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1. Yellow Cab's Smythe Nabs Lifetime Achievement Award -

William Hamilton Smythe III, owner of Yellow Cab in Memphis, has received the lifetime achievement award from a major trade group.

Smythe accepted the award from the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association at the group’s recent annual convention, held this year in Las Vegas.

2. Lifetime Achievement Award For Yellow Cab Owner Smythe -

William Hamilton Smythe III, owner of Yellow Cab in Memphis, has received the lifetime achievement award from a major trade group.

3. Memphis Cab Company Holds On Against Newer Upstarts -

Competition and the presence of new upstarts shaking up the status quo are par for the course when it comes to running a business over the long term.

Then there’s the situation that faces Ham Smythe IV, president of Premier Transportation Services, Yellow Cab, Checker Cab and Ride the Roo in Memphis.

4. Ridesharing Could Get City OK -

Legislation making its way through the Memphis City Council would allow transportation network companies such as Lyft and Uber to operate under the law.

Regulatory issues surrounding the services, which spread quickly across the country and sometimes violated dated municipal transportation policies, arose earlier this year.

5. Startup Looks to Help Cab Companies Evolve -

Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft seem to have been eating the traditional cab industry’s lunch.

A recent graduate of one of the Start Co. startup accelerators in Memphis, though, wants to help cab companies fight back.

6. Ride the Roo -

As the Cooper-Young Historic District continued to grow and prosper and Overton Square began its rise from the urban ashes, Ham Smythe IV kept hearing the questions.

Friends and acquaintances wanted to know if Smythe, whose family for decades has transported Memphians via their Yellow and Checker Cab services and Premier Transportation Co., could provide a private shuttle service linking the two popular arts, entertainment and retail destinations.

7. Airport Authority Looking at Rideshare Policy -

The battle that has raged between ridesharing services like Lyft and Uber at airports across the country has finally landed at Memphis International Airport.

For now, Lyft and Uber are prohibited from picking up passengers at Memphis International Airport, but that could change as airport and city officials develop policies for dealing with the emerging services.

8. Ride-Sharing Services Launch in Memphis -

Competing ride-sharing services Lyft and Uber have landed in Memphis.

The services, which have been popular in bigger markets, announced in recent days their respective expansions into new markets, including Memphis.

9. This week in Memphis history: January 10-16 -

1950: On the front page of The Daily News, the city had a second Crosley automobile dealership. John Charles Wright opened Wright Motor Co. at 395 Union Ave. with another Crosley dealership named Fly & Harwood at 333 Madison Ave. Crosley Motors Inc. was headquartered in Cincinnati and started production on the line of subcompact cars in 1939, stopping in 1942 when World War II production restrictions put a temporary end to civilian automobile manufacturing. Production resumed in 1946, but Crosley stopped making cars by 1953.

10. Memory Honored -

Kevin Grills’ co-workers and fellow Yellow Cab taxi drivers were shaken last month when they learned Grills, 50, was shot in the back several times and killed while in his cab near Downtown Memphis.

11. From Yellow to Green -

Yellow is the color traditionally associated with taxicabs, but in Memphis another cab color – albeit a metaphorical one – is gaining ground.

Local cab companies Yellow Cab and Checker Cab – both of which are sister companies – in addition to Metro/Advantage Cab Co. have all officially gone green, with new environmentally friendly rides having been added to each company’s fleet.

12. British Invasion -

Right before visitors to the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum enter a hallway at the end of the tour that takes them past a guestbook and leads into the gift shop, they’ll walk past a collection of black-and-white photos.

13. Going Pink -

For 20 years, the massive, brightly-colored “CMOM” building block letters on the lawn of the Children’s Museum of Memphis on Central Avenue have stood testament to the private nonprofit’s mission to inspire a passion for learning in the city’s youngest citizens.

14. Taxi Cabs Go Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness -

Memphis cab companies will go pink in the month of October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association has organized the national “Pink Ride” campaign to raise money for breast cancer awareness and research.

15. Former RMK Investor Awarded $700K -

The former president of Yellow Cab Co. in Memphis has won almost $700,000 in damages in an arbitration claim against local brokerage firm Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc.

16. A New Day for King Cotton: Biotech and agribusiness redefine themselves -

If you’re in the right place at the right time during May, you might glimpse a motorcade cutting through mid-day traffic, followed by a green bus with a big papier-mache boll weevil on top. Nothing hints at Memphis’ agribusiness roots like that longtime foe of the cotton plant.

17. Transport Business Remains Family Affair -

Premier Transportation Services has been transporting Memphians and area visitors in one form or another for nearly 150 years.

The company, which began as Patterson Transfer & Storage, has been a family affair since 1960, when W. Hamilton Smythe III became general manager.

18. Archived Article: Downtown (lead) - By JENNIFER MURLEY

Downtown struts its stuff in home tour


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As Downtown Memphis becomes an increasing credible place to live, work and play, residents within the community are eagerly embracing the chance ...