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VOL. TMN-8 | NO. 34 | Saturday, August 15, 2015
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Fuente, Tigers deliver a season worth anticipating

They were tossing around numbers, trying to guess the win total for the 2015 University of Memphis football season.

Collins Knocks 'Puller, Pusher and Picker' Jobs In Whitehaven Opening

Memphis Mayoral contender Harold Collins opened his Whitehaven campaign headquarters Saturday, Aug. 15, by saying incumbent mayor A C Wharton Jr. has “rendered us a puller, pusher and picker city.”

$113 Million Development Planned for Mall of Memphis Site

The owners of the former Mall of Memphis property are seeking a 15-year tax break for a $112.7 million “Aerotropolis development.”

Craft Brew Alliance Comes to Blues City Brewery

This year, some 100,000 barrels of Craft Brew Alliance products will be produced at the Blues City Brewery in South Memphis in the second year of a five-year agreement between CBA and Blues City’s parent company, City Brewing Co., out of Lacrosse, Wis.

Demo Day Brings Together Start Co., ZeroTo510 Entrepreneurs

The entrepreneurial ecosystem was more abundant than ever at Demo Day 2015, where Start Co. and ZeroTo510 worked in conjunction for the first time to present graduates of their business accelerator programs to investors and community leaders.

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Visible Music College will host the Memphis is Me mini music festival Thursday, Aug. 20, starting at 5 p.m. at Visible’s Memphis campus, 200 Madison Ave. The one-day festival will feature more than a dozen acts on three stages, all celebrating the best in Memphis music. Admission is free. Visit facebook.com/visiblemc for details.

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Editorial: The Triumphant Return of Tigers Football

Fifty years after the University of Memphis’ first season at the Liberty Bowl, and 52 years since the 1963 undefeated season, the annual return of Tigers football feels triumphant.


This week in Memphis history: August 14-20

2014: A power outage Downtown takes down Beale Street and The Peabody hotel for five hours on a Friday night during Elvis Week. The outage blows off manhole covers at Second Street and Butler Avenue and strands some Peabody guests in stuck elevators. The area of the outage is between Madison and G.E. Patterson avenues. Power is restored at around 2 a.m. the next morning.

Emergency Fix

Paramedicine program aims to prevent unnecessary 911 calls

Memphis is making non-emergency calls a top priority. The Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team, Memphis Fire Department and area health care providers are working in conjunction with IBM consultants to streamline emergency services.

Canada: 2016 Memphis In May Honored Country

Canada will be the honored country at the 2016 Memphis in May International Festival. Festival officials announced the choice Thursday, Aug. 13, at the organization’s annual meeting, offering a couple of clues about what will replace the month-long festival’s annual Sunset Symphony.

Georgia-Pacific Invests $20 Million in Memphis Mill

Two years after Atlanta-based Georgia-Pacific acquired Memphis-based Buckeye Technologies in a $1.4 billion deal, the combined company, GP Cellulose, has invested $20 million in capital construction and maintenance projects at its Memphis facilities.

OneJet Expands, Says Memphis Route Exceeding Expectations

Six weeks into OneJet’s Indianapolis-Memphis air service, the CEO of the small- to medium-sized market air carrier says the route is performing “beyond our expectations.”

Jernigan Sees Big Market for Company He's Moving to Memphis

Dean Jernigan spent the better part of a roughly 40-minute earnings presentation to analysts early Wednesday, Aug. 12, detailing not just the latest quarterly results for his newly public company, Jernigan Capital, but also why it exists in the first place.

Treated Like 'The King'

Dr. Mark Castellaw maintains memorabilia-filled Elvis room at clinic

Dr. Mark Castellaw’s clinic in Germantown not only treats its patients’ medical needs – it’s also home to a memorabilia-packed shrine in honor of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Shelby County Mortgage Market Up 25 Percent in July

As David May sees it, the Memphis-area real estate market is in the fortunate position of dealing with a bounty of positive surprises lately.

Cruz Rallies Standing-Room-Only Agricenter Crowd

Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz complained of “bipartisan corruption” and “the party of Washington” this week at a Memphis rally at Agricenter International that drew a standing-room-only crowd of more than 500.

Memphis Public Transportation Grants Top $5 Million

The city of Memphis’ efforts at improving public transportation options for its citizens received two chunks of funding recently that collectively total more than $5 million.

Memphis, Shelby County Home Sales Blaze On in July

The summer is coming to a close on a high note with home sales figures up across the board.

Campaign Strategies Shift As Mayoral Debates Begin

It’s been a scrap from the start.

'YOUnified' Celebrates Memphis Teens' Leadership, Unity

More than 1,600 Memphis students "YOUnified" at Tiger Lane over the weekend for a Bridge Builders celebration of leadership and unity.

MIFA’s Feed the Soul Fundraiser Is ‘Memphis At Its Finest'

Each year after MIFA’s Feed the Soul event, Sally Jones Heinz has the same thought.

Iberiabank Building New Memphis Branch

Iberiabank is expanding its Memphis footprint with another full-service branch in the works along Poplar Avenue east of Overton Park.

TNReady Promises Big Testing Changes

With a new year underway, Shelby County Schools leaders are focused on a change beyond the challenge of wayward buses, late registration and uncooperative air conditioners.

Joe Cooper Case Raises Questions About County Election Commission Discretion

The definitive ballot for the Oct. 8 Memphis election was a bit late because of a challenge by city council contender Joe Cooper.

Handful Of Music Festivals Set For August

In March, one of James Sposto’s friends posted to his Facebook page a thought about being a musician in Memphis.

In the Digital Race, There Is No Finish Line

Recently, the American Marketing Association’s Memphis chapter conducted a member survey to find out the topics of greatest interest.

Armstrong Finds Voice In Volatile Times

Four years ago, when Toney Armstrong became the youngest Memphis Police director from the ranks since the position was created in the 1970s, critics were quick to point out that the one-time homicide detective had a lot to learn about the job’s public face.


Alabama Still Team to Beat, Tennessee On the Rise in 2015 Football Season

Dak Prescott, the best returning quarterback in the Southeastern Conference, isn’t buying the national narrative that the league is “down” because the first College Football Playoff title game featured Ohio State beating Oregon.

Scheduled Good Times: The Next Grizzlies Season

Turns out, Marc Gasol was wrong.

College Football Notebook: Nick Saban Needs a Quarterback

Another season at Alabama and another battle for quarterback.

Hall of Fame Coach LeBeau ‘Another Genius in the Room’ for Titans

If you want to know about the theory of relativity, who better to ask than Albert Einstein, if only he were still around.

Stepping Up

QB Joshua Dobbs and the Vols aiming for top of SEC East

Last season, Tennessee went into November with a 3-5 record and without a win in the Southeastern Conference. The Butch Jones rebuilding program was still taking baby steps.


Shibata Named UTHSC Chair of Surgery

Dr. David Shibata has been named the Scheinberg Endowed Chair of Surgery and a professor in the Department of Surgery in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.


$9.5 Million Permit Filed For Downtown Hotel

310 Union Ave., Memphis, TN 38103 -
GCG Hospitality Inc. has pulled a $9.5 million building permit for the one-acre site at 310 Union Ave. it purchased in January.


Bikesmith Ready to Roll Into First Brick-and-Mortar Store

Memphis’ traveling bike repairman has finally found a home. A year and a half after enrolling in the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team initiative MEMMobile, Jim Steffen, known as The Bikesmith to cyclists needing an adjustment or a hail-Mary overhaul, has signed a lease on a brick-and-mortar extension of his mobile repair truck.


Thank You, Thank You Very Much

A THANK YOU NOTE FROM A COPYWRITER TO ELVIS. Elvis was once asked what kind of music he played. “I play all kinds,” was his response.

CBU’s Dedication to Latino Students Is Creating Current, Future Success

Last week’s Latino Student Success luncheon at Christian Brothers University marked a beautiful moment in the history of our program. After listening to John King of the U.S. Department of Education speak to and motivate Memphis students and stakeholders, I reflected upon countless individual meetings at Latino Memphis, well before the Latino Student Success Program, during which parents and students expressed discouragement with regard to continuing their education because few affordable opportunities existed.

‘Job or No Job’

In the job market today, millennials are one of the groups most likely to be unemployed. Last week, ABC Family premiered a new reality TV show to shed light on this issue, “Job or No Job.”

Rise of The Telecommuter

Ray’s Take: Telecommuting is on the rise and, for many people, being able to work at home gives them the best of both worlds. They have the job security and income of a regular full-time job, without the time, expense and hassle of going to an office.

Raise Gas Tax or Borrow? How to Fund Road Projects

Tennessee has an $8 billion backlog of transportation projects and not enough funds to pay for them, largely because the state gas tax, which funds those projects, hasn’t been increased in 26 years.

Pulitzer Deadlock Decided by Dog

The 2008 Arkansas Writers’ Conference featured a spontaneous writing contest. Yeah, I know, that was seven years ago, but I was thinking about it recently and, for some reason, thought you might get a chuckle out of what came of it.

Defining Your Ideal Millennial Client

While the youngest millennials may still be 18, many of them are in their late 20s or even mid-30s now.

What the Fed Says Will Matter More than What It Does

At her first press conference in March of 2014, Fed Chair Janet Yellen timestamped the first interest rate hike as “something in the order of around six months” post the Fed’s bond buying QE campaign.

When Should You Resolicit?

When is the right time to solicit a gift from a current donor? Do you send a letter once a year and hope for a gift? That’s one strategy.

Baseball’s Missed Chances

It is said that success in sports sometimes comes down to a matter of inches.

Why Hesitate? Innovate.

Often there is so much anxiety about innovation. Is it just a fad, or is it a viable, potent form of value generation?

Nashville Edition

Restoring Your Online Reputation is a Task for Experts

As a property manager, Mark Hill is used to putting out fires. But when a disgruntled tenant took to the Internet to flame him and his business, Hill was the one calling for help.

Deciphering Google’s Algorithms No Easy Task

Much can ride on a Google search. People use the search engine to find information on every aspect of their lives, from finding a plumber who works on Sunday to digging up information on a blind date.

Hooker Fights for Right to Die on His Terms

John Jay Hooker, a household name in Middle Tennessee if nowhere else, is suffering from stage 4 metastatic cancer with weeks, not months to live.

Knoxville Edition

Whiskey-Stained and Market-Bound

Marc Nelson’s Knoxville-made jeans are a hit in specialty stores. Next target: National retailers

Remember the old Levi’s plant off Magnolia? Marcus Hall does, and he’s taken a family history that involves clothing-factory work, fashion sense and a can-do attitude to stitch and rivet together a denim line that’s scooping up local awards and garnering national attention.

$113 Million Development Planned for Mall of Memphis Site

The owners of the former Mall of Memphis property are seeking a 15-year tax break for a $112.7 million “Aerotropolis development.”

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