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By Updated: March 05, 2019 2:48 PM CT | Published: March 04, 2019 10:32 PM CT
  • Carolina Watershed launching adult sports league
  • Fogelman College to offer five-day business program for high school students 
  • Arlington Animal Clinic to move locations 
  • Director Barry Jenkins funding Memphis screenwriting fellowship
  • F45 Germantown grand opening March 9 
  • Memphis opens warming center

Carolina Watershed launching adult sports league

Carolina Watershed, located at 141 E. Carolina Ave., will launch a free adult sports league on Friday, March 22.

A sodded area adjacent to the restaurant, dubbed Carolina Field, will house the Memphis Adult Sports League. Participants will eventually be able to compete in 20 sports including soccer, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, horseshoes, badminton and cornhole. They will be assigned to seven teams based on where they live. The teams are “Go Forth From The North,” “West Memphis Wackos,” “Put Some South In Your Mouth,” “Bougie Bourbonites” “Beasts From The East,” “Somads” and “Nomads.”

The Downtown restaurant is partnering with Grind City Athletics to help with scheduling and results tracking, because although the league is intended for recreation, the restaurant wants to provide the data for the more competitive competitors.

Surveys will help choose the games that will be offered first. Games are planned to be offered Friday through Sunday of each weekend, beginning March 22, until the championship weekend that begins June 1. More information is available at

-Elle Perry

Fogelman College to offer five-day business program for high school students 

The University of Memphis’ Fogelman College of Business & Economics will offer a comprehensive five-day business program for Shelby County Schools high school students who will be juniors and seniors in fall 2019 as part of the college’s Summer Business Institute.

The pre-college program is an initiative created by Dr. Marla Stafford, interim dean of the Fogelman College, and is supported by the Peer Power Foundation. The program is the first offering for high school students at Fogelman, and will run from June 24-28, according to a release.

“We want to begin closing the gap between high school and college for students, make the transition easier, and inspire and show them the resources in Memphis such as our business concentrations, career paths, networking, entrepreneurship, emerging technology and a glimpse of U of M campus life,” Stafford said in a release. “These selected students will understand the opportunity when they spend the five days on real-world business issues and then see their name on a business card.”

Students can apply for the program by clicking here, and can apply through June 3 or until spaces have been filled. Applications are reviewed and accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Cost to those students accepted is $50.

For more information, email or click here

-Natalie Martin 

Arlington Animal Clinic to move locations 

A $1.3 million permit has been filed for the construction of a new location of Arlington Animal Clinic.

The new 7,000-square-foot clinic will be be located at 6010 Arlington Airline Road, and will be the new home of the existing Arlington Animal Clinic on 11891 Highway 70, said Arlington Animal Clinic veterinarian, Dr. Monica Schoknecht.

"We purchased the new land on Airline in 2014, and are planning to build a brand new free-standing 7,000-square-foot Animal Clinic this year if all goes well,” Schoknecht said.

Douglas Smeiker is the engineer of this project, according to the permit.

-Natalie Martin

Director Barry Jenkins funding Memphis screenwriting fellowship

Director Barry Jenkins, who won the Academy Award in 2017 for Best Adapted Screenplay for “Moonlight,” will fund and select the recipient of Indie Memphis’ first Black Filmmaker Fellowship for Screenwriting. The winner of the $7,500 prize must reside in the Memphis metropolitan area.

In addition to the unrestricted cash, to be used for time off work, food or directly towards the project, the winner will periodically meet with advisors and filmmakers experienced with filming in Memphis and receive location and production advice from the Memphis & Shelby County Film/TV Commission.

Indie Memphis’ Monday announcement follows the news that Jenkins will also select the winner of the organization’s second Indie Memphis Black Filmmaker Residency for Screenwriting for black filmmakers who reside outside of the metro area.

Supported by the Remembering George Riley Fund, that winner will receive a $7,500 unrestricted cash grant, two months housing in Memphis, professional support, roundtrip travel accommodations, meetings with advisors and filmmakers experienced with filming in Memphis and location and production advice from the Memphis & Shelby County Film/TV Commission.

Applications for the fellowship and residency are both due by 11:59 p.m. March 31.

The residency’s goal is to provide opportunity for underrepresented artists in filmmaking to develop bold storytelling to be filmed in the Memphis area.

The three fellowship finalists and eight residency semi-finalists will each receive a VIP pass to attend the 2019 Black Creators Forum and the Indie Memphis Film Festival.

More details on the fellowship, residency and other opportunities can be found here

-Elle Perry

F45 Germantown grand opening March 9 

A Germantown location of F45, a worldwide fitness studio chain that offers 45-minute high-intensity, circuit training workout classes, will have its grand opening on March 9.

The F45 Germantown location is at 7850 Poplar Ave. in the same complex as Trader Joe’s and directly across from Whole Foods. It is the first F45 in Memphis, co-owner Steve Acree said in an email.

“The turn out has been great,” said Acree, who co-owns the fitness studio with his wife, Emily. “F45 requires us to have 250 participants in the workouts in the first two weeks to allow us to have a grand opening. We exceeded that in our first three days.”

Acree said he and his wife have more than 4,000 exercises in their database at the fitness studio, with each workout being different daily.

“We use tons of technology from nine TVs in the studio that demonstrate the workouts, flow of the room, timers for each exercise, heart rate monitors and more,” Acree said. “We have our own F45 FM radio station for the music and our own heart rate monitor app to track progress. Plus much more.”

Acree said he and wife have plans to open more F45 locations in the future. F45 has more than 1,400 locations worldwide.

-Natalie Martin

City of Memphis opens warming center through Thursday

With cold temperatures expected to linger through Thursday, the city of Memphis has opened a warming center.

The Horn Lake Zone Office at 4376 Horn Lake Road opened Monday, March 4.  The center will be open from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Wednesday. The center will close at 7 a.m. on Thursday.

The announcement comes as temperatures dropped to a low of 19 recorded at the National Weather Service office in Memphis, National Weather Service meteorologist Kole Fehling said. He said temperatures are expected to remain cold in the 30s and 40s until Friday when the cold front moves out and temperatures climb to a high in the 60s.

Until the cold moves, out anyone needing a ride or information about the warming center is asked to call the city of Memphis Office of Emergency Management at 901-636-2525.

Overnight shelters are  also available at the Memphis Union Mission at 383 Poplar Ave. or The Salvation Army at 696 Jackson Ave.

-Yolanda Jones


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