Blues Foundation Files Permit for Hall of Fame

The Blues Foundation has filed a $1.3 million building permit for interior renovation of its 421 S. Main St. home for the Blues Hall of Fame.

As The Daily News reported earlier this month, the 34-year-old Blues Foundation will transform its South Main Historic Arts District headquarters into the hall of fame over a 10-month construction period, with the foundation offices moving to temporary quarters during that time.

Archimania is the architect and Grinder, Taber & Grinder Inc. is the general contractor for the project that will renovate the 12,000-square-foot site. The $2.5 million construction, which broke ground May 9, will create a hall of fame space to include blues artifacts, films, original art and rare recordings of some of those honored.

Inductees into the hall of fame since 1980 include 83 blues singles and 76 blues albums as well as 143 performers and 51 nonperformers.

The hall of fame exhibits are being designed by Design 500, with Germantown Contracting as the fabricator of the exhibits.

Source: The Daily News Online & Chandler Reports

– Daily News staff

Graceland to Auction Elvis Artifacts

Graceland, the longtime home of Elvis Presley, plans to host an auction of authentic artifacts related to the rock and roll icon in Memphis.

Elvis Presley Enterprises said Wednesday the auction is scheduled for Aug. 14, during the annual celebration of Presley's life, music and movies known as Elvis Week.

The auction will feature rare, authenticated items from the collection of Greg Page, founding member of The Wiggles and a prominent collector of Presley artifacts. Items from other private collectors also will be auctioned.

None of the auction items will come from the Graceland Archives.

Presley lived at Graceland for 20 years until he died on Aug. 16, 1977. It will be the first auction of its kind at the house-turned-museum.

Elvis Presley Enterprises manages Graceland.

– The Associated Press

Grizzlies Sign Joerger to Contract Extension

After interviewing with the Minnesota Timberwolves and reportedly turning down an offer to become their head coach, Dave Joerger agreed to a contract extension with the Memphis Grizzlies to continue as the team’s head coach.

The team did not release contract details, per club policy.

In his first season as head coach, Joerger led the team to 50 wins and a fourth straight playoff berth. The Grizzlies lost in the first round, in seven games, to Oklahoma City.

Joerger said in multiple radio interview this week that the Timberwolves offered him the job, but he declined after having his first substantial one-on-one conversation with Grizzlies controlling owner Robert Pera.

Twice in his first season, Joerger won Western Conference Coach of the Month honors. Joerger served the previous six season as a Grizzlies assistant coach.

– Don Wade

MIFA Unveils Resource for Long-Term Care

Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association has launched a sweeping new web-based resource to help individuals and families with important long-term care decisions, guidance and advocacy support.

Called Navigating Nursing Home, Long-Term Care & Rehabilitation Resources, this new public information center is part of MIFA’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman program, which was established in 1996 and serves Shelby, Fayette, Tipton and Lauderdale counties. The program advocates for residents of long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and residential care homes. In addition to providing education for families and clients, it investigates and mediates complaints and monitors residents’ care and quality of life.

The site offers critical information on the 89 Memphis-area long-term care facilities; quality of care and residents’ rights issues; financial concerns, including Medicare and Medicaid assistance; administrative decisions such as admissions and discharge; elderly and disabled adult abuse; and the process for filing complaints.

Visit to access the new resource.

– Don Wade

Tennessee Bar Polls Members on Supreme Court Races

The Tennessee Bar Association is conducting a first-ever poll of its members on the August retention races for three Tennessee Supreme Court positions.

The polling by secret ballot began Tuesday, May 27, and continues through June 9, with results to be released in mid-June.

Bar association leaders announced Tuesday the bar is taking the “unprecedented step as part of its efforts to help ensure that the 2014 judicial elections maintain a fair, impartial and accountable judiciary.”

The TBA poll asks members to rate Chief Justice Gary Wade and Justices Cornelia Clark and Sharon Lee each with one of four choices: highly recommend retention, recommend retention, do not recommend retention, or do not have an informed opinion at this time.

Wade, Clark and Lee are seeking new eight-year terms on the court. Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey is among those involved in a campaign to defeat all three, who were appointed by Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen.

Meanwhile, the three justices are campaigning across the state, with a stop in Memphis last week that included an endorsement by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

– Bill Dries

Cooper-Young 'Pup Crawl' to Benefit Humane Society

Ten Cooper-Young Historic District restaurants are teaming up for a pub crawl to benefit the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County.

The Cooper-Young Pup Crawl, presented by Memphis Animal Clinic, will be held June 19 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The 10 Cooper-Young restaurants will offer special canine-themed drinks during the event. The crawl will also feature live music by Jeff Hulett and Chad Nixon in the newly refurbished gazebo, and a Humane Society dog will serve as an outdoor greeter at each participating restaurant, giving attendees an opportunity to meet dogs available for adoption.

The restaurants, as well as Memphis Animal Clinic, will help sponsor the cost of adoptions at the Humane Society as part of the organization’s ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge campaign. All 10 restaurants will also have Human Society Bark Banks available to take donations starting on Thursday, June 5.

For a list of participating restaurants and a crawl schedule, visit

– Amos Maki

100 Girls of Code Workshop Coming to Memphis

100 Girls of Code, a program of the Tennessee Code Academy, is conducting workshops across Tennessee this summer to raise awareness among girls ages 12 to 18 about careers in computer science.

One such program will be hosted in collaboration with the University of Memphis library June 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants can expect to be exposed to topics such as an introduction to computer programming, a tutorial of the latest website development techniques and a look at innovative gaming development strategies.

Sponsors include Tennessee Tech University and Launch Tennessee.

– Andy Meek

Tennessee Nonprofits Report Payment Problems

According to data recently released by the Urban Institute, more than 42 percent of nonprofits in Tennessee report problems resulting from governments at all levels failing to pay the full costs of services nonprofits deliver for governments through contracts and grants.

More than 39 percent of Tennessee nonprofits also report that government pays them late for contracted services they provide in communities across the state, thus increasing burdens and costs on their operations and for their clients.

The Urban Institute’s report, “National Study of Nonprofit-Government Contracts and Grants 2013: State Profiles,” is based on a national survey of 501(c)(3) public charities with budgets greater than $100,000.

Similar to the institute’s report, a study the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence issued this month titled “Inside the Mid-South Nonprofit Sector” shows that half of Mid-South nonprofits reported receiving government funding late. Nearly 55 percent said they had to use some of their cash reserves to cover expenses as a result of late payments from government contracts, and 39 percent reported having to use a line of credit to cover expenses.

– Don Wade