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VOL. 128 | NO. 65 | Wednesday, April 3, 2013

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Memphis Academy of Health Sciences Pays $1.1 Million for Raleigh Land

The Memphis Academy of Health Sciences High School has paid $1.1 million for a vacant parcel at 3606 Hawkins Mill Road in Raleigh.

The charter school bought the 1-acre property that is zoned residential March 26 from Breath of Life Christian Center Church Inc., whose campus fronts the parcel.

Breath of Life sits on the north side of Hawkins Mill Road between Hobson and Old Allen roads.

Memphis Academy of Health Sciences High School filed two loans in conjunction with the purchase – one for $950,000 through Self-Help Credit Union and one for $220,000 through the seller.

MAHS opened July 21, 2003, and is sponsored by 100 Black Men Inc., according to the school’s website. Its main campus is at 3925 Chelsea Ave. Extended at the Memphis Baptist College.

Source: The Daily News Online & Chandler Reports

– Daily News staff

Gomes Named Probate Court Judge

Attorney Kathleen Gomes was appointed Monday, April 1, by the Shelby County Commission as the new Probate Court judge. She will fill the vacancy created by the pending retirement of Judge Robert Benham.

Benham has delayed his retirement pending his ongoing hearing on the custody of the children of slain Memphis Police officer Martoiya Lang. The hearing was under way at the Shelby County Courthouse Monday as the commission considered his replacement a block away.

Gomes will serve through August 2014 when the winner of a full eight-year term in the August 2014 elections takes office.

Gomes won on the second round of voting by the commission, defeating state Sen. Jim Kyle.

Kyle appeared to have the seven votes to become judge of the first ballot when Commissioner Walter Bailey changed his vote for attorney and former County Commissioner Julian Bolton to Kyle. But when Bailey changed his vote for Kyle, Commissioner Steve Mulroy changed his vote for Kyle to an abstention, leaving Kyle one vote short.

– Bill Dries

Wine Bill Stalls in Senate Finance Committee

Legislation to allow wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets and convenience stores has hit another road block.

Members of the Senate Finance Committee voted 5-5 on Tuesday to keep the measure from advancing. The vote came after House leaders said they didn’t want to reconsider the companion bill that earlier failed by a single vote.

Republican Senate sponsor Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro has said he wants to get the bill out of the committee in case the situation changes in the House.

Both Republican and Democratic Senate members of the Republican-sponsored bill said they didn’t see a need for it to advance if the House doesn’t plan to bring it up again.

– The Associated Press

Haslam: 'Major Problem' With Senate Nominees Bill

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says he has a “major problem” with a bill seeking to give state lawmakers the power to select nominees to the U.S. Senate.

The governor said he objects to eliminating primary elections to decide the Republican and Democratic nominees for the U.S. Senate. He told reporters on Monday in Nashville that he would “very strongly” consider a veto of the measure.

The bill sponsored by Sen. Frank Niceley of Strawberry Plains and fellow Republican Rep. Harry Brooks of Knoxville has been put on hold until the final Senate calendar.

Niceley says the bill is an effort to return to the system closer to the direct appointments that were in place before the adoption of the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1913.

– The Associated Press

Haslam Appropriates Funds for Cash Grants Plan

Gov. Bill Haslam is rolling out his appropriations bill, which includes nearly $45 million to increase the amount of grants available to companies looking to invest in Tennessee.

The legislation allows the state to provide Fast Track grants for retrofitting, relocation, office upgrades or temporary space for companies investing in Tennessee.

The state has appropriated more than $200 million to the program over the last three budget years and Haslam proposed pouring another $80 million for last year and this year.

– The Associated Press

AutoZone Names VP of Marketing

Albert Saltiel has joined AutoZone Inc. as senior vice president of marketing and customer satisfaction.

Saltiel comes to AutoZone from Navistar International Corp., where he was chief marketing officer. He also has worked with Sony Electronics as general manager for marketing and with Ford Motor Co., where he held multiple marketing roles.

Saltiel will report to AutoZone chairman, president and CEO Bill Rhodes.

– Andy Meek

The Peabody Names Additions, Promotions

The Peabody Memphis has made a few additions to and promotions within its sales department.

Angus Blair, a long-time Peabody associate, has been promoted to director of revenue management, where he is charged with driving overall revenue and forecasting future business. Blair has worked at The Peabody Memphis since 2003 and held management positions in several departments.

Prissy Dulaney has been promoted to associate director of sales. Prior to joining The Peabody Memphis as sales manager in 2008, she held similar sales positions at several other hotels and resorts in the South.

Donna Pope has been appointed national sales manager, with territory responsibilities in the Washington market. A hospitality industry veteran, Pope has worked in hotel operations and sales management positions at several Memphis-area properties.

Marshall Thompson has joined The Peabody Memphis as national sales manager, with territory responsibilities in the Washington, Maryland and Virginia markets. He comes to Memphis from Florida, where he was director of sales and marketing at the International Palms Resort & Conference Center in Orlando.

– Andy Meek

Access to Justice Commission Hosts Free Legal Clinic

The Access to Justice Commission will hold a free legal clinic April 13 at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library from 10 a.m. to noon.

Volunteer attorneys will provide free legal assistance on a range of subjects to clinic participants. The Saturday Legal Clinic is a collaborative effort of the Memphis Bar Association, Memphis Area Legal Services Inc., the Community Legal Center and other nonprofit organizations.

The free clinic is held on the second Saturday of each month.

– Jennifer Johnson Backer

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