearly 15 percent of the voters in Memphis cast early ballots in advance of Thursday's election day in the races for Memphis Mayor, Memphis City Council and City Court Clerk.

Fair Trade: The Mid-South Fair’s transition to Southaven

A FedEx jet turned for Memphis International Airport just north of Landers Center in Southaven, Miss., on Saturday, Sept. 26, the opening weekend of the Mid-South Fair.


Editorial: Severed Taser-Malone Contract Isn’t a Victory for Anyone

The controversy over The Carter Malone Group’s community engagement contract with police body camera provider Taser International posed some legitimate questions about crossing the proverbial line.

Third-Party Ads Attacking Wharton, Strickland Surface

An Alexandria, Va., political action committee is behind an attack ad targeting incumbent A C Wharton in the upcoming Memphis mayor's race.

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Cooper-Young’s Rocktober music series kicks off Monday through Thursday, Oct. 5-8, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the gazebo at Cooper Street and Young Avenue. Performers include Tony Maynard (Oct. 5), Davy Ray Bennett (Oct. 6), Nora & Chuck Retroactive (Oct. 7) and Subtractions (Oct. 8). Concerts continue throughout October. Visit cooperyoung.com.

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Memphis Theological Seminary Launches $25M Campaign

A new fundraising campaign publicly launched Friday, Oct. 2, marks the first of its kind in Memphis Theological Seminary’s 50 years in the city.


This Week in Memphis History: October 2-8

2014: Katy Perry performs to a sold-out audience at FedExForum, with Tegan and Sara and Ferras opening the show. Perry’s Memphis stop begins early, with her making an appearance on ESPN’s “Game Day” before the Ole Miss-Alabama football game in Oxford. She correctly predicts the Ole Miss upset, attends her first football game and later turns up at Funkys in Oxford, where she stage dives into the club crowd.

Controversial Taser Contract Canceled

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton announced Thursday, Oct. 1, that a controversial contract between Taser International and The Carter Malone Group has been canceled by “mutual consent” of both parties.

Taser Contract Controversy Endures As Election Day Nears

As the city of Memphis closed in on buying body cameras and other associated technology for its police department, the inner circle around Memphis Mayor A C Wharton was concerned.

Raleigh’s Kennedy Park is ‘the Heart’ of Wolf River Greenway

Charles Flink, the design consultant for the Wolf River Greenway, calls it “a season of construction” – seven segments of the 20-mile Wolf River Greenway in Shelby County are wrapping up their design work and set to begin a three-year construction phase.

Earlier Conversions Leave Lessons for Foote Homes Project

The coming redevelopment of Foote Homes will be different from previous public housing conversions, incorporating lessons learned from relocating residents.

City Divisions To Relocate As Memphis Trims Its Footprint

The city of Memphis is trimming its footprint with plans to consolidate municipal departments in three buildings across the city.

Former Highwoods COO Retires, Then Promptly Starts New Career in Memphis

Mike Harris’ idea of retirement doesn’t involve the golf course, free time or carefree travel.

Cossitt Library’s October Events Designed to Activate Riverfront

Far from Tiger Lane, University of Memphis football fans will have a new place to tailgate Friday, Oct. 2, as the Tigers play the University of Southern Florida in Tampa.

Hopson Calls Off Hillcrest-Whitehaven Merger For Now

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson is calling off a plan to merge Hillcrest High School into Whitehaven High School and turn Hillcrest into a ninth grade academy.

Good Shepherd Health in Memphis Charts Different Pharmacy Path With New Model

It quickly becomes apparent that Dr. Philip Baker, a pharmacist and founder of Good Shepherd Health in Memphis, runs a different kind of pharmacy operation out of his base in the Hickory Ridge Mall when he rattles off figures like this one.

Overton Square’s Future Tenants Could Be Residents

With Overton Square reaching 100 percent occupancy, there’s nowhere else for the entertainment district to go but up. Loeb Properties currently is looking at possibly adding two multistory mixed-use buildings to complement the bustling arts and nightlife scene.

Mid-South Farm Tourism Harvests Big Autumn Business

Deciding to start a business that is focused on carving paths through a field of corn might not seem like a sound post-college plan.

Bass, Berry & Sims Launches Nonprofit Practice Group

The nonprofit sector represents a sizable chunk of the Memphis-area economy – some 8 percent of total employment, with almost 45,000 jobs.

Wharton’s Accomplishments Weighted With Controversy

It’s a set of events just about any incumbent would envy during a re-election bid.

Shelby County Commission Agrees to Budget Summit

Shelby County commissioners will meet with Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell in October to hold a budget summit.

Last-Minute Negotiations Secure $30 Million Foote Homes Grant

The Foote Homes public housing development is still standing with word Monday, Sept. 28, that the city of Memphis has secured a $30 million federal grant to convert it to a mixed-use, mixed-income development.

New Life

After 10 years of planning, Universal Life building redevelopment begins

A development 10 years in the making, the abandoned 33,000-square-foot Universal Life Insurance Co. building is within sight of its new lease on life through the support of public and private partnerships.

Memphis Bike Share on Track for Launch Next Year

All signs are pointing to Memphis getting a bike-sharing program. Explore Bike Share has reached the end of the trail as the local initiative has sent out a request for proposals to take public bikes-for-hire to the next level.

'Bring Trader Joe's to Memphis' Creator Thrilled by Announcement

When Layla Rouse woke up Wednesday, Sept. 23, her phone was practically buzzing with texts and social media messages.

South Front Antiques Expands Via Web, Social Media

South Front Antiques has been a landmark in Downtown Memphis for decades, but the second generation of the Nielsen family is launching the past into the future with an expanded web presence and social media platform to make their one-of-a-kind pieces available far and wide.

Airbnb Provides Options to Memphis Homeowners, Guests

It all began for Marilyn White over phone conversations with a close friend back home in Buffalo, N.Y.

GLO Will Look to Grow Routes In Memphis

A New Orleans-based carrier new to the scene could unlock more routes for Memphis International Airport.


After Trying to Just Fit In, Jeff Green Looks to Make Bigger Impact on Grizz

Center Marc Gasol looks at Jeff Green and sees what does not exist anywhere else on the Grizzlies’ veteran, often plodding, roster.

Times Are Good. Try To Enjoy it, Memphis.

Someday, Vince Carter is going to be in basketball’s Hall of Fame. But recently, he was all about that college football.

Veteran Grizzlies Working Hard to Prevent Injuries

Just before the Grizzlies departed for California and the start of their preseason training camp this week, point guard Mike Conley explained why he was going to continue wearing that mask. You know, the one he made famous with his superhero performance in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals when the Grizzlies beat the Golden State Warriors on their home floor.

Grizzlies Bites: October 2-8

FedExForum Increases Security for Grizzlies Games: Walk-through magnetometers (metal detectors) have been installed at all entrances to FedExForum, and will be standard practice for entering fans starting with the Memphis Grizzlies’ first preseason game Tuesday, Oct. 6, vs. the Houston Rockets.

Three Games In, How Much Better are Titans?

At some point, the Tennessee Titans have to grow up.

Heat Really On for Jones Against Arkansas

It’s been a long week for Tennessee football coach Butch Jones.


Bolding is Only Tennessean to Teach at 2015 NeighborWorks Institute

Tim Bolding, executive director of United Housing Inc., is the only Tennessean selected to teach at NeighborWorks America’s 2015 NeighborWorks Training Institute. Bolding has taught coursework at the training institutes, which focus on providing high-quality training to nonprofit housing professionals, for more than 10 years.


ROCO Real Estate Buys Third Memphis Apartment Community

2778 Pickering Drive, Memphis, TN 38115 -
Michigan-based ROCO Real Estate bought an apartment complex off of Mount Moriah Road, making its third purchase in the Memphis area in six months.


Greenbox Memphis Provides Packing Solution for Movers

Melinda Pigors has had her fill of moving, or so it would seem.


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Cohen Raises Questions About Fairness of Hiring Practices

The last time you applied for a job, you probably assumed your application and resume were the only things your future employer used to make a decision about whether or not to hire you. Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren have been working on a project that may change your mind on this idea.

Fed Rate And Your Retirement

Ray’s Take After the biggest buildup to a meeting of the Federal Reserve in 10 years, they decided to do – nothing. The Federal Reserve left the federal funds rate right where it’s been since 2008, which is just above zero. Anyone who has an (theoretically) interest-bearing checking or savings account knows that already. Despite the inaction, the Fed still claims that rates are going up, someday.

Drawing a Blank

Nothing. That’s what I’ve got today. It happens.

Sales Teams Create Advocates

Now more than ever, the line between the marketing department and the sales team has been blurred. Marketing teams are connecting tech-savvy customers with the information they most want to know about your brand, essentially taking on those crucial, early phases of the client lifecycle.

Interview With Fundraising Guru Lisa Hoffman

Editor’s note: This is part one of a three-part series. If you are lucky, you are fortunate to know people who are “the real deal.” That is Lisa Hoffman. She is an experienced and talented fundraiser and coach. A woman who is both gentle and firm in her guidance, her goal is to help you reach your fundraising goals.

Five Fall Trips to Consider

Fall is a beautiful time of year, and a great season for travel.

Leadership Lessons From Design Thinker Max DePree

The former CEO of Herman Miller, Max DePree said, “I’ve got so many MBAs, but what I need is a poet. Poets are the original systems thinkers.”

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