VOL. TMN-8 | NO. 8 | Saturday, February 14, 2015
Once an eyesore, the old Sears Crosstown building is becoming an eyeful
Richard Spore and his colleague at the Memphis office of the Bass Berry & Sims law firm have worked on several ambitious, game-changing projects like the transformation of Overton Square and Bass Pro Shops’ redevelopment of The Pyramid.
Few Memphians can remember the view north on Cleveland when the Sears Crosstown building did not define the horizon.
Coca-Cola Refreshments USA Inc. is considering a $4.8 million project to consolidate distribution operations in Memphis and West Memphis, Ark., into one facility in Memphis, according to application for a tax freeze.
Common Core determines what Tennessee’s K-12 students should know and when they should learn it, yet like many other issues it has become a political pariah, especially for the state’s Republican leaders.
Saying the feds are guilty of intruding in local schools, state Sen. Bill Ketron is seeking passage of a resolution designed to end what he calls overreach by the U.S. Department of Education.
THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC
2005: Molson Coors Brewing Co. announced it would close its Memphis brewery in Hickory Hill in 2007 as a result of the Canadian company’s merger with Adolph Coors Co. of Colorado. At the time, the brewery and bottling plant employed 410 people. The phase-out was to begin in the second half of 2005. Today the brewery is known as Blues City Brewery, a part of City Brewing of Latrobe, Wis., producing beers and other beverages under numerous brand names.
Ikea’s site plan for its 269,000-square-foot store on a 42-acre site near Interstate 40 and Germantown Parkway was given the green light by the Memphis-Shelby County Land Use Control Board on Thursday, Feb. 12.
$38 million expansion takes Southland to the next level
Nearly 60 years ago – even before the Hernando DeSoto Bridge was built across the Mississippi River – Southland Park opened with greyhound dog racing in West Memphis.
The latest proposal to solve the parking tension within Overton Park has none of the major elements of what appeared to be a compromise in the works this past spring when overflow Memphis Zoo parking on the Overton Park greensward prompted protests.
A new rendering of a proposed LaQuinta Inn & Suites hotel at Union Avenue and Danny Thomas Boulevard Downtown shows a more urban design than a previous stock rendering sent to city and county planners.
Silicone Arts Laboratories, a Memphis-based venture that makes innovative cosmetic products, is hosting an open house next month in its new Cooper-Young location.
At age 18, she had her flight instructor’s certification. By 23, she was a corporate vice president and by 25 a chief operating officer.
Memphis firm finds niche transporting wine from Napa Valley
If you’re a wine lover along the East Coast – everywhere from Florida to the Mid-Atlantic and New England - chances are a Memphis-based third-party logistics provider played a significant role in getting your vino into your glass.
The name over the door at Allied Medical’s East Memphis location is changing, part of the company’s integration with its new parent, Mid-South Medical and Mobility.
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. told the Memphis Rotary Club Tuesday, Feb. 10, that the ambitious recasting of the Mid-South Fairgrounds – a project that is solely a City Hall creation at this point -- is going to get a second look from outside consultants.
The Butler Snow law firm has launched an expansion of its Nashville office as the firm Walker, Tipps and Malone PLC joined the multi-state law firm based in Tennessee and Mississippi with offices in Memphis.
A favorable lending environment and strong demand for Downtown apartments, hotel rooms and meeting space are providing a window for developers to move forward with a skyline-altering hotel and apartment development overlooking the Mississippi River at the foot of Beale Street, a member of the development team told Downtown officials Tuesday.
Pharmaceutical supply chain safety a global challenge
The risk is real. And the evidence is in the charges of second-degree murder against the owner of New England Compounding Center Inc., and pharmacists and others employed by the company.
Planning is well underway for the Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council’s 14th annual Pinnacle Awards ceremony, an evening dedicated to bringing commercial real estate industry professionals together and honoring them for their accomplishments in the previous year.
Even though total mortgage volume in Shelby County dipped slightly in January, Magna Bank – among the top lenders for the month – actually grew its volume in during the month.
Lakeland Schools board members hired architects and planners Monday, Feb. 9, to begin design work on a new Lakeland Prep grade 6-12 school to open in August 2017.
Shelby County commission chairman Justin Ford is running for Memphis Mayor in 2015.
Ugly Mug helps Memphis’ coffee scene continue to grow
Get used to seeing more of the Ugly Mug brand in Memphis. An open house in recent days at the Memphis-based roaster’s still relatively new brick-and-mortar location at Poplar Avenue and Perkins Extended was packed with customers and visitors sampling brews and some of the food items on the Ugly Mug menu.
Main Event Entertainment is bringing its “Eat. Bowl. Play.” experience to Memphis with a 50,056-square-foot entertainment center and restaurant at Appling Road and Interstate 40.
The Memphis City Council approved changes to city health insurance coverage in June and pension coverage in December.
There were so many contenders for the District 5 seat on the Memphis City Council at the Sunday, Feb. 8, Tennessee Equality Project Gumbo Contest that they occasionally went for the same voter’s hand in the crowd of several hundred.
Technology changes just about everything, even art. But the 50th Annual Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards didn’t lack for entries – 2,185 individual submissions and another 80 senior portfolios.
He was supposed to be the next Andy Roddick, the next great American tennis player. That’s what they said about Ryan Harrison.
Lionel Hollins’ departure from the Grizzlies was awkward, messy, ill-timed and could have been the start of a very disheartening chapter in franchise history.
KNOXVILLE – Butch Jones has done it again.
Dr. Lisa Wade has been named director of the Hayes Center for Practice Excellence at Southern College of Optometry, which focuses on teaching business principles to help optometrists succeed in independent practice.
REAL ESTATE RECAP
6544 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38118 -
A company affiliated with Robert F. Fogelman II plans to build a new retail center on a key piece of land in the heart of East Memphis.
In 2012, designer K. Brandon Bell in Memphis and photographer Sarah Rossi in New York City joined forces to help create virtual sets for the Tony Awards, the beginning of a mutually beneficial business partnership that continues to evolve.
BELL. BOWLING. CROWE. GARDENHIRE. KELSEY. NICELY. ROBERTS. AND NORRIS. Since last week’s debacle in the state Legislature – the abandonment of common sense and decency and hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans by their elected representatives – the ether and printed pages here and elsewhere have been full of various explanations and finger pointing. Let’s keep it simple. Let’s simply point that finger at those who raised their hands.
Fresh off a resounding November re-election victory, Gov. Bill Haslam ran smack dab into the reality of Tennessee politics: The Republican Party abhors anything connected to President Barack Obama.
Moving for a new career, or the potential of a new career, can be daunting. You’ll have to sell your home. Your children will need new schools. Your belongings will have to be boxed, moved and unboxed. You’ll need to find new service providers, including doctors, hairstylists and childcare.
Ray’s take: Some things are always true about financial planning. Everyone should have a plan. Everyone should review his or her plan on a regular basis.
Charlie Hebdo promotes itself as having a viewpoint that reflects “all components of left wing pluralism.” Its business is satire. It skewers Jews, Catholics, Protestants and Muslims. It has twice been attacked by terrorists. The attack in 2011 didn’t kill anyone.
The recent weeks have seen a flurry of economic data that shed light on the United States economy. Here is a recap of two of those data points:
In a perfect marketing world, consumers would trust what a company is selling, believing in the maxim “You get what you pay for.”
Dr. Todd Robinson is a Navy pilot and flight surgeon, author, film producer, University of Tennessee Health Science Center alumnus and faculty member, and a practicing Memphis physician. He is an M.D. and a Ph.D. But until now there was one area in which he had no experience: fundraising.
Best Beaches, Best Luxury Hotels, Top 10 Islands to Visit, Top 10 Cities for Kids, Top Five Destinations for Seafood – travel lists can be so exhausting.
Through the Southern Growth Studio, I have the great honor to work with nonprofits. Big ones. Growing ones. And ones on the verge of collapse.
Small and women-owned businesses will have new sources of capital and know-how in 2015, thanks to a new initiative, Ready.Fund.Grow!, being developed by Pathway Lending and the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC), along with a new Women’s Business Center which will be operated by Pathways.
Dr. Phil toys with me as he allows me to work my center and left wing to get the puck tantalizingly close to his net.
What a difference a boom makes. In 2008, when the Icon condos in the Gulch were beginning to close, the developer was under scrutiny. Some doubted the veracity of his reported sales figures.