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VOL. 129 | NO. 109 | Thursday, June 5, 2014

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Shops of Wolflake Sells for $3.8 Million

The Shops of Wolflake retail strip center at 2965 N. Germantown Road in Bartlett has sold for $3.8 million.

Bartlett Interests LLC, which lists an address in Conifer, Colo., bought the 57,165-square-foot, Class A retail strip center in a May 20 warranty deed from PREF Wolflake Partners GP of Cordova.

The seller had acquired the shopping center – whose tenants include Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken and Eat Well Sushi & Grill – from 64 Investments Partnerships in 2005 for $5.7 million.

Stanley H. Sonenshine signed the warranty deed as president of PREF Wolflake I and PREF Wolflake II, the managing entities of the seller.

Built in 2001, the Class A retail property sits on 4.6 acres along the west side of North Germantown Road between U.S. 64 and Stage Hills Boulevard. The Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2013 appraisal was $3.8 million.

Source: The Daily News Online & Chandler Reports

– Daily News staff

City Council Hears Tentative Plans for Office Building

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration would move the Memphis Police Department, information technology services and six city agencies renting offices on Union Avenue Extended into the Donnelley J. Hill office building if the city goes through with a plan to swap the office building with state government in exchange for parking spaces in the Peabody Place garage.

Housing and Community Development Director Robert Lipscomb outlined the general plan to Memphis City Council members Tuesday, June 3. Lipscomb said the divisions and agencies likely to move into the office building, which is just a few yards from City Hall in the Civic Center Plaza, are those whose leases elsewhere are up or about to be up.

Wharton and police brass have several times proposed renovating the old Memphis Police Building on the northwest corner of Adams Avenue and Second Street to once again become the police headquarters.

In other action Tuesday, council Chairman Jim Strickland delayed for two weeks a vote on the second reading of his ordinance to establish residential-permit parking in the Overton Square area on a trial basis.

And the council affirmed its rejection of plans for a new county cemetery at Raleigh-Millington and Duncan roads. Council member Janis Fullilove moved for reconsideration of the May 20 vote against the cemetery, but the move for reconsideration was voted down. The Shelby County Commission approved the cemetery plans Monday, June 2.

– Bill Dries

UT Health Science Center College Of Medicine Reaccredited

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Medicine has been reaccredited for the maximum eight-year term by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

The LCME accredits medical schools in the United States and Canada. Accreditation signifies that national standards for structure, function and performance are met by a medical school’s education program. Only LCME-accredited institutions may receive federal grants for education and participate in federal loan programs. Medical students in the United States must be enrolled in or have graduated from an LCME-accredited program in order to take national board exams or enter residency programs.

Preparations for the accreditation process took nearly two years and included an extensive self-study involving more than 100 faculty members, administrators and students. A five-member survey team of faculty and administrators from other medical schools spent three days on campus in November reviewing the documentation and meeting with roughly 150 faculty members and students. The survey team’s report was reviewed by the LCME, and the College of Medicine’s excellent relationship with partner hospitals was cited as an institutional strength.

– Don Wade

Memphis Health Center Gets $3.3 Million Grant

The Memphis Health Center Inc., which provides high-quality, affordable health care services to Shelby County citizens, has received $3.3 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration.

The Memphis Health Center, a nonprofit community health center, provides a comprehensive array of primary and preventive health and dental services to the uninsured, underinsured and medically underserved populations of Shelby and Fayette counties.

It was founded 45 years ago to address concerns over health care access disparities for underserved populations in the Mid-South.

– Don Wade

Lifeblood Holding Six-Week Donor Fest

Temperatures may rise in the summer and so may the need for blood, but donations tend to go down.

To counteract this, Lifeblood is holding a six-week Donor Fest through July 3 at its donor centers and mobile drives in hopes of encouraging new, regular and lapsed donors to give blood.

In celebration of fifth anniversary of Donor Fest, Lifeblood is inviting donors, blood recipients and volunteers to form a “human blood drop” on Saturday, June 14, at 9:30 a.m. on Saint Benedict at Auburndale High School’s soccer field. Participants are asked to wear a red shirt. The event will include food, music, balloon animals, face painting, donor recognition and more.

The June 14 event coincides with World Blood Donor Day, which serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products. The day is also a chance to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors.

For information about Donor Fest, donor center locations and a listing of public blood drives this summer, visit lifeblood.org or call 888-LIFEBLOOD.

– Don Wade

Shelby Farms Adds Summer Water Activities

Shelby Farms Park soon will be a water park – at least, a temporary one.

Every Saturday and Sunday starting this weekend, Shelby Farms will be transformed into a “water play festival,” featuring six 50-foot-long slippery slides, a splash pond, sand volleyball court, sandcastle sculpting, a food truck rodeo and a shaded stage with a place to get out of the sun and dance with help from local DJs.

Admission is $10 per person and $5 for park members. Children 12 and younger get in for $5, and all proceeds go toward helping keep the park and Shelby Farms Greenline clean and safe.

– Andy Meek

AAU Boys' Basketball Championship Coming to Memphis

The Youth of Memphis Competitors Association will host the AAU Boys’ Basketball National Championships for 2nd Grade and 7th Grade Division I and 7th Grade Division II in Memphis June 29 through July 6.

Nearly 5,000 players, coaches, parents and supporters participate in the annual AAU divisional contests, which have been hosted in Memphis more than 20 years.

The opening ceremony for the AAU National Boys Basketball Championship for 7th Grade Division I will be held June 29 at 7 p.m. at Southwind High School, 7900 E. Shelby Drive, and the opening game will follow at 8 p.m.

The opening ceremonies for 2nd Grade Division I and 7th Grade Division II will be held June 30 at 9:30 a.m., also at Southwind High.

The championship teams will compete at more than a dozen Memphis-area sites. For more information and ticket prices, visit aauboysbasketball.org or call YOMCA at 362-9550.

– Don Wade

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