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VOL. 133 | NO. 153 | Friday, August 3, 2018

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St. Jude Awarded $800K HHS Grant

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, announced Thursday, Aug. 2, that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital a grant totaling $792,792.

The grant will help fund research on mechanisms of regulated cell death.

“St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is one of the top research hospitals in the world and they continue to follow their mission of saving lives and providing care for all children,” Cohen said in a statement. “We are fortunate to have St. Jude in Memphis and this federal grant will support St. Jude in their efforts to end childhood cancer.”

Research for mechanism of regulated cell death aims to find cells in multicellular organisms that threaten the organism or are no longer essential to that organism. These damaged cells are then destroyed through apoptosis, or programmed cell death, which is a tightly regulated cell self-destruction process. Regulated cell death is crucial in advancing cancer research and the elimination of deadly cancer cells.

–Daily News staff

Memphis International Airport Enplanements up 5.6 percent

There were more than 2.25 million enplanements at Memphis International Airport during the 2017-18 fiscal year that ended June 30, 2018.

This figure equates to 115,000 additional enplanements, which represents a 5.6 percent increase year-over-year.

In airport terms, an enplanement simply refers to a passenger getting on a plane. Typically this figure is roughly half the total number of passengers traveling through an airport, as it doesn’t account for deplaning passengers, meaning that more than 4.3 million people traversed Memphis International during that time.

“These continued growth trends are a testament to our continued efforts to pursue frequent and affordable air service,” Scott Brockman, president and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, said in a statement. “Passengers are recognizing that airlines at MEM are adding more routes, adding larger planes for existing routes, and reducing average airfare.”

–Patrick Lantrip

New Restaurant Coming to Soulsville

The Stax Museum of American Soul Music is getting a new neighbor: a restaurant.

A building permit application was filed on Wednesday, Aug. 1, for renovations to 969 E. McLemore Ave., which is located a few blocks away from the Stax Museum.

According to the permit application, renovations will be completed to the exterior of the retail building. One of the building’s three bays will house a restaurant called Johnny Mae’s.

The permit was valued at $175,000.

–Daily News staff

New Taco Bell Coming to Cordova

A new Taco Bell appears to be on its way to Cordova.

On Wednesday, Aug. 1, a building permit application was filed for a new Taco Bell at 1205 N. Houston Levee Road.

The permit was valued at $400,000. The project architect was listed as Mark D. McLuggage; the tenant was listed as Pacific Bells LLC, a franchisee of Taco Bell.

–Daily News staff

American Home Shield Moves Toward Q3 Spinoff

Memphis-based ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. continues to staff up the front office of its American Home Shield spinoff.

ServiceMaster CEO Nik Varty announced Wednesday, Aug. 1, the appointment of Jeffrey A. Fiarman as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of American Home Shield, effective later this month.

The company also announced the spinoff should happen late in the third quarter.

Fiarman comes to the ServiceMaster post from being general counsel of Wedgewood Pharmacy, which makes customized veterinary medications.

ServiceMaster announced in July the appointment of Brian K. Turcotte as chief financial officer of AHS – a residential and commercial warranty business. And in May, Rex Tibbens was named president and CEO of AHS.

–Bill Dries

Memphis Baseball Receives ABCA Academic Honors

The University of Memphis baseball team has been recognized by the American Baseball Coaches Association with the Team Academic Excellence Award, for posting a team grade point average of 3.188 during the 2017-18 academic year.

The Tigers are one of 46 NCAA Division I baseball teams to receive the ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award in 2017 and are among 193 teams across all divisions.

The American Baseball Coaches Association has a long tradition of recognizing the achievements of baseball coaches and student-athletes. The ABCA/Rawlings All-America Teams are the nation’s oldest, founded in 1949, and the ABCA’s awards program also includes the ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Awards, the ABCA/Diamond Regional & National Coaches of the Year and several other major awards such as the ABCA Hall of Fame and the Dave Keilitz Ethics in Coaching Award.

–Don Wade

Federal Prosecutors Donate Suits To Lifeline

Alfred Williams received his first suit last year. He received his second on the 8th floor of the Clifford Davis/Odell Horton Federal building in Downtown Memphis.

“I feel honored,” Williams said. “I feel like a million dollars.”

Williams and 13 members of Lifeline to Success, the Frayser-based re-entry program for ex-offenders, received a donation of two dozen suits on Aug. 1 from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

U.S. Atty. Michael Dunavant presented the 12 men and two women, members of Lifeline’s Blight Patrol, with suits in many sizes and colors.

Dunavant said this was the first time the U.S. Attorney’s Office has donated suits to Lifeline. He said he wanted to help after learning that the non-profit had partnered with Men’s Warehouse in a suit donation drive for the last four years.

“I thought this was a good idea and a good way for our office to get involved and tangibly support and be involved in meaningful resources for re-entry,” Dunavant said. “So, I went into my closet and I encouraged all the members of the U.S. Attorney’s Office to support this and in a short period of time we got 24 suits.”

Rev. DeAndre Brown, executive director of Lifeline, said he appreciated the donations for the members of his program.

“There is power in a suit. When you put a suit on the way you see yourself changes and the way people see you changes,” Brown said. “When you make a gesture of kindness, of compassion, it reaches the heart of the individual. To see that the U.S. Attorney’s Office saw fit to go into their own personal closets and give is a blessing.”

–Daily News staff

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