VOL. TMN-10 | NO. 13 | Saturday, March 25, 2017
Contrary to pop-culture perception, farmers have been on the cutting edge of technology for thousands of years
While the anachronistic farmer trope may be a common pop-culture perception, these stewards of the land have in fact been on the cutting edge of technology for thousands of years.
Dr. Douglas Lowy returned to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on Friday, March 24, and praised the facility as being a worthy beneficiary of research funding that comes through his National Cancer Institute.
You’ve heard the saying “this isn’t your parents’ fill-in-the-blank.” A better version for agricultural innovation might be “this is not your son’s idea of innovation” – which has a couple of stereotypes.
While construction recently began on the large-scale Binghampton Gateway Center and more development is on the way, the revitalization process to bring businesses and jobs back to the distressed Binghampton area began more than a decade ago.
EMPHASIS Senior Care
For people like Bill Wilson, 74, keeping active mentally as well as physically is the key to a healthier life.
Patients are having to wait longer to make appointments with new doctors in major U.S. cities, according to a new study that links the increased waits partly with an explosion of, well, new patients.
They had done their part, put their work in for decades. George Watson had been a mechanic, worked right on past age 65 and into his early 70s. Ada McNeal had given 26 years to the Aeolian Piano Corp., first as a machine operator and then sorting parts after the rheumatoid arthritis came along, until the company closed its Memphis plant.
Start Co. president Andre Fowlkes thinks most people in Memphis and communities like Memphis either ignore or misunderstand where most net new jobs are coming from these days.
THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC
2012: Guilty verdicts in the federal court trials of Clinton Lewis and Martin Lewis, the only two members of the Craig Petties drug organization to go to trial in the largest drug and racketeering case ever brought in Memphis federal court. Each is convicted of multiple drug conspiracy, racketeering and murder-for-hire charges and sentenced to life in prison.
Overton Square developer Loeb Properties and brg3s architects are moving forward with their plans to bring a Texas-based burger bar to Midtown.
A Downtown pocket park across the street from the Brass Door dubbed the Madison Avenue Park announced plans to officially open the public April 21 during an all-day event.
U.S. Sen. Bob Corker will be the keynote speaker at the Rotary Club of Memphis East’s annual Dunavant Public Servant Awards.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Music+Arts Studio in Cooper-Young wants to work with more filmmakers. The studio, which began distributing films with Mike McCarthy’s “Cigarette Girl” in 2014 and has released two short films since then, is now expanding its digital distribution for independent filmmakers.
It might not be readily apparent from the modern party vibe and the current local bands who entertain the crowds, but The Peabody hotel’s annual rooftop parties – which kick off again next month – go back decades to the era of supper clubs and big bands.
COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE
A nearly century-old neighborhood that was torn in two when Interstate 40 came crashing to a halt at the doorstep of Overton Park is now again on the precipice of change.
At the end of a surprising day at City Hall, Memphis City Council member Worth Morgan was anticipating what might happen in the three weeks until the next council session to the compromise for zoo parking in Overton Park.
REAL ESTATE RECAP
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FedEx and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital broke ground Wednesday, March 22, on the expansion of FedExFamilyHouse, a home-away-from-home for families of Le Bonheur patients.
TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS
Memphis-based FedEx Corp. enjoyed record shipping levels in its peak season for deliveries, but still fell short of third-quarter profit forecasts.
GOVERNMENT & POLITICS
When A C Wharton Jr. was Memphis mayor, his relationship with the Memphis City Council wasn’t always good. And it would usually get worse whenever he’d call a press conference in the Hall of Mayors on a Tuesday the council was meeting. Some council members thought it was to draw attention from them.
Shelby County commissioners will not appoint someone to the open state House District 95 seat in advance of the June 15 special election for the seat.
The Shelby County Republican Party is becoming more diverse and working to get back non-voting Republicans, its new permanent chairman says.
No more lottery balls for the Memphis City Council in the spring.
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland touted a class of 151 Memphis police and police service technician recruits Monday, March 20, as the beginning of rebuilding a depleted police department that is below 2,000 officers.
LAW & THE COURTS
The private reprimand for District Attorney General Amy Weirich issued by the state Board of Professional Responsibility is probably the last formal word on the way the prosecutor’s office tried Noura Jackson for the murder of her mother.
Five years into historic changes in public education locally, the rapid pace of change is starting to give way to longer-term views and plans.
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.
The Memphis Area Transit Authority, Memphis’ public transportation provider that provides rides for almost 8 million passengers a year, has turned to a mobile solution for its employees’ health care.
Baptist Memorial Health Care is expanding its grief services, adding new centers in Midtown and in Jonesboro, Arkansas, later this year, partly in response to demand from the community for the counseling and other benefits the organization has provided for years now.
First-year Memphis Redbirds manager Stubby Clapp has played and coached for Canada’s National Team. He understands, perhaps better than most do, that baseball’s stage extends beyond the major leagues and its minor league feeder system.
We know from Genesis 2:2 that on the seventh day God finished his creation and rested. So everybody needs rest.
Recruiting is the lifeblood of a college football program, and the cycle never ends.
The time has come to write a new chapter of Tennessee Vols football. Which quarterback is going to write it? With spring practice unfolding, it looks like a two-man race between junior Quinten Dormady and redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano – not necessarily in that order.
Whatever the NCAA Tournament Committee’s competence, motivation and hidden – or not-so-hidden – agendas, the NCAA South Regional this weekend at FedExForum has delivered for Memphis before the first game tips off on Friday.
The biggest brand on the 2017 University of Memphis football schedule is UCLA. The Bruins come to Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on Sept. 16. And as a name brand, it’s an opportunity for the Tigers with recruits.
The Grizzlies left behind a five-game losing streak by beating Milwaukee at home and then Chicago and Atlanta on the road in back-to-back nights. San Antonio was to play the Grizzlies at FedExForum on Saturday, March 18.
Rick Moore, who is retiring as chairman of Lehman-Roberts Co. March 31 after 46 years with the company, has been named the National Asphalt Pavement Association’s Man of the Year.
THE TIPPING POINT
Handing drums to a group of eighth-grade boys may not sound like the most relaxing way to spend a Saturday. But according to Frank Shaffer, it makes perfect sense.
State Rep. Johnnie Turner can still feel the physical and emotional pain she endured for riding at the front of Memphis city buses while going home from LeMoyne-Owen College during the civil rights movement.
Veterans in the state Legislature are balking at inclusion of a veterans tax relief plan in Gov. Bill Haslam’s IMPROVE Act, saying it should be removed to stand on its own.
NASHVILLE – Two Memphis legislators helped move the governor’s IMPROVE Act and fuel-tax increases out of the House Transportation Committee Tuesday, March 21, saying they support a section allowing local governments to raise funds separately for mass transit.
NASHVILLE – Legislation restricting restroom use at public schools for transgender students got flushed on Wednesday, March 22.
NASHVILLE – Despite a packed room of Memphis-area people opposed to vouchers for public school students, a House Education Committee advanced a pilot program targeting low-income children in Shelby County Schools system’s low-performing schools.
For those who ignore the news – fake or otherwise – Donald Trump won the presidency last November.
NASHVILLE – Recognition for the Rev. Bill Owens turned into a rebuke on the House floor when a Memphis legislator discovered the activist pastor campaigned for President Donald Trump and urged black voters to leave the Democratic Party.
NASHVILLE – One of the nation’s most conservative anti-tax groups is supporting a plan by Sen. Mark Norris to offset fuel-tax increases with a reduction in the state’s grocery tax and nix a proposal to tie rates to the Consumer Price Index.
TRUISH. These days, fake news can seem so real, and real news gets more and more unbelievable.
Ray’s Take We live in an increasingly online world. You can trade stocks, buy groceries, pay bills or order a ride, all on your computer or smartphone. Almost any financial transaction you need to make can be done in the comfort of your own home. With identity theft posing a real threat, keeping financial data private requires that consumers be proactive in the way they approach online security.
Remember that question from your parents when you returned home from school: “What did you learn in school today?” And your parents, ever hopeful, dreaded your answer: “Nothing.” Actually, you did learn something, even if you didn’t want to engage in conversation about it.
When you’re truly unhappy in your current job, a new one can’t get here fast enough. Having to drag yourself to the office each day can be the worst.
Editor’s Note: This is part two in a two-part series. When Palm Computing was in its heyday, many analysts thought they couldn’t be beaten. They had technology coveted by the market and an internal culture – dubbed Zen of Palm – which employees described as the best they’d ever experienced.
Pivoting your way to profitability, Somik Raha, SmartOrg. There are many unforeseen hazards between concept and launch. Pivoting provides a unique opportunity to learn from experience and to change course at key development stages, making the difference between attaining mediocre results and achieving astounding success.
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