VOL. 132 | NO. 178 | Thursday, September 7, 2017
Belly Acres Owners to Open New Taco Restaurant
A new taco restaurant from the owners of Belly Acres is coming to 3295 Poplar Ave.
Tennessee Taco Co., owned by Ben McLean and chef Rob Ray, is set to open Monday, Sept. 11. Located at Poplar and Holmes Road – between East Memphis and Midtown – the restaurant will feature 24 kinds of street tacos, with menu options encompassing tastes that range from a preference for beef to chicken, pork and fish.
Other menu items will include fresh guacamole and doughnuts.
McLean, who has worked in the Memphis restaurant industry for more than 20 years, and Ray partnered to open Belly Acres in Overton Square in 2014. Ray was the 2015 winner of the James Beard Better Burger Project for his Mushroom State of Mind Burger created at Belly Acres.
– Andy Meek
Local Golf Pro Qualifies For PGA Pros Championship
Brian Wood, head golf professional for Memphis National Golf Club, recently qualified for the PGA Professionals Championship, an annual tournament for golf club professionals and teachers who are members of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America.
At the Tennessee PGA Championship held last month in Franklin, Wood finished tied for second place, which qualifies him to play next June for a spot in the PGA Championship to be held in Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis in August 2018.
Wood is a PGA professional and a member of the Tennessee Section of the PGA of America.
He is a graduate of Clemson University with a degree in parks, recreation and tourism management with an emphasis on professional golf management. He has 12 years of experience at golf facilities, including the PGA Learning Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida, and locally at Windyke Country Club.
In 2015, he won the Tennessee PGA Assistants Championship.
– Don Wade
U of M, STCC to Host Domestic Violence Summit
The numbers tell a sobering story: One in three women will experience intimate partner violence during their lifetime.
To address this issue, the University of Memphis and Southwest Tennessee Community College will host the second annual Domestic Violence Summit Sept. 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the University of Memphis’ University Center Bluff Room, 499 University St., room 304. Information about resources available to domestic violence victims in Memphis will be part of the program.
The summit is presented by the Athena Project, which is headed by Dr. Gayle Beck. Mearl Purvis of FOX13 News will moderate the summit.
Other guests will include representatives from the Family Safety Center, Crime Victims Center, Exchange Club Family Center, YMCA and others. Parking is available in the Zach Curlin garage.
– Don Wade
Tennessee Opens Online Voter Registration
Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett formally opened online voter registration in Tennessee Wednesday, Sept. 6.
The online registration at GoVoteTN.com is available to Tennesseans with a driver’s license or photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security who are U.S. citizens. It allows a citizen to not only register to vote but to also change their address on an existing voter registration.
The state checks the online voter registration form against its database and the electronic signature already on file.
“This system meets people where they already are – online,” Hargett said. “It will improve accuracy and efficiency for voters and election officials by ensuring there are fewer errors and more accurate voter rolls.
Shelby County Elections Administrator Linda Phillips said online registration should make the process of getting registration cards quicker.
“Voters will be able to send in their voter registration applications in a much more convenient manner to them,” she said. “There will be fewer errors, because the information is keyed in by the voter and sent directly to us, making processing the applications faster, so people will receive their registration cards more quickly.”
Those without the required ID can print a voter registration form from the site and mail it to the election commission. The registration deadline is the same online as it is for the paper form: Voters must register 30 days before an election to be eligible to vote in that election.
– Bill Dries
Transplants Foundation Teams With Good Shepherd
Good Shepherd Pharmacy and the National Foundation for Transplants have teamed up to bring affordable medication to Tennessee transplant patients.
NFT helps families with financial hardships by providing grants for transplant-related expenses, and now their patients will also have access to either free or at-cost prescription medication through Good Shepherd Pharmacy.
Since Good Shepherd is licensed as a mail-order pharmacy, they can serve qualified NFT patients in Tennessee. NFT will refer their patients to Good Shepherd Pharmacy for prescription needs, and patients can contact Good Shepherd directly to arrange prescription fulfillment.
According to foundation president Michelle Gilchrist, on average transplant patients spend $10,000 to $14,000 per year in immunosuppressants alone.
“Not only will this partnership assist low-to-moderate income families in reducing their out-of-pocket medication expense,” she said, “it will allow our clients to better afford basic life necessities such as food, housing, health insurance and other life expenses.”
Covered medications through this partnership include transplant-related medication, maintenance medications which led to the need for a transplant and medications prescribed due to adverse reactions related to treatment.
Currently, NFT serves all 50 states and all U.S. territories, and Good Shepherd Pharmacy serves all of Tennessee. While this partnership will immediately serve Tennesseans, additional U.S. states will be served in future plans.
– Andy Meek