CA: Fairgrounds planning adds to whirlwind of Memphis redevelopment

CA: Fairgrounds planning adds to whirlwind of Memphis redevelopment … When I graduated from high school in the early 1990s, Memphis looked much different than it does now. I saw concerts and Memphis Tigers basketball games at the pointy Tomb of Doom down on the river and Memphis Chicks games at comparatively tiny Tim McCarver Stadium at the Fairgrounds. I no longer remember what was on the parcels of land that became AutoZone Park and FedExForum (and Gibson Guitar Factory and the Westin Hotel). South Main was the seedy end of Downtown where “Mystery Train” had been filmed. Overton Square … Continue reading CA: Fairgrounds planning adds to whirlwind of Memphis redevelopment

MDN: New St. Jude Grad School Welcomes Inaugural Class

MDN: New St. Jude Grad School Welcomes Inaugural Class Following years of planning, development of curriculum and recruitment of staff and faculty, the first class of a dozen students has begun studies at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s new Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. “It’s an idea that’s been in the incubator for probably 15 years at St. Jude,” said Dr. Stephen White, who came to the hospital 20 years ago to help set up the structural biology department. “It immediately became obvious to me then that this environment would be perfect for graduate education.” … In essentially creating a … Continue reading MDN: New St. Jude Grad School Welcomes Inaugural Class

MDN: Redbirds Revitalization: Fun at the Old Ballpark and the Winning is Easy

MDN: Redbirds Revitalization: Fun at the Old Ballpark and the Winning is Easy Bottom of the seventh inning and another night at AutoZone Park is unfolding the way so many have this season. The Memphis Redbirds have a nice lead. Their starting pitcher has been putting up zeros and the team has been banging out timely hits and playing crisp defense. A good crowd has gathered. Adults on the left field berm relax on blankets, cold beverages in hand, chatting and laughing as the just-finished workweek fades away. Children on the berm run from one patch of green grass to … Continue reading MDN: Redbirds Revitalization: Fun at the Old Ballpark and the Winning is Easy

MBJ: Cafe Cossitt concept — a coffee shop in the historic riverfront library — could be coming soon

MBJ: Cafe Cossitt concept — a coffee shop in the historic riverfront library — could be coming soon In the next 12 months, Downtown’s underutilized public library is expected to be transformed into a new community hub. Thursday, July 20, the Downtown Memphis Commission (DMC) board received an update on the Fourth Bluff revitalization project from Carol Coletta, a senior fellow with the Kresge Foundation’s American Cities Practice. As Downtown has expanded, more neighborhoods have emerged, including the Edge, the Pinch and South City, but a number of public assets — the Cossitt Library, Memphis Park and Mississippi River Park … Continue reading MBJ: Cafe Cossitt concept — a coffee shop in the historic riverfront library — could be coming soon

MDN: Memphis Music Initiative To Occupy Old Downtown Firehouse

MDN: Memphis Music Initiative To Occupy Old Downtown Firehouse … The old firehouse at the corner of B.B. King Boulevard and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue has gone through many incarnations since the 1800s, including stints as a recording studio, nightclub and pop-up beer garden. Now it can add one more to the list – office. The Memphis Music Initiative (MMI), a local nonprofit organization, recently signed a 10,000-square-foot lease to move its headquarters into the iconic Downtown structure, marking a new chapter in the building’s long history.   … Most recently the building was used to host a … Continue reading MDN: Memphis Music Initiative To Occupy Old Downtown Firehouse

MBJ: St. Jude-led researchers identify flu-risk genetic marker

MBJ: St. Jude-led researchers identify flu-risk genetic marker A group of Memphis researchers have identified a genetic marker that could detect high-risk flu patients. Researchers from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital discovered an inherited genetic variation that may help identify patients at greater risk for severe, potentially fatal flu infections and linked the gene variant to a mechanism that explains the increased risk. The scientific journal Nature Medicine published the study. Researchers screened 393 flu patients ranging from infants to age 70. Patients with a particular variation in a particular gene were more than twice … Continue reading MBJ: St. Jude-led researchers identify flu-risk genetic marker

WMC: Germantown unveils next steps in master plan for parks and recreation

WMC: Germantown unveils next steps in master plan for parks and recreation The City of Germantown unveiled its next step in the master plan for parks and recreation on Thursday. … Organizers said Thursday is the culmination of a 10-year study and was meant to give the public a chance to voice their input on things they would like to see when it comes to parks and recreation. … Officials said it is time for the city to finally have a master plan. … Gibson said the fact the city has 29 parks, or about one within a mile and a … Continue reading WMC: Germantown unveils next steps in master plan for parks and recreation

MBJ: Memphis joins $42M Bloomberg data initiative

MBJ: Memphis joins $42M Bloomberg data initiative The City of Memphis plans to take a data-driven approach to tackle issues such as homelessness, public safety and economic development. Wednesday, July 12, the City of Memphis officially joined What Works Cities, a $42 million initiative from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the charitable arm of former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. The initiative is being touted as the nation’s most comprehensive philanthropic effort to help mayors and local leaders use data and evidence to engage the public, to make government more effective and, ultimately, to improve lives. “The mandate from the Mayor … Continue reading MBJ: Memphis joins $42M Bloomberg data initiative

MBJ: Memphis device company launches new system nationwide

MBJ: Memphis device company launches new system nationwide A Memphis-based medical device company announced the launching of a new system. CrossRoads Extremity Systems LLC, which offers foot and ankle fixation implant systems, recently launched a hybrid fixation system, DynaFORCE, which has a wide variety of plate and clip options that incorporate continuous adaptive compression. The company, which has offices on Primacy Parkway in East Memphis, is wrapping up an alpha launch of the product and expects full U.S. market availability in August. … CrossRoads was founded in 2014 by a group of implant industry veterans. The company employs 22 and … Continue reading MBJ: Memphis device company launches new system nationwide

MBJ: The American returns to Memphis

MBJ: The American returns to Memphis Twelve schools and their loyal fan bases will descend on Downtown Memphis in 2019. The American Athletic Conference announced Monday, July 10, that FedExForum will be the site of the 2019 American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championships. “We are pleased to be returning to Memphis and FedExForum for our conference championship,” Mike Aresco, commissioner of the conference, said in a release. “The City of Memphis graciously welcomed us for our first-ever league tournament in 2014, and our student-athletes, coaches and fans experienced a first-class weekend. This is a great basketball town that supports and … Continue reading MBJ: The American returns to Memphis