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VOL. TMN-10 | NO. 28 | Saturday, July 8, 2017
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Need For Speed

Broadband growth in rural areas critical for education, economic growth

Access to high-speed broadband is a growing issue in Tennessee as technological advances in business and education become more digitally based. For the rural areas around Memphis and across the state, it is becoming a matter of disparity both on the workforce-training front and in classrooms. And the two are inextricably linked.

Memphis Announces Grants for Remaining 1968 Sanitation Workers

A group of 14 city sanitation workers from 1968 – four still working for the city and 10 who are retired – will be getting $50,000 grants from the city, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland announced Thursday, July 6.

Health Insurance Carriers Seek Higher Rates in Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance has released the insurance rates requested by carriers offering coverage on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace ahead of open enrollment for 2018.


Editorial: Building Broadband Access Tough, Necessary

Tennessee should have a broadband network that can handle the pent-up demand we all have for this kind of access, whether we are rural, urban or suburban Tennesseans.

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Memphis Area Legal Services, the Memphis Bar Association and the Access to Justice Committee will host a free legal advice and counsel clinic Saturday, July 8, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. Volunteer attorneys provide free legal assistance on a first-come, first-served basis the second Saturday of each month. Visit malsi.org.

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MATA Eyes Greener Future, Prepares For Upcoming Service Changes

Despite being hampered by a tight budget, the Memphis Area Transit Authority is making strides to be more green and environmentally sensitive, including participating in National Dump the Pump Day in June and offering reduced fares on “Ozone Days” throughout the year, as well as recently collaborating with the EPA to install air pollution-monitoring stations.

Germantown Turning Borrow Pit Into Youth Education Pond

The borrow pit off Wolf River Boulevard at Riverdale Road in Germantown already is a fishing hole that anglers have known about for quite a while.

Confluence Park Takes Shape On Former Mud Island ‘Trash Dump’

Before her knee surgery, Sara Yarrow ran anywhere from five to 10 miles a week, often near her Mud Island home.


July 7-13, 2017: This week in Memphis history

1984: Armadillo Jack’s, a restaurant, opened in the Beale Street Landing building at Beale Street and Riverside Drive. The opening features armadillo races.


McCalla Keeps Police Surveillance Lawsuit

A Memphis federal judge has dropped four citizens as plaintiffs in a lawsuit alleging the city violated a 1978 federal consent decree barring police from conducting surveillance of protesters, saying the citizens don’t have standing.


Patterson Out as Downtown Memphis Commission Head

Terence Patterson is leaving as president and CEO of the Downtown Memphis Commission effective immediately.


Spike in Home Sales Could be the Spark Frayser Needs

By almost all accounts the Memphis housing market is firing on all cylinders almost everywhere, but for some neighborhoods hit hardest during the housing crisis like Frayser, the rebuilding process has been slow.

Shelby Farms Boutique Hotel; Midtown Gated Community on Latest LUCB Agenda

Two proposed developments in two of the city’s high-profile areas – a 130-room boutique hotel near Shelby Farms and a new gated community in Midtown – will headline the Land Use Control Board’s Aug. 10 agenda.

Former Cottage Restaurant Site to Be Demolished

The tiny white house at the corner of Summer Avenue and Holmes Road stood out in stark contrast to the surrounding auto dealerships and gas stations, but for more than 50 years, the restaurant aptly-named The Cottage provided customers a hearty breakfast and bucolic atmosphere despite its urban setting.

Bruster’s Highlights Highland Strip Growth

When a small record shop called Pop-I’s opened in late 1960s, it helped spark the transformation of a mundane neighborhood shopping center near the University of Memphis into a popular entertainment destination for students.

Cooper-Young Getting New Coffee House

945 Cooper St., Memphis, TN 38104 -
Even though Cooper-Young is hot with new development, there was one significant puzzle piece missing – a tenant in the vacant parcel on the northwest corner of Cooper Street and Young Avenue.


Jernigan Capital Hits Investment Milestones

Jernigan Capital – a publicly traded, Memphis-based provider of capital to self-storage entrepreneurs – is on a tear at the moment.


Fairgrounds Movement Triggers Liberty Bowl Questions

For a prime piece of real estate that is supposed to be in a holding pattern, there is a lot of recent activity on and about the Mid-South Fairgrounds. And even when Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium isn’t the immediate topic, it is an undeniable presence.

Foote Homes Last Vestige Of Public Housing

As the last of the city’s large public housing developments is demolished, the oldest of the mixed-income communities that replaced them is about to turn 20.

Memphis 3.0 Effort Gets to Basic Facts

Putting together the city’s first long-term comprehensive development plan since the 1980s is proving to be about covering a lot of the same material at public meetings.


SunTrust to Launch Financial Wellness Program

Physical fitness initiatives have become an increasingly familiar part of corporate life, from employee health risk assessments to offering financial incentives to improve wellness. SunTrust Banks Inc. wants to help companies offer a twist on that concept – fiscal wellness.


Owners Invest $1.6 Million to Revive Memphis National Golf Club

A golf club is not unlike a garden. It needs tending. Fairways, greens, bunkers – they all need attention. But so do the members, who have many choices throughout the Memphis area and want to feel like their presence matters no matter how low – or high – of a score they shoot.


Area’s Only Epilepsy Monitoring Unit Progressing in First Year

With more than 30,000 epileptics living in the Memphis area, the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis, which opened nearly one year ago, is providing much needed specialized care and treatment for patients that previously were forced to drive to Jackson or Nashville for similar care.

Rock for Love Set for 11th Anniversary

Church Health founder Dr. Scott Morris once tried to put into words what he thinks about Rock for Love, the annual benefit concert launched in 2007 for the clinic he founded and which returns next month for the 11th time.


St. Jude Names Thomas VP Of Clinical Trials Operations

Tangie Thomas has joined St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as vice president of clinical trials operations. In that role, Thomas will lead support for clinical research at St. Jude and its affiliate sites, with duties that include implementing strategic goals, overseeing recruitment efforts and determining how resources are allocated for offices that support clinical research. Thomas previously served as director of clinical affairs at the Sarah Cannon Research Institute in Nashville.


Morris Recalls Brother’s Violent Death and Rage

“Actually, the truth has never been told,” Charlie Morris said this week as he talked about the violent death of his brother 78 years ago in Arlington. Morris, now 96 years old, had family and friends gathered around him at the Memphis Branch NAACP headquarters Monday, July 3, as he marked the new state law that could reopen the investigation into the death of Jessie Lee Bond and other cold cases from the long arc of the civil rights movement.


Local Democrats Set Reorganization Convention

Shelby County Democrats will start the reorganization of the local political party July 22 at a countywide convention that will dramatically change its structure to a pair of groups totaling around 130 people.

State Politely Refuses To Turn Over Voter Data

The state of Tennessee will not be turning over voter rolls to a presidential commission on election integrity.


Appling Road Greenline Access Awaits Funding

There is a plan designed and ready for an Appling Road access point to the Shelby Farms Greenline and if the response to last week’s opening of the Perkins Road access point is any indication, it shouldn’t be too difficult.


Analyst: Fred’s Not Seen as Viable Buyer of Rite Aid Stores

Nick Mitchell, managing director and research analyst with Northcoast Research, didn’t have to do much work or analysis in the wake of news that Memphis-based Fred’s Inc. has been cut out of a deal between Walgreens and Rite Aid.


Memphis Coaches Employ Advanced Metrics to Help Tomorrow’s Cardinals

Almost an hour after a Sunday afternoon game at AutoZone Park, Memphis Redbirds hitting coach Mark Budaska and pitching coach Bryan Eversgerd are sitting at a small table doing their homework. There are pieces of paper on the table and some visible charts.

The Press Box: Grizzlies Inevitable Victims of Identity Theft

It was late last November and Zach Randolph was going to be away from the team for several days because of his mother’s passing. So before the Grizzlies played the Miami Heat at FedExForum, the head coach was asked how he would cover Randolph’s minutes.

Z-Bo Leaves Memphis With Many Memories

Eight years ago this week, there was a press conference at FedExForum. The Memphis Grizzlies had acquired a power forward via a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Vince Carter Signs One-Year Contract with Sacramento

After three years with the Memphis Grizzlies, Vince Carter has signed a one-year, $8 million contract with the Sacramento Kings.

At Manning Passing Academy, Tigers’ Ferguson Learns Practice is Not About Being Perfect

In a quarterback’s ideal world, the offensive line forms a veritable fortress in front of him, every receiver runs crisp on-time routes, and no game is played in wet or cold weather and every field is kept in immaculate condition.

Titans Will Have Best Roster in More Than a Decade

The folks at Pro Football Focus recently ranked the Tennessee Titans’ roster No. 3. Not third in the AFC South. Third in the entire NFL. This means one of two things: Either Pro Football Focus has gotten hold of some bad videotape or the Titans finally have some really good players.


A Flavorful Fourth

Memphis artist Martha Kelly recalls the fresh flavors of a Fourth of July cookout in her latest monthly illustration for The Memphis News.


Micromanaging Nashville is Job 1 for Legislature

Metro Nashville is used to getting hammered by the Legislature’s Republicans.


Not Ours, Not Theirs

Not the apple of the apple's eye. The only other person on the subway platform that night years ago was in a hood-up hoodie and seemed to be about 8 feet tall, and seemed to get taller as he walked toward me. Even sober, I wouldn’t be able to do anything about whatever he had in mind, and I was far from sober after a three-hour meal in Tribeca. I was done.

Boomerang – When Adult Children Come Home

Ray’s Take: A changing economy, a sluggish job market and student loan debt have created a perfect storm for delaying the empty nest parents have expected, and had, in the past. According to a recent Census Bureau report, 30 percent of young adults ages 18 to 34 live with their parents. That’s a big number, and the trend is driven in part by unemployment or underemployment of millennials.

Progress Demands Cooperation

The Penrose Staircase is an illusory structure resembling a staircase that seems to ascend forever around the perimeter of a square. An artificial construct of the human mind, it provides insights into the nature of the cognitive economy.

Friendliness Drives Barcelona’s Attraction

Friendly. That’s my lasting impression of Barcelona. This northeastern Spain city, perched between the foothills of the Pyrenees and Mediterranean Sea a couple hours south of the French border, goes to the beat of its own Catalan drum. But every beat I encountered was a friendly one, and only cemented my love of this city.

Facts All 69-Year-Olds Should Know About RMDs

Editor’s Note: This is part one in a two-part series. If you are like millions of people across the nation, you probably participate in some form of retirement plan. It may be employer-sponsored, such as a 401(k) or 403(b), or it may be independently arranged, like an individual retirement account (IRA).

Are You Intimidated by Your Nonprofit Peers?

It’s a funny thing how we credit others with superpowers and become intimidated based on what we think we know. Here’s our advice: Don’t be intimidated. Learn what contributes to success and get to work, day by day, building a culture of success.

When You Thought It Wasn’t Personal

A reader recently wrote to me with a unique situation. They landed an impressive contract position. Everything was going along great for 11 months until one day, they were let go. The company laid off a large number of people all at the same time. After soliciting feedback, the reader was given a good review and sent on their way.

3 Modes of Innovation: A New Strategic Framework

Every client assumes they have to disrupt or be disrupted, but that is often the wrong innovation recipe for them. Disrupting their culture at times of growth may be the worst advice you could offer.

Brand Personality: Channeling Pinocchio

Why do some brands speak to us and ignite our souls while others leave us feeling … uninspired? What is it about a brand that makes us feel happy, excited or safe? The answer? Personality.

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