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VOL. TMN-11 | NO. 7 | Saturday, February 17, 2018
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Fincher Exits Republican Senate Primary, Urges Corker to Get In

Former U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher is out of the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate and is urging Senator Bob Corker to get into the race whose only major contender is U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn.

SPECIAL EDITION Women & Business

Getting to the Top

Self-confidence, hard work, mentors fuel career success

An attorney, a physician and a college president. Three success stories. Three women who made it. They had different challenges, yes, but they also shared obstacles that are ever the same.

Companies Updating Their Sexual Harassment Policies

Workplace sexual harassment has been making headlines nationwide, with high-profile individuals in entertainment, media and other industries losing their jobs over accusations of misconduct. In recent months, companies have been taking a closer look at their harassment policies and updating them where necessary.

Couch-Smith Drives Tsunami Nuances Behind the Scenes

Tsunami continues to reinvent itself as it approaches 20 years in business this year and is beginning 2018 with its strongest holiday season on the books.

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Calvary Episcopal Church’s 2018 Lenten Preaching Series and Waffle Shop is open Tuesdays to Fridays through March 27 at Calvary, 102 N. Second St. The Waffle Shop is open from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the preaching series takes place from 12:05 p.m. to 12:40 p.m. The evening series, Lent After Dark, is Wednesdays, with dinner from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. and a speaker at 6:30 p.m. Visit calvarymemphis.org/lentenpreaching for the Waffle Shop menu and speaker schedule.

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More Companies Providing Some Parental Leave Pay

The federal Family and Medical Leave Act ensures that employees with over a year of employment get 12 weeks unpaid time off from their jobs, and the Tennessee Maternity Leave Act allows certain female employees four months of unpaid leave for pregnancy, childbirth, care of a newborn and adoption.


Editorial: ‘Time’s Up’ and Promises That Must Be Kept

You know the drill: Meet in the conference room and watch the PowerPoint presentation on the company’s sexual harassment policy. Box checked. Everyone knows the rules; everyone’s been warned. Human resources breathes a sigh of relief.


This Week In Memphis History: February 16-22, 2018

1978: A group of 50 local restaurant owners mail menus to the White House, along with letters opposing plans by President Jimmy Carter to limit business meal deductions in the federal tax code. It is part of a national “menu mail-in” protest by the National Restaurant Association. “If enough people respond, we can convince the president that business luncheons rarely exceed $5, much less the $55 mentioned during the discussion of the ‘three-martini lunch,’” says Herbert Anderton, president of the Memphis Restaurant Association. Meanwhile, Paul and Marti Savarin open Blues Alley Restaurant at 60 S. Front St. The Cotton Row nightspot becomes a home and outpost for such blues all-stars as Little Laura Dukes and Prince Gabe and the Millionaires in the years before the new Beale Street Entertainment District opens.


Next-Level Arts

DeltaARTS among 14 nonprofits to win CFGM grants

DeltaARTS had its beginnings in 1972, in the home of founder of Bobbi Dodge. Then came years in a storefront that, as executive director Amelia Barton described it, was “right across from the bowling alley and next to the cleaners.” Now, not only is the nonprofit in its own freestanding facility in West Memphis but the building, known as the Glenn P. Schoettle Arts Education Center at 301 S. Rhodes St., will be getting technology upgrades through a capacity-building grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis.


Case, Vance Bringing 'Rise of the Rest' Startup Fund to Memphis This May

The co-founder of America Online is coming to Memphis this May with his investment fund to hear pitches from local startup companies and award $100,000 in seed funding to one of them.


Friedman Talks of Tribalism in Global Digitization

At the end of his talk this week to a group of 250 at a Greater Memphis Chamber gathering, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman said all he has written about the Middle East and had supported for the region didn’t happen.

First User Moving Into Innovation Lab at UTHSC

Dr. Monica Jablonski, a professor in the Department of Ophthalmology in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Medicine, has been moving into a new office in recent days, just down the street.

FedEx Institute of Technology Makes New Strides in Innovation

The FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis has been laying the groundwork for a few years now via hires and launching specific industry focuses to become the center of technology and innovation in the city.


DCA Planning to Add Community Amenities To Downtown HQ

Creative communications consulting firm DCA has submitted plans to the Downtown Memphis Commission for some upgrades and new community-oriented amenities at its South Main headquarters.

Residential Infill Projects Span the City

Residential infill is the primary theme of the Land Use Control Board’s March 3 agenda, as multiple developers are look to add dozens of new units from South Main to East Memphis.

Housing Prices Continue to Rise in 2018

After a hot 2017, the Memphis area housing market looks to carry over its success into 2018.

Hotel Indigo, Trader Joe’s Move Ahead

22 N B.B. King Blvd., Memphis, TN 38103: Atlanta-based Three P Partners has filed a $5 million building permit application with the Office of Construction Code Enforcement to construct a 118-room Hotel Indigo at the corner of North B.B. King Boulevard and Court Avenue. -
 New Orleans-based Expotel Hospitality will oversee development and management of the property with Memphis-based brg3s architects handling the design work.

Two Residential Infill Projects Get Green Light

Two residential infill projects in South Main and Midtown that will add density to the city’s core were approved for financial incentives Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 13.


Earning Public Trust

Dunavant Awards honoree Kennedy brings integrity, truth to public service role

During long careers with both the U.S. Navy and Shelby County government, Harvey Kennedy is most proud of being able to maintain integrity, honesty and objectiveness, with a focus in the latter half of his career on getting the best return for the taxpayers of Shelby County.

Tough Love

Dunavant Awards honoree Dwyer judges with hands-on approach

For the Honorable Tim Dwyer, helping people who stumble get back on their feet and have a second chance is a trademark of his distinguished career. Dwyer is recipient of this year’s Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards for an elected official. He and the non-elected award winner, Shelby County Chief Administrative Officer Harvey Kennedy, will be honored at the 15th annual Dunavant Awards luncheon on Feb. 28 at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis on Central Avenue.


Corky’s BBQ Expanding, Headed To Texas

Corky’s BBQ is expanding its brand of pulled pork to the Lone Star State.

MLK 50

Marchers Mark 50th Anniversary of Start of 1968 Sanitation Strike

The signs are now iconic. “I Am A Man” signs from the 1968 sanitation workers strike are museum pieces, even collectibles. So more than a few of those who marched Monday, Feb. 12, 50 years to the day that the historic strike began, kept the signs stapled to yard sticks, another nod to the past. Still others went for different versions – “I Am A Woman,” “I Am A Person.”


Mortgage Market Up 17 Percent in January

Lenders at year’s end were already predicting solid mortgage-banking activity to continue heading into 2018 – a feeling that’s been born out by the housing sector’s first monthly performance totals for the year.


Rhodes’ Hass Defends Liberal Arts Education

The president of Rhodes College says trade schools, associate degrees and certification in specific skills can’t be the city’s only economic driver.


Beale Crowd Control Consultant Has Early Ideas

The head of the crowd-control consulting firm hired to study and make recommendations on crowds in the Beale Street Entertainment District already has tentative ideas.


Kele Adds Rob Benson As Chief Sales Officer

Rob Benson has been appointed chief sales officer at Kele Inc., a Memphis-based distributor of building automation products and controls solutions around the world. Benson, who will lead Kele’s sales efforts, brings with him three decades of experience with building automation products and systems at Johnson Controls.


Diane Black, Husband Lobbying Against Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana legislation sponsored by state Rep. Jeremy Faison is hitting a hurdle with gubernatorial candidate U.S. Rep. Diane Black opposing it and her husband trying to kill the measure.

State Democrats Targeting Domestic Abuse With Bills

Tennessee House Democrats are sponsoring legislation designed to bolster support for domestic violence victims amid a dismissive attitude toward abuse by President Donald Trump.


Details Slow Plan to Shrink UT’s Board of Trustees

Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to restructure the University of Tennessee board of trustees appears to be a work in progress.


At All-Star Break, Grizzlies’ Reality Not What Anyone Envisioned

The start of training camp was less than 24 hours away. With seven straight playoff appearances behind them, the Grizzlies had a track record of substance. True, they would be without half of the Core Four, Zach Randolph and Tony Allen having been allowed to walk and sign elsewhere.

Signing Class Disappointing, But Groundwork Laid

Tennessee football fans are hoping for a better National Signing Day in 2019. This year’s was a relative dud.


If You Play the Games, Will They Still Come?

The other day the NCAA released attendance figures for the 2017 college football season and for the fourth straight year FBS attendance dropped. Yes, fans still pack the giant stadiums around the SEC, which despite having a decrease in average attendance by 2,433 per game, easily had the highest average attendance in the country with 75,074 fans per four quarters of life-and-death football.


Tigers Lose for Fifth Time in Six Games

Former Memphis Tiger Antonio Anderson hasn’t been shy about voicing his concerns over the current state of the men’s basketball program under coach Tubby Smith. But after the Tigers dropped their third straight game on Sunday, Feb. 11, a 68-64 loss to UCF at FedExForum, Smith was asked directly about Anderson’s recent comment that he might not be the right man for the job.


This is Not a Squirrel

DISTRACTION. Spoon hated squirrels. Every so often, I would yell, “SQUIRREL!”, and Spoon would charge the window from wherever she was in full and frantic bark mode, whatever she was doing forgotten in the urgency of the moment. Sometimes there actually was a squirrel, but most of the time I did it for the reaction.

Living By Giving

Ray’s Take: “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” This was the wisdom of Winston S. Churchill, but living a life of generosity is beneficial for you, your family and your community. Some of the most successful and powerful people in the world have tapped into the power of giving.

Revisiting Winter Olympics Destinations

I’ve been an Olympics fan since 1984, when I recall cheering on Mary Lou Retton and Carl Lewis to win gold in Los Angeles. I’ve only been to one Olympics, the Summer Games in Atlanta in 1996.

Love Your Job

The month of love is upon us again. Happy Valentine’s Week! It always happens just after we create our latest New Year’s resolutions. We’re often still thinking about career goals, and future plans. All these goals bring up an important question. Do you love your job?

Marketing That Connects

Many businesses use socially and civically conscious marketing to both demonstrate their commitment to causes and connect with consumers who share similar interests.

When Suppliers Innovate

One of the greatest thrills of a career is when you see a nice client thrive and prosper. Recently, I was flown to the West Coast with a client to co-present the findings of a few innovation projects. We had an esteemed audience, including senior vice presidents of marketing, procurement and sales, and a few vice presidents, too.

Headed in The Right Direction

With this column we share with you the story of Lane College and its recent fundraising successes. Located in Jackson, Tennessee, Lane is a historically black college that needed – and wanted – to increase its fundraising.

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