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VOL. TMN-8 | NO. 40 | Saturday, September 26, 2015
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Health Care Rx

Church Health Center’s Antony Sheehan to keynote health care seminar

The debate, hand-wringing, expert studies and frustrations over what to do about fixing the nation’s health care system are certainly a testament to the scale of the problem and the elusiveness, so far, of solutions.

Memphis Bike Share on Track for Launch Next Year

All signs are pointing to Memphis getting a bike-sharing program. Explore Bike Share has reached the end of the trail as the local initiative has sent out a request for proposals to take public bikes-for-hire to the next level.

Memphis Nabs $30 Million South City Grant After Last-Minute Negotiations

The Foote Homes public housing development is still standing with word Monday, Sept. 28, that the city of Memphis has secured a $30 million federal grant to convert it to a mixed-use, mixed-income development.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS EDITORIAL

Editorial: Memphis’ Next Goal: Doctor Town, USA

Memphis can at times be a study in great contrasts – shades of light and darkness.

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EVENTS

The Mid-South Fair will be held through Oct. 4 at the Landers Center, 4560 Venture Drive in Southaven. The 159th annual event will feature rides and games, livestock competitions, youth talent show and more. Visit midsouthfair.com for schedule and tickets.

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EMPHASIS Health Care

Helping Hand

Campbell Clinic’s Eric Bowman on his medical mission trip to Honduras

On the first morning of his group’s visit to a hospital in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, as part of a medical mission trip, fourth year Campbell Clinic resident Dr. Eric Bowman was taken aback by the patients’ response.

Memphis Researcher's Strep Vaccine Moves to Trial Phase

The fight against strep throat is being waged from Memphis.

Resurrection Health's Donlon: Expanding Primary Care is Paramount

Expanding a base of primary physician care – in Memphis and elsewhere – is increasingly seen as a compelling answer to fixing some of the things that are broken about health care.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

This Week in Memphis History: September 25-October 1

1982: Memphis Mayor Wyeth Chandler resigns to become a Shelby County Circuit Court judge.

Trader Joe's Confirms First Memphis-Area Store

Trader Joe’s has confirmed plans for its first Memphis-area store. The specialty grocer ended months of speculation and announced Wednesday, Sept. 23, that it would open a 12,500-square-foot store in Germantown.

'Bring Trader Joe's to Memphis' Creator Thrilled by Announcement

When Layla Rouse woke up Wednesday, Sept. 23, her phone was practically buzzing with texts and social media messages.

School Changes Fuel Door-to-Door Advocacy

Since its launch in July, the group Memphis Lift says it has contacted 14,000 families in Memphis to tell them where the schools in their community stand in terms of student achievement.

Long-Vacant Union Avenue Properties Get Another Day

The city of Memphis and the Downtown Memphis Commission are negotiating with the owners of two vacant buildings in the 600 block of Union Avenue in an effort to avoid General Sessions Environmental Court declaring the properties a public nuisance.

Criminal Appeals Court Cancels Memphis Teacher’s Retrial

The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals ruled Tuesday, Sept. 22, that a local school teacher convicted of attempted first-degree murder in a 2012 beating of his wife will not get a new trial. Criminal Court Judge Carolyn Wade Blackett had ordered the new trial for Michael Halliburton in June, right after sentencing him to 20 years in prison.

Superlo Finds Winning Formula in Sticking to the Basics

Randy Stepherson recalls the advice his father once gave him.

ECD Commissioner: Memphis Megasite is Tennessee's 'Greatest Asset'

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development is getting serious about the Memphis Regional Megasite with new promotional materials intended to attract a major original equipment manufacturer.

Tennessee Housing Agency Adopts Green-Building Standards

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency wants to build healthy communities from the ground up.

AutoZone Profit Up 7.4 Percent in Fiscal Fourth Quarter

Memphis-based auto parts retailer AutoZone Inc. has been scoring double-digit earnings-per-share growth every quarter for nine years running, a trend that predates Apple’s introduction of the first iPhone in 2007.

Hotel Density Fuels Memphis Convention Center Ambitions

The best indicator that the national recession was lifting in Memphis was the emergence this year of numerous plans for new hotels and motels.

Memphis Poised to Become Regional Anchor for Entrepreneurs

A federal agency’s attention to Memphis’ entrepreneurial ecosystem could bring stronger investment and resources for startups.

Local, National Fourth-Quarter Jobs Outlook Rises

It’s been a long road to economic recovery since the Great Recession struck seven years ago.

More Music Festivals on the Way in Memphis

Memphis continues to be filled with the sound of music – specifically, music festivals – with a handful on the docket in coming weeks that will fill stages Downtown as well as the Levitt Shell and elsewhere.

Memphis Multifamily Action Gets Second-Quarter Boost

Multifamily fundamentals were strong for the second quarter of 2015 as Downtown and Collierville continued to perform well in their new-construction booms.

Central Defense Security Eyes Expansion in Mississippi, Texas

Memphis-based Central Defense Security has opened four branches in three states since first setting up shop in Memphis in July 2005.

POLITICS

Memphis Mayoral Contenders Talk Public Transit

The four major contenders for Memphis mayor all favor keeping the Mid-South Coliseum in some form and a Memphis Zoo parking garage.

Tax Incentive Changes Causing Headaches for Memphis Mayoral Candidates

The four major candidates for Memphis mayor all have some version of the same basic answer to questions about tax incentives for economic development.

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.

Wharton Reintroduces Detroit Specter as Early Voting Begins

When the city of Memphis got an unmistakable warning in May 2013 from Tennessee comptroller Justin Wilson to get its financial house in order, Memphis mayor A C Wharton was among those quick to caution against likening the city’s problems to those of Detroit.

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.

SPORTS

Tigers Give Up 752 Yards, Still Beat Cincinnati To Remain Undefeated

Playing on ESPN’s national stage Thursday, Sept. 24, the University of Memphis showed the country what it can do on offense.

Redbirds Manager 'Taking Notes' As Cardinals Drive Toward Division Title

If his business was something other than baseball, first-year Memphis Redbirds manager Mike Shildt might be at conference somewhere, shuttling from one hotel ballroom to another, listening to speakers and participating in workshops.

Minute by Minute, Grizzlies Need More Rest

We hope that Mike Conley’s mask is in a museum somewhere, never to be needed again.

New Deputy Memphis AD Mark Alnutt Has Power Five Aspirations

Looking back, Mark Alnutt always was an inside guy.

Mariota’s Toughness an Edge as Colts Come Calling

Two games in, it is still a bit too early to declare Marcus Mariota the franchise savior for the Tennessee Titans.

Despite Rhetoric, Florida Game Critical for Tennessee's Butch Jones

Tennessee’s Butch Jones will coach the biggest game of his three-year tenure with the Vols – and probably the biggest of his entire coaching career – at Florida on Saturday.

NEWSMAKERS

Mercedes-Benz Hires Heath Elliott as Sales Manager

Heath Elliott has joined Mercedes-Benz of Collierville as general sales manager. In his new role, Elliott will manage the sales of all new and pre-owned cars sold at the dealership, which opened in 2014.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Highland Row Developer Seeks Permit for Parking Garage

Highland Row, Parking Garage, Permit Amount: $5 million -
Indianapolis-based developer Milhaus Development LLC and Memphis-based Poag Shopping Centers LLC have pulled a $5 million building permit as they continue developing the new Highland Row urban infill development.

SMALL BUSINESS

Socially Conscious Lesouque Curates Global, Ethical Designs

Gokben Yamandag recalls fond childhood memories visiting open markets for hours on Saturdays in her native Turkey.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Two Tasty Stories on the Side

A STORY IN EVERY BITE. Last week’s column reminded me of a couple of stories about food. My main editor – my wife – reminded me that I’ve told them before. That happens a lot. It’s about to happen again. Just think of them as second helpings.

Double-Spacers, You’re Dating Yourself

There’s something you may be doing every day that’s making you look old. And you probably have no idea what it is. It’s not your clothes, your hairstyle or the AOL email address you’re using (although those aren’t helping either).

‘Set It and Forget It’ Investing

Ray’s Take: Creating a retirement plan is a very personal thing because no one but you knows what you want for your future. But a plan is a must-have for everyone, and there are numerous ways to create a retirement plan as individual as you are.

‘Deflategate’ Ruling Bounces Commish

Court’s in recess and there goes the judge! In New England, the Patriots again start the season as the Tom Brady Bunch. In New York, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has crow for breakfast. Case closed!

Sales & Marketing Disconnects

Most companies have historically used marketing to drive brand awareness and generate sales leads, relying on seasoned sales teams to close these deals by identifying the prospect’s needs, recommending strategic solutions and creating a sense of urgency.

Creating Community for Everyone

Many of us may take for granted the relative ease in which we live, work and play in our communities. For thousands of Memphians with intellectual and developmental disabilities, it’s not always a simple matter.

Walking a Mile in Her Shoes

“What size shoes do you wear?” That was what we heard. We saw a well-dressed woman casually take off her sneakers and give them to a woman who appeared to be homeless. Both were getting cream and sugar for their coffee at the Starbucks on Union Avenue. One walked out with designer sneakers on her feet and the other got into her car wearing socks.

Situational Medicine, Purpose and Innovation

Encouraged by 1000s of Leadership Training workshops, books and sessions, I took a time to contemplate and draft my purpose. The idea is that if you know your driving purpose, this knowledge will guide and attune all future growth. The purpose will act as a point of inspiration, a decision filter, and also an endless surplus of renewal.

Memphis Catholic Puts Education To Work

Milestones are an important part of life that remind us of something that matters.

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PROPERTY SALES 100 164 4,615
MORTGAGES 130 210 5,543
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 146 254 10,001
BANKRUPTCIES 37 93 3,560
BUSINESS LICENSES 36 67 1,802
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 45 121 3,904
MARRIAGE LICENSES 18 45 1,069

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