Airlines canceled nearly 7,000 weekend flights and started to cut Monday service as the ripple effects of driving snow and ice that brought many East Coast airports to a standstill drifted into the next work week.
51. The Week Ahead: Jan. 25, 2016 - Monday, January 25, 2016
We hope everyone survived Snow Terror ‘16 and is looking forward to a fun, productive week ahead that’s free of milk and bread runs. (Saturday’s high temp is 60 degrees – woohoo!) Here’s your weekly rundown of events and happenings worth paying attention to…52. Le Bonheur CEO Talks Big Development Projects on Tap - Monday, January 25, 2016
It’s something of an understatement to say that Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital has big plans for 2016 and beyond.
Walking through several of the big-budget development projects on tap for the hospital over the short and long term, Le Bonheur president and CEO Meri Armour describes this as a consequential moment for the 2,300-employee health care organization. Expansions of service, facilities, treatment and more are all on the way for a hospital built around the fact that inside the 100 mile-radius around Memphis, according to Armour, there are about 1.6 million children.53. Blight Authority of Memphis Convenes to Tackle Problem Properties - Monday, January 25, 2016
“This is historic,” attorney Steve Barlow said at the inaugural meeting of the Blight Authority of Memphis, held Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Downtown Memphis Commission’s office.54. SCS Optional Applications Available Jan. 25 - Saturday, January 23, 2016
Parents enrolling their children in Shelby County Schools’ optional program for the 2016-2017 school year can begin picking up applications Monday, Jan. 25, at the school system’s Division of Optional Schools and Advanced Academics, 160 N. Hollywood St.55. Triumph Bank Names Chief Banking Officer - Saturday, January 23, 2016
Triumph Bank has tapped Britin “Brit” Boatright as executive vice president and chief banking officer.56. In the Game - Saturday, January 23, 2016
Way back in the 1990s, perhaps before the Grizzlies and FedExForum were even a twinkle in anyone’s eye, Chris Wallace came to Memphis and The Pyramid for a preseason NBA game featuring Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.57. Impatient Clemmons Anxious for Minority Voice to Be Heard - Saturday, January 23, 2016
Democratic state Rep. John Ray Clemmons is only halfway through his first two-year term representing District 55 in Nashville. But he’s not willing to wait years to speak out or push for change.58. Last Word: Winter Pre-Game Show, The Zoo Goes To Court And Hotel Fever - Friday, January 22, 2016
You wouldn’t call this the eye of the storm, would you? We’ll go with calling this the pre-game show for the winter storm that is supposed to show up in Memphis at around 7 a.m. Friday morning. Think Super Bowl pre-game.59. Strickland Names Interim Memphis Police Director - Friday, January 22, 2016
There is so much that’s been said in advance of this that whatever happens, it might be hard to live up to the preparation.
Much of the rest of this is like an arms race of sorts.
Consider the equipment list from Memphis International Airport.
10 snow brooms, 12 plow trucks, four de-icing trucks each with 40,000 gallons of deicer, four 2-ton salt spreaders and four tractors to keep the runways clear.
The city of Memphis Public Works division has eight snow plows ready to roll on major thoroughfares if the snow gets within the three-inch mark. A set of 16 salt trucks were to load up at 11 p.m. Thursday evening to begin applying salt and sand when needed, with continual inspections of road conditions. And that includes some pre-treated priority areas.
And then there was this truly unusual announcement from Shelby County Schools: the optional school parent camp-out was suspended Thursday evening because of the weather.
This is the camp out the school system tries its best to discourage each and every year at this time. That includes bar-coded applications and repeatedly emphasizing that 99.9 percent of those with the bar-coded applications get their first choice of optional schools, making the camp-out unnecessary. The applications are handed out over several days and are then time-stamped when they are turned in for consideration.
Nevertheless, the tents go up each year and voices are raised in the debate about whether this is parents who care more or parents who are carried away.
This year, the school system, while emphasizing that it “does not authorize or direct” the camp-out, says the line will resume Sunday at 7 a.m.
The school system also adds: “The current process being managed by parents will be recognized due to potential health and safety risks related to forecasted inclement weather.”
But is there a line to get back in line? And when does that start?
Mayor Jim Strickland has chosen an interim Memphis Police director from inside the ranks, naming his pick two weeks to the day after current director Toney Armstrong announced he’s retiring from the role.60. Who’s In Charge? - Friday, January 22, 2016
IT MIGHT BE RIGHT, BUT IT’S FLAT WRONG. A week or so ago, 27 trees disappeared from Overton Park’s greensward – a fancy word for yours and my yard since Overton Park belongs to us.61. Butch Jones Builds for Championship Run With Staff Tweaks - Friday, January 22, 2016
Tennessee football coach Butch Jones got serious about taking the next step with his football program not long after his team’s 45-6 victory over Northwestern in the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl.
Jones fired defensive coordinator John Jancek on Jan. 6, and three days later hired his top candidate for the opening, Bob Shoop of Penn State.62. Last Word: The View Across The Harbor, Crosstown Undercurrents and Bonnaroo - Thursday, January 21, 2016
The fishing puns are overpowering as Bass Pro Shops expresses its interest in redeveloping Mud Island River Park, on the other side of the city harbor from the Pyramid Bass Pro Shops opened at just this past May.63. The Persecution of Jeremy Durham - Thursday, January 21, 2016
Bass Pro Shops is one of five companies to express interest in Mud Island as part of the process by the Riverfront Development Corporation to go a different way with the park.
The RDC released the names of the companies Thursday.
Earlier this month, we outlined the RVC Outdoor Destinations proposal.
We don’t know nearly as much about what Bass Pro Shops has in mind or the other three firms.
All five now head for what amounts to a second round in which they submit specific plans to a search committee of the RDC including how they will pay for their plans.
Inhumane and unfair: That’s the only way to describe the “liberal media’s” treatment of state Rep. Jeremy Durham over the last month.64. 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.65. Morris Marketing Group Built on Strong Relationships - Thursday, January 21, 2016
In some respects, Valerie Morris’ career prepared her to open a PR and marketing agency, even if it didn’t always seem so obvious.66. Crosstown High School Plans Emerge - Thursday, January 21, 2016
As more details emerged this week of a new high school in the mammoth Crosstown Concourse redevelopment, there remained many other details to work out before the August 2017 planned opening.
Crosstown High School, which would use the University of Memphis’ Campus School as a model, has been talked about behind the scenes since Gestalt Community Services pulled out of Concourse last year. SCS board members got their first look at the plan Tuesday, Jan. 19.67. Xedo Launches Memphis Distribution Center - Thursday, January 21, 2016
After setting up its U.S. headquarters and a 240,000-square-foot distribution facility in Memphis, as well as lining up a local tax incentive package in late 2014, a tuxedo company with an online rental platform has started taking its first orders.68. 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.69. Crosstown High School Draft Proposal Unveiled - Wednesday, January 20, 2016
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.
Tentative plans for a Crosstown High School surfaced Tuesday, Jan. 19, after months of behind-the-scenes discussions.
A 450-student high school at Crosstown Concourse would be a part of the Shelby County Schools system but would have its own nonprofit board similar to the University of Memphis campus school. And it would be a partnership with Christian Brothers University, with CBU president John Smarrelli heading the school’s board.70. Optional Schools Applications Available Jan. 25 - Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Parents enrolling their children in Shelby County Schools’ optional program for the 2016-2017 school year can begin picking up applications Monday, Jan. 25, at the school system’s Division of Optional Schools and Advanced Academics, 160 N. Hollywood St.71. Triumph Bank Names Chief Banking Officer - Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Triumph Bank has tapped Britin “Brit” Boatright as executive vice president and chief banking officer.72. Sledge Joins Paragon Private Banking Team - Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Julia Sledge has joined Paragon Bank as portfolio manager in private banking. Sledge has more than 30 years of experience in the banking industry, holding leadership positions at both Union Planters Bank and Cadence Bank. In her new role, she’ll provide service and support to Paragon’s private banking team.73. First Horizon CEO: 2015 Was a ‘Very Good Year’ - Wednesday, January 20, 2016
The top brass at First Tennessee Bank’s parent company kicked off their first quarterly earnings presentation to analysts in 2016 with frequent allusion to some favorite themes.74. Bend and a Beer: Yoga Classes and Craft Breweries Team Up - Tuesday, January 19, 2016
MIAMI (AP) — Call it detox and retox: Around the country, yogis are jumping up from savasana and hopping onto a barstool as yoga classes are making their way into breweries.
While the teaching is traditional, the classes tend to attract newbies, especially men, says Beth Cosi, found of Bendy Brewski in Charleston, South Carolina and Memphis.75. 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.76. Allegiant Chief Operating Officer to Step Down - Monday, January 18, 2016
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.
LAS VEGAS (AP) – The chief operating officer of Allegiant Air is resigning.
KTNV-TV reports (http://bit.ly/238oYOb) that 52-year-old Steve Harfts is leaving after serving in the position for about a year.77. The Week Ahead: Jan. 18, 2016 - Monday, January 18, 2016
How was your weekend Memphis? Here are some local events to keep on your radar this week, from a full slate of MLK activities to a David Bowie tribute to a Marco Rubio fundraiser…78. Four Beale Street Proposals Feature Different Backgrounds - Monday, January 18, 2016
Jeff Sanford fielded inquiries from 17 or 18 companies, local and out of town, expressing some level of interest in the contract to manage the Beale Street entertainment district.79. Thousands Expected For MLK Day Memphis Cleanup - Saturday, January 16, 2016
Three local organizations are observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a citywide cleanup expected to draw thousands of Memphians.80. OR Nurses Nationwide Donates $175,000 - Saturday, January 16, 2016
Several Memphis entities received 2015 year-end charitable gifts from OR Nurses Nationwide, which has offices in Memphis, Dallas and Houston.
Gifts of $25,000 each were given to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Church Health Center, Baptist College of Health Sciences School of Nursing and Youth Villages. A gift of $20,000 went to the University of Memphis' Loewenberg School of Nursing.81. First Tennessee Invests in Tri-State Bank - Monday, January 18, 2016
As of Dec. 31, Tri-State Bank of Memphis has secured almost $5 million in new capital, an investment fueled in part by an “unprecedented transaction” between it and First Tennessee Bank.82. Council Members Settle In To New Assignments - Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Memphis City Council members file the last of the paperwork Tuesday, Jan. 19, from the 2015 elections to put City Hall’s power transition on record.
Meanwhile, the six new members are learning on the job as they chair several committees following assignments by council chairman Kemp Conrad: Martavius Jones is chairman of the council audit committee; Patrice Robinson chairs the Memphis Light Gas and Water Division committee; Jamita Swearengen is chairwoman of the parks and neighborhoods committee; council member Philip Spinosa leads the personnel committee, usually the first committee session of the council day; Frank Colvett chairs the planning and zoning committee, which is the last session of the day before executive session; and Worth Morgan is chairman of the public safety committee.83. It’s Time for Manning to Call it a Career - Saturday, January 16, 2016
No amount of film study has prepared Peyton Manning for this. He enters the NFL postseason uncertain about his football future. After 18 years as a pro and at the age of 39, his body is breaking down and his skills are slipping. Passes he once made with ease now wobble and sail off target.84. 4 Applicants Up for Beale Street Gig - Friday, January 15, 2016
A Fortune 500 corporation, the Memphis-based company behind the Delta Fair, a Memphis real estate management firm with office experience, and a newly formed group of Memphians with experience in real estate, entertainment and restaurants as well as commercial development and financing. Those are the four companies that have applied to manage the Beale Street entertainment district.85. Are You Part of a Sandwich? - Friday, January 15, 2016
Ray’s Take Being a member of the sandwich generation – adults who simultaneously care for children and aging parents – is becoming an increasingly familiar challenge.
It’s tough trying to make financial decisions to take care of loved ones today that may have a negative impact on your own future.86. Fed Official: Low Oil Prices Affecting Central Bank Action - Friday, January 15, 2016
A key Fed official assured Memphis business leaders during a breakfast address Thursday, Jan. 14, that interest rates won’t climb dramatically this year.
Jim Bullard, the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, told the Economic Club of Memphis that rates today are “crazy low compared to the historical experience in the U.S.” and will “remain accommodative well into the future.”87. Haslam: No Gas Tax Push, For Now - Friday, January 15, 2016
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam confirmed Thursday, Jan. 14, that there won’t be a state gas tax hike proposal in this year’s session of the Tennessee Legislature.
But Haslam, who previously said he wasn’t necessarily pushing for such a tax hike as a solution to funding road projects, said that is the most likely future option.88. Last Word: Overton Park's Restless Winter, Across The Harahan and Higher Ed - Thursday, January 14, 2016
It may be chilly outside, but it might as well be July on the Overton Park greensward with all of the political heat that is building.89. Memphis Zoo Removes Trees From Overton Park Greensward - Thursday, January 14, 2016
The thermometer spiked when more than two dozen trees donated to the Overton Park Conservancy in 2012 were removed this week by the Memphis Zoo which is preparing for large crowds in March.
That’s when its new Zambezi Hippo River Camp exhibit opens to much anticipation and much fanfare.
That and the New Year’s Eve legal opinion favoring the zoo’s position on its use of the greensward for overflow parking set the stage for a dispute the administration of Mayor Jim Strickland has had to mediate at less than two weeks in office.
When the Overton Park Conservancy’s staff noticed 27 trees had been removed from the north end of the park’s greensward Monday, they immediately called Memphis Police.
The conservancy then began calling the other institutions in the park and found the Memphis Zoo had removed the trees donated to and planted by the conservancy four years ago.90. Memphis Zoo Removes Trees From Overton Park Greensward - Thursday, January 14, 2016
When the Overton Park Conservancy’s staff noticed 27 trees had been removed from the north end of the park’s greensward Monday, they immediately called Memphis Police.
The conservancy then began calling the other institutions in the park and found the Memphis Zoo had removed the trees donated to and planted by the conservancy four years ago.91. Laminack Takes Winding Journey To Creating Pyramid Stone - Thursday, January 14, 2016
Chuck Laminack was exhausted. He faced a long flight from China back to the U.S. and all he could think about was sleep.
So he approached the boarding agent in an attempt to upgrade his seat to first class and one that would allow him to really get comfortable on the flight. But his credit card was declined for the $3,600 charge, which was odd considering he always made sure the balance remained at zero.92. Crime-Ridden, Neglected Apartments Come Under Fire - Thursday, January 14, 2016
Several Memphis apartment complexes with long records of neglect and crime issues are the targets of a renewed political and bureaucratic push to improve conditions.
The efforts are a new front in the recent city movement to tackle Memphis’ blight problem. And it’s a front that invites skepticism.93. Stocks Sink in Late Trading; Consumer Stocks Take a Beating - Thursday, January 14, 2016
Stocks fell sharply in late afternoon trading Wednesday as a dismal start to the new year got even worse. The selling was concentrated on some of the biggest winners from last year such as Netflix and Amazon, both of which doubled in value in 2015.94. Last Word: SOTU React, OPEB Comeback and NFL Nostalgia - Wednesday, January 13, 2016
The day after the last State of the Union address by President Barack Obama here's a breakdown of the reaction from our delegation to Washington.95. Thousands Expected For MLK Day Memphis Cleanup - Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen emphasized Obama's references to criminal justice reform.
"I know he is also committed to criminal justice reform and I hope my colleagues will work together to put meaningful reform on his desk," Cohen said.
Republican U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher tweeted, "We need a plan to keep America safe and make America strong. I did not hear that from the President tonight."
Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander: "If Pres. Obama focuses on what he agrees on with Congress instead of what we disagree on, there's quite a bit we could get done in 2016."
Republican U.S. Senator Bob Corker urged the "swift release" of U.S sailors being held overnight by Iran in a border dispute just before the speech.
Three local organizations are observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a citywide cleanup expected to draw thousands of Memphians.96. What Are the Odds? - Wednesday, January 13, 2016
I am writing this article as the Powerball lottery jackpot prepares to pay out $1.3 billion to some lucky fool – I mean lucky winner.
I’m always amazed at the long lines and hype surrounding these potential payouts from the lottery. It seems Americans just can’t pass up the possibility that, “I might win it.” So they stand in line, buy a ticket (or several) and hope.97. Shelby County Mortgage Activity Solid in 2015 - Wednesday, January 13, 2016
The Shelby County mortgage market had a strong 2015, and lenders expect the momentum to continue for the foreseeable future.
Among loans made at the time of purchase, banks and mortgage lenders made 9,368 mortgages in Shelby County during 2015, up 11 percent from the 8,470 mortgages during 2014, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.98. County Commission Approves Hacks Cross Contract, New Health Director - Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, Jan. 11, a $223,600 contract for engineering and environmental work on the Hacks Cross Road widening.
The contract with Powers Hill Design LLC is to make Hacks Cross a seven-lane road from Shelby Drive south to Stateline Road, a span of 1.8 miles.99. US Stocks Veer Lower Following Another Drop in Price of Oil - Tuesday, January 12, 2016
A slump in crude oil prices and other commodities weighed on stocks in afternoon trading Monday. Energy companies were among the biggest decliners as the price of crude oil sank to the lowest level in more than a decade. Investors also weighed the implications of another drop in China's stock market.100. With SUV Look, Tech Touches, Chrysler Aims to Revive Minivan - Tuesday, January 12, 2016
DETROIT (AP) — Thirty-three years ago, Chrysler invented the minivan. Now, it's reinventing it — with styling reminiscent of an SUV, high-tech features and a first-ever hybrid version that Chrysler hopes will make minivans popular again.