Business Briefs for Nov. 10, 2016

Lakeland residents wins $10K from First Tennessee

business-briefs-logoA Lakeland woman was the lucky winner of a $10,000 grand prize in the First Tennessee Sweepstakes contest, held Aug. 25-Sept. 30. Joan O’Reilly, who banks at First Tennessee’s Wolfchase location (2750 N. Germantown Parkway), received her winnings in a Nov. 3 presentation.

The contest was held to celebrate the bank’s launch of its Digital Banking platform, and more than 17,000 people entered.

Vets get free meals with ID at O’Charley’s on Nov. 11

O’Charley’s Restaurant and Bar, the Southern-inspired restaurant with locations across 20 states, will offer free meals from the $9.99er menu to veterans and active-duty service members with military ID all day long on Friday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day. Restaurant participation may vary by location; the Bartlett O’Charley’s is one of the participants.

In addition to the free meals, O’Charley’s will provide veterans with a 20 percent off voucher to be used during their next visit.

O’Charley’s also has recently partnered with The Folded Flag Foundation, an organization that provides scholarships and educational support grants to families of fallen soldiers. O’Charley’s has committed to raise up to $75,000 for the U.S. military and their families by donating $0.25 for every 22-oz. beer sold Monday through Veterans Day weekend (Nov. 13) to The Folded Flag Foundation. For more information, go to

Back Yard Burgers to offer its Classic Burger to vets Nov. 11

Back Yard Burgers is giving back to those who serve our country in a big way. On Nov. 11, the restaurant chain is is offering a free Back Yard Classic Burger to all active duty service members and veterans who show their military ID or are in uniform.

The Back Yard Classic Burger is a third pound 100% Black Angus beef topped with garden-fresh lettuce, lush tomatoes, crunchy dill pickles, ketchup, mayo and mustard. Cheese and other toppings can be added for a small cost.

In addition to serving veterans free burgers on Veterans Day, Back Yard Burgers offers a 20 percent discount to service men and women year-round. One of the brand’s other large-scale community service initiatives is raising funds for Share Our Strength’s “No Kid Hungry” campaign, a cause Back Yard Burgers has championed since 2014.

Beans to bucks: Service Experts offers $10 discount for for food bank donations

Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Bartlett (7470 Bartlett Corp. CV. W, Suite 101) is currently offering homeowners $10 off the cost of a furnace tune-up or a service call in exchange for any canned or dry goods donation to benefit Mid-South Food Bank. Turn your beans into bucks!

“Last year we were able to deliver 182 pounds of food to the Mid-South Food Bank, through the generosity of our customers,” said General Manager Dhane Marques. “Of course, we’d like to surpass that delivery for 2016. Since every home should have a heating tune-up before frigid temperatures hit, this is a cool way to ensure your family stays warms and safe while helping feed our neighbors in need.”

A furnace tune-up is also an important maintenance task, because a malfunctioning furnace (even a new one that was poorly installed) can leak carbon monoxide. Keeping the furnace tuned also can help decrease monthly electric bills by 20-30 percent.

The discount offer is good through Dec. 13.

Crye-Leike co-founders celebrate company’s 40th year in business

Harold Crye and Dick Leike, co-founders of Crye-Leike Real Estate Services, recently kicked off the company’s celebration of 40 years in business at its 39th annual conference, where over 600 sales associates were in attendance.

Since its founding in 1977, Crye-Leike Real Estate Services has generated over $120 billion in sales volume and sold 629,148 units as calculated by its Chairman of the Board & CEO Harold Crye.

The company started in Memphis, Tenn. in 1977. By 1980, Crye-Leike was ranked the largest real estate firm in the Mid-South with 100 sales associates and three offices.

Today, Crye-Leike has 3,200 sales associates, 800 employees, 87 company-owned offices and 27 franchise offices in nine states. The company has become the nation’s sixth largest among the top 500 residential real estate brokerage firms and the fourth largest privately owned, according to RISMedia’s 2015 Power Broker Report. Crye-Leike also is ranked the largest real estate company in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and the Mid-South.

President Dick Leike recalled the company’s pivotal moment was when it opened its first branch office in Bartlett, Tenn.

“We also had a 30-minute television show featuring homes for sale on Sunday mornings that ran for 10 years,” he said. “That show positioned us as a leader and innovator in the real estate industry.”

Crye attributes the company’s success to having developed a structured training program for its agents.

Saint Francis-Memphis opens new anorectal center

The Anorectal Physiology Center at Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis is a new outpatient service dedicated to helping those with problems that aren’t as uncommon as you would think. This new center provides diagnostic testing to assess functional bowel disorders, including chronic constipation, prolapse and fecal incontinence.

These disabling, painful, and often embarrassing conditions are estimated to affect 20 percent of the adult population. These conditions can dramatically impact work, daily activities, and the enjoyment of life. Many people fail to seek care or treatment for these conditions because of embarrassment.

No anesthesia is required for the center’s diagnostic procedures, and no surgical procedures are performed. Findings are reported to the patient’s referring physician for management or treatment.

To be seen at the center, patients must be referred by their physician and have had a recent physical and colonoscopy. To schedule an appointment, call (901) 765-1345.