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1. Let’s Get Real About Charters
- Thursday, January 12, 2017
Charter schools and public education have been the focus of increased national attention lately and I’m proud that Tennessee is often held up as a model of how charter public schools can work for families.
2. New Wood Technology May Offer Hope for Struggling Timber
- Tuesday, January 03, 2017
RIDDLE, Ore. (AP) – John Redfield watches with pride as his son moves a laser-guided precision saw the size of a semi-truck wheel into place over a massive panel of wood.
Redfield's fingers are scarred from a lifetime of cutting wood and now, after decades of decline in the logging business, he has new hope that his son, too, can make a career shaping the timber felled in southern Oregon's forests.
3. Change Defines Education Landscape in 2016
- Wednesday, December 28, 2016
By the time Rhodes College trustees made their choice in December of Marjorie Hass as the college’s new president, higher education in Memphis had been through quite a few changes.
Hass succeeds William Troutt, president of Rhodes for the last 18 years.
4. Memphis Democrat Karen Camper Learns To Work With Majority
- Thursday, December 22, 2016
Editor’s note: This is part one of Nashville correspondent Sam Stockard’s feature on Memphis state Rep. Karen Camper. Read part two in the Friday, Dec. 23, edition of The Daily News or online at memphisdailynews.com.
5. Trump Picks Fast Food Executive Andrew Puzder for Labor
- Monday, December 12, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump plans to add another wealthy business person and elite donor to his Cabinet, saying he would nominate fast-food executive Andrew Puzder as labor secretary.
6. Trump Taps Former Campaign Rival Carson as Housing Secretary
- Tuesday, December 06, 2016
NEW YORK (AP) – President-elect Donald Trump, moving closer to filling his Cabinet, chose former campaign rival Ben Carson on Monday to be secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
7. Distracted To Death
- Saturday, November 26, 2016
When the Tennessee Highway Patrol began using a tractor-trailer on the interstate to catch people texting while driving, the troopers knew their view from above would help their cause. From that higher vantage point, they could see drivers holding their phones in their laps and typing.
8. Deep South Drought Kills Crops, Threatens Herds, Dries Lakes
- Monday, October 31, 2016
ATLANTA (AP) – Six months into a deepening drought, the weather is killing crops, threatening cattle and sinking lakes to their lowest levels in years across much of the South.
The very worst conditions – what forecasters call "exceptional drought" – are in the mountains of northeast Alabama and northwest Georgia, a region known for its thick green forests, waterfalls and red clay soil.
9. Five-Year Crime Plan Avoids 'Stop & Frisk' Reference
- Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission president and CEO Bill Gibbons won’t even say “stop and frisk.”
10. FedEx Grows Q1 Profit to $715M, Expects Another Big Holiday Season
- Wednesday, September 21, 2016
FedEx grew its profit to $715 million for the quarter ended Aug. 31 from $692 million during the year-ago quarter, the company reported Tuesday, Sept. 20, a week ahead of its annual meeting of shareholders in Memphis.
11. SEACAP Financial Helping Clients Navigate Economic Waves
- Saturday, September 17, 2016
What, a prospective client might fairly wonder, is a Memphis-based business advisory group doing with the name SEACAP Financial? Don’t they realize their nearest shore is beside the Mississippi River?
12. Editorial: Sister Constance’s Dilemma
- Saturday, September 17, 2016
Sometime before fall arrives by the calendar, nine people – six children and three adults – will be eulogized and buried. A seventh child was removed from life support this week and will be allowed to die.
13. Champ or Chomp, But Not Chump
- Thursday, September 01, 2016
A few years back I wrote a column in which I noted that champ at the bit had been used in my daily paper. Twice in one day. In different articles, a few pages apart.
The first was a quote from a coach: “[O]ur guys are champing at the bit to get back on the court.” The second usage was in a headline. Another team was said to be “champing at the bit in the NCAAs.”
14. Eating to Win, Be It at the Olympics or in Daily Life, Takes Planning
- Monday, August 29, 2016
The Rio 2016 Olympic Games were historically successful for Team USA, as Americans topped the medal chart in every category: 121 total medals, 46 golds, 37 silvers, and 38 bronzes.
Swimmer Michael Phelps added five more golds and a silver and now has 28 medals overall, 23 golds. Simone Biles became the first American to win four golds in gymnastics at a single Games.
15. Uptown Vision
- Thursday, August 25, 2016
Brand new sidewalks, streetlights and paved roads set the stage for Habitat for Humanity’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project in North Memphis, where nearly 1,500 volunteers have descended this week to build a subdivision from scratch.
16. Last Word: Busy Council Day, Crosstown High and Local Democratic Post Mortem
- Tuesday, August 23, 2016
There aren’t any terms yet. But it would appear that there is enough common ground between the owners of Wiseacre Brewing and the administration of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland to take what amounts to a letter of intent on the Mid-South Coliseum to the City Council Tuesday.
17. Last Word: Candlelight Protest, International Paper Rumors and Ruby Wilson
- Monday, August 15, 2016
Graceland and Black Lives Matter meet again Monday evening, according to the announcement as the weekend began of the Coalition of Concerned Citizens.
The coalition, which includes leaders of the July 10 bridge protest as well as the July 12 protest that briefly blocked traffic on Elvis Presley Boulevard outside Graceland, isn’t too happy with how its meeting with Mayor Jim Strickland went last Thursday.
18. Schism Among State Republicans Hits Critical Point With Resignation
- Thursday, July 14, 2016
A rift within the Tennessee Republican Party, whether a tempest in a teapot or the early signs of implosion, isn’t likely to hit the big tent party hard at the polls this fall.
But make no mistake, there is some trouble in paradise.
19. 8th District Republican Contenders Highlight Differences
- Friday, June 24, 2016
Most of the 13 contenders in the August Republican primary in the 8th Congressional District agree on a lot. They think the country is going in the wrong direction. They believe the policies of a Democratic president are a factor in that, and they support Donald Trump as the Republican Party’s presidential nominee.
20. Goal of Owning Home Still Strong, and 8 Other Housing Trends
- Thursday, June 23, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans still want to own homes – if they can afford to. That's the finding of a report being released Wednesday by the Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies.
21. Streetcars En Vogue, But Study Urges Use Beyond Tourists
- Tuesday, June 07, 2016
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – As Oklahoma City prepares to break ground on its first streetcar line in seven decades, and as other cities adjust to having them again, authors of a federally backed study suggest their routes move people with a purpose – not just target the tourist trade.
22. Snapshot: How Memphis-Based Public Companies are Faring
- Saturday, May 28, 2016
Acquisitions have been a common theme among many Memphis-based public companies the past few quarters. Here is a roundup of those transactions and other business highlights from each of the companies.
23. Opera Memphis: If You Sing – Anywhere – They Will Listen
- Monday, May 16, 2016
For everything else opera might be, Ned Canty has made it his business to see opera as opportunity.
The general director for Opera Memphis, when Canty came to town five years ago the company was in decline.
24. Raleigh Mall Demolition Signals Change After Delays
- Monday, May 09, 2016
The crowd of several hundred people on the south end of the Raleigh Springs Mall Saturday, May 7, was larger than the crowd inside the mall to shop.
They came to watch the beginning of the end.
25. Last Word: Overt Acts, Fringe Element and Roller Derby
- Thursday, May 05, 2016
Gang cases in Memphis Federal Court are fairly common. Federal gang cases in which murder or attempted murder to further a criminal enterprise is among the charges are not common.
The last case to surface was also the largest drug case ever brought in Memphis Federal Court. It was the 2008 case against Craig Petties and his multi-state drug operation with direct ties to the Sinaloa drug cartel.
26. Hamilton & Holliman Bringing Mixed Upscale Housing to South Main
- Saturday, April 16, 2016
What was once Downtown’s industrial and rail district is now one of the most densely populated residential neighborhoods in Memphis. Over 2,000 units are under development in the South End, and the current population is expected to double over the next two to three years, according to the Downtown Memphis Commission.
27. Time for Strunk to Become Titans' Most Valuable Player
- Saturday, April 09, 2016
Quick question about the Titans: Who has the most to prove?
Is it Mike Mularkey, a two-time loser as a head coach?
Is it Jon Robinson, a first-time general manager?
28. Last Word: Basketball Intervention, Medical Inventory and Memphis in the 1960s
- Monday, April 04, 2016
Five games left for the Grizzlies to win three and then get to play more in the NBA playoffs. And what seemed to be a foregone conclusion is now not such a sure thing based on the Grizz performance in Sunday’s 119-107 loss to the Orlando Magic in Orlando.
29. Time On The Porch
- Friday, March 25, 2016
ON PORCHES. Whatever porches are about, the best ones are about time. Time for swings and rocking chairs and reflection. Time spent alone with your thoughts or time shared with others sharing space and experience. Time to be very quiet. Or very loud. Life in real time.
30. 1866 Massacre Author Says Riot Has Important Lessons
- Tuesday, March 22, 2016
When historian Stephen V. Ash went looking for source material on that most difficult of events to piece back together – three days of mob violence in a 19th century Southern city – he expected a challenge.
31. FedEx CEO Downplays Amazon ‘Industry Disruption’
- Thursday, March 17, 2016
FedEx Corp. founder and CEO Fred Smith never said the word “Amazon,” but the e-commerce giant was clearly on his mind Wednesday.
Smith addressed speculation about “industry disruption” by Amazon from the outset of Memphis-based FedEx’s quarterly earnings conference call. He also defended the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, noting that both of the frontrunners for the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations are opposed to it.
32. Old Dominick Built for Aging
- Saturday, March 05, 2016
A block-wide warehouse at 301 S. Front St. is getting new life as the Old Dominick Distillery. When it opens to the public in December, the distillery will brew and bottle two kinds of vodkas and three kinds of whiskey. Plans for the historic 54,000-square-foot warehouse include two tasting rooms, a rooftop patio, restaurant and retail area in addition to best-in-class equipment.
33. EdR Reports 34 Pct. Drop In Fourth-Quarter Earnings
- Saturday, February 27, 2016
EdR wrapped up the fourth quarter of 2015 with an increase in funds from operations but a sharp drop in net income.
The Memphis-based real estate investment trust on Monday, Feb. 22, reported Q4 net income of $14.8 million, or 27 cents per share. That’s a 34 percent decrease from Q4 2015, when net income was $22.4 million, or 47 cents per share.
34. EdR Reports 34 Percent Drop in Q4 Earnings
- Tuesday, February 23, 2016
EdR wrapped up the fourth quarter of 2015 with an increase in revenue but a sharp drop in net income.
The Memphis-based real estate investment trust on Monday, Feb. 22, reported Q4 net income of $14.8 million, or 27 cents per share. That’s a 34 percent decrease from Q4 2014, when net income was $22.4 million, or 47 cents per share.
- Saturday, February 20, 2016
Carolyn Chism Hardy is a trailblazer, a success story, an advocate for the poor and middle class, and now she’s one of the most influential people in the private sector.
36. Last Word: TN(not)Ready, Hatiloo Expands and Tax Season Advice
- Tuesday, February 09, 2016
So what do you do when the test-makers fail the test?
You go back to the old test in the case of the Tennessee Education Department and the TNReady tests.
These were the new tests for the new statewide student achievement standards that replaced Common Core standards.
They can only be taken online.
But the system crashed Monday, which was the day that all of the preparation in the last year was geared toward. That included two tests locally of the on-line capacity and other technical standards necessary to make this go smoothly.
Here is a good account of what happened statewide and locally with a few other stops across the state to take in the scope of how big a failure this was and what failed.
37. Memphis Zoo CEO: Mediation, Court Action Can Coexist in Greensward Dispute
- Saturday, January 23, 2016
The Memphis Zoo’s move to Chancery Court next week in the Overton Park greensward controversy does not damage the mediation process between the zoo and the Overton Park Conservancy.
That’s what zoo president and CEO Chuck Brady said as attorneys on both sides of the controversy prepare to make their cases in court.
38. On Deadline
- Thursday, January 21, 2016
What do the following phrases have in common: Due date, Editor’s concern, End point, Freelancer’s problem, Time limit, and Zero hour?
Answer: They have all been used as clues in crossword puzzles for the answer DEADLINE.
39. Money Matters
- Wednesday, January 20, 2016
There’s an issue that keeps popping up over and over again. I’ve got to be honest. It’s one of my biggest pet peeves. And, I’ve heard it from so many people lately, I’m fired up about it.
40. Outside the Box
- Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Southwest Tennessee Community College is opening its new Whitehaven Center on Tuesday, Jan. 19. The building, which accommodates nearly 2,000 students at 1234 Finley Road off Elvis Presley Boulevard, is seeing new life following its run as a Kroger store that closed in 2011.
41. RVC Outdoor Submits Ambitious Mud Island Plan
- Thursday, January 14, 2016
RVC Outdoor Destinations, the Memphis-based company headed by Andy Cates, is proposing a conservancy for Mud Island River Park similar to the Overton Park Conservancy. And its proposal seeks an agreement directly with the city for his company to develop the park, bypassing the Riverfront Development Corp.
42. Council OKs Strickland's Directors, He Defends Pay Raises
- Wednesday, January 06, 2016
Memphis City Council members approved Mayor Jim Strickland’s slate of 12 division chiefs and directors Tuesday, Jan. 5, at the first council meeting of 2016. And Strickland defended the pay raises for some of those positions compared to the salaries those appointed positions paid in the Wharton administration.
43. Speak Creative to Break Ground on New HQ
- Saturday, January 02, 2016
Speak Creative will break ground Jan. 5 on its new East Memphis headquarters at 1648 W. Massey Road.
44. Crestview Collection Makes New HQ in Oakhaven
- Tuesday, December 29, 2015
4300 Concorde Road
Memphis, TN 38118
Sale Amount: $6.9 million
Sale Date: Dec. 15
Buyer: CLI Inc.
Seller: Lester McMahan Partnership
Loan Amount: $6 million
45. Speak Creative to Break Ground on New HQ
- Monday, December 28, 2015
Speak Creative will break ground Jan. 5 on its new East Memphis headquarters at 1648 W. Massey Road.
46. Yellen Confident in Economy Ahead of Expected Rate Hike
- Thursday, December 03, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Wednesday indicated that the U.S. economy is on track for an interest rate hike this month, but she said the Fed will need to review incoming data before making a final decision.
47. Angels Of Our Better Nature
- Friday, November 20, 2015
SPIRITS OF A CITY. Emily Sutton and Annie Cook were prostitutes. And angels.
48. 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.
49. Serving Notice: Memphis Football a National Story Now
- Saturday, October 17, 2015
They were down 14-0 not six minutes into the game. And they had given up a 68-yard touchdown on a trick play when star Ole Miss receiver Laquon Treadwell threw a pass.
In the stands, this cued some horrifying Memphis football flashbacks built up over decades of suffering.
50. Shelby County Commission Continues Quest for Legal Autonomy
- Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Shelby County commissioners have hired an attorney in their continued exploration of retaining their own permanent legal counsel independent of the county attorney’s office.
The body appointed former county commissioner Julian Bolton as special counsel in the matter Monday, Oct. 12. The commission has indicated Bolton is the attorney they’d like to hire on a permanent basis.
51. Memphis Mayoral Transition Begins
- Monday, October 12, 2015
The transition at City Hall begins this week from Mayor A C Wharton to Mayor-elect Jim Strickland.
Strickland won’t take office until January.
52. Metro Nashville’s Local-Hire Rule Gets Battered On Many Fronts
- Saturday, October 10, 2015
The ink wasn’t dry on standards for Metro Nashville’s local-hire charter amendment when new Mayor Megan Barry put the measure on hold – despite sizable support in the August election.
53. A Steeple in Hell
- Friday, September 11, 2015
THE CHURCH OF GROUND ZERO. Headed to my desk, I passed a photograph on the wall. I pass it several times every day, but when I typed 9/11 at the top of the page, the date this column would run in The Daily News, I realized what the column would be about:
54. Preparation Enhances Chances for Small-Business Success
- Saturday, September 05, 2015
The term “small business” is the ultimate misnomer.
In 2011, according to U.S. Census Bureau data, there were 5.68 million employer firms in the United States. And firms with fewer than 500 workers accounted for 99.7 percent of those businesses. Businesses with fewer than 20 workers made up 89.8 percent.
55. Kudzukian’s ‘Neo-Radio’ Platform Has Room to Grow
- Thursday, August 27, 2015
What does kudzu have in common with a media content company in Memphis that bears its name?
Kudzukian founder Larry Robinson is hoping that his new, neo-radio concept will mirror the foot-a-day growth of the invasive southern vine.
56. Congress Passes 3-Month Highway, Transit Aid Patch
- Friday, July 31, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sent President Barack Obama a three-month bill to keep highway and transit money flowing to states on Thursday, one day before the deadline for a cutoff of funds.
57. Climate Change as Faith Issue a Tough Sell
- Saturday, June 20, 2015
It’s been a tough few years for Tennessee Interfaith Power and Light. The state affiliate of a national network of faith communities, the organization offers its members a spiritual way to respond to climate change issues and challenges from political and other sources.
58. Municipal Schools Leaders Assess First Year
- Tuesday, June 09, 2015
Not so fast with those state achievement test quick scores that went out with some students’ last report cards. Tennessee Department of Education officials said earlier this month that the figures are in most cases rosier than expected.
59. New Carnival Cruise Brand Devotes Ship to Volunteer Trips
- Friday, June 05, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) – Carnival Corp. announced a new concept in cruising Thursday: service trips where passengers sail to a destination in order to volunteer there.
60. Harris Pushes For Insure Tennessee Comeback
- Wednesday, May 27, 2015
State Senate Democratic leader Lee Harris of Memphis will be on the campaign trail this summer.
Harris and other Democratic leaders in the majority Republican Tennessee legislature will campaign across the state this summer for the comeback of the Insure Tennessee proposal in the 2016 legislative session.
61. School’s End
- Friday, May 22, 2015
When Catholic Bishop Terry Steib put on a hardhat a week ago to break ground on the Immaculate Conception Cathedral School’s new $4.2 million Cathedral Center, he had the attention of the school’s youngest students.
62. Baker Book Traces Conciliatory Political Philosophy
- Saturday, April 25, 2015
Long before his death last June, former U.S. Sen. Howard Baker of Tennessee was aware that other Republicans, including those who worked in his groundbreaking campaigns of the 1960s and 1970s, believed it was no longer possible for a political moderate like him to get elected in Tennessee.
63. Bike Fest Leaders Rally for Positive Change
- Monday, April 06, 2015
It is rewarding when people who seemingly have nothing in common, of being worlds apart, find common ground. And it is nothing short of inspirational when what they build on that common ground makes life better for all of us.
64. 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.
65. Drive! Consortium Pushes Regional Auto Industry
- Saturday, March 07, 2015
Tennessee’s bustling automotive-industry sector is going to get a whole lot busier in the coming months, at least if a large group of businesses, agencies and related parties behind the Drive! for the Future Consortium (Drive!) have anything to say about it.
66. Harris’ Bill Faces Opposition From Memphis City Council Members
- Thursday, February 26, 2015
Legislation by Sen. Lee Harris requiring local governments to hold a referendum before they take on “extraordinary” debt could run into opposition from his own City Council and municipal leaders across Tennessee.
67. Facing Militant Threat, Corker Shoulders Matters of War
- Friday, February 20, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – Two years ago, Sen. Bob Corker wondered aloud whether the standstill Senate was worth a grown man's time.
Now the combination of Republicans' political fortunes in last November's elections and brutal terrorism overseas have put the two-term Tennessee lawmaker in the limelight. He heads the Foreign Relations Committee and is in charge of the weightiest question to ever face members of Congress: whether to authorize war.
68. Lew Says Congress Should Turn Efforts Toward Business Taxes
- Friday, January 23, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration is pushing Congress to simplify federal business taxes after Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Democrats and Republicans are too far apart to agree on sweeping changes to taxes paid by individuals and families.
69. The Other Fellow
- Friday, January 16, 2015
Long before his death last year, former U.S. Sen. Howard Baker of Tennessee was aware that other Republicans, including those who worked in his groundbreaking campaigns of the 1960s and 1970s, believed it was no longer possible for a political moderate like him to get elected in Tennessee.
70. Shrinking Foreign Oil Bill Sends US Trade Deficit Lower
- Thursday, January 08, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit fell in November to the lowest level in almost a year, thanks to the country's swiftly shrinking thirst for foreign oil.
The deficit – imports minus exports – narrowed to $39 billion during the month, down 7.7 percent from a revised October deficit of $42.2 billion, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday.
71. Immigrants Find Room to Grow in Nashville's Public Gardens
- Saturday, December 20, 2014
With the growing season wrapped up for winter and the temperature hovering at 45 degrees on a recent Sunday, the community garden off Wedgewood Avenue looked to be draped in a brown afghan with just a few patches of green peeking through.
72. Competition, Cooperation Part of Regionalism Mix
- Saturday, December 13, 2014
When a group of mayors with common borders get together, it is usually a sympathetic gathering of chief executives where there is much comparing of notes.
The items range from sewer projects and common problems to relationships with legislative bodies from aldermen to council members.
73. Obama Promotes Trade, Tax Fix, Innovation
- Friday, December 12, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama on Thursday declared himself "much more optimistic" than he was last year about completing a major trade deal with Pacific Rim countries.
At the same time, the president acknowledged to executives on his advisory export council that a tough sales job will be necessary on a commerce issue certain to put him at odds with fellow Democrats during the last two years of his presidency.
74. US Trade Deficit Drops to $43.4 Billion in October
- Monday, December 08, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit fell slightly in October as exports rebounded while oil imports dipped to the lowest level in five years.
The deficit edged down 0.4 percent to $43.4 billion, a drop from a revised $43.6 billion in September, the Commerce Department reported Friday.
75. Precious Cargo
- Saturday, December 06, 2014
In November, a trailer full of new, pre-released LeBron James shoes made by Nike was stolen in the Memphis area.
But thanks to a local task force dedicated to stopping cargo theft, the Oregon-based sports apparel giant, which operates a massive distribution center in Frayser, was able to recover nearly all of the shoes, which were valued at around $700,000.
76. Obama Offers Candor, Insights in Q&A With Top CEOs
- Thursday, December 04, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – At times blunt, at others obliging, President Barack Obama entered a den of top corporate CEOs on Wednesday with a candid assessment of the limits of his governing agenda, the tripwires facing the economy recovery and the motivations of various foreign leaders.
77. Telecom Controversy Emerges at City Hall
- Thursday, November 27, 2014
During the recent repaving of Danny Thomas Boulevard Downtown, city public works crews discovered a leak in sewer lines, and the political timing lined up with a controversy at City Hall that’s been out of the public eye for the most part since the spring.
78. Analysts: How GOP Congress Could Boost US Economy
- Friday, November 07, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Voters made clear Tuesday that they're worried about the economy, despite steady job gains, a robust stock market and faster economic growth this year.
So what can – and should – the now-dominant Republicans in Congress and President Barack Obama do together to benefit more Americans?
79. 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.
80. ‘State of Black Memphis’ Forum Urges Action
- Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Each year, the Urban League releases a national report that puts the “state of Black America” in the form of statistics on health care, education, economic power and similar factors.
This year, the Memphis Urban League Young Professionals used the report’s release to start a discussion billed as the “state of Black Memphis.”
81. FedEx Profits Surge Above Wall Street Estimates
- Wednesday, September 17, 2014
FedEx said fiscal first-quarter profits surged to $606 million, driven by gains in its freight, ground and express operations and a share buyback program.
Memphis-based FedEx reported earnings Wednesday, Sept. 17, of $2.10 per diluted share for the first quarter ended Aug. 31, up 37 percent from last year’s $1.53 per share and above Wall Street estimates. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.96 per share. FedEx shares were up 4.29 percent following the earnings release and conference call with company executives.
82. Ball Targets Carr's Tea Party Supporters
- Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Gordon Ball, the Democratic challenger to Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, is basing his uphill challenge of Alexander on his specific definition of being a moderate Democrat and where that intersects with tea party followers.
83. At the Counter
- Friday, September 12, 2014
THE COLLEGE INN, FULL CIRCLE. The future was in my hands. My parents had set me free and I sat there all by myself for the very first time, my own stool at the counter, my own menu in front of me and a cool new show on the TV above. It was 1957. I was eight. The show was Perry Mason. And I was in control.
84. 10 Secrets to Easy Business Marketing
- Monday, September 08, 2014
We’re the best kept secret in town! I have heard it more than a few times when someone is describing their business, their institution or services. It’s almost bragging rights to be a secret.
85. Standing Out in The Crowd
- Friday, August 29, 2014
Last weekend, I had the pleasure of participating in a panel as part of the Memphis Urban League Young Professional’s 2014 Empowerment Conference. We spoke on the topic of “Stand Out in the Crowd.”
86. Sentencing Changes Sought for Business Crimes
- Thursday, August 14, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal panel that sets sentencing policy eased penalties this year for potentially tens of thousands of drug dealers. Now, defense lawyers and prisoner advocates are pushing for similar treatment for an arguably less-sympathetic category of defendants: swindlers, embezzlers, insider traders and other white-collar criminals.
87. Springing to Life
- Saturday, August 09, 2014
When Ridgeland, Miss.-based development firm the Bryan Co. broke ground on The Horizon condominium tower in 2007, it was at the peak of the housing bubble and optimism from elected officials and Downtown boosters was equally high.
88. Start of School Features Historic Change
- Wednesday, August 06, 2014
A child ready for his first day of school Monday, Aug. 4, in the new Bartlett City Schools system mistakenly got on a bus bound for Shelby County Schools that ran close to the route he was supposed to take.
89. School’s In
- Monday, August 04, 2014
When public schools open Monday, Aug. 4, for the academic year across Shelby County, the merger of public education into one school system will give way to the demerger into seven separate public systems.
90. Editorial: City Needs Better Ways to Attract, Retain Talent
- Saturday, July 26, 2014
Perhaps there is a new type of metric we should be exploring in our effort to draw and retain those in their 20s and 30s to make Memphis their city.
We submit what is missing thus far in this difficult work is an ease factor that young professionals are finding in other cities.
91. Communicate Effectively With Your Audience
- Monday, July 14, 2014
The digital world has altered the way businesses communicate with audiences. Regardless of size, they have the opportunity to connect with customers on a more personal basis than at any other point in history.
92. FedEx Earnings Beat Estimates
- Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Fueled by a surge in e-commerce leading to increased gains in its Ground division, FedEx on Wednesday reported higher than expected earnings for the quarter that ended May 31.
Memphis-based FedEx reported it earned $2.46 a share in the fourth quarter and $6.75 a share for the full fiscal year, above analyst estimates of $2.36 for the quarter and $6.68 for the year.
93. FedEx, International Paper Join Buyback Trend
- Saturday, May 31, 2014
Recent stock repurchases by major U.S. corporations since the recession are a financial fact of life and the city’s best known publicly-held companies are no exception to the practice that can have multiple motives as well as multiple effects.
94. Germantown Schools Joins Shared Services Pact
- Friday, May 16, 2014
When the Germantown Municipal Schools board voted May 5 to not participate in three shared services agreements with the other five suburban school systems, it “strained” the school system’s relationship with the other five, Germantown Schools superintendent Jason Manuel told the board Wednesday, May 14.
95. Ready to Work
- Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Could a framed photograph of the interviewer’s two children help you get the job? How about the Dallas Cowboys coffee mug on his desk? Or the diploma from the University of Memphis on her wall?
96. Aitken Talks Next Steps for Collierville Schools
- Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Budgets for the six municipal school systems and Shelby County Schools are starting to come together.
Shelby County Schools board members could vote in a special meeting Tuesday, April 22, on their budget proposal to the Shelby County Commission.
97. Bill Extends Tax Breaks for Wind Farms, Filmmakers
- Friday, April 04, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Wind farms, NASCAR tracks and filmmakers would keep their treasured tax breaks as part of an $85 billion package of temporary tax cuts passed by a key Senate committee Thursday.
98. McCusker Aims for Criminal Court Clerk
- Friday, March 14, 2014
Michael McCusker is used to the assumptions when the assistant district attorney general tells voters he is running for office this year.
“A lot of people keep saying to me, ‘Wouldn’t judge be a natural progression for you?’ In some respects it would be,” admitted McCusker, who is instead running in the May Democratic primary for Criminal Court clerk.
99. Four Ways to Grow Your Alumni Association
- Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Part two of a two-part series on alumni fundraising. Alumni associations offer memberships and raise funds for the colleges and universities they are associated with. Many are independent nonprofit organizations; others operate as part of the institution’s alumni relations department.
100. Demerger Debate
- Saturday, March 01, 2014
In five months, a new school year will begin in Shelby County. And for a second straight academic year, many parents will be able to say it is unlike any in their lifetimes.
The first and last school year of the unified Memphis City and Shelby County Schools systems will be followed by what educators are calling the “demerger.”