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VOL. 129 | NO. 246 | Thursday, December 18, 2014

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Collierville Retail Center Sells for $3 Million

A Collierville retail center has been sold for $3 million.

KCBBHB LLC sold the retail center at 10210 Collierville Road to Exeter 14214 DE LLC, according to a special warranty deed.

Built in 2007, the 10,731-square-foot Class A retail center sits on 1.4 acres on Collierville Road near South Houston Levee Road and Tenn. 385.

The Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2014 appraisal is $1.4 million.

Source: The Daily News Online & Chandler Reports

– Amos Maki

ServiceMaster Lays Off 40, Eliminates 21 Positions

The ServiceMaster Co. announced this week it will lay off 40 employees effective next month, most of them from the company’s Memphis headquarters.

The changes also include eliminating 11 unfilled positions across the franchise services that are the various commercial and residential service brands that make up ServiceMaster.

Another 10 unfilled positions in ServiceMaster’s Human Resources division will also be eliminated.

– Bill Dries

Council Approves More Rape Kit Testing Funds

Memphis City Council members approved on Tuesday, Dec. 16, $1.25 million more in city funding for rape kit testing. The money comes from higher-than-anticipated revenue collections on the city’s tax on mixed drinks.

Council chairman Jim Strickland amended the resolution to say that if the city secures private or federal and state funding to test the rape kits in the city’s backlog that the city funding will be used for forensic analysis as well as police personnel to continue processing rape kits beyond the backlog.

The council also approved on the second of three readings changes to the city’s taxi ordinance that are expected to see more debate including input from the city’s cab companies before a vote on third and final reading at the Jan. 6 council meeting.

Meanwhile, council member Lee Harris turned in his letter of resignation from the council Tuesday.

Harris was elected to the state Senate this past November.

His resignation is effective Jan. 12, the day before the Tennessee Legislature opens its 2015 session.

The council will vote on appointing someone to his seat at its Jan. 20 meeting.

Those applying for the appointment have to sign an affidavit saying they live in the council district and submit proof of residence. They also submit a petition signed by 25 voters who live in the district.

The council office began handing out the packets with the paperwork Wednesday and the council set a Jan. 7 deadline to file the paperwork at City Hall.

– Bill Dries

Outgoing Botanic Garden Director Thanks Donors

Outgoing Memphis Botanic Garden executive director Jim Duncan sent an email to supporters Wednesday thanking them for their support over the years and including the traditional year-end donation request.

However, his note asked for that donation to be made in honor of the garden’s growth over the last decade and to “establish a financial platform for the future.”

“In 2015, a new executive director will assume leadership of the Memphis Botanic Garden, with ambitions to build on the success that the garden currently enjoys,” he wrote. “The past ten years that I have served as director have been wonderful, and I have been blessed with a great staff and supporters who collectively have made our growth and current position of strength possible.

“Traditionally, we send you a year-end letter requesting a donation, and usually cite current needs and offer reasons why you should consider making a gift to the garden. While the needs and reasons are still there, this year we are asking you to make a donation that will commemorate the past ten years and help establish a financial platform for the future.”

– Andy Meek

New Daisy to Host iHeartRadio New Year's Broadcast

On New Year’s Eve, the New Daisy will be transformed into a one-night “light and sound spectacular” with its Lights Out! NYE Experience event.

Beginning at 10 p.m., iHeartRadio will broadcast live from the New Daisy, 340 Beale St., to more than an estimated 8 million listeners across the country with on-air personality Brodee as part of the iHeartMedia NYE “Coast to Coast” celebration.

The evening also will be hosted by Mattie and Daddy of the hit TMC show “Party Down South,” and will feature some of the Mid-South’s top DJs, including DJ Epic (Kiss106), Ben Murray (Radio Now), and Tubbz (Q107.5) as well as a special guest appearance by Grammy nominee Al Kapone at 2 a.m.

Events run from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Early bird tickets are $20 through ticketweb.com and the New Daisy box office. VIP Tables are available by calling 901-525-8981.

– Don Wade

Ole Miss, Southeast Missouri in First Jack Jones Classic

Division I college basketball returns to Southaven as Ole Miss plays Southeast Missouri State in the inaugural Jack Jones Classic on Monday, Dec. 22, at the Landers Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

Area basketball fans will recognize many of the names on each roster. Coach Andy Kennedy and the Rebels have two Memphis players: Marcanvis Hymon (Whitehaven) and Martavious Newby (Booker T. Washington).

SEMO and coach Dickey Nutt counter with five Memphians on the roster, four of whom combined for 82 starts last year: Jarekious Bradley (East, 25 starts last season), Antonius Cleveland (Germantown, 21 starts), Ladarius Coleman (White Station), Darrian Gray (Southwind, 15 starts), and Nino Johnson (White Station, 21 starts).

Ole Miss finished the 2013-14 campaign 19-14 while SEMO ended the season 18-14.

Tickets may be purchased online at jackjonesclassic.com or at Platinum Jewelers in Memphis, 545 Perkins Road Extended. Admission starts at $15.

The event supports the Big Buddy Program. The Youth Athletic Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is sending underprivileged youth from the Mid-South area to this game as a part of the program. Companies interested in participating with the Big Buddy Program can contact Scott Robinson at 317-490-5948 or eliteeventsunlimited@yahoo.com.

– Don Wade

University of Memphis Baseball Camp Set for Jan. 17-18

The University of Memphis baseball team will host its 2015 Winter High School Camp on Jan. 17-18. The two-day camp is for high school students only, and will take place at FedExPark, 974 Getwell Road, on the university’s Park Avenue campus.

Campers will receive professional instruction on hitting, pitching and catching from Tiger baseball coaches. The Jan. 17 instruction is for hitters and position players, while Jan. 18 is slated for pitching and catching training.

Camp fees are $125 per day, or $200 for both days of instruction. Campers are encouraged to sign up online at memphisbaseballcamps.com. For more information, contact camp coordinator and assistant baseball coach Lee Parks at 901-678-5041 or flparks@memphis.edu.

– Don Wade

Summer Avenue Car Lot Denied

In zoning and development items Tuesday, Dec. 16, the Memphis City Council unanimously voted down a car lot at Summer Avenue and Vaughn Road.

Council members approved an amendment to the Kirby Gate planned development by Grant Properties LLC that allows a self-service storage facility as well as an amendment to the Oak Tree Planned Development at Mt. Moriah Road and Park Avenue permitting commercial mixed-use development.

Meanwhile, the council approved on third and final reading a set of 35 amendments to the city-county Unified Development Code.

The changes include a written requirement that cell phone towers be at least 150 feet from single-family residential neighborhoods, an informal rule the council has been using for some time.

The changes also require a special use permit for car lots when there is a new owner of an existing lot instead of the current requirement of a permit for newly constructed car lots only.

– Bill Dries

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