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VOL. TMN-8 | NO. 48 | Saturday, November 21, 2015
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EPIcenter aiming to connect Memphis’ entrepreneurial ecosystem

Five hundred new companies in 10 years. That’s the idea that founded EPIcenter, short for Entrepreneurship-Powered Innovation Center, an organization looking to catalyze the entrepreneurial movement in Memphis.

EDITORIAL

Editorial: EPIcenter Adds to Memphis’ Entrepreneurial Reality

EPIcenter’s goal of 500 new companies in a decade is ambitious, even considering the $3.75 million in capital raised since last year for 50 new companies.

Clinton Vows to Carry Tennessee in Presidential Election

Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton told a Memphis crowd Friday, Nov. 20, that she intends to win Tennessee not only in the March 1 Democratic presidential primary but also in the November 2016 general election.

Strickland: Police Director Armstrong Stays, For Now

The city of Memphis eventually will have a new Memphis Police Department director, but, for now, current director Toney Armstrong will continue to hold the job.

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EVENTS

Mid-South Ice House will be open for its Holiday Season from Friday, Nov. 27, through Jan. 5 at 10705 Ridgeway Industrial Drive in Olive Branch. Special events include a “Frozen” Friday Skate, a Star Wars Skate, a Grinchmas Skate and more. Visit midsouthicehouse.com for a schedule.

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Justice Department Wants More Information On CA Sale

The U.S. Justice Department has requested more information including documents from Gannett Co. Inc. and Journal Media Group Inc. about Gannett’s proposed acquisition of the newspaper chain that includes the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

Council Runoff Elections: Morgan Tops Springer, Boyd Over Anderson

With a scant 4.8 percent turnout, Memphis voters filled in the blanks at City Hall Thursday, Nov. 19, by electing four new members to the Memphis City Council and returning an appointed incumbent.

Shelby County Schools Eyes Crosstown

Shelby County Schools wants to open a high school at Crosstown Concourse. SCS superintendent Dorsey Hopson confirmed the school district’s interest Wednesday, Nov. 18.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

November 20-26: This Week in Memphis History

2014: Hillary Clinton at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for dedication of the new Marlo Thomas Center for Global Education and Collaboration. The visit came 20 years after Clinton was the featured guest at the opening of the hospital’s patient care center.

Memphis Indie Holiday Market Returns December 12

Lauren Carlson, a Memphis artist with her own jewelry line called Question the Answer, is counting down the days to this year’s Memphis Indie Holiday Market.

Retailers Prep for Black Friday, Onslaught of Holiday Sales

Black Friday, taking place Nov. 27, is only a week away and local and national retailers are gearing up for the busiest day of the year.

DunAn to Open Manufacturing Facility in Memphis

A Chinese company has selected Memphis to be its first manufacturing site in the U.S., bringing more than 100 jobs and $4.2 million in local taxes.

Ikea PILOT Extension Approved

Nearly 10 months after the Memphis-Shelby County Development Growth Engine approved tax breaks for Ikea, it returned to the board with a new plan.

St. Jude Study Marks ‘Turning Point’

A new study from the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital-Washington University Pediatric Cancer Genome Project suggests that 8.5 percent of children with cancer have a genetic predisposition.

SRVS Program Helps People With Disabilities and Employers Who Hire Them

Mike Harris is production manager at American Stairways Inc. on Lamar Avenue. He has a warehouse full of employees and, just saying it like it is, some are happier to be there than others.

Memphis City Council Heads For Rocky End Of Term

With only two meetings left, Memphis City Council members are on their way toward what looks to be a rocky end of their four-year term of office together.

LEDIC’s High-Tech HQ To Be LEED Certified

LEDIC’s new East Memphis headquarters will aim for a LEED-certified silver status and bring high-speed fiber optic Internet to the area, according to documents recently submitted to the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine.

Greenprint Summit Shows Region’s Possibilities

Trails and bike lanes aren’t the only path to regional success, but they’re playing a growing role in partnerships among communities that sometimes find themselves competing for jobs.

Methodist Caps Busy 2015 With $40M Plans for Transplant Institute

New money is pouring in to the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system, and it will be put to use as investments in everything from patient care to research. Construction work is under way at a number of facilities, and myriad future projects are in the works.

TBI File Case Involves Complex Issues

The ongoing move in Shelby County Chancery Court to open Tennessee Bureau of Investigation files is not without legal precedent.

Hamlet Offers Plan For Global Ministries Foundation's Inner-City Apartments

Global Ministries Foundation founder Richard Hamlet has a multi-million dollar recapitalization plan to make extensive renovations at three inner-city apartment complexes his company owns.

Winmark to Bring New Resale Stores to Memphis

The big sister store of Plato’s Closet is looking to come to Memphis, and new-to-market sports and music equipment resale concepts also are on the way.

EPA, Memphis Partner for Lead Paint Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has formed a partnership with the city of Memphis and Shelby County governments for a pilot program to address lead-based paint issues in the community.

Wagenschutz, Memphis Recognized as Industry Leader

When Kyle Wagenschutz took over as the bicycle and pedestrian program manager for the city of Memphis in 2010, there was all of one mile of bike lanes to manage.

Urban Planning Practice Shows How Design Can Combat Crime

What if, instead of piling on security guards and higher fences, developers combatted crime through design?

Economist: Memphis Still Recovering From Recession, But on the Move

The Memphis economy took a year longer to come out of the recession than the general U.S. economy, but its comeback is evident even as challenges remain. That was the message from Kevin L. Kliesen, business economist and research officer with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Strickland Vows to Grow Memphis’ Minority Contract Percentage

Memphis Mayor-elect Jim Strickland says the next month may be the most important of his administration, even though he won’t take office until Jan. 1.

SPORTS

Playoff Committee Knows 2 Losses Don’t Define Memphis Season

Two straight losses knocked the University of Memphis football team from the national polls.

Trust in Tigers Hoops? For Now, Yes

What food and water are to the human condition, hope is to a new University of Memphis basketball season.

So Far, Just Call Him the Grizzlies’ Super Mario

So it’s safe to say that Mario Chalmers has converted Memphis fans.

Painful thought: Will the Titans ever be good again?

As the Tennessee Titans head down the backstretch of another unproductive season, it might be time to ponder a scary question: Will the Titans ever be good again?

Dangerous Time to Play Emotionally Charged Missouri

Tennessee’s football team may be headed into a perfect storm Saturday night at Missouri.

SMALL BUSINESS

Magic Light Wand Brings Wonder to Tree Lighting

It started as a joke, an opportunity to see the happy smiles of grandchildren around the Christmas tree.

NEWSMAKERS

Anna Cardona Joins Ledford Engineering

Anna Cardona has joined Ledford Engineering and Planning, an Arlington-based land planning and civil engineering firm, as designer and marketing director. Cardona will add interior design to Ledford’s service offerings, making the firm a one-stop shop for building and development needs.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

D1 Sports Training Facility Sells for $4.1 Million

85 Market Center Drive, Collierville, TN 38107 -
D1 Memphis, a Collierville training and sports medicine facility that opened in October 2014, has been sold to a national medical real estate investment company.

TENNESSEE LEDGER
Nashville Edition

The Sporting Life of David Climer

I’m blaming Rudy Kalis. As the years passed in a long career as a sports writer, I always swore I’d never be the oldest guy at the press conference. As long as Rudy was in the house as sports anchor for WSMV-TV, I was safe. Then he got a morning gig at Channel 4.

Most memorable interviews …

Although Jim Bouton won a combined 39 games in the 1963-64 seasons with the New York Yankees, he is best known as the author of the ground-breaking book Ball Four, which I had read and reread.

… and most memorable moments

I was in a bar just outside Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta when the bomb went off at the 1996 Summer Games.

Knoxville Edition

Google’s Challenge Accepted

Small power inverter a big hit for UT professors, grad students

When Google offered its “Little Box Challenge” to the scientific world about a year ago – asking inventors to make the smallest, most efficient two-kilowatt inverter possible – Daniel Costinett was intrigued.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Angels Of Our Better Nature

SPIRITS OF A CITY. Emily Sutton and Annie Cook were prostitutes. And angels.

Taxable vs. Non-Taxable Retirement Income

Ray’s Take The taxable status of an investment account refers to whether any income earned in the account is taxable at the time of earning, or possibly not at all.

Two Innovation Talks That Noted Telemedicine

A Journey Toward Commercialization: A Case Study in Xerox’s Venture into Telemedicine, a talk given by Denise Fletcher, Xerox

Pound of Poetry: Part 1

The year is 1945. An American soldier on the outskirts of Rapallo, Italy, is approached by a gray-bearded gentleman. He asks the soldier to take him to the authorities. Someone recognizes this fellow as the one about whom Washington has been sending cables. Seize him! Don’t let him escape or commit suicide! He’s dangerous! He is, in fact, under indictment for treason. Has been since 1943.

The Key to Success is Innovation

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around for a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller

Getting Ahead This Holiday Season

One of the biggest misconceptions about the holidays is that your career can take a back seat until January. Don’t get me wrong. Family festivities and reconnecting with close friends is important. But putting your career on the back burner for two months is a big mistake.

3 Signs of Workplace Climate Change

They say that if you put a frog into a pot of boiling water, it will leap out in order to avoid the danger, since its survival instincts detect sudden changes. However, when you put a frog into a pot of cool water there is no immediate threat, so he stays put.

Top Ten 2016 Marketing Trends

This column is the first in an 11-part series. Check back for the remainder of the series and a deep dive into each of these 10 trends.

Giving Tuesday

Have you heard of Giving Tuesday? Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks for the blessings in our lives. Black Friday and Cyber Monday kick off the holiday shopping season. Then there’s Giving Tuesday which, as you may guess, is all about giving – this time to nonprofits.

Choosing the Right Candidate the First Time

Many organizations seeking to grow their business will try to make the best possible hires to achieve their business goals. While talented individuals are out there seeking a new organization to serve, the key is to connect the hiring company with the right talent at the right time. Selecting the wrong person for the job can be costly to the organization not only in lost time and productivity but also by creating low morale.

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