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1. Last Word: Early Voting Begins, Marc Gasol's Right Foot and TNReady's Problem
- Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Trump and Sanders win big in New Hampshire with a Republican scramble for second the only matter to be decided in the nation’s first Presidential primaries. That as the road to Tennessee begins to see some traffic in the distance.
Meanwhile, Marc Gasol goes from a “right mid-foot injury” on the Grizzlies DL to a fractured right foot.
2. Helping Hand
- Saturday, February 06, 2016
Cindy MacAulay started collecting a flurry of news articles last year about restaurants opening in Memphis, new businesses setting up shop here and on ways the city is improving and growing.
It was research about the city she’s in the process of making her new home.
3. Midtown Memphis Ready for Apartment Building Boom
- Friday, February 05, 2016
It’s been more than a decade since new apartments were built in Midtown, and that’s poised to change in a big way with a wave of new multifamily construction stretching from Binghampton to Crosstown.
4. Last Word: The Big Fizzle, John Jay Hooker's Exit And "A Great Sports Town"
- Monday, January 25, 2016
Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it – isn’t that how the saying goes?
In our case, it might be better to say everybody talks about the television weather coverage but nobody does anything about it.
As we all know now, Memphis dodged the “blizzard” warning artfully and passive-aggressively teased by several television stations who shall go un-named here because they know who they are and you do too.
That’s because they spent much of the day of "the blizzard that wasn’t" whining about the reaction from viewers who complained about the hype and then the promos the stations ran the day of the big fizzle.
We didn’t get much in the way of snow in Memphis, but we got a couple of feet of hype.
5. Last Word: Time and The Greensward, Crosstown High and Race and Sports
- Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Remember how the schools merger story of about five years ago would change by the hour at times? That story has met its equal in what is becoming the first major challenge of the new Strickland administration at City Hall – the Overton Park Greensward.
So much happened before noon Tuesday on the first day of the short work week that it required waiting for the dust to settle on several fronts.
Here is the latest on a very fluid and volatile situation that could very well change as you are reading this.
Luckily we report at a time when you can change stories on line to keep up with such changes.
Zoos and parks and protests featuring brass bands suggest to a casual observer that this is not very serious as controversies go.
And maybe that was the case about a year and a half ago when a group of high school students decided to block the gravel driveway from the zoo parking lot onto the greensward.
But consider this:
The Memphis Zoo is working toward a March 1 opening of its new exhibit, Zambezi River Hippo Camp, a $22-million attraction that from what we saw just a few months ago will likely draw big crowds to the zoo in the spring.
The zoo was preparing for that starting with the removal of 27 trees from the north end of the greensward.
The best Mayor Jim Strickland could get from both sides – the zoo and Overton Park Conservancy – at his meeting with them Tuesday was a commitment to take his proposal for mediation to their respective boards.
The zoo board has authorized its leaders to file a lawsuit in Chancery Court over the greensward and it’s very likely the zoo would go to court before the March 1 opening because of the crowds on their way.
If the work to come by the zoo in advance of the March 1 opening involves heavy machinery, the reaction is likely to draw a much bigger protest than the ones Memphis Police have so far watched from a distance without making arrests.
As in all pressing political dramas, this controversy has the accelerant of timing.
6. Last Word: Tri-State's Deal With First Tennessee, Matt Barnes' Fine and The Grind
- Monday, January 18, 2016
It sounds strange to refer to this as a holiday weekend – the anniversary of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Holidays suggest something different than the rededication to purpose so many of us stress as our definition of this day honoring the memory of a leader whose life made it difficult to imagine what our society would be like without his presence.
That we feel compelled to express the meaning of the day through actions and a recommitment to principles buffeted by reality reflects a hope that we wish to retain as first-hand memories of King’s life fade and his legacy endures.
7. School Guide Helps Parents Navigate Choices
- Saturday, January 16, 2016
After five years of historic change in Shelby County public education, the traditional labels of “public” and “private” schools don’t adequately describe the range of options available to parents.
8. 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.
9. Shelby County Tax Property Sale Features Two Firsts
- Monday, January 11, 2016
When the Shelby County Trustee’s office puts a set of tax delinquent properties up for auction Jan. 19-21, it will be a first in several ways.
The auction will be the first such sale in Tennessee online and it will be the first tax sale with shorter redemption periods for some of the property, depending on how far behind the original owner is on their property taxes.
10. New Routes to a Healthier New Year
- Saturday, January 09, 2016
About a year ago, Christina Charley launched Love Yourself Fitness, a virtual at-home personal training and holistic coaching business.
Now a year later, Charley’s new business is thriving and she’s in the process of expanding it.
11. Last Word: The River, Miss Cordelia's, OPEB and the Kumbaya Council
- Thursday, January 07, 2016
Here comes the river. Not quite at 40 feet on the Mississippi River gauge at Memphis overnight but getting there
For those who weren’t around in 2011 when the river crested at 48.3 feet, the second highest level ever recorded at Memphis, this is the part of the program where lots of people begin to gather at the river.
For some it will be to compare what they've seen before. For others it will be their first look and experience with the concept that nature is bigger than we are.
The smaller those first-time river visitors are, the easier it is for them to accept that. After all, when you are always looking up at the world everything is bigger than you are.
In Tom Lee Park you see them step onto the park's grass, their eyes riveted on the west, perhaps not seeing much beyond the grass at first, a small hand poking out of a coat sleeve shielding their eyes from the sun. And then their first glimpse of the running brown water. And the walk inevitably becomes a run and then a quick halt as the immensity of the river kicks in. Always the two together even when the river is just being eternal.
12. Last Word: The River, The New Mayor and Explaining Boll Weevils
- Monday, January 04, 2016
Hello, 2016. What’s your hurry?
First things first – the Mississippi River at our doorstep is above flood stage. But the crest is now predicted to come Friday and will be just over 40 feet – lower than predicted last week.
We will be posting web stories on the forecasts and other announcement from the county’s Office of Preparedness each evening to work with their schedule for summarizing where we are.
Floods are a slower moving cause for concern because we know what is happening upriver from us where the river is narrower. But this is also the Mississippi River, which is the definition of unpredictable.
13. Last Word: Out With the Old, In With The River
- Friday, January 01, 2016
We end 2015 with an eye on the Mississippi River as the city marks the New Year with three major New Year’s Eve outdoor celebrations – one on Beale Street, another in the newly-awakened Overton Square and yet another in the Broad Avenue Arts District.
Two come with lots of memories of past New Year’s eves – with soon-to-be memories.
Overton Square’s comeback as a theater district has been a big story of the last two years.
But Beale Street at the end of 2015 is an institution that has also seen a lot of change in the last year with the move to a Beale Street Tourism Development Authority at year’s end.
Broad is a different story with a different context. The context is a diversified Memphis whose crowd is likely to be at least slightly more local than the mix in Overton Square and on Beale Street.
It's example could very well show us the path to a New Year's eve with public celebrations from Whitehaven to Frayser.
14. Last Word: Highland Row, Late Hit in Birmingham and Hi-Fi
- Thursday, December 31, 2015
A happy Day 363 into 364 depending on when you are reading this. Sounds festive doesn't it? But let's not have any party hats or popping corks just yet.
We’ve got the name of the first tenant in the recession-delayed Highland Row development by the University of Memphis.
It’s Char, a steakhouse restaurant that should start taking shape in March.
15. Oxford Feels Stress from Development Boom
- Saturday, December 12, 2015
Kent Wunderlich travels to Oxford, Miss., often, in part because his grandson is the kicker on the University of Mississippi football team.
16. Memphis' Grocery Wars
- Saturday, December 05, 2015
After Sprouts became one of the newest grocery chains to enter the Memphis market by opening stores in Lakeland and Germantown earlier this year, company spokesman Diego Romero described the chain’s arrival as practically a no-brainer.
17. Winmark to Bring New Resale Stores to Memphis
- Tuesday, November 17, 2015
The big sister store of Plato’s Closet is looking to come to Memphis, and new-to-market sports and music equipment resale concepts also are on the way.
Parent company Winmark Corp.’s presence in Memphis has steadily grown since 2008, when it opened Once Upon a Child and Plato’s Closet stores in Cordova. Presently, two franchisees operate seven stores across those two brands.
18. Mix It Up
- Saturday, October 31, 2015
Memphis’ development eye is turning inward and upward as mixed-use projects are becoming more common than ever before.
Usually a mode of survival for densely packed cities, residential, office, retail and even manufacturing are cohabitating in single mixed-use buildings or lots as a way to recoup Memphis’ sprawl. Downtown and Midtown are being combed for infill and adaptive reuse possibilities as millennials are moving to the urban core in droves.
19. Could Amazon Challenge FedEx?
- Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but depending on who’s doing the imitating, it could also represent a major threat.
The latter is the storyline that tends to result from technologically savvy enterprises, big and small, muscling their way into FedEx Corp. territory. The latest competitor whose moves are resulting in a crush of “FedEx might have reason to worry” headlines – Amazon, which is pushing to own more of the so-called “last mile” of the package delivery journey and to also become a package delivery giant in its own right.
20. 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.
21. Google is Latest Tech Giant to Claim Space in Mobile News
- Thursday, October 08, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Technology giants including Apple, Facebook, Snapchat and now Google want to take charge of how we get and see news on our phones.
Google on Wednesday was the latest company to announce a news-focused tool. It is designed to speed up how fast stories appear on a phone's screen after a Google search. It's not widely available yet, but could emerge as a key source of traffic and ad revenue for publishers, and not just news providers, as people increasingly rely on their handheld gadgets.
22. Central Defense Security Eyes Expansion in Mississippi, Texas
- Monday, September 21, 2015
Memphis-based Central Defense Security has opened four branches in three states since first setting up shop in Memphis in July 2005.
Those offices have served the firm well for the first decade of its existence, helping it grow to employ today between 1,500 to 1,600 people, estimates chief operating officer Larry Carroll. The firm also has expanded its security plan services into an assortment of new industry categories, from hospitals to retail lots, office buildings and more.
23. The Field
- Saturday, September 19, 2015
The most competitive race for Memphis mayor in 24 years is in the hands of Memphis voters who will determine whether it will be as close as recent polls suggest it could be.
Early voting in advance of the Oct. 8 election day opened Friday, Sept. 18, with all 13 Memphis City Council seats on the ballot as well as the race for the City Court Clerk’s office.
24. Tennessee Craft Week Shines Light on Handcraft Artisans
- Friday, September 18, 2015
This fall the legacy of handmade craft art in Tennessee is getting some big promotion from a statewide weeklong celebration that coincides with American Craft Week in October.
“We want to put a spotlight on and build an appreciation for crafts artists,” said Teri Alea, executive director of Tennessee Craft. “They show up in lots of different ways throughout the community. Craft, especially high-end, is a big business and it has a big impact on the state economy.”
25. 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.
26. The Secret to Retaining Your Best Employees
- Friday, September 04, 2015
It’s that time of year again. Time to celebrate Labor Day, the holiday dedicated to recognizing the achievements of American workers. With an unemployment rate hovering around 5.3 percent, many employers are asking the same question: “How do we retain our best employees?”
27. US Stocks Close Flat Friday After Volatile Week
- Monday, August 31, 2015
U.S. stocks ended the day little changed Friday, letting investors breathe a little easier after a week where both the highs and lows were extreme.
The market gave investors a hard jolt the first two days of trading this week on concerns about the health of China's economy. The rebound Wednesday and Thursday was just as sharp as investors decided to scoop up beaten-up stocks.
28. Should Citizens Have to Pay to Look at Public Records?
- Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Lots is happening in the area of open government lately. In recent columns I’ve talked about legislation that would control access to police videos and about a proposed Supreme Court rule that would limit reporters’ use of electronic devices in courtrooms.
29. Fairgrounds’ Future
- Saturday, August 22, 2015
It’s hard to imagine that a 65,000-seat stadium could be overlooked. Perhaps it’s because the Liberty Bowl wasn’t in the center of the Mid-South Fairgrounds when the stadium was built in 1965; it was on the eastern side of 155 acres of city-owned land, with a rail spur running along its eastern boundary.
30. Preseason Analysis: Vols Will Defeat Oklahoma, Finish 8-4
- Saturday, August 08, 2015
Tennessee’s football team has something to prove as it concludes the first week of preseason practices and moves forward to the 2015 season.
The Vols must prove they belong in the national picture in Butch Jones’ third year as coach.
31. 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.
32. Bedrock Eats & Sweets Opens Downtown
- Tuesday, July 28, 2015
One of the newest additions to the Downtown dining scene is a healthy eating option that Brandi Marter has expanded from a commercial kitchen in YoLo’s Midtown location to now a space of her own.
Marter’s Bedrock Eats & Sweets, which got started back in 2013 as a way for people to order pre-made healthy meals, has moved into the former Frank’s Market & Deli space, at 327 S. Main. Marter, an avid Crossfit athlete, signed a lease for the space earlier this year after scouting potential locations beyond Downtown, including on Broad Avenue.
33. Vols, Titans Fight to Fill Empty Stadium Seats
- Saturday, July 18, 2015
When it comes to giving the consumer what it wants, few sports programs can match University of Tennessee football.
Neyland Stadium, which 40 years ago could accommodate only 70,000 fans, has swelled to a capacity of 102,455, fifth largest in college football. It has a $4 million, 4,580-square-foot Jumbotron, W-Fi connections for fans and enough flashing lights around the stadium’s interior to shame the Las Vegas Strip.
34. Want to Get Into Knoxville-Area Showbiz? Here’s How
- Saturday, July 11, 2015
“Chasing the fun” keeps Jaime Hemsley, founder and owner of Gage Models and Talent Agency, in high gear to find her clients opportunities in the entertainment business.
“There’s lots of different ways to get involved in the industry,” she says, adding that her clients work both locally and nationally. Her agency recently booked a client with a TV reality dating show. Gage is headquartered in Knoxville but has clients throughout the southeast and works with agencies in New York and Los Angeles.
35. Buying a House? Here’s 12 Things You Must Do
- Saturday, July 04, 2015
Anyone buying any home anywhere should have a checklist of things to do. In this area, there are several.
• Get a home inspection. Old or new, things may not be what they seem. As attorney Jean Harrison says of new homes, “Passing codes means they got at least a D-.” A home that has been pre-inspected could have serious flaws undiscovered by the seller’s inspector.
36. Seeds of Nutrition in South Memphis
- Thursday, June 25, 2015
Second in a series of profiles on the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis’ GiVE 365 grantees.
The community garden/urban farming concept literally took root years ago. Knowledge Quest founder and director Marlon Foster remembers well the 25-by-25-foot plot at the Fowler Homes housing project back in 1999. It was a humble beginning planted with a few seeds and a lot of faith and hope.
37. Building Green in a Red-Hot Market
- Saturday, June 20, 2015
Counting cranes has become a Nashville pastime, and the perks of all that development are clear – a robust economy, vibrant real estate market and more jobs.
Naturally, there is concern among some residents that all of the construction and increased population could harm the area’s environment, water and air quality and green space.
38. Speltz’s Design Flair Transforms Downtown Memphis
- Saturday, June 20, 2015
Christopher Speltz’s work as an architectural designer for Renaissance Group hinges on transformation. As an illustrator for multifamily spaces 266 Memphis Lofts, Printer's Alley and the Annex Lofts, he's bringing much-needed flair to a stretch of South Front Street.
39. 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.
40. Getting to the Bottom
- Friday, May 15, 2015
A BIG BASS PROBLEM. We’ve done it. Just like a lure, the light reflects off a shiny object and draws a crowd.
A huge shiny object. A huge crowd. And we’ve done it again. We’re letting something tiny by comparison, a minnow to a record catfish, foul the water and spoil the catch.
41. At Long Last
- Tuesday, May 05, 2015
It’s taken the city of Memphis 10 years to reel in Bass Pro Shops at The Pyramid, and business owners in the nearby Pinch District hope it will be a catalytic force they’ve been waiting for.
42. ‘Pioneering is a Bitch’
- Saturday, April 18, 2015
Christy Shuff was robbed on the night she moved some equipment into her soon-to-open new business, Rumours Gallery, on 12South Avenue.
That was 12 years ago, and Shuff, now 40, and her then-husband Will Shuff were aspiring urban pioneers, ready to take a chance on the downtrodden, but affordable 12South area, then home to a few businesses and mostly older houses.
43. Bass Pro Announces Opening Week Lineup
- Friday, April 17, 2015
Bass Pro Shops has unveiled the celebrity lineup and schedule for its opening festivities, kicking off with a free Evening for Conservation event Wednesday, April 29, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Here is the press release from Bass Pro:
44. Injuries Slow Development of Vols Defensive Players
- Saturday, April 11, 2015
Tennessee football fans might want to look past the defensive lineup for the Orange & White Spring Game. It will bear little resemblance to the unit that will start the 2015 season opener against Bowling Green on Sept. 5 at Nashville’s LP Field.
45. What Better Place for an NRA Convention?
- Saturday, April 04, 2015
When the National Rifle Association announced that it would hold its 2015 convention in Nashville, the timing was propitious.
In 2010, gun sales and handgun permits were booming, and Tennessee had just enacted a controversial and contested new “guns in bars” law that allowed people with handgun permits to carry concealed firearms into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol.
46. US Car Buyers Tap the Brakes in March, Following Torrid Run
- Thursday, April 02, 2015
DETROIT (AP) – U.S. car buyers tapped the brakes in March, a sign of a long-expected slowdown in the blistering pace of sales.
March sales were up less than 1 percent compared with the same month a year ago. U.S. consumers bought 1.5 million new cars and trucks in March, according to Autodata Corp.
47. Affordability? It’s All in the Eye of the Buyer
- Saturday, March 21, 2015
The new construction at 2314 Castleman sold last week for $1,365,000 after Brent Morris of Parks listed the home for $1,395,000. Morris has developed a niche in locating infill lots and teardowns – to use the plural of the now-popular noun created by adding verb to adverb – in the Green Hills area.
48. Ryan: Be Flexible On Location For More Office Space Options
- Saturday, March 07, 2015
After 22 years heading up the Metro Housing and Development Authority for Nashville, Phil Ryan certainly knows the Middle Tennessee housing market.
He left MDHA in 2013, and in his current role as an affiliate broker with Cherry & Associates, he’s taking a look at the local real-estate mix from the corporate side.
49. Eakin: Rising Rents Hitting All of Middle Tennessee
- Saturday, March 07, 2015
Selling business people on the idea of relocating to Nashville is easy for commercial real estate broker Barry R. Smith because he, too, bought into the city’s charm when he first came to town in 1981.
50. Restless Winter
- Saturday, March 07, 2015
For most of its 103-year life as city property, the Mid-South Fairgrounds has been a place where Memphians remember why they came there in the past, as local leaders have periodically pushed to remake its landscape and in turn create more memories going forward.
51. Southaven Plans to Become Regional Shopping Destination
- Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Local officials are expecting the outlet mall under construction by Tanger and Poag Shopping Centers to make Southaven a regional business destination.
“We are 250 miles from six states and we will probably draw from all of them,” Carmen Kyle, executive director of the Southaven Chamber of Commerce, told The Commercial Appeal. “This isn’t your local mall.”
52. Wharton: Tourism Is Serious Business
- Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Sometimes in tourism, it is the little things that count. But “little” is relative. Consider the digital LED display screen on the west wall of the Memphis Cook Convention Center – big enough to be seen by eastbound traffic on the Hernando DeSoto Bridge – which local leaders debuted this month after three years of planning.
53. Cassius Cash Begins Job as New Superintendent of Smokies
- Tuesday, February 17, 2015
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) – Growing up in Memphis, the son of a homicide detective and a cosmetologist, Cassius Cash didn't dream of one day being the superintendent of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
54. Dr. Phil Delivers Hockey Therapy to the Masses
- Saturday, February 14, 2015
Dr. Phil toys with me as he allows me to work my center and left wing to get the puck tantalizingly close to his net.
Then that big smile erupts on the face of a man who hands out “Live With Happiness” dog-tags – like the one dangling beneath his Hawaiian shirt – as he passes through life. With a couple of cagey quick twists of his wrists, Dr. Phil clears his end of the rink and fires a slap shot past my befuddled defensemen and goalie.…
55. 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.
56. Balancing Campaign and Small Business on Vitter's Agenda
- Thursday, February 12, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) – The new chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship has big issues on his agenda, but he'll have to fit them in with a high-profile gubernatorial campaign.
57. ‘Government’s Too Big and People are Sick of It’
- Saturday, February 07, 2015
Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett is an enigma of the modern civil servant, a career politician who doesn’t seem to take himself too seriously. He thinks he’s paid too much (his salary is state mandated) and brings it up often in interviews with the media.
58. Growth is Great, But Where Will Workers Live?
- Saturday, February 07, 2015
For the past two years, developers, property owners and Realtors alike have been treated to what some call the best real estate market in the country. Sellers are realizing astronomical returns on their investments as they shed properties that they have been strapped with for years.
59. Great Dishes From Nashville’s Landmark Restaurants
- Saturday, February 07, 2015
When a restaurant’s been around for a decade or eight, that’s usually a pretty good indication that the food is palatable. We’ve rounded up some of the best dishes to try at Nashville’s longest standing dining establishments, and, of course, it’s impossible to pick just one thing. Feel free to recommend your own favorites in the online comments.
60. Automakers Report January US Sales Jumps, Led By GM, Toyota
- Wednesday, February 04, 2015
DETROIT (AP) – Automakers reported double-digit U.S. sales increases in January, a sign that car sales didn't spin out even with a major snowstorm hitting the Northeast.
General Motors led the way with an 18 percent gain over last January. Encouraged by low gas prices, buyers snapped up GM's big SUVs like the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon.
61. When Vacation Rentals Make More Sense
- Tuesday, January 27, 2015
With just one child, my wife and I don’t find ourselves stressing out about the need for a large hotel room suite or adjoining rooms so our family has enough room to spread around.
But with the need for privacy or an opportunity to sleep in – our son wakes earlier than my wife and he likes to watch TV – we find sleeping in one hotel room is increasingly tough on our travels.
62. Airlines Expect Another Big Year With Help From Cheaper Fuel
- Friday, January 23, 2015
DALLAS (AP) – Leaders of United and Southwest gave an upbeat forecast for 2015 that combined strong travel demand and cheaper fuel. Airline stocks soared on Thursday.
The price of jet fuel has dropped by about half since September, boosting airline profits and tamping down fear that global economic weakness could hurt the carriers. Analysts expect all four of the biggest U.S. airline operators to post bigger profits this year than in 2014.
63. Hello, Josephine!
- Thursday, January 22, 2015
Wikipedia indicates that a song written by Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew “charted #7 on the Billboard R&B charts and #14 on the Billboard pop charts” in 1960. The actual title of the song was “My Girl Josephine,” although “in various cover versions,” it became known as “Hello Josephine.” It’s a bluesy number, easy to play on the guitar, and the lyrics begin:
64. Got Help Paying for Health Care? Watch Your Mailbox
- Tuesday, January 13, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – If you're among the millions of consumers who got financial help for health insurance last year under President Barack Obama's law, better keep an eye on your mailbox.
65. Elvis Birthday Proves Eventful on Several Fronts
- Monday, January 12, 2015
Jack Soden, the head of Elvis Presley Enterprises, looked out at a crowd on the front lawn of Graceland last week in single-digit temperatures and talked about the durability of Elvis Presley’s appeal.
66. Shelby County Homebuilding Activity Continues to Slow
- Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Homebuilding in Shelby County was off last year’s pace again in November, with builders pulling fewer permits and selling fewer homes than in November 2013.
Shelby County homebuilders filed 43 permits last month, down 29.5 percent from 61 permits in November 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. The 43 permits filed in November is down 31.7 percent from the 63 permits filed in October.
67. Blackie’s Body Shop Endures Changing Industry
- Monday, December 15, 2014
Cars are a lot different, and the business of an auto body shop is too, since Delmus “Blackie” Moore opened a body shop on Fourth Street in Downtown Memphis in 1951.
The business of body work is much faster, with less time for the custom work that once was much of Blackie Moore’s stock in trade.
68. Music City Christmas
- Saturday, December 06, 2014
In years past, Carl Haley has offered his Grand Avenue transportation passengers the customary Christmas lights tour packages – about the same as other tours in Nashville – with a cruise by Opryland and a trip to a few choice, heavily decorated neighborhoods.
69. Ivey, U of M Seek to Boost Transportation Sector
- Saturday, December 06, 2014
Dr. Stephanie Ivey never intended to get into the transportation field. After earning her doctorate in engineering from the University of Memphis, Ivey had planned on being involved in environmental work but, through a series of twists and turns, accepted a position at the U of M focused on transportation.
70. Edison Park Finds Ally in Habitat for Humanity
- Saturday, November 29, 2014
This Thanksgiving marks two years that Aisha Lbhalla, her husband and their two young sons have lived in Edison Park.
They have a single-family home that backs up to her older son’s school, Thomas A. Edison Elementary. The house has four bedrooms, brick facing, a garage and nearly 1,500 square feet, Lbhalla says.
71. Patrick Ready to Cook at Relocated Rizzo’s Diner
- Monday, December 01, 2014
Chef Michael Patrick reaches for a metaphor to describe what it will feel like once the new, more expansive version of his Downtown eatery, Rizzo’s Diner, opens in the next several days at 492 S. Main St.
72. ’Tis the Season
- Saturday, November 29, 2014
After the recession struck, desperate retailers competing for a shrinking amount of shopping dollars and market share began tinkering with time-tested holiday marketing strategies.
Good prices, great values, unique offerings and convenience no longer were enough to boost retail sales.
73. I Choose Memphis: Philipp von Holtzendorff-Fehling
- Monday, November 24, 2014
“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.
Name: Philipp von Holtzendorff-Fehling
74. Green Hills in Full Boom Despite Traffic Woes
- Saturday, November 22, 2014
Stephen Graw first moved to Green Hills in 2004 right after college, renting a house with a bunch of buddies from school. Like his neighborhood, he’s done a lot of growing in the last decade and is now a senior advisor at Sperry Van Ness Nashville and on the Chamber West Leadership Council.
75. Riverside Drive Bike Lane Critics Remain
- Monday, November 10, 2014
In the five months since the southbound auto traffic lanes on Riverside Drive between Beale Street and Georgia Avenue were turned into bicycle and pedestrian lanes, bicycle usage of the lanes has risen from an average of 400 a month to more than 600 a month.
76. Out-of-Patience Investors Sell Off Amazon
- Monday, October 27, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon has long acted like an ideal customer on its own website: a freewheeling big spender with no worries about balancing a checkbook. Investors confident in founder and CEO Jeff Bezos' invest-and-expand strategy flooded into the stock as the company revolutionized shopping, upended the book industry and took on the cloud — even though its vast range of initiatives ate up all the company's profits.
77. Central Centennial
- Friday, October 10, 2014
Central Station is 100 years old, an age that most train stations never reach. And if they do, they get there with some really harrowing years in mid-life.
The landmark at South Main Street and G.E. Patterson Drive marked its centennial this month with hundreds of people taking a look around the now recovered and renovated station as well as Amtrak trains and Canadian National railroad locomotives on the tracks that run by the station.
78. 5 Mysteries of US Job Market Waiting to be Solved
- Friday, October 03, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Just how healthy is the U.S. job market?
Despite steady hiring and falling unemployment, the question has provoked sharp debate and considerable uncertainty on the eve of the September jobs report.
79. ‘Cutting Edge’
- Saturday, September 20, 2014
The first thing to understand about the task that Opera Memphis general director Ned Canty feels is before him is that he’s not leading a music organization that competes only with other music outlets and venues for audiences’ attention.
80. Some Fear Auto Industry Returning to Bad Habits
- Wednesday, September 03, 2014
DETROIT (AP) – Big discounts. Six- or seven-year loans, in some cases to buyers who would have been turned down in the past.
As the auto industry strives to sustain its post-recession comeback, car companies are resorting to tactics that some experts warn will lead to trouble down the road.
81. Client Service Remains Top Priority at The Barnett Group
- Saturday, August 30, 2014
The Barnett Group, a Memphis-based employee benefits and financial services firm, didn’t get to the point where it’s provided benefits to more than 75,000 people by accident.
It’s always a reality that businesses are looking to do more with less, cut costs and look for areas where resources can be optimized. The industry space in which The Barnett Group operates is a fast-changing one, with a constant stream of new rules and regulations governing it.
82. Reshaping a City, One Lot at a Time
- Saturday, August 16, 2014
John G. Brittle Jr. doesn’t have an office. He has a war room. The space, crowded with maps, charts, books, piles of paper and marked-up spreadsheets, is ground zero for InfillNashville, the 10-person team of site selection specialists that Brittle leads at Village Real Estate Services.
83. Lot Shortage Poses Next Roadblock
- Saturday, July 26, 2014
Local homebuilders say a dearth of developed lots is slowing down the new housing rebound, weighing down an industry still trying to drag itself out of the rubble left by the worst recession in decades.
84. ‘Drive for Progress’
- Saturday, July 26, 2014
There’s a duality of meaning implied in the name of the civic organization where Nancy Coffee serves as president and CEO.
85. Roku CEO Discusses State of Internet Video, TV
- Monday, June 16, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – If Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is the star of the Internet video-streaming phenomenon, then Roku CEO Anthony Wood is the best supporting actor.
86. Across the River
- Saturday, May 03, 2014
The Arkansas land between the bridges across the Mississippi River at Memphis doesn’t have a name, at least not yet.
If graffiti is any indication, lots of people go there. And they cross numerous boundaries on dirt and gravel roads and paths that can end abruptly and are posted with “no trespassing” signs and other warnings as well as railroad video cameras.
87. Editorial: Memphis Must Make Time for Civic Renewal
- Saturday, April 19, 2014
New beginnings are a constant throughout our lives as well as the seasons -- religious, cultural, natural, even sports – that many of us rely on to mark the path those lives take.
One of the more difficult aspects of maintaining a new beginning for so many of us is that it often represents a new way of looking at a world that doesn’t appear to have changed that much or even enough to match the change we are undergoing.
88. Distinctive Design Touches Will Dominate Belly Acres
- Monday, April 14, 2014
From a visual standpoint, there will be no mistaking Belly Acres, the farm-to-table burger restaurant coming to Overton Square at 2102 Trimble Place, once it opens in the next couple of months.
89. Feed the Imagination
- Friday, April 11, 2014
SHOPPING FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT. The courtyard you’re in was once stacked with wooden cases, the food trucks you see were once mule-drawn wagons waiting to load those cases, the locally-brewed beer you’re sipping the reincarnation of what filled them, the live music you hear covering the century-old echoes of the South’s once busiest brewery – the Tennessee Brewery.
90. Tomato Baby Co. Offers Plants and Philosophy
- Monday, March 31, 2014
Being “Tomato Girl” isn’t a full time job for Alainia Hagerty. She has a day job that doesn’t involve selling dozens of varieties of tomato plants grown in her Brighton, Tenn., greenhouse.
But she views the online business with a national reach as a way of life.
91. Caught in the Middle
- Saturday, March 29, 2014
Even before the Affordable Care Act came along, Deborah Casey was living between a logistical rock and an economic hard place. Casey, a 61-year-old widow, draws a monthly Social Security check based on her husband’s earnings. She works part-time for Shelby County (no benefits), and to continue receiving the same amount in that Social Security check, she has to keep tabs on how much she makes. This is exactly how someone who wants to provide for herself winds up on a “fixed income.”
92. Shelby County Building Permits Down Slightly in February
- Friday, March 21, 2014
With bitterly cold temperatures lingering over the Memphis area last month, homebuilders pulled slightly fewer housing permits in February when compared to the same month last year.
Shelby County homebuilders filed 67 permits in February, down from 73 permits in February 2013 but up slightly from 64 permits filed in January, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.
93. Grisham Thriller Smacks of Dickens
- Thursday, March 13, 2014
At the pretrial conference, big-city lawyer Wade Lanier does an “evidence dump.” His witness list includes 45 people not previously disclosed in discovery. Local lawyer Jake Brigance moves for a continuance. Lanier says that with two weeks remaining before trial, there’s plenty of time for Jake to call these folks. Judge Reuben Attlee denies the motion. What will Jake do?
94. Healthy Design
- Thursday, February 27, 2014
The road to community health and wealth is paved, at least in part, with smart design principles.
Density, a strong mix of uses, high design standards and amenities such as bike lanes and parks can produce healthier communities that attract business investment, Hernando Mayor Chip Johnson told Urban Land Institute Memphis members this week.
95. Older Americans Are Early Winners Under Health Law
- Tuesday, February 18, 2014
CHICAGO (AP) — For many older Americans who lost jobs during the recession, the quest for health care has been one obstacle after another. They're unwanted by employers, rejected by insurers, struggling to cover rising medical costs and praying to reach Medicare age before a health crisis.
96. Putting Your <3 Into Your Job
- Friday, February 14, 2014
The season of love is upon us. Is it fair to say you love what you’re doing for a living? Do you find yourself putting in your all every day, or is it a drag to get up in the morning – or worse yet, to go to bed the night before, knowing your next day’s work is looming over you?
97. Grizz Look at Final 30 With Hope for Strong Finish
- Friday, February 14, 2014
As the Grizzlies took their leave from FedExForum, having won their last home game before the NBA All-Star break, forward James Johnson looked toward the next night’s game at Orlando. He made clear that the Grizzlies were not thinking of Disney World or any other fantasyland, but were committed to the work immediately in front of them.
98. New Home Permits See Slight Bump
- Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Despite bitterly cold temperatures that plagued the Memphis area last month, homebuilders pulled slightly more housing permits in January when compared to the same month last year.
Shelby County homebuilders filed 64 permits in January, up from 57 permits filed in January 2013 and 53 permits in December 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.
99. Working for Yourself
- Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Who’s your boss? Is it your manager, client or customer?
What if the answer is you? To improve your personal power, imagine that you are the only person judging your decisions and your work. Only you are responsible for giving yourself a pat on the back or a coaching session. I’m not talking about being self-critical; I’m talking about being self-reflective, without regard for how others see you.
100. Frigid Weather Pulls January Auto Sales Down 3 Percent
- Tuesday, February 04, 2014
DETROIT (AP) – Auto sales slid 3 percent in January as bouts of snow, ice and frigid temperatures in much of the country kept buyers snug in their homes instead of venturing out to car dealers.