VOL. 132 | NO. 156 | Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Craft Soda Ale-8-One Expands Distribution
A craft soda with a Southern heritage spanning more than 90 years has expanded its distribution in Tennessee and now is showing up on Kroger shelves in Memphis.
Ale-8-One Bottling Co., maker of the popular ginger and citrus-based craft soda, announced that Kroger has placed it on their store shelves in Memphis and other Tennessee cities. Ale-8 is one of the South’s oldest craft sodas and has something of a cult following across the U.S.
The family-owned company based in Winchester, Kentucky, still uses a handwritten secret formula to achieve its signature taste. Notes from the company’s founder G.L. Wainscott guide his great-great nephew and current owner Fielding Rogers as he hand-mixes each batch of Ale-8-One.
“As our company grows and adds new retailers like Kroger, we will continue to remain committed to our high-quality standards and company values that have been so important to us for more than nine decades,” Ale-8-One president and chief operating officer Ellen McGeeney said in a statement about the expansion.
The Ale-8-One soft drink has been bottled in green glass in since 1926. The drink is available nationwide online, at all Cracker Barrel and World Market stores, and in select grocery stores and retailers in 46 states and Washington, D.C.
– Andy Meek
Work Continues at Central Station
Work on the $55 million Central Station renovation is continuing as a roughly $1 million building permit application has been filed with construction officials.
The permit, which calls for renovations and additions to 545 S. Main St., lists MATA as both the owner and tenant.
Meanwhile, LRK Inc. and DPC Engineering were listed as the project’s architect and engineer, and Zellner Construction Services as the contractor.
The Central Station redevelopment project will also include a Malco theater, boutique hotel, apartments, restaurants, retail and significant infrastructure improvements to the surrounding South Main area.
– Patrick Lantrip
U of M Receives Grant for Career Prep Academy
The University of Memphis and three community colleges are set to get $773,447 from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to increase student success and outcomes.
The grants, through the Institutional Outcome Improvement Fund Grant, will allow institutions to focus on student outcomes in areas such as credit-hour progression and degree completion.
The U of M will receive $188,904 over two years to create the Memphis Career Preparation Academy, a holistic, coordinated approach to career education that targets low-income and first-generation college students. The university will expand on the Complete to Compete program, which supports student success and retention initiatives.
Dr. Darrell C. Ray, vice president for student affairs at the University of Memphis, said the school is committed to preparing students for the ever-evolving workforce.
“THEC’s support of the Memphis Career Preparation Academy positions U of M career services to be intentional and strategic in creating a competitive advantage for students as they define their futures,” Ray said in a statement.
Key elements of the Memphis Career Preparation Academy will focus on engaging students in the career decision-making process in the first year, allowing them to map career paths to academic majors and plan experiences such as leadership development programs, campus activities, research, study-abroad opportunities and internships to support their long-term goals. It also will allow students to interact with key employers to prepare them for the transition into the workforce.
In addition, the U of M will expand its career services this fall to provide career specialists connected to the academic colleges. Targeted support will connect students with increased access to career support based on their major.
– Daily News staff
Monogram Foods Awards $25K to Memphis Nonprofits
Memphis-based Monogram Foods is awarding a total of $25,000 to eight local nonprofits through its Monogram Loves Kids Foundation.
The grants are part of $250,000 the foundation is awarding this year to charities benefiting children and families in regions of the country where Monogram Foods operates.
The local recipients are:
• Binghampton Christian Academy: BCA provides education to at-risk youth and free boarding during the school week to students who don’t have a stable home environment. This grant will help cover the cost of housing these students.
• Memphis Child Advocacy Center: Funding will support access to various therapy services for children who need help but lack transportation.
• Catholic Charities of West Tennessee: The grant will fund a summer camp that helps underprivileged children who struggle academically to catch up and get ahead in school.
• Southern College of Optometry: Funding will provide vital eye care for up to 1,000 children that otherwise would not have access to it.
• Palmer Home for Children: The grant will fund a friendly competition among the campus’ high school-age residents, who will plan and execute the meals for their cottage for a month to learn budgeting and household maintenance skills.
• Girls Inc.: The grant will fund the organization’s Eureka! Program, which works to inspire girls ages 12 to 18 to pursue their academic and career interests, especially in STEM-related fields.
• New Hope Christian Academy: Funding will go toward an outdoor kitchen space where students can learn to harvest, prepare and enjoy fresh vegetables.
• Let’s Innovate Through Education (LITE): The grant will help fund 20 entrepreneurial workshops to over 1,000 under-resourced high school students throughout Memphis.
The recipients, all of which are headquartered within 100 miles of the Monogram Foods Support Center at 530 Oak Court Drive, were among almost 80 applicants who applied for the charitable funds.
A committee of employees from the support center decided how to allocate grant funds without any influence from upper management.
– Daily News staff