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VOL. 124 | NO. 175 | Monday, September 7, 2009

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Work Begins on New Animal Services Facility

Crews have begun site work on the new $7.2 million Memphis Animal Services facility at 2350 Appling Cove. Ground was broken late last month after the city of Memphis filed a permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to build the one-story, 34,000-square-foot facility that will sit on 13.73 acres near Appling Road and Interstate 40.

Jeff Barnes is president of Barnes & Brower Inc., the general contractor for the project. He said he signed the contract in June and received it about two weeks ago with Memphis Mayor Pro Tem Myron Lowery’s signature. The contract arrived the same day as a notice to proceed.

Though the expectation is a two-year construction timeline, Barnes said he plans to finish the job in a little more than a year.

“I think it’s a state-of-the-art animal facility. The city’s been real adamant that it’s going to be the best facility probably in the country,” said Barnes, whose firm recently finished the locker rooms at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. “We like working with the city.”

Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects is the architect of record for the project.

Ernest Alexander is administrator of Memphis Animal Services, which currently operates at 3456 Tchulahoma Road in the Oakhaven/Parkway Village area.

Records show that approval for the project came more than three years ago, and the city on Nov. 1, 2005, purchased a 21.8-acre site for the new shelter from Earth Ventures for $1.2 million. The property is on the west side of Appling Road, south of Reese Road and north of I-40.

The Animal Services facility will occupy about two-thirds of the site. Next to it will be a 7.67-acre parcel that will house the city of Memphis Motor Vehicle Inspection Bureau’s new inspection facility, at 2355 Appling Cove.

Source: The Daily News Online & Chandler Reports

CDC Distributes Money To Prevent Infections

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced plans to distribute $40 million to state health departments to help prevent health care-assisted infections, such as staph infections, that are resistant to antibiotics.

The money will be used for states to create or expand federal recommendations, for increased use of a surveillance system to track the infections and to hire additional staff to lead prevention initiatives. The efforts will focus on priority targets, such as bloodstream infections, surgical site infections and catheter-associated urinary tract infections.

University of Memphis Enrollment Surges

About 1,300 more students enrolled at the University of Memphis this fall, an increase of 6 to 7 percent, a number that puts total enrollment at about 21,700.

University officials attribute the increase to economic factors, the lower cost of education at a public institution and recognition of career opportunities through internship and research programs.

Ralph Faudree, the provost for the university, said the increased enrollment comes at a time when graduation rates are also increasing. During the past academic year, the University of Memphis awarded 2,630 undergraduate degrees and 1,868 graduate degrees.

School Board Policy Could Restrict Cameras

A recommendation by the Tennessee School Board Association has some school officials and citizens questioning whether school boards should be allowed to restrict cameras from meetings.

The sample school board policy proposed by the Nashville-based organization expands on an existing policy that gives school boards the right to limit cameras, camcorders or photographic equipment in meetings.

Steve Doremus, a spokesman for the TSBA, said the policy proposal isn’t meant to ban media or citizens from recording meetings, but to allow boards to limit an excessive number of cameras that may cause a disruption.

TSBA provides school boards with sample policies, which local school boards can choose to adopt.

Conwood Co. Receives $6.7M Tax Benefit

Conwood Co. LLC, a manufacturer of smokeless tobacco, has been awarded a seven-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) benefit from the local city-county Industrial Development Board, which represents $6.7 million in savings to the company.

The tax freeze was granted contingent on Conwood remaining a major employer in Memphis for two years after the benefits expire. The company has to pay a fee to the IDB if that requirement is not met.

As part of the PILOT related to Conwood’s purchase and renovation of the 787,500-square-foot building at 5106 Tradeport Drive, Conwood plans to add 25 news jobs with an average annual wage of $55,797.

Citizen Participation Leader To Speak at Rhodes

Katie Jacobs Stanton, the nation’s first director of Citizen Participation, will speak at the Sept. 22 “Celebrate What’s Right” luncheon co-hosted by The Leadership Academy and Rhodes College.

As President Obama’s director of Citizen Participation, Jacobs Stanton is responsible for leveraging new media technology to enable Americans to engage with the White House by asking questions, commenting on issues of public interest and receiving the latest news, photos and videos from the Obama Administration.

Prior to her role in the White House, Jacobs Stanton was group project manager and then principal of New Business Development at Google.

Jacobs Stanton received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Rhodes College in 1991 and a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University.

The luncheon will be at noon at Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd.

Tickets for the luncheon are $25 per person and $250 for a table of 10. To purchase tickets, visit kjsmemphis.eventbrite.com.

Butler Snow Receives Burton Award

Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens, & Cannada PLLC has received a Burton Award, a national honor recognizing achievements for law firms in areas ranging from legal reform to effective legal writing.

The April 2008 issue of “ProTe: Solutio,” Butler Snow’s quarterly legal publication the firm distributes to pharmaceutical, medical device and health care industry clients, won The 2009 American Legal Administrators Award in the Best Law Firm Publication category.

The Burton Awards are presented by the Burton Foundation, a nonprofit cultural and academic organization in its 10th year. The foundation is devoted to promoting the legal profession and advancing legal writing by lawyers and law school students.

Winners of the Burton Awards are selected by professors from Harvard Law School, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Michigan Law School and a judge, among others.

PROPERTY SALES 57 94 2,713
MORTGAGES 16 37 1,820
BUILDING PERMITS 303 621 6,322
BANKRUPTCIES 138 138 1,115