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VOL. TMN-11 | NO. 29 | Saturday, July 21, 2018
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The Fuse

The early voting court case and ruling that set the fuse for the August elections in Shelby County

Where and when to hold early voting has been such a low-grade political tug of war in the scheme of low-turnout Memphis elections that it hasn’t caused much of a ripple in the city’s deep political waters.

Arrive Hotel Breaks Ground on South Main Location

“You can feel the momentum in Memphis,” Mayor Jim Strickland said during his opening remarks at the groundbreaking of Arrive Hotel’s newest location.

Trucking Firm Seeks PILOT to Relocate HQ to Vacated American Way Strip Center

The vacated Circuit City on American Way could become the corporate headquarters of a Memphis-based trucking company that serves FedEx, Amazon, Walmart and other major retailers.


Editorial: The Majority We Need In This Election

Early voting in advance of the Aug. 2 Election Day is underway, and the results in the local, state and federal races will be the first indication of where Memphis and Shelby County are politically in the wake of Donald Trump’s election in 2016.

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EMPHASIS Construction

With Memphis Heritage’s New Store, New Life Breathed into Pieces of Old Memphis

A train station’s bathroom door. The terra cotta trim of a medical building. An oblong sink that preservationist plucked from a now-demolished building on South Front Street.

Shortages of Serviced Lots, Skilled Labor Plague Builders and Developers

Despite a booming housing market for the past few years, construction on new housing in Memphis still remains low and is considered by some to be the last missing piece of the puzzle.

Growing Number of Small-Scale Investors Looking Toward Infill Projects

Eduardo Sanchez Borja, a local entrepreneur who recently ventured into the world of small-scale development, describes owning commercial property as a unique feeling.


July 20-26, 2018: This week in Memphis history

2012: Loeb Properties Inc. of Memphis closed on its $7 million acquisition of eight acres of the Overton Square entertainment district from Denver-based Overton Square Investors LLC.


Shrinking Inventory Keeps Home Prices Climbing

Limited lot space, lack of lumber and a labor shortage are just a few of the reasons behind increasing home sales prices in Shelby County.

Amazon, Container Store Eye New Locations in Memphis

5155 Citation Dr. -
The Container Store, a national retail brand that specializes in storage and organizational products, is planning a Germanton location near Trader Joe’s.

A Cut Above

South Front salon to open second location in 266 Lofts

Longtime Downtown Memphis barber Excell Blanchard has been cutting hair for nearly a quarter of a century, and in that time, he has built up a loyal clientele base who has moved with him from one venture to next.


State Sen. Tate Censured by Local Democratic Party

Amid early voting, the Shelby County Democratic Party is censuring state Sen. Reginald Tate for comments he made about Democrats this summer and for calling himself a “black Republican.”

Shelby County Early Voting Tops 4,300

A total of 4,324 citizens had voted early through Monday, July 16, the last day of the 14-day voting period confined to five sites. Early voting expanded Tuesday to 22 additional sites across Shelby County.

Early Voting Nears 23,000 Six Days In

Early voting turnout totals with all sites open across Shelby County jumped to around 6,000 a day on the first three days all 27 sites were open to citizens in advance of the Aug. 2 election day.

Democrats, Republicans Release Endorsement Ballots

A group of Democrats including former U.S. representative Harold Ford Sr. is preparing to mail and distribute at the polls 60,000 endorsement ballots at no cost to the Democratic contenders on the ballot.

Lenoir, Harris Clash at Rotary Debate

Republican contender for Shelby County mayor David Lenoir accused Democratic rival Lee Harris of being radical and for “wealth transfer.” Harris, a state senator, said Lenoir, as county trustee, has “almost no experience” with “tough issues” and accused Lenoir of resorting to name-calling.


Big Attraction Not Key to Remaking Mud Island River Park, N.Y. Expert Tells Memphis Group

Mud Island River Park doesn’t need a master plan or a new big attraction, the former director of Governors Island in New York City told a Memphis group this week.


Launch Pad Looks To Tap Into Memphis’ Momentum

Launch Pad, an entrepreneurial-focused co-working space, was started in New Orleans in the wake Hurricane Katrina in an effort to help rebuild and foster the city’s small-business infrastructure.


Teach For America Corps Members Adjust to New Careers and Community

A New Jersey native who came to Memphis to be a part of an educational movement, Derek Brody struggled with getting to all the material planned for his elementary school students.


The Daily Memphian to Launch in Fall as Memphis' Definitive News Source

A new seven-days-a-week news outlet called The Daily Memphian will make its debut this fall, with many of the biggest names in Memphis journalism and a unique not-for-profit funding model. The ambitious effort’s goal is to become the city’s definitive news source with reporting of, by and for Memphis.


Strome Set For New Role At UTHSC College Of Medicine

Respected cancer surgeon and investigator Dr. Scott Strome is excited at becoming a new Memphian. Strome and his family will be moving to the area in the next couple of months as he prepares for his new role as Robert Kaplan Executive Dean of the College of Medicine and vice chancellor for Health Affairs at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), effective on or before Oct. 1.


First Horizon Reports Strong Q2 as Capital Bank Merger Wraps Up

With the Capital Bank merger and integration complete, Memphis-based First Horizon National Corp. is now the fourth-largest bank in the Southeast, boasting roughly 300 branches and $40 billion in assets.


Efforts To Grow Black Business Face Wealth Gap

The story of a business founded by maxing out personal credit cards or using home equity or both is usually told when that big financial risk works. You don’t hear a lot about when it doesn’t work.


There’s an App for That

Cole Giovannetti is one of those weekend athletes who can’t stop training, or finding different ways to train.


Frayser Bauhaus Draws Preview Crowd of 300

The investor developer of a Bauhaus-style home from the late 1940s in Frayser says the area is the “next frontier” in Memphis real estate.


FCC Commissioner Tours Baptist eICU to Learn About Telemedicine

It may sound like science fiction, but doctors at Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. recently saved a patient from becoming paralyzed by essentially Skyping with an infectious diseases specialist.


Following Merger, First Tennessee Executive Encourages Memphians to Embrace Change

Sometimes, your career chooses you. For Darin Johnson, he always knew he wanted to combine his love of numbers and people. “Since I was a kid, I’ve loved numbers,” Johnson said. “In fact, we didn’t have voicemail when I was a kid, so I would memorize everyone who would call and all of their numbers."


After the Injury

MSU QB Nick Fitzgerald will try to lift his team to a special season

ATLANTA – Early in last season’s Egg Bowl on Thanksgiving night, Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald made a short run to his left, got hit, and crumpled to the Scott Field turf. His right ankle had been dislocated and his foot had been spun around as though on a swivel.

Grizzlies’ Front Office Makes Calculated Moves to Give Team Real Shot at Relevance

We will not be granting general manager Chris Wallace and the rest of the Grizzlies’ front office absolution. Can’t do it. Too many bad draft picks over the years, the bungled Tyreke Evans situation, and the failure to sufficiently vet Chandler Parsons’ health, make that impossible.

Former Vol OL Munoz Now Protecting Game

Loving football just wasn’t enough. The game didn’t love Michael Munoz back at times.

No Limits

ATLANTA – A year ago at SEC Media Days in Birmingham, then-Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze was dancing around and through all manners of questions about the NCAA investigation into his football program. So, among other things, he encouraged everyone in the Ole Miss family to “embrace the blessing that you have and make the most of this growing season as we go through it together.”

LSU Job Requirements: Taking Down Alabama

ATLANTA – In his three years as head coach at Ole Miss, Ed Orgeron had problems – basic problems, such as winning more than two SEC games in a season and getting to .500.

Former Redbirds Manager Mike Shildt gets First Win as Cardinals' Interim Manager

The St. Louis Cardinals’ firing of manager Mike Matheny late Saturday, July 14, cued an opportunity for former Memphis Redbirds manager Mike Shildt as he was promoted from his bench coach position to interim manager. He wasted no time getting his first victory as the Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-4 on Sunday before the start of the MLB All-Star Break.


Kennedy Takes Helm As TFTA Board President

Germantown Performing Arts Center director of development Parke B. Kennedy has been named board president for Tennesseans for the Arts. In her new role, Kennedy hopes to further efforts to actively support local arts organizations and the work of the Tennessee Arts Commission by working with legislators to maintain funding for the arts in Tennessee, supporting and promoting the work of the Arts Caucus in the General Assembly, and organizing and producing advocacy events.  


JLL Circling Again Just When State Workers Felt Safe from Outsourcing

Just when workers at the state’s college campuses thought it was safe to go back in the water, corporate sharks are once again circling.


Money Left Unclaimed in Dormant Accounts

Ray’s Take: It’s crazy to think that there are billons of hard-earned dollars left behind or forgotten about in dormant accounts all across the world. But with that much money left unclaimed, there are clearly many reasons accounts go dormant. Moving to another state and forgetting to close accounts is the usual culprit.

Old School, Brand New

NEWS IS DEAD, LONG LIVE LOCAL NEWS. My grandfather, J.P. Alley, was the editorial cartoonist for The Commercial Appeal, and he won a Pulitzer in the 1920s fighting the KKK as part of the paper’s editorial team.

Is Disney Magic Fading after Four Straight Years of Visits? Maybe Not

I floated in an inner tube around the hotel’s massive 3-acre lazy river pool and it hit me. I’m floating in a hotel’s lazy river and I’m OK with it.

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

Do you ever feel like you’re struggling to take your career to the next level? If so, you’re not alone. Many of the job seekers I speak to each day are struggling with similar feelings. They have not received the achievements they expected to get by now. Perhaps they’re coming up on an important birthday, such as 30 or 40 or 50. They haven’t received the awards they would have hoped, or the plum promotion they were counting on. They’re making less money than they had planned for.

Three Ways to Win at Geofencing

Mobile marketing tactics are do-or-die for companies that want to remain relevant. According to Pew Research Center, 77 percent of Americans own a smartphone. The breakdown by generation is 92 percent of Millennials, 85 percent of Gen Xers and 67 percent of Baby Boomers.

Three Fundraising Suggestions For Board Members

Summer is the season for nonprofit board retreats. We have been asked to facilitate a few recently, with a focus on the role of the board in fundraising. Our clients want to know tips, best practices and specific ways board members can increase their involvement. With this column we share with you three suggestions you as a board member – and you collectively as a board – can take. 

Take a Break from Social Media

A lot of professionals I know relieve stress with a few minutes on Facebook after they finish a phase of a project or need a break from their tasks.

Scammers Trick Consumers into Answering the Phone

Many consumers have become conditioned to not answering an unsolicited call from an 800 or other number they don’t recognize. Crooked telemarketers use a technology called “spoofing” to get past their defenses.

Arrive Hotel Breaks Ground on South Main Location

“You can feel the momentum in Memphis,” mayor Jim Strickland said during his opening remarks at the groundbreaking of Arrive Hotel’s newest location.

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