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VOL. TMN-8 | NO. 18 | Saturday, April 25, 2015
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Hamlet Apologizes for Apartment Conditions

The owner of Goodwill Village and several other inner city apartment complexes that have drawn the attention of city code enforcement inspectors apologized Friday, April 24, for their long-standing conditions and vowed to correct them.


Memphis & The Law

Local legal tradition and culture continue to change

Before there was Law Week, there was Law Day.

Salinger Lawsuit Reflects Larger Issues of Literature

When 22 of his short stories and other writings were published in 1974, J.D. Salinger broke a 20-year public silence and explained his feelings about his early works before he wrote “The Catcher in the Rye.”

Tumult of 1968 Leaves Indelible Mark on Memphis’ Legal, Political Figures

When attorney David Caywood thinks about the pivotal events of the 1968 sanitation workers strike in Memphis, there is usually a big “what if” moment.

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Five and Five Workshop (A Wake-Up Call for Business Owners) will be held Tuesday, April 28, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at The Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave., suite 909. Business coach and author Bridget DiCello and business attorney Alan Crone will present “The Five Most Common Mistakes Business Owners Make (and how to avoid them)” and “The Five Things Every Small Business Owner Should Have (but generally doesn’t).” Cost is $75. RSVP to fiveandfive@levelnineservices.com or 901-410-5154.

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Baker Book Traces Conciliatory Political Philosophy

Long before his death last June, former U.S. Sen. Howard Baker of Tennessee was aware that other Republicans, including those who worked in his groundbreaking campaigns of the 1960s and 1970s, believed it was no longer possible for a political moderate like him to get elected in Tennessee.

Full-Service, Boutique Law Firms Join Forces

When Butler Snow LLP decided to take in its first large commercial litigation firm, it chose Nashville-based Walker, Tipps and Malone PLC.

Six Criminal Court Convictions Reversed Since August

Since August, Tennessee appeals courts have overturned the convictions of six Shelby County Criminal Court defendants on charges that ranged from murder to bad checks.

Editorial: Law Week Highlights Changing Nature of Freedom’s Challenge

Something so integral to freedom must be an immovable force that is rigid in its consistency and unyielding to the elements and the passage of time.


This Week in Memphis History: April 24-30

2014: The Memphis Grizzlies lose to the Oklahoma City Thunder 92-89 in overtime at FedExForum before a sold-out crowd. The loss evened the NBA Playoffs series to 2-2. Meanwhile, in Chicago, Michael Heisley, the team’s former owner who moved the franchise from Vancouver to Memphis, dies.

Goodwill Games

Moves being made at Goodwill Village, Warren Apartments

When a group of elected leaders gathered a week ago at Goodwill Village apartments in North Memphis, they came to convey some sense of urgency about deteriorating conditions at the 47-year-old federally subsidized apartment complex.

New Lease Pushes Atrium I Building Near 100 Percent

A Memphis law firm has inked a new lease at a prominent East Memphis building, pushing the office property toward total occupancy.

Porcellino’s Finds its Rhythm

The Porcellino’s restaurant in East Memphis has been open for about four months, but it’s established itself on the local restaurant scene in short order – so much so that foodies don’t even have to step inside the doors to enjoy something from chefs Michael Hudman and Andy Ticer.

Memphis Ad Agencies Headed to Las Vegas

Twelve Memphis ad agencies are headed to the national level of the American Advertising Awards after bringing home 29 awards at the regional level.

Perfect Timing

New Brooks Museum leader appreciates the power of art

She’s new here, both as a resident of the city and as the executive director of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

Beale Panel Faces Conflict-of-Interest Questions

The new city panel that would guide the long-term development and possible expansion of Beale Street isn’t quite ready to begin work yet.

Council Remains Critical of City Plans for State Office Building

The city of Memphis’ information technology department recently signed a new lease for office space at Pembroke Square Downtown.

Lieberman 'Collects and Curates' for New Design Business

When veteran designer Natalie Lieberman moved back to her native Memphis a little over a year ago from Atlanta – where she worked in hotel design as well as for restaurant design powerhouse Johnson Studio – she soon set about building an enterprise of her own.

Going Green

Hnedak Bobo Group practices sustainable principles

On a recent Friday afternoon, Hnedak Bobo Group team members were huddled in the company’s basement at 104 S. Front St.

Shelby County Schools Seeks New Funding for Classroom Investments

The bottom line on the Shelby County Schools budget proposal headed to Shelby County Commissioners is $973.5 million, but the dollar figure commissioners will be considering is $14 million.

Office, Industrial Real Estate Rebounds in First Quarter

In a sure sign that the local economy is in rebound mode, the Memphis-area commercial real estate market is heating up with the industrial and office sectors producing strong gains.

Major Changes

Under Captain Rich’s leadership, Salvation Army grows Memphis presence

Aside from Christmas bells for its annual red kettle campaign, The Salvation Army historically has had a “quiet presence” in Memphis, according to Ellen Westbook, director of community relations and development.

Cohen Says Pot Legalization Odds Still Long In Tennessee

On the second observance of “4/20” – the unofficial underground day of open marijuana usage – since several states legalized the drug, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen told a group at the University of Memphis that Tennessee probably will be the last state to follow suit or even legalize medical usage.

Memphis Budget Proposal Includes More Street Paving, Health Insurance ‘Overhang’

Street paving is the centerpiece of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s capital improvements budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Start Co. Startups Pull in $1.8 Million

The funding announcements keep rolling in for startup teams that participated in Start Co.’s 2014 round of accelerator programming.

Heavy Lifting

Atlantic Track mixes high tech, heavy industry

When it comes to industrial work, it doesn’t get much heavier than Atlantic Track and Turnout Co. deep in southwest Memphis.

City Blight Efforts Evolve Beyond Demolition

The Frayser Community Development Corp. knew the house it wanted on University Street. There were plenty to choose from with multiple abandoned houses on the block. But it wanted the worst one, at 3200 University St.

Huey’s Hosting Celebration for 45th Anniversary

Huey’s Restaurants is throwing a block party later this month to celebrate its 45th anniversary, a bash for which the public will need to bring lawn chairs and big appetites.

Work in Progress: The Grand Experiment Yielding Positive Results for Nonprofits

It started with a question: What would happen if a local foundation were to provide select nonprofits with access to fundraising counsel?


Shoot to Score: Lee and Grizzlies Find Touch and Go Up 2-0 on Portland

Plenty of NBA players need to shoot less. But pretty much everyone on the Grizzlies roster is in agreement that guard Courtney Lee needs to shoot more.

Grizzlies Flexing Playoff Experience

It was a perfectly rational question from the perspective of the person asking it, but a flat-out crazy question if you were Marc Gasol.

Several Reasons for Titans Not to Take Mariota in NFL Draft

As the NFL Draft edges ever closer, the Tennessee Titans appear to hold the key.

Kelly, Berry Battle for Safety Spot in Legacy Showdown

Todd Kelly Jr. concludes his first spring practice with Tennessee’s football team this week in a heated competition for a safety job.


Dr. Neil Bomar Joins Support Solutions

Dr. Neil Bomar has joined Support Solutions as its first staff psychiatrist, a role in which he will help individuals with intellectual disabilities and those with a history of long-term mental illness who are currently supported by the organization. Bomar’s addition makes Support Solutions one of the only industry providers in the Mid-South to provide this level of support.


Wal-Mart Moves Forward With New Supercenter

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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is moving forward with plans for a new supercenter near Interstate 40 and Whitten Road.


Memphis Made Brewing Quickly Becomes Local Mainstay

“I think we’re maybe a little rougher around the edges,” said Andy Ashby of his Cooper-Young brewery Memphis Made Brewing Co. “We’re really a do-it-ourselves, DIY kind of place.”


Memphis Taking Big Steps

BIG STEPS. Part of our vacation ritual involves underwear, kitchen gadgets, camp shirts, socks and shoes – all items available in branded abundance on the cheap at Tanger Outlets.

Small-Business Bonus

For most of my career, I’ve worked for big businesses. In fact, some of the biggest. I was fortunate that my very first job was for auto giant General Motors, and along the way, I also spent time at FedEx and Westinghouse, to name a few.

Expect the Fed to Fold

Last Wednesday, the International Monetary Fund released its World Economic Outlook report. While it did not change its forecast for the pace of global economic growth in 2015, it did alter the composition.

Inflation and Your Plan for the Future

Ray’s take: Inflation is one of the financial facts of life. You cannot control it, and you do not know what it will be in the future. Inflation is a silent thief.

Eli’s Coming

“Once again, as Eli swung around the dark trees and onto the lawn, the children fled.” – Philip Roth, in “Eli, the Fanatic” (1959).

Biblical Lessons Lost in Lack of Health Care Debate

Tennessee’s legislators spent hours this session arguing over guns and whether to pass a law making the Bible the state book of Tennessee.

Spokesperson Offers Brands Larger Voice

Partnering with a brand spokesperson is a strategy for giving a larger voice to your message and allowing the positive feelings the market has for that spokesperson to transfer over to your brand.

Memphis Aims to Expand Recycling Efforts

Editor’s Note: This column will appear weekly throughout April in honor of Memphis and Shelby County’s Sustainability Month.

Five Questions to Ask When Interviewing for Fundraising Job

Part two of a two-part series. You’ve been selected to interview for a fundraising position. You’ve read the job description and researched the organization online. You’ve even talked with people who have been involved with the nonprofit over the years. You feel it inside: “This could be my dream job.” Yes, it could. But, it could also be a nightmare.

Nature is a Stage in San Juan Islands

An island getaway can have water sports, delectable seafood, amazing drinks, lots of sunshine, sand and the beautiful scent of saltwater in the air.

Business Hacking

There’s an intriguing term known as Life hacking. According to Wikipedia, “Life hacking refers to any trick, shortcut, skill or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life … anything that solves an everyday problem in an inspired, ingenious manner.

Addressing the Needs of Memphis’ Aging Population

It is certain, absolutely everyone is doing it. Everyone is aging. The uniqueness of the individual process has created the new tipping point for the separation of the way it was, and the way it will be.

Nashville Edition

Sounds Like a Hit for Neighbors

New ballpark boosts area already teeming with new homes, restaurants, businesses

For months, sounds of construction surrounded the Nashville Sounds’ sparkling new First Tennessee Park in Germantown.

Nashville Sounds Owner, Players Marvel at New Park

Ten days before the Nashville Sounds’ scheduled home opener at their palatial new digs, First Tennessee Park in Germantown was still very much a work in progress.

Where to Park for Nashville Sounds Games

The parking and transportation map is available at nashvillesounds.com/parking.

Wendell Smith’s: Charlotte Avenue's Safe Zone for Sinners, Saints

Other than the fact the roads outside – 53rd and Charlotte – are paved, not much has changed at Wendell Smith’s Corner, a monument to a short life well lived.

Escalation Clause Adds to Real Estate Craziness

How crazy is it out there (there being the residential real estate market, of course)?

Knoxville Edition

Will McGhee Tyson Expansion Lure Southwest?

With some of the preliminary work out of the way, the ambitious airfield reconstruction project at Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport could begin in earnest as early as August.

New Oak Ridge Airport Awaits Review by DOE

For years, area business leaders and aviation enthusiasts have advocated the need for a general aviation airport in Oak Ridge to complement commercial air service provided by McGhee Tyson Airport, the largest commercial airport in East Tennessee.

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