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VOL. 132 | NO. 205 | Monday, October 16, 2017

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UTHSC College of Pharmacy Establishes Faculty and Staff Scholarship

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy is the first among the six colleges on campus to establish and award a faculty and staff endowed scholarship.

Eighty-six percent of faculty and staff in the college contributed to the scholarship as of August 31. The college has raised more than $29,000, exceeding the endowment goal of $25,000.

Wade Dickerson, who’s in his third year of pharmacy school, is the first recipient of the scholarship. He was chosen from an applicant pool of students who demonstrated financial need, academic aptitude, and involvement with the college and the local community.

UTHSC College of Pharmacy Dr. Marie Chisholm-Burns said the college wanted to provide an additional way for faculty and staff to give back to their students. The College of Pharmacy hopes to award the faculty and staff endowed scholarship to one student per year, and with continued contributions, it’s their goal to have the ability to award the scholarship to multiple students based on funding.

– Andy Meek

Cordova Dentist Pleads to Tax Evasion

A Cordova dentist has pleaded guilty to tax evasion and faces up to five years in federal prison. Andrea M. Henry, who owned The Henry Polk Dental Group D.P.C. and The Smile Spa LLC, filed personal income tax returns for 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010 to 2013, but did not pay $113,781 in income and self-employment taxes to the Internal Revenue Service, according to acting deputy assistant attorney general Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and D. Michael Dunavant, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee.

Henry also failed to pay over the employment taxes withheld from her employees’ paychecks for numerous quarters between 2006 and 2015. The IRS assessed over $160,000 in penalties against her, making her personally liable for the unpaid employment taxes.

Instead of paying the taxes owed, Henry spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on personal expenses, including private school tuition, expensive housing and luxury cars, according to the IRS. When the penalties were assessed against her, Henry stopped using personal bank accounts and began using business accounts to pay for personal expenses.

The IRS report states that in early 2011, prior to her home going into foreclosure, Henry transferred $130,000 to a nominee buyer to purchase the home on her behalf. Henry later used that same nominee and others to buy and lease exotic cars, including a Dodge Viper and a Porsche Panamera. Henry admitted to causing a tax loss of $528,882.

U.S. District Court Judge John T. Fowlkes Jr. is scheduled to sentence Henry on Jan. 12. She faces a statutory maximum sentence of five years in federal prison, a period of supervised release, restitution and monetary penalties.

– Daily News staff

‘Run Women Run’ Set for Nov. 4 at Rhodes College

Tips on how to fund and shape a political campaign will be offered Nov. 4 during a nonpartisan training and networking event called “Run Women Run.”

“Run Women Run” will be held in Buckman Hall at Rhodes College from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The event is being organized by the Memphis Area Women’s Council, League of Women Voters of Memphis and Shelby County and the Memphis chapter of the Coalition of 100 Black Women. A coalition of women’s groups is supporting and endorsing the project.

Shelby County voters will see another long ballot in 2018 as candidates compete for most county offices, many school board and suburban government positions and congressional and legislative seats. The long list offers many opportunities for women to consider a run for elected office.

“Too few women serve on our city council, county commission and in our legislature,” Deborah M. Clubb, executive director of the Memphis Area Women’s Council, said in a statement. “Men can be excellent partners and even leaders on issues critical to women but the record shows that when women are engaged, the policy focus more often stays on issues at the root of poverty, violence and inequity.”

On Nov. 4, panels of local veteran elected officials and experienced campaigners will discuss strategies, take questions and share anecdotes on being women engaged in political races. Discussions will focus on why to run and how to run, financing campaigns and successfully sharing your message. Registration is $25 and begins at 8:30 a.m., including light breakfast.

– Don Wade

Renovations Begin on ShowPlace Arena

Agricenter International has begun a $6 million renovation of the ShowPlace Arena’s warm-up barn and interior main arena.

The two parts of the project are separately funded and contracted. The warm-up area is being funded by a grant from the state of Tennessee.

The interior renovations are funded by grants from both the state and Shelby County government. Those renovations include seating, concessions and restrooms.

The warm-up barn work is being designed by Fleming Architects with construction by F&F Construction.

The interior renovations are being designed by Evans Taylor Foster Childress Architects with construction by Jaycon Development Corp., with county commission approval expected soon.

As work at the facility, built in the 1980s, gets underway, Agricenter is engaged in master planning for the rest of its campus in East Memphis.

– Bill Dries

PROPERTY SALES 72 282 10,218
MORTGAGES 89 303 11,249
BUILDING PERMITS 288 762 22,934
BANKRUPTCIES 45 316 6,535