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VOL. TMN-10 | NO. 24 | Saturday, June 10, 2017
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The Health Of Care

Baptist Memorial Health Care adapts, transforms in response to evolving consumer expectations

There's a school of thought in some industries that says it's ideal to have a narrow focus, to pick just one or a few things to excel at and not try to be all things to all people – that when you do so and go broad, you’re likely to end up instead being a master of nothing.

Freedom Fund Luncheon Features Critic of NAACP's Relevance

Melissa Harris-Perry, the former MSNBC host who last month penned a New York Times op-ed challenging the relevance of the NAACP, will be one of the keynote speakers at the Memphis Branch NAACP’s June 24 Freedom Fund Luncheon.

Explore Bike Share Launching 600-Bike System in Memphis

Getting around in Memphis is about to get a whole lot easier, as Explore Bike Share has announced an agreement with B-Cycle to bring a 600-bike system to the Bluff City.

EDITORIAL

Editorial: One Tom Lee Memorial, Not Two

For the second time in 14 years, the original Tom Lee obelisk memorial has been toppled by straight-line winds.

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After the ‘Tom Lee Storm’: A Look At Recovery Efforts, What's Next

Eleven days after the May 27 storm that knocked out power to 188,000 homes and businesses, Memphis Light, Gas and Water officials declared victory in the recovery with a Wednesday, June 8, late afternoon Tweet: “Update: Restored.”

Workers Joining 8-Week County Summer Jobs Blight Effort Learn Rules of the Road

There was a point on Monday, June 5, when county public works officials trying to prepare a group of 100 young adults for an eight-week summer jobs program thought they might have done their job too well.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

June 9-15, 2017: This week in Memphis history

2013: The Memphis Grizzlies announce they will not renew the contract of Lionel Hollins as coach of the NBA team following the Grizzlies’ best year in franchise history. The weekend before the announcement, around 100 Grizzlies fans rally in Tom Lee Park in support of a new contract for Hollins.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

901 Comics Celebrating Its First Anniversary

Shannon Merritt and Jaime Wright were a little concerned. They’d just sunk $10,000 into a dream, opening their own comic book store, and they had no real idea if customers would follow. They couldn’t be sure they would survive with a printed product in an ever-increasing digital world.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

First Tennessee Bank Complaint vs. Pinnacle Financial to Go to Trial

A legal fight brought in the wake of Pinnacle Financial Partners’ arrival into the Memphis market appears set for a jury trial.

EDUCATION

3-Attorney Panel to Review Mackin's Allegations Against Shelby County Schools

A panel of three attorneys, including former U.S. Attorney Ed Stanton are investigating allegations of a cover-up, sexual harassment, theft and widespread grade tampering made last week by former Trezevant High School principal Ronnie Mackin.

Shelby County Schools Board Seeks Role in Grade-Tampering Investigations

Shelby County Schools board members will meet in special session Thursday to talk about allegations of grade tampering renewed June 1 when Trezevant High School principal Ronnie Mackin resigned from the school system.

THE TIPPING POINT

Van Cleef Supports Memphis Public Schools

A national study found that Memphis has the highest percentage of “disconnected youth” – people between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither working nor in school – of any large U.S. city. While it’s possible to estimate what that costs taxpayers in lost productivity and social services, assessing the cost to an individual young person is much harder.

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE

Great Clips Eyeing Dozens Of Stores In Memphis Area

Since 1982 Great Clips has opened up more than 4,000 salons across the U.S. and Canada and now has its sights on the Memphis market.

Golden India Seeks New Location Near Square

The owners of Golden India restaurant in Overton Square want to move from their Madison Avenue storefront of 20 years to the site of a circa-1912 duplex on North Cooper Street where they intend to build a new restaurant.

Two Local Families Looking to Develop ‘Jewel' of East Memphis

Building a boutique corporate headquarters on a heavily wooded tract of land near Dixon Gallery and Gardens would stand in stark contrast to the more urban feel of a project on Poplar Avenue like TraVure, but that’s what makes this East Memphis location so special.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Jerry’s Sno Cones Files Permit for Cordova Shop

In this week’s Real Estate Recap, one of the most iconic dessert spots in Memphis gets ready to expand, Crosstown Concourse is getting ready for its official grand opening and FedEx Ground upgrades its diesel facility...

NONPROFIT SECTOR

Foote Homes Families Leave Behind Memories Happy and Sad

Streets Ministries on Vance Avenue has worked closely with the residents of Foote Homes, the last of whom moved out on Jan. 31 in preparation for the demolition of the city’s largest public housing project.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Seay Leading Raleigh UPP In Parental Coaching Efforts

The ACE Awareness Foundation’s fourth Universal Parenting Place recently opened at Christ Community Health Services in Raleigh, with Tara Seay serving as site director/parenting coach. Seay is a licensed professional counselor–mental health service provider.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

Luttrell, Commission Working Out Details of 3-Cent Property Tax Cut

Shelby County Commissioners have talked for several years about cutting the county’s property tax rate. But it’s never been more than talk and never had close to the seven votes necessary to drop the tax rate.

City Council Settles Budget, But Other Issues Remain

The budget season at City Hall is over with the Tuesday, June 6, Memphis City Council vote approving a $680 million city operating budget, an $81.3 million capital budget and a $3.27 city property tax rate.

Lee Campaigns in Collierville After Nashville Fundraiser

The night after he raised $1.3 million in Nashville at the first major fundraiser in his bid for Tennessee governor, Bill Lee was in Collierville for a local Republican Party gathering, along with a few hopefuls in countywide races on the ballot earlier in 2018.

SNAPSHOT

Appealing to the Senses

The owner of Senses nightclub, 2866 Poplar Ave., has upgraded the inside with new decor, lighting, sound systems and finishes. Owner Francisco Dasilva, doing business as C & R Events Enterprises LLC, purchased the club for $1.2 million and reopened it this spring only to learn its operation must get approval for a special use permit. A hearing on that permit application is expected in 60 to 90 days, but a judge has ruled Senses can remain open until then under certain conditions.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Brooks’ 100 New Acquisitions Mark End of Centennial, Start of Other Changes

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art has 100 new works of art in its permanent collection to mark its centennial. But the 100 items, grouped together through Aug. 27 in “Unwrapped! 100 Gifts for 100 Years,” point to a rethinking of the Brooks that began with a major renovation that debuted last year. The exhibition marks an end of centennial observances.

RETAIL

Fred’s Reports Q1 Loss, Says Changes are Working

During many of its recent quarterly earnings presentations, Memphis-based discount retailer and drugstore company Fred’s Inc. essentially had to ask analysts and investors to be patient – to stick with the company through a turnaround in which the only good news to report seemed to be the kind that was coming but not here yet.

HEALTH CARE

Forum Shines Light on Rural Hospital Woes

President Donald Trump’s proposal to cut billions from Medicaid’s budget would have “serious implications” on rural Tennessee hospitals.

SPORTS

Redbirds’ Chad Huffman Grinding For a Return to Big Leagues

The Memphis Redbirds had just finished a Tuesday afternoon game at AutoZone Park. Wednesday was a cherished off day at home. It was a good time for a player to exit quickly, to get the most of the down time before coming back for the next game on Thursday night.

Memphis Hustle Just the Job for Glynn Cyprien

We can debate whether the Memphis Hustle is a good name or a bad name for the Grizzlies’ minor-league affiliate that will play in Southaven this season.

After Surgery, Redbirds Lefthander Gonzales Savoring Every Pitch

The rise was quick. So was the fall. The St. Louis Cardinals used the 19th overall pick of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft on Gonzaga University lefthander Marco Gonzales. It was the first time since 1994, when the Cardinals drafted Wake Forest southpaw Bret Wagner, they had spent a first-round selection on a left-handed pitcher.

Tubby Smith, Barrett Jones, Former MLB All-Stars Joined FESJC Pro-Am June 5

The 60th FedEx St. Jude Classic teed off on Monday, June 5, with the Danny Thomas Pro-Am at TPC Southwind.

Not a Very Good Year for UT Athletics

It hasn’t been the greatest of years for Tennessee sports. From football to basketball to baseball, and several sports in between, the Vols – for the most part – fell short in 2016-17.

East is West but SEC Knows What’s Best

East is East and West is West – except where the Southeastern Conference is concerned.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

A New Life Made Possible by a $170 Discount

A harassment conviction lingered on the record of Memphis resident Brenda A. for 10 years, the high cost of expungement making it difficult to erase the past.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Cracking a Smile

ORIGINAL, UNIMPORTANT THOUGHTS. I’m on vacation, trying desperately not to think about anything important. I’ll be home next week – God willing and the Creek don’t rise. This week, I thought I’d share a bit of interesting trivia friends have passed along about origins of some of our common expressions.

Retirement Paychecks – Reversing the Flow

Ray’s Take Retirement planning doesn’t end when you stop working, and one of the biggest concerns for any retiree is running out of money. As you move into retirement, you move from the accumulation phase to the distribution phase of planning, and it has a lot of moving parts. Retirement is like a car trip, but there are no gas stations along the way. What you have in the tank is it.

Kids Are Like Dogs, Teens Are Like Cats

They sat in my office, their eyes glazed over with confusion and concern, talking about their teenage child. During my career as an educator, I had hundreds of conversations with parents with this familiar ring: “He seems so distant, resentful of our rules, things we always did together as a family. There is always drama, and we’re not even sure why we’re so upset. She says these are supposed to be the best years of her life and we’re ruining them.” 

Get Inside The Head of The Job Seeker

Typically, this column is targeted toward the job seeker. Today, I’m going to take a slightly different approach. I’ve received the same question from multiple different employers in the past week: “How can I hire better candidates?” 

Stop Playing & Get Serious About LinkedIn

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a two-part series. Would it shock you to learn that one out of every three professionals on the planet and two-thirds of working-age Memphians are on LinkedIn? Perhaps even more surprising is that only one-third of LinkedIn users report fully leveraging it. That’s an enormous amount of unproductive effort and missed opportunity. 

Women Are Not Robots

A Front End of Innovation Conference talk by Erica Eden, director, Global Design Innovation, PepsiCo“We don’t treat women like people,” Erica begins this talk. “If you look across multiple categories, the overall hypothesis is that the men’s brands cast a shadow over the women’s brands.”

Planned Confusion

Editor’s note: Part one of a two-part series. Sometimes we are our own worst enemy. And, what’s worse, we don’t know it. Or even worse, we know exactly what we are doing: We set things up so it’s hard to point fingers and difficult to remedy the situation.

Freedom Fund Luncheon Features Critic of NAACP's Relevance

Melissa Harris-Perry, the former MSNBC host who last month penned a New York Times op-ed challenging the relevance of the NAACP, will be one of the keynote speakers at the Memphis Branch NAACP’s June 24 Freedom Fund Luncheon.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 82 82 19,655
MORTGAGES 75 75 22,989
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 7 7 8,311
BUILDING PERMITS 138 138 40,167
BANKRUPTCIES 72 72 13,176
BUSINESS LICENSES 9 9 6,146
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 52 52 13,048
MARRIAGE LICENSES 30 30 4,872

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