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By Updated: May 15, 2019 4:05 PM CT | Published: May 14, 2019 3:16 PM CT
  • Millington airport to get $10 million for improvements
  • Destination Maternity opens co-branded store at Saddle Creek
  • Bike Share rides free this weekend
  • Junior Achievement receives grant from International Paper Foundation 
  • Graduations, MIM boost earnings for Memphis Airbnb hosts to record $339,000
  • Pinnacle Financial Partners opens Union Avenue office
  • Shelby County government partners with Explore Bike Share


Millington airport to get $10 million for improvements

The Millington-Memphis Airport will receive $10 million in federal funds earmarked to rehabilitate runways.

The funding is part of $779 million in supplemental funding for 127 small and rural airports, according to a release Wednesday from U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation.

“The Millington-Memphis Airport is an important regional airport and this significant supplemental funding will go a long way in making it safer, more competitive and more capable of providing emergency response while also creating good construction jobs,” Cohen said in the release. “This is a big win for Millington.”

-Daily Memphian staff

Destination Maternity opens co-branded store at Saddle Creek

Destination Maternity Corporation opened a co-branded A Pea in the Pod and Motherhood Maternity store in Saddle Creek North.

Destination Maternity's shop recently left it's location in the southwest corner of Boyle's Regalia Center next to Ruth's Chris Steak House. Its new home is about 2500 square feet.

The Germantown shops mark the 27th A Pea in the Pod store and 267th Motherhood Maternity Store in North America. 

The company prides itself on offering designer maternity clothes from sizes XS to 3X.

The store is open Monday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

-Abigail Warren

Bike Share rides free this weekend

Beginning Friday morning, May 17, Explore Bike Share rides will be free for the entire weekend thanks to sponsor Semmes-Murphey.

The station sponsored by Semmes-Murphey at the Memphis entrance of Big River Crossing is the top-used station of the system’s first year. Explore Bike Share’s one-year anniversary in Memphis will be on Thursday, May 23.

A new series of stations on Mud Island’s pedestrian bridge will be installed and activated before the weekend for Bike Share riders to access Mud Island River Park, according to a release. And World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest visitors may dock their Explore Bike Share bikes at “preferred parking” stations around Tom Lee Park.

Visit explorebikeshare.com, download the BCycle app, or use a payment kiosk available across Explore Bike Share’s service area to redeem and ride.

-Daily Memphian staff

Junior Achievement receives grant from International Paper Foundation

Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South has been awarded a $65,000 grant from the International Paper Foundation.  

The funds will help JA provide financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship education for local students in grades K-12.        

The grant will support JA’s largest fundraiser of the year, the Bowlin’ on the River Bowl-A-Thon, as well as JA BizTown, a five-week curriculum that culminates in area fifth-graders visiting the JA facility and running their own simulated city for the day. Thousands of area fifth-graders come through JA BizTown each year, and International Paper Co.'s shop is one of more than a dozen at which students can choose to work during their visit.

At JA BizTown, students learn how to develop a business plan, manage employees, handle personal bank accounts and serve as a business executive or city official.  

“Local students will have greater chances of economic success in life because of generous, continued support from International Paper,” said Kim Cherry, interim chief operating officer of Junior Achievement. “This grant will help JA teach financial literacy to address challenges built up in the past, develop work readiness skills to capitalize on opportunities of the present, and build a bright future for our community through entrepreneurship education.”        

-Daily Memphian staff

Graduations, MIM boost earnings for Memphis Airbnb hosts to record $339,000

Airbnb announced Tuesday Memphis hosts earned more than $339,000 in income while welcoming an additional 2,600 guests to the city during the University of Memphis spring graduations and the start of the May festival season,  representing the largest surge of guests to Memphis in the history of Airbnb’s platform.

“Local Memphis hosts really stepped up to help their city take full economic advantage of this big weekend, when otherwise some festival-goers and college parents would have been faced with a choice of making a day trip or finding lodging outside of the city,” Laura Spanjian, senior policy director for Airbnb, said in a release, “This has a secondary economic impact for Memphis restaurants and small businesses who count on tourism revenue.”

In addition, Airbnb collects and remits the Memphis occupancy tax thanks to a tax agreement with the city, meaning the surge in guests also represented a boost in tax revenue.

-Natalie Martin


Pinnacle Financial Partners opens Union Avenue office 

Pinnacle Financial Partners announced Tuesday the opening of a new Memphis office in Midtown.

The new office, located on Union Avenue, has begun serving clients with a team of five financial professionals that consists of three new associates and two long-time Pinnacle financial specialists, according to a release 

“This is the next step in Pinnacle’s Memphis story,” Kirk Bailey, Pinnacle’s Memphis chairman, said in a release. “We have a team of local leaders and bankers who have spent the last year expanding our reach into new communities. Now we’re joining the momentum on Union Avenue, an area that’s already growing and robust but has even more potential for the future.”

The Union Avenue office, which features Pinnacle’s signature feature, a Learning Center with full audio-visual capabilities, marks the company’s sixth full-service location in the Midsouth and is designed to serve the full range of business and personal needs and features an ATM and two drive-thru lanes. 

-Natalie Martin


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

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