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VOL. TMN-9 | NO. 47 | Saturday, November 19, 2016
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Holiday Decision

Many retailers reverse course and will be closed on Thanksgiving

In recent years the holiday shopping season has been inching back further and further, with some retailers choosing to give up the tradition of being closed on Thanksgiving. But this year public backlash has reached the top of the retail chain, and some big malls and shopping centers are deciding it’s not worth opening on the national holiday.

Wyatt Aiken, Accomplished Memphis Commercial Real Estate Broker, Dies

Widely known and highly respected Memphis commercial real estate broker Wyatt Aiken died Friday morning after an extended illness.

EDITORIAL

Editorial: CBU’s Vision Extends Beyond Physical Changes

From East Parkway, the Christian Brothers University campus has looked the same for quite some time, but recent construction and a new master plan are changing that. At the same time, less-visible changes hold great promise for energizing students as well as the community.

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EVENTS

A public meeting on the Pinch District redevelopment plan will take place Tuesday, Nov. 22, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Balinese Ballroom, 330 N. Main St. The planning team will present the vision that has been crafted for the Pinch District following two public input meetings earlier this year, and also will discuss connectivity between this initiative and other projects in the immediate vicinity. For more information, contact Brett Roler at roler@downtownmemphis.com or 901-575-0540.

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LAW & THE COURTS

Shelby County Sheriff Sued Over Problems With Records System

A class-action lawsuit filed by Just City claims people were held for "unreasonable" lengths of time at the Shelby County Jail after trouble with the new computer records system.

EMPHASIS Health Care

Demand for Long-Term Care Insurance Expected to Rise

With the youngest of the country’s 70 million baby boomers now in their 50s and the average life expectancy for Americans having increased to nearly 80 years, the need for long-term illness care either at home or in assisted living facilities is on the rise. Rates for long-term care insurance have spiked in the past several years, making the decision tougher for many considering the coverage.

Weiss Brothers Practicing Old-School Medicine Packaged a Different Way

Not many people intentionally add three hours of time to the experience of seeing their primary care physician. But that is exactly what Tina McMechen did.

New CBU Health Care MBA Program Already Receiving National Accolades

Christian Brothers University’s Healthcare Master of Business Administration has only really just gotten started – it officially launched in January – but it’s already winning accolades.

Health Care Expert: '100 Percent Certainty' Things Will Change

It’s way too soon to tell. That’s the message Group Benefits LLC has sent to clients in response to phone calls and messages that were pouring in after Donald Trump’s surprise win in the presidential election.

UTHSC Addiction Center Earns Major Distinction

The specialized medical center Dr. Daniel Sumrok leads can trace its origin to a question from a friend. Sumrok, who during his previous career as an Army Green Beret patched bullet holes and inflated lungs to save lives, had become keen to help people confront and kick addictions, which can be every bit as life-threatening and ruinous as battlefield trauma. He shared his ideas with a former Army friend, who asked him the obvious question – what was he going to do about it?

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

November 18-24, 2016: This week in Memphis history

2013: “This is not going to happen without your help.” St. Louis Cardinals chairman and CEO Bill Dewitt Jr. in outlining the basics of a proposal in which the city of Memphis would buy AutoZone Park, home of the Memphis Redbirds AAA baseball team in return for the Cardinals buying the team. The deal, backed by Mayor A C Wharton, was later approved by the Memphis City Council after considerable debate.

NONPROFIT SECTOR

Porter-Leath Engages Community in Promoting Literacy

Porter-Leath has a long history of serving Memphis’ most vulnerable children, a mission on full display recently when more than 400 volunteers joined nearly 2,000 children in classrooms around Memphis to read “The Bear Ate Your Sandwich.”

Trezevant Manor to Undergo Flurry of Capital Projects

A nearly $40 million bond issuance is fueling a whirlwind of activity for the faith-based nonprofit institution Trezevant Manor, which is using the proceeds for everything from funding capital improvement projects to saving big on refinancing outstanding debt.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

DMC Outlines 2017 Plans, Recaps 2016 Successes

The Downtown Memphis Commission is looking ahead with strategies to improve the pedestrian experience, support large-scale hotel developments, attract corporate headquarters both large and small, and enhance the Main Street Mall.

Olive Branch Operation Eyes Relocation to Memphis

International Distributors USA Inc., which distributes automotive filters under the brand Premium Guard, has applied for a 10-year Fast Track PILOT to move its national distribution center out of Olive Branch and into Hickory Hill.

HIGHER EDUCATION

CBU Campus Expanding in Several Ways

Christian Brothers University’s campus overhaul includes a new college of education that aims to make the university a major player in the training and development of teachers.

Transcript: CBU to Transform Campus, Transition to Project-Based Learning

Christian Brothers University is not only changing the look of its campus at Central Avenue and East Parkway. Leaders of the institution are embarking on the second phase of a $70 million capital campaign that includes plans to “blow up” the university’s department of education to include Crosstown High School and the neighboring Middle College High School, extend internships to all students and to create a new library that is more than “air conditioning for books.”

TECHNOLOGY

Coinsource Sets Up Bitcoin ATM In Memphis

The self-styled “Wal-Mart” of the bitcoin ATM market has arrived in Memphis. Texas-based Coinsource, which co-founder Bobby Sharp says has ambitions of being as pervasive as the world’s largest retailer, has set up one of its machines at the Shell gas station at 967 Linden Ave.

POLITICS

Norris, Others Take Next Step After Election

State Senate Republican leader Mark Norris of Collierville ran for re-election this year the way just about any incumbent prefers to run – unopposed.

LAW ENFORCEMENT

Memphis-Area Leaders Unveil Five-Year Crime-Fighting Plan

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is anticipating a “net increase” in the size of the Memphis Police Department a year from now, as officers complete training and the city can begin to address a department he says is “hundreds of officers short.”

CITY HALL

City’s Bicentennial in 2019 Prompts Memphis 3.0 Plan to Map Future

The city of Memphis turns 200 years old in 2019. And the city’s bicentennial is the target date for the roll out of a comprehensive city plan the administration of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is calling Memphis 3.0.

SPORTS

Coaching Them Up: Two Games In, Tubby Smith’s Fingerprints on Tigers

They look different. The way they talk is different. And most important, the way they play is different.

Spanish McGregor Walk A Gasol-Conley Production

Put aside the big contracts the Grizzlies gave center Marc Gasol and point guard Mike Conley. Because truth is, although the Grizzlies could pay them more as returning agents, Conley and Gasol also could have earned rich deals in bigger cities where the rosters were closer to being title-ready.

Grizzlies’ New Speaker Series to Enhance Bond With Businesses, Fans

On the court, the Memphis Grizzlies have a new head coach in David Fizdale and have remixed the roster with a heavier sprinkling of youth.

OK Vols Fans, Do You Really Want Alabama Again?

Be honest, Vols fans: Do you really want a rematch with Alabama in the SEC Championship game?

For Better or Worse, Dobbs Defines Jones Era

Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs will be one of 11 senior scholarship players honored at Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. home finale against Missouri at Neyland Stadium.

Titans Desperately Need to Get Past Indy Jinx

It’s time. In a weak AFC South, the Tennessee Titans appear to be at least a year ahead of schedule in their quest for playoff contention.

THE TIPPING POINT

Hobson Helps Memphis Kids Get Healthy

At parties, people ask Thomas Hobson what he does for a living. When he tells them, he usually gets a response he describes as “thanks but no thanks.”

COMMUNITY

Brush Up on Etiquette Before the Office Party

Business parties, dinners and networking events abound during the holidays. And while they can elicit groans and cause a bit of stress, they are actually a great way to distinguish yourself from your boardroom persona – and fellow colleagues – by making a great impression with modern table and party manners. 

REAL ESTATE RECAP

St. Jude Planning Renovation Of Tri Delta Place

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is preparing to renovate Tri Delta Place, its on-campus short-term housing facility.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

CBU Honors Salinas As Distinguished Young Alumna

Gabriela “Gabby” Salinas has been named Christian Brothers University’s 2016 Distinguished Young Alumna. Salinas, who was among the honorees at the Bell Tower Gala on Saturday, Nov. 12, graduated from CBU’s biochemistry program in 2011 and went on to earn a microbiology degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She currently is a pursuing a Ph.D. in immunology and biochemistry at the University of Kentucky.

TENNESSEE LEDGER

'We are Seeing a War for Talent’

Demand for holiday help has employers scrambling, wages rising

Despite a daily influx of new Middle Tennessee residents, companies looking to hire workers for the upcoming holiday season may have a tougher time than usual filling those spots.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Protecting Your Parents From Financial Exploitation

Ray’s Take Financial abuse against elderly victims is nothing new. With an aging population and more access to personal information online, it’s a crime that’s reaching epidemic proportions.

One of Us

IMPLICITLY AND EXPLICITLY, ONE OF US. I’ve been reading about implicit bias lately. It’s complicated but I like the way the National Center for State Courts describes it. In part:

Finding Epic In Trip to The American West

Call it my Griswold moment.

20th Haiku Conference a Good One

Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry that traditionally was written in three lines, featuring two images juxtaposed. Always with a syllable-count of 17, parsed as 5-7-5. There are other rules as well.

Broke and Broken: Democrats Lose More Ground in State Legislature

Tennessee House Democrats will have to start calling themselves the “Fighting 25,” down from the “Fighting 26,” after dropping a district in the battle to regain relevance statewide.

External Recruiter 101

I received a question that’s important for job seekers to consider: “Should I work with an external recruiter, and if so, how does it work?” If you’ve never tried it, enlisting the help of a placement firm can appear to be a confusing proposal. It can be tough to know where to find a recruiter, how to begin, and what to expect.

Bring Your Social Content to Life

Most business owners have been advised about the importance social media plays in the success of a company. It is the new-age version of word-of-mouth referrals, and it’s more dynamic than any marketing channel that preceded it.

Creating a Culture of Fundraising, Part 1

“How can we raise money before the end of the year?!?” We have received several calls like these. Established and emerging organizations want to make sure they communicate with and solicit donors before the end of the year. 

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 46 229 20,995
MORTGAGES 74 248 24,609
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 27 8,637
BUILDING PERMITS 478 837 43,174
BANKRUPTCIES 61 177 14,079
BUSINESS LICENSES 12 58 6,459
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 29 114 13,625
MARRIAGE LICENSES 20 67 5,136

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