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VOL. TMN-10 | NO. 10 | Saturday, March 4, 2017
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Another Country

The wild west of Memphis getting some attention

On the road into the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa in southwest Memphis, there is a sign you might not notice on your way to the museum and archaeological site.

EDITORIAL

Editorial: Memphis’ Future Needs Chucalissa’s Past

It won’t be long before we mark 200 years as the city of Memphis. Plans are already underway for the city’s bicentennial. At times like this, you might wonder about who and what came before.

Justice Department Says Review of MPD Back On

Five months after the Memphis Police Department, the U.S. Attorney’s office and the U.S. Justice Department announced a federal collaborative review of the Memphis Police Department, the Justice Department pulled the plug on the review Friday, March 3, that was to take place over two years.

Legal Dispute Puts Bar Louie's Future in Question

A legal dispute involving Bar Louie and Loeb Properties leaves the future of the franchise in Overton Square in question, according to documents filed by both parties with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Tennessee.

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New Midtown Brewery Files $1.2M Building Permit Application

Memphis’ newest addition to the local craft beer scene has been cleared to begin construction on their new Midtown brewery.

State Panel Says No Censure of Prosecutor In Noura Jackson Case

A panel of the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility says a Shelby County Assistant District Attorney did not intentionally hide evidence that might have helped the defense in the 2009 murder trial of Noura Jackson.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

March 3-9, 2017: This week in Memphis history

1892: Thomas Moss, Calvin McDowell and Will Stewart were taken from their jail cell and killed by a white mob in a lynching that prompted Ida B. Wells, a Memphis schoolteacher and friend of one of the men, to condemn it in the Free Speech newspaper under the pen name Iola. An angry mob ransacked the newspaper offices while Wells was out of the city. It was the beginning of Wells' international crusade to call attention to lynchings. She never returned to Memphis.

HEALTH CARE

UTHSC Professor Named First African-American to Lead APA

Dr. Altha Stewart of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis says being named president-elect of the American Psychiatric Association is a tremendous and humbling honor and that she is looking forward to leading the organization.

Study Shows Radiation Raises Risk Of Future Cancer

Thanks to results from a newly released study based at St. Jude, doctors have fresh data on the long-assumed link between using radiation to treat children with cancer and the higher likelihood those patients will develop new cancers later in life.

LEGAL AFFAIRS

City Hall List Leads to Court Fight Over Police Surveillance

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s administration may have put to rest the basic matter of the City Hall escort list and who is on it.

REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT

CRE Brokers Speculate on Future of Commercial Appeal Headquarters

When USA Today Network executive and president of The Tennessean newspaper Laura Hollingsworth came into town the day after The Commercial Appeal announced printing operations will be moving to Jackson, Tennessee, she told the staff that while no immediate plans were in place, selling the daily paper’s iconic building was certainly a possibility down the road.

Real Estate Experts to Talk Market Trends, Projections

With more than 30 years of expertise, second-generation homebuilder James Reid has seen a lot of ups and downs in West Tennessee’s real estate market.  

$12 Million Permit Filed For Hickman Building

240 Madison Ave., Memphis, TN 38103 -
Montgomery Martin Contractors has filed a $12 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to renovate the historic Hickman Building into a mixed-use development that will include the new headquarters of Memphis-based investment firm, SouthernSun Asset Management.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Design Board Approves Application for Downtown BBQ Joint

After operating a popular barbecue restaurant in southeast Memphis for more than 15 years, Mike Arnold’s plans to open a second Arnold’s Bar-B-Que and Grill location in Downtown took another step forward Wednesday, March 1.

MARKETING & ADVERTISING

ADDYs Honor Memphis’ Creative Community

Kelly Cooper, an independent creative director based in Tampa, was “blown away,” in her words, by the work from Memphis’ creative community that was honored as part of the Memphis chapter of the American Advertising Federation’s 50th annual American Advertising Awards competition for creative excellence.

COMMUNITY

MMDC Competition Winners Aim to Improve Medical District Efficiency

MedHaul and Sparco Projectpedia were the winning ideas from the recent Memphis Medical District Collaborative (MMDC) Operation Opportunity business plan competition, and the entrepreneurs behind the concepts will now work with EPIcenter to cultivate them into successful ventures.

EDUCATION

SCS to Open 20 Summer Learning Academies, Raising Bar on Student Academic Achievement

Shelby County Schools is preparing a set of 20 summer learning academies that will start at the end of the current school year and use certified teachers with a specific summer curriculum to battle “summer learning loss” in reading, math and science.

CITY HALL

Police Union Cries Foul Over $6.1M Grant

The Memphis Police Association says the city is trying to make an end run around contract negotiations with rank-and-file officers with a set of retention bonuses and other incentives announced this week.

NONPROFIT SECTOR

Germantown Community Theatre Looks for Sustainable Growth

From a philosophical perspective, Germantown Community Theatre artistic director Justin Asher says continued existence – and the theater is in its 46th season – is its own evidence.

POLITICS

Tennessee GOP Leaders Expecting Crowded Field in 2018 Governor’s Race

Former Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd got two mentions last Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s breakfast forum – one from guest speaker U.S. Rep. David Kustoff and another from chamber president Phil Trenary.

Local Democratic and Republican Partisans Already Looking To 2018

U.S. Rep. David Kustoff says former Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey was right in describing his 8th Congressional District as the most Republican of the state’s nine congressional districts.

RETAIL

AutoZone Reports ‘Challenging’ Q2 Results

AutoZone’s results for the second quarter represented a bit of a slowdown for the auto parts and accessories retailer, with the company’s CEO using adjectives like “challenging” to describe the three-month period in which earnings and same-store sales were somewhat muted.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Women Executives Share Business, Life Lessons

Through several career stops, Susan Hunsberger learned that she didn’t like being a financial analyst, she did like engaging with people through recruiting and human resources, and that it was more than fine to let colleagues see that you don’t know it all.

ECONOMY

New Book From Former AutoZone CEO Offers Public Policy Goals

AutoZone has national cachet in part for its status as a leading retailer of car parts and accessories. Lately, though, the Memphis-based company has been part of the national discussion as its leadership works toward political ends as much as commercial imperatives.

Waddell: 2017 a Year for ‘Shifting Gears’

David Waddell will be in Florida this week for a meeting with the very first client of his namesake Memphis-based investment firm, Waddell & Associates. On the same trip down there a year ago, Waddell recalls being encouraged to “be bold” in his decisions and leadership of the firm.

TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS

MPO Grants, Trolley Trials Point to Visible Spring for MATA

A set of grants totaling $2.2 million from the Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization to the city and Memphis Area Transit Authority is aimed at pedestrian, bicycle and mass transit projects.

SNAPSHOT

Snapshots: Graceland Expands The King’s Domain

Five months after opening a 450-room, $92 million resort hotel in Whitehaven, Graceland opened a $45 million entertainment complex Thursday, March 2, just two blocks away.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Robinson Chosen to Lead Cancer Society’s Hope House

Maria Robinson has been named senior manager for the American Cancer Society’s Harrah’s Hope Lodge in Memphis. In that role, she oversees day-to-day lodge operations, including guest services, volunteer engagement and community involvement.

SPORTS

For NCAA-Bound Rhodes College, Line System Was Game-Changer

In December and early January, the Rhodes College basketball team endured a five-game losing streak. Not unusual because a lot of teams suffer five-game losing streaks.

The Press Box: Chandler Parsons a Playa, Just Not Yet a Player

These are headlines you could not have read:

Busiest Season for Sports Hits Big Orange Country

It’s the busiest time of the year for Tennessee athletics. There’s even some football to whet your gridiron appetite.

Titans Still Rebuilding After Years of Bad Draft Picks

When wide receiver Kendall Wright was a healthy scratch for the Titans’ final game of the season, it further underscored why this franchise is still struggling to gain altitude in the NFL.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

View From the Hill: House Leaders Still Figuring Out Sexual Harassment Policy

In a case of déjà vu all over again, Democratic state Rep. Bo Mitchell isn’t willing to give Republican House leaders a break on their handling of former Rep. Mark Lovell’s resignation for alleged sexual misconduct.

Haslam: Return Gas Tax Element To Transportation Proposal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam is lauding lawmakers for advancing his plan to begin tackling Tennessee's more than $10 billion backlog in road and bridge projects. However, the Republican said Thursday that he hopes to see his bill returned to its original form that includes boosting funding through fuel tax increases.

Fall Creek Falls Park Contract Postponed Indefinitely

NASHVILLE – The state is putting an indefinite hold on a proposed contract for a private company to redevelop and operate Fall Creek Falls State Park.

State Democrats Introduce Bill of Rights, Looking For Every Win They Can Get

NASHVILLE – House Democrats introduced a People’s Bill of Rights in the State Capitol Monday, Feb. 27, a comprehensive legislative package to ensure rights of Tennesseans affecting everything from jobs to criminal justice to education.

Miller’s Medical Pot Cards Bill Added to Marijuana Debates

NASHVILLE – A measure by state Rep. Larry Miller requiring Tennessee to accept medical marijuana cards from other states met a cool response Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee.

Fitzhugh Talks About Race for Governor Without Formally Committing

NASHVILLE – House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh hasn’t officially entered the 2018 race for governor, but he has a “gut feeling” it’s a step he should take.

Norris Seeks to Curb Senior Abuse With New Laws

NASHVILLE – Calling elderly abuse a “silent crisis,” state Sen. Mark Norris is leading a legislative effort to stop physical, mental and financial abuse of vulnerable adults with bills to expand protections and increase penalties.

Bills Aimed at Raising Permanent Funding For Road Projects Collide Again This Week

NASHVILLE – The chairwoman of the House Transportation Subcommittee is defiant in her handling of legislation that could have derailed Gov. Bill Haslam’s fuel-tax plan, a high-profile measure on the panel’s calendar again Wednesday, March 1.

Transit Portion of Sara Kyle’s Bill Adopted by Governor

NASHVILLE – Part of a plan by Sen. Sara Kyle and Rep. John Ray Clemmons to help local governments raise funds for mass transit projects is being adopted by Gov. Bill Haslam for his IMPROVE Act.

MARTHA KELLY'S MEMPHIS

Filmed Against a Memphis Backdrop

Artist Martha Kelly, who illustrates Memphis life and culture every month for The Daily News and The Memphis News, was on location for the filming of “Winding Brook,” a short film written and directed by Mark Goshorn Jones. Starring Corey Parker and Kim Justis Eikner, the plot centers on a husband trying to get his wife to a treatment center when she starts to hear voices and see dead members of her family. Day two of shooting took place at the historic Annesdale Mansion in Midtown Memphis.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Time for a Divorce

IT’S OVER. LET’S MAKE IT FINAL. I said divorce might be best in a column two years ago, so let’s get on with it already. After all, it was a shotgun wedding.

Midlife Insurance Audit

Ray’s Take Owning the right type of insurance policies at the right price at the right time of your life is a crucial element to your financial planning. Preparing for retirement is a particularly important time to do a full risk management evaluation, as you may no longer need some types of coverage you’ve had for years. You might be overpaying for others or might be inadvertently underinsured against some potential risks.

Getting To Know Dallas

Once upon a time, I called Dallas home. But as many Memphians can attest when admitting to never visiting Graceland, as a Dallasite I didn’t hit many of the tourist attractions.

The Art and Science Of E-Commerce Sales

The secret to inspiring visitors to purchase from your e-commerce platform is equal parts art and science.

Email and The Golden Rule

Have you ever gotten an email you just want to ignore? Perhaps it’s from a vendor you work with that wants to tell you about a new product they’re selling. The email provides no immediate value for you. There’s nothing you can do about it right now, and frankly, you’re busy. You’re so far up to your eyeballs in reports that you can barely breathe.

5 Keys to Good Collaboration

Back End of Innovation Conference keynote by Daniel Shapiro, associate professor of psychology, Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital, and associate director of Harvard International Negotiation Project

Secrets to Passionate Leadership

Some leaders have charisma, that ability to engage others. They reach out and touch your heart and soul. Others are quiet with a passion that reveals itself more slowly but is equally compelling. These leaders know what they are talking about, and they know how to connect with people.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 331 19,904
MORTGAGES 0 391 23,305
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 83 8,387
BUILDING PERMITS 0 338 40,366
BANKRUPTCIES 1 232 13,336
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 76 6,213
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 125 13,120
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 94 4,936

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