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VOL. 132 | NO. 94 | Thursday, May 11, 2017

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Macy’s Outlet Opens At Oak Court Saturday

Macy’s is opening its outlet store concept Macy’s Backstage, the first such store in Tennessee, this weekend.

The new outlet opens inside the Oak Court Mall on Saturday, May 13, at 9 a.m. As part of the opening, the first 100 customers will be given a $20 gift card.

Customers can enter from the outside parking lot as well as through the Macy’s store itself. Inside, they’ll see deals on everything from handbags to games for kids to clothes. The Backstage motif – treating the customers as if they were a star – runs through the entire store, including the dressing rooms, where customers are greeted with messages on the walls like “You look fabulous!”

– Andy Meek

Memphis Airport Names New Air Service Research Manager

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has announced that David “Chip” Gentry will be its new air service research and development manager effective May 30.

In this position, Gentry will work to develop new initiatives and strategies with the intention of increasing domestic and international passenger activity and cargo air service at Memphis International Airport. According to the MSCAA, he will achieve this by working with airlines to maintain existing service and add more routes. He will also act as a liaison between passengers and the airlines by meeting with regional corporate, leisure and convention travel executives to help locate new destinations.

The Auburn University graduate has more than 20 years of experience in the aviation industry and most recently served as vice president of air service development for Montgomery Regional Airport and the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, a position he has held since November 2013.

His experience also includes serving as director of airport and community relations for Silver Airlines and as senior manager of market planning for Pinnacle Airlines.

– Patrick Lantrip

Jackson Visits City Hall In Push for Career Education

At the top of the Tuesday, May 9, Memphis City Council session, the council heard from civil rights leader and two-time presidential contender Rev. Jesse Jackson.

In town for a regional meeting of his Rainbow Coalition-Operation PUSH organization, Jackson also met with Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland Tuesday to talk about minority business growth.

“The fairness gap in Memphis is embarrassing,” Jackson told the council on the same topic. He also touched on next year’s 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination in Memphis.

Jackson was part of King’s inner circle during that trip to Memphis in support of striking sanitation workers.

“We need you to work with us to close the gap … so we can have a celebration 50 years later,” Jackson said.

Earlier in the day, Jackson announced his organization is partnering with Shelby County Schools for an engineering-based Career Technical Education program at Whitehaven High School.

SCS superintendent Dorsey Hopson has been working on plans for a CTE Academy, which along with a conversion of East High School to a T-STEM school – emphasizing transportation applications – as part of a broader emphasis on technical education built around students earning associate degrees and training certificates.

In planning and development items, the council delayed for two weeks a vote on closing an alley and part of Pontotoc Avenue west of Danny Thomas Boulevard and south of FedExForum to accommodate 240 apartment units that are planned for both sides of Pontotoc at Danny Thomas. The Nashville-based developers, ECG Acquisitions LLC, say the rental units will be affordable housing.

The Land Use Control Board recommended rejection. Some council members point out that a section of Pontotoc further west will be closed for the “I Am A Man Plaza” on the south side of Clayborn Temple.

– Bill Dries

Lifeblood Teams Up With Memphis in May for Drive

In partnership with the Memphis in May International Festival, Lifeblood is inviting the community to help with a blood drive.

Through noon Monday, May 15, all blood donors will be entered into a drawing to receive one of 10 pairs of complimentary passes to attend the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest May 17-20.

Donors can give blood at one of five community donor centers or at a mobile blood drive. All blood types are needed in order to prevent any blood type shortages from occurring; however, Lifeblood is in particular need of donations from Type O-negative donors. Type O-negative blood is the only type that can safely be given to patients of all blood types. There also is a need for platelet donations from Type A donors and platelet and plasma donations from Type AB donors.

Donors can visit clublifeblood.org on the day of their donation and click on the “Fast Track Health History.” This allows donors to complete the interview portion of their donation online.

Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16 and 17 years of age must have signed permission from a parent or guardian. A photo ID is also required to donate.

– Andy Meek

Tigers Take Down UT Martin In ‘Babe’ Howard Classic

The University of Memphis scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to win the W.S. “Babe” Howard Classic in dramatic fashion, 7-6, over the University of Tennessee at Martin Tuesday, May 9, at USA Stadium. The Tigers improved to 26-23.

The Tigers’ Tyler Webb was able to get things started in the ninth with a single up the middle before he advanced to second on a wild pitch. Brandon Grudzielanek then tied the game up with a two-out single to drive in Webb and make the score 6-6. Then Alec Trela provided a walk-off single to center field that scored Grudzielanek to end the game.

Blake Bennett was the winning pitcher after he tossed a perfect top of the ninth inning with two strikeouts.

Chris Carrier smashed his 11th home run of the season to get the Tigers on the board Tuesday and after Grudzielanek legged out a bunt single, Trela hit a two-run homer to give Memphis a 3-2 lead over UT Martin.

The Skyhawks grabbed a 6-5 lead in the top of the eighth after an infield single, a stolen base, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly to center.

Zach Schritenthal finished the game 2-for-4, while Grudzielanek and Trela also each had two hits. Trela drove in a game-high three runs.

– Don Wade

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