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VOL. 128 | NO. 13 | Friday, January 18, 2013

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City, Bass Pro File Permits for Pyramid Renovations

The city of Memphis and Springfield, Mo.-based Bass Pro Shops have filed two permits with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for $21.5 million and $7 million for renovations to The Pyramid arena.

The city is still working on The Pyramid’s structure to make the space ready for the actual store to be put in The Pyramid as Bass Pro Shops’ part of the project.

The Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World at The Pyramid is tentatively scheduled to open in late 2013 or early 2014.

Alterations like a set of skylights at the mid-point of The Pyramid’s four sides to be done by the city have been abandoned and there have been some changes to the location of a hotel, which is one of the other attractions to go with the store.

The retail space will be approximately 220,000 square feet.

As the city has worked on the interior and seismic measures around The Pyramid, it also demolished last year the Lone Star Industries cement terminal at the foot of Poplar Avenue as part of the changes to the property.

The permits, which list Gracycor Construction Co. Inc. as the contractor, show The Pyramid’s address as 1 A.W. Willis Ave. O.T. Marshall Architects is the architect of record for the project.

Source: The Daily News Online & Chandler Reports

– Daily News staff

Commercial Appeal Paywall Temporarily Down

For the moment, The Commercial Appeal’s paywall is down.

Ordinarily, non-subscribers would be hit with a screen after viewing 10 articles during the span of a month that asks them to pay for digital access to view additional stories. Non-subscribers also only had very limited access to the newspaper’s content on mobile devices like phones and tablets.

For the moment, neither of those limitations is present. Nonsubscribers are able to view more than the paywall’s limit of 10 stories during a month, and the newspaper’s stories also appear to be fully viewable on mobile devices without a digital subscription.

Commercial Appeal publisher George Cogswell told The Daily News it’s a temporary situation.

“We have had a team of folks here upgrading and adding new systems that will greatly enhance our consumer log-in/access experience for all digital platforms i.e. smart phone, tablet and PC,” he told The Daily News in an email. “While we are undergoing that process I decided to enable all consumers to experience what (our) content has to offer, for a brief period. I will be commenting further, in just a couple of weeks, as to how we will move forward.”

– Andy Meek

White to Chair House Education Subcommittee

Republican state Rep. Mark White of Memphis has been named chairman of the House Education Subcommittee by House Speaker Beth Harwell.

With the appointment, White also has a seat on the House Education full committee during a legislative session in which education reform initiatives are expected to be a major part of the work of the legislature.

White will also serve on the House Consumer and Human Resources Committee, which reviews legislation on consumer protection laws and labor law regulations as well as human resource issues.

White is serving his third term representing State House District 83.

– Bill Dries

Southaven Mayor Won’t Run for Re-Election

Southaven Mayor Greg Davis says he will not run for re-election.

Davis has served as mayor of the Northwest Mississippi city for 16 years.

Davis says in a statement released Thursday that he reached the decision after talking with his partner and family.

The 46-year-old Davis, who admitted he was gay more than a year ago, cited a long list of accomplishments during his tenure in the release.

He did not mention his legal problems as a factor.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering has ordered Davis to repay more than $170,000 including penalties and interest that Pickering said was misspent from city funds.

Davis was indicted in December on state charges of making false statements related to a car purchase, city gas and a check from a city account.

– The Associated Press

Wyatt Tarrant Law Firm Elects New Partners

The law firm of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP, has elected four new partners.

They are Byron Brown IV, Kacey Faughnan, Jordan Reifler and Kristen Mistretta Wilson.

Brown concentrates his practice in general and commercial civil litigation and white collar criminal defense.

Faughnan concentrates her practice in all areas of commercial litigation in federal and state court.

Reifler concentrates his practice in representing publicly owned and privately held commercial real estate developers in the acquisition, development, leasing and management of commercial properties. He also provides general litigation support and service to the firm’s clients.

And Wilson concentrates her practice in commercial litigation.

– Andy Meek

Family and Divorce Firm Opens East Memphis Office

The family and divorce law firm of Divorce Inc. has opened a new office in East Memphis.

One month after opening its third office in Clarksville, Tenn., the Jackson, Tenn.-based firm has relocated its Collierville office to the Forum I building at 6750 Poplar Ave.

Divorce Inc. is a boutique family law firm, focusing on but not limited to the areas of divorce, child custody, child support, and other family law matters.

– Andy Meek

Regional Design Center Reveals New Direction, Focus

The Memphis Regional Design Center board of directors has decided on a new organizational path in order to build additional program capacity to serve and respond to evolving community needs.

Jeff Sanford, of Jeff Sanford Consulting and former president of the Center City Commission, has been named as the new interim leader to oversee the structural and administrative changes needed to position the center to: improve responsiveness to distinctive community needs; stabilize organizational resources; cultivate long-lasting and sustainable partnerships; and increase positive economic and social impact through quality design projects and programs.

Sanford’s interim leadership comes after founding director Chooch Pickard, who joined the organization in 2009, left the nonprofit this week.

Founded in 2007, the center’s mission is to increase vitality and economic stability of the Memphis region by promoting excellence in urban design and planning.

Highlighted accomplishments for the region include Midtown Overlay/planning; South Memphis Renaissance Collaborative and Farmers Market; South Parkway Restoration Project; Overton Square Public Discussions and Charrette; Regional Greenways Forum; Urban Design 101 - 170 Graduates since 2008; Broad Street restoration; and numerous Geographic Information Systems mapping projects for regional planning.

– Sarah Baker

Mortgage Settlement Deadline is Friday

The deadline to file a claim under the national mortgage settlement is Friday, Jan. 18.

Approximately 37,000 Tennessee borrowers who lost their homes to foreclosure between Jan. 1, 2008, and Dec. 31, 2011, may be eligible to receive a payment under the settlement.

Attorney General Bob Cooper said in a news release that there are still thousands of eligible Tennesseans who have not filed a claim.

Foreclosed Tennessee borrowers who have questions or need help should contact the settlement administrator at (866) 430-8358 or administrator@nationalmortgagesettlement.com.

Cooper also warned borrowers to be on the lookout for scams.

They should ignore any solicitations for upfront payments.

They also should not provide personal information to anyone who calls or emails claiming to provide settlement-related assistance.

– The Associated Press

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