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VOL. 126 | NO. 167 | Friday, August 26, 2011

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$7.3M Permit Filed for Waxler Barge Property

SCF Development has filed a $7.3 million permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for new construction at 486 Jack Carley Causeway on Presidents Island. The permit doesn’t elaborate on the type of construction planned for the property.

The Jack Carley property is home to SCF Waxler Transportation Co., part of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based SEACOR Holdings Inc.’s Inland River Services and sister company to SCF Marine Inc. Waxler is a vessel and barge inland company specializing in the transportation of refined and chemical products, according to its website.

No one from Waxler was available for comment.

The contractor listed is Memphis-based Continental Construction Co. Inc., whose specialties include industrial buildings and marine construction, among other things.

SEACOR’s inland river fleet moves cargo and liquid tank barges carrying agricultural, industrial, chemical and petrochemical products on primarily the Mississippi River, Illinois River, Tennessee River, Ohio Rover, their tributaries and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterways, according to SEACOR’s website. The business segment also owns towboats, fleeting operations used to load and unload barges, and deck barges for special projects, according to SEACOR’s site.

SCF Real Estate LLC bought the property from Waxler Towing Co. in March 2007 for $1.6 million. It is about 10.5 acres on the west side of Jack Carley Causeway northwest of West Trigg Avenue and southwest of DeSoto Park, according to the Shelby County Assessor of Property. The site, which encompasses two parcels, includes an 11,700-square-foot warehouse. The assessor’s total 2011 appraisal is $864,300.

Source: The Daily News Online & Chandler Reports

– Kate Simone

St. Jude, Baptist Memorial Approved for Construction

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. have each received approval from the State of Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency to begin work on major Memphis projects.

The state on Wednesday, Aug. 24, approved a $65 million certificate of need for Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. to build a comprehensive cancer center in Germantown that will allow Baptist to consolidate existing cancer services under one roof.

The center will include a large diagnostic area and radiation oncology space, chemotherapy and infusion services, a stem-cell transplant area, tumor registry, an interdisciplinary clinic, and physicians’ and administrative offices.

“We are very pleased with the state of Tennessee’s decision,” said Jason Little, executive vice president and CEO of Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp., in a statement. “Building a comprehensive cancer center will allow us to streamline care and provide many cancer services under one roof, which is the wave of the future and is in keeping with Baptist’s commitment to putting patients first.”

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Downtown Memphis on the same day received approval from the state to build a new $190 million medical tower that will include a replacement surgical department and intensive care unit.

The facility will also house a proton-beam therapy center for inpatient and outpatient pediatric cancer treatment. The tower will be located on the St. Jude campus, next to the Chili’s Care Center.

– Aisling Maki

Delta Orders Boeing 737s

Delta Air Lines, as expected, has ordered 100 Boeing 737-900ER aircraft to upgrade its fleet and cut maintenance costs.

The Atlanta-headquartered airline with a passenger hub at Memphis International Airport expects to take delivery of the aircraft between 2013 and 2018. The 180-seat airplanes will replace Boeing 757s, 767s and Airbus A320s.

Each new aircraft has a range of 3,200 nautical miles and can cover any of Delta’s domestic routes.

– Bill Dries

Bartlett Electrician Offers Electric Car-Charging Site

Above and Beyond Electric Co., one of the first green electrical service companies in Memphis, is taking its green initiative a step further with the installation of a plug-in charging station for electric vehicles.

The charging station is at the company’s headquarters, 7302 Memphis-Arlington Road in Bartlett. It is available for no charge.

The station can charge a Chevrolet Volt hybrid in two to three hours and an all-electric Nissan LEAF in six to eight hours. The LEAF can drive about 100 miles before needing to be recharged, and the Volt has a range of about 40 miles.

Nathan Harmeier, president of Above and Beyond Electric, said he believes the station will be used more for drivers to “top off” batteries than fully charge their vehicles. His goal is to create awareness and to encourage other businesses to install charging stations.

The first charging station in Memphis was installed at The Peabody hotel in early July. Sixty-nine other stations are slated to be built throughout the city and surrounding suburbs in the near future. The project is funded by a $99.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

– Sarah Baker

Diabetic: Medtronic Pump has Major Security Flaw

A diabetic who experimented on his own medical equipment said he found serious security holes in a popular Medtronic insulin pump worn by diabetics.

Medtronic Inc., based in Minneapolis, is one of the world’s biggest medical device makers. The company’s Spinal and Biologics Business is based in Memphis, at 1800 Pyramid Place.

Jay Radcliffe of Meridian, Idaho, announced the flaw three weeks ago but said he wouldn’t identify the pump’s manufacturer, preferring to first work with the company to resolve the problem. But Radcliffe changed his mind after he says the company ignored him.

The problem he discovered with the product involves being able to program a special remote control to command other users’ pumps to dispense the wrong dosage of insulin. Radcliffe said he was ignored in repeated attempts to alert the company to the defects.

However, Medtronic customers should continue to use their pumps, he said, as the techniques he developed are currently hard to execute.

A Medtronic device that works as a pacemaker and defibrillator was found in a 2008 study to be vulnerable to hacking.

Medtronic would not directly address its interactions with Radcliffe, but the company says it’s reviewing the research.

– Aisling Maki/The Associated Press

Memphis Heritage to Hold Adapt-A-Door Fundraiser

Memphis Heritage Inc. will hold its third annual “Adapt-A-Door Fundraiser” Saturday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. at Howard Hall, 2282 Madison Ave.

The fundraiser will include a silent auction, food catered by Slider Inn, live music and awards for “Best of Door.”

All proceeds will support Memphis Heritage.

Tickets are $25 before 5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 26. Tickets at the door are $35.

For more information, call 272-2727, email info@memphisheritage.org or visit www.memphisheritage.org.

– Taylor Shoptaw

Susan G. Komen Holds T-Shirt Contest for Kids

The Memphis-Midsouth Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is inviting all area children to participate in the Kids for the Cure T-Shirt Art Contest to promote healthy living and raise awareness for breast cancer.

The theme this year is “Live Healthy, Find a Cure.”

Subway is the official sponsor for Kids for the Cure, and the goal of the partnership is to teach children the importance of making healthy life choices at a young age.

Kids for the Cure entry forms can be found at Subway locations in Shelby, Fayette, Tipton, DeSoto and Tunica counties. Entries will be accepted through Sept. 14.

The contest is divided into two categories based on age, and one winner will be selected for each. However, only one design will be chosen for the shirts.

The winning design will be seen at the Memphis-Midsouth Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Oct. 29. Registration for the race is open at www.komenmemphis.org, and children can register for $10.

– Taylor Shoptaw

PROPERTY SALES 74 196 20,828
MORTGAGES 86 244 23,989
BUILDING PERMITS 138 453 43,046
BANKRUPTCIES 64 174 13,354