VOL. 131 | NO. 193 | Tuesday, September 27, 2016
UTHSC Adds New Department Chair
Dr. Boyd Gillespie has been named chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
He comes to UTHSC from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, where he was a professor and vice chair of clinical outreach in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck in the College of Medicine, and director of the MUSC Salivary Clinic and the Karl Storz U.S. Reference Center for Salivary Endoscopy.
Throughout his career, Dr. Gillespie has focused on the treatment of head and neck cancer, thyroid tumors, voice and airway disorders, swallowing disorders and sleep apnea.
He was one of the first four surgeons in the United States to perform endoscopic salivary surgery, and has educated many of the surgeons who perform the technique in the U.S.
– Andy Meek
Triumph Bank Honored By Industry Association
Triumph Bank has been nationally recognized by the American Bankers Association Foundation for its Personal Financial Management Program with The Boys Scouts of America with a 2016 Community Commitment Award.
The award was given to Triumph for its efforts in the Financial Education category and will be presented during ABA’s Annual Convention in Nashville on Oct. 16.
Starting in 2015, Triumph adopted two local Boy Scout Troops, consisting of students from Binghampton Christian Academy and Grizzlies Preparatory School, from the Chickasaw Council. Ten members from the Triumph team taught the boys various personal financial management topics monthly during the school year.
– Andy Meek
Tigers Baseball 2017 Sched Includes UT, Ole Miss, MSU
Headlined by an opening-weekend series against Tennessee at FedExPark, the 2017 University of Memphis baseball schedule will feature 34 total home games. The Tigers’ season will get underway Feb. 17-19 with the first visit from the Volunteers since 2012.
“With what we went through last year in building some home-and-home series, I knew going into this year there would be more home games for a sophomore-dominant pitching staff and a senior-laden offensive group,” Tigers’ head coach Daron Schoenrock said. “It’s going to be great to start the season with in-state rival Tennessee.”
The season-opening series against Tennessee will mark the first three-game series between the Tigers and Volunteers played in Memphis since 1981. Memphis swept that series and holds a 13-1 record against Tennessee at home.
The first midweek game of the season will also be the first road trip, as the Tigers head to Oxford, Miss., for the first meeting of the year with Ole Miss on Feb. 28.
Memphis will start a stretch of four straight games in minor league ballparks, playing at Missouri State March 17-19 at Hammons Field, the home of the Springfield Cardinals, Double-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Tigers will then host the first of two games at AutoZone Park, first against Ole Miss on March 21. Following a weekend series against Southern on March 24-26, Memphis will play its other Downtown game, against Mississippi State on March 28.
American Athletic Conference play will begin with a pair of road series, first at Cincinnati (March 31-April 2) and then at UConn (April 7-9). League foes Houston (April 13-15), USF (April 21-23), Cincinnati (May 5-7) and Tulane (May 18-20) will all make the trip to FedExPark in 2017. The other conference road trips for Memphis will be at UCF and East Carolina.
Memphis will make its first trip to Fayetteville since 1994 to play the Arkansas Razorbacks on April 18. The next night, the two teams will play in North Little Rock at Dickey Stephens Park, the home of the Arkansas Travelers, Double A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners.
The American Championship will once again be hosted at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla., May 23-28.
– Don Wade
Arkansas to Change Road Stripes, Increase Crews
The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is replacing its current road stripe technology and using the savings to double the number of pavement striping crews.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the new road stripes will be wider and will use more material to make it brighter and easier to see than the regular paint striping material crews use now. Bigger trucks on the road tended to scrape up the expensive tape during snow and ice removal, causing a budget problem.
The new retroreflectivity material is not only brighter, but cheaper as well. Studies reviewed by the Federal Highway Administration show the wider stripes to be especially beneficial on rural highways.
The department now spends about $7 million annually on tape, whereas equipping and staffing six additional pavement striping crews will costs about $4 million annually. The change is reflected in the budget for the next two years.
The Federal Highway Administration also has suggested wider pavement markings as a low-cost tool to aid older drivers ages 65 and older.
Commission member Tom Schueck, 75, is a big supporter of the project.
"That's great," Schueck said. "As an elderly driver that drives at night, I want to tell you I appreciate that."
The number of crews will be increased from six to 12, which will allow the agency to restripe all 16,000 miles of state highways every two years instead of every four years.
– The Associated Press
Internet Security Bill May Aid Small Businesses
Small businesses would get more information from the government about internet security under a bill that has passed the U.S. House.
The Improving Small Business Cyber Security Act of 2016, which now goes to the Senate, calls on the Small Business Administration and Department of Homeland Security to create a strategy to increase business owners' awareness of internet attacks. They would also learn about the need to make their companies more secure from hackers, phishing attacks and other such threats. The nearly 1,000 Small Business Development Centers that provide training and counseling to small companies would become a resource for education about internet security.
Small businesses are increasingly vulnerable to such attacks, which include having bank accounts hacked, websites and computer systems invaded and data compromised or stolen. While all businesses and individuals can be targets, small companies in general are more at risk; they usually don't have technology departments or the financial resources to get some of the protections that larger businesses have.
The SBA has tips about internet security on its website, http://tinyurl.com/z8ronta. The Federal Communications Commission has information as well at https://www.fcc.gov/general/cybersecurity-small-business.
It's not known when the Senate will be taking up the bill, which has support from both parties. Congress is expected to be in recess for much of October, returning for what's known as the lame duck session after the Nov. 8 elections.
– The Associated Press