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VOL. 129 | NO. 169 | Friday, August 29, 2014

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Indmar Marine Engines Files Expansion Permit

An affiliate of Indmar Marine Engines has filed a $2 million building permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to expand its 5400 Old Millington Road facility.

Operating as Indmar Properties LLC, the company filed the permit to construct an addition to its office as well as build a new warehouse on the property in unincorporated Shelby County south of Millington.

Chris Woods Construction Co. Inc. is listed as general contractor but no architect is listed on the permit.

The family-owned and operated company makes inboard marine equipment “specifically to satisfy the quality and performance demands of world-class boat manufacturers,” according to its website.

Built in 1964, the manufacturing property includes 96,208 square feet of building space on 40 acres along the east side of Old Millington Road north of its intersection with Fite Road.

The Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2014 appraisal is $1.6 million.

Source: The Daily News Online & Chandler Reports

– Daily News staff

Roberson Named CEO Of Christ Community Health Services

Ed Roberson is officially the new CEO of Christ Community Health Services after serving as interim CEO for several months.

Roberson, a former chairman of the board at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, stepped in as interim CEO at Christ Community when Dr. Rick Donlon stepped down. Donlon is a Christ Community co-founder.

Roberson also has served as president of Beacon Financial and Conwood LLC. Donlon was CEO for about a year. Roberson is the third CEO at Christ Community in less than two years.

– Don Wade

Grizzlies Holding Open House Sept. 6

The Memphis Grizzlies will be putting 12- and 22-game packs on sale at the start of the Grizzlies open house Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at FedExForum.

Starting at $15 per game ($180 total), the 12-game packs come in three options: The “Grit,” “Grind” and “All Heart” packs.

Grit features match-ups with the 2014 NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs (Dec. 30), the Cleveland Cavaliers (March 25) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (April 3).

The Grind package includes the return of Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls (Dec. 19), a second game with the Oklahoma City Thunder (Jan. 31), and match-ups with the Golden State Warriors (March 27) and the Washington Wizards (April 4).

The third 12-game option, All Heart, offers the best value games at the lowest price per pack. Highlighted match-ups include the Boston Celtics (Nov. 21), conference rival Dallas Mavericks (Dec. 9), the Toronto Raptors (Jan. 21), the Portland Trail Blazers (March 21) and the regular-season home finale against the Indiana Pacers (April 15).

The 22-game packs start at $12 per game, for $264 total.

– Don Wade

Court Rules Against FedEx in Labor Case

A federal court has ruled that FedEx Corp. improperly classified about 2,300 drivers in California as independent contractors instead of employees.

The decision by a three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday covered drivers who worked for FedEx between 2000 and 2007. Similar lawsuits were filed in about 40 states before 2009.

A lawyer for the drivers estimated that they could receive at least $250 million in back pay and damages if the ruling stands up.

The judges said that under California law, the drivers were employees because FedEx controlled how they did their work. They had to wear company uniforms, drive approved trucks, and follow other company procedures.

FedEx said it will appeal to the full appeals court in San Francisco. FedEx general counsel Cary Blancett said that other courts had upheld contract language with "thousands" of independent contractors.

The Memphis-based company said that since 2011, it has only contracted with incorporated businesses that treat drivers as their employees. It also said it will shift to new service agreements in California, Oregon, Washington and Nevada.

In their lawsuit, the drivers sought back pay for overtime, expenses, punitive damages and attorney costs. That would total more than $75,000 for each of the drivers in the original lawsuit, according to filings.

– The Associated Press

Tigers Get Commitment From 6-Foot-11 Center

Nick Marshall, a 6-foot-11, 220-pound senior center from Lexington (Tennessee) High has publicly committed to the University of Memphis basketball team.

According to ESPN.com, Marshall is the 16th-best center prospect in the nation. He averaged 12 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks as a high school junior. Connecticut, Indiana and Tennessee are among the other schools believed to have been on his short list.

Reportedly, Marshall plans to attend prep school next year and would not come to the University of Memphis until 2016.

– Don Wade

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 70 224 13,880
MORTGAGES 105 298 18,124
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 16 55 3,560
BUILDING PERMITS 0 430 32,733
BANKRUPTCIES 81 211 13,214
BUSINESS LICENSES 23 68 4,773
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 103 307 20,206
MARRIAGE LICENSES 39 72 4,269

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