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VOL. 131 | NO. 123 | Tuesday, June 21, 2016

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Memphis, U of M Law School Hire First Neighborhood Preservation Fellow

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and the city of Memphis have hired Brittany Williams as city’s first Neighborhood Preservation fellow.

In her new role, Brittany Williams will draft and file lawsuits and assist in case handling and management for Neighborhood Preservation Act cases and other Environmental Court cases filed by the city. She will represent the city in litigation against owners of blighted property and will work with students enrolled in the University of Memphis Neighborhood Preservation Clinic.

Williams will hold the position through the end of 2017. The city of Memphis provided the law school with a $150,000 in funding to create the fellowship with proceeds from its Vacant Property Registry.

Williams is a graduate of the University of Memphis law school and previously worked as a law clerk with local blight-fighting firm Brewer & Barlow PLC.

– Madeline Faber

Resurrection Health Relocates Residency Program

Resurrection Health has relocated its residency program to Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett.

The obstetrics practice will also relocate, bringing most of Resurrection Health’s hospital services under one roof for the first time.

The move to Saint Francis-Bartlett gives residents the opportunity to gain experience in a learning environment that includes more than 40,000 emergency room visits annually, a large intensive care unit; a chest pain center accredited by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care; and a primary stroke center, which was recognized with an Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. The move will also open up opportunities for Resurrection Health to treat underserved populations in rural areas of West Tennessee in addition to the urban population currently under care.

Meanwhile, Resurrection Health’s residency program – Resurrection Family Medicine – will welcome eight first-year residents in July for a total of 23 current residents and 12 physician faculty members plus non-medical staff. The residents, which recorded a 100 percent board pass rate, will be the only residents stationed in Saint Francis-Bartlett.

Before the move, Resurrection Health’s residents were based at Delta Medical Center, while its obstetrics practice was at Regional One Health. In addition to surgery, obstetrics and emergency medicine services provided at Saint Francis-Bartlett, Resurrection Family Medicine residents will continue to practice pediatric medicine and pediatric emergency care at the Spence and Becky Wilson Baptist Children's Hospital. They will also continue to practice critical care medicine at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis.

– Andy Meek

Online Tax Sale Begins Wednesday

Shelby County government’s third online sale of tax-delinquent properties begins Wednesday, June 22, at 8 a.m. and runs through Friday, June 24, at 8 p.m.

The sale is one of four each year conducted by the Chancery Court clerk and master and the Shelby County Trustee’s office.

At the outset there are 400 residential, commercial and vacant properties grouped into four batches with each batch having a different closing time for bids.

Information on the properties can be seen at civicsource.com with registration for the sale at the same site.

The opening bid must include delinquent city and county taxes, accrued interest and penalty charges, court costs, attorney fees, and service and title costs.

The owners of the property could pay the taxes owed up until the close of business Tuesday, which means some of the properties listed earlier may be pulled before the sale begins.

There is also a redemption period for owners to redeem their property after the online sale, but recent changes in state law mean the redemption period is less than the one-year period that at one time applied to all properties regardless of how long the back taxes were due.

The redemption period now depends on how long the taxes have been due.

At the last tax sale in April, 50 properties were bought.

“We hope the pool of prospective bidders broadens to aid in delinquent collections and our fight against blight,” Trustee David Lenoir said in statement. “Everyone pays more because of the blight in our communities. Blighted properties represent money lost in unpaid taxes and decreased property values.”

– Bill Dries

Database Expert Kline to Speak in Memphis

Database expert and software industry veteran Kevin Kline is set to speak at the FedEx Institute of Technology next month.

The FedEx Institute and its newest community partner, Memphis PASS (Professional Association of SQL Server), are hosting the talk July 12 at 5 p.m. in room 227 of the FedEx Institute, 365 Innovation Drive.

Kline currently serves as director of engineering services at SQL Sentry, a leading vendor of database and business intelligence tools. A Microsoft SQL Server MVP since 2004, Kline is a founding board member and former president of PASS. He has written or co-written 11 books, including the best-selling “SQL in a Nutshell,” and contributes monthly columns to SQL Server Pro and DBTA magazines.

Kline is a noted trainer and thought leader on IT leadership skills, database management technology and practices, and SQL Server performance tuning and optimization. He is a top-rated speaker at conferences such as Microsoft TechEd, the PASS Summit, DevTeach, Oracle OpenWorld and SQL Connections.

– Don Wade

Crye-Leike Opening Office in Gallatin

Crye-Leike is opening a branch office in Gallatin, Tenn., marking its 20th location in Middle Tennessee.

The new Crye-Leike office will be in a 2,352-square-foot remodeled house that has been zoned for office use. The lease agreement begins July 1.

“We felt the timing is right to add an office in Gallatin because of the area’s surge in residential growth and jobs,” CEO Harold Crye said in a statement.

Between 2010 and 2015, Gallatin’s population grew 14 percent, said James Fenton, executive director of the Gallatin Economic & Community Development Agency. Additionally, business relocations and expansions have brought more than 2,000 jobs to Gallatin within the last 30 months.

The Gallatin office joins two other Sumner County Crye-Leike offices, located in Hendersonville and Goodlettsville.

– Madeline Faber

U of M Physicist Receives Early Career Research Award

Xiao Shen, assistant professor of physics and materials science at the University of Memphis, has been named a winner of the 2016 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award by Oak Ridge Associated Universities for his work on novel optical materials.

The competitive $5,000 matching award is given annually to select faculty during the first two years of their initial university appointment to support promising new lines of research and promote collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers. Shen was one of 35 recipients selected from 132 candidates nominated by ORAU members. He is the second U of M faculty member to receive this award.

Shen’s research focuses on theory and computation of a range of materials for electronics, optoelectronics and energy. His Powe Award project will explore structural and optical properties of a novel two-dimensional material with practical applications for advanced electronic devices. He will collaborate with Matthew Chisholm, group leader of the Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

This one-year award will help Shen further his research and support future proposals to federal agencies such as the U.S. National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Shen earned his doctorate in physics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and completed a postdoctoral research appointment at Vanderbilt University prior to joining the U of M faculty last August.

– Don Wade

Liberty Bowl Gives Award to Archie Manning 

Archie Manning has received the Liberty Bowl's Distinguished Citizen Award, an honor the organization considers its most prestigious recognition.

Manning received the award Sunday, June 19, while serving as guest of honor at the kickoff event of the Liberty Bowl Golf Classic, which benefits St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Manning, a College Football Hall of Famer, is the first former Liberty Bowl player to receive the award. Manning threw for 141 yards and two touchdowns to lead Mississippi to a 34-17 victory over Virginia Tech in the 1968 Liberty Bowl.

Manning has received numerous awards for community service both during his playing career and since his retirement.

– The Associated Press

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