VOL. TMN-10 | NO. 39 | Saturday, September 23, 2017
LITE Memphis growing minority entrepreneurs from the ground up
He asked to only be a small part of this story. But when you come up with an idea so good, so powerful, that it’s named as one of the top 20 ideas in the Forbes Change the World Competition, you are the story’s foundation.
The Children’s Foundation of Memphis is donating $2 million to endow a chair of excellence at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and establish the first cerebral palsy research center in the southeastern United States.
UPDATE: After a jury in Savannah, Tennessee convicted Zachary Adams Friday of first degree murder, kidnapping and rape, prosecutors and the defense announced a sentencing agreement Saturday that means Adams will serve life in prison without parole plus 50 years for the 2011 murder of Holly Bobo.
Independent schools in the Memphis area are recording strong enrollment numbers as parents seek rigorous academics, small class sizes and educational approaches that prepare their children for the highly competitive college entrance process.
Kristen Ring, the new head of school at Hutchison School, dispels the notion that data on student achievement is only a function of state and federal requirements for public school systems.
Over the last decade or so, Memphis-area independent schools have made major improvements in their athletic facilities – to the point it sometimes looks like an athletics arms race mimicking what is happening across college campuses.
Research has shown show early childhood education sets the foundation for academic success in elementary school, and Memphis’ independent schools boast a number of high-quality preschool programs with expert educators, innovative approaches and state-of-the-art technology.
When he was mayor, Willie Herenton had a saying that was his answer to speculation about whether he had crossed a legal line. Like the time when he bought an option on land fronting Union Avenue near AutoZone Park that was being considered as a possible site for a new convention center or hotel.
THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC
1933: George Barnes, better known as “Machine Gun Kelly,” and three other people were arrested at a house on East Rayner Street for the kidnapping of oil millionaire Charles Urschel. Barnes was the first nationally known fugitive to be captured by the FBI. On the run from the FBI, Barnes returned to Memphis, the city where he had grown up and attended Central High School.
Face of ‘Fed Up’ gun violence ad uses head, prison experience
The advertisement moves fast, even for 30 seconds. It’s got hip-hop artist Marco Pave with Grammy Award-winning producer Carlos Broady. And the message is to the point as the camera comes in close on the face of a man who says emphatically, “Don’t lose your head, use your head.”
COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE
Elvis Presley Enterprises has significantly altered the plans for its new entertainment venue in Whitehaven after the Memphis Grizzlies raised concerns surrounding a noncompete agreement with the city involving FedExForum.
The developers of a $24 million Overton Square hotel and a Canadian elevator company looking to build its first U.S. facility in Memphis have been awarded tax incentives to move ahead with their projects.
CRE community weighs in on possible Brooks relocation
The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art was already more than 10 years old when Sears, Roebuck & Co. opened its nearby Crosstown store in 1927 and the rest of the neighborhood began to fill in, so it was shock for many Memphians to hear about the possibility of the iconic institution leaving the only home it’s ever known.
Highwoods Properties Inc. has sold a massive portion of its portfolio in Southwind to a New York-based investment group for $39 million.
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A New York-based investment trust has paid $15.9 million for the Germantown medical office building that houses Wolf River Surgery Center.
FedEx’s earnings per share for the first quarter were down year over year, as the Memphis-based shipping company continues to feel the effects of a June 27 cyberattack on subsidiary TNT Express that ended up costing $300 million.
Memphis-based auto parts retailer AutoZone Inc. continues to find itself in an environment that’s unusual for the company and one that it’s not accustomed to, with the company’s fiscal fourth quarter sales bearing that out.
GOVERNMENT & POLITICS
Two Arlington aldermen were re-elected in municipal elections Thursday, Sept. 21, that were the only scheduled elections of 2017 in Shelby County politics. And a third incumbent alderman was upset by his challenger as an outgoing interim alderman was elected to the Arlington school board.
For most of the ongoing discussion about a reconfiguration of the Fairgrounds, the Liberty Bowl has been a part of the background. Much of the attention has been on what to do with the Mid-South Coliseum and what new uses or buildings will do to existing parking.
Memphis City Council chairman Berlin Boyd ended his company’s fundraising contract with the Beale Street Merchants Association Tuesday, Sept. 19. But he again insisted the contract was not a conflict of interest in his duties as a council member voting on items involving the entertainment district.
It’s a story that former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean tells just about every place in the state he goes in his campaign to be the state’s next governor.
The effects of another companywide restructuring at newspaper publisher Gannett Co. Inc. – which owns USA Today as well as The Commercial Appeal – have touched the newsroom in Memphis, following an even deeper round of local cuts earlier this year.
Loved ones dream of Alzheimer’s prevention and a cure
Phyllis Roy lost her husband, John W. Roy, to Alzheimer’s disease on April 27. He was 75 years old and had been diagnosed seven years earlier.
As leaders of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art announced this month they are considering a move to a newly built facility elsewhere in the city, the Overton Park Conservancy was beginning to develop a master plan for the Midtown park, including the museum, Memphis Zoo, Memphis College of Art and Levitt Shell.
Shelby County Schools posted a graduation rate of 79.6 percent for the 2016-2017 academic year, up almost a full percentage point from the previous school year. And Arlington Community Schools was one of 43 public school districts in the state with a graduation rate at or above 95 percent.
As the Beale Street Task Force moves toward making recommendations to the Memphis City Council on a Saturday night Beale Street cover charge, there isn’t a consensus on the $5 charge.
LAW & THE COURTS
Rev. Keith Norman says just about every time federal monitors in the settlement agreement with Juvenile Court come to Memphis they meet with him and want to hear from a broad cross section of Memphians with no filtering of those they encounter.
The U.S. Senate has confirmed Tipton County prosecutor Mike Dunavant as the new U.S. attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, based in Memphis with offices in Jackson, Tennessee.
THE TIPPING POINT
Early one clear September morning, Overton Square is still half-asleep, the parking lot next to Hattiloo Theatre empty save a few cars. In 12 hours, Hattiloo’s lobby will pulse with a throng of guests at the opening night of “Fetch Clay, Make Man,” the theater’s current production. But for now, Ekundayo Bandele, Hattiloo’s founder and CEO, is leaning back in a desk chair, dreaming aloud about the year 2022.
The Memphis Redbirds had just won an extra-inning playoff game at AutoZone Park. First-year manager Stubby Clapp was in his office. Next to him, changing clothes, was the guy who had managed Clapp on the team’s Pacific Coast League championship team 17 years earlier.
The team has not yet cracked this season’s Top 25, but at the University of Memphis everyone gets how this works. You beat No. 25 UCLA 48-45 on national television and the Bruins fall out of the rankings.
Who would’ve thought the center of the Southeastern Conference football universe would be Nashville in late September?
As great as the 48-45 victory over then-No. 25 UCLA was, as nice as it has been to hear the University of Memphis getting national mentions, the Tigers have work to do. Maybe more than you’d imagine.
Memphis plays Durham in Triple-A Championship Game on Sept. 19
Patrick Wisdom, one of the few constants on the Memphis Redbirds this season, hit a two-run homer and made a critical defensive play in Sunday’s 3-1 victory at El Paso to win the Pacific Coast League championship.
Travis Flee has been named a director of Youth Villages’ marketing and communications department, where he serves as director of digital strategy and creative services. Flee comes to Youth Villages with nearly 20 years of marketing experience, serving most recently as the director of digital brand marketing for Hilton Worldwide.
Blacksmiths Tim Schaeffer, left, and Jeff Funk work on repairing a vintage andiron at the Metal Museum during Repair Days 2017. Repair Days is an annual fundraiser hosted by the Metal Museum where metalsmiths from across the country travel to the museum to make repairs on various objects. Repair Days 2017, being held through Sept. 24, is free with admission when you bring in something to be repaired. All proceeds from repairs benefit the museum.
VIEW FROM THE HILL
Forgiveness or farewell: What should be the fate of the Achievement School District?
GHOST AND SPIRIT. I walked through the town at mid-morning. Like any town you spend a lifetime in, you know people.
Ray’s Take: There’s nothing quite like the feeling of seeing your neighbor drive up in their beautiful new car or hearing about their fabulous planned vacation. It can make you forget about every other plan or goal you’ve made for yourself. Keeping up with the Joneses can eat away at your financial dreams.
I use the alarm clock on my iPhone, which means as I turn it off I sometimes also see whatever breaking news alerts popped up overnight.
Recently, I started receiving a question I haven’t heard much before: “Should I put my photo on my resume?”
Disasters are chaotic and complex. Just a few minutes of howling wind or shaking earth can leave years of cleaning up, rebuilding and coping with a new reality.
Humans are a limited species. We cannot with any certainty, given the dynamic nature of life, predict the future.
What if you could step back in time and experience a Night at the Lorraine, the motel that has been redeveloped and transformed into the National Civil Rights Museum? That’s the opportunity that Jeanette O’Bryant, development officer with the museum, provides for guests. Together with her committee chair, Terrence Reed, NATL committee members, employees and volunteers, she created a new, fun revenue stream.