VOL. TMN-8 | NO. 12 | Saturday, March 14, 2015
Enclosed malls face challenges, possibilities
The national outlook for traditional enclosed malls is bleak. No new enclosed mall has been built in the U.S. since 2006. More than 24 have closed since 2010, and an additional 60 are teetering on the edge, according to data from Green Street Advisors. Around 15 percent of malls nationwide are expected to close in the next decade.
This was perhaps inevitable.
The Minnesota company that bought some assets from the old Cleo Inc. gift wrap company four years ago wants to once again make wrapping paper in Memphis.
What is now a field near Interstate 55 and Church Road in Southaven, Miss., soon will become an outlet-shopping destination.
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. told City Council members in a Friday, March 13, letter that he wants to move the agency governing the Uptown and Highland Row redevelopment effort to the Economic Development Growth Engine – also known as EDGE – from the city-county Office of Planning and Development.
THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC
1984: Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger play The Orpheum.
Memphis Curling Club readies for new season
The calendar’s turn to spring next week can only mean one thing for sports fans who like their action on ice.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A special prosecutor has been sworn in to handle the case against a woman who received a new trial in the stabbing death of her mother.
For the last week, local politicos, including several Memphis City Council members, have said council member Shea Flinn will resign from his seat soon to take a position with the Greater Memphis Chamber.
Thanks to the entrance of low-cost carriers, the average domestic airfare at Memphis International Airport dropped, according to figures released by the Department of Transportation.
The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has chosen Doug Scarboro as the new regional executive for the St. Louis Fed’s Memphis branch.
The Memphis City Council and the chief administrative officer both have offices in City Hall.
The public affairs officer for Shelby County government with a reach beyond the media and a Shelby County Schools board member whose elected service began at a time of historic change in local public education are the recipients of the 2015 Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards.
Chef Jenn products now sold in Wal-Marts across the country
Six years ago, Jennifer McCullough was an entrepreneurial Memphis chef with a passion for food, preparing soups in her kitchen and selling them to friends.
A Southern-inspired restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and a weekend brunch is finally opening in East Memphis at the end of this month.
For the second time in as many days, the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals has reversed a conviction in a Memphis case.
A new initiative is underway to curb colon cancer deaths in Memphis by increasing colonoscopy screenings, an effort timed to coincide with March’s status as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
The Memphis Newspaper Guild “unanimously rejected” a tentatively agreed upon contract in a vote on Wednesday, according to guild president Wayne Risher.
The first boxes of duck decoys, fishing rods and other outdoors supplies and equipment have arrived at The Pyramid in anticipation of the May 1 opening of Bass Pro Shops’ destination store and attraction.
The president and CEO of the Memphis Area Transit Authority told a group of South Main residents and business owners this week the trolley system is “starting all over from scratch” and won’t be operational any time soon.
It’s been five years since the enactment of the massive federal health care legislation known as the Affordable Care Act, and its ramifications are still so far-reaching and consequential that another piece of the law is before the highest court in the country.
The latest legal dispute over billboards is in General Sessions Environmental Court Thursday, March 12.
Shelby County Commissioners are considering matching a local disaster relief fund started by the Memphis City Council last year that would total $500,000.
Pressbox building honors past while preparing for the future
Almost as soon as Casey Hill and his father Wilton “Chick” Hill began redeveloping the old Toof building adjacent to AutoZone Park, the younger Hill began contemplating what the reinvented building would be called.
After several years in Tunica, divorce attorney Larry Rice is bringing his three-day conference for family law attorneys back to Memphis and to Beale Street.
The group that wants to see the city renovate and reopen the Mid-South Coliseum is exploring something similar to the “previtalization” events of last year at the Tennessee Brewery.
Memphis is one of 21 cities involved in a commitment to improve training for workers in the technology sector, and the city will compete for $100 million in federal grant money for tech job training programs.
As they were finishing up brand work for the new Porcellino’s restaurant in East Memphis, plus completing two Whole Foods store décor packages and preparing to dive into a branding project for Wendy’s, the team at Harvest Creative recently took some time to soak up the moment.
While Memphis City Council members are preparing for the upcoming budget season and some key financial decisions, the council is taking its time with a series of proposed changes in the way it conducts the public’s business.
Spring training in 2012. St. Louis Cardinals catching prospect Cody Stanley gets a phone call from then-farm director John Vuch.
Tigers, without Austin Nichols, take last shot at NCAA berth
Win three games in three days. That’s what the Tigers must do to win the American Athletic Conference Tournament in Hartford, Conn., and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
When Josh Pastner had finished his 20-minute session with the media last Tuesday afternoon, several of us walked back to our cars shaking our heads, openly questioning his sanity and laughing at what we had just heard.
University of Memphis sophomore Austin Nichols has been named to the 2014-15 All-American Athletic Conference first team, the league office announced Tuesday.
Tennessee senior Mikelis Libietis sits on the bench before a match on Court 1 at Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center and is reminded of one of his greatest losses.
Lucian T. Pera, partner in the Memphis office of Adams and Reese LLP, has been elected vice president of the Tennessee Bar Association and will automatically become president of the organization in 2017-2018. Pera, who joined Adams and Reese in 2006, concentrates his practice in commercial litigation, media law, and legal ethics and professional responsibility.
REAL ESTATE RECAP
395 S. Highland St., Memphis, TN 38111, Permit Amount: $11 million -
The developer of the mixed-use Highland Row project won approval for an $11 million building permit from the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement.
Frank Jacob’s career trajectory is a good example of how a part-time project can sometimes lead to a full-time opportunity.
STORIES 90 YEARS IN THE MAKING. The other day, Willy Bearden and I visited with Norman Blackley in his kitchen. Willy and I are suckers for stories and that kitchen was chock-full.
By far, the biggest frustration job seekers report is the experience applying online. They spend hours scouring the Internet for the perfect job. When they find it, they spend the time crafting a cover letter introduction and tailoring their resume to look perfect. Sometimes, the online system will only allow them to paste in a messy looking resume, or won’t allow a cover letter to be submitted.
Ray’s Take: In the last 15 years, we have seen a cratering of housing prices, the near-collapse of the banking system, double-digit unemployment and two of the most extreme market cycles since the Great Depression. So, unfortunately, bad news has become somewhat of the norm.
On the golf course, a 20-foot putt rolls on a green, slows down, collides with the right half of the hole, spins 360 degrees along the rim, and winds up hanging on the front edge of its destination. “Call nine-one-one!” a player says. “You were robbed!”
File this under ultra-preventative measures. State Rep. Susan Lynn and state Sen. Bill Ketron admit they’ve never seen a “no-go zone” in Tennessee. Yet they are sponsoring legislation enabling the state attorney general to investigate such areas where people and public workers are being systematically intimidated or excluded, report it to the Department of Justice and, ultimately, eliminate such zones to comply with state and federal law.
The recent news that Google is reorganizing Google Plus probably only registered on the radars of hardcore social media users and marketing professionals.
Let’s be honest. Do you really know why your nonprofit is running a “capital campaign?” Does your institution have specific capital needs such as buildings or equipment that it needs to invest in? Could it be your nonprofit is really running a “we need a lot of money campaign” or an “everyone else has done it” campaign?
In Northeast Mississippi is the central point of a National Park Service beauty that stretches 444 miles and combines natural scenery with American history that dates back 10,000 years.
Ultimately, innovation must be defined by the new value it creates for an organization.
Fast, available Internet more important than state vs. FCC game in legislature
Joyce Coltrin’s business is wandering in Bradley County’s technological wilderness. And it’s likely to remain there – because of legal threats – until the General Assembly changes state law.
“Jane felt like screaming at Dick after he manterrupted her in the staff meeting, bropropriated her idea and then spent the afternoon mansplaining it back to her.’’
While Tennessee women cite many reasons not to like gender-specific terms such as “manterrupting” and “bropropriating,” two men at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville are fans of them – but with some caveats.
February sales are up again, this time by 12.6 percent compared to last year’s sales for the same month, according to Greater Nashville Association of Realtors sales figures.
Charles Hardy needs help loading a huge piece of his life: a massive white refrigerator that was part of the Nashville Farmers’ Market home he’s leaving – likely for good – after almost a half-century.