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VOL. TMN-7 | NO. 6 | Saturday, February 1, 2014
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Destination: Memphis

Numerous factors decide how, why young professionals consider Memphis

On a slow Sunday afternoon Downtown with the Broncos and Chargers NFL playoff game on a bar TV screen, a trio of 20-somethings – two men and one woman – watched the game, speculated about whether the Grizzlies were playing a few blocks away and quizzed one another about their plans for the future.

Editorial: Let Graduates Know Memphis Needs Them

There are times when it seems what we need isn’t so much a way to draw tourists to the city as an effort that includes keeping our young adults in Memphis or getting them to return.


January 31-February 6: This week in Memphis history

1974: A nine-member delegation from the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce began a visit to four cities in Japan at the invitation of the Japanese government. The visit to Tokyo, Hiroshima, Kyoto and Nara led to the opening of the Sharp manufacturing plant in Hickory Hill four years later.

Wright Acquires Solana Surgical, Enters Deal for OrthoPro

Arlington-based Wright Medical Group Inc. has closed on its agreement to acquire Solana Surgical LLC of Memphis and has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire OrthoPro LLC of Salt Lake City.

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The University of Memphis will host its Black History Month opening ceremony and presentation of the Authur S. Holmon Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. James L. Netters Friday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. in the Michael D. Rose Theatre, 470 University St. Visit memphis.edu for a schedule of other Black History Month activities.

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Empowering Programs

Girls Inc. seeks new way to make girls ‘strong, smart and bold’

On a recent Thursday night in January, 10 young girls enjoyed assorted cheeses, crab cakes, fruits and desserts at Napa Café in East Memphis.

Heritage Trail Financing Plans Change

The city of Memphis is making changes in its plans to finance two housing developments that are part of the broader Heritage Trail plan for redevelopment of the area south of FedExForum and into South Memphis.

LeSaint Logistics Expands Memphis Footprint

Less than a year after arriving in Memphis, LeSaint Logistics is already expanding its operations here.

Women & Business Seminar to Highlight Achievements

Leslie Johnson will be one of the panelists at the Women & Business Seminar Feb. 27 at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, but she is not nearly as focused on what she might say during the panel discussion as she is what she might hear.

New Magazine theGRIND Celebrates Memphis

Rhodes College student Kendra Lyons is originally from Alexandria, Va., grew up in New Jersey and came to Memphis to start classes at Rhodes.

Crye-Leike Drops 2 Third-Party Listing Services

Memphis-based Crye-Leike Realtors Inc. has yanked its Memphis-area listings from Zillow and Trulia, two of the Web’s biggest third-party listing services.

Finding ‘Delicate Balance’

Wharton says city must deal in realism

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. leaned heavily on reality and the practical in a State of the City address Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

Sen. Alexander to Keynote Dunavant Awards

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander will be the keynote speaker in April for the 11th annual Bobby Dunavant Public Service Awards.

County Schools Weighs Charter Rent Waiver

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson is considering waiving rent payments by charter schools that lease the school system’s old buildings in return for them taking all children in an area and coordinating their location with Shelby County Schools.

Archer-Malmo Launches Digital Lab

The bright orange sign in the shape of a triangle that hangs in the lobby at archer-malmo has a feature that’s not immediately obvious to visitors.

IP Merges Xpedx With Unisource

Memphis-based International Paper Co. has reached an agreement to merge its xpedx distribution business with Unisource Worldwide Inc. of Atlanta.

UTHSC Nurse Develops 'Socrates' Board Game

Her students were bored. She was frustrated.

Germantown Board OKs Whole Foods Zoning

Two major retail projects in Germantown have received a green light to move forward.

Commission Approves Ballpark Deal

The deal for the city of Memphis to buy AutoZone Park and the St. Louis Cardinals to buy the Memphis Redbirds franchise is on its way to a mid-February closing.

ZeroTo510 Program Opens Application Period

Applications are now starting to come in for ZeroTo510, the medical device product and services startup accelerator that’s preparing to kick off its third year.

Joy of Cooking

Katie’s Kitchen owner finds success after taking plunge

A man walks into Katie’s Kitchen in Germantown with hearty greetings all around and proceeds to select mass quantities of the take-out home-cooked meals in which the restaurant specializes.

Court Invalidates Ashlar Hall Transfer

Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter has invalidated Robert “Prince Mongo” Hodges’ November transfer of Ashlar Hall to acquaintance Kenny Medlin, after Medlin did not produce a plan for rehabilitating the property.

Haslam: Medicaid Expansion ‘A Clunker’

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he understands critics of his decision so far not to accept a federally funded expansion of Medicaid in Tennessee. But Haslam said the terms of the increased funding wouldn’t provide better outcomes for users or providers.

Developers Show Interest in Germantown’s Arthur Property

A 33-acre site near Saddle Creek in Germantown is seeing increased interest from developers and could change hands as early as this year, according to a real estate agent marketing the property.

Lost Pizza to Open in East Memphis in March

The Lost Pizza Co. is about two months away from opening the first Memphis location for its fast-casual restaurant concept.

Library Foundation Honors Longtime Board Members

Memphis philanthropist Honey Scheidt likes to describe the library as “the most democratic institution we have.”

Campbell, Weiss Open Judicial Campaigns

John Campbell and Robert Weiss are judges on different sides of the civil-criminal divide in Shelby County jurisprudence.


Transition to New League Difficult for U of M Women

On Jan. 14 at Elma Roane Fieldhouse, the University of Memphis women’s basketball team knocked off No. 23 Rutgers.

Time a Friend to Grizz

Sometimes, the NBA season feels too long. It can stretch on and on like a West Texas highway. Or the Grammy Awards.


Attorney Pierotti Joins Thomas Family Law Firm

Nicholas J. Pierotti has joined Thomas Family Law Firm PLC as an attorney, marking the firm’s expansion to include probate issues. Pierotti, a third-generation attorney, joins founder Justin K. Thomas in the Memphis-based practice and will work with clients on both family law and probate matters, including wills and estates.


Former Motel 6 Sells for $1.4 Million

1321 Sycamore View Road, Memphis, TN 38134, Sale Amount: $1.4 million -


Café Keough Owner Banking on Locale, Food for Success

It’s tough enough to start a new business. Tougher still if that business is an independent restaurant. And tougher still if your vision for what it will be lives only in your imagination.


Mae Be, Mae Be Not

MAE BE ONTO SOMETHING. State Sen. Mae Beavers – really, that’s her name – has offered legislation that makes it against the law in Tennessee to obey the law in the United States – really, I couldn’t possibly make that up.

Apply Dinner Party Etiquette to Job Search

The title of this column may sound funny. After all, you’re looking for a new job, not a steak and baked potato. On the surface, you’re right, but there are lessons you can carry over from your dinner tonight to your job interview tomorrow morning.

Traveling is a Worthwhile Investment

Ray’s Take When you set your spending priorities, don’t forget to consider travel. Assuming your finances and budget are adequately on track, investing dollars in traveling can repay a host of personal dividends.

Guess Who’s Coming to Drivers’ School

I had a fender bender late last year. So, I sentenced myself to attend one of the six-hour defensive driving classes that I make teenagers go to as part of first-offender probation. I’m a traffic judge, you know.

Attorney Pierotti Joins Thomas Family Law Firm

Nicholas J. Pierotti has joined Thomas Family Law Firm PLC as an attorney, marking the firm’s expansion to include probate issues. Pierotti, a third-generation attorney, joins founder Justin K. Thomas in the Memphis-based practice and will work with clients on both family law and probate matters, including wills and estates.

Lessons From Young Women Philanthropists

We were recently inspired by a group of young professional women who came together on a Saturday morning to discuss fundraising for their upcoming conference. These Memphis women were under 40, energized and engaged. They were getting ready to launch their sponsorship program and wanted guidance regarding how to solicit.

Walk a Mile

We’re right in the middle of awards season – Golden Globes, Oscars, SAG, and so on. Politics and sequins aside, the performers are rewarded for their ability to capture the character’s point of view and driving force. That takes empathy; understanding or having compassion for the role. Personal power rests heavily on practicing empathy, at home, at work or in friendships.

The Role of Play in Innovation

In the Creative Economy, inspiring a sense of play in culture, marketing and innovation is critical to success. You have to engage your people so that they can engage prospects and customers with a lively sense of mission and purpose. Too often the roles we assign diminish this sense of play.

Forgiveness Lessons From the Heart

It is said that when everything changes, change everything. It’s quick advice, but a long-term process, especially if holding on to the past is easier than moving on. So what makes the difference in being stuck in a negative situation and being able to discover what lies ahead on the other side of change?

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