CBRE Memphis helping with Typhoon Haiyan relief

CB Richard Ellis Memphis has launched a Twitter campaign to support Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines.

It’s part of CBRE Inc.’s global fundraising effort toward the same goal.

Anyone who wants to participate in the photo-sharing campaign locally is encouraged to tweet a picture of themselves with a CBRE|Memphis sign, which can be found around the Memphis-area. Tweets (to @cbrememphis) should be tagged #HelpingHaiyanRelief.

When the campaign wraps up on Dec. 20, each photo will equate to a $1 donation which CBRE Memphis will make to the CBRE Disaster Relief Foundation, up to $1,000.

Retweets of photos don’t count.

2013 hasn’t been a good year for the unemployed in Shelby County

We tweeted out this news before the Thanksgiving break, but in case you missed it:

The state released October’s employment figures right before everyone left for Thanksgiving, and they don’t look good locally for the month. Shelby County’s jobless rate ticked way up in October – from 8.6 percent in Oct. 2012 to 10.1 percent in October of this year.

One thing to note: in January of this year, about 42,000 people were recorded as unemployed in Shelby County. By October, that figure was up to about 42,730.

Over the course of 2013, in other words, the jobless picture has worsened in Shelby County.

Overton Square news – a candy store opens, plus a holiday celebration is at hand

Just in time to stuff stockings with holiday treats, the new candy store Sweet Noshings is now open at Overton Square.

Sweet Noshings offerings include chocolate, candy, cookies, puddings, granola and oatmeal, as well as coffee, popcorn and bulk bag-it-yourself candies.

In other Overton Square news, the square is holding its first annual Sugar Plum Shindig and Reindeer Stampede scavenger hunt Dec. 6. Loeb Properties is turning the Tower Courtyard into a winter wonderland of sorts, with a tree lighting, photos with Santa, food, drinks and more.

The Last Election of 2013

 

There is nothing scarier in the field of political prognostication than trying to figure out what voters were saying through their votes — what the result of an election means.

In 2008, Shelby County voters were asked to vote on two sets of amendments to the Shelby County charter. One of them included a charter amendment that expanded term limits to several other countywide offices but in the process amended the existing limit of two consecutive terms for the mayor and county commission to three consecutive terms.

Voters rejected that package of charter amendments prompting another vigorous debate on the County Commission about term limits. Some on the commission concluded that voters were for term limits and specifically for no more than two consecutive terms. Others on the commission said voters were sending a message that they were opposed to any term limits including the ones they approved in the 1990s.

The next batch of county charter amendments included a two term limit and was approved by county voters.

So, what was the sentiment voters were expressing in their rejection last week of the half percent city sales tax hike?

From talking with a decidedly unscientific sampling of voters — folks I ran across the day after the votes were counted — I heard several reasons among those who voted.

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New social lunch event launching in Memphis Dec. 3

Memphis Punch is a local food truck recently launched in Memphis by a pair of San Francisco transplants, Billy Bicket and Laney Strange, and they’re now preparing to launch Lunchbox – a new initiative they say is aimed at bringing Memphians together to connect over a healthy lunch.

Lunchbox events will introduce healthy, affordable food choices to people like busy office workers. Once a month, Lunchbox will bring people together to “share a meal, make connections and enjoy lunch and life just a little bit more.”

Memphis Punch will work with different local restaurants to put together lunch options for the events, the first of which will be held Dec. 3 at Envison Memphis Downtown. The idea is for the events to have only a small crowd, so anyone wanting to be invited is asked to “like” Memphis Punch on Facebook and leave a comment on the page tagged #lunchbox.

To learn more, go here.

Dansette

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