VOL. 130 | NO. 219 | Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Big River Crossing Work Passes Half Way Point
The Big River Crossing on the north side of the Harahan Bridge across the Mississippi River passed the 1,000-foot mark for sections of the pedestrian and bicycle boardwalk.
A 180-foot section, which was assembled on the Memphis side of the river and pulled onto the bridge siding last week, put the boardwalk at 1,080 feet in place.
The sections are assembled with lighting and cameras in place before they are slid across the bridge siding on Teflon pads.
The sections of the boardwalk are visible from Memphis’ Martyr’s Park.
Work continues on the bridge structure, which should allow workers to begin securing sections to the bridge itself, according to a briefing last week by engineer Harry Pratt, vice president at Allen & Hoshall, the engineering firm managing the project.
The goal is for the 2,000 feet of boardwalk over the Mississippi River to be fully assembled and in place by New Year’s Day. Another 2,000 feet of boardwalk and approaches are over land on both the Arkansas and Tennessee sides of the river.
– Bill Dries
Junior Achievement Hosts Entrepreneurship Week
In Memphis and across the country next week, business owners will come into high school classrooms to tell their personal stories – what inspired them and how they chartered their own course.
It’s all part of Junior Achievement Entrepreneurship Week, which is set for Nov. 16-22. JA Memphis is seeking entrepreneurs to donate an hour to visiting classrooms.
Research conducted by JA shows that even though young people report looking up to famous entrepreneurs such as Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, they are perhaps more risk-averse to the idea of being an entrepreneur than were teens in previous generations.
Larry Colbert, president and CEO of JA Memphis, says Entrepreneurship Week offers students a special opportunity to “engage directly with entrepreneurs in the classrooms, allowing these business leaders to effectively mentor young people in a group setting.”
Among the skills young people will learn: how to successfully interview for a job and how to create a solid business plan.
Memphis entrepreneurs interested in participating can contact Jennifer Loving at 901-507-2075 or email@example.com. Visit JA.org/Entrepreneurs for more information.
– Don Wade
CBRE Division Leaves Clark Tower for Primacy Park
CBRE Group Inc. is vacating its Clark Tower offices and moving to Primacy Park II at 6055 Primacy Parkway.
When the move takes place next spring, CBRE’s Memphis global business services center will take up 47,600 square feet across the third floor and half of the second floor of the East Memphis building.
Kelly Truitt, with the office division of CBRE Memphis, represented CBRE in the lease and Patrick Reilly, also with CBRE Memphis, represented landlord Southland Primacy LLC, an affiliate of The Southland Cos.
– Madeline Faber
UTHSC Program Honored As National Innovation Winner
A clinical practice improvement module developed at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center was one of five national winners in the inaugural Practice Innovation Challenge sponsored by the American Medical Association and the Medical Group Management Association.
The UTHSC “SafeMed” module is designed to encourage safe and effective medication use in an outpatient setting. It may be used in clinics around the country in the future through the AMA’s STEPS Forward initiative, an online resource of educational modules to help physicians operate their practices more efficiently and economically while providing better care to patients.
The practice improvement module offers a step-by-step toolkit to help physicians extend primary care from hospital to home, reduce drug therapy problems and prevent hospital readmissions. In the CMS-funded project, a SafeMed team consisting of a nurse practitioner, a pharmacist, a licensed practical nurse and a pharmacy technician meet in the hospital with patients who are admitted multiple times over a period of a few months.
The team gets to know the patient, and follows up in the home with visits and phone calls to ensure the patient makes it to clinic appointments, gets the medicines needed most on discharge and understands how to take them properly.
The module was recognized at the recent 2015 MGMA annual meeting as one of five high-value, easy-to-adopt solutions to address practice challenges in today’s health care environment. Sponsors of each of the five top medical solutions earned $10,000 and the opportunity to format their module to be offered nationwide through STEPS Forward.
– Andy Meek
Chamber’s Gibson Named To National Board
Andre Gibson, the Greater Memphis Chamber’s membership coordinator, has been appointed to the board of directors of the American Public Transportation Association and the American Public Transportation Foundation.
Gibson has been affiliated with APTA, serving on the transit board’s executive committee since 2012 and as a speaker at several transit conferences.
He has also served on the board of commissioners for the Memphis Area Transit Authority since 2012 and is currently the board’s vice chairman. Gibson joined the chamber as membership coordinator in August.
APTA is an international organization that has been representing the transit industry for more than 100 years. In an effort to strengthen and improve public transportation, APTA serves and leads its diverse membership through advocacy, innovation and information sharing. APTA and its members and staff work to ensure that public transportation is available and accessible for all Americans in communities across the country.
APTF is a charitable affiliate of APTA, which provides scholarships and fellowships designed to increase and retain the number of people choosing transit careers. Since its inception in 1988, APTA has awarded more than $700,000 in scholarships to more than 200 students.
– Don Wade
MTSU, Southwest Presidents Sign Transfer Credits Pact
The presidents of Middle Tennessee State University and Southwest Tennessee Community College have signed an agreement that will make student transfers between the two state institutions easier.
MTSU president Sidney A. McPhee and SWTCC president Tracy D. Hall signed the agreement Monday, Nov. 9, at The Peabody hotel as MTSU officials toured the Memphis area to promote the Murfreesboro school as an option for Memphis high school graduates.
The MTSU True Blue Tour, as it is called, included a luncheon at The Peabody for area high school students and guidance counselors.
– Bill Dries
CBU Awards Maurelian Medal To St. Agnes President
Christian Brothers University will award its Maurelian Medal to Barbara Daush, president of St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School.
The medal, which is the institution’s highest honor, will be awarded Saturday, Nov. 14, at the university’s annual CBU Bell Tower Gala.
Daush has been president of St. Agnes-St. Dominic since 1994. During that time, enrollment has grown 45 percent and the school’s endowment has grown to $6 million.
Daush will leave the school at the end of the current school year to take a fundraising position at the University of Mississippi.
The Maurelian Medal is named for the founding president of the university, Brother Maurelian Sheel.
– Bill Dries
Archer Malmo Leads PRSA’s Vox Awards Pack
The Memphis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America has handed out its 2015 VOX Awards for excellence in communications.
More than 125 public relations professionals and guests attended the recent Speakeasy-themed event at Minglewood Hall. In addition to the awards, Kimberly Rossie of Youth Villages was named 2015 Professional of the Year.
The Best in Show, Gold and VOX awards winners were:
Archer Malmo PR: 4 Gold Awards and 5 VOX Awards
Obsidian PR: 2 Gold Awards and 3 VOX Awards
Greater Memphis Chamber: 2 Best in Show Awards and 3 VOX Awards
Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital: 1 Gold Award and 2 VOX Awards
Kingdom Quality Communications: 2 Gold Awards and 1 VOX Award
Baptist Memorial Health Care: 1 Gold Award and 1 VOX Award
Hilton Worldwide: 1 VOX Award
Homewood Suites by Hilton: 1 VOX Award
Sedgwick Communications: 1 VOX Award
The Baddour Center: 1 VOX Award
Inferno: 2 Gold Awards
Running Pony: 2 Gold Awards
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis: 1 Gold Award
Hemline Creative Marketing: 1 Gold Award
Red Deluxe: 1 Gold Award
Regional One Health: 1 Gold Award
Walker & Associates: 1 Gold Award
– Andy Meek