VOL. TMN-11 | NO. 11 | Saturday, March 17, 2018
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.
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.
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.
As expected, the University of Memphis and head men’s basketball coach Tubby Smith parted ways on Wednesday, March 14.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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Accurate Communications Corp. has signed a lease for 1,830 square feet at Clark Tower, suite 2100, after considering several other office locations.
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.
Basketball coach Rick Barnes was fired by Texas in late March of 2015 when he refused to fire members of his coaching staff.
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
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.
TRUTH BE TOLD. Truth is the truth. It isn’t inconvenient, inconsistent or incomplete. It isn’t uncomfortable or unpleasant and certainly not untrue.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.