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VOL. TMN-7 | NO. 18 | Saturday, April 26, 2014
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Looming driver shortage threatens trucking industry

After starting work as a butcher when he was just a teenager, Ron Manis began his career as a truck driver in 1979.

McCullough: Trucking Critical to Local Economy

Jim McCullough could have ended up in a cubicle working in the accounting industry after he graduated from the Mississippi State University School of Business.

Empire Express Grows to Trucking Powerhouse

After graduating from the University of Mississippi in 1962, Ed Gatlin started a successful automotive chemicals business.

Hard Work Pays Off

It was 1961 when Mose and Dorothy Higginbotham started Ozark Motor Lines with a 1949 Ford pickup they used to carry freight from Memphis to Missouri.

Armstrong Relocation Owner Shares ‘Only in America’ Story

When Tom Watson was a child, his father and uncle bought what was then known as Armstrong Transfer and Storage Co.

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New Ballet Ensemble & School will present “Springloaded” Friday, April 25, through Sunday, April 27, at the Kroc Center, 800 East Parkway S. Dancers will perform “Coppelia ReMix” and other new works featuring a fusion of dance styles. Buy tickets at newballet.org.

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Editorial: Look Outside MPD for Next Top Cop

A routine action for any city employee nearing 25 years on the job got a lot of attention last week.

Rudd Recommended As New U of M President

David Rudd, currently the provost of the University of Memphis, is being recommended by Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan to be the next president of the city’s largest institution of higher education.


This week in Memphis history: April 25-May 1

1984: The Memphis Showboats played the Pittsburgh Maulers at the Liberty Bowl in the inaugural and first of their two seasons in the United States Football League. The Showboats won 17-7 and at the end of the season had a 7-11 record, the best among expansion teams in the league, which started in 1983.

Slim’s New Place

Memphis Slim house prepares to open as collaboratory

For years, the house at 1130 College St., just north of McLemore Avenue and directly across College from the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, has been one of the city’s many musical ruins.

Ride-Sharing Services Launch in Memphis

Competing ride-sharing services Lyft and Uber have landed in Memphis.

Conn’s Plans Home Store in Memphis

Texas-based retailer Conn’s will be opening a store in Southeast Memphis, one of possibly three stores the home appliances and furnishings chain plans to open in Tennessee.

Weirich, Brown Avoid Clash in Talk to High School Students

The two contenders on their way to an August election showdown for the office of district attorney general met Wednesday, April 23, at Southwest Tennessee Community College.

Memphis Remains Key for Back Yard Burgers Turnaround

More than a year after coming out of bankruptcy protection, Nashville-based Back Yard Burgers is a different restaurant company – one that enjoyed a 10.6 percent increase in same-store sales in the first quarter as well as 12 straight months of increased revenue.

Hopson Pushes Realignment, New Goals in Budget

After hearing from more than a dozen citizens Tuesday, April 22, including some who quoted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in their arguments against specific Shelby County Schools budget cuts, superintendent Dorsey Hopson had his own quote from the civil rights leader.

Luttrell: Voters ‘Dropping Out’ of Process

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell says “a lack of civility in public discourse” is one of several reasons many Shelby County voters seem uninterested or unaware of this year’s elections in Shelby County.

Early Voting Goes Countywide Friday

Early voting in advance of the May 6 county primary election day opens Friday, April 25, at 20 satellite locations across Shelby County.

Wilson Joins Inferno as PR Manager

After several years working in Memphis for companies like Varsity Brands and Mahaffey Tent and Party Rentals and Mahaffey Fabric Structures, Beth Wilson’s mind began to turn to the possibility of agency work for the next phase of her public relations career.

Driver of Love

Road to Recovery program provides assistance for cancer patients

For nine years, Donna Claire Newman and her red four-door Toyota Matrix have been ferrying cancer patients to their doctor and therapy appointments around Memphis.

Iraqi Trade Delegation Visits Memphis

An Iraqi trade delegation in Memphis this week got a look at the FedEx Memphis SuperHub and met with the local Iraqi community.

Alexander Touts Importance of Political Role Models

Among the crowd of 500 who gathered Monday, April 21, for the 11th annual Dunavant Public Servant Awards were fourth- and fifth-graders from White Station Elementary School.

Obama Backs Cohen, Brooks Charges ‘Voter Suppression’

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen is touting the endorsement of President Barack Obama in his current re-election bid.

Mo’s Bows Founder to Appear on ‘Shark Tank’

Memphis entrepreneur and Mo’s Bows founder Moziah Bridges will appear on the hit ABC show “Shark Tank” this Friday, April 25, and it’s a pretty good bet he’ll be dressed to the nines as he displays his typical pluck and sense of style to a panel of investors that includes Mark Cuban.

Hollins to Speak at Southwest Tennessee Community College Commencement

On May 3, 2013, Lionel Hollins was overseeing the Memphis Grizzlies’ first-round playoff-series-clinching victory over the Los Angeles Clippers at FedExForum.

Wearing it Proudly

Memphis businesses capitalize on love of T-shirts

Businesses in Memphis increasingly seem to be getting the essence of their brands down to a T.

Overton Square Parking Gets Latest Solution

Work on a pair of pedestrian crosswalks across Cooper Street at Monroe Avenue in the next two months could be the beginning of remedying traffic problems in Overton Square.

Oldham Catches Criticism for County’s Rape Kit Backlog

Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham took fire at a weekend political forum over his department’s backlog of 300 untested rape kits, which Oldham revealed during budget hearings before the Shelby County Commission earlier in the week.

Aitken Talks Next Steps for Collierville Schools

Budgets for the six municipal school systems and Shelby County Schools are starting to come together.

New Bicycle Trails at Heart of Transit Changes

The formal dedication of the Overton Park Bike Gate Saturday, April 19, begins a new season of bike and pedestrian trails, including an ambitious experiment with Riverside Drive once the monthlong Memphis in May International Festival comes to an end with the Sunset Symphony.

First-Quarter Business Licenses Up 21.8 Percent

The number of business licenses issued by the Shelby County Clerk’s Office in the first quarter of 2014 was 21.8 percent higher than the same period in 2013.

Ongoing Rape Kit Backlog Fallout Expands

The ongoing fallout from the backlog of untested rape kits is beginning to develop some boundaries and dividing lines as it moves into federal court and expands outside court to include a backlog of 300 rape kits by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department.

First-Quarter Bankruptcies Remain Flat

Bankruptcies in Shelby County were almost the same in number for the first three months of 2014 as they were for the first quarter of 2013.

Foreclosures Continue Fall in First Quarter

Foreclosure activity is one of those things where even declines are not as always universally cheered.


New Redbirds GM has Deep Cardinals Connections

The huge ring that Craig Unger wears on his finger just doesn’t tell the story of the St. Louis Cardinals’ 2011 World Series triumph, although that’s the story Unger is in the business of trying to help replicate.

Grizz Nation Rallies Around Entire Team

It was a natural enough question, but if you’re a Grizzlies fan you had to love the answer.


Ugwueke Named Methodist Le Bonheur President

Michael O. Ugwueke has been named president and chief operating officer of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, as well as president and CEO of Methodist Healthcare Memphis Hospitals. In his new role, Ugwueke will be responsible for strategic management of the operations of six hospitals within the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system, as well as other key corporate functions.


Pinnacle Apartments Sell for $3.8 Million

305 S. Bellevue Blvd., Memphis, TN 38104, Sale Amount: $3.8 million -
An affiliate of Woodbury, N.Y.-based CLK Properties has paid $3.8 million for the 118-unit Pinnacle Apartments at 305 S. Bellevue Blvd. in Midtown.


Cates, Kornegay Look to Future While Honoring Colliers’ Past

The memory is scorched in Andy Cates’ mind.


Going South

JACKSON. FULL CIRCLE. Fifteen years ago, I sat across a table from a guy named Tommy Ramey in a place called Nick’s in Jackson, Mississippi. Tommy said he wanted to buy my ad agency and took a swallow of some very good Cab. I took a swallow of mine and told him what that would take. We both took another swallow, he said that sounded about right, and we shook hands. And ordered another bottle.

Relationship Building Blocks

When you’re working to turn over a new leaf in your career, you start with the basics: an updated resume, a catchy cover letter, new business cards and a fresh LinkedIn profile. These pieces are requirements of your search, but they’re not where the important work happens. The foundation of a long-term career is built on networking.

How Much of Your Net Worth is Yours?

Ray’s take: Net worth is defined as the single amount that represents how much a person would have if he or she sold all assets and paid off all debt. In other words: Assets - Liabilities = Net worth. Seems pretty straightforward. But that does not paint the total picture.

From the Gallery of Tradition

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Overheard in the gallery:

Tips for Selling to First-Time Buyers

Savvy salespeople adjust their approach when selling to first-time vs. seasoned buyers in their category – especially when selling complex products or business services. Approach them like two sides of the same coin and you could end up with an unhappy customer and a hit to your brand’s reputation.

Lower Risk of Degenerative Eye Condition

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) is the leading cause of blindness among the U.S population older than 50.

A Funder’s View of Sustainability

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

How to Keep a Fundraising Job

Part two in a two-part series. We have seen nonprofit executive directors and college presidents pull their hair out over their relationship – or lack of a relationship – with their development staff. There are magic words development professionals say that pour gasoline on a slow smoldering fire. Here are a few.

Innovation Risk Brings Rewards

Suppose I told you that you could spend $185,000 and turn it into $25 million or more in a few years. You would accuse me of phishing, an investment scam, or dismiss the proposition as foolhardy. Yet, these are the types of returns we see from clients and those in the world who invest in breakthrough innovation at their companies.

Blue Streak Making Difference for Memphis Kids

To say that the job I was given when I was superintendent of Catholic School for the Memphis Diocese was daunting would be an understatement. One of the assignments I had was to resurrect Catholic education in the inner city of Memphis.

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