VOL. TMN-7 | NO. 12 | Saturday, March 15, 2014
Musicians hope efforts are enough to reshape Symphony’s future
At a benefit concert earlier this month at Evergreen Presbyterian Church for the financially struggling Memphis Symphony Orchestra, one audience member was noticeably moved during a performance of “Capriccio Espagnol,” a piece based on Spanish folk melodies from the late 1800s by Nikolai Rismky-Korsakov.
These are critical times for the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. And it involves more than the organization’s financial problems.
THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC
2013: Executives of Bass Pro Shops went back to the drawing board for their signage on The Pyramid after renderings of the signage and details prompted concern from citizens and the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Design Review Board. The new proposal that would surface later was approved by the review board.
The National Geographic Society wants to create an interactive media geotourism project that guides visitors on journeys they can coordinate up and down the length of the Mississippi River.
Permanent Live at the Garden stage underway
When the Live at the Garden summer concert series at Memphis Botanic Garden launches its 14th season in June, it will feature a new permanent stage and several other amenities.
Shelby County recorded 49 commercial real estate sales in February, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.
Michael McCusker is used to the assumptions when the assistant district attorney general tells voters he is running for office this year.
Assistant Shelby County District Attorney General Kevin Rardin is leaving for Liberia next month for a week of trial advocacy training in the African nation.
It started with Ilenia Buggy scanning LinkedIn and stumbling across RedRover Sales & Marketing, the Memphis-based agency with the catchy canine-infused theme that caught her attention.
Memphis businessman Taylor Berger is part of a team preparing to take short-term ownership of the Tennessee Brewery Downtown, with plans to bring a variety of community-focused uses to the site from roughly the last weekend in April through the last weekend in May.
Living Lands & Waters team takes to McKellar Lake
In perfect spring break weather, college students from around the country gathered on McKellar Lake as Daft Punk and Pharrell tunes pumped out of a boat-mounted sound system.
No local elected body in Shelby County has changed as many times in as short a period of time as the Shelby County Schools board.
High Ground News, a new weekly digital magazine and website covering Memphis-area people, places and happenings, has launched, with a team led by Anna Mullins, the venture’s managing editor who’s also executive director of the Cotton Museum.
Tickets for individual Memphis Redbirds games, including the Friday, March 28, exhibition game with the St. Louis Cardinals, will go on sale on Saturday, March 15.
Shelby County home sales were up in February when compared to the same month last year but not enough to overcome January’s sluggish start, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports.
The Memphis City Council’s approval of $15 million in city funding for the Crosstown redevelopment project last December was supposed to be the last piece of a $180 million funding puzzle for the mammoth undertaking.
Literacy Mid-South in midst of whirlwind period of activity
Literacy Mid-South is spending part of this month literally surrounded by books.
The latest monthly totals for Shelby County’s mortgage market show homebuying improved somewhat last month, with total mortgage volume up 12 percent compared to February 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports,www.chandlerreports.com.
When someone first mentioned to freshman state Rep. Jeremy Durham that there would be a new seat in Williamson County, he thought he was being asked to suggest someone, not run.
UPDATE: U.S. District Judge Samuel "Hardy" Mays approved Tuesday, March 11, the Shelby County Commission's plan to restructure the Shelby County Schools board to a nine-member board with the August 2014 elections.
As Shelby County Democrats try to improve on losing every countywide office to Republicans in the 2010 county elections, party leaders are also warning political figures who identify as Democrats not to cross party lines.
Exeter Property Group has acquired a 4.4 million-square-foot industrial portfolio – including four properties in Memphis – for $132 million.
Times have changed. Not so much that Calvary Episcopal Church leaders have stopped believing in the value of the daily Lenten Preaching Series because 2014 marks the series’ 91st continuous year.
Frontier Airlines made a triumphant return to Memphis Friday, March, 7, complete with pilots and passengers wearing Elvis sunglasses.
John Ryder, an attorney for the Shelby County Election Commission, capped a week of cryptic court filings in the case by quoting a line from “Macbeth” as he made the Election Commission’s point that Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays should rule soon.
The group of four finalists to become the next president of the University of Memphis includes three provosts including the university’s current provost and one former university president.
Triumph Bank is holding its annual meeting next month in a locale that’s different from the traditional conference room setting where banks tend to make their yearly presentation to shareholders.
Parents in Cordova are used to the complexities of school system boundaries. They’ve lived with them for years, with part of the area within the city of Memphis and the other part in unincorporated Shelby County.
Last year, Howard University’s Alternative Spring Break program came to Memphis for the first time with the help of Whitehaven graduate and Howard student Ayanna McFarland.
First, there was the debate. Would Briarcrest star Austin Nichols really stay home and play for the Memphis Tigers? Or would outside offers, including ones from Duke, Kansas and North Carolina, be too good to pass up?
One night at FedExForum, the Grizzlies beat Portland by 10 points as they shoot a season-best 56 percent, three players score 17 or more points, and energizer James Johnson never gets on the floor.
Nikki Frierson has joined T-Shirt Champions as art director, where she will oversee the planning and creation of all T-shirt art produced by the company’s graphic design team. Frierson is also currently involved in Leadership Memphis’ FastTrack program, an initiative that teaches emerging, high-profile leaders personal leadership skills and knowledge of the community.
REAL ESTATE RECAP
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Shawn McGhee grew up on a farm in Southern California with sheep and cattle and “a dozen dogs, a dozen cats, running loose.”
ALL OF OUR COLLEGE PRESIDENTS SHOULD GET SEXY. The Tennessee General Assembly has long been afraid of sex.
Some people seem to have all the luck. From the outside, they appear to get every promotion, make more money, drive a nicer car and live in a nicer house. It’s like they are surrounded by a ray of sunshine all day. This seems especially true of celebrities, company heads and professional athletes. How do they get so lucky, and when will my luck change?
Ray’s Take: What are your thoughts about contributions to a 401(k), an IRA or any other tax-qualified investment vehicle? Are you thinking about the “right now” advantage of a tax break or are you thinking long term about what kind of life you would like to live in retirement?
At the pretrial conference, big-city lawyer Wade Lanier does an “evidence dump.” His witness list includes 45 people not previously disclosed in discovery. Local lawyer Jake Brigance moves for a continuance. Lanier says that with two weeks remaining before trial, there’s plenty of time for Jake to call these folks. Judge Reuben Attlee denies the motion. What will Jake do?
Memphis has made all the difference for me as a female startup founder. Memphis isn’t often sought after as an entrepreneurial hub, but I found it to be just what I was looking for: supportive and empowering for woman founders like myself. Memphis startup events aren’t only balanced on gender, but also in race. A mind-set for inclusion here is really setting our community apart from others.
The first in a two-part series. While email marketing may have lost a bit of luster given the instant gratification of social media, it’s alive and well and is one of several digital marketing channels businesses are spending significantly more on in 2014. Why? Because compared to social media marketing, email marketing is less time intensive and easier to measure, test and optimize.
The first week of the month always produces a torrent of economic data that is capped off by the Friday employment report from the Department of Labor. Here is a summary of the more relevant data releases from last week:
Part one of a two-part series. Do you need to raise money for your nonprofit? If you answer “yes,” you are in good company. Fundraising is critical for most nonprofits and it takes time to build relationships that generate the revenue needed to operate.
Would you believe us if we told you that traditional market research is an antiquated practice that is heading toward obsolescence? Even the online survey, the modern successor of the traditional door-to-door and phone surveys doesn’t really cut it in today’s complex world.
George Washington Carver is quoted as saying that “Education is the key to unlock the golden door to freedom.” In our community, there are many education doors; however, there is not a master key that opens all the doors.