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VOL. 126 | NO. 78 | Thursday, April 21, 2011

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Crisscross Lane Parcels Sell for $830,000

Batesville, Miss.-based Gateway Properties LP has bought two vacant parcels in Criss Cross Village Commercial Subdivision in Collierville from Premier of 1950 West Poplar LLC for $829,968. The deal closed April 6, and no financing statement was filed with the Shelby County Register of Deeds at the time of purchase.

The first parcel is at 84 Crisscross Lane, 1.9 acres on the east side of Crisscross north of Poplar Avenue. The Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2010 appraisal was $484,000. The second parcel is at 116 Crisscross Lane, 1.3 acres adjacent to the north of the first parcel. The Assessor’s 2010 appraisal was $225,900.

The parcels are part of a 28-acre tract Premier of 1950 West Poplar bought in 2005 for $2.9 million.

Source: The Daily News Online & Chandler Reports

– Kate Simone

Memphis Farmers Market Returns to City Hall

In celebration of Earth Day, the Memphis Farmers Market will host the market at City Hall, 125 N. Main St., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On Earth Day last year, roughly a dozen MFM vendors, including Jones Orchard, Grow Memphis and Peace Bee Farm, sold fresh produce and other locally produced food items and sustainable goods on the plaza outside City Hall. Thanks to the success of that event, MFM and the city plan to host a series of markets at City Hall during the spring and summer.

Established in 2006, the nonprofit Memphis Farmers Market works to educate the community about healthy food choices; provide access to local food; and assist area farmers, producers and artisans with sustainable business opportunities.

MFM kicked off its 2011 season on April 16 at the Central Station Pavilion in the South Main Historic Arts District with the theme “Spring Into Green.”

The market will continue every Saturday through the end of October from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Central Station Pavilion.

To learn more, visit www.memphisfarmersmarket.org

– Aisling Maki

U of M Earth Day Program to Feature Green Internships

Funded in 2010 by the student Green Fee – adopted by the University of Memphis student body in 2007 – the “Green Internship” program will highlight green internships, which began this spring when 12 of 22 applicants were selected for positions.

Their work will be showcased Thursday, when the U of M celebrates Earth Day, and will feature displays of the interns’ work in the University Center Fountain View Room beginning at 3 p.m. The showcase will be followed by a program about the green internship initiative at 4 p.m.

University President Shirley Raines will speak at the event, which is free and open to the public.

Current interns are from the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Communication and Fine Arts, and Education, as well as the Fogelman College of Business and Economics, the Herff College of Engineering and the University College.

They are interning with several entities on the U of M campus, and in the Memphis community, including BRIDGES, Keep Tennessee Beautiful, Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, United Housing, the Highland Area Renewal Corp., the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center and the YMCA Walker-University District Business Alliance.

More information can be found at www.memphis.edu/internships.

– Allison Buckley

Photographer Exhibition to be Unveiled Thursday

Award-winning jazz and blues photographer Leon Morris’ fine art exhibition is slated for Thursday at Joysmith Studio, 46 Huling Ave., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The exhibition, “Homage,” is a photographic journey that captures the personalities of some of the most influential jazz, soul, roots and blues legends in music, including Ray Charles, Al Green, Miles Davis, Fela Kuti and Nina Simone. The “Homage” collection also includes images of Memphis in May headliner Lucinda Williams.

The exhibition previously toured in Newport, R.I., for the Newport Jazz Festival and in Carmel, Calif., for the Monterey Jazz Fest.

Morris has spent more than 30 years exploring his passion for the roots of contemporary music. Fifteen years after walking away from the most promising corporate photography careers in the United Kingdom, Morris has opted to bring his latent collection of music images to the public eye.

The exhibit, to coincide with the Beale Street Music Festival, will run from Thursday to June 5, with an official opening on April 29 to the general public.

– Sarah Baker

Council Sets Rules for Food Trucks

The Memphis City Council gave final approval Tuesday to an ordinance that sets new rules for mobile food vendors including food trucks.

The ordinance sets hours, times and rules for where the vendors can park or set up their mobile stands. It also establishes distances from existing restaurants in the Downtown area and in the rest of the city.

Hours before the unanimous council vote, the Center City Commission hosted a food truck fair in Court Square that drew a large lunch-hour crowd.

The council also delayed votes for two weeks on two zoning items connected to developer William H. Thomas Jr. The first item is a request to rezone the east side of Airways Boulevard at Kilarney Avenue from residential single family to a warehouse and distribution district. The other is a five-year time extension for a plan to build a mini-storage lot and erect a billboard on 12 acres of land south of Steve Road at Ellsworth Street that borders Interstate 240.

The mini-storage lot was the proposal at the center of a 2006 federal corruption probe that led to a guilty plea to a corruption charge by then-City Council member Rickey Peete. Then-council member Edmund Ford Sr. was tried on similar charges and acquitted by a jury.

Thomas was not charged in the case.

– Bill Dries

U of M Professor Selected for Fulbright Scholar Award

Dr. Bill E. Lawson, distinguished professor of philosophy at the University of Memphis, has been awarded a Fulbright-University of Liverpool Scholar Award for 2011-2012.

Lawson will travel to the University of Liverpool to study philosopher John Locke’s writings about forced labor and the social and cultural history of 16th century Britain, and to the University of Nottingham to study the writings of Frederick Douglass on photography.

He also will teach a course on either Frederick Douglass or African-American philosophy at the University of Liverpool during the six-month fellowship.

His project is connected to the research done at Liverpool’s Centre for the Study of International Slavery.

Lawson’s area of academic specialization is African-American philosophy with an emphasis on social and political philosophy.

– Taylor Shoptaw

14 Arts Orgs to Share $200,000 in Funding

Fourteen Memphis-area arts organizations will share $200,000 in funding from the First Tennessee Foundation. The funding includes $100,000 for winners of the annual First Tennessee Foundation Innovation in the Arts Awards. In addition, ArtsMemphis was given a grant of $100,000 to distribute to local groups.

The Innovation in the Arts Awards competition looks for entries that will promote artistic excellence and innovation in the Memphis community. Award amounts are based on two variables: the grant request and how much money is available from the pool given the high caliber of entries. This year’s Innovation Award winners include three collaborative projects.

The winners are: Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival Inc. ($5,000), Ballet Memphis and the Stax Music Academy ($6,250), Beale Street Caravan ($7,500), Dixon Gallery and Gardens ($12,000), Hattiloo Theatre ($9,000), The Levitt Shell and Indie Memphis ($15,250), Memphis Cultural Arts Enrichment Center ($5,000), Memphis Music Foundation ($10,000), Playhouse on the Square and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra ($10,000), the Art Museum of the University of Memphis ($10,000), and the UrbanArt Commission ($10,000).

– Allison Buckley

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