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VOL. TMN-6 | NO. 38 | Saturday, September 14, 2013
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Prescription for Success

Memphis Medical Center leaders confident in district’s future

It’s been nearly a decade since the Memphis medical community and city leaders teamed up to create a master plan for what they called the Memphis Medical Center.

Editorial: New Medical Landscape Brings Better Opportunities

So many of us drive by the place on Union Avenue where Baptist Memorial Hospital once towered over everything near it and still imagine its iconic shape.

Readmission Reduction

Hospitals work to lower number of Medicare patients readmitted

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis and The Regional Medical Center at Memphis are leading the pack in efforts to reduce patient readmissions with 30 days of hospital stays.

Open Enrollment Approaching for Insurance Exchange

With open enrollment for purchasing health insurance from the federally run Tennessee health insurance exchange set to begin on Oct. 1, local health care organizations are preparing with operational changes and plans for educating patients.

Sci-Fi Moment Sparked Career Ambition for Bell

For many children coming of age in the 1970s and 1980s, a viewing of the “Star Wars” trilogy led to afternoons of battling make-believe Stormtroopers with homemade light sabers in a backyard re-imagined as the Death Star.

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Campbell Clinic Holds True to Founder’s Vision

For more than a century, Campbell Clinic has provided the care for the bones and muscles of Memphis. The clinic’s doctors and other staff also have shared their knowledge of orthopedics and how to best provide such care to the world at large.


This week in Memphis history: September 13-19

1973: Wayne W. Pyeatt assumed the duties of chief executive officer of National Bank of Commerce. He had been president and chief administrative officer. The decision by the bank’s board left Lewis R. McKee as board chairman.


SEC Gaining Reputation as QB Factory

When No. 1 Alabama and No. 6 Texas A&M clash in College Station this Saturday, much of the pre-game hype will fall on the starting quarterbacks. Forget, for a moment, the off-the-field stuff with the Aggies’ Johnny Manziel. Just think about on the field, him running around and making plays, him winning the Heisman Trophy last season as a freshman.

In Due Time, Lynch Will Shine as Tigers QB

To understand the potential impact of redshirt freshman quarterback Paxton Lynch, you have to do two things up front: forget his numbers (for a while) and look at the numbers produced by other Tiger quarterbacks.

Education Reform Leaders

Barbic touts Memphis efforts over Nashville

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson and Achievement School District superintendent Chris Barbic say the education reformation underway locally in Shelby County can lead and influence the national discussion about education reform.

Memphis Economic Indicator Seeks Participants

The end of the third quarter is approaching, which means it’s time once again to hear what members of the local business community have to say about the direction of the economy.

Shelby County Home Sales Trending Upward

Shelby County home sales continued to gain momentum in August, with all key indicators posting double-digit percentage increases over the same month last year.

Mary Carter Decorating Center to Grow, Relocate

A venerable Memphis cake decorating and supply store is moving to a new location on Summer Avenue.

International Paper to Lay Off 1,100 in Alabama Mill Closure

International Paper Co. will close its paper mill in Courtland, Ala., in several stages through the first three months of 2014.

Taste of Australia

Wine Market owner heads Down Under for symposium

When asked where good wine is made, even the teetotaler will come up with an answer of France, Italy or California.

Districts for Low-Performing Schools Make Picks

After one school year watching each other, leaders of the state-run Achievement School District and the countywide school system’s set of Innovation Zone schools got together this summer to compare notes and figure out which low-achieving schools each would take for the 2014-2015 school year.

First Horizon Copes With Customers’ Evolving Needs

First Tennessee Bank will celebrate its 150th birthday in March. Leading up to that milestone, the way the venerable institution’s customers are engaging with its products and services is in the midst of a radical transformation – something that’s been the case for the last few years but the pace of which now is accelerating, the chief executive of the bank’s parent company told analysts this week.

Pared-Down School Board Begins to Set Goals

Countywide school board members began the process Tuesday, Sept. 3, of setting goals and a vision for the one year they will operate as a seven-member body.

AIA Memphis Celebrates Architecture Month

September is Architecture Month in Memphis, and the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) is spearheading a series of tours, lectures, exhibits and special events that explore historic and contemporary architecture and design in Memphis.

Music Outreach

Memphis Symphony Orchestra adds community engagement department

In a nontraditional move for the orchestra industry, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra has formed a dedicated community engagement department, with the goals of educating and enriching the Memphis community with innovative projects and services while at the same time attracting new audience members for the concert hall.

County Commission’s Partisan, Personal Divide Resurfaces

As Shelby County Commissioners were asking some pretty pointed questions Monday, Sept. 9, of those vying for an appointment to the countywide school board, Commissioner Heidi Shafer told Shante Avant, one of the contenders, “We’re not as scary as we seem.”

Nineteenth Century Club Prepares to Fade Away

No matter what happens to the old mansion that has been home to the Nineteenth Century Club for most of the 20th century and all 13 years of the 21st century, the club itself is about to go out of existence.

YES Prep Has Big Plans for Memphis

The Houston charter school operator founded by Chris Barbic, the superintendent of Tennessee’s Achievement School District, has ambitious plans for Memphis.

Creative Crowd

Archer-malmo grows headcount and renovates space

A few weeks ago, the digerati at Memphis-based marketing communications agency archer-malmo were deep into work on a website for one of the firm’s clients.

Carr Brings US Senate Bid to Memphis

Republican state Rep. Joe Carr brought his challenge of incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander to Memphis Saturday, Sept. 7, in the latest of a series of closed meetings with tea party partisans that amount to a tea party primary.

Principal Intervention Teaches Teachers

Talethia Harris sometimes has to intervene at Cromwell Elementary School to have a talk with those whose performance is not showing progress in academic achievement. And the intervention has to be the right mix of compassion and firmness.

Questions Raised About Criminal Justice System

Shelby County’s public defender and the head of the Shelby County Corrections division say courts and prisons are changing and evolving as views about crime and punishment begin to change.

Kyle: Lottery Reserve Should Go to College Completion

State Sen. Jim Kyle of Memphis wants to use some of the surplus funds from the Tennessee lottery to pay for more Tennesseans to resume and complete college.


Shifflett Finds Success as Domino’s Franchisee

When he was a teenager, as happens with teens throughout the country, Jason Shifflett went looking for a job.


Kirby Finds Home With Harris Shelton

When he was in the second grade, Matthew Kirby’s mother was told he needed to either be a lawyer or a preacher.


Bigger Joins TriMetis as Business Development Specialist

Lauren Bigger has joined preclinical services company TriMetis, a subsidiary of Memphis Bioworks Foundation, as a business development specialist. In her new role, Bigger will work with the operations and scientific teams to drive new projects for the TriMetis specialized laboratory and manage the sales and protocol review processes.


Visible Music College Files $3.2 Million Loan

200 Madison Ave., Memphis, TN 38103, Loan Amount: $3.2 million -
Visible Music College has filed a $3.2 million loan on its Downtown campus at 200 Madison Ave.


Stranger Fear

IN FEAR, WE’RE ALL LOST. “When is Mom coming back?” Hallie, 12 at the time, asked. “Yeah,” added Gaines, 5 at the time, “she’s been gone a long time.” Dan, jet-lagged at the time – with two children next to him, the Eiffel Tower behind him and the City of Light all around him – realized several things:

De-Clutter for Cash and Control

Ray’s Take Marketers are very good at persuading you to buy stuff. That’s why so many homes are literally stuffed so full that additional storage facilities have become a booming business. Instead of you controlling your stuff, it controls you.

Who You Calling ‘Hillbilly’?

In a Huffington Post article with the dateline of Venice, Italy, actor Scott Haze says he spent three months living in the Tennessee mountains to prepare for a role in a film. Losing 45 pounds, eating a piece of fish and an apple each day, and sleeping in caves, Haze hardened himself to the role of a deranged killer for “Child of God,” which is about to premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

The Data Have Spoken

Each new month delivers a flurry of economic data. The current deluge will weigh heavily on the Federal Reserve’s decision to maintain or reduce quantitative easing. Let’s quickly review the recent releases and handicap the Fed’s taper temptation.

Six Tips for Shortening the Sales Cycle

A career in sales isn’t for the faint of heart. You must be thick-skinned in the face of adversity, have a dogged determination, and be prepared for some long days in the pursuit of the almighty sale. That’s why I have the utmost respect for sales professionals and have dedicated much of my career to helping them work smarter versus harder in an effort to close more sales more efficiently. Perhaps the fastest path for doing just that is by shortening the sales cycle.

Fundraising: Investment or Afterthought?

Investing in the fundraising operations of a nonprofit is an investment in the organization’s future. It takes time to build a fundraising program that is capable of securing revenue from multiple sources. It takes vision, planning, leadership and resources – including money.

Need for Constant Love

Sometimes strange things, more accurately strange ideas and events, influence our behavior.

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