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VOL. TMN-9 | NO. 29 | Saturday, July 16, 2016
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Strickland Reviews 6 Finalists for Police Director Position

Interim Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings is one of six finalists Mayor Jim Strickland is considering for appointment to the job on a permanent basis.

After The Bridge

A milestone demonstration comes with tremors and uncertainty about whether the Black Lives Matter movement will ignite real change

Four and a half hours after it began Sunday, July 10, the city's most significant and largest Black Lives Matter protest ended with police in riot gear slowly walking a group of around 100 protesters off the Hernando DeSoto Bridge and south on Front Street.

Too Big To Ignore: The SEC and Its Ever-Growing Football Media Days

HOOVER, Ala. – The SEC football preseason always has been loud. More than 30 years ago, the noise came via the Skywriters Tour and the rattle and roar of a DC-3 propeller plane carrying rumpled, hardworking – and often hard-drinking – sports writers to the 10 Southeastern Conference campuses for essentially unfettered access to the league’s coaches and players.


Editorial: Why Now? The Problem That Brought Us To The Bridge

For 50 years, Memphis has had a different protest tradition.

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Art Dash 2016, benefiting Friends for Life, will be held Wednesday, July 20, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Circuit Playhouse, 51 S. Cooper St. Pay $125 for a premium ticket, and when your number is called, dash for your chosen piece of art from around 100 donated works. Art Dash Friends tickets, for those who want to enjoy the party without taking home a piece, are $25. Buy tickets at brownpapertickets.com or email blake.meador@friendsforlifecorp.org.

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Paragon Executive Touts Personal Touch of Community Banking

Robert Shaw won’t say that big banks don’t have their place in the industry. He knows better.


July 15-21: This week in Memphis history

2015: Darrius Stewart, a passenger in a car stopped by Memphis police on Winchester Road, is shot and killed by officer Connor Schilling. Stewart was wanted on warrants in another state. District Attorney General Amy Weirich recommends that Schilling be charged with voluntary manslaughter, but a grand jury decides the officer will face no charges.


UHI Home a Model for Design

A Raleigh house built nearly 50 years ago will rise as a national model for design techniques that render homes accessible for those experiencing limited mobility as a result of aging.

June Home Sales Slip, Prices Still Rising

Shelby County home sales are moving slower through the mid-point of 2016 with prices higher than last year.


Big River Crossing View Debuts Online Until October

The view from the Big River Crossing that debuted online Thursday, July 14, shows just how wide the Mississippi River is at Memphis.


Early Voting Opens For The Aug. 4 Election

Early voting opens Friday, July 15, in advance of the Aug. 4 election day in Shelby County and across Tennessee.


Mahoro Lives the American Dream — and Pays It Forward

Memphis stands at the threshold of incredible possibility. In this column, we introduce innovative Memphians who are driving our city forward and forging its future success.


Sharkey: Know Where You Want to Go

It’s probably not surprising that it took a while to catch up with Neko Sharkey for an in-person interview. Sharkey is a classic multitasker: An engineer by training, he’s the founder and owner of Environmental Advantage Group, which provides risk management for banks, environmental compliance for construction companies, and support for other engineering firms. Sharkey is also a pastor at New Hope Baptist Church, a husband and the father of three daughters.


Baptist Hires Disparity Coordinator For Breast Program at Women’s Center

A 2014 study by the Avon Foundation found that black women in Memphis are more than twice as likely to die from breast cancer as white women. That helps convey why Venecia Harris is one of the newest hires at Baptist Women’s Health Center in Memphis.


Darrius Stewart Family Sues City, Police For $17 Million

The family of Darrius Stewart, killed a year ago this month by Memphis Police Officer Conner Schilling, has filed a $17 million lawsuit against the city of Memphis, former Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong and Schilling.


5 Honorees Chosen For Freedom Awards

Two civil rights attorneys, a federal appeals court judge and a Yemeni journalist and Nobel Peace Prize winner are among the recipients of the National Civil Rights Museum’s 25th annual Freedom Awards.


Mortgage Market Sees 8 Percent Gain in June

Shelby County’s mortgage market is sticking to its familiar pattern and heating up along with the temperatures outside as total purchase mortgage volume hit $214 million in June.


Does Tennessee Have its Swagger Back? Vols Say it Never Left

HOOVER, Ala. – This spring, senior linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin walked into the office of Tennessee head coach Butch Jones and asked permission to show the team a video he put together.

MSU’s Mullen Defends Simmons At Media Days

HOOVER, Ala. – In another year and another circumstance, Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen might have spent all his time at SEC Media Days answering questions about having to replace Dak Prescott at quarterback.

SEC Commissioner Sankey Forced to Play Defense at SEC Media Days

HOOVER, Ala. – Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey opened his remarks at SEC Media Days with an acknowledgment of the turmoil in America over the last week because of police actions toward young black men, the fatal shootings of police offers in Dallas, and protests throughout the land.

On the Line of Scrimmage, Color Doesn’t Matter

HOOVER, Ala. – Politicians love to tell us that young people are our future. It’s mostly an empty cliché used to bridge one vague policy position to another, something to fill space instead of trying to offer a real solution to a real problem.

Eventually, MSU’s Mullen May Take the Hit

HOOVER, Ala. – After recent events, it’s good to remember that not everyone is a sell-out.


Frustrations Aired After Bridge Protest

To get an idea of just how high emotions were running at the outset of the weekend’s Black Lives Matter rally Downtown that turned into a march, take many of the voices coming through a megaphone in the FedExForum plaza and put them in a church sanctuary with air conditioning and a better sound system.


Memphis Chefs Set to Gather for Inaugural Food and Wine Bash

Leave it to a chef to fall back on a food metaphor when talking about the more than year-long planning that’s gone into the inaugural Memphis Food & Wine Festival, a one-day culinary bash set for Oct. 15.

Holiday Deli & Ham Expands Leadership, Plots Growth

Memphis-based Holiday Deli & Ham Co. has brought on new investors and added new members to its board of directors, as the fast-casual restaurant known for its deli sandwiches positions itself for a rebrand and new growth.


Overton Park Shuttle Terms Continue To Be Negotiated

The mediation effort to resolve the Overton Park Greensward controversy is over.


Madison Hotel Sells to Chicago-Based Hotel Group

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A Chicago-based hotel group has closed on its purchase of the Madison Hotel and several surrounding properties.


Elkington Promoted At ABO Marketing

Jamie Elkington has been promoted to director of communications at ABO Marketing & Communications. In this position, she will direct and implement public relations plans for the nonprofit and business organizations the firm serves.


Agreeing on Retirement Issues – Start Early

Ray’s Take Communication is the key to avoiding conflict in any aspect of life. And retirement issues are no exception.

To Zoo. Zooed. Zooing.

YOU’VE BEEN ZOOED. That headline is indicative of the last few months. In fact, it’s the indicative present perfect usage of the new verb this city has created.

A Struggle All Leaders Face

The heavyweight champion Joe Louis said, “Everybody wants to get to heaven, but nobody wants to die to get there.” It’s true. Everyone wants to succeed, to be really good at something, to reach a goal. However, not everyone is willing to pay the price in the present to set a standard for the future.

‘Owen Meany’ Recalled, Revisited, Reread

On a Saturday in February 1962, Owen gets ticked when he sees that Gravesend Academy school psychiatrist, Dr. Dolder, has again left his VW Beetle in the circular driveway by the Main Academy Building. The Zurich-born shrink is known for driving the easily walkable distance from his home to that of the headmaster. Where he’d have a few drinks, then walk home, to prove how responsible he was.

Progress in Closing the Digital Divide

When I worked in financial services I saw the information technology sector quickly grow to be the second largest sector, making up over 20 percent of the capital markets.

Schism Among State Republicans Hits Critical Point With Resignation

A rift within the Tennessee Republican Party, whether a tempest in a teapot or the early signs of implosion, isn’t likely to hit the big tent party hard at the polls this fall.

Whatever You Do, Don’t Quit

We’ve all been there. Your boss doesn’t appreciate you. Your coworkers are rude. You’re underpaid and getting no respect. The last thing you want to do is spend one more day at that awful place you call work.

Using Technology to Effectively Engage Your Employees

If you thought we had turned a corner from the days of “Take This Job and Shove It,” think again. According to a recent State of the American Workplace Report, seven in 10 U.S. workers don’t like their job. Even more disturbing, only 13 percent of employees across the globe are engaged at work.

Patent-holders Feel More Secure Thanks To Patent-infringement Lawsuit Ruling

Imagine that you are an innovator in the field of widgets and you have invented the next great widget. To protect your invention, you patent it.

2015 Was America’s Most Generous Year Ever

Here’s what we learned from Giving USA 2016: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2015. Donations from America’s individuals, estates, foundations and corporations reached an estimated $373.25 billion in 2015, setting a record for the second year in a row.

The Power of Words

Editor’s note: Part one of a two-part series.

Snapshot: Cultural Tribute Lights Up Memphis Corner

A new piece of public art is going up on the southwest corner of the Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division parking garage Downtown. The UrbanArt Commission and city of Memphis called for entries that would display the city’s rich African-American and cultural heritage. The winning design is by Michael Roy and Derrick Dent. The 70-foot-tall mural at South Main and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue should be completed in the next couple of weeks.


How safe is our food?

It’s not easy being a food inspector in Tennessee, dealing with an updated statewide food code to protect the public from foodborne illnesses and educating restaurateurs, many with their own ideas about their cuisine, on following the rules.

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