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VOL. 126 | NO. 61 | Tuesday, March 29, 2011

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E. Raines Truck Terminal Sells for $1.4 Million

Martin A. Grusin, trustee of the John T. Ennis Jr. APT Trust and trustee of the W. Nathan Ennis APT Trust has bought a truck terminal at 4100 E. Raines Road from Milan Express Co. Inc. for $1.4 million. The purchase was financed with a $1.4 million loan through First Capital Bank.

The 17,098-square-foot terminal was built in 1973 on 11 acres at the northwest corner of East Raines and Homewood roads and is zoned for light industrial use. It has a 41-door truck terminal and a brick office.

Milan Express Co. Inc. bought the property from Averitt Properties Inc. in February 1992 for $1.5 million. The Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2010 appraisal was $814,300.

Source: The Daily News Online & Chandler Reports

School Board Hearing Now Set for April 4

There was no court hearing Monday in Memphis federal court in the schools consolidation case.

After a scheduling conference with all sides in the case last week, U.S. District Court Judge Hardy Mays had left two possible dates for a hearing on the future of an appointed countywide school board.

Five of the seven Shelby County school board members have filed a motion to intervene in the multi-sided civil lawsuit. They want an injunction or restraining order to stop the Shelby County Commission from appointing a 25-member countywide school board with districts that include the city of Memphis.

The commission took applications and interviewed more than 180 applicants the day before Mays’ scheduling conference.

Mays asked the commission to postpone its plan to make the appointments at a special meeting this Monday. He expressed concern that it would add a third school board to a volatile political and legal mix that already includes the two elected school boards. And he specifically questioned whether an appointed countywide school board might change the terms of and positions in the lawsuit while it is being litigated.

Commission chairman Sidney Chism agreed to the delay but left open the possibility that there might be a ruling Monday instead of a week later.

The commission won’t move to rescheduled its meeting and appoint the countywide school board members at least until Mays rules on the request for an injunction or restraining order.

The hearing on the matter now appears set for April 4.

– Bill Dries

St. Jude Doctor Awarded for Research Achievement

Dr. Ching-Hon Pui, a leukemia physician and researcher at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, is the recipient of the 2011 Joseph H. Burchenal Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Research from the American Association for Cancer Research.

Pui is chair of the Department of Oncology at St. Jude and an American Cancer Society Professor. He’s also co-leader of the hospital’s Hematological Malignancies Program, medical director of the St. Jude International Outreach China Program, and holder of the Fahad Nassar Al-Rashid Chair of Leukemia Research.

Pui has played a key role in a series of treatment protocols responsible for raising cure rates of acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common childhood cancer, from about 70 percent in the early 1980s to 90 percent at St. Jude today. His work has shown that cranial irradiation, once regarded as a standard treatment for childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia, can be omitted altogether, thus sparing patients from devastating side effects and enhancing their quality of life.

“One of Dr. Pui’s great strengths, beyond his unsurpassed wealth of knowledge about treating leukemia, is that he brings together a broad array of scientists and clinical investigators to participate in developing and conducting new ALL treatment protocols,” said Dr. William E. Evans, St. Jude director and CEO. “He is like a great conductor drawing together the best musicians to create something that is extraordinary and far greater than any one person playing alone.”

Pui will accept the award in early April during the 102nd AACR annual meeting.

– Aisling Maki

Memphis Mag Releases 35th Anniversary Issue

In celebration of its 35th anniversary issue, the editorial staff of Memphis magazine features 35 Memphians whose influence was critical to the growth and evolution of the city over the three-plus decades of Memphis magazine’s existence.

Four of these individuals – Maxine Smith, Henry Turley, A C Wharton Jr., and Pitt Hyde – were selected for the four different April covers, which are distributed randomly throughout the magazine’s press run.

“In making our choices, we tried to cover the waterfront, so to speak, featuring high-achieving Memphians from all walks of life, each of whom helped make this city a different and arguably better place,” Memphis publisher Kenneth Neill said in a statement.

The first issue of the magazine, then called City of Memphis, was published in April 1976, and featured a mythical “interview” with longtime and long-deceased political leader E.W. “Boss” Crump.

The current issue also includes a reprint of the magazine’s September 1977 cover story, produced in the aftermath of Elvis’ death and written by Jackson Baker, political editor of The Memphis Flyer.

– Sarah Baker

Simply Done to Host Grand Opening

Simply Done Catering and Cupcakes will open in its new location, 111 Walnut St. in Collierville, Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

The event is free and open to the public and will include a ribbon-cutting by a Collierville Chamber of Commerce representative, cupcake and entree samples, and a tour through the new location near the Historic Town Square.

“(We offer) delicious food presented eloquently,” said owner Karen Shelton. “There are a lot of people who want to have parties – who want to entertain – but who either don’t have the time or don’t know how, and so we provide that service for them either here at our location or at their location.”

Shelton and her husband, Jeff, started Simply Done Catering five years ago. After moving to their new location four weeks ago, the cupcakes aspect of Simply Done was added in an effort to offer a daily service.

Simply Done Catering and Cupcakes offers different flavors of cupcakes each week and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On weekends, their location, a 125-year-old church acts as a rentable venue seating 50 to 60 people.

More information is available at greatfoodsimplydone.com.

– Allison Buckley

Bryson Birthday Bash to Benefit MED Foundation

Fourteen soul musicians will take the stage to celebrate two-time Grammy winner Peabo Bryson’s 60th birthday and raise money for The MED Foundation.

The party will include a seated dinner followed by a three-hour concert, cocktails, dancing, photos with the musicians and a live auction. It will be held April 15 at 7 p.m. at The Peabody hotel Grand Ballroom, 149 Union Ave.

Bryson’s musical friends will include Jerry Butler, Dennis Edwards from the Temptations, Russell Thompkins Jr. and The New Stylistics, The Emotions, Percy Sledge, Billy Paul, Archie Bell, Candi Staton, Maxine Brown, Dee Dee Sharp and more.

Individual tickets are $300 and $500 for preferred seating, and sponsorship packages also are available.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.themedfoundation.org or contact Marsha Evans at 545-6405 or mevans@the-med.org.

– Taylor Shoptaw

Navy to Organize Mid-South Mud Run

The Mid-South Mud Run, scheduled for April 9 at 9 a.m., has been organized by sailors stationed at Naval Support Activity Mid-South in an effort to raise money and awareness for the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.

The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is a nonprofit organization on station right after the flooding in May 2010, providing tens of thousands of dollars in direct emergency financial support to military members and their families.

The 5K takes “mud runners” across hills, tire obstacles, water crossings, walls with mud on both sides, a tunnel crawl, slippery hill climb, mud pits and more.

It is open to individuals and teams. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and light food and refreshments will be available. The Navy Band will be performing at the Navy Lake location in Millington. There will also be post-race activities.

More information is at www.midsouthmudrun.com.

– Allison Buckley

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