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VOL. TMN-7 | NO. 13 | Saturday, March 22, 2014
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Tigers Don't Feel Like 'Cinderella' vs. 1 Seed Virginia

RALEIGH, N.C. – The pressure valve that at times seems to control life for the Memphis Tigers had opened in the form of a 71-66 victory over George Washington in the NCAA Tournament’s round of 64.

Backlog Backlash

City Hall’s response to untested rape kits sparks resentment, questions

The first thing Veronica Coleman-Davis wanted to do was take a look at where thousands of untested rape kits had been stored over the last 30 years.

Editorial: MPD’s Handling Of Rape Cases Pitiful

Old-time cops call it the “belt buckle brigade.”

EMPHASIS Economic Development

‘Memphis Message’

Chamber execs, business owners travel country to tout city’s strengths

During the recent Trans-Pacific Maritime conference in Long Beach, Calif., Memphis business leaders like Neely Mallory and Buzz Fly extolled the virtues of doing business in the Bluff City.

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T.O. Fuller State Park will host its first Spring Hike on the 2-mile Discovery Trail Saturday, March 22, at 9:30 a.m. starting at the visitors center, 1500 W. Mitchell Road. The hike will be followed by a birds of prey program. Cost of the hike is free. Call 543-7581 or email michael.champagne@tn.gov to sign up.

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Fisher Finds Reward Sharing Local Economic Story

When Conduit Global announced during a January event at FedExForum it would create 1,000 new jobs in Memphis over the next three to five years, Gwyn Fisher was finally able to exhale and show some emotion.

Chamber Initiatives Targeting Small Business

The Greater Memphis Chamber’s Small Business Council is launching three initiatives aimed at helping small-business owners find answers to some of their most vexing questions and identify tools and resources for growth.

Tigers Hang to Beat GW in NCAAs

RALEIGH, N.C. – Senior guard Michael Dixon Jr. once thought his college basketball career was done.


March 21-March 27: This week in Memphis history

1994: Pearl Jam at the Mid-South Coliseum with Kings X opening.

‘History Has Changed’

Renovated museum digs deeper into civil rights movement

The headquarters for Freedom Summer is still being set up and nearby the stage is almost ready for the March on Washington.

Hilton Garden Inn Planned for Former Bus Station

A Knoxville-based hospitality company has closed on the purchase of the vacant Greyhound facility Downtown and will transform the property into a Hilton Garden Inn.

CB Richard Ellis Brokers Four Multifamily Sales

The multifamily group at CB Richard Ellis Memphis has closed on the sale of four properties in the Memphis market over the last several weeks.

Shelby County Building Permits Down Slightly in February

With bitterly cold temperatures lingering over the Memphis area last month, homebuilders pulled slightly fewer housing permits in February when compared to the same month last year.

Residency Scratches Moore From Commission Ballot

Less than a month before early voting opens for the Shelby County primary elections, former Shelby County Commissioner Edith Ann Moore is off the ballot in the Democratic primary for commission District 6.

Ben & Jerry’s Co-Founder Talks About Values During Visit at Rhodes College

Jerry Greenfield’s name is part of one of the most well-known snack brand names in the country.

‘It’s Natural’

Attachment parenting advocate touts healthy habits

He goes to bed at 10 p.m. and gets up at 6 a.m.

City Pension Change Outlined for 2015

The administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. made its formal proposal of a “long-term solution” and change in the city’s pension plan to a 401(k) style plan this week with specific terms Wharton has long said would be included.

Wharton Pitches ‘Bookend’ Convention Complex

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. calls it the “bookend approach.”

Memphis Bioworks Leads New Entrepreneurship Venture

The Memphis Bioworks Foundation has been tapped to lead a new entrepreneurship venture in Memphis called The EPIcenter, the product of one of several so-called moon mission strategies of the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle.

Hopson Says Common Core Waiver is Option

Shelby County Schools could seek a waiver from the state to continue using Common Core state education standards if the Tennessee Legislature suspends the use of the standards.

EmergeMemphis Unveiling New Look, Plan

EmergeMemphis, the organization formed in 2001 that serves as an incubator for high-growth companies, is preparing to roll out a new logo and a new brand image as it lays out its plan for the next few years.

Right on Cue

Orpheum premieres 'War Horse' a week after facility groundbreaking

The Orpheum Theatre Memphis frequently plays host to musicals, but an arrival next week will bring something the theater doesn’t get to put on its stage often – a Broadway play.

University of Memphis Provost Kicks Off President Interviews

David Rudd began with the obvious this week, as the four finalists to become the next president of the University of Memphis began individual sessions with faculty, students and staff at the city’s largest institution of higher education.

‘Champion of Working Man’ Rep. Turner Set to Retire

State Rep. and Nashville Democrat Mike Turner is retiring from the General Assembly and considering a run for mayor.

Schools Demerger Reflects Cooperation, Competition

For now, Shelby County’s seven public school systems are cooperating and competing with one another often at the same time on the way to the demerger of public education in August.

Start Co. Moves Back Downtown

With a new home, new programming and expanded leadership, among other things, this summer finds the Start Co. entrepreneurship organization in the midst of one of the more consequential periods in its history.

Interpreting Health

U of M program reaches lofty status with accreditation

Probably, you’ve seen this scene on a television show or in a movie. Some English-speaking authority figure – say, a doctor – can’t communicate with a middle-aged or older person from Mexico.

Abatements Return As Budget Season Issue

With the arrival of spring this week, city and county government leaders prepare for the coming of another season about which there is rarely as much excitement.

I Choose Memphis: Micah Brafford

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.


Rested Grizz Prep for Playoff Push

Historians, not to mention members of the 1985-86 Boston Celtics bench, will note that in the Grizzlies’ recent victory over the Utah Jazz the Memphis bench shot 42.9 percent: significant because it ended a stretch of 14 straight games of the bench shooting 50 percent or better, the longest such streak in the NBA since those Celtics did so in 15 consecutive games.

Positive Pastner Makes More Sense After Wins

Take a hike.


Stewart Joins Metal Museum as Collections Manager

Grace Stewart has joined the Metal Museum as collections manager/registrar. Stewart, who previously served as registrar for the National Civil Rights Museum for a year and a half, says her goals are to help grow and define the Museum’s permanent collection and facilitate greater access to the collection through exhibits and education opportunities.


Richmond Honan Buys Quince Centre for $10 Million

6555 Quince Road, Memphis, TN 38119, Sale Amount: $10.4 million, Sale Date: March 7, 2014 -


MorGreen Shifts to Meet Changing Customer Demands

When Mike Omar opened MorGreen in Collierville in 1987, it was as a traditional outdoor landscaping business, a garden center focused on selling items like fertilizer, mulch and sod and offering some landscaping work.


100 Homage

38 STORIES, THOUSANDS OF STORIES. I remember when the big hulk was a big deal, its unimaginative gray mass full of imagination and local color.

Becoming Your Own CEO

I’ve heard the same story at least three times in the past two weeks. A high-performing worker went in for a performance review with the boss. The boss said something along the lines of, “You’ve done a great job. I appreciate you. I can’t offer you a promotion, or a raise, but please don’t leave. I need you here.”

Manage Your Credit, Not Your Credit Score

Ray’s Take You must have a great credit score to do anything these days, or so the lending industry would like for us to believe. Increase your score! Buy more stuff on credit!

No Subject

Season 4, Episode 3: “The Pitch.” The show: “Seinfeld.” The theme? Let’s call it “the absence of anything.” It’s actually the first half of an hour-long show that ran during the show’s normal TV lifespan. It has run as a half-hour episode in syndication for the past 100 years or so.

Measurement: Holy Grail of Marketing

Second in a two-part series. Measurement is the Holy Grail of marketing. A savvy marketer would naturally prefer to invest his dollar in a strategy with a measurable return on investment versus one without.

Comprehensive Campaigns: Where is the Money?

We were taken aback when, in casual conversation, an acquaintance blurted out, “Comprehensive campaigns are nothing but a con game.” We listened as he shared his experience of institutions that report campaign success but don’t have the money needed to implement projects laid out as campaign priorities.

Five Tax Deductions, Credits to Consider

If you ask Benjamin Franklin, two things in life are certain: death and taxes.

Marketing Is About Strategy

The word marketing has lost its true meaning in common business vernacular. Instead of a strategic activity that contemplates price, product, promotion and place, marketing has largely come to mean tactical execution of advertising or sales materials.

Broker’s Act to Reflect Commission Changes

The Broker’s Act has been enhanced by our state legislature and will be signed into law this month.

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