VOL. 131 | NO. 126 | Friday, June 24, 2016
Second Annual Tigers Alumni Game Saturday
Former University of Memphis Tiger players Willie Kemp and Jeremy Hunt are hosting the second annual Blue vs. Gray Memphis Tigers Alumni Game, which will feature 26 former players at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 25.
Tickets for the event can be purchased at GoTigersGoTix.com or by calling 901-678-2331.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit The National Kidney Foundation and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Doors open for the event at 5 p.m.
Former Tigers scheduled to attend include Andre Allen, Antonio Barton, Will Barton, Will Coleman, Chris Crawford, Joey Dorsey, Detric Golden, John Grice, Ferrakohn Hall, Penny Hardaway, Pierre Henderson-Niles, Jeremy Hunt, Jimmie “Snap” Hunter, Geron Johnson, Willie Kemp, Doneal Mack, Chris Massie, Elliot Perry, D.J. Stephens, Shawn Taggart, Adonis Thomas, Andre Turner, Elliot Williams and Wesley Witherspoon.
– Don Wade
Memphis Kicker Jake Elliott Earns All-America Third Team
University of Memphis senior place-kicker Jake Elliott has been named to the Athlon Sports All-America Third Team.
Elliott returns to Memphis this fall after finishing last season as a finalist for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, and as the two-time, defending American Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Year.
In 2015, Elliott, a three-time AAC first team honoree, tied the Memphis record for most field goals in a season (23), a record he now shares with Joe Allison, the first-ever Lou Groza award winner. He was 23-for-28 on field goal attempts in 2015 and was 63-for-63 on point after attempts (PATs). He ranked ninth in the NCAA in scoring last year with 10.0 ppg, the third-highest scoring kicker behind Boise State’s Tyler Rausa (10.3 ppg) and Oregon’s Aidan Schneider (10.2 ppg).
At the end of last year, Elliott was voted to his third consecutive American Athletic All-Conference first team, one of just two players in league history to earn first-team honors in all three seasons. Elliott was also named first team All-America by USA Today and second team All-America by both the Associated Press and the Walter Camp Foundation.
For his career, Elliott ranks third in Memphis history in career scoring with 324 career points, trailing only Stephen Gostkowski, now a member of the New England Patriots (369 points), and DeAngelo Williams, now a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers (362 points).
Elliott is one of two AAC players named to Athlon’s preseason All-America team, joining Houston quarterback Greg Ward, who was a fourth team honoree on the list.
– Don Wade
Sunday Concert Kicks Off WUMR Summer Radiothon
WUMR, the University of Memphis’ all-jazz radio station, will host its Jazz in June Radiothon June 26-July 3. During the summer fundraiser, U-92 FM asks for help from “The Jazz Lover Family” to help fund operating expenses at the station.
WUMR will kick off the radiothon with a concert at the New Daisy Theatre Sunday, June 26, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.
The featured musicians are Dual Drive members Gary Goin and Pat Register, whose latest release is The Memphis Project. Guest vocalist for the concert is Kevin Whalum.
Goin is the leader of the Memphis Grizzlies’ house band. He is also guitarist for Kirk Whalum’s band and an in-demand studio guitarist.
Register is a local saxophonist and founding member of the group VooDoo Village, and has also recorded several albums of his own.
Wendy Moten, a local favorite now living in Nashville, also will perform. She has had a busy career, including more than 15 years as an opening act for the Julio Iglesias World Tour. For more information and for tickets, contact Malvin Massey at 901-678-3176 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Don Wade
Chef Shuttle Delivery Service Partners With St. Jude
Restaurant delivery service Chef Shuttle has partnered with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Between Monday, June 27, and Sunday, July 3, Chef Shuttle will donate $5 from every order to St. Jude as part of a Chef Shuttle Cares promotion.
In the coming weeks, Chef Shuttle will offer free delivery to St. Jude from Bangkok Alley, Hard Rock Café, Carol’s Cheesecake, Kooky Canuck, Cozy Corner BBQ, Pita Pit, Encore Café, Gigi’s Cupcakes, South of Beale and Strano’s Sicilian Kitchen and Bar.
– Madeline Faber
Deadline to Register to Vote is July 5
The deadline to register to vote in the Aug. 4 election is Tuesday, July 5.
Voter registration applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. that day, and mail-in applications must be postmarked by that date.
Every Election Day, people walk into the operations center at the Shelby County Election Commission and want to register so they can vote in that day’s election.
“We want everyone who is eligible to vote to cast a ballot in every election,” said Linda Phillips, the new election commission administrator.
By law, people must be registered to vote 30 days prior to an election.
“Because the last day to register falls on a national holiday (Fourth of July), this time people have an extra day to register,” Phillips said.
People can register to vote at the Downtown Election Commission office at 150 Washington Ave., and the operations center at 980 Nixon Drive, near Shelby Farms. Online voter registration is available at http://sos.tn.gov/elections, or at www.shelbyvote.com.
Anyone who registers online must vote the first time in person and is not eligible to receive an absentee ballot.
Request forms for absentee ballots are available under the “Voter Information” tab at www.shelbyvote.com.
– Daily News staff
The Kitchen Restaurant at Shelby Farms Hiring
The Kitchen Restaurant is hiring full- and part-time staff for its upcoming restaurant at Shelby Farms Park.
The farm-to-table restaurant opens later this year in a 5,000-square-foot space overlooking the expanded Patriot Lake, part of Shelby Farms’ $70 million Heart of the Park expansion.
The Kitchen Restaurant Group will host hiring fairs at Bounty on Broad, located at 2519 Broad Ave.
The sessions are open to the public and resumes are required.
The dates and times are:
• June 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• June 29 from 9 a.m. to noon
• July 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• July 6 from 9 a.m. to noon
The Kitchen Next Door’s 4,500-square-foot location at Crosstown Concourse opens in 2017.
– Madeline Faber
Pinnacle Adds Senior VP at Memphis Headquarters
Pinnacle Financial Partners has added another professional to its growing Memphis ranks.
Lee Rudd has joined Pinnacle as a senior vice president and financial adviser, based at Pinnacle’s Memphis headquarters at 6525 N. Quail Hollow Road.
Rudd brings 24 years of financial services experience in the Memphis market and comes most recently from SunTrust Bank, where he served as a client adviser in the company’s commercial banking group.
Prior roles included division manager of the Premier Banking group at BancorpSouth, and at First Tennessee Bank, where Rudd served in several capacities over his eight years at the company, including senior vice president of First Tennessee’s private banking group and treasury sales officer for the bank’s West Tennessee market.
– Andy Meek
Report Faults Tennessee for Lack of Diversity in Courts
A new report faults Tennessee’s court system for not adequately representing the diversity of the state’s population.
The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy ranks Tennessee 45th out of 51 state court jurisdictions for gender and racial diversity.
According to the report, white males make up 36 percent of the state population but account for 74 percent of judges.
While women make up 51 percent of the population, only 20 percent of judges in Tennessee are female.
And the report says that minorities make up 26 percent of Tennessee’s population, but just 9 percent of judges are people of color.
– The Associated Press