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VOL. 126 | NO. 156 | Thursday, August 11, 2011

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Claybrook Building Facing Foreclosure

A first-run foreclosure notice has been filed against the owner of the seven-story Claybrook Medical Office Building, 220 S. Claybrook St., on the Methodist University Hospital campus.

The notice appears in the Thursday, Aug. 11, print edition of The Daily News and also at The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

A. Roy Tyrer Jr., trustee of the A. Roy Tyrer Revocable Trust, defaulted on a $1.7 million loan through Standard Insurance Co. dated Aug. 16, 2004.

Built in 1960, the Class C, 51,667-square-foot medical office building sits on 0.81 acres at the northeast corner of South Claybrook Street and Eastmoreland Avenue. The Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2011 appraisal is $953,700.

The building is 48 percent occupied, according to a listing on the commercial real estate website LoopNet.

The property will be sold in a successor trustee’s sale Sept. 2 at noon on the steps of the Shelby County Courthouse, 140 Adams Ave. Ronald G. Steen of the Nashville office of Stites & Harbison PLLC is serving as successor trustee.

– The Daily News staff

Memphis Tops Lists of US Logistics Hubs

Memphis is the No. 1 logistics hub in the nation, according to Business Facilities magazine.

The magazine ranked Memphis ahead of Chicago, which was second on the list, and Los Angeles, which was third.

The trade publication cited FedEx headquarters, the ongoing expansion of Memphis International Airport, the work toward the aerotropolis development concept and the presence of five Class I railroads as factors in the ranking.

– Bill Dries

The Belle to Reopen at Blues City Brewery

A landmark in the local banquet facility industry reopens Saturday, Aug. 13, in Hickory Hill.

The Belle, a banquet hall with riverboat décor, is being reopened by Maxx Management LLC at what is becoming Blues City Brewery at 5241 E. Raines Road.

The banquet hall was built in 1972 as part of the Schlitz Brewery. The riverboat mural was painted by MGM Studios Hollywood artist Duncan Allenson Spencer.

It became simply “The Belle” in 2006 when Chism Hardy Enterprises bought what was then The Coors Brewery and the plant became Hardy Bottling Co.

The riverboat façade that was the entrance to the banquet hall, which also included boat rigging and a pilot house, was damaged heavily – along with the plant – in the February 2008 tornadoes that nearly put the plant out of business.

The Belle has two rooms – a ballroom and the Texas Deck – that are rented for private parties and other functions.

– Bill Dries

Wells Donates $10K to Memphis Nonprofits

Wells Fargo has donated $10,000 to support two Memphis-area nonprofit groups providing education and other support to women and children in need.

Wells donated $5,000 each to Agape Child & Family Services and the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA).

The grant to Agape Child & Family Services will help fund the H.I.R.E. learning initiative, which is designed to help homeless women and children become self-sufficient through education, employment and economic development.

The grant to MIFA will supplement its COOL (College Offers Opportunities for Life) after-school program.

– Andy Meek

Redbirds to Host Organ Donor Night

The Memphis Redbirds and the National Foundation for Transplants will host Organ Donor Night Saturday, Aug. 13, at AutoZone Park, with the first pitch to be thrown at 6:05 p.m.

Attendees are encouraged to register as organ donors at the National Foundation for Transplants table in the concourse. Those who register, or show their driver’s license to prove they have already registered, will be entered to win a keyboard organ donated by AMRO Music, an autographed team jersey or a heart-healthy basket from U.S. Foodservice.

A silent auction will be held on the concourse for fans to bid on jerseys. Fireworks will round out the night.

More than 2,500 people in Tennessee are currently waiting for transplants.

For more information or tickets, call 721-6000 or visit www.memphisredbirds.com.

– Taylor Shoptaw

West Clinic Announces Extended Hours

The West Clinic has extended its hours in response to a growing need to provide its patients with additional access and supportive care for non-critical conditions.

The clinic has facilities in Midtown, East Memphis, Collierville and Brighton in Tennessee and in Corinth and Southaven in Mississippi.

The clinic will now be open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a nurse practitioner available to evaluate patients and provide necessary care, including hospitalization. Any West Clinic patient, regardless of physician, can visit the Saturday clinic.

The hope is that extended hours will prevent patients from going to emergency rooms by seeking care from providers from which they currently receive treatment.

It will also offer more flexibility for patients undergoing chemotherapy and the delivery of supportive medication administration.

“The West Clinic is committed to reducing the burden of cancer in every way possible,” said Dr. Lee Schwartzberg in a statement.

“Creating this more flexible scheduling reduces disruption to the lives of our patients who are busy balancing many time demands.”

Visit www.westclinic.com for additional information.

– Aisling Maki

Tenn. Radio Hall of Fame Seeks Inductee Nominations

The newly established Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame – created to honor men and women who have made significant contributions to radio broadcasting in the state – opened nominations Aug. 1 for its first group of inductees.

Members of the nonprofit organization now have the opportunity to vote for the on-air personalities, station owners and managers, engineers and support staff whom they consider to be the best over the 90-year history of radio broadcasting in the state.

The Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame is also undertaking a major campaign to get new members. Full membership is open to broadcasters who have worked in radio in Tennessee for at least two years. Radio fans can become associate members. Only Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame members can vote for their favorite broadcasters.

Inductees will be honored each year at an awards banquet, with the inaugural event scheduled for next May in Murfreesboro.

The Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame is a nonprofit educational organization and all donations are tax-deductible.

Visit www.tennradiohalloffame.org for more information.

– Sarah Baker

Engineering Professionals to Hold Annual Meeting

The Joint Annual Meeting of the American Council of Engineering Cos. of Tennessee and the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers will be Aug. 25-26 at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, 700 Cool Springs Blvd. in Franklin, Tenn.

Bob Martineau, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation, will be the event’s opening speaker.

John Schroer, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Transportation, will be the keynote speaker at the Tennessee Engineering Foundation Luncheon Aug. 25.

The meeting agenda will include a discussion of how geographical information system technology was used to make crucial decisions during the April and May flooding of the Mississippi River. The discussion will be led by Tom Needham, Shelby County director of public works, and several University of Memphis professors.

Paul Degges, chief engineer of the Tennessee Department of Transportation, will give an update on departmental issues.

Registration deadline is Aug. 19.

For more information, contact Judy Logue at 615-242-2486 or jlogue@tnec.org.

– Taylor Shoptaw

PROPERTY SALES 34 34 3,905
MORTGAGES 47 47 4,437
BUILDING PERMITS 190 190 9,458
BANKRUPTCIES 60 60 2,945