HGN: Architects across the country examine Memphis’ urban resurgence

HGN: Architects across the country examine Memphis’ urban resurgence “The Architect’s Newspaper, a national publication that serves up news and inside reports to a niche community of architects, designers, engineers and developers, examined the “Memphis Movement” in a recent feature and considered how the recent urban resurgence can be felt citywide. ….” HGN: Architects across the country examine Memphis’ urban resurgence Continue reading HGN: Architects across the country examine Memphis’ urban resurgence

HGN: Shaping the next generation of local farmers

HGN: Shaping the next generation of local farmers “Even when you’re not plowing a field or pulling weeds, farming can be a tough business. With a focus on planning, marketing and networking, Roots Farm Academy teaches aspiring sustainable farmers how to grow plants while also growing a business. In close view of razor wire surrounding the Shelby County Corrections Penal Farm lies five acres leased by a nonprofit farm incubator with the mission of training the MidSouth’s next generation of farmers. Roots Farm Academy, project of now husband and wife Mary and Wes Riddle, leases the land from Shelby Farms … Continue reading HGN: Shaping the next generation of local farmers

CA: Big River Steel begins hiring at Osceola

CA: Big River Steel begins hiring at Osceola “Big River Steel has begun hiring 425 workers for its mill at Osceola, Arkansas. The company announced Friday the new $1.3 billion plant has begun hiring and commissioned the batch anneal furnaces and skin pass mill. “This is the first step in a phased start-up for bringing equipment on line” and eventually pouring 1.6 million tons of steel annually, the company said. Wages, based on productivity, are expected to start at $75,000 per year. Big River, located about 40 miles north of Memphis, is considered Arkansas’ largest economic development project. When the … Continue reading CA: Big River Steel begins hiring at Osceola

Choose901: New St. Jude Graduate School Coming to Memphis

Choose901: New St. Jude Graduate School Coming to Memphis St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is bringing a graduate school of Biomedical Sciences to Memphis. The mission of the graduate school is to educate and train future generations of scientists that … Continue reading Choose901: New St. Jude Graduate School Coming to Memphis

CA: Justin Turner wins on “Chopped”

CA: Justin Turner wins on “Chopped” “Justin Turner, the former Memphian who moved to Houston, opened Bernie’s Burger Bus and now is in Hernando as chef of Catfish Blues, won on last night’s episode of “Chopped.” Miss it? Catch it again on Tuesday at 9 p.m or Wednesday at midnight. Sorry to give away the ending… Way to go, Justin! Here’s a link to a story I wrote about him earlier this week. More to come from this guy. Mark my words.” CA: Justin Turner wins on “Chopped” Continue reading CA: Justin Turner wins on “Chopped”

MDN: Five to Watch

MDN: Five to Watch “You can’t live in Memphis without some kind of side hustle, right?” That’s the way former WMC-TV reporter Lauren Squires Ready sees it. Her side hustle, the passion project she’s been pursuing in her free time separate from all the writing, reporting and live shots as an on-air news personality? It’s Forever Ready Productions LLC – a pun that incorporates her last name – which she and her husband launched about two years ago. The basic idea was to take her skills as a TV journalist and offer them to organizations like nonprofits in town with … Continue reading MDN: Five to Watch

MDN: Council Working to Build Local Manufacturing for Device Industry

MDN: Council Working to Build Local Manufacturing for Device Industry “The medical device industry fuels Memphis’ backbone. With a $2.6 billion local economic impact and nearly 17,000 direct and indirect jobs, original equipment manufacturers like Smith & Nephew, Wright Medical Group, Medtronic Spinal & Biologistics and Microport Orthopedics have made the Memphis area their base for products and medical devices. But the lack of an available workforce is impeding the growth of these companies and eroding the existing base as more companies are looking to move manufacturing offshore. “I know for a fact they’ve all looked at it and some … Continue reading MDN: Council Working to Build Local Manufacturing for Device Industry

CA: New cruise ship plans to dock at Memphis this fall

CA: New cruise ship plans to dock at Memphis this fall “A new Mississippi River cruise ship company plans to add Memphis to its itinerary beginning this fall, officials said Sunday. The French America Line plans to include three stops at Memphis when it begins cruising in late August, said Benny Lendermon, President of the Riverfront Development Corporation. But that could be just the beginning, Lendermon said, if things go well. “The only reason it’s three is they’re starting at the end of the year. In the coming year, it could 25 or 30 arrivals or departures,” he said. Currently, … Continue reading CA: New cruise ship plans to dock at Memphis this fall

FarmFlavor: AgLaunch Ignites Agricultural Innovation in Tennessee

FarmFlavor: AgLaunch Ignites Agricultural Innovation in Tennessee Looking for the next big thing? Rural Tennessee is a great place to start. AgLaunch, which aims to bring 100 new agricultural businesses to Tennessee by 2022, focuses on developing entrepreneurs, inventors, innovators and job creators specifically in the agriculture sector. “Gov. Haslam has asked every department to contribute to the success of his priorities, and creating jobs is his No. 1 priority,” says Commissioner Julius Johnson of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA), the contact point for this initiative. “We want to do what we can to create jobs in agriculture.” TDA … Continue reading FarmFlavor: AgLaunch Ignites Agricultural Innovation in Tennessee

MDN: TV Series Filming Fuels Growth, Changes at Midtown Eatery

MDN: TV Series Filming Fuels Growth, Changes at Midtown Eatery ““Million Dollar Quartet” means major dollars for some Memphis businesses. Erik Proveaux, owner of local restaurant Fuel Café, has been tapped to do on-site catering for the TV series about the birth of rock’n’roll. To meet the increased demand, he’s making some changes to streamline his home base at 1761 Madison Ave. “It’s like I’m going from a really small operation to five to 10 times the business all of a sudden,” he said. In February, the state of Tennessee approved a grant of up to $4.3 million to incentivize … Continue reading MDN: TV Series Filming Fuels Growth, Changes at Midtown Eatery