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VOL. TMN-6 | NO. 39 | Saturday, September 21, 2013
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Cleanup Crew

Program puts ex-offenders to work while fighting Frayser blight

DeAndre Brown runs what might be the best known landscape business in areas of Memphis where the yards have brush and trees taller than the vacant houses they completely obscure.

Editorial: Blight Patrol Example of Cleaning Up Crime

Most people who go to prison will get out at some point. The question is, will they change their lives?


This week in Memphis history: September 20-26

1993: Elvis Presley Enterprises joined the ownership group for the proposed Memphis NFL franchise that city leaders were seeking. William B. Dunavant Jr., the leader of the effort, announced Graceland’s role in the ownership group during a reception at Graceland. Others in the ownership group included Fred Smith, Mike Starnes, J.R. “Pitt” Hyde and Paul Tudor Jones.

Shelby County Building Permits ‘Stable’ in August

Shelby County home building activity was relatively flat in August, with builders pulling slightly more permits while selling fewer new homes compared to August 2012.

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Independent Growth

The Jones Clinic evolves as number of patients increases

The Jones Clinic is taking steps this summer to accommodate growing patient referrals, with recent hires at key positions and an operational overhaul involving conversion to electronic medical record systems.

Nonprofit Alliance Retools Logo, Website, Message

About this time last year, CEO Nancy McGee of the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence decided to evaluate the organization’s internal and external messaging.

Whitfield Takes Over I Love Memphis

Kerry Crawford made a well-known living out of loving Memphis. Now Holly Whitfield, a new arrival at the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau and Crawford’s successor as the I Love Memphis blogger, plans to continue that professional evangelizing for the city as Crawford winds down her time with the tourism agency.

Shelby County Mortgage Market Jumps 23 Percent

Bank of Bartlett’s mortgage company saw an uptick in mortgage volume in August compared to the same month in 2012, and the bank’s vice president said he expects demand from borrowers to persist and home prices to keep trending higher.

International Paper Keeps Eye on Rainy Summer

The president and CEO of Memphis-based International Paper Co. has been watching the weather a lot lately.

Green Growth

Lead-based paint regulation boon for Tioga Environmental Consultants

Tioga Environmental Consultants is adding new staff and ramping up for an increased workload, due at least in part to new commercial regulations expected next year on lead-based paint in commercial facilities.

White Ready to Take on Frayser High

Bobby White is so close that he sometimes has to remember that the decision about who will run Frayser High School won’t be made until December.

Haslam Cites Manufacturing Boom in Grants

Armed with a $16.5 million fund approved by the General Assembly, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has lots of West Tennessee stops this week as he awards grants that will provide workforce training equipment to state schools certifying workers or training them for associate degrees.

Achievement School District Fields Questions at Carver

The Achievement School District and the charter school operator that could run Carver or Fairley high schools for the state-run school district got lots of questions and some skepticism Monday, Sept. 16, at Carver.

FedEx Posts 7 Percent Earnings Increase

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. posted a quarterly profit 7 percent higher than a year ago for its fiscal first quarter, ended Aug. 31.

Endless Opportunities

Grants help women enter booming medical lab science field

Although she didn’t think of it this way at the time, Desiree Evans proved as a little girl that she understood science had value on several levels, including monetary.

Memphis Landmarks Garner National Media Praise

The Memphis brand is having a moment.

FedEx Cares Week Builds Community Support

FedEx Corp. wraps up its ninth annual FedEx cares Week on Friday, as more than 900 local FedEx employees have volunteered in the community for a variety of organizations.

City Pension Crisis Goes Silent but Still Moving

City Council member Lee Harris said it was the subject at hand Tuesday, Sept. 17, during the day of committee hearings and council session at City Hall.

Beale Street Future Returns to Bankruptcy Court

The future path of Beale Street development is back in federal bankruptcy court after a plan that would both lease Handy Park and pay off a $600,000 loan for park improvements was scrapped Tuesday, Sept. 17, by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

Cyclist Protection

City to debut 15 miles of protected bike lanes

The city’s third kind of bicycle lane has been taking shape for about a month on Overton Park Avenue between Bellevue Boulevard and Cleveland Street.

UPS to Double Presence at Airport

The world’s second-busiest cargo airport is about to see another increase in freight capacity, helping bolster a facility that has suffered in recent years from fewer passenger flights.

Rock’n Dough Pizza Opening in Jackson

The little Memphis pizzeria that could will soon be opening a new location in Jackson, Tenn.

Intermodal Conference to Tackle Freight Issues

The Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute at the University of Memphis will host its seventh annual Intermodal Freight Conference at the FedEx Institute of Technology on the University of Memphis campus Tuesday, Sept. 24.

Myers Attacks Life’s Curveballs in Book

In the opening pages of his new book, “Hitting the Curveballs: How Crisis Can Strengthen and Grow Your Business,” Memphis entrepreneur Jay Myers is standing outside Yankee Stadium.


Levien Discusses Grizzlies’ Accolades, Offseason Focus

A day after the news broke that ESPN The Magazine had crowned the Memphis Grizzlies the best franchise in North American pro sports, team CEO Jason Levien sat down for a one-on-one interview with The Daily News.

‘Wading in’ on Manziel, Carpenter, Tiger Football

Wading in and wondering why all the attention on Bo Pelini’s hissy fit? Lee Elia could have done better on his worst day … or worse on his best day. Point is, you’re way more entitled to a tirade when managing the Cubs than when coaching Nebraska football ... .


Coffield Finds Home to Contribute to Memphis

When Ashley Coffield accepted the position as president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region last spring, it was a sort of homecoming for the Rhodes College graduate.


New York Transplant Campbell Takes Over Health Law Institute

In her new office at The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law on the bluffs of the Mississippi River, a thousand miles from where she grew up in Ithaca, N.Y., Amy Campbell is getting used to all things Southern.


Henry Named Sales Manager at Mercedes-Benz of Collierville

Edgar L. Henry II has been named sales manager for Mercedes-Benz of Collierville, scheduled to open next spring. In his new role, Henry will manage the sales of all new and pre-owned cars sold at the dealership.


Bass Pro Shops Files $40 Million Permit

1 A.W. Willis Ave., Memphis, TN 38103, Permit Cost: $40 million -
Springfield, Mo.-based Bass Pro Shops has filed a $40 million building permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for work at The Pyramid.


Take a Hike

LEARN TO WALK ALL OVER AGAIN. The couple at the next table was of a certain age – say mine, younger than radio but older than television – and each had the other completely tuned out. He fiddled with a bowl of something between glances at SportsCenter; she pushed some lettuce around between glances out the window. More was said at my table than theirs and I was by myself. They weren’t mad, not making some point with silence. You can tell. They just had absolutely nothing to say to each other.

Don’t Let People Halt Progress

Many times it is the people on the team that limit their own company’s growth. Infighting, politics and a lack of conviction at the top are the most common inhibitors to growth that we see in our work as consultants. Sure, breakthrough ideas backed by a strong business case are needed to fuel continued growth, but many times those are easier to come by than team collaboration and consensus. People stand in the way of progress.

Be Aware of Your Company’s Finances

Ray’s Take In the “good old days,” many individuals felt comfortable with a lifetime employment approach to their careers. Perhaps they might not become wealthy, but they felt their jobs and pensions were secure. They would then blithely go about their tasks without paying attention to what else was going on in their company. The world is very different now, and it is now essential to regularly scan the health of your career, the company you work for and its competitors.

Literally, Figuratively

Circa 1991, one of my golf buddies uttered a sentence using irregardless. Knowing what that meant, I didn’t challenge him. I figured someone else would. I was right, and he was able (at the other person’s expense) to point out that irregardless had been admitted to a certain dictionary the previous week. And thus was now part of his vocabulary.

6 Internet Marketing Myths Dispelled

We live in a digitally dominated world, and consumers quite often make decisions about brands based solely on their digital presence before ever making direct contact with an actual brand representative. While business owners and marketing professionals alike are beginning to recognize just how important it is to get their digital houses in order, there are still many internet marketing myths to be dispelled.

Time for a Rally Gut Check

A couple of weeks ago, we discussed the lack of unanimity in the emerging markets sell-off. While the emerging markets index suggested distress within the class, a closer look revealed that only a few countries were truly under fire.

African-American Philanthropy and Museums, Part 1

Part one of a three part series “Self-empowerment is one among many strategies people of African descent have employed to ensure our survival in the New World. This includes the creation of museums and cultural centers that document, recognize and celebrate the art, culture, history and contributions of African-Americans. These institutions, many of which were established as a result of public/private partnerships, bear testimony to the hard battles fought to bring dreams to fruition.”

Density: Destiny for Office Sector

Nationally, as of July, the primary office using sectors recovered 93 percent of jobs lost during the recession as compared to an overall recovery rate of 77 percent in total employment. That’s great news for the office real estate sector then, right?

Thoughts on Budget Season

For many of you, it’s that time of year again. It’s the season to complete your budgets. So, what’s the deal with budgets? Is all this budgeting activity worthwhile or not? I honestly don't know. Perhaps the most accurate answer is, maybe.

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