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VOL. TMN-7 | NO. 21 | Saturday, May 17, 2014
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Culture of Health

MBGH encouraging local companies to promote wellness in workplace

Twenty-five years ago, Carol Harshman was an aerobics instructor working for a Springfield, Mo., health club.

Editorial: Wellness Programs Can Play Key Role in City

Corporate wellness plans have come a long way in the last 20 years.

Wharton Memo: Overton Greensward Parking Could End In June

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is exploring two options for parking at the Memphis Zoo that would end overflow parking on the Overton Park Greensward by the first week in June.


May 16-May 22: This week in Memphis history

1993: The Memphis-Shelby County Sports Authority was readying its public relations campaign for an NFL team in Memphis. Memphis was competing with St. Louis, Baltimore, Charlotte, N.C., and Jacksonville, Fla., for expansion slots in the NFL.

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Comic Convention Drops Ashlar Hall Plans

The Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention says it no longer wants to be part of Ashlar Hall’s future under terms proposed by the building’s current owner.

Civil Rights Leaders Comment on Brooks’ Remarks

The executive director of the civil rights organization Latino Memphis says comments this week by Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks about the struggles of Latinos as minorities in Memphis were regrettable.

Land Grab

Overton Park greensward usage conflict sparks call for garage

It’s been implied, but an agreement on the general idea of building a Memphis Zoo parking garage was put in writing this week by the Overton Park Conservancy as protests over paid zoo parking on the park’s greensward are likely to continue.

Bourland Heflin to Expand, Renovate Poplar Home

A Memphis law firm is expanding its East Memphis office and improving public areas for clients and visitors.

Trustmark Regional President Reflects on Future

When yours is a bank that’s traditionally had a suburban footprint, moving inside the Interstate 240 loop to open a new regional headquarters is the kind of thing that makes a statement.

Germantown Schools Joins Shared Services Pact

When the Germantown Municipal Schools board voted May 5 to not participate in three shared services agreements with the other five suburban school systems, it “strained” the school system’s relationship with the other five, Germantown Schools superintendent Jason Manuel told the board Wednesday, May 14.

Economic Gardening Program Expands Reach

A program aimed at helping small and midsize companies grow is being expanded with the hope it will allow existing companies to extend their roots in the community.

Building Community

Boyle aims for town square feel at Carrington Apartments

The Carrington at Schilling Farms looks like an apartment community you might find in Downtown Memphis or a town square, but the development – Boyle Investment Co.’s first apartment project in more than 30 years – is in the heart of Collierville.

Schools Merger ‘Closeout’ Underway

The first and only year of a single public school system in Shelby County comes to an end May 23 with the last day of school.

Brewery’s Fate Unchanged Despite Untapped’s Success

Tennessee Brewery Untapped, the festival-like celebration that’s turned the long-vacant brewery structure Downtown into a packed community space, is now roughly halfway through its six-week run.

Roof Contract Sparks Minority-Hiring Debate

For weeks, a new roof at a county government building at Shelby Farms Park has been the setting for a debate among Shelby County Commissioners about minority hiring by companies that do business with the county.

Schools Funding Compromise Avoids Legal Complications

Don’t expect to see construction work begin immediately at a school near you. But the Shelby County Commission’s approval Monday, May 12, of $52.1 million in capital funding for all seven of the public school systems in the county breaks the two-year intermission on schools construction funding that began with the 2011 move to a schools merger in Shelby County.

Ready to Work

UCAN seminar teaches resume, interview skills

Could a framed photograph of the interviewer’s two children help you get the job? How about the Dallas Cowboys coffee mug on his desk? Or the diploma from the University of Memphis on her wall?

Bioworks Foundation Wins $200,000 EPA Grant

Memphis Bioworks is one of 18 grantees for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) program.

Volvo Group’s Byhalia Facility to Employ 250

The Volvo Group will build a massive new distribution center in Byhalia, Miss., that should employ around 250 people.

Both Parties Launch General Election Efforts

On a Saturday afternoon with a crowded calendar of political events, state Rep. G.A. Hardaway invited the winners and losers from the May Democratic county primaries and local Democrats who are on the August ballot to stand together at an airport-area meeting room of about 100 people.

Parenting Pilot Project Aims To Break Cycle

The statistics from the original Adverse Childhood Experiences Study are overwhelming, even sobering.

Jones, Reaves Look to Commission Terms

For David Reaves and Eddie Jones, the 2014 election year is over.

Dancing on Broad

Eight-week event brings party to Broad’s new water tower pavilion

A person doesn’t have to look far to get a feel for the distinctiveness and the uniquely artistic hue that colors Memphis’ Broad Avenue neighborhood.

Real Estate ‘Titans’ Share Industry Advice

In the 1980s Dan Wilkinson and Robert Snowden were deeply involved in developing Memphis International Airport Center.

Haslam Vows ‘Full Effort’ for Re-Election

As Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam seeks re-election, he has some challengers in the statewide August Republican primary and he’ll face a Democratic opponent in the November general election.

Chamber Sticks With Defined Contributions Push

The Greater Memphis Chamber remains in favor of a switch to a defined contributions benefits plan for city employees, despite the report Memphis City Council members got last week from their actuary firm suggesting there is no hurry to implement such a change.

Blues Hall Breaks Ground on South Main

Organizers of the Blues Hall of Fame will break ground Friday, May 8, on a physical home for the 34-year-old institution in the South Main Historic Arts District.

I Choose Memphis: Kesha Whitaker

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.


Motte Looks to Regain Form in Redbirds Rehab Assignment

When St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jason Motte learned he had to have the elbow ligament replacement procedure commonly known as Tommy John Surgery, he didn’t ask, “Why me?”

Prescott Earned Place in Sports Hall of Fame

On Easter Sunday, April 17, 1960, a 13-year-old Allie Prescott and his father were sitting down the third-base line at Russwood Park watching an exhibition game between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox.


Miller Named Partner at Signature Advertising

Kevin Miller, creative director at Signature Advertising, has been named a partner at the Memphis-based agency. Miller joined Signature more than 10 years ago as a senior copywriter and has won numerous awards for creative excellence.


Life Church Buys Victory Campus for $4.4 Million

255 N. Highland St., Memphis, TN 38111, Sale Amount: $4.4 million -
The Life Church of Memphis has paid $4.4 million for the former Victory University campus at 255 N. Highland St.


Technology Keeps Hatcher’s Landscape Business Booming

Whether it was pagers, two-way radios, fax machines or the Internet, Michael Hatcher has always been quick to embrace technological advances as a way to help grow his small business, the landscaping firm Michael Hatcher & Associates Inc.


I Was a Teenage Werewolf

MEMORIES OF PARKING. AND FULL MOONS. Last week, if I remember correctly, I mentioned CRS – that remarkable condition that blocks the knowledge of what one had for breakfast but allows a clear and concise image of something that happened in, say, 1966.

Networking Over Coffee

Workers change jobs more frequently now than ever before. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employees only stay at a job for a little over four years on average.

Debt: Prepay or Let It Ride?

Ray’s take: There was a time when debt was something to be proud of. It was the badge of progress and a good credit rating. 2008 made us all rethink the place of debt in our lives.

‘Like I Know You Now’

I was walking Maggie the Cheagle in the neighborhood, as I often do. This was in November 2012, so the old girl was pushing 10 years old at the time. She was happy enough to stop and greet the young man who was getting out of his car.

Take Back Your Health on Memphis Kidney Action Day

“What you don’t know won’t hurt you” is a popular saying today. While that may be true in some cases, when it comes to your health, the opposite is true. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that when it comes to kidney disease, what you don’t know can actually put your health in grave danger.

Why Most Sales Proposals Fail

You put so much time and energy into getting a prospect to agree to a meeting, preparing for that meeting, pitching your services and gaining agreement from the prospect to consider buying. So why, all too often, is so little time spent on the sales proposal itself? It’s like running the ball to the 10-yard line and then sitting down on the field.

From Earnings to the Economy

In the second month of the quarter, the focus of investors shifts from the recently completed quarterly earnings season to the more broad economic landscape.

Is Your Service Square?

Point blank, the easiest way to sell a product is to make something everyone wants.

Black Men Make Giving Easy and Meaningful

Part two of a two-part series. African-American men are pooling their money to create positive community change. The Ujima Legacy Fund brings together men who invest $1,100 and collectively increase their impact. Founder Reginald Gordon shares a few details so you can create a fund in your community. We pick up our interview with Gordon with a discussion about grantmaking.

Lessons for Memphis Abound in Atlanta’s Beltline

The Atlanta Beltline is an infrastructure framework around the urban core of Atlanta – a 22-mile loop of mostly abandoned railroads that is being transformed into a transit greenway.

Being Social Entrepreneurs

There is a lot of talk these days about social entrepreneurs and social ventures but not a lot of clarity around what this really means.

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