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VOL. TMN-8 | NO. 29 | Saturday, July 11, 2015
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Wild Side

Memphis Zoo expands with focus on research, conservation

No chance of being attacked by a hippo, which despite its size can outrun a man and is responsible for more human deaths in Africa than any other large animal.

Editorial: Striking a Balance in Overton Park

The Memphis Zoo has come a long way since a bear named Natch was chained to a tree in Overton Park a few years into the 20th century.

EMPHASIS Green

Big Bins

Memphians ready to ditch beige recycling bins for larger, 'green' containers

Joy Williams had an experiment over the Fourth of July weekend to test Memphis’ new 96-gallon recycling bins.

Lichterman Nature Center to Go Solar With Rooftop Array

It’s been about 20 years since the log building from the 1920s that was once the centerpiece of the Lichterman Nature Center in East Memphis burned to the ground.

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EVENTS

Repticon Memphis, a reptile and exotic-animal expo, will be held Saturday, July 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Landers Center, 4650 Venture Drive in Southaven. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-12, and free for children younger than 5. Visit repticon.com/memphis.html.

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Local Green News Piles Up, From Shelby Farms to CBU

Chelsea Avenue Floodwall Becomes ‘Permission Wall’: The city’s renaissance of murals is taking a different form on the section of North Memphis floodwalls that are a border of sorts for the still developing Chelsea Greenline.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

This Week in Memphis History: July 10-16

1990: Janet Jackson plays the Mid-South Coliseum.

Details Emerge on Planned Binghampton Retail Center

The Binghampton neighborhood is inching closer to landing a grocery store as plans for a neighborhood retail center there come into clearer focus.

Shelby County Home Sales Jump 13 Percent in June

Fueled by an apparent surge in consumer confidence, home sales in Memphis and Shelby County jumped significantly in June.

Shelby County Mortgage Market Rises 14 Percent

On a normal day, Independent Bank vice president of mortgage Sam Goff will get maybe one or two calls from buyers asking about rates and looking to buy a home.

Someone Else’s Shoes

No More campaign calls attention to domestic violence

The group of men marching in late June from the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts to FedExForum moved slowly and with some missteps and awkwardness.

Beale Group Plans for Lease Agreement Instead of District Ownership

The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority is dropping the idea for now of a fee simple ownership of the entertainment district.

New Hotel Planned for Downtown Memphis

Two Ohio-based development firms plan to build a new hotel on a vacant site in Downtown Memphis.

Colorado-Based Summit Wealth Group Expands to Memphis

Randy Morris' Colorado-based independent wealth management firm Summit Wealth Group has grown at a steady clip over the last several years, and its new entry into the Memphis market shows that trend isn't slowing.

Carlisle Corp. Alters One Beale Plan

Carlisle Corp. has revised plans for its ambitious, $160 million One Beale development at the foot of Beale Street in Downtown Memphis.

MPLOYment Opportunities

Memphis’ summer program gives students valuable work experience

John Hickman has been consumed lately by the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s upcoming centennial celebration. Parties need to be planned. Showings and displays must be coordinated. Marketing must be launched. And the facility must look great.

Forrest Vote Signals Change in General’s Legacy

When the city of Memphis voted to rename Forrest Park and two other Confederate-themed parks in Downtown Memphis two years ago, City Council member Bill Boyd criticized the move and extolled Nathan Bedford Forrest’s virtues.

Civilian Review Board Debate Flares Before Council Delay

After years of give and take, negotiations over legal terms and the rise of police misconduct as a national issue, it appeared the Memphis City Council was ready Tuesday, July 7, to take a final vote on new rules for the long-dormant Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board.

Certificate of Need Process Back in Spotlight

The state-level approval process Methodist South Hospital recently cleared that allows it to pursue an $8.7 million emergency department expansion has been in legislative crosshairs in Nashville recently.

County Commission Friction Continues Beyond Budget Season

Put Shelby County government’s budget season in the books for another year.

Cycling Ahead

Memphis bike share study aims to take concept to the finish line

Unless you've seen the ubiquitous stations in cities like Knoxville and Nashville, it's difficult to imagine how bike sharing could connect Memphis.

Wonder Bread Bakery Under Contract

The former Wonder Bread bakery at 400 Monroe Ave. could soon have a new owner.

Memphis' Cost for Non-Pension Benefits Still Controversial

The amounts are roughly the same at about $1 billion, but there’s a difference between City Hall’s liability for pension and non-pension benefits, including health insurance, for city of Memphis employees.

Collierville Pharmacy Boasts Long List of Accreditations

Collierville-based Benevere Pharmacy is a privately owned specialty pharmacy that now boasts an uncommonly extensive set of independent accreditations most chain drug stores can’t match.

University of Memphis Hires Southeast Missouri Athletic Director

The University of Memphis has named Mark Alnutt, athletic director at Southeast Missouri State, as its new deputy director of athletics.

Shelby Farms Greenline Gardens Gets Makeover

The Greenline Gardens at Shelby Farms Park – the centerpiece of a handful of park programs including the Farm-to-Fork Fellowship and the Greenline Garden Club Workshop series – has been given a long-overdue makeover.

Dunavant-Owned Destin Resort On Track to Open Next Summer

Work continues moving forward at a splashy new Destin resort owned by Memphis-based Dunavant Enterprises Inc.

I Choose Memphis: Isaac Rodriguez

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

SPORTS

Gasol Back in Fold, Grizzlies Still In Thick of Tough Western Conference

There were a few mildly uneasy days between the arrival of Grizzlies controlling owner Robert Pera in Spain and the news that, yes, All-Star center Marc Gasol would indeed re-sign with the team. And not just for a short-term deal, but a five-year max contract (about $113 million) with a player option after the fourth year.

Nichols’ Exit a Sign of Where Tigers Basketball is Now

University of Memphis Basketball Past is strong and vibrant.

A Baseball Guy

After all these years, Redbirds broadcaster Steve Selby still loves the game and the job

Bottom of the first inning at AutoZone Park, and Redbirds first baseman Dan Johnson is in the batter’s box. Oklahoma City’s pitcher winds and delivers and Johnson, a left-handed hitter, swings and makes contact. Loud contact.

Memphis Native, Redbirds Player Tapped for Pan Am Games

Three Memphis Redbirds are being honored for their play this season, with two pitchers making the Pacific Coast League All-Star Team and Bartlett native and former University of Memphis player Jacob Wilson being selected to play for Team USA in the 2015 Pan American Games.

NEWSMAKERS

Phillip Rogers Joins Wunderlich Wealth Management

Phillip Rogers recently joined the Wunderlich Wealth Management office in Memphis as a managing director and financial adviser. Rogers’ financial services practice is focused on the needs of high net worth individuals, as well as endowments and foundations. He applies his background in and knowledge of the fixed income capital markets to extend an institutional level of expertise to individual investors.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Ikea Seeks $16 Million Permit For First Memphis Store

Future Ikea Store, On 42 Acres In Cordova, Permit Cost: $16 million -
Ikea is moving forward with its massive retail store in Cordova.

SMALL BUSINESS

Sweet Family Recipe Propels Makeda’s Cookies Expansion

In its past 16 years of business, Makeda's Homemade Butter Cookies has learned to add a pinch of grit to the classic butter, sugar and flour recipe.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

It’s the Law

THE LAW, AND I QUOTE. Oh, the outrage! Across the nation, people have reacted to the laws passed and validated by the courts, their liberty threatened, the Constitution violated, the republic at risk.

How to Change Careers Later in Your Life

This week, a reader reached out to me with a question many people are facing. She says, “A friend is seeking to leave education after 13 years and re-enter business where she worked as a tech writer. She teaches math and computer science and is incredibly detail-oriented, smart, concise and reliable. … I was wondering if you had any advice for someone changing careers – or going back to a career after a decade-long hiatus.”

Building Blocks of Estate Planning

Ray’s take: Estate planning is one of the most important steps any person can take to ensure their final property and health care wishes are honored when the time comes. You may not be able to take it with you, but you can have a say about where it goes.

Special Action on Same-Sex Nuptials a Waste of Time

With Republican lawmakers scrambling for a response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s gay-marriage ruling, Tennesseans on both sides of the issue say they are seeking "equality."

Young Ben’s Start

Next January will mark the 310th birthday of Benjamin Franklin. Thinker, inventor, scientist, diplomat, politician, writer. Founding parent of a great nation. A non-president with his face on a bit of paper currency. As Independence Day is just past us, it’s hardly an inappropriate time to revisit the life and times of this noted early patriot.

How to Ask the Tough Questions

The world’s best salespeople excel at asking engaging questions and actively listening to a prospect’s response without interruption. They master the art of posing high-impact questions that generate insightful responses, which offer a glimpse into a prospect’s decision-making process, competitors also under consideration, the likelihood of purchase, or even the factors that will be weighed most heavily by decision makers.

Tracking Second-Quarter Market Trends

With the second quarter basically in the rear-view mirror, have the trends that began in the first quarter of the year continued during the second quarter? Or, has there been a reversal? Let’s take a look, starting with the broad global stock markets. All returns are thru Wednesday, June 24:

Share Your Vision in Concise, Compelling Ways

How does your nonprofit report on its work? How do you share your vision, work and impact? Do you send an email? Create an annual report? What about an annual meeting bringing together donors, leaders, clients, vendors, partners, board members, and staff? Are you up to it? Can you make the time? Our perspective: How can you not afford the time?

Tackling the Horrific Sounds of Travel

Click. Click. Claaaack! Click. Click. Bang! The first time those sounds happened I thought it must’ve come from the hallway. But a minute later and more of the clicking.

‘It’s a Great Day Here at FedEx Family House’

Memphis, an Egyptian word meaning a place of good abode; Memphis, a city in Tennessee that lives out the meaning of its name.

TENNESSEE LEDGER
Nashville Edition

Boner, Fate and the Summer of Shame

25 years after hitting rock bottom, a new Nashville has emerged

Phil Bredesen knew what he was trying to do. He just didn’t know if he could accomplish it.

Boner, Peel and a Reporter’s Call Spark a City’s Embarrassment

Nashville’s mayor broke into a broad smile and funny walk, pointing across the main dining room at the old TGI Friday’s on Elliston Place to a young reporter seated at a long table with eight colleagues and friends.

Traci Peel Looks Back on Moment in Spotlight

During the course of research for this package, I spent a couple of hours with Traci Peel, talking about her well-publicized, tabloid-grabbing romance with Mayor Bill Boner as well as where she is today and her views on other issues about Nashville.

Former Mayor Purcell Traces Nashville Transformation to 1978 Election

Former Mayor Bill Purcell lived through the transition from the good old boys who ran Nashville to the “new Nashville,” in which a displaced Yankee became mayor in 1991 and began the type of forward-thinking, executive-style leadership that has propelled Nashville to skyline-shattering status on the national stage.

Cardwell a Link to Metro’s Past, Present

Metro Trustee Charlie Cardwell definitely is a member of the “good old boys” network that ran Nashville for decades.

Sliding Into Home Easier Without Balks, Walks, Brushbacks

Real estate is a bit like baseball. It seems easy enough until a person takes a shot at explaining the intricacies of the respective fields.

Knoxville Edition

Acting Up

Knoxville-area actors finding an abundance of dramatic roles close to home

The Knoxville area has a rich legacy of actors who have found success in show business: Patricia Neal, David Keith, Cylk Cozart, David Dwyer, John Cullum, Bruce McKinnon, Polly Bergen, Dale Dickey, Brad Renfro, Johnny Knoxville, perhaps the most famous of all, Dolly Parton, singer/songwriter turned actress.

‘Honda Girl’ Ashley Blair Finds Career Outside Car Ads

Ten-year-old actress Ashley Blair takes her job seriously. She’s like many other actors in the region working to improve her craft and looking for the next project. The Knoxville area has a thriving community of actors, writers, directors, and producers, all trying to showcase their best work, both locally and nationally.

Want to Get Into Knoxville-Area Showbiz? Here’s How

“Chasing the fun” keeps Jaime Hemsley, founder and owner of Gage Models and Talent Agency, in high gear to find her clients opportunities in the entertainment business.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 80 401 13,843
MORTGAGES 99 439 16,005
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 19 63 2,202
BUILDING PERMITS 233 998 28,755
BANKRUPTCIES 49 276 8,926
BUSINESS LICENSES 23 136 4,701
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 23 141 5,534
MARRIAGE LICENSES 15 88 2,982

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