Editorial Results (free)
1. Looks Like Another 8-4 Season for Tennessee
- Friday, August 25, 2017
Oops. I goofed last year. So did lots of other people who thought Tennessee’s football team would win the SEC East Division and go to the league championship game for the first time since 2007.
2. Hamilton Eye Institute Director Earns Top Award
- Saturday, July 1, 2017
Dr. James Fleming, director of the Hamilton Eye Institute at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has received the 2017 Outstanding Physician Award from the Tennessee Medical Association.
3. Hamilton Eye Institute Director Earns Top Award
- Friday, June 30, 2017
Dr. James Fleming, director of the Hamilton Eye Institute at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has received the 2017 Outstanding Physician Award from the Tennessee Medical Association.
4. Cai to Lead Memphis Chamber’s International Business Efforts
- Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Jinliang (Jin) Cai has joined the Greater Memphis Chamber as vice president of international business development. In that role, Cai will be directing efforts both to grow foreign direct investment in Memphis and Shelby County and to increase the volume of local exports to foreign markets.
5. I Think I Like ‘The Lobster’
- Thursday, July 28, 2016
In a dystopian future era, applicable law dictates that if you are single after a certain age, you must take up residence in The Hotel for 45 days. If you don’t fall in love with someone in that time period, you will be transformed into the beast of your choice and released into the wild.
6. Ifs, Etc.
- Thursday, May 19, 2016
A wordier version of this column ran in 2008. That would have been shortly after the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ran a certain editorial. In which it asserted that to say there are “no ifs, ands or buts” is wrong. The correct phrase, it averred, is “no ifs, ans or buts.”
7. Don’t Chew With Your Mouth Full
- Thursday, March 31, 2016
I am always looking for useful proverbs, adages, mottos, and the like. Especially stuff that can be easily memorized. Like “Don’t chew with your mouth full.” And “I feel a whole lot more like I do now than I did when I got here.”
8. Commission Takes Second Vote on Term Limits Referendum
- Monday, March 28, 2016
Shelby County Commissioners take up the second of three readings Monday, March 28, of an ordinance that would ask voters to do away with term limits for the commission, the office of Shelby County Mayor and five other countywide elected positions.
9. Quotation Anthologist Still Going Strong
- Thursday, March 24, 2016
In October 2008 I wrote a couple of columns that, taken together, set forth a quotation and then endeavored to correctly identify the source thereof. That quotation – “I don’t cry over spilt milk, but a fallen scoop of ice cream is enough to ruin my whole day,” attributed to one Terri Guillemets – may be found throughout cyberspace to this day.
10. ‘Order in the Lobby!’
- Thursday, October 15, 2015
TAMPA, FLA. – “Inspiring architecture complements the warm palette and modern touches of the new Le Meridien Tampa.” Thus begins an online promo for the building I am sitting in – a century-old federal court building that’s been transformed into an unusual boutique hotel.
11. Graceland West Gets LUCB’s Green Light
- Friday, October 9, 2015
Graceland is getting another expansion with a recently approved planned development dubbed Graceland West.
On Thursday, Oct. 8, the Shelby County Land Control Use board unanimously approved rezoning the area on the west side of Elvis Presley Boulevard to accommodate an entertainment complex with limited commercial mixed use.
12. Is It Too Late?
- Thursday, August 20, 2015
Carole King famously sang, “[I]t’s too late, baby now, it’s too late,/ Though we really did try to make it.” Something in this song created a gluey intangible not-yet-named noun that affixed itself to my soul. When I hear the words “Somethin’ inside has died, and I can’t hide/ And I just can’t fake it,” I feel a shudder throughout my being.
13. Young Ben’s Start
- Thursday, July 9, 2015
Next January will mark the 310th birthday of Benjamin Franklin. Thinker, inventor, scientist, diplomat, politician, writer. Founding parent of a great nation. A non-president with his face on a bit of paper currency. As Independence Day is just past us, it’s hardly an inappropriate time to revisit the life and times of this noted early patriot.
14. Here's Why Home Sales Are Finally Surging
- Tuesday, June 23, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Real estate has gotten hot again.
Home sales are on pace for their best year since 2007. First-time buyers are streaming back into the market. Prices are skyrocketing, aided by a stronger job market and tantalizingly low mortgage rates that are creating pressure for buyers to act fast.
15. Because I Say So
- Thursday, April 2, 2015
“Ipsy dipsy!” shouts Ann Marie, Marlo Thomas’ character in “That Girl.” Trying to impress a judge in court, she mispronounces “ipse dixit.” Meaning “he, himself, said it,” this Latin phrase connotes a dogmatic, unsupported assertion.
16. Nashville’s Most Romantic Restaurants
- Saturday, February 7, 2015
Romance means something different for everyone, but most people can agree that if there is low lighting, soft music, a charming companion and something delicious to eat, you’ve already got the makings of one outstanding evening.
17. Strings Come With Fairgrounds Zone
- Monday, January 12, 2015
Shelby County Commissioners could take up an endorsement Monday, Jan. 12, of the city’s proposed Tourism Development Zone for redevelopment of the Mid-South Fairgrounds.
But at this point, the backing has a lot of strings attached. And those strings involve two issues related to local schools funding.
18. Sharp & Robbins Names Popwell Partner
- Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Chris Popwell has been named the newest partner at Sharp & Robbins Construction, which will now operate as Sharp, Robbins & Popwell LLC. Popwell joined Sharp & Robbins’ Memphis office in 2008 as an estimator/project manager and most recently served as general operations manager of the Nashville office since 2012.
19. Strange Encounters of the Literary Kind
- Thursday, November 27, 2014
The main character in this column is the Bard himself, Willie Shakespeare. So, if you’re anti-poetry, see ya!
This is a recycle, even though I’m not on vacation this week. As I wrote in June 1995, “With a deadline every week, I occasionally find it necessary to tell a story only because it cries out to be told.
20. It’s Art
- Thursday, November 13, 2014
“But is it __?” This clue is used in dozens of crossword puzzles. The answer is ART. At Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, tucked away in the Northwest Arkansas hills, the question’s answer is “You’d better believe it!” My heart sings to know that Crystal Bridges, open now since Nov. 11, 2011, is a major world player in its field.
21. Finding Many Uses for ‘Beat’
- Thursday, October 23, 2014
What do a dead horse and a hasty retreat have in common? Same thing that around the bush has in common with a path to your door. They all become in-the-language phrases when the word beat is placed in front of them.
22. On Faulkner and the Use of Punctuation
- Thursday, October 9, 2014
Regarding the recent Faulkner column, Tracy writes that she got “a solid feel for the place and the time of year. Thank you for not honoring your subject by writing paragraph-long sentences with intricate layers of subordination.”
23. Downside of Low US Mortgage Rates: Less Selling
- Monday, July 14, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Would-be home sellers across the country are grappling with a once-in-a-lifetime problem: They have mortgage rates so absurdly low it would hurt them financially to sell.
24. Damn This Traffic Jam!
- Thursday, January 23, 2014
“Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.”
So read an Aug. 13, 2013, email exchange between a couple of New Jersey pols. Why Fort Lee?
Earlier efforts to pluck Democratic endorsements in the Garden State for Gov. Chris Christie’s reelection campaign had failed as to Fort Lee’s mayor, Mark Sokolich. Moreover, the day before, the Democratic state senator who represents Fort Lee had effectively blocked Christie’s reappointment of a Republican state supreme court justice. On Aug. 12, Christie referred to Jersey’s Democratic state senators as “animals.”
25. US Home Prices Tick Up 0.1 Percent in November
- Wednesday, January 8, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home prices barely rose in November from the previous month and year-over-year gains slowed, reflecting declines in sales in the fall.
Real estate data provider CoreLogic said Tuesday that prices increased just 0.1 percent in November from October. That's down slightly from October and far below August's 0.9 percent gain.
26. Williams Joins Del-Nat as Director of Finance
- Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Ronnie Williams has joined Del-Nat Tire Corp. as director of finance. Williams, who has a 15-year background in finance and accounting, most recently served as director of finance at Health Choice LLC. In his new role, he will be responsible for finance and accounting functions and will direct operations to meet budget and financial goals.
27. Literally, Figuratively
- Thursday, September 19, 2013
Circa 1991, one of my golf buddies uttered a sentence using irregardless. Knowing what that meant, I didn’t challenge him. I figured someone else would. I was right, and he was able (at the other person’s expense) to point out that irregardless had been admitted to a certain dictionary the previous week. And thus was now part of his vocabulary.
28. Henry Named Sales Manager at Mercedes-Benz of Collierville
- Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Edgar L. Henry II has been named sales manager for Mercedes-Benz of Collierville, scheduled to open next spring. In his new role, Henry will manage the sales of all new and pre-owned cars sold at the dealership.
29. US Home Prices Vault Nearly 12 Percent in June
- Wednesday, August 7, 2013
U.S. home prices surged 11.9 percent in June from a year earlier, reflecting stronger demand amid a tight supply of homes for sale.
CoreLogic, a real estate data provider, said Tuesday that home prices climbed on annual basis in 48 states. They fell only in Mississippi and Delaware. And all but one of the 100 largest cities reported price gains.
30. School Opening Goes Smoothly With A Few Bumps
- Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Missed buses and late buses as well as late registration were an expected part of opening day of the consolidated school district.
And the problems arrived just as expected Monday, Aug. 5, but not in large enough numbers to cause any major disruptions on the opening day.
31. Apostrophe Yes or No?
- Thursday, April 18, 2013
Henry Chu of the Los Angeles Times reported in late March that “To grammarians’ delight, officials in southwest England who had considered expunging apostrophes from street signs threw out the idea … and vowed to follow the rules of proper English.” Ha! Good luck with that!
32. Kroc Center Opens to Big Crowds
- Wednesday, February 27, 2013
To cap off Healthy Heart Month, the new 100,000-square-foot Kroc Center held its open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony last weekend.
The state-of-the-art Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center has welcomed more than 10,000 visitors in its first few days.
33. A Candidate Makes Friends, Asks for Votes
- Thursday, December 20, 2012
The elections of 2012 are over. Under local law, a certain person was reelected, unopposed, to a fifth four-year term.
The 16-year incumbent had occasion recently to reflect on the election of 1996, his first. He’s fond of saying, “I’ll never forget the year Bill Clinton rode my coattails to another term in the White House.”
34. Highpoint Church Buys Briarcrest’s East Memphis Campus
- Friday, November 9, 2012
After seven years of leasing space for its worship services, Highpoint Church has acquired Briarcrest Christian School Systems Inc.’s property at 6000 Briarcrest Ave. for $7.25 million.
35. By Any Other Name …
- Thursday, March 1, 2012
A couple of weeks ago, I devoted almost an entire column to one item of viewer mail. No one complained, so I might as well do it again. Less than a week after hearing from Carole Hanna of Memphis, I heard from Daphine Craig:
36. Quirky is as Quirky Does
- Thursday, February 9, 2012
In a recent “Under Analysis” column Mark Levison wrote that he finds lawyers “interesting, entertaining and quite often a bit quirky.” He then describes some of the quirky lawyers around him.
37. MED Fdtn. Names Brandenburg Director of Development
- Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Joe Brandenburg has joined The MED Foundation as director of development.
Hometown: Connersville, Ind.
Education: B.A., mass communications, Western Kentucky University; master’s in public administration, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
38. ICAA Tennessee Chapter to Hold Annual Meeting
- Wednesday, November 2, 2011
The Tennessee Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art will hold its annual meeting Thursday, Nov. 3, and Friday, Nov. 4.
The two-day event will kick off Thursday at 6:30 p.m. with a lecture and book-signing by architect Russell Versaci at the Madison Hotel, 79 Madison Ave. Versaci is author of “Creating a New Old House.” A social will follow.
39. More About Mondegreens
- Thursday, September 29, 2011
The columns on mondegreens and mis-sung lyrics generated reader mail. Randy Hyde writes, “I was in college before I realized I didn’t put my clothes in a chester drawers.”
40. In the US, Two Housing Markets and Two Directions
- Thursday, September 22, 2011
In America, it's starting to feel as if there are two housing markets. One for the rich and one for everyone else.
Consider foreclosure-ravaged Detroit. In the historic Green Acres district, a haven for hipsters, a pristine, three-bedroom brick Tudor recently sold for $6,000 – about what a buyer would have paid during the Great Depression.
41. Film Fest Brings Fab Moments
- Thursday, June 16, 2011
The column about my knee evoked a record amount of viewer mail. Evidently, many folk have joint pain issues.
My PRP injection was one month ago, and my knee feels better than it has in years. On a couple days there’s been some semblance of the old pain, as after three days of golf and yard work Memorial Day weekend.
42. LOL at OED’s ‘New’ Initialisms
- Thursday, April 7, 2011
Never let it be said that the Oxford English Dictionary staff are unaware that some people want to mark themselves as – well, what would the word be?
Hip? Nah, that’s too ’50s. Mod? Nah, that’s too ’60s. Cool? Rad? In the know?
43. Collierville Office Building Sells for $1.3M in Foreclosure
- Tuesday, December 28, 2010
472 W. Poplar Ave.
Collierville, TN 38017
Sale Amount: $1.3 million
Sale Date: Dec. 14, 2010
Buyer: First Citizens National Bank
Seller: Ralph Henson, trustee
Orig. Borrower: Loyal Featherstone Realtors Inc.
Orig. Lender: First Citizens National Bank
Orig. Loan Amount: $1.6 million
Orig. Loan Date: March 7, 2007
Orig. Maturity: March 7, 2008
44. Shadows of Doubt
- Monday, November 29, 2010
As the housing market continues to improve, a significant backlog of foreclosed and distressed properties that have not been put on the market could bring the recovery to a screeching halt.
Many lenders across the nation – mostly banks – are struggling to keep up with the overwhelming number of borrowers who have stopped making their mortgage payments. And with the fledgling recovery in housing still weak, banks, institutional investors and even some homeowners who want to sell their homes are waiting until the market shows marked improvement.
45. CBU to Bless Newest Building
- Friday, October 1, 2010
Christian Brothers University will celebrate Friday the launch of its most recent addition.
The Living Learning Center, adjacent to Pender Hall on campus, is expected to open in fall 2011.
A blessing of the ground will take place Friday at 12:30 p.m.
46. Spotts Takes Career, Community Involvement to High Levels
- Friday, June 25, 2010
Josh Spotts has a long list of titles and career accomplishments.
He’s director of catering and events at The Madison Hotel, a 110-room boutique hotel at 79 Madison Ave. Along with his day job, Spotts is involved in numerous local and national groups, including Meeting Planners International, the National Association of Catering executives, Mpact Memphis and the Phoenix Club.
47. National Foreclosure Backlog Estimated at 1.7M
- Monday, December 21, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) – About 1.7 million homeowners were on the verge of foreclosure in the fall, a looming “shadow inventory” of homes that will be put up for sale in the coming years and weigh down prices, according to a report released late last week.
48. October Home Sales Rise 10.1 Pct from September
- Tuesday, November 24, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - Home sales surged for the second month in a row in October, climbing to the highest level in 2 1/2 years as first-time buyers rushed to take advantage of an expiring tax credit.
- Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Talk Shoppe will present “The Greening of the Mid-South: How You Can Help While Saving on Your Utility Bill” with environmental conditioning specialist Mark Cardona today from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call Jo Garner at 759-7808.
- Tuesday, November 4, 2008
The Center City Commission Diversity Outreach Committee will meet today at 5 p.m. at the CCC, 114 N. Main St. The committee will consider new proposals for an internship program and a mentorship program. For more information, call 575-0581.
- Monday, November 3, 2008
Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division will host The Business of Being a Church Conference Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at MLGW’s Training and Development Center, 4949 Raleigh-LaGrange Road. Registration is $5 per person and the deadline is today. For more information or to register, call 528-4322 or visit the upcoming events section of www.mlgw.com.
52. Founders of Grand Events Sell Company’s Warehouse
- Tuesday, June 24, 2008
3347 Pearson Road
Memphis, TN 38118
Sale Amount: $2.5 Million
Sale Date: June 13, 2008
Buyer: Schwarz Properties LLC
Seller: Hoyt Mark White and John Stanley White
Loan Amount: $2.1 million
Loan Date: June 12, 2008
Maturity Date: N/A
Details: Asheboro, N.C.-based Schwarz Properties LLC has bought the 130,925-square-foot warehouse that houses Grand Events and Party Rentals, which now will lease the space.
53. $20.5M Permit Filed For Briarcrest Middle School
- Thursday, June 19, 2008
Briarcrest Christian School has filed a $20.5 million permit application with the city-county Department of Construction Code Enforcement to build a 151,000-square-foot elementary and middle school at 10103 Raleigh-LaGrange Road north of Collierville. The new school is adjacent to Briarcrest’s high school, which opened in 2003.
54. Archived Article
- Tuesday, April 17, 2007
9 acres in Cordova
On Walnut Grove Road
Loan Amount: $6.2 million
Loan Date: April 2, 2007
Maturity Date: n/a
55. Local Businesses Dig For Diamonds at 2006 Showcase
- Monday, August 14, 2006
SPIRCO and Metal Building Products host the AGAPE Child and Family Services annual Kids Classic Golf Tournament at noon. In addition to the tournament, golfers and their families can participate in a junior golf clinic, games, a silent auction and a cooking demonstration. Sponsorships start at $1,600 for teams of four. Contact Jason Burgess at 323-3600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
56. Archived Article: Newsmakers
- Wednesday, August 11, 2004
e-photo) Rebecca DeRousse was named assistant administrator of Baptist Rehabilitation-Germantown
Kiwanis Club Names Luttrell Lawman of the Year
The Kiwanis Club named Shelby County Sheriff Mark H. Luttrell Jr. as Lawman of the Year for the Lou...
57. Archived Article: Real Recap
- Tuesday, June 8, 2004
1991 Corporate Ave
Texas Group Acquires Nonconnah Office Property
1991 Corporate Ave.
Memphis, TN 38132
Cost: $2.1 million
Buyer: JP Memphis LLC
Seller: Crown Dixie Associates LP
Property: 4.7 acres and an office building at 199...
58. Archived Article: Calendar
- Monday, November 4, 2002
Calendar of events Sept
Calendar of events Nov. 4-Nov. 10
The Greater Memphis Arts Council, 8 S. Third St., presents artwork by Everett Charles Yates, on display through Jan. 15. Nov. 5
The Center for Historic Preservation, a clea...
59. Archived Article: Dollar P.2
- Monday, December 3, 2001
Weather hurts Dollar General sales
Weather hurts Dollar General sales
Shares of discount dollar stores continued to fall in early morning trading Friday after Dollar General Corp. reported unusually warm weather was hurting apparel sales, in t...
60. Archived Article: Memos
- Wednesday, October 10, 2001
Mike Streckert was promoted to a senior associate at Fleming Associates Architects
Mike Streckert was promoted to a senior associate at Fleming Associates Architects. He has more than 15 years of experience in all areas of architectural practice....
61. Archived Article: Memos
- Wednesday, January 3, 2001
Charlotte Kelley was named marketing assistant for the Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center Charlotte Kelley was named marketing assistant for the Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center. She had worked as community relations/market...
62. Archived Article: Real Briefs
- Tuesday, February 22, 2000
Memphis received more than $3 Memphis received more than $3.8 million in Continuum of Care funds and $394,000 in Emergency Shelter Grants from Housing and Urban Development. These grants represent a 9 percent increase over last years awards. Among T...
63. Archived Article: Calendar
- Monday, October 4, 1999
Sept Oct. 5 First Tennessee will offer a seminar on asset allocation strategies for investing IRA rollovers at 4385 Poplar Ave. Participants can attend a 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. session or a 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. session. The speaker will be Dan Pizzullo, a fin...
64. Archived Article: Calendar
- Monday, September 27, 1999
Sept Sept. 27 Consumer Credit Counseling Service will offer a free seminar on re-establishing credit, credit reports and cutting the costs of using credit from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 2158 Union Ave., Suite 400. For reservations, call 323-4909, Ext. ...
65. Archived Article: Calendar
- Monday, March 8, 1999
March 8 March 8 The Memphis Area Radio Stations Association will sponsor a seminar at the Ridgeway Inn featuring consultant Irwin Pollack. His topics will be radio ad selling from 8:30 a.m. to noon and radio station management from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. ...
66. Archived Article: Calendar
- Monday, March 1, 1999
March 2 March 2 The 18th annual Freedom of Information Congress will be held at the University of Memphis at 7:30 p.m. in the psychology auditorium. The speaker will be Jack Anderson, who will discuss investigative reporting and the role of journali...
67. Archived Article: Calendar
- Monday, November 16, 1998
Nov Nov. 16 Public Issues Forum will meet at 7 p.m. at Memphis Community Foundation, 1900 Union Ave. The topic will be health care in Tennessee. The panelists are Dr. James Fleming, president-elect of the Tennessee Medical Association; Thomas Boggs,...
68. Archived Article: Calendar
- Monday, November 9, 1998
Nov Nov. 9 The International Association of Administrative Professionals will meet at 6 p.m. at Berclair Baptist Church, 4854 Summer Ave. For more information, call 762-9060. Nov. 10 Buckeye Toastmasters will meet at 7:15 p.m. at Germantown United M...
69. Archived Article: Real Briefs
- Tuesday, August 11, 1998
Two projects one at The Enclave in Germantown and the other at Windyke Office Park in southeast Memphis have highlighted an extremely strong first half of the year for Belz Enterprises, company officials announced last week Two projects one at The E...
70. Archived Article: Humphreys Office Bldg Lj
- Tuesday, October 14, 1997
By LAURIE JOHNSON Construction begins on Humphreys Center offices By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News Construction has started on a two-story office building at 6305 Humphreys Blvd. in the Humphreys Center commercial development. Data Communications Co...
71. Archived Article: Boyle Chg
- Thursday, August 28, 1997
By CAMILLE H Boyle starts new office building on Humphreys 50,000-square-foot property 25 percent pre-leased to local software company By CAMILLE H. GAMBLE The Daily News Boyle Investment Co. has started construction on a 50,000-square-foot Class A ...