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VOL. 129 | NO. 20 | Thursday, January 30, 2014

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Cecil’s Automotive Owner Files $1.7 Million Loan

The owner of Cecil’s Automotive at 3815 S. Houston Levee Road in Collierville has filed a $1.7 million loan on the property.

Roller Properties LLC filed the deed of trust Jan. 2 through Community Bank’s North Mississippi branch in Hernando. Bradley Roller and Cecil Roller signed the deed as members of the borrower.

Built in 2010, the 6,121-square-foot auto service garage sits on an acre along the west side of South Houston Levee Road south of its intersection with Winchester Road.

The Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2013 appraisal was $1 million.

Olive Branch-based Roller Properties bought the property in 2009 for $695,000 from Kevin J. Hyneman.

Source: The Daily News Online & Chandler Reports

– Daily News staff

Trustee to Hold Workshops on Delinquent Taxes

Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir has announced the 2014 schedule for the Project H.O.M.E. (Home Ownership Made Easier) financial literacy workshop series, increasing the number of workshops from 11 to 15.

Workshops are held on Tuesdays or Saturdays, with the first event scheduled for Feb. 11 at Glenview Community Center, 1141 S. Barksdale St.

Project H.O.M.E. workshops are conducted by the Trustee’s Community Outreach and Financial Empowerment staff, along with its banking partner, Regions Bank. Attendees learn the basics of budgeting and have the opportunity to complete a spending plan and payment schedule with Trustee staff to pay their delinquent property taxes. Compliance with the payment schedule prevents taxpayers’ property from being sold at a tax sale. Since 2011, nearly 1,300 delinquent taxpayers have attended a Project H.O.M.E. workshop.

This year, the four Saturday workshops are March 22, May 31, Aug. 16 and Nov. 22. At Saturday workshops, Trustee staff will be available to make payment arrangements and accept payments on site. Saturday workshops are typically held prior to the county’s four tax sales.

Project H.O.M.E. workshops are scheduled every three weeks through December. Visit shelbycountytrustee.com or the Shelby County Trustee’s Facebook page for dates and times.

– Amos Maki

Commercial Advisors Funds U of M Scholarships

Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors is helping fund scholarships for students at the University of Memphis’ Fogelman College of Business and Economics.

The Finish Line Scholarships are designed to assist students who have exhausted other sources of funding and do not qualify for merit-based awards. Scholarships will be awarded as needed, and preference will be given to students in their final semester who are planning to live in Memphis after graduating.

“These Finish Line Scholarships are significantly important because they allow hard-working students the ability to earn their degree despite financial challenges. It is a win-win for all parties involved – the students, the college and the Memphis community,” Fogelman College Dean Dr. Rajiv Grover said in a statement.

– Amos Maki

School Board Could Vote on Attendance Zones Soon

The Shelby County Schools board could vote in two weeks on new attendance zones for the 2014-2015 school year.

SCS superintendent Dorsey Hopson set the very tentative date during the board’s Tuesday, Jan. 28, meeting. The county school system and the forming suburban school systems began surveying parents this week about their school choices for the upcoming year.

Those tentative responses will influence the attendance zone recommendations to come.

Hopson also indicated he will probably call a special meeting of the board next month to get the attendance zones set as soon as possible. The school board holds its voting meeting on the last Tuesday of each month.

– Bill Dries

Bus Tours to Celebrate Black History Month

Every Tuesday in February, Heritage Tours and the Memphis Area Association of Governments will host the West Tennessee Heritage and “Roots” Day Trippin’ Bus Tour.

The tour will feature sites in Memphis and West Tennessee, ranging from the National Civil Rights Museum to the Alex Haley Museum and Interpretive Center in Henning, Tenn. The bus will leave the Memphis Visitor’s Center on Riverside Drive each Tuesday in February at 9 a.m. and return at 3:30 p.m.

The cost of the tour is $40, but the first 10 seats each Tuesday are free, thanks to a grant from the Tennessee Department of Tourism.

Call Heritage Tours at 527-3427 to reserve a seat.

– Don Wade

Legacy Wealth Management Adds Three Staff Members

Legacy Wealth Management has added a few professionals to its ranks.

Brent Westbrook has joined Legacy as managing director of business development and client service. Westbrook came to Legacy from Argent Financial Group and introduces Legacy’s services to individuals, families and business-sponsored retirement plans.

Stephen Russell also has joined Legacy as a financial planner. He came to Legacy from the Russell Law Firm PLLC and is responsible for delivering financial plans to new and existing clients while helping with portfolio management needs.

Jeffrey Barnes has joined the Legacy team as director of retirement plan services. Before joining Legacy, Barnes was founder and president of Barnes Retirement Plan Specialists Inc.

– Andy Meek

1973 Tiger Basketball Team to Reunite

Forty-one years after the 1973 University of Memphis men’s basketball team reached the NCAA championship game, members of the team will reunite in Memphis and will be honored at halftime during the Tigers’ Feb. 8 game against Gonzaga at FedExForum.

Three starters from the championship game against UCLA – forwards Larry Kenon and Billy Buford, and point guard Bill Laurie – are expected to attend, as well as many teammates and all the members of the late Gene Bartow’s coaching staff.

“Our fans, as well as local civic leaders, are quick to point out the healing effect that team had on the city of Memphis during a very difficult time,” Tigers Athletics Director Tom Bowen said, referring to tensions that remained after the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “We are pleased that so many of the surviving players and coaches are coming back to enjoy a weekend of Tiger basketball.”

– Don Wade

Center for Southern Folklore Hosts Bobby Rush Concert

Bobby Rush will perform a benefit acoustic guitar concert Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Center for Southern Folklore.

The event begins with a reception hosted by DejaVu from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., followed by Rush’s concert. The show supports the center’s youth programming, music sessions and Memphis Music & Heritage Festival.

The cost for the event is a $50 donation, which includes the concert and reception. Call 525-3655 or order online at http://01f1276.netsolhost.com.

– Don Wade

Guns-in-Parks Bill Headed to Full Senate

A proposal that seeks to do away with local government’s power to decide whether to allow firearms in public parks advanced to a full Senate vote on Tuesday despite opposition from the governor.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Stacey Campfield of Knoxville passed the Senate Judiciary Committee 6-2.

The Legislature in 2009 gave city and county governments the ability to opt out of a new law that allowed firearms in public parks, playgrounds and sports fields.

Under Campfield’s proposal, permit holders would be allowed to carry, unless there’s a school function.

“There have been multiple rapes in our parks,” Campfield said. “Someone should be able to defend themselves ... no matter where they are.”

A representative from Bill Haslam’s office reiterated Tuesday that the Republican governor is against the legislation.

When Haslam was Knoxville mayor, he supported a 2009 city council vote that kept in place a ban on handguns in some of the city’s parks.

– The Associated Press

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PROPERTY SALES 72 206 16,619
MORTGAGES 84 228 21,660
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 21 56 4,322
BUILDING PERMITS 0 209 39,587
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