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By Updated: May 08, 2019 3:17 PM CT | Published: May 07, 2019 1:52 PM CT
  • Collierville to recognize youth mental health awareness
  • Rob Fischer joins MPower as media and communications director
  • Trafalgar Village Investments Inc. sells Ridgeway Center office building for $9.8M
  • FedEx Ground job fairs seek 350
  • Steven McMahon to become Ballet Memphis’ new artistic director
  • Civil Rights Museum to receive 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

Collierville to recognize mental health awareness among youth

Mayor Stan Joyner signed a proclamation Wednesday stating Thursday is "Children's Mental Health Awareness Day" in the Town of Collierville. 

"It is appropriate a day be set apart each year for the direction of our thoughts toward our children's mental health and well-being," Joyner said in a release.

May 9 is National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, and May is the month for mental health awareness. The day aims to shine a light on mental health issues among children, and caring for them as they grow.

Representatives from Tennessee Voices for Children were present when Joyner signed the proclamation. The group provides advocacy and leadership as they strive to advance the emotional and behavioral well-being of children, adolescents and families.

- Abigail Warren

Rob Fischer joins MPower as media and communications director

Memphis-based sports management and strategic business agency MPower announced Wednesday the appointment of Rob Fischer as media and communications director. 

Fischer, a Memphis Grizzlies sideline reporter and media sports talent who’s been on the sports scene for nearly two decades, will be responsible for MPower’s company and client media relations, community engagement and promotion in his new role.

- Natalie Martin


Trafalgar Village Investments Inc. sells Ridgeway Center office building for $9.8M

Trafalgar Village Investments Inc. has sold an office building it owned in Ridgeway Center to a New York investment company.

The New York company, doing business as 5860 Ridgeway Center Memphis TN LLC, bought the building for $9.8 million, according to a deed filed May 3 with the Shelby County Register. 

Trafalgar, a Tennessee limited-liability company, originally bought the building, which is 60,241 square feet, in July 2014 for $4 million, according to sales data for the property filed with the Shelby County Property Assessor.

The building was constructed in 1979 in the Ridgeway Center office campus in East Memphis developed by Boyle Investment Co.

- Natalie Martin


FedEx Ground job fairs seek 350

FedEx Ground’s hub at 8505 Nail Road in Olive Branch is holding job fairs to fill 350 positions for package handlers.

The hiring events are set for 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 8; 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 9, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18.

FedEx says the jobs can pay up to $12 an hour, depending on the shift. A minimum hourly rate wasn’t provided. Job candidates must be at least 18 years old.

More information is available at GroundWarehouseJobs.fedex.com.

- Wayne Risher


Steven McMahon to become Ballet Memphis’ new artistic director

Ballet Memphis announced Tuesday the appointment of the organization’s new artistic director, Steven McMahon.

McMahon, who has served as Ballet Memphis’ associate artistic director since July 2016, will replace founding artistic director and CEO Dorothy Gunther Pugh. Pugh will continue her role as the organization’s CEO.

McMahon joined Ballet Memphis as a company dancer in 2004 and retired from the stage after the 2015-16 season, and has also served as artistic associate and choreographic associate for Ballet Memphis. 

In his new position as artistic director, McMahon will oversee all professional dancers, artistic production staff and community and school programs. 

A native of Glasgow, Scotland, McMahon did his early dance training at the Dance School of Scotland, before finishing his training at The Ailey School in New York.

McMahon will begin his role as artistic director July 1.

- Elle Perry


Civil Rights Museum to receive 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced Tuesday the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel is one of 10 recipients of the 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

The award, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries that "make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities," will be presented at an event in Washington, D.C., on June 12. 

The 2019 award winners are selected from 30 national finalists, and represent institutions that provide “dynamic programming and services that exceed expected levels of service," according to a release. 

Memphis community member Trevia Chatman will travel to Washington, D.C., with National Civil Rights Museum president Terri Freeman to provide a personal account of the power the Civil Rights Museum has had in the community and to accept the award on behalf of the museum.

- Natalie Martin

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