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VOL. TMN-7 | NO. 49 | Saturday, November 29, 2014
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’Tis the Season

Consumers expected to spend more this holiday season

After the recession struck, desperate retailers competing for a shrinking amount of shopping dollars and market share began tinkering with time-tested holiday marketing strategies.

Editorial: Give Thanks for Common Bonds

Thanksgiving can be a near sport if you forget there is more to it than the start of a shopping season and columns of dollar figures set against projections for and by retailers.


Walk in the Park

Shelby Farms’ Wise Trek Targets 50-Plus Group

They hike the trails, ride their bikes on the Greenline, maybe even go horseback riding or play disc golf.

Mid-South Grows in Popularity for Retirees

Florida or bust?

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Small Business Saturday, an annual event that encourages consumers to shop and dine at small, independent businesses, will be held Saturday, Nov. 29. For more information, visit shopsmall.com.

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Page Robbins Provides Safe ‘Middle Ground’

The youngest is 53 and the oldest is 98. Some appreciate classical music and others prefer Elvis, the Mamas & the Papas or the Beatles, and others John Denver, Arlo Guthrie or Bruce Springsteen.


This week in Memphis history: November 28-December 4

2006: Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton and former heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier boxed at the Peabody Hotel in an exhibition for the Shelby County Drug Court.

Hearts and Minds

Colliers, Prologis help students at Treadwell Middle School

Last fall, officials at Treadwell Middle School launched a school-wide beautification campaign, reaching out to anyone or any group that could help.

FedEx Supply Chain Expansion Wins Tax Freeze

FedEx Supply Chain Services appears poised to move ahead with an expansion in Memphis.

Telecom Controversy Emerges at City Hall

During the recent repaving of Danny Thomas Boulevard Downtown, city public works crews discovered a leak in sewer lines, and the political timing lined up with a controversy at City Hall that’s been out of the public eye for the most part since the spring.

Shelby County November Vote Certified

With a few adjustments and a legal question still to be decided in Nashville, the Shelby County Election Commission certified the last election of 2014 in Shelby County Monday, Nov. 24.

New Alliance Prioritizes Workforce Development

Memphis and Shelby County are prioritizing workforce development and creating a pipeline that will deliver trained employees to local companies.

Shelby County Building Permits Dip in October

Shelby County home building activity cooled in October, with builders pulling 5.9 percent fewer permits than in October 2013.

EDGE Approves Creation of Graceland TIF District

A special taxing district to help pay for a massive redevelopment of Graceland came one step closer to reality Tuesday.

Framing a Business

Tom Clifton keeps Broad Avenue gallery going strong

Tom Clifton loves what he does for a living so much that he’ll sometimes happily bound into the office on Sundays to take care of a project.

Airport Remodel Reflects Diminished Reality

Major demolition work is underway at Memphis International Airport as construction crews raze the south end of the A Concourse, an initial step in a $114 million, multi-year modernization plan that reflects the new reality at the airport.

After Overcoming Hurdles, Southwest Opens Nursing School

More than four years after breaking ground for a new nursing building, leaders of Southwest Tennessee Community College last week formally opened the school’s new Nursing, Natural Sciences and Biotechnology Building.

Delta Slashes More Memphis Flights

Delta Air Lines will dramatically reduce service at Memphis International Airport once again, delivering another blow to airline employees, local flyers and airport officials.

AutoZone Shares Draw Interest From New Research Firms

The stock of Memphis-based AutoZone Inc. has picked up new coverage from a handful of investment firms in recent weeks that have assigned a range of ratings to the stock.

Incumbent Council Members Weighing Choices

The only open seat on the Memphis City Council in the 2011 city elections is once again an open seat going into the 2015 city elections.

Wharton Says Southbrook Mall Qualifies for Federal Bonds

The proposed renovation of Southbrook Mall is lurching back to life after months off the political radar screen.

Raleigh Egypt High Dropped From ASD List

Raleigh-Egypt High School won’t be joining the state-run Achievement School District next school year.

I Choose Memphis: Philipp von Holtzendorff-Fehling

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.


Tigers Football Finds Turnaround with Transforming Coach at Helm

A lot goes into transforming a football program from an utter laughingstock into one that by winning its next game can earn at least a share of a conference championship.

Gasol, Grizzlies Finding New Heights

It’s the unachievable goal, but still a worthy pursuit.

Q&A: Bill Courtney

Former volunteer football coach at Manassas High School who was the subject of the Academy Award-winning documentary “Undefeated.”

Titans Have Little to be Thankful for With This Turkey

It is the time of year that we pause to give thanks for all that we have in our lives.

Dobbs the Latest in Line of Dual-Threat UT Quarterbacks

If the University of Tennessee’s football team gains bowl eligibility with a victory Saturday at Vanderbilt, it can look back to a quarterback change Oct. 25 against Alabama as a pivotal point in the season.


Spillyards Leads Community Advisors Launch

Greg Spillyards has joined the brokerage team at Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors to launch the firm’s Community Advisors service line.


Lynnfield Place Apartments Sell for $22.4 Million

1400 Lynnfield Road, Memphis, TN 38119, Sale Amount: $22.4 million -
The Lynnfield Place apartment community in East Memphis has sold for $22.4 million.


One Stop Grows From Changing Church Base

In a city known for its churches and the culture of those churches, Betty Hobson has found a business model that shows just how broad and deep the influence of those churches can be.


Ginkgos and Band-Aids – and Thanks

LOOK FOR THE WONDER. REPEAT. I write about it every year. This year, just last week, it happened again.

Show Appreciation This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving week is here: a time of showing appreciation, eating too much turkey and watching football with loved ones. It’s also a great time to reflect on what you’re thankful for at work.

Hackers and the Holidays

Ray’s Take: Cybersecurity is a big topic of conversation in the financial world these days. Securing personal data in addition to bank accounts is a growing concern. As we approach the holiday buying season, debit and credit card information hacking is on a lot of people’s minds.

Strange Encounters of the Literary Kind

The main character in this column is the Bard himself, Willie Shakespeare. So, if you’re anti-poetry, see ya!

Mobile Dependency Energizes Text Marketing

The average consumer typically has at least one mobile device within arm’s reach at any given time throughout the day. Our growing dependency on these devices has increased the opportunity for marketers to reach targeted consumers with greater immediacy than ever before via text marketing.

Giving Tuesday

Thanksgiving. Black Friday. Cyber Monday. What’s next? Giving Tuesday. That’s right. This December 2, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is a new global holiday, and it’s all about philanthropy.

Why Corporate Innovations Fail

Iliya Rybchin of the Highnote Foundry and formally of Bloomberg discusses where innovations break down in the corporate world. He was stronger than a good cup of coffee.

Nashville Edition

Blight of the Living Dead

Recession left many families living in unfinished wastelands

When the Smiths moved into a brand new home right before Christmas 2007, they had no idea that construction in their Antioch area subdivision would soon stop cold – and stay stopped for four years.

Labor, Land Shortage Means Rising Middle Tennessee Home Prices

A shortage of ready-to-build lots and skilled tradespersons – plus caution among builders – mean fewer homes will be built and home prices will rise, those in the industry are saying.

Edison Park Finds Ally in Habitat for Humanity

This Thanksgiving marks two years that Aisha Lbhalla, her husband and their two young sons have lived in Edison Park.

Eat, Drink and Walk Off the Calories As You Go

There are three things you can count on if you take a walking food tour in East Nashville with – the appropriately named – Walk Eat Nashville:

Treat Your Visitors to These Dining Treats

Having been busy lately on a cookbook project, I haven’t been able to visit restaurants as often. So after my deadline, I worked on making up for lost time by hitting five restaurants in a couple of weeks.

Appraisals Trail Amount Middle Tennessee Buyers Willing to Pay

There are a few hot topics from the real estate world this week, the first being that appraisers seem to have hit the wall on the rampant price inflation.

Knoxville Edition

Craft Beer Boom

Old hands, newcomers give East Tennesseans unprecedented choice

Looking to replace that regular beer with something more exotic? Get hoppy and explore Knoxville’s craft-beer scene, because by bottle and tap, growler and flight, the national beer movement has come to East Tennessee in a very substantial way.

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