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VOL. TMN-11 | NO. 24 | Saturday, June 16, 2018
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Dream Redux

Redbirds’ Stubby Clapp just might return to majors as a manager someday

On a recent afternoon at AutoZone Park, manager Stubby Clapp’s team had a two-run lead going into the ninth inning. Assigned the task of getting the last three outs: veteran big league closer Greg Holland, he of 186 career saves and three All-Star appearances, and on this day pitching for the Memphis Redbirds on a rehab assignment.

EDITORIAL

Editorial: Memphis’ Sports Heritage Tells Enduring Story

How many Memphis sports franchises can you name? How many tickets to NFL exhibition games did you buy up to the city’s last push for an NFL team more than 20 years ago?

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

June 15-21, 2018: This week in Memphis history

1971: Fred Smith incorporates in Delaware a company he calls Federal Express Corp.

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STARTUPS

Startups Dive Into 2018 Summer of Acceleration

Now in their fourth year as partners on the Summer of Acceleration entrepreneurial program, EPIcenter, Start Co. and Memphis Bioworks Foundation are helping to foster success for promising startup companies across different industries.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

Haslam Says Immigration Issues Have Little to Do With Being Governor

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has been watching the television ads in the Republican primary race for governor – especially the ads about immigration and pledges to help President Donald Trump build a wall at the border with Mexico.

Harris and Lenoir Clash in First General Election Mayoral Debate

The two contenders for Shelby County mayor on the Aug. 2 ballot differed Wednesday, June 13, on leadership experience and whether county government has been breaking ground on important issues or has taken too long to act on those issues.

City Turns 22 Major Streets Back Over to TDOT

A decades-long contract under which the city of Memphis maintains 22 state routes or highways on behalf of the state of Tennessee is coming to an end.

August Council Race, November Suburban Races Remain In Flux

With just about a week to the filing deadline, four candidates have filed for the Memphis City Council Super District seat on the Aug. 2 ballot.

Luttrell, Jones: County Budget Talks Center on Property Tax Allocation

Shelby County government’s budget season turns on the county’s property tax rate. It’s not about decreasing the current $4.11 rate to $4.05, as proposed by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell. It’s about how the $4.05 rate would be allocated among various county uses.

NONPROFIT SECTOR

Standing in the Gap

Purdue Center offers lighted path for homeless women and children

There are statistics that tell a story. Always, there are statistics that tell a story. The city of Memphis’ story cannot be told without mentioning a poverty rate of 26.9 percent (Tennessee’s is 15.8 percent). The child poverty rate in Memphis is even more staggering, at 44.7 percent.

DOWNTOWN

Changes Coming Quickly to Riverfront

Changes are coming fast, if tentatively, to the most identifiable part of the Memphis riverfront – the part between Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid and the southern end of Tom Lee Park.

RESTAURANT NEWS

Corky’s BBQ Eyes Southeast Expansion Under New Partnership

More and more people across the Southeast will be getting the chance to enjoy Memphis-style barbecue thanks to a new partnership announced Friday between Corky’s BBQ and Dobbs Equity Partners LLC. The deal will help Corky’s to expand its corporate-owned brick-and-mortar footprint, with plans to open 15 additional stores over the next three years, as well as invest and expand the Corky’s food manufacturing and distribution operations.

TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS

Integrated Model

iQor hiring 100 for Memphis contact center

With a newly designed call center inside its 570,000-square-foot South Memphis facility, iQor is planning to make 100 new hires by the end of the summer. The global managed services provider is looking to extend the scope of its aftermarket product services in Memphis.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Hilton Canopy Hotel, Museum Lofts Receive Tax Incentives

Rhode Island-based Magna Hospitality Group, doing business as MHF Memphis VI LLC, has been granted a 15-year tax incentive to build a $43 million four-star hotel on the site of the former Benchmark Hotel at 164 Union Ave.

EDUCATION

Summer Camp Fun Comes With Lots of Literacy Planning

The lunchroom tables at Bartlett Elementary School are stacked in the hallway, and from the outside it looks like the school is awaiting students’ return in August.

MARKETING & ADVERTISING

New Motion

Former Choose901 creative manager branches out

For more than a millennia, the concept of a perpetual motion machine, an object that can move indefinitely on its own with no external energy source, eluded inventors, mathematicians and early physicists.

LAW & THE COURTS

Laurenzi Joins Baker Donelson After Long Career as Prosecutor

Larry Laurenzi describes himself as a “litigator” – meaning much of his 35-year career in the Memphis U.S. Attorney’s office was about the courtroom – going to trial or preparing to go to trial.

THE TIPPING POINT

Eye-opening internship leads lawyer back to St. Jude

Kaleigh Davis always knew she wanted to make a difference, but it took some divine intervention to change her course. “I’ve always wanted to do the cliché of ‘helping people’ and not just work to make money but to make a difference, however that may be,” she says. As Associate Counsel at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Davis is tasked with duties typical of any attorney, but her client is more than unique.

SPORTS

Carpenter Talks Strikeouts, Coaching and the State of Baseball

Of all the starting pitchers that followed Bob Gibson to the mound in a St. Louis Cardinals uniform, perhaps none came as close to matching Gibson’s fierceness as Chris Carpenter did. In nine seasons with the Cardinals, he won a Cy Young Award, a franchise-high 10 playoff games, and was part of two World series-winning teams (2006 and 2011) and four National League pennant-winning clubs.

Vanderbilt’s Late Turnaround Sets Stage for Next Year

The history of Vanderbilt baseball since coach Tim Corbin took over in 2003 is tremendous.

UT’s Holdsclaw Finds Joy in Finding Herself

Identity is the fundamental premise of the human condition. Who are you? Until that’s comfortably resolved, nothing else is able to fall into place.

Grizzlies Controlling Owner Robert Pera as Elusive as Ever

Part of me wants to give Robert Pera a pass. Or at least the benefit of the doubt. Because at the end of it all, what matters most is this:

Ole Miss’ Thornberry Eyes U.S. Open As Contender

Last June, Braden Thornberry made his PGA Tour debut at the FedEx St. Jude Classic and acquitted himself so well that he placed fourth – the highest finish by an amateur in the event since 1965. Thornberry received an exemption to enter this year’s tournament and finished in a tie for 26th.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Lake District Lands Malco Theater, Former Benchmark Seeks New Life

3536 Canada Road,, Lakeland, TN 38002 -
 More good news for the residents of Lakeland as Malco Theatres Inc. has signed a letter of intent to construct a “state-of-the-art” movie theater in The Lake District.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Schowen Named Manager Of Baptist Ambulance

Greg Schowen has been named general manager of Baptist Ambulance, a member of the Priority Ambulance family of companies that currently serves 10 Baptist Memorial Health Care facilities with interfacility transport, as well as six communities with 911 response. Schowen brings 25 years of experience overseeing operations for emergency medical service providers in high-performance 911 service areas, including Los Angeles County, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

SNAPSHOT

SNAPSHOT: PRIZM Ensemble Camp Strikes a Chord

The ninth annual PRIZM Ensemble Music Camp and International Chamber Music Festival at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church, directed by Roderick Vester, gives young musicians chamber coaching as well as a chance to perform in recitals and concerts with PRIZM faculty. The concerts, which are open to the public, continue through Saturday, June 23. General admission is $20 for adults, $10 for students and free for children under 12.

VIEW FROM THE HILL

Midstate Transit Future is Paved With Tired Ideas

If you ask state Rep. William Lamberth, Davidson County voters gave a resounding answer on the future of mass transit in this region. Based on their overwhelming defeat of an early May referendum, they don’t want to raise taxes for mass transit, preferring to be more like Atlanta and Los Angeles and less like New York.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Bittersweet Memories

DOWN HOME UP THERE. We drove to Syracuse recently to visit our daughter and son-in-law. She’s taken a marketing and communications job with the university and he’s moving his sales career up there as well.

Weigh Your Options For Long-Term Care

Ray’s Take: As of August 2017, the oldest person alive was a 117–year-old woman named Violet Brown from Jamaica. And when I scrolled through the list of the top 100 oldest people alive, only three were men. I’ll let you try and make sense of that.

Keep Your Integrity Intact

The most important ingredient we bring to any job, in any profession, is not talent. It is our integrity. Integrity is being truthful to yourself and having the courage to do the right thing in spite of the personal or professional consequences. A person’s integrity speaks loudly through the behavior they engage in at work.

Keeping B2B Communication Fresh

When handling public relations efforts for a business-to-business client, you have to get a little more creative than usual and think outside the box.

The Secret To Networking

The story I’m about to share is very common. A job seeker recently came to me with a problem. They’d been looking everywhere for the right job. Finally, they found it. It was just what they were looking for, and their skills were a perfect match. Even better, a close friend should be able to be their advocate. It seemed to be a slam dunk opportunity, but then, something went wrong. The close friend didn’t follow through. They really let the job seeker down. It was terribly confusing and disheartening.

Are You Reaching Generation Z?

There is a large group of prospective customers your marketing efforts are probably missing. They are age 22 and younger and have never known a world without the internet or smartphones. They are Generation Z, and if you are not speaking their language, it’s time to start. This unique cohort is expected to make up about 40-percent of all consumers by the year 2020.

Endorsers Must Disclose Material Connections

How much weight would you give to a glowing review about a luxury vacation resort if you knew the reviewer had been paid to say great things or given free accommodations? That’s an example the FTC uses in discussing its Endorsement Guides, which are designed to help companies ensure their ads aren’t misleading.

The Importance Of Roles And Responsibilities

A great idea can be the first step in the process of creating something wonderful. Bringing the right people together adds power to the idea. Having roles and responsibilities to guide the work can turn possibility into reality.

Food for Thought: Café Momentum

Keynote from Conscious Capitalism Conference: Chad Houser, CEO and executive chef of Café Momentum

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 79 396 11,921
MORTGAGES 90 443 13,870
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 10 70 1,928
BUILDING PERMITS 191 975 25,139
BANKRUPTCIES 56 289 7,762
BUSINESS LICENSES 23 184 4,083
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 22 166 4,847
MARRIAGE LICENSES 16 81 2,625

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