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VOL. 128 | NO. 89 | Tuesday, May 07, 2013

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Faith Baptist Church Files Loan on Property

Faith Baptist Church of Bartlett and The Trustees of Faith Baptist Church of Bartlett have filed a $3.9 million loan on their 3775 N. Germantown Road church property in Bartlett.

The church – known as Faith Baptist Bartlett – and its trustees filed the deed of trust, security agreement, assignment of leases and rents, and fixture filing statement and future advances April 16 through Metropolitan Bank.

Four church trustees – Roger Neil Winchester, Philip E. Hale, Phillip M. Jackson and David Sirmans – signed the trust deed on behalf of the church.

First Baptist Church sits on six acres along the west side of North Germantown Road south of its intersection with U.S. 70 in Bartlett.

Because it is zoned religious and is therefore exempt from property taxes, no detailed information on the church dwelling is available from the Shelby County Assessor of Property, which shows a 2013 appraised value of $235,200.

The congregation also owns a handful of neighboring parcels.

Source: The Daily News Online & Chandler Reports

– Daily News staff

Shelby County Officials Watch River Levels

Shelby County leaders continued this week to monitor water levels on the Mississippi River as well as its tributaries.

The County Office of Preparedness is also using equipment installed since the river flooding of 2011 to watch the water levels with real-time data.

The Mississippi River and its tributaries in Shelby County rose in 2011 to their highest levels since the all-time record flooding of 1937.

The Mississippi River at Memphis is expected to reach flood stage at 34 feet sometime Wednesday. That is still 14 feet lower than the 2011 crest two years ago this month of 48 feet.

The record river gauge reading at Memphis is 48.7 feet from the 1937 flooding.

– Bill Dries

Jan-Pro Memphis Office Honored With Award

The Memphis office of Jan-Pro, an internationally ranked leader in the commercial cleaning industry, has been honored with the company’s 2013 Founders Award.

In Memphis, the Jan-Pro office is locally owned and operated by Trudi and Ed Pierami. They’ve led local operations to steady growth along with mentoring franchisees in their office and in the organization as a whole, and Jan-Pro International president and CEO Rich Kissane said they are the epitome of the ideal owners.

The Jan-Pro Founders Award is given annually to the office that best exemplifies strong leadership, dedication to customer service and top performance.

Jan-Pro has more than 90 offices worldwide and more than 10,000 franchise owners.

– Andy Meek

UTHSC College of Nursing Honors Outstanding Grads

More than 200 alumni, students and friends of the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center gathered on Friday to honor two alums.

Patricia Cunningham, an associate professor and UTHSC faculty member since 1992 received the outstanding alumna award, while Susan Jacob, who recently retired as interim dean of the college after more than nine years at UTHSC and a nursing career that spans more than four decades, received the most supportive alumna award.

Cunningham and Jacob were honored at a presentation at the Memphis Marriott Downtown on Friday.

– Jennifer Johnson Backer

Labor Employees Claim White Employees Forced Out

Lawsuits filed in local and federal court accuse Department of Labor and Workforce Development leaders of forcing out white employees and replacing them with black employees.

The Tennessean has reported the complaints stem from the two years that Commissioner Karla Davis ran the state agency.

Davis, Deputy Commissioner Alisa Malone and former Assistant Administrator Turner Nashe resigned in March, just before an audit exposed the mismanagement of millions of dollars. The department made more than $73 million in fraudulent and improper payments, including some to people who were dead, incarcerated or working for the state, over a period of six years, according to the state audit.

In one suit filed in federal court, 27-year employee Donald Ingram claims he was one of 28 white employees forced out by Davis, Malone and Nashe, all of whom are black.

Records show that in Davis’ first year, she fired 15 executives – only a few state agencies terminated more – but data on the races of those dismissed employees was not immediately available.

According to Ingram’s suit, Davis, Malone and Nashe “began decimating the Department of Labor by forcing out or firing dozens of valuable, dedicated, long-term employees.”

Labor claims Ingram was let go because he mismanaged millions of dollars and had poor job performance.

A federal jury trial is scheduled for April 2014. Ingram is seeking more than $500,000, plus reinstatement and damages.

Annie Hendricks has sued the Department in Davidson County Chancery Court, claiming she was forced into a “demeaning” job reassignment and replaced by black employees with less experience. Labor has asked that the suit be dismissed. The agency says Hendricks failed to prove she was discriminated against, in part because her salary, work hours and benefits did not change.

Hendricks, who is representing herself, said she plans to respond to the dismissal motion this week.

– The Associated Press

Medtronic Launches Two New Implanted Heart Devices

Medtronic has put two new implantable heart devices on the market after receiving approval from federal regulators.

The Food and Drug Administration approved the sale of the Viva heart resynchronization devices and Evera implantable cardioverter defibrillators. Cardiac resynchronization therapy devices are used to treat heart failure and implantable defibrillators are used to treat rapid heartbeats.

The devices have longer battery life and can last up to 11 years, and they also contain new technology to reduce unnecessary shocks to patients, the company said.

The Viva products can reduce the rate of hospitalizations for heart failure in the first year after they are implanted, and Medtronic said the devices are able to continuously adapt to the patient’s needs and preserve normal heart rhythms.

– The Associated Press

Mississippi Prepares New Push on Education

Mississippi Republicans are making a new turn in long-running efforts to improve the state’s education system.

Gov. Phil Bryant has signed measures easing charter school creation and holding back third-graders who can’t read. The Legislature also approved state-funded pre-kindergarten and higher qualifications and merit pay for teachers.

Bryant says the changes, many of which he pushed, will improve what he calls a “fairly ineffective educational system.” By many measures, Mississippi has shown improvement, but still lags behind.

The changes come atop existing improvement efforts in places like Clarksdale, a town in the state’s Delta region that struggles with poverty and falling population.

Superintendent Dennis Dupree has adopted efforts to create a stronger high school curriculum, pay teachers based on achievement and create preschool programs.

– The Associated Press

FAA Safety Oversight of Aircraft Repairs Faulted

A government watchdog says the Federal Aviation Administration’s oversight of hundreds of domestic and overseas repair stations that service U.S. airliners is ineffective and doesn’t target stations most likely to present safety risks.

The Department of Transportation’s inspector general said in a report released Monday that a supposedly risk-based safety inspection system adopted by the FAA “falls short of being truly risk-based.” The report said this is especially true for foreign repair stations.

To save money, U.S. airlines have increasingly outsourced their aircraft repair and maintenance to repair stations in countries where labor rates are cheaper.

The report said the FAA’s oversight lacks the rigor needed to identify safety deficiencies and to verify that problems are corrected.

– The Associated Press

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 43 12,074
MORTGAGES 0 78 15,834
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 39 39 3,168
BUILDING PERMITS 292 292 29,124
BANKRUPTCIES 3 100 11,771
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 18 4,292
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 190 17,922
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 43 3,711

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