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VOL. TMN-10 | NO. 48 | Saturday, November 25, 2017
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Apocalypse Not

Dinosaurs exaggerating the death of retail

Much has been said about the so-called “Retail Apocalypse,” a frightening term that conjures images of a desolate landscape littered with boarded-up malls and shopping centers representing the death of American capitalism. 


Editorial: Tigers Show What’s Possible When We Come Together

In the moments after the University of Memphis captured the AAC West football title last Saturday, senior wide receiver Anthony Miller told reporters, “When we face adversity, it’s nothing to us.”

Tell Council to Keep Election Method Voters Approved

Sometimes you respect the will of the people, even if they don’t have it quite right. But with Instant Runoff Voting (IRV), you have the best of both worlds: the people have spoken, and they got it right. If only the city council would listen.

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Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park will be open nightly Friday, Nov. 24, through Tuesday, Dec. 29 (closed Nov. 27). Drive through the annual holiday light display, then stop by Mistletoe Village to meet Santa, visit the Starry Petting Zoo, shop local artisans, enjoy live holiday music, and more. Visit shelbyfarmspark.org/starrynights for hours, details and tickets. 

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

2012: Memphis Federal Court Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays rules the six suburban towns and cities in Shelby County have to stop their movement toward suburban school districts, voiding the moves they already had made, including school board elections. The six suburbs will soon restart the efforts with the formal work toward building the school systems from the ground up starting in January 2014 toward an opening of all six of the districts eight months later.


Speedway Terrace Seeks Historic District Status

Located along a shady stretch of North Parkway, Speedway Terrace has all the look and feel of a classic Midtown Memphis neighborhood – historical homes, ties to the early days of the city, and an abundance of bungalows.

Developers Eyeing 117-Lot Subdivision Near New Elementary School in Germantown

Looking to capitalize on its proximity to Germantown’s new elementary school site, developers have submitted an application to planning officials for 117-lot subdivision near the southwest corner of Forest Hill-Irene Road and Poplar Pike.

Banks Behind Lakeland Residential Developments

4501 Chambers Chapel Road, , Lakeland, TN 38002 (et. al) -
Plans for more than 225 acres of residential development in Lakeland were presented to the city’s joint Municipal Planning and Design Review Commission on Thursday, Nov. 16.


Drug Testing Company Wants to Expand in Memphis

A drug testing franchise has set its sights on Memphis as the company’s next expansion target, with a plan to open seven new locations in the market.

Officials Talk Bioscience Research Partnership

Three major Memphis health care institutions including the University of Tennessee Health Science Center have established a formal partnership to help spur the commercialization of bioscience and technology breakthroughs.


Council Moves Toward Alcohol on Main Street

Memphis City Council members delayed a final vote Tuesday, Nov. 21, on an ordinance that sets out options for the removal of statues of Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jefferson Davis in city parks, but moved forward on a proposal to allow open alcohol containers and consumption on Main Street.


Generating Flow

Kong Wee Pang’s Public Art Project Will Bridge Main Street with Pinch District

Last year, the Downtown Memphis Commission (DMC) partnered with the city of Memphis Division Housing and Community Development and Shelby County government to host a series of public meetings to brainstorm creative ways to revitalize the Pinch District, both artistically and developmentally.


Preparing For Park Without Brooks, MCA

A new Memphis Brooks Museum of Art Downtown would open in 2022 at the earliest and cost $110 million along with an endowment.


FedEx Exec Richard Smith Named Chairman of Memphis Chamber

Richard W. Smith, president and CEO of FedEx Trade Networks and son of FedEx founder Fred Smith, is the new chairman of the board of the Greater Memphis Chamber.


Trustee’s Office Promotes Financial Education and Counseling

Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir will tell you that the myriad financial education programs and initiatives his office is involved with – covering everything from helping improve consumer credit to financial counseling – are what he sees as part of his job as the “banker for the county.”


Tigers' New Basketball Facility a Palatial Recruiting Tool

When you donate $10 million toward the construction of new basketball practice facility that bears your name, you are entitled to make a joke. So former Tiger Bill Laurie, who played on the 1972-73 Memphis State team that was NCAA runner-up, went for the laugh at the recent ribbon cutting ceremony for the University of Memphis’ $21 million Laurie-Walton Family Basketball Center on south campus named after Laurie and his wife, Nancy Walton Laurie.

Thaddeus Young Charting Own Course on the NBA Court and Off

When Thaddeus Young returns to Memphis, he needs to make extra time. When he walks out of the tunnel to get in his pre-game shooting about an hour before tip-off, everyone from FedExForum ushers to fans to Grizzlies personnel want a moment to say hi and shake hands.

Pro Soccer in Memphis Is a Kick Worth Taking

Just over a week ago, more than 14,000 fans spilled out of the stands at Louisville Slugger Field. Not to celebrate a baseball championship, nor to rush the stage at a rock concert.

Titans Willing to Let Davis Learn on the Job

One of the most anticipated aspects of this Tennessee Titans season was how much of an impact rookie wide receiver Corey Davis could have.

Hillsboro’s Phillips Playing for Bragging Rights

Tennessee’s football team and interim head coach Brady Hoke will try to avoid a historically bad season Saturday.

Tigers Defense Has Persevered Through Adversity This Season

The numbers don’t tell the story. A glance at the American Athletic Conference team statistics show a University of Memphis defense that ranks in the bottom half of the 12-team league in practically every category, from scoring defense (seventh, 32.6 points per game) to total defense (eighth, 452.3 yards per game). The Tigers have allowed 43 touchdowns (4.3 per game) and struggled stopping opponents on third down and in the red zone.

Tigers Savor AAC West-Clinching Victory and Move Up in the Polls

The obvious benefit to the University of Memphis beating SMU 66-45 Saturday at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium was winning the American Athletic Conference West Division title. Getting to hold that trophy high in the air. Achieving something no one can ever take away.

Tigers Defeat SMU, Mother Nature to Clinch AAC West Championship

The football gods decreed that the University of Memphis would have to wait a little longer. Of course they did. Hurricanes and tropical storms altered game schedules and caused harsh playing conditions early in the season. On Saturday, there was a lightning delay just as a berth in the American Athletic Conference title game was within reach.


Hall Joins Arc Mid-South As a Case Manager

De’Borah Hall recently joined The Arc Mid-South as a case manager, bringing with her nearly 15 years of experience in human resources. In her new role, Hall visits The Arc’s clients, who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, in their homes to determine if the organization’s direct support professionals are providing appropriate services, such as bathing, feeding and light housekeeping. The visits also help her evaluate staff members and determine if additional training or disciplinary measures are needed.


Snapshot: Play It Forward

Andrew McNeill browses Ardent Studios’ free music library in front of its Madison Avenue studio. The box, decorated by Memphis artist Lamar Sorrento, invites users to borrow or leave CDs to expose others to new music.


Wiping Slate Clean: Now Less About Who Can Afford It

The scales of justice in Tennessee are slowly tipping back toward the poor – and not so poor – helping them regain traction lost to often-minor transgressions.


Good Morning

RANDOM OBSERVATIONS OF A MORNING. As I write this, I’m out of town and just finished reading an email from friend Gene. He was sharing a few deep thoughts and life questions people have shared with him. Since I found several of them funny enough to spill my coffee on my hosts’ floor and read out loud to people who just woke up, I think I’ll just turn this week’s column over to Gene and get some more coffee.

Promote a Culture Of Everyday Gratitude

Gratitude is our tradition. Giving thanks and recognition for the good in our lives, for the freedoms in our country and to all those among us who, by their words and actions, lift us all is part of our national culture, our country’s tradition. It was even declared a national holiday in 1941.

Retirement Community Revamp

Ray’s Take Deciding where you want to live in retirement is one of the most important questions you should ask yourself when creating your plan. Do you want to stay in the home where you are currently? Or downsize with a downstairs bedroom and no yard? Maybe a retirement community would suit you. 

What is Your Biggest Weakness?

One of the favorite interview questions of hiring managers continues to be, “What is your biggest weakness?” This is a tough question all the way around. If you are too honest, you may eliminate yourself from consideration and not get the job at all. But if you’re not honest enough, you may come across as evasive.

Three C’s to Building a Powerful Team

Many business owners and executives want to be surrounded by empowered and motivated employees who join them in seeking new heights for their companies. But are they creating the right environment for that world to exist inside their companies?

What Harvey Weinstein Taught Me About Workplace Culture

Here’s the truth: Your organization’s culture is defined by the behaviors you tolerate. As a leader, you are responsible for shaping the culture you desire: one where employees feel safe and are able to thrive.

The Economic Impact of HBCUs

For too long historically black colleges and universities have been asked to answer for their very existence.

How to Speed Up Innovation

A keynote presentation at the Back End of Innovation 2017 Conference by Fred Tavan, global head of innovation lab, reinsurance and insurance risk, Sun Life Financial

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