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VOL. TMN-9 | NO. 9 | Saturday, February 27, 2016
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The Moving Election

The 2016 presidential primaries come to Tennessee

The Trump balloons were a late arrival to the Shelby County Republican party’s annual Lincoln Day Gala, the local party’s largest annual fundraiser.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS EDITORIAL

Editorial: Your Anger And The Political Process

The moving national elections that are our presidential primaries have never generated a 40 percent or higher voter turnout in Shelby County.

Trump Rallies 10,000 In Millington

Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump told a crowd of 10,000 in a hangar at the Millington Regional Jetport that the Republican Party is different and larger because of his supporters.

Kasich Draws Memphis Crowd of 700

Republican presidential contender John Kasich told a group of more than 700 people in Memphis Friday, Feb. 26, the country needs leaders who think as Americans first and Republicans and Democrats second.

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EVENTS

Hard Rock Cafe Memphis and On Location: Memphis will host an Oscar Night Watch Party on Sunday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. at Hard Rock, 126 Beale St. Activities and promotions are scheduled throughout the Academy Awards broadcast. Admission is free; suggested donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis. Visit hardrock.com/memphis for details.

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Overton Park Greensward Controversy Moves To City Hall Tuesday

The next setting for the Overton Park greensward controversy isn’t the park. It is City Hall.

State Denies Baptist CON for Lakeland

The Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency has denied Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp.’s application for a certificate of need to build a freestanding emergency room facility in Lakeland.

Archer Malmo Wins Best in Show at 2016 ADDYs

The Memphis chapter of the American Advertising Federation brought creative directors from Chicago, Austin and Santa Monica to Memphis over the weekend to judge 724 entries in the chapter’s 49th annual American Advertising Awards competition for creative excellence.

Methodist CEO Shorb Sets Retirement Date

For some time Gary Shorb has signalled his intention to retire soon.

EMPHASIS Commercial Real Estate

Poplar Opens Up

Sears, Kroger, Eastgate tenant to close

The prized retail stretch of Poplar Avenue between Perkins Road and Interstate 240 is shaking up in a way the area hasn’t seen in several decades. Within the next two years, more than 230,000 square feet will be made available in what has historically been a tight trade area.

Numbers Show Memphis’ Commercial Real Estate Market Stable in 2015

Across all sectors, the Memphis market was stable in 2015.

Retail Projects in Memphis Suburbs, Oxford Staple of Trezevant Realty Corp.

Germantown-based Trezevant Realty Corp. has deep roots in the Mid-South commercial real estate market, and the uptick in the economy has more projects moving full-steam ahead.

TraVure Development Wins Hard-Fought Approval

After months of dispute and compromise, the Germantown Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously approved the 10-acre TraVure planned development.

Medical Area Ready For Residential Development

Every week day, 16,000 people go to work in the two-and-a-half square mile area that is the Memphis Medical Center District.

Italian Bike Maker Opens Binghampton Service Shop

The professional biking world is looking to put Memphis on the map. Victory Bicycle Studio has been tapped to serve as the first U.S. service center for 3T, a Milan, Italy-based manufacturer of high-end bike components.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Work Begins On Brewery Development

502 Tennessee St., Memphis, TN 38103 -
The parking garage portion of the greater Tennessee Brewery development is moving forward. Montgomery Martin Contractors pulled a $4.5 million construction permit to build a new four-story concrete parking garage. Brewery Master Tenant LLC as listed as the tenant for the property at 502 Tennessee St.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

This week in Memphis history: February 26-March 3

1986: Formal opening of Shelby Farms Showplace Arena, the $5.5 million equestrian center and restaurant.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

Haslam Endorses Rubio

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has endorsed Republican presidential contender Marco Rubio in advance of the Tuesday, March 1, Tennessee primaries -- Republican and Democratic.

Luttrell Could Impact 2 Races

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell made a few stops between his first thought this month that he might want to run for Congress and going public with those thoughts Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Early Voting Numbers Set Record

More than 43,000 Shelby County voters cast early ballots in advance of the March 1 presidential primaries election day statewide, a record for the state, according to the Tennessee Secretary of State’s office

Senators Say Court Vacancy Is Next President’s Job

U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker told Shelby County Republicans over the weekend that they favor the next president appointing the successor to the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Cohen Urges Memphis Clinton Supporters To Speak No Ill of Sanders

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen told a group of 70 supporters of Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton that they should avoid attacking Bernie Sanders, her rival for the Democratic nomination.

HEALTH CARE & BIOTECH

Keel Brings Sense Of Purpose to New St. Jude Role

Pat Keel started what would turn into a more than 30-year career in health care wanting to be a nurse practitioner – that is until life, as it so often does, intervened.

IBM Team Gathers Data on Memphians’ 911 Use

Six IBM professionals arrived in Memphis on Feb. 22 to gather data and propose solutions to better streamline Memphis’ emergency services in the face of the city’s “health care crisis.”

FINANCIAL

Fed Numbers Show Improving Banking Market

The five largest Memphis-based banks all got bigger over the past year. That’s according to new figures from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis covering the fourth quarter, which show continued improvement among local banks in a variety of key metrics like loans and loan-loss reserves.

Patrick Accounting Firm Growing Again, With HQ Move

Growth has been one of the constants of the accounting firm Matthew Patrick founded in 2003 which bears his name.

COMMUNITY

Shelby Farms Zip Lines, Treetop Course Return March 5

A set of five zip lines, two “Tarzan” swings and 41 treetop obstacles are set to open March 5 in Shelby Farms Park for the second season of the Treetop Adventure Course.

Claim Adds to Greensward Controversy

Legal counter claims, parking study options and lots of old maps with even more long-filed plans have become the complex face of the Overton Park Greensward controversy.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

David Lusk Gallery Turns Page in New Space

More than most weeks, David Lusk is especially ready for Friday this week. Eight months after renovation work began, Lusk is ready to host a public celebration officially unveiling his longtime art gallery’s new home at 97 Tillman St. on Feb. 26.

Beale Street Music Festival Marks 40th Year With 64 Acts

The last time Neil Young played Memphis, it was at the Mid-South Coliseum with a rockabilly band called the Shocking Pinks and Ronald Reagan was president.

Beale Street Management Firm Possibly On March Agenda

The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority may be ready to pick a day-to-day manager for the entertainment district at its March 10 meeting.

TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS

Extra City Funding for MATA Faces Long Odds

After a year and a half as leader of the Memphis Area Transit Authority, Ron Garrison has emerged with a start on the bus system he wants that won’t cost the city anything more.

SPORTS

After Rebuilding Rhodes Baseball, Jeff Cleanthes Becomes AD

Sometimes regrets and nagging “what if?” questions wait for a man at the end of his life, pushed out of view amid the everyday race to do the next thing, to just keep moving forward.

Post-Gasol: Grizz Doing What They Have To Do, How They Have To Do It

Marc Gasol has said it. Zach Randolph has said it. Tony Allen has said it ad nauseam.

Still Kobe, or a Reasonable Facsimile Thereof

Long before tip-off of Kobe Bryant’s last game in Memphis, Janice Brown was outfitted in her purple No. 24 Lakers jersey, Lakers cap, and holding a Kobe Fathead.

NEWSMAKERS

Duke Takes Reins at Friends for Life

Longtime nonprofit administrator Diane Duke recently took the helm of Friends for Life as its new executive director. In her new role, the Los Angeles native leads and oversees an organization that’s helping those affected by HIV/AIDS through the provision of education, housing, food, transportation and healthy life skills training.

TENNESSEE LEDGER

Doctors: 'Buyer Beware' as Cosmetic Surgery Grows

If you often look around and feel older than you used to, it might not be you. It might be that everyone else looks younger.

New Regime Begins Rebuild at NFL Combine

The sports nation’s eyes are rarely fixed on the Tennessee Titans. The upcoming season will be the franchise’s 20th year in the state of Tennessee, and except for their Super Bowl run in 1999 and a couple of playoff years where they were the No. 1 seed, the Titans haven’t really commanded the full attention of the football world.

Once the Paragon of the Sport, Lady Vols Seem to be Fading From the Spotlight

As the 2015-16 regular season winds down, the Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team is navigating uncharted territory, and the winds aren’t favorable.

THE TIPPING POINT

The Tipping Point

Work with the Disabled Made Wilson a Warrior for Equality

At age 25, Kem Wilson had his whole life laid out for him. He had graduated from Furman with an undergraduate degree in business administration. Newly engaged, he had a promising job at a Memphis financial consulting firm. Now all he had to do was take his rightful place at the head of the family business.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Thanks, But Go Save Someone Else

COMING TO SAVE US IS STARVING US. We recently dodged the state Legislature’s latest effort to save us from ourselves, reaching into Shelby County to raise our poor and pitiful children from the depths of despair – Shelby County Schools.

Debt After Death

Ray’s Take You can’t take it with you. Debt, that is. And most debt does not get passed to a spouse or other heirs. But debt collectors may try to get the money from family members anyway. For this reason, it’s good to know what happens to various forms of debt that may be left behind when a loved one dies.

Creating A Culture Of Urgency

President Lincoln once said, “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” What amazing insight from someone living in an era we would consider as slow-paced compared to the frenetic pace of change in society today.

Civic Duty, Part 2

When last week’s column ended, I was serving on a jury in a 1985 Pulaski County, Ark., Circuit Court case. At issue was a $400 invoice for a brake job on a used car. In the rarest of rare actions, the judge gave this case to us, the jury, with no instructions. Except to say that the dispute was a contract case.

Rare Wins for Democrats on Guns, Outsourcing

Legislative Democrats got a chance to beat their chests a little bit after a proposal to allow guns in the state Capitol and Legislative Plaza failed, and they hope to do the same with outsourcing.

Beyond The Resume

Resume writing can be one of the most frustrating parts of the job search process. Many job seekers focus close to 100 percent of their energy on perfecting their resume. 

Profit from a Growth Mindset

There can be many reasons that a company’s growth stalls – from competitive pressure to a rising cost of goods to the changing needs of the marketplace. The common thread among all of these challenges – and what’s really driving the stall – is the lack of a growth mindset among employees and leadership.

New Year, New Financial You

With the new year now well underway, you might have spent January tackling fitness or organizational goals, but many experts believe the most powerful resolution that you can adopt is to focus on your financial well-being.

Birth of a Product Company, Part 2

Editor's note: Part two in a four-part series. In the last column I profiled a too-common scenario. A person with passion, drive and talent created a handful of products without considering the many factors of launching a new company in a complex, overcrowded market.

Making the Needle Move: Corporate Men Behind the Birth of the UNCF Telethon

Editor’s note: Part two of a two-part series. What contributed to the success of the history-making UNCF Lou Rawls telethon? Leadership, collaboration, teamwork and a respect for the individual goals of participating partners.

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