VOL. TMN-10 | NO. 11 | Saturday, March 11, 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
A developer’s plan to close a Downtown street was shot down by the Land Use Control Board on Thursday, March 9.
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.
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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
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.
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.
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.
The Shelby County Democratic Party was disbanded last year, but there is already a Democratic contender for Shelby County sheriff in the 2018 elections.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Though you may not have noticed, one of Memphis’ districts is being thoughtfully enhanced, one project at a time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
There is an Obamacare emergency in our state, and Tennesseans are right to care about the damage Obamacare is doing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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?