VOL. TMN-7 | NO. 50 | Saturday, December 6, 2014
Scandals, corruption part of business as usual at nation’s colleges
Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley is in his eighth year in the NBA. But he’s just 27 years old and his 10-year class reunion at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis is still an event in the future.
EMPHASIS Distribution & Logistics
Memphis task force takes aim at cargo theft
In November, a trailer full of new, pre-released LeBron James shoes made by Nike was stolen in the Memphis area.
Labor strife on West Coast docks isn't going to steal Christmas in Memphis, but it is having an impact locally, according to industry officials. But just how deep that impact cuts remains to be seen.
Dr. Stephanie Ivey never intended to get into the transportation field. After earning her doctorate in engineering from the University of Memphis, Ivey had planned on being involved in environmental work but, through a series of twists and turns, accepted a position at the U of M focused on transportation.
THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC
2013: The Memphis Ice Run. After the St. Jude Marathon was canceled because of below-freezing temperatures and the threat of icy streets along the route, some of the runners from Memphis and some who had traveled to the city for the annual event ran the course anyway. Race officials who kept the race finish setup in place at AutoZone Park quickly moved in to award medals to those who completed the course.
Which of these statements is true?
Down by 11 points to Stephen F. Austin with less than two minutes to play, the final result probably was inevitable. But inside an emptying FedExForum, there were a precious few Tiger fans hanging on to the last strands of hope.
Just to be sure I hadn’t lost my mind, I checked the NFL standings. In every division, the team – or teams – with the best record occupied first place. I found this amazing.
Fast Facts: 6-foot-4, 229 pounds; transferred from Vanderbilt after sitting out a year; averaged 13.5 points and 3.6 assists as a sophomore; aspiring rapper, he is up front about loving music more than basketball.
Instead of CBS, Fox or even the NFL Network, the Titans might need to move to the HGTV, where experts take once-proud houses and restore them to their former grandeur.
Efforts continue to boost minority business expansion
Moving the needle on minority business growth in Memphis is in a phase of knitting and prodding six months after a renewed call for a larger share of business for minority businesses in a city whose population is majority African-American.
Obsidian Public Relations has kicked off the 2014 edition of its annual pro bono public relations project, the goal of which is to use the agency’s expertise to make a big impact for a local nonprofit.
A leading supplier of communications and security products, electrical and electronic wire and cable, fasteners and other small components is relocating to a new Memphis distribution center.
City Market Groceries & Deli is preparing to expand beyond Downtown. The grocery is adding a new Cooper-Young location, at 836 S. Cooper Street. City Market just signed a lease there, confirmed owner Hamida Mandani, who said Adam Slovis represented City Market.
As high school seniors are getting answers back from the colleges they have applied to, a group of volunteer tutors are about to guide another group of seniors through the complex process of stepping into higher education.
Trader Joe’s doesn’t have any immediate plans to enter the Memphis market, the company said Wednesday, Dec. 3.
Overton Square, Downtown prepare for holiday cheer
It was early Tuesday, a little more than 48 hours before Overton Square was set to throw a major holiday celebration complete with a tree-lighting ceremony, school choirs and dozens of participating tenants.
For most of her seven years on the Memphis City Council, Wanda Halbert has been the most outspoken member when it comes to last-minute items added to the council’s agenda for a vote.
There are private funds and public funds. And when a private project has the potential to up the tax revenue taken in by local and state governments, that money enters a middle ground between the two.
Gift-giving might feel like a chore for some people, especially at Christmastime. The difficulty of figuring out what to buy for the aunt who has everything, for example, or the wrapping of geometric impossibilities that require reams of paper and tape tend to produce feelings other than mirth and holiday cheer.
A new single-family residential project in the heart of Victorian Village is doing very well, thank you very much.
Civil Rights Museum honorees discuss impact of Ferguson events
The two journalists honored in the annual Freedom Awards given by the National Civil Rights Museum had the most to say Tuesday, Dec. 2, about the broader impact of events in Ferguson, Mo.
The visitors center at Shelby Farms Park is about to come down, the latest sign of the transformation of the park.
Preparations for the second Memphis Indie Holiday Market are entering the home stretch, as customers and vendors prepare to converge on Muddy’s Grind House Dec. 13 for the one-day event.
Modern Handmade Memphis brings pop-up to Overton Square
Modern Handmade Memphis has come back to Overton Square with another of its pop-up shops that showcases handmade goods, the latest such event hosted a few times each year by the duo who also captain the Memphis Etsy Team.
The new generation of veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq face a homeland that knows about post-traumatic stress disorder.
A special taxing district to help pay for a massive redevelopment of the sprawling Graceland campus is one step closer to reality.
Robbing a drug dealer can be a federal crime.
Jenna Simonson has joined IRIS Orchestra as community relations coordinator. In her new role, Simonson will oversee community engagement programs and office management for the orchestra, which kicked off its 15th season in October.
REAL ESTATE RECAP
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Bass Pro Shops is preparing to install a bowling alley inside The Pyramid.
Chef Michael Patrick reaches for a metaphor to describe what it will feel like once the new, more expansive version of his Downtown eatery, Rizzo’s Diner, opens in the next several days at 492 S. Main St.
SUFFERING FOOLISH. Just when you think your cold is getting better, it snot. If you think that’s bad, I’m just getting started.
One of the biggest mistakes job seekers make is to stop looking for work over the holidays. Once Thanksgiving rolls around, our priorities shift. We decide companies aren’t hiring anyway, and we move on to other things. We begin to focus on putting up decorations and buying gifts.
Ray's take: Once you reach age 70 1/2, you are required by law to begin taking required minimum distributions (RMD) from your tax-advantaged retirement account, or accounts, each year.
I get a laugh now and again for telling what the crossword clues are for the term “comb over.” In light of a recent story from the sports page, I can’t resist writing about the topic. For your edification, of course.
The explosion of the Internet and the ensuing 24/7 news cycle combined with a significant reduction in reporting staff at most media outlets over the past decade has created a perfect storm driving a significant shift in public relations (PR) tactics that are effective and worth your time. If you are still deploying any of these tactics, make it your 2015 resolution to better invest your time for a better result.
As 2014 comes to an end, we find ourselves reflecting on our work and this column. They are both intertwined: FUNdraising Good Times is one way we help nonprofit organizations and institutions position themselves for fundraising success.
December is here and with it comes holiday decorations, busy party schedules and trips to Grandma’s house. And with Christmas presents being a drain on the wallet, future travel probably isn’t top of mind.
There is a passage from Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” that reads, “A child goes forth each day, and the first object that the child sees, that object he becomes, for a day, or part of a day, or for days stretching into years.” Growing up, my parents were that object.
Derick Kurdy from J&J and Neel Tilak from Janssen discuss the potency of an innovation culture in the procurement department and how it works with key suppliers.
It’s no secret that the holiday season offers the most opportune time for charitable organizations to capitalize on what is a perfect storm of the giving holiday spirit colliding with the year-end tax-deductible donation deadline. With so many organizations competing for donations at this time of the year, what sets any one organization’s “ask” apart from the rest? What is the key to crafting a message that hits the mark?
What to see, do in Nashville this holiday season
In years past, Carl Haley has offered his Grand Avenue transportation passengers the customary Christmas lights tour packages – about the same as other tours in Nashville – with a cruise by Opryland and a trip to a few choice, heavily decorated neighborhoods.
A number of new places opened in Nashville this year, bringing a bevy of new bourbons, crafted brews and incredible places to sit, relax and sip. If you are looking for more than a meal and want that genuine, trendy Nashville experience, here are a few hot spots.
Batch is gonna need a bigger box.
It’s hard to decide what’s less fun, mowing the lawn or raking leaves. If you loathe both in equal measure, however, help may be just a few clicks away.
As hot as this market is, the old axiom of pigs get fat and hogs get slaughtered can apply.
Knoxville’s Ramsey House offers holiday view of a bygone era
The hustle and bustle of a 21st Century Christmas and holiday season can be overwhelming, but the Historic Ramsey House offers a view of a bygone era.
In this season of thankfulness, Knoxvillians should pay homage to Francis Alexander Ramsey, but many people are probably not familiar with his name.
Even ole Ebenezer Scrooge could find something in Knoxville to get him in the holiday spirit.