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VOL. TMN-11 | NO. 8 | Saturday, February 24, 2018
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Rye Calls City To Task For Lack Of Progress 50 Years After MLK

The keynote speaker at the city’s commemoration Saturday, Feb. 24, of the 1968 sanitation workers strike took the administration of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland to task for its treatment of today’s protesters.

The Church Health Way

Residency program preparing holistic doctors

One of the easiest ways to tell that Scott Morris is not your typical prescription-writing family doctor – and that the health care organization he founded, Church Health, is no ordinary medical practice – is when he starts talking about softer concepts like joy and happiness and spirituality.

Martin to Miss Remainder of Season With Broken Foot

University of Memphis point guard Jeremiah Martin, who was injured in the first half of the Tigers’ win Thursday night over Houston, has a broken foot and will miss the rest of the season.


Editorial: How to Bridge Memphis’ Medical Need and Promise

When Dr. Scott Morris, the founder of Church Health, says, “Health is about more than the absence of disease,” he cuts through much of the jargon that can obscure what is really important in Memphis.

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Hattiloo Theatre will perform “Selma: A Musical Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” Friday, Feb. 23, through March 18 at Hattiloo, 37 S. Cooper St. The dramatic musical captures prominent moments such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. Visit hattiloo.org for showtimes and tickets.

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Realization of ‘Strength in Numbers’ Can Help Women Continue Advancing

The accomplished female panelists at the Women & Business Seminar held by The Daily News Publishing Co. on Thursday, Feb. 22, were living evidence of how much progress there has been for women, even if there are still too many difficult moments.


This Week In Memphis History: Feb. 23-March 1

2008: Shelby County Commissioners and Memphis City Council members hold a rare joint meeting to talk about several plans for a new use of The Pyramid. At the time of the meeting, three years after the arena closed, the structure is jointly owned by the city and county governments. The two primary ideas are a Bass Pro Shops plan Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton’s administration is pursuing and a theme park and set of attractions developer Greg Ericson is proposing. Bass Pro Shops executives aren’t at the meeting.

EMPHASIS Commercial Real Estate

CRE Owners Look To Reap Rewards Of New Tax Cuts

The start of the year enjoyed a flurry of commercial real estate sales and building permits, on the heels of federal tax cuts passed late last year that are expected to benefit CRE owners and possibly impact the number of new projects and sales announced this year.

Not Your Father’s Office Building

Clark Tower Upgrades Are More Than Cosmetic

2017 was a big year for Clark Tower, with more than $9 million in physical improvements. But perhaps one of the biggest changes to the 34-story East Memphis office tower, located at 5100 Poplar Ave., is a change in perception.

High Point Climbing Takes Foothold in East Memphis

By the end of the year, a parking lot just off Walnut Grove Road and North Humphreys Boulevard will be replaced with an outdoor climbing wall – one of the signature design elements of High Point Climbing and Fitness, which just began construction of its first ground-up facility in Memphis.


Sweet Spot

Frost Bake Shop expanding production, retail presence

They nearly gave up, almost put away their pastry bags, their icing pens, their cake molds and shut down operations at home. Short of funds, the family’s prospects looked grim. “It started out really slow,” said Bill Kloos, who was a chef at the time, helping his parents rustle up clients. “There was no capital. No money. They came close to giving up a lot of times.”


EDGE Delays Vote on New Graceland Venue Plan

Elvis Presley Enterprises’ new expansion plans have been put on hold for at least a month after an attorney with the city of Memphis requested the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County delay its vote to give the city more time to review the plans.

Experts to Discuss Record Highs, Lows at Chandler Reports Seminar

Topics ranging from record high average home sale prices to historic low foreclosure numbers will be explored at Chandler Reports’ annual Real Estate Review.

3 Downtown Projects Approved for DMC Grants

Three Downtown commercial infill projects were awarded exterior improvement grants by the Center City Development Corp. Wednesday, Feb. 21.

100 N. Main Owners Buy Additional Property

80, 86, 88 N. Main St., Memphis, TN 38103: Less than a month after the 100 North Main Building was effectively reclaimed by the lender at a foreclosure auction, New York-based real estate firm Townhouse Management Co. affiliate THM Memphis Acquisitions LLC has purchased adjacent parcels. -
 The first parcels, located at 86 and 88 N. Main, were purchased from the National Housing Corp. of Memphis for a little more than $1 million, while another parcel, located at 80 N. Main, was purchased from Cynthia Luo for $485,743.


Zoo Parking Plan Draws Questions, Skepticism

The first audience for the Memphis Zoo parking plan Wednesday, Feb. 21, was tough. The crowd of more than 200 at the Memphis Pink Palace museum, many wearing green “Save The Greensward” T-shirts and some carrying banners with the slogan, expressed some skepticism that the zoo would abide by a ban on parking on the Overton Park Greensward once the new parking area is completed.


Bredesen: U.S. Senate Win Possible For Democrats

The last Democrat to win statewide elected office in Tennessee eight years ago acknowledges times have changed.

County Primary Ballot Includes Partisan Match-Ups, Automatic Wins

Two Democratic county commissioners effectively won re-election to new terms of office at the Thursday, Feb. 15, filing deadline for candidates on the May 1 county primary ballot. And a third faces independent opposition in the August county general election.

Sen. Lamar Alexander Talks Tax Reform, Trump, Guns

The day before the U.S. Senate voted in December to pass a massive federal tax overhaul, FedEx founder, chairman and CEO Fred Smith called up U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and urged him to “pass that bill.”


St. Jude to Build $412M Research Center

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is breaking ground this spring on a $412 million, 625,000-square-foot advanced research center, a major piece of the hospital’s ongoing $1 billion capital expansion at its Downtown campus.

Immigrant Impact

Immigrant households in Memphis contributed more than $4.2 billion to Memphis’ gross domestic product in 2015 and the immigrant population is growing at a faster rate than the overall population in Memphis, a new study has found.


Potter Vacancy Would Put Fourth Special Judicial Election on Ballot

There could be a fourth special judicial election on the August ballot with word Monday, Feb. 19, that General Sessions Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter will retire effective March 1.


SCS Draws Battle Lines for ESSA Standards

For several weeks Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen and Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson have been talking about what happens to two failing Memphis schools – American Way Middle and Hawkins Mill Elementary.

Harris Proposes Bill to Fund Pre-K with Sunday Wine Sales

State tax revenue from the Sunday sale of wine in stores could be used to fund prekindergarten access for low-income families.


Sign of Community

Teens to lead bike ride through South Memphis

Montavious Dean, a 16-year-old from Hamilton High School, and Sequoia Campbell, an 18-year-old from Grad Academy, are among 10 South Memphis teenagers who’ve been volunteering their time for a singular mission.


Election Methods, Murals Dominate City Council Session

Memphis City Council members doubled down Tuesday, Feb. 20, on calling for a cover-up of six murals near Lamar Avenue. And the council’s attorney said ranked-choice, or instant-runoff voting, isn’t needed in Memphis.

Sheriff’s Deputies Will Get to Keep Service Revolver Upon Retiring

Retiring Shelby County Sheriff’s Department deputies would get their service revolvers from the county instead of a watch under a resolution approved Monday, Feb. 19, by the Shelby County Commission.


Stanley Bar-B-Que in Overton Square Closes Doors

About a month after saying he hoped to keep his Overton Square barbecue restaurant open even though the business had filed for bankruptcy, Stanley Bar-B-Que co-owner David Walker said the eatery has shut its doors for good.


BSMF Lineup Features Diverse Mix of New and Familiar

The Beale Street Music Festival's 2018 lineup is out, and it features a mix of BSMF first-timers and familiar faces for longtime attendees of the three-day music fest in Tom Lee Park.

Indie Memphis Launching Black Filmmaker Residency

Indie Memphis is launching a two-month, Memphis-based Black Filmmaker Residency for Screenwriting, supported by the “Remembering George Riley at MLK50 Campaign.”


Archer Malmo, Y&R Memphis, Red Deluxe Big Winners at ADDYs

Results in the 2018 AAF Memphis American Advertising Awards competition show Memphis companies collected plenty of hardware, but the big winners were Red Deluxe Brand Development, Archer Malmo and Y&R Memphis, which all won “Best of” category honors and a total of 67 awards combined.


Weaver Joins Paragon Bank As Senior Loan Officer

Steve Weaver has been appointed senior vice president, senior loan officer, at Paragon Bank. He brings with him more than 27 years’ experience in the banking industry, most recently at Simmons Bank, where he served as Southwest Tennessee market president and spearheaded the institution’s entry into the Memphis market in 2013.


Consensus on Gun Legislation? Not on Your Life

That burning smell emanating from the General Assembly isn’t coming from the flame of bipartisanship. More likely it’s the result of scorched-earth politics.


Tigers Stun No. 23 Houston 91-85

Jeremiah Martin leaves game with injured foot

By all rights, this wasn’t going to be the night the University of Memphis got a signature win over a Top-25 team. Jeremiah Martin, the Tigers’ best player and the leading scorer in the American Athletic Conference, went down with a foot injury in the first half.

Grizzlies’ Rookies Ivan Rabb, Kobi Simmons Getting On-The-Job Training

Back in late January, the San Antonio Spurs dropped by FedExForum to give the Grizzlies a 108-85 butt-kicking. But for one young Grizzlies rookie, there was associated value. Because if you’re paying attention, a loss like that is less a trip to the woodshed and more real-time tutoring with a little embarrassment added in so you don’t forget.

Woodruff Settles into Dream Job With Vols

Knoxville native Chris Woodruff was at a crossroads in life when he retired from professional tennis in 2002.

Redbirds, Stubby Clapp to Begin Prep for 2018 Baseball Season

On Sunday, Memphis Redbirds manager Stubby Clapp was scheduled to leave for Jupiter, Florida, and the St. Louis Cardinals’ spring training complex.

Notebook: Memphis WR Anthony Miller Creating a Buzz

Anthony Miller, the walk-on who became a record-setting receiver at Memphis, is listed as the seventh-best wideout available for the upcoming NFL Draft, according to walterfootball.com.


The NCAA Will Get You, Depending on Who You Are

For decades, Memphis and Louisville were fierce rivals. As opposite as Cardinal red and Tiger blue. If you rooted for Memphis State, you even loved the irony of the Louisville coach’s name: Denny Crum. Yeah, that about said it.


The Invisible Problem

If we are serious about addressing violence in our community, then we must be courageous enough to acknowledge a pervasive reality that most of us would prefer not to see: Violence often starts inside the home.

Godspeed, Helen. We Were There

A HAPPY DAY AT A FUNERAL. Her name was Helen Larkin. She was a couple of years younger than me when she started at the University of Tennessee and pledged the same sorority my wife did a few years earlier. Two of her three older brothers were in my fraternity there and one of her two sisters was in my high school class. Spring quarter of her freshman year, Helen would become a Little Sister of that fraternity.

Revisiting Your Will

Ray’s Take: The start of a new year is a great time to get out your will and really read it. If you don’t have one, call your attorney today and get one. I do not recommend that you try and do this yourself or through an online program. Most people do not have financial situations that are so specific that you won’t need a lawyer. And oftentimes self-prepared wills are not executed correctly. I have lived through too many disasters of flawed wills to go there.

Early Lessons For Aspiring Entrepreneurs

The entrepreneurial dream was to have my own business. I always had jobs, but I wanted the freedom to do them in a different way. I wanted to exercise the creativity to do them my own way.

The Value Of College

College is expensive. Private college is even more. My undergraduate school is now charging approximately $50,000 per year, just for tuition. Assuming you’re paying out of pocket, that’s $200,000 for a four-year degree, not including room and board.

Three Customer Surveys That Matter Right Now

A routine misstep in marketing campaigns is to neglect your customers and what they need, want and value.

The Reality Of Change

Growth. Transformation. Change. Innovation. Continuous improvements. Accountability. Transparency. Leadership. We know the words. We try to live them. We may think we are living them. But are we? What does it really take to live into individual and organizational aspirations? And what is the timeframe?

Extending the Transformation

Innovation can be the spark that galvanizes an organization and resets the whole of it for higher and faster growth.

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