Flyer: WalletHub ranked the top 100 metros for celebrating Halloween.

“WalletHub ranked the top 100 metros for celebrating Halloween. Memphis ranked 81st on the list. Yep, the bottom 20 and sandwiched in between Corpus Christi and Cleveland. Now that is scary.” (Flyer) The Flyer predictably bemoans a low score for Memphis, ignoring/neglecting the fact that Memphis ranks higher than Kansas City, Charlotte, Jacksonville, and — that’s right — Nashville!  The context appears often conveniently negative for local media. That said, Memphis could use a San Diego-style Monster Bash either Midtown or Downtown. Continue reading Flyer: WalletHub ranked the top 100 metros for celebrating Halloween.

Flyer: Pyramid — Now With More Alligator Pit

“The Pyramid is “teeming with activity with the work of construction, creative, and design teams,” according to the latest update on the construction project that is changing the former arena into a huge, “one-of-a-kind” Bass Pro Shop. Crews have been transforming the Pyramid into a cypress swamp with fish, alligators, 24 “faux” cypress trees “stretching to the upper reaches of the building,” the new report says. Here’s some other new work included in the report: • Additional water features that brought the total gallons of water in The Pyramid to 600,000 gallons. • Two elevators rising 254 feet from the … Continue reading Flyer: Pyramid — Now With More Alligator Pit

MDN: Rural Tennessee Museum a Success in First Year

“When Discovery Park of America opened on a cornfield in rural Tennessee, its founders expected the museum described as a “mini-Smithsonian” to draw about 150,000 visitors in its first year. They exceeded that goal by 120,000, with a total of 270,000 people visiting since the museum opened Nov. 1, 2013.” (MDN) Continue reading MDN: Rural Tennessee Museum a Success in First Year

MDN: Mixed-Use Project Looms for Former Lakeland Mall

“Get used to the name Lake District. You’ll probably be hearing more about it in the near future. Lake District is the new name for the revamped project being planned at the old Lakeland Factory Outlet Mall site. Instead of a new outlet mall as earlier plans called for, the Lake District would be a large mixed-use development resembling a lifestyle center that would include office, retail, restaurant and hotel uses and a public gathering space.” (MDN) Continue reading MDN: Mixed-Use Project Looms for Former Lakeland Mall

MDN: Bigger LIFT Organization looks at new way for community development

“The former Cadence Bank branch on Court Avenue Downtown is the new and bigger home for Community LIFT, the local intermediary with community development corporations founded by a coalition of nonprofits and the city of Memphis four years ago. … The LIFT in the organization’s name is shorthand for Leveraging Investments for Transformation, and president Eric Robertson says after about three years in actual operation the guiding question has changed when it comes to distressed and declining communities. ….” (MDN) Continue reading MDN: Bigger LIFT Organization looks at new way for community development

MBJ: Big River attracts new company to Osceola

“Even though construction on Big River Steel’s Osceola mill has just begun, the area is already seeing benefits from the company’s presence there. The Material Works Ltd., a company that processes flat, rolled metals, is building a processing center adjacent to Big River Steel’s mill in the city. The company is investing around $20 million to build the 110,000-square-foot facility, which will create 45 new jobs when it is completed. The St. Louis-based company was founded in 1992 by Kenneth Voges and specializes in flattening rolled steel into products.” (MBJ) Continue reading MBJ: Big River attracts new company to Osceola

MBJ: Developers propose surface parking lot for Hotel Chisca

I don’t support surface parking, but: “The team behind the $24 million Chisca Hotel redevelopment in Downtown Memphis has asked for site plan design approval for a new 144-space parking lot next to the historic building.” (MBJ) Continue reading MBJ: Developers propose surface parking lot for Hotel Chisca

MDN: UTHSC Researcher Awarded Osteoporosis Grant

“Susan Miranda, assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has received a five-year grant totaling $1.6 million from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, a subsidiary of the National Institutes of Health. Miranda’s research aims to understand the mechanism of action of estrogens in bone cells, especially focusing on the genes regulated by estrogens in osteoblasts and osteoclasts. Osteoporosis is a significant public health concern that affects more than 10 million people in the United States. An additional 33.6 million individuals in this country have low bone … Continue reading MDN: UTHSC Researcher Awarded Osteoporosis Grant

MBJ: Historic Collierville home gets a new community role as B&B, center of subdivision

“A 160-year old house is the newest addition to inventory of Collierville’s commercial properties. A long-time family home is being converted into the town’s only bed and breakfast, to be known as the Stratton House B&B. The property surrounding the B&B is being developed into 11 single-family homes to accommodate further generations of Collierville dwellers. … The home at 198 Natchez St., just east of the Historic Town Square, was built by Hampton’s ancestors, Dr. Asa Stratton and his wife Mary, in the 1850s. Parr said his great-great-great grandfather was one of the original aldermen of Collierville. Mary operated a … Continue reading MBJ: Historic Collierville home gets a new community role as B&B, center of subdivision

MBJ: MicroPort relishes “startup” role

“While its former parent company made big news this week through a merger, MicroPort Orthopedics is still quietly getting on its feet as a separate company. And after almost a year in business, Ted Davis, the company’s CEO, likes where it’s heading. Davis moderated the final panel of the 12th annual Musculoskeletal New Ventures Conference and discussed the company’s strategy when it first launched and how it stacks up against larger companies, including Wright Medical. Once MicroPort Orthopedics was created from what was previously the OrthoRecon division of Wright Medical, Davis said the company became a startup, even if it was … Continue reading MBJ: MicroPort relishes “startup” role