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VOL. TMN-8 | NO. 46 | Saturday, November 7, 2015
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The Haven

The success of Whitehaven High School and how to spread it

It’s not hard to find remnants of Whitehaven’s past in a drive down Elvis Presley Boulevard, but none of those reminders are as vivid as the 122-year-old Whitehaven High School.

St. Jude to Invest $9B in Hospital, Fundraising Arm in Major Expansion

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and its affiliated fundraising arm ALSAC are on the precipice of a major expansion in Memphis that represents almost $9 billion in investment between the two entities.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS EDITORIAL

Editorial: The Authentic Success Of Whitehaven High School

Whitehaven the community has been inseparable from Whitehaven the school for more than 100 years.

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EVENTS

Cadence Bank and MIFA will hold a Cadence Community Connection @ MIFA session on holiday budgeting Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the MIFA Family Center, 910 Vance Ave. The session will cover how to deal with extra expenses around the holidays. Cost is free. Visit mifa.org.

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THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

November 6-12, 2015: This week in Memphis history

2013: Electrolux North America announces it has started production at its Memphis plant on the first Memphis-made home cooking appliances. The first products off the assembly line in southwest Memphis are Frigidaire and Frigidaire Gallery slide-in ranges. The ovens made in Memphis have larger windows than earlier models of the Frigidaire ranges. The first truckload of the ovens is shipped from Memphis to Seattle.

Snapshot: Iconic Broad Avenue Water Tower Shines at Art Walk

The Broad Avenue Arts District celebrates the lighting of its newly decorated water tower with a "flip the switch" ceremony Friday night, Nov. 3. The tower – dubbed Memphis' tallest installation of public art – will feature nightly light shows.

ULI’s Final Fairgrounds Report Adds Parking Details

The final report from an Urban Land Institute panel that visited the Mid-South Fairgrounds in June has more to say about parking challenges and scenarios.

Enoble to Add $200 Million in Memphis-Area Business Funding

Enoble Business Capital is expanding its service offerings to focus on Memphis-area startups and entrepreneurs, with the firm committing to add $200 million in business funding in Memphis over the next three years.

Empty Bowls Project Uses Art to Feed City

Hunger and homelessness are problems plaguing the Mid-South, and the Memphis Empty Bowls Project hopes to play its small part in addressing the larger issue.

Memphis Cop Won't Be Charged in Darrius Stewart Shooting

A Shelby County grand jury has decided there will be no charges in this summer's fatal shooting of Darrius Stewart by Memphis Police Department officer Connor Schilling.

Overton Park Moves Toward Traffic Plan

All sides in the parking dispute at Overton Park have agreed to hire a planner to coordinate a traffic plan as well as mediate talks among them.

Downtown Dining Week Kicks Off Nov. 9

A celebration of Downtown’s restaurant community kicks off next week, with more than 20,000 diners expected to visit the area to take part in the volunteer-led, food-focused affair.

Blackett Disqualification Motion Details Ethics Complaints

The Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct is investigating two complaints charging that Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Carolyn Wade Blackett acted improperly in ordering a new trial for attempted murder suspect Michael Halliburton.

Andy Cates: Memphis in ‘Pivotal’ Time

When more than 100 of the city’s most prominent developers and real estate professionals got together Tuesday, Nov. 3, at the Crescent Club in East Memphis, much of the focus was on a list of more than two dozen real estate projects.

Conference Aims to Spark Positive Change, One ZIP Code at a Time

The world can be a big place, even within one city or a single ZIP code. But the world also can be made smaller when the right kinds of lines are crossed.

Shadyac Gives More Clues on St. Jude Expansion Plans

Rick Shadyac, president and CEO of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s fundraising arm, has revealed further details about the hospital’s expansion plan.

Mayor’s Innovation Team Plans for Next Chapter

Just because Memphis will soon have a new mayor, that doesn’t mean the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team is going anywhere.

Questions Remain About Effectiveness of CLERB Ordinance

Before the Memphis City Council gave final approval Tuesday, Nov. 3, to a reconstituted Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board, councilman Alan Crone had a question that wouldn’t go away.

Achievement School District Names New Leader

Malika Anderson, a deputy superintendent of the state-run Achievement School District, is the district's new leader.

New Owner to Revive Long-Vacant Downtown Block

A group of private investors – led by Memphis businessman Michael Cook – is looking to turn a blighted Downtown block into a mixed-use development with covered parking.

Bank On Memphis Targets Smartphones

For about five years now, a partnership between the city of Memphis and local banks and credit unions has been working to bring people who don’t have a checking or savings account into the mainstream banking sphere.

Motion for Blackett Recusal Poses Unique Questions

Michael Halliburton was sentenced to 21 years in prison Monday, Nov. 2, for the attempted murder of his wife in 2012.

Memphis Literacy Leaders Tout Efforts

The leaders of three Memphis literacy efforts are working to encourage those with newfound reading skills to write their own stories and build a local literary culture.

Jimmy Carter Swings Habitat for Humanity Hammers in Memphis

Former President Jimmy Carter had planned on being in Nepal Monday, Nov. 2, to build homes for the poor.

Former Senator Fred Thompson Dies

Former U.S. Sen. and one-time presidential contender Fred Thompson was in many ways a reluctant politician. But he was also a lobbyist with an envious arsenal of political skills honed both by his calling as an attorney and by his service as a lawyer during unprecedented political crises.

$200M Silicon Plant Opens in North Miss.

The first silicon metal manufacturing facility built in the U.S. in more than 40 years is now up and running in the North Mississippi town of Burnsville, a little more than 100 miles southeast of Memphis.

Design Board Approves New Peabody Place Facade

The Downtown Memphis Commission’s Design Review Board approved a multitude of Downtown projects Wednesday, Nov. 4, including new Peabody Place Tower signage and Central Station plans that include an outdoor Malco movie screen.

SPORTS

Tigers No. 13 in First Football Playoff Ranking But With Much Work Ahead

Several days a week, Tigers football coach Justin Fuente goes for a run outside.

Grizzlies: Old Enough To Know Better

In the minutes after the Grizzlies’ worst loss in franchise history, Dave Joerger reached for the “O-Word.”

Tigers Counting on Avery Woodson to Hit Threes

The surprise is gone. Last season, University of Memphis shooting guard Avery Woodson was an unknown to opponents, or at least was a player that teams would make prove he was a legitimate 3-point threat.

Others might join Whisenhunt before it’s over

The clock is ticking for Mike Mularkey, just as it is for most of the organization’s management team.

Won’t be the same without the head ball coach

I miss Steve Spurrier.

NEWSMAKERS

Megan Warden Joins Shea Moskovitz & McGhee

Megan Warden, who joined Shea Moskovitz & McGhee as an associate attorney this year, represents clients in a variety of family law matters – including division and valuation of marital assets, spousal support, prenuptial agreements, child custody, parenting plans, visitation issues, domestic partnerships and parentage.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Summit Distribution Center Sells for $21.6 Million

5155 U.S. 78, Memphis, TN 38118 -
Hillwood Investment Properties, acting as Summit I Distribution Center LLC, bought a 706,802-square-foot warehouse off of Lamar Avenue for $21.6 million.

SMALL BUSINESS

Tennessee Pewter Keeps Rare Art Alive

Kathleen Armour Walker’s heart might’ve dropped to the floor when she saw Rolling Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards drop her artwork.

TENNESSEE LEDGER

Small Shops, Big Business

Mall alternatives thrive as holiday shopping approaches

Reese Witherspoon’s flagship boutique, Draper James, opened last week in the 12South area, and the reception was all Nashville.

Consolidation of Tennessee’s Newspapers Bad for Taxpayers

The federal government isn’t likely to descend on Tennessee with trust-busting vengeance once three of the state’s four largest newspapers are owned by the same company.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Funny Way With Words

HIGH IQ OR NOT, STILL FUNNY. Friend Gene sent me something – as he often does – that was very funny. It was also something – as it often is – we’d both seen before but forgot.

Cybersecurity Starts With Employees

Cybersecurity has been a hot topic for companies and individuals alike in recent years. Last month, the U.S. Senate passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, a new bill aimed to protect companies from hackers. The purpose is to allow businesses to communicate with each other and also share information with the government on cyber-criminal intelligence.

Careers for Veterans

Veterans Day is the official holiday honoring our U.S. Armed Forces, I feel thankful to live in a country where so many men and women voluntarily serve and put themselves in harm’s way for the better good of everyone.

‘Musical Mob’ Explained, Readers Invited to Showcase

For a couple more months the I Swear Crossword and this column will have something in common. Starting Jan. 1, 2016, the connection between the two will be lost.

Distribution Diversification – The Flip Side of the Coin

Ray’s Take We talk a lot about saving for retirement and the importance of diversifying your portfolio. As a result, you’ve diversified the assets in your portfolio and you’ve saved regularly and often, and invested in a balanced mix of stocks, bonds and other assets. And because of those smart moves, you’ve reduced risk and improved your odds of enjoying a great retirement.

Get Real Results From LinkedIn

One out of every three professionals on the planet is on LinkedIn and that includes a whopping 60 percent of Memphis-area professionals. That’s why, if you sell to other businesses or B2B, LinkedIn has the power to transform your company.

Are You Ready For Year-End Fundraising?

We believe a nonprofit’s year-end fundraising should engage current and past supporters as well as new ones. We understand the excitement of designing a new campaign, using new technology, to engage new donors. Go for it! But don’t forget those who already know and support your organization.

Creating A Commercialization Culture

How to Create a Culture Where You Can Capitalize on Innovation: A presentation by Jay Morgan, VP Global Innovation Bayer Consumer Care, given at the Back end of Innovation Conference, October 2015.

Firefighter’s Widow Works Tirelessly to End Drunk Driving

It was Saturday, July 29, 1995, a typical summer day for the Russell family. Bobby Russell Jr., 41, a Memphis firefighter, was working in the yard with his two sons when he was struck and killed on his front lawn by an impaired driver. Nothing was ever typical again for the Russell family.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 128 183 20,949
MORTGAGES 130 174 24,535
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 4 27 8,637
BUILDING PERMITS 163 359 42,696
BANKRUPTCIES 61 116 14,018
BUSINESS LICENSES 24 46 6,447
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 29 85 13,596
MARRIAGE LICENSES 24 47 5,116

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