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VOL. 11 | NO. 10 | Saturday, March 10, 2018

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Memphis Grizzlies Suffer 15th Consecutive Loss

The Grizzlies lost their 15th straight game, 119-110 at Chicago, on Wednesday, March 7.

The team has not won since defeating the Phoenix Suns at FedExForum on Jan. 29.

Memphis trailed by 15 points going into the fourth quarter, but cut the lead to a point as rookie Dillon Brooks scored 20 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter. The Bulls (22-42), however, pulled away over the last two minutes.

Marc Gasol and Ben McLemore each scored 17 points. Five Bulls scored in double-figures, led by Lauri Markkanen’s 22 points and 21 points each from Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn.

The Grizzlies are now 18-46, currently the worst mark in the NBA. They return to FedExForum for a 7 p.m. game vs. the Utah Jazz on Friday, March 9.

– Don Wade

Accurate Communications Inks Lease in Clark Tower

Accurate Communications Corp. has signed a lease for 1,830 square feet at Clark Tower, suite 2100, after considering several other office locations.

“There are a few reasons we chose Clark Tower over some other similar properties,” said John Maddox, director of sales and operations for Accurate Communications. “Firstly, the name ‘Clark Tower’ still holds quite a bit of prestige in our community, and we wanted a building we could be proud to call home. Secondly, the cost per square foot was extremely competitive with other buildings, but nowhere could match the amenities that Clark boasts.”

A voice, data and cloud solutions company, Accurate Communications launched in 1994 as a music-on-hold company, but it has evolved since then. A big change came in 2001 when its EarGlue Harmony marketing firm enabled clients to get messages to shoppers through in-store music and marketing messages. In 2012, Accurate launched its technology distribution services firm.

The EarGlue brand designs, implements and directs audio marketing solutions that help small and midsize businesses better communicate with customers, and drive profit increases.

Privately held Accurate Communications serves about 1,500 customer locations in all 50 states and throughout Canada.

Clark Tower owner In-Rel recently completed a $9 million renovation of the high-rise, including a modern redesign of the main lobby, entrance way, common areas and restrooms. All mechanicals have been replaced, elevators upgraded and a 60-person conference room was added along with new pedestrian walking paths connecting to surrounding restaurants and retail.

Colliers International Asset Services in Memphis handles leasing for In-Rel’s 1.25 million-square-foot office portfolio, which includes Clark Tower.

– Patrick Lantrip

32nd Super Chevy Show Kicks Off in Memphis April 6

The 32nd annual Super Chevy Show will kick off in Memphis Friday, April 6, and run through Sunday, April 8, as part of an expanded nine-stop tour.

The show will act as a one-stop shop for all things Chevrolet and will include drag racing for cash prizes, an automotive swap meet, a Chevrolet-focused performance marketplace and a large collection of Chevrolet vehicles vying for the best-in-class award.

“Of all the events in the series, we have to say that Memphis is our favorite,” Super Chevy editor Steven Rupp said in a release. “Traditionally, it’s the largest show and we find it draws in some of the nicest Chevys in the area.”

The Super Chevy Show will be held at the Memphis International Raceway, 5500 Victory Lane in Millington, Tennessee, and will open each day at 8 a.m.

For spectators, the cost for one-day admission for adults is $20 on Friday and Sunday and $25 on Saturday. Entry for children ages 6-12 will be $10 while children 5 and under will get in for free. A three-day pass will cost $45 for adults and $20 for children 6-12.

More information on pricing, tickets and vehicle registration can be found at www.superchevy.com/show or www.racemir.com.

– Patrick Lantrip

Troon to Manage Colonial Country Club

Golf course management, development and marketing company Troon has been chosen to manage Colonial Country Club, a private golf club in Cordova that once hosted the annual PGA Tour stop in Memphis.

Troon Privé, the private club operations division of Troon, will manage the 18-hole facility.

Established in 1913, Colonial Country Club has long been regarded as one of the premier private clubs in the Mid-South.

Now known as the FedEx St. Jude Classic, the PGA’s 30-year run at Colonial produced champions such as Lee Trevino (three-time winner) and Jack Nicklaus.

“Colonial Country Club is an outstanding club with deep traditions, a storied history and reputation as a premier Southern club,” said Bob Barrett, CEO of Honours Golf, a division of Scottsdale, Arizona-based Troon. “Our Troon Privé team will now look to further advance Colonial’s service levels, agronomy standards and overall club operations.”

In addition to the 18-hole South Course, Colonial members have access to a 35,000-square-foot Southern-style clubhouse with casual and fine dining venues, six Har-Tru tennis courts with one the region’s most active tennis programs, a full-service fitness center with personal trainers and group classes, an Olympic-size swimming pool with poolside food & beverage service, and full calendar of family social events.

“Troon’s reputation and track record of success are unmatched in the private club industry,” said Jim Russell, managing partner and principal stockholder, Colonial Country Club. “Troon will bring our club a consistency and continuity of management which is woefully lacking in most member-managed clubs. Troon will enhance and position our product to match an evolving market, while preserving the rich history of our grand old club.”

The Troon Privé division currently manages more than 80 private clubs, half of which are member-owned.

– Daily News staff

Allegiant Adds Nonstop Service to California

Allegiant will be adding new nonstop service between Memphis International Airport and Oakland International Airport (OAK) beginning May 30.

The seasonal biweekly flight will run on Wednesdays and Saturdays and end in mid-August. However, much like Allegiant’s Memphis to Los Angeles route, strong demand could open the door for year-round service.

The Memphis to Oakland route brings the number of Allegiant’s nonstop flights to nine, with the others being Austin, Texas; Destin-Ft. Walton, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando/Sanford and St. Pete-Clearwater, Florida; Los Angeles, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Phoenix-Mesa, Arizona.

It also brings MEM’s total number of nonstop flight destinations to 35.

“This is an extremely positive development for MEM, as it adds another West Coast destination for our passengers,” Pace Cooper, chairman of the board of commissioners for the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority said in a release.

– Patrick Lantrip

Turner Construction Moves To New Memphis Office

Turner Construction Co. has moved to a new 2,700-square-foot office at 6060 Primacy Parkway in Memphis.

The company employs 40 in Memphis, with plans to add more staff.

Build-out work on the office began in December, with Turner as the contractor, collaborating with architects Bottletree Design Group and engineers Innovative Engineering Services. As part of Turner’s commitment to elevating and supporting minority and women-owned business enterprises, roughly 91 percent of the cost on the project were minority- or female-owned subcontractors, as well as 100 percent of the design team, as Bottletree Design Group is woman-owned and IES is minority-owned.

The finished office space is a collaborative work environment with exposed ceilings, all LED lights, writable/erasable surfaces on seven walls, a large conference room with Cisco video conferencing capabilities, and additional collaboration spaces and glass walls to help enhance the space’s openness.

Forecasted 2018 revenue for the Memphis office is above $100 million, more than twice its 2016 revenue of $42 million. The current staff of 40 has also doubled from two years ago.

– Andy Meek

HoopsHD Selects Martin As AAC Player of the Year

University of Memphis point guard Jeremiah Martin, who led the American Athletic Conference in scoring this season, was named the league’s player of the year by HoopsHD.

Martin earned all-conference second-team honors Monday, March 5, in voting conducted by the league’s 12 coaches. Martin averaged 18.9 points during a season shortened in the final weeks by a broken left foot.

Martin held off a late-season charge by UConn’s Jalen Adams to win the scoring title. Martin missed the final three games of the regular season after breaking his foot in an upset of then-No. 23 Houston Feb. 22 at FedExForum. He was injured late in the first half and underwent successful surgery five days later.

Behind Martin, who attending Mitchell High in Memphis, the Tigers finished 19-12 overall and 10-8 in league play. Memphis earned the AAC Championship’s No. 5 seed and will open tournament play Thursday in Orlando against USF.

Martin nearly doubled his average from his sophomore season, when he scored at a 10.3 points-per-game clip. He had two 30-point games this season, including a career-high 33 Feb. 3 at Greenville, N.C.

Although he missed four games during the season, Martin was among the league’s top defensive players, too. He led the conference with an average of 2.3 steals per game.

– Don Wade

Council OKs Financing For Convention Center Work

Memphis City Council members approved $175 million in general obligation bond financing Tuesday, March 6, for the renovation of the Memphis Cook Convention Center. The dollar figure matches the total estimate of the renovation, which will include significant changes to the interior of the early 1970s facility and exterior changes that include a view of the Mississippi River.

The money for the renovation is to be paid with revenue from the city’s hotel-motel tax and revenue from the Downtown Tourism Development Fund. The administration opted to forego revenue bonds and use general obligation bonds, citing savings to the city.

The council approved on third and final reading Tuesday an ordinance that applies new rules on commercial parking lot operators who ticket cars that park without paying. The council last year capped the fees companies can charge for removing a boot at $50. Some of the same companies then began ticketing cars in a move not covered by the ordinance.

The amended version proposed by council member Kemp Conrad, passed out in its final form just before the vote Tuesday, applies the rules for booting, enforced through the city permits office, to ticketing.

The maximum ticket fee that can be charged under the ordinance is two times the daily rate, up to a $50 maximum.

If a car is ticketed on an unattended commercial parking lot for failure to pay, no immediate payment is required. The company must provide a mailing address to mail the payment.

Most of the rules mirror the 2017 ordinance on booting cars.

Council members voted for a short-term feasibility study of what it would take for new grocery stores to work at the former Kroger locations in Southgate shopping center and on Lamar Avenue west of Airways Boulevard. Kroger closed both stores last month.

The $18,500 study is to be completed by April 1 as the council continues to discuss possible incentives the city could offer.

Council member Edmund Ford Jr. said in committee sessions that several grocers have expressed interest in the properties.

In planning and development items, the council delayed for a month approval of a historic overlay district for Cooper-Young on third and final reading; approved Gill Properties’ plans for a commercial development on White Station Road in East Memphis; and approved $470,000 in funding to buy land on the northeast corner of Adams Avenue and Danny Thomas Boulevard for a new fire station.

– Bill Dries

Simmons Bank Names Southwest Tenn. President

Simmons Bank has added Brandon Cooper as community president for the southwest Tennessee area, encompassing Shelby, Tipton and Fayette counties.

Cooper comes to Arkansas-based Simmons with more than 20 years’ experience in banking in southwest Tennessee, most recently as senior vice president and commercial relationship manager for Iberiabank.

“As a community bank, it’s very important that we have the best people leading our associates and making decisions at the local level,” Tony Gregory, Tennessee regional chairman for Simmons Bank, said in a statement. “Brandon has a proven record of leading teams that build great relationships and manage significant loan portfolios.”

Within the community, Cooper has served as the board chair for the University of Memphis Christian Student Center, is a past president and board member for the Rotary Club of Northeast Shelby County, a fellows advisory board member of Leadership Academy of Memphis and past president of Leadership Bartlett.

Simmons Bank is a subsidiary of Simmons First National Corp. (Nasdaq: SFNC), a publicly traded bank holding company headquartered in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. The bank entered the Memphis market in 2014 with the acquisition of First State Bank.

– Daily News staff

MERI, Genesis Foundation Announce Rebrand

Memphis-based Medical Education and Research Institute and Genesis Legacy of Life have announced a rebrand of their services and spaces.

Serving medical professionals across the country, MERI is a nonprofit educational bioskills lab and service provider. Genesis Legacy of Life (genesislegacy.org) is MERI’s willed whole-body donor program and will now be known as the Genesis Legacy Whole Body Donation Foundation.

The rebranding effort includes a joint logo and new color scheme, and it impacts everything from signage to vehicles to scrubs. The entities’ new shared positioning statement – “Advancing knowledge. Honoring life.” – also exemplifies the relationship between the nonprofit facilities and donation foundation.

MERI was founded in 1994 by Memphis neurosurgeon Dr. Kevin Foley, and it continues to serve as an industry leader for medical knowledge and practical advancement with state-of-the-art equipment, event management capabilities, and customized amenities.

MERI’s new website (meri.org) showcases its onsite and offsite bioskills event management services, including a new, state-of-the-art mobile bioskills lab for surgical training.

– Andy Meek

Positive Clinical Trial Results Spike GTx Stock

Shares of Memphis-based drug maker GTx Inc. closed 38 percent higher Monday on clinical trial results that show its enobosarm drug reduced episodes of urge incontinence by 68 percent in female patients who experienced UI and stress urinary incontinence (SUI).

Results from the company’s Phase 2 proof-of-concept clinical trial of 3 mg enobosarm administered orally in postmenopausal women with stress urinary incontinence included magnetic resonance imaging results from patients’ pelvic floor muscle.

New data in a subset of women also suggests a positive treatment effect of enobosarm for urge incontinence, suggesting a possible treatment effect for women with mixed incontinence.

The results from a pre-specified analysis of MRI data demonstrate a statistically significant increase in pelvic floor muscle thickness and urethral muscle diameter after enobosarm treatment, the company said in a release.

The clinical data came from 18 patients completing 12 weeks of enobosarm treatment.

“Enobosarm’s overall treatment effect was consistent with previously announced results, and importantly, these new results demonstrate that enobosarm may address a broader treatment need since many women suffer from symptoms of both stress and urge incontinence, also known as mixed incontinence,” said Dr. Kenneth M. Peters, chairman of urology at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, and principal investigator in the trial. “In addition, with the MRI results, we are seeing anatomical changes supporting enobosarm’s mechanism of action on pelvic floor muscle.”

– Daily News staff

Tigers’ Martin Named To All-AAC Second Team

University of Memphis junior guard Jeremiah Martin was named to the American Athletic Conference second team Monday, March 5, following a breakout season in which the former Mitchell High star led the conference in scoring.

Martin broke his left foot during the Feb. 22 upset of then-No. 23 Houston at FedExForum. Coach Tubby Smith said Monday: “He’d have been first-team if he hadn’t broken his foot.”

Martin was joined on the second team by UConn’s Jalen Adams, Tulsa’s Junior Etou, Tulane’s Melvin Frazier and SMU’s Shake Milton. The first team members were: Gary Clark and Jacob Evans III of Cincinnati; Landry Shamet and Shaquille Morris of Wichita State; and Rob Gray of Houston.

Martin averaged 18.9 points per game to edge UConn’s Adams (18.5) and Houston’s Gray (18.1) for the scoring title. Martin is the fifth Tiger in school history to win a league scoring title, joining Keith Lee (1984-85), Elliot Perry (1990-91), Penny Hardaway (1992-93) and Will Barton (2011-12).

Martin, who held off a late-season charge by Adams to win the scoring title, missed the final three games of the regular season after the injury. His recovery time is expected to be four to six months, but Smith said he has remained a contributor since being sidelined.

“His leadership was outstanding, and it still is,” the Tigers’ coach said. “He’s been able to keep guys positive from behind the bench.”

Martin helped the Tigers (19-12, 10-8 American) earn a No. 5 seed in this week’s conference tournament in Orlando, Florida, by nearly doubling his average (10.3) from his sophomore season. He had 30-point games in a Jan. 9 home win against Tulane and a Feb. 3 road loss to ECU. The 33 points he scored against ECU represented a career high.

During the season, Martin was honored by the league on five occasions, including being named the AAC Player of the Week Jan. 15 after scoring 57 points and making 19 of 21 free throws in victories over Tulane and Temple.

Despite missing four games this season, Martin led the conference with an average of 2.3 steals per game.

– Don Wade

Marx-Bensdorf Honored With LeadingRE Awards

Memphis-based Marx-Bensdorf Realtors has won a trio of awards from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a global community of more than 565 independent real estate firms, and Eileen Cherny, Marx-Bensdorf’s senior vice president of relocation and client services, has been presented LeadingRE’s top individual award.

Marx-Bensdorf’s honors included the Pinnacle Award, Outgoing Sales Production Award and Website Quality Certification.

The Pinnacle Award recognizes the companies in LeadingRE’s network that had the highest outgoing broker-to-broker closed referrals in 2017, while the Outgoing Sales Production Award is given to the member firm with the highest number of closed transactions per sales associate within their company-size category. Website Quality Certification is presented to member companies in recognition of excellence in website design, content and functionality.

Cherny was presented the Hall of Fame Award, which formally acknowledges contributions such as committee involvement, presentations at network conferences, and service on various advisory councils and boards.

The awards were presented during the recent LeadingRE Conference Week in Las Vegas.

– Patrick Lantrip

Tigers Land Guard From Birmingham

Myreon Jones, of Birmingham, Alabama, has committed to the University of Memphis. Jones announced his decision via social media.

A 6-foot-3 guard, Jones was the 101st-ranked recruit in the 2018 class, according to 247sports.com. Coach Tubby Smith in recent weeks also has ramped up the recruitment of Cordova High School guard Tyler Harris, who has yet to announce a decision on his college choice.

Also committed to Memphis in the 2018 class is 7-foot-4 center Connor Vanover, who has a soft shooting touch for a big man but is considered something of a project. Vanover played at Arkansas Baptist Prep in Little Rock before transferring to Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada, for the 2017-18 season.

– Don Wade

Bank Executive Appointed To Federal Reserve Council

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has appointed Commercial Bank and Trust vice chairman and CEO Mott Ford to its Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council for a three-year term ending in 2020.

Members of the 12-person advisory council, established by the St. Louis Fed in 2011, are executives of smaller financial institutions headquartered across the Federal Reserve’s Eighth District. Council members meet twice a year to advise St. Louis Fed president James Bullard on the credit, banking and economic conditions facing their institutions and local communities.

Council members are comprised of senior executives of banks and credit unions who serve staggered terms. The chair of each district bank’s council also has the responsibility of reporting twice yearly to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, D.C.

– Andy Meek

Grizzlies, Predators Partner On Ticket Packages

Nashville Predators fans in the Memphis area have the opportunity to see the team live Saturday, March 10, through a road trip package offered by the Predators and the Memphis Grizzlies. A week later, Grizzlies fans from Nashville can pick up a road trip package to watch the Grizz take on the Denver Nuggets in Memphis.

The initiative is part of Team Tennessee, a collaborative effort among FOX Sports, the Grizzlies and the Predators.

The Predators’ $130 package includes round-trip charter bus transportation from Memphis and a ticket to Saturday’s 7 p.m. game vs. the New Jersey Devils. The bus will depart FedExForum at 2 p.m. and leave Bridgestone Arena 30 minutes after the game to bring fans back to Memphis.

Local hockey fans can visit nashvillepredators.com/roadtrip for details and tickets. The deadline to buy tickets is Wednesday, March 7, at 11:30 p.m. and fans can use the promo code ROADTRIP to unlock available seats.

Nashville-area Grizzlies fans, meanwhile, can pick up a $62 road trip package to see the Grizzlies take on the Denver Nuggets March 17 at 7 p.m.

The charter bus departs from Nashville’s Nissan Stadium at 11 a.m. so fans can catch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Beale Street at 3 p.m.

Don Wade

Electrolux Halts Project After Tariff Announcement

Electrolux says its plans for a $250 million plant expansion in Springfield, Tennessee, are on hold, and the Swedish appliance maker is pointing to President Donald Trump’s tariff action as the reason.

The company’s investment plans, announced in January, included modernizing and adding 400,000 square feet to the Springfield plant. Construction was slated to begin later this year.

Electrolux is citing Trump’s announcement of new tariffs on imported aluminum and steel.

“Unfortunately, this decision gives foreign appliance manufacturers a cost advantage that is hard to compete against,” Electrolux spokeswoman Eloise Hale said in a statement to The Tennessean.

Hale said the company is still evaluating the recent tariff announcement, but is so concerned about the potential financial impact that it put the Springfield project on hold until Trump’s order is signed and final details are clear.

All of the carbon steel the company uses in its U.S. manufacturing plants comes from American mills, Hale said.

The company has multiple factory locations in Tennessee, including Springfield and Memphis.

– The Associated Press

Grizz Sign G Rathan-Mayes To 10-Day Contract

The Memphis Grizzlies have signed guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes to a 10-day contract. The Grizzlies announced Monday they had called Rathan-Mayes up from the G League’s Westchester Knicks.

The 6-foot-4, 208-pound Rathan-Mayes went undrafted after his junior year at Florida State. He has started 37 of his 39 games with Westchester where he has averaged 16.6 points and 7.1 assists with three triple-doubles.

– The Associated Press

Handwritten MLK Speech To Be Displayed at U of M

The University of Memphis is set to display the original copy, complete with handwritten notes, of the historic speech Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered to the General Synod of the United Church of Christ in Chicago on July 6, 1965.

The speech, which will be on display in the McWherter Library rotunda March 26 to April 16, marked the first time King publicly declared, “We shall overcome,” which became a rallying cry for the civil rights movement.

Memphis philanthropist Avron B. Fogelman bought the 20-page speech at auction for $382,000 and granted the U of M the exclusive opportunity to display the artifact on campus.

“Growing up in Memphis, I had a special feeling for what Dr. King accomplished, so I was espe-cially pleased to have the opportunity to own this iconic speech in which Dr. King first wrote the phrase most closely associated with the civil rights movement,” Fogelman said in a statement.

The display opens with an unveiling ceremony March 26 at 9:30 a.m. in the McWherter Library, and it will be on view through April 16 in recognition of the 50th anniversary of King’s assassi-nation.

Hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.

– Don Wade

McNeal Graphics Hires New President

McNeal Graphics Group has hired John T. Bobbitt as the president of McNeal Graphics in Memphis; PPI in Tupelo, Mississippi; and Image Screen Printing in Pontotoc, Mississippi.

Bobbitt brings more than 37 years of experience in sales management, marketing and business operations to the Memphis-based print communications company.

He most recently served as president of McCormick Armstrong, a century-old family-owned printing company in Wichita, Kansas. Previously, he was president of Western Lithograph, the flagship operation of Consolidated Graphics, for 24 years.

Terry Drumwright, owner of McNeal Graphics in Memphis, said the company is intent on remaining a privately owned business “because it allows the flexibility, responsiveness, and personal relationships that our customers appreciate.”

He added that Bobbitt’s experience will allow the company to continue its growth trajectory.

McNeal Graphics, located at 3169 Players Club Parkway, specializes in large and complex projects including catalogs, integrated labels, point-of-purchase and large signage, promotional products and corporate apparel. The company’s services include direct mail, fulfillment, warehousing and distribution.

– Daily News staff

Memphis Students Travel To Czech Republic for MIM

Nine Memphis-area high school students are spending a week studying in the Czech Republic as part of the Memphis in May International Festival’s annual Student Exchange Program.

The students will stay with local host families and travel to selected areas of the country, including Prague, to visit museums, historic castles and iconic architecture before returning to Memphis Saturday, March 10.

The nine participants were chosen based on academics, community service and communication skills, and completed an essay as part of their application. They represent a variety of schools – Houston High, Lausanne Collegiate School, Middle College High, St. Mary’s Episcopal School, Craigmont High, Hollis Price Middle College High and White Station High – and are accompa-nied by a chaperone from Kingsbury High.

“From the beginning, part of our mission has been to build international relationships, and the relationships our local students will develop with their host families and schools during their stay in the Czech Republic while immersing themselves in the culture can be life-changing,” James L. Holt, president and CEO of Memphis in May International Festival, said in a statement.

The student exchange, which started in 1989, is open to juniors and seniors at Shelby County public, private and authorized home schools. As part of the program, a small group of students from the Czech Republic will travel to Memphis to study and stay with local host families.

Memphis in May kicks off with the Beale Street Music Festival May 4-6. Other events include International Week (May 7-13), the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest (May 16-19) and the Great American River Run and 901Fest (both May 26).

– Daily News staff

Bill Removing Sterilization From Sentencing Advances

A proposal by state Sen. Brian Kelsey, R-Germantown, and Rep. Raumesh Akbari, D-Memphis, to prohibit Tennessee judges from offering defendants reduced jail time in exchange for sterilization passed the Senate on Thursday, March 1.

Senate Bill 2133 prohibits a court from making a sentencing determination based on defendant’s consent or refusal to any form of temporary or permanent birth control, sterilization, or family planning services, regardless of whether the defendant’s consent is voluntarily given.

“Having children is one of the most important decisions an individual will ever make in his or her life,” Kelsey said in a release. “The decision to have children should be left out of the court-room.”

Kelsey and Akbari filed the bill in response to a White County judge offering reduced jail time to defendants who volunteered for sterilization. Judge Sam Benningfield said his goal was to break a “vicious cycle” of repeat drug offenders with children.

The Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct found that Benningfield violated rules regarding judicial independence, integrity and propriety.

“The offer of undergoing permanent sterilization or using long-acting contraceptives to reduce a judicial sentence is unconscionable,” Akbari said. “After reading about a White County judge who’d issued a standing order offering a 30-day reduction to inmates that received either a vas-ectomy or birth control implant, I knew the Legislature needed to act to ensure that this type of offer never occurred again. I’m proud of the bi-partisan effort to work on this legislation and I look forward to working toward passing this bill in the House.”

The bill does not prohibit defendants from seeking sterilization services, it just prohibits judges from incentivizing sterilization with reduced jail time.

Sen. Lee Harris, D-Memphis, and Sen. Jeff Yarbro, D-Nashville, are co-sponsors of the legislation.

– Daily News staff

Playhouse's 50th Season Features 17 Productions

Playhouse on the Square kicks off its 50th season this August with the regional premiere of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.”

The 2018-19 season, announced Wednesday, Feb. 28, will feature eight productions at Playhouse on the Square, seven at Circuit Playhouse and two at POTS@TheWorks.

Here’s the full lineup:

Playhouse on the Square

• “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” Aug. 10-Sept. 2

• “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” Sept. 21-Oct. 7

• “Peter Pan,” Nov. 16-Dec. 30

• “For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday,” Nov. 30-Dec. 22

• “Tuck Everlasting: The Musical,” Jan. 18-Feb. 9, 2019

• “Significant Other,” March 1-24, 2019

• “Cabaret,” May 3-28, 2019

• “Matilda: The Musical,” June 21-July 14, 2019

The Circuit Playhouse

• “Junk,” Aug. 24-Sept. 9

• “Little Women: The Broadway Musical,” Oct. 5-28

• “Junie B. Jones Is Not A Crook,” Nov. 23-Dec. 23

• “Sweat,” Jan. 25-Feb. 17, 2019

• “Madagascar: A Musical Adventure,” March 15-April 7, 2019

• “1984,” April 19- May 12, 2019

• “The Legend of Georgia McBride,” June 7-30, 2019


• “Back When Mike Was Kate,” Jan. 4-27, 2019

• “The Miraculous and the Mundane,” July 12-28, 2019

Subscriptions will be available starting in May. For details, visit playhouseonthesquare.org.

Bill Dries

Tactical Magic Logo Designs Appear in Publication

Logos created for two Memphis businesses by local branding agency Tactical Magic have been included in the 10th volume of LogoLounge, a leading publication of branding and identity de-sign work.

One is the “Mojo of Midtown” logo, created for the Midtown Memphis Development Corp., which features a gritty retro-funky style in keeping with the district’s character; the other is the PuppyUp monogram, which represents that organization’s dedication to canine cancer research.

More than 37,000 logos were submitted for publication by the nation’s branding experts who published LogoLounge, but only 10 percent were selected to appear in the design book’s newest publication.

Trace Hallowell, Tactical Magic’s creative director, said his firm’s trademarks have appeared in LogoLounge more than 20 times since the firm was founded 16 years ago.

– Andy Meek

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