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VOL. TMN-10 | NO. 32 | Saturday, August 5, 2017
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Seeing the Light

What started as a way to save a little money on utilities has become a green brigade at the Shelby County Division of Corrections

Four years ago, Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell was in Knoxville for a college football game. But with several hours before kickoff, he took a side trip to view the green initiatives at the Knox County Jail.

EDITORIAL

Editorial: The Ultimate Sustainability At the Corrections Center

A life is a natural resource, more valuable than the resources being conserved at the Shelby County Corrections Center to great effect. So, with inmate levels at the corrections center currently at a relatively low level, we think there is another kind of opportunity for the aging prison.

SPECIAL REPORT

Problems Adrift

Industry experts searching for answers to stem dicamba dilemma

David Ciarloni plants about 140 acres of soybeans on his 925-acre farm that straddles Shelby and Fayette counties. Those acres of beans are safe right now, but Ciarloni, who took over the family farm after his father recently retired, worries about a recent phenomenon that’s being called “dicamba drift.”

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EVENTS

The 2017 Film Prize: Memphis Festival takes place Friday through Sunday, Aug. 4-6. All top 10 films will screen as one block lasting about two hours multiple times throughout the weekend Malco Studio on the Square, 2105 Court Ave. After the screening, festival passholders will vote on their favorite, and the winners will be announced at an awards brunch Sunday. Visit memphisfilmprize.com for a schedule of screening times, filmmaker Q&As and panel discussions.

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Strong is New Local Democratic Party Chairman

The new chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party is Corey Strong, an attorney and special projects director for Shelby County Schools.

Collins To Retire as Head of MLGW

Memphis Light Gas and Water Division president Jerry Collins will retire as president and CEO of the utility company effective Dec. 19, Collins announced Friday, Aug. 4.

Grocery Delivery Service Instacart Rolling Into Memphis

On-demand grocery delivery service Instacart is expanding into the Memphis area, offering same-day deliveries from retailers such as Whole Foods Market, Costco, CVS, Petco and Kroger in as little as an hour.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

August 4-10, 2017: This week in Memphis history

1927: Sears Crosstown opens. The catalog order plant and retail store is 53,000 square feet of retail that can process 45,000 orders a day in its catalog center. More than 1,000 people work at the store. Memphis Mayor Rowlett Paine cuts a red ribbon at the North Watkins entrance.

HEALTH CARE

UTHSC’s Dr. David Stern Focusing on a Healthier Tennessee in New Role

Getting invited to make a presentation at the White House last fall as part of a meeting on drug addiction turned into an epiphany of sorts for Dr. David Stern.

Nashville Friends Launch Medical Device Startup in Memphis

Sinead Miller is the kind of entrepreneur that stakeholders in Memphis’ business ecosystem are hungry to see more of.

EDUCATION

New Academic Year Brings Changes, Familiar Issues

The school year for most students in Shelby County begins Monday, Aug. 7. But teachers and school administrators mentally remain at least a few weeks ahead, if not more – a permanent condition for educators.

Lakeland Middle Opens As Leaders Eye Next One

Lakeland’s new middle school already has some trophies in its trophy case from summer cheerleading competitions.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

City Reopens Fairgrounds Planning Process

About two weeks after unveiling a concept plan for Memphis riverfront development, Mayor Jim Strickland’s administration has reactivated a dormant city move to redevelop the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

Binghampton, Uptown Redevelopment Efforts Move Forward While Waiting for the CRA

If Binghampton can get a proposal for tax increment financing (TIF) approved by the end of the year, it would mean an immediate $332,000 in capital and an estimated $26 million over the 30-year life of the TIF zone to sustain and further grow commercial and residential development in the area.

REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT

Developers Baking $73 Million Deal at Wonder Bread Plant

A development group wants to breathe new life into the former Wonder Bread plant that used to fill the Memphis Medical District with the smell of fresh bread before it closed in 2013.

Cordova Apartment Community Sells for $27.9M

The Charleston, a 284-unit apartment community on the east side of Houston Levee Road just south of U.S. 64, has sold for $27.9 million, marking a new chapter for a property that was built just last year.

Landmarks Commission Clears Path For Cooper-Young, VECA Historic Designations

The path to preservation status for two Midtown neighborhoods has been cleared by the Memphis Landmarks Commission.

First Alliance Bank Inks 10-Year Lease to Move to Clark Tower

Memphis-based First Alliance Bank has signed a 10-year lease to relocate its Poplar Avenue branch into the recently remodeled Clark Tower office building. -
Memphis-based First Alliance Bank has signed a 10-year lease to relocate its Poplar Avenue branch into the recently remodeled Clark Tower office building.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Royal Studios Celebrates 60 Years of Music-Making

For Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell, the workday starts around 10 in the morning, when he arrives at Royal Studios to start miking up the drums. He’ll spend the next few hours getting the rest of the instruments set up and “dialing in sounds,” all the technical work that has to be done before the acts and artists show up at Royal and start running through their songs.

IRIS Orchestra Fellows Program Bridges Gap to Professional Career

They get to play in an orchestra next to world-class musicians. They will have mentors and be mentors for children in the Shelby County Schools system. During their 10-month fellowship, they are paid a stipend and housing is provided at artist friendly Crosstown Concourse.

MEDIA

Barnes Tapped As New Tennessee Press Association President

Eric Barnes, publisher and CEO of The Daily News Publishing Co. Inc., has become the next president of the Tennessee Press Association, the trade association for the state’s newspapers.

TPA Honors The Daily News for 2016 Coverage

The Daily News recently earned six awards, including two first-place wins, at the Tennessee Press Association’s 2017 newspaper contest, co-sponsored by the University of Tennessee.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Red-Hot Growth for Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza

Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza has blazed quite a trail over the past five years by growing to five Memphis-area locations, and now co-owners Chad Foreman and Kirk Cotham are turning their sights toward expansion through the southeastern U.S.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

Wilkins Launches MEMPOWER For Black Political Empowerment in Memphis

Ricky E. Wilkins says he’s not upset about his 2014 loss in the Democratic congressional primary. He calls his loss to incumbent U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen “an education.”

Commission Tries to Stop Charter School Plan

Shelby County commissioners called on a charter school that planned to open in Memphis but instead wants to set up shop in Bartlett to stick by its original plan or put off opening Gateway University Charter School next week.

CORPORATE NEWS

Report: Pera’s Stake in Ubiquiti Rises to $3.7 Billion

Memphis Grizzlies majority owner Robert Pera is having a good week.

Terminix Priority of ServiceMaster New CEO Nik Varty

The new CEO of ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. said his first priority at the helm of the Memphis-based domestic and commercial services provider is to fix the company’s Terminix division.

Jernigan Capital Reports Strong Second Quarter

Memphis-based self-storage financing company Jernigan Capital Inc. has “had an outstanding first half of 2017.” That’s according to its namesake chairman and CEO Dean Jernigan.

RETAIL

Once Upon A Child Franchisee Expands Footprint

East Memphis residents now have a new option for getting rid of unneeded kids’ clothing, toys and other equipment as retailer Once Upon A Child recently opened its doors at 6100 Primacy Parkway near St. Francis Hospital-Memphis.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Waddell Bullish in Mid-Year State of the Union

During David Waddell’s yearly “State of the Union” presentation to clients gathered earlier this year at Shelby Farms’ FedEx Event Center, “winning” and “economic growth” were the themes.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

HealthChoice Promotes Henning To Director of Population Health

Sarah Henning has been promoted to director of population health programs at HealthChoice. Henning previously served as manager of the department. In her new role, Henning is responsible for designing, implementing and managing population health and wellness initiatives and programs for the HealthChoice network.

SPORTS

Prolific Memphis Offense From 2016 Could Be Even Better in 2017

Wide receiver Anthony Miller is holding a football, says he just picked it up in the equipment room. Which is a little surprising because the usual way a football gets in Miller’s hands is for quarterback Riley Ferguson to throw it to him.

2 Quarterbacks Are Seldom Better Than 1

The old adage holds that if you have two quarterbacks you really have none. Are you listening, Butch Jones?

‘Doors Always Open’ for Titans, Help Dodd Ease Injury Angst

The NFL can be a cold and cruel business. In such a high-risk business, one injury or a sudden drop in production can put a player’s very livelihood in jeopardy. NFL, in such situations, really can mean “Not For Long.”

CFB Scheduling: Alabama’s Saban Wrong as He is Right

Riley Ferguson stands with American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco.

Rough Start at Kansas for Dedric Lawson

Admit it: If you first saw news of a Lawson suspended at the University of Kansas, you assumed it would be K.J. It was K.J, after all, who exited the University of Memphis giving coach Tubby Smith double-bird via social media, saying inappropriate things, and let’s not forget this: playing with a selfishness on the court that could make you wince.

Former U of M Assistant Barry Odom To Try To ‘Fix’ Problems He Inherited at Missouri

Barry Odom’s first season as coach at Missouri did not go like he envisioned. A former defensive coordinator at the University of Memphis (2012-2014), Odom’s first Missouri team led the SEC in total offense last season (500.5 yards per game) while finishing last in total defense (479.7 ypg).

New Tiger Guard Kareem Brewton all about Slashing and Scoring

Growing up, guard Kareem Brewton remembers watching the University of Memphis play via a small television in his kitchen. Well, actually, he doesn’t recall much about John Calipari’s team – that those Tigers could play lockdown defense was news to him – but he remembered how dazzled he was by Derrick Rose.

SNAPSHOT

A Night Out With Police

Memphis Police Department director Michael Rallings speaks Tuesday, Aug. 1, with an attendee at National Night Out, an event for citizens to meet local law enforcement officers and voice their concerns about crime.

VIEW FROM THE HILL

TCAT Students See the Future, Get Prepared

Bryan Rippy, 38, chuckles when he says he’s in the prime of his life. But sharpening his skills is no laughing matter, and he understands the importance of raising his value in the job market.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

No Place for Those Words

“WHAT TRUMP COULD HAVE SAID.” After Trump’s narcissistic impolitic/political rant/speech at the Boy Scout National Jamboree, I didn’t know what to say. But when my daughter sent me an opinion piece from LNP in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, I realized it had already been said.

Managing Money is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Ray’s Take: Training to run a marathon and creating a financial plan have a lot in common if you’re going to succeed. An overall plan includes short-term and long-term goals and the ability to stick to the plan through thick and thin. No pain, no gain. Right? And that applies to money as well as running.

After Many Decades of Change, Why Haven’t Our Methods?

Cities have to be in a constant state of problem solving in today’s world, especially when you consider that the shelf life of leading industries is shortening in dramatic fashion. Consider that it took 55 years for the automobile to spread to a quarter of the country, 35 years for the telephone, 22 years for the radio, 16 years for the personal computer, 13 years for the cellphone, and only seven years for the internet.

48 Hours In Provence

Provence conjures images of great food and wine, fields of lavender, Rhone Valley vineyards and ancient hillside villages, all tucked into an unforgettable romantic package.

Advice to My Younger Self

In the past week, two interesting things have happened. First, I was asked the question, “What advice would you give your younger self?” Then, I attended my high school reunion. Walking through the old halls of my high school brought back memories of where it all started. Needless to say, both moments made me think about the past and what advice I would give a young person today.

Using Jargon Not Always a Crime

We tell ourselves that the use of clever, intentional phrasing designed to encapsulate thoughts as succinctly as possible is the perfect method for communicating with our audience. But are we telling ourselves the truth?

Sense of Purpose Drives Entrepreneurs

Editor’s note: This column is the third in a three-part series. If you are struggling to decide if being an entrepreneur versus a person who prefers a corporation or organization, ask yourself this question: Why do you work?

Money is Not Enough

Nonprofits play a critical role across the Mid-South. They represent, serve and advocate for a great diversity of individuals, families and causes. They improve the quality of life, generate innovations, and give voice to the challenges unseen and needs still unmet. They are joined in this work by foundations and corporations who provide money, resources, connections and technical assistance.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 331 19,904
MORTGAGES 0 391 23,305
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 83 8,387
BUILDING PERMITS 0 338 40,366
BANKRUPTCIES 1 232 13,336
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 76 6,213
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 125 13,120
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 94 4,936

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