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VOL. 132 | NO. 201 | Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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Attorney Lewis Donelson Marks 100th Birthday

Memphis attorney Lewis Donelson marked his 100th birthday Monday, Oct. 9.

The senior counsel and co-founder of Baker Donelson has had a 70-year career in the law and had been active in politics before he founded the law firm in 1954, including the founding of the modern Republican Party in Tennessee and Shelby County at a time when political boss E.H. Crump would not even allow the party to hold primaries in Shelby County.

Donelson was also the person who told Tennessee Gov. Ray Blanton in January 1979 that Blanton would not be allowed in the governor’s office as Gov.-elect Lamar Alexander took the oath of office early to block Blanton from pardoning and paroling more inmates in state prisons.

Donelson’s only elected office was as a member of the first city council elected in 1967. He took office in 1968 as the city made the transition from the city commission form of government to the mayor-council form of government that continues today. He was among those instrumental in the change of the structure of city government, and he ran with the pledge that he would only serve a single four-year term.

Donelson comes from a family of attorneys. His great-great-grandfather was admitted to the Tennessee Bar in 1796, the year that Tennessee became a state.

He earned his law degree in 1941 from Georgetown University Law Center. Before that he was a student at Choate Boarding School in Connecticut, where John F. Kennedy was a classmate.

“He knew he wanted to be a lawyer at a very young age and he worked tirelessly in his pursuit, practicing corporate and tax law for nearly 70 years,” said Baker Donelson chairman and CEO Ben C. Adams in a written statement. “He has brought the same spirit of commitment to serving his community, dedicating a lifetime to public service through everything from politics at the local, state and national level to leadership within numerous community organizations. Baker Donelson is the firm it is today largely because of Lewie.”

– Bill Dries

Hooks Institute to Hold Book Award Lecture Oct. 19

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis will host its annual National Book Award lecture and book signing on Oct. 19 in the University Center River Room on campus.

The event will begin with a reception at 11:30 a.m., followed at noon by a lecture and book signing by Russell Rickford, the 2016 Hooks Institute National Book Award winner for “We Are an African People: Independent Education, Black Power and the Radical Imagination.”

The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Zach Curlin Street garage.

Rickford will discuss his award-winning book which examines the emergence of a handful of pan-African nationalist independent black schools that emerged in the 1970s as an alternative mechanism for black uplift.

The event is co-sponsored by the U of M African and African-American Studies Program, College of Education, history department and Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities.

Throughout the year, the University of Memphis and the Hooks Institute hold events designed to bring students, faculty and staff together with members of the community to address issues of social justice and change. Visit memphis.edu/benhooks/events for more information.

– Don Wade

Ring Partners With Conagra on PAM Spray Bottles

Ring Container Technologies, a product packaging and plastic container manufacturing company based in Oakland, Tennessee, has completed a collaboration with Conagra Brands to create a new plastic bottle for PAM Cooking Spray.

PAM will still be available in an aerosol can, but the project gives consumers another packaging option to choose.

The pump-spray bottle was produced at Ring’s Innovation Center in Oakland as Conagra was preparing for a major product launch.

“Conagra has been a longtime partner of Ring, and we were thrilled to work with them on such an exciting project,” Brian Smith, vice president of business development and innovation at Ring, said in a release.

Upon learning that people prefer a non-aerosol spray, Conagra partnered with Ring. The pump spray retains PAM’s “no-stick” performance, while other aspects of the packaging were designed to meet environmental and nutritional standards, as well as align with Conagra brand principles.

Ring Container, which has grown to become one of the largest plastic container manufacturers in North America, employs more than 700 people in 17 cities across the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom.

Ring entered into an agreement last month to be purchased by MSD Partners LP, an investment group started in 1998 to manage the capital of Dell Computers founder Michael Dell. MSD makes investments in public and private companies, real estate and other securities.

Financial terms of the deal were not announced.

The acquisition essentially transfers the ownership interests of Carl Ring and his family. The company will continue to be led by CEO Ben Livingston and Ring’s executive team, all of whom will retain ownership interests in the company. The acquisition by MSD Partners is expected to close before the end of the year.

In addition to PAM, Conagra’s brands include Marie Callender’s, Hunt’s, Healthy Choice, Slim Jim and Orville Redenbacher’s.

– Daily News staff

Saint Francis Hosting Breast Cancer Screenings

As part of its effort to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Saint Francis Healthcare will host “Mammos ’Til Midnight” Oct. 20 at Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett, 2986 Kate Bond Road, and Oct. 27 at Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis, 5959 Park Ave.

Extended appointment hours will be available from 4 p.m. to midnight for women to receive their annual screening mammogram in a relaxing environment that includes wine, cheese and hors d’oeuvres. Appointments, for which a physician approval is not required, at Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett may be scheduled online at saintfrancisbartlett.com/midnight, while appointments at Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis may be scheduled by calling 833-216-5944.

Saint Francis cites statistics from the American Cancer Society which show that about one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. However, early detection through mammogram screenings, increased public awareness of breast cancer and improved treatments have helped reduce the rate of death from breast cancer in the United States.

Mammogram screenings can detect breast cancer when it is smaller and more confined to the breast, allowing the cancer to be treated more easily.

– Andy Meek

Truck Mania Event Coming to Memphis International Raceway

Memphis International Raceway will host the Spyder Offroad Performance Truck Mania event Saturday, Oct. 14, featuring The Enthusiast Network’s most popular Four Wheeler and Truck Trend brands, including everything from pickups to wreckers, rigs and more.

“Truck Mania is the premier event for every truck lover out there, and with so many makes, models and stories behind them, there is truly something for everyone out here,” Jerome Dziechiasz, TEN’s Truck Group general manager, said in a release. “It’s an experience like none other if you’re a truck fan.”

Events at Truck Mania include multiple classes of drag racing; Outlaw Big Rig, Big Rig and Pro Street classes; an expanded Southern Rock Racing Series course; burnout contest; and more.

Visit trucktrend.com/truckmania for more information, including participant car registration and spectator ticket details.

Memphis International Raceway is located at 5500 Victory Lane in Millington.

– Don Wade

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