September 6-12, 2013: This week in Memphis history

Saturday, September 7, 2013, Vol. 6, No. 37

2012: On the front page of The Daily News, the city and developers with Loeb Properties Inc. broke ground on a parking garage at Monroe Avenue and Florence Avenue and Local Gastropub was nearing build out completion at Madison Avenue and Cooper Street.

2008: Tennis Club of Memphis LLC bought The Racquet Club of Memphis for $4.4 million. The LLC was a partnership led by local marketing executives Doug Carpenter and Brian Sullivan along with Silicon Valley Sports and Entertainment of San Jose, Calif.

1993: The Shelby County District Attorney General’s office dropped all charges against Frances Ballard, the only defendant in the Georgian Hills Baptist Church Day Care Center child abuse case convicted by a jury of any charges. Ballard’s conviction on one of 16 counts of child sexual abuse was overturned by the Tennessee Supreme Court. The high court ruled testimony from “expert” witnesses on post-traumatic stress disorder should not have been allowed as evidence.

Three other defendants who worked at and ran the day care center in Frayser were either acquitted or the cases dismissed.

1973: The second year of Shelby State Community College began with a new campus at the old Gragg Junior High School on Jackson Avenue joining the six other campuses. “We are expecting approximately 2,500 students to avail themselves of educational opportunities at one or more of our six current locations,” said Jess Parrish, the president and founder of the institution.