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VOL. TMN-10 | NO. 12 | Saturday, March 18, 2017
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Wolfchase At 20

Wolfchase still a bricks-and-mortar retail stronghold in the Memphis market

For the shopping mall – that quintessential staple of American retail, the biggest of big boxes, a sprawling, multilevel marvel of commercial magnificence – these are most certainly interesting times.

EDITORIAL

Editorial: The Ride From Mall To Mixed Use

Memphis has come a long way from Southland Mall – the city’s first shopping mall – which seemed so cavernous in the late 1960s and now seems so small.

Crosstown Reschedules Opening for August

Crosstown Concourse, the redeveloped Sears Crosstown building, will have its formal opening Aug. 19 – 90 years to the month that the building first opened to the public.

St. Jude Dedicates Research Tower After Pioneer Dr. Donald Pinkel

In honor of his groundbreaking work to fight and cure childhood cancers, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital held a dedication ceremony on Friday, March 17, to rename its principal research tower for Dr. Donald Pinkel, the hospital’s first director and chief executive officer.

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EVENTS

The Stax Museum of American Soul Music will open its “A Century of Funk: Rufus Thomas at 100” exhibition with a reception Thursday, March 23, at 7 p.m. at the museum, 926 E. McLemore Ave. Join the Stax Music Academy Rhythm Section and Thomas’ friends and family for a special concert and panel discussion. Cost is free. The exhibition will be on display through Aug. 31. Visit staxmuseum.com.

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Atlanta Developer Files $200 Million Germantown Mixed-Use Plan

Atlanta developers have filed an outline plan with Germantown leaders for a $200 million mixed-use town village development on the 32-acre “Arthur tract” west of the Saddle Creek South retail center.

EMPHASIS Entertainment Memphis

Memphis Museums and Attractions Broaden Reach With Host of Upgrades

Elvis Presley Enterprises made a splash in recent weeks with the grand opening of the 200,000-square-foot museum, restaurant and retail complex known as Elvis Presley’s Memphis. But the Graceland operator isn’t the only local institution upgrading what it offers visitors.

Local Concert Business Amping Up, Keeping Memphis Promoters Busy

The concert business appears to be healthier in 2017, with more performers and artists on tour than in recent years – and more of them are booking shows in Memphis.

Grizzlies Updating FedExForum With Fans’ Enjoyment in Mind

Every NBA offseason brings questions about the roster for the next season. But regardless of on-court changes for the Grizzlies’ 2017-18 season, FedExForum will be improved with multimillion-dollar upgrades highlighted by a new high-definition scoreboard roughly four times the size of the current board.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

March 17-23, 2017: This week in Memphis history

1968: 16.1 inches of snow fall on the city of Memphis, cancelling plans for striking city sanitation workers to march with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the front of their ranks from Clayborn Temple to City Hall. King would return to the city to lead the march on March 28, a march that would end before it got to City Hall because of violence. The violent end would prompt King to return to the city to lead another march April 5.

HEALTH CARE

Signature HealthCARE to Lay Off 215 in Memphis

Signature HealthCARE at Saint Francis is laying off 215 workers and working with families of the 95 patients at the facility, 6007 Park Ave., to find them another nursing home.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

New Midtown Ping-Pong Bar Applies For Beer Permit

Railgarten, a new Midtown bar hoping to help bridge the gap between Overton Square and Cooper-Young, has applied for an on-premise beer license with the City of Memphis Alcohol Commission.

Loflin Yard Developer Working on New Restaurant Concept Downtown

Two of the developers of Loflin Yard are planning to restore another vacant lot in the South Main Arts District into an indoor/outdoor bar and restaurant using repurposed metal grain silos.

Allworld Renovating Vacant Downtown Building for HQ

Allworld Project Management has been approved for an $80,000 Exterior Improvement Grant by the Center City Development Corp. to begin renovations on its new corporate headquarters in Downtown Memphis.

HISTORY

1892 Lynchings Remembered As Historic Moment

When a mob of approximately 75 men in black masks took Thomas Moss, Calvin McDowell and Henry Stewart from a Downtown jail cell 125 years ago and shot them to death by a set of railroad tracks running by the Mississippi River, it was far from the first lynching in Memphis.

Jackson's Birth Marked in Memphis, the City He Co-Founded

While President Donald Trump’s Nashville visit – including a tour of Andrew Jackson’s plantation The Hermitage – drew much of the national political attention Wednesday, March 15, a much smaller observance of what would have been Jackson’s 250th birthday took place in a courtroom in Memphis, the city he co-founded.

POLITICS

Seven File in Republican Primary for State Rep. District 95

Seven contenders have filed to run in the special April Republican primary for the District 95 state House seat from Shelby County.

Boyd Opens Memphis Campaign for Governor

Former Tennessee Economic and Community Development commissioner Randy Boyd brought his newly launched campaign for governor to Memphis Wednesday, March 15, with a pledge to continue the economic development policies of Gov. Bill Haslam – policies, particularly in workforce training, that Boyd played a key role in shaping.

RETAIL

Fred’s Brings on New Board Members

Change continues to be the operative word at Memphis-based retailer Fred’s Inc., which has made some key additions to its board in recent days as the company continues pursuing a major turnaround that includes completing its acquisition of 865 Rite Aid stores.

NONPROFIT SECTOR

Dean Brings Business Focus to Nonprofit Alliance as Interim CEO

In 1995 when Nancy McGee became executive director of what is now known as the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence, it was just a small grant-writing center. It grew into a holistic nonprofit support organization that offers management services to more than 200 members.

EDUCATION

SCS Enters Budget Talks With Some Flexibility

At this time of year, Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson confesses that he’s usually not feeling quite this optimistic.

REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT

Hickory Hill Home Depot Site Sells for $15 Million

3469 Riverdale Road, Memphis, TN 38115  -
A Dallas, Texas-based real estate investment trust has purchased a large parcel of land where a Home Depot is located in Hickory Hill for $15.7 million.

LAW & THE COURTS

Warren, Tulane Complexes Find Buyer

The court-appointed receiver in the Memphis federal court case involving Global Ministries Foundation has an offer to buy the Tulane and Warren apartment complexes owned by GMF.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Memphis College of Art Program Works With Non-Degree-Seeking Artists

Degree-seeking artists and aspiring graphic designers aren’t the only students found in the halls and classrooms at Memphis College of Art.

FOOD INDUSTRY

Food Hub Launching Spring Subscription

Memphis Tilth’s Bring It Food Hub program, a distributor of locally sourced food from within a 150-mile radius of Memphis, is launching its spring 2017 subscription service next week – an eight-week program that runs March 21 through May 12.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Busy Season for Start Co. Ramps Up

The Start Co. organization is continuing its busy start to 2017 by playing host to a group of military entrepreneurs later this month, as part of a tour designed to introduce veterans to entrepreneurship resources.

THE TIPPING POINT

Yanckello Makes Artists’ Vision a Reality

Sadie Yanckello never thought her job would involve buying carloads of old TVs from flea markets. Then she started working at Crosstown Arts.

SPORTS

Next Season’s Memphis Tigers Defense Begins Building Up Now

If spring football practice is about looking ahead – and it is – then the off-season that precedes it is about looking back. University of Memphis defensive coordinator Chris Ball watched every defensive snap from the 2016 season – 1,025 plays from an 8-5 season.

Vols Need a Good Spring With So Many No. 1 Players Gone

Butch Jones is about to embark on his most crucial of five seasons as Tennessee’s football coach, and it begins with spring practices starting Tuesday, March 21.

Football Staff Shakeups Rarely Save Coaching Jobs, History Has Shown

Phillip Fulmer was notorious during his glory years as Tennessee’s football coach for maintaining staff stability.

Memphis a ‘Football School’ In Fuente-Norvell Era

The first time Darrell Dickey was an assistant coach at the University of Memphis, way back in 1986, current head coach Mike Norvell was 5 years old.

Grizz Finally Win, Parsons Done for Season, NCAA South Regional Looks Spectacular

The Memphis Grizzlies broke their five-game losing streak, 40-year-old Vince Carter had a historic offensive night, and we learned that Chandler Parsons had suffered a partial tear of the meniscus in his left knee (the right knee has endured two surgeries) and is done for the season.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Israel to Lead Greenline Group As Organization’s Focus Shifts

Andrew Israel recently was named executive director of the Greater Memphis Greenline as the organization shifts its focus to promoting healthy lifestyles and increasing the use of trails, parks and green spaces.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Tennessee Lawmakers Weigh In on Trump Visit

NASHVILLE – While state lawmakers recognized the historical significance of President Donald Trump visiting the home of President Andrew Jackson in Hermitage Wednesday, March 15, the review is mixed on comparisons between the two as well as the Jackson legacy.

Norris Says Proposed School Voucher Legislation ‘Problematic’

NASHVILLE – Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris expressed reservations Wednesday, March 15, about legislation allowing tax dollars to be used to send low-income students in struggling public schools to private schools.

Singing Along With Tone-Deaf Legislators

Often dull, but never boring. They might even make you break out into song.

Bill to Create Criminal Trespassing at Apartment Complexes Could Face Legal Challenges

NASHVILLE – Two Memphis lawmakers are pushing legislation designed to clear apartment complexes of trespassers, in some cases to ensure that emergency personnel avoid intimidation and threats when they answer calls dealing with shootings.

Shelby County Educators Spar With DeBerry Over Voucher Bill

NASHVILLE – A group of Shelby County teachers and parents disappointed that voucher legislation was put off until next week turned their ire Tuesday, March 14, on Rep. John DeBerry, and he responded in kind.

Norris Presents Amended Fuel-Tax Bill With Larger Sales Tax Cut

NASHVILLE – Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris pushed a revised fuel-tax bill through the Transportation Committee on Monday, March 13, making a sharper cut in the grocery tax to offset phased-in increases at the gas pump.

Tennessee Sues Federal Government Over Refugee Program

NASHVILLE – The state of Tennessee, spearheaded by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, filed suit against the federal government Monday, March 13, challenging the constitutionality of the Refugee Resettlement Program.

Norris Presents Amended Fuel-Tax Bill With Larger Sales Tax Cut

NASHVILLE – Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris pushed a revised fuel-tax bill through the Transportation Committee on Monday, March 13, making a sharper cut in the grocery tax to offset phased-in increases at the gas pump.

Tennessee Sues Federal Government Over Refugee Program

NASHVILLE – The state of Tennessee, spearheaded by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, filed suit against the federal government Monday, March 13, challenging the constitutionality of the Refugee Resettlement Program.

Haslam Commits State to DUI Prosecution Funding

NASHVILLE – The governor’s office is promising $5.6 million in yearly funding and grants to maintain DUI enforcement prosecution across the state, money that would have been jeopardized by passage of an open container law.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

What’s Wrong With the 4 Percent Strategy?

Ray’s Take: When you finally reach your retirement date, one of your first questions will be: How much of my savings can I spend?

Love Me Some Lent

LENTEN LESSON. The Episcopal Church, with ancient roots in early Christianity, the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Church, has many arcane names and traditions in its liturgy derived from the many languages and practices of its long history.

The Art Of Italy Museum Reservations

“The Last Supper” is billed as one of Leonardo da Vinci’s great masterpieces, and it’s housed in Milan’s Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie.

Conversational Capacity Matters

Editor’s Note: This is part one in a two-part series. The secret to a successful sales team – or any type of team for that matter – is in their ability to perform when the pressure is on. That can only happen when the team is able to have open, non-defensive dialogue about tough issues. It makes all the difference between success or failure, and there are numerous examples of it in corporate America that prove just that.

Waiting for Permission Isn’t Working

Today’s job market is tough. If you’re trying to find a new job or get a promotion at your current job, you can probably relate. One of the most frustrating things, if not the most frustrating, is when your current boss is overlooking you. 

Five Steps to Engage Volunteers

A well-run volunteer management program can change the life of your nonprofit. Most leaders know this and yearn for a team they can depend on. At the same time, many delay engaging volunteers because “it’s a lot of work.” That’s the truth. But it’s also true that an investment in volunteers will leverage the work of your organization in ways you can’t yet imagine. 

Winning the Scale-Up Game

A Back End of Innovation talk by Daniel Friedman, chief revenue officer for Imaginatik. The Back-End Innovation Game “I am going to focus on how,” says Daniel. “It all starts with asking the right questions.”

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 209 209 16,401
MORTGAGES 252 252 18,937
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 393 393 33,519
BANKRUPTCIES 124 124 10,861
BUSINESS LICENSES 57 57 5,255
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 102 102 11,446
MARRIAGE LICENSES 70 70 3,937

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