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VOL. TMN-6 | NO. 36 | Saturday, August 31, 2013
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Mean Streets

Coaches prepare for grind, spotlight of SEC football

Alabama’s Nick Saban can walk anywhere he wants in the Southeastern Conference – college football’s roughest neighborhood – and no one can lay a finger on him.

Editorial: Children Must Remain Chief Focus of Schools

With the Labor Day weekend, the first school year of the unified Shelby County Schools system marked several milestones.


August 30-September 5, 2013: This week in Memphis history

2008: The Levitt Shell in Overton Park opened its inaugural concert season with Amy LaVere and Justin Townes Earle following a $1.3 million renovation that improved the sound system and took out the shell’s benches in favor of an open green area.

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Baptist Restructuring Includes 61 Layoffs

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. this week laid off 61 employees in a system-wide restructuring plan.

School Board Crossing

Downsized membership brings countywide board to crossroads

The Shelby County Schools board will no longer need a massive semi-circle with 23 seats at its next meeting in September.

Conference Promotes Women Business Ownership

Marketing firm owner Amy Howell could write a book on her experience as a female business owner. As a matter of fact, she has.

Collier Paints a Business on Her Professional Canvas

Dorothy Collier’s career path has unfolded similarly to many enterprising professionals marking time before fully committing to their passion.

Four Memphis Startups Win Spots in ‘The TENN’

Memphis’ startup community continues collecting recognition beyond the city limits to go along with the steady attraction of new platforms, investments, mentors and programs for startups here.

Wiseacre Set to Open City’s First Taproom

The city’s newest craft brewery will be officially open for business at the end of the week.

Fertile Ground

Future looks bright as Memphis Botanic Garden turns 60

In 1947, two parcels of land on the eastern boundaries of Memphis were purchased for $400,000 to be used as a new city park.

Goldin Appointed to Tennessee Appeals Court

Shelby County Chancellor Arnold Goldin has been tapped to replace Alan Highers on the Tennessee Court of Appeals at the end of next year when Highers retires.

Cooper: ‘False Promises’ Prompted Airline Merger Challenge

Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper said the state joined the U.S. Justice Department and five other states in opposing the proposed $11 billion merger of U.S. Airways and American Airlines, because of the state’s experience with past airline mergers.

Conference to Bridge Gap Between Employers, Training Programs

Out of the near-crisis in hiring workers after the city’s set of economic development plums in the last three years came a workforce training formula that has worked.

Ubiquiti Faces Tech Giants in Internet Push

Some of the biggest technology companies have begun making moves toward the same goal being pursued by Ubiquiti Networks Inc., the wireless communications company founded by Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera.

Mission of Love

Rock for Love brings annual awareness to Church Health Center

Beginning Sept. 5, Memphis will once again come together to Rock for Love.

American Athletic Conference Ready for High-Exposure Start to Season

The new American Athletic Conference kicks off Thursday night and nine of the league’s 10 teams play this weekend. ESPN will televise two of the games, other ESPN networks will carry another six games, and NBC will televise Temple at Notre Dame. It’s a high-exposure start for the league formerly known as the Big East.

Martin Sets University of Memphis Priorities

On the first day of the academic year at The University of Memphis, Monday, Aug. 26, yoga was on the schedule of the university’s interim president, Brad Martin.

Baptist Still Growing in DeSoto County

Twenty-five years ago, Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. built a 130-bed hospital in DeSoto County, Miss., on the site of a former dairy farm.

Fetch Brings Ikea Delivery to Memphis

Ikea doesn’t have a store in Memphis, and the retailer doesn’t deliver some products to Memphis – which is why Ben Colar and two other guys created a venture to give fans of the retailer a guaranteed personal delivery service.

Talking Points

Corker talks Syria, housing during Memphis stop

Not long after appearing on two morning news shows to assert that U.S. military action in Syria is imminent, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker started his week with a list of Memphis appearances that included speaking to a lunchtime crowd on a range of subjects – everything from Middle East policy to the housing market’s incremental recovery.

City Sanitation Changes Start With Fragile Pact

Changes in city sanitation services would move toward a plan that could change decades of a system in which anything Memphians put by the curb gets picked up for a monthly solid waste fee, no matter how much is on the curb.

Memphis Police, School System Rift Not First One

It took three weeks into the unified school system’s first school year for Memphis Police to get a memo that they were to respond to calls at Shelby County Schools within the city of Memphis.

United Housing Places 3,000th Homeowner

Lisa Brice was living in a Memphis-area townhouse with her two teenage daughters when the water was turned off in the community back in January.

Report: Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Payments Decline

Tennessee is one of 22 states where total workers’ compensation payments to injured workers and costs borne by employers decreased in 2011, according to a new report from the National Academy of Social Insurance.


O-Line’s Job: Keeping the Star Players Clean

Of all the talented yet anonymous offensive linemen in the country, Vanderbilt senior Wesley Johnson might be the closest thing to a 6-5, 295-pound invisible man as there can be. Johnson has made 38 straight starts and was expected to make his 39th on Thursday, Aug. 29, against Ole Miss.

Johnny Football Ever-Elusive, NCAA Ever-Inept

While there is a paper trail from the sale of No. 2 jerseys back to Texas A&M and the NCAA, and a direct line to the word “hypocrisy” in your nearest Merriam-Webster Collegiate dictionary, there apparently is no paper trail here.


Greaud Keeps Memphis Airport Operating Smoothly

As Memphis International Airport expands and contracts depending on the time of day, the state of the airline industry and the financial climate, much of the responsibility of keeping the facility running smoothly falls to John Greaud.


Kasser Tackling Tax Law With Glankler Brown

Jake Kasser has joined the firm of Glankler Brown PLLC as an associate.


Moore Rejoins Girls Inc. as President/CEO

Lisa Moore recently joined Girls Inc. of Memphis as president/CEO, returning to the organization where she began her career in the late 1980s. In her new role, Moore said, she will provide leadership and support to equip Girls Inc. of Memphis to effectively and efficiently fulfill its mission of equipping all girls to live strong, smart and bold.


Henry Turley Co. Files Permits for South Junction

727 E. Mann Circle; 726. E. Mann Circle; 725 W. Mann Circle; 35 W. Georgia Ave.; 649 Florida St.; 18 W. Carolina Ave.; 9 E. Carolina Ave., Memphis, TN 38103, Permit Costs: $1.5 million; $1.5 million; $1.5 million; $1.5 million; $1.5 million; $1.5 million; $1.4 million -
A development group led by Henry Turley Co. has filed a series of building permits totaling $10.4 million for the 197-unit South Junction apartments Downtown.


LEAP of Faith

A STEP IN SYNC. I have in my possession a rare document, evidence of a shared spark of hope, a light at the end of all the tunnel vision, a warm fire in that cold cave in Nashville.

The [Fill in the Blank] Way

Each professional entity has a way of handling business. This way is encoded with spoken and codified rules and unspoken and non-verbal clues on how to perform. What gets done, how decisions are made and how money gets allocated can be defined as “culture.” This way, then, is an explicit and implicit set of rituals that reward or punish based on its own complicated, internal logic.

Bundle of Joy Can Cost You Bundle of Cash

Ray’s Take I was asked once if two could live as cheaply as one. I answered, “Certainly, as long as one of them didn’t eat or wear clothes.” Most couples realize having a baby is going to mean extra expenses. However, many are shocked when they realize just how high those expenses are. According to the U. S. Department of Agriculture, a child born in 2011 will cost an average of $235,000 to raise to age 17. That number doesn’t include a penny for private tuition or college.

Offense Best Defense in Music Suit?

The crossword clue was “Gray areas, maybe.” The answer was BORDER LINES. With 11 letters, it fit nicely across the puzzle’s center.

10 Ways to Attract Pinterest Followers

In its first three years, virtual scrapbooking site Pinterest has taken social media by storm – growing to an impressive 70 million users.

Rates Are Rising, Rates Are Rising

On July 22, 1981, the federal funds rate (the interbank overnight benchmark rate) hit a historic high of 22.36 percent. On Dec. 11, 2011, it bottomed at .04 percent. Between 1981 and today, large company stocks returned nearly 11 percent on an annualized basis. As consensus suggests, falling interest rates undoubtedly make stocks more valuable.

What’s Your Policy?

Most people who volunteer with nonprofits are ethical and deeply committed to the organizations and institutions they serve. But sometimes in the midst of doing good there may be a tendency to sidestep best practices that build credibility. One way to ensure credibility is for the board to craft, approve and implement fundraising guidelines, policies and procedures. These should be clearly worded and should support the work of board members, volunteers, staff and donors.

Mutually Beneficial Networking

Many business professionals think of networking as mainly attending events and exchanging business cards. Then you go back to your office and connect on LinkedIn or some similar networking service and wait for the magic to happen. And it rarely does.

Entrepreneurial Spirit Alive in Memphis

Steve Jobs once said, “Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the square pegs in the round holes … the ones who see things differently … they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

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