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VOL. TMN-9 | NO. 32 | Saturday, August 6, 2016
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Game-Changer

Joining Big 12 could have dynamic effect on city, University of Memphis

So as it turns out, the FedEx St. Jude Classic in June was a missed opportunity. No one in the gallery shouted, “University of Memphis – Big 12!” The tournament’s “Hush Y’all” signs were obeyed and to no good end.

EDITORIAL

Editorial: Your November Vote Is Just the Beginning

Here comes the last election of 2016 – the big one that comes every four years on the first Tuesday in November.

Kustoff Claims 8th GOP Primary, Todd Upset by Lovell, Jenkins Over Newsom

Former U.S. Attorney David Kustoff claimed the Republican nomination for Tennessee’s 8th Congressional district Thursday, Aug. 4, in a 15-county contest in which the eastern parts of Shelby County played a decisive role.

Church Health YMCA Planned for Crosstown

The YMCA will open its 11th Memphis-area branch in Crosstown Concourse in partnership with the Church Health Center.

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EMPHASIS Attorneys

Mediation Confidential

One of the two mediators in the Overton Park Greensward controversy says although there was no settlement produced by the mediation in June, the process nonetheless paved the way for its resolution in July.

MacAulay Brings Family Law Litigation Talents to Memphis DHG

Cindy MacAulay is making the move from Charleston, S.C., to join the Memphis office of Dixon Hughes Goodman this month, bringing her expertise in income analysis, forensic accounting, tax consulting, and business valuations.

Court Reporter Traces Career Back to HS

Lynette Mueller’s journey to owning Omega Reporting in Memphis began in a high school classroom in Inkster, N.D.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

August 5-11, 2016: This week in Memphis history

1986: Election day with nonpartisan Shelby County elections the main item of interest for voters. Shelby County Mayor Bill Morris easily wins a third term of office, defeating challengers Robert “Prince Mongo” Hodges and North Memphis political activist Charlie Morris. Incumbent Sheriff Gene Barksdale loses his re-election bid in an upset by Jack Owens, who runs for sheriff from the chairmanship of the Memphis City Council. The election draws a countywide turnout of 34.6 percent.

RETAIL

Crosstown Concourse Spawns New Memphis Brewery

Crosstown Concourse’s latest tenant is a brewery. Crosstown Brewing Co., a newcomer to Memphis’ craft brew scene, will move into a newly constructed building on the west side of Crosstown Concourse.

HEALTH CARE

Live-Streamed Eye Surgeries Benefit Memphis Optometry Students

Eye Specialty Group (ESG) is teaming up with Southern College of Optometry (SCO) to provide another way of educating the area’s young doctors, helping them to better understand the latest surgery techniques. Late last week, three Lasik eye surgeries took place at the ESG Collierville medical offices and were live-streamed to students at SCO in the Medical District, marking the first of what is hoped will be many live-streamed collaborations.

New St. Jude Research Shows Lifelong Effects of Pediatric Cancer Fight

With cure rates for pediatric cancer at historic highs, researchers at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have been directing their efforts toward what comes next.

COMMUNITY

Never Too Early or Too Late to Chase a Dream

For every scholarship, there is a story. Rhonda Gray’s story is a little older than most because her first opportunity to attend college came decades ago.

After Receiving Prestigious Award, Juice Plus+ Founder Jay Martin Speaks on Volunteerism

Recently, Juice Plus+ founder and president Jay Martin received the 2016 Ballington and Maud Booth Award from Volunteers of America, one of the nation’s largest and oldest human service charities.

REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT

HUD Serves GMF With Search Warrants

Agents with the Inspector General’s office of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development served search warrants Wednesday, Aug. 3, at the Memphis offices of Global Ministries Foundation and showed up at GMF-owned apartment complexes in Indianapolis, Ind., and the offices of the Gill Group, a real estate company in Dexter, Mo.

First Tennessee Consolidating Real Estate

First Tennessee Bank is renovating and restructuring three of its Memphis properties in a project totaling upwards of $62 million.

NONPROFIT SECTOR

Les Passees ‘Stock Exchange’ Enters 30th Year

During World War I, members of Les Passees Inc. made bandages and did knitting for soldiers. Today the oldest women’s volunteer organization in Memphis is about to celebrate the 30th year of its “Stock Exchange” upscale consignment shop.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

County Commission Ties Up Budget Loose Ends

Shelby County Commissioners moved into the month-old fiscal year Monday, Aug. 1, with a few loose ends and issues from budget season.

LAW & THE COURTS

Lawsuit Challenges 2008 Charter Changes

An unsuccessful effort in 2015 to reverse term limits on five countywide elected officials through a referendum vote has turned into a legal challenge of the county charter changes approved by voters in 2008.

City Appealing Court Order Requiring Vendor To Reveal All Candidates for Police Director

The city of Memphis is appealing a Chancery Court order issued Friday, July 29, requiring it or the International Association of Chiefs of Police to make public everyone who applied for the job of Memphis Police director.

RESTAURANT NEWS

Paradox Catering Starting New Mystery Dining Experience

Chef Jimmy Gentry of Paradox Catering & Consulting set out to open a restaurant. He built a catering and consulting business, instead – and what he’s planning next is a mystery dining experience.

PUBLIC COMPANIES

Jernigan Raises Outlook for Earnings

For Jernigan Capital, the newest Memphis-based public company that provides capital to self-storage entrepreneurs, the period between April and June saw the company achieve a handful of firsts.

OVERTON PARK

First of 3 Old Forest Gateways in Place at Overton Park

It was about two years ago that Yvonne Bobo began the creative process that brought her last week to Overton Park with a welding rig in the worst heat of the summer.

TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS

Matching Donations Available for Transportation Projects

Two Memphis-based transportation projects have been selected in a nationwide search to qualify for a $100,000 donation match through the TransitCenter.

EDUCATION

Municipal Districts Tout ACT for Testing

The superintendents of at least two of Shelby County’s suburban school systems say the state should use the ACT college entrance exam to gauge the achievement levels of high school students.

STARTUP CONFIDENTIAL

Tamburrino: ‘Have a Strategy Every Year’

By 2008, Patrick Tamburrino had put together a respectable corporate career in information technology in Memphis. 

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Frost Bake Shop Opens Second Location

1016 W. Poplar Ave -
Frost Bake Shop is opening its second location this month, at 1016 W. Poplar Ave. in Collierville.

SPORTS

Do Titans Finally Have Their Offensive Line?

New Tennessee Titans coach Mike Mularkey’s stated desire to play “exotic smashmouth” football – especially on offense – requires a good offensive line. But if there’s one thing the Titans have not had in recent years it’s a good offensive line.

Big 12 or No, There Soon Will Be Games to Play

This week’s cover story in The Memphis News is about Big 12 expansion and what it might mean for the University of Memphis to join a Power 5 league, and by extension what this could mean for the city of Memphis.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Willmarth to Lead Facilities Management at Trezevant

Brian Willmarth has joined Trezevant as director of environmental operations. In that role, he oversees maintenance, housekeeping and plant operations at the continuing care retirement community. He also oversees Trezevant’s construction and renovation projects. 

MARTHA KELLY'S MEMPHIS

Visions of Memphis: Beating the Summer Heat

Every month, The Daily News is giving our readers an illustration from local artist Martha Kelly of places, events, sights and sounds that make Memphis ‘Memphis.’ This month, the bright pink home of Jerry’s Sno Cones in Berclair is a beacon for Memphians looking to cool off with this summertime staple.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Laughing Beats Crying

THE RODNEY PERSPECTIVE. I was depressed. After a couple of weeks of political conventions and mind-numbing analysis by talking head armies to my left and right, I was wondering if I should bother to get out of bed. But I took solace as I sometimes do in the words of the late philosopher, Rodney Dangerfield, who reminds us that no matter how bad it gets, it could be worse, and a lot funnier.

Credit Card for Travel – Use Wisely

Ray’s Take As a general rule, credit card debt is considered a bad thing. But, as with any rule of thumb, there are exceptions.

Outnumbered Democrats Hope To Ride Anti-Trumpmentum

State Rep. Raumesh Akbari identified herself with the “Fighting 26,” also known as the Tennessee House Democratic Caucus, when she took the podium to support Hillary Clinton at Philadelphia’s Democratic National Convention.

Creating Environmentally Conscious Offices

Environmental consciousness is a hot topic for many individuals today, but is that conversation transferrable to the workplace? It’s possible to bring a green mindset to the workplace by either implementing a few eco-friendly tips yourself or by suggesting them to management for all to benefit from. And, why not start now, during the warm, dare we say scorching hot, months of the summer, which raise some particularly unique solutions for consideration.

Finding The Old West In Dodge City

Driving from Oklahoma City to Denver, we were looking at a 10-hour-plus journey. And on a two-week trip from Memphis to Los Angeles, there’s enough time that we didn’t need to put ourselves through that misery.

A Summer of Ingestion, Part 1

It’s been a summer of ingestion: Taking things in. Reading books. Watching movies.

Three Reasons New Front-Line Managers Fail

Executives often identify and promote top-shelf individual contributors to front-line managers. Six months into their new position, they are struggling. Team performance has decreased and turnover has increased. The executive is often left wondering what changed. 

Getting The Recognition You Deserve

A common issue faced by many employees is the feeling that they’re not appreciated. There’s a general sense of not feeling recognized, or being overlooked for promotions and raises. It can be overwhelming, disappointing and demotivating, to say the least.

Make the Most of Your ‘Smart Chip’ Card

Whether at the grocery store or your favorite local boutique, you may have noticed an increasing number of people “dipping” their bank or credit cards rather than “swiping.” This is thanks to the continued roll-out of the EMV, or “smart chip,” cards. 

So You Want to Be a College President?

Editor’s note: Part one of a two-part interview. We recently talked with Dr. Belle Wheelan, president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. A nationally recognized leader in the field of higher education, Wheelan is the first African-American and the first woman to serve in this capacity.

What Drives Your Organization?

As strategy and innovation consultants, we get called in when organizations are exhausted from trying to grow significantly and not meeting their goals. In most cases, the organization is trying to do too many things without a way to tie them into a coherent meaning.

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