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VOL. TMN-10 | NO. 49 | Saturday, December 2, 2017
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Corker, Alexander Split in Senate Tax Reform Vote

Tennessee’s two Republican U.S. Senators split in the Friday, Dec. 1, 51-49 Senate vote approving tax reform legislation.

CMOM Carousel Takes First Spin With New Customers

The speeches didn’t last very long before a restless and curious audience Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Children’s Museum of Memphis as the Grand Carousel opened to a long line of several hundred children and their parents and grandparents.

City Council Considers Replacing Two-Term Limit with Three-Term Limit

Memphis City Council members are considering a referendum question for the November 2018 ballot that would extend the current limit of two consecutive terms for council members to three consecutive terms.

Memphis Fusion

Medical device companies rooted in Memphis spawn growing industry

With more than 40 life science companies operating in the Greater Memphis area and Shelby County ranking second in the U.S. for orthopedic device manufacturing, the Mid-South can stake its claim as one of the top medical device markets in the world.

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Editorial: Protest and Public Safety Balance Due for Review

Americans’ right to protest by peaceful and lawful means may be one of the most complex, difficult-to-define rights after freedom of speech.

City Administration Sets Dec. 19 Deadline For Mediation On Confederate Monuments

The city of Memphis is setting a Dec. 19 deadline for mediation efforts on the removal of Confederate monuments from city parks.

EMPHASIS Distribution & Logistics

Trucking Technology Accelerates With Promise of Better Safety, Efficiency

The notion of thousands of electric and autonomous semitractor-trailers sharing the road with more traditional passenger vehicles may seem like a scene from a futuristic movie, but that future could be much closer than it seems.

Trucking Firms Prepare for Electronic Logging Device Mandate

The trucking industry’s controversial electronic logging device mandate goes into effect Dec. 18, and local trucking companies and drivers have been preparing for most of the year. The ELD helps measure and monitor that drivers are not on the road too many hours each day, that they take mandatory breaks at the appropriate times, and that they are not driving too many hours during a consecutive seven-day period.

TAG Truck Center Prepares to Open On Former Mall of Memphis Site

Just a few weeks before Tommy Earl’s and Gary Dodson’s new $30 million TAG Truck Center is to open at the old Mall of Memphis site on the 4400 block of American Way, Earl allows himself a moment of nostalgia.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

December 1-7, 2017: This week in Memphis history

2013: The St. Jude Marathon is canceled because of subfreezing temperatures and the threat of icy streets. But some runners from Memphis and others who had traveled to the city for the annual event, run the course anyway.

EDUCATION

Will Pre-K Put the City of Memphis Back in the Education Business?

For the first time since the city of Memphis ceased funding schools after the historic merger of city and county districts, it’s looking to get back into education – by putting dollars into pre-K classrooms.

LAW & THE COURTS

Tennessee Supreme Court Rules in Memphis Squatter Case

The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, Nov. 30, that the state’s theft statute applies to real property in a Memphis case involving a squatter who occupied a foreclosed East Memphis home in 2013 valued at more than $3 million.

REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT

Destined for Greatness

Nonprofit teaches inner-city youth value of real estate knowledge

A modest eight-unit apartment building in the shadows of the $200 million Crosstown Concourse may not carry the name value or financial gravitas of its massive neighbor, but for a group of local kids, it has the chance to change their lives.

Lake District Developer Pays Back Lender, Project 'Gathering Steam'

A little more than a month after Gilad Development Co. began demolition of the shuttered Lakeland Factory Outlet Mall to pave way for the $375 million Lake District project, the developers have cleared another major hurdle.

Health Department Seeking Variance for New Building

The Shelby County Health Department is seeking a variance from the Board of Adjustment for a new facility at its current 814 Jefferson Ave. location.

Collierville Industrial Market Poised for I-269 Benefits

The town of Collierville already has a solid, pro-business reputation, especially in the industrial real estate community, but as the completion of the outer Interstate 269 loop draws near, Collierville and its reputation are poised for even more growth.

Lenox Park Buildings Sell for $5.3 Million

This week's Real Estate Recap features the sale of two Class A office buildings totaling more than 200,000 square feet; a residential development being planned near a proposed new elementary school in Germantown; and more.

DOWNTOWN

A New First

11 years after fire, First United Methodist moves toward completion

The steel framework for a new First United Methodist Church Downtown has stood for so long that when the new sanctuary is completed early next year some of the framework will be visible in the building’s interior.

HEALTH CARE

Coalition Signs on With Green & Healthy Homes Initiative

Leaders from Memphis and Shelby County and representatives from nearly 25 partner organizations signed an agreement Thursday morning, Nov. 30, at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library in East Memphis to work together on Tennessee’s first Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) led by the Baltimore-based organization.

Local Researchers’ Data Supported New Blood Pressure Guidelines

The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology published new guidelines related to high blood pressure in recent weeks that ricocheted across the media landscape, leading to stern headlines.

New Task Force Focused on Mental Health Response After Disasters

The Shelby County Health Department, working with several community partners, has assembled a first-of-its-kind volunteer task force in Tennessee that will respond to behavioral and mental health challenges after mass-casualty disasters.

POLITICS

Sawyer, Goff Kick Off Commission Campaigns

Tami Sawyer and Sam Goff may be seeing each other on the August county general election ballot. But between now and May, they have separate primary races for the District 7 seat on the Shelby County Commission.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

‘Wonder Bread Years’

Pat Hazell’s one-man show coming to Halloran Centre

As a baby boomer, Halloran Centre vice president of operations Ron Jewell can relate to comedian Pat Hazell’s world view as presented in his one-man act, “The Wonder Bread Years.”

NONPROFIT SECTOR

Human-Trafficking Group Gets First Leader

Not long after starting her new job Oct. 1 as the first executive director of Thistle & Bee, a social enterprise focused on helping women who’ve survived sex trafficking and prostitution, Jordan Boss was allowed to ride along one night with a Memphis Police Department detective.

MLK 50

Holder, Branch to Keynote April Observances of King Anniversary

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and author and historian Taylor Branch will be the featured speakers at two days of panel discussions and keynote speeches in April as the National Civil Rights Museum marks the 50th anniversary of the 1968 sanitation workers strike and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

SMALL BUSINESS

Ice Cream That’s 'Out of This World’

When Karin and Steve Cubbage opened Area 51, an artisan ice cream shop in Hernando, Mississippi, in the summer of 2014 they had no idea where it would take them.

Palazola Produce Making Fresh Deliveries for Decades

The Palazola name has been associated with produce in the Bluff City for more than a century.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Cultivating Talent

Ibtisam Salih is closer than ever to realizing her dream of opening a restaurant in the city that serves the Sudanese cuisine of her native country. She’s been preparing food at Caritas Village in Binghampton for several years now, and she’s started operating a catering venture – Ibti’s Soup and Catering. What she’s working toward, though, is a restaurant of her own. She loves to cook. She loathes the idea of recipes. She prepares her dishes by what feels right.

RETAIL

New Retail Concept Coming to Overton Square

A women’s boutique in Overton Square has refashioned itself into what will be a collective of small business vendors launching Dec. 1 and all operating from the one space.

SPORTS

Much at Stake in Memphis-UCF Rematch

Tigers intent on not revisiting past during AAC title game

For a game that happened two months ago, UCF’s 40-13 victory over the Memphis Tigers has had incredible staying power. But there are logical reasons for that, too.

For AAC Football Teams And Coaches Glass Ceiling is Real

Recently, UCF coach Scott Frost was talking about what a great job he has, and why he came to Central Florida in the first place. High on the list was all the talent in the state of Florida. And Orlando, he said, is a great place to live.

Tennessee’s Hot Seat Finds a New Office

Tennessee football isn’t what it used to be. Nor is the attraction of being UT’s football coach.

Producing Wins Was Lacking Under Fizdale, Grizz GM Says

The day after the Memphis Grizzlies fired coach David Fizdale just 19 games into his second season, general manager Chris Wallace rejected the notion that center Marc Gasol was a “coach-killer” and said more went into the decision to change coaches than one fractured relationship.

Grizzlies’ Firing of David Fizdale Stamps This as Marc Gasol’s Team

Maybe it would have happened anyway. Rumors were rampant on Saturday that Grizzlies coach David Fizdale was coaching for his job, that an eighth straight loss to Brooklyn on Sunday could mean the end.

Titans Must Find, Fix What’s Ailing Mariota

One of the biggest questions on everyone’s mind regarding the Tennessee Titans is what is wrong with Marcus Mariota?

SNAPSHOT

Snapshot: Santa's Little Helper

Lily Allison, left, poses with her grandmother and mother in Santa's Workshop during Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park. The annual holiday light show and festival continues through Dec. 29. Go to shelbyfarmspark.org/starry-nights for more information.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Clarion's Heathcott Named NAWBO Women Business Owner of the Year

Kim Heathcott, founder and CEO of Clarion Security, recently was named the National Association of Women Business Owners’ 2017 Women Business Owner of the Year. The award, one of NAWBO’s highest honors, recognizes an entrepreneur who excels at strategy, operations, finances and problem solving; overcomes adversity; and gives back to her community.

MARTHA KELLY'S MEMPHIS

River Park Beauty

Memphis artist Martha Kelly captures a beautiful view from Confluence Park at the north end of Mud Island. The park was created where the Mississippi and Wolf rivers meet and marks the westernmost point of the Shelby County Greenline. (Martha Kelly)

VIEW FROM THE HILL

Is There Room for Common-Sense Gun Legislation?

The Tennessee chapter of Moms Demand Action picks its battles judiciously. Once labeled as a bunch of anti-gun extremists, the group is anything but, spokeswoman Kat McRitchie says.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

We’re Original. Act Like It

IF YOU’RE COPYING, IT’S NOT YOURS. My church has an impressive mosaic of da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” over the altar – the one a friend says should be called, “Everybody get on the same side of the table so I can take this picture.” True to the original in every detail, the mosaic is even more impressive when you realize it involves more than 40,000 individual pieces. It’s beautiful.

Bridging the Gap

Ray’s Take: After years of working, planning and saving, many retirees are well-prepared financially to stop going to work in order to earn a living. But many are less prepared for how to fill the space previously filled by work.

Finding Gratitude In Travel

As November closes and we move fully into the holiday season, I still remain a touch thankful looking back over the past year. Yes, I have much to be thankful for on the personal side of life, but during this season of thanks there are some travel-related items worth mentioning.

Help Your Employees Avoid Student Loan Scams

I read a lot of press releases from the Federal Trade Commission about enforcement actions against companies it alleges have deceived consumers, including many that are out-and-out scams. A recent one included a plea to companies to help protect their employees from student loan debt relief scams.

The Importance Of Saying ‘Thank You’

The holidays are here again. Along with the turkey, stuffing and loved ones, there’s more to consider. This season is a time of giving thanks.

Does Your Brand Evoke Emotion?

The essence of a brand isn’t so much about rationale arguments; instead, it’s how it makes the market feel emotionally. So believed the late Steve Jobs: “Nike sells a commodity, they sell shoes. And yet when you think of Nike you feel something different than a shoe company. In their ads, as you know, they don’t ever talk about the product. … What’s Nike do in their advertising? They honor great athletes and … great athletics. That is what they are about.”

Honor The People In Your Life

It’s here – the Christmas season. You cannot hide. It’s everywhere! How will you choose to participate?

Where Design Meets Innovation

A panel discussion at the Back End of Innovation 2017 conference.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 55 55 20,821
MORTGAGES 44 44 24,405
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 8,610
BUILDING PERMITS 196 196 42,533
BANKRUPTCIES 55 55 13,957
BUSINESS LICENSES 22 22 6,423
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 56 56 13,567
MARRIAGE LICENSES 23 23 5,092

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