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VOL. TMN-8 | NO. 50 | Saturday, December 5, 2015
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Memphis' Grocery Wars

2015 marked by influx of new stores, announcements

After Sprouts became one of the newest grocery chains to enter the Memphis market by opening stores in Lakeland and Germantown earlier this year, company spokesman Diego Romero described the chain’s arrival as practically a no-brainer.

Union Avenue Kroger Will Close Jan. 4

The Kroger at 1761 Union Ave. is set to close Jan. 4 to make way for construction. The 36,000-square-foot store will be demolished and the new 54,000-square-foot store will open next fall.

Memphis Football Hitches Hopes to Young Mike Norvell

He was Mr. Joe College, the star wide receiver on the football team at Central Arkansas. She was the roommate of a girl on the basketball team that was a friend of his.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS EDITORIAL

Editorial: Neighborhoods are the Battleground in Grocery Wars

The development of grocery clusters in Germantown and Midtown raises some important questions about supermarkets in other parts of the city.

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EVENTS

Touchdown Club of Memphis, will host its AutoZone Liberty Bowl Night on Thursday, Dec. 10, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Head coaches from the SEC and Big 12 teams playing the Liberty Bowl will speak. Cost is $60. Visit tdcmemphis.com.

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Baptist Taps New Finance Chief

Baptist Memorial Health Care has tapped Bill Griffin to replace the organization’s current chief financial officer, Don Pounds, who’s retiring at year’s end.

Central Station Developers Pull $14.2M Permit for Apartments

Within days of Memphis City Council approval of the Central Station development contract, Henry Turley Co. and general contractor Montgomery Martin Contractors LLC have filed a $14.2 million building permit application for a new apartment complex at 608 S. Front St.

EMPHASIS Distribution & Logistics

Memphis, North Mississippi Competition Raises Questions

When leaders of the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine didn’t grant developers a $24 million tax abatement to build an industrial park on the site of the former Mall of Memphis, some saw it as more kindling for competition between the industrial markets of North Mississippi and Southeast Shelby County.

From Meteorologists to Handlers, FedEx Employees Prep for Busiest Holiday Season

The busy season is underway at FedEx Corp., where a record-breaking 317 million shipments are predicted to pass through the shipping giant’s claws between Black Friday and Christmas Eve.

Memphis to Host Back-to-Back Transportation Conferences

On Thursday, Dec. 10, Memphis’ status as a logistics hub and its future in inner-city transportation will be debated.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

This Week in Memphis History: December 4-10

1985: Playhouse on the Square has made the move to the Memphian movie theater at 51 S. Cooper St. and is preparing for a Dec. 15 opening, with “Gypsy” as its first show. The theater company has received more than $100,000 in donations to help with the renovation project.

Business Leaders Forging New Identity for Summer Avenue

Summer Avenue was home to the city’s first McDonald’s, the world’s first Holiday Inn and a small part of what was called the Broadway of America when the completion of U.S. 70 in 1927 took it across the U.S.

Versant Inks Office Lease at Germantown Park

Memphis-based Versant Supply Chain is going corporate with a newly signed anchor tenant lease in the Germantown Park office development near Germantown Parkway and Walnut Grove.

Fed’s Scarboro Says Interest Rate Hike Will Be Gradual

Their comments don’t move markets the way Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen can.

‘Creatives in the City’ Conference Celebrates Memphis Ventures

Josh Horton’s Memphis-based creative company Hieroglyph is known for its hip T-shirts and for the branding work it provides to nonprofits and small businesses.

Feast On: Looking Back at Busy 2015 for Memphis Restaurants

Belly Acres co-owner Ben McLean can hardly believe it’s been a year since his farm-to-table burger restaurant in Overton Square first opened its doors.

Makowsky Ringel Greenberg Buys 8 Acres Near Broad Avenue

The bids have been opened. Memphis-based multifamily housing manager and developer Makowsky Ringel Greenberg won the eight acres of vacant Sam Cooper right-of-way announced for sale early last month.

Belz Finds Compromise on Deal-Breaking Midtown Gate

Memphis City Council members worked out a compromise Tuesday, Dec. 1, over a controversial plan by Belz Investco to close Idlewild Street south of Union and install a metal gate across the roadway.

Memphis City Council Runs Smart Meter Gauntlet

The Memphis City Council may have six lame ducks on it. But in its last month together, the group of 13 isn’t coasting to the end of its term.

Memphis Designers Aim to Remove Holiday Stress

’Tis the season for back pain that comes with the struggle of dragging an artificial Christmas tree through a tight attic door opening and down the stairs.

TBI’s Report on Stewart Case Still Moving

A Shelby County District Attorney General lawsuit seeking to make public the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s file on the police shooting of Darrius Stewart will continue with the police officer who fatally shot Stewart in July allowed to intervene in the case.

Haslam Seeks Autonomy for 6 Public Universities in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) –The University of Memphis would get its own governing board separate from the Tennessee Board of Regents in a statewide proposal by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam that amounts to a fundamental change in what the Board of Regents does.

Memphis Creatives Walk Through Recent Branding Projects

Ben Fant and Andrew Holliday are principals at two Memphis creative firms that each undertook similar projects recently – crafting brand messaging for clients in the restaurant industry.

Appeals Court Vacates Kyle Ruling on Bail Bond Rules

Shelby County Chancery Court has no jurisdiction over the rules that Criminal Court judges make for bail bond companies.

Food-Focused Nonprofits Join Under Memphis Tilth Banner

Meet Memphis Tilth. Four of the city’s food and farming nonprofits, which cover areas ranging from soil health to food justice to produce distribution, are convening under a single banner.

Methodist Forms Partnership to Improve Health Care Quality in China

Methodist Healthcare is known as one of Memphis’ leading health care institutions, but it’s also working to spread its institutional knowledge related to things like training and health care management across the globe.

Juvenile Court Reforms Changing System Slowly, Leaders Say

Two years into reforms of the local juvenile justice system, three leaders in those reforms say there has to be more contact with teenagers before and after they go through Juvenile Court.

Volunteer Odyssey Launches Holiday Pledge

With the holidays on everyone’s mind, December is one of the few times of year when organizations working against hunger and homelessness get the support they need.

SPORTS

Norvell Is Tigers' New Football Coach

When the University of Memphis hired a largely unknown offensive coordinator out of Texas Christian University he was just 35 years old. Only college football insiders knew and appreciated who Justin Fuente was and what he might become.

College Football’s Coaching Carousel Is Still Spinning

In an ideal world, a kid climbs aboard a carousel and it’s all fun and good times. But the reality is, sometimes the experience is dizzying – even nauseating.

Father Time Beats Them All, Every Time

Perfect timing is almost never an option. And when it is, the superstar athlete probably won’t recognize it.

Even Without Wins, Mularkey Has Refreshing Attitude

Credit Mike Mularkey with one thing, if nothing else.He has approached his interim stint as the Tennessee Titans head coach with a high degree of honesty and a bit of a straightforward approach to the job.

SMALL BUSINESS

Hard Work Leads to Success For Aunt Key’s Apothecary

Carla Worth was a single mom of a 2-year-old, working two jobs and going to school.

NEWSMAKERS

Turbett Joins First Horizon as CRA Officer

Keith D. Turbett has joined First Horizon National Corp., parent company of First Tennessee Bank, as corporate Community Reinvestment Act officer and community development manager. In that role, Turbett ensures First Tennessee is making credit and financial products available in all parts of the community, consistent with safe and sound banking practices.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

St. Jude Files $10 Million Construction Permit

650 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 -
St. Jude has applied for a $10 million building permit at 650 St. Jude Place.

TENNESSEE LEDGER

Civil Asset Forfeiture: 'It's a State License to Steal'

The drugs in Kathy Stiltner’s car were over-the-counter antacids. The $12,000 in cash was from an inheritance. Still, police took the money – quite legally – and are still fighting to keep it, even after the drug charge was dropped.

Competition for Jones Lang Lasalle in Tennessee

Amid debate about privatization within state government, legislators are glad to see Tennessee seeking competition in its building leasing program.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Knee-Jerk Outbreak

A SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS. WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States government has mobilized against a clear threat to the country.

Avoiding the Scammers

Ray’s Take It is an unfortunate fact that retirees only make up 15 percent of the population, and yet they are the victims of almost one-third of all reported scams. Identity theft in particular is on the rise as the elderly often have a good credit rating and little or no debt. Make no mistake; falling prey to an identity thief can be a financial disaster in addition to being an emotional one.

Accelerate Growth By Integrating Research

Stephanie Cunningham, Associate Director, Global Insights Business Lead – Specialty Division, The Clorox Co.; Jody McInerney, Senior Vice President, Burke Inc.

Pound of Poetry, Part 3

In 1967, Ezra Pound told Allen Ginsberg, “The worst mistake I made was that stupid suburban prejudice of anti-Semitism.” Some say it was an apology. Pound died in Venice in 1972, shortly after his 87th birthday. In one of his final cantos, he wrote, “I have tried to write Paradise. … Let the Gods [and] those I love try to forgive what I have made.” The above was well after the treason case.

All the Business You’re Losing From Siri

This column is the third in an 11-part series on the Top Ten 2016 Marketing Trends. Check back for the remainder of the series and a deep dive into each of these trends.

How to Keep Workplace Lions at Bay

A lion used to prowl about a field in which four oxen used to dwell. Many a time he tried to attack them; but whenever he came near they turned their tails to one another, so that whichever way he approached them he was met by the horns of one of them.

Grit to Great

The Memphis Grizzlies have made “Grit and Grind” a common phrase heard today in basketball. The concept of grit, however, extends far beyond the court. In applies in business, life and many other areas.

How Would You Rate Yourself As A Fundraiser?

As the year comes to an end, we have the opportunity to reflect on our lives, give thanks and plan for the coming year. We reflect on family, our relationships with friends and community, and often our work life. With this column we offer 10 questions you can use to reflect on your role as a professional or volunteer fundraiser.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 31 327 17,870
MORTGAGES 49 409 20,835
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 129 800 36,616
BANKRUPTCIES 51 243 11,925
BUSINESS LICENSES 21 117 5,677
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 41 215 12,248
MARRIAGE LICENSES 29 121 4,478

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