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VOL. TMN-9 | NO. 41 | Saturday, October 8, 2016
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Green Renaissance

Memphis rediscovering itself and aiming higher

As director of Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, Jen Andrews has been on the front lines of what can fairly be called a green revival in Memphis. And she is amazed at how much change has occurred over the last decade, a rebirth that spans not just across the miles but now seems embedded in the city’s psyche.

Gestalt to Exit ASD Schools in North Memphis

Gestalt Community Schools will not be running Humes Preparatory Academy Middle and Klondike Preparatory Academy Elementary schools after the end of the current school year, the charter school announced Friday, Oct. 7.

Tigers Ride Big Plays – and Defense – to Win Over Temple

From the sideline, Memphis quarterback Riley Ferguson watched history unfold as Tony Pollard raced 95 yards and erased a 20-year gap between kick returns for touchdowns.

EDITORIAL

Editorial: Memphis Moving Beyond the Parks

The word “parks” doesn’t begin to adequately describe what is currently happening in Memphis.

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EVENTS

2016 VESTA Home Show, hosted by the West Tennessee Home Builders Association, will be held Tuesdays through Sundays from Oct. 8 to Oct. 30, in Ainsley Manor, 50 Abbott Hall Court in Arlington. Tour five homes and see the latest in multigenerational floor plans, innovative interior designs and cutting-edge technology. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for youths. Visit vestashow.com.

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EMPHASIS NEWSMAKERS

Fourth Bluff Momentum Grows With $5 Million Grant

They’ve been called the “things between things” in Downtown Memphis.

Silicon Ranch Developing Millington Solar Farm for Long Haul

Millington is about to be the home of the largest solar power plant in Tennessee thanks to a public and private partnership with a commitment to renewable energy.

Love of Outdoors Turned Into Life’s Work for Joe Royer

No video games, no cell phones, but plenty of sunshine and fresh air. “I grew up like most Tennessee people, my dad took me hunting and fishing,” said Joe Royer, now 68.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

October 7-13, 2016: This week in Memphis history

2015: City Council member Jim Strickland upsets incumbent Memphis Mayor A C Wharton, taking 42 percent of the vote in the mayor’s race to 20 percent for Wharton. Wharton becomes only the second incumbent mayor to lose a re­election bid in the history of the mayor-council form of government. And Strickland becomes only the second mayor elected from a seat on the council.

TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS

Memphis Trucker Drives 5 Million Miles With No Accidents

Joe Brown didn’t understand what the big deal was Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the YRC Freight Memphis terminal and distribution center in South Memphis.

Infrastructure, Attitude Shifts Could Decrease Medical District Parking Needs

The Memphis Medical District has 16,000 employees, 8,000 students – and 250 acres of surface parking lots. National experts say the district’s parking footprint could hinder further growth.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

University of Memphis Art Museum ‘May Surprise You’ With New Exhibit

In 1990, the Art Museum of the University of Memphis didn’t even carry that name – it was a contemporary gallery and the new director, Leslie Luebbers, inherited collections that could gently be described as scattered.

Indie Memphis Festival Promises To Be ‘Eclectic and Uncompromising’

Brandon Harris, a New York City-based writer and editor, loves the “eclectic and uncompromising nature” of the annual Indie Memphis Film Festival, which he’s attended three times now.

CITY HALL

Pot Vote Seen as Foothold in Memphis Criminal Justice Changes

There were two gateway debates in Memphis City Council chambers Tuesday, Oct. 4, as it debated and then approved an ordinance that gives Memphis Police the discretion to write a ticket with a $50 fine for possession of a half ounce or less of marijuana.

REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT

Two More Boutique Hotels to Arrive Soon

An out-of-town developer with one hotel planned for the Downtown market has purchased the former Memphis College of Art graduate school at 477 South Main for another hotel.

Artspace Locks in Rents in Hot Area

A Downtown apartment complex will lock in affordable rents in one of Memphis’ most expensive areas. The South Main Artspace Lofts saw a formal groundbreaking Thursday, Sept. 29, at the giant United Warehouse building at 138 St. Paul Ave., tucked off of South Main.

Skilled Nursing Facility In Bartlett Sells for $13 Million

1150 Dovecrest Road -
Signature HealthCARE of Memphis, a skilled nursing facility at 1150 Dovecrest Road in Bartlett, has sold for $13 million.

HEALTH CARE

Methodist University Hospital Breaks Ground on $280 Million Expansion

With a row of hardhats and shovels arranged neatly in front of him, Dr. David Stern reflected Wednesday, Oct. 5, on the significance of the $280 million construction project underway nearby on the campus of Methodist University Hospital.

POLITICS

Stein Says She’s the Choice in ‘Voter Revolt’

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein told a group of Memphis supporters this week that she didn’t become politically active until she was 50 years old. But she had been active long before that in “social movements” where the focus was a cause and not necessarily a candidate.

GREEN

A Greener Memphis Requires More Connectivity

It sounds simple enough, the idea that, as Wolf River Conservancy executive director Keith Cole puts it, “One of the basic premises of connectivity is you never want to build a bridge to nowhere.”

LAW & THE COURTS

Just City Expungement Fee Fund Awaits Grants

One of the city’s two funds to pay expungement fees for first-time offenders who have served their time and stayed out of trouble for five years is out of money for now in a grant-to-grant existence.

TOURISM

Kane Discusses Bass Pro Changes, Mud Island, Convention Center

Bass Pro Shops may be rethinking its mix of retail and attractions at the Pyramid, says the head of the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau.

RETAIL

Bass Pro Shops to Acquire Rival Cabela's for $5.5B

Bass Pro Shops, the iconic outdoor retail company that last year opened a destination store in Memphis’ Pyramid arena, has announced plans to acquire publicly traded rival Cabela’s Inc. in a roughly $5.5 billion deal.

NONPROFIT SECTOR

New Memphis Promotes 2 to Leadership Team

The New Memphis Institute has promoted two young professionals to leadership roles on its team, each of whom is focused on a facet of its work that engages millennials in Memphis.

FINANCIAL

Study: Memphis Metro Home to Large Unbanked Population

The U.S. is home to a little less than 10 million so-called unbanked households – those in which no member has a bank account.

SPORTS

Z-Bo, Baldwin May Fit Well On Grizzlies’ Second Unit

In a film session not long before the Grizzlies started preseason play, first-year coach David Fizdale wanted to drive home a point about veteran Zach Randolph’s offensive productivity – especially to the young point guards vying to be Mike Conley’s backup this season.

Have Eligibility? Give Tubby Smith a Call

In a few minutes, the University of Memphis basketball team would be starting its first practice of the season. All of 10 scholarship players, two of whom were limited in the first practice because of injuries, would be on the court.

Mularkey Sees Improvement – Just Not Enough

So how much improvement has there been with the Tennessee Titans this season?

For the First Time This Season, Vols Set to Play as Underdog

You almost can feel Tennessee is a football team of destiny as the most difficult games of the schedule loom Saturday at Texas A&M and Oct. 15 against Alabama at Neyland Stadium.

Will This Young Quarterback Ever Be a Success?

In his first 16 NFL starts, the jury is out on the quarterback. Is he destined to be the cornerstone of the franchise or just another first-round draft pick who ultimately will fade away?

MARTHA KELLY'S MEMPHIS

Rollin' on the River

In her monthly illustration of Memphis life, artist Martha Kelly features the America, the newest paddlewheel riverboat of American Cruise Lines, as it docks at Beale Street Landing at Tom Lee Park.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Morgan Promoted to CFO At Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza

Marty Morgan has been promoted to chief financial officer at Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza amid the Memphis-based company’s expansion into other regional markets. In his new role, Morgan will oversee corporate functions at the Memphis headquarters and continue to build out the personnel and technology infrastructure needed to support regional growth while making sure financial performance stays on track.

TENNESSEE LEDGER

Meet Olli

Knoxville area playing big role in self-driving vehicle revolution

With deep and well-funded resources such as Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee, the Knoxville region is no stranger to innovation in science and technology.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Ways to Offset or Alleviate Property Tax Burden

Owning and managing real property is a vital component of day-to-day operations for companies and organizations of all sizes, as well as many individuals. Whether you operate a small business, corporation or nonprofit, the tax obligation associated with the business’s property can either be an expected fiscal requirement or financial nightmare. Knowing applicable deductions for your business is key to avoiding the latter. For instance, here are three ways that owners of real property in Tennessee can offset or eliminate city and county tax burdens:

Spending Smart to Save

Ray’s Take When we bring up the “B” word (budget), most people’s knee-jerk response is to think in terms of depravation – not spending. While that’s true to an extent, it’s more likely to be successful and sustainable if we slightly change our mindset from “less” spending to “different” spending.

Truth is Hard

AIN’T NO SUCH. We have a charming expression in our family. Back in the 1920s, my wife’s grandfather, Memphis architect George Mahan, took a fishing trip to Reelfoot Lake and brought along a crystal radio. Radio was brand-new and he wanted to see if he could get a signal up there with that rudimentary receiver.

Be Sure to Plan Ahead for Utah’s National Parks

After spending much of a hot afternoon hiking into The Narrows at Zion National Park in southwest Utah, we were exhausted. We desperately needed a hot shower and comfortable bed, especially since the next day’s schedule had us visiting nearby Bryce Canyon National Park.

Considering the Financial Impact of Life’s Milestones

We work with many members – from millennials to baby boomers – who are looking for advice on how to plan for life’s next big milestone. Whether you’re planning to get married, start a family or looking ahead to retirement, making a long-range plan and understanding how these life changes will impact your finances is an important step.

Cheep Alarm System

The following is a true story. It happened to my good friend John Doe. I stress this, so that no one else’s insurance agents will come snooping around with threats to cancel their homeowners’ coverage.

Spivey: Harwell Shots Not About Durham

Fallout from Jeremy Durham’s House expulsion keeps piling up. In the latest brouhaha, outgoing Rep. Billy Spivey is calling for an investigation into a report of alleged abuse by House Chief Clerk Joe McCord involving a female staff member working in the office of House Speaker Beth Harwell.

Resume Preparation

One of the hardest parts of looking for a job isn’t the looking part. It’s what happens during preparation. In particular, writing a great resume can be an incredibly stressful feat.

12 Crucial Social Media Metrics

Most businesses of any size are at least experimenting with social media marketing these days, though most remain unsure if that notable time investment is really paying off. How do you know if you should continue down the social media path, invest more time and money, or shift your investment to another marketing channel entirely?

Change for Parking

Many residents of large metropolises do not have a driver’s license because they simply do not need one. Memphis, however, is a culture built on the car mentality. With city limits encompassing 324 square miles, the need to drive and maintain access to a car feels much more important, if not mandatory.

Declining Sales Call for Brand Reboot

Editor’s note: Part one of a two-part series. Once market share dwindles and revenue targets are missed year after year (despite category growth), it may be time to reboot a once-beloved brand.

Gauging the Feasibility of Historic Museum

As I watched the grand opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture on television, I was filled with excitement and emotion. I was excited about this historic moment and what it means for the African-American community and the nation.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 86 393 21,159
MORTGAGES 94 424 24,785
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 93 8,703
BUILDING PERMITS 173 1,010 43,347
BANKRUPTCIES 52 292 14,194
BUSINESS LICENSES 15 90 6,491
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 28 167 13,678
MARRIAGE LICENSES 12 89 5,158

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