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VOL. 11 | NO. 24 | Saturday, June 16, 2018

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Hardaway: Sam Mitchell Will Join Tigers Staff

University of Memphis head basketball coach Penny Hardaway confirmed that former NBA Coach of the Year Sam Mitchell is joining his coaching staff.

Hardaway made his comments during media availability at his youth basketball camp. Mitchell was NBA Coach of the Year following the 2006-07 season with Toronto. He also has been an NBA assistant. This, however, will be the 54-year-old Mitchell’s first college coaching position.

Mitchell, who played 13 years in the NBA, also has coached the U.S. Virgin Island national team and in recent times worked with an Adidas elite basketball program for high school players.

Hardaway’s assistants are now complete with Mitchell joining Tony Madlock, a former Hardaway teammate with the Tigers, and former Memphis Grizzlies player Mike Miller.

– Don Wade

FedEx Institute Hosting Women’s Hackathon in July

The FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis will host a women’s hackathon July 20-21.

The event, ATHENAtechne, is intended to cultivate a positive environment for women in technology and hopes to draw from across the region.

The free event is open to women and girls who are at least 10 years old.

Sarah Holland, the founder of Memphis Women in Technology, says opportunities for women in tech have grown in the last decade.

“Despite this, we see real challenges as these young women make the transition into professional environment,” she said in a written statement.

The institute’s goal is become a national destination for emerging tech innovators.

“That mission necessitates a commitment to building the diversity of our technology community,” said Cody Behles, assistant director of the FedEx Institute. “Sometimes the best way to do that is to cultivate opportunities that encourage participation in unique ways.”

To register or get more information of ATHENAtechne, go to athenatechne.com.

– Bill Dries

Tigers Men’s Basketball Releases AAC Schedule

The American Athletic Conference has released the 2018-19 men’s basketball league schedule and the University of Memphis, under first-year coach Penny Hardaway, will play single games against four opponents – UConn, SMU, Houston and USF – and home-and-away games with the seven other league schools.

The Tigers will play home games only against UConn and SMU, while playing only road games at Houston and USF. Memphis was 5-1 against those four schools last season.

The U of M beat UConn twice last season and SMU in Dallas, the only game against the Mustangs during 2017-18. In the team’s only meeting against Houston, the Tigers upset the No. 23 Cougars at FedExForum in late February and they split their two regular-season games against USF.

Memphis will play home-and-away games against UCF, Cincinnati, ECU, Temple, Tulane, Tulsa and Wichita State. The Tigers will be playing at Wichita State for the first time since the Shockers became American Athletic Conference members last season.

The dates for the conference schedule will be announced later.

Overall, the Tigers finished 21-13 last season and reached the semifinals of the AAC Championships held at Amway Center in Orlando. The 2019 AAC Championships will be played at FedExForum.

Memphis returns guard Jeremiah Martin, the league’s second-leading scorer at 18.9 points per game, and two other starters: 6-foot-8 forwards Kyvon Davenport and Mike Parks.

Under Hardaway, the Tigers signed one of the nation’s top recruiting classes, a group that includes highly regarded Memphis-area guards Alex Lomax and Tyler Harris.

– Don Wade

Grizzlies’ Henry to Attend World Cup Training Camp

USA Basketball has announced Memphis Grizzlies guard/forward Myke Henry will be part of the roster for the USA World Cup Qualifying Team training camp that gets underway Wednesday, June 20, in Houston, Texas.

The training will be used to select the 12-man team for the USA’s third window of FIBA World Cup Qualifying games, which sees the U.S. face Mexico on June 28 in Mexico City, then Cuba on July 1 in Havana.

Henry, a DePaul product, signed a two-way contract with the Grizzlies on Jan. 13. He appeared in 20 games with the Grizzlies during the 2017-18 season, averaging 5.4 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.55 steals and 1.1 assists in 18.9 minutes per game. In 11 games with the Memphis Hustle, Henry averaged 18.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 27.0 minutes per game.

The USA will hold training camp June 20-26 in Houston, and the team is expected to be announced prior to the team’s departure for Mexico on June 26. The player selections are made by the USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Qualifying Team Committee.

– Don Wade

Withers Gallery to Host Creatives Festival

The Withers Collection Museum and Gallery, 333 Beale St., will host the Withers Creatives Festival June 28-30.

The three-day festival showcases the work of local creatives. It also will honor Blues City Cultural Center for the center’s influence on the African-American arts community in Memphis over several decades.

The festival includes panel discussions on photography, film and music, which are also the three categories of featured arts.

Those wanting to be part of the showcase should submit samples of their work by Friday, June 15. Submissions are $10 each. Visit witherscreativesfestival.com for details.

– Bill Dries

Memphis Seminary Pres. To Resign July 31

Memphis Theological Seminary president Dr. Jay Earheart-Brown recently announced his intention to resign his post effective July 31 after serving in the position for more than 13 years.

The MTS board of trustees plans to name an interim president by the first of August. The interim president will serve while a search is undertaken for the next full-time president.

Earheart-Brown has led MTS through difficult times during his tenure, according to the seminary, including times of recession, declining enrollments in seminaries across the country and rapidly changing expectations related to online and hybrid course delivery methods.

While all those trends have impacted MTS, the seminary is poised to show increased enrollment for the first time in six years, and a new hybrid-online Master of Divinity degree has been approved.

MTS also has many loyal donors supporting it through the Ministry for the Real World Campaign. During this fiscal year, 38 percent of the seminary alumni have made contributions to support the institution, which is well above the national average.

Earheart-Brown plans to seek a call as pastor at Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

“It has been the privilege of my life to serve as president of my alma mater,” he said, “but I am very happy to have a chance to return to my first love – pastoral ministry.”

MTS was founded in 1852 in McKenzie, Tennessee. In 1964, the seminary moved to Memphis.

For more information, go to memphisseminary.edu.

– Don Wade

Women- & Minority-Owned Biz Loan Fund Launches

A $15 million small-business loan fund announced Monday, June 11, is aimed at improving access to capital for minority- and women-owned businesses in the Memphis area.

The loan fund is a partnership between Pathway Lending, a nonprofit regional community development financial institution, and Epicenter, the nonprofit entrepreneurial hub organization. Pinnacle Financial Partners, First Tennessee and Regions Bank are providing the initial capitalization of the Memphis Small Business Opportunity Loan Fund.

Pathway Lending will be the administrator with the fund being based in Epicenter’s headquarters in Cooper-Young.

The loans will range from $5,000 to $1 million for growth and are aimed at businesses that may not yet qualify for a conventional bank business loan. The fund also includes technical assistance and business advice.

“This fund is a flexible and affordable way to support entrepreneurs and business owners – particularly in communities of color – with capital at a critical time in their growth,” Epicenter president and CEO Leslie Lynn Smith said in a written statement.

The fund is having two informational sessions, both at Epicenter headquarters, 902 S. Cooper St.

The June 25 session is at 5:30 p.m. and the June 27 session is at 8 a.m.

– Bill Dries

Balmoral School PTO Head Indicted for Theft

The former president of the Balmoral Ridgeway Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization has been indicted by the Shelby County Grand Jury for theft of more than $1,000.

Tameka Harrison resigned her post with the PTO in May on the last day of school. The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office was already investigating the PTO’s finances after Shelby County School officials notified the comptroller’s office about deficiencies in the account.

In a January interview with state investigators, Harrison admitted, according to the comptroller’s office, taking money from the organization. The PTO records indicated she had paid back $203.22 but had taken an additional $2,283.72.

Harrison withdrew as much as $450 from an ATM at one time and rang up purchases for herself at Walmart, Sam’s Club and Amazon.com as well as purchasing a one-year membership at the Memphis Zoo with a debit card that she alone had custody of.

Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson said Monday the PTO should take some additional safeguards in the future.

“This organization should take some basic steps such as maintaining bank deposit slips, reconciling the PTO’s bank account and not letting one person collect and deposit all funds,” he said in a written statement.

– Bill Dries

Hamilton Eye Institute Hosting ‘Cataract-A-Thon’

The Hamilton Eye Institute at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is hosting the second annual Ivan Marais Cataract-A-Thon Friday and Saturday, June 15-16.

More than 50 patients from Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas and surrounding areas who are uninsured or otherwise unable to access proper ophthalmic care will receive cataract surgery at no cost during the two-day community service outreach. Patients were identified through the HEI clinics, the Mid-South Lions Sight and Hearing Service, and Church Health. The value of the services is more than $150,000.

The surgeries will take place atthe HEI Surgery Center, 930 Madison Ave.

The event is the vision of Dr. Brian Fowler, ophthalmic surgeon and vice chair of clinical operations at Hamilton Eye Institute.

Fowler recruited Dr. Emily Taylor Graves, an ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon from Duncan Eye PLLC, to co-direct the event and serve as lead cataract surgeon.

Their goal is to improve eye care for those in need in Memphis and the surrounding communities.

“Ophthalmic care is needed worldwide, so it’s easy to go overseas to provide services,” Fowler said in a statement. “But the fact is, it is also needed in the local community, just as much, if not more.”

Patients will receive screening, comprehensive eye exams, surgeries and follow-up care, with nursing and anesthesiology support.

The cataract-a-thon honors famed ophthalmologist and innovator of cataract surgery Dr. Ivan Marais, who died last year.

Originally from South Africa, Marais moved to Memphis in his later years to be closer to family. He was then recruited to be an ophthalmology instructor at UTHSC and HEI, where he trained many residents in cataract surgery, including Fowler.

Thirty patients were served during last year’s event.

– Daily News staff

Tchulahoma Road To Close for Widening

Tchulahoma Road between Holmes and Stateline roads will close to through traffic starting Monday, June 18, as construction crews widen the northbound lane to add a second northbound lane in the future. The work also includes a new traffic signal and installation of an underground storm water culvert across the road.

The work is expected to take four to six weeks with Tchulahoma between Holmes and Aquarius Avenue remaining open to two-way traffic along with the stretch between Stateline Road and the residential driveways to the north.

A detour using Stateline, Swinnea Road and Holmes will also be marked.

– Bill Dries

UTHSC Names Khan Chair Of Family Medicine Dept.

Dr. Muneeza Khan has been named chair of the Department of Family Medicine in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Medicine. She previously served as interim chair.

Khan joined UTHSC in 2011 as an assistant professor and quickly took on leadership roles within the family medicine department.

She served as clerkship director in 2012, fellowship director from 2013 to 2016, and interim clerkship director from 2015 to 2016. She also has served as the program director for the residency program since 2012.

“Dr. Khan’s commitment to the Department of Family Medicine and its core education commitment is unwavering,” UTHSC chancellor Dr. Steve Schwab said in a statement. “Her outstanding performance as program director predicts her performance as chair. I look forward to watching the department grow in all missions under her very capable leadership.”

Khan received her medical degree from Karachi Medical and Dental College in Karachi, Pakistan. She completed a residency in family medicine from Indiana University, serving as the family medicine chief resident.

She later completed an advanced maternal care obstetric fellowship from Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, a primary care faculty development fellowship from Michigan State University, and a National Institute for Program Director Development Fellowship with the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors.

Khan said she chose family medicine because it allows her to take care of patients and their families, regardless of their age or health condition.

“I am able to provide acute, chronic, or preventive care, and help patients navigate the complex health care system,” she said. “I have the privilege of establishing long-lasting relationships with my patients as I deliver their babies, take care of them as they age, and everything in between.”

The Department of Family Medicine is made up of the Residency Family Medicine Center in East Memphis, a rural health clinic in Covington, Tennessee, and a faculty clinic in East Memphis. The department offers fellowships in advanced women’s health care, sports medicine, hospice and palliative care, and addiction medicine.

– Daily News staff

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