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- Thursday, April 07, 2016
Metal Museum will host Whet Thursday on April 7 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 374 Metal Museum Drive. Attendees can participate in a foundry class, tour the galleries, and enjoy food trucks, cash bar and live music. Cost is free. Visit metalmuseum.org.
2. Duke Takes Reins at Friends for Life
- Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Longtime nonprofit administrator Diane Duke recently took the helm of Friends for Life as its new executive director. In her new role, the Los Angeles native leads and oversees an organization that’s helping those affected by HIV/AIDS through the provision of education, housing, food, transportation and healthy life skills training.
3. Confident Serrano Playing for Future at UT
- Saturday, February 06, 2016
Tennessee baseball coach Dave Serrano wasn’t setting the bar too high when he met with the media for his 2016 preseason press conference.
Serrano made that mistake before the 2015 season with talk of reaching an NCAA regional and perhaps Omaha, Nebraska, site of the College World Series.
4. Sports Community to Memphis: Acknowledge Our Value
- Monday, February 01, 2016
In sports, it is natural for some – maybe even many – to say what a player, coach, team or even a city can’t do. Memphis knows this well.
There were doubts about the viability of a Downtown minor-league baseball park. But 16 years after AutoZone Park opened at Third Street and Union Avenue, the ballpark is as beautiful as ever – thanks in part to some $6.5 million in upgrades following the team’s purchase by the parent St. Louis Cardinals.
5. SCS Board Authorizes More Discussions On Crosstown High
- Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Shelby County Schools board members have authorized superintendent Dorsey Hopson to continue discussions about a Crosstown High School.
The board approved a resolution Tuesday, Jan. 26, that also sets some parameters for the talks with the developers of Crosstown Concourse and Christian Brothers University about the collaboration.
6. Memphis Sports Leaders to Speak on Local Impact
- Wednesday, January 27, 2016
You will find Memphis sports fans everywhere – including in the Redbirds dugout at AutoZone Park.
“Our players like having the NBA here and FedExForum nearby,” said Memphis Redbirds general manager Craig Unger.
7. Last Word: The Big Fizzle, John Jay Hooker's Exit And "A Great Sports Town"
- Monday, January 25, 2016
Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it – isn’t that how the saying goes?
In our case, it might be better to say everybody talks about the television weather coverage but nobody does anything about it.
As we all know now, Memphis dodged the “blizzard” warning artfully and passive-aggressively teased by several television stations who shall go un-named here because they know who they are and you do too.
That’s because they spent much of the day of "the blizzard that wasn’t" whining about the reaction from viewers who complained about the hype and then the promos the stations ran the day of the big fizzle.
We didn’t get much in the way of snow in Memphis, but we got a couple of feet of hype.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. Sports Execs Tackle Teams’ Economic Impact
- Wednesday, January 06, 2016
Football fans in Charlotte, N.C., have had a fun season watching the NFL’s Carolina Panthers reel in 15 wins, a near perfect season, and secure the top playoff seed in their conference.
And it could turn out to be quite the edge for the Panthers in their quest to reach the Super Bowl.
11. Rotten to the Core: Titans Fail to Develop Talent
- Saturday, December 19, 2015
As the Tennessee Titans sink toward the end of another lackluster season, they head into the off-season with still more holes to fill for 2016.
Some of that, of course, is inevitable with any team as an NFL roster. Even on the best teams can have a 20 percent roster turnover in the off-season due to injuries, free agency and new draft picks coming on board.
12. Another Month of Solid US Hiring Clears Way for Fed Hike
- Monday, December 07, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – If the Federal Reserve needed any final evidence that the economy is ready for higher interest rates, it got it on Friday.
A solid November job gain of 211,000 showed that despite weak overseas growth and struggling U.S. factories, the U.S. economy appears healthy enough to withstand a Fed hike from record-low rates later this month.
13. Hamlet Offers Plan For Global Ministries Foundation's Inner-City Apartments
- Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Global Ministries Foundation founder Richard Hamlet has a multi-million dollar recapitalization plan to make extensive renovations at three inner-city apartment complexes his company owns.
14. North Texas Could Never Upset the Vols, Right?
- Saturday, November 14, 2015
No way Tennessee’s football team can lose Saturday’s homecoming game against North Texas, one of the worst teams in college football.
Tennessee (5-4) was a 40.5-point favorite early in the week coming off a 27-24 victory over South Carolina last Saturday at Neyland Stadium.
15. O’Brien Joins Sullivan’s Creative Team
- Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Chris O’Brien has joined Sullivan Branding’s creative team as group creative director. In this role, O’Brien specializes in the design, development, and implementation of creative campaigns. He’s also responsible for overseeing the agency’s creative operations and product.
16. Grizzlies Bites: October 2-8
- Saturday, October 03, 2015
FedExForum Increases Security for Grizzlies Games: Walk-through magnetometers (metal detectors) have been installed at all entrances to FedExForum, and will be standard practice for entering fans starting with the Memphis Grizzlies’ first preseason game Tuesday, Oct. 6, vs. the Houston Rockets.
17. Mid-South Farm Tourism Harvests Big Autumn Business
- Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Deciding to start a business that is focused on carving paths through a field of corn might not seem like a sound post-college plan.
But Justin Taylor and friend Chris Taylor weren’t thinking long term when they started what is today known as the Mid-South Maze at Agricenter International. It was 2001, and the pair had a friend who owned land in Arkansas, a few miles outside of Downtown Memphis. That April, at the last moment possible to plant and be ready for a corn maze that fall, the two took the plunge just to see what would happen.
18. US Jobless Rate Falls to 7-Year Low; Fed Move Still Unclear
- Monday, September 07, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate fell to a seven-year low in August as employers added a modest 173,000 jobs, a key piece of evidence for the Federal Reserve in deciding whether to raise interest rates from record lows later this month.
19. Shelby County Schools Files Suit Over State Education Funding
- Tuesday, September 01, 2015
Shelby County Schools leaders announced Monday, Aug. 31, that the system has filed its own lawsuit against Tennessee state government over public education funding.
The school system filed its lawsuit Monday in Davidson County Chancery Court in Nashville.
20. Despite Personnel Losses, UT’s Defense Should Be Much-Improved
- Saturday, August 29, 2015
John Jancek begins his third season as Tennessee’s defensive coordinator under head coach Butch Jones, and thanks to two solid recruiting classes should have his best defense with the Vols.
UT is bigger and faster on the defensive side than the previous two seasons, when the Vols showed improvement from the 2012 season by shaving more than 100 yards and 11 points per game allowed.
21. Memphis Investment Professionals Preach Caution Amid Market Swings
- Tuesday, August 25, 2015
The 1,000-point drop at one point Monday, Aug. 24, in the Dow Jones Industrial Average – it ended the day down 588 points to close at an 18-month low – was a result of volatile trading that marked a stomach-churning start to the week for investors.
22. Ikea Seeks $16 Million Permit For First Memphis Store
- Tuesday, July 07, 2015
Future Ikea Store
On 42 Acres In Cordova
Permit Cost: $16 million
Application Date: July 2015
Details: Ikea is moving forward with its massive retail store in Cordova.
23. Experts Give Their Take on Jobs, Fed and Financial Markets
- Monday, July 06, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) – If investors hoped Thursday's U.S. jobs report would give them clarity, they were probably disappointed.
The report, one of the most-watched pieces of news in financial markets, painted a mixed picture for U.S. employment. And it left a key question hanging over stocks and bonds: When and how quickly will the Federal Reserve raise interest rates?
24. Grizzlies Rookies Jarell Martin, Andrew Harrison Have Much to Prove
- Thursday, July 02, 2015
The bottom-line question about Memphis Grizzlies rookies Jarell Martin and Andrew Harrison is the same as after every other NBA Draft: What does the team really have in these guys?
25. Grizzlies Draft LSU’s Jarell Martin, Kentucky’s Andrew Harrison
- Friday, June 26, 2015
The Memphis Grizzlies needed more shooting and may have found at least some of it in two off-Broadway draft day trades. But with the 25th overall pick in the first round Thursday night, June 25, the Grizzlies went a different direction and chose 6-foot-9, 235-pound forward Jarell Martin from LSU.
26. Tennessee Appeals Court Reverses Another Shelby County Conviction
- Friday, May 15, 2015
As two high profile Memphis murder cases moved toward retrial this week, the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals reversed another murder conviction in Shelby County Criminal Court earlier this month.
27. Kelly, Berry Battle for Safety Spot in Legacy Showdown
- Saturday, April 25, 2015
Todd Kelly Jr. concludes his first spring practice with Tennessee’s football team this week in a heated competition for a safety job.
28. Dr. Neil Bomar Joins Support Solutions
- Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Dr. Neil Bomar has joined Support Solutions as its first staff psychiatrist, a role in which he will help individuals with intellectual disabilities and those with a history of long-term mental illness who are currently supported by the organization. Bomar’s addition makes Support Solutions one of the only industry providers in the Mid-South to provide this level of support.
29. Injuries Slow Development of Vols Defensive Players
- Saturday, April 11, 2015
Tennessee football fans might want to look past the defensive lineup for the Orange & White Spring Game. It will bear little resemblance to the unit that will start the 2015 season opener against Bowling Green on Sept. 5 at Nashville’s LP Field.
30. School Competition Shows Promise, Threat
- Tuesday, April 07, 2015
The competition among Shelby County Schools, the Achievement School District and charter schools has been a positive for public schools, say two Shelby County Schools board members.
But board chairwoman Teresa Jones and board member Chris Caldwell say the competition of the last three school years also has split the funding and could threaten classroom success.
31. School Leaders Concerned About Closing Disruptions
- Thursday, March 26, 2015
Orleans Elementary School closed last year and its 169 students were transferred to Lincoln Elementary School for the current school year.
Under a proposal the Shelby County Schools board votes on next week, Lincoln Elementary would close at the end of this school year and in August its students would attend A.B. Hill Elementary School.
32. Jones, Vols Make Honor Roll With Recruiting Class
- Saturday, February 14, 2015
KNOXVILLE – Butch Jones has done it again.
Tennessee’s football coach has created a national buzz with his 2015 recruiting class.
UT finished with the No. 4 class in the nation as rated by 247Sports and ended up ranked No. 5 by Rivals when the Feb. 4 national signing day was over.
33. Vols Take Plenty of Momentum Into Offseason
- Saturday, January 10, 2015
KNOXVILLE – There’s nothing like going into the offseason on a high note. The Vols will be riding the momentum from the resounding 45-28 victory against Iowa in the Jan. 2 TaxSlayer Bowl through the end of recruiting season, winter workouts, spring practices and into the summer months.
34. 321,000 Jobs Added in November, Most in Nearly 3 Years
- Monday, December 08, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – A burst of U.S. hiring in November – the most in nearly three years – added 321,000 jobs and provided the latest evidence that the United States is outperforming other economies throughout the developed world.
35. Achievement Schools Opposition Finds Frustration
- Thursday, October 30, 2014
Charter school operators who are being considered for the next round of schools entering the state-run Achievement School District are facing the most organized opposition effort in the three-year history of the district in Memphis.
36. Ailing Global Economy Could Lead Fed to Delay Hike
- Wednesday, October 15, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Just as the U.S. job market has finally strengthened, the Federal Reserve now confronts a new worry: A sputtering global economy that's spooked investors across the world.
37. Surge of Hiring Cuts US Jobless Rate to 5.9 Percent
- Monday, October 06, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – A surge in hiring last month helped drive the nation's unemployment rate down to a six-year low of 5.9 percent – within striking distance of what economists consider a healthy level.
38. Wharton Suggests Moving High School Football To Days
- Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson said Tuesday, Sept. 30, that Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. has suggested the school system move its night football games to day time hours as one answer to mob violence by teenagers.
39. Young Volunteers Face Long Odds at Oklahoma
- Saturday, September 13, 2014
Two games into the 2014 season, and it’s time for the University of Tennessee to play some big-boy football.
The Vols (2-0) took care of business at Neyland Stadium in the first two games against Utah State and Arkansas State.
40. High-Flying Vols Can’t Overlook Arkansas State
- Saturday, September 06, 2014
KNOXVILLE – You had to be hiding under a rock not to hear the buzz this week about the University of Tennessee’s football team.
One person not reveling in the Vols’ 38-7 season opening victory over Utah State on Sunday night was UT coach Butch Jones.
41. FedEx Building New Distribution Center in Louisiana
- Monday, September 01, 2014
COVINGTON, La. (AP) – Land is being cleared in St. Tammany Parish for a 175,000 square-foot distribution center for Federal Express.
Parish Economic Development Director Don Shea tells The Times-Picayune construction is expected to begin this fall and take about 15 months.
42. Bigger, Better, Louder
- Saturday, August 16, 2014
“When it comes to college football, the South has no equal, because the Southeastern Conference has no equal. Find me a conference with a better commissioner, better players, better head coaches, better staffs, better game-day atmospheres, better-looking coeds – better anything.”
43. Democratic Divide Widens in Election Results
- Friday, August 08, 2014
Democrats have retained their seven-vote majority on the new single-district Shelby County Commission that takes office Sept. 1.
That and the re-election victory of Democratic incumbent Cheyenne Johnson in the race for Shelby County Assessor of Property were the only bright spots for a divided local Democratic Party that lost every other countywide partisan elected position to Republicans in the Aug. 7 county general election, just as they lost every countywide position to Republicans four years earlier.
44. Cohen Prevails, Incumbents Dominate
- Friday, August 08, 2014
Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen held off Thursday, Aug. 7, the most serious electoral challenge he’s faced since winning the Congressional seat in 2006, in the form of attorney Ricky E. Wilkins.
45. Democrats Continue to Talk of Election Problems
- Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Once all of the votes are counted in Thursday’s election, Shelby County Democratic Party leaders will probably challenge the results or at least point to what they consider to be irregularities.
The claim that documented problems in recent election years are not a thing of the past has been a steady political drumbeat among Democrats in recent weeks.
46. Memphis Bar Judicial Poll Released
- Tuesday, July 01, 2014
The Memphis Bar Association poll of attorneys on the judicial races on the Aug. 7 ballot shows 16 percent to as high as 38 percent of the attorneys participating have no opinion in many of the judicial races.
47. US Employers Add 217,000 Jobs; Rate Stays at 6.3 Percent
- Monday, June 09, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers added 217,000 jobs in May, a substantial gain for a fourth straight month, fueling hopes that the economy will accelerate after a grim start to the year.
48. Game Changer
- Saturday, June 07, 2014
One educator’s reform is another educator’s wrong move.
Dorsey Hopson doesn’t use the word “reform” as often as he uses the term “game changer.”
But the superintendent of Shelby County Schools has himself become a game changer as the school board that signed him to a three-year contract last September weighs a further extension of his three-year contract that for now runs through September 2016.
49. May County Primary Results Certified
- Friday, May 23, 2014
The closest race in the May Shelby County primary elections turned into a tale of the tape Wednesday, May 21, as the Shelby County Election Commission certified the results of that and all of the other races on the ballot.
50. Martavius Jones Weighs Primary Vote Challenge
- Tuesday, May 13, 2014
As Memphis Democrats gathered for various campaign efforts last weekend, County Commission candidate Martavius Jones received a lot of condolences on his loss in the Democratic primary for commission District 10, and rival candidate Reginald Milton got a lot of congratulations.
51. Malone to Challenge Luttrell In August Mayoral Showdown
- Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Former Shelby County Commissioner Deidre Malone will challenge incumbent Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell in the August county general election after winning the Tuesday, May 6, Democratic mayoral primary.
52. American Economy Bounces Back From Brutal Winter
- Monday, May 05, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – The American economy shrugged off the end of a brutal winter last month, rebounding with the biggest hiring surge in two years and suggesting that the job market's gains could endure.
53. Heisley’s Legacy: Believing in Memphis
- Friday, May 02, 2014
It is said that the famous have their lives summed up in the first paragraph of their public obituary.
The first sentence from a recent obit in The New York Times read: “Michael Heisley, the billionaire financier, who bought the N.B.A.’s floundering Vancouver Grizzlies in April 2000 and soon moved them to Memphis, where he revitalized the franchise, died on Saturday in Illinois. He was 77.”
54. Minutes Show Fed Struggled to Agree on Rate Policy
- Thursday, April 10, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve struggled last month over how to convey to investors that it will raise short-term interest rates only slowly once it increases them from record lows.
55. Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline
- Thursday, April 03, 2014
Memphis City Council member Lee Harris is challenging Democratic state Sen. Ophelia Ford in the August primary for District 29, the Senate seat held by a member of the Ford family since 1975.
56. Ignite Memphis Doubling Event Capacity
- Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Ignite Memphis, an event at which Memphis creatives give a series of slide-based presentations on a range of diverse topics, sold out its gathering in November.
That’s why the next incarnation of Ignite is more than doubling its venue capacity by moving from Crosstown Arts to Playhouse on the Square, where 12 speakers next week will challenge, inform and perhaps inspire the crowd that’s come to hear them.
57. Tripp Logistics Renews Nonconnah Corporate Center Lease
- Friday, March 28, 2014
Shawn Glemser, founder and owner of Tripp Logistics, a locally owned and operated logistics and transportation company, has renewed his lease at Nonconnah Corporate Center. Elliot Embry and Hank Martin of NAI Saig Co. represented the landlord, Nonconnah Holdings LLC.
58. CB Richard Ellis Brokers Four Multifamily Sales
- Friday, March 21, 2014
The multifamily group at CB Richard Ellis Memphis has closed on the sale of four properties in the Memphis market over the last several weeks.
Briar Club Apartments, a 272-unit apartment community constructed in 1985, sold for $8.7 million, or $32,093 per unit. Cinnamon Trails Apartments, a 208-unit apartment community constructed in 1989, sold for $8.6 million, or $41,461 per unit. respectively. CBRE Memphis represented the sellers, Briar Apartments LLC and Cinnamon Apartments LLC in the sale to New York based Briar Club LLC and Cinnamon Trail LLC.
59. Tigers Look to Reverse AAC Result
- Monday, March 17, 2014
The Memphis Tigers were bound to pay a price for getting run off their home court in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference by UConn. And on Selection Sunday, they found out the price was landing in another 8-9 game in the NCAA Tournament.
60. Nichols’ Rookie Award Comes With Accolades
- Friday, March 14, 2014
First, there was the debate. Would Briarcrest star Austin Nichols really stay home and play for the Memphis Tigers? Or would outside offers, including ones from Duke, Kansas and North Carolina, be too good to pass up?
61. Roland ReElected At Filing Deadline, Two Countywide Races Set For August
- Friday, February 21, 2014
One of the six Shelby County Commission incumbents seeking re-election this year was effectively elected to a new four-year term in a new district with the noon Thursday, Feb. 20, filing deadline for candidates in the May county primaries.
62. US Employers Add 113,000 Jobs; Rate Dips to 6.6 Percent
- Monday, February 10, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – A surprisingly weak jobs report for a second straight month has renewed concern that the U.S. economy might be slowing after a strong finish last year.
Employers added 113,000 jobs in January, far fewer than the average monthly gain of 194,000 last year. Job gains have averaged just 154,000 the past three months, down from 201,000 in the preceding three.
63. Fears of Slowdown Sharpen Focus on US Jobs Report
- Friday, February 07, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Fears of an economic slowdown are heightening anticipation of what Friday's U.S. jobs report for January might reveal.
Stock markets have sunk after signs of weaker growth in the United States, Europe and China. Turmoil in developing countries has further spooked investors. The upheaval has renewed doubts about the Federal Reserve's next steps.
64. County Commission Delays Schools Redistricting
- Friday, February 07, 2014
With candidates in the August Shelby County Schools board elections already a month into their filing period, the Shelby County Commission delayed Wednesday, Feb. 5, any vote on changes in the number of seats on the school board as well as the district lines until its Feb. 24 meeting.
65. County Schools Weighs Charter Rent Waiver
- Thursday, January 30, 2014
Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson is considering waiving rent payments by charter schools that lease the school system’s old buildings in return for them taking all children in an area and coordinating their location with Shelby County Schools.
66. AP Survey: US Income Gap is Holding Back Economy
- Wednesday, December 18, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – The growing gap between the richest Americans and everyone else isn't bad just for individuals.
It's hurting the U.S. economy.
So says a majority of more than three dozen economists surveyed last week by The Associated Press. Their concerns tap into a debate that's intensified as middle-class pay has stagnated while wealthier households have thrived.
67. December 6-December 12: This week in Memphis history
- Saturday, December 07, 2013
1983: Memphis State University football coach Rex Dockery, offensive coordinator Chris Faros and Tiger defensive back Charles Greenhill, and pilot and Highland Hundred member Glenn Jones were killed in a plane crash as they traveled to Lawrenceburg, Tenn., for a football banquet.
68. Fed Leaves Low Interest-Rate Policies Unchanged
- Thursday, October 31, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve says the U.S. economy still needs support from its low interest-rate policies because it is growing only moderately.
In a statement Wednesday after a policy meeting, the Fed said it would keep buying $85 billion a month in bonds to keep long-term interest rates low and encourage borrowing and spending.
69. Muddled US Jobs Picture to Weigh on Fed Decision
- Monday, September 09, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – Employers are sketching a hazy picture of the U.S. job market for the Federal Reserve to weigh in deciding this month whether to reduce its stimulus for the economy – and, if so, by how much.
70. Mean Streets
- Saturday, August 31, 2013
Alabama’s Nick Saban can walk anywhere he wants in the Southeastern Conference – college football’s roughest neighborhood – and no one can lay a finger on him.
His teams have won the national championship in three of the last four years. Overall, SEC teams have won the title seven consecutive years and the league is a dream destination for head coaches – until it turns into a grinding, weekly nightmare.
71. Microsoft Brings Office to iPhone, but Not Tablets
- Monday, June 17, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) – Even as a pared-down version of Microsoft's Office software package arrived on the iPhone, the company is holding out on extending that to the iPad and Android devices as it tries to boost sales of tablet computers running its own Windows system.
72. Housing, Manufacturing Give US Economy Lift
- Wednesday, March 27, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – Gains in housing and manufacturing propelled the U.S. economy over the winter, according to reports released Tuesday, and analysts say they point to the resilience of consumers and businesses as government spending cuts kick in.
73. Board to Weigh School Closings
- Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Countywide school board members are scheduled to vote Tuesday, March 26, on the closings of four schools at the end of the current year.
And they could see additions to the agenda that put the Achievement School District’s Gestalt Community Schools charter operation in Humes Middle School with the new school year. That would also come with an end for the time being of plans for a new optional school the school board had approved for Humes at the start of the school year.
74. School Board Restructuring Plan Goes to Mays
- Wednesday, March 20, 2013
On the way to U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays is a plan by the Shelby County Commission to convert the countywide school board to a 13-member single-district body effective Sept. 1.
75. County Commission Weighs School Merger Changes
- Monday, March 18, 2013
Shelby County Commissioners might discuss Monday, March 18, the idea of restructuring the countywide school board for a third time in the last year and a half.
But they are likely to delay action on a resolution that would create a 13-member school board effective Sept. 1 by appointing six new members to go with the seven existing members.
76. School Board Expansion Advanced
- Thursday, March 14, 2013
Shelby County Commissioners advanced in Wednesday, March 13, committee sessions a general plan to restructure the countywide school board.
But the plan to turn the 23-member board into a 13-member board on Sept. 1, instead of the seven-member board it is now scheduled to become on that date, is far from complete. And lots of legal questions remain about the details.
77. Family Values Drive Success at United Warehouse Transportation
- Friday, March 01, 2013
United Warehouse Transportation, along with parent company United Warehouse & Transit Logistics, is riding an impressive wave of success over the past 18 months.
Near the end of 2011, UWT acquired a small local transportation company and formed United Warehouse Transportation, with projected annual revenues of $895,000. By the end of 2012, that number had grown to $6 million, and company CEO Chris Williams expects it to top $10 million by the summer.
78. Humes Middle School Future Plans Debated
- Thursday, February 21, 2013
The Achievement School District wants to move its Gordon Science & Arts Academy out of Gordon Elementary School next school year and into Humes Middle School.
79. Soul Fish to Open in Wolf Camera Spot on Poplar
- Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Soul Fish Café has selected a prime piece of real estate in East Memphis for its third location.
The catfish and Southern-inspired restaurant has signed a lease for the old Wolf Camera space in the Poplar Avenue/Perkins Road corridor. The 3,100-square-foot freestanding building at 4720 Poplar Ave. will mark Soul Fish’s third location in Memphis, behind its original spot in Midtown’s Cooper-Young district and its Germantown location near Forest Hill-Irene Road.
80. Soul Fish to Open in Old Wolf Camera at Poplar and Perkins
- Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Soul Fish Café has selected a prime piece of real estate in East Memphis for its third location.
The catfish and Southern-inspired restaurant has signed a lease for the old Wolf Camera space in the Poplar Avenue/Perkins Road corridor. The 3,100-square-foot freestanding building at 4720 Poplar Ave. will mark Soul Fish’s third location in Memphis, behind its original spot in Midtown’s Cooper-Young district and its Germantown store near Forest Hill-Irene Road.
81. Hopson Is Interim MCS Supt. As School Board Sets Merger Calendar
- Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Countywide school board members appointed Memphis City Schools attorney Dorsey Hopson as the interim superintendent of the Memphis City Schools system at the board’s Tuesday, Jan. 29 meeting.
The meeting was the last for Kriner Cash who becomes an advisor to the school system through the end of July under terms of his resignation after four and a half years heading the school system.
82. US Economy Could Handle Short Fall Over 'Cliff'
- Thursday, December 27, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – The economic threat that's kept many Americans on edge for months is nearing reality – unless the White House and Republicans cut a budget deal by New Year's Day.
83. School Board Divisions Resurface
- Thursday, December 20, 2012
Countywide school board members already had a lot on their agenda Tuesday, Dec. 18, when they were surprised by an internal ethics investigation.
Near the beginning of this week’s meeting, school board member Martavius Jones offered a resolution calling on board member David Pickler to resign over money put aside by school districts under the Tennessee School Boards Association to cover the liability of other post-employment benefits (OPEB).
84. Conflict Charge Roils Busy School Board Meeting
- Wednesday, December 19, 2012
One countywide school board member called Tuesday, Dec. 18, for the resignation of another board member over an alleged conflict of interest.
School board member Martavius Jones offered a resolution calling on board member David Pickler to resign over money put aside by school districts under the Tennessee School Boards Association to cover the liability of OPEB amounts – other post-employment benefits.
85. So What Happened to Auburn?
- Monday, December 17, 2012
For years I have been telling my clients that if you desire or need to change something in your life you basically have three options: You can change something about yourself (the least used, most effective option), you can try to change something about someone else (the most used, least effective option), or you can change something about your environment. With this in mind, I recently had an interesting conversation with a friend of mine who happens to be a serious Auburn University football fan.
86. Hearings About To Begin on School Closings
- Monday, December 10, 2012
Memphis City Schools officials were to begin a series of public hearings on proposed school closings Monday, Dec. 10, at Coro Lake Elementary in southwest Memphis.
That was the tentative date set as the board took the first step last month toward the school closings. But the countywide school board will be discussing a confirmed schedule and possibly release it at the board's Tuesday, Dec. 11, work session.
87. US Manufacturing Shrinks in November to 3-Year Low
- Tuesday, December 04, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. manufacturing shrank in November to its weakest level since July 2009, one month after the Great Recession ended. Worries about automatic tax increases in the New Year cut demand for factory orders and manufacturing jobs.
88. School Board Majority Backs Sales Tax Hike
- Friday, October 26, 2012
Twelve of the 23 countywide school board members have signed a letter urging voters to approve a half-cent countywide sales tax hike in the Nov. 6 elections.
The letter dated Thursday, Oct. 25, refers to using half of the estimated revenue from the extra half cent for an expansion of pre-kindergarten. But it mentions pre-k as one of several possible uses for the $30 million that would go to local education under state law.
89. US Service Firms Grew at Faster Pace in August
- Friday, September 07, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. service companies expanded at a faster pace in August than July, helped by stronger hiring. The growth at firms that employ roughly 90 percent of the work force suggests the economy is slowly improving.
90. Midtown Gears Up for Largest Rock for Love Benefit
- Friday, August 31, 2012
From Overton Square to the Hi-Tone Cafe to the Levitt Shell, Midtown Memphis is gearing up to “Rock for Love.”
Now in its sixth year, the annual music-based fundraiser for Memphis’ Church Health Center – the nation’s largest faith-based health care ministry for working, uninsured people and their families – will take place over a four-day period from Thursday, Sept. 6, through Sunday, Sept. 9.
91. School Board to Consider Aitken’s Role in Transition
- Monday, August 27, 2012
Countywide school board members have been known to debate what is on their agenda for as long as an hour or so before moving on to other matters.
That may be the case Tuesday, Aug. 28, when the board picks up where it left off at their work session a week ago.
92. Work Remains for Superintendent Selection Group
- Tuesday, August 21, 2012
The group trying to come up with a process for selecting a superintendent to lead the merger of Shelby County’s two school systems has a lot of lead work to do in a short time.
The group is likely to have numerous discussions in the coming weeks about what kind of school system that superintendent will be leading. The countywide school board hasn’t yet acted on the set of recommendations from the planning commission that will define the merged school district’s structure and scope.
93. Gatewood Named Marketing Dir. At Methodist Healthcare
- Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Megan Gatewood has been promoted to marketing director at Methodist Healthcare. In her new role, Gatewood is responsible for developing and overseeing marketing strategies for Methodist’s adult hospitals, outpatient services and physician practices.
94. Muni Schools Questions Pass, Cohen Wins Big
- Friday, August 03, 2012
Voters in each of the six suburban towns and cities in Shelby County approved establishing municipal school districts in the unofficial results of the Thursday, Aug. 2, county general and state and federal primary elections.
95. Muni Schools, Cohen, Weirich, Johnson, Stanton, Kyle Take Early Vote
- Friday, August 03, 2012
Voters in each of the six suburban towns and cities in Shelby County were overwhelmingly approving the establishment of municipal school districts and a half cent sales tax hike to fund them in the first vote totals released Thursday, Aug. 2 by the Shelby County Election Commission.
96. Business as Usual
- Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Despite a summer of unusually high temperatures and a nationwide drought that’s been called the worst the U.S. has seen in 25 years, Memphis’ farmers markets have been thriving, according to many participants.
97. US Economy Appears Weaker as Retail Sales Slump
- Tuesday, July 17, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — The outlook for the U.S. economy appeared dimmer Monday after a report that Americans spent less at retail businesses for a third straight month in June.
The report led some economists to downgrade their estimates for economic growth in the April-June quarter. Many now think the economy grew even less than in the first quarter of the year, when it expanded at a sluggish 1.9 percent annual rate.
98. ASD Makes Debut at Three Frayser Schools
- Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Summer school for teachers is under way this week at three Frayser schools that are critical to the state’s Achievement School District
Teachers selected by the state to teach at Corning and Frayser elementary schools as well as Westside Middle School report Wednesday, July 11, for the coming school year and the new methods they will be using under state control.
99. School Board Votes Not To Renew Cash's Contract
- Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The countywide school board voted Tuesday, June 19, not to renew the contract of Memphis City Schools superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash past August 2013 when it is scheduled to run out.
The 14-8 vote came during two back-to-back school board meetings covering five hours in which the board also agreed to talk more about a process for selecting the superintendent of the consolidated school system to come at a meeting next week.
100. State ASD Charter Schools Unveiled
- Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Memphis City Schools officials formally turned over the school buildings Tuesday, June 5, that will become part of the state-run Achievement School District starting with the new school year in August.