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VOL. 133 | NO. 26 | Monday, February 5, 2018

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Midtown Memphis Development Corp. Names ‘Mojo’ Winners

The Midtown Memphis Development Corp. has announced the winners of the fourth annual Mojo of Midtown Awards.

The Mojo of Midtown Awards Bash will be held March 28 at 6 p.m. at Circuit Playhouse, 51 S. Cooper St.

This year’s honorees include Corey and Cheryl Mesler for Burke’s Book Store; Todd Richardson and McLean Wilson for Crosstown Concourse; Gordon Alexander for the Midtown Action Coalition; Project Green Fork; Ward Archer and Protect Our Aquifer; and the Weakes family for 1910 Frame Works & Gallery.

For more information and tickets, visit midtownmemphis.org.

– Patrick Lantrip

St. Jude Awarded NIAID Grant

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has awarded $202,039 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for allergy, immunology and transplantation research.

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis announced the grant Friday, Feb. 2, saying the funds “will allow the researchers and doctors at St. Jude to continue their important work to improve the health and well-being of all children.”

NIAID’s mission is to lead research to understand, treat and prevent infectious, immunologic and allergic diseases. The institute’s research has led to new therapies, vaccines, diagnostic tests and other technologies that have improved the health of individuals in the United States and around the world.

– Daily News staff

EnSafe Acquires California Engineering Firm

Memphis-based EnSafe is growing with the purchase of a California environmental and civil engineering firm.

EnSafe – a global provider of environmental, engineering, health and safety, and technology services – acquired Accord Engineering Inc., which has offices in Santa Ana and San Diego, California.

“It's clear this firm knows how to retain and generate recurring business among its core client base, and these relationships provide attractive growth opportunities for EnSafe,” EnSafe president and CEO Don Bradford said in a statement.

EnSafe co-founder and chairman Phil Coop called the acquisition “another step forward in our strategic plan to serve our national clients with local expertise in all areas of the country.”

Founded in 2000, Accord Engineering offers integrated services from conceptual design to field implementation for environmental and civil engineering projects.

“Our clients get the best of both worlds by our joining EnSafe: nationwide resources and local expertise,” said Accord senior vice president Max Pan.

EnSafe, which started in 1980, now has more than 380 employees in 30 offices nationwide.

– Daily News staff

UTHSC Names New Department Chair

Dr. Tejesh Patel has been named chair of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine’s Kaplan-Amonette Department of Dermatology.

He’d previously served as interim chair. In his role, Patel will continue the growth of the department, positioning it to become a national leader in dermatology in the areas of clinical service, education and research.

Patel will also oversee the clinical practice of the department, which is run by University Clinical Health. The clinic offers services including medical and surgical care of diseases affecting the skin, hair, nails and mucous membranes in adults and children.

Certified by the American Board of Dermatology with a subspecialty in dermatopathology, Dr. Patel – a native of London, England – completed an internal medicine internship and a dermatology residency with the UTHSC College of Medicine, as well as fellowships with the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

– Andy Meek

3 Tennessee Hotels Join AAA Diamond List

Tennessee boasts three new AAA Diamond-rated properties – the highest-rated hotels in North America, according to the latest round of AAA Diamond Ratings.

The properties range from restored historic mansions to ultra-chic modern hotels and all offer a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail. AAA touts its ratings as the most respected in the hospitality industry.

The Tennessean Hotel in Knoxville, the Kimpton Aertson Hotel in Nashville and the Thompson Nashville are the new Four Diamond-rated properties in Tennessee. They are among 16 Four Diamond properties in Tennessee, including five in Memphis.

Those Memphis properties include the Madison Hotel, first achieving Four-Diamond status in 2003; River Inn of Harbor Town (2008); The Guest House at Graceland (2016); The Peabody Memphis (1997); and The Westin Memphis Beale Street (2008).

The only hotel in Tennessee to hold a Five Diamond rating from AAA is The Hermitage Hotel in Nashville.

For more than 80 years, AAA has sent professional inspectors to hotels and restaurants across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Properties are rated on a scale of one to five Diamonds, based on a variety of guidelines for cleanliness, comfort and hospitality. The more Diamonds equates to a higher overall quality, range of facilities and level of services offered by the property.

– Daily News staff

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 38 38 20,670
MORTGAGES 45 45 23,790
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 24 24 3,071
BUILDING PERMITS 187 187 42,781
BANKRUPTCIES 57 57 13,237
BUSINESS LICENSES 23 23 6,645
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 30 30 7,819
MARRIAGE LICENSES 27 27 4,670