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VOL. TMN-8 | NO. 1 | Saturday, December 27, 2014
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Memphis Resolutions

Bluff City looks toward a year of possibilities in 2015

The end of the year hastens a season of resolutions about the year ahead, resolutions about what to include on the blank canvas of a new year.

Editorial: Pursuit of Authentic Memphis is a Winding Road

Last year at this time, we talked about city finances and our pursuit of economic development. The year before, it was federal government shutdown.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

This week in Memphis history: December 26-January 1

2009: FedEx Corp. took the first step toward a major expansion of its Memphis hub, filing a $28 million building permit for a new two-story sort facility at the existing hub on the north side of Memphis International Airport. At the time, the hub employed 15,000 people and had five sorts of 1.5 million packages per day.

Counterpart Experiences Big 2014

2014 was a particularly consequential year for Counterpart Communication Design. The marketing communications firm with offices in Memphis and Dallas grew its staff by almost 40 percent this year, for example, in addition to reimagining its creative department and adding a Web analysis team to meet constantly evolving digital needs.

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EVENTS

Hard Rock Cafe Memphis will host the seventh annual Hard Rock Guitar Drop Wednesday, Dec. 31, from 6:30 p.m. to Thursday, Jan. 1, at 2 a.m. at Hard Rock, 126 Beale St. The event will feature live music inside and outside the cafe, including a headline performance by The Bar-Kays. General admission is $20. Visit hardrock.com/memphis for more information.

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Grassroots Growth

Community Advisors brings services to underserved communities

In 2007, Greg Spillyards was part of a team at CB Richard Ellis Memphis tasked with reviving the dog-eared Bellbrook Industrial Park.

Nailor’s Persistence Leads to Commutation

In April, Larry Nailor will walk out of the Memphis Federal Correctional Institution and away from the life sentence he got in Memphis federal court in the mid-1990s for having 50 grams of crack cocaine.

Big League Movers is on the Move

Big League Movers is on the move and yes, they’ll be doing the moving themselves.

City, County Catch Late-Year Economic Development Surge

Through September, things were looking somewhat bleak for Memphis and Shelby County on the economic development front.

This Year: Accomplished

Tigers’ bowl win caps historic 10-win season

Late in what already was an improbable and wondrous season, University of Memphis linebacker Charles Harris was talking about the contrast between life before Justin Fuente became the Tigers’ head coach and life after Fuente became head coach.

Antiques Market Planned for Memphis

A juried, biannual market for all things vintage is headed to Memphis next year, the product of two friends who share a love of antiques, flea markets, barn sales and giving new life to things that have a bit of history to them.

Five Indicted of Fraud in Benefits Case

A year after federal agents boxed up records and other items at several day cares and grocery stores in an investigation of fraud in federal nutrition and child care benefits, a federal grand jury has indicted five people for the fraud totaled at millions of dollars in public money.

E-Commerce Shift Could Benefit Region

The Target online distribution center slated to open in Memphis next year is not only a major jobs generator in an area desperate for them, it could signal the region’s arrival as an e-commerce-based distribution hub, according to real estate experts.

‘Amazing Food’ Explosion

New site focuses on city’s growing restaurant scene

John Minervini quickly turns giddy whenever he’s talking about the food scene in Memphis.

Wharton Defends Local Tax Incentives, Searches for New Methods to Compete

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is pursuing a new economic development strategy that would allow those parts of Tennessee bordering other states to mirror or match the incentives on the other side of the state line.

Area Hospitals Penalized for Avoidable Complications

Regional One Health and Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis are among the 721 hospitals that the federal government is penalizing for having high rates of infections and other patient injuries.

Election Year Marks Passing of Generations

There were more than a few indications of the passing of political generations in Memphis this past year.

Expanding East

Tamp & Tap plans new East Memphis location

Tamp & Tap, the name of the popular Downtown coffee shop and restaurant, is an allusion to both espresso – which is tamped for compression before going into the machine – and also kegs of beer, which are tapped.

SPORTS

Losing Streak Ends Impressive Stretch by Grizzlies

After the Grizzlies lost to the Chicago Bulls, their second six-game winning streak of the season coming to an end, Mike Conley made a fair point.

Grizz in Finals? Definite Maybe

Anything’s possible. And by anything, I mean Mississippi State was No. 1 in the college football poll this year at the same time the Kansas City Royals were playing in the World Series.

Morgan’s Best Season Might Be His Last as Titan

For Derrick Morgan, Sunday’s season finale against the Indianapolis Colts could well be the end of his five-year run with the Tennessee Titans.

Vol Players See TaxSlayer Win as a Big Step for Program

KNOXVILLE – Christmas break has come and gone for the University of Tennessee’s football team. Now it’s back to business.

NEWSMAKERS

Pitts-Murdock Leading Library’s Teen Services

R. Janae Pitts-Murdock has been named coordinator of teen services for the Memphis Public Library and Information Center, a role in which she’s responsible for coordinating teen programs, partnerships and special initiatives across 18 locations.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Two In-Rel Properties Fetch $16.8 Million

6263 Poplar Ave. and, 2670 Union Ave. Extended, Memphis, TN -
Affiliates of Clark Tower owner In-Rel Properties Inc. sold two of the company’s other Memphis office buildings to a private equity firm for $16.8 million as part of a larger portfolio transaction.

SMALL BUSINESS

Charter Operator AB Jets Soaring to New Heights

David Turner began working for a local charter plane operation in 2000, but five years later Turner decided he needed a change of scenery and started flying for Memphis-based AB Jets.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

End of The Year To-Do List

Ray’s Take In an ideal world, we would always stay on top of all of the intricacies of our financial lives. The real world seems to work a little differently. If it weren’t for the April 15 deadline, I doubt we would ever get around to filing our taxes. Deadlines are good for us, actually. So as we roll quickly toward the end of the year, let’s review a few.

Christmas Coming Home

CHRISTMAS TIME. Every Christmas I tell this story, and in the telling Christmas comes home.

Addressing the Post Office

“Dear Judge Vic, I am writing about the U.S. Postal Service. My wife and me send several things each month to the same address in a major city in another state. To the home of our kids. A house we’ve stayed at. A place with a porch, where the mail guy leaves packages. A few weeks ago, we sent a box with some presents in it.

You Can’t Afford a Job Search Holiday

The holiday season is a perfect chance to spend quality time with friends and family. It’s fun to put up holiday decorations, exchange gifts, and attend holiday gatherings. If we’re lucky, we get lots of rest, and extra time doing things we enjoy.

Make These LinkedIn Resolutions for 2015

Much like the old adage that we only use 10 percent of our brains, you may fall into the camp of LinkedIn users leveraging less than a tenth of what this robust business-networking platform has to offer.

Don’t Be a Hero, Leave Rates at Zero

As if we needed further evidence that investment markets price off of central bank soliloquies, markets worldwide rallied 4.5 percent last week in reaction to a short press release from the U.S. Fed.

Gifts for Family Travelers

It’s Christmas season, and that means it’s gift time. And with the big day a couple of days away, if you’re still looking for ideas for presents, you might be in trouble. While these gifts for family travelers aren’t really the type one “opens,” per se, they might be appreciated more than the latest gadget.

Nonprofit Dating Game

The holiday mistletoe, love song, and New Year’s Eve parties conjure up the allure – and the drama – of dating. Who are you dating? Who do you want to be dating? Who will you be dating in 2015? And, if you’re married, how will you reaffirm your marriage in 2015?

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Nashville Edition

Music Takes Center Stage for Nashville's New Year’s Eve

From country to rock to Gershwin, Music City has it

Cynics and service industry folks might call it “amateur night.” And one can hardly blame them as New Year’s Eve can turn even the most unassuming guest into a rowdy reveler for a night.

Nashvillians Offer Resolutions and Hopes for the New Year

About 45 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions – or so says the Journal of Clinical Psychology. And one of the best ways to ensure they stick? Make them public.

Cauliflower as Main Course? Restaurant Trends for 2015

To know where we’re headed, as the adage goes, we must first understand where we’ve been. And in Nashville, where we’ve been is eating at restaurants. Many, apparently.

$1 Million-Plus Sales Reach New Heights in 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, the “Where does it end?” question is becoming more and more a part of the conversation.

Knoxville Edition

Market Square, Old City Vie for Knoxville Revelers

Fireworks at midnight as East Tennessee welcomes 2015

Christmas wrapping packed away? Check. 2014 all but in the books? Check. Resolutions for 2015 made? Maybe. Check. Making plans for New Year’s Eve? Check. Check.

More Than One Way to Ring in New Year in Knoxville

With gas prices dropping and the economy continuing to improve, Knoxvillians have much to celebrate as 2014 comes to a close. A number of venues and restaurants have festive plans for New Year’s Eve.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 209 209 16,401
MORTGAGES 252 252 18,937
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 393 393 33,519
BANKRUPTCIES 124 124 10,861
BUSINESS LICENSES 57 57 5,255
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 102 102 11,446
MARRIAGE LICENSES 70 70 3,937

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