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VOL. TMN-8 | NO. 24 | Saturday, June 6, 2015
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Making the Connection

Redeveloped Central Station could become a South Main nexus

Archie Willis III had just earned his master’s degree in business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill when he returned to Memphis in 1981 to help his father, A.W. Willis Jr., redevelop the Adler Hotel Annex.

Collierville Schools Proposal Goes To Aldermen

A proposed comprehensive new high school for the Collierville School system moves to the Collierville Mayor and Board of Aldermen Monday, June 8, three days after the Collierville Schools board recommended a $99 million project to build the school on land south of Shelby Drive and east of Sycamore Road.

Buster's Boom: Popular Liquor and Wine Store Expanding

Buster’s Liquors & Wines is expanding its footprint. The popular wine and liquor store near the University of Memphis is taking over the space occupied by La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant in the University Center retail development at Poplar Avenue and Highland Street.

EMPHASIS Financial Services

Building the Bank of the Future

Triumph Bank unveils high-tech branch in Germantown

When Triumph Bank holds the grand opening ceremony June 16 for its sleek, ultramodern-looking branch in Germantown, at 7550 West Farmington Blvd., it will be the culmination of a wholesale shift in the banking industry that Triumph CEO Will Chase has been thinking about for years.

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Lifeblood will hold its 2015 Donor Fest Monday through Saturday, June 8-13, as it seeks to collect more than 1,963 units of blood. Donation centers will be open extended hours. Donors will receive a limited-edition shirt and are invited to a celebration Saturday, June 13, at 9:30 a.m. at the Saint Benedict at Auburndale soccer field, 8250 Varnavas Drive. Visit donorfest.org.

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Local Wealth Managers Put Service Above Self

Service over self is the Rotarian creed, and one that local wealth manager William (Bill) Pickens, has embraced in his life.

Memphis Banks Report Modest First Quarter

Absent a few individual challenges, Memphis-area banks as a collective gave off encouraging signs about their health and outlook in the first quarter, according to Federal Reserve figures.

Editorial: A New Fairgrounds is Already Taking Shape in Memphis

As an Urban Land Institute panel spends a quick week in Memphis June 8-12 to offer recommendations on the Mid-South Fairgrounds, we hope they will color outside the lines City Hall has set so far for its revitalization.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

This week in Memphis history: June 5-11

2014: All trolley service is stopped by the Memphis Area Transit Authority, with MATA leaders saying the 15 trolleys have reached the end of their useful lives without at least an overhaul or replacement. The decision follows a review of all trolleys after two fires in six months.

Development Proposals Surface in Memphis' Pinch District

A month after Bass Pro Shops opened at The Pyramid, development plans are surfacing in the Pinch District, including one for a new Front Street hotel.

Splendid Steeds

Memphis’ Grand Carousel trots to Ohio for two-year restoration

Six years ago, Todd W. Goings took apart the centenarian Grand Carousel at what had been the Libertyland amusement park and packed it into four semi-trailers, which were welded shut and taken to a nearby, undisclosed location.

Connexion Point to Hire Nearly 400 in Memphis

A technology-driven health care services company is opening a Memphis office that will employ nearly 400 people over the next few months.

One-Day TEDx Event Coming to Memphis

Memphis is getting a local version of the global TED conference that’s known for talks given by engaging, often celebrity speakers.

Wolf River Greenway Planning Pushes Route Further North

Now that you know the Greenline, here comes the Greenway.

Global Pharma Distributor to Open in Olive Branch

A global pharmaceutical sourcing and distribution company is opening a $48 million distribution center in Olive Branch.

Love of Learning

Porter-Leath donates children’s books to support literacy

Porter-Leath’s recent donation of a few thousand books to its preschool students serves as one of the latest examples of how the nonprofit is exposing infants and toddlers to the written word in a larger push to prepare children for long-term learning success.

Lionel Hollins Helping Spread Hypertension Awareness in Memphis

It would come as little surprise to learn that Lionel Hollins has hypertension now. He is, after all, a 61-year-old working in the high stress position of NBA head coach.

State Employment Policies Not Great for Recruiting

If job security is your goal, working for the state might not be such a good idea.

100 N. Main Owner Still Owes MLGW

The owner of the city’s tallest office building still has not paid the Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division bill on the property, and an official with the publicly owned utility said the two sides remain engaged in talks.

City Court Clerk Thomas Long Won't Seek Re-Election

Thomas Long lost several times before he finally won elected office in 1995 as City Court Clerk.

Germantown Rising

Thornwood embraces Germantown’s Smart Growth guidelines

In 2005, the city of Germantown approved its “Vision 2020” plan, which laid out the suburb’s goals for future development and growth. In 2007, Germantown adopted its Smart Growth development plan and zoning regulations.

David Lusk Gallery Relocates to Flicker Street for Now

Change, milestones, new beginnings – they’re all on the mind of David Lusk at the moment, now that he’s wound things down at his gallery’s longtime home in the Laurelwood Shopping Center to undertake a relocation.

County Commission Tax-Rate Debate Picks Up Volume

Shelby County Commissioners hit a big political divide Monday, June 1, and as a result will discuss in two weeks that most volatile of political topics – the property tax rate.

Global Ministries Appeals Failing HUD Scores at Memphis Properties

A month after 40 units at the Goodwill Village and Warren Apartments were declared unfit by federal housing officials, the units have been repaired and the residents moved back in.

Prepare for Takeoff

Southern Airways in the midst of capital campaign

At Southern Airways Express’ hub in a Memphis International Airport executive terminal, movement is at a peaceful lull.

'Art Saves Lives' Exhibit Installed at Masonic Lodge

When the anonymous artist known by the letters “JR” won the TED prize in 2011 at the TED Conference in Long Beach, Calif., he called for the creation of an international art project that he said would use art “to turn the world inside out.”

VIA Productions Expands With Acquisition

Growth is the name of the game these days at Memphis-based VIA Productions, which in the last 30 days has grown by 25 percent with five new hires.

Germantown Leaders Exploring Elementary School Possibilities

When Germantown Municipal School District leaders began talking openly last week about new school construction, they did so cautiously, keeping in mind similar recent discussions in Lakeland and Collierville.

SPORTS

Redbirds' Piscotty Adjusts Batting Approach in Search of Cardinals-Level Power

When Stephen Piscotty was growing up in Pleasanton, Calif., he played one of those games that kids with big-league dreams play. Only, this game was a little different. It had to be. The backyard had an obstacle.

Hey Grizz Fans: Check Out Those Royals, Twins!

Is it now easier for an MLB team, regardless of market size, to seriously compete for a championship than for an NBA team from a similar type market (read: Memphis)?

Better Catch Schwarber While He’s Still a Smokie

SEVIERVILLE – Tennessee Smokies catcher Kyle Schwarber didn’t waste any time catching the attention of the Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon during spring training.

Renovations Add to Charm of Smokies Park

SEVIERVILLE – You don’t have to be an avid baseball fan to have a great time at Smokies Park.

NEWSMAKERS

Salomon Joins Harkavy Shainberg

Jason D. Salomon, one of the 25 lawyers in Tennessee certified as an estate planning specialist, has joined Harkavy Shainberg Kaplan & Dunstan PLC as a member of the firm.

SMALL BUSINESS

Tom’s Tiny Kitchen Gets a Whole Lot Bigger

By adding a pinch of passion to a tried-and-true recipe, Tom Flournoy has grown a family-run business to having a five-state reach.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

A Measure Of Truth

A MEASURE OF JOURNALISM. As I wondered what to write about while on vacation, I was bailed out by New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan and my friend Jay Martin, who sent me her article. Ms. Sullivan upon ending her teaching stint at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism left these parting words for her students:

The Importance of LinkedIn

There’s a question I hear at least once a week, “Should I have a LinkedIn account?” Job seekers often wonder if LinkedIn is a waste of their time, if anyone will ever see their profile, and if they need a photo. Absolutely, without a doubt, my answer is always yes.

Gift It or Will It?

Ray’s take: Is it better to give now or leave items in your will to beneficiaries? This depends on your own plans, but here are some things to consider.

Mother's Day Road Trip

In the afternoon of Thursday before Mother’s Day, I drive southeast. I stop at a certain spot in White Hall, Ark., and pick up a mess of fried chicken. Then I drive on to Lake Village, Ark., where I am greeted by twin great-nieces Sloan and Amelia, age 6. They live on the banks of Lake Chicot with mom Caroline and dad Chuck.

Budget Required for Money Management, Part 2

How much am I spending? Should I pay down debt or invest more?

Why Businesses Should Be Aware of Deemed Exports

Around the time of the American Revolution, England was a textile powerhouse. Jealous to guard its industry, England made it a crime for any citizen to communicate textile technology outside of the country.

Align Sales and Marketing to Grow Revenue

Teamwork. Every highly successful team gets just how important it is to propelling an organization forward. When true teamwork exists, all players are in lockstep.

What Would Janet Do?

We have now entered the Fed’s target time zone to raise rates. Clearly, the Fed wants to hike rates as a way to signal that the economy no longer requires “emergency assistance.”

Supporting Fathers and Fatherhood

It’s time for Father's Day. Time to lift up fathers and fatherhood. And time to ask ourselves how we honor fathers in our daily lives, the work of our nonprofits, and through our business and public policies. News headlines spotlight the phenomenon “absent fathers,” seeking to assign blame for the many challenges we face as a country and as communities.

Getting Social: What Method is Best for You?

To tweet, or not to tweet, that is the question. Or is it to blog, text or Skype? When it comes to communication and social media, these are some of the questions that come to mind as you determine the best method of communication to get the message out about your business, product, service or institution.

TENNESSEE LEDGER
Nashville Edition

CMA Fest a Blast for Artists, Merchants

The Glimmer Twins wannabe in the white cowboy hat and the 21-year-old blonde who has worked her tail off to climb from the audience to one of the main stages at CMA Music Festival display different but genuine levels of excitement about Music City’s biggest week.

Bonnaroo Success ‘Testament to the Community’

Knoxville music promoter Ashley Capps – a big part of the brain trust that created Bonnaroo – really never needed the media to make the annual music and arts festival a success.

Bonnaroo, CMA Fest Overlap Presents Problems

With CMA Music Fest and Bonnaroo on the same four-day weekend, it will be tough for a fan to catch Rubblebucket down in the field in Manchester and, say, Florida Georgia Line at LP Field.

Downtown Business Owners Love CMA Fest

It’s the business she’s chosen, and being a multi-bar owner gives Brenda Sanderson a unique perspective on what used to be called Fan Fair, a blue-collar celebration that has gradually been transformed into Nashville’s main culture festival and all-inclusive calling card.

Opry Has Become Big Part of CMA Fest

The relationship between the Grand Ole Opry – the 90-year-old radio program and down home variety show – and CMA Music Fest is a pretty simple formula.

Music Festival Security Details

Metro Police, the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office will be plenty busy during the time of the dueling festivals.

Inspector Anxiety Bites Both Buyers and Sellers

Almost all home sales stipulate that a home inspector will evaluate the condition of the house. The person who coined the “fine-toothed comb” phrase may well have had visions of these detectives crawling into places fit neither for man nor beast and ascending high into the heavens shingle by shingle.

Knoxville Edition

Mannis’ Hard Work Pays Off for Himself, Others

Eddie Mannis, Knoxville businessman, entrepreneur, volunteer and donor, grew up understanding the value of hard work.

Involvement in Honor Flights an Honor for Mannis

By creating HonorAir Knoxville, Eddie Mannis has brought joy to thousands of American war veterans and learned more than a little about his own character.

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PROPERTY SALES 102 224 17,767
MORTGAGES 127 277 20,703
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 176 510 36,326
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