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VOL. TMN-10 | NO. 13 | Saturday, March 25, 2017
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Contrary to pop-culture perception, farmers have been on the cutting edge of technology for thousands of years

While the anachronistic farmer trope may be a common pop-culture perception, these stewards of the land have in fact been on the cutting edge of technology for thousands of years.

NCI Director Lowy Lauds Work of St. Jude

Dr. Douglas Lowy returned to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on Friday, March 24, and praised the facility as being a worthy beneficiary of research funding that comes through his National Cancer Institute.

EDITORIAL

Editorial: Ag Innovation Breaks Stereotypes, Boundaries

You’ve heard the saying “this isn’t your parents’ fill-in-the-blank.” A better version for agricultural innovation might be “this is not your son’s idea of innovation” – which has a couple of stereotypes.

Binghampton Gateway Builds on Decade of Momentum

While construction recently began on the large-scale Binghampton Gateway Center and more development is on the way, the revitalization process to bring businesses and jobs back to the distressed Binghampton area began more than a decade ago.

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EVENTS

The second series of Memphis 3.0 public meetings kicks off with three meetings this week: • Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m.: Oakhaven High School, 3125 Ladbrook Road • Tuesday, March 28, 5:30 p.m.: Hollywood Community Center, 1560 N. Hollywood St. • Thursday, March 30, 5:30 p.m.: Glenview Community Center, 1141 S. Barksdale St. The comprehensive planning team will share research that has been conducted since the first set of rallies, which generated more than 10,000 comments, and seek input on specific topics to help shape priorities and goals. Visit memphis3point0.com for details and a schedule of April meetings.

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EMPHASIS Senior Care

From Art to Zumba, Memphis Seniors Taking Steps to Keep Mind & Body Fit

For people like Bill Wilson, 74, keeping active mentally as well as physically is the key to a healthier life.

Expanding Baby Boomer Population Brings New Health Care Challenges

Patients are having to wait longer to make appointments with new doctors in major U.S. cities, according to a new study that links the increased waits partly with an explosion of, well, new patients.

Porter-Leath Connects Generations Through Foster Grandparents Program

They had done their part, put their work in for decades. George Watson had been a mechanic, worked right on past age 65 and into his early 70s. Ada McNeal had given 26 years to the Aeolian Piano Corp., first as a machine operator and then sorting parts after the rheumatoid arthritis came along, until the company closed its Memphis plant.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Fowlkes: Startups Create Most Net New Jobs

Start Co. president Andre Fowlkes thinks most people in Memphis and communities like Memphis either ignore or misunderstand where most net new jobs are coming from these days.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

March 24-30, 2017: This week in Memphis history

2012: Guilty verdicts in the federal court trials of Clinton Lewis and Martin Lewis, the only two members of the Craig Petties drug organization to go to trial in the largest drug and racketeering case ever brought in Memphis federal court. Each is convicted of multiple drug conspiracy, racketeering and murder-for-hire charges and sentenced to life in prison.

RESTAURANT NEWS

First Look at New Overton Square Restaurant Hopdoddy

Overton Square developer Loeb Properties and brg3s architects are moving forward with their plans to bring a Texas-based burger bar to Midtown.

DOWNTOWN

Madison Avenue Park Sets Opening Date

A Downtown pocket park across the street from the Brass Door dubbed the Madison Avenue Park announced plans to officially open the public April 21 during an all-day event.

COMMUNITY

Corker To Keynote Dunavant Awards

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker will be the keynote speaker at the Rotary Club of Memphis East’s annual Dunavant Public Servant Awards.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Music+Arts Studio Expands Independent Film Distribution

Music+Arts Studio in Cooper-Young wants to work with more filmmakers. The studio, which began distributing films with Mike McCarthy’s “Cigarette Girl” in 2014 and has released two short films since then, is now expanding its digital distribution for independent filmmakers.

Peabody Preparing For Rooftop Party Season

It might not be readily apparent from the modern party vibe and the current local bands who entertain the crowds, but The Peabody hotel’s annual rooftop parties – which kick off again next month – go back decades to the era of supper clubs and big bands.

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE

Midtown Residents Bemoan MRG Multifamily Plan

A nearly century-old neighborhood that was torn in two when Interstate 40 came crashing to a halt at the doorstep of Overton Park is now again on the precipice of change.

OVERTON PARK

Greensward Compromise Text, Discussion Differ on Cost Split

At the end of a surprising day at City Hall, Memphis City Council member Worth Morgan was anticipating what might happen in the three weeks until the next council session to the compromise for zoo parking in Overton Park.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

FedExFamilyHouse Breaks Ground on $12M Expansion

918 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38105 -
FedEx and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital broke ground Wednesday, March 22, on the expansion of FedExFamilyHouse, a home-away-from-home for families of Le Bonheur patients.

TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS

FedEx Falls Short of Q3 Profit Forecasts

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. enjoyed record shipping levels in its peak season for deliveries, but still fell short of third-quarter profit forecasts.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

Political Past, Present Meet as Wharton’s Portrait Joins Hall of Mayors

When A C Wharton Jr. was Memphis mayor, his relationship with the Memphis City Council wasn’t always good. And it would usually get worse whenever he’d call a press conference in the Hall of Mayors on a Tuesday the council was meeting. Some council members thought it was to draw attention from them.

County Commission Won’t Appoint Lovell Replacement

Shelby County commissioners will not appoint someone to the open state House District 95 seat in advance of the June 15 special election for the seat.

Mills Looks To Spread Republican Reach in City

The Shelby County Republican Party is becoming more diverse and working to get back non-voting Republicans, its new permanent chairman says.

Impasse Ordinance Changes, Passes on Final Vote

No more lottery balls for the Memphis City Council in the spring.

New Police Recruiting Class Gets Started

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland touted a class of 151 Memphis police and police service technician recruits Monday, March 20, as the beginning of rebuilding a depleted police department that is below 2,000 officers.

LAW & THE COURTS

Private Reprimand Ends Jackson Case Aftermath

The private reprimand for District Attorney General Amy Weirich issued by the state Board of Professional Responsibility is probably the last formal word on the way the prosecutor’s office tried Noura Jackson for the murder of her mother.

EDUCATION

Hopson, Caldwell Plan for SCS Long-Term

Five years into historic changes in public education locally, the rapid pace of change is starting to give way to longer-term views and plans.

HEALTH CARE

St. Jude Dedicates Research Tower After Pioneer Dr. Donald Pinkel

In honor of his groundbreaking work to fight and cure childhood cancers, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital held a dedication ceremony on Friday, March 17, to rename its principal research tower for Dr. Donald Pinkel, the hospital’s first director and chief executive officer.

MATA Partnership Brings Employees Mobile Clinic

The Memphis Area Transit Authority, Memphis’ public transportation provider that provides rides for almost 8 million passengers a year, has turned to a mobile solution for its employees’ health care.

Baptist Opening New Grief Centers

Baptist Memorial Health Care is expanding its grief services, adding new centers in Midtown and in Jonesboro, Arkansas, later this year, partly in response to demand from the community for the counseling and other benefits the organization has provided for years now.

SPORTS

Whether Toting Gloves or iPads, Women Have Role to Play in Baseball

First-year Memphis Redbirds manager Stubby Clapp has played and coached for Canada’s National Team. He understands, perhaps better than most do, that baseball’s stage extends beyond the major leagues and its minor league feeder system.

No Time to Rest: NBA Has a Problem

We know from Genesis 2:2 that on the seventh day God finished his creation and rested. So everybody needs rest.

Reflecting on 2017 Class, Looking Ahead to 2018

Recruiting is the lifeblood of a college football program, and the cycle never ends.

Another Quarterback Battle Brewing at Tennessee

The time has come to write a new chapter of Tennessee Vols football. Which quarterback is going to write it? With spring practice unfolding, it looks like a two-man race between junior Quinten Dormady and redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano – not necessarily in that order.

South NCAA Regional Brings Calipari, Economic Impact and Lonzo Ball

Whatever the NCAA Tournament Committee’s competence, motivation and hidden – or not-so-hidden – agendas, the NCAA South Regional this weekend at FedExForum has delivered for Memphis before the first game tips off on Friday.

Memphis Football Profile Growing, Norvell Says

The biggest brand on the 2017 University of Memphis football schedule is UCLA. The Bruins come to Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on Sept. 16. And as a name brand, it’s an opportunity for the Tigers with recruits.

Grizzlies Can Never Have Too Much Forceful Big Spain

The Grizzlies left behind a five-game losing streak by beating Milwaukee at home and then Chicago and Atlanta on the road in back-to-back nights. San Antonio was to play the Grizzlies at FedExForum on Saturday, March 18.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Lehman-Roberts’ Moore Lauded By Asphalt Industry Group

Rick Moore, who is retiring as chairman of Lehman-Roberts Co. March 31 after 46 years with the company, has been named the National Asphalt Pavement Association’s Man of the Year. 

THE TIPPING POINT

Grizzlies Scholars Launches Next Generation of Leaders

Handing drums to a group of eighth-grade boys may not sound like the most relaxing way to spend a Saturday. But according to Frank Shaffer, it makes perfect sense.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Turner Seeks Study of Civil Rights Cold Cases

State Rep. Johnnie Turner can still feel the physical and emotional pain she endured for riding at the front of Memphis city buses while going home from LeMoyne-Owen College during the civil rights movement.

Veterans Balk at Proposed Tax Relief Method

Veterans in the state Legislature are balking at inclusion of a veterans tax relief plan in Gov. Bill Haslam’s IMPROVE Act, saying it should be removed to stand on its own.

Two Memphis Democrats Help Move Amended Fuel-Tax Bill Along

NASHVILLE – Two Memphis legislators helped move the governor’s IMPROVE Act and fuel-tax increases out of the House Transportation Committee Tuesday, March 21, saying they support a section allowing local governments to raise funds separately for mass transit.

Amended Restroom Bill Ignored by Senate Committee

NASHVILLE – Legislation restricting restroom use at public schools for transgender students got flushed on Wednesday, March 22.

Shelby County Schools Voucher Bill Advances in House

NASHVILLE – Despite a packed room of Memphis-area people opposed to vouchers for public school students, a House Education Committee advanced a pilot program targeting low-income children in Shelby County Schools system’s low-performing schools.

Trump: Next Old Hickory or Carnival Barker

For those who ignore the news – fake or otherwise – Donald Trump won the presidency last November.

Parkinson Rejects Owens’ Politics in Legislature

NASHVILLE – Recognition for the Rev. Bill Owens turned into a rebuke on the House floor when a Memphis legislator discovered the activist pastor campaigned for President Donald Trump and urged black voters to leave the Democratic Party.

Tax Reform Group Supports Amended Fuel-Tax Plan

NASHVILLE – One of the nation’s most conservative anti-tax groups is supporting a plan by Sen. Mark Norris to offset fuel-tax increases with a reduction in the state’s grocery tax and nix a proposal to tie rates to the Consumer Price Index.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

True Fakes

TRUISH. These days, fake news can seem so real, and real news gets more and more unbelievable.

Keeping Your Information Private (and Safe)

Ray’s Take We live in an increasingly online world. You can trade stocks, buy groceries, pay bills or order a ride, all on your computer or smartphone. Almost any financial transaction you need to make can be done in the comfort of your own home. With identity theft posing a real threat, keeping financial data private requires that consumers be proactive in the way they approach online security.

What Did You Learn Today?

Remember that question from your parents when you returned home from school: “What did you learn in school today?” And your parents, ever hopeful, dreaded your answer: “Nothing.” Actually, you did learn something, even if you didn’t want to engage in conversation about it.

Prioritizing Your Search

When you’re truly unhappy in your current job, a new one can’t get here fast enough. Having to drag yourself to the office each day can be the worst.

Business Survival Lessons from Palm

Editor’s Note: This is part two in a two-part series. When Palm Computing was in its heyday, many analysts thought they couldn’t be beaten. They had technology coveted by the market and an internal culture – dubbed Zen of Palm – which employees described as the best they’d ever experienced.

Pivot For Innovation

Pivoting your way to profitability, Somik Raha, SmartOrg. There are many unforeseen hazards between concept and launch. Pivoting provides a unique opportunity to learn from experience and to change course at key development stages, making the difference between attaining mediocre results and achieving astounding success.

The Pros and Cons of Engaging Political Leaders in Fundraising

Fundraising is a community endeavor, and our communities include the politicians who are elected to represent us at all levels.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 331 19,904
MORTGAGES 0 391 23,305
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 83 8,387
BUILDING PERMITS 0 338 40,366
BANKRUPTCIES 1 232 13,336
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 76 6,213
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 125 13,120
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 94 4,936

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