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VOL. TMN-8 | NO. 31 | Saturday, July 25, 2015
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Memphis Sole

Nike’s $301 million expansion makes Memphis its largest distribution center in the world

The football field measurements are perhaps inevitable in describing just how big Nike’s Northridge distribution center in Frayser is after its $301 million expansion.

EMPHASIS Construction

Build Out

Boyle Investment Co. is building a 52,000-square-foot office building at its Schilling Farms community in Collierville in which Helena Chemical Co.’s Southern Business Unit will lease half of the space.

Going Up: Labor, Materials Drive Construction Costs

Shelby County homebuilders have steadily raised prices for months now, partly due to supply and demand but mostly due to soaring material and labor costs.

New Daisy Renovation Signals New Era for Historic Building

With a national partner found in Live Nation Entertainment, the New Daisy Theater is getting all dolled up to host nearly 200 musical acts annually.

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Ballet Memphis, in partnership with the Dizzy Feet Foundation, will celebrate National Dance Day with a free community dance event Saturday, July 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Overton Square Tower Courtyard, 2100 Trimble Place. Ballet Memphis will teach the National Dance Day dance, which will be performed "flash-mob style" by all participants and filmed for inclusion on the Dizzy Feet website. Visit dizzyfeetfoundation.org/national-dance-day for details.

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Editorial: Changes to Redistricting Laws Are Long Overdue

For the second time in four years, Memphis City Council members are redrawing the boundaries of their districts.

JULY 24-30: This week in Memphis history

2010: After being missing for several days, the body of Lorenzen Wright is found near Hacks Cross Road in a wooded area known as Callis Cutoff. The center and power forward for the University of Memphis basketball team and NBA professional had been shot numerous times. To date, no one has been charged in his murder.

Partial Roof Collapse Revives Concern For Downtown Memphis Eyesore

A hard rain Thursday, July 23, has put a problem property on the Main Street Mall’s “demonstration block” back in the public eye and potentially back in court.

Speakers Set For Inaugural TEDxMemphis Event

A few weeks from now, Memphians will have a chance to hear from Kimbal Musk, the brother of billionaire Tesla founder Elon Musk, about his plans for the restaurant and garden concepts he’s bringing to Memphis.

Strickland's Memphis Mayoral Bid Heats Up

Just hours after he dropped out of the race for Memphis Mayor, James Harvey endorsed mayoral contender Jim Strickland at the opening of Strickland’s Poplar Plaza campaign headquarters.

East of Cleveland

MATA exploring Madison trolley line extension to Overton Square

Consultants for the Memphis Area Transit Authority are exploring an extension of the Madison Avenue trolley line east of Cleveland Street to Overton Square and North Cooper Street.

Dunavant Bulks Up in Memphis, Texas

Richard McDuffie was busy working in his East Memphis office when a company representative delivered the news.

Camy’s To Relocate In Midtown

Camy’s, the Midtown delivery and carry-out institution, will relocate soon.

St. Jude Adds Cancer Center Director

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has added to its executive team with the hire of Dr. Charles Roberts, a health care executive from Boston who's coming on board in Memphis as the director of the St. Jude Comprehensive Cancer Center.

One Week Later, Darrius Stewart Shooting Frames Larger Debate

The best indication the public has of how Darrius Stewart died is a YouTube video of his encounter Friday, July 17, with Memphis Police on Winchester Road.

Cool Off

Ice House has busy summer calendar for those looking to beat the heat

Al Austin knows he’s competing with the sunshine.

Berger and partners launching East Memphis cryotherapy business

Taylor Berger’s new business venture is a bit cooler than the rest of the other concepts he’s helped launched in the city – cool, as in, sub-zero.

Reaction Grows to Stewart Shooting

The NAACP’s Memphis branch called Wednesday, July 22, for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to go public with the results of its investigation into the shooting death of Darrius Stewart by Memphis Police office Connor Schilling.

Redistricting Controversy Shares Political Stage With Council Restructure

At one point Tuesday, July 21, during the Memphis City Council’s discussion of the complexities and controversies of drawing new district lines, council attorney Allan Wade’s review of events reached the year 1967.

You Gave Me Shelter

Calvary Rescue Mission is expanding to serve more homeless men

It was 1997 and Robert Oliver was addicted to crack cocaine, living a lonely life on the mean streets of Memphis.

Allegiant Adds New Nonstops from Memphis

Just two months after landing at Memphis International Airport, Allegiant Air is expanding its service.

Stewart, Goode Deaths Test Memphis, Southaven Police

Darrius Stewart and Troy Goode died a day apart on different sides of the state line while both were in police custody.

Two ZeroTo510 Companies Win Pair of Honors

Memphis’ emerging status as a hub of medical device activity is getting some major international recognition this month via honors flowing to two startups being incubated here.

Memphis Candidates Prepare To Spend

How much a candidate raises in an election season attracts a lot of attention, and the second-quarter fundraising numbers for the Oct. 8 Memphis elections are still trickling out.

Memphis Tourism Officials: Limit Hotel Tax Breaks

A wave of Downtown hotel plans has officials pumping the brakes on using public incentives for smaller, limited-service hotels.

Make a Mess

Vergos sisters open art studio for kids in Overton Square

If you eat a plate of ribs at Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous, you’re likely to walk away with messy fingers. You’re also likely to get messy at a new business in Overton Square, where sisters Anna Vergos Blair and Katherine Vergos Riederer have opened their kid-friendly creativity zone The Art Project.

Artist Set to Unveil Cooper-Young Festival Poster

Memphis artist Gino Barzizza says the inspiration that guided his creation of this year’s Cooper-Young Festival poster – which will be unveiled at a party Aug. 6 at CoWork Memphis – is the long-running Midtown festival itself.

Digital Diaspora

Memphis companies embrace allowing employees to work remotely

The ubiquitous connectivity that permeates today's workplace is having a profound effect on company cultures, most notably in the digitally-fueled diaspora unfolding in which employees can work from just about anywhere.

SPORTS

Titans Announce Deal With Marcus Mariota

NASHVILLE (AP) – Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota signed with the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday, July 21, becoming the last of the NFL’s first-round draft picks to finalize his deal.

Titans Wide Receiver Hunter Granted Bond by Virginia Judge

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) – Tennessee Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter was granted bond by a Virginia judge on Tuesday, July 21, a day after turning himself in to authorities in his hometown on a charge of malicious wounding.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Charles Hughes to Head Rhodes’ Memphis Center

Dr. Charles L. Hughes has been named director of Rhodes College’s Memphis Center, an academic hub focused on the human experience of the Memphis and Mid-South region. He will be teaching classes on Memphis history and culture, coordinating student projects and developing programs, and also will be continuing his own research on the area.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Ikea Buys Cordova Acreage For Planned Memphis Store

41 Acres for, Future Ikea Store -
Ikea continues to take steps toward construction of its massive Cordova store.

SMALL BUSINESS

Merger Creates Opportunities for Nonprofit Communities Unlimited Inc.

If a small business is seeking a loan, nonprofit Communities Unlimited Inc. will sell the fuel along with a free diagnostic checkup.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Granddad, Hambone And The KKK

IF THE KLAN DOESN’T LIKE YOU, PAT YOURSELF ON THE BACK.

The Online Trap

I’ll admit it; I’m an online junkie.

Pre-Planning For The End

Pre-planning your funeral may well be the most important and considerate gift you leave your family.

Ben’s Beginnings in Philly

Two weeks ago we left the 17-year-old Ben Franklin in the process of fleeing Boston. That was where he and his employer/brother, James, had literally come to blows. At issue were the stated and unstated job requirements of assistant publisher of the New England Courant.

With No Real Rival, Tennessee Republicans Attack Their Own

Republicans are sitting in Tennessee’s political catbird seat, but that doesn’t keep them from flying off in different directions.

Curiosity Closed the Sale

Curiosity may have killed the cat – but in sales, curiosity can almost always close the deal.

Checking the Vitals

Now that the Greece flare up and China arrhythmia have subsided, let’s perform a quick physical on the markets to reassess the vitals.

More Things To Know Before Proposal Writing

Last week’s column focused on six basic things you should know before writing a proposal. Here, we address three more nuanced things to consider.

Exploring Family Side of St. Louis

Waking on Sunday morning in the HoteLumiere in Downtown St. Louis I was physically beat from a scorching hot Cardinals game the night before.

Setting the Standard: Social Entrepreneurs With Heart

The greatness of a city does not lie in the size of its budget; rather, it is revealed by the size of the hearts of those who work to make it great for all citizens.

Spotting Your Organization’s Orthodoxies

Often the very factors of success around which you launch, build, and manage an organization can turn on you like a venomous snake. The framework that worked so well, for so long, now limits the growth of the place. At some points the factors have turned into choke points.

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PROPERTY SALES 86 393 21,159
MORTGAGES 94 424 24,785
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 93 8,703
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BANKRUPTCIES 52 292 14,194
BUSINESS LICENSES 15 90 6,491
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