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VOL. 130 | NO. 234 | Wednesday, December 2, 2015

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Frida’s To Open In Carriage Crossing

Frida’s Mexican Restaurante is set to open its second location in Collierville’s Carriage Crossing outdoor mall.

The Mexican restaurant will feature an outdoor patio and will be located near the Courtyard by Marriott next to Portrait Innovations.

When it opens in spring 2016, Frida’s will be Carriage Crossing’s 12th restaurant offering.

The restaurant owners opened the first Frida’s in Midtown in 2012 on the site on the former Zinnie’s East restaurant and bar.

– Madeline Faber

Gates Foundation to Fund U of M Teacher Prep Program

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has committed to provide $34.7 million over three years to a set of five Teacher Preparation Transformation Centers, including one at the University of Memphis.

The effort by the University of Memphis College of Education is a change in the school’s teacher preparation program.

Each of the centers works on the connection between higher education and school systems to share best practices.

The University of Memphis partners with the U.S. PREP consortium – headed by Texas Tech University – on the transformation center. The other four schools with centers are Southern Methodist University, the University of Houston, Southeastern Louisiana University and Jackson State University. The U of M also will collaborate with the other five universities with centers, said Dr. Ernest Rakow, interim dean of the College of Education.

“The U.S. PREP coalition offers both a system of support and a space to learn from each other as we all strive to enhance our pre-service teacher education programs and prepare teachers who are culturally relevant, classroom ready and prepared to work in the communities the University serves and beyond,” he said.

The Memphis center also is part of an expansion of the school of education’s relationship with Shelby County Schools.

“This collaboration offers great promise as we continue working to ensure every student has access to effective teachers and is prepared for college and career success,” said SCS chief academic officer Heidi Ramirez.

– Bill Dries

Coca-Cola Opens $5M Memphis Hub

Wednesday, Dec. 2, marks the grand opening of Coca-Cola Refreshments’ $5 million regional warehouse and distribution center.

The 270,000-square-foot facility is at 3014 Alaska Street in the Southpoint Business Park.

The Memphis Coca-Cola Distribution Center will add 50 jobs with an average salary of $39,913.

In February 2015, the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine awarded Coca-Cola a 15-year tax break to go toward consolidating operations in Memphis and West Memphis, Ark., into a new local facility.

The Atlanta-based beverage giant will maintain its production operations on Hollywood Street in Memphis and in West Memphis but plans on moving 317 employees from the Hollywood location and another 50 employees from West Memphis to the new distribution center, which will serve the Memphis region.

The 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes freeze would save the company $3.5 million while producing a local tax benefit of $27.3 million over the same period of time, according to EDGE.

– Madeline Faber

FDA Approves Cancer Support Drug With Memphis Ties

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new advanced cancer support drug with local ties to Memphis.

Rolapitant, developed by Tesaro Inc., has been approved by the FDA for the prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV). The drug received approval as a result of three phase III clinical trials led by an international research team that included Dr. Lee Schwartzberg, executive director of West Cancer Center.

Schwartzberg was the lead author on the study, published in the oncology journal “The Lancet Oncology,” which demonstrated a significant reduction in CINV as a result of the introduction of Rolapitant into a medication regimen.

– Andy Meek

Tigers’ Lynch Is AAC’s Offensive Player of the Week

University of Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch has been named the American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his record-setting performance against SMU Saturday, Nov. 28.

The weekly honor from the conference marked Lynch’s third of the season and fifth of his career.

In Memphis’ 63-0 shutout of SMU last week, Lynch set a league record by passing for seven touchdowns. In one half of play, Lynch completed 9-of-14 passes for 222 yards. He spread out the seven touchdown passes to seven different receivers, every player to catch a pass in the first half of the game.

“Our offense is not based around one person, everybody gets an opportunity to go out there and make plays,” said Mose Frazier, who caught one of the seven TD passes.

Lynch matched an NCAA FBS record for touchdown passes in a half originally set by Dennis Shaw of San Diego State against New Mexico State on Nov. 15, 1969 and equaled three other times. The last NCAA FBS player to previously pass for seven touchdowns in a half was Bryant Moniz of Hawaii in 2011.

With his performance against SMU, Lynch added to his Memphis season passing record, which now stands at 3,670 yards. With the seven touchdown passes, Lynch also established a new season record for touchdown passes and currently has 28 for the year.

– Don Wade

Summer Jobs Program Begins Taking Applications

The city of Memphis’ 2016 summer jobs and life skills training programs began taking applications this week.

Participants in the Memphis Ambassadors Program and MPLOY Youth Summer Experience are selected through a lottery drawing in February. Participants in both programs are paid.

The ambassadors program is a year-round life skills program open to high school students during the 2016-17 school year.

MPLOY is a six-week summer jobs program for children and young adults ages 14-21.

Visit cityofmemphisyouth.org for more information on the application process.

– Bill Dries

Little Fixins Kitchen Opens At Children’s Museum

The Children’s Museum of Memphis recently opened its new Little Fixins Kitchen. Sponsored by Premier Countertops, the exhibit is built to look like a real kitchen – only smaller.

The little kitchen includes quartz countertops, counter lighting from The Lighting Source, lit double ovens, wooden cabinetry and sinks and tile from Quantum Showrooms with blue lighting and water sounds.

“We wanted it to be as realistic as possible and to be able to use it not just for play, but for teaching purposes as well,” said Children’s Museum CEO Dick Hackett.

Admission to the kitchen is included in the museum admission price. The Children’s Museum of Memphis is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

– Don Wade

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