VOL. 130 | NO. 67 | Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Crestwyn Pays $3 Million for Germantown Hospital Site
Crestwyn Behavioral Health has acquired property for a psychiatric hospital in Germantown.
Crestwyn Health Group LLC acquired a 52-acre site with an address of 0 Crestwyn Hills Drive from Baptist Memorial Health Services Inc. for $3 million, according to a March 31 warranty deed.
The site is on Crestwyn Hills Drive, south of Winchester Road. The County Assessor’s 2014 appraisal is $2.9 million.
Last year, the state of Tennessee approved Crestwyn’s proposal to build a 60-bed, 61,592-square-foot facility at the site. The hospital is a joint project with Baptist Memorial Healthcare, Acadia Healthcare and St. Francis Hospital.
Source: The Daily News Online & Chandler Reports
– Amos Maki
New Home for Elvis Jets Proposed South of Graceland
The company that owns two of Elvis Presley’s jets – which have been on display for nearly 30 years as part of Graceland property tours – wants to move the jets to five acres just across the southern border Elvis Presley Enterprises-owned land.
Graceland and OKC Partnership parted ways during contract renewal talks earlier this year; Graceland wants the Lisa Marie and Hound Dog II jets off the property this year.
OKC has applied to the Office of Planning and Development to move the jets to 5.3 acres between Dolan and Timothy drives on the same side of Elvis Presley Boulevard as the mansion.
The vacant lot at 3850 Elvis Presley Blvd. was, until just a few years ago, the site of a church that most recently was Reach Heaven Global Ministries Inc. Before that, it was Miracles of God Tabernacle and Covenant Presbyterian Church.
Elvis Presley Enterprises indicated last month it is opposed to the zoning request. The land currently is zoned residential and is next to single-family homes.
The developers want to use Timothy Drive for access to the jets as well as a museum building to be built on the property.
In its report to the Land Use Control Board, OPD staff called the plan “highly inappropriate” for such a commercial venture to get customers to its business by going through the residential area.
“The location of this proposed museum and exhibit is appropriate for the area,” the staff report reads, “but should be conditioned to avoid negative impacts on the single-family homes to the east and provide and maintain adequate buffers to help reduce noise levels and light intrusion.”
– Bill Dries
Friday Presale Party Planned For Grizzlies Playoff Tickets
Memphis Grizzlies playoff tickets for the first and second home games of the 2015 NBA Playoffs’ first round will be available for purchase at an exclusive FedExForum box office presale event.
Starting at 4 p.m. Friday, April 10, all fans will be able to purchase tickets to the first two games exclusively at the FedExForum box office. There will be a limit of four tickets per game per purchase.
The FedExForum playoff presale event tips off at 9 a.m. and will be full of entertainment, prizes and food including an all-day live remote from the Grizzlies’ radio flagship partner 92.9 FM ESPN featuring their entire talent lineup. The party also will have music and food trucks from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Playoff ticket sales resume Saturday, April 11, at 10 a.m., when tickets may be purchased by phone or online, as well as at the box office.
For Grizzlies MVPs and pack holders, a playoff presale opportunity begins Friday, April 10, at 10 a.m. For added security, an email will be delivered to the account holder on Thursday, April 9, containing a presale password. There will be a limit of four tickets per game per purchase.
In order to provide the most secure access to tickets, each password is linked to the individual account and is good for one-time use.
Dates and times of home playoff games for the Grizzlies, who make their franchise-record fifth consecutive NBA Playoffs appearance, will be announced following the end of the 2014-15 NBA regular season.
– Don Wade
Wright Medical to Add 100 Employees
Wright Medical plans to add 100 employees to its Cherry Road corporate headquarters.
The 100 employees, which would bring Wright’s workforce at the location to 400, would be part of a 20,000-square-foot expansion of the headquarters, according to an application to the city-county Office of Planning and Development for additional parking.
The application was filed March 26 by the Pickering Firm Inc., which would design the parking plan for RBM Cherry Road Partners, the company that owns the property and leases it to Wright.
Wright moved from Arlington to the Cherry Road campus in January 2014.
“With Wright’s continued growth and the recent announcement of their merger with Netherlands-based Tornier, Wright would now like to expand into the remaining 20k square feet to accommodate an additional 100 employees,” wrote Cara L. Martin, principal owner of Pickering Firm in the letter to OPD officials.
– Bill Dries
Mickell Lowery Will Run for Father Myron’s Council Seat
Mickell Lowery, the son of Memphis City Council chairman Myron Lowery, announced Monday, April 6, he will run for the Super District 8 Position 3 seat currently held by his father.
The younger Lowery is a FedEx district sales manager. He also is on the board of the Memphis Housing Authority and last year was elected to the state Democratic party’s executive committee.
He announced his candidacy with a group of 22 supporters on the campus of LeMoyne-Owen College calling for “new leadership for a better Memphis.”
Mickell Lowery announced for the council race on the October ballot following last week’s announcement by Myron Lowery that he would not seek re-election to the council.
Candidates in the Memphis elections can begin pulling qualifying petitions from the Shelby County Election Commission on April 17 as the first formal step toward running for the ballot positions.
– Bill Dries
Priscilla Presley: No Elvis Imitators at Vegas Chapel
The King will not appear at Elvis Presley’s Graceland Wedding Chapel that is coming soon to Las Vegas – exactly how Priscilla Presley wants it.
The woman who wed Elvis in Sin City in 1967 made one thing clear before unveiling the latest wedding chapel to bear his name: No Elvis impersonators.
Priscilla Presley knows some might prefer a jumpsuit-wearing, sideburn-donning wedding official with a bit of swivel to his hips. But she says such a move would only cheapen the place.
“This is all first-class,” she told the Associated Press recently. “This is not a joke. The wedding chapel is not a joke.”
That means no red velvet, Presley said. Nothing gaudy.
She has been involved in the look and feel of the chapel that officials say is part of the first permanent exhibit of Elvis artifacts outside Graceland, the singer’s iconic Memphis home.
And a reflection of the Memphis landmark will be the backdrop for the chapel, with couples seemingly saying “I do” on the home’s front steps.
Authenticity is what this new chapel offers, she said, and more than anything, she seems keen on ridding the world, and Las Vegas, of the often over-the-top, tacky image of her late ex-husband.
“Elvis had a lot of dignity. Elvis had a lot of class,” she said. “He was a beautiful specimen of a man.”
“Graceland Presents ELVIS: The Exhibition - The Show - The Experience,” including the chapel, opens April 23 at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino, the same property where Elvis performed several hundred sold-out shows between 1969 and 1976, when it was known as the International Hotel and later the Las Vegas Hilton.
When Priscilla Presley arrives for the show’s debut, it may be only her second time visiting the site since she last saw Elvis perform there in 1975.
Even a six-week show that aims to replicate those concerts will feature an actor, not an impersonator, Presley was careful to note.
– The Associated Press