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VOL. TMN-11 | NO. 5 | Saturday, February 3, 2018
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Dreamers Deferred

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.


Editorial: DACA and the American Way

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.

Target Launching Same-Day Delivery in Memphis

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.

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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson returns to Memphis to present “Ten Things You Should Know About the Universe” Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 S. Main St. Tyson is returning by popular demand following a sold-out lecture at the Orpheum last year. Tickets start at $39. Visit orpheum-memphis.com.

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This Week In Memphis History: February 2-8, 2018

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.


Target Fulfillment Center Closing, Vendor Laying Off 486 Memphis Workers

A Target fulfillment center in southeast Memphis is closing in April, resulting in 486 layoffs.

Fred’s Changes CFOs for Second Time in Seven Months

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.


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 its paperwork to apply with the state and Shelby County Schools to convert nine Catholic schools in the city to charter schools.


Boyd Hears Concerns About Testing, BEP Funding, Graduation Rates

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.

Lee, Boyd Pushing For Technical Education

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.

Tenn. Governor Candidates Talk Transparency, Medicaid and Megasite

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.


New Name, Other Changes On Tap for Nikki’s Hot Products

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.

DIY Pizza Craze

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.

Crosstown Brewing Company Prepares for Grand Opening

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.


Rotating Forrest Bust Out of Capitol Gains Momentum

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.”

Towns Sponsoring Gun Security Bills in a ‘Dangerous World’

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.

McDaniel to Fashion Loophole Bill for State Monuments

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.


Little Howlin’ Visits Beale

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 Master Plan Hopes to Serve as a ‘Compass’ for Future Development

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.

Resiliency Concept Goes Broader With 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.


Permanent Presence

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.

Regional One Health Looking to Grow, CEO Says

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 Wins PILOT for $30 Million Germantown Expansion

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.

Trader Joe’s, H&M, Mempops Announce New Locations

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.

Fairgrounds Project May Get More Acreage

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.


Three(i) Creative Evolving With A Focus on Political Communications

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.”


Nashville Court Orders Second Attempt at Mediation on Monuments

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.


Local Crime Statistics Show General Crime Rise, Drop in Murders

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.


Haslam Proposes Completion Condition for Tennessee Promise

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.

TVA CEO Talks Water, Economic Development, Solar and Fixed Costs

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.


Dunavant Set Gold Standard As Public Servant

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.


Ford Outlines Budget Process As Memphis’ New CFO

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.


Speed & Patience

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.”

UT Defies Expectations, Projected as No. 4, 5 Seed

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.

Field Trip

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.

Vrabel Will Face Vastly Improved AFC South

In case you haven’t noticed, the stakes have been raised considerably in the AFC South for 2018.

University of Memphis Baseball Team To Count More on Pitching in 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.

Sports Executives Enjoying ‘Glory Years’ of Memphis Sports

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.


Grizzlies About to Lose Evans, But Memphis Super Bowl Victory Just Hours Away

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.


In the Snow

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.

Setting Financial Goals

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.”

Guide to Florida Spring Break

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.

Two-Step Authentication Adds Layer Of Security

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.

Mystery Surrounds Super Bowl Ads

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.

People Hire People

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.

Building Memphis From the Core

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.

Embody The Problems

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.

Should Board Members Give?

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.”


Gilded Orpheum

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.” 

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.

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