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VOL. 126 | NO. 142 | Friday, July 22, 2011

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Chattanooga Company Buys Land on S. Third, E.H. Crump Blvd.

Chattanooga-based H & H LLC has bought parcels in the 38106 (West Person/Elvis Presley Boulevard) ZIP code and filed a construction loan for the properties. Jeffrey L. Kelley sold 813 S. Third St. to H & H for $15,000, and B & W Hotel LLC sold 182 E.H. Crump Blvd. to H & H for $288,000.

H & H took out the $1.1 million construction loan through Triumph Bank. It matures in July 2017.

The 813 S. Third site is 0.3 acres at the southwest corner of South Third Street and East Virginia Avenue, according to the Shelby County Assessor of Property, whose 2011 appraisal is $73,000. The assessor lists a 1,444-square-foot low-rise office building built in 1950 on the property.

The 182 E.H. Crump site is 0.5 acres of vacant land on the north side of East E.H. Crump Boulevard west of South Third Street. The assessor’s 2011 appraisal is $48,900.

Karen J. Hutton signed the construction loan documents as chief manager of H & H LLC.

Source: The Daily News Online & Chandler Reports

– Kate Simone

Suit Dismissed Against Fox 13

A federal lawsuit regarding overtime compensation brought against WHBQ/Fox 13 by the station’s former sports personality Greg Gaston has been dismissed.

Both parties decided to go into settlement talks, the details of which were not spelled out in court documents.

“Recognizing the all-or-nothing nature of plaintiff’s … claim, the parties have engaged in early settlement discussions,” reads a motion filed by Gaston’s attorneys. “The parties have determined that a resolution in this case at this juncture outweighs the risks and costs in going forward with the litigation.

“In particular, plaintiff recognizes the significant hurdles he faces in prevailing in this litigation. Accordingly, plaintiff understands that the monetary consideration being paid in this case may be less than he might recover should the case proceed to trial and he prevail.”

Gaston’s suit claims he routinely worked more than 40 hours each week without overtime compensation. He worked at Fox 13 from beginning of 2009 until Jan. 16.

– Andy Meek

brg3s Wins Fourth Award for Methodist Pavilion

brg3s, previously the Memphis office of TRO Jung|Brannen, has won its fourth design award for the Methodist Le Bonheur Women’s and Children’s Pavilion in Germantown. The national Brick Industry Association awarded the pavilion its highest honor, “Best in Class,” for excellence in style and sustainability.

The pavilion expands the Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown campus by 225,000 square feet and is the largest LEED-certified facility in the Mid-South region. It is also the first LEED Gold health care facility in the State of Tennessee. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

“Our task was to design a hospital that fit closely with its surrounding neighborhood,” brg3s lead project designer Ed Scharff said in a statement. “The pavilion needed to be a comfortable, modern patient-care facility that also lightly touched the surrounding environment.”

The BIA award represents the fourth in a series of awards received by the LEED Gold-certified Women’s and Children’s Pavilion. Other awards include AIA Memphis’ “Award of Merit,” SouthCentral Construction’s “Best Green Building” for Best of 2010 and SouthCentral Construction’s “Award of Excellence for Architectural Design” for Best of 2010.

– Sarah Baker

Saint Francis Recognized for Weight Loss Center

The Saint Francis Center for Surgical Weight Loss has been recognized as an OptumHealth Bariatric Center of Excellence.

Quality in bariatric surgery is OptumHealth’s primary objective, and The Saint Francis Center met clinical qualifications and maintained a cost-effective contract for participation in the OptumHealth Bariatric COE network.

The Saint Francis Center for Surgical Weight Loss has also been designated a CIGNA Certified Hospital for Bariatric Surgery, a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery by BlueCross BlueShield, and an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence.

“The surgeons and staff who treat and care for our surgical weight loss patients provide outstanding care,” said Saint Francis CEO David Archer. “These important recognitions are the direct result of their commitment to quality care and positive patient outcomes.”

In addition to providing a broad spectrum of medical services, Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis, 5959 Park Ave., serves as an academic training site for University of Tennessee Surgical, Family Practice and Psychiatric Residents.

– Aisling Maki

ArtsMemphis Kicks Off Bravo Membership Drive

ArtsMemphis will launch this year’s Bravo membership program at a free Orange Out kickoff event on July 29. The event will feature performances by Ballet Memphis, Billie Worley & the Candy Co., The Memphis Dawls and Tout Lemon.

ArtsMemphis Bravo includes 12 events a year at local arts venues plus bonus events, special opening nights and restaurant visits. Membership is $100 a person, and the proceeds benefit arts in the Memphis community.

Upcoming events through the Bravo membership program include a Star & Micey concert at the Hi-Tone and a Broad Street Art Walk, as well as a preview of Opera Memphis’ “Tosca” at the Orpheum Theater.

Orange Out attendees are encouraged to wear orange at the free launch party from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 29 during the monthly South Main Art Trolley Tour. The party will be held at MPACT Memphis, 506 S. Main St.

Bravo offers a way for Memphians ages 21 to 45 to experience the arts through unique monthly events. Its sponsors include BancorpSouth Bank, inbalance FITNESS, Charlotte Fine Jewelry, Colors Agency and Budweiser of Memphis.

For more information about Bravo membership and the Orange Out event, visit www.artsmemphis.org/bravo.

– Estes Gould

Special Olympics to Hold Rappelling Fundraiser

Special Olympics Greater Memphis will hold its Over the Edge fundraising event Aug. 27 at the Independent Bank Tower, 5050 Poplar Ave. in East Memphis.

The first 100 entrants who raise a minimum of $1,000 in pledges by Aug. 27 will qualify for the 23-story rappel, a height of more than 225 feet. Participants must weigh between 110 pounds and 300 pounds.

Once the money is raised, participants will schedule a time to rappel the buildings. There is a $25 deposit at sign-up that goes toward the fundraising goal.

Participants also will receive Over the Edge apparel, a photo of the rappel and special prizes for the top fundraiser and top recruiter.

Funds raised through Over the Edge will support Special Olympics Greater Memphis’ year-round sports training and athletic competition for more than 2,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

For more information, call 683-1271 or visit www.specialolympicsmem.org.

– Taylor Shoptaw

Indie Memphis Festival Seeking Art Proposals

Indie Memphis is seeking artists to contribute to the 14th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival from Nov. 3 to Nov. 6. Artists may submit existing work or propose new work. The deadline is Aug. 15.

The festival encourages proposals for the sidewalk and outdoor space connecting Playhouse on the Square and Studio on the Square, as well as proposals for “photo-scenes” where festival attendees will pose for pictures. Performance artists as well as artist groups or collaborations are encouraged to submit.

While artists will not receive direct payment for their contributions, they will receive passes to the festival, which will feature a reception for artwork on its opening night.

The three-day event offers exposure of the artists’ work to festival attendees, who numbered over 7,500 last year. In addition to the direct exposure, artists and works will be included in the printed program, and the exhibition will be promoted in the community.

For details visit www.indiememphis.com.

– Estes Gould

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