VOL. TMN-10 | NO. 45 | Saturday, November 4, 2017
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 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.
Fresh off of the sale of the Trustmark Centre, Faropoint Ventures has acquired two more substantial office assets.
With two highly-anticipated developments already in the works, Gill Properties has announced plans for a new mixed-use development East Memphis.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.”
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
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.
An iconic East Memphis office building has switched hands for $19.7 million.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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
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.
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.
As calculated decisions go, it seemed like a good one. Probably, it was a smart decision despite the unhappy result.
Looks like Butch Jones has survived another week to coach Tennessee’s football team.
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.
The question was pretty direct: “Jimario, what do you think is the biggest question facing this team?”
THE PRESS BOX
Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo watched Anthony Miller catch 10 passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns this year.
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
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 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.
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.
A necessary conversation. Tom (R) and I (D) had an email conversation recently. Remember when conversation between those who differ was possible?
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.
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.
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.
When natural disasters occur, people want to know how to help and where to donate.
A keynote talk from the 2017 Back End of Innovation Conference by Tom LaForge, founder and CEO, Macroforces LLC. Tom LaForge begins the conference asking, “What is a macroforce and why should they be important to you?”
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.