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VOL. 129 | NO. 219 | Monday, November 10, 2014

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Milhaus Seeks Building Permit for Highland Row

Indianapolis-based developer Milhaus Ventures has applied for another building permit for the long-awaited Highland Row project near the University of Memphis.

The company has applied for a $6.75 million building permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for construction of a four-story apartment building at 387 S. Highland St., the first piece in the $61 million Highland Row project. In October, Milhous applied for a $20 million permit for the project.

The mixed-use Highland Row development will include 354 apartments, 35 townhomes, a parking garage and 26,000 square feet of retail space. Memphis-based Poag Shopping Centers originally planned to develop Highland Row, but those plans were shelved following the recession.

Source: The Daily News Online & Chandler Reports

– Amos Maki

Ole Miss to Play in Jack Jones Classic

Division I college basketball returns to Southaven as Ole Miss plays Southeast Missouri State in the inaugural Jack Jones Classic Dec. 22 at the Landers Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

Area basketball fans will recognize many of the names on each roster. Coach Andy Kennedy and the Rebels have two Memphis players: Marcanvis Hymon (Whitehaven) and Martavious Newby (Booker T. Washington).

SEMO and coach Dickey Nutt counter with five Memphians on the roster, four of whom combined for 82 starts last year: Jarekious Bradley (East, 25 starts last season), Antonius Cleveland (Germantown, 21 starts), Ladarius Coleman (White Station), Darrian Gray (Southwind, 15 starts) and Nino Johnson (White Station, 21 starts).

Ole Miss finished the 2013-2014 campaign 19-14 while SEMO ended the season 18-14.

Tickets may be purchased online at jackjonesclassic.com or at Platinum Jewelers in Memphis, 545 Perkins Roads Extended. Admission starts at $15.

The event supports the Big Buddy Program. The nonprofit Youth Athletic Foundation is sending underprivileged youth from the Mid-South area to this game as a part of the program. Companies interested in participating with the Big Buddy Program can contact Scott Robinson at 317-490-5948 or eliteeventsunlimited@yahoo.com.

– Don Wade

U of M Women’s Soccer Players Honored

University of Memphis women’s soccer player Kylie Davis was selected as the American Athletic Conference Midfielder of the Year, and four other Lady Tigers have been named to conference First, Second and All-Rookie teams.

Diamond Simpson, Valerie Sanderson and Davis were named First Team All-Conference, Nugene Nugent was a Second Team All-Conference choice, and Sydney Kingston was a unanimous selection for the AAC All-Rookie Team.

The five Lady Tigers helped Memphis to a 6-1-2 conference record and a second-place finish.

– Don Wade

Sixth Circuit Upholds Gay Marriage Ban

The Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday, Nov. 6, that bans on gay marriage in Tennessee and Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio are constitutional.

The long-awaited ruling, the latest in a series from the nation’s set of federal appeals courts, sets the stage for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide the now conflicting rulings among the appeals courts.

The decision by a three-judge panel of the Cincinnati-based court was a 2-1 decision, with Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey of Tennessee dissenting.

Appeals Court Judge Jeffrey Sutton wrote the majority opinion that focused on the purpose behind states establishing laws that regulate marriage – laws that may vary from state to state.

“A dose of humility makes us hesitant to condemn as unconstitutionally irrational a view of marriage shared not long ago by every society in the world, shared by most, if not all, of our ancestors, and shared still today by a significant number of the States,” Sutton wrote. “Hesitant, yes; but still a rational basis, some rational basis, must exist for the definition.”

The basis for those laws, in part, Sutton wrote, should allow states through their legislatures to also pass laws like those in the four states in the federal circuit that specifically ban same-sex marriage.

“Today, my colleagues seem to have fallen prey to the misguided notion that the intent of the framers of the United States Constitution can be effectuated only by cleaving to the legislative will and ignoring and demonizing an independent judiciary,” Daughtrey wrote in her dissent. “Of course, the framers presciently recognized that two of the three co-equal branches of government were representative in nature and necessarily would be guided by self-interest and the pull of popular opinion. To restrain those natural, human impulses, the framers crafted Article III to ensure that rights, liberties, and duties need not be held hostage by popular whims.”

– Bill Dries

Paragon Bank Accepting Donations for Food Drive

Paragon Bank is accepting donations for the 7th Annual Mid-South Food Bank Student Food Drive at its four banking centers throughout November.

Donations of nonperishable food items can be made between now and Nov. 28 at Paragon’s banking centers at Paragon Place, 6300 Poplar Ave.; Fountain Place; 5400 Poplar Ave.; Saddle Creek, 7600 Poplar Ave.; and Grove Park, 4515 Poplar Ave.

The Student Food Drive is conducted by Memphis-area high school students to benefit the Mid-South Food Bank. In 2013, Paragon collected more than $14,500 in monetary donations and more than 1,400 pounds of food, which equated to 44,463 meals donated to families in need through the Mid-South Food Bank.

– Andy Meek

Haslam, Lawmakers Prep for Judge Selection Change

Gov. Bill Haslam and fellow Republicans in the General Assembly are putting forward plans for how to select Supreme Court justices under a constitutional amendment ratified by voters last week.

The vote largely kept the current system.

Appeals judges are selected by the governor and then stand for uncontested votes on whether to retain or replace them. But the ballot measure also added a new provision in which the Legislature can reject the governor’s appointments to the bench.

Haslam after Tuesday’s vote issued an executive order in which he created a new Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments. The council will vet applicants and present Haslam with finalists.

Meanwhile, Senate Judiciary Chairman Brian Kelsey introduced legislation that would establish a 14-member joint committee to weigh gubernatorial appointments.

– The Associated Press

Website Will Allow Review of Academic Standards

Gov. Bill Haslam has unveiled a website where Tennesseans can review and comment on the state’s current K-12 academic standards.

The standards set grade-specific goals that define what students are expected to know and be able to do by the end of a given grade or course.

Last month, Haslam laid out a process for a public review of the standards in English and math following an education summit that he co-hosted with the speakers of the House and Senate.

Academic standards are typically reviewed in Tennessee every six years. The current standards are now in their fourth year.

However, with discussion in Tennessee and across the country about Common Core state standards, Haslam said it’s time to take a fresh look.

The website is: https://apps.tn.gov/tcas.

– The Associated Press

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 143 381 16,005
MORTGAGES 148 432 18,480
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 14 48 2,453
BUILDING PERMITS 184 635 33,149
BANKRUPTCIES 59 237 10,250
BUSINESS LICENSES 37 110 5,288
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 16 108 6,256
MARRIAGE LICENSES 16 79 3,492