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VOL. TMN-7 | NO. 40 | Saturday, September 27, 2014
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SPECIAL EDITION Health Care

Searching for Doctors

Looming primary care physician shortage intersects with aging population

So here’s the offer: lower salary – meaning it will take longer to pay down your student loan debt – less prestige, and perhaps even a questioning of your intelligence and skill.

Active Community Keeps Sports Medicine Busy

George Hernandez is not only the CEO of Campbell Clinic, he’s a client.

More Stores, Walk-In Clinics Offering Vaccines and Shots

Pull up to a local Walgreens and you may be immediately presented with a shot menu: flu, shingles, pneumonia and other options. Theoretically, in one trip to the drugstore you can knock out your flu shot, pick up some ice cream, bread or beer, maybe grab a birthday card for your mother-in-law, and be on your way.

Ugwueke Makes Impact on Lives at Methodist

Michael Ugwueke’s present life, as president and chief operating officer of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, and president and CEO of Methodist Healthcare Memphis Hospitals, is full of red tape.

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Commitment to Fitness Looks to Reverse Childhood Obesity

If American children and teenagers are fat, then those in the Mid-South are fatter. And you don’t have to rely on some “Fattest Cities in America” list aimed at generating clicks and views to reach this conclusion.

Medtronic Advances Spinal Fracture Treatment

Without treatment, people suffering vertebral compression fractures probably can expect chronic pain, decreased mobility and the potential for neurological complications.

Ugwueke to Clarify Health Care Complexities

Clarity. That’s what anyone attending a seminar on health care is seeking. What’s going on here and across the country? What’s the impact of the Affordable Care Act? What are the trends? What about the looming shortage of primary care physicians?

Editorial: Memphis Should Embrace Season of Change

By the calendar and by the first change in the air and the trees, autumn has arrived in Memphis. With it, the summer becomes a memory and fall becomes the present on its way to a memory.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

This week in Memphis history: September 26-October 2

1984: A Dean Witter Reynolds ad in The Daily News listed 13-week U.S. Treasury bills at a 10.29 percent interest rate, with 10.37 percent on 26-week treasury bills.

Broadway’s Back

Orpheum kicks off new season with ‘Phantom of the Opera’

One of the most acclaimed Broadway shows has returned to Memphis, a show so beloved that a traveling exhibit of elaborate stage costumes from the production also made its way to the city as well to give people an up-close look at costumes from the original show.

MATA President Vows New Standards for Trolleys

The new president and general manager of the Memphis Area Transit Authority said Friday, Sept. 26, that he hopes to have some trolley cars up and running again by the end of the year.

Viability of Black Creative Districts Explored

Several weeks ago, Eric Robertson, the president of the neighborhood revitalization intermediary Community LIFT, was showing a group of visitors around the city’s various creative and entertainment districts.

Cummins Eyes Memphis Site for Expansion

Cummins Inc. is eyeing a Memphis property for a planned expansion of the company’s distribution operations, a move that would be welcome news for Memphis officials.

Roxul Opening 17 Years in Making

U.S Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi searched the 1997 Congressional Record this week before he arrived in Marshall County for the formal opening of the Roxul Inc. plant.

ZeroTo510 Accelerator Companies Win Funding

One mark of the success of a startup accelerator program is if investors like what they see, once participating companies have gone through the program and are making pitches for funding.

Ride the Roo

Midtown shuttle service opens door to transportation alternatives

As the Cooper-Young Historic District continued to grow and prosper and Overton Square began its rise from the urban ashes, Ham Smythe IV kept hearing the questions.

17 Cuts Among ‘Big Changes’ at CA

The Commercial Appeal is trimming its staff again as part of ongoing cost-saving efforts, and at the same time it’s making what top editor Louis Graham described in a memo to staff as “major changes” to the physical paper itself.

Weirich Sworn In for Eight-Year Term

Amy Weirich took the oath of office Tuesday, Sept. 23, for a full eight-year term of office, saying the prosecutor’s office has a role in crime prevention as well as prosecuting those accused of crimes.

Woodland Expansion Reflects Broader Changes

From the outside, the most noticeable change to the campus of Woodland Presbyterian School is the new building for the seventh- and eighth-graders at the pre-K through 8 independent private school in East Memphis.

Commission Balks at Ford Appointments

When the Shelby County Commission moved back into its renovated chamber at the Vasco Smith Administration Building this month, the new chairman of the body, Justin Ford, had a new seating arrangement for the 13 members, including six newly elected commissioners.

County Commission Approves $120 Million in Bonds to Come

Shelby County Commissioners began the process of issuing $120 million in construction bonds Monday, Sept. 22, approving the initial resolution for the general obligation bonds including ones for school construction.

Brockman: Memphis Airport in ‘Good Position’

Memphis International Airport is building its new identity at a steady pace one year to the month after Delta Air Lines enacted the cuts that came with its dehubbing of the airport.

Pre-K’s Place

Funding for state expansion back in political spotlight

It isn’t an application for federal pre-kindergarten funding the state filed earlier this month in Washington, the office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam emphasizes.

AutoZone Shares Drop After Fourth-Quarter Results

AutoZone Inc. shares dropped more than 4 percent Monday afternoon after reporting fourth-quarter revenue that missed Wall Street expectations.

Sprouts Confirms Lakeland, Germantown Stores in 2015

Sprouts Farmers Market, a fast-growing specialty grocery chain, has confirmed it will open two Memphis-area stores in 2015, one in Germantown and another in Lakeland.

TSA Expands PreCheck at Memphis Airport

Pace Cooper, president and CEO of Cooper Hotels, a hospitality development and management company that owns and manages hotels in multiple states, is accustomed to flying and the hassles that sometimes accompany air travel.

SPORTS

New CBU Athletic Director Has Lofty Goals On, Off Field

For generations, the athletic director’s chair received one aging coach after another. It was just the way the college athletics world turned.

Cardinals’ Influence Brings Change to Redbirds

You don’t have to be in uniform to get cut from the team. Several folks working for the Memphis Redbirds found that out a few days ago.

Everyone Wants Locker to Succeed, But Can He?

Perhaps the best thing that Jake Locker has going for him right now is Coach Ken Whisenhunt’s profession of faith.

Vols Hope to Snap 20-Game Road Slump vs. Ranked Opponents

KNOXVILLE – It doesn’t get much easier for the University of Tennessee’s football team.

NEWSMAKERS

Johnson Named Memphis Law School Registrar

Jamie M. Johnson has joined the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law as law school registrar.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Cotton Council Apartments Sell for $6.1 Million

1918 North Parkway, Memphis, TN 38112, Sale Amount: $6.1 million -
Lynxco LLC, an affiliate of Rhodes College, has purchased the former National Cotton Council building on North Parkway in Midtown for $6.1 million. Rhodes intends to use it as student housing, according to the school’s website.

SMALL BUSINESS

Drake Cleaners Presses On as It Nears Century Mark

Every day, tens of thousands of motorists on Poplar Avenue’s Midtown leg drive past a longstanding landmark near the neon satellite sign for Joe’s Liquors. It’s on the other side of Poplar, on the northern border of a parking lot at Evergreen Street.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Raise A Glass

RAISE A GLASS. INSTITUTIONS ARE PASSING. What’s your pleasure? Maybe a chocolate malt or a single malt. Maybe a vanilla soda or a scotch and soda. Maybe a root beer or a draft beer. But these guys wouldn’t ask that question because they already knew your drink. What’s your name?

Free Tools to Help With Your Job Search

This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Mike Steinerd from Indeed.com. Indeed is the No. 1 job site worldwide with over 140 million visitors per month. We talked about everything from how fast you should apply for a job to companies you should consider if you’re looking for work-life balance.

Certified Financial Planner – One Big Thing

Ray's take: In today’s world of financial specialists, each one has their own view of what you should do – because each one is focused on their own focused area of the big picture: the CPA, the insurance agent, the attorney, etc.

Rowan Oak Rovers

OXFORD, Miss. – We are at Rowan Oak, Susan and I – 719 Old Taylor Road, Oxford, Miss., USA. Once the home of William Faulkner, the Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning author, and his family for over 40 years. Built in 1844, and renovated from time to time thereafter, this modest Mississippi mansion is situated on some 30 acres of residential property not far from the town square. Promotional literature says it’s “open year round, from dawn to dusk.”

Top Five Sales Excuses

Sales greats have the ability to adapt based on their audience, are able to embrace rejection as an express pass to their next “yes,” and generally have a high degree of emotional intelligence. But even veteran sales pros can fall into the trappings of excuse making as a way to cope with sales hurdles.

Robotic Rise of the S&P

The S&P 500 hit a new all-time high again last week for the 34th time so far this year. However, U.S. stocks appear increasingly detached.

Simplifying Financial Aid

Trying to receive financial aid for college? How do you feel when completing the 10-page FAFSA (Free Application for Financial Student Aid) form? Could reducing it to two questions improve the process?

Finding Inspiration at Dawn in Albuquerque

There aren’t many things in life that will get me out of bed two hours before sunrise.

The Only Difference: Mindset

The same truths not brought into action present themselves as lessons, ongoing themes. This one rings with more truth every time I encounter it. Mindset is the real pivot point, the only true sustainable, competitive advantage (other than exclusivity, which is always temporary) for organizations that want to flourish.

Ritualizing Your Parenthood

We are people of ceremony and ritual. Every occasion of transition is cause for celebration. A prescribed formula marks our rite of passage from one status to another.

TENNESSEE LEDGER
Nashville Edition

HipD: Donelson Finds Its Cool Side

The tag “Hip Donelson” evoked plenty of snickers, eye rolls and snarky comments when it first appeared. After all, the local joke goes, Donelson’s known for hip replacements – not hipsters.

NashvilleNext Planners Move to Next Step

As the city shifts into fall, planners are gearing up for the final phase of NashvilleNext, a three-year long planning process that will have a major impact on growth and development patterns in Davidson County over the next 25 years.

University of Tennessee Students Help Design Nashville’s Future

Nashville may be a city on the rise, attracting new residents by the droves. But it’s also a laboratory for students at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s College of Architecture and Design, where they are designing the communities of the future in partnership with the Nashville Civic Design Center.

Take a Right at Candyland, Cruise Down Memory Lane

Bill Decker has confessed to committing an “old Nashville” act. The founder of Decker Wealth Management admits he recently gave a friend directions to a certain destination that included a turn at a now-demolished Nashville landmark.

Knoxville Edition

New Seat, Same Drive

Former bus driver Dawn Distler now serves riders as KAT director

Dawn Distler was a bus driver for 10 years, but these days she does her work from the passenger seat.

Distler Out to Dispel Old Mass Transit Myths

“I was never on a bus until I drove one,” admits Dawn Distler, the new Knoxville Area Transit Director and CEO, who once made a living as a bus operator.

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