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VOL. TMN-9 | NO. 28 | Saturday, July 9, 2016
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Scramble in the 8th District

Aug. 4 election features a 13-candidate Republican congressional primary

You might call it the calm before the storm. The Aug. 4 election, for which early voting starts July 15, is calmer than usual for the election cycle before a November presidential general election – the only election that more than half of Shelby County voters regularly show up for.

The Rest of the August Ballot

If all goes according to plan on the Aug. 4 election day, Linda Phillips hopes the result is that you don’t see her in any of the reporting on election night.

Editorial: What Is and Isn't on Shelby County's August Ballot

Elections are never just about the names on the ballot. Less-obvious factors always come into play, and when it comes to primary matchups – like many of the races on the August ballot – more decisions lie ahead in the general election.

Download Your Shelby County Aug. 4 Sample Ballot

You’ve registered to vote in the August elections – now what? Perhaps you are still deciding whether you will cast your ballot during the July 15-30 early voting period or be a traditionalist and vote on Election Day Aug. 4.

Grizzlies Introduce Free Agent Signee Chandler Parsons

Fans who had gathered in the lobby of FedExForum began cheering as soon free agent signee Chandler Parsons came into view – wearing a plum suit – and walking with Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace toward a table where they would sit and conduct a historic press conference.

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Strickland and Rallings Urge Peace and Calm At End of Violent Week

Memphis Police are “doubling up” on patrol for now, Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings said Friday, July 8, and are sending more officers to respond to calls in the wake of a sniper attack in Dallas Thursday evening that killed five police officers.

Humane Society Seeks New Leader After Terminating Director’s Contract

The Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County has terminated executive director Andrew Jacuzzi’s contract and retained Amy Howell as consulting interim director.

Democrats Feud Over Settlement With Former Chairman

Local Democratic party leaders had trouble just taking a vote Thursday, July 7, as the group met for the first time since party chairman Michael Pope signed off on a settlement with former chairman Bryan Carson over missing party funds.

EMPHASIS Green

Wildflowers, Natural Grasses to Benefit Kennedy Park, Greenway

The Wolf River Conservancy is ready to award a contract to start work on the Wolf River Greenway section that includes Kennedy Park and Epping Forest on the other side of the river.

Storied University of Memphis Railroad Right Of Way To Become Safer, Greener

When classes resume at the University of Memphis in August, the unofficial campus tradition of crossing the railroad tracks along Southern Avenue will change.

Bartlett Nursery Landscaping Grows Family Tree at 22-Acre Site

Family owned Bartlett Nursery Landscaping is enjoying its 20th year at its location on U.S. Highway 70/Summer Avenue, with more residential and commercial customers than ever looking to go green.

NONPROFIT SECTOR

Bridge Builders Creating Leaders One Cohort at a Time

In the High Adventure Hall in the Bridges Center on North Fifth Street, more than 150 seventh- and eighth-graders, organized in groups designated by team-colored T-shirts, are collectively and enthusiastically practicing the Bridge Builders pledge:

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

July 8-14, 2016: This week in Memphis history

2015: Zimm the monkey escapes from her area at the Memphis Zoo.

HEALTH CARE

Alzheimer’s Inquiries Abound Following Pat Summitt’s Death

June was Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. But this year, it would be more accurate to call it Pat Summitt Month.

Saint Francis Affiliate Opens on Summer Avenue

Saint Francis Medical Partners – the affiliated physician network of Saint Francis Healthcare, which includes Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis and Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett – has opened a new 10 exam-room practice on Summer Avenue.

Foundation Supports New Services to Help Parents

The ACE Awareness Foundation in Memphis is funding what’s become a growing suite of support services for parents in Memphis, everything from a newly launched telephone support line that puts parents in touch with licensed social workers and counselors to Universal Parenting Places.

Audrey Gregory Returns to Memphis to Lead Saint Francis Hospitals

For Dr. Audrey Gregory, new market CEO for Saint Francis hospitals, leading and being called to serve has always been in her blood.

Methodist Exec: 'Can’t Afford to Not Discuss Expanding Medicaid'

A task force of state lawmakers appointed by Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell has rolled out its plan for an expansion of Medicaid in Tennessee that’s more limited than the one envisioned by Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee plan.

OVERTON PARK

Greensward Plan Awaits Shuttle Details

The Overton Park Greensward controversy is still moving although it is much closer to a resolution with last week’s proposal by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, said City Council chairman Kemp Conrad and councilman Worth Morgan, whose district includes the park.

STARTUP CONFIDENTIAL

Gordon: ‘You’re Not Alone on Your Journey’

If you know anything about Kat Gordon at all, it’s likely the Technicolor version that’s clearest in press photos: There she is, gingham apron tied on, smile dazzling, holding a tempting plate of cupcakes or pie from her wildly popular bakery, Muddy’s Bake Shop, which now comprises two retail locations and a commercial kitchen and custom studio.

TECHNOLOGY

FedEx Institute of Technology Builds Tech Reputation

The FedEx Institute of Technology will host a training course on blockchain technology, the buzzy infrastructure that comprises the backbone of bitcoin, as part of a broader push to position itself at the center of innovation in the city.

SPORTS

Hogue Aiming for $125K Payday At World Long Drive Championship

He is in a crisp shirt and pants, nice golf shoes, and of course there’s that cool Callaway golf bag sitting nearby. The guy looks serious. And at 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, Will Hogue is more than just a picture of fitness. He’s cut.

Conley + Parsons = Renewed Belief for Grizz

At the end of his essay for the playerstribune.com, in which free agent Mike Conley discussed why he returned to Memphis on a five-year max contract worth $153 million, he wrote the following:

Window Still Open for Conley and This Era of Grizzlies

Too often, there comes a moment when fans discover a beloved player isn’t the guy they thought he was. Fans in Oklahoma City know that feeling well now that Kevin Durant has agreed to a free agent deal with the Golden State Warriors.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

Election Foes Clash Briefly About Budget

For a few minutes last week you could see the 2018 race for Shelby County mayor as county commissioners were moving toward a resolution of their 2016 budget season.

Roland Wants Revisit of Budget Cut

The exact numbers always take a few weeks. That’s the nature of budgets forged by political compromise and groups of elected officials.

EDUCATION

Education Leaders Reboot TNReady Tests, Re-Examine Process

The disastrous rollout of the new TNReady student achievement tests has gone from finding a new test vendor to a re-examination of the role such testing plays in public education.

MARKETING & ADVERTISING

AAF Memphis Taps New Leadership

If there’s one thing the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Memphis chapter knows best, it’s that the industry it represents is constantly changing. Reflecting that change, the chapter welcomed new executive director Nikii Richey and swore in its new board members at a special luncheon event at FedExForum on June 18.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Dixon Hughes Lets Students ‘Explore Memphis’

Members of Memphis’ corporate community like accounting firm Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP see the recruitment of the next generation of talent to their firms as more than selling the firms themselves, office perks and the like.

SNAPSHOT

Snapshot: A Different Kind of Balling

The University of Memphis’ 49-year-old Richardson Towers dormitory is preparing to meet the wrecking ball, just months after the Centennial Place residence hall opened at Patterson Street and Norriswood Avenue. Students began moving into Centennial Place in January.

LAW & THE COURTS

Mayor, DA Discuss Approach To Curb Crime

Much of the attention in local crime statistics this year goes to the jump in the city’s homicide rate.

Aretha Franklin’s Childhood Home Safe for Now

Aretha Franklin’s birthplace at 406 Lucy Ave. in South Memphis is getting an encore. Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter has suspended his demolition order for six weeks to give some breathing room to the LeMoyne-Owen College Community Development Corp.’s recently revived campaign to turn the house into a museum.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Williams Hired for Memphis Blight-Fighting Fellowship

The city of Memphis and University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law recently hired Brittany J. Williams as the city’s first Neighborhood Preservation Fellow. In that role, Williams will represent the city in Environmental Court lawsuits against property owners who have vacant, abandoned or dilapidated properties that violate city codes.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

3-Story Hotel Set to Rise In Southeast Shelby County

7967 Lowrance Road, Shelby County, TN 38125 -
A three-story hotel is moving forward in unincorporated southeast Shelby County. The city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement has issued a $2.6 million building permit for a 35,470-square-foot Home Inn and Suites at 7967 Lowrance Road.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Eulogy for a Copywriter

A LOSS FOR WORDS. We lost a good one two weeks ago. Good man. Good son and husband, father and grandfather, brother and friend. Good citizen and arts supporter. Good mentor to students and adviser to college presidents, Episcopal priests and copywriters.

Carrying Debt Into Retirement

Ray’s Take: In a perfect world, when we retire, our debt should already be “retired.” 

‘Throwback’ Something Special

“I didn’t set out to write about the melancholy bewilderment of middle-aged men,” says Chris Bachelder of his fifth novel, “The Throwback Special.” “But that’s where I ended up.” And, IMO, he ended up with a very special book.

Task Force’s New Health Plan Promising

A 3-Star Healthy Task Force appointed to propose a method for catching Tennesseans in a health care coverage gap is taking a politically safe road to reach the same goal as Insure Tennessee.

Breaking The Rules

Life lessons seem hard to grasp at first, yet so obvious once you get them. I recently spoke with a former client who completely transformed his career. He went from working in a university in administration to working in corporate strategy at a Fortune 500 company. I asked, “Looking back, how have you changed the most in the last few years?”

Profile of a Winning Sales Team

It’s no secret that quality of life among team members leads to higher retention and satisfaction. Sales rep satisfaction is directly linked to customer satisfaction, and both impact your bottom line.

Sign This Pledge, Innovator

Congratulations, you’ve been hired as an innovator. This is the apex of applied creativity, the rock ‘n’ roll of industry; you are hired to rock the boat. Steady your Warby Parker’s. Hit pause on your audible copy of “Abundance.” Fill your closets with Robert Graham and PrAna, and get some crazy socks; it’s time to work.

Is Your Nonprofit Legit?

Passion for mission is at the heart of a nonprofit, but don’t forget your “business” requirements. Nonprofits must comply with many of the same regulations as businesses, and additional ones that are specific to the sector. As an executive or board member you need to be aware of these, and operate within the law.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 77 286 16,478
MORTGAGES 95 347 19,032
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 176 569 33,695
BANKRUPTCIES 59 183 10,920
BUSINESS LICENSES 20 77 5,275
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 102 11,446
MARRIAGE LICENSES 27 97 3,964

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