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VOL. TMN-8 | NO. 49 | Saturday, November 28, 2015
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Defending Memphis

The city’s new boosterism and what it means

Four years ago, I Love Memphis was merely an expression on a tattered and Scotch-taped sheet of paper with a red heart where the word “love” would be. Various people held it and had their pictures made with it for the “I Love Memphis” social media accounts.


Fuente’s Departure From Memphis Bittersweet for All

Justin Fuente should have coached in different time, a simpler time. Before this postmodern era of college football in which we all live. Before TV controlled everything.


Editorial: Memphis and the Inevitability of Change

’Tis the season for traditions – new and old in Memphis.

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LEDIC Plans Drone Flight School, Security Program

LEDIC president and CEO Pierce Ledbetter is making a big bet on drones.

AC Glenn Committed to Drones, and to Memphis

Aviation is in AC Glenn’s blood.

Fed: Memphis Banks See Q3 Improvement

When Memphis-based Paragon Bank recently reported record third-quarter revenue, the highest total loans in the bank’s history and a big drop in nonperforming assets, Paragon CEO Robert Shaw was unequivocal.

Clinton Declaration Signals Attempt to Upset Tennessee’s Presidential Rhythm

By the time Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton walked on a stage at LeMoyne-Owen College a week ago, her campaign was already emphasizing what it viewed as the central message of the stop.


This Week in Memphis History: November 27-December 3

2014: A “die-in” in the National Civil Rights Museum courtyard begins a series of local protests that mirror national demonstrations over the recent deaths of black suspects in police encounters or in police custody. The protests begin to coalesce as the Black Lives Matter movement.

EMPHASIS Health Care

Crossroads Hospice Brings Sense of Mission, Purpose to End-of-Life Care

There’s a dichotomy that quickly becomes apparent when visiting Crossroads Hospice’s Memphis office, at 1669 Shelby Oaks Drive, and talking to executives about what they do.

Emami's Care2Manage Startup Helps Families Care for Aging Loved Ones

Ela Emami has a vision for her startup Care2Manage, an entity focused on helping families caring for a loved one, that blends technology with a human touch.

West Cancer Center Opens New Wolf River Facility

When the West Cancer Center cut the ribbon on its 123,251-square-foot facility dedicated to oncology care and research earlier this month, it marked the opening of a facility focused on research and treatment, as well as patient convenience.

St. Jude Files $10M Building Permit

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is moving forward with new construction on its Downtown Memphis campus.

Harbor of Health Hints at Industry’s Changing Focus

Hospitals are transitioning more services to ambulatory care models in an effort to bring health care closer to communities where patients live and work.

Study: Medical Device Industry Has $2.6B Local Impact

Companies like Smith & Nephew, Medtronic and Wright Medical don’t just help augment the human body as a result of the products and medical devices they manufacture.

Latest Tennessee Brewery Plan Doubles Residential Units

A new plan for the Tennessee Brewery effectively doubles the residential components in the Brewery District development.

Ikea Hires Memphis Contractor, Reaffirms Opening Date

Ikea has made it official, again, and has hired a Memphis contractor to handle the heavy lifting.

Partners Bring Outdoor Classroom Design Challenge to Memphis Catholic

Video game industry revenue is up. The time children spend outdoors is down. Young people’s recognition of corporate logos is up. Their ability to identify native species is down.

Fred’s Reports Third-Quarter Profit, Sales Increase

Back in September, Memphis-based discount retailer Fred’s Inc. brought all of its managers to Memphis for a two-day conference – the first time that’s been done in 14 years.

County Government Standoff Moves To Negotiations

It was all smiles at the Shelby County Commission Monday, Nov. 23, between county Mayor Mark Luttrell and commission chairman Terry Roland.

Conrad: Mike Williams ‘Should Be Fired’

Incoming Memphis City Council chairman Kemp Conrad thinks the city should consider firing Mike Williams, president of the Memphis Police Association, for helping recruiters from other police forces set up job fairs in Memphis.

Habitat for Humanity to Build 21-Home Community in Uptown

The open field between Third and Seventh streets, south of Cedar Avenue in north Memphis, is surrounded by homes – some that have seen better days and others that are newly built.

New Websites Dig Into Memphis Community, Nonprofit Data

Supporting Memphis just got much easier with two new websites recently launched by the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, WHEREweLIVEmidsouth.org and WHEREtoGIVEmidsouth.org.

My HQ Initiative Aims to Boost Downtown Memphis Office Market

For years, the Downtown Memphis office market has been the same story: Bank A, law firm B and accounting firm C left for East Memphis. The newest buildings are now half-empty as firms, big and small, make their exodus.

Payments Company Payscape Expands to Memphis

The financial technology company Payscape has landed in Memphis, opening an office here with plans to ramp up quickly as it works to introduce the community to its merchant services and payment processing capabilities.

Voters Fill in City Hall Blanks In Last Election of Busy 2015

The 2015 election season was put to rest last week: A low-turnout set of five Memphis City Council runoff elections filled in the blanks of what will be a different City Hall starting in 2016.


Mularkey’s Choice: Build Resume or Build for Future

Mike Mularkey finds himself in a tough situation.

22 Sports Blessings Worth Giving Thanks For

Counting the blessings and giving sporting thanks for:

Can Vanderbilt Pull Off One More SEC Win Against Vols?

Tennessee football fans already are talking about their bowl destinations for the Christmas holidays.


Memphis Guitar Spa Carves Unique Place in City

In a city known for music and a hard-working, gritty vibe, Memphis Guitar Spa in the heart of the Broad Avenue Arts District personifies that attitude.


Ball to Lead New Division at Evolve Bank

Thomas Ball has joined Memphis-based Evolve Bank & Trust as president of the newly formed Equipment Finance Division. In this role, Ball will create and grow a product line focused on equipment loans and leases to businesses across the U.S.


TVA Begins Work On Memphis Natural Gas Plant

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The Tennessee Valley Authority has begun work on its natural gas plant near the site of the former coal-burning Allen Fossil Plant.


New Consumer Research & Brand Measurement

New Frontier of Consumer Research, Olga Diamandis, Senior Manager, Open Innovation, Mattel. Three key things are happening that are changing research: Crowdsourcing, big data and artificial intelligence. We will mine these dimensions, but first let’s take a brief look at the history of marketing research.

Pound of Poetry, Part 2

Last week we noted that American poet Ezra Pound wrote a historical two-line poem in 1913. While establishing himself as a leader in the movement that gave us stream-of-consciousness fiction, free-verse poetry, atonal music and abstract art. And years before being indicted for treason.

Ginkgos And Thanks. And Thanks Again.

LOOK FOR THE WONDER. REPEAT. I write about it every year. And it’s happened again.

Planning Ahead for the Rate Hike

Ray’s take: So far, the Federal Reserve has not raised rates. It may be a while and it may be slow, but sooner or later rates will go up. Before they do, it could be a good idea for you to review how the rate hike will affect you personally.

If Fear Is Goal, Terrorists Have Won in Tennessee

The terrorists who struck Paris three weeks ago succeeded in more than killing and wounding hundreds of people. Their attack is pitting Americans against each other in how to respond, and Tennessee politicians are no exception.

Give Thanks at Work

The holiday season is a fantastic time to reconnect with friends and loved ones. But, the importance of thanking those around you at work should not be overlooked at Thanksgiving or through the rest of the year.

Proximity Marketing Skyrockets

This column is the second in an 11-part series on the Top Ten 2016 Marketing Trends. Check back for the remainder of the series and a deep dive into each of these trends.

Rate Hike: Keep Calm and Invest On

Psychologically, the stock market appears to have come to terms with a .25 percent rate hike on December 16th. As of today, the futures markets price in a 75 percent probability that the Fed will move.

Annual Giving – Five Ways To Say Thank You

Many nonprofits will see an increase in gifts from individuals over the next few weeks. Some will be from faithful annual donors. Others may respond for the first time to your year-end appeal. Still others will feel an emotional tug on their heart strings and impulsively give online. As you prepare to say thank you we offer five things to consider.

Paris Remains Open for Travel

Paris is open for travel.

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