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VOL. 132 | NO. 197 | Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Two Midtown Projects Apply for Tax Incentives

Two separate Midtown projects, both located on Cooper Street, are seeking 11-year tax abatements from the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Center City Revenue Finance Corp. board.

CBRE to Handle Leasing for Southwind Office Center

Group RMC Corp., the new owners of Southwind Office Center, have tapped CBRE’s Ron Kastner and Patrick Reilly to handle leasing services for the recently acquired asset.

Memphis Officials Lay Out Initial Pitch for Amazon HQ

With 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in capital expenditures at stake, it stands to reason that cities hoping to land Amazon.com’s second U.S. headquarters will do whatever it takes to close the “once-in-a-lifetime” deal.

City Council Delays Final Vote on Confederate Monuments

Memphis City Council members delayed a third and final vote on an ordinance that would direct the city administration to remove Confederate monuments in two city parks if the state historical commission doesn’t allow it later this month.

Seeking Relevance

Music director wants Memphis Symphony to take more chances

As he prepared to kick off his first season as the Memphis Symphony Orchestra’s music director with a pair of opening weekend concerts Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, principal conductor Robert Moody looked back on a career that’s taken him to some impressive highs, and acknowledged the power of serendipity.

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The 2017 Senior Safari, hosted by the Professional Network on Aging, will take place Wednesday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Memphis Zoo, 2000 Prentiss Place. The day will feature free zoo admission for individuals 55 and older; free parking and tram rides; live entertainment; and information on healthy living, financial planning, housing, insurance and more. Visit pnamidsouth.org for details.

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Amazon to Expand in Seattle With Big Downtown Tower

SEATTLE (AP) – Amazon has agreed to a big expansion in Seattle, less than a month after the e-commerce giant announced it was looking for a second headquarters in North America.

Last Word: The Amazon Offer, Mario Chalmers, The New Symphony Conductor

If you want to figure out the rhythm of Downtown there are a couple of time-honored indicators. One of my favorites is the church bells. The bell at Calvary Episcopal Church rang 60 times Tuesday for all of the lives lost in the Las Vegas massacre including that of the shooter. Old tones for new mourning as the seasons change in our city by the river.

Beale Street Task Force Outlines Two Cover Charge Options

A Beale Street Task Force assembled this summer to consider the future of a spring and summer cover charge Saturday nights after 10 p.m. in the district is recommending the cover charge stay.

Pimento’s, Salsarita’s To Anchor New Retail Center

Developer Kevin Hyneman will be seeking his first official green light from the Collierville Planning Commission on Thursday, Oct. 5, for a new commercial retail building at the southwest corner of Winchester and Houston Levee roads.

Buckman Acquires CiDRA Chemical

Memphis-based Buckman has acquired CiDRA Chemical Management Inc. of Wallingford, Connecticut, Buckman announced Tuesday, Oct. 3. Terms of the deal were not announced.

SNAPSHOT: Law Students, Citizens Protest

A group of 28 students from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys Law School and citizens gathered around the Jefferson Davis statue in Memphis Park Tuesday, Oct. 3, following a forum by the law school and the Black Law Students Association.

St. Mary’s Plans New Athletic Mission

St. Mary’s Episcopal School plans to demolish its former middle school building and gymnasium as part of a new athletic mission for the independent all-girls school in East Memphis.

ServiceMaster Appoints Persson To Lead American Home Shield Spinoff

The ServiceMaster spinoff of American Home Shield will be overseen by a former Ingersoll Rand executive with experience in corporate spinoffs and their development


A Positive First Step For Grizzlies’ Mario Chalmers

Veteran point guard Mario Chalmers is on a partially guaranteed contract and that means what it sounds like it means. The Grizzlies wanted to give Chalmers, 31, a long look, but coming off surgery for an Achilles injury they didn’t believe it was automatic he would be ready to serve as Mike Conley’s backup as he did two seasons ago.


Retired FedEx Exec Rodriguez Becomes City of Memphis CIO

Mike Rodriguez recently became the city of Memphis’ director of information services and chief information officer, a role he took on after retiring from a 27-year career at FedEx Corp. Rodriguez, who most recently served as FedEx’s director of information security, was nominated as city CIO by Mayor Jim Strickland and confirmed by the Memphis City Council Sept. 23.


Freedom At Work

One of the worst feelings you can feel at work is trapped with no way out. I meet professionals every day who feel chained to their job. They are very often in unhealthy situations that make them miserable each and every day. Some have an abusive boss. Others work for a company they no longer believe in. But because they rely on the income, they’re stuck. It feels like a dead-end road with no way out. It can be stressful and emotional.

LinkedIn Lead Gen Best Practices

According to HubSpot’s State of Inbound 2017, 63 percent of marketers find generating traffic and leads to be their biggest challenge. In that same report, sales representatives find identifying good leads as one of their primary struggles.


Buffett Buys Big Into Haslam Family's Pilot Flying J

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Warren Buffett's company is acquiring a major stake in Pilot Flying J truck stops and it will take over a majority stake within about five years from the family of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

Nashville Mayor Presents Stadium Financing Proposal for MLS Bid

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Mayor Megan Barry has proposed a $250 million stadium deal as the final piece in Nashville's bid for a Major League Soccer expansion team.

Trial Date Set for Feb. 27 in Deadly School Bus Crash

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – A judge has set a trial date for the driver in a Tennessee school bus crash that killed six elementary school students last year.


Former Equifax CEO Says Response Should Have Been Better

WASHINGTON (AP) – The former chairman and CEO of Equifax says the challenge of responding to the concerns of tens of millions of consumers in the wake of a massive data breach proved overwhelming, and regrettably, his company made mistakes.

Automakers Bounce Back With Strong Sales in September

DETROIT (AP) – Toyota, Honda, Ford, General Motors, Nissan and Volkswagen all posted strong monthly U.S. sales numbers, confirming expectations that a boost in sales from hurricane-ravaged Texas would push the industry to a September rebound.

Retail Group Expects Holiday Sales to Rise 3.6 to 4 Percent

NEW YORK (AP) – With stores closing and retailers filing for bankruptcy, a trade group says it still expects holiday sales to at least match the 3.6 percent growth of a year ago, as online shopping keeps increasing and improving wages may put people in a mood to spend.

Ben & Jerry's Agrees to Improve Conditions for Farmworkers

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) – Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's has agreed to improve the pay and working conditions of people hired by farms that provide milk to the company.

Buffett Says Government Should Do More to Combat Poverty

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Billionaire Warren Buffett says America will continue to prosper overall, but government and philanthropy should do more to ensure that pockets of poverty don't continue to make it difficult for some to succeed.


Microsoft Touts VR Headsets That Pair With Windows 10

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Microsoft is touting virtual reality headsets made by other companies in hopes of establishing personal computers running on its Windows 10 operating system as the best way for people to experience artificial worlds.


Trying to Get Sober? NIH Offers Tool to Help Find Good Care

WASHINGTON (AP) – The phone calls come – from fellow scientists and desperate strangers – with a single question for the alcohol chief at the National Institutes of Health: Where can my loved one find good care to get sober?

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