VOL. TMN-9 | NO. 46 | Saturday, November 12, 2016
How Clinton-Trump informs our local politics going forward
If you stood in certain places during the last days of the 2016 campaign in Memphis you could see the 2018 elections even if you couldn’t see Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s national victory over Democratic contender Hillary Clinton.
Shelby County voters re-elected all but six incumbents seeking re-election on the Nov. 8 election ballot.
After raising $42 million of a $70 million capital campaign goal sooner than expected, leaders of Christian Brothers University are embarking on a more aggressive, $28 million second phase that will change the geography of the Fairgrounds-area campus.
The good news is the 2016 presidential election is over. The bad news is it probably didn’t resolve a lot. And the winner now faces a far more formidable challenge – governing.
Mississippi-based Vibrant Hotels Inc. is one step closer to developing a new full-scale hotel in the heart of Downtown Memphis after its special use permit was approved by the Land Use Control Board Thursday, Nov. 10.
EMPHASIS Financial Services
Standing apart from the competition in banking is not necessarily the simplest thing to do, given that key aspects of the industry – making loans, taking deposits and the like – look so similar from one institution to the next.
Filing an income tax return is like going to the dentist: a necessity that, for many people, is full of anxiety and possibly pain.
First South Financial Credit Union, a Mid-South full-service financial provider, has expanded into Collierville with the opening of its 16th branch location. Thanks to its continued growth, the credit union is now the largest in West Tennessee based on capital.
THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC
2005: Premiere of the movie “Walk the Line” – the film bio of Johnny Cash that was made in Memphis.
When Tonya Bradley was an executive with the Mid-South Food Bank she saw time and again that hunger didn’t respect people’s stereotypes or ZIP codes, that families anywhere in the Memphis area could find themselves in a tough position.
GOVERNMENT & POLITICS
The private health insurance exchange for city retirees announced by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland this week is just part of an emerging package of benefits designed to bolster efforts to hire more Memphis police officers and firefighters.
On the last day of early voting in Shelby County Thursday, Nov. 3, Democratic state Rep. G. A. Hardaway walked into the early voting site at Glenview Community Center in South Memphis.
Local entrepreneurs Fain and Sandra Dalton, owners of The Grounds Guys of Germantown, recently took home the award for Franchisees of the Year for The Grounds Guys landscaping services company, which encompasses more than 240 franchisees across the country.
Consumers have plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the domestic economy, the investment professionals at Memphis-based Summit Asset Management wrote in an October update to clients. Among them, “a sustained recovery in housing.”
Memphis Realtors gathered at Minglewood Hall recently for a Residential Housing Summit, at which they heard from local community and economic development leaders as well as chief economist at Realtor.com Jonathan Smoke.
The grand reopening this week of Downtown’s Crowne Plaza Hotel took several million dollars’ worth of renovations to complete and marked the culmination of the out-of-town investors who bought it last year looking to unlock its potential.
A plan to redevelop the former Tenoke Building into a hotel may be revived several years after a similar idea for the vacant Downtown office high-rise fell through.
THE TIPPING POINT
If Erica Plybeah has enjoyed success, she says it’s because of her mother. Growing up in rural Mississippi, it would have been easy to go through the motions with regard to her education. But her mother demanded more. She taught Plybeah the importance of persistence, a theme that has followed her throughout her life.
Employees of five major medical and academic institutions of the Memphis Medical District Collaborative (MMDC) now have a financial incentive to live in the Medical District thanks to a new Live Local 901 initiative.
In November, before the first game of the season, a 23-year-old college basketball player should be talking about what he wants to accomplish in his last year. He should be talking about the best moments of his career to date, what he has learned in the 100 or so games that have come before, and how he wants to make a few more memories.
Denver Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay and teammate Gary Harris had trapped the Grizzlies’ Mike Conley as he received an inbounds pass with less than 11 seconds left in the game. Harris stripped the ball from Conley – perhaps fouling him, though there was no foul call – and passed the ball ahead.
Be happy, Tennessee football fans. November is here, and the Vols (6-3, 2-3 SEC) still have a chance to win the East Division. It was hard to flush the 24-21 upset loss at South Carolina on Oct. 29, hard to explain star running back Jalen Hurd quitting UT’s team two days later and hard to get excited about last Saturday’s game against Tennessee Tech, which left Neyland Stadium with a 55-0 loss and a good paycheck.
On that day in December 2012 when Butch Jones was introduced as Tennessee’s head football coach, he told Vol Nation that he had a template for fixing everything.
While senior Tigers placekicker Jake Elliott has been a so-called model of consistency – he’s 184-of-184 on point-after attempts – the designation is a bit limiting.
So exactly what do the Tennessee Titans have in Marcus Mariota?
John “Jack” Daniels has rejoined Mahaffey Tent & Event Rentals as director of operations, a role he has previously held. Daniels brings more than 20 years of experience in event planning and operations. He most recently was a service manager at NES Rentals’ Cordova and Memphis branches. He also currently owns EventOps, an event company that specializes in corporate events and managing event budgets.
Ray’s Take After purchasing a home, the two biggest expenses most couples encounter are saving for retirement and saving for kids’ college expenses. In a perfect world, parents would estimate how much each goal would require, make a conservative estimate about returns, and then invest enough money each month to reach those goals on target.
HMMM, WE GOT ISSUES. Javier repeated, “I said, bend over as far as you can.” I replied, “I already have – this is it.”
“Snakes, since the beginning of time, have accumulated a bad public image.” Thus begins Pete Ivey’s column, “Around the Old Well,” written in June 1975 for North Carolina newspapers. The title and subtitle go straight to the meat of the matter: “A Snake’s Not Evil – Snakes Need P/R Campaign to Improve Image.”
Steven Covey wrote that “most people don’t listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” It is not always an easy thing to do, but is a valuable skill to learn when your goal is success, in whatever your endeavour.
Tennessee is lagging much of the nation when it comes to the ability to remove scoundrels from public office.
There are few groups I have more respect for than our U.S. Military. These honorable men and women are on the front lines of our country each day. In fact, they spend many of their most employable years in service.
We’re so knee-deep in the digital age that the phrase “digital marketing” is now synonymous with “marketing.” As such, there is so much digital noise competing for the attention of consumers, your message can be easily lost. That’s why now, more than ever, a combination of offline and online strategies are your best bet.
Denial of a human-centric world and its impact on the planet since the industrial revolution is no longer an acceptable worldview.
“Nobody taught us how to go out and fundraise.” – Former board member