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VOL. 129 | NO. 221 | Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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Econo Lodge Sells for $1.4 Million

An Econo Lodge Inn and Suites has sold for $1.4 million.

Vasant G. Patel sold the hotel at 6045 Macon Cove to Jaiamba of Memphis LLC, according to an Oct. 30 warranty deed.

Located at the southwest corner of Macon Cove and McRee Road, the 19,547-square-foot hotel was built in 1994 and sits on about half an acre. The Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2014 appraisal is $1.1 million.

Source: The Daily News Online and Chandler Reports
– Amos Maki

Marlo Thomas Getting Medal of Freedom

Marlo Thomas, who serves as national outreach director for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, is getting a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The White House on Monday announced the names of 19 recipients getting the award, which is the nation’s highest civilian honor presented to “individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

The awards will be presented during a ceremony at the White House Nov. 24.

From a White House biography of Thomas: She’s “an award-winning actress, producer, best-selling author and social activist. Whether championing equality for girls and women, giving voice to the less fortunate, breaking barriers by portraying one of television’s first single working women on 'That Girl,' or teaching children to be 'Free to Be You and Me,' Thomas inspires us all to dream bigger and reach higher.”

Other recipients of the award later this month will include singer Stevie Wonder and actress Meryl Streep.

– Andy Meek

Former State Rep. Emmitt Ford Dies

Former state Rep. Emmitt Ford has died in Memphis at age 70, a relative said Tuesday.

Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford Jr. said his uncle passed away Monday night at Methodist Hospital after battling an illness.

Emmitt Ford was elected to the state Legislature in 1974 and served until 1981. He resigned when he was convicted and sentenced to prison on insurance fraud charges. He was a member of Tennessee's politically prominent Ford family, which includes former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Sr., who was his brother.

Edmund Ford Jr. called his uncle a great family man. State Rep. John DeBerry, a Memphis Democrat and minister, said he often interacted with Emmitt Ford and the Ford family when conducting funeral services at his church.

"He was always a congenial person. He gave a whole lot to the city of Memphis," DeBerry said. "I think ultimately, all of us will be judged by the totality of our actions, our character."

Funeral arrangements have not been set.

– The Associated Press

Tenn. Hospital Association Partners in Insurance Push

The Tennessee Hospital Association is partnering with Enroll America, a national organization providing enrollment support for insurance coverage through the federal insurance marketplace, and its Get Covered America campaign in Tennessee.

This marks the second year THA has collaborated with Enroll America to support enrollment efforts in Tennessee’s hospitals and communities.

With the Nov. 15 start date of the open enrollment period for coverage through the federal marketplace approaching, Tennessee’s hospitals once again will work with patients and the wider community to increase awareness of coverage options and encourage enrollment. This work is supported largely through Enroll America’s field staff, partners and volunteers across the state.

The open enrollment period runs from Nov. 15 through Feb. 15 for those initiating new insurance plans. Individuals who already have coverage through the federal marketplace have until the February deadline to make changes to their existing plans or inform their insurance carriers they would like to renew.

Consumers can find out more information about the marketplace – including how much financial help they may qualify for and how they can schedule an appointment for free, in-person assistance – by calling 844-644-5443 or visiting GetCoveredTenn.org.

– Don Wade

2 Tigers Football Players Garner AAC Honors

Sophomore placekicker Jake Elliott helped Memphis take over sole possession of first place in the American Athletic Conference standings as he scored 10 of the Tigers’ 16 points in a 16-13 win at Temple, making Memphis eligible for a bowl game for the first time since 2008. And that was good enough to earn Special Teams Player of the Week honors.

Elliott connected on three field goals, including a 31-yard attempt as time expired to give Memphis the win. He added a 27-yard field goal that broke a 10-10 tie and hit from 42 yards in the second quarter to put the Tigers on the board. Elliott leads The American in scoring at 9.0 points per game.

Also, junior wide receiver Mose Frazier made the league’s Weekly Honor Roll after having eight receptions for 110 yards and blocking a punt in the Temple game.

– Don Wade

Veterans' Education Task Force Report Unveiled

A report by the Governor's Veterans Education Task Force outlines ways to improve higher education opportunities for Tennessee veterans.

The group was formed a year ago and is charged with identifying hurdles for transitioning veterans, researching best practices to serve student veterans and making recommendations on improving opportunities for veterans to earn a post-secondary degree or certificate.

"These are people who put their lives on hold, and their lives on the line for all of us, so why would we not want to help them further succeed?" said Many-Bears Grinder, who serves as commissioner of the state Department of Veterans Affairs and on the task force. "We don't want our veterans to just to get a job," said Grinder. "We want to see them in quality careers because they have so much to offer."

According to a news release from the governor's office, recommendations made by the panel include statewide training for campus leaders on veteran education practices, and the creation of a comprehensive veteran education web portal.

Planning on the statewide training initiative and web-portal are to start immediately.

The task force is scheduled to begin working with stakeholders from the state Department of Veterans Affairs and higher education officials in the coming months to begin implementing the recommendations.

Austin Peay, which already has several students connected to the military, will host the first Veterans Training Academy next year, according to WTVF-TV.

– The Associated Press

PROPERTY SALES 0 133 1,342
MORTGAGES 0 131 1,047