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VOL. 129 | NO. 8 | Monday, January 13, 2014

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Cordova Land Sells for $1.3 Million

About 40 acres of vacant land near Interstate 40 and Germantown Parkway in Cordova has changed hands for $1.3 million.

An entity called Investment Properties LLC bought part of three parcels from TomBo Properties Inc. in a Dec. 30 warranty deed

The properties, whose addresses are listed as 7807 Interstate 40 and 0 Market Farms, are behind Countrywood Crossing shopping center and also front I-40.

The 7807 Interstate 40 parcel is 42.3 acres and had a 2013 appraised value of $3.8 million, according to the Shelby County Assessor of Property. The 0 Market Farms parcel is 0.7 acres and had a 2013 appraised value of $100.

No financing was associated with the purchase.

Source: The Daily News Online & Chandler Reports

– Daily News staff

Target to Close Winchester Store

Target is closing one of its Memphis stores in May, part of a nationwide series of store closings.

In a Friday, Jan. 10, update on the retailer’s fourth-quarter outlook, Target announced that after “careful consideration of each location’s financial performance” it was closing eight U.S. stores May 3.

In addition to the store at 7697 Winchester Road, Target is closing stores in West Dundee, Ill.; Las Vegas and North Las Vegas, Nev.; Duluth, Ga.; Orange Park, Fla.; and Middletown and Trotwood, Ohio. Target said employees would be given “an opportunity to transfer to a similar position at a nearby Target location.”

The Winchester store, which sits on 15 acres at Winchester and Tenn. 385, has a 2013 appraisal of $12.2 million, according to the Shelby County Assessor’s office.

– Amos Maki

Leadership Lunch and Learn to Feature 'One Thing' Book

Business author Marcus Buckingham’s book “The One Thing You Need to Know,” which distills down what makes great leaders and managers and how individuals can sustain success, will be featured at January’s Leadership Lunch and Learn, sponsored by In-Synk and The Daily News.

Buckingham, who also is author of “First, Break All the Rules,” interviewed people at all levels – from CEOs to hotel maids – and his findings provide performance and career lessons for people at all career stages.

The book review and discussion, which will be led by Michael Synk, will be held Friday, Jan. 17, in the Triumph Bank boardroom, 5699 Poplar Ave. Doors open at 11:45 a.m. The review begins at noon and is finished by 12:45 p.m., and attendees are invited to keep the discussion going until 1:15 p.m. A light lunch will be served, and all attendees will receive the SynkNotes for later review.

Attendees do not have to read the book to attend the review and join in the discussion.

Single tickets are $20, and discounts are offered for those buying multiple tickets. They can be purchased online at lnltheonething.eventbrite.com.

– Don Wade

New Restaurant Opening Near Sears Crosstown

A restaurant and bar with ties to a Memphis reality television show will open later this month near Sears Crosstown.

The restaurant and bar, called FoxCee’s Overton Park Bar & Grill, is being opened by the host and producer behind “Fox in tha City,” which airs on WLMT-TV CW30.

Host Cheryl Burns, who goes by FoxCee on the show, and her producer are opening the restaurant in the 2,389-square-foot building at 394 N. Watkins St. in the last week of January.

The restaurant’s menu will include burgers and seafood, barbecue and chicken wings. The establishment will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

The restaurant stage will feature live local music entertainment, including Top 40, blues and light-rock bands.

– Amos Maki

Luttrell Pulls Petition for Re-Election

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has pulled a qualifying petition to run for a second term in 2014.

Luttrell will be running in the May Republican primary, and so far there are no signs of opposition in the primary.

He had been expected to run.

Former Shelby County Commissioner Deidre Malone is running in the Democratic primary. Two independent candidates, Leo Awgowhat and Ernest Lunati, also have petitions out to run on the August county general election ballot.

The filing deadline for candidates in the partisan county elections is Feb. 20.

– Bill Dries

3 Tigers in NFLPA Bowl; NCAA Honors Hornsey

Three University of Memphis football players who concluded their collegiate playing careers last month are committed to play in the 2014 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl presented by Panini.

Defensive back Lonnie Ballentine, defensive lineman Johnnie Farms and punter Tom Hornsey have committed to the game, which will be played Saturday, Jan. 18, at California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif.

Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. CST, and the game will be televised live on ESPN2.

Hornsey, who is a 2013 NCAA Consensus All-America selection, was named the Ray Guy Award winner last month.

The NCAA announced its Consensus All-America team, which compiles a team whose players were listed on the most first-team All-American teams. To be selected, a player has to be named first team on at least two of the five selected All-American teams.

Of the five teams which make up the NCAA’s consensus list, Hornsey was a first-team All-America selection by the American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press and Football Writers Association of America. Hornsey ranked seventh nationally with a 45.2 punting average, and the Tigers’ 44.4 net punting average ranked fourth nationally.

Ballentine posted 176 career tackles, including 58 as a senior in 2013. Farms posted 101 career tackles, including 21 tackles for loss and six quarterback sacks.

– Don Wade

United Housing Raises Funds for United Way

United Housing Inc., the nonprofit affordable housing agency that serves families in Memphis, Shelby County and West Tennessee, raised more than $4,300 for the United Way of the Mid-South during a recent internal campaign.

United Housing hosted a golf outing at the Overton Park Golf Course for its employees and board members, with all proceeds benefiting the United Way. Last year, United Housing collected more than $3,300 for United Way.

– Amos Maki

Harmonyx Diagnostics Earns Accreditation

Memphis-based Harmonyx Diagnostics has earned accreditation from the College of American Pathologists after the organization’s inspectors made a recent inspection and site visit to the automated genetic-testing laboratory.

With the accreditation, Harmonyx and its holding company, Transnetyx Inc., are now part of an exclusive group of worldwide laboratories that have met the college’s standards.

Transnetyx launched Harmonyx in late 2009 to address the high-growth segment of human testing for specific applications.

– Andy Meek

Transplant Games Flag to be Signed in Memphis

On Jan. 31 at 11:30 a.m., Team Mid-South, the local Transplant Games of America team that is being presented by Mid-South Transplant Foundation, Methodist Transplant Institute and Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp., will celebrate the countdown to the 2014 Transplant Games of America at Church Health Center-Wellness.

After the official unveiling of the team logo, members of Team Mid-South will sign a flag, which will then travel across the country for signatures from more than 50 participating teams.

It will take place during a luncheon sponsored by Mid-South Transplant Foundation, Church Health Center and HoneyBaked Ham.

The Transplant Games of America is a multisport festival event that celebrates organ, corneal and tissue donation. More than 3,000 participants from across the United States will travel to Houston for the five-day event July 11-15.

– Don Wade

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