VOL. TMN-11 | NO. 5 | Saturday, February 3, 2018
Federal decision on DACA could have a material impact on Memphis economy
You never really get to the point where you can stand at a particular moment in time and forecast with any certainty how your life is going to turn out, how things are going to look or what’s going to be different over a long time horizon. That’s certainly the way it’s been, and still is, for Mauricio Calvo and Memphians like him.
THE MEMPHIS NEWS EDITORIAL
The limbo that people who came to the U.S. illegally as children find themselves in is a problem that has existed for quite some time.
Shoppers in Memphis will be able to get same-day delivery on orders they make from Target starting Friday, Feb. 8, thanks to Target’s $550 million purchase last year of the Internet-based delivery service Shipt.
THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC
1948: On the front pages of The Daily News, the city commission approves paying Pidgeon-Thomas Iron Co. a final payment of $6,691.62 for 45 fire hydrants. Illinois Central Railroad is granted a right of way to construct a spur track across Broadway. The commission is also converting lots of land along U.S. 51 in Frayser from agricultural to residential – including property along what is now Carrolton Road, the land south of Floyd on the west side of the highway and Woodland Heights on the southeast corner of Millington and U.S. 51. The city makes a payment of $1 million to cover the deficit run by the Auditorium and Market Commission for the last three months of 1947. And the city zones all of the land on the west side of East Parkway between Nelson and Young as “A” residential.
A Target fulfillment center in southeast Memphis is closing in April, resulting in 486 layoffs.
Memphis-based retailer Fred’s Inc. has replaced its CFO for the second time in less than a year. Fred’s on Thursday, Feb. 1, announced the appointment of Joseph Anto as executive vice president and CFO, effectively immediately. He succeeds Jason Jenne, who was appointed CFO in July and is leaving the company.
A Memphis charter school group led by the president of Christian Brothers University is preparing its paperwork to apply with the state and Shelby County Schools to convert nine Catholic schools in the city to charter schools.
When Republican contender for Tennessee governor Randy Boyd came to Christian Brothers University last week for a roundtable discussion with several dozen teachers and other educators, he walked into a lively exchange.
Bill Lee led with his master plumber’s license last week as he toured Moore Tech. “I’m running for governor, too, by the way,” the Republican primary contender from Williamson County said as he talked with those attending classes and their instructors.
Five of the seven major contenders in the 2018 Tennessee governor’s race called for more transparency in government but said there are questions about when to disclose information about companies seeking to locate or expand in Tennessee.
The popularity of Nikki Schroeder’s homegrown line of food and cooking products can be followed partly by tracking tweaks in the name of her product line, which is in the process of changing yet again.
Fast-casual pizza changing the industry
For decades the “Big Three” – Domino’s, Pizza Hut and Papa John’s – have dominated the pizza industry, but the fast-casual dining concept is changing that.
Ahead of the opening of its taproom in a few weeks, Crosstown Brewing Company has started sending its beers to bars and restaurants in Memphis as the new brand formally launches in the market.
Confederate Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest’s days in the State Capitol could be numbered. Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, an Oak Ridge Republican, says he could support a move to rotate Forrest’s bust out of the Capitol and make sure Capitol displays are “more reflective of the entire history of Tennessee.”
NASHVILLE – State Rep. Joe Towns was like a lot of other legislators when he arrived at the renovated Cordell Hull Building for the start of the 2018 legislative session.
NASHVILLE – The House sponsor of the Tennessee Heritage Protection Act is preparing legislation to close a “loophole” Memphis used to spur removal of Confederate monuments from parks property it sold to a nonprofit group.
Jessie Sanders, aka “Little Howlin’ Wolf,” 87, made a special appearance at Silky O’Sullivan’s Friday, Jan. 26, as part of Crossroads Hospice’s Gift of a Day program. Sanders, who was born and raised in Florence, Mississippi, played Chicago blues halls for many years before moving to Memphis.
Agricenter International hosts more than 1.3 million visitors a year and has an economic impact on the region of more than $500 million, but those numbers could soon balloon as it looks to build its 20-year Strategic Business Plan and Conceptual Master Plan.
With three projects about to start moving dirt and $60 million in federal funding to do them, the concept of resiliency in Shelby County is moving, even though it’s in the shadows of other plans such as the Mid-South Greenprint and the development of the Wolf River Greenway.
Local nonprofit planning mission hospital in the Philippines
Nia Zalamea was supposed to be an English professor until realizing that the English major at the University of Virginia involved more work than she wanted or would be able to handle.
Dr. Jeffrey Warren remembers idolizing his family doctor while growing up in Salisbury, North Carolina, a respect for the profession that stayed with him and in part motivated his launch of Primary Care Specialists in 1992.
Campbell Clinic has been awarded an eight-year retention PILOT (payment-in-lieu-of-taxes) from the Germantown Industrial Development Board to help pave the way for its campus expansion plans, which include a $30 million, 120,000-square-foot new facility.
2130 Exeter Road, Germantown, TN 38138: It looks like the Memphis area is finally getting a Trader Joe's. A $750,000 building permit application that lists Trader Joe’s as a tenant has been filed with the Office of Construction Code Enforcement.
More than 12 acres of land next to the Mid-South Fairgrounds could open up with the move of the Shelby County Schools central office as the city embarks on a redevelopment of the Fairgrounds and surrounding area.
MARKETING & ADVERTISING
Kenneth Worles Jr. has been passionate about politics since the 2008 election when he got involved in projects for former city Mayor A C Wharton and the congressional campaign of Ricky Wilkins. His friends describe him as an “urban politico.”
LAW & THE COURTS
The Nashville chancellor who Monday ordered a hold on selling or transferring ownership of Confederate monuments removed from two Memphis parks followed up the next day with an order that all sides in the dispute enter mediation.
Year-end crime statistics from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission confirm a drop in the murder rate for 2017 compared to the city’s record murder rate in 2016.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s final State of the State address Monday, Jan. 29, included a call to continue education reform with some changes to the administration’s signature higher education reforms.
During his visit to Memphis last week, Tennessee Valley Authority CEO Bill Johnson left the door open to a change in TVA’s plans to use its own water wells when the new TVA natural gas-fired plant in southwest Memphis goes online later this year.
For the late Bobby Dunavant, who worked as Shelby County Probate Court Clerk for 40 years from 1954 to 1994, qualities like being honest, accessible, generous, empathetic and highly attentive to detail made him beloved by friends and colleagues throughout his life.
Shirley Ford has been named chief financial officer for the city of Memphis. Ford, who was selected to be CFO by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and confirmed by the City Council, has served as the city’s comptroller since 2014. She has more than 30 years of financial, accounting and managerial experience. In addition, she is a certified public accountant and a certified municipal finance officer as designated by the state comptroller.
For U of M outfielder Carlos Williams, one is as vital as the other
He wasn’t the biggest and he wasn’t the strongest. He didn’t hit the ball the farthest. But, oh, did little Carlos Williams run the fastest. “Tee-ball,” said his mother, Takisha Kemp. “Blink of an eye.”
You won’t find a lot of star power on Tennessee’s basketball team. You will find a roster of players buying into the system of third-year coach Rick Barnes.
Hustle game caps financial literacy outing for area school kids
It was just before 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 29, at the Landers Center. Normally, the arena would be dark. But on this day the house lights were up, professional basketball players from the G League’s Memphis Hustle were being introduced, and more than 3,000 school kids were cheering – OK, screeching – because they had been released from their classrooms for some unscripted fun.
In case you haven’t noticed, the stakes have been raised considerably in the AFC South for 2018.
On April 5 last season, the University of Memphis baseball team owned a 20-9 record and twice had beaten Ole Miss – once when the Rebels were ranked eighth nationally and once when they were ranked 11th.
With sports clicking on all cylinders in Memphis and a new professional team on the horizon, these days could really be seen as the glory years of Memphis sports.
THE PRESS BOX
Thanks, Tyreke. That’s all we can really say. As of this writing, the Grizzlies had not yet traded Tyreke Evans. But it was not a question of if, only a matter of when.
SNOW IN A WARM CITY. I looked out the window as the snowfall of a few weeks ago ended. The tires that brought the paper made the only marks on the street. The quiet, the way snow muffles everything, blankets the morning as surely as the snow.
Ray’s Take: A new year for many brings with it thoughts of New Year’s resolutions. Whether it’s stopping smoking, losing weight, saving money or spending less time at work, resolutions too often feel negative or depriving. Instead of talking about “making resolutions,” we should be talking about “setting goals.”
Our up-and-down weather pattern – one day it’s 60 and raining and the next it’s 25 and snowing – confirms it’s winter in Memphis. But as the calendar turns to February, the good news is spring break is only six or so weeks away.
Cloud-based email and collaboration systems are gaining popularity because they offer so many benefits to businesses of any size, but they also can present new challenges.
In another record-breaking year, with ad costs exceeding $5 million per 30-second spot, big brands are, once again, putting it all on the line. Some will score big and others will be answering to their boards about their multimillion-dollar blunders.
If you’re looking for a job, there’s a good chance you’re applying online. And chances are good that applying online is your go-to option. It makes sense.
When I delivered this year’s State of the City speech to the Kiwanis Club of Memphis at its meeting at the University Club, long planted at the corner of Lamar and Central, it would’ve been easy to think that the ground on which we stood had been part of Memphis from its very start.
Much of the work of innovation takes place trying to deeply understanding the unmet needs of a particular market. As one innovation school of thought calls it, what are the “jobs to be done”? Discerning these needs, these undone jobs, takes more empathy than data, more heart than head, and it takes an investment of time and attention.
Editor’s note: Part one of a two-part series. “My board doesn’t give.” That’s a common lament we hear from executive directors and college presidents. Here’s one from board members: “They only want me for my money.”
MARTHA KELLY'S MEMPHIS
Artist Martha Kelly, who illustrates local life for The Memphis News each month, depicts scenes from the recent production of “Finding Neverland” at The Orpheum in Downtown Memphis. On tap are productions like Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and “The Color Purple.”
The site of the former Benchmark Hotel in Downtown Memphis has been declared a public nuisance by the Memphis and Shelby County Environmental Court.