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VOL. TMN-9 | NO. 17 | Saturday, April 23, 2016
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Bridging a Divide

Mid-South mayors come together to improve region's economic development

The Mid-South is united by more than the Mississippi River, but that’s what it took to get the region’s mayors in the same room.

Editorial: Unlocking the Real Benefits of Regionalism

It’s easy to say regionalism should be a goal – that the leadership of all of our communities should work together for the common good of the region.

SPECIAL EDITION Law Week 2016

Hagler Launches Solo Practice as Real Estate Sector Picks Up

Monice Moore Hagler grew up in a real estate family. Her father owned a real estate company and her brothers studied finance and real estate before going on to become brokers.

Judicial Commissioners Grow in Number, Job Description

Seventeen years ago, there were three newly minted judicial commissioners working at the Criminal Justice Center.

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EVENTS

Howard Hall Amp’d Up, a front porch party at Memphis Heritage, will be held Saturday, April 23, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 2282 Madison Ave. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy live music by Jeffrey and the Pacemakers, plus free hot dogs, chips, soda and beer. Cost is free; donations accepted. Visit memphisheritage.org.

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Four Judicial Races on Aug. 4 Ballot

Two years after the big ballot of judicial positions that are up for election once every eight years, there are four judicial races on the Aug. 4, 2016 ballot.

SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Federated PI, Signal 88 CEO Recovers From 'Devastating' Setback

Business was good and getting better. This was 2010 and Huston Akins steadily had grown his private investigative and security operation. But his contract with Kroger was the cornerstone.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

This Week in Memphis History: April 22-28

2011: The Mississippi River at Memphis hits 48 feet on the river gauge on its way to the second-highest level ever recorded.

RETAIL

5 Area Kroger Stores to Begin Taking Online Orders

Kroger has identified the first Memphis-area stores that will participate in the grocery chain’s online ordering system that lets shoppers buy some items online and arrange a time to pick them up.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Memphis' Startup Accelerators Teaming Up This Summer

For several years now, Memphis hasn’t been home to a unified hub of startup companies and activities so much as a collection of startup archipelagos, the disparate factions of activity sometimes duplicating the work of other groups.

RESTAURANT NEWS

Lisa’s Lunchbox Pursues Steady Growth

Lisa Clay is cooking up an expansion-fueled future to go along with the sandwiches, smoothies and other staples of her nearly 10-year-old Lisa’s Lunchbox restaurant concept.

Lenny’s Serving Up More Locations This Year

A few months into fresh leadership at the top, Memphis-based sandwich chain Lenny’s Sub Shop is embarking on a growth plan it’s cooked up that includes everything from new restaurant locations to updated mobile and online ordering offerings.

FINANCIAL

First Horizon Reverses Loss in First Quarter

With its first quarter results, First Tennessee Bank’s parent company is off to the kind of start to the year any large banking organization would love to report – a reversal of losses, abundant capital to deploy and metrics like loans and deposits trending in the right direction.

SPORTS

Grizzlies, NBA Preparing for Start of Jersey Sponsorship Era

Everyone understands what corporate clutter looks like. It’s the NASCAR driver’s racing suit, cap and car, where it seems every square inch has been sold off to sponsors and the athlete becomes part Ricky Bobby.

Press Box: Like Marc Gasol, Mike Conley Will Choose 901

Mike Conley is gone. We know this because one unsubstantiated national report beget another.

Sports Notebook: Woodson Leaving for Butler; Lynch Headed to Jets?

The arrival of Tubby Smith to coach the University of Memphis basketball team will not prevent the departure of guard Avery Woodson.

REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT

Shadyac Takes Over Soulsville Project With ‘Different Type of Model’

Tom Shadyac wants to pump $10 million into the heart of Soulsville. That’s the initial ask for his community center concept, One Family Memphis.

Sale of Former Memphis Police Headquarters Set for May

The tours and inspections are done for now. And City Hall’s timeline for selling the circa-1910 Memphis Police headquarters at 128 Adams Ave. is a bit behind schedule.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

$12.6M Building Permit For New Ballet Memphis HQ

2144 Madison Ave., Memphis, TN 38104, Permit Amount: $12.6 million -
Ballet Memphis is setting the stage for its Overton Square headquarters as Grinder, Taber & Grinder recently applied for a $12.6 million building permit for new construction.

EDUCATION

Hopson Adds Empowerment Zone, Other School Moves to Closings List

Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson coupled a tentative school closings list heavy with charter schools Tuesday, April 19, with a Whitehaven “empowerment zone” and other reconfigurations for the school year that begins in August.

No New ASD Schools Added in 2017-2018 School Year

The state-run Achievement School District will not add any new schools in the 2017-2018 school year, Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced Friday, April 15.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

Strickland in New Seat for Budget Give-and-Take

When Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland finished his budget address to the Memphis City Council Tuesday, April 19, council member Edmund Ford had a film clip he wanted Strickland and the rest of the council to watch.

City Council Approves Parkside Development

The Memphis City Council has approved the concept of Parkside at Shelby Farms Park, a $200 million mixed-use development on the northern border of Shelby Farms Park.

State Lifts Memphis Health & Ed Board Bond Moratorium

The Memphis Health, Education and Housing Facility Board is back in business.

City Budget Season Begins With the Basics

The Memphis City Council Budget Committee begins its work next week with afternoon sessions that lead to a goal of a June 7 council vote on Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s first budget proposal.

Dyer Confirmed to State Court of Criminal Appeals

Shelby County Attorney Ross Dyer became a state appellate court judge Monday, April 18, as members of both chambers of the Tennessee Legislature met in a joint session to confirm Dyer’s appointment as a judge on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals.

Most Political Hopefuls Follow Through in August Elections

Shelby County election commissioners meet Tuesday, April 19, to set the ballot for the Aug. 4 state and federal primaries and county general elections.

THE TIPPING POINT

Before Successes, Loeb Started from Zero – Twice

Barreling down Madison Avenue in a black corduroy blazer and a pert, pink pocket square, Bob Loeb seems distracted. Then I realize: he’s editing. Move that tree, put a mural there. Tear that down, build that up.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Melzie Wilson Appointed To Commerce Advisory Committee

Melzie Wilson, vice president of compliance at Mallory Alexander International Logistics, has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness by secretary of commerce Penny Pritzker. In her role at Mallory Alexander, Wilson is responsible for all government regulations the company must comply with, both in the U.S. and globally.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Mid-South Mayors Don’t See Barriers In Regionalism

It took the Mississippi River’s devastating flood in 2011 for Mid-South leaders to consider greater collaboration among the area’s 10 counties and three states.

Memphis’ Shrinking Population Cause for Concern

Even as Memphis has grown larger through annexing surrounding communities, its population has steadily dwindled due to outmigration to the surrounding suburbs. Inner-city struggles will become more pronounced if this region’s wealthiest tax base continues that outward pattern, national experts say.

EDGE Considering Fast-Track Incentive Program, Diversity Spend Changes

The Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine has started work on a new tax incentive program that would help Memphis compete with North Mississippi for industrial projects.

OVERTON PARK

Greensward Talks Getting Complex

A week ago, the board of the Overton Park Conservancy had a visitor at its meeting – Richard Smith, the Memphis Zoo’s representative in the ongoing private mediation talks between the conservancy and the zoo.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Finding a Compromise on the Greensward Issue

The current debate over the Memphis Zoo’s use of the Greensward for overflow parking is more complex than most realize. Opponents of this usage try to paint a very compelling picture of the Zoo as a massive, profit-driven enterprise which came into Overton Park like an invasive species and has recklessly expanded, gobbling up park land and taking it away from the citizens.

TENNESSEE LEDGER

Robots Are Taking Tennessee’s Jobs

Here’s how the state is helping train the next generation to adapt

MTSU student Nathan Simpkins found the perfect major when the university started its mechatronics engineering program in 2013, a pursuit practically guaranteeing him a high-paying job in an increasingly automated manufacturing industry.

Insure Tennessee: In Like A Lion, Out With A Committee

What started with a roar is ending with a whimper.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Tickled Pink

MEMPHIS IN BLACK AND WHITE. AND PINK. I’m glad Billy Orgel got engaged at Justine’s because that inspired his family to save it, not because they miss the crystal and crabmeat but because the place is personal.

Financial Planning Is More Than Just Asset Management

Ray’s take: A common confusion when looking for someone to help you make decisions about your financial future is understanding the difference between asset management and financial planning.

Focusing on Financial Literacy

Teaching Memphians how to manage money is of vital importance to helping our community members achieve their personal and financial goals. April is Financial Literacy Month – a national initiative offering an opportunity for individuals to learn how to adopt effective financial strategies.

Rudolph: The Hidden Story

This column is about Rudolph, the reindeer with the red nose. Or, rather, the literature via which he was created. I heard that it all started in a department store. Could this be true?

Alabama Beaches Provide Relaxing Alternative

It takes a moment after waking before I remember I’m in Orange Beach, Alabama. I usually sleep harder when visiting the beach, and this night seemed like all the rest.

The Value Of Leadership

A friend called me recently with a question I was not expecting. He said, “Why is it that all the resumes I get from recent college graduates are packed with their leadership experience? I don’t care about that. I want to know what they can really do for my company, workwise. What are their skills?”

I Wrote This Just for You

In “Blink: The Power to Think Without Thinking,” acclaimed author Malcolm Gladwell addresses first impressions. His book doesn’t come from the angle of how to make great first impressions – a genuine smile, firm handshake, pressed clothing and all those tips we’ve turned into habits over the years.  

The Opportunity of a Learning Lifetime

The opportunity of a tuition-free community college education for every Tennessee high school graduate who wants it is one of our state’s boldest initiatives. That’s what the Tennessee Promise program represents.

Radical Team Dynamics for The Highly Productive

Investing in people means the conventional and expected things. You can send high performers to leadership development, provide access and time for seminars and online learning. You can reward with money, praise and attention. Yet, three aspects of people investment tend to get overlooked, leaving the most driven and brightest unmotivated and rudderless, looking for the door.

Proofreading Potholes: Fundraising Miscommunications

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us about our recent column on fundraising and proofreading. We heard from donors, volunteers, an executive director and a foundation program officer. We received feedback from you our Memphis readers, as well as readers in New York and California. Each had a story to tell about a nonprofit and proofreading.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 312 16,192
MORTGAGES 0 293 18,685
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 0 655 33,126
BANKRUPTCIES 0 237 10,737
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 112 5,198
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 127 11,344
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 94 3,867

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