A Congressional panel visited Memphis this week in an effort to find ways to improve U.S. freight transportation.
The bipartisan panel toured FedEx facilities and the Port of Memphis, in addition to meeting with representatives of the region’s freight transportation community. The freight panel is a special panel of the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
“Transportation accounts for up to 10 percent of a product’s total cost, so bottlenecks and limitations in our transportation system can significantly drive up the cost of everything we buy,” said Rep. John Duncan (R-Tenn.), who chairs the freight panel. “By coming to Memphis, an important hub for U.S. freight transportation, the panel was able to see firsthand how efficiencies can be replicated and where challenges continue to exist throughout our national transportation system.”
Memphis-based Southern Airways Express said it has received final approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation to begin operations.
The airline’s website, iFlySouthern.com, also is now available for booking flights from Memphis to Destin, Fla., Panama City, Fla. and Gulf Shores, Ala. Later this month, Southern Airways Express also will add service from Memphis to New Orleans.
“We expect our summer 2013 schedule to be in full swing by June 26th, in time for family vacations and Independence Day travel,” said Stan Little, CEO and Chairman of Southern Airways Express.
The airline, which is backed by local investors who have chosen to remain anonymous, will help fill nonstop service gaps left by major carriers, Little said. Fares on all flights will range from $129 to $249 each way.
Arts lovers take note: Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders can visit The Dixon Gallery and Gardens for free this Saturday and Sunday and the first full weekend of each month in 2013.
Through the Museums on Us program, Bank of American and Merrill Lynch customers can get free access to more than 150 museums in 94 cities on June 1 and 2 and also the first full weekend of each month.
Cardholders should bring their Bank of America or Merrill Lynch debit or credit card and a photo ID. For more information and a list of participating institutions visit: http://museums.bankofamerica.com/pdf/MOU_Participant_Roster.pdf
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is busy gearing up for the 2013 FedEx St. Jude Classic, which runs from June 3 through June 9. The PGA tournament has been played annually in Memphis since 1958.
There will be plenty of golf, but here’s a sneak peak at other events that will take place throughout the tournament:
- The St. Jude Women’s Club Golf-a-Round takes place from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on June 4 at the Danny Thomas Pavilion on the St. Jude campus. Patients will welcome FedEx St. Jude Classic golf professionals for a game of miniature golf.
- John Rich will perform alongside his friends Wynonna, Larry the Cable Guy and Big Kenny, Rich’s partner in Big & Rich, and special guest Lisa Rinna at the St. Jude Presents John Rich & Friends. The concert takes place Tuesday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m. at The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts.
- On June 5, FedEx will honor St. Jude patient Hayes by naming a FedEx Cessna plane after him. Hayes, whose father works for FedEx, will unveil his name after a special introduction from FedEx and St. Jude executives. The ceremony will take place at noon between the 12th and 18th fairways near the FedEx Cabana. Throughout the day, St. Jude patients also will serve as honorary caddies during the tournament. Each patient will meet a pro at the 11th tee and carry their putter to the par 3 hole green.
- St. Jude patients will wear seersucker clothing to congratulate the champion who will be presented a trophy and a Brooks Brothers seersucker champion’s jacket on June 9.
St. Patrick Catholic Church on Sunday held a blessing and dedication for The Green Machine Mobile Food Market. The market will create access to healthy food for areas of Memphis that don’t have ready access to traditional supermarkets.
The mobile market will begin making stops at 15 area locations June 2, Kenneth Reardon, a professor and director of the graduate program of City and Regional Planning at the University of Memphis, told an audience of community leaders, parishioners and volunteers gathered at St. Patrick.
Reardon also shared the history behind the mobile food market and thanked the many community partners who have helped get the project off the ground.
St. Patrick Parishioners and members of the community await a blessing and dedication for a Memphis Area Transit Authority Bus that has been transformed into a rolling deliverer of healthy foods for the city’s neediest areas.
The Green Machine Mobile Food Market will begin making stops at 15 city locations beginning June 2 to sell fresh, affordable produce supplied by Easy-Way Produce Stores.
Antonio Raciti, a University of Memphis visiting professor in city and regional planning, speaks with a local parishioner on the newly rehabbed bus. Raciti created the overall design and detailed construction plans for transforming the bus into a retail sales environment.