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1. Memphis Experts See Economic Growth Building Off 2017 Into 2018
- Saturday, January 6, 2018
With resolutions made and the new year now, another annual exercise rises to the forefront – predictions on what Memphis and its economy can expect in 2018.
If 2017 taught us anything, it’s that there’s so much we won’t be able to even remotely see coming, from Memphis bidding to become the potential home for Amazon’s second headquarters to action finally being taken on the Confederate monuments in city parks and so much more.
2. Life After Tony Allen? A Lot More Boring Than Life With Tony Allen
- Friday, September 15, 2017
Tony Allen at his best was the best. Or as he loved to remind us all with a gesture and a shout: FIRST-TEAM ALL-DEFENSE!
But God love him, he was never easy.
No player, just like no person, is always at his best. We know this. We all have our highs and lows. Thing is, most of us spend much of life in that vast middle ground of our own, personal, averageness.
3. Confederate Emblems Attacked Statewide
- Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Germantown aldermen approved a resolution Monday, Aug. 28, to “combat hate, extremism and bigotry” with two of the five aldermen, John Barzizza and Dean Massey, abstaining.
4. August 25-31, 2017: This week in Memphis history
- Saturday, August 26, 2017
2016: Former President Jimmy Carter is in Memphis to lead a group of 1,500 Habitat for Humanity volunteers in building 19 new homes in the Bearwater Park subdivision in North Memphis. The subdivision is on the site of what had been the Cedar Court apartment complex.
Carter was in Memphis for a similar homebuilding project the previous November, shortly after he was diagnosed with brain cancer. In an interview with The Daily News, Carter talked about the enduring problems of racism, poverty and inequality.
“We have the ability, proven over history, to correct our mistakes. We gave women the right to vote and then ended slavery and saw the civil rights movement, so we’ve been able to correct our mistakes,” he said. “But we are still seeing some mistakes now, with the disparity of opportunity between rich people and middle- and lower-class people and also between the races.”
5. Last Word: Collierville's New School, New Cops and Z-Bo's Bust
- Friday, August 11, 2017
Collierville Schools superintendent John Aitken knew the crowd at the Collierville Chamber of Commerce Wednesday wanted to see how the city’s new $90 million high school was coming along a year before its scheduled opening. And he brought plenty of aerials to show the progress. But Aitken also came to talk about what is to happen in the new Collierville High School once the construction is done.
6. Council Delays Discussion About Future of DMC, RDC
- Saturday, July 15, 2017
Memphis City Council members put off a discussion Tuesday, July 11, on a call to look at restructuring or abolishing the Downtown Memphis Commission and the Riverfront Development Corp.
7. Council Delays Discussion About Future of DMC, RDC
- Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Memphis City Council members put off a discussion Tuesday, July 11, on a call to look at restructuring or abolishing the Downtown Memphis Commission and the Riverfront Development Corp.
8. Bridge Protest Anniversary Draws More Action, Reflection
- Tuesday, July 11, 2017
A year after the spontaneous protest march that ended with more than 1,000 people shutting down the Hernando DeSoto Bridge for several hours, the leader of that effort was again moving north along B.B. King Boulevard on Sunday, July 9.
9. Last Word: Vince Carter Leaves, Fairgrounds and Pulling the Plug on Green Tech
- Friday, July 7, 2017
Vince Carter joins Zach Randolph with the Sacramento Kings next NBA season with an $8 million one-year pact for Carter. Still no word on Tony Allen’s free agency status as we put this up. The Grizz plan to retire Randolph’s jersey.
10. Last Word: The List Lawsuit, Charlie Morris on 1939 and New Rules for Democrats
- Thursday, July 6, 2017
This looks like the end of Grit ‘n’ Grind as we wait for the other shoe to drop following Zach Randolph’s exit from the Grizzlies to Sacramento. There were a lot of rumors Wednesday, the day after Randolph’s $24 million free agency deal, including some about Marc Gasol and the Celtics. And then Tony Allen dropped a Grizz reference from his Twitter account causing even more speculation.
11. New Grizzlies Ready to Work, Free Agent Picture Still Cloudy
- Friday, June 30, 2017
All across the NBA landscape, teams are trotting out their second-round draft picks and saying the same things: We had these players rated higher. We couldn’t believe they were still there. And the classic, “We’re so happy they fell to us.”
12. The Week Ahead: March 20-26
- Monday, March 20, 2017
Happy Monday, Memphis! It’s the first day of spring, and a bounty of social gatherings, government meetings and business events are in bloom. Check out our top picks in The Week Ahead…
13. New Coaches Highlight Past Year in Memphis Sports
- Thursday, December 29, 2016
As always, you can categorize the sports year by the wins and losses. By the Grizzlies making a sixth straight playoff appearance and by the University of Memphis football team going to a third consecutive bowl game. And by the Big 12 eliminating U of M from the expansion process before the league ditched the idea altogether.
14. Last Word: Z Bo and the Second Unit, Gannettized and the Electoral College
- Thursday, October 6, 2016
Zach Randolph will not be starting for the Grizz this season as the post-Grit & Grind era enters the “Second Unit” chapter.
It will be interesting to see fan reaction Thursday at the Forum when the Grizz play Atlanta in another pre-season game. Randolph did not start Monday night’s pre-season opener against Orlando either.
15. Last Word: FedEx Changes, The Blue Cross Exit and Armageddon
- Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Was that really autumn Monday or was the drop in humidity a prank to get the trees to drop their leaves?
The FedEx shareholder’s meeting Monday included some changes in the management chart at FedEx Corp. – more like some changes in the seating with one retirement by Mike Glenn, whose office is next to company founder Fred Smith.
16. Poplar Place Apartments Sell for $15.3 Million
- Thursday, May 19, 2016
1669 Randolph Place
Memphis, TN 38120
Sale Amount: $15.3 million
Sale Date: May 6
Buyer: Poplar Place TN Townhomes LLC
17. Grizzlies Hope to Grind Out a Playoff Win at Home
- Thursday, April 21, 2016
April 22, 2004. The Memphis Grizzlies’ first home playoff game in franchise history at The Pointed House now known as Bass Pro Shops.
Hubie Brown was the Grizzlies coach then, and the NBA’s Coach of the Year for overseeing a 50-win season. The Gasol on the team was Pau and Bonzi Wells was the more controlled forerunner to Lance “Born Ready” Stephenson.
18. Grizzlies Have No Answers for Machine That Is The Spurs
- Tuesday, March 29, 2016
To find 31 point and 13 rebounds in the Grizzlies’ locker room, you would have had to gather two or three players together. But in the locker room of the San Antonio Spurs, all those points and rebounds were in one place, in the person of forward LaMarcus Aldridge after the Spurs had defeated the Grizzlies 101-87 on Monday, March 28 at FedExForum.
19. Memorable Events of 2015 will Spill Into 2016
- Saturday, January 2, 2016
When you really get down to it, history is a collection of moments, moments that, when they fall one after the other over the long arc of time, eventually form the tapestry representing who we are.
20. Spurs Snap Grizzlies' Four-Game Winning Streak, 92-82
- Monday, November 23, 2015
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs played poorly, were not sharp and heard all about it during a fiery timeout.
Imagine if they had lost.
Kawhi Leonard scored 19 points, Tony Parker had 18 and the Spurs held on to snap the Memphis Grizzlies' four-game winning streak with a 92-82 victory Saturday night.
21. Warriors, Curry Too Much For Grizzlies – And Everyone Else So Far
- Friday, November 13, 2015
Stephen Curry had seen this game before, in this building, in the playoffs and in the regular season. The Memphis Grizzlies were trying to do what they always try to do – drag a high-powered offensive machine such as the Golden State Warriors into the mud and not let them get up.
22. Whiskey-Stained and Market-Bound
- Saturday, August 15, 2015
Remember the old Levi’s plant off Magnolia? Marcus Hall does, and he’s taken a family history that involves clothing-factory work, fashion sense and a can-do attitude to stitch and rivet together a denim line that’s scooping up local awards and garnering national attention.
23. Last Stand: Only a Game 6 Victory Can Keep Grizzlies’ Season Alive
- Friday, May 15, 2015
With Tony Allen on the bench because of a strained hamstring and thus not available to wander through the junior dance team’s routine or to harass Golden State guard Klay Thompson, the crowd at Oracle Arena for Game 5 needed another target.
24. I Believe in Grit and Grind. Amen.
- Friday, May 1, 2015
GLORY BE. As an early convert, I was there for their first win ever – the first outward and visible sign for a city so in need of faith. While we knew grit and grind all too well, who knew we would come to embrace that identity and its disciples with religious fervor?
25. Without Conley, Grizzlies Use Team Effort to Take Out Portland
- Thursday, April 30, 2015
Zach Randolph scored the first six points of the game – “throw it to the hand” being an immediate and excellent choice.
Marc Gasol finished with a double-double – 26 points and 14 rebounds – and afterward spoke of team defense being the key component in the victory, saying, “It’s always our key.”
26. I Choose Memphis: Rodney J. Rowan
- Monday, April 13, 2015
“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.
Name: Rodney J. Rowan
Job title and company: Principal, Cherokee Elementary School, SCS I-Zone School
27. Grizz Suffer ‘Beat Down’ as LBJ and Cavs Continue to Step Up
- Friday, March 27, 2015
The Cleveland Cavaliers were on a three-game winning streak. The Memphis Grizzlies were on a three-game winning streak. They were each the No. 2 seed in their respective conferences.
It set up to be a very competitive, perhaps even memorable, game. But the Cavaliers’ 111-89 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, March 25, at FedExForum was, as Tony Allen, put it, “an old-fashioned beat down.”
28. Dream Season
- Saturday, February 7, 2015
The Grizzlies had just defeated the rival Oklahoma City Thunder before a loud sellout crowd in The Grindhouse and Jerry “The King” Lawler had defended his Memphis championship wrestling belt, albeit with an assist from the Grizzlies’ crack game operations staff.
29. Grizzlies Hope to Continue Building Off Spurs Defeat
- Thursday, January 1, 2015
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The Memphis Grizzlies made sure early that they didn't go to triple overtime again against the San Antonio Spurs.
Fueled by 16 first-quarter points from Mike Conley, the Grizzlies built an early 10-point lead, eventually led by 16 and weathered a fourth-quarter push by the Spurs for a 95-87 victory over San Antonio on Tuesday night.
30. Watching Kobe’s Empty-the-Clip Tour
- Friday, November 14, 2014
For those first few minutes, Kobe Bryant was toying with us. He passed the ball and he passed up shots – open and otherwise.
The crowd last Tuesday night at FedExForum seemed unnerved by this. Let’s face it, whether you come wearing a white No. 50 Zach Randolph jersey or a purple and gold No. 24 Lakers jersey, you come to see Kobe be true to his DNA.
31. Pushing Through the Mud, Grizz Start Fast Their Way
- Friday, November 7, 2014
How early is it in this NBA season? Early enough that a coach will reach for a college football analogy.
“This is a team that we have struggled with, going 1-3 with them in our division, a.k.a. the SEC West in football, where we went 4-12 last year.”
32. Despite Rules, Nursing Homes Still Lack Sprinklers
- Monday, October 6, 2014
Tens of thousands of the country's most vulnerable people are living in nursing homes without adequate sprinklers or that are missing them altogether, according to government data.
Despite a history of deadly nursing home fires and a five-year lead-up to an August 2013 deadline to install sprinklers, 385 facilities in 39 states fail to meet requirements set by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency whose duties include regulating nursing homes. Together, those facilities are licensed to house more than 52,000 people, according to data from the agency known as CMS.
33. 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
34. Medical Makeover
- Saturday, May 24, 2014
After suffering from years of benign neglect, a new, more invigorated Memphis Medical Center is finally beginning to take shape.
A drive or walk around the area these days shows the hallmarks of a changing landscape – bulldozers, backhoes, cranes and construction crews working feverishly to forge the new urban environment.
35. Z-Bo’s Future Dominates Grizz Talk
- Tuesday, May 6, 2014
If there was one thing that the Memphis Grizzlies’ seven-game playoff series with Oklahoma City didn’t lack, it was drama. There were four overtimes and several plot twists before the Thunder put the Grizzlies down in Game 7 as they played without Zach Randolph, who was suspended by the NBA for a hard push/punch in Game 6.
36. Heisley’s Legacy: Believing in Memphis
- Friday, May 2, 2014
It is said that the famous have their lives summed up in the first paragraph of their public obituary.
The first sentence from a recent obit in The New York Times read: “Michael Heisley, the billionaire financier, who bought the N.B.A.’s floundering Vancouver Grizzlies in April 2000 and soon moved them to Memphis, where he revitalized the franchise, died on Saturday in Illinois. He was 77.”
37. Tony Back to Being Tony in Key Win
- Friday, April 11, 2014
Someday a professor of sports science will write a book on the Grizzlies’ Tony Allen or the good professor’s head will explode in the trying.
38. Playoffs Implications
- Wednesday, February 5, 2014
The calendar says the Dallas Mavericks will be at FedExForum to play the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, Feb. 5. Just one game of 82 in the coast-to-coast marathon that is the NBA season.
But it’s a game that has the potential to weigh heavily on the Grizzlies’ ultimate playoff fate. The Mavericks come in sitting in the eighth and final playoff position in the Western Conference with a record of 28-21.
39. NBA Uses More Ways to Prove ‘Numbers Don’t Lie’
- Thursday, November 28, 2013
Walk up to an ATM, and you’re on camera. Walk into a convenience store, and you’re on camera. Walk onto an NBA court during game time, and you’re not only on camera but every movement you make – or don’t make – will be tracked, sifted, analyzed.
40. Campus Revival
- Monday, November 11, 2013
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center hosted a public information session on the development of its new campus plan last week at the Student-Alumni Center Dining Hall on its Midtown campus at 800 Madison Ave.
- Saturday, October 26, 2013
In 2007, the Grizzlies were no longer a novelty in Memphis. They also were no longer a playoff team. Rather, they were a punch line lost in the expansive blue and gray shadow of the University of Memphis and a fast-talking operator/coach named John Calipari.
42. Good Feelings Abound as Grizz Open Camp
- Tuesday, October 1, 2013
The immediate past features a franchise-best 56-win season, a first-ever trip to the Western Conference Finals and a declaration from ESPN The Magazine that the Memphis Grizzlies are the No. 1 pro sports franchise in North America.
43. Prescription for Success
- Saturday, September 14, 2013
It’s been nearly a decade since the Memphis medical community and city leaders teamed up to create a master plan for what they called the Memphis Medical Center.
The district – which follows the main corridors of Union and Madison avenues and extends from Danny Thomas Boulevard to Cleveland Street and from Peabody Avenue to the Interstate 240 loop – already was home to more than 40 organizations that specialized in everything from clinical care to research. But the Memphis Medical Center organizers wanted to improve safety and promote overall economic development, including commercial, retail and residential real estate.
44. Grizzlies Take Down Thunder in Overtime
- Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Moments before Game 4 of the Grizzlies-Oklahoma City playoff series tipped off at FedExForum Monday night, Tony Allen, Mike Conley and Marc Gasol stood at midcourt to be recognized for making the NBA’s All-Defensive teams (Allen first-team, Gasol and Conley second-team).
45. Grizz Nation Grows With Every Convincing Victory
- Friday, November 30, 2012
Joe McDuffie was just another fan in a Kobe jersey, glancing around FedExForum and pointing out patches of purple and gold.
46. Venson Center Work Kicks Off Heritage Trail
- Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The ambitious $1 billion, 10-year redevelopment project called Triangle Noir during former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton’s administration is now called Heritage Trail.
And the first move beyond the demolition of the Cleaborn Homes public housing development is the exterior renovation of the R.Q. Venson Center high rise at Beale Street and Danny Thomas Boulevard.
47. Ready Shelby Finalist For Best Neighborhood Program
- Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Neighborhoods USA has selected Ready Shelby, Shelby County’s emergency preparedness initiative, as a finalist for the 2012 Best Neighborhood Program Award.
Neighborhoods USA is a national nonprofit committed to building and strengthening neighborhood organizations. It recognizes outstanding programs implemented by a governmental entity, business or corporation to improve neighborhoods.
48. Grizz Proving It’s No ‘One-and-Done’ Team
- Friday, April 20, 2012
If last season culminated with the unanticipated “Believe Memphis” playoff run, then this Grizzlies season has been full of opportunities for concern and panic – your basic building blocks for widespread disbelief.
49. Gay, Mayo Help Grizzlies Beat Lakers 102-96
- Monday, March 26, 2012
LOS ANGELES (AP) – After losing the first three games on their West Coast trip, getting a win in the finale should let the Memphis Grizzlies rest easier on the flight home.
Rudy Gay scored 18 points and Mayo had 12 of his 16 in the fourth quarter, helping Memphis avoid a winless trip by beating the Los Angeles Lakers 102-96 on Sunday night.
50. Grizz Struggling Without Z-Bo As MLK Game Approaches
- Friday, January 13, 2012
It’s almost cruel. At a time when the Grizzlies are playing without their best player, power forward Zach Randolph, NBA legends George Gervin and Clyde Drexler are coming to FedExForum.
Drexler and Gervin are being honored on Monday, Jan. 16, for their contributions to civil rights as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. There’s also the matter of the Grizzlies’ nationally televised noon tip-off with the Bulls, the team that handed them a 40-point loss in Chicago earlier this season. So imagine if the Grizzlies could sneak “Clyde the Glide” and Gervin, aka “The Iceman,” into uniform and find a way to make the years magically melt away for a couple of hours.
51. Waiting For The Tip
- Monday, October 31, 2011
Great seasons end.
Great cities endure.
That’s not just one of the Memphis Grizzlies’ new marketing slogans. Capitalizing on last season’s success and building an enduring franchise are aspirations for the organization as it copes with the reality of the NBA lockout and the ongoing dry spell of professional hometown hoops.
52. Despite Confusion City Ballot Set
- Monday, August 1, 2011
Three would-be candidates in the Oct. 6 elections for Memphis City Council have filed complaints with the Shelby County and Tennessee Election Commissions.
Andrew Rome Withers, Ambi Phillips and Ian Randolph contend they were unfairly disqualified from the races they wanted to enter because of confusion from the 11th hour passage of new boundaries for the council districts.
53. Can I Get an Amen
- Friday, April 29, 2011
Glory Be. As the Duke divinity graduate rises and throws up a prayer, an entire city rises with him. All know his name, as he was chosen by them in the beginning and then banished to the wilderness. Well, to Houston, anyway. Now he returns. Now he holds their hope. A moment later and 10 years coming, we are delivered of our distress in high-def, screaming for joy in front of our TVs. Heaven help us, Shane Battier has ripped a three-pointer and the Memphis Grizzlies have won their very first playoff game. Bless their hearts, the San Antonio Spurs have just heard the first lesson in their own house.
54. Circa Slated for Regalia Space
- Friday, October 1, 2010
Circa by John Bragg restaurant plans to open its East Memphis location at Regalia shopping center, Boyle Investment Co. recently announced.
55. Hard Work at Core Of Ellis’ Practice, Charter Commission Leadership
- Thursday, August 26, 2010
Reaching for the stars and working tirelessly are trademarks of Memphis attorney Julie Ellis.
Ellis’ father was an Army general who blew the energetic sound of revelry each morning at “0500 hours.” She also watched her mom serve others as a school nurse and leading a mental health center.
56. Charter Comm. Nails Down Final Details
- Monday, August 2, 2010
Metro Charter Commissioners continue closing in on the exact language of a consolidation charter with a meeting Monday.
The 4 p.m. meeting at the Vasco Smith County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St., is one of only three the group has left to draft the charter that goes to voters on the Nov. 2 ballot.
57. Downtown Medical District Seeks Connection
- Wednesday, June 30, 2010
The new Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital has embraced the effort to inter-connect the Downtown medical district with a cohesive streetscape, common signage and pedestrian-friendly environment.
It is the starting point for an effort to better link the hospitals, educational institutions and other anchors of the Memphis Medical Center. The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is also exploring ways to better connect with the district.
58. Charter Comm. Considers Two New Divisions
- Monday, March 22, 2010
The first proposal to reach the Metro Charter Commission for a new consolidated government would create two new divisions – “parks and community enhancement” and “civilian enhancement.”
A three-member task force considering how to handle park services and amenities including public libraries brought its recommendations to the full body Thursday afternoon.
59. Charter Commission Elects Ellis Chair
- Thursday, November 19, 2009
As Shelby County Commissioners were appointing an interim county mayor this week, the Metro Charter Commission was working four floors above them at the County Administration Building in only its second meeting.
60. Commission to Revisit Charter Appointments Today
- Monday, October 12, 2009
Approving mayoral appointments to boards and commissions is usually the quickest part of the Shelby County Commission’s agenda. It’s normally a routine vote.
That won’t be the case today.
The commission will meet this afternoon starting at 1:30 p.m. at the County Administration Building Downtown. A full agenda for the meeting is available at The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.
61. Research Center Next On UTHSC Building Agenda
- Friday, July 3, 2009
A center where scientists from different fields of medical research can share ideas toward common goals will be the next new building slated for construction on the University of Tennessee Health Science Center campus.
62. Shanker Named Partner At Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs
- Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Jill Uiberall Shanker has become a partner at Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP. Shanker is a member of Wyatt’s Corporate and Securities Team.
- Friday, September 26, 2008
The Shelby County Board of Commissioners will hold a joint meeting of the Rules and Education subcommittees of the Shelby County Ethics Commission today at 9:30 a.m. in the County Attorney’s Conference Room, Suite 600 of the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St.
64. Archived Article
- Tuesday, July 10, 2007
2975 Brother Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38133
Sale Amount: $2.6 million
Sale Date: June 29, 2007
Buyer: Tatge Facility Management Partners LLC
65. Casting Lots
- Thursday, March 22, 2007
One look at the map and it's easy to see why Arlington and Lakeland have been dominating lot sales.
Tucked inside Shelby County's eastern boundary and boasting easy access from Interstate 40 and Tenn. 385, the Arlington/Lakeland area is perfectly situated as a bedroom community for Memphis.
66. Archived Article: Standout
- Friday, April 8, 2005
Tom Needham Memphis Standout
Engineering Professional Earns Industry Honor
LANE GARDNER CAMP
The Daily News
When Tom Needham, senior project manager for engineering firm Ellers, Oakley, Chester and Rike Inc., was named Outstanding Engine...
67. Archived Article: Daily Digest
- Monday, March 3, 2003
Thompson & Baker adds
Thompson & Baker adds
Berry to the letterhead
One of the Mid-Souths leading public relations firms has added Germantown resident Ralph J. Berry to its name becoming Thompson, Baker & Berry Public ...
68. Archived Article: Marketplace Focus
- Monday, December 9, 2002
All that glisters is not gold In slow economy, local jewelry trade still lacks luster
By MARY DANDO
The Daily News
Its the time of year when viewers are assailed nightly with television ads suggesting only a Scrooge could resist buying a pr...
69. Archived Article: Library (lead)
- Tuesday, January 12, 1999
By STACEY PETSCHAUER Library to see change in several areas in 99 By STACEY PETSCHAUER The Daily News For the Memphis Shelby County Public Library & Information Center, 1999 is more than just a new year. Its prep time for a new millennium that p...
70. Archived Article: Market Briefs
- Monday, April 6, 1998
Union Planters Corp Union Planters Corp. announced it will hire about 300 people for jobs in its Memphis headquarters in the next six months. The full- and part-time positions range from telephone representatives to branch managers to financial anal...
71. Archived Article: Market Pools Lj
- Monday, August 26, 1996
lj 10/5 cates Stay cool with a pool New technology, improved construction methods make residential swimming pools affordable for an increasing number of homeowners By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News In the past, a backyard swimming pool was a luxury o...