KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Knox County prosecutors say they are going to continue to use a law that enhances the sentences of gang members despite a state appellate court's striking it down as unconstitutional. And at least one Knox County judge is willing to let the district attorney's office continue to use that law.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1SQbkHd ) that prosecutors say they will continue to seek charges under the gang enhancement law.
53. Shadyac Takes Over Soulsville Project With ‘Different Type of Model’ - Monday, April 18, 2016
Tom Shadyac wants to pump $10 million into the heart of Soulsville. That’s the initial ask for his community center concept, One Family Memphis.
In September, the Hollywood filmmaker-turned-University of Memphis professor purchased for $1.9 million the bankrupt New Towne Center, a 77,000-square-foot community anchor that a local community development corporation tried to develop during the economic downturn.54. First Horizon Reverses Loss in First Quarter - Monday, April 18, 2016
With its first quarter results, First Tennessee Bank’s parent company is off to the kind of start to the year any large banking organization would love to report – a reversal of losses, abundant capital to deploy and metrics like loans and deposits trending in the right direction.55. Commission OKs Arlington School Capital Funding - Saturday, April 16, 2016
Shelby County Commissioners on Monday, April 11, approved $105,374 in capital funding for an Arlington Schools bus parking lot and support building.
The funding is a reallocation of existing funding the commission had approved in 2014.56. A UT Hall of Fame without Neyland? How’s that possible? - Saturday, April 16, 2016
His name is on the football stadium, where a twice-life-size statue of him is displayed between gates 15A and 17.
The roadway that runs between the stadium and the Tennessee River bears his name.57. Middle Tennessee construction can’t meet demand - Saturday, April 16, 2016
When it comes to residential real estate around Middle Tennessee, there are plenty of buyers but not nearly enough sellers, says Heather Benjamin with Reliant Realty’s Benjamin McConnell Group. And new construction just can’t keep up with the demand.58. Events - Monday, April 18, 2016
Memphis Area Business and Professional Women will meet Monday, April 18, at 6 p.m. at Ervin Hypnosis Center, 2865 Summer Oaks Drive, suite 100. The group will map out its fundraising plans for Grace House of Memphis and share 2016-17 convention details. Email email@example.com or call 901-489-5481.59. 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.60. Southern Yankee - Saturday, April 16, 2016
To best understand another man’s baseball passion, you must first understand his baseball pain. So if you hope to truly understand Peter B. Freund, new majority owner of the Memphis Redbirds, you must travel back to his youth.61. Parkinson: OK to ‘Go A Little Bit Extreme’ to Get Job Done - Friday, April 15, 2016
With U.S. Marine Corps training, Rep. Antonio Parkinson knows how to grab people’s attention.
He did that earlier this year when he sponsored legislation to kill the Achievement School District, Tennessee’s solution for turning around struggling schools.62. Memphis Startup Economy Felt Nationally - Friday, April 15, 2016
A couple of years ago you wouldn’t find many Memphians in the startup world crisscrossing the United States over the course of a year, let alone on a single day.
On Thursday, March 10, our community crossed a new milestone as startup ecosystem participants made their way to showcase their work and build new global relationships that would power their businesses into the future. They pitched their businesses. Exchanged best practices. Spoke on panels. Closed deals. 63. Warriors Beat Grizzlies for Record 73rd Win; Now It's the Alamo - Friday, April 15, 2016
When the Grizzlies nearly beat the Golden State Warriors at FedExForum a few nights ago, falling 100-99, there was that feeling of letting one slip away (and yes, some people believe the officials took it away).64. Senate Passes $35B Tennessee Spending Plan; House Up Next - Friday, April 15, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Senate has passed the state's nearly $35 billion spending plan for the budget year beginning July 1, and the House is expected to follow suit later in the day.65. Nashville Officials Seek Moratorium on Achievement School District - Friday, April 15, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Metro Nashville Public Schools has joined Shelby County officials in calling for the Achievement School District to discontinue takeovers of struggling schools.66. Memphis Gets Proven Commodity in Tubby Smith - Thursday, April 14, 2016
It started immediately, before the hiring was even official. The audible sighs on sports talk radio, the Twitter whining, and the figurative eye-rolling.
Tubby Smith? Really? That old guy?
If they didn’t call him “old” outright, they inferred it in every way imaginable.67. Mortgage Market Up 3 Percent In March - Thursday, April 14, 2016
Shelby County’s mortgage market closed out the first quarter by posting March numbers that headed in the direction bankers and real estate professionals like to see.
Last month’s total purchase mortgage volume was a little more than $131 million, up by $3.4 million over March 2015’s total of almost $128 million, for a gain of about 3 percent. That’s according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.68. Last Word: Off and Running, Lawson Sticks and Downtown Office Space - Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Now that you’ve had time to behold the large field of contenders in the Republican primary for the 8th Congressional District – all 13 – they are on the road campaigning on the way to the Aug. 4 election day.69. NCAA Tournament Deal With CBS, Turner Extended Through 2032 - Wednesday, April 13, 2016
And it’s quite a road with a lot of different scenery.
Former U.S. Attorney David Kustoff is one of the seven contenders in the race from Shelby County. He hit the road Monday for three days of stops in each one of the 15 counties in the district.
NEW YORK (AP) – With eight years left on their deal to broadcast the NCAA Tournament, CBS and Turner are tacking on another eight.
The extension announced Tuesday goes all the way through 2032. The length of the contract is not unusual for college sports these days, though with the NCAA facing legal challenges on multiple fronts, a lot can change in 16 years.70. Commission OKs Arlington School Capital Funding - Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Shelby County Commissioners on Monday, April 11, approved $105,374 in capital funding for an Arlington Schools bus parking lot and support building.
The funding is a reallocation of existing funding the commission had approved in 2014.71. Events - Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Memphis Child Advocacy Center will host its annual children’s memorial flag-raising on Wednesday, April 13, at noon on Civic Center Plaza outside Memphis City Hall, 125 N. Main St. The ceremony remembers Shelby County kids who have died as a result of abuse or neglect. Visit memphiscac.org.72. The Social Job Seeker - Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Most of the time, job seeking today feels much more complicated than it did in years past. In addition to your resume, cover letter and business suit, there’s a new layer to consider: social media. Although we often don’t typically think of social media as part of our job search, it can be helpful for both the recruiter and the job seeker.73. Redbirds Outfielder Tilson Reminds of Cardinals Past - Wednesday, April 13, 2016
When Charlie Tilson speaks of the big-league players that have impacted him most, he does so with one eye trained on their past and one eye focused on his future.
“I grew up in Chicago and the guy I loved in 2005 with the White Sox was Scott Podsednik,” said Tilson, in his first year playing center field for the Memphis Redbirds, and a second-round draft pick (79th overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals back in 2011.74. Hopson Reviewing School Closing Options - Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson hadn’t planned on proposing any closures for the 2016-2017 academic year after several consecutive years of closing underutilized and underachieving schools.75. Events - Tuesday, April 12, 2016
ArtsMemphis will hold a free workshop for organizations interested in Arts Build Communities grants on Tuesday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Hattiloo Theatre, 37 S. Cooper St. The grants are open to nonprofits and government entities seeking funding for artistic and cultural projects that benefit the community. Visit tn.gov for details.76. It’s April – How is Your Year-End Fundraising? - Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Have you considered “front loading” your year-end fundraising? Start now. Plan now. Put your systems in place. Mark your calendar. Build your team. Identify your prospective donors. You may think we’re joking, but we’re not.77. Roland Starts 2018 Bid for County Mayor - Tuesday, April 12, 2016
The 2018 Shelby County general elections are more than two years away. The 2016 county elections that decide races for General Sessions Court Clerk, five of the nine seats on the Shelby County Schools board and two judicial positions are still to come in August.78. The Week Ahead: April 11-17 - Monday, April 11, 2016
Let’s get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from New Memphis Institute's popular “Memphis 101” crash course to the music- and culture-filled Africa in April festival.79. Experts Caution Self-Driving Cars Aren't Ready for Roads - Monday, April 11, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) – Self-driving cars are more likely to hurt than help public safety because of unsolved technical issues, engineers and safety advocates told the government Friday, countering a push by innovators to speed government approval.80. Georgia Tech Hires Pastner From Memphis to Replace Gregory - Saturday, April 09, 2016
ATLANTA (AP) – Josh Pastner isn't promising a quick fix as Georgia Tech's basketball coach.81. Grizzlies ‘Garage Sale’ to Benefit St. Jude - Saturday, April 09, 2016
The Memphis Grizzlies are having “Grizz’s Garage Sale” – a one-day-only sale with 15 seasons of T-shirts, hats, photos, furniture, autographed memorabilia, promotional giveaways and more up for grabs, with all proceeds to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.82. Lenoir Delays County Collection of City Taxes - Saturday, April 09, 2016
Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir has delayed his office’s plans to begin collecting current city of Memphis taxes effective July 1.83. 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?84. Events - Saturday, April 09, 2016
Hollywood Feed and the North Shore Animal League will host the Overton Bark Adoption Tour on Sunday, April 10, from noon to 3 p.m. in Overton Park’s Overton Bark Dog Park, 2080 Poplar Ave. Attendees can meet pets available for adoption, preview dog treats from Hollywood Feed’s soon-to-open Midtown bakery, and learn how to support Overton Bark through the “Give Your Dog a Bone” campaign. Visit overtonpark.org.85. Cooper Street 20/20 Brings Dinner Into Focus - Saturday, April 09, 2016
It’s one thing to want to prepare a healthy home-cooked meal in the evenings. It’s a different thing entirely to actually accomplish that meal after a long day at work or dealing with getting kids from activity to activity. 86. Medical District Stakeholders: Neighborhood Full of Potential - Friday, April 08, 2016
Hello frozen dinners and restaurant take out. Fast, yes, but not exactly healthy.
Some 2,500 new employees start jobs each year at employers in the Memphis Medical District, and about 1,300 new students each year start hitting the books at educational institutions there, too.
That’s according to Medical District Collaborative president Tommy Pacello, who says the 2.5-square-mile area between Midtown and Downtown that’s home to eight anchor institutions is full of untapped potential. So much so that his organization, which launched earlier this year, is leading a revitalization of the district that leans heavily on anchors like Regional One Health and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare to help in a buy local, live local and hire local push for the neighborhood.87. Events - Monday, April 11, 2016
ArtsMemphis will hold a free workshop for organizations interested in Arts Build Communities grants on Tuesday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Hattiloo Theatre, 37 S. Cooper St. The grants are open to nonprofits and government entities seeking funding for artistic and cultural projects that benefit the community. Visit tn.gov for details.88. Tigers' Josh Pastner Going to Ga. Tech Would Mean Fresh Start for All - Friday, April 08, 2016
The sports business is the expectations business. Always. No exceptions.
Josh Pastner, while taking some heat a couple of seasons ago at the University of Memphis, said he was getting out of the expectations business.89. Last Word: Pastner's Georgia Tech Post-Season, Who Filed and Greensward Invitations - Friday, April 08, 2016
Not so fast with the off-season. There is a Memphis post-season after all.
And the Grizz found it Thursday like a light at the end of a long-tunnel where a lot of people slipped and fell and can’t get up.90. United Housing Gets $1.1M Boost From Banks - Friday, April 08, 2016
The light was Houston flaming out at home to Phoenix without the Grizzlies having to make a basket.
It’s all about the math. Stay in school, young people.
United Housing Inc. has gotten a boost from area financial institutions in recent days to the tune of $1.1 million.91. Lake District Would Put Lakeland on the Map - Friday, April 08, 2016
Before Lakeland became a city, it was the Lakeland Amusement Park. A California-based developer is bringing back that original flair with his proposal for The Lake District, a 165-acre mixed-use development.92. QB Paxton Lynch Passes Pro Day Test, But Questions Remain - Thursday, April 07, 2016
In the immediate aftermath of Paxton Lynch’s pro day at the University of Memphis, it sort of felt like the postgame following a season-opening victory over a lesser non-conference opponent.
Good, satisfying in the moment, and hopeful for the future. But not necessarily an accurate predictor of what is to come.93. Daughter of Duality, Gibbs is Building a Better Justice System - Friday, April 08, 2016
Say you stole a television worth $300. How long should you be punished? A year? Five years? Whatever you answered, it probably wasn’t “for the rest of your life.” But that’s how the U.S. legal system currently treats many people who have been convicted of felonies.94. Student Loans: The Next Subprime Disaster? - Friday, April 08, 2016
Ray’s Take: If you Google the words “student loan crisis,” millions of hits should convince you that this is a very hot topic.
According to the most recent Department of Education report released in September 2015, the federal loan default rate stands at 11.8 percent for borrowers who were required to start making payments during the 12 months prior to October 2012. While this is slightly lower than the previous report, it’s still not good. And the rate doesn't include borrowers who have been able to defer payments. Additionally, the most recent graduates will face the highest costs and will be emerging into what continues to be a very poor job market. We have every reason to believe that defaults are not only understated, but they will increase.95. Study Launches to Analyze Memphis' Creative Community - Thursday, April 07, 2016
One of the goals of Memphis’ EPIcenter entrepreneurship organization is to make sure the focus and discussions around supporting local entrepreneurs are inclusive and take time to contemplate non-traditional demographics.96. Lawmakers Lure Us In With Momentary Sanity, And Then... - Thursday, April 07, 2016
Just when it appears the Tennessee Senate is made up of sensible people – as evidenced by the killing of de-annexation legislation – the body is changing course with a Bible-thumping measure.97. Last Word: A Day In The Park, Fashion Week and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - Wednesday, April 06, 2016
The skid is over. The Grizzlies beat the Bulls at home and the post-season possibility drama continues in the land of Griss and the one year and done college home of Derrick Rose.98. Lenoir Says County Collection Of City Taxes Delayed - Wednesday, April 06, 2016
Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir has delayed his office’s plans to begin collecting current city of Memphis taxes effective July 1.99. Three Ways to Finish Last - Wednesday, April 06, 2016
In the world of sales, we are conditioned to live life by the month. We are driven by monthly sales goals and monthly paychecks. But when we don’t take time to create a plan of attack at the start of each month, we are workhorses rather than stagecoach drivers. 100. Career Fairs Aren’t Just For Kids - Wednesday, April 06, 2016
We work reactively instead of proactively. We allow our sales pipelines to control us and ultimately find ourselves spending the last week of the month scrambling to close business and meet targets.
Yesterday, I found myself saying something I often say this time of year: “One of my all-time favorite things is to go to a job fair!” The response I received was not unexpected. The job seeker hadn’t even thought of attending a job fair since college. They seem so juvenile on some level.