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VOL. TMN-9 | NO. 19 | Saturday, May 7, 2016
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Grizzlies Fire Dave Joerger

Coach reportedly sought permission to speak to other NBA teams

The Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday fired head coach Dave Joerger after three seasons. The team made the playoffs all three years, including this past season when the Grizzlies used an NBA-record 28 players due to multiple injuries.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Massacre: 1866 and the Battles Over How Memphis History is Told

At the end of March with much secrecy, Rev. Keith Norman took delivery and responsibility for a large, heavy crate that stayed in his office for the next month.

Editorial: Telling the Whole Truth Against All Odds

Have you ever heard of Samuel Allen McElwee, Isham Franklin Norris or Monroe W. Gooden?

Overton Park's Busy Saturday Appears To Go Smoothly

With several thousand people in Overton Park Saturday, May 7, the calmest places in the park were the Old Forest and a small section of the Greensward between the Latino Memphis Festival and the temporary metal barrier where overflow parking for the Memphis Zoo begins.

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Cooper-Young Pup Crawl, benefiting the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County, is scheduled for Thursday, May 12, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Ten Cooper-Young restaurants will offer special canine-themed drinks for the evening and will donate 10 percent of sales from Pup Crawlers. Participants should first stop at the gazebo at Cooper Street and Young Avenue for a free wristband to ensure their sales are counted. Visit memphishumane.org.

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Demolition Begins On Raleigh Springs Mall Property

With the business end of a Volvo crawler excavator, Memphis City Council member Bill Morrison kicked off the start of demolition Saturday, May 7, at the Raleigh Springs Mall.

MANUFACTURING

$5.5 Billion Company Stakes Headquarters in Memphis

Three packaging companies are combining to create a $5.5 billion conglomerate that will locate its headquarters in Memphis.

EMPHASIS Commercial Real Estate

Memphis MSA Industrial Sector Has A Strong First Quarter After Record 2015

The Memphis MSA industrial sector had a strong first quarter after a record-breaking year in 2015.

Memphis Consultant Says Airport Area ‘Gone’ for Hotel Development

One of the last remaining hotels near Memphis International Airport has sold in foreclosure for the second time in less than five years.

Downtown Condo Connection Added Management Service to Survive Recession

When Karen Barrows and her husband decided to move back to Memphis from Florida to be closer to their daughter and young granddaughter, they had their eyes set on living in the heart of the city.

MARTHA KELLY'S MEMPHIS

Dixon Springs Into Bloom

Memphis artist Martha Kelly provides Memphis News readers with an illustration of life in the city every month. Here, she captures one of the beautiful viewing areas at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens featuring fresh, spring tulips.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

May 6-12: This Week in Memphis History

1986: Kroger buys 5.7 acres of land for $2.9 million at the southeast corner of Mendenhall Road and Sanderlin Drive from the William B. Clark family. It will be the site of a new Kroger superstore. The Clark family sold an adjacent parcel, where an eight-story Garden Plaza hotel was already under construction, for $2.1 million the previous September.

PUBLIC COMPANIES

Wright Medical Group Reports Quarterly Loss, Strong Outlook

Wright Medical Group N.V. turned in a net loss of $39.3 million for the first quarter of 2016, though the company said the quarter was a strong one overall in each of its three business areas.

OVERTON PARK

Overton Traffic Plans On Display Saturday

All roads in Overton Park except the one in front of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art will be one-way streets Saturday, May 7, as the Overton Park Conservancy tries out some traffic and parking remedies on a busy day in the park.

Council Members Express Doubts About Solidifying Overton Park Boundaries

Two months after the Memphis City Council approved a resolution giving the Memphis Zoo control of two-thirds of the Overton Park Greensward, the votes are still there to set park boundaries in stone.

SPORTS

Memphis Roller Derby Knocks Its Way to New Horizons

In the 1970s Memphians could watch back-to-back broadcasts of professional wrestling and roller derby taking place at the Mid-South Coliseum.

Crazy About Triathlons Or Just Crazy?

Nikki Balderson is a 38-year-old wife and mother of three young children – ages 2, 5 and 7. So if you want to make her fit into a tidy little demographic profile, you can do that. From afar.

Big 12 a Nice Dream but a Remote Reality

Wading in on Big 12 expansion, steroids in baseball and a few basketball questions ….

Memphis Attorney Speaks for Tunsil After Startling NFL Draft

Although two quarterbacks – Jared Goff and Carson Wentz – were the first two players selected in last weeks’ NFL Draft, an Ole Miss offensive lineman and the 13th overall pick made most of the headlines.

RETAIL

Bikesmith Evolving Into Community Hangout

The Bikesmith’s grand opening next week for a patio expansion and a pump track at the 509 N. Hollywood bicycle shop is the latest reflection of Jim Steffen’s longstanding intent to make his business bigger than a place where goods are bought and sold.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

Geater Claims Dunavant Honor for Job Without a Description

Lisa Geater likens the job of the Memphis City Council’s staff to being wallpaper. After 27 years working in the council office at City Hall, including 20 as the administrator running the office, Geater said her advice for new staff members was simple.

Norris Recounts Path to Majority Status, Dunavant Award

Good government isn’t a bowl of cherries. There will be controversy even with the best of intentions and with everything done by the numbers. And that applies to those who win awards like state Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville.

Luttrell’s Budget Includes More Schools Funds

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell takes a $1.16 billion county government budget proposal with no property tax hike and a possible $8.7 million in new funding for schools to Shelby County commissioners Wednesday, May 4.

LEGISLATIVE PROFILE

Akbari Proving to be Worthy Successor to Iconic DeBerry

Those who wondered how Raumesh Akbari would do in following legendary Memphis legislator Lois DeBerry now have a much clearer picture.

EDUCATION

Herenton Pitches Two New Schools For Juvenile Offenders

Former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton began Wednesday, May 4, with an appeal that got the attention of Shelby County Commissioners. “We don’t want your money,” he told 11 of the 13 commissioners in committee sessions as he pitched two new residential campuses for children in juvenile detention.

LAW ENFORCEMENT

16 Alleged Gangster Disciples Indicted in Memphis

A federal grand jury in Memphis has charged 16 alleged members of the Gangster Disciples street gang in a case linked to the separate indictment of 32 people in Atlanta, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday, May 4.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

RegionSmart Details How to Prevent Erosion of Talent, Population

During his three terms as mayor of Pittsburgh, Tom Murphy had to assume a great deal of risk in transforming the city’s economy from an industrial to an entrepreneurial base.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Startup Teams Announced for ‘Summer Of Acceleration’

Monday, May 2, marked Day One of Memphis’ first “summer of acceleration,” a joint program of seven startup accelerators running concurrently that have collectively drawn the participation of 18 startup teams and dozens of founders hailing from as far away as Slovenia and Israel.

REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT

French Fort Motel Compromise Hard-Fought

The developer of the old Marine Hospital south of E.H. Crump Avenue at the Memphis-Arkansas Bridge across the Mississippi River and the leader of the French Fort neighborhood association never actually talked to each other Wednesday, May 4.

South Front Hits its Stride as Standalone Corridor

South Front Street, which stretches Downtown from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Central Station, is emerging as its own standalone residential and commercial corridor. What was once a heavy industrial area and warehousing district for South Main’s department stores is undergoing a transformation into Downtown’s most residentially dense neighborhood.

Collierville Breaks Ground On $93.5M High School

11605 E. Shelby Drive, Collierville, TN 38017 -
Collierville leaders will break ground May 13 for the new Collierville High School.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Fisher & Phillips Adds David Jones

Attorney David S. Jones has joined Fisher & Phillips LLP as a partner in the firm’s Memphis office. Jones has more than 15 years’ experience in immigration and employment law, most recently serving as a partner at Jackson Lewis P.C. In his new role, he represents corporate clients in complex matters relating to both immigration benefits and enforcement, as well as export control compliance under the Export Administration Regulations and International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

TECHNOLOGY

Google Hosts Local Seminar To Get Businesses Online

Online search giant Google brought the “Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map” program to Memphis this week, with a Thursday, May 5, event at Southwest Tennessee Community College designed to get small businesses without a website online and others taking fuller use of tools to help their business succeed.

TENNESSEE LEDGER

Tennessee Leads the Nation in Bankruptcies

Tennessee has a model program for financial literacy in its public schools. All high school students must pass a personal finance course to graduate, and even kindergartners are learning about money under a new initiative to extend the curriculum to primary school.

Why is Tennessee’s Bankruptcy Rate So High?

Tennessee led the nation in bankruptcy filings last year with 36,052 filings – more than twice the national average. Several factors contribute to the state’s high filing rate.

Legislative Losers: All Who Disagree With Legislators

The 109th General Assembly is done – almost – for the year. Here’s a look at the winners and losers.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Memphis Barbecue Primer

IF YOU DON’T GET YOUR BARBECUE HERE, IT DOESN’T MATTER WHERE YOU GET IT. The World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is next week. One of my first columns was about defining barbecue when no definition should be necessary. Sadly, we’ve slipped further and further down a saucy slope and basic definitions are required again.

Planning Your Second Act

Ray’s Take When surveyed, many baby boomers say they plan to do some kind of work in retirement. The reality is that we are living longer, healthier lives than our parents and grandparents. When we reach the traditional retirement age, we probably have a lot of years of living (and spending) left. What to do with those years is changing with the retirement of the boomer generation.

Anticipating Summer Travel Season

May technically is still the shoulder season, but it’s the start of my summer travel season.

They Really Did Say That

COUNSEL. Have you razed many houses since you’ve worked for the city?  WITNESS. No, sir, but I’ve sure tore down a lot of them.

The Art Of The Resume

Job seekers often spend quite a lot of time perfecting their resumes. From tiny details such as the font, to the experience and education sections, a resume can be mulled over for days, weeks or months. It can be overwhelming and can paralyze a job search.

Density is Destiny for Memphis’ Creative Economy

The lack of density in creative workers has worked against the cultivation of a creative economy in Memphis. Density turns out to play an outsized role in the cultivation of collective knowledge and access to the resources necessary to build creative solutions to power the modern-day economy.

Data-Driven Marketing Decisions Spark Growth

Correctly analyzed, data can be a catalyst for predictable, incremental growth and transformative change in your organization. However, we all know there’s more to creating measurable outcomes through data analysis than just crunching the numbers.

Actions to Take When an Employee Sues

The 2015 Hiscox Guide to Employee Lawsuits reports that U.S. companies have at least an 11.7 percent chance of having an employment charge filed against them. In Tennessee, the odds increase to nearly 32 percent. Arkansas and Mississippi are also above the national average, with a 42 percent chance in Arkansas and a 51 percent chance in Mississippi.

How Healthy is Your Organization?

It is officially allergy season. Stuffy nose, itchy watery eyes and sore throat are all normal symptoms, but how do you know when these might point to a larger problem? Symptoms can alert us to greater underlying problems, but don’t often give us the complete story. This is also true in a business setting.

Windfall Gifts: Blessing or a Curse?

A windfall gift is truly a blessing. It can transform an organization, build a new law school or cancer center, pay off debt, launch new programs or expand services. If the gift is unrestricted the potential is limited only by the vision and capacity of the organization’s leadership. It can grow an endowment, increasing funds available for programs, advocacy or capital improvements for years to come.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 86 393 21,159
MORTGAGES 94 424 24,785
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 93 8,703
BUILDING PERMITS 173 1,010 43,347
BANKRUPTCIES 52 292 14,194
BUSINESS LICENSES 15 90 6,491
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 28 167 13,678
MARRIAGE LICENSES 12 89 5,158

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