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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.

“Memphis sucks, but they don’t see it that way”

Anybody want to head over to the Nashville Scene website and comment on an article posted today that’s curious about what we’re so happy about in the Bluff City?

Here ’tis.

The author takes some predictable potshots at Memphis and says alternative headlines considered for the piece included “Memphis Sucks But They Don’t See It That Way” and “Memphis Brings Down The State Again, Still Smiles About It”

 

First Horizon National Corp. hosts investor day

First Horizon National Corp., the Memphis-based parent of First Tennessee Bank, is hosting an Investor Day at FedExForum on Thursday (Nov. 21).

Investor Days are opportunities for companies to share their strategies and forecasts with an audience of analysts and investors.

Analysts are liable to get “lots of color,” according to Wunderlich Securities bank analyst Kevin Reynolds. “Historically,” he wrote in a note to clients, “(First Horizon) management has been relatively transparent in communicating its strategies with investors and analysts.”

Greater Memphis Chamber picks its latest batch of 10 companies to watch

The Greater Memphis Chamber has released its latest annual list of 10 local companies to watch in the coming year.

The 10 companies – chosen for making big strides this year and for their potential for even greater things in 2014 – are:

- BioNanovations
- Highwoods Properties
- International Paper
- Kronos Energy Solutions
- Regional Medical Center at Memphis
- Memphis College of Art
- nexAir
- Prodigi Arts
- RedRover Sales & Marketing
- Victory Packaging

“These Memphis businesses were chosen for the tremendous strides they have made over the past year,” said Amy Daniels, the chamber’s senior vice president over membership and communications. “They add to our local economy, more importantly they bring jobs to our city. The Chamber is proud to give this recognition to our members and look forward to their future success.”

The next issue of the chamber’s Memphis Crossroads Magazine, which will be distributed at the chamber’s Annual Chairman’s Luncheon Dec. 10, will have more details about each company. A digital edition of that magazine will be available at the chamber’s website in mid-December.

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