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VOL. TMN-8 | NO. 39 | Saturday, September 19, 2015
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The Field

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.

Mayoral Contenders Break New Ground In Last TV Debate

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.


Editorial: Memphis’ Direction and Your Choices for Mayor

Fhe Oct. 8 Memphis mayor’s race is about where the city is and where it is going.

Ikea Construction On Hold In Property Tax Dispute

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.

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The Metal Museum will host Repair Days Weekend Thursday, Sept. 24, through Sunday, Sept. 27, at the museum, 374 Metal Museum Drive. Metalsmiths from around the country will be on hand to repair broken metal objects; all proceeds benefit the museum. Visit metalmuseum.org for a schedule of activities.

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EMPHASIS Education

Schools Adjust to New SAT

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.

NCRM Highlights Teacher Effectiveness Initiative

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.

New Westhaven Elementary Calms Community Concerns

There was a time when Bridget Bradley in the same room with Shelby County Schools board members might have been a confrontation.


This week in Memphis history: September 18-24

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.

Church Health Center President to Present Health Care's Big Picture

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.

Andrew and Michael Are Coming to The Chisca

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: Productivity Increase Brings Higher Wages

Carolyn Hardy is familiar with the local debate about $10 an hour jobs pursued in economic development campaigns.

Lakeland Elects New Commissioners, Arlington Returns Incumbents

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 Threaten to Pull Out of Mall of Memphis Site

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.

ULI Panel Tackles Soulsville’s Dilemma as Shadyac Reveals Concept

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.

Tennessee Craft Week Shines Light on Handcraft Artisans

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.

Indie Memphis Taps Watt as Executive Director

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.

FedEx Sees Weaker-Than-Expected First Quarter

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 Approves Retirement Freeze, Debate on Impact Continues

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.

New Tax Incentive Aims to Boost Declining Memphis Neighborhoods

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.

Soul Fish Cafe Expanding in Cooper-Young, Opening in Little Rock

Memphis-based Soul Fish Cafe is cooking up an expansion, both in Memphis and beyond.

Roland Claims Shelby County Commission Chairmanship

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.

Economic Impact Study Shows Southern College of Optometry's Reach

The Southern College of Optometry is preparing to unveil its recently acquired and rebranded mobile eye exam unit called MobilEYES.

Roundhouse Revival 2 Takes Shape Outside Coliseum

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.

Orpheum's Halloran Centre Gives Home to Arts Education

When the Orpheum Theatre reopened in 1984 it signaled a new life for the city’s performing arts community.

Shelby County Mortgage Market Up 27 Percent in August

Lenders don’t just look forward to the summer months for the arrival of warmer weather.

Small-Business Tips: Research, Network and Have Cash

Small business ideas – dreams, if you will – take time. To create, to develop, to implement and to sustain.

Beale Authority Moves Toward Management Firm

The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority plans to hire a day-to-day real estate management firm by the end of the year.

Pink Diva Opens on Florida Street, New DeJaVu in Binghampton

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.


Pastner, Always True to Self, Is Still Doing Things His Way

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?


Mathes Takes Helm at Community Legal Center

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.


Question the Answer Brings Carlson’s Jewelry to Life

Marketing experts are likely to say a business’ name tells a business’ story in a tidy little package of a few words.


Karlen Evins Finds Her ‘Most Authentic Self’ in Farming

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.

Have to Have a Pygmy Goat? Here are the Basics

Wondering if pygmy goats are for you? Pygmy goats aren’t just adorable; they are useful, particularly for the small farmer.


A Tasteful List 2015

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.

Translating an Academic Resume for the Corporate World

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.

Planning for Lifestyle Creep

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.

Viewers Chime In on Shuttering Issue

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.

6 Ways to Gauge If Your Business is Built to Last

Perhaps Benjamin Franklin summarized a major business challenge best: “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.”

Partying Like It’s 1998

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.

Tough Questions for Life Insurance Awareness Month

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.

You Can’t Raise Money From Behind A Desk

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?

US Travel on the Rise for Fall

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: J. Eustis Corrigan Jr.

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Denying Apoptosis or Atrophy? Unhealthy Corporate Ailments.

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.”

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