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VOL. 131 | NO. 7 | Monday, January 11, 2016

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Shelby Farms Playground Part of National Case Study

The American Society of Landscape Architects has put the spotlight on Shelby Farms’ Woodland Discovery Playground.

Woodland Discovery Playground in Memphis is one of 10 case studies included in the American Society of Landscape Architects’ newly expanded online exhibition, “Designing Our Future: Sustainable Landscapes.”

The website highlights real-world examples of sustainable landscape design and its positive effects on the environment and quality of life. The new case studies range from a coastal ecological restoration project to a volunteer-run urban farm. They illustrate just what sustainable landscapes are and how they provide important benefits on a variety of scales.

Woodland Discovery Playground is located on a four-acre upland site at Shelby Farms Park, which had been home to a 20-year-old playground that had fallen into disrepair. The new playground was created with input from children.

James Corner Field Operations created the Woodland Discovery Playground, as well as the master plan for Shelby Farms Park.

– Don Wade

Verso Sells Subsidiary for $62M

Memphis-based Verso Corp. has sold a subsidiary that owns hydroelectric power plants for $62 million to address its cash flow and liquidity problems.

Verso announced the sale of its Verso Androscoggin Power LLC subsidiary Thursday, Jan. 7, to Eagle Creek Renewable Energy LLC for cash.

The subsidiary, which goes under the acronym VAP, consists of four hydroelectric power plants connected to Verso’s pulp and paper mill in Jay, Maine.

The Androscoggin mill bought electrical power from VAP and will continue to do so under Eagle Creek ownership.

– Bill Dries

OR Nurses Nationwide Donates $175,000

Several Memphis entities received 2015 year-end charitable gifts from OR Nurses Nationwide, which has offices in Memphis, Dallas and Houston.

Gifts of $25,000 each were given to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Church Health Center, Baptist College of Health Sciences School of Nursing and Youth Villages. A gift of $20,000 went to the University of Memphis' Loewenberg School of Nursing.

The Daisy Foundation, a national organization that honors outstanding nurses in more than 2,000 health care facilities in all 50 states and internationally, and the Boy Scouts of America each received $10,000 each.

Page Robbins Adult Day Center in Collierville and the Streetdog Foundation of Memphis each received $5,000 gifts.

"We're just happy we have this to share," said Denise Burnett Stewart, founder, president and CEO of OR Nurses Nationwide.

In total, $175,000 in gifts were awarded. Besides the Memphis donations, the firm also awarded gifts of $12,500 each to Children at Risk foundations in Dallas and Houston.

OR Nurses Nationwide maintains offices in the Texas cities, in addition to its Memphis headquarters.

The company specializes in providing operating-room and other critical care specialty nurses to fill temporary roles in hospitals throughout the U.S., and currently represents nearly 600 such nurses.

Stewart was one of two founders of OR Nurses in 1988. She is chairman of the parent corporation, Source One Healthcare Professionals Inc., president and CEO of OR Nurses Nationwide and is a director and member of the executive committee of Baptist College of Health Sciences and the Society of Entrepreneurs and a trustee of the Church Health Center, all of Memphis.

– Don Wade

UTHSC Professor Named To Pharmacy Education Council

Dr. Marie Chisholm-Burns, dean and professor in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has been named as the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy appointee to the board of directors of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

Chisholm-Burns will be one of 10 members on the accrediting board.

ACPE serves as the national agency for accrediting professional degree programs in pharmacy and providers of continuing pharmacy education. Chisholm-Burns will be one of three board members appointed from AACP.

– Andy Meek

Cantrell, Jenkins and Smith Finalists for Circuit Court Vacancy

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is considering Shelby County attorneys Frank S. Cantrell, JoeDae L. Jenkins and Valerie L. Smith for the Shelby County Circuit Court vacancy created by the 2015 death of Judge D’Army Bailey.

Cantrell, Jenkins and Smith were the three finalists recommended Thursday, Jan. 7, by the Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments. They were among eight applicants for the vacancy.

Whoever Haslam appoints will be Circuit Court judge at least through August. The judge’s position will be on the Aug. 4 Shelby County general election ballot to serve the remainder of Bailey’s eight-year term of office that began in 2014.

The appointee is eligible to run for the rest of the term.

– Bill Dries

SunTrust to Air First Super Bowl Ad Next Month

SunTrust Banks Inc. will air its first Super Bowl ad next month during Super Bowl 50.

The bank’s ad – to air during the game on Feb. 7 – will spotlight how financial stress is affecting the nation’s health and happiness. Its goal is to encourage Americans to talk openly about money and take steps to reclaim their financial confidence.

The SunTrust ad will serve as one catalyst for social change and a call-to-action for Americans to consider doing something positive about money and finances. New York-based StrawberryFrog is creating the commercial.

– Andy Meek

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