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VOL. TMN-6 | NO. 25 | Saturday, June 15, 2013
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Birthrights

Rise of C-sections has mothers, hospitals examining delivery processes

As Deidra Stephens Clark’s due date approached, she made a straightforward birth plan that included a vaginal birth, an epidural for pain relief and her desire to breastfeed immediately after birth.

Editorial: C-Section Rise Speaks to Other Concerns

More than a third of the babies born in 2011 at the 69 hospitals that deliver babies in Tennessee were born by cesarean section, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.

EMPHASIS Architects & Engineers

‘Lean and Mean’

Memphis architecture industry emerging from depths of recession

Architectural firms that were thrown into a deep, dark hole following the Great Recession are finally starting to see light again.

Engineers Surviving by Shifting to Market Needs

Engineering firms are still dealing with an up-and-down economy, one that seems to fly high at times and another that slows almost to a halt.

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New U of M Engineering Dean Targets Growth

Dr. Richard Sweigard, who took the helm on June 1 as the new dean of the Herff College of Engineering at the University of Memphis, believes strongly in the importance and value of engineering education.

Self-Tucker Focused on Designs to Inspire

Self-Tucker Architects wants to lift the aspirations of the community through great architecture and design.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

June 14-20: This week in Memphis history

2012: The project to build a pedestrian and bicycle boardwalk on the Harahan rail bridge across the Mississippi River won a $15 million grant from the U.S Department of Transportation. The key to winning the TIGER grant – Transportation Investment Generation Economic Recovery – from the Obama administration was to combine the boardwalk with a separate application for funding to upgrade Main Street from Uptown to the South Main district including the Main Street Mall.

Inspiration, Not Imitation

Virginia educator preaches value of different teaching models

The superintendent of the Albemarle County, Va., school system told a group of educators in Memphis this week she is concerned U.S. schools are too based on an outdated 20th century industrial model.

Council Faces Pressure in Financial Crisis

The Memphis City Council is caught between hints of a state takeover of city finances and the possibility of a lawsuit by most, if not all, of the city’s municipal labor unions in a fiscal crisis that is also evolving into a significant labor dispute.

City’s Latest Dishcrawl Comes Downtown

Memphians have proven to be hungry for the dish crawl concept – a way for foodies to explore multiple restaurants in one night.

MAA: Merger Means Modest Job Growth

MAA expects modest job growth in Memphis from its merger with Colonial Properties Trust and believes its current headquarters can absorb any new employees that may arrive.

Lifeblood Works to Ensure Summer Blood Supply

Growing up, David Wiemar can remember his father answering the phone in the middle of the night to go donate blood at the local children’s hospital in Birmingham, Ala. He’s continued that tradition and also shared it with his son, Charles Wiemar.

The Beat Goes On

SRVS uses The Rhythmic Arts Project to teach life skills

Rosalyn Jeans slowly tapped out the syllables in her first name as she beat the drum in front of her simultaneously with each syllable.

Shelby County Building Permits Increase 5 Percent

Editor's Note: The original story that ran in the June 13 issue of The Daily News contained inaccurate building permit data. The story has been corrected and appears below. The Daily News regrets the error.

MRG Breaks Ground on Schilling Farms Apartment Complex

Memphis-based Makowsky Ringel Greenberg LLC is launching a new apartment community at Schilling Farms.

Old Boundaries Fade as Schools Merger Nears

There is still some power left in the line that separates Memphis City Schools from Shelby County Schools with about two weeks left until the two public school systems formally become one.

Rightful Owner

Martin family again takes control of East Memphis property

Ever since he was a child, Brad Martin, chairman of private investment firm RBM Venture Co. and retired chairman and CEO of Saks Inc., was attracted to the large wooded property at 1023 Cherry Road near Park Avenue in East Memphis.

Morris to Lead Main to Main Project

Downtown Memphis Commission President Paul Morris will become the new project director for the Main Street to Main Street revitalization project that includes a Harahan Bridge boardwalk.

Baptist Integrates Cancer Care With Center

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. broke ground Monday, June 10, on an $84.8 million Cancer Center near the Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis campus that is slated to open mid-2015.

Overton Park Playground Comes With Risk

The new playground near Rainbow Lake in Overton Park features something not seen on modern playgrounds in awhile – a metal merry-go-round or roundabout.

Helping Hands

The Westin’s ‘Memphis to Moore’ event raising money for tornado victims

The Westin Memphis Beale Street Hotel is hosting a bash this week organizers are calling “Memphis to Moore,” an event that will raise money for the rebuilding effort in an Oklahoma community devastated last month by a mile-wide tornado.

Hattiloo Another Step in Square Comeback

The latest milestone in the comeback of Overton Square came the weekend of the Tony Awards in New York City with the groundbreaking for the new Hattiloo Theater.

Shelby County Home Sales Climb 15 Percent

May home sales jumped 15 percent from the same month last year, while the average sales price increased 9 percent.

Hattiloo to Complete Overton Square Comeback

The latest milestone in the comeback of Overton Square came the weekend of the Tony Awards in New York City with the groundbreaking for the new Hattiloo Theater.

Putting On for Their City

Friends turn passion into apparel venture Hoop City Memphis

It started about a year ago, with two friends who wanted some upbeat, fun threads to wear to Memphis Grizzlies and University of Memphis basketball games.

Cozymel’s Site Could Grow in Scope

Now that the old Cozymel’s restaurant has been razed, public documents shed light on what is in store for the Poplar Avenue property.

Sevierville Bank Transferred to First Tennessee

The 12 branches of Mountain National Bank of Sevierville reopened for business at the start of this week under the banner of First Tennessee Bank.

Daily News Seminar Spotlights Financial Hot Topics

Craig Dismuke, the chief economic strategist of Vining Sparks IBG LP, opened his keynote address at The Daily News’ “Money and Markets” seminar Thursday, June 6, with a story that brought some insight into the wisdom that people – often erroneously – ascribe to experts in various fields, including economists.

Luttrell: School Finances Will Continue to Change

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell won an important Shelby County Commission vote last week when the commission approved the $4.38 county property tax rate he recommended.

Strategic Science

On a recent Wednesday afternoon, Memphis high school students guided Frisbee-flinging robots around a large room at Medtronic Spine’s headquarters. The robots were built to compete in FIRST Robotics – For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology – an international high school robotics competition designed to inspire and expose young people to careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

SPORTS

Spotlight on Redbirds as Only Game in Town

A year ago at this time, the Memphis Redbirds were in the midst of a season so bad they were already almost 20 games out of first place. It was, as infielder Ryan Jackson recalled, a “grind.”

Hollins Move Latest In New Grizz Plan

Lionel Hollins repeatedly said more than he should have. So it is only fitting that the end of Hollins’ tenure as coach of the Memphis Grizzlies was marked by deafening silence from franchise CEO Jason Levien and then, finally, a press release saying the franchise was going to “move in a different direction.”

MEMPHIS STANDOUT

ACEC Role Lets Matheny Advocate for Engineers

Harvey Matheny, associate with the Memphis office of Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc. and current president of the Memphis chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee, has seen plenty of changes in the local engineering market over the past several years.

MEMPHIS LAW TALK

Cates Wears Multiple Hats as Litigator, Prosecutor

Taylor Cates, attorney with Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC, describes himself as “an adequate rhythm guitar player.”

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Neal Joins Madison Line Records as Chief Operating Officer

Antonio Neal has joined Madison Line Records, the record label affiliated with Visible Music College, as chief operating officer. Neal – a four-time Gospel Music Association Dove Award winner who has also been nominated for a Grammy Award and four Stellar Gospel Music Awards – will oversee marketing, publishing and day-to-day operations at the label.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Oakhaven Warehouse Sells for $11.3 Million

5155 Citation Drive, Memphis, TN 38118, Sale Amount: $11.3 million -
The 398,992-square-foot warehouse at 5155 Citation Drive in Oakhaven has sold for $11.3 million.

SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Photography Studio Offers ‘More Than Memories’

Allison Rodgers will tell you that the most natural smile occurs going into, and coming out of, a laugh.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

The Costco Connection

MEMPHIS IN COSTCO. Have you ever noticed that what appears to be of a reasonable size in Costco grows in volume and dimension with every mile between Costco and home?

Learn From Insurance Investments

Ray’s Take Insurance companies typically keep a relatively small amount of money in cash in order to pay claims, including a reserve to respond quickly to catastrophes. The rest of their funds they invest for the long term, focusing on options like corporate bonds and real estate holdings.

Glacial Job Creation Equals Glacial Stimulus Reduction

This has been the weakest job recovery on record. The 175,000 new jobs created in May did slightly exceed analyst estimates, but also slightly trailed population growth. The percentage of the U.S. adult population with a job equals 58.6 percent. This number hit 67 percent back in 2000. Adjusting this ratio for the “retirement effect” to only include those aged 25 to 54 increases the rate to 76 percent, but it still hasn’t budged for three years and is 5 percent lower than it was in 2007. This cannot be explained by retirees. Our job creation machine is malfunctioning.

He Said, She Said, Part 2

Finishing what I started last week. More “humorous” quotes. Which I came up with for use in a “new” puzzle-game. And which the editors rejected. That I ultimately came up with 30 deemed acceptable now seems miraculous.

Convert Web Traffic to Sales

Every brand needs a Web presence to survive in the digital age, but how do you know that Web investment is actually performing?

Doing Right is Good Marketing

Here is a short list of rapid cultural changes: Consumer and business databases. Cable. TIVO and DVR. The Internet. Search engines. Satellite radio. Podcasts. Social networks. Blogs. Mobile. The iPhone. Thousands more innovations in beta today.

Room for Improvement?

So it’s time to locate new office space for the changing needs of your business. That may mean adding more space to accommodate growth, downsizing to support a reduction in employees or even rightsizing – as many companies are these days – to reduce space per employee and cut operating expenses.

Speculating About Modern Workplace

Anthropology is the study of humankind. Among other things, anthropologists try to figure out how groups of people have worked together throughout history in ways to increase the odds the group will survive and prosper.

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PROPERTY SALES 57 307 5,073
MORTGAGES 101 483 6,709
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 22 77 1,556
BUILDING PERMITS 0 720 11,979
BANKRUPTCIES 84 341 5,300
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