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VOL. 132 | NO. 72 | Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Summer Pop-Up Park Planned for Riverfront

Following the popularity of this past winter’s Fourth Bluff Ice Rink, organizers announced they will launch a new temporary public gathering and recreation space at Mississippi River Park this summer.

Freewheel Comes Full-Circle for Second Season

Freewheel, the Memphis Medical District Collaborative’s slow ride bicycle program announced it’s returning for a second season which begins on April 19.

Butler Snow Grows Commercial Litigation Group in Memphis

The Memphis office of Butler Snow LLP has added three attorneys to its commercial litigation group.

Civil Rights Activist Owens Calls Out Memphis Lawmaker

Memphis civil rights activist Bill Owens, who campaigned for Republican Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race, is criticizing a state legislator who refused to back his political efforts in a statement on the House floor.

Transit Options Vital to Regions, Expert Says

Establishing mode share in a region – the percentage of travelers using a certain a mode of transportation – is one the first and most important baselines for a region to establish on the way to improving transportation as a whole.

Local Weather
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Memphis, TN
46.0°F
Fog/Mist
Wind: Southwest at 5.8 mph
Humidity: 93%

EVENTS

A strategic management seminar presented by Fisher Phillips, Judy Bell Consulting and HR Professionals magazine will be held Tuesday, April 11, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave., suite 909. Supervisors, managers and HR professionals will learn about how to prevent sexual harassment lawsuits, hire A-players, handle LGBT issues, be an effective leader, and more. Visit hrprofessionalsmagazine.com to register.

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Chase Carlisle Leaving One Beale Development Firm

Chase Carlisle is leaving his role as director of real estate and development for Carlisle Corp., the Memphis-based firm behind the Hotel Chisca redevelopment and proposed One Beale project.

Last Word: Busy Council Day, County Property Tax Cut Call and Gas Tax Vote Nears

The Lawsons – K.J. and Dedric – are on their way to Kansas after leaving University of Memphis basketball they announced Monday. And Markell Crawford confirmed Monday that he will be transferring too. Crawford is the sixth Tiger player to head for the door since the season’s end. What will Tigers basketball look like by the next season?

SPECIAL EDITION Startups

Accelerator Programs Keep Memphis Starting Up

The mantra is “never stop starting.” The constituency it applies to is entrepreneurs in Memphis and those who come here flush with ideas and creativity. And for Memphis’ startup community – from the sixth floor of Start Co.’s 88 Union Ave. hive of activity to the Memphis Bioworks Foundation and points in between – that exhortation to “never stop” is as much a rallying cry as it is a marker highlighting one of the more dynamic and fledgling sectors of the city’s economy.

Q&A: Front Door CEO Sees Opportunity Knocking in Real Estate Technology

Two years ago, Front Door co-founder and CEO Jessica Buffington took her startup business idea to the next level when she began working with Start Co., participating in its Upstart accelerator program in May 2015.

Crews Center Director Hoffmeyer Finds Success in Helping Students

Before directing the Crews Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Memphis, before working his way through two startup businesses with Seed Hatchery, before spending years as a technologist for online payment companies, business was the furthest thing from Mike Hoffmeyer’s mind.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

Lenoir Calls for Property Tax Cut Beyond New Certified Tax Rate From Reappraisal

Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir says there should be a cut in the county property tax rate beyond the new certified property tax rate to be set as a result of the 2017 countywide property reappraisal.

Council Faces Beale Street, Parking Decisions

Memphis City Council members have an agenda full of hot spots Tuesday, April 11. They vote on a move to abolish the Beale Street Tourism Development Authority, check to see if both sides paying for a Memphis Zoo parking solution in Overton Park are on the same page and take a final vote to change on-street parking around FedExForum and The Orpheum Theatre to a flat fee of $10 for “special events.”

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Norris, Proponents of Current IMPROVE Act Stand Firm as Alternative Bills Are Devised

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris gets revved up when he talks about the IMPROVE Act as a tax-cutting and bridge-safety measure. It’s a message he’s been sending for weeks, yet other lawmakers aren’t catching on.

Harris: Syrian Air Strikes Should Change State’s Stance on Refugees

State Sen. Lee Harris is calling on the Legislature to rethink its stance on refugees amid legal action taken against the federal government after President Donald Trump ordered an air strike against Syria.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Upsetting the Category

After years of battling over market share and swapping customers back and forth, many companies lose perspective of their market. They know their market too well, ironically, which cripples their vision of new ways their categories could potentially grow or be disrupted. 

Responding to Rejection: Retreat or Resilience?

Connecting with an individual donor, businessperson or program officer within a foundation can be the first step in securing resources for your organization. When you are asked to submit a proposal or share the highlights of your project you may feel optimistic and excited. Perhaps you are thinking, “This is really going somewhere!” You submit the requested information, wait a bit and then hear what you believe is a loud, resounding “No!”

SPORTS

Cardinals Activate Rosenthal From 10-Day Disabled List

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) – The St. Louis Cardinals have activated right-hander Trevor Rosenthal from the 10-day disabled list.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee High Court Favors Officer in 'No Trespassing' Case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Supreme Court has sided with police who found a methamphetamine lab on the property of man who posted a "no trespassing" sign near his driveway.

24 Companies Would Reap Half of Tax Savings in Haslam Plan

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Twenty-four large companies would reap about half of the savings of a $113 million corporate tax cut proposed by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration.

REGIONAL NEWS

Toyota Announces $1.33 Billion Investment in Kentucky Plant

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Toyota said Monday it is investing $1.33 billion to retool its sprawling factory in Georgetown, Kentucky, where the company's flagship Camry sedans are built.

AIRLINES

US Airlines Show Improvement in Annual Study

DALLAS (AP) – Airlines are getting better at sticking to their schedules and are losing fewer bags. Their customers seem to be complaining less often.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Wells Fargo Claws Back $75M From Top Execs in Sales Scandal

NEW YORK (AP) – The problems at Wells Fargo and its overly aggressive sales culture date back at least 15 years, and management had little interest in dealing with the issue until it spiraled out of control resulting in millions of accounts being opened fraudulently, according to an investigation by the company's board of directors.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 69 69 21,228
MORTGAGES 57 57 24,842
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 8,703
BUILDING PERMITS 128 128 43,475
BANKRUPTCIES 50 50 14,244
BUSINESS LICENSES 12 12 6,503
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 13,678
MARRIAGE LICENSES 19 19 5,177

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