VOL. TMN-7 | NO. 35 | Saturday, August 23, 2014
Shelby County begins new era in education
For Collierville Schools superintendent John Aitken, the demerger of public schools in Shelby County didn’t become “real” until teachers reported the week before the Aug. 4 first day of classes.
There are times when it feels like Memphis is unraveling. And this is one of those times.
EMPHASIS Commercial Real Estate
Raymond James renewal boosts Downtown office sector
From his office on the 21st floor of the Raymond James tower Downtown, John C. Carson Jr. has a sweeping view of the Mississippi River as it rolls by the Bluff City.
It was 2008 and Memphis-based Makowsky Ringel Greenberg had just acquired a swath of property inside Boyle Investment Co.’s master planned Schilling Farms community in Collierville for a new multifamily development.
Since Joe Steffner opened his own commercial real estate firm 10 years ago, the industry veteran has had a front row seat to some wild changes in the industry.
THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC
1984: Among the public notices in The Daily News, Memphis Light Gas and Water Division was seeking sealed proposals on an electronic meter reading system, a much earlier version of the Smart meters the utility began using recently on a trial basis.
The Tennessee Supreme Court ordered a new trial for Noura Jackson Friday, Aug. 22, who was convicted in 2009 of second degree murder in the death of her mother, Jennifer Jackson.
Memphis Made adding taproom as local craft beer scene booms
Some time in October, lovers of local craft beers could enjoy a cold brew in a new tasting room at Memphis Made Brewing Co.’s facility in the Cooper-Young district.
State Sen. Jim Kyle is asking the Tennessee Attorney General for a legal opinion on how the process will work for putting his Senate seat on the November ballot and how the Democratic and Republican nominees should be chosen.
An ambitious effort to reconfigure Memphis International Airport for the future will get underway this fall, when demolition of portions of two concourses begins and a single concessions vendor takes control.
The Horizon, an uncompleted 16-story residential tower overlooking the Mississippi River on the southern end of Downtown, could change hands soon.
The 55-year-old Allen Fossil Plant in southwest Memphis will be replaced with a new $975 million natural gas plant to be built in the shadow of the original facility, the Tennessee Valley Authority board decided Thursday, Aug. 21, in Knoxville.
The last phase of the state’s delayed rollout of achievement test scores came and went this week with a blur of percentages for hundreds of schools in Shelby County and explanations of success formulas for elementary and middle school students versus high school students.
Crisis Center fields more calls in wake of Robin Williams’ death
The phone rings and rings at the Memphis Crisis Center – 19,000 times in 2013, or 2.2 times every hour, 52 times a day, 365 days a year.
The next cookbook from Memphis chef, writer and restaurant consultant Jennifer Chandler hits stores in October, and she has a few signings already scheduled in Memphis to promote it.
Memphis police officers working in the sex crimes unit have been in training this month about neurological changes in rape and sexual assault victims they work with.
When an F-5 tornado tore through Angela Copeland’s hometown of Moore, Okla., last year, she initially felt helpless.
The music nonprofit launched by Memphis music icon David Porter has been busy since its launch in 2012, laying groundwork and assembling talent. Now it’s poised to bring a musical superstar to the city for a bash in October.
I Love Memphis blog celebrates its fifth year in operation
When she was first handed the reins of the I Love Memphis blog almost a year ago, Holly Whitfield said she planned to keep the blog’s brand intact and to keep reminding Memphians why the city is worth their affection.
Federal prosecutors tallied the toll this week in the largest teacher exam cheating scandal ever pursued by authorities in the Western District of Tennessee.
It’s no secret Amazon is the subject of intense public scrutiny at the moment over a flurry of controversial decisions from the online retailing giant against some of the publishers with which it does business.
Shelby County Commission Chairman James Harvey began the group’s Monday, Aug. 18, meeting on a hopeful note.
Local Democratic leaders began taking applications Monday, Aug. 18, for the state Senate District 30 seat in the Tennessee Legislature that becomes vacant Sept. 1.
Accreditation gives Church Health Center future road map
The best ideas accomplish more than one thing. And so it is with Church Health Center’s commitment to earning accreditation as a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH).
The recession and changes over the last nine years in the companies owning 85 percent of Elvis Presley Enterprises played a role in delaying plans for the expansion of Graceland into a 120-acre campus in Whitehaven.
Federal prosecutors say several addicts died after receiving shipments of illegal prescription drugs delivered by FedEx.
“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.
They are the SEC quarterbacks left behind. The quarterbacking gods, with names like Manziel, McCarron, Mettenberger and Murray – what is it about M’s? – have ascended to a higher place: playing on Sundays in the NFL.
John Calipari never could have gotten away with this. Wait, let me rephrase that:
Senior running back Brandon Hayes knows the Tigers were “close” in a lot of games last season, even though the final result was a 3-9 record.
The University of Memphis has released the non-conference schedule for the 2014-2015 men's basketball season and it includes a home game against Oklahoma State and opening the season in South Dakota on Nov. 18 against Wichita State, which spent much of last season undefeated.
Exciting. Now, there’s a word that hasn’t been associated much with the Tennessee Titans in recent years.
Coach Derek Mason is determined to put his own mark of toughness on the Vanderbilt University football program as it continues its climb into the ranks of conference heavyweights.
Pull out your 2014 schedules, UT fans.
Dr. Jason Williams has joined the staff of Memphis Obstetrics & Gynecological Association PC, where he will focus on women’s health care issues, including prevention, diagnosis and management of many general medical conditions. As an OB/GYN, he specializes in general obstetrical care, infertility, pelvic disorders, and prevention and detection of diseases such as breast and cervical cancer.
REAL ESTATE RECAP
3411 Elvis Presley Blvd., Memphis, TN 38116, Permit Cost: $3.5 million -
SNP Investments has filed a $3.5 million building permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for a four-story, 85-room Holiday Inn Express at 3411 Elvis Presley Blvd. in Whitehaven.
Even before her recent graduation from the University of Texas at Austin, Cara Greenstein had been keeping an eye on her hometown of Memphis, paying attention to job opportunities, looking for the right place to land.
THE NAKED TRUTH. Of the occasions I’ve been skinny dipping, two stand out. The first ended in an FBI interrogation and the other in front of a generation of city leaders.
Recently, my doctor explained a topic so complicated that even my two advanced degrees weren’t helping to decipher what she was talking about.
Ray’s take: A financial power of attorney is a powerful tool in your financial planning arsenal in the event your investments or other financial matters need action and you can’t do it.
Editor’s note: This is the third in a three-part series. “Rail house” is a term that businesses – especially restaurants and bars – near train tracks, or with railroad motifs, use in their names.
The central questions for this aging bull market involve the timing, pace and degree of interest rate increases. Low interest rates make equity earnings larger and more valuable. Freeze interest rates here and stocks look cheap. Increase them to historical norms and stocks look expensive.
The new hire failure rate is astonishing and expensive, and it’s even worse for sales candidates who can be among the toughest to properly vet. Leadership IQ reports that of 20,000 new hires tracked in a recent study, 46 percent failed within 18 months.
Have you heard about Raymond Burse, the newly appointed interim president of Kentucky State University who voluntarily reduced his salary by 25 percent to ensure that all university employees would make a minimum hourly wage of $10.25?
Everyone in the U.S complains about health care – the rising costs of insurance premiums and co-pays, the lack of innovation, the poor experience at doctor’s offices and hospitals, and price of medications.
With business travel season heating up, it’s important to keep some technology etiquette in mind to avoid work liability issues and being a nuisance to those around you.
As the Class of 2018 begins to poke around the Vanderbilt University campus, the newest Commodores will be met with the highest of expectations.
Colleges and universities, no matter how venerable and historic, were designed to move forward, to be progressive.
Tennessee’s higher education funding formula is based largely on retaining students, and Middle Tennessee State University plans to stay focused on student support in 2014.
Tennessee State University students face higher costs, tacked on by state government, but that downer could be offset by “e-books” that can save students $735 each semester.
Lipscomb University is gearing toward the future this fall with three new programs designed to give students an advantage in a rapidly changing job market.
If you graduated from Belmont 20 years ago, you might not recognize the campus today.
This one may get me in trouble with some of my peers, but it is important, so here goes.
330,000 expected for Boomsday, kickoff to UT season
This Labor Day weekend, hundreds of Knoxvillians will be working harder than ever so hundreds of thousands can kick back and relax.
It’s hard to imagine a college freshman passing up her first opportunity to spend a weekend at home. But when Boomsday is on the schedule, laundry can wait.