VOL. TMN-8 | NO. 21 | Saturday, May 16, 2015
THE PAST: Young ambitions drove Overton Square's original appeal
Lucy Woodson and George Saig went to lunch recently in Overton Square.
As Overton Square prepares to blow out 45 candles as part of a milestone anniversary celebration May 23, development activity at the Midtown landmark is still going strong.
It’s easy to forget when you see all of the smiling faces in the old photos. They don’t seem to have a care in the world.
THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC
2013: Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. goes to the City Council with a state comptroller’s report critical of the city’s financial practices, including two bond restructurings in four years that pushed the city’s debt into future years. The report also faults the city for undocumented interfund loans among City Hall divisions and departments.
Stephen Curry said the Golden State Warriors didn’t find themselves until the Memphis Grizzlies “hit us in the mouth two games in a row.”
LAS VEGAS (AP) – B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las Vegas. He was 89.
Blues legend B.B. King died late Thursday at his Las Vegas home. Here are some comments from people who knew and admired him:
CodeCrew bringing computer science to Memphis children
A new nonprofit has launched in Memphis formed around the notion that where children are born shouldn’t pre-determine the opportunity they have to get hands-on experience – and build careers – in tech and computer-related fields.
Germantown is getting an upscale styling salon and grooming service made just for men.
A team of outside experts will come to Memphis for a short period of time to analyze a specific problem and make recommendations to City Hall.
Memphis this summer is ground zero for entrepreneurs from here and around the country working to build a fresh crop of innovative, lasting companies.
A group of 23 local leaders told U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Tuesday, May 12, that improving the Lamar Avenue freight corridor is their first priority for federal infrastructure funding.
For TPC Southwind pro Michaelyn Bradford, the good walk is not spoiled
Green, as far as the eye can see. That’s the view out Michaelyn Bradford’s corner office in the golf shop at TPC Southwind.
The team behind the proposed redevelopment of the long-vacant Tennessee Brewery received a 20-year tax freeze and a long-term loan for a new parking garage to help usher the Downtown development along, but officials say much work remains before the $28.1 million project becomes a reality.
With the clock on its Downtown office sublease running, officials at Sullivan Branding began looking for a new home.
Eight citizens have applied for a vacancy on the Memphis City Council, some with no intention of serving beyond the end of 2015 and others with plans to seek a full, four-year term in the October elections.
As two high profile Memphis murder cases moved toward retrial this week, the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals reversed another murder conviction in Shelby County Criminal Court earlier this month.
Jeff Sanford has spent much of the past five years consulting on redevelopment projects in other cities.
River cruise industry tying up Downtown dock
The Mississippi River has been a vital channel for boats and barges for more than 250 years. These days, Memphis doesn’t do much in the way of cotton exporting and Mark Twain touring, but the $43 million Beale Street Landing is bringing a new wave of river-based commerce: cruise ships.
In his years as a political force in Memphis, Harold Ford Sr. was known for his attention to detail.
More Memphis International Airport passengers can travel to Miami, Denver, Chicago and Houston starting this month, thanks to larger aircraft and an expected increase in flight frequency.
When Poland’s ambassador to the United States spoke to a Memphis in May International Festival luncheon last week, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen came with an item from his collection of political pins.
As a result of last year’s quick sellout, a three-day conference for Memphis’ creative community is returning later this year, this time in a larger space.
Majestic Grille plans cosmetic tweaks, dinner series launch
When Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr turned up for dinner at the Majestic Grille Friday night, it wasn’t as the guy in charge of the team trying to put a stop to the Memphis Grizzlies’ championship ambitions.
Shelby County Commissioners want to know how a payday loan business got a certificate of occupancy from the county’s Office of Construction Code Enforcement and opened in the Cordova Ridge Shops development even though such a business violates the Unified Development Code.
Tennessee officials say they are watching the fallout from Conduit Global’s sudden mass layoffs at its Memphis-area call center and that the state could eventually move to reclaim grant funds the company was awarded.
As part of his keynote address during The Daily News’ latest seminar, this time focused on the economy, Century Wealth Management president and founder Jay Healy pointed to a photo depicting a crowd a decade ago assembled near St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.
With Tony Allen on the bench because of a strained hamstring and thus not available to wander through the junior dance team’s routine or to harass Golden State guard Klay Thompson, the crowd at Oracle Arena for Game 5 needed another target.
There was so much that the Golden State Warriors did not have to be taught. They did, after all, win 67 games in the regular season. They swept the New Orleans Pelicans out of the first round and coach Monty Williams out of his job.
If you’ve learned about an in-store sale while shopping for groceries, this Memphis-based printing company could have been the one to help you save those extra pennies.
Cara Greenstein serves as public relations coordinator of doug carpenter & associates, where she practices her passion for connection through the pen, on the screen and at the table. Equal parts researcher, writer, administrator and collaborator, Greenstein advances social media engagement and helps cultivate relationships between clients, media and the community.
A BIG BASS PROBLEM. We’ve done it. Just like a lure, the light reflects off a shiny object and draws a crowd.
This NBA basketball season has been an exciting one for the Memphis Grizzlies. If nothing else, Mike Conley’s recent injury and subsequent return to the game has demonstrated that the Grizzlies, and the city of Memphis, have some serious grit.
Ray's take: As we spend more of our lives online – paying bills, collecting credit card rewards points, shopping, creating photo albums, emailing – it's increasingly important to consider how beneficiaries can access those accounts and any assets they hold, once we're gone.
“I was the least successful marketing person in the history of Hollywood.” With that line, novelist David Rosenfelt gets his first laugh. As part of the Arkansas Literary Festival, the author of 21 books addresses a packed house at the Clinton School of Public Service. And not about accessing inner muses or fusing justice with mercy. With mega-doses of self-deprecating humor, Rosenfelt tells it like it is. For him.
For most businesses, especially those selling to other businesses (or B2B), there is no more efficient way to generate new business than through referrals from existing happy customers. “Pre-selling” has occurred, which means there is already built-in trust, which inevitably shortens the sales cycle. Plus, there is typically little, if any, hard cost in that new customer acquisition.
Interest rates determine the cost of capital for corporations, directly influence the capitalized value of corporate earnings and establish relative value positions within the currency markets. Simply stated, meaningful shifts in interest rates create meaningful shifts in the investment marketplace.
If you could have any five celebrities on your nonprofit board, who would you pick?
Define what ideation means to your organization. Many companies practice some form of brainstorming or ideation. While it can be freeing to withhold restraints such as costs and technical matters and enter into the unchartered frontiers of “What If,” a lack of focus and too few creative restraints make it a fun but fruitless experience.
One friend helped Annie Klaver get into her corporate job, and 131 helped her get out. More specifically, 131 people pledged a total of $15,556 on Indiegogo, enabling Klaver to launch her new outdoor company, River Queen Voyages, this month.
The assignment sounded simple enough: Find out whether more money is coming into Nashville for startups.
Two very different startups speak volumes about how much the Nashville venture capital scene has changed over the years and how things are still evolving.
Nashville’s InsBank began 15 years ago, founded by a group of insurance agents. Originally, it was known as Insurors Bank of Tennessee, its target market was independent insurance agents in the state. But that has changed somewhat over the years as the bank has evolved from that particular niche.
“Traffic is getting worse by the day.” I must have heard that complaint six times last week. Those exact words.
When preservation comes up in conversation, it brings to mind crumbling Victorian mansions or maybe an old Woolworth’s sitting idle downtown.
The East Tennessee Preservation Alliance’s list of endangered heritage sites for the region:
I was standing on the edge of a cliff during a hike to Mt. LeConte about two weeks ago.