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VOL. 126 | NO. 115 | Tuesday, June 14, 2011

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First Baptist Church Files $3.8M Permit

First Baptist Church-Broad has filed a $3.8 million permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to expand its facility at 2835 Broad Ave.

Plans listed on the permit call for a 35,855-square-foot addition to the church’s sanctuary.

The new space will include 1,685 seats, a 200-seat chapel, a 150-seat choir rehearsal area, a pastor’s office and lobbies.

The Memphis-based firm Chris Woods Construction Co. Inc. is listed as the general contractor for the project. No architect is listed.

Officials with First Baptist Church were unavailable for comment Monday.

First Baptist Church’s Memphis roots date back to 1895. The church sits on roughly three acres at the southeast corner of the intersection of Broad Avenue and Scott Street.

Source: The Daily News Online & Chandler Reports

– Daily News staff

Angelica, Americraft Carton Seek PILOTS Through IDB

Angelica Corp., which wants to build a specialty linen processing facility in Memphis, and Americraft Carton Inc., which wants to make a major capital investment in its existing Memphis facility, will seek tax breaks Wednesday, June 15, for their projects.

Both companies are scheduled to appear before the Memphis-Shelby County Industrial Development Board, which meets Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Memphis City Hall, 125 N. Main St.

Angelica is applying for a five-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) program for the facility it wants to build in Memphis that will use high-tech computer assisted equipment to provide customers with linens and to launder and maintain specialty hospital linens.

Angelica will make a $6 million capital investment in the Memphis facility and create 110 new jobs for it. In an interesting bit of historic trivia about the company, Angelica provided specialty garments for the first astronauts on the moon.

Meanwhile, Americraft will seek an eight-year PILOT in connection with the purchase and installation of a new printing press and die-cutter to be installed at its existing Memphis facility, 835 S. Bellevue Blvd.

That project, which will include an $8.1 million capital investment, also will necessitate the remodeling and construction of a new production room within Americraft’s existing facility. The project is a retention PILOT that would keep 110 jobs in Memphis.

Americraft offers a range of products and services related to paperboard packaging for customers in the food, medical, candy, tobacco, auto, household products, apparel, sports equipment and toy industries.

In addition to traditional and custom design folding cartons, Americraft can produce other paperboard products including portfolios, blister cards, display cards, sleeves and bands.

– Andy Meek

Chilean Drug Suspect Extradited To Memphis

For only the second time in the last 51 years, the Chilean government has agreed to extradite a drug suspect to the United States.

And the extradition is in a Memphis drug case.

Marcela Olivares Bravo is accused of being a direct part of moving drugs through Mexico into Texas and from there to Memphis and other places. The money from the drug sales then allegedly flowed out of Memphis, through Texas and to the drug organization in Mexico and Chile.

Olivares made her first appearance in Memphis federal court Friday following her arrest earlier this month in Coquimbo, Chile.

Her arrest followed a decision by Chile’s Supreme Court to grant the extradition request sought as part of a case with Memphis ties by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Oliveras was indicted by a Memphis federal grand jury in late 2008 along with four others who were accused of distributing more than five kilograms of cocaine in 2007 and 2008 in Memphis.

The other four defendants have all since been convicted.

The case against one of them, Harold Ford of Memphis, included references in Ford’s sentencing position papers to Ford talking directly to Olivares as he tried to buy cocaine.

Olivares is being held without bond at least pending a detention hearing Wednesday in Memphis federal court.

– Bill Dries

UTHSC Hosts Health Equity Conference

The Consortium for Health Education, Economic Empowerment and Research (CHEER) will host a regional conference to promote health equity among minority communities June 20-22 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

CHEER, a health equity research initiative housed at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, is a partnership of seven organizations working to develop, share and implement research that impacts minority health and reduces health inequities.

Led by UTHSC, the consortium also includes LeMoyne-Owen College, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department, Memphis Housing Authority, First Baptist Church Lauderdale, and Mustard Seed Inc.

Organizations co-sponsoring this year’s CHEER conference include the Healthy Memphis Common Table, the Assisi Foundation of Memphis Inc. and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

The conference theme – Empowering Communities to Create a Healthy Village – celebrates CHEER’s mission to build community collaborations that promote healthy lifestyles and economic efficacy for disadvantaged persons in urban, suburban or rural areas.

The conference is designed for local, state, regional and national health practitioners and officials, nonprofit and faith-based organization members, academic experts and community residents.

Visit www.UTHSC.edu for more information.

– Aisling Maki

Otherlands to Host Shelby Farms Benefit

Otherlands Coffee Bar, 641 S. Cooper St., is hosting a benefit for Shelby Farms Park and Shelby Farms Greenline this Saturday, June 18 from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m.

Entertainment will be provided by the Dan Montgomery band and The Magic Kids.

The cost is $10 or $5 for current park members.

Attendees are welcome to join Shelby Farms Park at the door and get the member price.

For more information, check the Facebook events for Shelby Farms Park and respond that you are attending, or contact Caleb Tinkle with the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy at 767-7275, Ext. 311, or ctinkle@shelbyfarmsparks.org.

– Sarah Baker

GPAC Seeks Volunteer Ushers

The Germantown Performing Arts Centre is seeking volunteer ushers for the upcoming 2011-2012 season.

GPAC presents a wide variety of arts and cultural events and needs volunteer ushers to provide assistance with ticketing and seating, and work together with the GPAC staff to make each performance run smoothly.

For more information about becoming a GPAC usher, contact Jack Simmons, facility supervisor, at 751-7670 or jack@gpacweb.com or Kathy Lovett, assistance facility supervisor at klovett@germatnwon-tn.gov.

–Taylor Shoptaw

Humane Society Hosts Camps for Children

The Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County will host four sessions of half-day camps beginning Monday, June 27.

The camp sessions, each lasting four days, will feature activities and education about pet ownership and animal advocacy for children including games, craft service projects, hands-on animal activities, and the opportunity to interact with kittens and puppies.

The camps will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Humane Society’s facility, 935 Farm Road.

The camp dates are June 27 to June 30, July 11 to July 14, July 18 to July 21, and July 25 to July 28.

The camp is open to all children ages 7 to 12.

The cost to participate in the camp is $125 per session or $35 per day.

Parents who wish to register their children for the camp or who would like more information, should visit www.memphishumane.org or call 937-3900.

– Taylor Shoptaw

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