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VOL. TMN-9 | NO. 39 | Saturday, September 24, 2016
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Open and Shut

Smaller, open office spaces create challenges for tenants, developers

The office of the future hacks down cubicle walls in favor of modular furniture that encourages collaboration. As many business sectors, from banking to legal services, move to a tech-first approach, companies are turning away from traditional office configurations to attract the next generation of talent.

Grizzlies Launching Grind City Media

The Memphis Grizzlies are launching their own in-house media brand at grizzlies.com and have hired a long-time NBA writer from ESPN to head up the effort.


Editorial: Neighborhood Schools And The Choices We Make

For Memphians of a certain age, the phrase “neighborhood schools” conjures images of yellow yard signs reading “Happiness is a neighborhood school.”

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Memphis Reads and its partners will host “Salvage the Bones” author Jesmyn Ward for events Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 28-29. On Wednesday, Ward will give the Memphis Reads public lecture and sign books at 7 p.m. in the Christian Brothers University theater, 650 East Parkway S. On Thursday, she will participate in an open Q&A  at 6 p.m. in Rhodes College’s McCallum Ballroom, 2000 North Parkway. Visit facebook.com/MemphisReads for details.

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EMPHASIS Education

Ellis Haguewood Enjoying His Final Year as MUS Headmaster

For Ellis Haguewood, headmaster at Memphis University School (MUS) for the past 22 years, the relationships he has forged with students and colleagues during his 48 years at the school are the things he holds most dear. Haguewood will retire at the end of the school year, marking the end of an era in which MUS has prospered both inside and out of the classroom.

SCS Weighs Complexities of School Closings, Food Operations Shift

Among the start-of-school-year emergencies Shelby County Schools leaders faced in August was a shift of the school system’s food services out of the 70-year-old Central Nutrition Center building.

Knowledge Tree’s Branches Grow With Larger Online Presence

It is not an exaggeration to say that the formation of Knowledge Tree in 1994 was a case of the Gattas family, well, branching out.

Music, Rec Facilities in the Works at U of M

The Tennessee Board of Regents is helping pave the way for the University of Memphis to build a $44 million on-campus music center instead of an already approved biochemistry and biology building.

Local Teachers Receive Training in ‘Culturally Responsive’ Teaching

In the weeks before school began, every teacher and staff member at Martin Luther King Jr. College Preparatory High School went through a new training.

Commission Eyes Bolton High as Ag Career Center

When Wade Bolton was shot and fatally wounded in Court Square in 1869 by a former partner in a slave trading firm, it continued a long-running feud across several years in which eight people altogether would die violently.


September 23-29: This week in Memphis history

1995: George Strait and Faith Hill at the Mid-South Coliseum.


Belz Pulls $9M Permit to Prepare Peabody Place for ServiceMaster

Belz Enterprises has taken a major step in the renovation of the shuttered Peabody Place mall into ServiceMaster Global Holdings’ future headquarters.


Beale Authority Talks Terms With 21 Beale

The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority is sending its response to a term sheet from the principals of 21 Beale Street Inc., the only company in the running for a contract to manage the entertainment district for the authority. The authority isn’t ready to say it represents even a tentative agreement and the leader of the 21 Beale management group is expressing frustration over the process.


U of M Gets Economic Boost, W.M. Barr PILOT Approved

The University of Memphis will get a development incentive boost around its campus, a longstanding Memphis-based manufacturer has been granted tax incentives to expand on Presidents Island and a gift-wrap company has received an amendment to its tax incentive that will allow it to add staff.


Historic Mansion Being Restored Into Exclusive French-Asian Restaurant

The Nineteenth Century Club, one of the last great mansions of Union Avenue, was slated to become a strip mall. Next door to the 107-year-old building is a Taco Bell, which stands on the site of the Nineteenth Century Club’s former ballroom.


AutoZone Grows Quarterly Profit 6.4 Percent

For 40 straight quarters now, Memphis-based auto parts retailer AutoZone has delivered double-digit earnings per share growth.


FedEx Working on Drone and Automation Projects – With Caveats

John Zimmer, co-founder and president of the on-demand ride-sharing company Lyft, thinks that in less than a decade private car ownership will essentially have ended in major U.S. cities. Also, that within five years most Lyft trips will take place in self-driving cars.


New Institute Filling a Mental Health Coverage Gap for Youths, Families

Children and families dealing with mental health and behavioral issues have a new option for in-home specialized care with Family Institute of Tennessee’s expansion into the Memphis market earlier this year.

Efforts Expanding Locally to Combat Opioid Addiction

The battle against opioid and other prescription pill addictions is gaining traction in parts of Tennessee thanks to efforts from groups like the Memphis Area Prevention Coalition and expanding programs like Count It! Lock It! Drop It!, which recently received a $1.3 million grant from the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation.

Baptist Launches Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis has launched a new service at its flagship East Memphis campus – an adult inpatient epilepsy monitoring unit, where patients can get specialized care and treatment.

Baptist Brings New Specialists On Board

Baptist Memorial Health Care has added a trio of new specialists to its ranks, welcoming a new pediatric intensivist, a surgeon and a pediatric gastrointestinal specialist.


OB-GYN Shweta Patel Joins Adams Patterson Gynecology

Dr. Shweta Patel has joined Adams Patterson Gynecology & Obstetrics as a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist. Patel, who’s a lieutenant commander of the Medical Corps of the United States Navy, comes to Adams Patterson after serving as a naval medical officer and sexual assault response liaison at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.


MIFA Using Three-Year Strategic Plan to Stay on Course

Sally Jones Heinz’s connection to MIFA goes all the way back to her uncle Dr. Paul Tudor Jones, who was pastor of Idlewild Presbyterian Church and one of the nonprofit’s founders 48 years ago.


Pot Decriminalization Nears Final Vote

One of the state’s two largest cities has decriminalized possession of less than a half ounce of marijuana. And the other city set the stage for a final vote on a similar measure next month.


Hickory Hill Teen Center Focused On New Heroes

On the western end of Hickory Ridge Mall in the corner of a space that was once a video game arcade, there is a super hero’s outfit – a stylized W in the center of the brick-red armored top.

Eden Square Debuts School, Arts Center

Derwin Sisnett remembered a Christmas from his childhood this weekend. He wanted a Nintendo gaming system and remembers he and his brother searching their home while their parents where elsewhere.


Eclectic Eye Co-Founder: A Small Business Has to Start Somewhere

Robbie Johnson Weinberg has a great appreciation for FedEx, AutoZone, International Paper and other large corporations based in Memphis. But when she’s traveling, the co-founder of Eclectic Eye always likes to check out the small businesses in other cities – everything from a neighborhood pub to the “funky comic book store.”


Templeton Compares Notes on Dicamba Drift Problems

Tennessee Agriculture Commissioner Jai Templeton joked with a Memphis group last week during a visit to the city that pigweed gets called hogweed when it becomes a real problem for farmers.


Young: ‘I Knew I Wanted My Own Business’

When she was a little girl from Texas visiting her family’s Arkansas farm, Octavia Young remembers going to the Sears Crosstown building in Memphis with her grandmother. Now all she needs to do is stand on the front porch of her restaurant, Midtown Crossing Grill, to watch the progress of the renovation of the huge former distribution center. 


Fernandez Fights for Memphians’ Cybersecurity

Managing information technology for a hospital system might not seem like a natural extension of a career in the U.S. Navy. But as vice president and chief technology officer of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Gene Fernandez finds himself at the heart of the cybersecurity battle that health care providers are fighting.


DeAngelo Made in Memphis, Outlasting Them All in NFL

He has belonged to the NFL for a long time now, if you want to think of DeAngelo Williams that way, and truth is you’re probably divided on that. For he’ll always belong to the University of Memphis first, on that much we can agree.

Love Keeps Saban And Bama Title Hopes Together

Most of the time, Nick Saban is this wound-tight, micromanage-every-minute hybrid of a corporate CEO and the most successful college football coach in the land.

Will We One Day Look at Lions Win as Turning Point?

Was Sunday’s stunning victory in Detroit the start of a turning point for the Tennessee Titans?

Nothing Else Counts for Jones if He Can’t Top Gators

Since his arrival at Tennessee in December 2012, Butch Jones often has spoken about the importance of getting the Vols back up and running in their biggest rivalry games.

What’s Worse Than Dating A Gator? Another Loss

If you’re a Tennessee fan hurting from the 11-game losing streak against Florida, put yourself in Corey Vereen’s shoes.

Memphis Offensive Line Still a Work in Progress

The University of Memphis football team has won the first two games under new head coach Mike Norvell and the cumulative tally in those wins over Southeast Missouri and Kansas is 78-24.

Fizdale Vows to be Cautious With Gasol, Conley in Training Camp, Preseason

No one, including Marc Gasol himself, will know that he has really recovered from his broken foot suffered last February until he’s playing games that count and then able to stack games on top of one another.


Private Equity Firm Pays $13M for Retirement Community

950 Cherry Road -
A Chicago-based private equity fund has purchased the 176-unit Town Village Audubon Park retirement community in East Memphis for $13 million, or $73,864 per unit.


Bridging Imagination and Reality

GETTING A BIG IDEA ACROSS. A few years ago, I heard about a big idea and wrote about it. Next month, that idea becomes Big River Crossing, an inspirational bridge between imagination and reality.

Estate Planning – It’s a Need

Ray’s Take When talking about money and how it works in our lives, we often refer to the difference between wants and needs. The challenge being that when someone really wants something it can start to feel like a need.

Shared Wisdom Starts With Conversation

The drive to the meeting was inspirational. The weather was perfect, the lights were green, and someone even let me in the line of traffic right before it merged to the left. I had a newness of thought as I weighed possible solutions to the problem to be discussed at the meeting. I wondered what insights others would offer to the situation.

The Crooked Path to Durham’s Ouster

State Rep. Kevin Brooks set the tone for Jeremy Durham’s ouster in prayer, of all places. Quoting from Luke, the Cleveland Republican opened the recent extraordinary session of the General Assembly saying, “Heavenly Father, you’re very clear in your word when you say that every valley will be filled, every mountain and hill brought low and the crooked places made straight and the rough places made smooth.

Let’s Hear It for Schenk, Yip and Hack!

I saw in the sports section of my local paper an item that said three golfers named Yip, Hack and Schenk were a threesome on the final day of some tournament. And I thought it was a joke.

Have An Opinion

Very often in school, we’re taught to understand both sides of an issue. If you can argue for or against a point, you’re often more likely to truly understand all dimensions of the problem at hand.

How Could Your Brand Capitalize on Live-Streaming?

Since Facebook Live launched in April of this year, live-streaming events have become very popular. While competitor Periscope has been around since early 2015, Facebook has integrated live-streaming directly into the timelines of 1.71 billion users, making these live videos more visible than ever.

Back to Basics: Elements in the Product Story

Many companies and people confuse what they mean when discussing value propositions, benefits and features. Be clear with your product marketing. 

I Didn’t Give Because You Didn’t Ask

We are entering the giving season. Many reader will focus on Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and the New Year. Here at FUNdraising Good Times, we are focused on giving to nonprofits. Like children who dream of a pile of gifts under the tree, many nonprofits are praying – or hoping and crossing their fingers – that the money they need will come their way.

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