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VOL. TMN-10 | NO. 45 | Saturday, November 4, 2017
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The Sound of (Memphis) Music

Too often, the city with a musical heritage like few others is absent from the most noteworthy gatherings of artists

By her own account, Marcella Simien fell in love with Memphis on Day One when she moved here to attend college. Almost a decade later, she’s still here, the frontwoman for Marcella & Her Lovers, a band that plays what she describes as “swamp soul” and finished up an album this summer.

Indie Memphis Film Fest Goes All Out For 20th Anniversary

Indie Memphis Film Festival’s 20th run this week has seen a record number of guests and more than 100 filmmakers from around the world descending on the Bluff City.

Faropoint Acquires Office Portfolio for $19.3M

Fresh off of the sale of the Trustmark Centre, Faropoint Ventures has acquired two more substantial office assets.

TraVure Developer Unveils East Memphis Project

With two highly-anticipated developments already in the works, Gill Properties has announced plans for a new mixed-use development East Memphis.

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EVENTS

Beale Street Caravan and Fourth Bluff kick off their Album Sessions lunchtime listening parties with Don Bryant and the Bo-Keys’ “Don’t Give Up on Love” Friday, Nov. 3, on the promenade behind the Cossitt Library. All listening sessions will start at 12:15 p.m. and are free and open to all ages. Silent disco headphones will be provided; headphones reservations are recommended. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunches. Visit thefourthbluff.com for a fall programming lineup.

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EDITORIAL

Editorial: Memphis Music Due For Grass Roots Push

Marketing a city to potential vacationers is about appealing to short-time visitors: those who will stay for a few days or a week, then go home again. It focuses on what to see, where to go and what to do in a tight timeframe, and often boils down to marketing the most-recognizable tourist spots.

EMPHASIS HIGHER EDUCATION

Women in Memphis Higher Ed Detail Common Challenges, Goals

In less than three years, women have taken the top leadership posts at three of Memphis’ largest higher education institutions. Southwest Tennessee Community College president Tracy Hall, Rhodes College president Marjorie Hass and LeMoyne-Owen College president Andrea Miller lead a diverse mix of institutions with different missions, but they share common thoughts about the challenges and opportunities facing higher education today.

Univ. of Memphis’ Lambuth Campus Thriving, With More Growth Expected

The university, and the history, might have been lost. Six years ago, with the after-effects of a slowed economy still making an impact, Lambuth University in Jackson, Tennessee, was forced to shut down.

University of Memphis Moves Ahead With Campus Changes

After completing the Laurie-Walton Family Basketball Center practice facility on its Park Avenue campus, the University of Memphis recently pulled a $33.5 million permit to start construction on the parking garage and land bridge over the Southern Avenue railroad tracks – the most-immediate indication of changes on the main campus in the next three to five years.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

November 3-9, 2017: This week in Memphis history

1933: The Tennessee Brewing Co. reopens for the first time in 15 years with the first bottles of Goldcrest beer, brewed and bottled in Memphis, delivered to stores by the Tennessee Brewing Co.

HEALTH CARE

Biopsy Breakthrough

St. Jude researchers develop non-invasive alternative to liver biopsies

Patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital no longer have to experience painful needle liver biopsies thanks to a new procedure developed by the hospital’s researchers with the help of a former University of Memphis student.

November Events Highlight Pancreatic Cancer Awareness

Memphis is going purple in November – the color for pancreatic cancer awareness – as the city hosts a series of events spearheaded by the Kosten Foundation to bring attention to one of the deadliest and hard-to-diagnose cancers.

Campbell Clinic Invests $30M In Germantown

Campbell Clinic is in the throes of $30 million expansion of its Germantown campus, comprised today of a 60,000-square-foot clinic and 12,000-square-foot ambulatory surgery center on 15 acres near Wolf River Boulevard and Germantown Road.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

Shelby County Commission Short of Votes for Pay Raises

Proposed pay raises for 19 of Shelby County government’s top elected positions don’t appear to have the nine votes necessary to pass on third and final reading in two weeks.

Harris Cites Effects of ‘Trump Approach’ on County Races

Three weeks into his run for Shelby County mayor on the 2018 ballot, state Sen. Lee Harris told a group of 30 supporters in Victorian Village Wednesday, Nov. 1, that he is running as a response to the “Trump approach.”

COMMUNITY

City Judges Timing and Steps in Fairgrounds Planning

City of Memphis leaders likely will reveal a few new details when they present the draft plan for Mid-South Fairgrounds redevelopment at a Monday, Nov. 6, town hall meeting. But Mayor Jim Strickland’s administration took much of the suspense and speculation out of next week’s session Wednesday, Nov. 1, releasing details that show the administration’s general belief that a few steps still need to be taken before the city gets to a broad reconfiguration of the Fairgrounds.

REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT

Patton & Taylor Planning Gated Community Near Highland Row

Between the success of Highland Row, the revitalization of the Highland Strip, and the University of Memphis’ own plans to build a land bridge across the Southern Avenue railroad tracks, the demand for real estate in the area surrounding the U of M is soaring.

Trustmark Centre Sells for Nearly $20M

An iconic East Memphis office building has switched hands for $19.7 million.

Air Force Vet Opens Local Maintenance Franchise

Not too long after Scott Romero returned home from Afghanistan, he felt the need to do something bigger with his life and after good deal of soul searching, the former firefighter decided to become his own boss.

Gibson Plans to Sell Downtown Factory, Build a New One

145 Lt. George W. Lee Ave., Memphis, TN 38103: Nashville-based guitar maker Gibson Brands Inc. confirmed Friday, Oct. 20, it is putting its Downtown Memphis factory on the market and plans to build and lease a new facility nearby. -
 The Gibson Beale Street Showcase and Guitar Factory opened more than 16 years ago at 145 Lt. George W. Lee Ave., across South B.B. King Boulevard from FedExForum.

NONPROFIT SECTOR

Run Women Run

Forum to encourage women to seek political office

In 2018, Shelby County voters will be presented with a long ballot as candidates compete for most county offices, many school board and suburban government positions and congressional and legislative seats.

EDUCATION

SCS Board Refuses State Order to Share Student Information With Charters

Shelby County Schools board members put their feet down Tuesday, Oct. 31, and said they will not share student information with the state-run Achievement School District and charter schools operating as part of the ASD.

DOWNTOWN

Mud Island Garage Ruled Out As Convention Center Hotel Site

The city of Memphis continues to field proposals for a second convention center hotel Downtown, but it won’t be on the city-owned site of the Mud Island parking garage, which had been at the center of at least one proposal pitched to City Hall for such a hotel in the last year.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Protecting Wealth

BankTennessee launches new investment division

Gena Wolbrecht, who heads up the newly launched investment program at BankTennessee, encourages potential clients to make some of the same considerations they do when they turn to other non-financial specialists like a doctor.

Pinnacle Expanding Memphis Footprint

A week after Pinnacle Financial Partners’ Memphis chairman told The Daily News the bank would be growing its footprint around the city, the bank has announced it’s preparing to do just that.

LAW & THE COURTS

Justice Department Changes Police Review and Juvenile Court Terms

In two weeks’ time, the U.S. Justice Department has substantially changed the terms of its collaborative review of the Memphis Police Department and left in place the terms of a settlement agreement with Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court involving disproportionate minority contact.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Tito Jackson’s Pursuit of Blues Finds Memphis

Tito Jackson has the blues. The third of the Jackson 5 by age, the lead guitar player, has always wanted to play the blues but as a show-business veteran he also knows you play what the audience knows you for.

HEALTH CARE & BIOTECH

Film Produced by Genotyping Company Gets Indie Memphis Slot

As an automated genotyping resource for researchers in universities, hospitals and bioscience companies around the world, the Memphis-based company Transnetyx would seem to be an unlikely producer of a film in this year’s Indie Memphis Film Festival.

RETAIL

Whimsy Expands Into Franchises

The co-owner of a Memphis-based cookie company with one retail store in East Memphis is about to turn her simple recipe for sweet treats into a nationwide enterprise.

SPORTS

After Hot Start, Grizzlies Show Cracks In Foundation

As calculated decisions go, it seemed like a good one. Probably, it was a smart decision despite the unhappy result.

Jones’ Teams Have Never Regressed, Until Now

Looks like Butch Jones has survived another week to coach Tennessee’s football team.

Real Titans Had Better Stand Up, Stay Up

Back in the day, where was a TV game show called “To Tell the Truth.” On this game show, there was one person who had forged a unique accomplishment and two imposters also claiming to be this person. At the end of the show, the panel would vote, and then the real person of accomplishment would reveal themselves by standing up.

Tigers Eager to Prove the Skeptics Wrong

The question was pretty direct: “Jimario, what do you think is the biggest question facing this team?”

THE PRESS BOX

Anthony Miller: A Great Catch for Memphis

Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo watched Anthony Miller catch 10 passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns this year.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Goodin Joins Hagwood Adelman As Memphis Managing Attorney

Michael T. Goodin has joined Hagwood Adelman Tipton PC as managing attorney of the Memphis office. In that role, he provides legal services to HAT’s clients in matters such as medical malpractice and senior housing litigation for health care providers along the continuum of care, including skilled nursing, assisted living, behavioral health, home health and hospice litigation. In addition, he assists in supervising the attorney and paraprofessional teams.

MARTHA KELLY'S MEMPHIS

History Docks at Beale Landing

Replicas of the Nina and Pinta, two of the three ships that Christopher Columbus and his crew sailed from Europe when they discovered America (The Bahamas) in 1492, docked at Beale Street Landing this month. The ships, which are owned by the Columbus Foundation, were sketched by Memphis artist Martha Kelly, who provides an artist’s glimpse of life in the Bluff City every month for The Daily News. 

VIEW FROM THE HILL

Medical Marijuana Might Finally Get Past Objections

Medical marijuana legislation is evolving, not to ease people’s debilitating pain but to help it pass the General Assembly, where it’s giving some lawmakers heartburn.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Estate Planning for Blended Families

Ray’s Take: Estate planning has undergone a lot of changes over the years, and one of the most significant doesn’t have anything to do with the tax laws. It is the change in family relationships. Chances are, you or someone you know is part of a blended family. This was once an uncommon situation, but in today’s world fully 42 percent of adults have some kind of step-relationship, according to Pew Research.

We Must Talk

A necessary conversation. Tom (R) and I (D) had an email conversation recently. Remember when conversation between those who differ was possible?

The Best Places to Travel at Christmas

If you’re traveling for the holidays, chances are it’s to visit family. But not all Christmas travel has to be to visit grandma.

Using Social Media in Your Job Search

Social media isn’t part of a job search. In order to find a job, you only need a resume, business cards and a nice suit. Right? This was true – if you were looking for a job in 2001.

Two Reasons Brand Stories Take Off

Recently, Tony Allen’s not-goodbye letter to Memphis spread across our social-media feeds and dinner conversations. It was a letter that left some misty-eyed and others full of hometown pride and hope for the future.

5 Ways to Maximize Your Disaster Relief Donation

When natural disasters occur, people want to know how to help and where to donate.

Seeing the Future With ‘Macroforces’

A keynote talk from the 2017 Back End of Innovation Conference by Tom LaForge, founder and CEO, Macroforces LLCTom LaForge begins the conference asking, “What is a macroforce and why should they be important to you?”

Working With A Coach Is Not a Sign Of Weakness

Coaching is now part of American culture. On a personal level there are coaches to help us improve our nutrition, lose weight and set goals. Coaches add value in our professional lives as executive coaches, business coaches, sales coaches and more. It is not a luxury but a necessity. We believe it is especially important in the area of fundraising. Here’s why.

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PROPERTY SALES 98 238 15,862
MORTGAGES 122 284 18,332
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 21 2,426
BUILDING PERMITS 137 452 32,966
BANKRUPTCIES 62 178 10,191
BUSINESS LICENSES 23 73 5,251
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 64 6,213
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