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VOL. 132 | NO. 206 | Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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Rockfon to Open $40M Miss. Manufacturing Plant

Acoustic ceiling panel manufacturer Rockfon will open its $40 million, 30,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Marshall County, Mississippi, on Wednesday, Oct. 18.

Located on a 100-acre site at 4594 Cayce Road in the Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park, the new facility will be the company’s first North American manufacturing facility.

Rockfon’s new plant will also be next to affiliated company Roxul’s stone wool insulation production facility, which opened in Chickasaw Trail in 2014.

Parent company Rockwool Group’s CEO Jens Birgersson will be in town from Denmark for the new facility’s official grand opening, in addition to Rockfon president of the Americas John Medio, Roxul president Trent Ogilvie and Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant.

– Patrick Lantrip

‘Tiger Eye’ Mural Goes Up On Highland Strip

The Highland Strip, Loeb Properties’ shopping destination just west of the University of Memphis campus, is showing its team spirit with a new “Tiger Eye” mural.

The mural, designed by the Loeb Properties team and located on the wall of Burgerim at 569 S. Highland St., was installed over several days by SignWorks Memphis using a special heat-gun application that stretched print material over the wall to adhere onto the wall face and into the mortar between the bricks.

Loeb has made over the Highland Strip in recent years and added several new tenants, including two that have signed on in recent months.

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream is under construction at 571 S. Highland, with plans to open late this year.

And Belltower Artisans, a pottery studio and coffee shop, is relocating to the strip from Minglewood Hall, with construction expected to wrap before the end of the year.

– Daily News staff

Memphis Football Cracks Associated Press Top 25

Following the University of Memphis football team’s 30-27 victory over then-No. 24 Navy, the Tigers moved into the Associated Press poll at No. 25. Memphis is 5-1 overall, 2-1 in The American Athletic Conference.

The last time Memphis was ranked in the AP poll was Nov. 8, 2015.

Memphis debuted in that year’s Associated Press top 25 poll with a 37-24 win over Ole Miss. That marked the Tigers’ first appearance in the AP Top 25 since 2004. The team then ranked in four consecutive polls (No. 18 in Week 8, No. 16 in Week 9, No. 15 in Week 10 and No. 25 in Week 11).

Memphis was knocked out of the national rankings by its next opponent – suffering a 35-34 loss at Houston. The two American Athletic Conference West Division foes will play Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. in Houston in a game that will be nationally televised by ESPN.

The Tigers will not play another Saturday game until November. After Thursday’s game at Houston, the Tigers have two consecutive Friday games: Oct. 27 against Tulane at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium and Nov. 3 at Tulsa.

Tickets for the Tigers’ home game against Tulane are on sale now at gotigersgo.com. That game will kick at 7 p.m. and air on CBS Sports Network.

– Don Wade

Tigers Basketball Picked 9th in AAC

American Athletic Conference coaches don’t expect the University of Memphis men’s basketball team to be much of a factor this season, based on results of the preseason coaches’ poll released Monday, Oct. 16, at AAC Media Days in Philadelphia.

The Tigers were pegged for 9th place in the 12-team AAC, just ahead of Tulane, East Carolina and South Florida. The coaches picked Cincinnati to win the league title and new conference member Wichita State was predicted to finish second.

The coaches placed Central Florida third and Southern Methodist University fourth, UConn fifth and Houston sixth, with Temple seventh and Tulsa eighth.

Memphis has a rebuilt roster with five junior college transfers and three freshmen.

No Tiger made the preseason All-AAC teams. The Preseason Player of the Year was SMU guard Shake Milton and the Preseason Rookie of the Year was UConn guard Alterique Gilbert.

– Don Wade

Travel Site: Rhodes Among ‘Most Beautiful Campuses’

Rhodes College has won another campus beauty designation.

The college has one of the 14 “Most Beautiful College Campuses,” according to the travel website Expedia.

Selection was based on criteria that included scenery; how extensive the extracurricular scene is; the strength of “school spirit”; the school’s engagement with the wider community; and local vibes – how interested students are in exploring areas outside of campus.

Rhodes was especially praised for the part of campus called Rollow Avenue of Oaks, which includes a double row of white oak trees that leads to Palmer Hall. Also, more than 80 percent of the student body gives back in some way to the local community.

– Andy Meek

TripAdvisor Honors Flight Among Top Restaurants

Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar has been honored in TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards as one of the Top 25 Fine Dining Restaurants in the United States.

The Downtown restaurant, located at 39 S. Main St., came in at No. 17 on the list.

The Travelers’ Choice Awards were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews for restaurants over a 12-month period.

Daniel in New York City topped the list, followed by Victoria & Albert’s in Orlando, Florida, and Charleston Grill in Charleston, South Carolina.

Overall, Flight has 1,827 TripAdvisor reviews and an average rating of 4.5.

Flight Restaurant offers “flights” of almost everything on the menu, allowing multiple dining selections in a single meal. The restaurant is led by executive chef Eduardo Murillo, sous chef Michael Boren and managing partner Jack Mahoney.

Flight is open for dinner daily from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and until 11:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Sunday brunch is available from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The restaurant has two private dining rooms available, and the Wine Cellar can seat up to 100 guests.

– Daily News staff

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