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VOL. 133 | NO. 39 | Thursday, February 22, 2018

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3 Memphis Sites Included On US Civil Rights Trail

Clayborn Temple, Mason Temple Church of God in Christ and the National Civil Rights Museum are among 10 Tennessee sites included on a new U.S. civil rights trail.

Gov. Bill Haslam, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and Tennessee tourism commissioner Kevin Triplett announced the landmarks Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the National Civil Rights Museum.

Nashville is home to six stops on the trail: the Civil Rights Room at the Nashville Public Library; Clark Memorial United Methodist Church; the Davidson County Courthouse and Witness Walls; Woolworth on 5th, which was the site of several successful sit-ins; Fisk University; and Griggs Hall at American Baptist College. Also included is the Clinton 12 Statue at Green McAdoo Cultural Center in Clinton, Tennessee, northwest of Knoxville. The monument honors the Clinton 12, the first African-American students to integrate a public high school in the South.

Haslam told those at the NCRM the sites “help us remember and encourage us to remember that the battle is not over.”

Alexander said the trail helps Americans “understand our struggle with race.”

“These struggles are not all ancient history,” he said.

Among those in the audience as Alexander spoke was Elmore Nickelberry, who was among the 1,300 Memphis sanitation workers who went on strike in 1968.

Clayborn Temple, which is undergoing a renovation, was the strategic center of the 1968 strike. Mason Temple is where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made his final speech in support of sanitation workers the night before he was assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, which is now the site of the National Civil Rights Museum.

– Bill Dries

Adams Keegan Expands Into Northeastern US

Memphis-based Adams Keegan, a national managed human resources, payroll and benefits provider, is expanding into the Northeast United States, extending its footprint into New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.

The company announced the expansion Wednesday, Feb. 21, saying it comes after years of “continuous, nationwide growth,” including past expansions into Atlanta, Georgia and Nashville. Adams Keegan, which already has clients in all 50 states, also said it saw an opportunity presented by “access to the considerable, HR-savvy business community in the Northeast.”

The expansion will be led by northeast region business development director Mike LeFeve. Prior to joining Adams Keegan, LaFeve served 22 years in the United States Air Force and retired as a lieutenant colonel after a career focused primarily in special operations aviation.

As business development director, LaFeve is tasked with expanding awareness of Adams Keegan in the New York City metro area and the Northeast as a whole, to develop new business and ultimately lead a regional client support team.

In December, Adams Keegan announced an expansion of its Nashville footprint. In addition to growing its Tennessee-, Georgia- and New York-based offices, the company says it is considering similar markets with exceptional patterns of growth for new openings.

– Daily News staff

Carter Malone Opens Jackson, Miss., Office

The Carter Malone Group has expanded with the opening of a Jackson, Mississippi, office.

The Memphis-based public relations firm, founded 15 years ago, announced the expansion Wednesday, Feb. 21.

The firm will work in Jackson with current clients as well as sign new ones. Carter Malone works in public relations, marketing, advertising and government relations with local clients as well as those in Chattanooga, Knoxville, Chicago and Washington, D.C.

– Bill Dries

DMC Hires Springer As Chief Financial Officer

Former CBRE executive Penelope Springer has been hired as the new chief financial officer for the Downtown Memphis Commission. She replaces former CFO Jennifer Oswalt, who became the DMC’s interim president and CEO last July and was retained on a permanent basis in November.

Springer, a longtime Memphian and University of Mississippi graduate, will officially join the DMC on Thursday, Feb. 22. She previously served as controller and chief financial officer for CBRE Memphis, as well as business operations manager for CBRE Inc.’s Southeast Division.

In addition to her new role as CFO, Springer will also serve as the vice president of administration, where she will oversee the Downtown Memphis Commission’s finances and manage HR and benefits for its 40 employees.

“I am really encouraged by the growth and momentum in our core city right now and I can’t wait to be a part of the team developing Downtown for the betterment of our entire region,” Springer said in a release.

– Patrick Lantrip

Fire Station Shuffle Outlined for City Council

Memphis City Council members heard plans in Tuesday, Feb. 20, committee sessions from Memphis Fire Director Gina Sweat to close the city fire station on the northwest corner of Union Avenue and Front Street and build a new station on the northeast corner of Danny Thomas Boulevard and Adams Avenue.

The new station would be on an open lot fronting Danny Thomas, next to the fire maintenance shop on Adams.

The fire station at Front and Union, which also houses fire services’ headquarters, and an adjacent parking garage occupy the site planned for the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s new location.

The council will vote at its March meeting on $470,000 to buy the land at Adams and Danny Thomas.

The administration is also proposing the closure of Fire Station No. 1, located at 211 Jackson Ave. near St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Fire Station No. 6, at 924 Thomas. They would be replaced with a new fire station in the area of Chelsea Avenue and Fifth Street that would cover the same area.

The city would sell the Jackson property to St. Jude as part of its campus expansion. The hospital has already provided a letter of intent to the city for the purchase.

The council also votes in March on the city condemning land at 1287 E. Holmes Road in Whitehaven as the site of a new Fire Station No. 43 and paying the owner $38,500. The existing station at 1253 E. Holmes would be part of the site for the new structure, which would replace the building the city took over from Shelby County when it annexed Whitehaven in the late 1960s.

In planning and development items, the council approved an infill development Apple Partners LLC proposed for Cooper-Young. The plan calls for 10 residential lots on a half-acre at Elzey Avenue and Tanglewood Street.

The council also set March 6 for a public hearing and vote on Gill Properties’ The Grove at White Station commercial planned development on White Station Road north of Poplar Avenue.

– Bill Dries

FedEx to Award $120K In Small-Biz Grant Contest

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. has launched the sixth annual FedEx Small Business Grant Contest, which recognizes passionate and innovative small businesses from across the country who aspire to take their businesses to the next level.

This year, the contest offers a prize pool of $120,500 to 10 U.S.-based small businesses, including a credit for print and business services from FedEx Office.

The grand prize winner will receive $25,000, plus $7,500 in FedEx Office print and business services; the silver prize winner will get $15,000, plus $5,000 in FedEx Office services; and eight bronze prize winners will each receive $7,500, plus $1,000 in FedEx Office services.

“More than 17,000 small businesses have shared their unique stories and dreams of success with us since we launched our first contest in 2012,” Scott Harkins, senior vice president, customer channel marketing at FedEx, said in a statement.

The 2017 contest attracted candidates from all 50 states and brought in more than 1.4 million votes. Grand Prize winner Sword & Plough, a small business co-founded by sisters Emily Núñez Cavness and Betsy Núñez, works with American manufacturers who employ veterans to transform military surplus into fashionable, functional bags and accessories.

The 2018 contest is open to U.S.-based for-profit small businesses that have fewer than 99 employees and have been operating for six months or more. Businesses can visit fedex.com/grantcontest for details on how to enter by the March 28 deadline.

– Daily News staff

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