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VOL. TMN-9 | NO. 3 | Saturday, January 16, 2016
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Strickland Postpones Police Body Camera Rollout

The much-delayed implementation of body cameras for the Memphis Police Department's 2,000 officers is being pushed back again.

The Grind

Budding music ecosystem helping Memphis musicians ‘make it’

For Memphis musicians like John Paul Keith, the grind is not a catchy rallying cry or slogan. It’s a philosophy, a work ethic that allows musicians like him to earn a living dedicating themselves to their craft in one of the most important music cities in the world.

EMPHASIS Education

Daush Eyes Next Career Chapter

On one hand, a long journey in the education profession will come to an end this spring for Barbara Daush.

Sea Isle Signs

Hearing-impaired join classmates through inclusion program

By the numbers, Sea Isle Elementary has 36 students out of 517 who are hearing-impaired or deaf. Some are as young as 3 years old. Some are fifth-graders who in August will leave the East Memphis campus and their status as “Islanders” for the new frontier of middle school.

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EVENTS

National Civil Rights Museum will host King Day 2016 on Monday, Jan. 18, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the museum, 450 Mulberry St. Activities will include family entertainment, youth-centered learning, Mid-South Food Bank and Lifeblood drives, and more. Admission is $5 for all ages, $3 with food bank donation, or free with blood donation. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.

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School Guide Helps Parents Navigate Choices

After five years of historic change in Shelby County public education, the traditional labels of “public” and “private” schools don’t adequately describe the range of options available to parents.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS EDITORIAL

Editorial: Listen to What Musicians Say, as Well as What They Play

If you are looking for what has become of the troubadour – or where the troubadour lives when he or she isn’t on the road less traveled – you are in his or her capital.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

This week in Memphis history: January 15-21

1996: Alanis Morissette plays the Auditorium. Her 1995 album, “Jagged Little Pill,” was peaking at the time, including heavy rotation on MTV of the video of the single “You Oughta Know.”

DOWNTOWN

RVC Outdoor Submits Ambitious Mud Island Plan

RVC Outdoor Destinations, the Memphis-based company headed by Andy Cates, is proposing a conservancy for Mud Island River Park similar to the Overton Park Conservancy. And its proposal seeks an agreement directly with the city for his company to develop the park, bypassing the Riverfront Development Corp.

4 Applicants Up for Beale Street Gig

A Fortune 500 corporation, the Memphis-based company behind the Delta Fair, a Memphis real estate management firm with office experience, and a newly formed group of Memphians with experience in real estate, entertainment and restaurants as well as commercial development and financing. Those are the four companies that have applied to manage the Beale Street entertainment district.

REAL ESTATE

Shelby County Housing Market 'Back to Normal' in 2015

The Memphis and Shelby County housing market moved closer to prerecession levels in 2015 as the year closed with the highest home sales revenue recorded since 2007.

Shelby County Mortgage Activity Solid in 2015

The Shelby County mortgage market had a strong 2015, and lenders expect the momentum to continue for the foreseeable future.

Shelby County Tax Property Sale Features Two Firsts

When the Shelby County Trustee’s office puts a set of tax delinquent properties up for auction Jan. 19-21, it will be a first in several ways.

HEALTH CARE & BIOTECH

Innova’s Bouten Talks Growing Health Care Hub

When Jan Bouten looks out his office window at 20 S. Dudley St., he can count no less than five medical institutions in his field of view.

University of Memphis Institutes Team Up for Biologistics Partnership

Two research institutes at the University of Memphis – the FedEx Institute of Technology and the Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute – have teamed up to launch a biologistics partnership.

BUSINESS

ServiceMaster CEO Talks Vision, New Corporate Identity

One of the priorities that ServiceMaster CEO Robert Gillette sees as coming with his job is the need to make sure employees know they’re “part of something special.”

Muller: Memphis On Strong Footing, With Bright Future

A key Greater Memphis Chamber official is preparing to retire this week after 15 years, at a time when he thinks the city of Memphis is on strong footing, and with a bright future that abounds with potential.

AIRPORT

Another Week, Another New Destination for Memphis Airport

Memphis International Airport has announced its second new destination in as many weeks, this time from low-cost airline Allegiant Air.

NONPROFIT SECTOR

New UCI Board Chair Pledges More Grants, Transparency

Jill Crocker, new board chairman of The Urban Child Institute, says the organization is essentially starting with a clean slate.

TECHNOLOGY

Memphis to Pilot Uber Transit App

Memphis is one of two cities to roll out Uber’s latest technology: an app that incorporates the for-hire cars with public transit.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

New Memphis COO Doug McGowen Knows Importance of Carrying Out Orders

From age 13 until he finished college, Doug McGowen was filling in his summers and college breaks with work. Real work. Sweat-on-the-brow work.

Haslam: No Gas Tax Push, For Now

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam confirmed Thursday, Jan. 14, that there won’t be a state gas tax hike proposal in this year’s session of the Tennessee Legislature.

Reaves: Memphis Should Pay Share of Schools Liability

The Shelby County commissioner who sought a legal opinion over who pays $1.1 billion of Shelby County Schools’ benefits liability says he has more questions.

County Commission Approves Hacks Cross Contract, New Health Director

Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, Jan. 11, a $223,600 contract for engineering and environmental work on the Hacks Cross Road widening.

ECONOMY

Fed Official: Low Oil Prices Affecting Central Bank Action

A key Fed official assured Memphis business leaders during a breakfast address Thursday, Jan. 14, that interest rates won’t climb dramatically this year.

COMMUNITY

Strickland Urges Calm in Overton Park Controversy as Protest Planned

A group opposed to Memphis Zoo overflow parking on the Overton Park Greensward plans to plant a tree Saturday, Jan. 16, on the greensward.

Memphis Zoo Removes Trees From Overton Park Greensward

When the Overton Park Conservancy’s staff noticed 27 trees had been removed from the north end of the park’s greensward Monday, they immediately called Memphis Police.

Ikea Brings Sustainability Practices to Memphis

Sustainability at large businesses sometimes might seem to only focus on buzzwords such as solar panels, carbon footprints and LEED certification.

Tourism Goes Beyond Graceland, Beale Street

This week, hundreds of investors, community builders and federal leaders gathered at the third annual Rural Opportunity Investment Conference, which ended with a discussion of spurring economic development through tourism.

Crime-Ridden, Neglected Apartments Come Under Fire

Several Memphis apartment complexes with long records of neglect and crime issues are the targets of a renewed political and bureaucratic push to improve conditions.

LAW & THE COURTS

Southaven Police Sued Over Concert Death

The widow of a man who died in police custody in July after being hogtied by Southaven police has filed a lawsuit against the Southaven Police Department, Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto and attending medical personnel.

SPORTS

8 Games Behind Where They Were Last Year, Grizz Need Z-Bo More Than Ever

You can’t say the sports gods don’t have a sense of humor. On Jan. 12, 2015, the Grizzlies made a three-way trade with Boston and New Orleans that sent away the team’s designated whipping boy with fans (Tayshaun Prince) and the pouty Quincy Pondexter and brought in the athletic, the dynamic, the difference-making, Jeff Green.

Stubby and Bo Know First Big-League Hit Is Forever

They will always remember the first one because in baseball, there is no charity.

Tarrant, Tigers Tough Out Win Over Temple

Shaq Goodwin and Dedric Lawson had posted double-doubles. Ricky Tarrant Jr. had the game-winning free throws with a mouth swimming in blood and teeth that were, as Tigers coach Josh Pastner phrased it, “all over the place.”

SMALL BUSINESS

Laminack Takes Winding Journey To Creating Pyramid Stone

Chuck Laminack was exhausted. He faced a long flight from China back to the U.S. and all he could think about was sleep.

NEWSMAKERS

Hughes Promoted at Harris Shelton

Brett Hughes has been promoted to managing member at Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh PLLC law firm. In his new role, Hughes will provide managerial support to the firm’s three offices. His primary responsibility will be to manage the firm’s administration and committees, particularly on issues that impact client service, as well as the morale, compensation, growth and development of the firm.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Collierville Assisted Living Facility Sells for $17 Million

601 Wolf River Blvd., Collierville, TN 38017 -
Culpepper Place of Collierville, an assisted living facility at 601 Wolf River Blvd., has a new owner and a new name following its $17 million sale.

TENNESSEE LEDGER

It’s Time for Manning to Call it a Career

Age, injuries conspire against an all-time great

No amount of film study has prepared Peyton Manning for this. He enters the NFL postseason uncertain about his football future. After 18 years as a pro and at the age of 39, his body is breaking down and his skills are slipping. Passes he once made with ease now wobble and sail off target.

Peyton’s Post-Career Place? So Many Options

At the age of 39 and after 18 seasons in the NFL, Peyton Manning is approaching a crossroads. What does the future hold for him? Here are the most likely possibilities:

Tennessee Startups Chasing Greater Opportunities

When it comes to launching startup companies, Tennessee is best described as “early stage.”

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Blowing The Whistle

WE HEAR WHAT WE WANT. I have an old white dog. She’s like a lot of old white dogs. She has a lot wrong with her, aches and pains here and there, problems internal and external, sagging everywhere.

Are You Part of a Sandwich?

Ray’s Take Being a member of the sandwich generation – adults who simultaneously care for children and aging parents – is becoming an increasingly familiar challenge.

Practices For Today’s Consumer Reality

Sandra Kang, Director, Brand Insights, Digital Insights & Consumer Affairs, Clorox

Key Club

A few years ago, I’m shooting buckets in the driveway one afternoon. And up walk a couple of the neighborhood kids. We begin to chat. It’s one of those conversations that I know is somehow going to educate someone about something before it’s over.

Chancellor Steps Aside, Avoids Fight

Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to restructure higher education didn’t take long to shake up the hierarchy.

8 Career Trends For 2016

With the New Year here in full force, employees are setting their sights on new goals, new jobs and new careers. One question I keep hearing is “What’s new in 2016?” Here’s the rundown.

Mobile Is Everything

Editor’s Note: This column is the ninth in an 11-part series on the Top Ten 2016 Marketing Trends. Check back for the remainder of the series and a deep dive into each of these trends.

What Are the Odds?

I am writing this article as the Powerball lottery jackpot prepares to pay out $1.3 billion to some lucky fool – I mean lucky winner.

Are You Really Committed?

This is the third in a series focused on the prerequisites for fundraising success.

Helping Memphis Make the Shift to Startups

It’s been quite a year! We saw Memphis’ first joint Demo Day with Start Co. and Zeroto510, graduated 18 startups from accelerator programming and hosted several investors and startup enthusiasts from all over the country here for the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. However, on a national scale, our startup community still has plenty of work to do.

The Art of Productivity in the Workplace

It’s no secret that a happy employee is a productive employee. What makes a happy employee? There are many factors, such as compensation, respect, open communication, ownership in work, etc., that an employer must cultivate over time to see results. However, one of the simplest ways to boost productivity in the workplace is by creating an enjoyable work environment.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 83 223 16,103
MORTGAGES 62 207 18,599
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 0 323 32,794
BANKRUPTCIES 66 187 10,687
BUSINESS LICENSES 28 86 5,172
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 37 127 11,344
MARRIAGE LICENSES 15 75 3,848

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