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VOL. TMN-9 | NO. 37 | Saturday, September 10, 2016
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The Eyes Have It

Eclectic Eye’s success in Midtown offers lessons in small-business success

Years ago, Peggy White drove around town in a replica MG3. The car got a lot of looks, and White got a lot of compliments. Today, however, it’s White’s face that is turning heads. Specifically, her eyeglasses and the chameleon-like makeover she can create from one day to another.

Germantown Moves on New School Site South of Poplar

The city of Germantown is moving toward a contract on 33 acres of land south of Poplar Avenue for a new elementary school.

Bidding in Online Property Auction Ends at 8 p.m. Friday

Bidders have until 8 p.m. (CST) Friday, Sept. 9, to bid on properties in the fourth and final online tax sale auction for 2016.

MATA Awarded $4.3M Federal Grant to Replace Buses

The Memphis Area Transit Authority has secured $4.3 million in federal funding to purchase replacement buses, saving the system money by deploying new transit technology.

Hooker, Samudio Inducted Into Memphis Music Hall of Fame

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Bluesman John Lee Hooker, rock 'n' roll frontman Sam "The Sham" Samudio and opera singer Marguerite Piazza are being inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.

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Editorial: Memphis Must Forge Ahead, Build Program

With 11 schools still reportedly vying for expansion spots in the Big 12 Conference, news that the University of Memphis is no longer under consideration was deflating, to say the least. And a little perplexing.

EMPHASIS Small Business

Experts: Businesses Should Prepare A Plan For New Overtime Rules

The clock is ticking until new U.S. Department of Labor overtime wage regulations go into effect Dec. 1, and local experts say affected companies, large and small, that haven’t started preparing should begin doing so immediately.

Study: Memphis Among Cheapest Cities for Startup Costs

A newly published national study focused on the cost of launching a startup in the U.S. has given props to the startup ecosystem in Memphis, ranking it one of the lowest-cost cities in which to launch a startup.

Trust Marketing Mantra: It Takes Villagers to Reach the People

Even if you have not heard of Trust Marketing & Communications Inc., you’ve seen their work.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

September 9-15, 2016: This Week in Memphis History

2001: At Memphis International Airport, air traffic controllers are the busiest in the nation landing more airplanes than any other U.S. airport as all flights are diverted to land at the nearest airport in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT

Like a Troll Under Poplar and Union, Flicker Street Flourishing as Arts District

The Poplar/Union viaduct passes over a collection of half-moon shaped Quonset huts that look unlike any other building type in Memphis.

New Type of Subdivision to Replace Foote Homes

Memphis’ last traditional public housing complex is coming down and a new kind of subdivision will rise in its place.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Enoble Business Capital Offices Sell in Foreclosure

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The four-story office building on Ridge Lake Boulevard that Enoble Business Capital spent $10 million to renovate has sold in foreclosure after its owner, Troika LLC, defaulted on a $9.8 million loan through First Tennessee Bank.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Opera Memphis Brings Back 30 Days of Opera

For Opera Memphis’ fifth anniversary of its “30 Days of Opera” event during September, the organization wanted to borrow a page from people’s Netflix habits and help Memphians literally binge watch the art form.

LAW & THE COURTS

Shelby County Jail Population Up With Longer Stays While Awaiting Trial

The Shelby County Jail is getting crowded and it’s because prisoners awaiting trial are staying longer.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Memphis Brewers Say Success Breeds Success

Three years after Memphis’ craft brewing scene exploded, the city is poised for immense growth.

POLITICS

The Fading Accuracy of Political Polling

Joe Carr says he couldn’t believe the deficit when U.S. Rep. Diane Black trounced him in the August election to recapture Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District seat.

Strickland Used Polls to Hone Campaign Strategy

Political strategist Steven Reid calls Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s campaign “the perfect example” of using polling to win an election.

Why Tennessean’s Mayoral Poll Was a Failure

When a Nashville newspaper poll showed Megan Barry in a dead heat with David Fox shortly before the 2015 mayoral runoff vote, the Barry campaign refused to panic.

RESTAURANT NEWS

Seasoned Chef Raymond Jackson Returns Home at the Madison Hotel

Raymond Jackson pays attention to how guests in his restaurant’s dining room react, picking up on bits of conversation and even things an ordinary person might miss.

COMMUNITY

American Contract Bridge League Committed to Teaching Youths Game

Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Paul Firemen, CEO of Reebok International. All three of these men have achieved success in life few could fathom, and all are regular players of the card game bridge.

TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS

FedEx Training Geared Toward Safer Roads Worldwide

On Aug. 23, representatives from 16 international Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) flocked to FedEx Corp.’s Memphis headquarters as part of a state-of-the-art leadership training program.

HEALTH CARE

Meritan Getting Smarter With Homes

The Memphis-based health and social services nonprofit Meritan is preparing to take something of a novel approach to the care it provides residents placed in some of its Memphis-area homes.

STARTUP CONFIDENTIAL

Parson: ‘Customer Service is a Big Deal’

It sounded like a wonderful gift – Tonya Parson had just sent her mother on a Mexican cruise to celebrate a big birthday. Parson, a nurse who was working on her master’s degree at the time, says her mother came back with general malaise. She just didn’t feel good.

EDUCATION

Students Taking One Step Toward Leadership

Brian Booker’s gateway to being able to travel to more than 30 countries around the world came through education.

Half of Memphis Schools Closed Since 2012 Stand Empty, With More Closures On the Way

Vance Middle School once served as the anchor for its surrounding neighborhood until the school was shuttered in 2014 by Shelby County Schools, sending its students to another school about a mile away.

THE TIPPING POINT

Turner Keeps ServiceMaster on the Cutting Edge

Growing up, it wasn’t enough for Bryant-Joshua Turner to watch movies. He wanted to know how the VCR worked – so he took it apart. At the time, he was 9 years old.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Rhodes Honors Judith Haas With Faculty Service Award

Dr. Judith Haas, associate professor of English at Rhodes College, has been presented the 2016 Jameson M. Jones Award for Outstanding Faculty Service, which honors a current faculty member who has rendered exemplary service and provided leadership to the Rhodes community.

SPORTS

Vols Can’t Afford Another Iffy Effort at the Speedway

Imagine if Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd hadn’t recovered the fumble by UT quarterback Joshua Dobbs in the end zone for a touchdown in overtime last Thursday night.

8-8 Mediocrity Sounds Good to Titans Fans

On an August morning in 1999, the Tennessee Titans coaching staff and front office personnel awoke to this headline in the local newspaper:

‘Breathtaking’ Transformation in Bristol

This isn’t just any football game. It’s the Battle at Bristol.

Good Cops Greater Than All Quarterbacks

I have read and listened to quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s reasons for protesting the American flag and the National Anthem.

Classic Makes Strong Economic Impact and Brings Families, Friends Together

Two years ago the Southern Heritage Classic celebrated its 25th anniversary. It was a good time to take stock of the event and so a market assessment study was prepared through the Bureau of Sports and Leisure at the University of Memphis.

While There is Work to Do, Norvell Era Opens With Win

It was one of those grind-through-it practices before the first game of the college football season. Except that on this morning – 11 days before the University of Memphis would open the season at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium – the Tigers had taken a pass on the grinding.

Bowen Hopes New Basketball Practice Facility Will Attract More Recruits

Approached at the first media luncheon before the start of the University of Memphis football season, athletic director Tom Bowen made a preemptive strike:

TENNESSEE LEDGER

Photographer Steber Captures Fading Legends on Blues Highway

Bill Steber stood at the crossroads in the Mississippi Delta and made a deal with the devil that would allow him to not only master his photographic skills but become one of the most respected documentarians of Mississippi Delta blues. And kind of make a living (or at least fashion his life) while he’s at it.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

GPAC Official Touts Importance Of Arts in Education

Dear Editor: As students begin their school years and we approach the fall in our community, it is important for us to remember the impact of education in our homes, schools and communities. For decades, research has shown that when students participate in the arts as a part of their education, they go on succeed in school, work and life. I was fortunate enough to grow up with the arts (dance and theater) being a major part of my life.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Mortgages: 15 or 30?

Ray’s Take When thinking about mortgages, most people look at either the rate or the payment. Typically a 30-year mortgage offers lower payments but has a higher rate and more total interest cost. A 15-year mortgage offers a lower interest rate but has higher payments. Neither one is inherently right or better. When deciding on the mortgage that is best for you, take a deeper look at everything involved.

Laws of Our Nature

IT’S NOT YOU. IT’S THE LAW. You know that feeling when you’re in line … any line, including any lane for anything … that the line was moving faster until you got in it, and you wonder if it’s just you, subject of a cosmic conspiracy, or a karmic joke, or, like Job, a bet between God and Satan.

Bodine School Helping Dyslexic Students

Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Albert Einstein, Mark Twain and Jenny Giltner all have something in common … dyslexia, and success. No doubt you heard of the first four, so let me tell you about Jenny Giltner.

As Long as You’re Here, Kick Durham Out

State lawmakers hit the snooze button in July when prospects were high for a special session to oust Rep. Jeremy Durham over a career of carousing.

Random Matter

This column will be a listicle of sorts: Stuff that has somehow just been floating through my mind of late.

Believe in Yourself

When I meet with job seekers, there’s one quality that quickly separates those who are successful in their search from those who flounder. It’s not the college they went to, whether or not they have a MBA or how smart they are. It’s not if they have a particular certification or a certain number of years of experience.

Convert Trade Show Connections Into Clients

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a two-part series. Does your company actually close sales on the trade show floor?

How to Prepare for a Board Meeting

Editor’s note: Part two of a two-part interview with Kim Moss. The board of directors plays a critical role in the life of a nonprofit. While each board is unique, best practices can increase a board’s effectiveness.

Brand Essence: The Rock ‘n’ Roll of Business, Part 3

Editor’s note: Part three in a three-part series. Your marketers either need to create a fire or be fired. If you have uninspired and uninspiring marketing professionals on your team, be warned. Give him or her one chance to kick into high gear. Then act decisively. Fire them if they cannot change tempo.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 61 331 19,904
MORTGAGES 80 391 23,305
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 83 8,387
BUILDING PERMITS 0 338 40,366
BANKRUPTCIES 35 231 13,335
BUSINESS LICENSES 28 76 6,213
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 125 13,120
MARRIAGE LICENSES 21 94 4,936

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