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VOL. 7 | NO. 4 | Saturday, January 18, 2014

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State Sen. Kyle to Run For Chancery Court

Tennessee Sen. Jim Kyle announced Thursday, Jan. 16, he will be running for Chancery Court Part II judge in the Aug. 7 Shelby County judicial elections.

The position is the open seat on the bench in Chancery Court, which Arnold Goldin leaves at the end of August to take a Tennessee Court of Appeals appointment. Because of that, the race is already attracting a lot of interest in the Memphis legal community.

Kyle has been a state senator for 30 years and Senate Democratic leader since 2005. He was elected to another four-year term in the Senate in 2012.

Kyle has considered other elected offices in recent years. He sought the Democratic nomination for governor in 2010 before dropping out. Kyle was also among those who vied for an appointment to the Shelby County Schools board by the Shelby County Commission as the county’s two public school systems were merged.

Muddy’s Founder Shares Story at Cowork Memphis

Muddy’s Bake Shop founder Kat Gordon next week will tell the story of starting her business and the development of its second location in Cooper-Young as the inaugural guest for the Startup Grind series at Cowork Memphis.

The event happens Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 6:30 p.m.

Cowork Memphis, at 902 S. Cooper St., is a collaborative workspace environment that lets freelancers, small businesses and entrepreneurs connect and grow their businesses with like-minded professionals. Cowork provides memberships for desks and workspaces, meeting space and networking opportunities.

Gordon said she’s excited to share her story because “without the support of the Memphis community and the generosity of the many Memphis business owners who shared their knowledge with me, Muddy’s never would have succeeded like this.”

Boyd Proposes Cordova Streetlight Fee Exemption

Homeowners in South Cordova are about to get a utility bill this month that includes a new fee for streetlights, though they don’t have streetlights yet.

January is the debut of the streetlight fee on Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division utility bills under a switch of streetlights from a part of city government and its budget to the utility.

But the newly annexed section of Cordova without streetlights would get a reprieve under a proposal Memphis City Council member Bill Boyd will take to the council during Tuesday, Jan. 21, committee sessions.

The council approved the streetlight transition last year, citing savings of more than $1 million.

Senate Judiciary Approves Lipman Nomination

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, Jan. 16, approved the nomination of Memphis attorney Sheri Lipman to be the new U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee.

Her nomination now goes to the full U.S. Senate for approval.

Lipman is chief of staff to University of Memphis interim president Brad Martin after serving as general counsel for the university. She has been an attorney since 1987.

Lipman was recommended to President Barack Obama by U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis. Cohen took applications and set up a screening committee from the legal community to interview the candidates and make recommendations.

Timberlake Signs New Tequila Marketing Deal

Justin Timberlake has entered into a new agreement to expand the reach of his specialty tequila.

Memphis-born Timberlake has partnered with Sauza Tequila, owned by Beam Inc., to market his 901 tequila brand.

The new product, called 901 Sauza, will be available in select markets early this year for a suggested price of $29.99. The 80 proof bottle will feature new packaging, including a distinctive bottle and a unique label design.

Youth Villages Honored With National Award

The Youth Villages Transitional Living Program was one of 15 winners announced Wednesday, Jan. 15, in the Center for the Study of Social Policy’s national search to identify initiatives making a critical difference in the lives of youth in foster care or involved with the child welfare system.

The Washington, D.C.-based organization recognized local, state and national programs that serve 11- to 26-year-olds and model the center’s “Youth Thrive” framework. Winners were selected from among 130 nominees.

Research shows that without intervention, many young people in the child welfare system will face serious problems as they transition to adulthood, including higher rates of school failure, unemployment, teen pregnancy, homelessness and delinquency.

2 County Commissioners, Clerk Seek Re-Election

Circuit Court Clerk Jimmy Moore has pulled a qualifying petition to seek re-election this year, starting with the May Republican primaries.

Moore was elected clerk in 1994 while on the Memphis City Council. He is seeking his fifth term as clerk.

Moore’s action at the Shelby County Election Commission this week means every incumbent county clerk on the ballot this year is actively seeking re-election.

Also, Shelby County Commissioner Heidi Shafer has a petition out seeking re-election in the May Republican primary. Shafer is seeking to represent the new District 5 as the commission converts to a set of 13 single-member districts.

Shafer was elected to the commission in 2010.

Fellow commissioner Walter Bailey has pulled a petition to run in the May Democratic primary for the new District 8 seat. Bailey was elected to the commission in 2010 after sitting out a term because of term limits. He was first elected to the commission in the mid-1970s.

Feb. 20 is the deadline for candidates to file in the May county primaries.

Bringhurst Joins CBIZ As Development Manager

The Memphis office of CBIZ MHM LLC has a new business development manager.

Drew Bringhurst joins the office with more than 10 years of experience in sales, marketing and human resources. He most recently served as New Job Fever’s vice president of sales and marketing.

As business development manager, Bringhurst will support and expand CBIZ’s business growth model through lead generation and client retention.

Rare King Recording Features in NCRM Exhibit

A rare recorded interview of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from 1960 will be among the attractions at the National Civil Rights Museum on the Monday, Jan. 20, national holiday honoring King.

The audio recording, in which King talks about nonviolent resistance to segregation as a strategy and tactic up to that point in the civil rights movement, was donated to the museum in 2012 by illusionist David Copperfield.

Copperfield bought it from a family who found the reel of recording tape in an attic. At the time, he said he bought it and donated it to the museum to ensure that the public would have a chance to hear King talk about the movement.

The museum is almost at the end of its first major renovation since it opened in 1991 on the site of the Lorraine Motel, where King was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

King Day exhibits will include some renderings of what the renovated museum will look like when it reopens in March.

Since the renovation begin, the museum’s legacy building, across Mulberry Street from the main museum, has remained open.

The legacy building will be open on the holiday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. However, there will be no tours in which visitors can walk on the balcony where King was shot, because of the large crowds that usually visit the museum during the King Day holiday.

Bailey Pulls Petition For Circuit Court Return

Retired Shelby County Circuit Court Judge D’Army Bailey has pulled a qualifying petition to run for Circuit Court Division 1 judge in the Aug. 7 elections.

Bailey retired in September 2009 as Division 8 judge.

Bailey is the only contender with a petition out for Division 1, which is now held by Judge John McCarroll.

In other election moves, Shelby County Commissioner Terry Roland has filed his petition to seek election to the new County Commission District 1, and Charles Nelson has filed to run as an independent on the August ballot in the race for Shelby County mayor.

Incumbent Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir has pulled a qualifying petition to seek re-election, starting with the May Republican primary.

Former Shelby County Schools board member Martavius Jones has pulled a petition to run in the Democratic primary for the new County Commission District 10.

Col. Gene Billingsley, who pulled a petition for County Commission District 7 in the Republican primary, has said he won’t run. Billingsley announced his decision the day after former Germantown alderman Mark Billingsley was appointed to a vacancy on the current County Commission.

Gene Billingsley said his decision was based in part on not wanting there to be “more than one Billingsley on the ballot.”

Meanwhile, the Shelby County Election Commission has now posted two separate lists on its website, www.shelbyvote.com, of the election activity. One is for contenders in the May county primary and independent contenders in those races. The other is for contenders in the August judicial races, Shelby County Schools board races and the state and federal primaries on the August ballot.

UTHSC Seeks Surgery Department Chair

Timothy C. Fabian, professor and chair of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Department of Surgery, will step down from his position as chair once his successor has been named.

Fabian has been chair of Surgery at UTHSC for more than 14 years. After he steps down as chair, he will continue to serve as a professor in the department.

A national search will begin immediately to locate highly qualified candidates who are interested in the position. The search committee is being co-chaired by Lee S. Schwartzberg, division chief of Hematology at UTHSC and medical director of the West Cancer Center; and Sandeep Samant, professor and vice chair in the UTHSC Department of Otolaryngology and division chief for Head and Neck Surgery. An external search firm that specializes in health care leadership will assist the committee.

From the outset of his career at UTHSC in 1980, Fabian’s focus has been academic medicine and trauma care. He helped organize and develop one of the highest-volume trauma centers in the United States – The Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center in the Regional Medical Center at Memphis. His academic interests have been in both clinical and laboratory research dealing with shock and organ injury management.

County Trustee’s Office Wins Pinnacle Award

Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir’s office has been honored by the National Association of State Treasurers with its prestigious Pinnacle Achievement Award.

The office got that award for “excellence in financial operations and for proactive financial literacy outreach.”

Tennessee state treasurer David Lillard, the current senior vice president of the association, said Lenoir has led the trustee’s office “to new heights of excellence.”

Gould’s Opens Salon At Overton Square

Gould’s on the Square, a boutique salon and spa concept by Philip and David Gould, opens at Overton Square on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

The Overton Square location, at 2093 Madison Ave., will have a full-service hair salon and four treatment rooms for massage therapy and esthetics services. The salon will also offer two spa pedicure rooms and nail services.

Gould’s on the Square will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Another Overton Square tenant, Cardio Barre, recently opened its doors. Cardio Barre specializes in ballet-based strengthening and lengthening cardio workouts.

The Cardio Barre studio is at 2105 Madison Ave., suites 200-210, on the second floor of the former ice skating rink and Palm Court space.

Head of Supermarket Wine Sales Group Leaving

The campaign manager for a group advocating for supermarket wine sales in Tennessee is leaving to become the CEO of the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors.

Jarron Springer has been president of the Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association since 2005, and also leads the Red White and Food campaign pushing for the law change.

Current law keeps supermarkets and convenience stores from selling beer stronger than 5 percent by weight, which is the equivalent of about 6.5 percent in the more common measure of alcohol by volume. Anything stronger can only be sold in liquor stores, which aren’t allowed to sell any items beyond booze and lottery tickets. Advocates want cities and counties to be able to hold votes on whether to allow supermarket wine sales

Graduate Edition Of ‘Lean In’ Out in April

Prepare for “Lean In,” the next generation.

The publisher of Sheryl Sandberg’s million seller announced Monday that a “graduation edition” will be released in April. “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” will include a letter to graduating students from Sandberg and advice from a range of consultants and executives on how to find work and negotiate salaries.

Published a year ago by Alfred A. Knopf, “Lean In” was one of the year’s top nonfiction books.

It sought to help women empower themselves in the workplace and inspired a nationwide conversation on women in the workforce. The new edition has an announced first printing of 200,000 copies.

Sandberg is Facebook’s chief operating officer.

Dunkin’ Brands Plots Further Expansion

Dunkin’ Brands said Monday that its franchisees and licensees plan to open 685 to 800 new Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins locations globally this year.

In 2013 franchisees and licensees opened a combined 790 new Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins worldwide.

Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. Chairman and CEO Nigel Travis said in a statement that it is still on pace for a 5 percent annual development rate for Dunkin’ Donuts in the U.S. There were 371 new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants opened in the U.S. last year. The company anticipates that franchisees will open 380 to 410 new Dunkin’ Donuts locations in the U.S. in 2014.

Baskin-Robbins opened four new locations in the U.S. in 2013. The company expects franchisees and licensees to open five to 10 new Baskin-Robbins locations in the U.S. in 2014.

Dunkin’, whose doughnut shops are common sights on the East Coast, is working to expand in the western U.S., where it is thinly represented. The company said it has deals to open nearly 100 locations in California and is now working to sell franchises in northern California.

Overseas, Dunkin’ Donuts opened 138 new restaurants abroad in 2013. Baskin-Robbins opened 277 new locations outside the U.S. last year. In 2014 the company expects to open 300 to 400 new Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins restaurants outside the U.S.

Dunkin’ Brands, based in Canton, Mass., had almost 11,000 Dunkin’ Donuts and more than 7,250 Baskin-Robbins restaurants at fiscal 2013’s end.

New Restaurant Opening Near Sears Crosstown

A restaurant and bar with ties to a Memphis reality television show will open later this month near Sears Crosstown.

The restaurant and bar, called FoxCee’s Overton Park Bar & Grill, is being opened by the host and producer behind “Fox in tha City,” which airs on WLMT-TV CW30.

Host Cheryl Burns, who goes by FoxCee on the television show, and her producer are opening the restaurant in the 2,389-square-foot building at 394 N. Watkins St. in the last week of January.

The restaurant’s menu will include burgers and seafood, barbecue and chicken wings. The establishment will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

The restaurant stage will feature live local music entertainment, including Top 40, blues and light-rock bands.

FoxCee’s will offer free Wi-Fi and will deliver within a 3-mile radius with a five-order minimum.

Target to Close Winchester Store

Target is closing one of its Memphis stores in May, part of a nationwide series of store closings.

In a Friday, Jan. 10, update on the retailer’s fourth-quarter outlook, Target announced that after “careful consideration of each location’s financial performance” it was closing eight U.S. stores Saturday, May 3.

In addition to the store at 7697 Winchester Rd., Target is closing stores in West Dundee, Ill.; Las Vegas and North Las Vegas, Nev.; Duluth, Ga.; Orange Park, Fla.; and Middletown and Trotwood, Ohio. Target said employees would be given “an opportunity to transfer to a similar position at a nearby Target location.”

The Winchester store, which sits on 15 acres at Winchester and Tenn. 385, has a 2013 appraisal of $12.2 million, according to the Shelby County Assessor’s office.

Harmonyx Diagnostics Earns Accreditation

Memphis-based Harmonyx Diagnostics has earned accreditation from the College of American Pathologists after the organization’s inspectors made a recent inspection and site visit to the automated genetic-testing laboratory.

With the accreditation, Harmonyx and its holding company, Transnetyx Inc., are now part of an exclusive group of worldwide laboratories that have met the college’s standards.

Transnetyx launched Harmonyx in late 2009 to address the high-growth segment of human testing for specific applications.

Transplant Games Flag To Be Signed in Memphis

On Jan. 31 at 11:30 a.m., Team Mid-South, the local Transplant Games of America team that is being presented by Mid-South Transplant Foundation, Methodist Transplant Institute and Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp., will celebrate the countdown to the 2014 Transplant Games of America at Church Health Center-Wellness.

After the official unveiling of the team logo, members of Team Mid-South will sign a flag, which will then travel across the country for signatures from more than 50 participating teams. This historic moment for the local transplant community will take place during a ceremonial luncheon sponsored by Mid-South Transplant Foundation, Church Health Center and HoneyBaked Ham.

The Transplant Games of America is a multisport festival event that celebrates organ, corneal and tissue donation.

More than 3,000 participants from across the United States will travel to Houston for the five-day event July 11-15. Competitions include track and field events, swimming, cycling, volleyball, bowling, basketball and four new nontraditional events – ballroom dancing, corn hole (bean bag toss), Texas Hold ‘em poker and a trivia challenge. A public 5K run/walk will launch the event to promote the need for more organ donors.

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