VOL. TMN-9 | NO. 29 | Saturday, July 16, 2016
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.
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.
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.
For 50 years, Memphis has had a different protest tradition.
SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT
Robert Shaw won’t say that big banks don’t have their place in the industry. He knows better.
THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC
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.
REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT
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.
Shelby County home sales are moving slower through the mid-point of 2016 with prices higher than last year.
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 Friday, July 15, in advance of the Aug. 4 election day in Shelby County and across Tennessee.
THE TIPPING POINT
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.
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.
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.
LAW & THE COURTS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HOOVER, Ala. – After recent events, it’s good to remember that not everyone is a sell-out.
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.
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.
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.
The mediation effort to resolve the Overton Park Greensward controversy is over.
REAL ESTATE RECAP
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A Chicago-based hotel group has closed on its purchase of the Madison Hotel and several surrounding properties.
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.
Ray’s Take Communication is the key to avoiding conflict in any aspect of life. And retirement issues are no exception.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Editor’s note: Part one of a two-part series.
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.
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.