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VOL. 126 | NO. 100 | Monday, May 23, 2011

Daily Digest

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Winchester Road Church Changes Hands for $8.2M

Cummings Street Missionary Baptist Church Inc. has bought church property at 8800 Winchester Road from Christ the Rock Metro Church Inc. for $8.2 million.

Built in 1997, the 37,201-square-foot church sits on 20 acres at the northeast corner of Winchester Road and South Tournament Drive in Southwind Planned Development Phase 41.

Christ the Rock Metro Church Inc. – then known as Christ the Rock Church – bought the site from Southwind LP for $750,000. The Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2011 appraisal is $2.6 million.

In conjunction with the sale, Cummings Street Missionary Baptist Church Inc. assumed the remainder of a $9.7 million loan Christ the Rock took out in December 2003.

A number of covenants filed with the sale deed dictate what can be built on the property in relation to its distance from the north property line.

Most of the covenants dictate the height limit in relation to the property line, with the exception of the worship center, or sanctuary. The height of that building is unlimited.

Source: The Daily News Online & Chandler Reports

– The Daily News staff

Fullen Dock Operational Despite Floodwaters

Fullen Dock and Warehouse, an intermodal river terminal at Mile 740 of the Lower Mississippi River immediately north of Downtown, announced that its terminal and docks are fully operational despite the flooding of the river.

In addition to its docking services, the company operates a Fullen Stone division, which served as a supplier of fill sand used in sandbags to mitigate damage caused by rising water. Fullen Stone also supplies limestone roadbase, concrete aggregate, rip rap and agricultural limestone.

“We want people to know that despite the recent flooding issues affecting the Mid-South, we’re open and ready for business,” said Fullen Dock’s general manager Marvin Frick in a statement. “While we hope that this is the highest river level we’ll see, we’re fully prepared to assist customers seeking aggregate or dock services in Memphis.”

Fullen Dock clients include barge brokers, freight forwarders, and manufactures requiring barge services, harbor and tug services, transshipment, trucking and storage within the Mid-South and to other continental U.S. regions.

– Taylor Shoptaw

Amtrak to Resume Route, Including Memphis Stop

The Amtrak train that runs from Chicago to New Orleans – a route that includes Memphis – is about to be back in business, weeks after being shut down because flooding made some of the route impassable.

Amtrak resumed the full route of the City of New Orleans train Saturday.

Portions of the route had been blocked since April 26 because of flooding between Memphis and the southern Illinois city of Cairo. The route between Chicago and Carbondale has remained open.

– The Associated Press

New Mediation Practice to Open Downtown

Memphians are invited to attend on Friday, May 27, the opening of Conflict Resolution Center of the Mid-South LLC, a new mediation practice in a specially designed Downtown space in Central Station at the corner of South Main Street and G.E. Patterson Boulevard.

The practice being launched by Rebecca Adelman is separate from her law firm, Adelman Law Firm PLLC, which also is celebrating its 10-year anniversary that night from 5 to 9 during the monthly Friday Art Trolley Tour festivities.

The space was designed with the ability to transform into a reception and gallery space. The mediation room itself is designed to glow with large exterior windows that create a pleasant streetscape.

Its creation is one example of how mediation’s role is growing in prominence in legal circles, locally and across the state.

– Andy Meek

UT Boling Center Hosts Camp for ADHD Kids

The Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities, a program of University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine, will host a five-day camp at Shelby Farms Park for Memphis area children ages 6 to 11 diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

The ninth annual “All Days Are Happy Days” Camp will provide oversight and consultation by a team of social workers, instructors and medical experts from BCDD.

The camp, which takes place June 26-30, will offer fun activities to help children establish suitable social behaviors.

“Our camp allows children with similar ADHD challenges to gather in teams to address concerns such as impulsivity, hyperactivity and a short attention span,” said Belinda Hardy, camp leader and chief of Social Work at BCDD. “The camp develops each child’s self-esteem and problem-solving skills in a fun setting to help them realize they are not alone in facing these challenges.”

In addition to activities, the camp will offer complimentary snacks, bottled water, supplies such as sunscreen and insect repellent, and transportation to Shelby Farms from BCDD, 711 Jefferson Ave.

For additional information, call 448-6669, e-mail btate@uthsc.edu or visit www.uthsc.edu/bcdd.

– Aisling Maki

Glankler Brown Attorney Wins ‘Who’s Who’ Honor

Glankler Brown PLLC attorney Arnold Perl has been named to the “International Who’s Who of Management, Labour & Employment Lawyers 2011.”

Perl concentrates his practice in labor law and advocacy before the U.S. Court of Appeals as well as in arbitration and management training. Outside of the office, he’s also chairman of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, secretary and general counsel for the Greater Memphis Chamber and chair of its regional logistics council.

– Andy Meek

Chamber Launches Free Wi-Fi ‘M Spot’

The Greater Memphis Chamber will officially launch its free Wi-Fi space, “M Spot” Tuesday, May 24, at the Falls Building, 22 N. Front St. Speakers include Chamber CEO John Moore and Center City Commission president Paul Morris.

The atmosphere will include music, an appearance by Miss Shelby County, Jill Brooks, and the Memphis Grizzlies mascot, Grizz, who will have team giveaways.

– Sarah Baker

Top Golfer to Participate in Charity Opportunity

Caddy For A Cure Inc. has announced an opportunity to caddy for a day with reigning FedEx St. Jude Classic champion and world’s No. 1 ranked golfer Lee Westwood.

The caddy date will be June 8 during the pro am competition round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind, held June 6 through June 12.

The winner will spend the day with Westwood and his caddy on the driving range, putting green and golf course.

The auction proceeds will support the PGA TOUR military initiative Birdies for the Brave, the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund, the PGA Tour Caddy Assistance Fund, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Westwood’s charity of choice.

The Caddy For A Cure opportunities are offered through online auctions at www.caddyforacure.com and eBay auction links. The auction for Westwood is currently live and open for bids.

For more information, visit the Caddy for a Cure website or call Russ Holden at 954-341-4600.

– Taylor Shoptaw

State Unemployment Rate Climbs to 9.6 pct. in April

Tennessee’s unemployment rate in April increased to 9.6 percent, up 0.1 percent from the March rate.

Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development Karla Davis said in a news release that the rate increased because “of a substantial increase in the number of people looking for a job.”

The national unemployment rate for April was 9 percent, up 0.2 percent from the March rate.

According to a survey of businesses, monthly employment decreases came in local government, down 1,900 jobs; in professional, scientific and technical services, down by 900 jobs; and in health care and social assistance, down by 500.

Leisure and hospitality jobs increased by 7,800, and jobs in trade, transportation and utilities increased by 4,800.

– The Associated Press

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 133 1,342
MORTGAGES 0 131 1,047
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 19 170
BUILDING PERMITS 28 305 3,056
BANKRUPTCIES 25 98 716
BUSINESS LICENSES 4 26 302
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0