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VOL. TMN-7 | NO. 46 | Saturday, November 8, 2014
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Survival of the Fittest

Memphis film institutions weather industry upheaval

Back in 2010, as the video rental giant Blockbuster was circling the drain in the wake of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, the irony was inescapable to Matt Martin.

Editorial: Film Revolution Finding its Own Way in Memphis

Memphis has always had more homegrown culture than industry built around that culture and heritage.


This week in Memphis history: November 7-13

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

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National Civil Rights Museum will present “You Be the Judge,” a mock trial that explores what would have happened if James Earl Ray had stood trial for the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Thursday, Nov. 13, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the museum, 450 Mulberry St. Cost is free for members and $10 for nonmembers. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.

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Ole Miss Stays Focused With Heartache Nearby

OXFORD, Miss. – There wasn’t a good place to watch that fateful play near game’s end. Whether on the sideline, in the stands, or following on TV, the result was going to be the same and for all members of Rebel Nation it was going to hurt like hell.

Pushing Through the Mud, Grizz Start Fast Their Way

How early is it in this NBA season? Early enough that a coach will reach for a college football analogy.

Big Second Half? Titans Have Rebounded Before

As the Tennessee Titans reassemble from their bye week, there is some sense of optimism that somehow this team that went 2-6 through the first half of the season can put together something to make the final 2014 ledger look somewhat respectable.

With Dobbs at QB, Vols Look Set for Bowl Season

As the jubilation settled this week, the University of Tennessee’s football team and its fans still savored last Saturday’s 45-42 overtime victory at South Carolina.

Bass Pro Shops Sets Pyramid Opening for May 1

Bass Pro Shops executives say their store and other attractions at The Pyramid will open May 1 and the 100-room hotel they are developing in The Pyramid will begin taking reservations later this month.

Contrasting Ballot

Candidates, amendments combine for unique election

The midterm election saw contrasting issues and candidates, particularly in Tennessee where an incumbent governor and U.S. senator were both re-elected while four amendments to the state Constitution were passed.

Hodges Gets Three Years Probation

Former Millington Mayor Richard Hodges was sentenced to three years’ probation Friday, Nov. 7, for facilitation of bribery.

Commercial Sales Rise in Third Quarter

Commercial sales were up in the third quarter when compared to the same period last year, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

Council Pans City Garbage Proposal

The administration of Mayor A C Wharton Jr. calls it SMART – Save Money And Reduce Trash. It’s a rebranding of the slow move to a pay-as-you-throw concept for city garbage and trash pickup.

Outdoors Inc. Cyclocross Championship Returns

Memphis might not qualify as a cyclocross racing hotbed. That description better fits Seattle, San Francisco, Denver and Boston.

Tech Support

FedEx Tech Manager brings services to consumers

As FedEx evolved, it developed its own technologies for moving packages around the globe, such as handheld devices that scan packages. When those devices experienced problems, FedEx technicians repaired them.

MERI Trains First Responders for Ebola Readiness

When in doubt, disinfect the gloves yet again.

Batch Subscription Service Expands, Adds Gifts

The Batch subscription service that sends a surprise collection of local goods each month to subscribers’ doorsteps expanded to Memphis at the beginning of this year after launching first in Nashville.

Alumni United

CBU, Lensing renew focus on ‘lost alumni’

By background, Maria Lensing perhaps doesn’t fit the expected parameters of someone quick to defend Memphis and eager to take on the challenge of revitalizing a local university’s alumni association.

Major Retailers Step Up to Support St. Jude

Several national businesses including major retailers have begun lining up to again raise money during the holiday season for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Investment Group Buying Varsity Brands

A private equity firm is in the process of leading an acquisition of Memphis-based Varsity Brands.

Ramirez Stresses Alignment in Schools Position

The new chief academic officer for Shelby County Schools sees herself as being like the conductor of an orchestra.

Hagerty Works Toward Better Air Connection

In its second term, Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration hopes to draw even more foreign-based business investment to Tennessee by building international air travel in a state that currently has no hub airports.

Local Golf Courses Change Hands, Undergo Improvements

Mirimichi is a Native American word that means “place of happy retreat.”

Art Introduction

Cooper-Young’s Art Factory opens process to public

The Art Factory in Cooper-Young is preparing to throw open its doors later this week for an open studio night that will introduce the public to the artists and artisans there hard at work on their craft – and also give a peek inside the creative process.

Inclinator Remains Elusive at The Pyramid

In the 23 years since The Pyramid was built and opened as an arena, some of the frustrations of developing the building for more than one use remain.


Hill to Lead MIFA’s COOL Program

Andrea Hill has been named manager of Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association’s COOL (College Offers Opportunities for Life) program, which provides higher education counseling, life skills training and mentorship opportunities to 11th- and 12th-graders from G.W. Carver and Booker T. Washington High Schools. Hill previously worked as director of volunteer services for Cool Girls Inc. in Atlanta.


Midtown Cash Saver Property Sells for $5.3 Million

1620 Madison Ave., Memphis TN 38104, Sale Amount: $5.3 million -
The Cash Saver property on Madison Avenue in Midtown has been sold for $5.3 million.


Gordon Creates ‘Happy Place’ With Muddy’s Grind House

Ever since she opened her East Memphis bakery in 2008, Muddy’s Bake Shop founder and owner Kat Gordon has been repeatedly asked to expand.


Anonymous Friends

HONEST EXCHANGES. Parked at the curb, he honked his horn when I walked by, earbuds firmly in place, somewhere in the middle of Morning Edition.

Reinventing Your Career

The desire to want to change careers is a common experience. Turning that desire into reality is a different story. Navigating dramatic shifts in one’s career can be both complex and confusing. The frustration causes many people to drop the idea altogether.

Financial Literacy Is a Must

Ray's take: I occasionally am asked to teach a short financial literacy course in the Shelby County Schools system. I am amazed how many 11th and 12th graders already have credit cards. When I ask if they pay off their cards each month, they usually respond, “Oh yes, I pay the minimum balance every month!”

Reader Beware

“Unfortunately, the quip in this puzzle didn’t tickle [the editor] quite enough to say yes. Partially, this may have been because he didn’t think that building a puzzle around ‘trigger warning’ was something solvers would love.” Thus read a note from the crossword puzzle guru’s intern a few months ago.

Why Your Brand Should Care About Millennials

Millennials. They're unmotivated. They lack the work ethic of their Gen X predecessors. They're perfectly happy living off mom and dad versus making their own way. They'll never really have spending power.

Fed Folds Quantitative Easing

Nearly five years after the conclusion of the Great Recession, the U.S. Federal Reserve has chosen to conclude its quantitative easing program. Ben Bernanke thought long and hard about the potential for Central Bank “emergency measures” like QE throughout his academic career. His devotion to Milton Freidman and the quantity theory of money (money supply * velocity = GDP) provided the orthodoxy for the U.S. response to the financial crisis.

Year-End Giving: It’s Not Too Late

Crazy as it seems, 2015 is knocking at the door. Yes, we still need to celebrate Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve. But, really, 2015 is almost here. And the question is: How is your nonprofit fundraising?

Tuesday or Sunday: Settling the Airfare Debate

For years I’ve been asked, “What’s the best day to book airfare,” and for years I’ve answered Tuesday.

Navigating a New Era of Medical Innovations

Executive director of Cleveland Clinic Innovations, Gary Fingerhut, discusses the emerging era of medical innovation and commercialized new inventions and platforms.

Finding Ways to Promote Workplace Engagement

A Gallup research study of employee engagement released in 2012 found that only 30 percent of employees in the workplace in the United States are actively engaged in the work they do. Which means that 70 percent of the employees are either not engaged, (52 percent), or actively disengaged (18 percent).

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’Tis the Shopping Season

Middle Tennessee shoppers ready to spend big during the holidays

Buoyed by rising home prices and stock portfolios, Middle Tennesseans are ready to spend big again on the holidays and will be shopping earlier than ever.

Want to Make Big Impression? Try Small Nashville-Area Retailers

Imogene + Willie put 12 South on the world map for designer denim five years ago.

Suddenly Trendy Hatch Show Print Offers Unique Gifts

Got one of those people on your gift list who “has everything?”

Secours' Video Histories: The Gift That Keeps Giving

Five days before her mother died, Molly Secours did what seemed natural. She took out her video camera and began asking questions.

Station Inn: Music History Amid Gulch High-Rises

J.T. Gray – who pioneered smokeless nightclubs before it became fashionable (and/or mandated) – is glad to see sparkling condo towers, office buildings, restaurants and the like sprouting around him. After all, these newcomers eventually might find themselves inside his time-out-of-mind blockhouse where Bill Monroe used to just drop by and pick.

Insurance Costs Might Leave Your Deal All Wet

If a tree falls in the woods and no one hears it, is there sound? That’s a question for the ages.

Knoxville Edition

TVA ‘Robo Houses’ a Success, On the Market

For the past five years, several residents of the Campbell Creek subdivision have had the quietest neighbors they could have ever wanted. Now they’re going to have to adjust to having people instead.

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