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VOL. 129 | NO. 70 | Thursday, April 10, 2014

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Food Recycler Buys Presidents Island Property

ReConserve of Memphis Inc., the local affiliate of a California-based food recycling company, has bought the warehouse at 1495 Harbor Ave. on Presidents Island for $781,577.

The company bought the 110,960-square-foot industrial facility in a March 31 special warranty deed from KMA Manufacturing LLC, which had acquired the property in 2012 for $678,801 from Cargill Inc.

Built in 1969, the Class C warehouse sits on five acres on the south side of Harbor Avenue. The Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2013 appraisal was $709,100.

Santa Monica, Calif.-based ReConserve is a “recycler of bakery, cereal grain, snack foods, and related food by-products” with locations around the U.S., according to the company’s website.

No financing was associated with the transaction.

Source: The Daily News Online & Chandler Reports

– Daily News staff

AIA Memphis Hosting Architecture Gala

The American Institute of Architects Memphis is preparing to host its annual Celebration of Architecture Gala.

This year’s event to celebrate the built environment and salute local designers will be held in the Tower Center at Clark Tower. The event includes honoring the best of Memphis architects with the 2014 Design Awards.

The April 26 event kicks off at 6 p.m., and the awards ceremony begins at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $60, and associate AIA and student tickets are $35.

For more information, visit aiamemphis.org or call 525-3818.

– Amos Maki

Wharton Outlines Possible Beale Board

The Downtown Memphis Commission would continue to oversee day-to-day management of the Beale Street entertainment district for the rest of 2014, with a new five-to-seven member board forming later this year to oversee the hiring of a private management firm to run the district in the future.

That is the tentative proposal Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. outlined in an email to Memphis City Council members this week.

The council would approve any structure for the future oversight of the district.

The board Wharton outlined would include at least one seat each for the council, the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Beale Street Merchants Association and the Downtown Memphis Commission.

The Downtown Memphis Commission began running the district’s daily operations for the city with the new year, using services from various city divisions.

– Bill Dries

UTHSC to Hold Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symposium

The Neuroscience Institute at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center will host a symposium on post-traumatic stress disorder April 24.

The symposium will run from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will be held in Room A204 in the General Education Building, 8 S. Dunlap St., on the UTHSC campus.

While PTSD is often associated with the aftermath of war, it can result from a variety of traumatic events, including rape, child abuse, car accidents, natural disasters and traumatic brain injury.

Keynote speakers are Dr. Kerry J. Ressler of Emory University School of Medicine and Dr. Jeffrey J. Bazarian of the University of Rochester Medical Center.

The event is free and open to the public, and lunch will be provided. Visit uthsc.edu/neuroscience/symposia.php to register.

– Don Wade

University of Memphis Planning Girls' Basketball Camps

University of Memphis women’s basketball coach Melissa McFerrin will hold summer basketball camps for girls in third through ninth grades.

The camps begin with a one-day Elite Camp on June 18 for high school girls entering ninth to 12th grade. The Elite Camp will be held at the Larry Finch Center and University of Memphis Student Recreation and Fitness Center.

A team camp will be held June 19 and is for any team 13U or older (varsity, junior varsity, AAU, church, youth, etc.). The Team Camp has a three-game guarantee.

Questions about either camp can be mailed to the U of M coaching staff at mmhoopsschool@hotmail.com.

There will also be day camps from June 23-26 for girls entering third through ninth grades. The day camps will be held at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.

Online registration for all camps is available at coachmcferrin.com.

– Don Wade

Tennessee House OKs Watered-Down Anti-Meth Bill

Supporters of a watered-down version of Gov. Bill Haslam's anti-methamphetamine legislation approved by the House on Wednesday believe it will help in the fight against the drug's production across the state, even though it's not as tough as they would like.

The House overwhelmingly voted 80-17 in favor of the proposal that would set an annual cap of 150 days' worth of allergy and cold medicines such as Sudafed that could be bought without a prescription. Over-the-counter remedies that include pseudoephedrine are abused by people who make methamphetamine with the ingredient.

The House version is double the amount envisioned under Haslam's previous proposal that has been adopted in the Senate.

The Republican governor's original proposal would have established a monthly limit of 2.4 grams of pseudoephedrine, or a 10-day maximum dose, before requiring a pharmacist to authorize another 10 days' worth before getting a doctor's prescription.

Facing resistance over that measure, the governor later removed the pharmacist element, and instead proposed a 4.8-gram month maximum and an annual cap of 14.4 grams. That proposal was adopted in the Senate. The House version sets a 5.8-gram monthly cap and annual limit of 28.8 grams.

House lawmakers on Wednesday voted against an amendment to return the legislation to the governor's proposal.

Rep. G.A. Hardaway said he opposed the governor's version because of the hardships it would place on people who want to purchase the medicines legally, like some seniors who would be forced to get transportation to try to see a doctor.

– The Associated Press

Tennessee Spending Plan Headed to Full House

Tennessee's annual spending plan is headed to a full House vote.

The House Finance Committee approved the measure on a voice vote Tuesday night. The Senate is hoping to also take up the legislation this week.

Gov. Bill Haslam has said planned increases in higher education funding and pay raises for teachers and state employees will have to be abandoned to balance the books.

The Republican governor said an ongoing decline in revenue collections is the main reason for not being able to give the increases and raises.

House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh of Ripley proposed an amendment in the House Finance Committee Tuesday night to take money from reserves to give a one-time bonus to state employees and teachers, but the measure failed.

– The Associated Press

Panel Consolidates Pilot Flying J Lawsuits

A federal panel has consolidated seven lawsuits against Pilot Flying J, the truck stop company owned by the family of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. The suits claims Pilot cheated trucking companies out of promised rebates and discounts.

Knoxville-based Pilot already paid $85 million to 5,500 customers in a November class-action settlement of similar claims.

Attorneys for the seven companies with federal suits pending against Pilot had argued against consolidation, saying there were too few suits to make it necessary.

But the federal Panel of Multidistrict Litigation ruled Monday to consolidate in Kentucky's eastern district, headquarted in Lexington. The panel noted that another 50 companies opted out of the settlement and could still sue.

A federal investigation of the nation's largest diesel retailer is ongoing.

– The Associated Press

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