VOL. TMN-8 | NO. 30 | Saturday, July 18, 2015
Every time Brit McDaniel sits down at the potter’s wheel that's central to her Memphis-based ceramics business Paper & Clay, she's not just focused on infusing that next product with her signature Scandinavian-inspired minimalism.
“If you have the vision, and the gumption, you can create something original in Memphis.”
Germantown leaders are looking for land south of Poplar Avenue in Germantown for a new elementary school for the Germantown Municipal School District.
THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC
1986: Stevie Wonder brings his In Square Circle Tour to the Mid-South Coliseum
Officials say Edge district poised for growth
In February Sam Carolan was planning to move from Austin, Texas, to Memphis to become a digital sales specialist for Nexstar Broadcasting Group Inc., which owns the ABC24 and CW30 television channels.
With more than a dozen contenders in the race for Memphis mayor, incumbent Mayor A C Wharton Jr. was asked Wednesday, July 15, his strategy for such a large field of challengers.
Cognate Bioservices Inc. is launching a 32,500-square-foot expansion at its manufacturing facility at 4600 E. Shelby Drive in southeast Memphis near Lamar Avenue.
A faith-based, evangelical health service organization that’s only halfway through its first year of existence has opened a second clinic to help support its mission of addressing health care disparities in Memphis.
Looney Ricks Kiss is embarking on an expansion of its Downtown Memphis headquarters.
LEDIC prepares to lease, manage Crosstown Concourse apartments
The 1.1 million-square-foot Sears & Roebuck regional distribution center, which has laid abandoned in the Crosstown neighborhood for more than 10 years, is getting a new lease on life as the highly-anticipated Crosstown Concourse project.
The venerable Clark Tower is getting an infusion of cash for capital improvements.
The developers behind One Beale have earned key pieces of the public-private partnership they say is necessary to pursue the twin tower project overlooking the Mississippi River.
The four most visible candidates for Memphis mayor spent nearly $130,000 from April through June laying the groundwork for the heart of summer campaigns, where they take their message to voters across the city.
When advocates of a beefed-up Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board for Memphis called for police internal affairs to open its records of misconduct investigations to the review board, it wasn’t a new idea.
Thousands of reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, spiders and small exotic animals crept and crawled into The Landers Center in Southaven over the weekend for the Repticon Memphis expo.
In one sense, the newly opened credit union branch across the street from East High School reflects a company adjusting its Memphis footprint.
The stages in Tom Lee Park are down. Any leftover picnic blankets are long gone. The barriers at each end of Riverside Drive have given way to the return of traffic.
The owner of historic but troubled Ashlar Hall says he will move forward with plans to redevelop the property into a veterans center as questions continue to swirl around the state of the building, located at 1397 Central Ave.
Shelby County Circuit Court Judge D’Army Bailey was more than a robed courtroom figure. In the wake of his death Sunday, July 12, from cancer, Bailey is being remembered for a life of activism in which the judge had roots as a radical.
No More campaign calls attention to domestic violence
The group of men marching in late June from the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts to FedExForum moved slowly and with some missteps and awkwardness.
There could be a lot of candidates for Memphis Mayor in the Oct. 8 city elections. And much of the attention in the run up to active campaigning has focused on the field’s size.
The Binghampton neighborhood is inching closer to landing a grocery store as plans for a neighborhood retail center there come into clearer focus.
The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority is at what Downtown Memphis Commission president Paul Morris describes as an “awkward interim stage.”
Fueled by an apparent surge in consumer confidence, home sales in Memphis and Shelby County jumped significantly in June.
It won’t always be as easy for Mike Conley in the NBA as it was for Scott Reall in high school. But when Reall talks about being Brandan Wright’s teammate at Brentwood Academy in the mid-2000s, you do get the idea that Wright brings some much-needed athleticism to the Grizzlies’ front court.
HOOVER, Ala. – If you’re a Tennessee fan, you don’t like him. He was the one who said you can’t spell Citrus without “U-T.”
Coaches, players take up for 'man’s league' at media days
HOOVER, Ala. – The first College Football Playoff was not supposed to be won by a Big Ten team. Nor was a player who began the season as a third-string quarterback supposed to lead the first College Football Playoff champion to victory.
HOOVER, Ala. – Only once in the previous six years did the media correctly pick the Southeastern Conference champion in the annual voting that is part of SEC Media Days. That was last year, when media accurately projected Alabama as conference champion.
HOOVER, Ala. – Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said during his appearance at SEC Football Media Days on Thursday, July 16, he is favor of removing the Confederate battle emblem from Mississippi’s state flag, but was less emphatic when asked about the team nickname “Rebels.”
HOOVER, ALA. – South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier wasted no time taking his first jabs at other SEC schools. As he made his opening remarks at SEC Media Days Tuesday, July 14, at The Wynfrey Hotel, he spoke of the joy he and his team felt by rallying at season’s end to get to a bowl game, then win the Independence Bowl against Miami and finish 7-6.
HOOVER, Ala. – Not only is it a new season for each of the Southeastern Conference’s 14 football teams, but it’s also a new day in the commissioner’s office.
Madeline Patterson has joined the Memphis office of Burson Campaigns, the corporate issues management unit of Burson-Marsteller, as a vice president. In her new role, Patterson will work with Burson clients on issues and crisis management, communications strategy, and integrated marketing and communications campaigns.
REAL ESTATE RECAP
5865 Shelby Oaks Circle, Memphis, TN 38134, Sale Amount: $4 million -
Belz Enterprises and a partner have sold a Memphis office building to Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare for $4 million.
For the Bancroft sisters, talking about best-fit leasing options for agricultural equipment comes as easily as navigating the Memphis streets they've known all their lives. Together, the pair make up the second generation of Bancroft Leasing, an equipment leasing brokerage company started by their father, Charlie Bancroft, in 1977.
COME ON BACK TO ELMWOOD, GENERAL FORREST. I first issued that invitation in 2013 and while we haven’t yet heard from the General, we’ve heard from just about everybody else. The invitation stands because – as it has been for some time – it’s past time.
Being out of work in today’s economy can be daunting. Even as things continue to improve, finding a job can be tough. In addition to the small number of new positions created each day, the entire hiring process takes longer – despite when you find the perfect job.
Sometimes Tennessee Democrats must feel like a tree that falls in the forest: Does anyone hear them?
Ray’s take: The Greek philosopher Heraclitus said, “Nothing endures but change.”
Recently I wrote a song titled “Some Change.” Literally, the song is about a guy whose gal has not come home: “Thirty minutes past midnight. Where could you be?” Apparently, something like this has happened before: “On one of your road trips, from sea to shining sea?”
Thomas Watson, president of IBM in the 1950’s, insightfully declared, “Nothing happens until a sale is made.” A company’s sales effort is the ultimate driver of organizational growth. It is the most critical function within any company and requires advanced training and intestinal fortitude for success.
When business disputes cannot be resolved by negotiation or arbitration, the parties involved often turn to litigation. However, these business disputes frequently involve complex, time-consuming and costly proceedings that would be more appropriate in a specialized forum.
Summer reading is highlighted in Oprah and other magazines each year. A good read is great to enjoy on the beach or curled up on a lawn chair. But what about a good summer write?
Ready? Write a short blurb in your favorite journal or on a nice card addressed to yourself. Slice an orange or grab a banana. Relax, and keep reading …
“Once in a while you get shown the light/In the strangest of places/If you look at it right” – The Grateful Dead
Pro, college athletic programs search for solutions
When it comes to giving the consumer what it wants, few sports programs can match University of Tennessee football.
UT and Vanderbilt are accustomed to tough competition from Tuscaloosa, Athens and Gainesville. Likewise, the Titans must deal with the Colts, Steelers and Ravens.
Vanderbilt, the smallest and only private school in the SEC, has always lagged the league in attendance.
Engagement. Wedding. Honeymoon. That pretty much describes the past year for general manager Garry Arthur and the Class AAA Sounds, who are proudly flashing a sparkling new diamond just north of downtown Nashville.
Declining attendance was an issue for the Nashville Predators several years ago, but the NHL franchise is no longer skating on thin ice. In fact, they are an excellent example of how an ownership change and recommitment to its core values can turn things around.
It’s a little early for Halloween, but that’s not stopping adults dressed as real estate professionals from knocking on doors and looking for handouts.