VOL. 130 | NO. 77 | Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Raleigh Warehouse on Elmore Road Sells For $700,000
A Union County, Tenn., forklift business has sold a Raleigh warehouse building for $700,000.
Union City Forklift Inc. sold the property at 2188 Spicer Cove in Memphis to Dpdd LLC, according to an April 6 warranty deed. Jim Mason, president of Union City Forklift Inc., signed the warranty deed.
The property, located on the south side of Elmore Road between Spicer Cove and Thomas Road, sits on a 2.1-acre site. The prefabricated Class B warehouse built in 1991 totals 20,212 square feet.
The Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2014 appraisal is $642,400. Union City Forklift acquired the property via quit-claim deed in March 2015. In September 2011, Jody Castellaw and Gina Castellaw acquired the property from Albert Nathan Family Trust.
Source: The Daily News Online & Chandler Reports
– Amos Maki
Wanda Halbert to Run for City Court Clerk
Memphis City Council member Wanda Halbert will not seek re-election in this year’s city elections and will instead run for City Court Clerk.
Halbert planned to pull a petition Monday, April 20, for the challenge of incumbent clerk Thomas Long.
Halbert is the fifth incumbent on the 13-member council to pass on a re-election bid in the October elections. The other four are Harold Collins, Jim Strickland, Shea Flinn and Myron Lowery.
Collins and Strickland are running for mayor in October; council chairman Myron Lowery is the council’s longest-serving member.
Halbert, a former Memphis City Schools board member who was elected to the council in 2007, ran for Criminal Court Clerk in 2014 as the Democratic nominee, losing to Republican Richard DeSaussure in the August general election.
Council member Edmund Ford Jr. became the first candidate to file Friday, April 17, for a spot on the October ballot for city of Memphis elections.
Ford filed for re-election to the District 6 council seat on the opening day of the candidate-filing period.
The first day for contenders to pull qualifying petitions saw 34 issued by the Shelby County Election commission, including the one Ford filed with at least 25 signatures from district voters as well as a $100 filing fee paid in cash.
A total of nine prospective contenders pulled petitions in the race for Memphis mayor, although none of those petitions had been filed as of Friday. That included already-declared candidates Justin Ford, the chairman of the Shelby County Commission and cousin of Edmund Ford Jr., and Memphis City Council member Jim Strickland.
It also included former Shelby County Schools board member Kenneth Whalum Jr. who also pulled petitions for City Council District 5 and Super District 9 Position 2.
Whalum’s most recent run for office was his bid for the Democratic nomination for Shelby County Mayor last year in which Whalum finished second in the three-way race, between nominee Deidre Malone and county commissioner Steve Mulroy.
Meanwhile, four other incumbent council members pulled petitions Friday; Bill Morrison, Janis Fullilove, Kemp Conrad and Reid Hedgepeth.
– Bill Dries
UTHSC Social Workers to Lead International Parenting Event
The Association for Successful Parenting is hosting the seventh biannual A Chance to Parent conference with this year’s theme, “Promoting Change Through Advocacy, Policy and Practice.”
The international event will be held Oct. 11 and 12 in Memphis.
Ashley Annestedt and Malissa Duckworth, social workers at the Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, will lead the event. The conference, which will be held at a Downtown Memphis hotel, is expected to attract 150 to 200 participants.
TASP is a collaborative community of parents, researchers, social workers, support providers and advocates working together to help families succeed. Through its website, TASP offers webinars on a variety of topics and keeps members informed of upcoming regional and international conferences, workshops or training opportunities. It shares resources, events, contacts and information for advocacy.
Due to its overwhelming past success, a track for parents with intellectual disabilities, as well as one for those who support them, will be part of the 2015 conference.
“This conference represents an expansion of the work of TASP into the South, where we hope to tap into the community energy so strong in this region,” said Susan Yuan, TASP president.
The full conference is open to the public for a registration fee. Online registration is expected to open by June 1 and details can be found at the TASP website, achancetoparent.net.
– Don Wade
U of M Outfielder Chris Carrier Named AAC Hitter of the Week
University of Memphis right fielder Chris Carrier has been named the American Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for the second time this season, the league office announced Monday.
The Tigers have claimed the American’s Hitter of the Week award in each of the last three weeks after first baseman Tucker Tubbs claimed the honor last week and Carrier two weeks ago.
The sophomore right fielder batted .333 to help Memphis to another winning week that included a series win over first-place University of South Florida. He had a double and a home run, while driving in five runs and scoring three.
The Tigers will be back at FedExPark Tuesday to host Belmont at 5:30 p.m. The team then plays at Ole Miss Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. before departing for a three-game weekend series at Connecticut.
– Don Wade
Visible Music College Festival Returns Downtown
Visible Music College, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, is bringing its second annual Visible Music in May music festival back Downtown, offering a family-friendly way to get into the spirit with live music, food trucks, activities and more.
The festival returns to Visible’s Downtown Memphis campus on May 15. This year’s event will build on the success of the inaugural 2014 event, with activity happening in the lot adjacent to the college’s 200 Madison Ave. campus and throughout its building.
Visible will host tours and activities – including an instrument petting zoo provided by AMRO Music –in the atrium as well as the recently opened Music Industry Underground.
Partners for this year’s event include Memphis Sound Labs, AMRO Music and Avenue Coffee, a University of Memphis area coffee shop founded by a Visible Music College alumnus. Streets Ministries, Neighborhood Christian Center, World Relief and Branch+Anthem also will be on site.
– Andy Meek
Shelby County Schools Board to Meet on 2015-16 Budget
Shelby County Schools board members meet in special session Tuesday, April 21, to vote on a budget proposal for consideration by the Shelby County Commission.
The special meeting follows the board’s regularly scheduled work session that begins at 5:30 p.m.
SCS superintendent Dorsey Hopson is recommending the board include in the budget plan an extra $14.2 million to fund 16 line items, including additional reading intervention teachers, guidance counselors and social workers.
The largest of the line items is $4.4 million for computers required for students to take online assessments of student achievement and growth.
The set of extras would require more funding from Shelby County government. Otherwise the school system would be submitting a balanced budget request of $958.8 million.
County government funding accounts for $308 million of the budget total, with state government funding and local sales tax revenue accounting for the remainder.
– Bill Dries