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VOL. TMN-11 | NO. 11 | Saturday, March 17, 2018
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Making Art Work

The days of pulling in new audiences give way to reaching out

After he’d finished his part in a Memphis Symphony Orchestra performance a few weeks ago that included Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade for Violin, guest violinist Charles Yang came out on stage and did something unexpected.

EDITORIAL

Editorial: Tubby Smith Meant Well But Memphis Needed More

In two seasons as head basketball coach at the University of Memphis, Tubby Smith served the institution, the sport, and most importantly the players, with integrity.

Strickland Unveils Pre-K Funding Plan Without Tax Hike or Referendum

The city has a plan to provide $6 million of the $16 million needed to fully fund prekindergarten in Memphis for 8,500 children starting when a federal grant that currently funds 1,000 of the existing 7,000 seats runs out in 2019.

Smith Out as Tigers Basketball Coach, No Word on Replacement

As expected, the University of Memphis and head men’s basketball coach Tubby Smith parted ways on Wednesday, March 14.

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EVENTS

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art hosts its final community engagement session to gather feedback on its Downtown relocation Tuesday, March 20, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Memphis fire headquarters (the site of Brooks’ future home), 65 S. Front St. Museum officials are seeking input on several topics as they begin the process of selecting an architect and creating a vision for the new space. Free and open to the public, but RSVPs requested via the Facebook event. See facebook.com/brooksmuseum for details.

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New TCAT Campus to Address Workforce Development

Planning for the new Tennessee College of Applied Technology satellite campus in Bartlett is moving forward, with a projected construction start date early next year.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

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

2008: Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton proposes closing several public libraries, including the Cossitt, Gaston, Highland, Levi and Poplar-White Station branches. He floats the proposal to City Council members, saying it would save the city $1.5 million to $2 million.

POLITICS

Candidates’ Choices

Campaign season comes with close encounters, strategy

Polls, phone banking, messaging, yard signs, who is paid and who is a volunteer – all are elements of a campaign. And each is part of an overall strategy.

August State and Federal Primary Ballot Taking Shape

With less than a month to file for the August state and federal primary elections, there are still a few decisions to be made by would-be candidates working in the shadows of those running in the May 1 county primary elections.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

First Horizon Among Top Companies for Women Executives

For the seventh straight year, the parent company of First Tennessee Bank – where women comprise more than 60 percent of the workforce – has been honored as one of the top companies in the nation for female executives.

Triumph Adds Bankers, Expands Into Nashville

As its annual meeting approaches, Triumph Bank finds itself in a protracted growth spurt, with activity encompassing everything from a pickup in mortgage activity to the addition of new bankers and an expansion into Nashville.

TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS

FedEx Investing $1 Billion in Memphis Hub Modernization

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. will spend $1 billion on a modernization of its Memphis hub over a six-year period, company founder, chairman and CEO Fred Smith announced Wednesday, March 14.

NONPROFIT SECTOR

Peace of Mind

Memphis Leadership Foundation aiding nonprofits with back-office support

Each summer, about 150 inner-city youth enjoy For the Kingdom Camp. The purpose is to provide a Christ-centered and challenging camping environment for discipleship, character-building and recreation.

MLK 50

Dedication Of Plaza Among King Observances

The city will formally dedicate a plaza in honor of the 1968 striking sanitation workers at an April 5 ceremony, one of numerous events surrounding the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.

Blackmon Takes City to Task, Says Too Much Focus on MLK Mountaintop Imagery

A United Church of Christ executive minister from the St. Louis area who is active in protests and other social justice causes told an interfaith gathering in East Memphis Monday, March 12, that there is too much focus on the mountaintop imagery that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. used in his final speech 50 years ago.

RESTAURANT NEWS

Nashville Restaurateur Flies Back To Memphis with Food Truck

Come September, Jesse McDonald will be serving wings out of his new food truck, New Wing Order, with a menu that includes wings, Buffalo chicken tacos and barbecue nachos.

SNAPSHOT

Behind the Curtain

Crews prepare stage sets for the Broadway touring production of “Wicked,” which runs at The Orpheum Theatre through Sunday, March 25. “Wicked” is the story of the two Wizard of Oz witches – the blonde “good” witch, Glinda, and the green-skinned “wicked” witch, Elphaba – who meet as unwilling roommates at the University of Shiz. Fifteen years after premiering on Broadway, the musical remains a smash hit. For showtimes and ticket information, visit orpheum-memphis.com. (Daily News/Houston Cofield)

HEALTH CARE

Director Chosen For New UTHSC Sickle Cell Disease Center

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center has launched a new Center for Sickle Cell Disease in the College of Medicine and tapped a leader for it who will come on board in July.

Good Shepherd Pharmacy Continues Growth with new Chief Medical Officer

Whenever Dr. Amara Elochukwu discharges a patient and sends them away with medications, she always worries after they leave if they’ll actually be able to afford the drugs.

GOVERNMENT

Sewer Problems, Policies Test City’s ‘Brilliant at the Basics’ Resolve

When Jim Strickland ran for Memphis mayor in 2015 on a campaign that would be “brilliant at the basics,” he probably didn’t have in mind the recent attention that sewers – the most basic of city services – have gotten in recent months.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Bill Making It a Felony for Unauthorized Monument Action Dies for the Session

NASHVILLE – One of several bills considered retribution against the city of Memphis for the removal of Confederate statues died in a House committee today amid questions about its constitutionality.

Florida’s Epiphany On Guns Means Little in Tennessee

Memphis resident Stevie Moore has been waging a war to take illegal guns off the streets since someone shot his son in the head with an AK-47 15 years ago.

COMMUNITY

High School Student Starts New St. Jude Fundraiser, Heels 4 Healing

Students of all ages are getting involved in service and fundraising earlier in life, and one local Memphis high school senior is no exception.

LAW & THE COURTS

DACA Limbo Creates Anxiety, Skepticism

As the deadline passed last week for a replacement for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – or DACA – executive order of the Obama administration, uncertainty and skepticism about the political process were two of the local reactions locally from those on the front lines of immigration.

Dixon Loses Appeal Seeking to Restore Right to Vote

The Tennessee Criminal Appeals Court calls it a “harsh” result, but ruled last week that former Democratic state Sen. Roscoe Dixon of Memphis cannot have his right to vote restored almost 12 years after he was convicted of corruption charges in the state’s most recent political corruption probe.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

EDGE May Get Tweaked as Economic Dispute Settles Down

A March 1 joint session of the Memphis City Council and Shelby County Commission hosted by chairs Berlin Boyd and Heidi Shafer discussed, among other topics, the current state of economic development in Shelby County, and in particular, the role the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County plays in it.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Wiuff Looks to Boost Engagement As MAAR Board President

Lauren Harkins Wiuff, a broker at Marx-Bensdorf Realtors, has begun her tenure as the 2018 president of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors board of directors. Wiuff, who will serve a one-year term as board president, is also a lifetime member of MAAR’s Multi Million Dollar Club. At Marx-Bensdorf, she leads a team that includes her sister, Stephanie Sheahan.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Clark Tower, Primacy Parkway Ink New Tenants

5100 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38137 -
Accurate Communications Corp. has signed a lease for 1,830 square feet at Clark Tower, suite 2100, after considering several other office locations.

SPORTS

The 2018 NBA Draft Might be Deep, But It’s Not Mistake-Proof for Grizzlies

In one analysis before the 2009 NBA Draft, nbadraftnet.com decided the pro player most comparable to Connecticut big man Hasheem Thabeet was Dikembe Mutombo. Each of them was at least 7-foot-2. Each played basketball. That’s where the similarities ended.

A Look Back At UT’s History In NCAA Tourney

Basketball coach Rick Barnes was fired by Texas in late March of 2015 when he refused to fire members of his coaching staff.

Ole Miss Hires Middle Tennessee Coach Kermit Davis

Kermit Davis turned Middle Tennessee into one of the best mid-major programs in the country during his 16 seasons at the school.

THE PRESS BOX

U of M Going for the Gold with Penny Hardaway

Finally, it was official. The University of Memphis had fired Tubby Smith. His presumptive successor, Penny Hardaway, was coaching his East High School team at the state tournament in Murfreesboro, blowing through a previously undefeated opponent in the quarterfinals.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

The Whole Truth

TRUTH BE TOLD. Truth is the truth. It isn’t inconvenient, inconsistent or incomplete. It isn’t uncomfortable or unpleasant and certainly not untrue.

Smart Travel Planning

Ray’s Take: It’s been a long, cold, rainy winter here in the Bluff City, and everyone is looking forward to Spring Break, sunshine, warmer weather and possibly making plans for a summer vacation.

Tourism Backlash Creates Dilemma For Travelers

In early February, CNN.com published “12 destinations travelers might want to avoid in 2018,” a list of destinations dealing with tourism backlash because of overcrowding and other issues. In my March 1 column, “Coming Around to Cruises,” I mentioned the mode of tourism as a reason many European destinations are overcrowded.

Secrets Recruiters Won’t Tell You

Applying for a job seems like a fair process. You apply online, and if you’re a good fit for the job, the company will give you a call. You’ll go in person for an interview and show your expertise. Then, the company will carefully decide who the most qualified person is.

4 Ways to Avoid a Stall-Out

In due time, every organization faces a potential stall-out in their proactive marketing efforts, whether due to uncertainty about the future or change. Often, the first inclination is to stop outward communication until the leadership team becomes more confident in the future.

Does Class Bias Blind Our Decision Making?

Last week we had the opportunity to participate in a workshop called “A Framework for Understanding Socio-Economic Differences,” facilitated by Ruby K. Payne. The event was hosted by The Assisi Foundation of Memphis Inc. and it was an eye-opening session. Here’s just a little of what we learned.

Managing Your Email in 4 Easy Steps

Email changed the way we do business by making the world smaller and moving at a faster pace. This form of communication was somewhat manageable until smart phones gave us the opportunity to read and send emails at any time of the day, from anywhere in the world.

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