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By Updated: May 13, 2019 8:45 PM CT | Published: May 13, 2019 9:17 AM CT
  • Job fair Tuesday for positions at Elvis Presley's Graceland
  • Shelby County Government partners with Explore Bike Share in support of healthyShelby'19 campaign
  • Groundbreaking for TCAT Memphis' new Bartlett Campus set for May 15
  • Indie Memphis announces black filmmaker residency, screenwriting fellowship winners

Job fair Tuesday for positions at Elvis Presley's Graceland

Elvis Presley’s Graceland will host an on-site hiring event for seasonal shuttle drivers and full-time and seasonal positions in its food and beverage departments on Tuesday, May 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The job fair will be held at Vernon’s Smokehouse Restaurant in the Elvis Presley’s Memphis complex, 3717 Elvis Presley Blvd. Applicants can park free by entering through the Graceland Parking entrance on Elvis Presley Boulevard.

Candidates applying for shuttle driver positions must have a commercial driver’s license with a Class P endorsement. In addition, all applicants must be able to pass a background check and pre-employment drug test.

Candidates are encouraged to visit Graceland's career site at, fill out an application online and bring a printed resume with them.

Business casual or business professional dress is encouraged. Contact for more information.

-Daily Memphian staff

Shelby County Government partners with Explore Bike Share

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris and County Commission Chairman Van Turner announced Monday county government has partnered with Explore Bike Share in support of the healthyShelby'19 awareness campaign.

A ribbon cutting and a "Move with the Mayor and Shelby County Commissioners" bike ride will be held May 15 at 4:30 p.m. at 160 North Main to celebrate the collaboration.

“I am excited Shelby County government is able to offer this new health and fitness benefit to Shelby County employees,” Harris said in a release.  “I hope this makes it easier for employees to ride to work, ride home, or exercise over their lunch break. A key to creating a culture of health is easier access to healthy options, especially in the workplace.”

Street closures at Main and Beale, Riverside and Beale, Front and AW Willis, and Front and Poplar are expected during the bike ride from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

-Natalie Martin

Groundbreaking for TCAT Memphis' new Bartlett campus set for May 15

Groundbreaking for Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Memphis' new Bartlett campus, located at the corner of Appling Road and Brother Boulevard, is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 15.

The project will launch with construction of the $16.9 million, 48,792-square-foot Haas CNC Technology Center, named after the Gene Haas Foundation, which contributed $1 million toward the project, according to a release.

The Bartlett campus will be TCAT Memphis’ fourth teaching site, and will serve up to 400 students annually with "a variety of technical education programs that will enable graduates to begin or advance their careers in high-demand fields."

In addition to the $1 million Gene Haas Foundation grant, TCAT Memphis also received a $1 million contribution from the city of Bartlett, a $4 million state Labor Education Alignment Program (LEAP) grant and $11.5 million in state construction funding for the project. 

-Natalie Martin

Indie Memphis announces black filmmaker residency, screenwriting fellowship winners

Indie Memphis has unveiled the 2019 winners of its black filmmaker residency and fellowship for screenwriting, both of which were picked by Academy Award-winning director Barry Jenkins.

The 2019 Black Filmmaker Residency for Screenwriting recipient, chosen solely from applicants who do not reside in the Memphis area, is Raven Jackson.

Jackson, a Clarksville native, will receive a two-month residency, including travel and housing in Memphis and a $7,500 unrestricted cash grant to develop her screenplay, “All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt.”

Other finalists for the residency were Sephora Woldu, Zuff Idrie and Syd Stewart.

The inaugural Black Filmmaker Fellowship for Screenwriting recipient, chosen solely from applicants residing in the Memphis area, is Jamey Hatley.

Hatley will receive a $7,500 unrestricted cash grant and a two-month fellowship in Memphis to develop her screenplay, “The Eureka Hotel.”

Other finalists for the fellowship were Munirah Safiyah Jones and Nubia Yasin.

Jenkins funded the fellowship.

"As an artist, I've always admired Memphis and what it's meant to black artistry across many forms and genres,” Barry Jenkins said, in a statement. “To partner with Indie Memphis in supporting Jamey Hatley and Raven Jackson in taking the next steps in their quest to creatively engage and contribute to the diaspora is an honor most high. In their work, I find resounding proof that Memphis both raises talent from within (Ms. Hatley, a native Memphian) and inspires it from abroad (Ms. Jackson)."

The 2019 Black Creators Forum will take place October 31 – November 1 during the Indie Memphis Film Festival. The forum is a two-day symposium of workshops and invited speakers, led by black filmmakers and critics.

-Elle Perry


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