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VOL. 131 | NO. 115 | Thursday, June 9, 2016

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Grizzlies’ Carter Voted NBA Teammate of the Year

NBA players have selected Memphis Grizzlies guard Vince Carter as the recipient of the 2015-16 Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award.

The award recognizes a player deemed the best teammate based on selfless play, on- and off-court leadership as a mentor and role model to other NBA players, and commitment and dedication to team.

More than 300 NBA players submitted their votes through confidential balloting. The 12 nominees were chosen by a panel of NBA legends as well as executives from the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association.

Carter totaled 1,448 points from the players, including 65 first-place votes. The Minnesota Timberwolves’ Kevin Garnett finished second with 916 points (39 first-place votes), and the Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh placed third with 799 points (18 first-place votes).

An eight-time NBA All-Star and two-time All-NBA Team selection, Carter has spent the last two seasons of his 18-year career with Memphis. Carter ranks 24th on the NBA’s career scoring list (23,969 points) and sixth in three-pointers made (1,937). He finished second to the San Antonio Spurs’ Tim Duncan in last year’s voting for the Twyman-Stokes honor.

Carter was to be presented with the trophy by 2013-14 Twyman-Stokes winner Shane Battier, a former Memphis Grizzly, during Game 3 of the Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors Wednesday, June 8.

As part of the award, the NBA will make a $25,000 donation to Carter’s foundation, the Embassy of Hope Foundation, which assists organizations and individuals in improving the quality of life for children.

– Don Wade

New Starbucks Planned for Lakeland

Starbucks is opening a coffee shop in Lakeland. The company recently filed a $500,000 building permit for an infill store at 9050 U.S. 64.

The nearest Starbucks is inside a Kroger at 9025 U.S. 64. That location is a licensed store staffed by Kroger employees and is not a standalone corporate store.

Another Starbucks is planned for the Arlington area as part of the upcoming The Shops at Arlington development. On June 8, Kroger broke ground on a new Kroger Marketplace store that will anchor the shopping strip. Starbucks has signed a letter of intent for a bay near the Kroger.

– Madeline Faber

XQ ‘Super School’ Bus Tour Coming to Memphis

The education reform group offering a $10 million grant to launch a new type of school is coming to Memphis next Monday through Wednesday, June 13-15, to discuss public education.

The XQ Institute bus tour will be at the National Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry St., on those three days to hear from the public about public education as well as share details of the institute’s effort to build what it calls “super schools.”

The XQ effort involves Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

Leaders of the effort to establish a Crosstown High School have applied for the XQ grant, and the effort is a semifinalist in the competition.

Crosstown High began as a move toward a Shelby County Schools high school in partnership with the Crosstown Concourse redevelopment project and Christian Brothers University.

Since then, the organization’s focus has shifted to a charter school.

– Bill Dries

Council Accepts Donations for Bridge LED Lighting

Two of the four bridges crossing the Mississippi River will be framed with LED lighting for a fall debut on the city’s riverfront with the October formal opening of the Big River Crossing.

The Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, June 7, accepting $12 million in private donations for the lighting of the Harahan Bridge as well as a conversion of the existing lighting on the Hernando DeSoto Bridge to LED lighting.

The new lightings are to be completed by the October opening of the pedestrian-bicycle boardwalk on the northern side of the Harahan.

The council also approved Strickland’s appointment of Maria Munoz-Blanco as the city’s new Parks and Neighborhoods Division director at a salary of $126,000 annually.

And the council approved the installation of SkyCop cameras at Christ United Methodist Church, 4488 Poplar Ave., and in the Chickasaw Gardens neighborhood with private money totaling $72,666 raised through the Memphis-Shelby County Law Enforcement Foundation.

– Bill Dries

Tigers Men’s Basketball at Ole Miss on Dec. 3

The University of Memphis men’s basketball team will play at Ole Miss on Dec. 3 as part of a two-year arrangement that will have the Rebels playing at Memphis the following season.

The game at Ole Miss came to light with the release of the Rebels’ nonconference schedule. Last season, the Rebels defeated the Tigers at FedExForum.

The home part of the Tigers’ nonconference schedule includes games with South Carolina and UAB. The Emerald Coast Classic in Destin, Fla., on Nov. 25-26, includes an opening game vs. Providence and then a game with either Iowa or Virginia, the latter being the landing place of former Tiger Austin Nichols.

– Don Wade

U of M Research Foundation Earns Japanese Patent

The University of Memphis Research Foundation has received a Japanese patent for “Compositions and Methods for Delivering an Agent to a Wound.” The United States patent for the same invention was granted in 2015.

The patent issued last year was the 20th granted to UMRF. The biomedical technology covered by the patent was invented in the U of M Herff College of Engineering’s Department of Biomedical Engineering. The inventors are Warren Haggard and Joel Bumgardner, both professors of biomedical engineering, and Scott Noel of Bionova Medical, who earned his Ph.D. under Haggard’s supervision.

The patent is exclusively licensed to Bionova Medical, a privately held medical device company in Germantown. The company’s flagship product, Sentrex BioSponge MPD, which is covered by this new patent, has received two clearances from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use as a local wound management device that is compatible with negative pressure wound therapy..

Since launching the Sentrex BioSponge in August 2014, it has been used in more than 1,100 clinical trauma cases at facilities across the country, including military treatment facilities.

With funding support from the Military Infectious Diseases Research Program, Haggard and Bumgardner are developing a next-generation wound dressing to prevent infection and aid in wound healing for trauma patients.

Haggard’s team is investigating improved versions of the technology with the added functionality to deliver both antibiotic and antifungal agents directly to the wound.

– Don Wade

Saint Francis-Bartlett Honored for Heart Failure Care

Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett has picked up an award for heart failure care.

The hospital received the Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation’s secondary prevention guidelines for patients with heart failure. This is the seventh consecutive year the hospital has been recognized with a quality achievement award.

Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure is a quality improvement program that helps hospital teams follow up-to-date, research-based standards with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients. Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients.

The measures include evaluation of the patient, proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies. According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million adults in the U.S. suffer from heart failure, with the number expected to rise to 8 million by 2030.

– Andy Meek

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