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VOL. TMN-9 | NO. 23 | Saturday, June 4, 2016
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Police Officer Killed, Three Wounded In Downtown Spree

A violent half-hour rampage from one end of Downtown to the other ended Saturday evening with the death of a Memphis Police officer who was hit by the suspect’s car at B.B. King Boulevard and Beale Street. Three people were shot and wounded -- two critically -- at two locations on Downtown’s north end.

‘Critical Mass’

Shelby County Schools leaders rolling out Whitehaven ‘empowerment zone’ while rebuilding enrollment

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson calls it “a brave new world” after four years of unprecedented changes: the merger and demerger of the county’s public schools systems, the rise of charter schools, the formation of both the state-run Achievement School District and locally run Innovation Zone model, and declining SCS enrollment.

Editorial: Empowerment, Competition and Urgency

The empowerment zone taking shape in six Whitehaven-area schools starting over the summer break may not work for every set of schools trying to improve.

ServiceMaster Disrupting Its Culture With Move Downtown

ServiceMaster is converting Peabody Place into a corporate headquarters that would rival a Silicon Valley tech outfit.

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Overton Park Merrymaking Blends With Zoo Poll, Protests

The Overton Park Conservancy’s annual Day of Merrymaking Saturday, June 4, will share the park greensward with the overflow parking area for the Memphis Zoo.

Greensward Protests See First Arrests

Two protesters blocking cars from parking on the Overton Park Greensward were arrested Monday, May 30.

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Accounting Firm Marks Centennial With 100 Days of Giving

Accounting firm Reynolds Bone & Griesbeck is turning 100 years old. Knowing it owes that longevity to support from local organizations, it is giving back to local charities for 100 consecutive days.

First Tennessee Eyes More Regional Business With Executive Promotions

First Tennessee Bank has made a few changes to its Memphis-area leadership team that give new and expanded responsibilities to a pair of longtime bank executives.

Paying the Freight: A3 Freight Payment 'Re-Creates the Wheel'

As CEO of A3 Freight Payment, Ross Harris emphasizes transparency. He speaks it, too.


June 3-9: This week in Memphis history

2011: Bike lanes are planned for two miles of Madison Avenue from just east of Cleveland Street to North Cooper Street. But some business owners on the stretch of Madison are opposed to them and have organized, prompting Mayor A C Wharton to put off a final decision on the bike lanes. “It’s not that we are against bicycles or bicycle lanes,” business owner Mike Cooper says in The Memphis News cover story. “We need the traffic. We don’t need any impediments.”


Civil Rights Museum Highlights Lorraine Hotel’s Storied History

The balcony is usually the part of the National Civil Rights Museum’s exterior that is the center of attention.


June is Maker Month in Memphis

This month in Memphis is all about the makers. From a gathering at the Broad Avenue retailer City & State to a “Makers Faire” in front of City Hall to a new privately funded effort to better understand the local maker economy, June will see a celebration and showcase of the city’s community of makers, artisans and the like.


Pizza Chain Cooks Up Growth in Memphis

Papa Murphy’s has cooked up some ambitious growth plans in Memphis to accompany the pizza pies the Vancouver, Wash.-based chain is known for.


Five in One Social Club Opening on Summer Avenue

The Five in One Social Club, a Midtown art studio, is opening a Summer Avenue location. Its 15,300-square-foot home in the former Bicycle Co. shop, a landmark along the Summer Avenue strip, will allow for more art classes and community events.

Madison at Schilling Farms Sells for $34.3 Million

Collierville’s 324-unit Madison at Schilling Farms apartment community has changed hands in the largest multifamily sale in Shelby County over the past year.

MAA Still Entertaining Headquarters Options

Memphis-based MAA is a year into its search for a new headquarters, and the company is moving closer to plans for a newly constructed building.

DMC Wants to Connect Successful South End to South City

For the past 15 years, the Downtown Memphis Commission has concentrated its development efforts in the South Main area. The fruits of that labor, which turned an abandoned stretch of Main Street into a blossoming haven for retail and restaurants, is spilling over onto South Front Street.


Nordstrom Rack-Anchored Center Gets $15.5M Construction

4572 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38117 -
The developer of the Poplar Commons shopping center, which will open in fall 2017, has applied for its first construction permits for the 135,000-square-foot center.


MSO, University of Memphis Partnership Will Open New Doors

A new partnership between the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and the University of Memphis may become a model for sustainability of fine arts organizations in a new economic landscape.

Midtown Artist Prepares Cooper-Young Festival Poster

Jenean Morrison, a Midtown-based artist and surface and textile designer, has come full circle. She’s been a professional artist “in one form or another” for years, she says. More than a decade ago, she started selling products like handmade journals at the Cooper-Young Festival.


Joint SCS-ASD Raleigh School Off for Now, But Debate Continues

The Shelby County Schools system has turned down a collaboration with the state-run Achievement School District on an Innovation Zone middle school in Raleigh.


Memphis Dentist Pulls Teeth – And Trucks

Tim Messer is a dentist by profession, a competitive “puller” by avocation. Confused? Don’t be. His first super modified, two-wheel drive truck was called “The Driller.” And he now has one called “Wide Open.”

‘Prevent’ Defenses: Freeze, Briles Look to Protect Themselves

It’s safe to say in pretty much every college football program in America that players are made to pay some penalty for the basic infraction of being late to a practice or a team meeting.

Fizdale May be Right Mentor at Right Time for Grizzlies

The press conference in the interview room at FedExForum for new Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale had just ended. Seated in the front row were his wife, his mother and his son.


Council Committee Recommends Pay Raises Beyond Fire and Police

It took six hours. But the Memphis City Council’s budget committee completed its budget reviews Tuesday, May 31, with a recommendation of a 1.5 percent pay raise for city employees other than fire and police and $300,000 in grant funding to hire a full-time director for the Whitehaven Economic Development Council.

August Ballot Known for What’s Not at the Top

Just before the Memorial Day weekend, candidates in the most hotly contested races on the Aug. 4 ballot got the packages they’ve been waiting on – yard signs.


Local Families Provide Loving, Temporary Homes for Children in Crisis

“There’s no way I can do that. I’m not that kind of hero.” David Jordan often hears that response when he talks to people about the possibility of becoming a foster parent.


Attorney Wesley Fox Joins Shea Moskovitz & McGhee

Wesley Fox has joined family law firm Shea Moskovitz & McGhee PLC as an associate attorney. Fox earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 2014 and previously served as a Title IV-D attorney for Shelby County.


Overton Square’s ‘Gyroscopic’ Eye

This month’s illustration from local artist Martha Kelly is a familiar sight to visitors of Overton Square. The 30-foot steel sculpture by Memphis artist Yvonne Bobo is called “Gyroscopic.” Its top is illuminated with LEDs and the inner circle is wind-activated.


Medicare Part B Payment Model Would Hurt Patients

Dear Editor, As a local rheumatologist who treats Medicare patients, I am deeply concerned by a recent proposal from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that could result in further payment cuts for Medicare Part B drugs. If implemented, this mandatory payment model test would wreak havoc on patients and cause massive access and safety problems.


Real Memphis

THE REAL DEAL. When our daughter was 5 we took her to Disney World and totally encased ourselves in Disney plastic. To this day, I’m still haunted by strains of “It’s A Small World” that won’t leave my head, still having nightmares that I’m still in line for Space Mountain.

Getting Financially Fit

Ray’s Take: Spring has sprung and many are working hard to get physically fit, but how about financial fitness? A lot of the same tools that will keep you physically fit will also work well to keep you financially fit. If you’re often wondering how money slips out of your bank account, consider these tips to help you become lean and mean financially.

San Antonio By Bike Share

One of my newest travel interests is renting a bicycle. For years, I’ve enjoyed getting out and running. It’s a great way to exercise while seeing a city. But as bike lanes and dedicated trails grow in popularity, renting a bicycle for the day or even an hour has become an intriguing option for combining the need for exercise with the opportunity to explore a city.

Beer Run

Last week I wrote a brief account of my high school football career. And that got me to thinking about other memorable high school experiences. A decade or so ago I wrote a column based on Bill Bryson’s “The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid” and another book that I was reading at the same time. Both books, I noted, had funny stories about teenage boys stealing alcoholic beverages.

UT’s Legislative Spanking Could Have Been Worse

In a state where many people bleed orange, the University of Tennessee found itself in an unusual position during the 2016 legislative session: fighting for its life.

Characteristics of Sales Winners

Do you struggle to pinpoint exactly what makes your top sales performers excel? While common, this challenge can make it impossible to consistently recruit high performers. It also makes it difficult to translate those qualities into training for other salespeople on your team that would allow your organization to more quickly scale.

How to Start Off on The Right Foot

In the most difficult of cases, a job search can take a year or more. The process is grueling and emotionally exhausting. We spend many days and lots of money perfecting our look, networking with new people and trying to find just the right fit.

Protect Your Skin as Summer Heats Up

As we all take a collective breath from the wonderful time that is Memphis in May, and on the heels of National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, this is a good time for everyone to take stock in skin protection as we look forward to a hot and fun summer!

Tethering the Void to Moonshot Ideas

This talk was given by Donna Sturgess, executive in residence, Carnegie Mellon University, at the annual Front End of Innovation Conference in Boston this month.

How to Be a Confident Nonprofit Solicitor

Editor’s note: Part two of a two-part series. Personally asking someone to make a gift to a nonprofit you believe in is one of the most valuable things you can do. For some this is done with comfort, ease and joy. For others there is a twinge of fear, or maybe a silent scream of terror.

Making the Most of Instagram for Business

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and Instagram is proving its worth for businesses of all sizes and industries with this premise. With more than 400 million users, Instagram offers opportunities for businesses to reach targeted audiences in compelling, creative ways.

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