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VOL. TMN-11 | NO. 18 | Saturday, May 5, 2018
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Inner Fortitude

College educators partner to train teachers for challenges in urban schools

Amid a teacher shortage attributed partly to economic opportunities luring away candidates, local educators are creating urban teaching programs and adopting new recruitment strategies.


Editorial: TNReady Problem Reopens Debate on Testing Culture

If there’s a better way to measure academic achievement and growth than testing, we wish someone would name it. Until then, we need a reliable way to objectively determine where students are and what they need to go further. And we can’t change that test so drastically on a regular basis that teachers and school leaders must start over from square one.

EMPHASIS Commercial Real Estate

Turner Career Program Seeks To Boost Construction Manpower

Chris Boyce is a happy man. The South Memphis resident is gainfully employed in a trade he never envisioned while he worked for years performing railroad maintenance around the area.

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The 2018 Beale Street Music Festival takes place Friday through Sunday, May 4-6, in Tom Lee Park on Riverside Drive. The kickoff to the Memphis in May International Festival includes four stages with more than 60 acts spanning every genre. Tickets are $55 each day; three-day passes are $125 if purchased before May 1 and $165 if purchased after. Visit memphisinmay.org for details and a lineup.

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Memphis Rox Climbing Gym Offers Mid-South Rocky Mountain High

Kathy Enfroy learned about Memphis Rox organically, which in 2018 means through a friend via social media. So she came to check out Memphis Rox Climbing & Community in Soulsville for herself. She had such a good time that on a recent Monday morning she had returned and brought her husband, Austin Enfroy, and their 4-year-old daughter, Madeline, with her.

3D Realty Plans to Bring Additional Mixed-Use Communities to Memphis

Fresh off the Shelby County Board of Adjustment’s April 25 unanimous vote to advance 3D Realty’s mixed-use community underneath the iconic Broad Avenue water tower, James Maclin says the company doesn’t intend on slowing down anytime soon.


May 4-10, 2018: This week in Memphis history

1989: The Beale Street Music Festival is a two-day affair spread across nine nightclubs on Beale, the stage in Handy Park, a tent and First Baptist Church on Beale. J. Blackfoot and Nighthawks featuring Jimmy Hall as well as Rufus Thomas and Ruby Wilson are the headliners in a mostly local, blues-centric lineup with some zydeco and blues-flavored rock thrown in.


Germantown To Fund School Deferred Maintenance

Germantown Mayor Mike Palazzolo will propose more city capital funding in his upcoming budget proposal for renovation and maintenance of schools in the Germantown Municipal School District.


Rapid Expansion

Avison Young doubles footprint to accommodate growth

For the fifth time in a little more than two years, commercial real estate brokerage Avison Young is growing in Memphis. Now the rapidly expanding local franchise, which started out as two men in a temporary office and currently employs 15, will be occupying 5,200 square feet in an iconic building along the Poplar corridor, more than doubling its previous footprint.

Ties That Bond

Typically investors who go into downtrodden neighborhoods with the intention of making a profit from the area’s affordable housing stock don’t have a good reputation, but then again, Larry Odom Bonds Jr. isn’t like most investors.

Gibson Building Owners to Partner with Orgel Family

The new owners of the Gibson Guitar Factory building in Downtown Memphis have partnered with a prominent local family to bring the prime parcel of land back to life. 

Young Says Construction About to Begin on South City Residential

South City is about to begin construction east of Danny Thomas Boulevard and the road to construction has had some unexpected turns. “There’s a certain amount of anxiety when you talk about these big projects because people don’t know whether it’s actually going to happen or not,” Memphis Housing and Community Development Division director Paul Young said on the WKNO/Channel 10 program “Behind The Headlines.”

Memphis Army Depot, CA Building Get New Owners

2028 Memphis Depot Pkwy., Memphis, TN 38114 -
The 4.2 million-square-foot Memphis Depot Industrial Park just north of Memphis International Airport has sold for $50 million.


Harris, Lenoir to Battle for County Mayor

Republican David Lenoir and Democrat Lee Harris will meet in the Aug. 2 county general election to decide who will be the next Shelby County mayor. Lenoir and Harris won their respective primaries easily Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

Commission Races Feature Basar Upset, Lowery is Newest Commissioner

The 13-member Shelby County Commission will have eight new faces when all of the votes are counted in the Aug. 2 county general election.



Community Foundation launches Next Step Forward grant program

What today is known as the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis was born out of the city’s fallout from the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike and Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination on April 4, 1968.


Christ Community Health Services Nears Completion of Major Projects

Christ Community Health Services is about two months away from wrapping up a pair of major projects, one of which is the completion of a renovation and expansion of its clinic at 2861 Broad Ave.

UTHSC Program to Help Students, Faculty Pursue Global Mission Work

Janyn Quiz, a first-year medical student at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, wants to pursue surgical mission work outside the United States.


Explore Bike Share to Launch May 23

Explore Bike Share is about to hit the streets of Memphis. In conjunction with the kickoff of National Bike Month, Explore Bike Share has announced its official 60-station, 600-bike system launch date will be May 23.


A First View

Whenever the leadership at Opera Memphis maps out the lineup for a new season of music, general director Ned Canty has a specific audience member in mind. He’s thinking about that concertgoer who’s attending their very first opera, who’s never been roused by Carmen or had their passion stirred by La Traviata, The Magic Flute, Rigoletto and so many other classics of the genre.


Sitting It Out

Customers never leave vehicle with Take 5 Oil Change model

An oil change concept growing like wildfire over the past couple of years will enter the Memphis-area market in Germantown in the next two to three months. Louisiana-based Take 5 Oil Change was acquired by Charlotte, North Carolina-based Driven Brands two years ago and subsequently started to grow its footprint throughout the Southeast, increasing from 60 locations to roughly 300 from Texas through Virginia.


Triumph Bank Chairman: We Expect Record Earnings in 2018

Triumph Bank’s leadership has laid out some ambitious goals the fast-growing bank will be pursuing through the rest of 2018 as well as some longer-term targets it will try and hit over the next five years.


Third Time the Charm?

After two interim NBA coaching gigs, J.B. Bickerstaff gets full shot with Grizzlies

On the occasion of another Grizzlies press conference at FedExForum to introduce another new coach, general manager Chris Wallace said of J.B. Bickerstaff: “We’ve taken the interim tag off. He’s our permanent head coach.”

The Kickoff is a Must-Keep Play in College Football, NFL

October 6, 2016, at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. From the sideline, then-University of Memphis quarterback Riley Ferguson was watching as history disappeared under scorched earth. In other words, as Tony Pollard raced 95 yards and erased a 20-year gap between Memphis kick returns for touchdowns.

Little-Known Coleman Wowing Fans in Europe

Christian Coleman is just another guy when he’s on campus at the University of Tennessee.

NFL Considering Altering Kickoffs, Not Eliminating Them

While the NFL remains concerned about safety on kickoffs, the league is not planning to eliminate them, league vice president Troy Vincent said.

SEC and Alabama Again Dominate NFL Draft

The dominance of SEC football might come into question on a particular Saturday or during a specific postseason. But not during the NFL Draft as general managers time and again treat the league as the next-closest thing to pro football.


Bartholomew Named St. Mary’s Athletic Director

St. Mary’s Episcopal School has promoted John Bartholomew to athletic director. Bartholomew has been coaching lacrosse at St. Mary’s since 2014, and the following year, he joined the school full-time as assistant athletic director and lacrosse coordinator. He has been serving as St. Mary’s interim athletic director since last fall.


Snapshot: Welcome Sight Downtown

For four long years, Main Street Downtown has been without its trolleys while the cars were refurbished and safety provisions were instituted and tested. The service resumed Monday, April 30, on the Main Street line only, with others on the way. Fare is free through May 14 and will be $1 after that date.


Art Branches Out

Local artist Martha Kelly, who paints a slice of Memphis life for The Daily News each month, sketched the Vollintine Evergreen Community’s seventh annual V&E Artwalk, held last weekend on the V&E Greenline. The annual event raises money and awareness for the community-owned trail, which runs through Vollintine Evergreen and the heart of Midtown. 


East Meets West as 2 Legislators Run Out of Time

It wasn’t quite a constitutional crisis, but when Reps. Micah Van Huss and Joe Towns start teaming up, something is amiss.


Our Kids are Drowning

LIFELINE. Almost 40 years ago, I was on the first board of the Ira Samelson Jr. Boys & Girls Club down the street from Treadwell School. We had taken over a YMCA that had a pool – the first pool in the club system. We brought kids in from all over the city to learn to swim, to keep from drowning if they got in deep water.

Saving Beyond Your 401(k)

Ray’s Take: Buried treasure may sound like something from a fairy tale, but in 2013 a California couple discovered the largest buried treasure in U.S. history. The Saddle Ridge Hoard, as it became known, was made up of 1,411 gold coins minted in the 1800s and worth more than $10 million.

FTC Frowns on Bogus Product Claims

Parents want to see their kids do better in school. Seniors want to avoid or delay the cognitive decline that often accompanies aging. People who are overweight or suffering from a serious disease hope to find a miracle treatment.

Continuous Interviewing

One of the hardest things about looking for a new job is this: Most people wait to start looking until they need a job. In other words, they’ve been fired, or they hate their work situation so much that they’re ready to quit. Does this sound familiar? The problem is, if you wait until you need a job, you’ve probably waited too long. The chances you’ll find a job on just the day you need it is low.

Repeatable Sales = Scalable Growth

For many business-to-business (B2B) companies, the ability to grow correlates directly with the ability to effectively expand the sales team.

Conscious Capitalism: A Conversation With Selim Bassoul

Editor’s note: Selim Bassoul is CEO of The Middleby Corp., an Elgin, Illinois-based manufacturer of commercial kitchen equipment, residential appliances and systems for industrial processing.

How to Win At Fundraising

Wonder why it’s easy for some nonprofits to raise money and not so much for others? Here’s what we have learned: sustained successful fundraising requires consistent attention, action, funding and leadership. It is proactive and donor-focused.

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