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1. Good Morning
- Thursday, November 23, 2017
RANDOM OBSERVATIONS OF A MORNING. As I write this, I’m out of town and just finished reading an email from friend Gene. He was sharing a few deep thoughts and life questions people have shared with him. Since I found several of them funny enough to spill my coffee on my hosts’ floor and read out loud to people who just woke up, I think I’ll just turn this week’s column over to Gene and get some more coffee.
2. Jump Around With The Fans In Madison
- Thursday, October 5, 2017
Weather makes all the difference in making a destination a memorable or miserable experience. Chalk fall up as a fantastic time to visit Wisconsin.
I spent a long weekend to close out September in Madison, Wisconsin, with a quick stopover in Chicago. Specifically, I visited Madison and had a day in Chicago before flying home late Sunday night. I chose to fly direct to Chicago instead of making a connection to fly into Madison. It was cheaper and I also had friends driving up from Cincinnati. So we all drove on together from Chicago, about a two-hour drive.
3. Last Word: The No Compete, Liberty Bowl Blues and Assessing the ASD
- Thursday, September 21, 2017
The calendar says fall but the weather says summer and in Arlington the flags and notices say election day. The polls at the two polling places in Arlington open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday in municipal elections – the only regularly scheduled election of 2017 in Shelby County, which in our politics is frequently regarded as an invitation for departures and vacancies in other office that cause the scheduling of special elections. We’ve already had those earlier this year for a spot on the Lakeland commission and a state House seat.
4. Poll: GOP Health Bill a Far Cry From Trump Promises
- Thursday, June 1, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has called the House-passed health care bill a "great plan," but a new poll finds that 3 out of 4 people in the United States do not believe it fulfills most of his promises.
5. Independent Bookstore Day Celebrates Reading, Small Businesses
- Friday, April 28, 2017
It probably won’t escape many local participants and supporters of Independent Bookstore Day this weekend that the day is as much about the survival of the medium as it is a celebration of it.
6. Last Word: No More Lottery Balls, The Voucher Bill Advances and UCLA
- Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Spring is in the air, which can only mean one thing – the Overton Park Greensward controversy is back on. Just this past weekend, I was in the park noting the metal barrier that separates Greensward pedestrians from Zoo parkers and that the barrier was not “decorated” with save the greensward paraphernalia as much as it has been the previous three springs.
7. Bill to Create Criminal Trespassing at Apartment Complexes Could Face Legal Challenges
- Wednesday, March 15, 2017
NASHVILLE – Two Memphis lawmakers are pushing legislation designed to clear apartment complexes of trespassers, in some cases to ensure that emergency personnel avoid intimidation and threats when they answer calls dealing with shootings.
8. Last Word: Reappraisal Roller Coaster, Closing the Airport Post Office and District 95
- Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Four years ago was a very different time in the world of property reappraisals. For the first time in the memory of most, if not all, of the local elected officials looking at how much money they would have, the 2013 reappraisal of property for tax purposes didn’t grow or at least remain level. Values were down reflecting the depths of the recession and more importantly the housing crash.
9. Tennessee Electors Pledge Not to Budge From Trump Support
- Monday, December 19, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A flood of emails, phone calls and letters isn't expected to influence the decisions of Tennessee's 11 members of the Electoral College when they cast their ballots Monday at the state Capitol.
10. The Fading Accuracy of Political Polling
- Thursday, September 8, 2016
Joe Carr says he couldn’t believe the deficit when U.S. Rep. Diane Black trounced him in the August election to recapture Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District seat.
11. Downtown Condo Connection Added Management Service to Survive Recession
- Saturday, May 7, 2016
When Karen Barrows and her husband decided to move back to Memphis from Florida to be closer to their daughter and young granddaughter, they had their eyes set on living in the heart of the city.
They previously had lived in Arlington and knew this time around they were interested in Midtown. Their daughter connected them to Kendall Haney, a Memphis Realtor who operates Downtown Condo Connection.
12. LMCB Social Does the Marketing Many Small-Business Owners Can’t
- Saturday, April 30, 2016
Any business has a lot of variables, unique variables that those not in the industry could never fully grasp.
But time is finite for all. So when Lisa Creswell Busby started her own one-woman shop, LMCB Social, she did so with a certainty of understanding:
13. Booksellers at Laurelwood, Burke’s Celebrate Industry
- Friday, April 22, 2016
Burke’s Book Store and the Booksellers at Laurelwood on April 30 will join more than 400 bookstores across the country to celebrate Independent Book Store Day.
Burke’s will be celebrating with giveaways of advance reading copies and drawings for prizes, among other activities.
14. Last Word: Putt and 1969, Fred Smith on Amazon and Ramsey's Departure
- Thursday, March 17, 2016
George Howard Putt died in prison sometime last year state prison officials disclosed Wednesday -- far from the brief time he spent in Memphis but never far from the carnage he left behind in the Memphis of 1969.
The bodies of the first two of the five people killed by Putt between Aug. 14 and Sept. 11, 1969 were discovered just days after the murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles by the Manson family dominated national news coverage. Less than a year earlier the Boston Strangler movie was in theaters, creating a sensation about the murders committed by serial killer Albert DeSalvo in Boston just a few years earlier.
Bernalyn and Roy Dumas were strangled by Putt in their home in Cooper-Young and Putt mutilated her body in a way that police homicide detectives still wouldn’t talk about decades later. The bodies were found in separate rooms.
Even with no details other than the names of the victims, the city was quickly spooked by the double murder. So when the body of Leila Jackson was found short of two weeks later, the city’s reaction was a palpable fear in which anyone unknown was to be avoided. Memphians didn’t tarry after work. They went home and bolted the doors.
It got worse as more victims turned up with little in common other than four of the five were women. They were of varying ages. Some were strangled and some were stabbed.
Just about any magazine rack of the day include true crime magazines that by the late 1960s were beginning to look very dated in their lurid noir-like covers teasing the most sensational crime narratives of the day.
They were an intentional contrast to the cover images of youth in bright colors in natural settings in other magazines heralding a new future and youth culture.
The murders in a Southern city, whose 1969 conservatism is hard to describe nearly 50 years later, quickly grabbed the covers of the true crime magazines. And the images they offered spoke to the scenic reality where Putt roamed even as the murders continued.
Apartment buildings and boarding houses were the settings for some of the murders but not all.
Glenda Sue Harden was last seen walking to her car parked on the Cobblestones from the insurance office she worked at nearby. Her body was found in Martin Luther King/Riverside Park hidden under a piece of plywood.
At one of the murder scenes, police found an ice pick stuck in the side of the building with a stocking tied around it.
Putt’s last victim, in an apartment building on Bellevue, screamed as she was stabbed repeatedly and others in the building gave chase with police close behind, arresting Putt near the new and unopened section of the interstate that runs west of Bellevue.
Putt tried to force his way into another apartment nearby but the women inside kept him on the other side of the door.
The killer that panicked an entire city was a skinny utterly forgettable guy in his 20s with sideburns and glasses who appeared to have rarely roamed beyond a community of neighborhood bars, boarding houses and old apartment buildings in the Midtown and Medical Center areas.
It turns out he came to Memphis after walking away from a prison farm in Mississippi and into a Memphis that was slowly but surely changing. And the world that Putt encountered would soon vanish in large part.
Overton Square’s incarnation was about a year away. A new bridge was about to be built across the Mississippi River as part of Interstate 40 which was to go through Overton Park just south of the north-south leg of the interstate where Putt was captured.
Originally sentenced to death, Putt’s sentence was commuted when the U.S. Supreme Court banned the death penalty in the early 1970s.
He was serving a 497-year sentence when he died at the Turney Center Wednesday in Only, Tennessee.
Putt never sought parole and never gave any explanation for why he killed five people in less than a month and his apparently random selection of victims.
15. Memphis Guitar Spa Carves Unique Place in City
- Thursday, November 26, 2015
In a city known for music and a hard-working, gritty vibe, Memphis Guitar Spa in the heart of the Broad Avenue Arts District personifies that attitude.
Owner Kevin Ferner opened the business in 2013 at 2561 Broad, where he and partner Hans Hilboldt are luthiers, specializing in guitar repairs, custom builds and custom finishes. The shop’s repair and restoration department handles everything from broken tops to finish work and broken necks. While there are other technicians in town, Ferner said Memphis Guitar Spa is a rarity in that it also provides complete reconstruction of acoustic and electric guitars, including working on finished instruments.
16. Crissy Haslam, Memphis Police Deliver Books to Children
- Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Children in Memphis are getting some new reading material, thanks to local police and first lady Crissy Haslam.
Haslam and the Memphis Police Department delivered books to Memphis children on Friday as part of the Read20Book Patrol, a project she launched last summer with Tennessee law enforcement.
17. Special Delivery
- Friday, March 20, 2015
The crowd should begin gathering on the Overton Park greensward around 11 a.m. Saturday, March 21.
And those who don’t bring books with them will find free ones at a Literacy Mid-South tent as well as a pop-up children’s book shop.
18. Survey: Young Adults Do Consume News – In Their Own Way
- Tuesday, March 17, 2015
CHICAGO (AP) – Young adults have a reputation for being connected to one another and disconnected from the news. But a survey has found that mobile devices and social networking are keeping them more engaged with the broader world than previously thought.
19. Appraisals, Inspections Getting More Complex
- Saturday, December 20, 2014
As if things were not crazy enough in Nashville real estate – with inspectors now writing 50-page reports with scores of photographs, underwriters overwriting and overriding, new disclosures and disclaimers proliferating the transaction – appraisers are requiring more and more documentation.
20. Amazon, Hachette End Monthslong Dispute
- Friday, November 14, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – One of publishing's nastiest, most high-profile conflicts, the monthslong standoff between Amazon.com and Hachette Book Group, is ending.
21. Poll: Many Insured Struggle With Medical Bills
- Tuesday, October 14, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – They have health insurance, but still no peace of mind. Overall, 1 in 4 privately insured adults say they doubt they could pay for a major unexpected illness or injury.
22. Rail House Roots
- Thursday, August 21, 2014
Editor’s note: This is the third in a three-part series. “Rail house” is a term that businesses – especially restaurants and bars – near train tracks, or with railroad motifs, use in their names.
23. A Perfect Union
- Saturday, August 16, 2014
Union Ave Books buzzes with activity on a Tuesday afternoon as families from San Francisco and Paris browse the shelves in the children’s section.
A local customer, owner Flossie McNabb explains, has brought the travelers to her store during their East Tennessee visit.
24. Amazon Rolls Out 'Netflix-for-Books' Style Service
- Monday, July 21, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon is rolling out a new subscription service that will allow unlimited access to thousands of electronic books and audiobooks for $9.99 a month in the online giant's latest effort to attract more users.
25. Poll: Many Still Struggle to Pay Health Premiums
- Friday, June 20, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Most people who signed up under President Barack Obama's health care law rate their new insurance highly, but a substantial number are struggling with the cost, according to a poll released Thursday.
26. What Shopping Will Look Like in the Future
- Monday, May 26, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – One of America's favorite pastimes is changing rapidly.
When it comes to shopping, more Americans are skipping the stores and pulling out their smartphones and tablets. Still, there's more on the horizon for shopping than just point-and-clicking.
27. Poll: Uninsured Rate Drops as Health Law Rolls Out
- Friday, January 24, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – It may just be the start of a new trend. The uninsured rate dropped modestly this month as expanded coverage rolled out under President Barack Obama's health care law, a major survey released Thursday has found.
28. From an Architect’s Perspective
- Friday, June 7, 2013
SEE THE DIFFERENCE IT MAKES. It’s not about money. Especially brand-new money. You can spend a ton of money on a building or a house and it can still be as ugly as original sin or as overdone as Donald Trump’s hair.
29. Heavy Price: Medicare Overpaying for Back Braces
- Thursday, December 20, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – Internet sale price for a standard back brace: $99.99.
What Medicare pays for the item: $900-plus.
A federal report released Wednesday offers a look at how wasteful spending drives up health care costs as investigators found that Medicare paid $919 on average for back braces that cost suppliers an average of $191 each.
30. Biz Owners Weighing Health Care Law Impact
- Monday, August 13, 2012
So far, it’s not easy to get a clear picture of how President Barack Obama’s health care law will affect Memphis-area small businesses.
That’s mainly because there are lots of business owners – including both supporters and even strident critics of the Affordable Care Act – who themselves don’t know what impact the law will have.
31. Conspiracy Theory
- Thursday, April 12, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tennessee joined 14 other states along with the U.S. Justice Department in suing Apple Inc. and major book publishers Wednesday, alleging a conspiracy to raise the price of electronic books they said cost consumers more than $100 million in the past two years by adding $2 to $5 to the price of each e-book.
32. Amazon Introduces Lending Library for Kindles
- Friday, November 4, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon.com Inc. said Thursday that it is starting a lending library for Kindle owners, letting them borrow one electronic book per month.
33. New Laws on Tenure, Terrorism Still Contentious
- Friday, July 1, 2011
NASHVILLE (AP) – A batch of new laws are taking effect in Tennessee on Friday, July 1, including a measure that toughens tenure requirements for teachers and another that is billed as fighting terrorism but that Muslim residents worry has targeted them for unfounded suspicion.
34. Obama Reaps Victory as Judges Uphold Health Law
- Thursday, June 30, 2011
CINCINNATI (AP) – In the first ruling by a federal appeals court on President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, a panel in Cincinnati handed the administration a victory Wednesday by agreeing that the government can require a minimum amount of insurance for Americans.
35. Consumer Confidence Index Rises in April
- Wednesday, April 27, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – Americans' confidence in the economy grew in April as fears about the job market eased, outweighing the pain from rising prices at the gas pump.
The increase comes after an unexpected drop in March. But the measure had risen for five consecutive months before that to hit a three-year high in February.
36. Borders Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
- Thursday, February 17, 2011
Borders Group Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Wednesday and will be closing about 200 stores, but no Memphis stores will be affected for now. Borders has the option of closing 75 more of its 622 currently operating stores, though those locations have not yet been announced.
37. Use Puns, Name Change, Win Books
- Thursday, January 27, 2011
Words are the toys of a civilized world. Playing with them often results in good will and better friendships.
Consider, for instance, the pun, a tool no lawyer, or other problem-solver, should ever be without.
38. Optimism for 2011 Pushes Consumer Confidence Higher
- Wednesday, December 1, 2010
NEW YORK (AP) – Americans’ confidence in the economy rose to a five-month high in November, showing increased optimism for the first half of next year.
The report offered some comfort to the nation’s retailers during the holiday shopping season, but shoppers still remain downbeat as they grapple with a high unemployment rate. Moreover, the latest report on housing, released Tuesday, showed that home prices weakened in September.
39. ‘South Main’s Got It’
- Friday, August 27, 2010
The South Main Historic Arts District could be viewed as a microcosm of all of Downtown. In decades past, it experienced a heyday and a dramatic decline. In recent years, it’s made a slow but thorough comeback.
40. How to Build a Government in 71 days
- Monday, May 24, 2010
The idea of consolidation is a political perennial in Memphis, but the details of merging Memphis and Shelby County governments are much more elusive.
The Metro Charter Commission’s formation last year represented the most meaningful move toward consolidation in almost 40 years.
41. Amazon Sells Pre-Orders For Ford Jr. Memoir
- Monday, November 30, 2009
Amazon.com is now selling pre-orders of the memoir by former Memphis Congressman Harold Ford Jr., “More Davids than Goliaths.”
The book, which is being published by Crown, an imprint of Random House, is scheduled to be released in September.
42. Beyond Halloween
- Monday, October 26, 2009
The signs are already up in some stores around the city – especially those open 24 hours a day. They remind Halloween minded patrons not to wear any kind of masks or face coverings into the stores or risk being mistaken for robbers. What we fear is the basis for Halloween as we know it. What we believe others fear is part of the evolving tradition. Combine the two and you are past Halloween and into a civic discussion that has a season of its own.
43. Speculation Rampant About Jobs’ Transplant
- Tuesday, June 23, 2009
The state of Tennessee has sold the $1.3 million Midtown home once used to house the chancellor of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
The state transferred ownership of the two-story, nearly 6,000-square-foot home near Overton Park to a limited liability company at the end of March for $850,000. That price is about 65 percent of the home’s appraisal.
44. Hope Works Swims Against Recession Tide to Rebuild Lives
- Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Sometimes people who have made the wrong choices in life become so burdened by guilt they become resigned to being bad. Antonio Owens helps them confront that guilt so they can live a good life.
45. At 38, Ford Jr. Pens Memoir
- Tuesday, April 21, 2009
When Harold Ford Jr. delivered the keynote address at the 2000 Democratic Party convention, the young, charismatic African-American congressman from Memphis was seen as the party’s next rising star.
46. Bomb Critically Wounds Head of Ark. Medical Board
- Thursday, February 5, 2009
WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) - A car bomb explosion critically wounded the head of the Arkansas panel that licenses and disciplines doctors, detonating in his driveway as he was leaving for work, authorities said.
47. Port Honor Shows ‘What Memphis Is About’
- Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Donald McCrory hadn’t heard that the International Port of Memphis would be featured this summer by the U.S. Custom House Guide as its “Port of the Month,” but he wasn’t surprised by the news either.
48. AP-AOL Poll: Debt Stress Tears At Your Body, Too
- Tuesday, June 10, 2008
WASHINGTON (AP) – The stress from deepening debt is becoming a major pain in the neck – and the back and the head and the stomach – for millions of Americans.
When people are dealing with mountains of debt, they’re much more likely to report health problems, too, according to an Associated Press-AOL Health poll. And not just little stuff; this means ulcers, severe depression, even heart attacks.
49. Murder Victim's Father Looks for Answers
- Friday, March 7, 2008
Ethan Jacobs was one of six people who died violently in Memphis last Memorial Day weekend. Earlier that month, the rape and home-invasion robbery of a woman in Chickasaw Gardens began an emotional spike in the city's collective reaction to a pervasive crime problem.
50. State Legislation Would Require Voting Paper Trail for All Counties
- Wednesday, February 13, 2008
NASHVILLE (AP) - A bill that would require a paper record for voters' ballots in Tennessee is among several measures moving through the Legislature that aim to improve the integrity of the election process.
51. Prostitution Plagues Memphis Neighborhoods, Businesses
- Friday, August 24, 2007
You can't buy much with $20 nowadays. It won't even buy a full tank of gas.
But in the sex-for-sale industry, buyers have quite a few options, most of which are not suitable to be printed in the newspaper.
52. Former Bank Controller Flourishes In Drug-Testing Business
- Monday, January 8, 2007
"You don't just wake up one morning and say, 'I think I want to open a drug-testing clinic,'" Kelly Dobbins joked recently at Mid-South Drug Testing, a business she opened in 2004.
But it's something that just kind of happens over time. At least, that's how it happened for her.
53. Click Your Heels Together And Repeat, 'There's No Place Like Home ...'
- Friday, September 22, 2006
During her presentation Tuesday at BRIDGES Inc., environmental psychologist and design consultant Dr. Toby Israel asked the audience members to draw a timeline on a piece of paper.
She told the 60 or so people in attendance to add notches listing all the places they'd worked and what they liked most about each workplace.
54. Rhodes Professor Inducted Into Mock Trial Coaches Hall of Fame
- Thursday, May 18, 2006
The American Mock Trial Association recently inducted Rhodes College political science professor Marcus Pohlmann into its newly established Mock Trial Coaches Hall of Fame. Pohlmann is one of four inaugural inductees and will begin his two-year term as president in June.
55. Archived Article: Tech Focus
- Wednesday, April 24, 2002
Virtual tour market filling up Virtual tour company enters Memphis market By SUE PEASE The Daily News Real estate agent Terri Porter is sold on the home virtual tour service. Those images, which allow a potential homebuyer to look at a panoramic vie...
56. Archived Article: Real Briefs
- Tuesday, April 11, 2000
Memphis City Council member Brent Taylor was elected vice chairman of the Chickasaw Basin Authority Memphis City Council member Brent Taylor was elected vice chairman of the Chickasaw Basin Authority. The Chickasaw Basin Authority is composed of may...
57. Archived Article: Delib Lit-harbor Town Lj
- Tuesday, June 3, 1997
lj 10/5 cates Bookstore adds to Harbor Town mix By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News Starting this fall, many Harbor Town residents will find that they only have to walk a few steps to find fresh pastries, a good book or a gallon of milk. Midtown bookse...
58. Archived Article: Real Fcs (lumber) Lj
- Tuesday, March 11, 1997
lj 10/5 cates "Stop this thing, I want to get off!" After the first year of the Canadian lumber trade agreement, building industry professionals want an end to the roller coaster ride By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News Almost a year ago, Can...
59. Archived Article: Bookstore
- Monday, February 17, 1997
Steve Hasenmueller, owner of the Deliberate Literate bookstore, wants to be the center of the bookselling universe. Deliberate Literate will create its own book world with move By SUZANNE THOMPSON The Daily News Steve Hasenmueller, owner of the Deli...
60. Archived Article: B&bs On Internet
- Wednesday, October 2, 1996
By CAMILLE H. GAMBLE B&Bs on CD-ROM Local association takes advantage of technology with CD-ROM bed and breakfast directory By CAMILLE H. GAMBLE The Daily News Finding a major hotel chain in a city is as easy as calling a 1-800 number, but there...
61. Archived Article: Hardware Sales Lj
- Monday, May 20, 1996
lj 10/5 cates Internet-related computer hardware sales up By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News Although new computer sales have been strong over the past year, many area suppliers are finding that Internet-related computer hardware is now making up the ...