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Askew, Hargraves, Harcourt, & Associates, Inc. opens branch office in Nashville

Lakeland, TN, October 12, 2011:  Askew Hargraves Harcourt & Associates, Inc. (A2H) is pleased to announce the addition of their new Nashville branch office.  The office is located at 3200 West End Avenue, Suite 505, and is currently home to one of A2H's most recent hires, Arran Addington.  Mr. Addington is a former TDOT employee who will be assisting with Business Development in West Tennessee.  A2H is headquartered in Lakeland, TN and has another branch office in Hernando, MS.

Askew Hargraves Harcourt & Associates, Inc. (A2H) has offered planning and design services to public and private clients since 1986.  With offices in Lakeland, TN, Nashville, TN and Hernando, MS, A2H employees 65+ professionals and support staff in the disciplines of Architecture; Civil, Structural, Mechanical, and Electrical Engineering; Planning; Surveying; and Landscape Architecture.  A2H's design and construction administration experience includes airports, public buildings, schools, roadways, bridges, water/wastewater improvements, parks and recreational facilities, solid waste facilities, industrial parks, master plans, landscapes and streetscapes.

One of the offices at A2H's new place in Nashville


Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett has launched a mobile application to further connect the hospital to community members and increase access to health-related information. The mobile application, powered by WorldLink, is available as a free download for iPhoneTM, iPadTM, iTouchTM, and AndroidTM products. 

The application allows users to access:

  • ER Wait Time - launches mobile web browser to view hospital's emergency room wait time;
  • ER Sign-Up/InQuickER - allows user to register a time of a visit to hospital's emergency room;
  • Map and directions;
  • Call Us - a list of frequently-called hospital numbers;
  • My Data - an area to list allergies, emergency contacts, important contacts, insurance information, medical history, physician contacts and medications;
  • First Aid Guide;
  • Health Library; and
  • Physician Finder - find a physician online

"Every day, people look for ways to manage their health care.  Mobile applications provide a convenient and easy way to access health-related information," said Kem Mullins, chief executive officer of Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett.  "We're excited to offer this emerging technology to members of the community." 

A survey from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project reported that 17 percent of cell-phone owners have used their phone to look up health information, with young adults aged 18-29 (29 percent) and Hispanics (25 percent) as the top users.  In addition, a research2guidance report estimates that 1.4 billion people worldwide will have smartphones by 2015, and one in three people will have a health-related application on their phones. 

To download your App, please visit or:

To download for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch:

Search "Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett" on the iTunes App StoreTM

To download for Android

Search for "Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett" on the Android MarketplaceTM


Stephen Catledge joins Askew, Hargraves, Harcourt, & Associates, Inc. as a Structural Designer

Lakeland: Askew Hargraves Harcourt & Associates, Inc. (A2H) welcomes Stephen Catledge to the firm as a Structural Designer.  Stephen has over eight years' experience in the industry and will be assisting with structural engineering design.

Askew Hargraves Harcourt & Associates, Inc. (A2H) has offered planning and design services to public and private clients since 1986.  With offices in Lakeland, TN and Hernando, MS, A2H employees 60+ professionals and support staff in the disciplines of Architecture; Civil, Structural, Mechanical, and Electrical Engineering; Planning; Surveying; and Landscape Architecture.  A2H's design and construction administration experience includes airports, public buildings, schools, roadways, bridges, water/wastewater improvements, parks and recreational facilities, solid waste facilities, industrial parks, master plans, landscapes and streetscapes.

Friday March 25, 2011 

Special Event Service & Rental, Inc. Announces Relocation to Bartlett


Special Event Service & Rental, Inc. announces $350,000 capital investment and relocation to Bartlett, TN. 

Special Event Service & Rental, Inc. has been in business since 1994, as a service company that provides portable power (generators) power distribution, air condition and heating for Special Events, Sporting Events, Motion Picture, Live Televised Events, as well as Commercial and Industrial applications.  The business was conceived with a focus on PGA Tour Golf Tournaments and the company currently provides services and equipment to about one third of the PGA Events in the United States and to numerous Champion Tour, LPGA Tour and Nationwide Tour Events.

Additionally, they provide portable water chillers for large commercial and industrial application in the case of equipment failure.  Special Event Service & Rental, Inc. has received a 2011 nomination for The Memphis Business Journal Small Business of the Year.

On Friday, March 25, 2011 the company closed on their new building location in Bartlett, TN (formerly 84 Lumber Company).  Construction on the building will begin in May 2011 and plans are to build 5,200 square feet of office space in addition to making exterior improvements.  The estimated cost of improvements is $350,000.00.

City of Bartlett Mayor, Keith McDonald expressed his support of the new Bartlett business and said, “I am excited about the addition of our newest corporate citizen. I know they will work hard to be a great addition to our city. I hope they grow and flourish in their new location.”

Special Event Service & Rental, Inc currently employs 15 people.


Dave Robbins Earns Highest Level of Mold Remediation Certification

MEMPHIS, TN (3/21/2011) - Dave Robbins of Bartlett-based Sharp & Robbins Construction, LLC, recently earned the Certified Mold Professional (CMP) designation from the Restoration Industry Association (RIA). This is the highest achievement awarded to mold remediation professionals in the cleaning and restoration industry.

Robbins is one of only twenty-five Certified Mold Professionals in the U.S. "These individuals have shown their commitment to making it better for their clients regarding their indoor environments and the issues that can affect them and their health," said Michael Pinto, the CMP certification adviser.   

CMP certification is earned through an advanced course of study designed by the RIA, the oldest and largest non-profit trade association in the cleaning and restoration industry. Participants must complete three levels of advanced training focused on the interrelation of building systems and the factors and contaminants that affect indoor environmental quality.

About Sharp & Robbins Construction, LLC

Since 1991, Sharp & Robbins Construction has provided a comprehensive array of building services, including all types of restoration, renovation and new commercial construction. With offices in Nashville & Memphis and licenses to work throughout the Southeast, they have completed over 10,000 projects. The company has earned many awards, including a Phoenix Award in 2008 and the Big 50 Award in 2010. For more information, visit


Resort Lifestyle Communities Announces the Construction of $25 Million Adult Living Community in Bartlett

Resort Lifestyle Communities will begin construction on Robinwood Retirement Community this summer in Bartlett, Tennessee. Robinwood is a $25 million, 141-apartment adult living community for people 55 and over. Robinwood will offer a selection of studio, 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments, as well as 2 bedroom cottages all with full kitchens, washer/dryer hookups, spacious living areas, and ample storage. The project was designed and will be built by Cameron General Contractors and will be managed by Resort Lifestyle Communities, both from Lincoln, Nebraska. The construction project is financed by BBVA Compass Bank.

Robinwood will offer full service living at an affordable, an all-inclusive monthly rate. Amenities include: Freedom Dining, scheduled transportation, social gatherings and activities, housekeeping, in-house banking, a state of the art fitness center, gift shop, beauty and barber salon, and 150-seat, full sized theatre. On-site, live-in managers and round the clock concierge services will attend to our residents' comfort and satisfaction with their new home. According to Breck Collingsworth, President and CEO of Resort Lifestyle Communities, "We are very excited to be a part of the Round Rock community and we will work very hard to provide a great living experience for the areas older adults."

Craig Esrael, Board Chairman of the Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce and the CEO of First South Financial, voiced his enthusiasm for the development based on the positive economic impact of the project's capital investment and the enhanced lifestyle opportunities it will bring to the Bartlett area.  "Robinwood Retirement Community will be a welcome option for the 55 and over community of Bartlett and Northeast Shelby County. This project will be an asset to the entire community as a whole and is a testament to the great leadership exhibited by Mayor McDonald other elected officials and the private sector in making Bartlett a strong attraction for major investments.

Robinwood will be located at the Northwest corner of Kirby-Whitten Road and Summer Avenue in Bartlett. For more information please call 901-605-5373, or visit for more information.

Dr. Craig Esrael elected Chairman of Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce:

The Board of Directors of the Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce elected Dr. Craig Esrael to serve as their Board Chairman for 2011.  Dr. Esrael is the President and CEO of First South Financial Credit Union and has been a long time member of the BACC, and has served on the Chamber's Executive Committee since January 2010. 

Dr. Esrael has served as the President and CEO of First South Financial Credit Union for more than 27 years.  Under his leadership, First South Financial has grown to serve approximately 50,000 members around the world and holds assets in excess of $366 million.  The credit union is a recognized leader in strength and stability, leadership excellence, and overall service quality by a wide-array of independent organizations.

A. Keith McDonald, Mayor of the City of Bartlett said, "I look forward to working with Craig, and believe that he will bring energy and experience to the Chamber."

"Craig is a strong leader that will provide sound guidance to our Board as we execute our plans for continued economic and community growth." Stated Ken Newberry, President of LG & W FCU and current Chairman of the BACC Board of Directors.  "He is an astute businessman with a vested interest in the success and development of Northeast Shelby County, which is what makes him the ideal choice for leading the Bartlett Chamber through 2011."   Newberry's term as Chairman will expire in December 2010, but he will remain on the BACC Board in an advisory capacity.

"We are delighted to have someone of Craig's caliber leading our Chamber," John Threadgill, president and CEO for the Bartlett Area Chamber, said. "His acumen and guidance will be an asset to our staff and our members."

The Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce represents over 600 businesses throughout Northeast Shelby County, the Greater Memphis Area, and in the city of Bartlett.  The mission of the BACC is to advance the long-term prosperity of Bartlett and Northeast Shelby County by sustaining and growing its business community.  To learn more about the BACC, please visit or call (901) 372-9457.


Watkins Uiberall Releases Results of Its 2010 Medical Office Personnel Salary & Benefits Survey

Memphis, TN-Watkins Uiberall, PLLC and its affiliate, Watkins Uiberall Healthcare Consulting Group, LLC, recently released the results of the 2010 Medical Office Personnel Salary & Benefits Survey.

Conducted each year, the Medical Office Personnel Salary & Benefits Survey is regarded by many practitioners as the source for benchmarking information for Mid-South physician practices.  The survey is designed to help practice leaders make strategic decisions related to operations, benefits, compensation and more.  This year's survey was sponsored by BancorpSouth, the Mid-South Medical Group Management Association (MS-MGMA) and The Memphis Medical Society.

"We appreciate all the physicians and practice administrators who took time out of their busy schedules to participate in this year's survey," says J. William "Bill" Appling, President of Watkins Uiberall Healthcare Consulting Group.  "Each practice's participation truly makes a difference in the quality of the results, and we rely on their support for the continuing success of our survey.  We are also grateful to our survey partners, who play an integral role in generating awareness of our survey throughout the local healthcare community."

To present the survey results in a manner that can be easily interpreted and utilized, Watkins Uiberall has published a results booklet, which includes a description of the survey respondents; a summary of data for medical practices, including salary ranges, medians and averages for various positions; and graphical representation of the reported data.  The dominant profile among the 2010 survey respondents includes specialty practices with 2-5 physicians and 21-40 total staff.

To download the complete results from the 2010 Medical Office Personnel Salary & Benefits Survey, visit  To be included on the distribution list for the 2011 survey, please send your request to Mary Ann Lucas at

Watkins Uiberall has been providing reputable accounting and business consulting services in the Mid-South since 1971. As one of the largest locally-owned certified public accounting firms in Memphis, the firm employs over 60 individuals including 9 partners and 40 professionals.  Through its affiliated companies, Plan Administration Consulting, LLC and Watkins Uiberall Healthcare Consulting Group, LLC, the firm goes beyond the traditional services of tax accounting and auditing by offering clients extended services such as retirement plan administration and healthcare-focused business advisory and consulting services. For more information on the firm, please visit


First South Credit Union is now First South Financial Credit Union

First South Credit Union, in an effort to further clarify its corporate identity is adding the word "financial" to its name.

"We want to ensure that our members and potential members understand that we are a full service provider of financial products and services, including but not limited to checking accounts, first and second mortgages, vehicle loans, CDs, IRAs and investments through First South Investments Services, Inc. our wholly-owned subsidiary. We can provide any kind of financial product or service needed and at a better price than most others. Plus, according to all independent rating organizations, we are one of the strongest and safest financial institutions in the entire nation and we want everyone to know that their money is safe and secure with us" says Craig Esrael, President and CEO of First South Financial Credit Union.

First South serves Shelby, Tipton and Fayette Counties in Tennessee and Tunica, Tate, Marshall and DeSoto Counties in Mississippi. And serving so many markets brings on increased competition and possible confusion - just what kind of a company is First South?

So it is with this in mind that First South is adding the word "financial" to its name. The board of directors, management team and many members feel that this makes the credit union's name much more descriptive. It can clearly and quickly illustrate that First South Financial is an organization that provides banking products and services.  Currently, many of First South's advertisements state that "you can bank on us for financial strength and stability". Adding "financial" to the name helps to reinforce that fact as well.

While the signs, brochures, and receipts members receive may have a slightly different logo or name on them; the quality products, services and member service remain unchanged.

Members of First South Financial understand the value the credit union provides. Adding a more descriptive word to the name can help others realize that too.

Saint Francis Hospital - Bartlett Groundbreaking

Work to begin on 96- bed facility expansion

On September 23,  Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett looked to the future with a groundbreaking for the hospital’s facility expansion.   The $34 million dollar project will result in 96 additional hospital beds for Bartlett and the surrounding area.  


The expansion will allow Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett to double their current total of ICU beds and surgical suites.  In addition, ancillary services such as pharmacy and laboratory will be relocated and expanded.  Finally, with the addition of more than 83,000 square feet, Saint Francis-Bartlett will have space available to expand service lines to serve the growing needs of the community.


“In order to provide the quality health care and high level of service that our patients have come to expect from Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett, it has become clear that more beds are required to meet this need,” said Kem Mullins, Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett chief executive officer.  “This facility expansion will allow us to add the space and medical technology needed to support the community for years to come.”


In addition to Mullins, the groundbreaking featured community leaders including David Archer, Saint Francis Healthcare chief executive officer; Gwen Bonner, Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett chief operating officer; Pat Lawler, Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett board chairman and Youth Villages chief executive officer, Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald; Steven Newman, M.D., Tenet Healthcare chief operating officer; Thomas Ratliff, M.D., Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett medical staff president; and Bob Smith, Tenet Healthcare Central Region senior vice president.  Renderings of the upcoming facility expansion were also unveiled at the groundbreaking ceremony.


“This groundbreaking is possible because of the dedication of our employees, physicians, and volunteers.  They go the extra mile each and every day to ensure that our patients are provided the best care possible,” said Mullins.  “In addition, this project represents our continued commitment to promote the health and well-being of this community, in response to the tremendous support Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett has received from the citizens of Bartlett and Shelby County.”


The facility expansion will be constructed by Hoar Construction, with architecture by Hinson Miller Kickirillo Architects PLLC.  Project completion is scheduled for the second quarter of 2012.


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