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VOL. TMN-9 | NO. 26 | Saturday, June 25, 2016
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Pop the Cork

More than a decade in the making, grocery stores are ready to start selling wine

On Nov. 4, 2014, voters in six of Shelby County’s seven municipalities approved wine sales in food stores effective July 1, 2016. The next day, Josh Hammond, president of Buster’s Liquors & Wines, put the gears in motion to acquire the restaurant adjacent to his Highland Street spirits store.

Editorial: The Bitter Taste of Tennessee Liquor Laws

Something about spirits consistently causes Tennessee legislators to create arcane, byzantine laws.

Joe Brown Placed on Disability Inactive Status as an Attorney

Attorney and former Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Joe Brown – perhaps best known as the host of the syndicated “Judge Joe Brown” show – has been placed on disability inactive status by the Tennessee Supreme Court and barred from practicing law in Tennessee.

Pinch District to Move in a New Direction: Up

The Pinch District is getting a sky-high development treatment. For decades, the north Downtown neighborhood has been known as a sea of parking lots punctuated by a handful of small businesses.

Grizzlies Get Wade Baldwin 17th, Deyonta Davis at 31 in NBA Draft

The Memphis Grizzlies selected Vanderbilt combo guard Wade Baldwin with the 17th overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft and then nabbed three second-round players after making a trade with the Boston Celtics.

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The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host “100 Things to Do in Memphis Before You Die” author Samantha Crespo for a discussion and signing, along with the kickoff of Booksellers’ 100 Things in the 901 Contest, on Saturday, June 25, at 2 p.m. at 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com for details.

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The Casual Pint Coming to Highland Row Development

In addition to its recent announcement about buying a Philadelphia area shopping center, Memphis-based Poag Shopping Centers said a new market store and bar called The Casual Pint will open on Highland Row near the University of Memphis this fall.

Women-Led Angel Investment Network Launches

The husband-and-wife team behind the Broad Avenue retailer City & State – Lisa and Luis Toro – are preparing to open another business in the neighborhood, a diner-style restaurant at 2657 Broad.

Shelby County Unemployment Dips to 4.4 Percent

Shelby County’s unemployment rate decreased again in May, coming in at 4.4 percent, according to preliminary figures from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. That’s a slight dip from April’s revised rate of 4.5 percent and was significantly lower than the 6.7 percent in May 2015.


Trial Attorney Bill Walk Joins Pietrangelo Cook

As a trial lawyer, Bill Walk has had a lot of success. A $12.3 million verdict in a 2009 medical malpractice case being but one example. To be a trial lawyer, of course, is to be a competitor. And competitors – the good ones, the fierce ones – always have trouble forgetting the losses they felt should have been victories.


This Week in Memphis History: June 24-30

1986: A task force on Poplar corridor traffic concludes that Poplar between Interstate 240 and Ridgeway Road is not able to handle the traffic generated by the number of offices in the corridor. As the report is released, Crescent Center is under construction at Poplar and Ridgeway, adding to 1.9 million square feet of office space between I-240 and Ridgeway.


Medical, Edge Districts Eye Bike Share Connectivity

Efforts to install a new bike share program in Memphis by next year are gaining traction, and organizers are envisioning a much more connected Memphis in the years to come.


Lamar Avenue Grant Gets State’s Sole Focus

The Lamar Avenue improvement project waiting for years to get started could be about to emerge from the planning stage to construction.


Overton Square Atrium Has New Operator

On a Friday morning, the Atrium in Overton Square may host a corporate meeting, with a wedding planned for that same night.


Pesce: ‘You’ve Already Heard the Worst’

What kind of gift do you give to the friends and family who have prayed for your sick baby daughter long enough to see her get well, grow up and go to high school?


Fairgrounds Revitalization Efforts Start Slow and Anew

The Fairgrounds and the Mid-South Coliseum aren’t a priority of the new administration at City Hall.


NexAir Signs Lease for New HQ at Crosstown Concourse

495 N. Watkins St., Memphis, TN 38104, Details: Crosstown Concourse has signed another tenant. Memphis-based nexAir, one of the largest distributors of atmospheric gases and welding supplies in the U.S., will lease 33,000 square feet at the mixed-use tower. -


Redbirds Home-Game Attendance Ahead of Last Season

As this baseball season was dawning, new Memphis Redbirds majority owner Peter B. Freund was at AutoZone Park and being made to field questions about the team’s sliding attendance.

Memphis’ ‘Rampage’ Jackson Fights On

“I’m not a psychic, but I’m gonna predict I’m gonna whup his ass.” No, this was not LeBron James speaking of Draymond Green late in the NBA Finals – after feelings had been hurt with the B-word.

A Swing – and a Miss – is More Common in Baseball All the Time

It’s obvious when there are a lot children at AutoZone Park. Even the most harmless infield popup prompts a collective shriek and the hope of a home run.


8th District Republican Contenders Highlight Differences

Most of the 13 contenders in the August Republican primary in the 8th Congressional District agree on a lot. They think the country is going in the wrong direction. They believe the policies of a Democratic president are a factor in that, and they support Donald Trump as the Republican Party’s presidential nominee.

Council Faces Yet Another Residency Requirement

Memphis voters could take up the question of where city government employees should live for the fourth time in 12 years.


Airport Didn’t Help, But Didn’t Derail ServiceMaster

When ServiceMaster began its search for a new corporate headquarters nearly two years ago, it focused on Southern hub cities that could support a growing tech-focused company. In ranking Memphis alongside other cities, Memphis International Airport came up short.


Community Foundation Bucks National Trend With Increase in Donations

The most recent Giving USA Report showed that Americans are giving more than ever – a record-high rate of more than $1 billion a day ($373.25 billion in 2015) – but that donations to foundations were down.

Humane Society Launches Mobile Spay and Neuter Clinic

The Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County is ramping up efforts to control the pet population by launching a mobile spay and neuter clinic.

UrbanArt Plans Move to Crosstown Neighborhood

The planned relocation next year of the UrbanArt Commission from Poplar and Highland to a storefront across from Crosstown Concourse is one of the bigger items on a lengthy and growing to-do list for the arts-focused nonprofit.


Born in the Projects, Norman Fights for Social Justice

Keith Norman makes a habit of rising before the sun – and no wonder. As vice president of government affairs at Baptist Memorial Health Care and president of the Memphis branch of the NAACP, he’s got a lot on his plate. But if you want to see him in his element, stop by First Baptist Church on Broad, Sunday morning at 7:45 a.m.


SCS Board Closes Northside High Immediately

Northside High School has graduated its last class.

XQ Super Schools Reform Effort Looks at Memphis

On a dry erase board by the National Civil Rights Museum, a new education reform group in town last week asked citizens to fill in the blanks about their high school experience with a sentence that began, “I thought high school would be…”


Regional One Health Continues Building Out New East Campus

One of the first indications that Regional One Health’s 50,000-square-foot East Campus does things a little differently is the digital map near the nurse’s station with rooms lit up in different colors and names moving around the image.


Cox to Lead Asset Management at Lehman-Roberts

Matt Cox has been promoted to director of asset management at Lehman-Roberts Co. Cox most recently served as total process reliability coordinator for three years. In his new role, he is responsible for the full lifecycle of all construction equipment supplied to Lehman-Roberts’ operations divisions, including acquiring equipment, maintaining nearly 600 pieces of rolling stock and disposing of equipment as necessary.


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Target-Date Funds, Questions to Ask

Ray’s take: Target-date funds have become one of the most popular retirement plan investment choices in recent years. A target-date fund is a mutual fund that automatically changes its mix of stocks, bonds and cash based on a date of planned retirement. You just determine your retirement date and choose the one closest to that date.

From Exhaustion to Endurance

Not long ago, while waiting in line at the grocery store, I overheard a very weary-looking young father with a baby in his arms and two toddlers sitting in the shopping cart say to the clerk, “My wife is sick, the kids are sick, the baby was up all night, and work is piling up on my desk. I feel like I’m 60.”

Brush With Death Recalled, Part 3

“… That cowboy by her side was only five-foot-three/So I moved in, I never thought he’d dare to stand his ground/Only to discover that he was sitting down.”

Is There Room for ‘Fair’ at Work?

One of the worst things that can happen to any employee is to find out they aren’t being treated the same as their co-workers. We’ve all been there. Perhaps you didn’t realize the person who sits next to you gets a week more of vacation. Or, maybe they have special permission to leave early every day. Or, they make more money than you do. Perhaps their mobile phone is paid for.

The Science Behind Viral Content

The study of content popularity dates back to Aristotle in 350 B.C., who was curious about what makes for a persuasive, memorable speech that would ensure his message was passed from person to person. His conclusion was ethos, pathos and logos – meaning content should have an ethical, emotional and logical appeal. Modern studies indicate this initial thinking is still relevant today.

Evolution of Memphis’ Startup Ecosystem

In 2014, Start Co. partnered with Jumpstart America, a venture development organization from Cleveland, Ohio, that has created a decades-long legacy of entrepreneurship in communities like ours.

Important Role of Corporate Support for Nonprofits

Financial and in-kind support from businesses and corporations are so important to the life of nonprofits. Whether through event sponsorships or grants for programs and operations, businesses matter. They provide visibility, funding and talent.

Avoid Being Catfished by Phishing Scams

One of Snapple’s current commercials spoofs email scams by reimagining how such a communication would come if delivered via the telegraph in the 1860s. The telegraph operator calls out to his friends, “A prince wants to give us $20,000. All he needs is our social security number. ...We’re going to be rich!” They all cheer at their anticipated windfall as one shouts, “Horses for everyone!”

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