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VOL. 8 | NO. 40 | Saturday, September 26, 2015

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August Traffic Flying High at Memphis Airport

The number of local passengers at the Memphis International Airport has increased over this period last year and is outpacing growth for 2014, according to the latest data from the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority.

August saw 153,785 origin-and-destination enplanements – an 8.7 increase compared with 141,420 in August 2014.

Year-to-date, O&D enplanements are up more than 9 percent, rising from 299,384 in fiscal year 2014 to 326,846 this year.

Load factors held steady at 77 percent for August, a strong showing as summer vacation travel wound down.

The higher volume of passengers helped airport revenue exceed expenses for August, a trend that should be bolstered by the recent announcement of Allegiant’s Memphis-Phoenix route, which starts in December.

– Madeline Faber

Patterson Approved as DMC President

Terence Patterson is the new president of the Downtown Memphis Commission.

The Downtown Memphis Commission board unanimously approved Patterson’s appointment Thursday, Sept. 24.

Patterson most recently served as treasurer of the Center City Development Corp., one of several subsidiary bodies of the DMC. He is education program director for the Hyde Family Foundations.

He also serves on several education boards including Shelby County Schools Teacher & Leader Effectiveness Advisory Board, KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools and Green Dot Public Schools Tennessee.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard University and an MBA in finance and marketing as well as a juris doctor from Northwestern University.

“With his credentials, he could live anywhere else that he wanted to,” said current DMC president Paul Morris, who will leave his post at the end of this year to join his family’s business Jack Morris Auto Glass. “He wants to make Memphis better, and he knows that Downtown is crucial to making Memphis better.”

The search committee unanimously supported the recommendation of executive search firm DHR International. The firm also was responsible for selecting Morris five years ago.

– Bill Dries

South Main Artspace Lofts Get Pushed to Finish Line

South Main Artspace Lofts is getting closer to its fundraising goal, thanks to a $500,000 challenge grant.

The Artspace Lofts, to be located at 138 St. Paul Ave. in the old United Warehouse building, hopes to be the city’s first affordable live/work space for artists. The 58-unit development has been in the making for five years, and the Minneapolis-based developer is close to the finish line of the $15 million goal.

The anonymously donated challenge grant will be matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis until the end of the year. A total of $12 million in financing so far has come from private sources, the Hyde Family Foundations, the Assisi Foundation of Memphis, the Ford Foundation, the city of Memphis and several state-backed tax credit packages.

Once financing for the project has been secured, construction will begin in first quarter 2016 and continue until spring 2017.

– Madeline Faber

Lipscomb Remains on Suspension From MHA

The Memphis Housing Authority board made no change Thursday, Sept. 24, to the status of Robert Lipscomb, its suspended executive director.

The board suspended Lipscomb with pay following sexual misconduct allegations. Memphis police have been investigating the claims since August.

Lipscomb resigned his position as director of the city’s Division of Housing and Community Development and is on leave from his position as chairman of the LeMoyne-Owen College board.

– Bill Dries

New Event Center Coming to Memphis

Utah-based Noah’s Event Venue has filed a $1.1 million building permit application to construct a one-story building at 3243 Players Club Parkway in Southeast Shelby County.

Gabriel Management Corp. is managing the construction of the 8,700-square-foot facility, which will be located at the southwest corner of Players Club Parkway and Hacks Cross Road.

Construction is scheduled to begin at the end of the year, and the venue will open in 2016.

Customers will be able to rent out the whole facility or any of its four rooms individually; the location will have space to accommodate up to 350 people. There also will be a game room that features billiards, shuffleboard, ping-pong and more.

Noah Corp. has 22 locations in 11 U.S. states and an additional seven under construction. The locations can be rented out for weddings, corporate events and special occasions.

All of Noah’s locations have state-of-the-art audio-visual systems, free wireless Internet, hardwood floors and movable ceilings. The main halls also feature an electric stage that can rise out of the floor and accommodate a live band, DJ or presentation.

Tables, chairs and tablecloths are included with all rentals.

– Wendy Greenlaw, Chandler Reports

Ikea Construction On Hold in Property Tax Dispute

Shelby County Assessor of Property Cheyenne Johnson will appeal a Thursday, Sept. 17, decision by the Shelby County Board of Equalization that lowers the appraised value of the land in Cordova where Ikea plans to build a $64 million, 269,000-square-foot Memphis store.

The dispute over the value could delay the highly touted economic development project and complicate the tax abatement the project already has received.

It’s also not the first dispute over the value of the property.

In the wake of Ikea’s festive December City Hall announcement that it was opening a Memphis store, the assessor’s office recently appraised the value of the 35 acres at $5 million. Ikea appealed and the equalization board agreed, lowering the appraised value to $1.25 million.

Johnson said she intends to appeal to the Tennessee Board of Equalization. Construction of the store, which is slated to open next year, is delayed for now.

Ikea bought the 34.8 acres on Germantown Parkway at Interstate 240 this summer for $5.7 million from developer Kevin Hyneman’s Music City Investments LLC. Hyneman’s company bought the land for $1.2 million in late 2013 when Music City was known as Investment Properties LLC.

The assessor’s office in the 2013 countywide reappraisal put the land’s value at $3.4 million. Investment Properties appealed, and when it got to the state board of equalization, it was valued near the lower sale price.

That set the stage for the latest dispute, which has implications for the $9.5 million, 11-year tax break Ikea got in its payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement with the Economic Development Growth Engine. The PILOT agreement set a precedent as the first for a retail development.

The tax savings from the abatement are calculated based in part on the appraisal from the assessor’s office. A higher appraisal could mean less of a tax break.

– Bill Dries

First Horizon Nears Closing of TrustAtlantic Acquisition

First Horizon National Corp.’s acquisition of Raleigh, N.C.-based TrustAtlantic Bank and its parent company TrustAtlantic Financial Corp. is expected to close early next month.

The five TrustAtlantic branches in North Carolina will open as First Tennessee branches Oct. 19, pending acquisition approval from the Federal Reserve Board, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and state regulators.

The acquisition expands First Tennessee’s decade-long presence in North Carolina and enhances the products and services the Memphis-based bank offers in Raleigh and other North Carolina markets for commercial banking, commercial real estate, private client and wealth management customers.

– Andy Meek

Steve Harvey, Easy Bacon Partner With Monogram

When Easy Bacon makes its October debut in supermarkets, it will be the latest meat snack venture by Memphis-based Monogram Foods.

Easy Bacon is a partnership between Monogram and HarCal, the company created by comedian and television host Steve Harvey and Montgomery businessman Greg Calhoun.

Easy Bacon will go on sale in Publix, Kroger and Wal-Mart supermarkets in Atlanta on Oct. 1.

It cooks to a crisp in two minutes, one minute on each side, Calhoun said.

The product will go national in January.

HarCal also has partnered with Vanguard Soap Co., based in Memphis, to create a line of soaps called Bilt.

This month HarCal bought a former latex glove and condom factory in Eufaula, Ala., the other city where Harvey and Calhoun are launching their start-ups.

The factory, now called AmeriTech Glove Factory, reopened last week after being shuttered for five years, Calhoun told AL.com in an interview.

“It is the only latex glove facility in the U.S. We have a commitment from Wal-Mart. … We met with the chairman of Wal-Mart Doug McMillon, me and Steve Harvey, and we strategized on how we could bring jobs back to the U.S.,” he said.

Calhoun said 25 employees are currently working at the factory, testing the new products.

“By January, we will have our first line up and running,” he said, adding he hopes the factory will have 75 to 100 employees by the end of 2015 and 300 employees by the end of next year.

The Montgomery, Ala.-based businessman said he is also in talks with and hopes to manufacture gloves for Tyson Foods and the Transportation Security Administration.

Calhoun and Harvey have been friends for 15 to 20 years, Calhoun said, and when the comedian decided to branch out into the business world, he asked Calhoun to join him. They formed the investment group HarCal, which is combination of both of their last names.

– The Associated Press

New President for Kroger Delta Division

The Kroger Co. announced today a new president for Kroger's Delta Division, which is based in Memphis.

On Oct.r 1, Scot Hendricks will replace previous president Tim Brown, who recently was named president of Kroger's Cincinnati/Dayton division.

Hendricks most recently served as vice president of operations for Kroger's Cincinnati/Dayton division and started his career with Kroger in 1981 in the Nashville division management training program.

Kroger's Delta Division operates stores in Western Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Arkansas and Missouri.

– Madeline Faber

Early Voting Turnout Up 76 Percent So Far

Early voting in the 2015 Memphis elections is running ahead of the pace from four years ago but behind the pace from 2007 and the special mayoral election of 2009.

The early voting period in advance of the Oct. 8 election day runs through Saturday, Oct. 3, at 16 locations across the city.

Through Wednesday, Sept. 23, the early vote totaled 15,858, with 3,453 early voters on Wednesday. The turnout through Wednesday represents 4 percent of the city’s 395,348 voters.

Of the 15,858 early voters, 43.3 percent were black and 30.9 percent were white. The remaining 25.8 percent are listed as “other” indicating they could be multi-racial or Asian or Hispanic or did not indicate their race on their voter registration application.

Women made up 58.3 percent of the early vote so far.

By age, 50 percent of the early voters are age 65 or over and 25.8 percent are between the ages of 55 and 64. Voters aged 18-24 accounted for 1.2 percent of the early vote through Wednesday.

The 2015 early voting totals show overall voter turnout – absentee, early and election day – is likely to be larger than the 18 percent overall turnout in 2011.

The latest numbers represent a 76 percent increase compared to 2011, when, through the fifth day of early voting, 9,017 Memphians had cast early ballots.

But the 2015 early vote total was running behind the same period in 2007. Willie Herenton topped the ballot in that election, seeking his fifth and final term as mayor against 13 challengers, including Carol Chumney and Herman Morris.

In 2007, 18,970 citizens had cast early ballots at the end of the fifth day of early voting.

Overall voter turnout in 2007 was 37.7 percent with the early vote accounting for 16 percent of the total.

– Bill Dries

Webcam Monitors Harahan Construction

A webcam is giving the public a live view of construction of Big River Crossing, the pedestrian and bicycle boardwalk on the northern side of the Harahan Bridge across the Mississippi River.

The webcam is filming from atop the Artesian Metropolitan Residences condo building, 717 Riverside Drive. Visit allworldpm.com and click the “live video” tab at the top of the page to view the online feed. The camera has been recording since June 22, and a slider beneath the picture frame shows past progress.

The current view shows the first 120-foot section of the boardwalk being pulled to the Arkansas side of the bridge.

OCCI Inc. of Fulton, Mo., began construction on the $17.5 million project in November 2014, with a completion date in the spring or summer of 2016.

– Bill Dries

DU Makes First Wetlands Mitigation Bank Transaction

Ducks Unlimited’s 160-acre wetlands restoration of what was once crop land in Fayette County has put it in the banking business – a wetlands mitigation bank.

The Memphis-based conservation organization recently sold the first mitigation credits from the Mt. Tena Creek project to the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

The credits make up for permitted and “unavoidable” wetland losses from development, DU said. In the case of TDOT, that would be road projects along the Wolf River watershed.

The money from TDOT and others who buy the credits is put back into Ducks Unlimited’s conservation work.

“While we are not in the business of permitting wetland destruction, we are in the business of wetlands restoration,” DU CEO Dale Hall said in a written statement.

The Mt. Tena effort, approved by state and federal officials in 2014, has so far restored 70 acres of bottomland hardwood forests on the land near Moscow, Tenn., that borders a wildlife management area and the section of the Wolf known as Ghost River. The restoration work thus far includes planting 35,000 native trees as well as plugging ditches.

The property will remain private until the project is completed.

Ducks Unlimited then plans to donate the property to the state of Tennessee as an addition to the Wolf River Natural Area.

– Bill Dries

Hutchison Adds Service Program

The Hutchison School has added to the service program its students already undertake with an endowed learning program called Hutchison Serves.

Hutchison Serves will include all grades at the private girls school, from early childhood to the upper school, and the service programs will be built around student ideas.

That includes a philanthropic literacy board that determines how to distribute grants from an endowment to local nonprofits and teaches students the responsibilities of managing the funds and deciding where they should go.

Hutchison Serves is made possible by a gift from Kirby Dobbs Floyd, a 1982 Hutchison alum, and her husband, Glenn Floyd.

The Floyds donated based on their daughter Haley’s experience following her treatments for cancer at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

When her treatment ended, Haley and her family made and sold cookies at the gate of the hospital and donated the money to St. Jude. From that example, the Floyds worked to expand the service projects Hutchison students already undertake and make the lessons part of the school’s curriculum.

– Bill Dries

Ballet Memphis Celebrates ‘Deconstruction Day’

Ballet Memphis will host a celebration to commemorate the start of demolition of the former French Quarter Suites and the site preparation for its future Midtown home.

The Oct. 10 Deconstruction Day will run from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the corner of Madison Avenue and Cooper Street, with a symbolic demolition at 10:45 a.m.

Groundbreaking is slated for 2016, and the building is scheduled to open in 2017.

In June, Ballet Memphis announced plans to buy the land at the Madison-Cooper corner, where the vacant French Quarter Suites currently sits.

The new facility will be designed by Memphis architecture firm archimania. It will be nearly 30,000 square feet with five studios that can be configured as needed, and also will include community spaces, a costume shop and administrative offices.

– Don Wade

Shadyac Finalizes Purchase of Soulsville Town Center

Filmmaker Tom Shadyac has become the official owner of the New Town Center in Soulsville after buying it at auction in August.

A Sept. 15 warranty deed shows Shadyac’s nonprofit, The Foundation for I Am, paid $2 million for the properties at 879 E. McLemore Ave. and 915 E. McLemore, as well as vacant parcels on East McLemore and College Street.

The seller, New Towne Center Inc., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January.

Shadyac and New Towne Center both made bids for the Soulsville property at the Aug. 29 auction. Shadyac won with a $2 million bid and a commitment to pay the property’s outstanding city and county real estate taxes.

The center is comprised of four parcels: a 53,975-square foot office building, appraised at $3 million by the Shelby County Assessor of Property; a 33,367-square-foot building intended for a grocery store, appraised at $3 million; a 0.6-acre lot, appraised at $35,000; and a 0.4-acre lot, appraised at $3,000. Shadyac revealed his concept for a “St. Jude-like” community center for holistic growth at a town hall meeting arranged by the Memphis chapter of the Urban Land Institute on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

– Madeline Faber

CTI Aviation’s FBO Takes Off in Millington

CTI Aviation Services’ new fixed-base operator at Millington Regional Jetport is now fully operational.

The FBO, the newest addition to the Memphis region’s aviation community, provides fueling and other services to military planes in Millington. Facilities include a dispatch tower with a 270-degree view of the airport, a pilot snooze room and free fresh-baked cookies.

“The military has always been an important part of life in Millington,” said CTI president and CEO Alan Mullen. “As a new FBO and as the winner of this into-plane fueling contract, we want to make sure that military aircraft feel at home here.”

Millington Regional Jetport is located about one-third of the way between the East and West coasts, which makes it a popular destination for military, commercial and general aviation aircraft.

“Our goal is to make our customers’ lives easier – whether that means giving the pilot some much needed rest, or making sure the passengers stay entertained and comfortable as they wait for their next flight,” said Joe MacDougall, CTI’s director of operations.

Companies under the CTI umbrella include: Crew Training International, a training and courseware development company with 13 locations worldwide; CTI Professional Flight Training, an FAA Part 141 flight training school with locations in Florida and Tennessee; and CTI Aviation Services, an FBO based out of Millington.

– Daily News staff

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

Memphis Awarded $3.7M 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

Michigan Company Makes Third Purchase in Six Months

Michigan-based ROCO Real Estate bought an apartment complex off of Mount Moriah Road, making its third purchase in the Memphis area in six months.

ROCO-Mt. Moriah LLC purchased a property at 2778 Pickering Drive for $5.5 million, according to a Sept. 18 warranty deed. The seller is listed as Delaware-based RRE Foxwood Holdings LLC.

According to 2015 information from the Shelby County Assessor of Property, the development is made up of 220 units totaling 211,910 square feet. Its appraisal comes in at $2.4 million.

In March, ROCO Real Estate operated as ROCO-Woods LLC in its $18.5 million purchase of two parcels making up The Woods at Ridgeway apartment community. In June, as ROCO-Lakes LLC, it purchased two parcels making up The Lakes at Ridgeway Apartments for $7.5 million.

– Madeline Faber

Chain Reaction of Executive Promotions at ServiceMaster

ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. has announced three executive promotions in its Memphis headquarters.

The company promoted Mark Barry to chief marketing and strategy officer; Tim Haynes as American Home Shield president; and Jamie Smith as chief information officer.

Smith is taking over Haynes’ former position while Haynes takes over Barry’s.

Barry has been with ServiceMaster since 2012 as president of the AHS home warranty business. Under his leadership, AHS’ customer base has grown nearly 15 percent to 1.5 million, which includes the 2014 acquisition of Wisconsin-based HSA Home Warranty.

Haynes had been senior vice president and CIO since 2014; he joined ServiceMaster in 2012 as vice president of IT. Jamie joined AHS as vice president of IT in 2014.

Memphis-based ServiceMaster’s portfolio of brands includes American Home Shield (home warranties), AmeriSpec (home inspections), Furniture Medic (furniture repair), Merry Maids (residential cleaning), ServiceMaster Clean (janitorial), ServiceMaster Restore (disaster restoration) and Terminix (termite and pest control).

– Daily News staff

Civil Rights Museum Among TripAdvisor’s Top 25

The National Civil Rights Museum has been awarded a top ranking by traveler review and opinion website TripAdvisor.

The Memphis landmark ranked No. 25 in the U.S. on the recent TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards for museums.

The list highlighted 600 museums worldwide and ranked them based on the quantity and quality of visitor reviews and ratings over a 12-month period. The National Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry St., received an average 4.5 out of 5 stars. NCRM also was ranked No. 2 out of TripAdvisor’s 133 things to do in Memphis, bested only by Sun Studio. The Memphis Zoo and Graceland were Nos. 3 and 4, respectively.

– Daily News staff

3M, Subsidiary Sued in Circuit Court

A machine used to warm patients in operating rooms is at the center of a $20 million lawsuit filed Monday, Sept. 21, in Shelby County Circuit Court.

John Forsythe, a FedEx employee who lives in Byhalia, Miss., is suing The 3M Co. and its subsidiary, Arizant Healthcare Inc., claiming a Bair Hugger forced-air warming machine used during his knee surgery at Saint Francis Hospital last year was responsible for an infection he developed after leaving the hospital.

Because of the infection, the lawsuit alleges Forsythe had to have the knee device in the original procedure replaced and undergo numerous other surgeries and procedures.

Forsythe, through his attorneys Timothy Holton, John Holton and Louis P. Chiozza, is seeking class-action status for the lawsuit, the removal of the devices from all operating rooms and the monitoring of those operated on with the warmers in the operating room.

The lawsuit also seeks $5 million in compensatory damages and $15 million in punitive damages for Forsythe.

Saint Francis Hospital is not a defendant in the civil lawsuit.

The device, used in operating rooms since the 1990s, forces warmed air into a blanket that covers patients during surgery.

Because the air is from the operating room and comes into contact with open surgical wounds, the lawsuit claims it is contaminated.

In 2010, Dr. Scott D. Augustine made similar claims to the New York Times in a dispute between him and Arizant in which the company denied that there was evidence of such contamination. Lawsuits similar to Forsythe’s have followed in recent years.

– Bill Dries

Building Permit Pulled for East Memphis Office Complex

H & M Construction Co. Inc. has applied for a $1.6 million building permit for tenant alterations to Wright Medical Group Inc.’s facility at 1023 Cherry Road.

In 2013, owners RBM Cherry Road Partners bought the office buildings for $4.1 million. Renovated for Harrah’s in 1995, the property had been vacant since Harrah’s moved its Memphis corporate office to 7216 Goodlett Farms in 2006. The Goodlett Farms campus was subsequently vacated in 2008 when Harrah’s relocated its Memphis operations to Las Vegas.

The Class B complex consists of two buildings – one that’s 59,159 square feet and one that’s 54,397 square feet. The Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2015 appraisal is $2.2 million.

– Madeline Faber

First Tennessee Introducing Chip-Enabled Cards

Following up on its promise in 2014 to introduce chip cards this year, First Tennessee Bank said Tuesday, Sept. 22, it plans to roll out a more secure kind of plastic for customers starting next month.

The biggest bank based in Tennessee is starting the rollout of so-called EMV (Europay, MasterCard, Visa) chip cards in October with credit cards, followed by debit cards in January and later prepaid cards. The launch comes at no cost to customers, whose existing magnetic stripe cards will be replaced with EMV cards as they expire or when the customer needs a replacement.

The cards’ privacy value is that they’re more difficult to counterfeit when used at chip-enabled terminals. The chip technology also has become a worldwide standard for card security. Customers use them by inserting them into a card reader and keeping them there until the transaction is completed, unlike the quick swipe motion they’re more used to now.

While many national retailers already have installed the new card terminals, the new cards will have a magnetic stripe so customers can still swipe their cards if an EMV-enabled terminal isn’t present.

Dave Miller, head of consumer banking at First Tennessee, said the technology offers “an extra layer of protection for customer data.”

– Andy Meek

University of Memphis Holds 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

Hardy, Shockey, Stephenson Highlight Salvation Army Panel

The Salvation Army of Memphis will hold a women’s networking breakfast next week that will feature an executive panel of female business leaders.

The 7:30 a.m. event on Wednesday, Sept. 30, will be held at the Kroc Center Memphis, 800 East Parkway S.

The panel includes: Carolyn Hardy, president and CEO at Henderson Transloading Services; Leigh Shockey, CEO of Drexel Chemical and chair of the Greater Memphis Chamber; and Susan Stephenson, co-chair and president of Independent Bank.

Tickets start at $35. Funds raised support the shelter and services programs of The Salvation Army of Memphis, including the Purdue Center of Hope, the city’s largest shelter for homeless and addicted women and their children.

For tickets or more information, visit salvationarmymemphis.org or contact Aaron Keegan at 901-260-9120 or aaron_keegan@uss.salvationarmy.org.

– Don Wade

Learning Provider Relocates To Carriage Crossing

LearningRx, a self-described “brain trainer,” has relocated its Germantown location to Collierville’s Carriage Crossing retail center.

LearningRx uses game-like exercises through one-on-one training to help kids and adults increase the speed, power and processing function of their brains. It can help those struggling with reading and learning as well as those with ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, Asperger’s syndrome and other autism spectrum disorders, among others.

The business’s new address is 4680 Merchants Park Circle, suite 214, in the 800,000-square-foot retail center along Tenn. 385 at Houston Levee Road.

– Daily News staff

Memphis Zoo’s Red Panda Named Over the Weekend

The Memphis Zoo’s red panda cub finally has a name – Scout – though the 3-month-old wasn’t able to make his own naming party over the weekend.

The name Scout beat out four other finalists – Desi, Riley, Sullivan and Tenzing – via public voting on the zoo’s Facebook page and Instagram account. Sheila Goodman and 8-year-old Lauren Deer submitted the winning name.

Over the course of the three-week contest, 782 participants submitted around 300 names.

Zookeepers narrowed it down to their top five, and put it to a vote on the zoo’s Facebook and Instagram. More than 4,000 votes were cast, with Scout coming out on top.

The cub wasn’t able to make the Saturday, Sept. 19, naming party because he is still being mother-reared in the red panda night house. Scout was born June 3 at the Memphis Zoo to red pandas Justin and Lucille.

– Daily News staff

Saveur Names Peabody Hotel With ‘Most Character’

The Peabody Memphis has been named the “hotel with the most character” in Saveur magazine’s 2015 Good Taste Awards.

The Peabody was the only Tennessee location to be included on the publication’s list. According to Saveur editor-in-chief Adam Sachs, the publication polled readers and reached out across a network of experts and contributors to honor those in the fields of food, drink and travel who “continue to inspire and excite.”

– Andy Meek

Barristers’ Pancake Breakfast Set for Oct. 2

The 16th annual Barristers’ Pancake Breakfast, a signature event of the Memphis legal community that benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure in the fight against breast cancer, is coming up next week.

Set for Oct. 2 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., the event will see members of the Memphis legal field donning pink aprons to serve pancakes, eggs, sausage and bacon to hungry guests. The event takes place at Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 N. Second St., and all proceeds from sales of the $10 tickets benefit the Memphis-MidSouth Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Volunteer chefs will flip more than 850 pancakes, scramble about 50 dozen eggs and fry up to 100 pounds of bacon and 100 pounds of sausage patties. The 2014 breakfast netted $9,874.

– Andy Meek

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