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VOL. 124 | NO. 237 | Thursday, December 3, 2009

Daily Digest

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Hardwood Business Files Loan on Property

Memphis Land Development LLC has filed a $6.9 million deed of trust, assignment of leases and rents, and security agreement through First Tennessee Bank NA on its North Memphis property. The loan was filed Nov. 25.

The company’s owner, Bill Courtney, also runs Classic American Hardwoods Inc. at 1245 N. Seventh St., one of a handful of parcels totaling 34 acres under the Memphis Land Development name.

Classic American Hardwoods began in 2001, and the company now has annual sales of $43 million, according to its Web site. In the past 18 months it has “invested a tremendous amount of capital to both better serve our domestic customers and fuel our rapidly growing export demands.”

Improvements include increased kiln capacity, a new stacker, new inspection lines, a new prep line and 39 additional employees. Classic American Hardwoods also has an Asian office in Shanghai.

Source: The Daily News Online & Chandler Reports

Eric Smith

MLGW Board To Decide Contracts

The Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division board of directors is scheduled to take action on several large contracts at today’s meeting.

Among those items is a 36-month contract with OfficeMax for office supplies not to exceed approximately $1.4 million. Also, the board is scheduled to take action on renewing a $9.6 million contract with General Construction Services Inc. for environmental abatement services.

The meeting starts at 3 p.m. in the boardroom of the MLGW Administration Building, 220 S. Main St.

Andy Meek

MED Task Force Members Appointed

Shelby County Interim Mayor Joyce Avery and County Commissioner Joe Ford, who will become county mayor Dec. 10, have appointed a task force to brainstorm short- and long-term solutions to the revenue crisis at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis.

The first meeting of the 23-member task force is set for today at 1 p.m. in the eighth-floor conference room of the Shelby County Administration Building.

The MED is a county-owned hospital. Avery will chair the task force, which includes five members of the hospital board, its interim chief executive officer and its general counsel.

Other members include Calvin Anderson of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee; John Bobango of Farris Bobango Brannan PLC; Julian T. Bolton of the Law Office of Julian T. Bolton; MED Board Member Jeane P. Chapman of Continuum Healthcare; Donald C. Fisher of the Mid-South Quality Productivity Center; County Commissioner George Flinn; County Commissioner Joe Ford; Darrick Harris of Lifeblood; MED Board Chairman Gene Holcomb; Shelby County Chief Administrator Jim Huntzicker; MED Board Member Joel Kimbrough; Shelby County Attorney Brian Kuhn; Pamela Marshal of the Greater Memphis Chamber; Tom Marshall of O.T. Marshall Architects; Samuel L. Perkins of S.L. Perkins Law Group; County Commissioner Mike Ritz; Dr. Chantay Smartt of The MED; Anthony Tate of Ashaun LLC; Blair Taylor of Memphis Tomorrow; Christ Community Health Services Chief Executive Officer Burt Waller; MED Interim CEO Claude D. Watts Jr.; and MED Vice President of Legal Affairs Monica Wharton.

Tom Wilemon

Homecoming Approaches For ‘First Church’

The congregation of First United Methodist Church will return to its home campus on Dec. 13 after an absence of more than three years, since the original structure burned in an early morning fire.

Senior Pastor the Rev. Scott Alford will lead the first worship service in the newly renovated John R. Pepper Administration and Sunday School Building on the corner of Second Street and Poplar Avenue. Hospitality begins at 9:30 a.m., Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. and a worship service at 11 a.m.

A fire on Oct. 6, 2006, destroyed the church’s 114-year-old sanctuary. Hord Architects designed the new campus. Grinder, Taber & Grinder Inc. is the general contractor.

Tom Wilemon

Correction Commissioner To Leave at Month’s End

Tennessee Correction Commissioner George Little is stepping down at the end of this month to become Memphis Mayor A C Wharton’s chief administrative officer.

Gov. Phil Bredesen, who appointed Little in October 2005, announced Wednesday that Little’s last day will be Dec. 31.

Little said he appreciates the “opportunity to have been a part of this administration and to contribute to its accomplishments.”

Before the Bredesen appointment, Little worked as director of Shelby County’s corrections division.

Bredesen says he will immediately begin the process of looking for a replacement.

– The Associated Press and Andy Meek

Legislators Discuss Traffic Cam Income

Some state lawmakers are critical of cities’ “red light camera” contracts with outside vendors. They’re discussing limiting how funds the cameras generate are used.

Nashville Democratic Rep. Ben West said at a House Transportation Committee hearing Tuesday a portion of the income could be earmarked for safety programs.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press quoted Republican Rep. Richard Floyd of Chattanooga, who said the contracts are about “revenue streams,” regardless how much talk is about safety.

Cities can currently use such money for anything.

Republican Rep. Vince Dean, former mayor of East Ridge, said all revenue his city received went into the general fund. He questioned why the state would single out a local program and direct where its revenue went.

– The Associated Press

Lawmaker Mulls Bill To Make Animal Abuse a Felony

Tennessee Rep. Janis Sontany is considering legislation that would make abuse of any confined animal a felony.

The Nashville Democrat recently visited the Tennessee State Fairgrounds and viewed 82 nearly starved horses and two mules that had been moved there last week after being found in squalid conditions on a Cannon County farm.

Sontany told The Tennessean that farm animals were not included when a measure that addressed dog and cat abuse passed the Legislature because of objections from farming community representatives.

However, she said such treatment of horses – or any confined animal – should be a felony as it is when a dog or cat is abused.

“We no longer should give anyone a pass if they hold back food and water,” Sontany said.

Cannon County Sheriff Billy Nichols said the two men from whose farm the animals were removed face misdemeanor animal cruelty charges.

Cannon County Detective Charlie Wilder said about 40 horses were found inside a barn on the farm with urine and manure that sank past his boot. He said “one dead horse was lying among the live ones.”

Other horses had been confined outside in an area with not enough grass for grazing.

“What do you think the outcome is going to be if you do that?” Sontany asked.

– The Associated Press

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 57 280 1,209
MORTGAGES 55 244 916
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 8 52 151
BUILDING PERMITS 158 699 2,751
BANKRUPTCIES 37 157 618
BUSINESS LICENSES 12 77 276
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0