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VOL. TMN-9 | NO. 14 | Saturday, April 2, 2016
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Fertile Ground

Collaborative leading the charge to remake Memphis Medical District

Residents of the Memphis Medical District have begun filing in to the Premier Palace ballroom on Madison Avenue, along with area stakeholders, planners and other attendees who have business interests in the area.


Editorial: The Ponderosa Box

Maybe we’ve got this all wrong. Some people have suggested bringing recalcitrant, Memphis-hating legislators from other parts of the state here to our city to show them what’s right about this place. Instead, maybe we should go to them.

Greensward Parking Goes To Metal Barricades, Uses Smaller Space Saturday

The Memphis Zoo used a smaller portion of the Overton Park Greensward Saturday, April 2, in the first set of scheduled events on the Greensward since the Memphis City Council gave the zoo control of a larger portion of the greenspace.

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Rhodes College will host the 2016 Brubeck Festival, highlighting the life and work of jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, Friday through Sunday, April 8-10. Highlights include Friday and Sunday performances of jazz musical “The Real Ambassadors” and a Saturday concert with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, MasterSingers Chorale and three of Brubeck’s sons. Visit rhodes.edu/events/music for details.

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Federal Officials Monitoring Sewage Spill in Memphis’ Cypress Creek

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A broken sewage line is dumping up to 50 million gallons of untreated wastewater per day into a Mississippi River tributary in Tennessee, and federal environmental officials said Friday they are monitoring the situation.

Tony Allen Sees his Bleak Chicago Existence in JIFF Kids

As Tony Allen tells it, “I grew up in some of the hardest parts of Chicago.” And when he says “grew up,” he means survived.


Le Bonheur, UTHSC Launch Pediatric DNA Repository

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital is a few months into a major project that puts it in the company of only a handful of children’s hospitals nationwide.

Campbell Clinic Surgeon Wins Neer Award

Every year, the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons medical group wades through submitted papers detailing clinical research projects that focus on the shoulder and elbows. The end result: identifying the best, and naming them the Charles S. Neer Award winners for the year.

Genome Explorations Leads Push To Bring Personalized Medicine to Patients

Memphis-based Genome Explorations is hoping to take 15 years of genetics and pharmacogenetics research and translate it into personalized medicine that will fundamentally change the way prolific diseases like cancer and heart disease are treated.


This Week in Memphis History: April 1-7

2000: Opening day at AutoZone Park.


County Attorney Dyer Nominated to State Appellate Court

Shelby County Attorney Ross Dyer has been nominated by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam to the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals.

Memphis Presence Helps Turn Tide on Controversial Legislation

The Tennessee Legislature’s de-annexation debate is over for now. But the bill’s effect on the Memphis-Capitol Hill relationship has left a larger political imprint than the proposal.

Memphis Leaders Pleased With 'Reprieve' on De-Annexation Bill

The de-annexation by referendum legislation pending in the Tennessee Legislature was sent to a summer study committee Wednesday, March 30, in the state Senate, effectively killing the proposal for the legislative session.

Amended Senate De-annexation Bill Faces More Debate

The de-annexation bill whose defeat became City Hall’s top priority in March is off the political frontburner.


Term Limits Referendum Loses Second of Three Rounds

For a second time in three weeks, an ordinance to put a referendum on the August ballot to do away with county government term limits failed to get seven votes on the Shelby County Commission.

Basar Out in 8th District Race, Luttrell Pulls Petition, Cohen Could Have Easy Ride

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Basar has called off his plan to run in the crowded Republican primary for the 8th Congressional District, but Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has pulled his petition to join the same crowded field.


Metropolitan Bank Putting Focus on Mergers & Acquisitions

The leadership at Metropolitan Bank is feeling confident enough about its balance sheet, its talent bench and its future prospects that it let shareholders know in recent days – we’re looking for banks to buy.


Buckman Performing Arts Center Becomes Community Gem

It was 25 years ago that singer-songwriter Marc Cohn released his debut album that included the song for which he’s most known, “Walking in Memphis.”

Indie Memphis Expanding to East Memphis And Collierville

Expansion seems to be the name of the game for the Indie Memphis Film Festival, which comes back in November for its 19th annual celebration of film and filmmakers.


Mud Island Proposals Advance to More Scrutiny

The two finalists working with a Riverfront Development Corp. committee to redevelop Mud Island River Park will have their plans further reviewed by the administration of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland.


For Hobbled Grizzlies, Wins Now Precious As Gemstones

Red diamonds, a 14th century Ming vase, William Shakespeare’s signature and, of course, the unfiltered Gregg Popovich compliment. Yes, these are among the rarest things on planet earth.

Will Barton Making His Own Path in NBA

Will Barton, in case you were wondering, still talks with his old college basketball coach.

Settle? No. UT Needs to Defend Itself in Title IX Suit

Lots of smoke. But is there a fire? That is the issue at the University of Tennessee, where a Title IX lawsuit alleges the university has a “hostile sexual environment” and violates federal laws dealing with student discipline hearings for sexual assault cases, especially those involving student-athletes.

Sports Notebook: Lynch at Gruden’s QB Camp, Memphis Defense, Cards' Leadoff Hitter

If you want to see the whole thing, Jon Gruden’s QB Camp with former University of Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch will air at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, on ESPN. The NFL Draft is April 28-30 in Chicago.


Fred’s Set for Rebound in 2016

Twenty-four years ago this month, Memphis-based discount retailer Fred’s Inc. went public.Today, for a variety of reasons that include Fred’s ongoing shot at a turnaround, the company finds itself in a period of unprecedented change.


Local Nominees Sought for Annual Dunavant Awards

The path isn’t always a smooth one lined with platitudes and milestones.


SweetBio Reaches $1 Million in Secondary Funding

The dust has settled after New Orleans Entrepreneurship Week, and several Memphis startups have returned home as winners.

Innovation Firm Puts ‘Little Bird’ on Companies’ Shoulder

When Zack Perry and Nicole Heckman were kicking around names for the innovation consultancy they launched a little more than a year ago, they focused on the way they wanted to help bring change to organizations.


Levy Dermatology Adds Danielle Levine

Dr. Danielle Levine has joined Levy Dermatology as a dermatologist from Harvard Medical School, where she ran high-risk skin cancer, melanoma, surgery and cosmetic clinics. Levine brings expertise in skin cancer detection and treatment, as well as minimally invasive techniques for facial and body rejuvenation.


ALSAC Buys Warehouse For $6 Million

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ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness arm of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, has purchased a North Memphis warehouse for $6 million.


A Visual Bite of the Calvary Waffle Shop

Every month, The Memphis News is giving our readers an illustration from local artist Martha Kelly of places, events, sights and sounds that make Memphis ‘Memphis.’


Statewide Demand Outstrips Supply of Qualified Workers

Tennessee is surging as a major manufacturing state, bouncing back from the Great Recession by attracting billions of dollars in new investment and creating thousands of new – and often very high-paying – advanced manufacturing jobs.

Designing Materials for Future Needs

In 2015 the Obama administration recognized the state’s manufacturing star power when it selected the University of Tennessee as the site for a major national manufacturing initiative – the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).


Open to Progress

WE CANNOT REMAIN STILL. When the news of the assassination broke on April 4, 1968, I ran to the dorm phone to call home to find out what in my world was going on, if my city was on fire, my family safe. All the lines to Memphis were busy, the answers would have to wait.

Financial Advice is Not a Luxury

Ray’s Take: There’s an old saying that if you don't know where you're going, it's difficult to get there. That is never truer than with your financial goals.

Vancouver Features Tastes For All Senses

Every place has a food.

Don’t Chew With Your Mouth Full

I am always looking for useful proverbs, adages, mottos, and the like. Especially stuff that can be easily memorized. Like “Don’t chew with your mouth full.” And “I feel a whole lot more like I do now than I did when I got here.”

Can GOP Keep Grasp On Success Ramsey Built?

As much as Tennessee Republicans want to put a happy face on the departure of Senate Speaker and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, holding it together in the wake of his departure will be an awesome task.

Is Distraction Crushing Your Growth Potential?

Business owners, marketing professionals and sales professionals – those that carry perhaps the greatest responsibility for driving company growth – are collectively facing a potentially catastrophic time epidemic.

Making Friends with Technology

There’s an elephant in the room. It’s something we’re talking about, but not really getting to the heart of. The elephant is our relationship with technology.

Lip Service or Real Metamorphosis?

When we get called into a company it is often because a very expensive innovation effort failed.

Wearing Many Hats is Not Bad

“We wear a lot of hats around here.” This is a common refrain at many small and medium-sized nonprofits. It’s even true amongst larger nonprofits that are under-resourced.

Take a Look at What You’re Not Doing

What are we NOT doing? Not long after I was hired at Obsidian, I was passing another recently hired team member in the hall, and I asked him how he was adjusting to the new job. He said, “I just keep thinking, ‘What am I not doing?’” At that moment, I thought, “What a great question!”

Federal Officials Monitoring Sewage Spill in Memphis’ Cypress Creek

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A broken sewage line is dumping up to 50 million gallons of untreated wastewater per day into a Mississippi River tributary in Tennessee, and federal environmental officials said Friday they are monitoring the situation.

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