VOL. 132 | NO. 204 | Friday, October 13, 2017
Grizzlies to Retire Numbers Of Tony Allen, Zach Randolph
The Memphis Grizzlies have released statements from controlling owner Robert Pera and general manager Chris Wallace that the team plans to retire former Grizzly Tony Allen’s No. 9 jersey alongside the No. 50 worn by Zach Randolph.
Allen, aka The Grindfather, returns to FedExForum with the New Orleans Pelicans for a preseason game on Friday, Oct. 13, and again on Oct. 18 in the season-opener.
Randolph is now a member of the Sacramento Kings. The team announced in July that his number would be retired.
“Tony was a driving force behind the Grizzlies’ seven straight playoff appearances and he remains a beloved member of the Memphis community,” Pera said. “Tony played with a level of passion that is unrivaled. He helped establish a Grizzlies culture focused on toughness and effort, and he challenged every player that put on Beale Street Blue to match his fiery intensity. … We are proud that The Grindfather’s No. 9 jersey will hang in the rafters of FedExForum alongside Zach’s one day.”
Wallace brought Allen to Memphis after they were both in Boston with the Celtics.
“Tony will forever be one of the Core Four responsible for the turnaround in the Memphis Grizzlies’ fortunes and our surge in popularity,” Wallace said. “There would never have been seven straight years of playoff appearances, the incredible electricity in FedExForum for home games, ‘Grit and Grind’ and ‘Believe Memphis’ without Tony Allen’s contributions to the team.”
– Don Wade
Holmes Road Will Close For Repairs Three Weekends
Parts of Holmes Road between Hickory Hill and Malone roads will be completely closed to traffic for the next three weekends as city crews repair pavement sections.
The first section is Holmes between Hickory Hill and Lamar Avenue, which will be closed to all through traffic from 6 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, to 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 16.
The second section is Holmes between Lamar and Pleasant Hill Road, which will be closed to all through traffic from 6 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, to 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 23.
And Holmes between Pleasant Hill and Malone Road will be closed to all through traffic from 6 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, to 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 30.
– Bill Dries
SCO Uncompensated Care Hits $1.8M in Fiscal 2016-17
During its 2016-2017 fiscal year, Southern College of Optometry’s clinical programs provided more than $1.8 million in uncompensated optometric care in the Memphis community, a 183 percent increase since the college began tracking it in 2009, SCO announced this week.
The numbers represent 17 percent of SCO’s gross charges, well above the industry standard of 10 to 12 percent for charitable care.
About 80 percent of the college’s uncompensated care came through professional services in one of the college’s clinical facilities, including services offered through collaborations with Church Health, InfantSEE, Baptist Outreach Programs and others. The remaining 20 percent came from community-based services like education events and SCO’s School Screenings Program, which serves area students.
The uncompensated care total was bolstered by the expansion of MobilEYES, the college’s mobile care unit, and its new strategic plan.
Uncompensated care represents numerous outreach programs geared toward bringing eye care to the community, as well as care for uninsured or underinsured patients.
– Andy Meek
NFIB: Tennessee Business Optimism Down in September
Anxiousness about congressional action on health care and tax reform were factors contributing to a decline in the NFIB Index of Small Business Optimism in Tennessee last month.
“It’s too soon to know what’s going to happen with these issues, so that’s creating a lot of uncertainty,” said Jim Brown, Tennessee director of the National Federation of Independent Business.
The NFIB index declined in September from 105.3 to 103, led by a steep drop in sales expectations, not just in hurricane-affected states, but across the country, according to NFIB.
“The temptation is to blame the decline on the hurricanes in Texas and Florida, but that is not consistent with our data,” said Juanita Duggan, NFIB president and CEO. “Small-business owners across the country were measurably less enthusiastic last month.”
The number of small-business owners who expected better sales plunged a net 12 points last month. Owners who think it’s a good time to expand dropped a net 10 points.
Also, those expecting better business conditions declined by a net 6 points and fewer business owners touted capital expenditure plans, down a net 5 points.
The declines in optimism were consistent around the country regardless of region, NFIB chief economist Bill Dunkelberg said in a release, who noted hiring activity also declined in projections given by NFIB members.
Six of the 10 index components dropped in September, three improved, and one remained unchanged.
The bright spot last month was inventory plans, which gained 5 points as more business owners anticipate a strong fourth quarter.
– Daily News staff
U of M, ALSAC Partner On New Academic Coursework
The University of Memphis Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration is collaborating with ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness arm for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, to create new courses and course content focused on philanthropy and nonprofit administration.
As part of the collaboration, the university is working to identify internship opportunities and bring student groups to ALSAC’s headquarters to learn more about the organization and how it operates.
The U of M currently offers a graduate certificate in philanthropy and nonprofit leadership.
“This partnership will allow us to move to the next level,” U of M president M. David Rudd said in a release.
“This is a great opportunity for the department and the university to increase our national and international presences, provide online learning opportunities for the philanthropy and nonprofit sector, and provide our students with opportunities to learn from and work with a world-class organization,” Rudd said.
Education and lifelong learning have been foundations that ALSAC and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital “have always held in high esteem and we will continue to nurture, grow and support,” said Richard C. Shadyac Jr., president and CEO of ALSAC.
“It is especially imperative for us to amplify initiatives like these in our local community, and I’m confident that by working with a partner like the University of Memphis, we will reach new and important audiences around the world,” Shadyac said.
– Daily News staff
Swift Transportation Honors Five Memphis-Area Drivers
Five Memphis-area drivers for Swift Transportation Co. LLC have been honored as Diamond Drivers, a recognition that is based on miles driven, commitment to safety, on-time deliverables, low customer-service failure rates and total days of employment.
Swift’s driver ranking program ranges from bronze to diamond status, with diamond being the highest-achieving drivers in the program.
The honorees, with the number of times they’ve achieved diamond status, include:
• Anita McCoy – Double Diamond Driver
• Brian Scuilli – Diamond Driver
• Charles Basler – Quintuple Diamond Driver
• Jimmy Bowen – Double Diamond Driver
• Larry Hutzler – Quadruple Diamond Driver
“Diamond Drivers are our most exceptional drivers, with the strongest records of dedication to safety, efficiency and service to our customers,” Scott Barker, vice president of driver engagement at Swift, said in a release. “We are honored to have the opportunity to applaud these drivers and recognize them for this incredible achievement.”
Swift Transportation, a subsidiary of Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings Inc., is the nation’s largest truckload provider with 40 terminals nationwide.
– Daily News staff