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VOL. TMN-8 | NO. 12 | Saturday, March 14, 2015
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Holding On

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.

Editorial: Riverfront Changes Will Follow Symphony’s Coda

This was perhaps inevitable.

Impact Innovations Wants to Bring Gift Wrap Production Back to Memphis

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.

Tanger Outlets to Open Southaven Mall in November

What is now a field near Interstate 55 and Church Road in Southaven, Miss., soon will become an outlet-shopping destination.

Wharton Wants to Move Uptown and Highland Row Agency To EDGE

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.

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This Week in Memphis History: March 13-19

1984: Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger play The Orpheum.

Throwing Stones

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.

Special Prosecutor Appointed in Case of Memphis Woman

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.

Flinn Gives No Comment to Rumors of Resignation

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.

Airfares Falling in Memphis

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.

Scarboro Tapped as St. Louis Fed Regional Executive in Memphis

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has chosen Doug Scarboro as the new regional executive for the St. Louis Fed’s Memphis branch.

Sammons 'Very Interested' in Wharton's Chief Administrator Job

The Memphis City Council and the chief administrative officer both have offices in City Hall.

Shular, Orgel to Receive Dunavant Awards

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.

Building a Brand

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.

Another Broken Egg Café Opening March 30

A Southern-inspired restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and a weekend brunch is finally opening in East Memphis at the end of this month.

Appeals Court Reverses Conviction in Second Memphis Case

For the second time in as many days, the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals has reversed a conviction in a Memphis case.

Initiative Launched to Increase Colonoscopy Screenings in Memphis

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.

Memphis Newspaper Guild Rejects New Contract

The Memphis Newspaper Guild “unanimously rejected” a tentatively agreed upon contract in a vote on Wednesday, according to guild president Wayne Risher.

Bass Pro Shops Merchandise Begins Landing at Pyramid

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.

MATA Head Draws Heat on Trolley Delays

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.

Health Care Law on Tap at Daily News Seminar

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.

Billboard Challenge Reaches Critical Juncture

The latest legal dispute over billboards is in General Sessions Environmental Court Thursday, March 12.

County Commission Ponders Local Disaster Fund

Shelby County Commissioners are considering matching a local disaster relief fund started by the Memphis City Council last year that would total $500,000.

Game On

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.

Rice Moves 3-Day Divorce Conference to Beale

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.

Coliseum Group Weighs Previtalization

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 Part of Federal TechHire Job Training Effort

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.

Harvest Creative Celebrates 10 Years of Plowing Creative Ground

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.

Council Votes Down, Delays Rule Changes

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.


Cardinals Prospect Cody Stanley Coming Back, Moving Up

Spring training in 2012. St. Louis Cardinals catching prospect Cody Stanley gets a phone call from then-farm director John Vuch.

3 Wins to Get In

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.

Press Box: We’re Still Talking About CBU. Why?

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.

U of M Forward Austin Nichols Voted to AAC First Team

University of Memphis sophomore Austin Nichols has been named to the 2014-15 All-American Athletic Conference first team, the league office announced Tuesday.

Teammate’s Death Looms Over UT’s Tennis Season

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.


Pera Elected Vice President of Tennessee Bar

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.


Highland Row Developer Approved for $11 Million Permit

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.


Husband-and-Wife Cleaning Company Builds on Reputation

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.

Time to Get Creative

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.

Prepare for the Unexpected

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!”

No ‘No-Go’ Zones? No Matter. Lynn, Ketron Have Plan

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.

What Social Channels Work Best

The recent news that Google is reorganizing Google Plus probably only registered on the radars of hardcore social media users and marketing professionals.

Why Are You Running a Capital Campaign?

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?

Natchez Trace Mixes Beauty, History

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.

Four Internal Benefits of Practicing Innovation

Ultimately, innovation must be defined by the new value it creates for an organization.


Battle of the Band(width)

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.

Hard to ‘Mansplain’ Workplace Gender Issues

“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.’’

UT Psychology Professor Finds ‘Value in Having the Language Be Incendiary’

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.

Surprising February Home Sales to Continue Through March

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.

Leaving a Life They Love at Nashville Farmers’ Market

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.

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