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VOL. TMN-10 | NO. 20 | Saturday, May 13, 2017
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Soaring Costs

Infrastructure, maintenance needs push nation’s aging airports

With more than 800 million passengers zipping through U.S. airports in 2016 and air cargo accounting for more than one-third of the world’s trade by value, the nation has become increasingly dependent on air travel to stay competitive. But what sometimes get lost is the amount of upkeep needed to maintain the infrastructure of these self-contained cities.

Trader Joe’s Developer Pulls Out of Project

A representative with Centennial American Properties, the developers of a planned Trader Joe's location on Exeter Road, told The Daily News Friday, May 12, the company no longer has any property in Germantown, leaving the future of the oft-delayed project in question.

Senses Nightclub Reopens, Raising Zoning Questions

Senses, the controversial nightclub located at 2866 Poplar Ave., mysteriously reopened Saturday, May 6, after sitting empty for several years. And it has plans to continue operations, which may be in direct violation of the local zoning laws.

FedEx Confirms It Was Hit by Malware Attack

FedEx Corp. confirmed Friday, May 12, that it suffered a malware attack.

Memphis Extends Contract of Football Coach Mike Norvell

After a winning season in his first year at the University of Memphis, head football coach Mike Norvell has had his contract extended through 2021.

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EVENTS

The Memphis Air Show will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 13-14, at Memphis-Millington Airport, 8101 Hornet Ave. Gates will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., with flying performances from noon to 4:30 p.m. Featured performances include the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and Leap Frogs, an Air Force F-16 Viper demonstration, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and CF-18 Hornet demonstration teams, the Shockwave Jet Truck and more. Visit memphisairshow.org for details and tickets.

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EDITORIAL

Editorial: Beyond the Experience Of Memphis in May

At about the 40-year mark, the Memphis in May International Festival has seen some changes. And there should be more to come.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

May 12-18, 2017: This week in Memphis history

2016: On the front page of The Daily News, a receiver is appointed by U.S. District Judge Jon P. McCalla for the Tulane and Warren apartments. The two apartment complexes owned by Global Ministries Foundation of Memphis are to be sold by the receiver, with proceeds going to bond holders represented by the Bank of New York, which has filed suit against GMF.

EDUCATION

Southwest Tennessee Community College Moves Toward Change

Kenyatta Lovett, the executive director of the nonprofit education advocacy group Complete Tennessee, says there is an old joke in higher education that sometimes comes to the surface when change is promised or pledged.

ASD Loses 29 Employees in ESSA Shift

The state-run Achievement School District is losing 29 employees including 13 who are involved in running the first schools in Frayser taken over by the district in 2012.

RETAIL

New Bookstore Called Novel Coming to Laurelwood in August

It didn’t turn out exactly like Emmett Miskell hoped it would, but he nevertheless got what he and other book lovers in Memphis wanted in the end.

HEALTH CARE

Skydivers Plan ‘Boogie’ to Benefit Cancer Foundation

She’s a third-grade teacher by day, but on weekends you can find her hurtling at more than 100 mph from 14,000 feet up in the sky.

Le Bonheur Pulmonology Chief Wants to Expand Programs, Care

Dr. Patricia Dubin’s mother was a pediatric emergency department nurse. Her father was a general pediatrician.

COMMUNITY

Blight Summit to Mark Progress, Challenges

When the leaders of the city’s anti-blight effort gather at Clayborn Temple for their second annual summit Wednesday, May 17, on the next block south of the church will be an example of work still to be done.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Legend Johnny Mathis Still Going Strong, Coming to Memphis

As the story goes, Johnny Mathis was 8 years old and living on Post Street in San Francisco when his father purchased a piano for $25 and brought it home. But there was a problem: Clem Mathis couldn’t fit the piano through the front door of their small flat.

GOVERNMENT

CLERB Prepares Response To Rallings Rejection of Police Misconduct Claims

Members of the city Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board said Thursday, May 11, Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings’s dismissal of their three recommendations to reprimand or discipline police officers accused of misconduct will not be the last word on the cases. That’s even if Rallings’ decisions stand.

City Council to Hold Railgarten Hearing May 23; Uses Impasse Panels for First Time

Memphis City Council members will hold an evidentiary hearing in two weeks to sort out a Midtown restaurant-bar that ran afoul of approvals needed to open with annexes including intermodal containers and an outdoor area.

Commission Chair: Not Enough Votes To Pass Tax Cut

Shelby County Commission budget chairman Steve Basar doesn’t count seven votes on the commission at this point for a cut in the county property tax rate.

Robilio’s Use Of Racial Term Prompts Budget Setback

City Court Clerk Kay Robilio left City Hall Tuesday, May 9, without the council budget committee approving her budget request for the coming fiscal year after she referred to a minority contractor with her office as “a man of color.”

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Shelby County Mortgage Market Slips Slightly in April

Shelby County’s mortgage market kicked off the second quarter in April by slipping a little on a total volume basis, although the market is still looking better year-to-date than it did at this time last year.

First Tennessee Gets High Marks in Customer Satisfaction Survey

Employees of First Tennessee Bank’s parent company got a company-wide email Thursday, May 4, that began: “This morning we are announcing the largest merger in our history.”

REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT

Memphis-Area Home Sales Drop, Prices Rise in April

The Memphis-area housing market was a mixed bag in April as the lack of inventory caused the number of home sales to drop for the first time in eight months but also kept average sales prices on the rise.

Clark Tower Wraps Up $8 Million Renovation

Commercial real estate firm Colliers International has announced the owner of Clark Tower, In-Rel Properties, has finished an $8 million renovation of the iconic East Memphis office building. Details on that and other top deals in this week's Real Estate Recap... -
Commercial real estate firm Colliers International has announced the owner of Clark Tower, In-Rel Properties, has finished an $8 million renovation of the iconic East Memphis office building.

POLITICS

Alexander: Senate Will Write Own Version of Health Care Act

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee says the Senate will write its own version of the American Health Care Act that includes keeping coverage for pre-existing conditions.

LAW & THE COURTS

Bates Gold-and-Silver Fraud Case Includes Big Numbers

At the end of a five-week trial in Memphis federal court this month, a jury convicted a former Tennessee state representative turned religious prophet and gold-and-silver broker on 46 counts of fraud.

DOWNTOWN

Medical District Slow Rides Offer Unique Perspective of City

Despite cloudy skies and a chilly drizzle, a few dozen cyclists ranging in age from 9 to 70 huddled Wednesday, May 3, near two red shipping containers on Monroe Avenue.

Majestic Grille Owners to Take Over Beale Street Landing Restaurant

The owners of The Majestic Grille will take over operations of the restaurant at Beale Street Landing starting in June, the Riverfront Development Corp. announced Monday, May 8.

Beale Street Issues Deepen and Grow

The issue of who controls what in the Beale Street entertainment district has come to the forefront after the abolition of the Beale Street Tourism Development Authority.

ECONOMY

Vining Sparks Chief Economist: Economy in Period of ‘Uncertain Optimism’

The same day the U.S. Senate sent a $1.1 trillion spending bill to President Trump – the first major legislation of his presidency which averts a Friday, May 5, government shutdown – Craig Dismuke was telling a Memphis audience how much his economic forecasts hinge on the new president.

TOURISM

Tourism in Memphis Celebrated to the Tune of $3.2B Annually

Officially, National Travel & Tourism Week runs May 7 through May 13. But Kevin Kane, president and CEO of Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, got a jump on things this past week.

SPORTS

U of M Baseball Team Seeking Momentum Before AAC Tournament

As the University of Memphis finishes out its regular season, there is no guesswork about what the Tigers must do to reach the postseason: win the American Athletic Conference Tournament.

Real Game Changer? MAM’s Randy Odom

Randy Odom’s story starts with a youth basketball coach back in Big Spring, Texas. An otherwise anonymous guy named James Collinsworth, who became everything to a boy trying to find his way.

Time to Turn Down the Flame on Jones’ Hot Seat

When it comes to Butch Jones and the recent NFL Draft, it’s a matter of perspective.

New AD Fires Shot Easily Heard at Nelson Stadium

Tennessee coaches of all sports were alerted last Thursday when Sam Winterbotham was fired after 11 seasons as the Vols’ men’s tennis coach.

Former Memphis Tiger Maulet Hopes to Make Impact on Saints

Before we get into Arthur Maulet’s sports fandom growing up in New Orleans, remember this: He gave the University of Memphis football team two good years.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Hamilton Named Development Director At Wolf River Conservancy

Kelsey Hamilton has been promoted to director of development at the Wolf River Conservancy. Hamilton joined the conservancy in October 2014 as associate director of development.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Legislature Passes Slate of Bills, Adjourns

NASHVILLE – The Legislature wrapped up its business for the year, adjourning Wednesday after taking up a spate of last-minute bills, including postponing a bill increasing the amount of campaign contributions lawmakers could accept.

House Approves Education Fund Concept, But Senate Action Put on Hold

House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh pushed his K-12 education fund to passage Tuesday, May 9, but the possibility of funding and Senate approval will have to wait until 2018.

Tennessee Senate Approves $37B Budget

The state Senate approved a $37 billion budget Monday complete with the governor’s IMPROVE Act package of fuel tax increases and tax reductions.

House Committee Postpones Action on Short-Term Rentals

A day after the House targeted Nashville with a tough bill on short-term rentals, the Senate deferred action on legislation blocking the Metro Council from enacting any prohibitions.

View From the Hill: Gas Tax Rancor Lingers as Session Coasts to Close

Remnants of rancor over Republican leadership roiled the House, a reminder of outrage over roguish behavior as representatives reached the finish line.

House Takes First Step on ‘Almighty God’ Amendment

The House of Representatives took the first legislative step Monday toward rewriting the state Constitution with a measure recognizing liberties come from Almighty God rather than governments.

Physical Education Bill Gets Tripped Up in Legislature

Legislation requiring one hour of physical education per week for elementary students stumbled and fell Monday, May 8, when it hit a procedural hurdle.

Republican In-fighting in Tenn. House Stirs Up Budget Mess

The House of Representatives adjourned in apparent disarray Thursday, May 4, after arguing over amendments to a $37 billion budget plan, some saying discord stemmed from votes on the governor’s IMPROVE Act.

THE TIPPING POINT

Poag Works with Residents to Build Strong Neighborhoods

When it comes to community development, money helps. But if the neighborhoods don’t know what you’re up to – or if they don’t like it – you may as well stop now, because your plan is doomed to fail. It’s a lesson Memphis has learned the hard way.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Alternative English

HE MADE ME DO IT. “The devil made me do it,” we used to say, but we used to say lots of things, using words that seem quaint these days. Facts. History. Welcoming. Bipartisan. Diplomatic. Tasteful. Respectful. Considerate. Thoughtful. Credible. Reality. Presidential. But then, we used to use complete sentences, and care about meaning and the art of language.

Financial Spring Cleaning

Ray’s Take: This time of year our thoughts turn to spring – and cleaning. Sprucing up our yard. Clearing out closets and other clutter. But how about our finances? Spring is a great time to take a look at debt, savings, budgets and retirement plans with an eye to getting them all in shape.

7 Skills For Workplace Success

For those seeking upward mobility in their careers, there is a plethora of books, articles and even a Broadway musical filled with advice on how to succeed in business, with or without trying. 

3 Proven Plays to Inspire Action

Marketing experts and sales pros alike know calls to action (CTAs) are essential. But simply including any CTA just doesn’t cut it in today’s marketplace. Take a moment to think about how much business you might be losing each day because prospective customers simply aren’t inspired by your message. Is the number too scary to imagine?

5 Things to Watch in Public Records Policies

To influence government, citizens must have access to information.

Don’t Forget To Say Thank You

How many times have you heard, “Don’t forget to say thank you”? When we were children, adults reiterated it over and over again. Yet, somehow, as adults, we are forgetting this simple lesson.

A Powerful Way to Honor Mothers

Mother’s Day is almost here. Most of us get mom a card. Many of us like to give flowers or candy, take mom to dinner, or have a gathering at the house. But these are short-lived. The flowers wither, the food is eaten and the cards are forgotten.

Little Things Matter Most

The success of an organization’s innovation program has a direct correlation to how deeply senior leadership supports it.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 312 16,192
MORTGAGES 0 293 18,685
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 0 655 33,126
BANKRUPTCIES 0 237 10,737
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 112 5,198
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 127 11,344
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 94 3,867

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