Tennessee and Ireland, a ‘lucky match.’

In observance of St. Patrick’s Day the good folks at the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development have sent along some information on the business ties between Tennessee and Ireland.

ECD says 14 Irish companies are operating at 29 locations across the state, employing 4,027 people and investing a combined $69.2 million. Exports to Ireland from Tennessee totaled more than $120 million in 2013, an increase of over 30 percent in the last five years. Pharmaceutical and medicine and medical equipment and supplies account for 98.6 percent of all Tennessee imports from Ireland. Three of the five largest Irish companies by employment in Tennessee are located in Memphis: Trane Company, APAC Tennessee Inc. and Smurfit Companies.

And here’s a 2012 story on Irish immigrants in Memphis.

New Midtown animal hospital grand opening March 24

Central Animal Hospital is unveiling its new $1.2 million, 4,600-square-foot veterinary medical facility at 2192 Central Ave. March 23, for the facility’s first annual community open house.

Clients and the community are invited to tour the facility between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Doctors and staff will be on hand to provide information, and there will also be giveaways and prize drawings for guests. Plus, the first 300 visitors will get free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

Monday, March 24, marks the facility’s grand opening.

Amro raising money for Memphis Symphony Orchestra

Amro music is holding a reception and silent auction next month to support the financially struggling Memphis Symphony Orchestra.

Memphis without the symphony is “unthinkable,” in the words of Amro vice president Rick Jefferies, a driving force behind the benefit. His company has been a longtime MSO supporter, and the silent auction April 15 at 2918 Poplar Ave. will include art-case instruments decorated by local artists and musicians, along with restaurant gift certificates and more.

The evening also will kick off a week-long sale on special Steinway pianos. Steinway & Sons’ New York headquarters is shipping the instruments for the event, and part of the proceeds will go to the MSO.

Check out the cover story in this weekend’s Memphis News to read more about the situation surrounding the MSO.

Food Truck Fridays at the Dixon

Some food news for the foodies out there –

Food Truck Fridays are coming back to Dixon Gallery & Gardens next month. There will be a different food truck each Friday starting April 4 through September from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day.

Click the link for more.

High Ground News launches in Memphis

High Ground News, a new weekly digital magazine and website covering Memphis-area people, places and happenings, has launched, with a team led by Anna Mullins, the venture’s managing editor who’s also executive director of the Cotton Museum.

A small team of writers has been assembled to help the magazine pursue a wide mix of content. In a welcome note posted to the site March 12, Mullins wrote that High Ground News will do everything from covering corporate growth to small neighborhood movements.

Areas of focus include “economic and neighborhood development, healthy communities, entrepreneurship, non-profits, sustainability, leadership, technology and innovation.” Signing up for the venture’s newsletter will mean delivery of a fresh batch of stories by email every Wednesday, in addition to daily updates and news posted to the High Ground News website.

Check it out here.