VOL. TMN-11 | NO. 31 | Saturday, August 4, 2018
Relief for Lamar Avenue congestion finally in sight
Considered by many to be the main artery of Memphis’ robust logistical and distribution network, the Lamar Avenue Corridor has long been clogged by its own narrow lanes and outdated capacity.
Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story indicated the Womack House at 152 N. Tucker was sold. The transaction was for an easement, not the entire property.
“It’s really not as daunting as it looks,” Collierville Schools superintendent John Aitken said Saturday, Aug. 4, as he took reporters on a tour of the $95 million Collierville High School that gets its formal opening with a Sunday afternoon ribbon cutting and has its first school day Aug. 13 when the Collierville Schools system academic year begins.
The city’s release of 330 pages of previously sealed documents from the federal court case on police surveillance clearly shows police have kept tabs on protesters.
THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC
1973: On the front page of The Daily News, State Representative Harold Ford touts a legal opinion from the Tennessee Attorney General’s office on the redrawing of U.S. House district lines by the legislature. Shelby County election commissioners contend they control the use of precinct boundaries in setting those lines not the legislature. The legal opinion says the legislature has the power to set the boundaries and a local body cannot overrule or change that. Ford would run in the 8th Congressional district election the next year, taking the Democratic primary and claiming the seat in the general election in an upset of Republican incumbent Dan Kuykendall.
Scan Interiors, a source in Memphis for modern, contemporary and international furniture for three decades, will close Sept. 25. The business at 1826 Sycamore View mailed “thank you’’ cards this week to customers who have purchased its home and office furniture over the years.
David McKinney later this month starts his new job as senior vice president for public policy at the Greater Memphis Chamber.
North Memphis distillery rolls out new local brand
Tucked away in a nondescript North Memphis warehouse, Big River Distilling Company has been quietly crafting, barreling and aging its arsenal of small batch whiskeys and bourbons. But since this process takes years to see to fruition, they decided to lay low until the time was right to unveil their brand to the public.
Two small businesses in the Whitehaven area were awarded forgivable loans Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 1, by the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County to help mitigate renovation and expansions costs.
With a new focus on proactive rather than reactive recruitment, the Greater Memphis Chamber has hired Eric Miller as its new senior vice president of economic development.
Disarmed Cannons’ Exit Signals Six Years of Change in Controversy
Four replicas of Civil War-era cannons placed in then-Confederate Park six years ago were removed from the riverfront site this week, part of the revamping of the property by Memphis Greenspace.
Shelby County Schools board members voted Tuesday, July 31, to buy the Bayer Building, 3030 Jackson Ave., as the new central office of the school system for $6.6 million.
LAW & THE COURTS
Memphis Police brass kept a spread sheet over the past two years on whether a protest received a city permit – was “lawful” or “unlawful” – while continuing to collect information on some of the protesters from public social media.
The ongoing eviction case between two local artists and a Chicago-based hotel group took a turn for the plaintiff Wednesday in Circuit Court.
Saint Francis using robotic arm for total knee replacements
Patients receiving total knee replacement surgery at Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis are likely to experience less pain and a quicker recovery time thanks to a new robotic technology that debuted at the hospital earlier this year.
REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT
The Commercial Appeal building was a nexus of local news coverage for Memphis and the Mid-South for nearly a half-century, but The CA won’t be operating out of its 495 Union Ave. location for the first time since the Ford Administration.
1115 E. Getwell Loop St., Memphis, TN 38152 - Turner Construction Co. is beginning the first phase of a $10.6 million expansion and renovation of the University of Memphis’ athletic training facility on its Park Avenue campus. -
The project is the first segment of the Indoor Football Practice Facility, which will expand the Billy J. Murphy Athletic Complex by 25,000 square feet and includes the renovation of adjacent areas within the complex.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
The Orpheum Theatre is partnering with a New York-based nonprofit to bring a two-day camp to Memphis this fall for kids and teens who stutter. “Camp SAY Across the USA: Memphis” is part of a pilot program to extend the programming of the Stuttering Association for the Young (SAY), and will be held at the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts and Education in November.
Randy Boyd has heard the saying about a race for elected office being a marathon and not a sprint. And he agrees. The Republican contender for Tennessee governor is also a marathon runner who has run 36 of the races.
The end of Memphis City Council sessions has long been the place for issues and complaints not on the council agenda. The time reserved for citizens to speak their mind is where some of the broadest criticism is leveled at city leaders. There is also no level of detail that is considered too great for some of the speakers.
As the Memphis Redbirds started a seven-game home-stand on Wednesday, Aug. 1, they had some big numbers next to their name. The cumulative roster was 59 and counting. The season’s win total was 68 and counting.
One of the biggest beneficiaries of the Dick LeBeau era with the Titans was linebacker Brian Orakpo, who piled up 24.5 sacks in LeBeau’s system over the past three seasons.
How’s this for a headline, not to mention rock-solid truth: “John Calipari vs. Penny Hardaway is college basketball’s best new recruiting rivalry.”
USL Memphis sporting director Andrew Bell is sworn to secrecy about the team’s logo, name and colors, but this much he will reveal: They’re not going to hurt merchandise sales.
The Sollerod Gold Diggers have a proud history. The American football club won the Danish championship in 2009 and 2010, and was runner-up five other times, including in 2017 when the Gold Diggers defeated the mighty Triangle (not Arkansas) Razorbacks to advance out of the semifinals.
Finally, the St. Louis Cardinals could take no more. On Friday, they designated would-be closer Greg Holland for assignment. Holland was signed to a one-year $14 million contract and was expected to be a key piece in making the 2018 team competitive for the postseason.
After 17 years with Pickering Firm Inc., James Hale has been tapped as one of the architecture and engineering firm’s principal owners. As director of finance and administration, Hale is responsible for overseeing all financial operations of the firm and the day-to-day fiscal management of the company. Hale, who is based in Pickering’s Memphis office, also oversees all accounting and administrative staff, including human resources and IT.
VIEW FROM THE HILL
Television executives, ad reps and political consultants will hate to see this governor’s primary race end. But they can take solace from all the pain they’ve helped dole out while dining on caviar and grilled halibut while in the Caribbean Islands this fall, if they like fish eggs.
We're not blowin' smoke, we're makin' it. There was a downtown bar my brother, Frank, and his crowd used to visit during college in the middle 50’s. The place was in a basement, dark and funky, but the beer was cold and cheap, and the food was simple and satisfying.
Ray’s Take: Google employees have access to free food, a bowling alley, bocce courts and a fleet of electric cars to drive during work hours. Campbell Soup Company has onsite childcare and kindergarten. Cisco Systems gives employees free acupuncture. L’Oreal employees get access to nap pods.
I hear from job seekers every day. They’ve been searching for a new job for ages. When they finally land it, they have a concern that’s not about money. It’s their office setup.
The art of storytelling is more important than ever, as evidenced by the Content Marketing Institute’s benchmark research for 2018, which predicts 91 percent of business-to-business and 86 percent of business-to-consumer marketers plan to use content marketing in their campaigns.
The Southern Growth Studio has ongoing internships programs with Rhodes College, Christian Brothers University, the University of Memphis Department of Anthropology, as well as the Temple Israel Fellowship program. This summer, my son, David Graber, also served as an intern. This is his story.
Summer can be the time of planned – or unexpected – changes in leadership. These can impact fundraising, contribute to confusion and/or serve as a catalyst for positive change. Every situation is different.