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VOL. 131 | NO. 206 | Friday, October 14, 2016

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New Restaurant Concept Lands at Crosstown Concourse

A new startup organic vegetarian restaurant concept is launching in Memphis, debuting at Crosstown Concourse in early 2017.

The concept is Mama Gaia, from restaurateurs Philipp and Cru Peri von Holtzendorff-Fehling. It’s a fast-casual dining experience offering an exclusively organic vegetarian menu. The restaurant signed a lease for its debut location at 1350 Concourse Ave., Suite 137, with plans to open early next year.

The concept will offer a fresh, artisanal vegetarian menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as several vegan and gluten-free options. Menu items, created by Chef Cru Peri, will be handmade to order using organic ingredients. Mama Gaia will also offer grab-and-go options, as well as on- and off-site catering.

Shawn Massey, broker for The Shopping Center Group, represented Crosstown Concourse on the lease. Danny Buring of The Shopping Center Group represented Mama Gaia in the deal for the 2,400-square-foot space.

– Andy Meek

Avery Earns Defensive Player Honor From Sports Writers

University of Memphis junior linebacker Genard Avery has been named the Tennessee Sports Writers Association’s (TSWA) Defensive Player of the Week after he tied his career-high with nine tackles in a comeback 34-27 win over American Athletic Conference defending East Division champion Temple on Oct. 6.

With the score tied at 13 with 1:17 left in the third quarter, Avery picked off a pass and returned it 23 yards for his second pick-six interception of the season.

Avery, who was also named to the American Athletic Conference honor roll for the Oct. 6 performance, leads Memphis with 35 tackles. He leads Memphis with five tackles for loss, two interceptions and three quarterback hurries. This is the first career honor for Avery from the TSWA and is also the first honor for a Tiger this season from the organization.

Memphis plays its next two games on the road in conference play, traveling to New Orleans for a Friday, Oct. 14, game at Tulane. That game will be broadcast on ESPNU beginning at 7 p.m. Memphis then plays at Navy on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 2:30 p.m. (CT) on the CBS Sports Network.

– Don Wade

Bradley Jackson to Lead State Chamber of Commerce

Tennessee’s most prominent statewide business advocacy and trade association has named Bradley Jackson, a well-known business insider on Capitol Hill, as the new president and CEO of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

“He has demonstrated beyond any doubt his ability to effectively run a complex organization, and we are excited about his vision for the chamber,” said Greg Martz, chairman of the Tennessee Chamber board, in a statement.

Jackson has more than a decade of experience in leading some of the business community’s most successful initiatives. He previously served as the chamber’s vice president for government affairs, heading up the implementation of its annual legislative agenda.

During his tenure, the chamber achieved successes in the areas of workers’ compensation reform, business taxes and workforce initiatives. The chamber has accomplished more than 90 percent of its legislative goals during the time Jackson steered Government Affairs.

– Daily News staff

UTHSC Professor Wins $270,000 Research Grant

Dr. Hongsik Cho, an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has received a $270,000 grant from the Arthritis Foundation to research new treatment options for osteoarthritis.

The purpose of Cho’s research is to develop a drug delivery system using small packets called nanosomes to enclose drugs, and a fluorescent dye to repair damaged cartilage in the knee. The research team is testing a therapeutic drug called TPCA-1 that will hypothetically hinder the activation of the main controller of induced inflammation in the body, reducing pain and inflammation that can lead to osteoarthritis.

According to Cho, the project has the potential to help with early diagnosis.

– Andy Meek

Pinnacle Financial Adds Assistant Financial Adviser

Christy McGinnis has joined Pinnacle Financial Partners as a financial adviser assistant for its client advisory team, based at Pinnacle’s Memphis headquarters on Quail Hollow Road.

McGinnis, with 20 years of financial services experience, most recently comes from Independent Bank, where she was a portfolio manager.

Her previous experience includes roles with FirstBank, where she was a residential construction lender, and Bank of Bartlett, where she was a commercial loan assistant and loan servicing coordinator.

– Andy Meek

Cirque Italia Performing Outside of Wolfchase

What is billed as “the first traveling water circus in the U.S. – Cirque Italia – opened a four-day stand Thursday, Oct. 13, at Wolfchase Galleria in Cordova.

Cirque Italia features a 35,000-gallon water tank with performers executing dives and high-wire acts as well as a jet ski act.

There is also a laser show, a mermaid and a dinosaur.

The circus is on the Sears Auto Center parking lot at Wolfchase, with one show at 7:30 p.m. Friday and three shows each on Saturday and Sunday.

– Bill Dries

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