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VOL. 132 | NO. 203 | Thursday, October 12, 2017

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Freewheel Bike Tours Return to Medical District

Freewheel, the community bicycling program of the Memphis Medical District Collaborative in partnership with the Downtown Memphis Commission, has launched its third season of rides, which take place every Wednesday through Nov. 15.

Freewheel’s “slow rides” provide a free opportunity to casually explore neighborhoods by bike with friends and fellow riders.

Each Freewheel ride departs from 603 Monroe Ave. at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and explores a specific neighborhood of Memphis:

• Oct. 18: Martyrs Park

• Oct. 25: Elmwood Cemetery

• Nov. 1: Vance, Peabody & Annesdale

• Nov. 8: Downtown Memphis

• Nov. 15: Uptown

The rides last around 45 minutes, and all ages and skill levels are welcomed.

More than 500 riders from 20 ZIP codes have participated in Freewheel’s weekly rides during the past two seasons. This spring, Freewheelers covered 1,600 miles through seven neighborhoods.

“More and more Memphians are discovering that biking really is the safest, healthiest and most fun way to explore their city, including neighborhoods that they may think they already know,” Abby Miller, MMDC director of programs and data, said in a release.

Riders may bring their own bikes or borrow one from the MMDC fleet on a first-come, first-served basis. Those who wish to borrow a bike should arrive by 5:30 p.m. to be fitted.

Visit facebook.com/wefreewheel for more details.

– Daily News staff

JCPenney To Add 750 Holiday Jobs In Tennessee

JCPenney plans to hire more than 750 associates for the holiday shopping season at its Tennessee stores, the company announced Wednesday, Oct. 11.

The 750 jobs, which span a variety of store positions, are part of nearly 40,000 seasonal jobs the retailer plans to add at its 875 stores across the U.S.

As part of the effort, every JCPenney store across the country will hold a National Hiring Day Tuesday, Oct. 17, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Management at the stores will be interviewing job applicants during National Hiring Day and making job offers. The stores are also taking online applications at jcpcareers.com, and online kiosks will be available at the stores for those applications.

– Bill Dries

Pinnacle Financial Adds SBA Talent in Memphis

Pinnacle Financial Partners is expanding its Small Business Administration lending efforts with a new hire in Memphis.

Pinnacle has hired Sean Henneberger as the bank’s first SBA adviser in Memphis to work exclusively with government guaranteed lending. Henneberger has 15 years of experience in relationship management and most recently worked with Simmons Bank as a vice president of small business lending.

He brings to Pinnacle his expertise in government-guaranteed lending programs from the SBA and U.S. Department of Agriculture. During his career, he also served as executive director for the American Cancer Society in Memphis.

Pinnacle recently was named a preferred lender in Tennessee by the SBA, meaning the application and approval process for SBA-backed loans is streamlined and fully controlled by the financial adviser working directly with the client.

– Andy Meek

Sweet Potato Baby Owner Opening Cordova Restaurant

Chef Aryen Moore-Alston, the owner and executive chef of Sweet Potato Baby LLC, is opening a fine-dining restaurant in Cordova.

G. Alston will open Oct. 27 at 8556 Macon Road, in the 1937 Farley House in Old Town Cordova. The restaurant serves “new southern cuisine” that integrates Western ingredients and techniques with southern Italian, Indian, Caribbean and Japanese cooking. A selection of private wine labels will also be available.

The menu will feature dishes such as miso braised short ribs, blackened catfish with corn maque choux, sweet potato fritters with tomato lime relish, and red (wine) velvet cake with German buttercream. The menu will also include some fan favorites from the Sweet Potato Baby catering menu, such as Moore-Alston’s signature Sweet Potato Baby cake with vanilla cream cheese frosting and the uptown grilled cheese with applewood smoked bacon and sweet onion relish.

G. Alston is named after Moore-Alston’s father, Gary Alston, an actor and vocalist for the U.S. Navy Band who performed all over the world. Alston taught his daughter how to cook from the age of 6 until his death when she was 11.

G. Alston will serve lunch Tuesday through Saturday, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; dinner Tuesday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

– Daily News staff

Agricenter Harvest Fest Set for Oct. 21

The 14th annual Agricenter Harvest Festival will be held Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Farmer’s Market Barn. The event is free and child-friendly.

Activities include painting pumpkins, face painting, games, listening to a live bluegrass band, taking a hayride, watching a cotton gin demonstration, participating in the mystery box educational event and enjoying popcorn and candy.

Park in the ShowPlace Arena lot and enter from the east side. Register for the giant pumpkin at the registration table and get free cotton candy tickets there. Other concessions available for a fee. Visit agricenter.org for details.

– Don Wade

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