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VOL. 130 | NO. 185 | Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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Medical-Legal Partnership Announced at Le Bonheur

Memphis Area Legal Services, the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital have launched what they’re calling the “first medical-legal partnership of its kind in the region.”

The goal of the effort – called the Memphis Children’s Health Law Directive (Memphis CHiLD) – is to remove legal barriers that get in the way of patients, their health care team and families. The program will do that through a combination of direct legal services, education and what it’s calling “systemic advocacy for patients.”

The initial focus will be helping high-risk asthma patients and their families. By way of example, a Le Bonheur representative said the program could serve that target group by fighting for things like ensuring apartments are mold-free.

According to information from the Tennessee Bar Association, the program also will engage in patient and family advocacy by “embedding” legal help at Le Bonheur, among other things.

– Andy Meek

Kid-Friendly Salon Opens Soon in Germantown

A child-centric salon is opening in Germantown on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

Pigtails & Crewcuts aims to make haircuts as fun as possible with chairs shaped like cars and airplanes and a wide variety of toys, movies and video games for kids.

Owners Maura and Adam Parks of the 3108 Village Shops Drive location were inspired to open the salon after a recent experience with another Pigtails & Crewcuts franchise. What was usually a trying experience turned out to be fun when the Parks took their son, who has sensory issues, to get a trim.

In addition to providing haircuts, hair styling and kid-friendly hair-care products, Pigtails & Crewcuts also will have a party room.

With more than 40 locations across the nation, Pigtails & Crewcuts has made the “Franchise 500” list in Entrepreneur Magazine for five consecutive years.

– Madeline Faber

Grizzlies to Hold Open Practice on Oct. 13

The Memphis Grizzlies have a full schedule of community events planned for the next few weeks, including the annual open practice to be held Oct. 13 at FedExForum.

The open practice will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., when coach Dave Joerger will put the 2015-16 edition of the Grizzlies through a series of drills.

The practice is free and open to the general public. Festivities begin at noon with a Plaza Party featuring live music, inflatable games, and food and beverages for purchase.

On Oct. 26, the team will host its 14th annual Tip-Off Luncheon, presented by First Tennessee Bank, at FedExForum, with all proceeds benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Details will be announced later.

Visit grizzlies.com for a full list of all team events over the next several weeks.

– Don Wade

Memphis Awarded $3.7 Million for Lead Reduction

The city of Memphis is getting $3.7 million in two federal grants for lead reduction efforts.

The two grants from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development were formally announced in August in Washington. Memphis Mayor A C Wharton marked the occasion Tuesday, Sept. 22, with an announcement at City Hall.

The funding will allow the city to address lead hazards in 240 housing units as well as assess lead levels in 65 units.

The lead-hazard program is a collaboration with the Shelby County Health Department, Memphis Housing Authority, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and local nonprofits.

– Bill Dries

Memphis Kicker Selected AAC Special Teams Player of Week

University of Memphis place kicker Jake Elliott has been named the American Athletic Conference’s Special Teams Player of the Week after kicking three field goals in the Tigers’ 44-41 win at Bowling Green Saturday, Sept. 19.

In addition to Elliott’s honor, Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch was recognized on The American’s Weekly Honor Roll and was one of eight quarterbacks named to The Manning Award’s “Stars of the Week.”

Elliott booted what proved to be the game-winning field goal with 7:35 to play, drilling a 29-yard kick. The junior also converted from 34 and 52 yards. The 52-yard kick was his fifth from that distance or beyond.

With 14 points scored in the game, Elliott moved past Dave Casinelli (1960-63) for sixth on the career scoring chart. In addition, six of Elliott’s nine kickoffs during the game went for touchbacks while two were returned from inside the five for just 18 combined yards.

For the second straight week, Lynch established a new career passing yardage mark, completing 29-of-40 passes for 386 yards and three touchdowns. The 386 passing yards ranks fourth all-time at Memphis.

– Don Wade

University of Memphis Plans Internship Expo

The University of Memphis career services office is holding the campus’ annual fall Career and Internship Expo Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the University Center ballroom from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The expo will feature more than 75 employers that will recruit for internships with entry-level and advanced positions.

The free expo is open to students and alumni. Professional dress is required, and the university advises those attending to bring copies of their resume.

– Bill Dries

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