VOL. TMN-8 | NO. 39 | Saturday, September 19, 2015
With the 2015 Memphis mayoral race at hand, four major candidates chart divergent paths
The most competitive race for Memphis mayor in 24 years is in the hands of Memphis voters who will determine whether it will be as close as recent polls suggest it could be.
Even after numerous debates, including three on television, it turns out the four major candidates for Memphis mayor did have a few new things to say during the last televised debate of the 2015 election year.
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Fhe Oct. 8 Memphis mayor’s race is about where the city is and where it is going.
Shelby County Assessor of Property Cheyenne Johnson will appeal a Thursday, Sept. 17, decision by the Shelby County Board of Equalization that lowers the appraised value of the land in Cordova where Ikea plans to build a $64 million, 269,000-square-foot Memphis store.
Even with pending changes, schools careful not to 'teach to the test'
The college entry process is changing as the College Board debuts redesigned SAT and PSAT tests this school year.
It’s not the kind of history you normally see at the National Civil Rights Museum, even with the museum’s 2014 technological update and expanded exhibits.
There was a time when Bridget Bradley in the same room with Shelby County Schools board members might have been a confrontation.
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2014: Darius Rucker at the Memphis Botanic Garden’s Live at the Garden concert series, with actor Woody Harrelson joining Rucker on stage for a song or two.
Give him a chance, and Church Health Center president Antony Sheehan will talk at length not just about why he thinks health care remains such a challenging problem to solve in the U.S. but also how easy it is to look at the industry through too narrow of a lens.
Chefs Michael Hudman and Andrew Ticer are stepping out of Brookhaven Circle for the first time to expand their restaurant interests, with a new concept – their fourth – planned for Carlisle Corp.’s The Chisca on Main.
Carolyn Hardy is familiar with the local debate about $10 an hour jobs pursued in economic development campaigns.
Lakeland voters elected Michelle Dial and Joshua Roman to the city’s board of commissioners Thursday, Sept. 17, in the town's second election of the year.
Developers of the former Mall of Memphis site were again delayed as the board of the Economic Development Growth Engine tabled a vote on a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes benefit for the speculative industrial site.
Local shareholders and national development leaders got deep in the heart of Soulsville USA this week with an all-day deliberation on how to bring placemaking to one of Memphis’ struggling historical areas.
This fall the legacy of handmade craft art in Tennessee is getting some big promotion from a statewide weeklong celebration that coincides with American Craft Week in October.
This year keeps shaping up to be a milestone for the Indie Memphis Film Festival, which has tapped local filmmaker Ryan Watt to serve as its new executive director following the departure of Erik Jambor earlier this year.
Affected by higher operating costs in its ground division and weaker demand for freight services, FedEx Corp. had to lower its projected earnings for fiscal 2016.
Memphis City Council members gave final approval Tuesday, Sept. 15, to a freeze on the city’s deferred retirement program in an effort to bolster police ranks and keep the force from dropping below 2,000 officers.
Just north of Interstate 40, the commercially empty gateways to the Frayser neighborhood between North Hollywood Street and North Watkins Street are hardly fit to accommodate the thousands of vehicles that pass by every day.
Memphis-based Soul Fish Cafe is cooking up an expansion, both in Memphis and beyond.
After Terry Roland took the chairman’s seat at the Monday, Sept. 14, Shelby County Commission meeting, Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell congratulated him and pledged to work with him.
The Southern College of Optometry is preparing to unveil its recently acquired and rebranded mobile eye exam unit called MobilEYES.
Four months after they drew thousands of people outside the Mid-South Coliseum, the group that organized the Roundhouse Revival, as it was called, is prepping for an even more ambitious show.
When the Orpheum Theatre reopened in 1984 it signaled a new life for the city’s performing arts community.
Lenders don’t just look forward to the summer months for the arrival of warmer weather.
Small business ideas – dreams, if you will – take time. To create, to develop, to implement and to sustain.
The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority plans to hire a day-to-day real estate management firm by the end of the year.
It all started over tacos. Three years ago, Cassi Conyers was edging into a vegan lifestyle and stopped to try the vegan tacos at DeJaVu Restaurant’s 936 Florida St. location.
Expectations. That’s the word that drives all sports narratives. Remember the record of Josh Pastner’s first University of Memphis team, the ragtag bunch that was left over after John Calipari exited for Kentucky?
Longtime attorney Anne Mathes has been named executive director of the nonprofit Community Legal Center, which has been providing civil legal services to lower-income Memphians for more than 20 years. In addition to civil cases and divorces, the CLC collaborates with other agencies to serve victims of domestic violence and elder abuse. They also take some immigration cases.
Marketing experts are likely to say a business’ name tells a business’ story in a tidy little package of a few words.
Media personality, author, blogger now eyes TV reality show
A diminutive Karlen Evins walks from her vegetable garden to the reassembled church in which she lives, her arms full of just-picked corn, tomatoes, herbs and okra, and drops them on her kitchen counter.
Wondering if pygmy goats are for you? Pygmy goats aren’t just adorable; they are useful, particularly for the small farmer.
MEMPHIS ON A PLATE. Presenting the fifth helping of the Tasteful List, updated for 2015 – an alphabetical survey of local flavor in one decidedly local man’s opinion.
Over time, one theme keeps coming up in the questions I receive from readers. After spending years going to school to receive a master’s or doctoral degree, many recent graduates find themselves with a long resume.
Ray’s take: Investopia defines lifestyle creep as a situation where people's lifestyle or standard of living improves as their discretionary income rises either through an increase in income or decrease in costs.
A while back I wrote that I’m thinking of shuttering the I Swear Crossword and column at year’s end. Most of this essay will be devoted to viewer responses to that notion. The writers shall remain nameless – you know, to protect them, whether they’re guilty or innocent.
Perhaps Benjamin Franklin summarized a major business challenge best: “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.”
Entering 1998, the U.S. economy was on a tear. U.S. GDP growth was running 4+ percent and the unemployment rate was 4.5 percent. Stocks gained 29 percent in 1997 after gaining 38 percent in 1995 and 23 percent in 1996. To cool things down, the Federal Reserve raised the Federal Funds rate to 5.5 percent.
Each September, Life Happens, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping educate Americans about the need for financial security, helps more than 100 insurance carriers and hundreds of thousands of agents and advisers spread the word about why Americans need to make life insurance a key part of any sound financial plan.
Editor’s note: Part two of the two-part “Fundraising in an Imperfect World” series. What if your nonprofit isn’t comprised of people with power, wealth and influence? What if your board chair can’t pick up the phone and raise $1 million? How do you compete when you feel other organizations are supported by power-brokers and you can’t get your message heard?
If you’re considering traveling this fall you won’t be the only one flying the friendly skies or getting in the car for a road trip, according to U.S. travel consumer research firm D.K. Shifflet & Associates.
“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.
With situational irony firmly in tact, the first definition of “corpus” in the Merriam-Webster dictionary reads, "the body of a human or animal especially when dead.”