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VOL. TMN-9 | NO. 48 | Saturday, November 26, 2016
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Distracted To Death

Enforcing texting bans difficult and less than a solution

When the Tennessee Highway Patrol began using a tractor-trailer on the interstate to catch people texting while driving, the troopers knew their view from above would help their cause. From that higher vantage point, they could see drivers holding their phones in their laps and typing.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS EDITORIAL

Editorial: Noah Ludlow and The Way to Memphis

It was at about this season in 1817 that an actor named Noah Ludlow came through what would soon be the city of Memphis. It was just before the U.S. government opened the area to settlement.

RESTAURANT NEWS

Physical Restaurant To Join Sushi Jimmi Trucks

Jimmy Sinh, the owner of the Sushi Jimmi food truck, is cooking up something new, something he thinks he’ll be ready to unveil, finally, in early December.

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TOURISM

Graceland Announces March 2 Opening of 'Elvis Presley's Memphis' Complex

Graceland will open its $45 million 200,000 square foot Whitehaven entertainment complex March 2-5, the second opening in five months of an expansion of Graceland’s presence in Memphis.

SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Veterinarian Dr. Barden Greenfield Finds Calling as Pet Dentist

Dr. Barden Greenfield was rolling along with his private veterinary practice, happy enough in his work, but also wondering what the rest of his career might hold.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

This Week in Memphis History: Nov. 25-Dec. 1

2015: Republican presidential contender John Kasich is in Memphis for a fundraiser at the home of Brad Martin. It is one of two fundraisers that evening – the other is for state Senate Republican leader Mark Norris who is considering a bid for Tennessee governor in 2018.

RETAIL

Digital Grocery-Ordering Service Comes to Memphis Dec. 1

The grocery business is one of those retail segments where the experience has stayed pretty uniform and consistent for an extended period of time – and now it’s beginning to change and modernize, all of a sudden and in a big way.

DOWNTOWN

The Pinch District ‘Vision’ Plan Meets Reality

A final public meeting Tuesday, Nov. 22, on the still tentative redevelopment plan for the Pinch District came with a call by some property owners and a Shelby County commissioner for the city to end a moratorium on approving parcel-by-parcel redevelopment plans in the nine-block area.

EDUCATION

Latest SCS Right-Sizing Proposal Goes To School Board After Thanksgiving

On the other side of the Thanksgiving holiday, the Shelby County Schools board begins formal consideration of a proposal by SCS superintendent Dorsey Hopson to close seven schools and build three new ones.

COMMUNITY

Memphis Upstanders Mural Unveiled In South Main Historic Arts District

Nina Katz, Lucy Tibbs and Rev. Billy Kyles are among the social justice figures in Memphis history honored in a new Downtown mural unveiled on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

Nominations Open for Dunavant Public Servant Awards

How many of us know somebody who should be celebrated for the character they show in their work that goes above and beyond anything expected and is done without any hope of ever being recognized, but rather out of an internal compulsion to serve well?

HEALTH CARE

FedExFamilyHouse Eyes $12M Expansion

The Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital-owned home away from home for families of patients being treated at the hospital is about to get a lot bigger.

NONPROFIT SECTOR

International Paper Strengthens Partnership With Mid-South Food Bank

International Paper Co. presented the Mid-South Food Bank with a check for $1.25 million in support of its signature charity last week and the timing was excellent because, well, there is never not a good time for the Food Bank to receive that kind of generous help.

REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT

Lennox Cos. Raising Its Profile

When Lennox Cos. was founded in 2014, the upstart apartment management company owned only three properties with 800 units, but a mere 2 ½ years later it manages 18 properties with more than 3,700 units.

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.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Gill Seeks $25 Million Permit For New MAA Headquarters

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The future home of Memphis-based MAA has taken another step forward.

SPORTS

Tied at the Hip: Conley-Harrison Giving Grizzlies Strong Point Guard Play

Tom Thibodeau does not hand out compliments casually. He was demanding and exacting as coach of the Chicago Bulls and he is the same way with the Minnesota Timberwolves. And when he praises an opposing player, he isn’t offering a sound bite. He is simply speaking the truth.

Austin Nichols Story Didn’t Have to End This Way

Right before the 2014-2015 University of Memphis basketball season, forward Austin Nichols said this: “Our chemistry is better this year and I say that all positive. Nothing against the guards last year, we’re just jelling better together this year.”

Florida Didn’t Kill UT’s Season; Vanderbilt Could

Tennessee’s primary goal for the 2016 football season was to win the SEC East Division, and the Vols failed.

Titans Prove With Indy Loss They Aren’t There Yet

Are we there yet? We took a family vacation to South Carolina several years ago and heard the old familiar question from the back seat after about five minutes on the road.

More Duck, Less Run: Time to Let Mariota Loose

Note to Mike Mularkey: It’s time to let Marcus be Marcus. As we swing toward the final month of the NFL regular season with the Titans at 5-6, it makes sense to take the training wheels off Marcus Mariota. He is your greatest asset, so why not see how far he can take you?

THE TIPPING POINT

Griffin Helps Memphis Students Beat the Odds

Closing the educational achievement gap is one of the hardest and most important challenges Memphians face. For Dr. Sharon Griffin, it starts with creating a supportive environment that allows teachers to innovate and experiment with different strategies.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

County Law Library Director Johnson Celebrates 50 Years as Librarian

Gary Johnson, director of the Shelby County Governmental Law Library, is celebrating his 50th year as a librarian. In his current role, he directs the county law library’s operations, including budgeting, staffing and library services, and reports to a 10-member board that include nine attorneys and one judge. 

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Overcome A ‘Culture Of Complaint’

Have you heard about the man who was stranded on an island? Finally, after many years alone, he was found. His rescuers noticed three structures built on the otherwise deserted island.

Thanksgiving. For Real.

NORMAN’S NORMAL. You’ve probably seen “Freedom From Want,” Norman Rockwell’s iconic Thanksgiving painting.

Estate Planning for Women

Ray’s Take Women have special estate-planning needs that may sometimes be overlooked. Statistically, women live longer than most men and also tend to choose husbands who are older. 

This Land is High Land

HIGHLANDS, N.C. – Was Old Edwards Golf Course dropped from heaven to its resting place on this marvelous crest of the Continental Divide? Or was it etched into the sides of this mountain thousands of years ago by divine beings in need of a place to practice their short game?

Making It Official

Can we agree that the interview process can be stressful? It can be exhausting. You spend weeks, sometimes months, going through many rounds of interviews, tests and background checks. You do all this in secret, slipping out of work and trying not to spill the beans to co-workers and friends. Your current job stress may be growing, and you cannot wait for the process to be over.

Get a Competitive Advantage With a Marketing Map

It sometimes seems like marketing campaigns are an escalating game of chase. When your closest competition takes out an advertisement in the newspaper emphasizing their clients’ successes, you might feel like you need to make your presence known with a two-page spread doing the same.

Harwell Learning How to Dodge Challengers

Beth Harwell has been called a lot of things over the last few years, “trailblazer” chief among them as Tennessee’s first female House speaker. 

Human Evolution of Innovation

A Back End of Innovation Conference keynote by Kevin Ashton. Ashton opened his innovation talk at the Back End of Innovation Conference by taking a picture of the crowd and publishing it on Twitter, which he remarked was revolutionary a decade ago. 

Creating a Culture of Fundraising, Part 2

Editor’s note: In part two of their three-part series on creating a culture of fundraising, Mel and Pearl Shaw share how to integrate and align fundraising with your mission.

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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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