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VOL. 133 | NO. 116 | Monday, June 11, 2018

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Long Road Cider Coming to Midtown

Long Road Cider, Tennessee’s first active cidery, is expanding with a new location in Cooper-Young.

The cidery has been operating since 2016 out of Barretville, an unincorporated area of Shelby County near Rosemark, but a growing demand for its product led to the expansion into the Memphis market.

In addition to its own offerings, Long Road intends to dedicate a tap to each local brewery at the new 871 Cooper St. location as well as a select offering of high-end brews and food from former Kwik Chek chef Helario “Harry” Reyna.

“While I love our Barretville location and look forward to serving our clientele out there, I’m a Midtowner and look forward to being back in my old stomping grounds working alongside a culinary legend in Harry,” Long Road Cider owner Scott Patterson said in a statement. “It’s easier to Uber to Midtown than Millington and we get that.”

In the meantime, Long Road Cider expects to introduce some limited releases from its sour cellar, grape wines and some fruited ciders in addition to their regular offerings.

– Patrick Lantrip

U of M Basketball Seat Selection Event is Friday June 15

The University of Memphis is holding a men’s basketball public seat selection event at FedExForum on Friday, June 15, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

All fans are welcome to visit FedExForum and discover the season ticket locations that are available for the 2018-19 University of Memphis men’s basketball season. Athletic department staff will be on hand to answer any questions and help fans choose the best seats for their needs.

Fans who are already members of the Tiger Scholarship Fund can call 901-678-2334 and set up an appointment before the public portion starts at 4 p.m. This is not a re-seating, and no appointments are necessary during the public seat selection.

For fans who can’t make the event, season tickets can also be purchased by calling 901-678-2331 or visiting gotigersgotix.com.

– Don Wade

Memphis AD to Serve on NCAA Football Oversight Committee

University of Memphis Athletic Director Tom Bowen has been named to the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee effective immediately, the NCAA announced. Bowen’s term of service on the committee will continue through June 30, 2022.

The Football Oversight Committee ensures appropriate monitoring of football for both the FBS and FCS divisions of college football. With at least 16 members, 12 of them voting members, the Football Oversight Committee also supervises the licensing of postseason bowls and qualifications and/or selection procedures for the FCS Championship. The group is made up of representatives from each divisional subgroup that sponsors football and provides direction to the NCAA Football Rules Committee.

Bowen has been leading the Memphis Athletic Department since June 2012. In that time, he has reorganized the Athletic Department and oversaw a conference transition that saw Memphis move from Conference USA to the Big East to the American Athletic Conference. He also created a strategic plan for fundraising that resulted in improvements to the Elma Roane Fieldhouse and new facilities for softball, track and field, volleyball and the newly opened Laurie-Walton Family Basketball Center. That strategic plan will mark its completion when construction on the football practice facility begins this summer.

Off the field, Memphis Athletics’ graduation success rate has increased every year Bowen has served as athletic director, from 81 percent to an all-time high of 87 percent in the latest publicized cohort (2010-11). Additionally, for the fifth-consecutive year, the U of M led the American Athletic Conference with six AAC Team Excellence Awards. AAC Team Academic Excellence Awards are given to programs with the highest collective GPA in each of the 21 league-sponsored sports.

– Don Wade

Memphis Health Center Gets $4.5M Federal Grant

Memphis Health Center has been awarded a $4.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen announced Thursday, June 7.

The competitive grant was awarded as part of the HHS Health Center Cluster program. The goal of the program is to support continuing primary health care services to underserved areas and populations.

“This federal funding from the Department of Health and Human Services will help keep the Memphis Health Center going strong so that more Memphians can receive the care they need and deserve,” Cohen said in a written statement.

The center at 360 E.H. Crump Blvd. was founded in 1970 and recently opened a Whitehaven center at 4593 Elvis Presley Blvd., adding to a network of several satellite clinics.

– Bill Dries

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