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VOL. TMN-10 | NO. 11 | Saturday, March 11, 2017
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Tapping Young Donors

Looking beyond the baby boom generation, nonprofits must be strategic in courting donors, young and old

Amelia Thompson is everything a nonprofit is looking for now and in the future. A 30-year-old Memphian who graduated White Station High School, she has worked with a nonprofit in Washington, D.C. and been a buyer for Macy’s in New York.

EDITORIAL

Editorial: Jackson Case Spotlights Prosecutorial Problems

Five days after Noura Jackson was convicted of murdering her mother, one of the prosecutors filed a notice with the court saying he had not turned over a note from a key prosecution witness that might have helped the defense.

Party at the Plaza Kicks Off Shiny New Artwork

It’s hard to miss Cat Pena’s nearly 200-foot shiny blue testament to urban revitalization, but that didn’t stop the Edge District and Downtown Memphis Commission from holding Party at the Plaza Thursday, March 9, to officially kick off the yearlong art installation.

Memphis Airport Launches 'I Fly MEM' Contest

Through March 17, travelers at Memphis International Airport will have chance to win two round-trip tickets to Toronto, Canada,  which is the hub of Memphis’ newest addition, Air Canada.

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EVENTS

The fourth annual Memphis Multicultural Career Expo will be held Monday, March 13, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Memphis Hilton, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. The event brings together job seekers from different backgrounds and communities with hiring managers from more than 30 Memphis companies. Attendees are strongly recommended to wear professional attire and bring business cards and copies of their resume. Cost is free; visit careerexpomemphis.com for advance registration and a list of participating employers.

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EMPHASIS Construction

Millington Pouring Funds Into Projects To Attract New Businesses, Residents

Millington, the smallest city in Shelby County, has some unique advantages and is making a comeback with millions of dollars in grants to fund infrastructure projects and a collective commitment from city leaders to revive the community and attract new businesses.

Tennessee’s First Female State Architect ‘Blessed’ With Great Role Models

The mother remembers her daughter drawing pictures almost from the time that she could walk. As the girl grew older, the art matured with her. Beautiful landscapes and portraits of people that proved she had more than just a little talent.

Shortage of Skilled Workers Creating A Crisis in Construction Industry

With only one skilled tradesman entering the workforce for every five who retire, the demand for skilled labor in the U.S. has reached a critical mass.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

March 10-16, 2017: This week in Memphis history

1835: A letter from Mayor Marcus Winchester reads in part: “We are involved in another lawsuit involving important interests in relation to the John Rice grant. You are aware that since 1828 a mud bar has been accumulating in front of this town. During last summer two warrants were located upon this bar, in the name of J.D. Martin, amounting together to 44 1/2 acres, for which a grant has actually been obtained from the state.”

REAL ESTATE

Real Estate is a Way of Life for Judy McLellan

For Judy McLellan, real estate is more than a job – it’s a way of life. In fact, it’s the only life Crye-Leike Realtors Inc.’s No. 1 agent for 19 out of the last 20 years has known.

Reappraisal Shows Shelby County Housing Market's Strength

With average homes sale prices in some areas of Shelby County reaching record highs in 2016, it’s not a surprise that the 2017 reappraisal process is gathering a lot of attention.

Land Use Control Board Nixes Downtown Street Closure

A developer’s plan to close a Downtown street was shot down by the Land Use Control Board on Thursday, March 9.

Shelby County Home Sales Prices Rise in February

Warm weather in February correlated with a real estate market that is heating up as home sales prices in Memphis and Shelby County continue to climb in 2017.

New Midtown Brewery Files $1.2M Building Permit Application

1350 Concourse Ave. , Memphis, TN 38104  -
Crosstown Brewing Co. has filed a $1.2 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for its new location at the Crosstown Concourse.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

African Art Begins Transition at Brooks Museum

For many visitors to the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, the museum’s African art collection has been a modest display of traditional African art symbolized by a grouping of large masks on a plain wall.

CITY HALL

Council Approves $6.1 Million Crime Grant

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, March 7, a $6.1 million four-year grant from the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission to Memphis police for retention bonuses.

Councilmen Draw Lines On Safety, Deannexation

Attorneys for the city of Memphis have filed a motion to combine two federal court lawsuits over a City Hall surveillance list and have them brought before the same federal judge.

POLITICS

Bonner, Lane Line Up Early for 2018 Sheriff’s Race

The Shelby County Democratic Party was disbanded last year, but there is already a Democratic contender for Shelby County sheriff in the 2018 elections.

COMMUNITY

Muslims in Memphis Series Draws Increased Attendance

It’s been 15 years since former Mayor Willie Herenton declared March the month to acknowledge Muslims in Memphis, and that celebration has grown substantially since then, especially in recent years.

DOWNTOWN

City Seeks Convention Center Hotel Planning Consultant

The Memphis Cook Convention Center renovation is about to get a construction manager and soon to follow will be a price estimate – how much an upgrade to the 40-plus-year-old facility can the city get for its money.

Clayborn Temple Restoration Approaches One-Year Mark

Box lunches and stained glass were the order of the day as developers of Clayborn Temple hosted the Rotary Club last month at the landmark Downtown church.

LAW & THE COURTS

State Panel Says No Censure of Prosecutor in Noura Jackson Case

A panel of the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility says a Shelby County assistant district attorney did not intentionally hide evidence that might have helped the defense in the 2009 murder trial of Noura Jackson.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Iberiabank Celebrates Milestone Year With Random Acts of Kindness

From one quarter to the next, Iberiabank is typically right at the top of the list of the highest-volume mortgage producers in Shelby County. The Louisiana-based bank has eight branches in the area and has cemented its ties to the city recently with an expansion into Binghampton and the Memphis Medical Center.

Local Mortgage Market Flat in February

Shelby County’s mortgage market had something of a Goldilocks’ porridge moment in February – neither hot nor cold, but essentially on par with where things stood one year earlier.

Fed: Memphis Banks Continue to Improve

Having shaken off most of the losses and other problems related to the housing crisis, new figures from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis show Memphis-area banks on the whole are getting bigger and have balance sheets that keep looking stronger.

AGRIBUSINESS

Ag Shark Tank Joins Memphis Farm & Gin Show

The Memphis Farm & Gin Show opened its annual two-day stay at the Memphis Cook Convention Center Friday, March 3, with something new – a business “shark tank” of sorts amidst the towering farm machinery and other agriculture technology.

THE TIPPING POINT

Miller Strengthens Neighborhoods in Medical District

Though you may not have noticed, one of Memphis’ districts is being thoughtfully enhanced, one project at a time.

SPORTS

Late in the Season, Grizzlies Still Seeking Consistency, Chemistry

Players and coach David Fizdale have had some, well, interesting things to say in the wake of that dreadful 122-109 loss to the NBA-worst Brooklyn Nets. But this isn’t about one game, one lineup change or even one quote from Fizdale that at times has been taken out of context.

The Press Box: Expectations Belong to Every Coach – Even Tubby

He arrived as the future Hall-of-Fame coach with a national championship on his resume and a fresh Coach-of-the-Year Award from taking Texas Tech to the NCAA Tournament.

New AD Bad News for Struggling Vol Coaches

The hiring of John Currie as the University of Tennessee’s athletics director conveys a number of messages. One of them: Butch Jones is officially on the clock.

What a Strange Twist of Events in Hiring of Currie

John Currie is the new athletics director at the University of Tennessee. Has it sunk in yet? Currie, previously the athletic director at Kansas State, was introduced last week by new UT chancellor Beverly Davenport during a ceremony featuring fans, boosters, coaches and, of course, former Tennessee and NFL quarterback Peyton Manning.

Tigers Facing Tall Order in AAC Tournament

Leven and Mary Williams had come to FedExForum last week for Senior Night. They wanted to see their beloved University of Memphis Tigers one more time and, who knows, maybe see Dedric Lawson play at home for the last time.

SEC Ready to Tee Up Media Days; UT’s AD Raises the Bar

It’s almost time to kick off the 2017 college football season. And by that we mean that SEC Media Days should again be flagged for encroachment on summer.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Veteran Attorney Bartlett Joins Shea, Moskovitz & McGhee

Attorney Gray Bartlett has joined Shea, Moskovitz & McGhee, where his practice areas include criminal defense, asset forfeiture and federal criminal law. Prior to joining the firm, Bartlett practiced for 17 years with Ballin, Ballin & Fishman PC.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Akbari Calls for Task Force to Study Kindergarten Suspensions

NASHVILLE – State Rep. Raumesh Akbari is altering her strategy on legislation to reduce suspension of kindergartners, seeking a task force study on the matter rather than an immediate and outright ban.

Kelsey’s School Voucher Bill Faces Legislative Showdown

NASHVILLE – A showdown is looming over a pilot voucher program targeting Shelby County Schools after the legislation moved out of Senate and House panels this week with unanimous votes.

'Heartbeat Bill' Put Off a Year

NASHVILLE – Legislation outlawing abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected is being postponed until 2018, but a House panel voted Wednesday to restrict abortions after the 20th week, a shift from the 24-week period defining “viability.”

View From the Hill: Outsourcing Win More About Turf Than Trends

As Fall Creek Falls folks celebrate a state decision to postpone park privatization, the question is whether public opposition or failure to follow long-standing state protocol led to the plug-pulling.

House Committee Delays Haslam's Transportation Bill

NASHVILLE – A split House Transportation Committee slammed the brakes Tuesday on Gov. Bill Haslam’s IMPROVE Act, even though it contains a measure to use the sales tax for transportation funding instead of raising fuel taxes.

Slain TBI Agent De'Greaun Frazier To Have Facility Named After Him

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Agent De’Greaun ReShun Frazier was only 35 when he was shot and killed in Jackson while working an undercover drug operation.

Rep. Mark Pody Pushes ‘Common Sense’ Transgender Bill Some Say Isn’t Needed

Despite a reversal of federal guidelines for public school restroom use, state Rep. Mark Pody is prepared to present legislation Tuesday, March 7, restricting bathroom use to a student’s sex at birth.

GUEST OP-ED

GUEST OP-ED: Working to Repair, Then Remove Obamacare

There is an Obamacare emergency in our state, and Tennesseans are right to care about the damage Obamacare is doing.

OP-ED: Public Records Are Your Records, So Go Search

Although governments usually give special treatment to journalists, you, as a citizen, have just as much right to access these records. If you don’t know whether a record is public or not, just ask for it. It is the responsibility of the government to respond with the exact statute if they deny you. This makes it easy for you to look up the law.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Keep Your Finances on Track

Ray’s Take Not being careful about precisely where your money is going can leave you struggling to pay for necessities like groceries now and retirement later. Taking just a small amount of time to do some tasks now can lead to big financial wins all year long – and into the future.

How Cool is That?

COOL ON CAMERA. In an earlier column, I recalled that Meg Ryan once walked by my house when I was on the porch and waved. After all, she and Dennis Quaid lived right down the street.

Ready to Learn and Teach

I have heard it said many times that when the student is ready, the teacher appears. The wisdom in understanding this is being open to learning, and prepared to teach what you learn, when either opportunity presents itself.

Regional Innovation Underutilized in Memphis

In San Francisco, the Bay Area Economic Council developed the Innovation Driven Economic Development Model to address shifts from old economies of the industrial age to new, creative economies. With this approach, economic growth sits at the intersection of expertise, interaction or collaboration, diversity, and application with innovation all working in concert.

Winners Are Adopting Change

As I reflect over the companies large and small that I have had the privilege to partner with over the past decade, there is a theme across those who have consistently improved and grown. That common thread is a culture of receptivity to change that permeates from senior-most leadership to the front line. 

Two Highlights From the Back End of Innovation

“A Systems Approach to Creating an Innovation Funding Board,” Craig Wirkus, Cisco. Cisco’s five-pillar strategy for innovation: Build, buy, partner, invent and co-develop.

Gifts for Gifts? What is Your Practice?

As a donor, what do you want in return for your gift? A letter? Public recognition? Opportunities to meet with like-minded people? Access to the organization’s leadership? A plaque? A pen? Your family’s name on a building?

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 312 16,192
MORTGAGES 0 293 18,685
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 0 655 33,126
BANKRUPTCIES 0 237 10,737
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 112 5,198
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 127 11,344
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 94 3,867

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