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VOL. TMN-10 | NO. 6 | Saturday, February 4, 2017
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Body Count

Anatomy of a record homicide year in Memphis

A day at a time, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has been writing the names of those who have been murdered in a notebook he keeps with him since he became mayor in January 2016.

EDITORIAL

Editorial: Overcoming Violence One Person at a Time

If you look at the breakdown of Memphis’ 228 homicides in 2016 and find some comfort based on your neighborhood, race or age – or, for that matter, any of the other information that defines the victims of these violent crimes – you have missed the point.

POLITICS

Protests Define New Interest In Activism

Usually when the Shelby County Commission’s committee room is filled, it is with those from various county government divisions making presentations during budget season. Or it might be filled with representatives from several organizations seeking or getting county grants.

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EVENTS

The second We Mean Business Symposium, hosted by the City of Memphis Office of Business Diversity and Compliance, will be held Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Tower Center at Clark Tower, 5100 Poplar Ave., 33rd floor. The primary focus is to share upcoming city bid opportunities for small and minority-owned businesses. Companies also will learn about the certification and registration process and how to leverage the city’s diversity programs. The first J.E. Walker Breaking Barriers Awards Luncheon will follow. Cost is free; RSVP required. Register at eventbrite.com.

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GOVERNMENT

Strickland Proposes 7 Areas for Possible De-Annexation

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland wants to at least discuss de-annexing seven parts of the city and reducing the city’s square mileage by 8 percent and thus increasing the city’s population density.

State Says County Must Fund Planned Parenthood Condom Contract

The Tennessee Department of Health says Shelby County government is required to fund a grant to Planned Parenthood for the distribution of free condoms as part of larger effort to combat the spread of the HIV virus.

EMPHASIS Financial Services

Dixon Hughes Goodman Expects More Growth in Memphis in 2017

During periods of uncertainty and unexpected rule changes, business owners turn to the interpreters of those rules, practical advice givers who can help an enterprise find a clear path forward.

College Accounting Programs Add Specialties as Profession Evolves

Accounting majors at local colleges have more options than in years past, as course offerings have shifted to meet a job market in which the demand for talented accountants is fueled by more cases of large-scale corporate fraud, new auditing techniques and widespread adoption of technology.

With a Mind for Math, Crow Finds Fit As CPA at Reynolds, Bone & Griesbeck

As a child, Kelly Crow thought she might be want to be a nurse. A neighbor was a nurse at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and she always seemed to have a case that was inspiring.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC
OVERTON PARK

February 3-9, 2017: This week in Memphis history

1997: On the front page of The Daily News, Belz Enterprises tops out the tower of its new Peabody Place office building. Scheduled to open May 1, it is first new speculative office building in Downtown since the Morgan Keegan building of the mid-1980s, more than a decade earlier. Construction on the Peabody Place mall directly south of The Peabody hotel is to begin at the end of 1997 with an opening date of 1999.

SNAPSHOT

Snapshot: MCA Designs a First-Class Program

Memphis College of Art students work on typography projects in Kevin Mitchell’s Design 1 class. The college recently was ranked as having one of the 10 best degree programs in the South for graphic design.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Local Soul Taking the Pain Out of Fundraising

For Local Soul founder Cade Peeper, keeping things as “hyper local” as possible is a big focus heading into the company’s launch year into the Greater Memphis market.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

South Memphis Businesses Awarded $40K in ICED Loans

A pair of South Memphis businesses were awarded a combined $40,000 in Inner City Economic Development loans by the Economic Development Growth Engine’s finance committee this week.

Fenter Leaving GMACW For Marion

The leader of the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce is leaving the local workforce development effort to become superintendent of the Marion School District in Arkansas.

Ioby Helps Raise $600,000 for Community Restoration Projects

When you walk into the Clayborn Temple in Downtown Memphis, it’s obvious that the 126-year-old church has seen better days, but also laying under the imposing ruins of its enormous pipe organ is a sense of hope.

LAW & THE COURTS

Drug Court Marks 20 Years of Helping Memphis Addicts Recover

If you don’t know how difficult it is to deal with those addicted to drugs who have run afoul of the law, even if you are a judge, Bryan Owens might give you a good idea.

RETAIL

Fred’s Could Buy More Rite Aid Stores

Fred’s Inc. may end up buying more than the 865 Rite Aid stores it’s already planned to acquire as part of the merger of two drugstore chains.

EDUCATION

Dunbar Elementary Gets Reprieve, But Carnes Closing

Dunbar Elementary School will remain open next August, while Carnes Elementary will close its doors forever at the end of the current school year.

Powers Hill Selected For Design of Zoo Parking

Powers Hill Design LLC will come up with plans for the expansion of Memphis Zoo parking in Overton Park.

COMMUNITY

Connecting People at Heart of Plans For $12M Friendship Park

Heartsong Church and the Memphis Islamic Center, neighbors in Cordova, are shattering notions of hatred and divisiveness seen elsewhere in the world with plans to develop a $12 million Friendship Park connecting their two properties.

Memphis Students Leave Their Beautiful Mark on Blighted Downtown Building

A Memphis woman is using inspiration she found on a summer trip to help transform a blighted building in Downtown Memphis, giving credence to the sentiment that one person can make a difference.

ECONOMY

Goldman Sachs Exec Talks Trump, Economy at U of M

The first question presented to this week’s speaker at the latest Economic Club of Memphis gathering mentioned President Donald Trump by name.

NONPROFIT SECTOR

Creative Aging Delivers Music as Therapy

With his acoustic electric guitar and pedalboard, Steve Johnston is a one-man memory band: He is Roy Orbison singing “Oh, Pretty Woman” and Elvis Presley chanting the chorus of “Johnny B. Goode” and crooning “(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear.”

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Opponents of Gas-Tax Hike Push Alternative Plans

NASHVILLE – Amid legislative strife over Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to raise gas taxes and reduce business taxes, Rep. Barbara Cooper says she is inviting the governor to “sell” his plan to her Memphis constituents.

Parkinson: Memphis School Voucher Bill ‘Unfair’

NASHVILLE – Rep. Antonio Parkinson lashed out Thursday at fellow Shelby County delegation member Sen. Brian Kelsey, calling his pilot voucher bill for Memphis schools “insulting, both personally and professionally.”

Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Lobbying Against ‘Extreme’ Abortion Bill

NASHVILLE – Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis is calling The Heartbeat Bill an “extreme” piece of legislation designed to outlaw abortion and potentially distract state lawmakers from other attempts to restrict the procedure.

Reducing Felony Possession Charges Aim of Parkinson’s Pot Bill

NASHVILLE – Rep. Antonio Parkinson says his legislation dealing with marijuana isn’t designed to decriminalize pot but to reduce felony possession charges – and the stumbling blocks attached to them – in addition to saving the state money.

Governor Defends Big Proposals for Statewide Infrastructure

NASHVILLE – Protesters overshadowed Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s State of the State address Monday night, chanting in the Capitol in opposition to a spate of executive orders from President Donald Trump.

View From the Hill: Haslam Plan Tilts Broadband Playing Field

State Reps. Pat Marsh and Art Swann emerged from a meeting underwhelmed by Gov. Bill Haslam’s legislation to spread broadband internet access across Tennessee.

MINORITY BUSINESS

City Graduates First Companies Through New Business Accelerator

The city of Memphis’ inaugural minority business accelerator has graduated its first participants – seven companies whose businesses touch everything from event planning to construction – but in some respects the work is only now just beginning.

SPORTS

Football Recruiting: Memphis, Mississippi State Move Forward

The top of the college football recruiting period looks like it usually does. Alabama pulled in the consensus No. 1 recruiting class for 2017 for the fifth time in six years and coach Nick Saban said the kind of ridiculous things that a guy presiding over a football factory says.

The Press Box: Credit Coach Fizdale with an Assist on Greater Gasol

For the third time in his career, Grizzlies center Marc Gasol is an NBA All-Star. For the first time in his career, he is truly acting the part. For the first time in his career, he has a head coach who is insisting on it.

It’ll be a Fun Offseason Watching Robinson Work

With the Super Bowl putting the finishing touches on the 2016 NFL season, it’s time to concentrate on next season. That means much of the focus around the National Football League for the next three months – and, locally, with the Tennessee Titans – will be centered on the draft.

Back-to-Back Dak? Dobbs Shines at Senior Bowl

To say Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs might be the next Dak Prescott is a stretch. Or is it? Prescott, the former Mississippi State quarterback, caught the eye of the Dallas Cowboys with his MVP performance in the 2016 Senior Bowl. The Cowboys chose Prescott in the fourth round (No. 135 overall pick) of the 2016 NFL Draft, and it proved a fruitful pick.

Hart’s Tenure as AD Has Been Mostly Good for Vols

While we wait – and wait and wait and wait – for the University of Tennessee to hire its next athletics director, let’s ponder the man who soon will walk out the door.

Whitehaven High School Football Coach Nominated for Don Shula Award

For the second time in his career, Whitehaven High School football coach Rodney Saulsberry has not only won a state championship but been selected by the NFL’s Tennessee Titans as High School Coach of the Year.

MARTHA KELLY'S MEMPHIS

Hopping Right Along

Like many Memphians, artist Martha Kelly was enchanted by the giant, illuminated bunnies outside the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in recent days. Her monthly sketch for The Daily News is based on the installation, which was created by Australian artist Amanda Parer, who titled it "Intrude" because rabbits are an invasive species in Australia.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Stanifer Takes On Creative Role at Hollywood Feed

Hollywood Feed has promoted Katherine Stanifer to graphic art manager, a role that includes serving as the lead graphic designer for brand assets for the retailer’s 50 locations across the Southeast. Stanifer works closely with Hollywood Feed’s director of advertising & creative, Billie Claire Darby, on a variety of projects ranging from internal training videos to monthly sales catalogs.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Temple Israel Expanding Into Crosstown Concourse

495 N Watkins St., Memphis, TN 38104 -
In a letter that went out to its congregation over the weekend, Temple Israel announced plans to expand into the Crosstown Concourse this summer.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Create a Cash Flow Plan With Taxes in Mind

Ray’s Take When you head out the door on the last day of your job, you want to know that you've made a solid plan to take care of finances during your retirement years. And, even though that regular paycheck from your employer is out of the picture, Uncle Sam will still want his share of your money. Understanding the tax repercussions of distributions from various retirement vehicles and planning accordingly ahead of time can help you be more tax efficient in your planning.

Cost-Containment Strategies for Employers

After wages, health care is the No. 1 cost for most employers. So, it’s no surprise that health insurance and health care costs have been making headlines for nearly 25 years. Hillarycare was introduced in 1993 and the topic has not moved out of the spotlight since. Current health care spending is over $3.2 trillion per year, which is equal to around 18 percent of our GDP.

For What’s Bugging You

LOCKED AND SEASONED. I have armed myself. A while back, I was at a friend and colleague’s house in Rossville, a popular place for the Second Amendment.

Never Too Young For History Travel

My son brought home a bad grade on a social studies test today.

3 Reasons IT Should Be in Your Operating Plan

Your primary focus is raising awareness and funds for your organization. Are you using the technology you have to help you achieve your mission? Perhaps you have thought about expanding your use of technology, but don’t have the time to do it. 

JT Returns and Mr. Clean Channels Magic Mike

Buzz is building around this year’s Super Bowl ads, which will feature Justin Timberlake, political controversy, Mr. Clean as Magic Mike, and the first-ever live ad.

Finances Can Impact Your Career Path

As you grow in your career, finding a new job can become harder and harder. One of the big reasons for this has to do with salary. If you think about it, when you first started working, you were open to just about any job and would happily take a tiny paycheck. But as you’ve progressed in your career, your requirements have evolved.

Where Will the Funding Come From?

How will you meet your fundraising goal in 2017? This question typically elicits one of three responses. Some are confident they will be able to secure the funds their organization needs. Others have a general feeling about where the money and resources will come from. Still others are used to making do and believe they will survive one way or the other. Where does your nonprofit fall on this spectrum?

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 61 122 17,665
MORTGAGES 82 150 20,576
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 151 334 36,150
BANKRUPTCIES 54 92 11,774
BUSINESS LICENSES 31 59 5,619
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 28 120 12,154
MARRIAGE LICENSES 24 49 4,406

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