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VOL. 130 | NO. 82 | Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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$200,000 Building Permit Sought at Southland Mall

Southland Mall has applied for a $200,000 building permit to make repairs resulting from storm damage last year.

Southland ML Shopping LLC applied for the building permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement. The description of the scope of work was listed as “repairs to interior & tenant.”

Chris Woods Construction Co. is listed on the application as the contractor. Juan R. Self is listed as the architect. The project is valued at $200,000 and covers 174,408 square feet of space.

Source: The Daily News Online & Chandler Reports

– Amos Maki

Graceland Buys Jets, Will Keep Them at Graceland

Two jets once owned by Elvis Presley will remain at Graceland, according to a Tweet Sunday afternoon by the late entertainer’s daughter.

“I wanted 2 b the first to tell U: The Planes will remain at Graceland 4 ever!” tweeted Lisa Marie Presley. “We own them and have fun plans 4 them as well.”

The tweet comes just days after the Memphis City Council approved OKC Partnership’s plan to move the jets – “Lisa Marie” and “Hound Dog 2” – to 3850 Elvis Presley Blvd. and build a museum to go with them.

The site is just across Graceland’s southern border and land owned by Elvis Presley Enterprises. Graceland did not object to the planned development despite expressing earlier concerns.

OKC owned the jets and the jets have been part of Graceland tour packages since the mid-1980s. They sit in an open area in the Graceland Plaza across Elvis Presley Boulevard from the mansion’s gates.

But earlier this year, contract talks between OKC and Elvis Presley Enterprises reached an impasse. OKC announced it was putting the jets up for auction and EPE said it wanted them off Graceland’s campus.

Priscilla Presley, the entertainer’s ex-wife, reacted strongly on Facebook as the stalemated contract talks suddenly went public.

“Do you honestly think we want them sold?” she posted on her Facebook page in January. “Have you never thought that the owners are the culprits? That perhaps they are greedy, unwilling to be fair or are being totally unreasonable?”

No terms on the sale of the jets were immediately available, nor were specific details on the plan for the jets remaining at Graceland.

The plaza area where they currently are located is scheduled to change dramatically in the third phase of redevelopment of the 120-acre Graceland campus.

The overall project includes an archives building as well as a $90 million, 450-room resort hotel north of the mansion that will be the third largest hotel in the city.

General plans for the plaza area include restaurants, nightspots, new shops and a performance hall as well as demolition of the Heartbreak Hotel once the new resort hotel opens.

– Bill Dries

Dick Vitale to Receive Award From AutoZone Liberty Bowl

College basketball’s most spirited ambassador and a long-time analyst with ESPN will be the guest of honor at the kickoff event of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Golf Classic, a benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Dick Vitale will receive the AutoZone Liberty Bowl’s Distinguished Citizen award. The dinner will be held June 21 at the Memphis Hilton Hotel. A cocktail reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the award presentation at 6:30 p.m. A live auction and silent auction will be held during the evening with all proceeds going to St. Jude. The golf tournament will be held Monday, June 22, at Ridgeway Country Club.

Vitale is known for his many sayings, including “Awesome, Baby!” and “PTP’er” (prime-time player). Vitale is on the board of the directors of the V Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to finding a cure for cancer. Vitale has raised millions of dollars for the V Foundation, which has generously supported St. Jude.

Vitale also has written several books and is a member of the National College Basketball Hall of Fame (2008) and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (2008).

Individual seats for the dinner may be purchased for $75 or a table of 10 for $750. The dinner includes a buffet, cocktails and wine. To reserve a table or an individual seat, call the AutoZone Liberty Bowl at 901-795-7700.

– Don Wade

Free CPR Training Will Be Offered May 2 at MERI

Each year Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital treats about 40 children who drown or almost drown in pools, ponds or other bodies of water. An event hosted by Splash Mid-South, Le Bonheur and Safe Kids Mid-South will arm parents and other caregivers with the skills and knowledge necessary to perform CPR.

On Saturday, May 2, the groups will host three free CPR training sessions at the Medical Education and Research Institute at 44 South Cleveland. Parking is behind the building on Monroe.

The one-hour sessions will be offered at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Certified CPR instructors from a number of other local agencies including the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy, Christian Brothers University, Methodist Healthcare and the Memphis Fire Department will lead the training. Please register in advance by calling Kaye Stewart at 901-725-8868. Walk-ins are welcome. Participants should dress comfortably and bring a towel or something to kneel upon.

Splash Mid-South, based at Le Bonheur and formed in June 2008, is a group comprised of concerned community organizations with a special interest in swimming, children’s health and safety issues. The organization focuses on expanding awareness about the importance of water safety, providing swim lessons and swim team scholarships for economically disadvantaged children, and promoting minority participation in swimming in Memphis and surrounding communities.

– Don Wade

Counterpart Communication Design Picks Up Awards

Memphis-based marketing communications firm Counterpart Communication Design has started the year by winning three AVA Digital Awards.

The international competition is presented and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, an organization consisting of several thousand marketing, advertising, public relations and media experts. The competition recognizes outstanding achievement in the concept, direction, design and production of digital media.

Counterpart received a platinum award – the contest’s highest honor – for the 2014 Hammermill digital marketing campaign; a gold award for the 2014 FedEx holiday digital marketing campaign; and an honorable mention in the interactive communication category for Counterpart’s 2014 Halloween email.

The 2015 winners were chosen from over 2,500 entries.

– Andy Meek

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 57 280 1,209
MORTGAGES 55 244 916
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 8 52 151
BUILDING PERMITS 158 699 2,751
BANKRUPTCIES 37 157 618
BUSINESS LICENSES 12 77 276
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0