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VOL. TMN-11 | NO. 2 | Saturday, January 13, 2018
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Lender Reclaims 100 North Main at Auction

More than a year after Memphis’ tallest building went into foreclosure, 100 North Main has been reclaimed by the lender.

'F' is for Fraud

Grade-changing scandal rattles Shelby County Schools

Just before the winter break, Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen had a lot of questions for the Shelby County Schools system. She had just read a 258-page report from an independent investigation of the school system’s grade-changing scandal at Trezevant High School.

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Editorial: Grade-Changing Scandal at Trezevant Shows Culture Matters

Culture matters in education. When that culture is about the pursuit of a goal and how to get there instead of making sure no one on the payroll gets jostled too much, it can move mountains. In this case, it can move one of the city’s most intractable problems.

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EVENTS

The National Civil Rights Museum will remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy Monday, Jan. 15, at its King Day Celebration, with the theme “Where Do We Go From Here?” Museum admission is $5 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., with optional $3 admission for visitors who bring a canned good donation for Mid-South Food Bank or free admission with a blood donation to Lifeblood. An entertainment stage, health pavilion and children’s activity tent (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) will be set up outside. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org/king-day for details.

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EMPHASIS Education

Global Reach

U of M aims to attract more tuition-paying international students

Jasbir Dhaliwal wears many titles – and carries many responsibilities – at the University of Memphis. He is vice provost of academic affairs and dean of the graduate school. He is chief innovation officer and the executive director of the FedEx Institute of Technology.

Shelby County Prekindergarten Push Remains in General Terms for Now

Nearly six years after voters defeated two ballot questions in as many years that would have provided a tax revenue steam for universal prekindergarten, the pre-K quest is back.

Crosstown High Preps For August Opening

The first class of freshmen students has been selected for the fall semester of Crosstown High, a new public charter school opening this August. The school, which will welcome 600 students by 2021, will be located on the first, fourth and fifth floors of the new community-driven, mixed-use Crosstown Concourse redevelopment.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

This week in Memphis History: Jan. 12-18

2008: The campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama opens its Memphis headquarters in the Eastgate Shopping Center three weeks before the Feb. 5 Super Tuesday Tennessee presidential primary. Obama and U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York are competing for the nomination. In the February primary, Clinton will carry Tennessee but Obama will take Shelby County’s base of Democratic primary voters, the largest base of Democrats in a single county in the state.

COMMUNITY

The Lane Ahead

Trey Moore comes home to direct the launch of Explore Bike Share

His first vision, Trey Moore says, was to become a “film and video type guy.” He had graduated Southaven High School, earned a communications degree at Memphis State, but didn’t have designs on going all-Hollywood.

Vintage901 Wine Festival Returns in March

A three-day wine festival is returning to Memphis in March, building on its inaugural offering last year and again steering proceeds to the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis.

Dunavant Awards Spotlight Public Servants

Being a public servant often is thankless job, but each year the Rotary Club of Memphis East recognizes the importance of public service to the community by hosting the Dunavant Public Servant Awards.

Connection Point

One of the most-clicked pages on the Choose901 website is “Jobs of the Week,” which in recent days listed open positions like a marketing manager for the Memphis Redbirds and a recruiting manager for Youth Villages, among others.

SNAPSHOT

Snapshot: Crowning Moment for Downtown Church

Rain and windy weather didn't bother the construction crew that installed a new steeple on First United Methodist Church Thursday, Jan. 11, at Second Street and Poplar Avenue. It is the second steeple ever installed on the church erected in 1890. The congregation is rebuilding the historic church after an October 2006 fire destroyed it.

HEALTH CARE

New East Memphis OB/GYN Practice Launching Feb. 2

A new OB/GYN practice is launching in East Memphis Feb. 2, the result of a trio of doctors leaving their current office to hang out their own shingle and offer a full range of obstetrics and gynecology services.

ULI Brings ‘Neighborhood Playbook’ Team To Memphis

A trio of community developers and planners hope to bring their “playbook” on grassroots urban design and revitalization to Memphis in the next installment of Planning Matters, a series of public events sponsored by ULI Memphis and University of Memphis Design Collaborative.

RETAIL

Exit Strategy

Kroger store closures prompt resentment, action

When Kroger’s Delta Division announced last week it would shutter its stores at 1977 S. Third St. in the Southgate shopping center and 2267 Lamar Ave. near Airways Boulevard, there was already a considerable history of what might follow the Feb. 2 closing.

LEGAL AFFAIRS

Playhouse Hires Law Firm to Investigate Sexual Misconduct Allegation

The board of directors of Playhouse on the Square has hired the Burch, Porter and Johnson law firm to investigate an allegation of sexual misconduct made last month against Jackie Nichols, the founder and executive producer of the theater.

Nichols Appointed, Parker Confirmed in Judicial Decisions

Deputy District Attorney General Jennifer Nichols is the newest Shelby County Criminal Court judge.

McMullen: Legislative Session Influenced Timing in Monuments Removal

Several nonprofits approached the city administration about buying Health Sciences and Memphis parks before the Memphis City Council approved the sale of each to Memphis Greenspace last month for $1,000 each. And some of them said no.

THE TIPPING POINT

Vendeville Leads New Leaders at Teach For America

When Cara Vendeville was little, her brother was littler. One day, in the family’s home in Cleveland, Ohio, Vendeville and her brother decided to play a game of school. Most kids might have lost interest and wandered off to some more exciting activity, with better toys. Vendeville, determined, set to work writing lesson plans.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Orion, LEO Buy Slice of Wonder Bread

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. approved a trio of sales on Tuesday, Jan. 9, including two involving the $73 million Bakery Development in the Medical District and the Beale Street Hampton Inn.

Getting Shovel Ready

Tennessee gubernatorial candidates pledge to finish megasite

Candidates for various state-level offices up for grabs in the 2018 elections used the Southwest Tennessee Development District’s annual legislative luncheon in Jackson, Tennessee, last week to share their West Tennessee-centric campaign promises.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

Shelby County Commission To Have New Majority in September

District 2 Shelby County commissioner George Chism will not be seeking a second term on the commission in the 2018 county elections.

Jeanes To Serve as MLGW Chief Utility Officer

The vice president and chief financial officer of Memphis Light Gas and Water Division will serve as the interim leader of the utility when MLGW president Jerry Collins retires at the end of January.

Younger Candidates Weighing New Political Moves

George Monger listened to his critics and his backers late last year as he contemplated another run for office 11 years after his first try.

City Council Rejects MLGW Gas, Electric Rate Hikes

Memphis City Council members voted down proposed electric and gas rate hikes Tuesday, Jan. 9, but left the door open to reconsider that.

County Commission Wants to Firm Up Minority Contract Rules

Shelby County commissioners approved a $1.6 million contract Monday, Jan. 8, for mobile data terminals, tablets and wireless routers for the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

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Snapshot: Lewis Donelson Remembered

Jim Downing (left), Mary Relling (center) and William Evans (right) were among the hundreds gathered to pay their respects to Lewis R. Donelson III at his funeral service at Idlewild Presbyterian Church on Monday, January 8. Donelson, who died in his home at the Parkview on January 4, 2018, at 100 years old, was a former Memphis City Council member, state finance commissioner and co-founder of the Baker Donelson law firm.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Lamar Avenue Mural Draws Council Contempt

The state’s largest collaborative mural might be missing a few panels soon after a City Hall showdown Tuesday, Jan. 9, between the head of Paint Memphis and City Council members upset by the images on Lamar Avenue near Willett Street.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

CW/CA Adds Fenton As Marketing, Research Director

Laura Fenton has joined Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors as director of marketing and research. CW/CA’s Marketing & Research department serves as the commercial real estate firm’s in-house agency for brokers and clients, and in her role, Fenton leads strategic communication, marketing and research for business development initiatives, marketing on behalf of clients, public relations, advertising, internal communications, social media and community involvement. 

REAL ESTATE

Car Product Manufacturer Signs 400,000 SF Lease

Car care product manufacturer Meguiar's Inc. has executed a new lease for 403,000 square feet in the Raines Distribution Center at 5555 E. Raines Road.

Priam Purchases Primacy Parkway Property for $14M

Nashville-based- Priam Capital has secured another East Memphis office property in a multimillion dollar deal.

Two New Distribution Facilities, Southaven ‘Town Square’ In the Works

2481 Appling Road, Memphis, TN 38133: Salt Lake City, Utah-based aftermarket auto body parts distributer Certifit Inc. is planning to construct a 604,800-square-foot distribution facility at the southwest corner of Appling and Reese roads.

Infill Residential Projects Seek Approval

Developers of a trio of new, small subdivisions in Central Gardens, the University District and in Whitehaven will all seek approval from the Land Use Control Board during its Thursday, Feb. 8, meeting.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Shot Fired From Memphis Ignites Civil War Rematch

Confederate Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest died in 1877, but 140 years later some people just can’t let their hero or the Old South go away.

Legislature Moving on Civil Rights Cold Cases

Charlie Morris may be nearing 100 years of age, but he’s never given up on his quest for Tennessee to delve into decades-old civil rights crimes.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Employee Benefits Law Firm, New Sister Company Move to New Home

Attorney Jenny Kiesewetter is starting 2018 off in a new home for the boutique employee benefits law firm she founded in 2010, which this week relocated from the Colonnade development at 1661 International Drive to 999 S. Shady Grove Road.

ECONOMY

Companies Boost Wages and More Post-Tax Reform

Dozens of companies, many with ties to Memphis, have pledged a series of actions that include one-time employee bonuses, charitable spending and 401(k) contribution increases, among other steps, in response to savings they expect to see from recently enacted Republican tax cuts.

SPORTS

Professional Soccer Returning to Memphis

There is still much not known about the United Soccer League (USL) team that will begin play in Memphis in 2019 at AutoZone Park.

MLK50 Weekend, Martin’s Mindset, NFL Mock Draft

The MLK50 events around Monday’s Grizzlies-Lakers game will include NBA commissioner Adam Silver and NBA Players Association executive director Michele Roberts touring the National Civil Rights Museum and joining players Mike Conley and Brooks Lopez and retired WNBA star Swin Cash in a discussion: “MLK50: Where do we go from here?”

After Disaster of 2017, New Year Looking Good for Vols

Vol Nation should celebrate. It’s a new year. It’s got to be better than 2017. Tennessee athletics had a bad year, one of the worst ever. It was rough for fans, alumni and boosters.

Winning Still Feels Good, Even If ‘Tanking’ is More Productive

The big man sat at his locker with a somber look on his face. He spoke just above a whisper.

Mariota Finds His Swagger, Giving Titans Fans Hope for 2nd-Round Playoff Win

About a month ago, following a Dec. 10 loss at Arizona, Marcus Mariota showed a seldom-seen side of his personality.

OU Guard Young an Intriguing Lottery Prospect; Tigers Win; Conley Vows Return

Do you have Trae Young fever? Does just considering the possibility of the freshman Oklahoma Sooners point guard in a Grizzlies uniform inspire a rapid heartbeat, cause you to break out in a sweat, and dream of a massive turnaround as soon as next season?

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Soul is Required

TIME TO SEE SOMETHING NEW. Years ago, friend Billy bought the Edge office supplies business on Union just west of other things that aren’t there anymore, like Happy Day Laundry and Wiles-Smith Drug Store. I was in there one day when he asked if I wanted to see something cool. He lowered a pull-down ladder to an attic and sent me up. As soon as my head cleared the opening, he flicked on the light.

Stash More Cash

Ray’s Take: On the surface it seems simple. Most of us know we need to save more cash – especially to bolster an emergency fund. And yet savings are at historic lows and many are a couple of paychecks away from serious financial problems.

The Power Of Leadership

Editor’s note: Part one of a three-part series. Volunteers play a key role in the life of nonprofits. They serve as board members, provide services and advocacy, and donate theirprofessional services. In the area of fundraising, the important role of volunteers cannot be overstated.

Predicting the Turn

A Back End of Innovation 2017 Conference keynote presentation by author Dave KnoxBy living in two worlds at once – both the corporate and startup worlds – Dave sees the fruitful interplay between the two and the spaces in between.

Job Seeking: The One Last Taboo?

In the age of oversharing online, it seems that searching for a job is one of the last topics anyone wants to share. The world’s largest job site, Indeed.com, recently commissioned a study by Censuswide, surveying 10,000 job seekers around the world – in the U.S., Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

One Stop, One Start in the New Year

The start of a new year is a time of both reflection and motivation. Many of us develop a goal list for the upcoming year, and those goals often have “stops” and “starts” associated with them.

Finding The Best in The Worst of Times

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” is the opening line of Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities.” The story, set during the French Revolution, centers on the possibility of resurrection and transformation both on personal and societal levels. Rooted in that transformation is the sacrifice and suffering that accompanies it.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 57 252 6,191
MORTGAGES 73 287 7,379
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 37 1,152
BUILDING PERMITS 227 556 13,147
BANKRUPTCIES 40 153 4,500
BUSINESS LICENSES 25 86 2,448
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 37 110 2,650
MARRIAGE LICENSES 16 65 1,300

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