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VOL. 133 | NO. 40 | Friday, February 23, 2018

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‘I Am A Man’ March Moves Because of Rain

The city’s commemoration of the 1968 sanitation workers’ strike scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 24, has been moved indoors because of the forecast of heavy rain.

The “I Am A Man” commemoration was to be a march from City Hall to Clayborn Temple.

Instead, the entire event will move to The Orpheum Theatre with a program that starts at 10 a.m.

The program will feature attorney and political commentator Angela Rye as well as singer Evvie McKinney, the Tennessee Mass Choir, Stax Music Academy Alumni Band and Al Kapone and the Royal Studio Band.

– Bill Dries

SCS Names Jennifer Ervin Interim Chief Legal Officer

Jennifer Ervin is the interim chief legal officer for Shelby County Schools, effective March 5.

The school system’s current chief legal officer and general counsel, Rodney Moore, is returning to private law practice in Atlanta after two years in the position.

Ervin has managed the school system’s legal and risk management departments and represented the district in lawsuits. She came to Memphis and SCS from the Atlanta office of Baker Donelson.

Ervin earned her law degree from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in Chicago. She graduated magna cum laude from Clark University of Atlanta and is a graduate of White Station High School.

– Bill Dries

Tennessee Senate Passes Constitutional Tax Measure

A proposal by State Sen. Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) to amend the Tennessee Constitution to ban the Hall Income Tax passed the Senate by a vote of 26-3 on Thursday, Feb. 22.

Senate Joint Resolution 494 would amend Article II, Section 28 of Tennessee’s Constitution and eliminate state and local governments’ authority to levy a state or local tax on income derived from stocks and bonds that are not taxed ad valorem.

“The Hall Tax on interest and dividends discourages saving and investment and disproportionately impacts senior citizens on fixed incomes,” Kelsey said in a release.

The Hall Income Tax is a 4 percent tax on income derived from stock dividends and interest earned on bonds. Legislation was approved last year to incrementally phase the tax out by January 2021. However, Kelsey’s proposed amendment would constitutionally prohibit the General Assembly from ever levying or permitting any state or local tax on income derived from stocks and bonds.

For a constitutional amendment to be approved, it must receive approval by a simple majority during the current 110th General Assembly, and by a two-thirds vote in the 111th General Assembly. It would then be placed on the ballot for consideration by voters during the 2022 gubernatorial election.

– Daily News staff

High Water Closes Big River Crossing

The Arkansas gate of the Big River Crossing will close Sunday, Feb. 25, because of anticipated high water that will close parts of the Big River Trail Friday.

The Mississippi River at Memphis is expected to crest next week, according to the National Weather Service.

The Memphis entrance of Big River Crossing will remain open during normal daily hours of 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

– Bill Dries

Memphis Startup FrontDoor Rebrands as HelloHome

FrontDoor, a female-led, Memphis-based real estate technology startup, has rebranded as HelloHome.

The venture’s focus since 2015 has been on bringing transparency to the real estate business in part with a flat-fee model. While many related startups work to bypass or even replace real estate agents and sidestep the multiple listing service system, HelloHome partners with agents across the U.S., providing them with customers.

HelloHome also is building technology it believes will shape the way homes are bought and sold in the U.S.

HelloHome’s goal is to provide information to home sellers and buyers about their options at every stage of the transaction, which has traditionally been kept hidden by real estate agents and protects their bottom line. The company also works to remove a lot of the manual work and hands-on nature of the transaction by providing automation.

– Andy Meek

Medical District Group Names Transportation Director

The Memphis Medical District Collaborative has named Glenn Gadbois director of transportation and mobility.

Gadbois will serve as a consultant for the MMDC’s anchor institutions as they reimagine the ways their employees traverse to and around the Medical District.

“When we survey area employees, we discover that most people really would prefer using transit, carpooling, biking, walking, etc., instead of driving alone, but they don’t feel like they have choices that will work for them – they feel trapped into driving alone,” Gadbois said in a release. “We are bringing mobility choice back to the district.”

Prior to joining the MMDC, Gadbois headed up similar efforts in Austin, Texas, and the Legacy Business District of Plano, Texas, by fostering cooperation between the private and public sectors.

– Patrick Lantrip

Memphis Symphony Enters Midseason Programming

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra’s midseason programming begins Saturday, Feb. 24, and will feature pieces from the most renowned names in classical music.

The symphony will present the next installment of its Classic Accents series, titled “Beethoven Seven.”

Performances will be Saturday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at Harris Concert Hall, University of Memphis, and Feb. 25, beginning at 2:30 p.m. at Germantown Performing Arts Center.

Each performance will be led by guest conductor Andres Cladera and will feature world renowned violinist Charles Yang, an American-born musician and graduate of Julliard who is known for his vocal abilities and the charismatic manner with which he plays both classical and electric violin. The concert will feature Picker’s “Opera Without Words,” Bernstein’s “Serenade for after Plato’s ‘Symposium,’” and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.

Concert goers can celebrate the 100th birthday of one of the most popular contemporary composers, Leonard Bernstein, at the symphony’s “Bernstein at 100” concert.

One of the highlights of the season, this Masterworks concert will feature live narration by Bernstein’s eldest daughter, Jamie Bernstein.

The concert will be conducted by music director Robert Moody, and will include choral performances by the Memphis Symphony Chorus and U of M Chorus, both directed by Dr. Lawrence Edwards. Bernstein’s Symphony No. 3, “Kaddish,” will open the concert, followed by “Chichester Psalms” and “Simple Song” from Mass and feature local choir, Coro Rio, directed by Joelle Norris.

There will be two performances of this celebratory concert – 7:30 p.m. March 3 at the Cannon Center and 2:30 p.m. March 4 at GPAC.

Tickets to Beethoven Seven start at $15. Go to memphissymphony.org to purchase and for more information.

– Don Wade

Rhodes College a Top Producer of 2017-18 Fulbright Students

Rhodes College is among the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. students, according to an announcement from the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s prestigious international educational exchange program, and the full list of top-producing colleges and universities is highlighted in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Five from Rhodes— Jill Fredenburg, Michael McCanless, Olivia Muehlberger, Savannah Muir and Meaghan Waff – won Fulbright grants to serve as English teaching assistants for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 380,000 participants, chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential, with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. This is the second year in a row Rhodes has been recognized as a top producer.

– Andy Meek

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