VOL. TMN-7 | NO. 43 | Saturday, October 18, 2014
Grizzlies look for deep run during window of opportunity
For now, the Memphis Grizzlies’ window of opportunity is open.
Our apologies for even addressing this depressing topic before the season starts, but realities are realities.
Lipscomb & Pitts celebrates 60 years in business
Insurance products by definition tend to be long-term oriented, providing value over an extended period of time. No surprise, then, that Memphis insurance agency Lipscomb & Pitts, which opened its doors with one employee in 1954, all of a sudden finds itself celebrating 60 years in business.
The recent expansion of the employee benefits practice of Regions Insurance in Memphis involved the addition of Stuart Zalowitz and Jonathan Frisch, owners of Zalowitz Frisch Benefits Group, along with a team of associates.
City of Memphis employees just emerged from the open enrollment period for the still-evolving changes in health insurance benefits for 2015. And city retirees are about to enter their open enrollment period for the same benefits plans that take effect in January.
The last election of 2014 is underway with early voting across the state and in Shelby County.
THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC
2013: Standing at the corner of Farrington Street and Hollowell Avenue in Riverside, District Attorney General Amy Weirich announced the city’s first no gang zone aimed at the Riverside Rolling 90s Crips gang.
Arkansas Delta Flatlander ride features glimpse at future
Just a few weeks before construction is scheduled to begin on the Big River Crossing boardwalk on the Harahan Bridge, bicycle riders will gather in West Memphis for a 100-kilometer bike ride designed to showcase what’s on the other side of the bicycle and pedestrian boardwalk across the Mississippi River.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris and Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. have been invited to speak at a summit in Cleveland, Ohio, next week to discuss the handling of rape kit backlogs.
Foreclosures have been on a consistent downward slope in Shelby County, with newly available figures underscoring the comprehensive nature of the decline.
Developer Charles S. Ryan is looking to expand his Midtown real estate holdings. For several years Ryan has held discussions with property owners around the intersection of Cooper Street and Central Avenue.
Real estate industry renews focus on safety
Last week, Joel Hobson, broker-owner of Memphis-based Hobson Realtors, posted notes in the workplace and a message on the company’s website notifying clients that they may have to meet sales staff at the office or provide proof of identification.
Just in time for early voting, the Tennessee Secretary of State’s office is out with a Smartphone app that can answer common questions from voters in every election about where they can vote early, the polling place for their election day precinct and directions to it and some of the districts they live in.
Some of the six suburban school systems were already looking ahead to building new schools before they opened for their inaugural year this past August.
Shelby County’s homebuilding industry showed slight improvement in the third quarter, with builders filing 3.4 percent more permits in the quarter than in the same three-month period a year ago.
New festival brings Memphians to Shelby Farms
A new Memphis outdoors event kicking off this weekend at Shelby Farms will celebrate the lifestyle of the outdoors and sporting enthusiasts, alongside a set of friendly and competitive off-road races.
Early voting opens Wednesday, Oct. 15, across Shelby County as well as Tennessee in the mid-term general elections that are the second most popular election cycle in Shelby County by voter turnout.
As quickly as it surfaced, the Shelby County Commission’s first partisan divide of their term of office appeared to subside Monday, Oct. 13.
A Mississippi-based developer has acquired the uncompleted Horizon condominium tower overlooking the Mississippi River in Downtown.
UTHSC clinical study offers hope for Tourette symptoms
In sports talk radio, questions are a good thing. They don’t have to bring solutions, after all, just open the gates to discussion and debate.
The third quarter was a pretty quiet period for mortgage brokers, based on activity during the period and a comparison to what was happening at this time last year.
The new president of the Memphis Area Transit Authority wants more collaboration with groups that have ideas about where the city’s bus system can gain passengers while keeping those riders who depend on the bus system.
Dramatic decrease in bank sales leads to dip in overall activity
Fueled by a steep drop in bank sales, Shelby County home sales slowed slightly in the third quarter compared to the same three-month period in 2013.
A month after announcing one acquisition, Memphis-based video production company VIA Productions is still pursuing an “aggressive growth strategy,” including staff additions and more acquisitions.
The only real controversy locally about the proposed amendment to the Tennessee Constitution on judicial selection is confusion about how the race for Tennessee governor on the same Nov. 4 ballot is connected to the votes on that and three other amendments.
Most of them, the ones that become their college basketball team’s leading scorer or the guy that runs the show from the point, were always obvious talents.
What would the NFL be today if Pete Rozelle had never been the league’s commissioner? We might still just be watching pro football on Sunday afternoons.
Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt says Jake Locker is still his starting quarterback.
KNOXVILLE – Bud Ford usually had no problem wearing the orange blazer in his early days as assistant sports information director at the University of Tennessee.
Michelle McManus, a Memphis native and certified public accountant, has joined Patrick Accounting and Tax Services PLLC as manager. In her new role, McManus will supervise and review the monthly accounting process for a section of clients. She will also prepare and review tax returns and work closely with clients, assisting them with ongoing tax planning.
REAL ESTATE RECAP
2611 Ridgeway Road, 6055-6085 Acura Cove, Memphis, TN 38119, Sale Amount: $12.4 million -
The owner of Acura of Memphis has paid $12.4 million for the East Memphis dealership and 25 acres of land.
If personal trainer/performance coach Stacy Peterson could help volleyball players at the Hutchison School, including their own daughters, then maybe she could help them, too.
THIS MORNING. THIS TOWN. This morning, I woke up in a challenged neighborhood. You know the challenges well.
In the past week, Satya Nadella’s words have been all over the internet, television and newspaper. You may have seen the Microsoft CEO’s original statements, his later retractions or commentary from outsiders.
Ray’s take: Recently, we talked about Target Date Mutual Funds and how these preset funds could be an effective tool for your retirement. These funds have a particular mix that changes as you approach your projected retirement date. These can be good as long as you have researched the funds and determined if the “mix” meets your unique retirement goals.
In a 1912 poem, Ezra Pound wrote, “Winter is icumen in.” Pound’s “Ancient Music” parodies a 13th century Anglo-Saxon poem that begins “Sumer is icumen in” (sic). Hardly a novel idea: “Here comes winter.” Happens every year, no? We want to prepare.
If you are writing lackluster headlines, you are wasting your time developing marketing content that will never be read.
This week we heard two expressions we are compelled to share with you, our readers. They are “The Fooling Yourself Theory” and “Don’t mistake my kindness for weakness.”
Notes from a keynote by John Kao, BEI 2014, Las Vegas
With the final quarter of the year underway, many small- to mid-size businesses are planning their budgets for 2015, and technological expenses will likely play a role in the process.
Janet Miller on her jump to Colliers, future of Midstate development
Ask Janet Miller about her remarkable career at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and she’ll likely attribute it to good timing or pass credit onto others.
The gentle soul who used to get his hair cut by an Everly Father a couple of doors down – and who pumped 100 percent pure gas to keep country immortal Ernest Tubb movin’ on – has enjoyed the last four-plus decades next to what used to be called Hailey’s Shopping Center.
Last week The Greater Nashville Association of Realtors (GNAR) released the sales information for the area for September, and the numbers were staggering, with sales up 19 percent.
Not as bad as 2 recent reports would have you believe, police say
From murders to burglaries, most of Knoxville’s crime can be attributed to illegal drugs, police say.