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VOL. 129 | NO. 227 | Thursday, November 20, 2014

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Nike Applies for $2 Million Building Permit

Nike Inc. has applied for a $2 million building permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for additions to its distribution center at 3100 New Frayser Blvd.

Elk Grove, Ill.-based Wynright Corp. filed the applications, which calls for “engineering materials, mechanical and electrical” installation.

The latest permit is part of Nike’s $301 million expansion in Frayser. The company applied for a $1.9 million building permit in October and two permits totaling $691,600 in November. It also sought a $1.4 million permit in January and a $20 million permit in March.

In 2012, the board of the Memphis and Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine approved a 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement with Nike for the expansion. According to the approved PILOT, the expansion would retain 1,600 jobs and add 250 more once the expanded facility opens.

In January 2013, Nike paid Belz Investco GP $2.2 million for about 200 acres of vacant land north of the company’s 1.1 million-square-foot facility in Frayser.

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

KPMG Signs Lease in East Memphis

After a year-long study of different options, audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG has made its move from Downtown to East Memphis official with its announcement today of the signing of a 10-year 3-month lease at Highwoods Properties’ Triad Centre III at 6070 Poplar Ave.

KPMG’s Memphis office, which is home to a staff of 60, plans to move out of its current space in the Raymond James Tower next month.

Features of the new space include collaborative workspaces and enhanced technology capabilities, as well as the firm’s plan to minimize its environmental footprint using sustainable construction practices and materials, natural lighting and other energy efficient measures. The firm also plans to get LEED certification for the office buildout.

KPMG worked with Pat Gamble of CBRE to negotiate the lease with Highwoods Properties.

– Andy Meek

Lowery Named 2015 City Council Chairman

The longest-serving member of the Memphis City Council will be the 2015 chairman of the 13-member body.

Myron Lowery was elected by the council unanimously and without opposition Tuesday, Nov. 18. He succeeds Jim Strickland in the chairman’s position.

Council member Kemp Conrad was elected vice chairman in a contest with fellow council member Wanda Halbert.

Halbert has long complained that the council should rotate the chairmanship annually based on seniority and that previous chairmen should wait for a second turn until all council members who want the chairmanship have had a turn.

Lowery, who was first elected in 1991, has been chairman four other times. He was interim Memphis mayor in late 2009 following the resignation of Willie Herenton and ran unsuccessfully for mayor in the special election that followed.

Halbert also complained Tuesday that while she didn’t campaign for chairman or vice chairman, others on the council did so by email.

Council member Janis Fullilove, who nominated Halbert, said some council members whom she didn’t name were of the “mindset” that women should be “barefoot and pregnant and keep their mouths shut.”

Meanwhile, council member Lee Harris submitted his resignation Tuesday from the council, effective Jan. 12. Harris was elected in August to the state Senate. His resignation takes effect days before the Tennessee Legislature opens its session for the year in Nashville.

The remaining 12 council members will appoint someone to fill Harris’ seat for the remaining year left in his four-year term.

– Bill Dries

Volunteers Needed for St. Jude Marathon

Signups are underway for 1,000 volunteers to cheer for runners on Saturday, Dec. 6, as they pass through the campus of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for the 13th annual St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend, presented by Juice Plus.

Volunteers can get involved in a variety of ways – from setting up activities to cheering on participants and handing out water. Learn more at stjudemarathon.org/weekend-activities/volunteers or email Natalie Murphy at natalie.murphy@stjude.org.

Parking passes, noisemakers, volunteer T-shirts, breakfast and lunch will be provided.

– Don Wade

Auction of Elvis Items Set for January

More than 60 authentic artifacts related to late singer Elvis Presley are set to be auctioned in Memphis in January.

Elvis Presley Enterprises says the auction, scheduled for Jan. 8, will be part of the annual celebration of Presley's birthday at Graceland, his longtime Memphis home. Bidding will begin online two weeks prior to the live auction at Graceland.com/Auction.

All 68 of the items are from third-party collectors, and they have been researched by Graceland's authenticators.

Among the items being auctioned is an acetate of Presley's first-ever recording produced at Memphis Recording Service in June 1953. The recording features the songs "My Happiness" on side A and "That's When Your Heartaches Begin" on side B.

Presley was 42 when he died on Aug. 16, 1977, in Memphis.

– The Associated Press

UTHSC Donating Flu Vaccines

University Health Services, the campus health and illness care facility at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has donated 150 doses of flu vaccine for distribution to employees at Memphis International Airport, Christian Brothers University and Baptist College of Health Sciences.

“While flu shots can be obtained for a nominal fee, by donating free flu vaccines we can provide access to the immunization for part-time, uninsured and financially stressed workers who might otherwise go without it,” said Dr. Lawrence Madlock, medical and administrative director of University Health Services. “We’re starting with a donation of at least 150 doses of the vaccine. We can provide more if needed.”

UTHSC team members will administer the flu shots at various locations over the coming weeks. Employees who are uninsured or need to save their resources for other living expenses are encouraged to receive one of the free doses of the seasonal flu vaccine.

The vaccinations will be provided at the Dorothy L. Bobbitt Airport Health Station in Memphis International Airport on Thursday, Nov. 20, from 8 a.m. to noon and on Tuesday, Nov. 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Distribution at Christian Brothers University and Baptist College of Health Sciences will be scheduled.

– Don Wade

Cordova Goodwill Location Reopens

Memphis Goodwill Inc. has reopened its Berryhill Attended Donation Center in Cordova. The center is at 1890 Berryhill Road, suite 101, near the intersection of Berryhill & Chimneyrock Boulevard.

The donation center is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. It features a drive-thru drop-off for donor convenience. Donors can bring clothing, shoes, furniture, domestics, collectibles, books, housewares, electronics, accessories, jewelry and computers (working and nonworking).

“We hope our neighbors and loyal donors in the Berryhill/Countrywood area will continue to support this donation center as a great resource,” said Dave Leutwyler, executive vice president of Memphis Goodwill, in a statement.

– Don Wade

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