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VOL. TMN-9 | NO. 52 | Saturday, December 24, 2016
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Growing Pains

In the long NBA season, Grizzlies giving as good as they get

First came the ho-hum start that left open the possibility the Grizzlies’ harshest critics might be right: This season could be the fast-forwarded beginning of an end, a sad narrative that could leave the Grizzlies on the outside of the postseason after a thrilling six-year run.

EDITORIAL

Editorial: Season Elicits Feelings To Strive for Year-Round

Christmas in the city. The phrase conjures up so many images, from the fronts of Christmas cards to old family photos to mental images of beloved faces and moments.

COMMUNITY

New Video Pays Homage to Local Side of Memphis

“Do you see it?” That’s what a new video created by local filmmaker Edward Valibus asks about the new Memphis that we’re living in.

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EVENTS

The 58th annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl, featuring Georgia vs. TCU, will be held Friday, Dec. 30, at 11 a.m. at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, 335 S. Hollywood St. Halftime entertainment includes Motown legends The Commodores, high school marching bands, dancers and homecoming queens from across the country. A pregame buffet ($40) starts at 8 a.m. in the Pipkin & Creative Arts Building at the Mid-South Fairgrounds. For ticket information, visit libertybowl.org or call 901-795-7700.

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Memphis Shelter’s New Vet Comes From Front Lines

The new veterinary medical director of Memphis Animal Services has taken in a lot of abused animals, working on some of the worst cases of animal abuse in recent years.

SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Father-Son Duo Dickens Built Taps Infill Market In Collierville, Piperton

A father-son home builder duo of Doug and Chris Dickens has taken advantage of a strengthening housing market recently by specializing in infill development, primarily in the Collieville and Piperton areas.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

December 23-29, 2016: This week in Memphis history

2015: Eight people die in tornadoes in North Mississippi, with the Holly Springs area being hit hardest by the twisters in the region. The broader Southeast region is raked by the storms and other tornadoes through the long holiday weekend.

RETAIL

Analyst: Rite Aid Buy ‘Good Deal’ for Fred’s

Memphis-based Fred’s Inc. got a “really good deal” on the 865 Rite Aid stores it’s agreed to buy for $950 million in a deal that takes the company beyond its core market and marks a significant new chapter in its story.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

Strickland Surprised by Record Homicide Rate, Defends ‘Brilliant at the Basics’

At the last Memphis City Council meeting of 2016, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland dropped by to give high marks for cooperation between his office and the council.

Council Signals Minority Contract Concerns on Airport Bond Issue

Memphis City Council members approved the issuance of $110 million in airport authority revenue bonds at the last council meeting of 2016.

City Budget Season on the Way With Concerns

One of the highlights of 2016 for the Memphis City Council that took office in January with six new members was a budget season in which there were no significant changes in the proposal by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, who also took office in January.

County Commission Approves Specific Minority Contract Percentages

Shelby County Commissioners gave final approval Monday, Dec. 19, to a resolution that sets specific percentages for specific minority and other groups for getting a share of county government contracts.

RNC Counsel Says Russians Probed But Didn’t Hack System

Russian computer hackers did not hack the Republican National Committee during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to the Memphis attorney who serves as the RNC’s legal counsel.

NONPROFIT SECTOR

New Director Wants to Raise Memphis Botanic Garden’s Profile

The Memphis Botanic Garden long ago ceased being a place to just stop and smell the roses. While a rose garden is one of 28 specialty gardens spanning 96 acres, events and promotions have more recently provided MBG’s identity to the community, especially The Live at the Garden concert series.

TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS

FedEx Earnings Rise But Miss Expectations

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. shares tumbled in trading early Wednesday, Dec. 21, as the delivery giant’s second quarter earnings missed Wall Street expectations.

HEALTH CARE

St. Jude Caps Busy 2016 with Investment Announcement

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is once again ending the year on the cusp of major change, the year end again drawing a line underneath a period of significant expansion for the hospital while it looks ahead to much more to come.

Memphis-Area Planned Parenthood Nears $12 Million Fundraising Goal

Bracing for an uncertain future as President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office, Planned Parenthood of the Greater Memphis Region is taking steps to stay operational in the event of losing its federal funding.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Chairman’s Circle Celebrates Successes While Keeping an Eye on the Future

Since the Greater Memphis Chamber launched the Chairman’s Circle in 2012, long-term goals have always been the driving force behind their ambitions.

Chairman's Circle Moon Missions Are Taking Flight

Although the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle and its Moon Missions are designed to bring change on a long-term scale, some of the missions are already having a tangible effect on the community.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Start Co. Accepting Applications for 2017 Accelerators

The Start Co. organization in Memphis is once again looking for a few good startups.

EPIcenter Logistics Accelerator Now Taking 2017 Applications

With access to FedEx’s Super Hub, the largest river in North America, five Class I railroads and two major interstates, it’s no surprise that Memphis is dubbed “America’s Distribution Center.” Its unique blend of transportation options also makes the Bluff City the perfect place to develop and launch new logistical technologies and services.

SPORTS

As Memphis Schedule Toughens, Tigers’ Bench Shows Signs of Life

On the schedule it was merely a Wednesday night in December against an opponent, Incarnate Word, still transitioning from Division II to Division I.

Our Nostalgia is a College Running Back’s Unnecessary Risk

There is never enough money and there are always too many games. We all recognize this truth, right? The NBA’s 82-game schedule remains an owner’s revenue-generating necessity while simultaneously the reason to rest star players in hopes of avoiding injuries.

The Alamo? No, Vols Rally Around Loss to Vandy

Tennessee’s football team can’t afford to get too merry when it goes into Christmas break this weekend. Not with the way it finished the 2016 regular season, and not with a chance for some redemption.

Dobbs’ Change of Heart a Great Gift to Vol Fans

In the spirit of the holiday season, Joshua Dobbs is the gift that keeps on giving. Despite all the disappointments of 2016 for Tennessee football, it would be a mistake not to appreciate Dobbs for what he is: a scholar, an athlete, a leader, a role model and a winner.

Grizzlies Get Some Love: Recognized Nationally For Being Top ‘Clutch’ Team

Memphis Grizzlies fans, not without justification, often feel their team is overlooked. So you’ll be happy to know that on the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 20, at espn.com, a story posted with the following headline:

Long-Suffering Titans Fans Finally Have Their Team Back

Tennessee has its NFL team back. The Titans had slipped off the national radar about eight years ago and – to a lesser extent – out of Nashville’s consciousness a few years after that, sometime around the end of the Jeff Fisher era and throughout the following years.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Developer Buys Former Merle Norman Warehouse

3670 S. Perkins Road -
Merle Norman Cosmetics Inc. has sold its former Memphis distribution center to local real estate developer Thomas Farnsworth Jr. for $1.3 million.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Infectious Disease Specialist Blatz Joins Resurrection Health

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Peter Blatz recently joined the staff of Resurrection Health. In his new role, Blatz provides expert consultation on a variety of infectious diseases in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Currently he is focusing on providing HIV and hepatitis C care as well as teaching Resurrection’s family medicine resident physicians. 

SNAPSHOT

Snapshot: Riverside Romp on Blades

The Fourth Bluff Ice Rink opened to the public on Dec. 10 and will remain installed in Mississippi River Park until Jan. 29. Admission is $10, and skating lessons are taught each Tuesday at 5:30 and 6 p.m. for no additional cost.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Taxable or Tax-Deferred?

Ray’s Take Tax planning is an essential part of any budgeting or investment management decision. Generally there are two types of accounts to consider: taxable and tax-deferred. But which one will work best for you? The answer is usually both, but there are definite strategies to consider when choosing.

Christmas, Then and Now

CHRISTMAS TIME. Every Christmas I tell this story, and in the telling Christmas comes home. It was my first time to England and overseas, and prime time for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Soho.

Karen Camper Crosses Aisle to Tackle State’s Most Pressing Issues

Editor’s note: This is part two of Nashville correspondent Sam Stockard’s feature on Memphis state Rep. Karen Camper. Read part one in the Thursday, Dec. 22, edition of The Daily News or online at memphisdailynews.com.

Memphis Democrat Karen Camper Learns To Work With Majority

Editor’s note: This is part one of Nashville correspondent Sam Stockard’s feature on Memphis state Rep. Karen Camper. Read part two in the Friday, Dec. 23, edition of The Daily News or online at memphisdailynews.com.

Resolve to Improve Each Day in 2017

New year’s resolutions are tempting to make, and they are even more tempting to forget. In spite of the insatiable appetite our society has for self-improvement and excellence, good habits just seem hard to acquire.

Office Holiday Parties: Naughty or Nice?

If there is any human resources professional who still needs a good argument to present to management in favor of NOT having a holiday party with copious amounts of alcohol, I encourage you to show your decision makers the new film, “Office Christmas Party,” starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman.

Kafkaesqueness and Such

Paul Greenberg, editorial page editor emeritus of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, likes to write about Franz Kafka (1883-1924) and the word coined for his name, Kafkaesque.

Crafting the Right Launch

The launch of a new product is just about as important as the product itself. As good as the product may be, if the launch is lackluster, the product may sit on the shelf until it one day lands in a clearance bin. 

New Year, New You

No matter what your personal religious, political or social views are, it seems fair to say we can all agree on one thing: 2016 has been a tough year for everyone. Friends and families were pulled apart by different political leanings. Workers went through difficult corporate layoffs and restructurings. Violence and death were reported daily in the news. It’s been rough – very rough.

Follow These Guidelines To Innovate Well

A talk at the Back End of Innovation conference by 3M Healthcare’s Heather Webb discusses how the company manages to innovate in a complex business.

Friendraising: Two Examples of Success

As the year comes to an end, many of us are fortunate to receive invitations to events large and small. With Hanukkah falling on Dec. 24 there will be simultaneous celebrating by Jews and Christians this year. And even more will celebrate the New Year. Some events are family parties, work gatherings or faith celebrations. Others are fundraisers or “friendraisers” for nonprofit organizations or institutions.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 61 331 19,904
MORTGAGES 80 391 23,305
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 83 8,387
BUILDING PERMITS 0 338 40,366
BANKRUPTCIES 35 231 13,335
BUSINESS LICENSES 28 76 6,213
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 125 13,120
MARRIAGE LICENSES 21 94 4,936

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