VOL. TMN-10 | NO. 37 | Saturday, September 9, 2017
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Food & beverage entrepreneurs share bites of wisdom from their journey
If you’re in the process of starting a restaurant, or really any kind of food- or drink-related enterprise, and you find yourself in conversation with High Cotton Brewing Co. co-founder Brice Timmons about it, you might be tempted to ask him for some advice on how it’s done.
The University of Memphis football game that was to be played at UCF tonight in Orlando has been cancelled in response to Hurricane Irma.
Developer Yehuda Netanel said you can’t measure a development by how many bumps in the road it has, but by how many bumps in the road it overcomes, which is a fitting summary of his company's ambitious Lake District project over the last few weeks.
Wilson Hotel Management, a subsidiary of Kemmons Wilson Co., will merge with Valor Hospitality Partners, an international hotel developer with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, and London, England. And the new company's headquarters will be in Atlanta and London with an office in Memphis.
Republican contender for Shelby County Sheriff Dale Lane is touting the support of every suburban mayor in the county, current Shelby County Mayor and former sheriff Mark Luttrell, and former county mayor Jim Rout.
SPECIAL EDITION: Small Business
When Sabine Bachmann arrived in Memphis more than 30 years ago, she was a little stunned at the city’s meager restaurant scene. The city wasn't barren, of course, with longtime mainstays such as Justine's and the Four Flames. But beyond that and some Italian family-owned places, the restaurant scene simply wasn't very diverse or widespread.
While the local small-business landscape mirrors the national environment of a slowly growing economy keeping things stable, the lack of population growth is holding the Memphis area back from truly breaking out.
Memphis historically has been a great place to birth a food business concept. From Perkins to Corky’s to Back Yard Burgers and everything in between, Memphis has seen many successful restaurant concepts expand beyond the city limits.
At some point, the question of what becomes of our city’s Confederate monuments will be resolved. Whenever that is, there are still some critical and arguably larger issues that should be addressed.
THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC
2010: Behind The Headlines premieres on WKNO TV.
Innovative medical technologies being developed in Memphis promise to revolutionize health care in the coming years.
EMS initiative breaking down barriers to health care options
For many people in the Mid-South with barriers to getting to the appropriate health care professionals, sometimes a 911 call has seemed like their only option. That’s all changing now thanks to a new collaborative effort between the Memphis Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and local health care organizations, area hospitals, nonprofits and philanthropists.
Baptist Memorial Health Care has opened the first specialty pharmacy in the system, a place that the hospital’s leadership says is especially well-suited to care for the medication needs of patients dealing with chronic health conditions.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has taken another step forward in an ongoing effort to effectively open source the hospital’s expertise, research and discoveries, with the hospital now formally opening up its Childhood Solid Tumor Network to a wider audience.
GOVERNMENT & POLITICS
The Memphis City Council has passed the first of three votes on a resolution that declares Confederate statues on city-owned property public nuisances and sets up a framework for the city to remove those statues even without approval from the state.
Following a lull in historic firsts in public education in Shelby County – the launch of the state-run Achievement School District, school consolidation and then the demerger into seven school districts – another historic event took place last month in Hickory Hill that flew well under the radar.
By the time work began in 2016 on an addition to Riverdale School in Germantown, the K-8 school was using 22 portable classrooms, Germantown Municipal School District superintendent Jason Manuel said.
Typically when Rhodes College erects a new building on its historic Midtown campus, it’s nearly impossible to see the difference from the rest of the gothic architecture dating back to 1925.
The rise and fall, and rise of pinball
The past couple of years has seen the return of pinball tables across the Mid-South, with groups like Memphis Pinball hosting weekly gatherings at places like Memphis Made Brewing and the new pinball arcade in Millington, The Retro.
LAW & THE COURTS
Five years ago when the U.S. Justice Department concluded years of review with a scathing report about due process and equal treatment issues in Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court, then Judge Curtis Person Jr. and his staff had to make a decision.
REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT
Sister Maureen Griner, the executive director of the Memphis chapter of the Dorothy Day House, says that every night in Memphis there are about 160 families who will be sleeping in a shelter or somewhere inhabitable.
In this week’s Real Estate Recap, a financial services firm inks a full floor in Clark Tower and Crosstown High School files a $4.1 million permit to build-out space in the Crosstown Concourse for its charter school that is scheduled to open next fall.
More than 30 years after its conception, the Agricenter Sunflower Trail finally enjoyed a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday, Sept. 5, on the grounds of Agricenter International. Work started on both ends of the Greenprint-certified trail, which was one of the first in Shelby County, back in the mid-1980s.
As she looked across Elvis Presley Boulevard from the parking lot of the new Tri-State Bank headquarters at Elvis Presley and Farrow Road last week, Memphis City Council member Patrice Robinson took in the view of the new five-bay retail strip and looked north at another new strip soon to come online, and talked about a third in the works.
THE TIPPING POINT
Pamela Urquieta has worked closely with about 100 student innovators, and led workshops for another 1,000, during her two-year tenure as program coordinator at LITE Memphis. LITE, which stands for Let’s Innovate Through Education, is a Memphis-based nonprofit that focuses on connecting students with internship and entrepreneurship opportunities.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
THE PRESS BOX
Who’s on first? Or for that matter, at second base and shortstop, catching, in the outfield, and coming in from the bullpen?
When Gary LaRocque, the St. Louis Cardinals’ director of player development, came to AutoZone Park in mid-August, the Memphis Redbirds were just days away from clinching a playoff berth.
Anybody got an extra billion dollars lying around? If so, you can own one-third share of an NFL franchise plus a handful of other assorted business ventures.
Get ready for another thrill ride, Tennessee fans. Your football team is at it again, just like last year.
For most of their two decades in Tennessee, the wide receiver position has been a glaring hole for the Titans.
The Delta Fair & Music Festival is drawing crowds to Agricenter International with a bevy of fun rides, games, petting zoos and plenty of funnel cakes. The fair remains open through Sunday, Sept. 10.
Independent corporate trust firm Cumberland Trust has promoted Rebecca M. Halvorson to senior vice president of business development and manager of regional markets. Halvorson, who joined Cumberland in 2010, is based in the company’s Memphis office.
VIEW FROM THE HILL
State Sen. Lee Harris is encouraged by the U.S. Supreme Court’s request for the state of Mississippi to respond to a lawsuit seeking to remove the Confederate battle flag from its state flag.
LEGACIES OF IRONY. The guy who invented dynamite and various ways to blow people up also gave us the Nobel Peace Prize. According to Alfred Nobel’s will in 1896, the award is to go to someone who has “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”
Ray’s Take: There aren’t a lot of benefits to getting older, but when it comes to saving for retirement, there are a few. If you’re 50 or older and feel like you haven’t saved quite as much as you would like for your retirement plan, you could be in luck when it comes to contributions.
Fall is my favorite time of year. The cooling temperatures, changing colors and football season all combine to make for a fun time of year.
Often as job seekers, we struggle with the idea of when to leave. We may feel that it makes no sense to leave one good job for another. This can make sense in certain situations. However, when the writing is on the wall, it’s best to pay attention.
It’s no secret businesses see value in leveraging technology like social media in their marketing efforts. While technology has opened new doors in customer acquisition, it has also created new headaches for sales teams who find themselves struggling to adapt in today’s changing market landscape.
In 2017 most businesses’ value exists in intellectual property: a unique process or knowledge not readily known to the general public that gives a business a competitive advantage. Many small businesses dismiss the notion that they have intellectual property to protect. If the secret formula for a certain Atlanta-made soft drink or a Kentucky colonel’s fried chicken recipe are protectable, so too are a company’s customer lists, data, business practices, designs and other information that give a company an edge over competitors.
So you’re ready to launch – or relaunch – your nonprofit. Or maybe you want a fresh start, a tuneup, or a do-over for your existing organization. What should you do? Get together and talk? Listen? Plot and plan? Review your finances? Visit organizations that inspire you? Yes. And more.
When organizations first experiment with innovation, they tend to be anxious. They are unsure of the unknowns. What has to change? How can we measure the return? What does innovation even mean? How do we do it?