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VOL. 130 | NO. 168 | Friday, August 28, 2015

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University of Memphis' Lambuth, Collierville Campuses Set Records

Two University of Memphis satellite campuses have set enrollment records for the fall semester.

The school’s Lambuth campus in Jackson, Tenn., has 913 students taking classes this fall, up about 11 percent from 829 in fall 2014.

Lambuth campus enrollment has grown steadily since the U of M acquired Lambuth University in 2011. That year, enrollment was 250. It rose to 581 in fall 2012 and 695 in fall 2013.

Niles Reddick, vice provost of the Lambuth campus, said the school’s marketing and recruiting efforts are paying off, and it will tailor an effort this year to grow its out-of-state student population.

In Collierville, the U of M has 670 students taking classes this fall, an increase of 18 percent compared to fall 2014. The number of course sections offered there has grown about 35 percent, from 63 last fall to 85 this year.

The campus is located at Poplar Avenue and Peterson Lake. The university moved into its 27,000-square-foot facility there in January.

Richard Irwin, academic innovation and support services vice provost, said the goal of the campus “is to significantly reduce, if not eliminate, the need to visit the main campus for students choosing to fulfill degree requirements at the U of M Collierville Center.”

– Daily News staff

Raw Girls Food Truck Parking At Eclectic Eye This Weekend

The Raw Girls food truck has changed the location of where it will be parked this weekend.

Instead of Muddy’s Grind House in Cooper-Young, the truck will be parked nearby in the neighborhood, at Eclectic Eye, 242 S. Cooper.

The truck’s hours there will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The relocation is a result of the truck being asked to vacate Overton Square, where it had been a fixture of late, and find an alternative spot to operate.

– Andy Meek

First South Financial Enhances Mobile Offerings

Bartlett-based First South Financial Credit Union has enhanced its mobile banking app with a package of services that includes the mobile bill payment solution Picture Pay.

With it, members can pay a bill by taking a photo of it with their mobile device. First South handles the back-end work of confirming the biller’s information and processing the payment.

First South’s mobile features also include using a consumer’s fingerprint for authentication instead of their mobile banking password, as well as remote check deposit.

In other First South news, the credit union recently was named one of the Top 200 Healthiest Credit Unions in America by online banking publication DepositAccounts.

First South was joined on the list by another Memphis-area institution, Memphis City Employees Credit Union.

– Andy Meek

Celtic Crossing Names New Head Chef

Celtic Crossing Irish Pub and Restaurant has a new head chef.

He’s Will Renick, whose first initiative was the expansion of Celtic’s brunch to Saturdays. That kicked off Aug. 8 to coincide with the start of the English Premier League soccer season.

Renick joined the Celtic team in 2012 as sous chef.

“We’ve heard from customers for years that our brunch is among the best in the city, so Will’s idea to expand to Saturday was an easy decision to make,” Celtic Crossing owner DJ Naylor said in a release about the news. “Now that we are smoke-free, we want families to enjoy our brunch all weekend long.”

Celtic is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 3 a.m.

– Andy Meek

Banks with Memphis Ties On List of ‘Best to Work For’

Financial industry publication American Banker has named Pinnacle Financial Partners the No. 3 best bank to work for in the country.

Nashville-based Pinnacle is set to close in the third quarter on its merger with Memphis-based Magna Bank. This is the third year in a row Pinnacle has earned a spot in the magazine’s top three.

Pinnacle earned the No. 1 spot in 2013 and No. 2 spot in 2014.

Memphis-based First Horizon National Corp. also made the list, coming in at No. 24. First Horizon is the parent company of First Tennessee Bank.

To be considered for participation, firms had to have at least 50 employees working in the U.S. and be a commercial bank, thrift, mutual association, mutual savings bank, savings and loan association or a savings bank.

Determining which institutions make the list is a two-step process. The first consists of evaluating each participating bank’s workplace policies, practices and demographics. That part of the process is worth about 25 percent of the total evaluation.

The second part is based on employee surveys aimed at assessing the experiences and attitudes of individual employees with respect to their workplace. That’s worth about 75 percent of the total evaluation.

The combined scores determined the top banks and final ranking.

– Andy Meek

Breast Cancer Screening Program Launches in Memphis

A new program launching this weekend in Memphis seeks to make breast cancer screening a priority in the African-American community.

SisterPact is a community education program that will work to make African-American women commit to get a mammogram and encourage a close friend or family member to do the same.

It also will provide a directory of more than 70 local and national screening resources.

A group of local, statewide and national health care and community leaders will launch SisterPact Saturday, Aug. 29. The health care event will be at the Kroc Center, 800 East Parkway S., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit sisterpact.com for more information.

– Daily News staff

Former TV Judge Joe Brown Turns Self in for Jail Sentence

Former TV judge Joe Brown has surrendered to Tennessee deputies to begin serving a five-day jail term for contempt of court.

The Commercial Appeal reports Brown turned himself in Thursday to Shelby County deputies.

Brown was charged with contempt after an outburst in Juvenile Court in March 2014. In a ruling issued Aug. 14, the Tennessee Supreme Court denied Brown’s application to appeal a Court of Appeals ruling that had upheld the sentence handed down by Magistrate Judge Harold Horne following a verbal exchange with Brown.

– The Associated Press

Judge Upholds Tennessee Lethal Injection Method

A Tennessee judge on Wednesday upheld the state’s lethal injection process for executing inmates.

Davidson County Chancery Judge Claudia Bonnyman said from the bench that the plaintiffs, 33 death row inmates, didn’t prove that the one-drug method led to a painful and lingering death. She also said the plaintiffs didn’t show during a lengthy trial that there have been problems in states where the method has been used.

Plaintiffs’ attorney Kelley Henry said they plan to appeal.

Attorney General Herbert Slatery said in a statement he hoped the families of victims would be comforted by the ruling.

“The State of Tennessee has worked very hard to make sure the protocol used is reliable and humane, today the Court recognized that,” the statement said.

Tennessee’s protocol calls for the use of pentobarbital mixed to order by a pharmacist, because the only commercial producer of the drug has placed restrictions on its distribution to prevent it from being used in executions. Tennessee has not executed an inmate for more than five years because of legal challenges and problems in obtaining lethal injection drugs.

Lawmakers moved from a three-drug lethal injection method to a one-drug method and to reinstate the electric chair as a backup. Both changes brought challenges, and all previously scheduled executions have been put on hold.

Although Tennessee has yet to carry out an execution using compounded pentobarbital, state attorney Scott Sutherland has said that Texas, Ohio and Georgia have had more than 30 successful and painless executions with that drug.

– The Associated Press

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