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VOL. TMN-6 | NO. 20 | Saturday, May 11, 2013
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International Interaction

Memphis in May connects city with world, creates economic boom

Memphians and out-of-towners are gathering Downtown throughout this month to hear the stirring sounds of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, savor the product of competitive barbecue cooking and watch major touring acts rock the stages at Tom Lee Park.

Editorial: Memphis in May Events Still Deliver

Watching the evolution of the Memphis in May International Festival, it is easy to lose sight of who is in the crowds by the river with us.

Emphasis: Construction & Design

Core Focus

Downtown Memphis sees construction crews return

The Great Recession silenced construction crews throughout the Memphis area, and that was especially evident Downtown, where ambitious, skyline-changing projects were put on hold, reconfigured or scrapped altogether.

Construction Lending Still Facing Tepid Improvement

As the economy starts to rebound, local lenders like Magna Bank, First Tennessee Bank and Renasant Bank are seeing moderate improvement in activity for new commercial and residential construction projects, and competition is intensifying to land deals.

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Inman Keeps Construction Business Running Strong

Page Inman had no intention of joining the family construction business, but 20 years and a couple $40 million construction jobs later, he has no regrets.

Unique Projects Bolster Zellner in Rough Times

Zellner Construction Services LLC is a third-generation commercial construction company that has built a solid reputation for quality over quantity.

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May 10-16: This week in Memphis history

2011: The Mississippi River at Memphis crested at 48 feet, the highest level since the all- time record 1937 flooding on the river at Memphis of 48.7 feet. Large crowds of Memphians came to the riverfront the weekend before the crest to snap photos and see for themselves the river at the highest level many had ever seen in their lives. Greenbelt Park on Mud Island, which normally floods during the spring, was closed by the city as the muddy water rose to the paved walkway on the west side of Island Road. The river waters invaded the Riverwalk model on Mud Island as well. And the Memphis in May International Barbecue Cooking Contest was moved from the park to Tiger Lane at the Fairgrounds.

Dream Home

St. Jude raffles $475,000 Eads house for fundraiser

Mid-South residents have a chance to view a rising neighborhood in Eads – and possibly win a home – while helping children fight cancer.

Memphis Not Alone in Losing Flights

Memphis residents won’t be surprised by the findings of a new study that shows a drastic reduction in air service at small and medium-sized U.S. airports in the last six years.

Mortgages Near $107 Million in April

From where he sits, Renaissance Realty’s Jeff Jenkins is optimistic that 2013 will be a fruitful one for the local real estate industry.

Danish Manufacturer Roxul Brings Facility to Byhalia

Just a few feet beyond the Tennessee-Mississippi state line past the Fayette County line on U.S. 72 is the turn onto Cayce Road in Byhalia and what is soon to be the first U.S. plant of the Danish company Roxul Inc.

Industrial, East Memphis Office Sectors Bolster CRE

The local commercial real estate market is a tale of two sectors, with the industrial sector showing signs of improvement while the overall office sector – outside the prized East Memphis submarket – continues to struggle through the first three months of the year, according to recent reports.

Celebrating Rails

National Train Day rare opportunity for Memphians

More railroad passengers boarded and stepped off Amtrak trains at Memphis Central Station in 2012 as travelers turned to trains amid higher gas prices and improved rail reliability.

Police Budget Passes Early Council Test

The Memphis City Council’s budget committee approved the largest budget for any single city division Tuesday, May 7.

African-American TV Station Broadens Presence

A new set of programming on Comcast Channel 31 geared toward Memphis’ African-American community is continuing to broaden its presence in the city.

Ruling Affects Tennessee Open Records Law

The Tennessee Open Records Law is one of several state laws upheld in a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling for its limitations on requests for public records by those who live outside of the state in question.

City Council OKs School Funding Talks

The newest front in the move to the schools merger in less than two months is an old legal claim that continues to pop up as the countywide school board looks for any new funding it can secure.

Parking Permit

Plans for Cooper-Young garage gaining momentum

The first elected official to drop hints about a Cooper-Young parking garage was Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr., who is frequently seen in the restaurants in the district on Saturday mornings or mid-afternoon.

Commission Evades Gun Control Fray

From time to time, Shelby County Commissioners hear the siren political call of national issues and movements.

Tennessee Named Top Choice for Retirement

Retirees considering where to spend their golden years might want to consider Tennessee.

Methodist, Local Churches Unite to Serve Community

A unique faith-based partnership between Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and more than 500 of the area’s churches has been lauded nationally by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a model for addressing health care disparities and preventing and managing chronic diseases.

Promoting Play

Construction progressing at Overton Park’s Rainbow Lake Playground

Work crews with ViktorHall Construction have been wrapping up some extensive site work needed to renovate the area of Overton Park that houses the Rainbow Lake Playground.

Hopson Says Merger Not Reason for Staff Cuts

The interim superintendent of Shelby County’s two public school systems says staffing changes at some schools to start with the first school year of the merger aren’t as draconian as they could have been.

Shorb: Increased Care Comes With Need for Lower Costs

In increasing access to care and outcomes, health care organizations in Memphis and elsewhere in the nation need to find innovative solutions to bring down the cost of providing care, Gary Shorb, president and CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, said in a speech to industry leaders at the University Club earlier this month.

Barbecue Bible

Memphis institution Corky’s publishes cookbook

For 29 years, Corky’s Ribs & Bar-B-Q has been serving up pulled pork and ribs with a side of beans, slaw and innovation.

Alexander Denounces Device Tax

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said he’d push to repeal a tax that levies an extra 2.3 percent on the sales of medical devices, saying the tax makes it harder for medical device makers to hire new employees.

Couple Moves to Memphis to Launch Startup

Pam and Tom Cooper are the co-founders of Boosterville, a Memphis-based startup with an app that helps school fundraisers raise money by connecting them with local businesses.


Grizzlies Must Maintain ‘Thirsty Dog’ Mentality

As the Grizzlies’ series with the Oklahoma City Thunder shifted to Memphis for Game 3 on Saturday, May 11, the Grizzlies found themselves in much better position than during the Clippers’ series.

Memphis Means Grizzlies – Got It?

It’s funny the things you take for granted when you’re in the middle of them. Like, well, everything connected to this thrilling Grizzlies playoff run, including the characters and the language that have become part of the city’s core.

Memphis Standout

Family’s Values Led Bradshaw to Life’s Mission

Fittingly, Kenya Bradshaw can trace her life’s mission back to her childhood and a family that valued public service.

Memphis Law Talk

Path to Law Career Began Early for McLaughlin

Julie McLaughlin has worked her way up the legal ladder for much her life.

Memphis Newsmakers

Rhodes Honors Gray for Outstanding Research

Dr. Patrick Gray, an associate professor in Rhodes College’s department of religious studies, has received the college’s Clarence Day Award for Outstanding Research. Gray’s research centers on biblical studies, specifically the history and literature of early Christianity and the Greco-Roman context.

Real Estate Recap

Whole Foods Files Permit for Expansion

5014 Poplar Ave. Memphis, TN 38117

Small Business Spotlight

Earles’ Company Helps Homeowners ‘From A to Z’

Working as a Realtor for the first 19 years of her career, Paige Earles learned the value of home staging.

Local Columnists

Grizz Buzz

A ROUND OF APPLAUSE. “You need to do next week’s column on the Grizz,” the email from a regular reader opened.

Nurturing Social Capital

“Trusting relationships and reflection/rejuvenation are required for building strong networks and collaborations.”

Wise Investors Know to Avoid Distractions

Ray’s Take Hopefully you have a financial plan to guide you to your goals, whether they are college for the kids, a vacation home or a secure retirement. However, one of the key indicators as to whether you will be able to achieve those goals is your ability to avoid distractions from your plan.

Market Myopia: Blame the SWOT

Why do leaders miss seeing sweeping global trends that are about to broadside them? I put a big part of the blame on the standard SWOT analysis used in strategic planning –Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. It’s time to update this methodology.

Assumptions That Cost You Sales

Good sales professionals are subject matter experts on the products and services they sell. This expertise inevitably creates a few blind spots. When you feel like you’ve seen it all – every prospect response, motivation and objection – it’s easy to occasionally jump to the wrong conclusion. Ensure bad assumptions don’t deter your selling efforts by watching out for the following most common.

Both Sides Win in ‘Battle of the Brains’

If you have ever engaged someone in a discussion about left- and right-brain thinking they almost always take a side. Sometimes it seems that the two sides are incompatible and unbending in their view of how one should see the world. The right-brain people are typically labeled “creative” and “artistic” with a unique ability to see things intuitively and as a whole. The left-brain people are “analytical” and “detail oriented” utilizing linear process and logic to solve problems.

Engaging Employees in the Community

This week, let us extend the Giving Back conversation by exploring ways that a company can provide incentives to encourage employees to volunteer with nonprofits and get more engaged in the community.

Creating Continuity of Operation Plan

Part two of a two-part series Emergencies and disasters are unthinkable everyday occurrences. Some big, some small. They impact us as individuals, families, communities and sometimes as a nation.

Go Ahead, Make Someone’s Day

Many years ago when I began my career with a national CPA firm I was quickly bombarded with information related to numerous firm policies and procedures. I was told about everything including when to show up for work and which color pencil to use. I’m not kidding about the pencil choosing policy.

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