VOL. TMN-9 | NO. 49 | Saturday, December 3, 2016
The University of Memphis Tigers football team will play in the Dec. 20 Boca Raton Bowl against Western Kentucky.
Memphis finds Airbnb middle ground for property owners, tax revenue burden
Airbnb is revolutionizing the hospitality industry causing legislators worldwide to scramble to regulate it, but the Memphis City Council is gaining state and national attention for its hands-off attitude.
The new economy is here. And it is challenging the role of government in regulating businesses.
One of the two Memphis Police officers involved in the January 27 fatal shooting of Jonathon Bratcher in South Memphis said Bratcher fired repeatedly at them and a Shelby County Sheriff’s deputy with a gun that “sounded like a ‘machine gun’ and was ‘non stop,’” according to an October memo from Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich.
EMPHASIS Distribution & Logistics
Lawmakers representing the Memphis area on both the state and federal levels are taking steps to help the area’s transportation and logistics sectors in 2017 – from a second swipe at a federal grant to redevelop Lamar Avenue to the resubmission of a state bill that would incentivize companies for reducing wait times for truck drivers.
FedEx and retail businesses across the Mid-South are gearing up for a merry holiday season, with FedEx projecting a 10 percent increase in shipping volume over last year during the peak season from Black Friday to Christmas.
With a strong presence on the Gulf Coast and in the Southeast, the acquisition of a private customs brokerage company in Mobile, Alabama, made sense for Memphis-based Dunavant Global Logistics Group LLC.
THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC
2014: Black Lives Matter “die-in” march and protest on Beale Street draws a group of 50 protesters by the district’s Christmas tree at Beale and Rufus Thomas Boulevard.
The Downtown Memphis Commission’s Design Review Board will meet next week to discuss some potential changes to the Downtown Memphis skyline.
With the holiday shopping season already in full swing, some companies in need of additional space to help alleviate their seasonal storage requirements are finding willing landlords as partners.
Cargill’s 69-acre property on President’s Island, which has remained dormant for nearly two years, will be the home of a new manufacturing facility that will create 75 new jobs.
Dr. Benjamin Figura’s career is the stuff TV crime dramas are made of.
In some ways, a year and a half of local protests, turbulence and questions about police conduct came full circle Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Hickory Hill.
GOVERNMENT & POLITICS
Shelby County Commissioners talked about possible legal action Wednesday, Nov. 30, against Tyler Technologies, the company supplying a new computer system for the local criminal justice system.
The Shelby County Election Commission certified the Nov. 8 election results Monday, Nov. 28, at a session that included a call by local Elections Administrator Linda Phillips to seek $12 million in funding to buy a new voting system for the 2022 elections.
Students at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law are making a significant impact in the courtroom this semester working to assist the city’s youth.
Shelby County Schools board members may push a vote on a proposal to close seven schools and build three new ones to February instead of January. A review of the proposal by the SCS board Tuesday, Nov. 29, still keeps in place a vote at the Dec. 6 school board meeting that would start a process of public meetings to gauge the reaction of parents affected by changes.
Three Memphis real estate companies with significant assets in the Poplar Avenue/Ridgeway Road area are making plans to improve connectivity and walkability there.
Grocery stores in Memphis are in a scramble to refashion the shopping experience they present to customers, via everything from digital services like pre-order and scheduled pickups to mall-like amenities inside the stores themselves.
Mary Claire White is preparing to join a group of fellow makers and artisans next week in Midtown for a yearly gathering that doubles as both a holiday shop and a chance for vendors like her to showcase their work.
The city of Memphis hasn’t had a comprehensive long-term plan since 1981. But it has been just 2 1/2 years since a coalition of neighborhood groups in Frayser put together a “Frayser 2020” plan and took it to City Hall where it didn’t have the political support to get city funding.
LAW & THE COURTS
Just as employers were scrambling to comply with new U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) overtime wage regulations that were set to go into effect on Dec. 1, a federal court in Texas last week blocked its implementation.
Bob Bean was an unlikely co-founder of the world’s first fully automated mouse genotyping firm. He earned an undergraduate degree in music at the University of South Carolina and then went to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Data is beginning to come in from the deeper analysis of the lives of long-term survivors of childhood cancer as part of a program coordinated through St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital - and it shows, among other things, that more progress still needs to be made.
TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS
With popular companies like Uber and Airbnb redefining their industries, it’s no surprise that other sectors are starting to tap into the country’s growing interest in on-demand services.
Nearly two years into his tenure as the president and CEO of United Way of the Mid-South, Dr. Kenneth Robinson says the funder of 79 nonprofit organizations in the region continues to work toward a new basic goal – ending poverty.
Even as the Ole Miss football program was reeling from an NCAA investigation that gained momentum on the night of the NFL Draft when a former player said he received money from a staff member, optimism about the season ahead was still high.
The numbers tell a dispiriting story. When the Grizzlies play basketball without the services of starting point guard Mike Conley, they lose more often than they win.
By now, Tennessee fans have taken enough deep breaths to come to grips with losing to Vanderbilt. They don’t like it, mind you, but they’ve accepted it. As for Butch Jones, what now?
It’s going to be a long bowl season for Tennessee’s football team and its fans. The Vols find out their bowl destination soon after Saturday’s SEC championship game (4 EST, CBS) between Florida and Alabama in Atlanta.
As the Tennessee Titans headed out the door for some long-overdue bye week days off, one veteran got more than he expected – the rest of the season off.
Bambi K. Kirk-Ivy, a commercial Realtor and marketing director at Olive Branch-based Utley Properties, recently was recognized as the 2016 Mississippi Commercial Realtor of the Year at the annual Mississippi Realtors Convention and Expo.
MARTHA KELLY'S MEMPHIS
In her monthly illustration of life in Memphis, artist Martha Kelly depicts Victorian Village’s Woodruff-Fontaine House decked out in its holiday splendor. The 1871 mansion-turned-museum is hosting its Yuletide First Friday, a free open house, on Friday, Dec. 2, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Also in the works is the Dec. 17 Rose Ball, honoring what would have been Millie Woodruff’s 145th wedding anniversary.
Ray’s Take It’s not what you earn, but what you keep. That old saying is true when saving for retirement, and it’s just as important – if not more so – when it comes to withdrawing money from your various retirement accounts.
I WON’T DO THAT AGAIN. Words3 is a writers group that meets monthly at the Church of the Holy Communion to read and reflect. And eat doughnuts.
As you plan to spend the holidays with your loved ones and document these memories for social media, it’s important to be aware of the potential cybersecurity risks you might face.
I can’t in good conscience encourage anyone to spend money. Do we really need a Cyber Monday to go online and shop more? And it’s not like you’re saving money; yes, that TV might be $50 less than it was the previous day, but you’re still spending money.
A hundred and ninety-eight years ago – in December 1818 – Thomas Jefferson wrote Robert Walsh Jr. a letter. In it he included an anecdote that speaks to the relative value of revising a document. Who, you ask, is Robert Walsh? And why did the former president correspond with him on such a matter?
Tennessee is going “full speed ahead” in a challenge of the federal Refugee Resettlement Program despite threats by President-elect Donald Trump to dismantle it or, at the least, stop the flow of refugees from terrorist-linked countries.
Global competition is heating up and a wave of consolidation is sweeping various industries, from the tech economy to the old economy. Google and General Electric continue to master their domains and expand their reach. Microsoft bought LinkedIn and Bayer is looking to buy Monsanto.
The holidays can be a difficult time in the life of a job seeker. Very often, things at work slow down a bit. We begin to consider what we would like to find in a new job, whether it’s more money, a new position or a better work-life balance. Unfortunately, the time between Thanksgiving and the New Year is also a slower time of year for hiring. Managers may go on vacation, and hiring may be put on hold for budgetary reasons.
Good old-fashioned sales calls are making a revival given how few salespeople are leveraging them anymore. With digital communication now serving as the preferred form of initial outreach to new prospects, there is a sizable opportunity for sales reps skilled at making a truly impactful sales call.
The Back End of Innovation Conference this year was in the perfect setting: New Orleans. The dynamic culture that gave the world Jazz and a North American culinary culture continues to inspire innovation and serve as a model for how to pivot and re-launch itself more powerfully than before after an epic tragedy, such as Katrina.
Part three of a three-part series. Everyone has to have a responsibility for fundraising. We call this a culture of fundraising. Others refer to it as a culture of philanthropy. Either way, this shared responsibility is at the core of nonprofit fundraising and sustainable organizations.