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VOL. TMN-9 | NO. 10 | Saturday, March 5, 2016
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Green Sword

Overton Park Greensward controversy takes a new direction as spring approaches

First it was a rumor – there would be a move by the Memphis City Council aimed at putting a quick end to the long-simmering Overton Park Greensward controversy.

Editorial: Greensward Controversy Enters New Chapter

Even if you agree with the Memphis City Council’s decision on the Overton Park Greensward, you should have reservations about how the council went about this.

Greensward Sees Some Saturday Sit-Ins, No Arrests

A group of about 100 people, many carrying Save The Greensward signs, turned out in Overton Park Saturday, March 5, during the first Saturday in the park since the Memphis City Council approved giving the zoo control of the northern part of the greensward for overflow parking. There were several sporadic sit-ins but no arrests.

Hedgepeth Defends Greensward Action, Conservancy Moves to Mediation

Memphis City Council member Reid Hedgepeth says the body's Tuesday, March 1, vote to give the Memphis Zoo control of part of the Overton Park Greensward was an attempt to “rectify a mistake.”

Best-in-Class Retailers to Join Nordstrom Rack in East Memphis

Nordstrom Rack is just the tip of the Class A iceberg. At least three more best-in-class retailers are headed for the newly built East Memphis shopping center, and the fate of the Wolfchase Galleria Sears is to be decided.

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Carriage Crossing Restaurant Week will be held Sunday through Thursday, March 6-10, in The Shops at Carriage Crossing, 4674 Merchants Park Circle. Diners at participating restaurants (Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s, Firebirds, Hickory Tavern and STIX) can enjoy $40 prix fixe menus that include an appetizer, two entrees and dessert for two. Reservations recommended. Visit shopcarriagecrossing.com to preview menus.

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Graceland West Up Next as Guest House Tops Out

As construction crews working on the 450-room Guest House at Graceland resort hotel marked the topping out of that Whitehaven project this week, work is about to begin on the other side of Elvis Presley Boulevard on the Graceland West project.

EMPHASIS Construction

Old Dominick Built for Aging

Canale’s Distillery Well-Positioned to Become Part of Downtown Fabric

A block-wide warehouse at 301 S. Front St. is getting new life as the Old Dominick Distillery. When it opens to the public in December, the distillery will brew and bottle two kinds of vodkas and three kinds of whiskey. Plans for the historic 54,000-square-foot warehouse include two tasting rooms, a rooftop patio, restaurant and retail area in addition to best-in-class equipment.

Ikea Design Tells Unique Sales Story

When Ikea opens its 271,000-square-foot store in Memphis later this year, it will bring a retail experience unlike any ever seen in the region.

Allen & Hoshall’s Legacy Spans Memphis

To an outside observer, the building process might seem segmented with planning, architecture, engineering and consulting firms all providing necessary aspects to the finished project.


Engineer Jonnye McElyea Joins Allen & Hoshall

Jonnye McElyea has joined Allen & Hoshall as a structural engineer. McElyea, who designs structures such as buildings, bridges and retaining walls, is among the 19 percent of engineers who are women. Her previous experience includes time at Parsons Corporation and AFRAM Corp.


March 4-10, 2016: This Week in Memphis History

1966: On the front page of The Daily News, Memphis State University begins season ticket sales for the Tigers’ 1966 season with 5,000 more prime seats available.


Agricenter President Looks Back on 15-Year Tenure

Try putting yourself in John Charles Wilson’s dusty work boots for a moment. You’ve served as president of Agricenter International for more than 15 years. In less than six months, you will retire.

Farm and Gin Show Features Startup-Ag Combo

The annual Mid-South Farm and Gin Show looks like any other gathering of farmers over the years, but there is a distinct entrepreneurial underpinning this year merging technology with venture capital.


New Owner to Revive South Main Eyesore

The long-maligned building at 107 S. Main St. has a new owner who has signed on to long-term redevelopment and short term-beautification. Prau Investments LLC purchased the 34,200-square-foot building on Dec. 11 for $720,000.

Graceland West Moves Forward With $6.8M Permit

1116 Craft St., Memphis, TN 38116 -
Graceland West is moving forward with a $6.8 million construction permit recently filed by contractor Grinder, Taber & Grinder. The permit is listed as new construction work for Elvis Presley Enterprises at 1116 Craft St.


Departing Methodist CEO Looks Back, Forward

It was the sense of mission and the opportunity to make a difference in peoples’ lives that Gary Shorb says ultimately compelled him to pursue a career in health care.

State Agency Denies Baptist Application for Freestanding ER in Lakeland

The Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency has denied Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp.’s application for a certificate of need to build a freestanding emergency room facility in Lakeland.


RVC, Mansion to Give More Specifics on Mud Island Plans

The CEO of RVC Outdoor Destinations of Memphis says his company is “ready to invest $10 million of our own capital that is currently available and ready to deploy.”


Liquor Giants a Threat to Dominate Memphis Sales

In less than four months, Memphians will be able to purchase wine in grocery stores.

Pugh’s Cites Marketing In 40-Year Success

Pugh’s Flowers co-owner Michael Pugh might have seemed out of place a few weeks ago when he stood in front of an audience of marketing professionals to address the Memphis Public Relations Society of America’s Memphis chapter.


Changes to Memphis Airport Passenger Experience On the Way

Some big changes are in the works at Memphis International Airport to modernize and improve the passenger experience, with a slew of new amenities planned.

American Airlines Begins Memphis-Phoenix Flights

Nearly four months after announcing a new route between Memphis and Phoenix, American Airlines is beginning the daily nonstop flights.


AutoZone Sees 8 Percent Gain in Second-Quarter Profit

When gas prices are low and falling, consumers who have more money in their wallet to spend on other things than fueling up aren’t the only ones who are happy.


Old Motel Moratorium Could Go

For more than two decades it’s been a ritual of the Memphis City Council. A developer proposes a new motel or there is an ownership change at an existing motel. Either way the proposal makes its way to the council because the city requires a special use permit.

Trump, Clinton Carry Shelby in Tennessee Primaries

A lot of walk-up business at the polls Tuesday, March 1, meant some late election results for Shelby County in the Tennessee presidential primaries.

City Council Comment Limits Raise Questions

Most Memphis City Council members don’t want to stop comments from the public during council sessions. But several do want a better explanation of how the comments work, what their role is and what kind of comments won’t be tolerated.

Luttrell Declares for Congressional Bid

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell announced Monday, Feb. 29, that he will be a candidate in the August Republican primary for the 8th Congressional District.


Hardy: Human Collateral, Strong Networks Can Propel Women to Success

The ‘good old boys’ club is the fabric of the business community.


Hopson: Help ASD Improve, At Least for Now

The state-run Achievement School District has a problem in how it engages with the public, especially in areas where it is about to take over a school.


Germantown Community Theatre Seeking Donations for Expansion

The Germantown Community Theatre’s $1.5 million capital campaign has a clear theme: “Build, Grow, Expand.”


Still Tough to Play, Grizzlies Blending Old And New Ways to Keep Winning

Coach George Karl’s Denver teams used to battle against this incarnation of the Memphis Grizzlies. Now, his Sacramento Kings come into FedExForum and engage in elbow-to-elbow and push-and-pull hardwood combat with the edited version of this era’s Grizzlies.

Memphis Powers That Be Could Still Vote to Keep Pastner

Delegates are like points. States are like games. Conference titles are like party nominations.


Shameful Performance

SHAME ON US. This week, the Memphis City Council ran over a whole room of citizens and a whole city and parked right on top of something they care about.

Don’t Panic Over The Market Drop

Ray’s take: The stock market has had one of the worst starts of the year ever, and the roller coaster shows no sign of letting up. Market naysayers have stolen the spotlight and are further inciting panic with their rhetoric.

Slow Down To Dream

I decided to dream this week. That’s not to say I never daydream about things, but I’m a planner at heart, always thinking about the practical side to every decision.

What Digital Platforms Miss in the Recruiting Process: The Human Side of Hiring

We’re creeping closer to a society where everything is automated. With the many technologies that are available in the business world today, some may argue that we’re already there. So, it should be no surprise that a new game-based software application is being launched to automate the hiring process – using scientific evidence to match job-seeking candidates with hiring employers.

Leap Seconds Lost in Shuffle

In late 2005, the world – including Tennessee and Arkansas – was told that Mother Earth had lost a moment or so, notwithstanding the hectic pace we’d been on for a decade. The solution was to add a “leap second” to the intangible timepiece maintained by cosmic forces.

Bill Would Open Door for Utilities to Expand Broadband

Legislation to expand broadband access across Tennessee is evolving – by necessity.

Death of The Cover Letter

Have you heard the rumor? Everything important about your career is listed within the pages of your resume. Why would you possibly want to waste your time putting together a cover letter these days?

Creating a Flexible Sales Pitch

If you don’t bend, you’ll break. We’ve all heard that saying before, but it’s increasingly true for sales teams.

Birth of a Product Company, Part 3

Editor’s note: Part three of a four-part series. At this point in the dialogue, I felt the need to break down the conversation into helpful actions in two main categories: test marketing and business planning.

Avoid the Special Event Pitfalls

Many nonprofit organizations and institutions rely on revenue from special events. If you check any calendar of events you will find many to choose from: 5K and 10K runs and walks; galas with dinner, dancing and awards; concerts; luncheons with nationally recognized speakers.

Strickland Backs MATA's Cost-Neutral Plan

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is backing the plan by the Memphis Area Transit Authority to make some short-term adjustments to its route system later this year.

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