5 Great Things: Uplifting messages at school, 10 y.o. soup kitchen donation, Record breaking MIM

5 Great Things: Uplifting messages at school, 10 y.o. soup kitchen donation, Record breaking MIM

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Thousands of Elvis fans will converge in Memphis for days of events honoring the King of Rock and Roll who was also known for his philanthropy, so let's get our out-of-town guests "All Shook Up" by showing off 5 of the Great Things that happened in the Mid-South this week.

Memphis building gets historic treatment

The National Trust Life Insurance Company building made it on the National Register of Historic Places.

The five-story structure made of concrete, marble, metal and glass and has stood in Memphis for 55 years.

The building's ahead-of-the-curve design and technology at the time when it was build in 1963 was cited as a reason for it's inclusion on the register ... it is currently awaiting redevelopment.

Students get special motivation

Thanks to a Cross County parent/teacher's group and a business, students at one school will be able to get a special message on a daily basis.

According to a post on the Wynne Intermediate School Facebook page, the Wynne Primary/Intermediate PTA and Extreme Signs placed designs on restroom doors with messages like "Do what it is right, not what's easy", "Believe in yourself", "Your mistakes don't define you" or "One kind word can change someone's entire day."

Jordan Geller of Memphis has been raising money for charity for three years.

He wanted to raise money for St. Mary's Soup Kitchen because of the amount of homeless people he noticed in Memphis.

His parents let him open his own soup kitchen restaurant in their home where family, friends and neighbors ordered from Jordan's menu for a small donation--but large enough for him to donate $2,500 to St. Mary's Soup Kitchen last year and give them another $2,000 check this year.

Jordan said he's going to continue to do this "until the day I die."

Exoskeleton helps patients learn to walk again

Baptist Memorial Rehabilitation Hospital in Germantown is the first hospital in Tennessee to use the Ekso GT exoskeleton -- a bionic suit that speeds up rehabilitation for stroke and spinal cord injury patients.

It's a battery operated, robotic suit worn during physical therapy.

Software allows it to be customized to the patients' needs, helping them relearn how to stand up and start walking more quickly.

The Ekso GT makes a therapist's job easier, too, because the suit allows the patient to stand on their own and use their own weight to make the suit operate.

The 2018 Memphis in May International Festival brought in a record setting $10.9 million, which is a 12 percent increase over 2017.

The Beale Street Music Festival garnered over $4 million in ticket sales and attracted over 102,000 people.

Total economic impact on Memphis and Shelby County was $137 million.

Incidentally, next year's Beale Street Music Festival will be May 3-5, while the World Championship BBQ Cooking Fest will run May 15-18, 2019.

And, instead of honoring a foreign country, as in years past, the 2019 month-long event will honor the city of Memphis as part of the Bluff City's bicentennial celebrations.

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