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VOL. 126 | NO. 177 | Monday, September 12, 2011

Daily Digest

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Visible Music College Finances 200 Madison

Visible School – Music and Worship Arts College has filed a $1.4 million loan through First Tennessee Bank for its property at 200 Madison Ave. The school earlier this year changed its name to Visible Music College, but the loan was filed under the school’s former name.

Visible bought the building – an iconic, triangular-shaped building with a glass front – from Memphis Chamber Foundation in December 2009 for $1.1 million. Built in 1972, the six-story, 45,200-square-foot building is on three-quarters of an acre at the northeast corner of Madison Avenue and the Court Street alley – directly across the street from the AutoZone Park outfield.

The Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2011 appraisal is $1.3 million.

The school moved into the building at the beginning of the semester in August.

It chose its new name on the heels of being accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. The college hopes to send the message that it’s an accredited school offering bachelor’s degrees as well as the one-year certificate program with which it began, Visible Music College president and founder Ken Steorts told The Daily News in April.

Ninety percent of Visible Music College’s students come from outside Memphis, historically from 49 states and 13 countries. The college has been leasing dorm space four blocks east, at 670 Madison Ave., though it is looking to relocate the dorms closer to the college.

Source: The Daily News Online & Chandler Reports

– Kate Simone

Facing History Exhibition Comes to Memphis

Facing History and Ourselves, an international, educational nonprofit, has opened its nationally acclaimed multimedia exhibition, “Choosing to Participate,” in Memphis at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave.

“Choosing to Participate” is part of Facing History’s global initiative aimed at encouraging young people and adults to think about the importance of participating in a democratic society and to consider the consequences of action and inaction.

The exhibit will examine historical accounts of racism, indifference and compassion. It features two local components. The first, “pARTicipation: Young Artists Speak Up,” displays original artwork from some of the region’s sixth- through 12th-grade students that illustrates the importance of choices we make in our daily lives and the value of choosing to participate.

The second, “Upstanders: Portraits of Courage,” features photographs and narratives celebrating 25 individuals and groups selected for having shown an act of courage or compassion toward others. They were chosen after being nominated by residents in Memphis in response to a four-month campaign conducted by Facing History.

This is the exhibition’s second visit to Memphis. “Choosing to Participate” opened in Boston in 1998 and has since traveled to Chicago, New York, Memphis, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cleveland and Washington D.C.

The exhibition, which will run through Nov. 30, is free and open to the public during library hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Group tours are encouraged, and guides will be available to provide information and lead discussions.

For more information, visit www.choosingtoparticipate.org. To schedule a tour, contact Nancy Knight at nancy_knight@facing.org or 452-1776, ext. 227.

– Taylor Shoptaw

MAAR Elects Five Realtors to 2012-13 Board of Directors

Memphis Area Association of Realtors members elected five individuals to the 2012-2013 board of directors at MAAR’s annual meeting and election Thursday, Sept. 8.

They are: 2012 director/2013 vice president John Linthicum of Crye-Leike Inc. Realtors; 2012-2013 associate director Claire Owen of Crye-Leike; and 2012-2013 directors Sam Zalowitz of Zalowitz Commercial Realty; Jo Walker-Payton of BenchMark Bartlett Realtors; and Tom Murphree of Hackmeyer Realty.

New board members will join the current board members who will continue to serve in 2012: 2012 president Carol Lott of Prudential Collins-Maury Inc.; 2012 vice president Steve Brown of Crye-Leike; 2012 associate director Mindy Creech of RE/MAX On Track; and 2012 directors Eric Fuhrman of Crye-Leike Commercial; Landra Pryor of Crye-Leike; Judy Skinta of Prudential Collins-Maury; and Greg Glosson of Fast Track Realty.

– Sarah Baker

Hargett Named Dean of CBU School of Business

Dr. Jack Hargett has been named dean of the School of Business at Christian Brothers University.

During his tenure at CBU, Hargett has served as a member of the president’s cabinet, the education committee of the board of trustees, the university compensation committee, the university strategic planning committee, and the mission & identity committee of the board of trustees. He was responsible for the successful completion of the 2011 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Compliance Certification for university reaccreditation.

“I will work with the School of Business faculty to create a curriculum emphasizing quantitative analysis and ethical decision-making that is fundamental for success in business in this global century,” Hargett said in a statement. “Through the rigorous cultivation of internship opportunities for our students, the School of Business at CBU will maintain its excellent reputation of placing current students with Memphis-area businesses. Eventually, we plan to introduce a program that will allow undergraduates to complete a fifth year of study by the end of which they will have earned both an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree in accounting.”

– Sarah Baker

State Sen. Kyle Quizzed on Senate Future

Among the topics explored last week during questioning of those interested in being on a countywide school board was the political future of state Sen. Jim Kyle of Memphis.

Kyle was one of those interested in serving on the school board. But Kyle said he has no plans to give up his seat in Nashville.

There is a political precedent for having one foot in local politics and the other in Nashville. State Rep. Ron Lollar of Shelby County served on the Shelby County Schools board for several terms before giving up the school board seat.

Kyle faces a different political future. The legislature will take up redistricting of both houses of the legislature when it returns to session in January.

With 2010 U.S. Census results showing a drop in population in Shelby County, the county delegation is expected to lose two house seats and one state senate seat by preliminary estimates.

Kyle, a Democrat, was asked by Republican Shelby County Commissioner Terry Roland if Kyle believes he will still have a seat when the new district lines are drawn.

Both chambers have Republican majorities.

“Two senators will end up in the same districts. Mathematics tell you that,” Kyle answered. “But I expect to be treated fairly and I expect to have a district to be successful in.”

– Bill Dries

Healthy Memphis Event will Telecast Dr. Oz

Healthy Memphis Common Table will host an event Thursday, Sept. 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the University of Memphis Fogelman Conference Center to celebrate Care About Your Care, an initiative to help increase awareness about what consumers can do to identify and receive better health care.

The event, held in conjunction with a national program hosted by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Aligning Forces for Quality, will feature a live telecast with Dr. Mehmet Oz of “The Dr. Oz Show.” A discussion with Memphis-area health care providers about how consumers can become more engaged in health care will follow the telecast.

“We have created a very informal forum for community stakeholders and the public to learn how to take charge of their health,” said Patti Tosti, project manager for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Aligning Forces for Quality program in Memphis. “Simple tasks like researching physicians and asking the right questions can have a significant impact on the quality of care individuals and their families receive.”

Space is limited. Visit www.healthymemphis.org or call 273-2670 for more information.

– Aisling Maki

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 124 481 17,865
MORTGAGES 127 530 20,565
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 4 48 2,693
BUILDING PERMITS 195 891 36,836
BANKRUPTCIES 52 262 11,426
BUSINESS LICENSES 24 139 5,848
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 26 116 6,830
MARRIAGE LICENSES 26 133 4,049