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VOL. TMN-6 | NO. 33 | Saturday, August 10, 2013
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Learning Curve

Shelby County Schools begins new era as unified district

When the first day of the first school year of the unified county school system opened Monday, Aug. 5, a group of school board members, staff and interim superintendent Dorsey Hopson stopped at Millington Middle School.

Editorial: School Year Signals New Education Era

For those hoping the opening of the school year would be the end of the turbulence in public education in Shelby County, we have bad news.


August 9-15, 2013: This week in Memphis history

2010: Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. announced Tobey Park would be the site for the city’s first neighborhood skatepark. The $440,000 project was completed and opened in November 2011.

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Commission Calls Special Meeting on School Board Vacancy

Shelby County Commission chairman Mike Ritz has called a special meeting of the body for Wednesday, Aug. 14, to set a timetable for filling a vacancy on the countywide school board.


Tunica hosts second annual Balloon Bash this weekend

Hot-air balloonists will take to the Tunica skies this weekend as the second annual Tunica Balloon Bash is planned at five sponsoring Tunica casinos.

Funding Cut Has MATA at Crossroads

The city’s bus system isn’t out of the woods yet.

Boyle Sells More Lots at Spring Creek Ranch

After an initial offering went so well earlier this year, a group of area homebuilders has acquired 17 more lots at The Village at Spring Creek Ranch from Boyle Investment Co.

EDGE Approves Incentives for Wright Medical

Arlington-based Wright Medical Group Inc. is one step closer to relocating its headquarters to Memphis.

Pennington Chosen to Lead Boys & Girls Clubs

Just in time for the start of the new school year, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis has announced a change in executive leadership, as chief financial officer Larry Pennington has been chosen as acting CEO on an interim basis. He replaces Vincent Borello, who resigned as president and CEO to pursue other opportunities.

Mays’ Ruling to Impact Future Schools Talks

The political stakes were high for some on the Shelby County Commission.

Grass-Roots Growth

Cooper-Young continues to flourish organically

From where Tamara Cook sits, the future of the Cooper-Young Historic District looks as bright as it’s ever been.

Attorney General Reopens Nineteenth Century Club Review

The state attorney general has reopened a review of the sale of the Nineteenth Century Club property on Union Avenue just as efforts by current and former club members to challenge the sale face a critical Monday fundraising deadline.

FedEx Manager Wins Initial Victory in Equal Pay Suit

A Memphis-area FedEx project manager won an initial victory on Tuesday, Aug. 6, in her lawsuit against FedEx Corp. that accuses the shipping giant of failing to provide equal pay after she took over the job responsibilities of a male colleague.

Design Review Board Approves Downtown Guidelines

The Downtown Memphis Commission Design Review Board approved Wednesday, Aug. 7, new design guidelines for Downtown.

Industrial Developments International Sold to Canadian Company

Canada-based Brookfield Property Partners LP is acquiring Industrial Developments International Inc. from the U.S. subsidiary of Kajima Corp. for $1.1 billion.

Team Effort

Multidisciplinary approach helps lower area’s infant mortality rate

A decade ago, about 15 out of every 1,000 infants born in Shelby County were dying before the age of 1 – one of the worst rates in the U.S., and worse than in many developing countries.

Sales Tax Hike Goes to City Voters

For months, political forces have been gathering to make the case for a half percent hike in the city sales tax rate that would fund a city administered pre-kindergarten program.

Memphis Demolition Moratorium Delayed

A plan by some on the Memphis City Council to declare a four-month moratorium on all demolitions of Memphis properties on the National Register of Historic Places was put off this week after questions about the legality of the moratorium.

RISE Foundation Goal Card Program Changing Lives

Editor’s Note: Part of a series about the “Our Children. Our Success.” campaign. The RISE Foundation is a nonprofit that’s trying to change young lives incrementally, with a mix of incentives and mentorship, in a program that’s focused for the moment on the 38126 ZIP code but which may grow beyond that soon.

School Board Vacancy Collides With Redistricting

Shelby County Commissioners have scrapped a plan to fill a vacancy on the countywide school board for now because it comes close to the Sept. 1 conversion of the 23-member school board to a smaller group.

Front Porch Art Connects Artists With Public

When Caitlin Horton and her husband, Kennedy, first moved to Memphis, it was in Midtown where they chose to make their home.

New Space

Amurica photo studio to open Crosstown storefront

When Jamie Harmon formally throws open the doors to the first storefront for his Amurica photo studio – later this month, if all goes according to plan – fans of his quirky, trinket-filled photo booth will have somewhere permanent they can visit.

Historic School Year Opening Has Familiar Look

Germantown High School principal Ted Horrell warned a busload of school board members, staff and interim superintendent Dorsey Hopson that they were about to see some confusion on his campus.

Memphis Considers Options for Raleigh Springs Mall

The city of Memphis is considering acquiring the Raleigh Springs Mall site as part of a civic-driven effort to revive the former retail hub.

Business Leaders Say Tax Incentive Process is Tough

It still takes too long to make a deal to move a business to Memphis with tax incentives, but without them, Memphis can’t compete with tax rates in other cities in the Southeast U.S., according to two local business leaders.

LaVere Stays Busy in Preparation of New Album

Memphis-based musician Amy LaVere’s third solo album, “Runaway’s Diary,” won’t be released until early next year, but the songwriter, bassist and vocalist has a few summer projects that should keep anxious fans satisfied.


Optimism Reigns as Tigers Prep for Season

There is no reliable way to determine if a losing football program is on the precipice of becoming a winning football program. If there was, we’d all be getting rich betting the games.

Countdown Begins for Grizzlies Tip-Off

Are you ready for some basketball?


Anderson Embarks on New Chapter in Education Career

With the first semester of the newly consolidated Shelby County Schools in full swing this week, all eyes are on this mammoth system and what it might mean, if anything, for education’s progress, efficiency and reform in the Mid-South.


Salomon Helps Clients Navigate Estate Planning

For Jason Salomon, an attorney with the trusts estate and personal planning service team of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP, the kinetic needs of his clients and the challenges turned into opportunities keep him involved and excited on a daily basis.


FBI Promotes McCall to Special Agent in Charge

A. Todd McCall has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Memphis division, one of the bureau’s 56 field offices nationwide. McCall, who most recently served as chief of the digital forensics and analysis section in the Operational Technology Division, is now responsible for the management and oversight of more than 200 personnel and all investigative matters under the FBI’s jurisdiction spanning from Memphis to Cookeville, Tenn.


Building Permit Filed for Volvo of Memphis

7910 Trinity Road, Cordova, TN 38018, Permit Cost: $2.3 million -
The ownership group of Volvo of Memphis has filed a $2.3 million building permit for the company’s new dealership at 7910 Trinity Road in Cordova.


I Say Again, Grow Up

IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT THE CHILDREN. THEY’RE IN CHARGE. I should thank the city council for this opportunity to repeat a column instead of come up with something new. With these folks, it’s the same old stuff. I wrote the gist of this two years ago when we were three years in arrears paying our school children the $57.4 million we owe them.

Execs: Feed Yourself First

So many new business ventures die on the vine. Statistics vary, and we’ll keep the details of the debate to a minimum here. Let’s say that 1 in 20 make it. Let’s define the “Making It” as either having a profitable company after five years of existence or selling to a larger firm for a wealth-creating sum.

Value Your Time

Ray’s Take Time is one resource that can’t be reclaimed. While you can regain lost investments and recycle natural resources, once time has passed it is gone forever. In our youth, we trade it for money. As we get older we realize we can’t trade our money back for time. Unfortunately, people are inclined to regularly undervalue one of the scarcest assets around – time.

Cuckoo History of ‘Cuckoo’s Calling’

As I understand it, “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” a first-fiction item by one Robert Galbraith (not the retired doctor from Little Rock) was released last April. With generally positive reviews springing forth, 3,000 or so copies had been sold in England and the U.S. by early July. And then …

Seek Holy Grail of Sales World: Inbound Leads

Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series. Inbound leads are deemed by many as the Holy Grail of the sales world. These prospects likely have an immediate need for what you’re selling, which is why they typed the keywords into Google or read the blog post that ultimately led them to you.

Better Way to Measure Employee Happiness

Many CEOs think they can keep an eye on morale with annual employee survey, but that is like driving your car by only looking in the rearview mirror. By the time you get the results, most of the “accidents” have already happened: Grumpy employees have alienated good customers, incompetent managers have killed productivity and the best talent has left for the competition. You need to measure employee happiness daily or weekly.

Investors, Hang in There

March 6, 2009, was a dark day in the investment world. The S&P 500 reached an intra-day level of 666 (no, that number is not a typo), as the pains of a prolonged and severe recession had swelled to a genuine concern of a pending economic depression.

Can’t Sell What You Don’t Know

Part one of a two-part interview with Mike Bruns. Mike Bruns possesses the characteristics of an ideal board member: deeply engaged with the organizations he supports, generous as a donor, and he treats his nonprofit involvement with the same seriousness he applies to business ventures.

There’s No Such Thing as Time Management

Yes, I am being a bit nit-picky, but as the title states there is no such thing as time management. Time flows in a forward direction and does not respond to any human attempts to manage it. Therefore, time management strategies are, pardon the pun, a waste of time.

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