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VOL. TMN-10 | NO. 36 | Saturday, September 2, 2017
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Raising The Ceiling

Inside the program and out, more expected from Memphis football

Here’s the thing about expectations: You either embrace them, turning them into some divine combination of daily bread and rocket fuel, or they crush you.

Tennessee Changes Course on DACA Opposition

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery announced Friday, Sept. 1, that the state of Tennessee is dropping its legal challenge of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – DACA – program created by executive order during the Obama administration.

Nathan Bedford Forrest Bust to Stay in Capitol

The Tennessee Capitol Commission blocked Gov. Bill Haslam’s request Friday, Sept. 1, to move the embattled Nathan Bedford Forrest bust out of the State Capitol to the Tennessee State Museum.


Editorial: Making the Case For Memphis Disorientation

It can be a bit disorienting. Gateways – Bicentennial, Overton Park, even Binghampton. There’s that second convention center hotel. And Heartbreak Hotel in Whitehaven gives way to a $40 million, 6,000-seat arena that is most certainly not in Midtown or Downtown.

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The 28th Southern Heritage Classic takes place Thursday, Sept. 7, through Saturday, Sept. 9. The three-day cultural festival features 10 events – including concerts, a college and career fair, the Classic Parade and more – all culminating in the annual football game between Tennessee State and Jackson State Saturday at 6 p.m. at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, 335 S. Hollywood St. Visit southernheritageclassic.com for a schedule.

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Tigers Deliver Victory in Wind and Rain

Tigers kick returner Tony Pollard let the ball settle into his hands. Do not take that part for granted. This was at the start of the second half Thursday night at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. And not to say there was a lot of water, but at one point the Cajun Navy probably could have sailed areas of the stadium concourse.

Harvey's Memphis Remnants Take Out Power to 40,000

The remnants of Hurricane Harvey “wreaked havoc” in Shelby County Thursday, Aug. 31, according to Memphis Light Gas and Water Division President Jerry Collins.

Tennessee Shakespeare Company Buys Ballet Memphis' Cordova Facility

The Tennessee Shakespeare Company has its first permanent home, announcing Thursday, Aug. 31, that it has bought the Ballet Memphis facility at 7950 Trinity Road in Cordova for $1.9 million.


September 1-7, 2017: This week in Memphis history

2016: The formal opening of Heart of the Park improvements at Shelby Farms Park. The $70 million project includes an expansion of the 52-acre Patriot Lake to create the 80-acre Hyde Lake, the addition of 300 more trees to the park’s landscape, a new visitors center and an event center with a restaurant, and a new entrance to the park further east of Farm Road.


Financial Services Firm Inks Deal At Clark Tower

According to multiple sources close to the deal, the Memphis arm of MassMutual will merge with a Nashville-based financial group and move its combined operations into the 23rd floor of the Clark Tower.

Frayser Battle Renewed

Proposed construction landfill extension draws community ire

A plan to expand a construction landfill near Whitney Elementary School is drawing a lot of resistance from many Frayser stakeholders in advance of its Sept. 7 meeting with the Land Use Control Board.

New Union Ave. Bank Branch, Whitehaven Wastewater Facility Seek Design Variances

Pinnacle Bank is seeking a set of variances from the Memphis and Shelby County Board of Adjustment to build a new branch at the corner of Union Avenue and Rozelle Street.

Highwoods in Talks to Backfill MassMutual Space at Triad III

Even with a renewed interest in the city’s core and two new office buildings under construction, Class A space in the East Submarket is about as hot as it gets right now, so it’s not a surprise that the soon-to-be-vacated space currently occupied by a Memphis-based MassMutual firm in Triad Centre III has already drawn serious interest.

Pottery Studio/Coffee House to Open on Highland Strip

549 S. Highland St., Memphis, TN 38122 -
Belltower Artisans, a pottery studio and coffee shop founded in 2016 by college students Micah Dempsey and Christopher Galbreath, has inked a deal to move into a 2,788-square-foot space in the Highland Strip.


University Clinical Health Continues Growth Spurt

University Clinical Health, the clinical practice organization affiliated with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, is expanding with the acquisition of a new practice, the addition of another and some future expansion beyond Memphis coming soon.

A Different Body of Work Emerges For The Hereafter

With the cost of traditional casket funerals rising to an average of $9,000 or more, many people are choosing less expensive options like cremation and donating their bodies to science. Numerous “green” options for cremated remains such as biodegradable urns or even using ashes for tree planting, use in rebuilding coral reefs, for stones for jewelry or for tattoos and portraits are gaining popularity.

Top Molecular Researcher Joins St. Jude

As the field of structural biology enjoys revolutionary advances in technology, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has added one of the top researchers in the world to its team with the announcement of Dr. Charalampos “Babis” Kalodimos as the new chair of its Department of Structural Biology.


Strickland Seeks $21.5M to Begin Work on Convention Center, Gateway

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is seeking $21.5 million in immediate funding for pre-construction and early construction work on two projects on Downtown's north end: the long-awaited renovation of the Memphis Convention Center and to begin specific planning, land acquisition and construction for the Bicentennial Gateway project that includes the convention center and the Pinch District area north of it.

Corker Draws Distinction Between Tax Cuts, Reform

Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee says he wants to see tax reform that might mean a reduction in some taxes but very specific cuts aimed at a larger goal of promoting economic growth that makes up the revenue lost.

Floyd Bonner Opens Campaign for Sheriff

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Floyd Bonner Jr. kicked off his campaign for sheriff Tuesday, Aug. 29, with a group of 150 supporters at The Racquet Club in East Memphis and the full endorsement of current Sheriff Bill Oldham.

Commission Votes Down Health Coverage Change

Shelby County Commissioners voted down a switch Monday, Aug, 28, of the county’s health insurance administration contract from Cigna to an $11 million, two-year contract with two one-year renewal options with Aetna.


Experts Differ on Convention Center Hotel Financing

At the end of the final hour-long panel discussion during the two-day Southern Lodging Summit Downtown, Chad Crandell, the managing director and CEO of CHM Warnick – one of the best-known hotel asset management firms and advisers to hotel owners – made his pitch.

Memphis Receives First Check From Airbnb

Nationally and in Memphis, the hotel room supply, room demand, occupancy rate and average daily room rate were all on the rise year-to-date through July, pointing to a healthy market overall.


Pet Project

Camp Bow Wow franchisees find success catering to canine campers

Canine companions reside in 44 percent of U.S. households, and most dog owners consider them part of their family. But many pooches spend their days home alone while their humans are at work, which can create stress and separation anxiety for these highly social pack animals.

Silly Goose Owner Opening New Lounge in South Main

After making a name for himself as a popular bartender in Downtown Memphis, Daniel Masters struck out on his own and opened his first bar, The Silly Goose, at the age of 28.

ICCC Program Attracts Local Business Owners

More than 100 local entrepreneurs received mentoring and coaching on Tuesday, Aug. 29, to help them grow their small businesses. The Inner City Capital Connections program at the FedEx Institute of Technology on the University of Memphis campus returned after first coming to Memphis in August 2014.


Sharing Their Lessons As Business Owners

One of the reasons that Deni and Patrick Reilly’s popular Downtown restaurant The Majestic Grille has endured for 11 years is because of the way they’ve learned to adapt to the limitations of the food business.


High School Tests Show Modest Gains in Shelby County Schools

Of the 41 high schools in the Shelby County Schools system, 20 increased the percentage of students considered by state achievement test standards to be “on track” or to have “mastered” math. And 17 of the 41 high schools increased the percentage of students on track or who have mastered English skills – both as measured in the second year of the state’s new TNReady standards.


Latino & Local

Latino Memphis marks political turn in Trump era

Mauricio Calvo has heard the saying “all politics is local” in the course of making and maintaining connections through the Latino Memphis organization he leads. But prior to this year, political connections for the organization were more about getting needed services and building long-term relationships over time.


Tri-State Hosts Grand Opening of Banking HQ

Tri-State Bank CEO Thomas Felder estimates that the more than 70-year-old institution – which has shifted its retail bank headquarters from Downtown to Whitehaven – will have a $2.5 million economic impact on the neighborhood surrounding it.

Confederate Emblems Attacked Statewide

Germantown aldermen approved a resolution Monday, Aug. 28, to “combat hate, extremism and bigotry” with two of the five aldermen, John Barzizza and Dean Massey, abstaining.


Grizzlies’ Grind City Media Expands Into Football Coverage

Last September, the Memphis Grizzlies launched their new in-house digital news and information platform: Grind City Media.

Will Grizzlies Have A Leg to Stand On?

David Fizdale was eloquent as he again stated the city of Memphis should remove its Confederate statues. Chris Wallace appeared to have lost weight, an executive expression that this team will be ready for training camp in a few weeks.

Zach Randolph Faces Misdemeanor Marijuana Charge in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph has been charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession and resisting arrest following an incident this month when a large gathering became unruly at a Los Angeles housing project, prosecutors said Thursday.

Vols at Their Best When Expectations Are Low

Based on preseason predictions, the SEC East is pretty much a toss-up between Georgia and Florida.

Tanney Hopes Nashville is Not His Last Stop

By the time you read this, it is possible that Alex Tanney might have already thrown his last pass as a member of the Tennessee Titans.

Vols, Jackets Each Eager to Make Statement

Enough of the talk. Enough of the speculation. Let’s play some football.

After Returning to a Bowl Game, Vanderbilt Looks to Go Higher in SEC East

It’s always good to know who you are. Gives you a foundation. A starting place.

Memphis Hustle to Debut Nov. 4, Have 23 Home Games

The Grizzlies’ minor league team, the Memphis Hustle, will begin play in the NBA G League on Nov. 4 and have 23 home games.


Rhodes’ Wigginton Shaping Campus Culture in New Role

Rhodes College has appointed Russell Wigginton vice president of student life and dean of students. In his newly created role, he will provide leadership for student success and help shape the campus culture for a diverse and inclusive student body.


Outsourcing by Any Other Name Still Not So Sweet

Outsourcing is starting to become a four-letter word in state government.


I Recommend a New Novel

They read us like a book. When I was growing up, The Book Shelf was about where the northwest corner of the Kroger in Poplar Plaza is now. It smelled like books – not the library smell of tomes and the weight of knowledge, but the smell of brand-new information, shiny new possibilities, a world of discovery on a personal scale.

Retirement Worries to Tackle Ahead of Time

Ray’s Take: A long, happy retirement is one of the great American dreams.

Italy’s Enchanted Five Lands

Visit any bookstore’s travel section and take a quick look at the cover of the Italy guidebooks. Chances are the photo is of the postcard-perfect view of one of the cliff-side Cinque Terre villages along the Italian Riviera.

Helping a Hopeless Job Seeker

If you have a job seeker in your life, there’s a decent chance you’re concerned about them. This is especially true if they are currently unemployed. They’re upset. You feel upset. You may secretly wonder what they’re doing wrong, and what you can do to help.

Ignite Your Website’s SEO

You have likely invested, to some degree, in search engine optimization – or SEO – to improve how prospective customers find you via an internet search. Unfortunately, few companies continue to invest in this vital strategy.

Bravery Overcomes Internal Barriers

It never fails; the same stories and struggles pop up midway through an innovation session.

Old-School Fundraising

Online giving, viral campaigns, large grants from foundations, funding from government agencies. These are some of the popular revenue streams for nonprofits. Those with earned revenue also secure funds from tuition, fees, sales, leases, rentals, licenses and other sources. All sources provide the money needed to make the missions of nonprofits come to life. There is also another important revenue source: “old-school fundraising” or “passing the hat.”

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