VOL. TMN-10 | NO. 2 | Saturday, January 7, 2017
What will the Trump presidency look like?
If the election of Donald Trump was a mystery, there are even more questions about what will he do once he takes office Jan. 20. The clues may or may not be in the conduct of his campaign.
So it begins – Donald Trump’s four-year term of office. It’s an office that comes with a lot of power and responsibility. It also comes with checks and balances at just about every turn. And around the first turn is Congress.
For sale: One beloved, 32-year-old independent bookstore. Asking price? $800,000. That’s what Booksellers at Laurelwood owner Neil Van Uum says he’d accept to unload the store, days after announcing its impending closure and a liquidation sale that begins on Friday, Jan. 6.
THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC
1978: The Sex Pistols play Taliesyn Ballroom in Midtown – the second of seven stops on the original band’s one and only U.S. tour – with Memphis punk trip Quo Jr. opening. The British band’s reputation prompts Memphis authorities to look over the setting for the show as well as go see the performance for themselves.
REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT
Less than a week into 2017 and something is going on that hasn’t happened in nearly a quarter of a century. “We had our first apartment residents move in,” Crosstown Concourse co-founder Todd Richardson said. “After 24 years of being empty, we’ve got our first occupants.”
Plans for Trader Joe’s Germantown location are changing again, and it could expedite the store’s opening.
There are a lot of things that Downtown Memphis has in abundance like great food, entertainment and a rich history, but one thing it is short on is large, grassy areas for pets to play in.
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Nordstrom Rack is moving one step closer to opening an East Memphis location in 2017.
For years the Memphis convention and tourism industry has known which comes first in the chicken-and-egg argument about drawing more convention business. More hotel rooms with meeting space take top priority in an environment where there is just enough political will for a $60 million renovation of the Memphis Cook Convention Center but not enough to build and finance a new convention center.
Penelope Huston has joined the Downtown Memphis Commission as vice president of marketing, communications and events. Huston has more than 20 years’ experience in advertising, marketing, public relations, and relationship management, most recently serving as director of marketing for Memphis in May.
The leader of Shelby County Schools’ successful Innovation Zone schools, Sharon Griffin, has been named chief of schools for the SCS system. Superintendent Dorsey Hopson announced his appointment of Griffin to the new position Wednesday, Jan. 4, as part of a restructuring of the school system’s office of academics.
Crosstown High School is still forming. But the school to open for classes at Crosstown Concourse in August 2018 has an executive director.
Izakaya Restaurant, housed in the historic 16,000-square-foot 19th Century Club mansion at 1433 Union Ave., held a grand opening Jan. 1. The Japanese-French fusion restaurant offers everything from Japanese Kobe beef steaks to fusion dishes and traditional American fare. Shon and Dana Lin invested $3.5 million in the project, which features stained-glass windows and a fireplace in every room. Archer Construction Co. was general contractor and Looney Ricks Kiss was the project’s architect.
For foodies and lovers of memorable culinary experiences like Stephanie Ferreira, the community around it all tends to be talked about with as much passion sometimes as the food and drink.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Comedian Michael Jr. is talking about a trip to the mall and seeing a guy wearing a T-shirt that reads: “If you don’t speak English, leave the country.”
When the subject is crime in Memphis, it never stays in one place for very long. Former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton’s conclusion that the city’s problem with violent crime is a black problem drew criticism Tuesday, Jan. 3, from Memphis City Council member Janis Fullilove.
The 110th General Assembly is set to convene on Jan. 10 with unfinished business from previous sessions likely to dominate debate.
Tennessee’s lieutenant governor-in-waiting predicts Gov. Bill Haslam will propose a modest fuel-tax increase in early 2017 to bolster the state’s road and bridge construction program.
The majority and minority leaders of the Tennessee Senate say there is political pressure to break the link in funding for prosecutors and public defenders.
It’s been 10 years since Willie Herenton delivered his last New Year’s Prayer Breakfast message – a political homily Herenton made an institution while serving as mayor of Memphis.
Before Shelby County voters get new voting machines, the elections administrator wants a new voter registration system to begin a badly needed upgrade of election technology.
A week ahead of his bank’s earnings presentation to analysts – which will close the books on 2016 with a fourth quarter and full-year report – the top executive at First Tennessee Bank’s parent company is in an optimistic mood.
TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS
As holiday e-commerce sales continue to reach all-time highs, so does an inevitable byproduct – return shipments – bringing more business to shipping giants such as FedEx and UPS once January rolls around.
The Memphis Bioworks Foundation is serious about workforce development and job training, along with the other high-profile work for which it’s known, like investing in companies related to bioscience and sustainability.
This year’s Memphis Open field includes three Americans ranked in the top 35, two former past champions, and the certainty that Japan’s Kei Nishikori will not win a fifth straight title.
All that is lacking is corporate sponsorship. The Under Armour Groin Grab, perhaps. Or maybe the Jockey Junk Pull.
There was a time in University of Tennessee football history when a nine-win season and a victory over Nebraska in a bowl would guarantee a coach something just this side of a lifetime contract.
Tennessee senior Joshua Dobbs has created a quarterback controversy. Dobbs finished his college career Dec. 30 when UT beat Nebraska 38-24 in the Music City Bowl in Nashville. He accounted for 409 total yards – 291 passing and 118 yards rushing – and was chosen the game’s MVP.
Optimism, joy and even satisfaction – emotions largely missing for several seasons – were evident as the Tennessee Titans closed out the 2016 season and emptied their lockers at St. Thomas Sports Park.
Not only is sophomore Dedric Lawson atop many of the University of Memphis basketball team’s statistical categories, he’s among the leaders nationally in several categories.
MARTHA KELLY'S MEMPHIS
Memphis artist Martha Kelly’s monthly illustration for The Daily News is from Mason, Tennessee. Bozo’s Hot Pit Bar-B-Q is an institution around the Tipton County town.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
This is probably late to express my gratitude but it is never too late. On Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, I was trying to borrow a jack from AutoZone (they loan the tools, but not jack) to replace a damaged hubcap on the borrowed car that I was using. I was an out-of-towner in Memphis, didn’t know anybody, and tight on the budget, I was trying to DIY but needed a jack (the one in the trunk wasn’t good).
Ray’s Take One of the most important disciplines in financial planning is the annual review. A time to look at what worked, what didn’t, what needs adjusting and what we learned. As we look back on 2016, we can learn some financial lessons from the big events of the year.
Earlier this month I had the opportunity to participate in a CMO Summit with over 100 senior-level brand marketers from around the country to discuss the looming issues we would all be facing in 2017, and how the use of data and analytics might be an integral part of the marketing solutions.
NAKED, AND UP TO SOMETHING. Of the occasions I’ve been skinny-dipping, only one had any class to it. I reprise that story as a reminder that this city truly values reality over pretense, and that is the measure of our worth.
Three-year-old Josie Mae Mathis of Greene County used to suffer hundreds of seizures daily from epilepsy and infantile spasms. Aden Vogus, a pre-teen from Brentwood, has seen his seizures all but disappear.
I found myself earlier this week Googling “travel bucket lists.” I was helping my wife, Stacey, research bucket lists related to her fourth novel that was set to come out the next day. Her book, “This is 35,” follows a character who has become famous in part because of her bucket lists.
You may wonder, “What’s the worst thing that could possibly happen during my job search?” Is it making a fool of yourself in an interview? Is it saying the wrong thing? Is it wearing the wrong outfit?
In a hot-off-the-presses study by eMarketer, marketing professionals have spoken with gusto about their intended 2017 investments in Instagram.
One thing everyone can agree on is that new year’s resolutions are anything but new. In fact, it’s widely accepted that this practice dates back some 4,000 years. With such a longstanding tradition, I find it odd that less than 10 percent of those who make a new year’s resolution actually keep it.
With around 100 arena events and 100 private events every year, FedExForum hosts millions of guests annually. Most people attending these events are completely oblivious to the “show” that’s going on behind the scenes – the hundreds of people and unbelievable number of hours put in to make the games and events possible.
Editor’s note: Part two in a two-part series. The financial health of an organization is often attributed to the board of directors. The composition of the board, its actions, the level of giving and the recognition of individual members all impact financial health.
A Back End of Innovation Conference talk by Melissa Crompton, senior manager, New Model Innovation, The Hershey Co. In this changing retail landscape where trips in-store are down, how does a highly impulsive category remain relevant? And how do we become relevant to new audiences who are not going in stores?