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VOL. 125 | NO. 116 | Wednesday, June 16, 2010

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Paintball Park Sells For $3.5M After Foreclosure

The property that houses the Paintball Park at 9640 Davies Plantation in Lakeland has sold for $3.5 million in a substitute trustee’s deed following a foreclosure.

The sale closed June 10 with Trustmark National Bank reclaiming the 101.95-acre property on the Shelby County Courthouse steps from substitute trustee Kelly E. McCarthy of Morton & Germany LLC.

The previous owner, W.L.L. LLC of Brunswick, Tenn., defaulted on a $6.5 million development loan through Chris Heckler dated April 15, 1999. The debt is now owned by Trustmark.

The Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2010 appraisal is $1.6 million. The property’s land use is listed as “country club” and is used for paintball activities and tournaments.

Source: The Daily News Online & Chandler Reports

Eric Smith

Plush Club Hearing Delayed Until June 30

A hearing on closing a Beale Street nightspot cited as a nuisance under state law has been delayed for two weeks.

Attorneys for Plush Club owner Kris Perkins asked for the delay to prepare for a hearing in Environmental Court on the request to close the club.

The temporary injunction the Shelby County District Attorney General’s office obtained to close the club until the matter is resolved will remain in place at least until the June 30 hearing.

The club was closed based on reports from Memphis police of numerous fights and other law violations in and around the club at Beale and Fourth Street.

The owner of the building, George Miller, also is seeking money he claims he is owed from Perkins, as well as trying to oust the club as a tenant in a separate Circuit Court lawsuit that is still pending.

— Bill Dries

Criminal Court Candidates Lined Up for August Ballot

A total of 21 candidates are in the race for General Sessions Court Judge Division 7.

The field remained at 21 at Monday’s deadline for candidates to withdraw. It is the largest field of any election, primary or general, on the Aug. 5 ballot.

Noon Monday was also the deadline for withdrawals in the six-candidate field for Criminal Court judge Division 3.

The two elections are part of a set of five special judicial elections.

The field of candidates for the other three elections already is set.

The candidates for Criminal Court Judge Division 3, according to the listing from the Shelby County Election Commission, are LaTonya Sue Burrow, Bobby Carter, Claiborne Ferguson, Larry Nance, Gerald Skahan and Glenn Wright.

The candidates for General Sessions Criminal Court judge Division 7 are Bill Anderson Jr., Taurus Martin Bailey, Mischelle Alexander Best, Billy Bond, Alan B. Crickmore, Damita Dandridge, Bryan A. Davis, Erica Gatewood, Rhonda Wilson Harris, Dennis Johnson, Sherrie Miller-Johnson, Cathy Hailey Kent, Herbert Lane, Rick McKenna, Derek Renfroe, Janet Lansky Shipman, Terrance Tatum, Tim J. Thompson, Randall B. Tolley, Karen Tyler and Carolyn S. Watkins.

— Bill Dries

Town Hall Meeting Available Live Online

The Metro Charter Town Hall meeting on Wednesday can be accessed with streaming live video at www.memphisconnect.com/town-hall.

The video is available through a partnership with MemphisConnect, Rebuild Government and Livable Memphis.

The event is from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the FedEx Institute of Technology on the University of Memphis campus.

People watching online will be able to participate in the discussions via Facebook and Twitter.

Tom Wilemon

Firehouse Subs Foundation Donates to Germantown Fire

After a year collecting donations and raising funds to help the Germantown Fire Department, Germantown Firehouse Subs franchisee Jim Maxwell, along with the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, have donated $11,500 worth of equipment to the town’s fire department.

The Jacksonville, Fla.-based chain, which has a firefighter motif and serve sub sandwiches in a fast-casual environment, was founded by a pair of former firefighting brothers. That heritage also inspired the chain’s formation of its public safety foundation in 2005.

Through its nonprofit arm, Firehouse Subs has given more than $2.2 million to organizations such as fire, police and EMT departments. Uniforms and 23 educational DVDs demonstrating procedures, equipment and fire service techniques are being provided to the department.

Andy Meek

Aetna Gives $101K to Tenn. Health Care Providers

Aetna and the Aetna Foundation awarded $101,000 in community grants and sponsorships in Tennessee in 2009 with a particular focus on disease prevention, obesity and health screening.

The four Tennessee grant recipients were Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Vanderbilt University and the Nashville affiliate of the American Heart Association.

The largest of those grants was for $50,000 to the Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation in support of its efforts to target obesity in Shelby County.

The Aetna Foundation has opened the call for proposals for the 2010 grant cycle. Grant applicants should visit www.AetnaFoundation.org for more information.

— Taylor Shoptaw

PROPERTY SALES 81 201 16,108
MORTGAGES 40 104 10,026
BUILDING PERMITS 130 336 38,272
BANKRUPTCIES 28 56 7,528