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VOL. TMN-11 | NO. 6 | Saturday, February 10, 2018
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The Metrics Mayor

Jim Strickland measures first two years as Memphis mayor

At times in the last two years, political supporters of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland have been worried. They agree with what got him elected, his “brilliant at the basics” philosophy that makes basic services and fundamental play-it-safe financial strategies the priority at City Hall.

EDITORIAL

Editorial: Leadership Should Come With More Dialogue

When two groups agree on a general goal but not the way to accomplish that goal, the differences can be overcome. When the two groups question the motives of each other, it becomes much more difficult.

Paint Memphis Painted Over

City public works crews painted over more murals on Lamar Avenue than they were supposed to this week as the controversy over the Paint Memphis murals surfaced again.

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This Week In Memphis History: February 9-15, 2018

2016: Open casting call for the television series “Sun Records” – then called “Million Dollar Quartet” – at Humes Prep Middle School.

EMPHASIS Financial Services

Glassman to Tax Pros: Take a Lesson From the Tortoise, Not the Hare

Richard Glassman’s spacious office in Downtown Memphis is cluttered like a closet, but holds the history of a museum. Everything from a cap signed by actor Tom Cruise back when “The Firm” was being filmed in Memphis, to a framed and autographed No. 45 Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls jersey, to a stuffed cobra positioned under his desk, looking ready to pounce.

Dixon Hughes Goodman Taps New Managing Partner

Buddy Dearman’s new role at accounting firm Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP is as much about cars and automobile dealerships, and the entrepreneurs behind them, as it is about numbers on a spreadsheet.

ATA Expands Memphis Presence With Cannon & Co. Acquisition

Regional accounting firm Alexander Thompson Arnold PLLC kicked off the new year with the acquisition of Memphis-based Cannon & Co., strengthening its footprint in the market with an eye on future growth and expansion.

COMMUNITY

Dwyer, Kennedy to Receive Dunavant Awards

The Honorable Judge Tim Dwyer and Shelby County Chief Administrative Officer Harvey Kennedy are the 2018 winners of the Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards.

SPORTS

Josh Pastner Refutes Sexual Assault Accusation

Former University of Memphis basketball coach Josh Pastner on Thursday night, Feb. 8, vehemently denied a woman’s allegations of sexual misconduct. Pastner, who is in his second season as coach at Georgia Tech, responded to a question during his post-game press conference after his team played at Louisville.

MLK 50

Hidden King

McKinney urges students to rediscover ‘creative extremist’

The LeMoyne-Owen College concert choir reprised the song Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. requested 50 years ago in one of his last conversations just before he was killed on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel.

NCRM to Install ‘I Am A Man’ VR Experience

The back of a garbage truck looms, foreboding, in the foreground. The cluster of red lights gets larger as you walk tentatively toward it. In another moment, when you look down, your dark, worn hands come into view.

THE TIPPING POINT

Through Community Service, Gorman Makes Memphis Home

It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact moment when Teddy Gorman, director of sales and marketing for Gorham/Schaffler Inc., became a born-again Memphian.

REAL ESTATE

Trader Joe’s Seeking First Official Approval from Germantown

The saga of Trader Joe’s in Germantown has had more than its fair share of ups and downs over the last several years, but those all appear to be in the rear view mirror, as the first tangible plans listing the highly sought-after grocer have surfaced.

DMC to Review Plans For New Downtown Mixed-Use Building, Midtown Apartments

A local investment group is seeking a nine-year tax break from the Downtown Memphis Commission to construct a new mixed-use building where the Downtown Blue Monkey once stood at 529 S. Front St.

Former Benchmark Hotel Declared Public Nuisance

The site of the former Benchmark Hotel in Downtown Memphis has been declared a public nuisance by the Memphis and Shelby County Environmental Court.

Pizza, Donuts and Pinnacle Planned For Midtown

1350 Concourse Ave., Memphis, TN 38104: Two local restaurateurs are looking to carve out their own slice of the Crosstown Concourse with the opening of Elemento’s Neapolitan Pizza. -
 Elemento’s Neapolitan Pizza, founded by Adrian Accury and Justin Dorah, will soon begin construction on a new location at 1350 Concourse Ave., according to a $350,000 building permit application filed with the Office of Construction Code Enforcement on Monday, Jan. 29.

Bill Could Expand Residential PILOT

In an effort to encourage residential infill and density beyond the confines of Downtown and Midtown, new legislation is making its way through the Tennessee Senate and House of Representatives that would allow Shelby County to offer tax incentives to multifamily and hotel developers outside of the central business district.

Council Debate on MLGW Rates Reveals Trust Issues

It began after the Tom Lee storm last Memorial Day weekend – a burst of sudden, intense winds that knocked out power to 188,000 homes and businesses as well as toppling the circa-1950s obelisk memorial to Tom Lee Downtown.

SNAPSHOT

Getting Road Ready

Volunteers wheel in to help Explore Bike Share

Volunteers help unpack and assemble 600 bicycles at the nonprofit Explore Bike Share’s temporary storage warehouse at 61 Keel Ave. on Tuesday, Feb. 6. The BCycle Dash bicycles hit the road at Bike Share stations across Memphis this spring. (Daily News/Houston Cofield)

GOVERNMENT

Luttrell Calls For ‘High-Wage Job Growth’ in Final State of the County

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell said at his last State of the County address this week that what Shelby County struggles with is “economic diversification and high-wage job growth.”

Commission Seeks Path For Elected County Utility Board

Shelby County commissioners approved Monday, Feb. 5, a first step toward providing county sewer services with a resolution supporting state legislation that would allow for an elected county utility board.

RETAIL

The Aging Process

Old Dominick Distillery very busy a year into enterprise

The team behind Old Dominick Distillery, which started filling its first barrels of Tennessee whiskey around this time last year, remains full steam ahead and is barely stopping to take note of their one-year anniversary.

Fred’s Pays $100K Hiring Bonus to Second CFO in Seven Months

Scroll through the headlines on any financial news-related service – or just look at a stock performance chart – and the news out of Memphis-based retailer Fred’s Inc. has been, in a word, grim.

POLITICS

Filing, Fundraising Pace Quickens in County Elections

Two of the five major contenders for Shelby County mayor in the May 1 primaries have six-figure campaign war chests and a third is just a few thousand dollars away.

Governor’s Race Mixes Political Culture With Nuts-and-Bolts Policy

As most of the other major contenders for Tennessee governor were on the same stage in Nashville last week, Republican Diane Black was in East Memphis meeting with a group of 15 local homebuilders. It was one in a set of meetings with small groups of potential supporters Black held in and around Memphis.

MARKETING & ADVERTISING

The Day After

Some ad execs on the hot seat following game spots

There is perhaps no greater scrutiny that a brand faces than during the biggest U.S. sporting event of the year. Courageous brands bet big that their ad will win hearts and minds, but alas, only 36 percent of Super Bowl ads earned favorable ratings from our team of advertising professionals, likely making for some uncomfortable ad execs on the hot seat Monday morning.

EDUCATION

Local Charter Group Signals Intent to Take Over Catholic Jubilee Schools

A Memphis charter school group led by the president of Christian Brothers University is preparing paperwork to apply with the state and Shelby County Schools to convert nine Catholic schools to charter schools.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Christine Staples Joins Buckman As VP of Water Technologies

Christine Staples recently joined Memphis-based Buckman as global vice president of water technologies. She comes to Buckman from Ecolab, where she held a number of executive leadership positions in both the water and energy industries.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Monument Bills Create State Heritage Battlegrounds

Legislative battles are looming over a spate of bills designed to hammer Memphis and any other cities accused of violating the Tennessee Heritage Protection Act.

Harwell Plans to Back Faison’s Medical Marijuana Legislation

House Speaker Beth Harwell is supporting medical marijuana legislation, saying she believes Tennesseans “deserve” an option to dangerous opioids.

THE PRESS BOX

Slip Sliding Away … Tubby’s Tigers And Season On Downward Plane

After his Tigers had suffered the ignominy of losing a college basketball game to East Carolina, Tubby Smith questioned his players’ sanity.

SPORTS

Vitello Era Begins as Vols Launch 2018 Season

Tennessee baseball is off to a fresh start under first-year coach Tony Vitello, and senior catcher Benito Santiago is savoring every minute of it.

Taking Stock: Titans’ Top Needs for 2018

With the Super Bowl in the books and another NFL season come and gone, it will soon be time to prepare for the 2018 season.

SNAPSHOT

Agape Adding Staff as Services Grow

Latoyia Morgan, left, of Agape Child & Family Services speaks to Yasmine Gregory at a Wednesday, Feb. 7, job fair. The nonprofit is filling more than 30 new positions after receiving a $12 million state grant last year to increase its two-generational services to Memphis families. (Daily News/Houston Cofield)

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Tax Time Tips

Ray’s Take: It’s that time of year when many people find themselves scrambling through file cabinets, sorting through stacks of papers and gathering receipts in preparation for filing their yearly tax return. If you are unhappy with the lack of organization in your tax preparation, that could be your resolution for the coming year.

Serious Diversion

ZEN FOR CYNICS. Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me for the path is narrow. In fact, just buzz off and leave me alone.

Martin Meets Latest Challenge With ‘Umph’

It has been said that the difference between try and triumph is that little “umph.” If there was ever anyone that shows just what a difference that makes, it is Jay Martin, president of Juice Plus. He puts that “umph” in everything he does.

Diversity In Today’s Workplace

LinkedIn released its report on 2018 Global Recruiting Trends. They surveyed 9,000 recruiters and hiring managers from around the world on the state of hiring. Their research found that the biggest game changer in the hiring space is diversity.

How to Increase Board Giving and Fundraising

Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series. Read part one at memphisdailynews.com.

Take Steps To Find Reputable Locksmith

The Better Business Bureau recommends that consumers and businesses line up a reputable locksmith before they need one. In an emergency, or even non-emergency, they won’t be at the mercy of an unqualified technician or out-and-out scammer.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 63 233 7,982
MORTGAGES 87 288 9,487
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 40 1,398
BUILDING PERMITS 209 452 17,059
BANKRUPTCIES 50 155 5,561
BUSINESS LICENSES 39 108 3,056
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 25 100 3,350
MARRIAGE LICENSES 23 93 1,781

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