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VOL. 129 | NO. 11 | Thursday, January 16, 2014

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Belz Sells Shelby Oaks Ensafe Center for $910K

An affiliate of Belz Enterprises has sold the five-building Shelby Oaks EnSafe Center office complex on Summer Trees Drive in Northeast Memphis for $910,000.

BICO Associates GP sold the property’s four parcels in a Jan. 10 warranty deed to EnSafe Inc., a Memphis-based environmental remediation engineering firm whose headquarters is at the complex.

The sale included two parcels with buildings – 5710 Summer Trees Drive and 5730 Summer Trees Drive – and two vacant parcels, both listed as 0 Summer Trees Drive.

The 5710 Summer Trees Drive parcel is 2.7 acres and has four Class B office buildings totaling 27,328 square feet that were constructed in 1980. The Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2013 appraisal was $2.2 million.

The 5730 Summer Trees Drive parcel is 1.4 acres and has one 10,254-square-foot, Class B office building constructed in 1980. The assessor’s 2013 appraisal was $873,800.

And the two vacant parcels are a combined 2.4 acres with a combined 2013 appraisal of $407,600.

Source: The Daily News Online & Chandler Reports

– Daily News staff

Rare King Recording Features in NCRM Exhibit

A rare recorded interview of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from 1960 will be among the attractions at the National Civil Rights Museum on the Monday, Jan. 20, national holiday honoring King.

The audio recording, in which King talks about nonviolent resistance to segregation as a strategy and tactic up to that point in the civil rights movement, was donated to the museum in 2012 by illusionist David Copperfield.

Copperfield bought it from a family who found the reel of recording tape in an attic. At the time, he said he bought it and donated it to the museum to ensure that the public would have a chance to hear King talk about the movement.

The museum is almost at the end of its first major renovation since it opened in 1991 on the site of the Lorraine Motel, where King was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

King Day exhibits will include some renderings of what the renovated museum will look like when it reopens in March.

Since the renovation begin, the museum’s legacy building, across Mulberry Street from the main museum, has remained open.

The legacy building will be open on the holiday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. However, there will be no tours in which visitors can walk on the balcony where King was shot, because of the large crowds that usually visit the museum during the King Day holiday.

– Bill Dries

Beale Merchants Helping Wet Willie’s Employee

Beale Street merchants and employees are rallying to help one of their own fight a dangerous disease.

In December, Wet Willie’s employee Jessica Braddy was diagnosed with advanced Hodgkin’s disease, and Beale Street businesses are raising funds to help offset her medical costs.

Wet Willie’s is hosting the Jessica Braddy Benefit and Silent Auction on Friday, Jan. 17, and will match every dollar donated.

In addition, Beale Street venues will donate all of the money collected from wristband sales that day to the Jessica Braddy benefit.

For more information, contact Wet Willie’s owner Ray Spence at 578-5650 or rspence@wetwillies.com, or visit gofundme.com/5vd70k to make online donations.

– Amos Maki

NBA Greats Honored on MLK Celebration Day

Dikembe Mutombo, Bernard King and JoJo White will be part of the 12th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Day on Monday, Jan. 20, when the Grizzlies play the New Orleans Pelicans at 4 p.m.

Bernard King, an NBA Hall-of-Famer, and White, a former NBA star, will be honored for their contributions to civil and human rights. Mutombo, a past honoree who could not attend previously, will also participate in the Celebration Day events. The day is presented by the Grizzlies, the National Civil Rights Museum, the City of Memphis and Shelby County.

King and White will receive the ninth annual National Civil Rights Sports Legacy Awards, presented by FedEx. Mutombo, along with NBA Hall-of-Famer David Robinson, received the second annual National Civil Rights Sports Legacy Award in 2007.

Events begin with the Martin Luther King Jr. Day High School Classic between Whitehaven High School and Ensworth High School from Nashville on the main court of FedExForum at 11:55 a.m.

The day will continue with the free Martin Luther King Jr. Day Sports Legacy Symposium in the Coventry Health Care Practice Facility at FedExForum from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Admission is free to both events with the purchase of a Grizzlies vs. Pelicans ticket, but space at the symposium is limited.

Season ticket holders must pre-register by calling their account executive or e-mailing rsvp@grizzlies.com. Tickets are available to the general public through the FedExForum box office.

– Don Wade

Bailey Pulls Petition for Circuit Court Return

Retired Shelby County Circuit Court Judge D’Army Bailey has pulled a qualifying petition to run for Circuit Court Division 1 judge in the Aug. 7 elections.

Bailey retired in September 2009 as Division 8 judge.

Bailey is the only contender with a petition out for Division 1, which is now held by Judge John McCarroll.

In other election moves, Shelby County Commissioner Terry Roland has filed his petition to seek election to the new County Commission District 1, and Charles Nelson has filed to run as an independent on the August ballot in the race for Shelby County mayor.

Incumbent Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir has pulled a qualifying petition to seek re-election, starting with the May Republican primary.

Former Shelby County Schools board member Martavius Jones has pulled a petition to run in the Democratic primary for the new County Commission District 10.

Col. Gene Billingsley, who pulled a petition for County Commission District 7 in the Republican primary, has said he won’t run. Billingsley announced his decision the day after former Germantown alderman Mark Billingsley was appointed to a vacancy on the current County Commission.

Gene Billingsley said his decision was based in part on not wanting there to be “more than one Billingsley on the ballot.”

Meanwhile, the Shelby County Election Commission has now posted two separate lists on its website, www.shelbyvote.com, of the election activity. One is for contenders in the May county primary and independent contenders in those races.

The other is for contenders in the August judicial races, Shelby County Schools board races and the state and federal primaries on the August ballot.

– Bill Dries

PROPERTY SALES 143 381 16,005
MORTGAGES 148 432 18,480
BUILDING PERMITS 184 635 33,149
BANKRUPTCIES 59 237 10,250