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VOL. TMN-10 | NO. 26 | Saturday, June 24, 2017
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Community Rx

Le Bonheur works as hard in the community as it does in the hospital

As one of the city’s premier medical institutions, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital stays as busy as you might expect for an organization that tries to operate on the leading edge of pediatric care.

EDITORIAL

Editorial: Keep Juvenile Court Memorandum In Place

The changes are coming quickly from the U.S. Justice Department and some local elected leaders when it comes to change at Juvenile Court.

EMPHASIS Architects & Engineers

Resource Label Group Paved a Road From Lamar to New Bartlett Facility

After more than 20 years at their facility near Lamar Avenue, Resource Label Group officials wanted to move to a bigger and better place.

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EVENTS

Memphis Branch NAACP will host its Centennial Freedom Fund Luncheon on Saturday, June 24, at 11:30 a.m. at the Memphis Hilton, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Wake Forest University professor Melissa Harris-Perry and former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. are the guest speakers at the luncheon, themed “Reflecting on the Past, Remaining Focused on the Future: 100 Years of Civil Rights and Human Rights Advocacy.” Tickets start at $100. Visit naacpmemphis.org for details.

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$37 Million UTHSC Medical Simulation Facility Changing How Students Learn

While learning on the job is pretty common in most professions, when it comes to health care the stakes are much higher, which is why the University of Tennessee Health Science Center decided to invest in new a $37 million medical simulation facility that will offer students unprecedented access to hands-on training.

Hardin Hall Renovations Underway As Rental Space Competition Increases

After 20 years of serving as a premier event venue, Memphis Botanic Garden’s Hardin Hall is getting a facelift.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

June 23-29, 2017: This week in Memphis history

2014: Formal opening of the $301 million expansion of the Frayser Nike plant. As he tours the plant expansion, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam learns the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of same-sex marriage in an appeal of Tennessee’s constitutional amendment that specifically banned gay marriages.

GOVERNMENT

Strickland Pushes Economic Breakthrough Outside City's Current Hot Spots

The city of Memphis has to grow economically outside of the Poplar Avenue corridor of East Memphis, Midtown and Downtown if the city is to prosper, and Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said that economic breakthrough can start in Whitehaven.

City Council Pushes Back at Administration

Sometimes there are seven votes. Other times there aren’t. But Memphis City Council debates increasingly point to different thoughts about the city’s course as outlined by the administration of Mayor Jim Strickland.

TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS

FedEx Corp. Reports Strong Q4, Fiscal Year

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. reported a record Q4 and full-year earnings at its fourth-quarter earnings call Tuesday, June 20.

COMMUNITY

Organizers Mobilize Against Confederate Monuments

If there was any doubt about the precise target of the still-forming movement to remove the city’s statues and monuments honoring Confederate leaders, that was dispelled Tuesday, June 20, as more than 300 people gathered at Bruce Elementary School.

TECHNOLOGY

Many Businesses Not Prepared for Cyber Attacks

While most local businesses believe a cyber attack or hack could significantly impact their bottom lines, many are not adequately prepared, according to a recent survey by SunTrust Bank.

HEALTH CARE

Former St. Francis CEO Now Teaching at CBU

Dave Archer has never followed a prearranged plan for his career. The former CEO of St. Francis Hospital has always taken the next step, whatever that next step is, on faith.

LAW & THE COURTS

County Commission Reviews Juvenile Court Moves as Monitors Say Issues Remain

The call to end a 5-year-old U.S. Justice Department memorandum of agreement governing conditions and due process at Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court goes before a group Wednesday, June 2, that has consistently had a lot of questions about the court.

Lawmakers: Talk, Action On Crime Don’t Match

State Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris of Memphis says some of the rhetoric about criminal justice reform – not locking up as many nonviolent offenders for longer sentences – doesn’t match the push for legislation in Nashville.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Harris: Norris Law On Immigration Status Sends Negative Signal

NASHVILLE – State Sen. Lee Harris is criticizing a new law sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris enabling state judges to consider a convict’s immigration status during sentencing.

Vaughan Wins State House District 95 Seat

Collierville school board member Kevin Vaughan is the newest member of the Shelby County delegation to the Tennessee Legislature.

REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT

Former MAA veteran wants to use expertise to build a better city

After wrapping up a successful career spanning three decades with an empty nest on the horizon, most people are ready to ride off into the sunset and enjoy a relaxing retirement, but James Maclin was never like most people.

Downtown Core Attracting More Corporate Tenants

Hamida Mandani, who with her husband Sunny owns City Market at the corner of Main Street and Union Avenue, is anticipating lots of potential new customers soon for her small grocery and deli enterprise.

Ole Miss Buys Baptist Hospital in $22 Million Deal

2301 S. Lamar Blvd., Oxford, MS 38655 -
Ole Miss is buying Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi for $22 million, the university announced Thursday, June 15.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Cooper-Young Residents Seek Historic Designation

In many ways, the intersection of Cooper Street and Young Avenue operates as the cultural heart of Midtown. But while it certainly possesses the eclectic mix of bohemian overtones, century-old homes and vibrant entertainment centers that define Midtown, there is one element that separates the historically hip neighborhood from sister subdivisions – historical preservation status from the Memphis Landmarks Commission.

MEDIA

Commercial Appeal Will Seek New Office In Memphis With Digital Capabilities

The Commercial Appeal announced Monday, June 19, that it will be putting its iconic 495 Union Ave. property on the market and will begin the search for a new location.

POLITICS

Boyd Talks Gaps In Higher Ed During Whitehaven Stop

Republican contender for governor Randy Boyd says there is a gap in the state’s Tennessee Promise plan and its reality.

Pardue, Benjamin Claim Seats at Arlington Filing Deadline

One of the four races for alderman in Arlington this September was decided at the Thursday, June 15, noon deadline for candidates to file, as was one of the three school board races.

THE TIPPING POINT

Riar Connects Memphis via Radio Waves

Ask Kiran Riar – settling in for a rainy Sunday afternoon shift on the air at Q107.5 – what got her into the radio business, and the answer might surprise you.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Made By Project Generates New Ideas And Goals to Support Memphis Makers

A new business plan competition and a nine-week cohort program are the first two recommendations to come out of a plan in support of Shelby County’s Made By Project, an effort to understand the needs and goals of “makers,” artisans and micro-manufacturers in Memphis and Shelby County.

SPORTS

For Memphis AD Bowen, Knowledge is Also Worry

Among the items on Tom Bowen’s desk are a miniature University of Memphis football helmet and a Tubby Smith bobblehead that, I swear, gives off a “don’t worry, be happy” vibe.

Bowen Relishes Passion of Tigers’ Fan Base, Supports Tubby

Today we delve into Part 2 of our interview with University of Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen. If you missed Part 1, which covered his background, facilities upgrades, the upcoming football season, and scheduling and ticketing, go to https://bitly.im/JsafZ.

Stanley Cup Run Makes State Sports History List

Time and again during the recent Stanley Cup Final, people asked the rhetorical question: Is this the greatest moment in Nashville sports history?

‘Desire to be the Best’ Prompts Coleman’s Jump to Pros

Three years after starting his Tennessee career, Christian Coleman has reached the pinnacle of collegiate sprinting and is ready for his next challenge.

Tigers’ Jimario Rivers Has Head Start On Doing the Dirty Work

When Josh Pastner recruited Jimario Rivers from Southwest Tennessee Community College, the University of Memphis coach envisioned him as a small forward who could play some at the four.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

In Midst of Changes, ArchInc Becomes Woman-Owned Biz

The Memphis-based architecture firm formerly known as Architecture Inc. is in the midst of some major changes. The 23-year-old firm has rebranded as ArchInc; promoted Valentina Puppione Cochran to president and majority shareholder; and added preservation architect and urban designer Charles “Chooch” Pickard as a partner.

SNAPSHOT

Snapshot: Hall for Hoops

Work is winding down on Traditions Hall, the main entrance to the University of Memphis' new men's basketball training facility. The room will have trophies and other memorabilia recognizing the history of success of the men's basketball program. The 58,000-square-foot basketball center will include new practice courts, an academic support center and enhanced weight and training facilities. It is scheduled to open in October.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

My American Story

Don't call me Cherokee, just call me Leif. As a kid, I was told I was part Native American on my mother’s side – probably Cherokee, they said, maybe Chickasaw. My mother, my aunt and my uncles weren’t sure which and how much and my grandmother wasn’t talking, but one look at any of them or at me or my children with our profiles of various 1950s Pontiac hood ornaments leaves little doubt and more is more likely than less.

Estate Planning – It’s Not Just Taxes

Ray’s Take: Many people think estate planning is only for the super wealthy, but that’s not the case. Do you have a home? Children or grandchildren? Elderly parents? Bank accounts or other assets? If you have any of these, you need an estate plan. And it’s about more than just taxes.

Called To Faithfulness, Not Success

If there was ever anyone who had a saintly solution to the ordinary trials of life, however grave, it was Mother Teresa.

Empower Your Frontline Employees to Avoid PR Crises

Over the last few months, there have been a number of PR gaffes within the airline industry, most of which stemmed from an interaction between a customer and an airline’s frontline employee(s). We can’t help but wonder how different the outcome could have been if the airline employees were empowered to provide a more plausible solution, rather than sticking to the rigid rules and regulations of corporate policy.

3 Tips for A Successful Interview

Interviewing is hard work. If you're currently looking for something new, you know that finding a job is a job. From preparing your favorite suit to revising your resume to networking and rounds of interviews – there are times it feels like it will never end. It can be tough to keep your head above water with your existing role while you're balancing your life and your job search. To ensure you're making the most out of every interview, do these three things.

Marketing Folks Should Try Thinking Like a CEO

Many marketing professionals have found themselves at odds with their CEO, whether they are not on the same page, have competing priorities or have a different version of success. The same often holds true for marketing agencies and their clients’ leadership teams. The divide can be painful and, for some, impossible to bridge.

Expand Father’s Day With Nonprofit Giving

We need more than a day to celebrate Father’s Day. It’s just gone too soon. It’s one Sunday and then we are back to the every day. Let’s expand Father’s Day by increasing its impact. We can do this by choosing to give to organizations that support boys, young men and fathers. Your gift would touch lives and expand a father’s loving care across Memphis and the country.

Creating That Headspace

Some notes from Panos Panay, Berklee College of Music, that your organization can absorb in seeking to innovate.

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PROPERTY SALES 98 440 10,282
MORTGAGES 129 503 12,017
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