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VOL. TMN-11 | NO. 32 | Saturday, August 11, 2018
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McCalla Says City Violated Consent Decree on Political Surveillance of Protesters

U.S. District Judge Jon P. McCalla ruled Friday, Aug. 10, that Memphis Police gathered political intelligence on protesters over the last two years in violation of a 1978 federal court consent decree. And if the plaintiffs in the 2017 lawsuit against the city can establish their standing in court next week, McCalla said he is prepared to declare the city in contempt of the consent decree and impose sanctions.

A Costly Ride

City tasked with selling a better plan for MATA at $30M per year.

Memphis is poised to adopt a transit plan that promises a big economic splash, but first supporters must sell the general public on a $30 million annual price tag before any transformation occurs.

EMPHASIS Women & Business

Managing Public Office With Private Lives is a Question of Balance

They juggle work and home life just as their counterparts in the business world, but women in public office do so under the full-time weight of civic duties that sometimes lead to hazards in their lives.

Perfect Vision

Tharp Finds Success As Midtown Optometrist

As owner of Tharp’s Optical Boutique in Midtown, Dr. Linda Tharp has run her private optometry practice from the same 1720 Madison Ave. location the past 27 years. Despite the fact that she has no street frontage, her business has grown over the years strictly through word-of-mouth and referrals.

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EVENTS

Ballet Memphis hosts its free Ballet Memphis School Sampler Saturday, Aug. 11, from 9 a.m. to noon in its Imagine Studio, 2144 Madison Ave. Parents can learn about Ballet Memphis programs and children ages 3-18 can try a class for free. Schedule: Discover Dance (ages 3-5), 9:15 to 9:45 a.m.; beginner ballet (ages 6-10), 9:45 to 10:30 a.m.; beginner ballet (11 and older), 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.; and tap (any age), 11:15 to noon. No special clothes required. Visit balletmemphis.org/events for details.

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Garner Framed Magnolia Homes’ Success by Putting Buyers First

For local homebuilder and developer Karen Garner, starting her own business 31 years ago as a single mother with two children was filled with challenges, but being a woman in a male-dominated industry did not turn out to be one of them.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Workshop an Invaluable Service

Memphis will have done an invaluable service by the arrival of the Stuttering Association for the Young in November for their workshop.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Montreal-based Investor Has Contract to Purchase One Commerce Square

A Montreal-based real estate investor is under contract to buy One Commerce Square. The pending sale was revealed in a letter to the Downtown Memphis Commission.

Loeb Presents Renderings of New Hotel Proposed for Overton Square

New renderings were released Tuesday of an Overton Square hotel tall enough – at seven stories – for rooftop bar patrons to see much of Midtown, including Overton Park six blocks to the north.

Colonial Country Club Submits Request for Redevelopment of a Larger Tract

The planned redevelopment of Colonial Country Club in Cordova has taken a major turn, including a new, deep-pocketed development partnership planning to add acreage, a mix of retail, restaurants, offices and full-service hotel.

Bids Put Cost Of Airport Concourse Renovation Near $250M

Estimates for Memphis International Airport’s long-awaited concourse overhaul have climbed toward a quarter billion dollars.

Lack of Young Employees Hurting Construction

The epidemic diminishing of the construction workforce in a post-recession world is primarily fueled by a sharp decline in the number of young construction workers, according to research conducted by BuildZoom’s chief economist Issi Romem.

HEALTH CARE

Service Flexibility

MERI launches mobile bioskills lab

More medical professionals and students across the U.S. and Canada will have the chance to learn the latest technologies, devices and surgical procedures thanks to a new mobile bioskills lab that hit the streets in recent weeks. The lab is the first owned by the Medical Education and Research Institute (MERI), which has managed similar mobile labs through medical device companies like Medtronic for the past 20 years.

DOWNTOWN

Co-working and Retail Space for Digital Creatives Launches on Main Street

What began in 2017 as a Slack messaging channel for digital creatives turned into a limited liability company with the goal of improving Memphis’ digital design industry through education, community and solidarity. Now, the group has a physical co-working and retail space in Downtown Memphis.

Police HQ No Longer in Running for Second Convention Center Hotel

The Civic Center Plaza building that is currently Memphis Police Department headquarters is out of the running to be the site of a second convention center hotel.

NONPROFIT SECTOR

Making a Splash

New amenities turn urban park into more popular destination

Jen Andrews’ office is in the northwest corner of the visitor center at Shelby Farms Park. The office’s huge windows give her an expansive view of the park. But it’s also two-way glass. On the outside of that glass, at a certain height, are smudges where children have pressed their foreheads and dogs have jumped up with their paws.

POLITICS

Outgoing County Register Tom Leatherwood Will Vie for Lollar’s Seat

Outgoing Shelby County Register Tom Leatherwood is the Republican nominee for the state House seat held by the late Ron Lollar.

EDUCATION

Day One

New school year sees historic changes shift to putting down roots

Five school years into the historic merger and demerger of public education in Shelby County, the start of the sixth school year classes this month shows the change is establishing very real roots.

LeMoyne-Owen Adds Talent To Be More Competitive

As a child, Adriane Johnson-Williams remembers plucking honeysuckles off the fence as she passed Elmwood Cemetery, cutting through apartment buildings and meeting friends on the way to summer camp at LeMoyne-Owen College.

Bridging a Gap

ESL school will help immigrants better adjust to new home

Speaking through a translator, Luan Bomfim said he misses his family and friends back home in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “A lot of times I think I’m going to go back to Brazil, because the people here are very different,” he told Connect Language Center operations manager Bailey Gilbert in his native Portuguese.

American Way Middle Makes Debut as an I-Zone School

It may have been inevitable that American Way Middle School would be on the schedule of Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson to visit on the first day of the school year.

THE TIPPING POINT

Inspired by Unlikely Hero, Robertson Fulfilling Needs

When thinking of “heroes” or “role models” for African-American males, the first names that come to mind might be sports phenoms or our immediate past president, Barack Obama. But wherever your mind wanders, I doubt it lands on Bayard Rustin.

REAL ESTATE

Commercial Appeal, Amazon Eying New Locations

262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 -
The $412 million advanced research center at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital took another step forward Thursday, July 26, when a new building permit application was filed for $330 million.

LAW & THE COURTS

Appeals Court Vacates $28M Judgment Against Local Nursing Home in Death of Resident

The Tennessee Court of Appeals has vacated a $28 million judgment against the owners of a Memphis nursing home where a patient died after poor care, and a new hearing will determine the amount of punitive damages in the case.

SPORTS

Sound System Upgrade, Locker Room Improvements Among Renovations to Liberty Bowl

When Memphis football fans file into Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium Sept. 1 for the Tigers home opener against Mercer they will be able to hear things a bit clearer, thanks to an upgraded sound system.

Precious Minutes

Craft, Dillon hope to make the most of their playing time

Old football bromide: “A team makes its biggest improvement between the first game and the second game … ” But for Memphis Tiger seniors Sam Craft and Jackson Dillon, it’s more like, “Getting from the first game to the second game would be a HUGE improvement.”

Germantown’s Ian Clark Finds His Krewe in Big Easy

In 2017, former Belmont University star Ian Clark experienced the ultimate high for an NBA player, capturing the league championship as part of a star-studded Golden State Warriors team.

Redbirds Roster Changing Again As Cardinals Revamp Outfield

Another week, another makeover for the Memphis Redbirds’ roster. Nothing new. After the St. Louis Cardinals used the trade deadline to restock and reconfigure the farm system creating opportunities for prospects, the Redbirds’ outfield got a fast remodel.

Gainwell Learning Multiple Roles on Offense As He Embarks On Tiger Career

Memphis Tiger freshman Kenny Gainwell lined up as a running back in the middle of Sunday’s Liberty Bowl practice and took a handoff through the offensive line for a short gain.

Tony Pollard a Known Commodity Entering 2018

Took Tony Pollard all of 10 seconds in a 2016 win at Temple to establish himself as a generational talent for the University of Memphis football team. Did it by becoming the first Tiger in a generation to turn a kickoff return into a touchdown.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

My American Story. Again

JUST CALL ME LEIF. I wrote this a year ago. Recently, the column won an award for humor, but we’ve done so much in this last year to distort the meaning of being American it’s not even funny.

Multi-generational Living on the Rise

Ray’s Take: Almost 20 percent of Americans today live in households with multiple generations. According to a recent report from the Pew Research Center, 64 million people reside in a property with two or more adult generations.

Ghosting: Dating Phenomenon Hitting the Job Search World

The number of companies reporting job search candidates are ghosting them is on the rise. Ghosting is a term typically used in dating. It happens when you’ve been dating and one of the people stops responding to all communication with no reasons as to why. They may suddenly stop returning calls, texts or emails. It’s as if they disappear.

3 Ways to Create a Tiny Masterpiece

Video ad spend will grow 49 percent—to roughly $18 billion—in 2018, reports Vox Media. It seems everyone is on the video bandwagon. Reams of video ads jam the internet like five o’clock traffic on the expressway. Billions vie for brand leadership and the coveted click conversion, but only the best and the brightest make it to the top.

Stop or Go? What Move to Make During Leadership Transition

Should you stop your fundraising when your organization has a leadership change? Slow it down? When do you put on the brakes?

Follow the Rules for Sending Commercial Email Messages

If you’re like me, you regularly receive emails from people or companies you don’t know, peddling products or services you have no interest in. Sorting through them can be time-consuming and annoying. If they don’t comply with requirements for sending commercial messages, they’re illegal.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 68 321 13,763
MORTGAGES 79 340 15,906
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 20 44 2,183
BUILDING PERMITS 265 765 28,522
BANKRUPTCIES 49 227 8,877
BUSINESS LICENSES 28 113 4,678
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 25 118 5,511
MARRIAGE LICENSES 16 73 2,967

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