VOL. TMN-9 | NO. 51 | Saturday, December 17, 2016
Downsizing Shelby County Schools comes with emotional questions
Shelby County Commissioner David Reaves can still see it clearly: “Take the whole map of the county and lay a grid on it. Then I’d like you to say, ‘Where’s the population? Where’s the projection?’ And then let’s strategically place schools all over the county based upon that and make them all of equal offerings.”
Memphis has seen more homicides in 2016 than in any other year for which the city has kept records. That dubious distinction occurred less than a month before the year gives way to 2017, and with it, a new year of hopes and resolutions for a better Memphis.
At a press conference fittingly held at the National Civil Rights Museum, The Greater Memphis Chamber announced their newest pilot program Thursday, Dec. 15: the Ascend Memphis Business Development Pilot Program.
SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT
It all started with a $6 ladder bookshelf. Two years later, Frugal Home Finds’ 9,000-square-foot storefront is a cult classic for high-end furniture enthusiasts and designers in Memphis and around the Mid-South.
THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC
2015: A record high temperature of 70 degrees at Memphis, according to the National Weather Service. The 70-degree mark ties a record for the date set in 1982.
The only trace of Berry Brooks’ Epping Way clubhouse and recreation area is a pair of wooden gabled stone posts across the curb cut and gravel entrance at the end of a Raleigh cul de sac.
For the parent company of Renasant Bank, now looked like the perfect time to kick off a common stock offering that will bring more than $75 million into the company’s coffers.
The new president of Rhodes College comes to the Midtown liberal arts college from being president of Austin College in Texas.
The state of Tennessee is about to change the rules for how the Achievement School District takes over a failing school.
Shelby County Schools leaders have a math literacy program that will rollout in phases starting next year. The plan was already in the works before new state test results were released Tuesday, Dec. 13, for school districts across the state.
It used to be that Shelby County Schools and its predecessor Memphis City Schools had a season for hiring teachers that began around the end of the school year and ended the first day of classes.
Redevelopment in dense city centers provides a unique set of problems for urban planners. Decades and sometimes centuries of overlapping growth make utilizing every possible square foot of land a necessity.
Memphis-based pharmacy operator and retailer fred’s Inc. was still keeping quiet at press time about the “pending transaction” that led the company to take the unusual step of declining to allow questions from analysts following its earnings presentation Dec. 8.
The number of development projects in the Memphis market has risen above $9 billion, according to data compiled by Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors.
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A 360,000-square-foot commercial retail center in Germantown was recently purchased by Epic Real Estate Partners acting as EREP Forest Hill I LLC for $37.1 million.
It’s been said that character is defined by what you do when nobody is watching.
Seven local families are in Dallas/Fort Worth this week for the 11th annual Snowball Express Weekend, an all-expense-paid holiday gala for children of fallen military heroes.
Baptist Memorial Health Care is opening a 12-bed pediatric intensive care unit next week at the Spence and Becky Wilson Baptist Children’s Hospital, the latest addition to Baptist’s growing suite of pediatric services.
A trio of University of Tennessee Health Science Center professors has won almost $4 million in grant funding to pursue studies that could produce insights eventually useful to the military.
There were several points at which the encounter between Memphis Police and Jonathon Bratcher at South Parkway and Mississippi Boulevard this past January might have gone differently.
THE TIPPING POINT
In a city full of dreamers, Leigh Mansberg works on the front lines. “My goal is to raise a generation of smart, empowered women who can take on any challenge,” she observes. “It’s been an amazing journey.”
Gary Patterson was still relatively new to this head coaching business when in 2002 he brought TCU to Memphis for the Liberty Bowl. His team defeated Colorado State 17-3 and the memories are good.
Remember our old friend Mo Speights? Big fella, but liked to stay away from the scrums under the basket and instead drop in feathery jump shots?
Tennessee football coach Butch Jones has plenty of winning to do next year. For starters, UT (8-4, 4-4 SEC) needs to win the Dec. 30 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl in Nashville against Nebraska (9-3, 6-3 Big Ten).
The Titans had been riding the gifted right arm of Marcus Mariota for about two months. The second-year quarterback had played so well during that period that he was named November AFC Offensive Player of the Month and was beginning to draw attention as one of the young QBs to keep an eye on as he began elevating his game toward superstardom.
When it comes to college football, I tend to be a traditionalist. That doesn’t mean I yearn for the days of leather helmets and quick kicks. I try to adjust to the times. But I must admit it’s hard to swallow a 76-61 final score, as was the case in the Pittsburgh-Syracuse game this season.
As we count down to the University of Memphis playing in the Tuesday, Dec. 20, Boca Raton Bowl, I find myself recalling what athletics director Tom Bowen said when pressed about why Arizona State offensive coordinator Mike Norvell was the Tigers’ choice for head coach.
Twelve active and former members of the military were naturalized Wednesday, Dec. 14, as U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services formally opened its Memphis field office in Downtown's Brinkley Plaza. The agency, which is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, says the Memphis office sees 60 to 90 individuals from Tennessee, the eastern half of Arkansas and the northern half of Mississippi each business day.
Buck Brewer has been promoted to president of Memphis-based Versant Supply Chain Inc. A 20-year veteran of the supply chain industry, Brewer joined Versant six years ago and had served as its chief operating officer since January 2014.
A FEW OF LIFE’S LISTS. The four stages of life: 1. You believe in Santa Claus. 2. You don’t believe in Santa Claus. 3. You are Santa Claus. 4. You look like Santa Claus.
Ray’s Take Every phase of life has its challenges – financial and otherwise. Your education gives way to career, which is often followed by marriage and children. Next comes educating those children. It would be great if all of these phases were managed and balanced as we pass through them, but most of us have a few detours along the way.
As a longtime financial professional, I can vouch for the power of the looming New Year – more people begin showing interest in getting their finances in order during this time than any other. I’ve always found that the best way to ensure a great financial future is by mapping out your goals and avoiding common financial pitfalls. I’ll outline some of my most tried and true tips here.
I couldn’t believe my eyes late the night of Nov. 28 as I mindlessly scrolled through my Twitter feed and began seeing videos of drivers frantically passing through massive walls of flame shooting skyward along the road.
In the mid-1970s, Susan and I went into a fast food restaurant. We sat down, and the chair that she sat in – one of those glued-to-the-floor models that was prevalent at that time – just sorta slowly came loose from the floor and fell over.
By just about any measure, state Rep. Jeremy Faison is a hardcore conservative. But when it comes to the cannabis plant, the East Tennessee legislator is ready to fire up the General Assembly with a move to liberalize the state’s pot law.
One of the first things every job seeker considers is what city to live in next. A list of questions comes up when evaluating options: “Are there many jobs available in my current city? Am I near my family and friends? Would I rather be on the coast, or near the mountains?”
The primary reason that most advertising fails is that the message sounds remarkably similar to most competitors in the marketplace. With all the advertising noise competing for consumer attention these days, it’s becoming increasingly challenging for the market to differentiate one brand from another. This translates to a waste of precious advertising dollars. It’s the equivalent of flushing your marketing budget down the drain.
2016 Back End of Innovation Conference keynote by Drew Boyd, executive director of the Master of Science in marketing, University of Cincinnati.
The new year is soon upon us, complete with new year resolutions. Some are personal: Lose weight, exercise more, be a more loving person, spend more time with family, quit smoking. … Others relate to the nonprofit organizations we work with. To help you prepare your nonprofit organization or institution for a most positive year, we offer these three suggestions.