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VOL. 131 | NO. 149 | Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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Left Turns Coming To Union-McLean Intersection

The 30,000 drivers a day on the Midtown stretch of Union Avenue will be able to make left turns from Union Avenue onto McLean Boulevard starting Monday, Aug. 1.

The city of Memphis is installing the signals for eastbound and westbound traffic as a follow-up to plans for the $43 million Midtown Market development on the southwest corner of Union and McLean.

The mixed-use development by Belz Enterprises and Harbor Retail Partners includes a supermarket on the Union face of the corner and an apartment building on the McLean side, marking the first new apartment construction in Midtown in a decade.

The developers had proposed a gate across Idlewild Street south of Union where the Midtown Market development ends and the new Midtown Kroger development begins. It was a traffic control measure, and some homeowners opposed the gate. Memphis City Council members in December worked out a compromise to get the Midtown Market development moving again.

The compromise was a left-turn signal off Union onto McLean and closing Idlewild to two-way traffic along one section to prevent traffic from cutting through the residential area.

The traffic signal will be a first of its kind in Memphis.

In addition to the left turn arrow for eastbound and westbound traffic, the signal will also have a flashing yellow arrow that allows drivers to make a left turn when there are no pedestrians crossing or vehicles coming from the other direction.

– Bill Dries

Another Broken Egg Prepares For August Opening

Another Broken Egg Cafe will open its second location on Aug. 8. The brunch restaurant will open at 65 S. Highland St. in a Poplar Plaza outparcel formerly occupied by El Mezcal.

The 4,100-square-foot restaurant will have seating for 130 patrons inside and 48 patrons outside, and will operate from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.

Restaurant owner and operator George Gouras of Gouras Restaurant Group LLC will host two fundraising events as part of the grand opening. On Aug. 5, the public can dine for free at Another Broken Egg, with donations going to the Ronald McDonald House. On Aug. 6, donations will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Seating at the two fundraising events is limited, so patrons are asked to book reservations at newatabe.com.

The brunch restaurant opened its first Memphis location at 6063 Park Ave. in the spring of 2015.

– Madeline Faber

Relevant Roasters Rebrands, Moves to Crosstown

Small-batch coffee roaster Relevant Roasters is now French Truck Coffee.

Memphis-based Relevant Roasters has formed a partnership with New Orleans-based French Truck Coffee.

The newly branded company will move into a 3,200-square-foot space in Crosstown Concourse next spring. French Truck Coffee will operate a cafe and roaster in the main atrium of the 1.5 million-square-foot building.

Relevant Roasters opened in 2014 at 584 Tillman Road.

– Madeline Faber

Moore Tech Graduates Record-Setting Class

The 2016 class of the William R. Moore College of Technology will graduate 121 students Thursday, July 28, in a ceremony at Lindenwood Christian Church.

The class is the largest ever to graduate from the nonprofit vocational school in its 77-year history.

The Moore Tech graduating class includes 47 students with diplomas or certificates in air conditioning, refrigeration and heating; 35 with certification in welding; a dozen in industrial electricity; 15 in machining technology, which includes training in making medical devices; and nine in property maintenance.

Moore Tech also will award diplomas to the first three graduates of its plumbing program, which began three years ago.

The school touts an 84 percent graduation rate and a 95 percent job placement rate.

– Bill Dries

Memphis Football Blue Lot Parking Sells Out

The University of Memphis announced that season football parking in the blue lot has sold out, the earliest that the blue lot has ever sold out.

Season parking in the tan lot is still available and can be purchased through the athletic ticket office for $70 each. Fans can purchase tan lot parking online at gotigersgotix.com, by calling 901-678-2331, or by visiting the ticket office at the corner of Southern Avenue and Normal Street on the University of Memphis campus.

Single-game parking is available only in the purple and tan lots and is priced at $15 per game, versus the $10 per game cost with a season pass.

– Don Wade

Jones Files for Re-Election As Millington Mayor

Millington Mayor Terry Jones on Monday, July 25, filed for re-election to another four-year term on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Millington faces a possible challenge on the November ballot from alderman Chris Ford, who has a qualifying petition out.

Another potential challenger, Roger Henderson, opted instead to run for one of the aldermen positions also on the ballot in Millington.

The November ballot topped by the presidential general election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump also features nonpartisan municipal elections in Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown and Millington for aldermen and positions on their respective school boards.

The Collierville elections also feature a race for mayor, with incumbent mayor Stan Joyner facing a challenge from alderman Tom Allen.

If Jones wins re-election in Millington, it would be his second consecutive four-year term but his third term as mayor overall. Jones served as mayor from 2004 to 2008.

– Bill Dries

Dely Resigns From Germantown School Board

Mark Dely, a founding member of the Germantown Municipal School District’s board, announced Monday, July 25, he will resign from the board next week as he and his family move to Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he will take a new job.

Dely’s position on the board will be filled with an appointment by the Germantown Board of Mayor and of Aldermen to serve the rest of his term through school board elections in 2018.

– Bill Dries

UTHSC Professor Awarded $120K to Study Chronic Pain

Dr. Valeria Vásquez, an assistant professor in the Department of Physiology in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Medicine, has received a $120,000 grant from the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation to study the causes of chronic pain.

She’ll be working in collaboration with Dr. Avi Priel, a member of the faculty of medicine in the School of Pharmacy - Institute for Drug Research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The detection of pain occurs when proteins are triggered by neurons. Vásquez and her research team are most interested in the causes behind a burning sensation associated with chronic pain.

The United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation encourages scientific collaborations between the U.S. and Israel through the funding of research in various areas.

– Andy Meek

Memphis Airport, FedEx To Receive TVA Incentives

The Tennessee Valley Authority says it is joining forces with four airports and FedEx to replace some of their diesel-powered ground support equipment with more environmentally friendly gear.

TVA said Monday that the FedEx World Hub in Memphis, the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport, the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, Tri-Cities Regional Airport and Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority are receiving TVA cash incentives based on the type and amount of equipment purchased.

TVA says more than 55 pieces of diesel-powered gate equipment will be replaced over the next few months with no-emission, all-electric equipment. TVA says the move will help reduce fossil fuel consumption and emissions within the Tennessee Valley region.

– The Associated Press

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