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VOL. 124 | NO. 221 | Tuesday, November 10, 2009

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Gateway Tire Transfers Arlington Land for $1.1M

Batesville, Miss.-based Dunlap & Kyle Co. Inc., which owns and operates Gateway Tire and Service Centers, has internally transferred six acres of land at Lamb Road and U.S. 70 in Arlington for $1.1 million. Dunlap & Kyle transferred the property to Gateway Properties LP Oct. 30.

The company had bought the land in April 2008 for $1.5 million from Anupinder S. Guron. The Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2009 appraisal of the parcel is $1.5 million.

Company vice president Brent Nickle said the transfer doesn’t portend the definite development of a store at the site, although that is still the company’s long-term plan.

“I would say within the next year, but I can’t say any further than that,” Nickle said.

Nickle had told The Daily News previously that Arlington is a “growing little community” that needs “good service and good stores to provide the services.”

Dunlap & Kyle operates 51 Gateway Tire and Service Centers in seven states, with 12 stores in the Memphis metropolitan area – six in Shelby County, four in DeSoto County and two in Tipton County. The nearest existing store to the purchased land is on U.S. 64 in Lakeland.

Source: The Daily News Online & Chandler Reports

Eric Smith

FDA Approves Hip System For Wright Medical Group

Wright Medical Group Inc. reported Monday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given the company the go-ahead to begin marketing the Conserve Plus Total Hip Resurfacing System.

The system, developed by the Arlington-based company, offers an alternative to total hip replacement. The procedure is beneficial to young, active patients who need surgical treatment for pain, the company said.

The system allows surgeons to retain as much healthy bone as possible, which increases the range of options in younger patients as they age. Wright conducted a clinical trial involving 1,300 patients.

Wright said it would immediately begin training surgeons about the new surgical procedure.

Tom Wilemon

St. Jude Begins Proton Therapy Trial

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute have formed a collaboration to provide proton therapy for St. Jude patients.

The announcement follows the approval of the first clinical study to evaluate the use of proton therapy for rare brain cancers in children younger than 3.

Proton therapy is being studied as a way to reduce potential damage to healthy tissue that may result from conventional radiation therapy. This is especially important in treating children with brain and spinal tumors to potentially avoid interference with development, growth and cognitive functioning.

Tom Wilemon

RedRover Co. Adds Hobbs to Sales Team

RedRover Co. has added Lynda Hobbs to its sales and marketing team as a marketing specialist.

With a career that has spanned categories including direct mail, advertising, public relations and Internet marketing, Hobbs has worked for Catherine’s Stores Corp. as an ad and magazine copywriter who also coordinated fashion photo shoots. For the past 11 years, she worked for FedEx, where for the last three years she was a senior sales analyst.

Andy Meek

Opera Memphis to Celebrate National Opera Week

Opera Memphis’ Department of Education and Outreach will present “Offering: An Evening of Song” Nov. 20 as part of Opera America’s first celebration of National Opera Week.

The event is an evening of musical theater, art songs and age-appropriate arias performed by young local singers.

National Opera Week will run from Friday through Nov. 22 and is organized by Opera America with the support of the National Endowment of the Arts.

The concert will be at 7 p.m. at the Clark Opera Center, 6745 Wolf River Parkway. For tickets or more information, call 257-3100.

– Taylor Shoptaw

Republicans at Odds Over Right to Life

Republican legislators are at odds over whether to criticize the state’s largest anti-abortion organization for supporting a Democrat.

State House Republican Leader Jason Mumpower drafted a letter to Tennessee Right to Life President Brian Harris saying the endorsement of Democrats would harm prospects for anti-abortion legislation.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported Monday that he e-mailed the letter last week to House Republicans, inviting them to add their names. But several have objected, including House Speaker Kent Williams and Knoxville Reps. Bill Dunn and Stacey Campfield.

Mumpower cites the group’s endorsement of Democrat Ty Cobb in a special election last month that was won by Republican State Rep. Pat Marsh of Shelbyville.

Mumpower’s letter says the anti-abortion organization doesn’t consider that the fate of legislation often depends on “behind the scenes” activity.

“These behind the scenes actions are either being ignored or maybe simply are not understood by Tennessee Right to Life,” the letter says. “By your own actions of supporting Democrat candidates, you are saying you hope Democrat leaders once again are in the position of power, and by your own actions you will help history repeat itself and you will help insure pro-life legislation is defeated.”

But other Republicans say the group is dedicated to the passage of an anti-abortion amendment to the state Constitution and is trying to gain more Democratic support. Republicans hold 51 seats in the 99-member House, but an amendment would require 66 votes.

Williams e-mailed a response on Friday supporting Right to Life as an “honest, straightforward, nonpolitical and non-hypocritical” group.

– The Associated Press

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 56 56 9,658
MORTGAGES 49 49 10,665
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 1,289
BUILDING PERMITS 212 212 21,170
BANKRUPTCIES 49 49 6,157
BUSINESS LICENSES 34 34 3,973
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 2,892
MARRIAGE LICENSES 28 28 2,049