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1. Luttrell Wants to Bridge Urban-Rural Divide
- Thursday, April 14, 2016
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen knows the signs of someone making the transition to running for Congress.
So when he and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell spoke at the March 31 opening of Moore Tech’s new welding school, Cohen watched closely as Luttrell began talking about the lack of workforce training and questioned the old Shelby County Schools slogan of “every child college bound.”
2. Legislators Playing Expensive Game With LGBT Issues
- Thursday, April 14, 2016
The silly season is in full swing on Capitol Hill, but the “bathroom bill” and any jokes surrounding it are no laughing matter anymore. It’s getting downright expensive.
Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery said this week the bill dealing with transgender student use of restrooms could cost the state more than $1.2 billion in federal funds for K-12 and higher education.
3. Mental Agility Is No Bad Goal
- Thursday, April 14, 2016
“Mental agility” has been defined as “cognitive and psychological adaptability, or the ability to think rapidly and creatively under stress.” A site called “Mind Fitness Training Institute” says that “an agile mind … can anticipate or quickly adapt to uncertain or changing situations. …”
4. Last Word: Lipscomb's Successor, MATA School Buses and Roland's Big Breakfast
- Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Paul Young gets a lot more attention these days than he did when he was the first director of the city-county Office of Sustainability. The attention comes with being the city director of Housing and Community Development where virtually all of the funding comes from the federal government.
That federal funding has changed the face of public housing in the city in the last 25 years. There is only one large public housing project left in the city as a result of the federal funding and its use by Young’s predecessor, Robert Lipscomb.
And what Lipscomb did with the job combined with being the executive director of the Memphis Housing Authority is why a lot of people want to get to know Paul Young these days.
Our centerpiece story by Madeline Faber in Tuesday’s edition makes clear that Young has no desire to wield that kind of power. And it is unlikely anyone in the near future will have the kind of autonomy Lipscomb did.
But beyond that there is still the flow of a lot of federal dollars and Young has some ideas based on his experience in government and finance prior to coming to HCD – everything in government is initials.
It’s a much different experience than Lipscomb’s. Lipscomb coined the phrase “ending public housing as we know it” and at times that slogan wasn’t followed with a lot of detail about what came after public housing was demolished, especially with the first of the projects to fall.
The last public housing project, Foote Homes, will be demolished on Young’s watch which makes his tenure important if more limited than Lipscomb’s tenure.
5. Lawmakers Lure Us In With Momentary Sanity, And Then...
- Thursday, April 07, 2016
Just when it appears the Tennessee Senate is made up of sensible people – as evidenced by the killing of de-annexation legislation – the body is changing course with a Bible-thumping measure.
6. Last Word: A Day In The Park, Fashion Week and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
- Wednesday, April 06, 2016
The skid is over. The Grizzlies beat the Bulls at home and the post-season possibility drama continues in the land of Griss and the one year and done college home of Derrick Rose.
7. The Evolving Role of Design, Part One
- Tuesday, April 05, 2016
Editor’s note: Part one in a two-part series. The role of design evolves at the speed of innovation, the dizzying, dynamic speed of the market. Design now has a seat at executive and board tables across the globe. More than ever, a holistic sense of design is valued as a legal means of significant competitive advantage.
8. Job-Seekers Return at Fastest Pace Since Before Recession
- Monday, April 04, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans are flooding back into the job market at the fastest pace since before the Great Recession, encouraged by steady hiring and some signs of higher pay.
The flow has halted, at least temporarily, one of the economy's more discouraging trends: the sharp decline in the percentage of people either working or looking for work. That figure fell last year to a four-decade low.
9. Sports Notebook: Lynch at Gruden’s QB Camp, Memphis Defense, Cards' Leadoff Hitter
- Monday, March 28, 2016
If you want to see the whole thing, Jon Gruden’s QB Camp with former University of Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch will air at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, on ESPN. The NFL Draft is April 28-30 in Chicago.
10. My Lucky Break
- Wednesday, March 16, 2016
During the week of St. Patrick’s Day, luck is on our minds. We may think, “When will I get my lucky break? When will it be my turn?” We may feel overlooked for things like promotions and raises.
11. I Love MEM: Airport teams up with popular local blogger
- Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Every week, I Love Memphis blogger Holly Whitfield picks five events to include in her blog’s regular feature spotlighting things to do in Memphis during the coming weekend.
12. Ulta to Join Nordstrom Rack in Poplar Commons Retail Center
- Friday, March 11, 2016
Ulta Beauty will be a neighbor of Nordstrom Rack in the upcoming Poplar Commons shopping center, set to open in the fall of 2017.
This will be the third Ulta store in the Memphis market and the first in the East Memphis submarket.
13. What’s Your Exit Strategy?
- Wednesday, March 09, 2016
With the unusual job market we’ve been experiencing for years now, keeping an exit strategy in mind is a must. Do you have yours nailed down? If your exit strategy is dependent on hope and crossed fingers, it’s time to rethink things.
14. Greensward Dispute Mediation Begins
- Tuesday, March 08, 2016
The city-backed mediation effort between the Memphis Zoo and the Overton Park Conservancy begins Tuesday, March 8, following a busy weekend in Overton Park that brought out large crowds for the zoo as well as the park in general.
15. Greensward Sees Some Saturday Sit-Ins, No Arrests
- Saturday, March 05, 2016
A group of about 100 people, many carrying Save The Greensward signs, turned out in Overton Park Saturday, March 5, during the first Saturday in the park since the Memphis City Council approved giving the zoo control of the northern part of the greensward for overflow parking. There were several sporadic sit-ins but no arrests.
16. Doctors: 'Buyer Beware' as Cosmetic Surgery Grows
- Saturday, February 27, 2016
If you often look around and feel older than you used to, it might not be you. It might be that everyone else looks younger.
The face of Tennessee is changing – literally – and as an influx of new residents and a booming economy creates a larger affluent class with more disposable income, the business of cosmetic procedures is on the rise.
17. Tennessee AD Dave Hart: Sexual Assault Unacceptable Act
- Friday, February 26, 2016
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart stood by his embattled football coach during a news conference Thursday at the university, two weeks after a federal lawsuit was filed Feb. 9 in Nashville alleging that Tennessee mishandles assault complaints against athletes.
18. Grizzlies Sign KD in Free Agency, Trade Mike Conley? No, Don’t Think So
- Monday, February 15, 2016
So there’s a national report out there saying the Memphis Grizzlies will make a strong play to sign free agent Kevin Durant after the season.
19. Yellen: Too Early to Determine Impact of Global Developments
- Friday, February 12, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen cautioned Thursday that global economic pressures pose risks to the U.S. economy but said it's too soon to know whether those risks are severe enough to alter the Fed's interest-rate policies.
20. Strickland Wants Contract, Pay Boost for Memphis' Next Police Director
- Friday, February 12, 2016
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland wants to offer the next Memphis Police Department director a multi-year contract for more than the $150,000 the city is currently paying interim police director Michael Rallings.
21. Last Word: The First Surrogate, Parkside at Shelby Farms and Manilow Memories
- Thursday, February 11, 2016
Here they come, fresh from Iowa and New Hampshire – first the surrogates and in the next two weeks the Presidential contenders themselves.
The nation’s “first surrogate” – former President Bill Clinton is at Whitehaven High School Thursday evening to rally early voters in the heart of a large reliably Democratic middle class community.
And it is that voter base that was integral to Barack Obama carrying Shelby County in the 2008 Democratic Presidential primary even as Hillary Clinton carried the state that year.
As mentioned here Tuesday, the local Bernie Sanders campaign opens its Memphis HQ over the weekend.
Hillary Clinton headquarters in Memphis and Nashville are on the way soon with the Nashville HQ opening Thursday as the former President is in Whitehaven and the candidate is preparing for another television debate Thursday in Milwaukee with Sanders.
And early voting opened Downtown Wednesday.
The first day's turnout Wednesday was 177 early and absentee voters. Combined with another 645 absentee votes cast before the early voting period, that makes 822 early or absentee votes.
Another Republican contender on the ballot in Tennessee is out of the race. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie dropped out the day after his dismal finish in New Hampshire. He did not have a slate of delegates on the ballot here.
22. Cates Wants Detail on Downtown Agreements
- Friday, February 05, 2016
From Mud Island River Park across the Memphis harbor to The Pyramid and further east to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – there are a lot of connections as the areas head toward a new incarnation.
23. Last Word: Out of Time, Brian Collins and Fear of Heights & A Different No Gang Zone
- Thursday, January 28, 2016
I have a confession. Hillary Clinton is not happy with me.
I’ve seen the signs in recent weeks but didn’t want to accept the truth.
Then Wednesday evening, as I was about to put this column together, I got an email from the former First Lady and Secretary of State and Democratic presidential contender.
The subject line cut to the chase: “We’re running out of time, Bill.”
The message itself, on a backdrop of Blue State blue read:
24. Logistics Startup Exec: Amazon Gunning for FedEx
- Tuesday, January 26, 2016
The number of voices in the technology world convinced that Amazon has stuck a target on the back of FedEx – as well as its larger competitor, UPS – continues to grow.
The latest is Matthew Hertz, director of operations at package shipment startup Shyp. He took to social networking service LinkedIn in recent days to pen a commentary about why Amazon’s emergence as a significant logistics alternative appears to be a matter of when, not if.
25. Insider Q&A: Allianz Strategist Hooper on Market Turmoil
- Tuesday, January 19, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) — Last year was the stock market's first down year since 2008, and this year has opened with a thud. The market is down 8 percent in the first two weeks of trading, the worst start to a year ever.
26. Sea Isle Signs
- Saturday, January 16, 2016
By the numbers, Sea Isle Elementary has 36 students out of 517 who are hearing-impaired or deaf. Some are as young as 3 years old. Some are fifth-graders who in August will leave the East Memphis campus and their status as “Islanders” for the new frontier of middle school.
27. Fed Official: Low Oil Prices Affecting Central Bank Action
- Friday, January 15, 2016
A key Fed official assured Memphis business leaders during a breakfast address Thursday, Jan. 14, that interest rates won’t climb dramatically this year.
Jim Bullard, the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, told the Economic Club of Memphis that rates today are “crazy low compared to the historical experience in the U.S.” and will “remain accommodative well into the future.”
28. As Oil Plunges, Energy Companies Cut Jobs, Postpone Projects
- Wednesday, January 13, 2016
LONDON (AP) — The world's biggest oil companies are slashing jobs and backing off major investments as the price of crude falls to new lows — and there may be more pain to come.
Companies like BP, which said Tuesday it is cutting 4,000 jobs, are slimming down to cope with the slump in oil, whose price has plummeted to its lowest level in 12 years and is not expected to recover significantly for months, possibly years. California-based Chevron said last fall that it would eliminate 7,000 jobs, while rival Shell announced 6,500 layoffs.
29. Graffiti Green Light
- Saturday, January 09, 2016
Brandon Marshall is a full-time artist, making a living painting commissioned murals for clients. He’s also well-versed in the graffiti world of Memphis, a small but determined group of artists who tag properties around the city.
30. Memphis Banking Officials Brace for Changes In New Year
- Tuesday, December 29, 2015
As he chatted about the Memphis banking market with a few guests in a conference room at his bank’s headquarters on Quail Hollow Road back in 2010, Magna Bank chairman, president and CEO Kirk Bailey looked into the future and imagined how local mergers must surely be on the way.
31. US Consumer Confidence Rose in December to 5-Month High
- Thursday, December 24, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer sentiment rose in December to its highest level since July, lifted in part by low inflation, which has boosted Americans' purchasing power.
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index, released Wednesday, rose to 92.6 from 91.3 in November. That's just below this year's average of 92.9, the highest annual average in 11 years.
32. Interstate Numbers Fuel Mississippi Economic Development
- Saturday, December 12, 2015
Highway, routes and interstates can be a numbers game when they show up on maps.
And it is common for the same stretch of road to have several numbers and designations.
But in October, the part of U.S. 78 between New Albany, Miss., and the Alabama state line became Interstate 22.
33. Civil Asset Forfeiture: 'It's a State License to Steal'
- Saturday, December 05, 2015
The drugs in Kathy Stiltner’s car were over-the-counter antacids. The $12,000 in cash was from an inheritance. Still, police took the money – quite legally – and are still fighting to keep it, even after the drug charge was dropped.
34. Historic Clayborn Temple to be Restored
- Thursday, October 08, 2015
Clayborn Temple, the home base for the sanitation worker strikes of 1968, is on its way to restoration after decades of neglect and four years on the market. Nonprofit Neighborhood Preservation Inc. is taking over what is expected to be a multimillion-dollar project to return the church to religious, educational and community uses.
35. Three Games In, How Much Better are Titans?
- Saturday, October 03, 2015
At some point, the Tennessee Titans have to grow up.
After blowing an opportunity to take the early lead in the AFC South by letting it slip away against the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday, the Titans now head into their bye week on a downturn with two consecutive losses.
36. Knoxville Police, Fire Hire Employees Despite Red Flags
- Friday, September 25, 2015
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Records show the Knoxville police and fire departments hired multiple employees over the past decade despite red flags in their applications.
Some of the warning signs included drug use and poor driving records, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports.
37. Study Shows Employers Shifting More Medical Costs to Workers
- Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Employers are leaving a bigger chunk of the bill for care to workers who use their health insurance, and benefits experts see few signs of this trend slowing.
Most companies now offer health coverage that requires employees to pay an annual deductible before insurance kicks in, and the size of that deductible has soared in the past decade, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research & Educational Trust.
38. Memphis Mayor's Race Poised For Close Finish
- Friday, September 18, 2015
A political summer dominated by the campaign for Memphis mayor begins turning toward fall Friday, Sept. 18, with the opening of the early voting period in advance of the Oct. 8 election day.
All 16 early voting sites are open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Oct. 3.
39. Is Now Time For a Fed Rate Hike? Here Are 2 Clashing Views
- Thursday, September 17, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — For seven years — through political fights, Europe debt crises and market panic — investors could count on one thing: Short-term U.S. interest rates would stay locked near zero.
40. Work Stress is Bad for Your Health
- Friday, September 11, 2015
If you’re feeling stressed at work, it turns out it may actually be bad for your long-term health. Researchers from Harvard and Stanford found that work stress can be as bad for you as secondhand smoke.
41. Kosten Foundation Lifts Pancreatic Cancer Awareness
- Friday, September 11, 2015
When the Herb Kosten Foundation began in 2003, it was out of a desire to honor the man’s legacy.
Kosten passed away in June 2003, about a year after his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. A gifted athlete in his youth – the University of Alabama named him to its All-Century Team for his play on the baseball diamond – Kosten would be 79 today.
42. US Jobless Rate Falls to 7-Year Low; Fed Move Still Unclear
- Monday, September 07, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate fell to a seven-year low in August as employers added a modest 173,000 jobs, a key piece of evidence for the Federal Reserve in deciding whether to raise interest rates from record lows later this month.
43. Memphis Mayoral Contenders Tout Endorsements, Snipe at Rivals
- Monday, September 07, 2015
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen endorsed Memphis Mayor A C Wharton’s re-election bid last week on the doorstep of his Midtown home with the incumbent mayor by his side.
44. Haslam Talks of Larger Shift in Tennessee Higher Education
- Thursday, August 27, 2015
Before the picket line against outsourcing the management of state office buildings went up Tuesday, Aug. 25, at Southwest Tennessee Community College’s Macon Cove campus, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam saw some different signs: several students holding up posters thanking Haslam for the Tennessee Promise program.
45. Scheduled Good Times: The Next Grizzlies Season
- Friday, August 14, 2015
Turns out, Marc Gasol was wrong.
“I don’t think LeBron is coming through that door anytime soon,” Gasol said after the end of last season.
But in fact LeBron James, albeit wearing a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform, will come through the doors at FedExForum for the 2015-16 season opener on Wednesday, Oct. 28.
46. Nashville Hospitality Stats Continue to Amaze
- Saturday, August 08, 2015
With room rates higher than ever, an increased number of impressive venues competing for private party business and award-winning chefs earning awards and catching the attention of national publications, Nashville’s cache is hotter than its native hot chicken. Well, almost as hot.
47. Legal Heat
- Saturday, August 08, 2015
A utility vehicle loaded with gear, ladders and lift buckets just isn’t complete without a large water cooler strapped to the rear, especially in the hot Memphis summer.
But the coolers, and other every day sights like wet towels draped under a worker’s hardhat or a crew taking a mandatory break in the shade, are the best evidence of workplace planning that meets a legal standard.
48. Media Stocks Slammed as Pay TV Bundle Starts Unravelling
- Friday, August 07, 2015
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Signs that pay TV's pricy bundles of channels are starting to unravel are starting to take a toll on major media companies.
Media stocks were hammered for a second day Thursday as Viacom's underwhelming earnings gave investors another reason to sell, after industry bellwether Disney earlier in the week trimmed a profit outlook due to more people cutting the cord on pay-TV packages.
49. Suspect in Memphis Officer's Death Says He's No Coward
- Wednesday, August 05, 2015
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The man accused of killing a Memphis police officer had a few words for the department's director when he turned himself in, ending a manhunt that dragged on for two days.
50. Fed Holds Steady on Rates, Seeks Further Economic Gains
- Thursday, July 30, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve appears on track to raise interest rates later this year but signaled Wednesday that it wants to see further economic gains and higher inflation before doing so.
51. Lot Shortage Looms Over Shelby County
- Wednesday, July 29, 2015
A shortage of developed lots in Shelby County is dragging down the new housing market, according to homebuilding officials.
Homebuilding activity in Memphis and Shelby County slowed in the second quarter, with builders filing fewer permits and selling fewer new homes than in the same three-month period last year.
52. As Fed Meets, It Edges Toward First Rate Hike Since 2006
- Tuesday, July 28, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is getting close to raising interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade, perhaps in September. When it meets this week, though, don't expect any timetable for a rate hike to be spelled out in a post-meeting statement. For now, the Fed wants to keep its options open.
53. On Edge
- Friday, July 17, 2015
In February Sam Carolan was planning to move from Austin, Texas, to Memphis to become a digital sales specialist for Nexstar Broadcasting Group Inc., which owns the ABC24 and CW30 television channels.
54. Fed Officials Still Cautious in June About Rate Hikes
- Thursday, July 09, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve policymakers last month saw signs that the economy was healing after its winter slump but still wanted more signs of improvement before they began raising interest rates.
55. Collierville Schools Proposal Goes To Aldermen
- Saturday, June 06, 2015
A proposed comprehensive new high school for the Collierville School system moves to the Collierville Mayor and Board of Aldermen Monday, June 8, three days after the Collierville Schools board recommended a $99 million project to build the school on land south of Shelby Drive and east of Sycamore Road.
56. Memphis Banks Report Modest First Quarter
- Saturday, June 06, 2015
Absent a few individual challenges, Memphis-area banks as a collective gave off encouraging signs about their health and outlook in the first quarter, according to Federal Reserve figures.
Some of the most important metrics, like profitability, always come with a reminder by regulators that any change in performance at First Tennessee Bank, Memphis’ largest bank, can overshadow results at the rest of its smaller peer institutions. That was certainly true in the first quarter, when First Tennessee’s parent company took a loss, driven by a mortgage-related legal settlement, which resulted in the bank showing almost $65 million worth of red ink for the quarter.
57. Fed Sees Moderate Economic Growth Around Country This Spring
- Thursday, June 04, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy was growing at a moderate pace in most regions of the country in April and May, as consumers ramped up spending at retailers and auto dealers, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday.
58. US Jobless Aid Applications Rose Last Week; Total Still Low
- Friday, May 29, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, though the overall level remains low and points to a healthy job market.
Weekly applications increased 7,000 to a seasonally adjusted 282,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose 5,000 to 271,500. The average had fallen to a 15-year low two weeks ago.
59. Next Step: Returning Grizzlies Have to Be Better
- Friday, May 29, 2015
The possible return or exit of All-NBA First Team center Marc Gasol won’t be known for a while. So for our purposes today, let’s assume Gasol takes the mostly likely free agent path and signs a two-year deal with the Grizzlies that allows him to opt out after next season.
60. Hopson, Barbic Look Ahead to New School Year
- Friday, May 29, 2015
Dorsey Hopson and Chris Barbic are comparing notes on the new school year that begins in August, the first in three years in which the structure of public education in Shelby County essentially will remain the same.
61. Budding Business
- Wednesday, May 27, 2015
When you enter the freshly opened Sprouts Farmers Market store in Lakeland, look up.
What you won’t see in the airy, openly designed grocery store are the aisle signs with numbers and product listings found in most grocery stores and retail outlets.
62. Conquering Fear of Heights on Mt. LeConte
- Saturday, May 16, 2015
I was standing on the edge of a cliff during a hike to Mt. LeConte about two weeks ago.
Holding onto a thin metal handrail cable, I was walking a path maybe two feet wide on jagged rock with some water running through it, on the side of the mountain, about 4,000 feet above sea level.
63. Creative Class Boosting Downtown Memphis Office Market
- Thursday, May 14, 2015
With the clock on its Downtown office sublease running, officials at Sullivan Branding began looking for a new home.
The Memphis-based marketing, advertising and public relations firm needed a dynamic environment, one that would appeal not just to clients but to existing and prospective employees.
64. US Economy Rebounding With Solid, If Unspectacular, Job Gains
- Monday, May 11, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – Rebounding from a dismal start to the year, the U.S. economy added 223,000 jobs in April, a solid gain that suggested that employers are helping fuel a durable if still subpar recovery.
65. Collins Plots Different Course for Memphis Mayoral Bid
- Friday, April 10, 2015
Backers of Memphis mayoral contender Harold Collins are referring to his campaign as a crusade in which incumbent Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and Collins’ City Council colleague Jim Strickland may have claimed most of the contributions and support of business leaders.
66. Live Nation Beale Alliance Touted As Concert Comeback
- Thursday, April 02, 2015
On the sidewalk in front of the New Daisy Theater on Beale Street are two brass music notes, side by side. One honors the late Mid-South Concerts promoter Bob Kelley and the other honors Mike Glenn, the New Daisy’s long-time operator.
67. Housing Market Should Be Strong in 2015
- Monday, March 30, 2015
At one point during a recent Memphis real estate summit a rather remarkable thing happened.
The guest panelists – a banker, a homebuilder and a real estate agent – all agreed on something. 2015 could be a breakout year for the housing market.
68. Manning Lecture Moving
- Thursday, March 19, 2015
In the summer of 1966 I met Archie Manning in his hometown of Drew, Miss. In a game of touch football, I caught a pass or two from the future All-Pro quarterback. A few months later he spent a Friday night at my house in Greenville, after a dance to which he took a Greenville girl he was dating.
69. Billboard Challenge Reaches Critical Juncture
- Thursday, March 12, 2015
The latest legal dispute over billboards is in General Sessions Environmental Court Thursday, March 12.
But the hearing before Judge Larry Potter won’t decide the dispute over three billboards in residential areas. It is a hearing on a move to dismiss the case by Robert Spence, the attorney for Clear Channel Outdoors, which owns two of the three contested billboards.
70. Lady Vols Softball Squad Itching to Halt Rare 3-Game Losing Skid
- Saturday, March 07, 2015
Snow and ice covered the field at Tennessee’s Lee Softball Stadium, gripping it in the silence of winter.
Inside the clubhouse, UT’s players were coming and going after indoor workouts and meetings with coaches.
71. A Robust US Job Market is Expected to Keep Delivering
- Friday, March 06, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – Even after the most vigorous three-month hiring spree in 17 years, U.S. employers are showing few signs of letting up.
Job growth for February, to be reported Friday, might not match the furious pace of November through January, when 1 million positions were added. Harsh winter weather likely discouraged some hiring.
72. Transcripts Reveal Fed Confronting Chaotic Banking System
- Thursday, March 05, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – Transcripts of Federal Reserve meetings in 2009 showed central bank officials struggling to contain the worst financial crisis in seven decades and searching for the right policies to halt a deepening economic downturn.
73. Editorial: Crosstown Redevelopment Signals More Change to Come
- Saturday, February 14, 2015
Few Memphians can remember the view north on Cleveland when the Sears Crosstown building did not define the horizon.
And there is a whole generation of Memphians who have always known the colossal structure as a boarded-up relic of the era when big stores were really big stores. In this case, the big store could sell you all of the materials to build a house as well as everything you would need for the interior of the house.
74. Crosstown Crossroads
- Saturday, February 14, 2015
Richard Spore and his colleague at the Memphis office of the Bass Berry & Sims law firm have worked on several ambitious, game-changing projects like the transformation of Overton Square and Bass Pro Shops’ redevelopment of The Pyramid.
75. US to Destroy Its Largest Remaining Chemical Weapons Cache
- Thursday, February 05, 2015
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) – The United States is about to begin destroying its largest remaining stockpile of chemical-laden artillery shells, marking a milestone in the global campaign to eradicate a debilitating weapon that still creeps into modern wars.
76. Both Sides Dig In for Insure Tennessee Special Session
- Monday, February 02, 2015
Battle lines have been drawn for a Feb. 2 special session of the state Legislature to determine the fate of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee proposal, which would use federal funds to catch some 280,000 working people falling through a health insurance coverage gap.
77. Both Sides Dig In For Insure Tennessee Special Session
- Saturday, January 31, 2015
Battle lines have been drawn for a Feb. 2 special session of the state Legislature to determine the fate of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee proposal, which would use federal funds to catch some 200,000 working people falling through a health insurance coverage gap.
78. Drowning in Student Loan Debt
- Saturday, January 31, 2015
Three-and-a-half years after graduating from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Yasameen Hoffman is still trying to land the kind of full-time job that will help her start paying off her student loan.
79. Cohen Calls Tennessee Promise ‘A Fraud’
- Wednesday, January 21, 2015
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis calls the Tennessee Promise last dollar scholarship program for community college and state technical centers “a fraud.”
80. Help Wanted: US Job Openings at 14-Year High
- Wednesday, January 14, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – The rapid hiring that made 2014 a stellar year for job gains is showing no sign of slowing down.
U.S. employers advertised the most job openings in nearly 14 years in November, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That suggests businesses are determined to keep adding staff because they are confident strong economic growth will create more demand for their goods and services.
81. 2014 Was Best Hiring Year Since '99; Jobless Rate 5.6 Percent
- Monday, January 12, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States capped its best year for hiring in 15 years with a healthy gain in December, and the unemployment rate hit a six-year low. The numbers support expectations that the United States will strengthen further this year even as overseas economies stumble.
82. US Consumer Spending Up Solid 0.6 Percent in November
- Thursday, December 25, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in three months in November, while income posted the best gain in five months – both encouraging signs for economic growth.
83. Jake Locker: Nice Guy Who Deserved Better
- Saturday, December 20, 2014
Jake Locker’s time with the Tennessee Titans has quietly come to an end. Sure, he’s officially a Titan until March, but Sunday’s shoulder injury vs. the Jets – and his upcoming surgery – ends a star-crossed four-year run.
84. Former FedEx Headquarters Up for Auction
- Tuesday, November 11, 2014
This week you can acquire a sizeable piece of Memphis business history at a deep discount.
The Commerce Center complex on Lamar Avenue – former home to Memphis-based corporate titans Holiday Inn and FedEx – is on the auction block.
85. Survey: US Businesses Add 230,000 Jobs in October
- Thursday, November 06, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. companies added 230,000 jobs in October, a private survey said, the most in four months and a sign that businesses are still willing to hire despite signs of slowing growth overseas.
86. Real Estate Rally
- Saturday, November 01, 2014
Commercial real estate can offer insight into the strength of the local economy. Through the office, retail, industrial and apartment developments that mark the region the economy at work in the real world can be seen.
87. Memphis Economic Indicator Finds Optimism
- Monday, October 27, 2014
The latest Memphis Economic Indicator, a quarterly survey measuring general business sentiment produced jointly by The Daily News and Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, found a downward trend in sentiment measured by almost all of the survey’s six standard questions.
88. Shelby County Building Permits Rise 3.4 Percent
- Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Shelby County’s homebuilding industry showed slight improvement in the third quarter, with builders filing 3.4 percent more permits in the quarter than in the same three-month period a year ago.
89. Is Showing a House to a Stranger Worth the Risk?
- Saturday, October 11, 2014
The real estate community was saddened last week to learn of the murder of one of its own when the body of Little Rock real estate broker Beverly Carter was discovered in a shallow grave days after she had been reported missing.
90. Five Reasons to Consider Traverse City
- Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Here are a few rules: American beach vacations must take place in Florida, wine getaways in Napa, snow adventures in Colorado, and leaf-viewing excursions in New England.
If that’s what you think, think again. In fact, if you’re looking for a year-round destination that features all of these activities and more, you can find it in and around Traverse City, Mich.
91. Cummins Eyes Memphis Site for Expansion
- Thursday, September 25, 2014
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.
92. Fed Keeps Rates Low, But Brace for the Inevitable
- Friday, September 19, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Record-low interest rates will be around for at least a few more months, the Federal Reserve made clear Wednesday.
Enjoy the easy money while it lasts.
By mid-2015, economists expect the Fed to abandon a nearly 6-year-old policy of keeping short-term rates at record lows. Those rates have helped support the economy, cheered the stock market and shrunk mortgage rates. A Fed rate increase could potentially reverse those trends.
93. Tigers Hope to ‘Grind’ Win Against MTSU
- Friday, September 19, 2014
It’s a big game. Big enough that the University of Memphis got the Grizzlies’ Tony Allen – “The Grindfather” – to do a short video urging fans to come out for the football game this Saturday, Sept. 20, against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders.
94. ‘Love Mob’ Responds to Poplar Plaza Attack
- Wednesday, September 10, 2014
The amount of traffic that comes through the intersection of Highland Street and Poplar Avenue has made it a favorite of causes through the years – from war protestors and advocates to those on both sides of the death penalty, and, more recently, city employees upset over benefit changes.
95. Fed Survey Finds Moderate Growth Across the US
- Thursday, September 04, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy strengthened in all regions of the country in July and August, in areas from consumer spending to auto sales to tourism, the Federal Reserve reported in a survey released Wednesday.
96. Yellen: Job Market Makes Fed Hesitant on Rate Hike
- Monday, August 25, 2014
JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that the Great Recession complicated the Fed's ability to assess the U.S. job market and made it harder to determine when to adjust interest rates.
97. Titans Offense Looks Like NFL Product
- Saturday, August 23, 2014
Exciting. Now, there’s a word that hasn’t been associated much with the Tennessee Titans in recent years.
But based on the early preseason, Coach Ken Whisenhunt is fielding a Titans team that might actually be worth watching.
98. Applications for US Unemployment Aid Fall to 298,000
- Friday, August 22, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Fewer people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, another sign the job market is improving.
The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly claims for jobless aid fell 14,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 298,000. The prior week's figures were revised up slightly to 311,000.
99. Humes Rises From Bottom 5 Percent of Tennessee Schools
- Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Humes Preparatory Academy is no longer in the bottom 5 percent of schools in the state in terms of student achievement, as measured by state education officials.
That according to school-by-school test data from the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) and Tennessee Value Added Assessment System (TVAAS) data, released by state education officials Tuesday, Aug. 19, in Nashville.
100. Fight to Save Printers Alley a Family Affair
- Saturday, August 16, 2014
“How does it feel to be on your own?” Fritz Hester turns Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” into a surging blues tune that spills out of the Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar into the thick, cigarette and beer-flavored humidity stifling Printers Alley