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VOL. TMN-6 | NO. 50 | Saturday, December 7, 2013
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Soulful Synergy

Museum, music academy, school creating sweet sounds in Soulsville

What happened at the corner of McLemore Avenue and College Street in the 1960s is nothing short of extraordinary.

Editorial: Soulsville’s Progress Right Direction for City

Much has happened since our last cover story on Soulsville in October 2012, and much remains to be done.

EMPHASIS Distribution & Logistics

Looking Upward

Turbulence at Memphis International Airport paves way for clearer skies in 2014

The facelift of Memphis International Airport has continued throughout 2013 despite peaks and valleys for the airport’s passenger business.

Lake to Put Logistics Savvy to Use for Memphis World Trade Club

Don Lake, vice president of international operations for Dunavant Logistics Group, will add another accomplishment to an already impressive and diverse logistics resume.

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Beth Sholom Synagogue will present Acoustic Sunday Live!, featuring Jesse Winchester, Mary Gauthier, Amy LaVere and John Paul Keith, Sunday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. at the synagogue, 6675 Humphreys Blvd. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Buy tickets at bsholom.org.

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Diversification Leads to Growth for Blue Sky Couriers

Blue Sky Couriers is enjoying steady growth over the past several years thanks to geographic expansion and diversification of its services.


CTSI Stays Competitive by Adapting to Client Needs

It might take a freight train to hold all of the services offered by CTSI-Global, the Memphis-based global supplier of supply chain management expertise and technology to the logistics industry.


December 6-December 12: This week in Memphis history

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.

BizChair Leases Olive Branch Distribution Space

BizChair.com, an Internet retailer that specializes in selling chairs and furniture for offices, schools, restaurants, medical facilities, and homes, has inked a lease for around 382,500 square feet at 8631 Polk Lane, inside Olive Branch Distribution Center in Olive Branch, Miss.

First Horizon Stresses Patience to Investors

The business of banking isn’t exactly a picnic at the moment for a company like First Horizon National Corp., which has made big strides toward lowering its risk profile but continues to see lower near-term profitability than it would like.

Wolf River Greenway Part of Transportation Funding

Plans for a fifth leg of the Wolf River Greenway in North Memphis are getting $271,305 in state funding awarded through the local Metropolitan Planning Organization.

Traffic Concerns Delay Germantown Whole Foods

The development team behind a proposed Whole Foods store in Germantown is going back to the drawing board after some neighbors expressed concerns about the project, particularly over traffic.

Legal Ease

Law firms reduce real estate needs as industry evolves

Earlier this year, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC renewed its lease at the First Tennessee Building Downtown.

Crosstown Funding Mix of Local, State and Federal

The $15 million in funding Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration put together as the last piece of financing for the Sears Crosstown building redevelopment is not just a combination of state and federal grant money.

AutoZone Park Terms Move Into Focus

The St. Louis Cardinals would pay the city of Memphis $300,000 a year for 17 years to use AutoZone Park, and the major league franchise’s front office would operate AutoZone Park for the city through a limited liability corporation owned by the St. Louis Cardinals during that time.

Roland Calls for Probe of Missing Schools Inventory

Shelby County Commissioner Terry Roland is calling for a special meeting of the Shelby County Commission this month to talk with Shelby County Schools officials about the recent external audit of the school system that couldn’t account for $48.4 million in school system property and equipment.

Agape Celebrates Young ‘Pictures of Hope’ Artists

Agape Child & Family Services celebrated 14 young photographers Tuesday, Dec. 3, unveiling the Pictures of Hope holiday cards based on the children’s missive to capture their dreams on camera. The celebration and unveiling were part of Agape’s second-annual Meet the Young Artist holiday party, held at Chuck Hutton Chevrolet in East Memphis.

Council’s Ire at Wharton Timing Grows

It is a political constant in life at City Hall for Memphis City Council members to complain that they get critical information much too late in the decision-making process and then are pressured by the mayor to make a decision then and there.

‘Tremendous Success’

Youth Villages’ Transitional Living program helping at-risk children

Melissa Howard, 20, is an accounting major at the University of Memphis.

Rayne Named Vice President at Chamber

Changes at the Greater Memphis Chamber keep coming.

Leadership Selections Next for Suburban School Boards

For five of the six municipal schools boards that began taking office this week, their only formal involvement in the talks that led to agreements on school buildings and ending the federal lawsuit that threatened to hold up their start dates was to approve the agreements already negotiated.

Commission Debates Pay for County Offices

Shelby County Commissioners appear to have another deadlock similar to the one that spilled over from 2011 into 2012 on drawing new district lines for the 13-member body.

Lauries’ Gift Critical to University Campaign

The new Loewenberg School of Nursing on the University of Memphis’ Park Avenue campus is already taking shape as 2013 comes to an end.

Leggett Joins Electronic Security Specialists

Electronic Security Specialists, the largest electronic security provider in the Mid-South, is growing its operations with the addition of Wayne Leggett as new vice president and security sales specialist.

Delivering Memphis

Airport seasonal concerts add local flavor to terminal

The school groups and local musicians who’ve serenaded visitors to Memphis International Airport in recent weeks are part of a broader plan to create a memorable travel experience at the airport.

Needs of Homeless Change During Holidays

The needs of the homeless and the hungry rise in prominence during the holidays.

Living Well Network Battles Depression in the Mid-South

The Dennis H. Jones Living Well Network and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare are seeing increased activity in the second year of helping people navigate depression, stress and the challenges of life.

Sources: AutoZone Park Price ‘South of $24 Million’

The price tag for the city of Memphis to acquire AutoZone Park would be “south of $24 million,” according to two sources familiar with the negotiations.

Economic Gardening Trial Program Helps Companies Kick Start Growth

Tioga Environmental Consultants is a Memphis-based company founded in 2009 that’s been growing fast in certain service areas.

School Board Questions Teacher Residency

One of the coming debates about education reform in Shelby County will be about the role of teacher residency programs in preparing future Shelby County Schools system teachers.

Robertson to Retire National Civil Rights Museum Post

Beverly Robertson, president of the National Civil Rights Museum for 16 of its 22 years, will guide the institution through its first major renovation that debuts in March and will retire from the museum’s leadership in July.


Grizz Bigs Taking Advantage of Opportunity

Not so long ago, forward Ed Davis entering a Grizzlies game cued a barrage of negative tweets and even a few scattered boos.

All Signs Point to Breakthrough for ‘Josh’



Urban Planner Whitehead Drawn to City Lights

As planning director for the Memphis & Shelby County Office of Planning and Development, Josh Whitehead wears the hat of a mediator – a facilitator of wishes among government, private business, developers and citizens.


Silva Strikes Right Chord With Immigration Practice

Tony Silva with Donati Law Firm LLP grew up in Nashville and with a background in music. He left the Music City for the University of Memphis as a classical performance major, with plans to become a performer and professor. He would go on to receive bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in music performance in classical piano before taking a turn towards law.


Meadows Appointed to State Dentistry Board

Dr. Dan T. Meadows has been appointed to the Tennessee Board of Dentistry by Gov. Bill Haslam. Meadows, who has a private practice on Walnut Grove Road, will serve as the Rotating Dentist member through June 2016.


Mid-South Food Bank Buys Oakhaven Warehouse

3834 Knight Road, Memphis, TN 38118, Sale Amount: $3.6 million -
Mid-South Food Bank has paid $3.6 million for the 122,496-square-foot warehouse at 3834 Knight Road in Oakhaven.


Tiny Bag to Big Box


Communication Key to Successful Acquisitions

The responsible parties have done their parts – the accountants have certified the numbers, the lawyers have drawn up the contracts and the publicists have prepared a glowing press release. The buyer can already envision the return on investment and the seller is making plans for a new beach house. What could possibly go wrong?

What If You Need Money – Fast?

Ray’s Take Sometimes bad things happen. Despite careful financial planning you can simply hit something you’re not prepared for. The fact is no matter how well you plan for financial security, something outside of your control can happen and threaten your plan, your lifestyle, and potentially your solvency.

Unwanted Calls Follow-Up

A few weeks ago, I began a column with “Harassing phone calls. What other term would fit?” And ended said column with a plea for help. Viewer mail came pouring in.

Ensure 2014 Plan Delivers

Tired of chasing your proverbial tail in the quest for a sales and marketing plan that actually delivers? First acknowledge that a silver bullet rarely exists. The solution, while not particularly sexy, can and will deliver provided you trust the process and avoid the temptation to skip steps along the way.

How Do You Count Your Money?

A cornerstone of successful nonprofit fundraising is trust. While there are many reasons to give, there are also reasons why people, foundations and corporations do not give. One reason is a lack of trust: donors and funders don’t trust the nonprofit to use the funds for the stated purpose. Here are some suggestions to help ensure your institution or organization retains a high level of trust from current and prospective donors.

Listening: The Hardest Part

For many in the innovation field, the hardest task is listening – real listening, deep listening. To listen without building a mental model or rushing to a conclusion is a cultivated skill.

Finding Vision for the Future

It is said that the future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious. I have met more than a few of these visionaries right here in Memphis on my radio show Seize the Day (KWAM 990, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesdays).

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