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KTG hiring more than 100 people for Memphis expansion

KTG USA is hiring more than 100 people at its Memphis tissue plant this year as part of a $316 million expansion launched in 2011. The company plans to double its size and manufacturing capacity over the next year by adding state-of-the-art equipment and a new building currently under construction.

The Company is seeking qualified employees for its manufacturing, converting and maintenance operations. Positions pay a range from $16 per hour to more than $27 per hour.

Candidates can already apply online at www.ktgusa.com for the following positions:

- Converting Technician

- E/I Maintenance Technician

- Paper Machine Technician

- Mechanical Maintenance Technician

Borod & Kramer will close, join Apperson Crump

The 97-year-old Memphis law firm of Borod & Kramer PLC is closing its doors.

The firm will leave its Downtown office in Brinkley Plaza and move its attorneys and staff to 6070 Poplar Ave, where they’ll become part of Apperson Crump PLC.

Borod & Kramer managing member Bruce Kramer has been involved in many of the city’s most highly publicized legal cases, and he’s also known nationally for his work on behalf of victims’ rights.

Among his most famous cases, Kramer successfully represented Sidney Shlenker against the City of Memphis over management of The Pyramid. In the famed “Deep Throat” case, Kramer successfully represented actor Harry Reems against the United States.

Kramer has spent the last year looking for a Memphis law firm that would be the best fit for his attorneys and staff, because he said he’s at a point in his career where he didn’t want to spend the remainder of his time involved in managing a firm.

Ash Wednesday at St. Jude

Included in Friday’s edition of The Daily News was my story about longtime St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital employee Miss Penny. Since I cover health care, I write pretty frequently about St. Jude, with the focus typically on the hospital’s clinical work.

But Miss Penny isn’t a pediatric oncologist or a research scientist; she’s doesn’t spend her days looking for a cure for cancer or performing life-saving clinical procedures. Still her role at St. Jude also carries significant value for patients. As a guest services representative, her welcoming face is the first many pediatric patients see when they walk through the door, and she provides what she calls “the nurturing things” to children and their families. Miss Penny — herself a mother, grandmother and cancer survivor – seems to know instinctively just what people need, whether it’s a warm blanket, a reassuring smile, or just someone to listen.

The first time I met her I was touring the hospital. Without being prompted, she began telling me how much she loved working at St. Jude and how privileged she felt to spend each day in the presence of children whom she describes as “my heroes – every one of them.” Truth be told, Miss Penny’s sincerity moved me to tears on that tour, and I knew right away that I wanted to share her story with readers.

I arrived at the hospital last Wednesday morning to interview her. It was Ash Wednesday and, with my busy schedule, I wasn’t sure when I was going to find time to get my ashes. But it just so happens that — in addition to all the other hats she wears — Miss Penny is a Catholic liturgical minister. Immediately after our interview, she and I walked down the corridor to St. Jude’s chapel, and there, along with staff members and families of patients, I received my ashes from Miss Penny.

Danny Thomas founded the hospital after praying to St. Jude Thaddeus, asking the patron saint of hopeless causes to “help me find my way in life, and I will build you a shrine.” Fifty years later, St. Jude continues to be a beacon of hope to children and their families from around the world. And it continues to be staffed by nurturing people like Miss Penny, who are so deeply dedicated to delivering on Danny’s promise.

I was honored to spend the first day of Lent, a time of reflection, with Miss Penny and her heroes at St. Jude.

MULAN Bistro Open in Cooper-Young

A new Chinese restaurant is open in Cooper-Young.

MULAN Bistro opened Monday, Feb 27, at 2149 Young Ave., according to a recent Facebook post by Cooper Young Historic district.

“Yummy, healthy, no MSG Chinese food…visions of egg rolls and mushroom dishes,” the post read.

The eatery, which also has a location in Collierville at 2059 Houston Levee Road, is open seven days a week for lunch, dinner and in-between from 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Check out MULAN Bistro menus, coupons and more here.

MULAN isn’t the only recent addition to the booming Midtown entertainment district. Restaurants that have come online in the past year include Cortona, Imagine Vegan Café, Stone Soup Café, Alchemy and Sweet Grass Next Door.

There’s retail, too. Shoe retailer Shoenista’s opened in November and nail and skin shop The Polish Bottle opened in December, both on Young Avenue.

And on the office front, State Farm Agent Steve Womack recently moved his offices to 848 South Cooper St.

Colliers International global giving event taps power of social networks

An eight-day global giving campaign called “Everyone Gives” launched in more than 60 countries around the world on Feb. 22. and runs through Wednesday, Feb. 29.

Participants make a small donation to a charity of their choice through the Everyone Gives website, and then use their social networks to invite friends, co-workers, clients, and family to give. One hundred percent of each donation will go directly to the nonprofit organization a participant selects.

The founding sponsor is Colliers International, one of the world’s largest commercial real estate firms that also has two Memphis offices for tenant and landlord services.

“We’re very excited to be a part of such an amazing charity campaign,” president of Colliers International’s Memphis office Gene Woods said in a release. “In addition to some great national charities, we’ve selected several local groups or local chapters of national organizations that we have enjoyed working with over the years, including the Salvation Army, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis, Kairos Prison Ministries, the Midsouth Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. We believe it’s very important to give back to our community and this is an excellent and easy way for everyone to give.”

Hundreds of charitable organizations have joined Everyone Gives in advance of the Feb. 22 launch, including Room to Read, United Way, World Vision, Charity: Water, and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Those interested in participating in the Everyone Gives campaign can pre-register on the Everyone Gives website, or follow the event on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn for updates.

For more on Everyone Gives, check out this video with Doug Frye, president and CEO of Colliers International:

 

Dansette

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