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VOL. 129 | NO. 86 | Friday, May 2, 2014

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Lamar Avenue Citgo Sells for $975,000

The Citgo gas station and convenience store at 4941 Lamar Ave., at the corner of Lamar and East Shelby Drive, has sold for $975,000.

An entity called 4941 Lamar LLC bought the 3,927-square-foot combination gas station and convenience store in an April 16 warranty deed from Kimberly A. Sartain, who paid $1.4 million for the property in 1999.

Built in 1997, the Citgo station sits on 1.7 acres across from the BNSF Railway Co. Tennessee Yard intermodal facility. The Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2013 appraisal was $762,300.

In conjunction with the purchase, 4941 Lamar LLC filed an $850,000 deed of trust through First Capital Bank. Sardar A. Aman and Badruddin Kheraj signed the deed as chief manager and member, respectively, of the borrower.

Source: The Daily News Online & Chandler Reports

– Daily News staff

Raleigh Springs Mall Owners Concerned About City Plans

Leaders of the holding company that owns Raleigh Springs Mall expressed concern Thursday, May 1, about Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s plans to turn the mall into a town center.

Michael Aschenbrener, attorney for Raleigh Springs Mall LLC, says the group has been working diligently to renovate and revitalize the mall since it bought the property a year ago.

That includes $1.5 million spent on a new roof for the mall, which has approximately 15 tenants and has signed leases for three more.

Aschenbrener said the owners had been talking with the city about a renovation of the mall until those talks stopped late last year. He said the owners hope to have future discussions.

Wharton’s plan is to demolish parts of the mall and locate city government services on the site, including moving the Old Allen police precinct, the citywide police traffic precinct and a public library to the mall property.

Raleigh Springs Mall is one of three town centers Wharton has proposed, including one at the Southbrook Mall in Whitehaven. The Southbrook plan has drawn opposition from the nonprofit group that owns that mall and instead wants $1.5 million in city funding to repair the roof and heating and air conditioning system. The administration has said city funding can’t be used because it would be public funding for a private use.

The third town center site is the Soulsville Town Center in South Memphis.

All three plans are built on the concept of moving city government offices to the sites and using them as a catalyst for private development.

– Bill Dries

Entercom Launches ESPN 790 AM

Entercom Memphis has launched ESPN 790 AM, offering around-the-clock national sports coverage and national ESPN personalities to complement its local station 92.9 FM ESPN.

Among the personalities and shows that will air on 790 AM: Colin Cowherd, Van Pelt & Russillo, The Dan Le Batard Show and a special broadcast of the Paul Finebaum Show. Local sports content and personalities can be heard on sister stations 92.9 FM ESPN and 680 AM.

In addition to the national ESPN content weekdays, ESPN 790 AM will continue to feature select games for the St. Louis Cardinals and University of Tennessee, as well as other select college football and basketball games and the NFL.

– Don Wade

Job Ready Program Receives $25,000 Grant

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis has received a $25,000 contribution from the Walmart Foundation’s Tennessee State Giving Program to assist with its Job Ready program.

The Job Ready program prepares Boys & Girls Clubs members and alumni ages 16 to 21 with skills to secure employment and be successful at work. Using the comprehensive program materials and assessment tools that Job Ready provides, club staff can tailor the program to meet members’ specific needs.

Participants learn how to identify job opportunities, write effective resumes, perform well in interviews, dress appropriately, develop good work habits and work effectively with others.

In 2013, the Tennessee State Giving Program awarded more than $1 million to organizations such as the Boys & Girls Clubs, Feed America First of Tennessee and the YMCA of Middle Tennessee.

– Don Wade

Brown Contempt Hearing Scheduled for Friday

Former Criminal Court Judge Joe Brown’s March contempt citation in Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court is set to be heard by a special Criminal Court judge Friday, May 2.

Senior Judge Paul G. Summers, acting as a special judge in the case, denied motions by Brown’s attorneys to delay the hearing to correct what they say are errors in the March 24 contempt order.

Juvenile Court Magistrate Harold Horne cited Brown multiple times for contempt as Brown challenged Horne’s authority to hear a case and said, “This sorry operation needs to stop.”

Horne says Brown disrupted the court by continuing to challenge the court.

Brown, who is the Democratic nominee for district attorney general, also claimed that Horne lacked the authority to have him jailed for contempt and could only fine him $10.

Brown was released from jail later that day on a Criminal Court order pending a hearing in Criminal Court.

Attorneys Taylor M. Eskridge and Andre Wharton, representing Brown, wanted to delay Friday’s hearing to add details of the decision by Juvenile Court Judge Curtis Person Jr. to set bail and release Brown that day before the matter got to Criminal Court.

They claim Brown’s attorneys were denied a hearing before Person on the matter.

– Bill Dries

Wharton: City Ready If British Royals Visit

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. says the city is ready to host members of the British royal family should they come for a wedding of a friend.

While not officially confirming Thursday whether Princes William and Harry will come to Memphis for a Saturday wedding, Wharton did say that the affair is a private event.

Wharton did not disclose what steps were being taken regarding the visit, including what security measures would be in place.

It's a busy weekend in Memphis, with the beginning of the annual Memphis in May tourist event. The Beale Street Music Festival is scheduled to take place this weekend.

Wharton did acknowledge that a possible visit from the royal family would be good public relations for the city and said he has received a deluge of calls from national and international press about the visit.

– The Associated Press

UTHSC Alumni Director Honored

Michelle Nixon, director of alumni programs at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has been honored with the Imhotep Award from UTHSC’s Student Government Association Executive Council.

Council President Ben Maddox presented the award, which acknowledges outstanding service to students. Nixon, who joined UTHSC in 2012, works in the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs and has supported a number of student initiatives that give back to the UTHSC community, including Student Philanthropy Week in April.

During Philanthropy Week, nearly 100 students reached out to those in need through drives for used cellphones, bone marrow donor registration and feeding the homeless. Students also helped to execute oral cancer screening, a senior caregivers health fair, and a health careers simulation experience with MIFA COOL high school students.

– Don Wade

Super Dollar Raises Funds for Children's Miracle Network

The annual campaign by fred’s Super Dollar to collect money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has brought in almost $780,000 in customer donations.

The campaign ran from Feb. 25 through April 20. Shoppers were offered a chance to buy paper Miracle Balloons for $1 each at any store location. All proceeds benefit the Children’s Miracle Network hospital closest to the Super Dollar where the balloon was purchased.

Since 2006, fred’s Super Dollar has raised more than $4.9 million, one Miracle Balloon at a time.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is a nonprofit organization dedicated to generating funds and awareness for children’s hospitals and their programs across the country.

– Andy Meek

PROPERTY SALES 97 418 8,253
MORTGAGES 112 508 9,293
BUILDING PERMITS 194 1,059 18,126
BANKRUPTCIES 46 208 5,367