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VOL. 131 | NO. 219 | Wednesday, November 2, 2016

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Baker Donelson to Merge With Ober/Kaler Law Firm

Baker Donelson is merging with national law firm Ober/Kaler effective Jan. 1, creating one of the 50 largest law firms in the country.

The combined company will retain the Baker Donelson name.

The merger with Ober/Kaler, headquartered in Baltimore, creates the third-largest health care practice.

The merger was approved by leaders and shareholders of both law firms and announced Monday, Oct. 31. The deal is expected to close on Jan. 1.

Memphis-based Baker Donelson traces its lineage back to 1888 when James F. Baker opened a law firm in Huntsville, Tennessee. The Memphis part of the law firm dates to 1911 when Walter Chandler began his private practice in Memphis.

Baker Donelson chairman and chief executive officer Ben C. Adams termed the merger “a significant step” in the firm’s strategic growth.

“This is a great cultural fit as well, with our firms’ shared commitments to our clients, diversity, pro bono service and community involvement,” Adams said in a written statement.

Ober/Kaler CEO S. Craig Holden highlighted the merger in the health care, financial services and construction practices.

“We were drawn to Baker Donelson’s outstanding reputation and the chance to offer our clients a significantly expanded platform with a broader reach, both geographically and in terms of the range of legal counsel that a firm of more than 800 attorneys and advisers brings,” Holden said in a written statement.

Baker Donelson currently has 700 attorneys and advisers across 30 practice areas and 21 offices in eight states and the District of Columbia as well as London.

Ober/Kaler has 110 attorneys and three offices in Baltimore, Falls Church, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

– Bill Dries

Tigers’ Miller Added To Biletnikoff Watch List

University of Memphis junior wide receiver Anthony Miller was added to the Biletnikoff Award watch list on Tuesday, Nov. 1. The annual award, given by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, honors the season’s outstanding college receiver at any position.

Tuesday’s announcement comes the day after Miller was named to the American Athletic Conference’s weekly honor roll for his performance against Tulsa on Saturday, Oct. 30. Miller caught 12 passes for a career-best and school-record 250 receiving yards. The 200-plus yard effort vs. Tulsa was the first for any receiver in Memphis and the fifth-most by a receiver in FBS football so far this season. Miller has had four 100-yard games this season, seven in his career.

Miller leads Memphis with 53 catches for 822 yards. His 102.8 yards per game receiving average leads the team and ranks third in the AAC. His 53 catches ranks tied for fourth in the conference.

Having played in 21 career games, Miller is already 12th on the Tigers’ all-time receiving list with 1,516 career yards. He needs just 11 more yards receiving to surpass Ryan Scott and take over the 11th spot on the list. He needs 70 more yards to break into the career top 10 and tie former Tiger Isaac Bruce.

The Biletnikoff Award semifinalists will be announced on Nov. 14, with the three finalists announced on Nov. 22. The winner will be revealed at The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 8.

– Don Wade

Regional One Partners With Zocdoc for Online Scheduling

Regional One Health has introduced a new online tool to help patients schedule appointments.

The new service is powered by digital health platform Zocdoc and facilitates online appointment-making with participating providers at the Regional One Health East Campus and Harbor of Health.

Patients can use the service by visiting regionalonehealth.org/appointments, where they can see doctors’ schedules in real time, along with qualifications, verified patient reviews, photos and other tools for selecting providers. Patients can then choose an open time slot and instantly schedule their appointment.

At launch, patients can book appointments digitally with specialists across internal medicine, cardiology, endocrinology, rheumatology, urology, urogynecology and reproductive endocrinology. Participating providers are part of UT Regional One Physicians, a partnership between Regional One Health and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, comprised of nearly 200 physicians and advanced practitioners.

– Andy Meek

Memphis Veteran Gets Home Upgrade in Addition to Roof

The Memphis family who had a new roof installed in June as a part of Owens Corning’s national Roof Deployment Project is now getting a full exterior upgrade to their home.

Sgt. Victor Smith and his family are receiving an exterior upgrade compliments of Owens Corning.

The work began on Tuesday, Nov. 1, and will include new siding, insulation and windows, all donated by the Owens Corning Foundation.

Smith, a member of the 130th Military Police Company in Millington, was identified to be a recipient of the program by the military with help from the nonprofit Support Our Troops. Smith, a veteran of U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and a Memphian, has a 7-year-old daughter and a 4-year-old son.

“When we installed the new roof for Sgt. Smith back in June, we removed a huge worry,” said Bill Mabry, contractor network leader for Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt, in a statement. “But due to the condition of his windows and siding, we realized he and his family still could not feel totally comfortable in their home, so we are back to put them more at ease.”

ContractingPRO, an Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractor, is doing the installation.

– Daily News staff

U of M Announces Shuttles for Men’s Basketball Games

The University of Memphis athletic department has announced plans for providing shuttle service to home men’s basketball games. The Tigers have teamed up with Blues City Tours to provide shuttle service from various locations in the Memphis area to all 19 men’s basketball games at FedExForum.

Round-trip shuttle service costs $10 per game, and there are five different pick-up locations in the metro area.

Departure times for the FedExForum are listed from each pick-up location and the return shuttles will leave 30 minutes following the end of each home game. Shuttle service will start with the exhibition game on Monday, Nov. 7.

The departure time prior to tipoff is as follows:

• Germantown Plaza, 7781 Farmington Blvd. at Exeter Road: 1 hour, 30 minutes

• Germantown Kroger, 6660 Poplar Ave. at Kirby Road: 1 hour, 15 minutes

• Halle Stadium, 2616 Mt. Moriah Road: 1 hour, 15 minutes

• Laurelwood Shopping Center: 1 hour

• Bartlett/Wolfchase Wal-Mart, 8400 U.S. 64: 1 hour, 15 minutes

– Don Wade

State Leaders Break Ground on Solar Welcome Center

The Tennessee Departments of Transportation and Tourist Development held a groundbreaking ceremony Monday, Oct. 31, for the new I-40 Solar Farm Information and Welcome Center in Haywood County.

Tourism Development Commissioner Kevin Triplett, Haywood County Mayor Franklin Smith III, Strata G vice president Elliot Barnett and TDOT Region 4 regional director Jason Baker provided remarks.

The I-40 Information and Welcome Center is to be located on the West Tennessee Solar Farm and features a modern, energy-efficient design. The center plans to feature Spectrum, an educational exhibit about the benefits of renewable energy and solar power in Tennessee.

The West Tennessee Solar Farm is owned and operated by the University of Tennessee. It opened in 2012 as part of the Volunteer State Solar Initiative. The facility is one of the largest public displays of solar energy in the Southeast and is capable of generating five megawatts of electricity, powering 500 homes annually.

“The I-40 Haywood County Information and Welcome Center offers a unique opportunity to visitors,” Triplett said in a statement. “We continue to deliver world-class hospitality and assistance to travelers while providing a glimpse of the importance of sustainable energy. We appreciate the opportunity to showcase how West Tennessee and the state are striving to harness the use of natural resources in a positive environment.”

The I-40 Solar Farm Information and Welcome Center is located at mile marker 44 westbound and is expected to open to the public in late 2017. Currently, Tennessee has 14 welcome centers, all constructed by TDOT and operated by Tourist Development.

– Daily News staff

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