VOL. TMN-8 | NO. 20 | Saturday, May 9, 2015
As STEAM students learn to solve problems, they just might change the world
Someday, a famous innovator’s biography may include the story of the first time she used a hammer – at age 4 or 5, at a private Memphis girls school, to pound on a strip of copper.
STEM and STEAM education models have garnered criticism that their approach locks students into a specific career or job track too early. After all, those of us of a certain age grew up with the idea that a well-rounded education was the best way to prepare for our future.
A few times a week, people recognize me from Behind the Headlines, the show I’ve hosted on WKNO for the past four and a half years. It’s an odd and wildly self-conscious experience, but one that I’ve almost grown used to over the years, only because people seem to appreciate the show very much.
EMPHASIS Commercial Real Estate
Harbor Town celebrates 25 years
When the team of planners and developers behind the Harbor Town community on Mud Island wanted to build slimmer streets to promote a more pedestrian-friendly experience, the city of Memphis said they couldn’t do it.
Perched on floor 31 of the iconic Clark Tower office building in East Memphis, immigration attorney Eric Henton offers clients from around the Southeastern U.S. an incredible view of Memphis.
Unlike countless college students who hop from one major to another, Shawn Massey always knew he wanted to be involved in commercial real estate.
THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC
2014: Republican presidential contenders Marco Rubio and Rand Paul visit Memphis for the Republican National Committee spring meeting at The Peabody. Rubio speaks at a closed gathering at Rendezvous restaurant. Paul meets privately with African-American pastors, then, in a public speech to RNC members, criticizes efforts by Republicans in state legislatures across the country to impose voter ID standards.
Tom Lee’s heroism still stands in river lore
Somewhere in the University of Memphis Libraries’ Special Collections section is a cassette – a relic itself – that holds the voice of Harry Wiersema recalling his time living by the Mississippi River in Memphis.
The news that Conduit Global would lay off nearly 600 of its 700 Memphis call center employees happened so quickly that Mayor A C Wharton Jr. was caught by surprise when the word came Wednesday, May 6.
The team behind the effort to redevelop the historic but long-vacant Tennessee Brewery could receive a 20-year tax freeze to help make the project a reality.
Memphis and Shelby County home sales in April were slightly off last year’s pace, though pricing improved and foreclosure sales continued to plummet, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports.
Triumph Bank found itself at the end of April with a second straight record-breaking month for its mortgage division, with Triumph Mortgage having funded more units and loan volume in the month than during any other in the bank’s history.
A California-based investor has purchased the Shops at Kirby Gate in East Memphis for $3.4 million.
Free centers aim to help raise happy, healthy kids
Paige Marcantel, a licensed clinical social worker, served as a grief counselor for Baptist Memorial Hospital for several years before becoming a stay-at-home mom two years ago.
Shelby County Schools officials took a request Wednesday, May 6, for $14 million in new funding to Shelby County Commissioners and got lots of general support.
Late last year, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. was pushing a town center-type conversion of Whitehaven’s Southbrook Mall.
There have been other projects – going back many years – that explored the impact of health disparities in the United States.
Nearly 500 law industry leaders filled the Hilton Memphis ballroom for Carnival Memphis’ annual Business & Industry Salute luncheon as part of its 84th anniversary celebration.
A restaurant chain known for propelling the national farm-to-table dining movement will serve up its acclaimed fare at two high-profile Memphis locations.
Chamber hires new face to administer Greenprint Plan
When John Michels was a kid going to nature camps with his family and hiking with his brother and cousins, he was taking the first steps along his career path.
The idea of an Overton Square hotel has long been a part of plans for the Midtown entertainment district, which marks the 45th anniversary of its founding this month.
A monthlong review of just how open public records are within Memphis government recommends some sweeping changes in public access to city police investigations.
The way Steve Guinn sees it, there are two ways for Memphis to reduce its poverty rate by 10 percentage points.
Two Memphis-based employee benefits firms have merged, effective May 1, and they’re attributing the union in part to the daunting task some firms have of coming to grips with the Affordable Care Act.
Pinch District businesses celebrate Bass Pro opening, lament lack of access
It’s taken the city of Memphis 10 years to reel in Bass Pro Shops at The Pyramid, and business owners in the nearby Pinch District hope it will be a catalytic force they’ve been waiting for.
Flush from its newly announced acquisition of Magna Bank and the hire of a team from First Tennessee Bank, the newest entrant into the Memphis banking market already is looking down the road, planning more hires and a careful expansion of Magna’s existing footprint.
The invitation advised guests to “dress for dirt.”
The state body that recommends finalists for judicial vacancies to the governor is taking applications for the Shelby County Chancery Court vacancy created by the death of Chancellor Oscar “Bo” Carr.
They have made a memory. No matter what happens going forward, the Memphis Grizzlies have earned a measure of respect that cannot be stripped away like Tony Allen taking the ball from Klay Thompson.
Wading in with a few quick takes …
Jimmy Hyams moved to Knoxville from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in the summer of 1985 looking for a fresh start to his journalism career and found a job as a sportswriter for the Knoxville News Sentinel.
Kanette Keough-Rodgers recently took over as president/CEO of the Collierville Chamber of Commerce after the chamber’s transition team selected her from more than 170 candidates.
REAL ESTATE RECAP
789 and 725 N. Germantown Parkway, Memphis, TN 38018, Sale Amount: $3.4 million -
Two parcels of rarely available land on Germantown Parkway have been purchased for $3.4 million.
Entering its 10th year of business under the care of wife-husband team Dr. Jennifer Karnes and Steve Karnes, Central Animal Hospital has a new building, new branding and a strengthened presence as Midtown’s animal hospital.
DIVORCE MAY BE BEST. After all, it was a shotgun wedding.
As today’s professionals are learning, the fastest way to get a big raise is to switch jobs. Often, staying at the same job will put an additional 2 to 3 percent in your pocket each year. That’s not enough to keep up with the rising costs of rent, food or much of anything.
Ray’s take: Sometimes life throws us a curve in the form of a child with special needs. And when that happens, the best gift we can give them, beyond our love and care, is a future securely planned to meet their individual needs.
“I want to throw my mercy on the court.” Twice from the bench I’ve heard a defendant say that. The first time, my initial thought was, “What a great start to a heroic couplet!” It’s iambic: “I WANT to THROW my MER-cy ON the COURT.” I did not have a good line ready with which to respond.
Logan and Stacie Mathes were on "pins and needles" as they waited for Gov. Bill Haslam to sign legislation into law allowing cannabis oil to be used to treat seizures and similar medical problems in Tennessee.
Take a moment to think of someone you know who is confident and fast to adapt in the moment, someone who routinely performs well under pressure and who has an uncanny ability to deftly counterbalance risks and rewards in an instant to make a smart decision.
The U.S. economy grew 0.2 percent in the first quarter, well below analyst consensus. The fairly typical excuses followed the release, from weather to port strikes, to the first quarter growth curse that has stifled Q1 numbers since the financial crisis. The Fed even brushed off the weak numbers as a consequence of “transitory factors.”
Part two of a two-part series. It’s that time of year – basketball every night! The games get better and better. Grizz fans are loyal, excited and stressed. People are staying up way too late to make sure they see the full game. Everyone is wearing their Grizz gear. The playoffs are on!
A trip to Europe isn’t a spur-of-the-moment happening. If you don’t have your week in Italy for June booked already, odds are it’s not on your radar.
When Netflix put the video rental retail stores in their coffins, there was still a sizable segment of people who missed the convenience, were suspect of a mail-order or streaming subscription service or simply didn’t have the connectivity to enjoy it.
Grandparents are noted for the things they teach their grandchildren.
Tech companies are ‘snatching up’ grads of Tennessee computer-training programs
Want a new career with nearly unlimited upside potential? One that will have employers beating down your door?
Ready for a new career? If you’re looking for a fresh start, Tennessee may be one of the best places in the world to find it.
When the blonde left-fielder skidded across the outfield grass attempting in vain to catch a tricky hit, she likely didn’t know she was “visiting” – belly down – a well-fertilized, close-cropped living memorial to the man who spread love of Lipscomb from his jewelry store a couple hundred yards away.
People are angry now. Angrier than ever. In the past, there may have been a slight skirmish or two, but now there are battles that often escalate into full-scale wars.
Oak Ridge researcher on why STEM fields need women, vice versa
Claudia Rawn is used to talking about science, so when asked to speak about women in the STEM disciplines, she was a bit out of her comfort zone.
Women in the United States have made great strides in education and entry in the workplace over the past 50 years, yet they continue to be underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math, referred to collectively as STEM disciplines.
One of the challenges facing women in STEM disciplines is the lack of role models girls have when it comes to female mentors in science, engineering, technology and math.