VOL. 132 | NO. 134 | Friday, July 7, 2017
New Music Festival Set for Shelby Farms
More than 20,000 music fans are expected to descend on Shelby Farms over two days in October for the inaugural MEMPHO music festival, a new event bringing together acts like Cage The Elephant, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, and more.
The event is planned for Oct. 6 and 7.
Other featured acts include Cold War Kids, Bishop Briggs, Robert Randolph and The Family Band, and local acts like Steve Cropper & Friends and Booker T Presents: A Stax Revue. Memphis native and Big River Presents founder and CEO Diego Winegardner is the promoter behind MEMPHO. Keyboardist Chuck Leavell – who’s played with everyone from the Rolling Stones to Eric Clapton – is a special adviser to the festival.
Tickets go on sale July 14 at 10 a.m. A limited early bird pre-sale is set for July 13 at 10 a.m.
For ticket information, visit memphofest.com.
– Andy Meek
Adams Keegan Expands Into Nashville Market
Adams Keegan, a national managed human resources services firm based in Memphis, is expanding into the Nashville market.
The company, which also operates an office in Atlanta, says the Nashville expansion follows years of continuous growth and a string of executive-level promotions at its Memphis headquarters.
“We are proud to have experienced tremendous growth over the years and feel that this move is not only strategic, but also a logical choice for the future of our company,” said Adams Keegan president and CEO Jay Keegan in a written statement.
Adams Keegan chose Nashville for its new office based on its past success in Atlanta. Though the firm has clients in all 50 states, it says Atlanta has generated a “significant amount of business” for the company. Having clients and potential business opportunities already in and around Nashville, the company says it wanted to expand its presence in the area.
The Nashville office will be led by Brian Evans, director of business development.
– Daily News staff
Financing Set for New TAG Truck Center
Financing has been completed for the new TAG Truck Center facility that will be located where the former Mall of Memphis once stood at 4451 American Way.
The new 164,000-square-foot commercial truck center and technician training facility is under construction.
The project is being financed through Stonehenge Capital, in partnership with McCormack Baron Salazar and SunTrust Community Capital, according to a release issued Thursday, July 6. The project will also tap the Federal New Markets Tax Credits program, which provides tax credits in exchange for qualified investments in economically distressed areas.
TAG collaborated with the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County (EDGE) to revive the abandoned mall site, which has been vacant since 2003, and allow the company to consolidate its five, outdated existing facilities into a single full-service operation.
The new center will add 205 full-time jobs to the area, in addition to housing a full-service body shop, retail store, distribution center and technician training facility.
“Redeveloping this long-vacant property marks a major step forward for our community, and we are thrilled to play a role in providing new jobs and economic opportunities for hundreds of Tennesseans,” said TAG co-founder and CFO Gary Dodson.
“We are also grateful to the Economic Development Growth Engine board for providing the expertise and assistance needed to move this project forward,” Dodson said.
The TAG Truck Center will also offer new education and job training opportunities in Memphis by expanding its TAG Technical Institute, an internal technician training school for commercial truck repair.
– Patrick Lantrip
October ACT Retake Day Offered to Rising Seniors
The Tennessee Department of Education is expanding its ACT Senior Retake Day in October to include all rising seniors in Tennessee public high schools.
Public school districts across the state can offer the retake of the college entrance exam on Oct. 3 and Oct. 17 and students are not required to sign up in advance.
Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen says Tennessee is the first state to offer another chance at the ACT to all public high school seniors.
The retake was first offered in October 2016, but only to students who took the ACT as juniors. Of those who took the test last year, nearly 40 percent increased their overall score – an additional 1,300 students earned a composite score of 21 or higher, which made them eligible for $21 million in additional HOPE scholarship funds.
– Bill Dries
Brooks Raises $5 Million In Centennial Campaign
The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art raised $5 million during its yearlong centennial celebration.
The museum announced the fundraising total Thursday, July 6.
The fundraising effort included a challenge grant by the Hyde Family Foundations for $1 million announced a year before the centennial.
The Hyde foundations also put up another challenge grant of $800,000 this year.
“As the oldest, largest and only art museum dedicated to global art in the entire region, we are committed to continuing to make art experiences accessible to all,” said Deborah Craddock, president of the Brooks board of trustees.
The centennial observances began in May as the museum debuted a renovation of the museum and kicked off a series of changing art installations – one in the museum rotunda and the other in the museum plaza.
– Bill Dries
2nd Saturday Legal Aid Clinic To Celebrate 10 Years
A ceremony and reception will be held Saturday, July 8, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 2nd Saturday Legal Aid Clinic, or 2SLAC, serving the Memphis community.
The event will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave.
Retired Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Janice M. Holder and current Justice Holly M. Kirby will both speak. Proclamations from Gov. Bill Haslam, U.S. Rep. David Kustoff, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell will also be a presented.
Since 2007, the Memphis Bar Association’s Access to Justice Committee and Memphis Area Legal Services Inc. have collaborated with other organizations to provide free legal assistance to anyone in need of it. As titled, the clinic is held the second Saturday of every month at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library.
An average of 80 to 100 people are served at each clinic, 10,000 since its inception. A variety of legal issues are handled, such as advanced directives, family law, landlord-tenant, bankruptcy and more.
2SLAC also serves a wide spectrum of clients as well; no one seeking legal help is turned away.
“It is the noblest endeavor of the Memphis Bar Association,” said attorney David Cook. “I don’t know of anything like it anywhere in the country. It is the best-kept secret in the community.”
Along with the ATJ committee and MALS, law firms and other organizations sponsor the monthly clinic and encourage their attorneys to serve, but anyone in the legal community is welcome to volunteer.
Several longtime and recurring volunteers include Cook, Bob Green, Ben Sissman, Bruce Ralston, Art Quinn, Carl Seely and Sam Blaiss.
More information about 2SLAC and other community resources can be found at memphisbar.org/public-resources/free-legal-advice.
– Don Wade
U of M Pulls Permit For New 3-D Print Lab
The University of Memphis has filed a building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to renovate existing lab space into a new 3-D printing facility.
The $580,000 permit application lists braganza design/ GROUP as the architect and the Tennessee Board of Regents as the owner.
The U of M currently operates its two 3-D printers out of the McWherter Library Learning Common on the east side of campus.
– Patrick Lantrip