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VOL. 130 | NO. 157 | Thursday, August 13, 2015

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Hulsey, Hunt & Parks Opens Memphis Office

The law firm of Hulsey, Hunt & Parks has opened a Memphis office at Clark Tower, 5100 Poplar Ave.

The Austin, Texas-based firm, which practices intellectual property law, including copyrights, patents and trademarks, also has offices in San Antonio, Texas; Palo Alto, Calif.; and Rochester N.Y.

The firm’s principals are attorneys William Hulsey, William Parks and Jeffrey D. Hunt. Hulsey and Parks earned their undergraduate degrees at Rhodes College in Memphis.

– Bill Dries

Onyx Equities Expands Operations to Memphis

A New Jersey-based real estate investment, management and development firm has added a Memphis office to accommodate its growing management portfolio of real estate owned (REO) and receivership properties.

Onyx Equities LLC, which was formed in 2004, has already opened management offices this year in Atlanta, Crofton, Md., and Charlotte, N.C. The company projects it will have extensive asset management operations up and running in 15 states by the end of 2015.

The Memphis office will be led by Claudia Woods, who has more than a decade of experience managing distressed and stable assets across the office, retail, industrial, flex and residential sectors. In her most recent role at Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors, Woods managed a 2.9 million-square-foot distressed property that consisted of 25 industrial, flex and retail buildings.

Working alongside Woods will be April Sexton and Frances Bell. Sexton comes to Onyx from Colliers International, where she was a property manager for more than 1 million square feet of office, retail and flex warehouse space. Bell has more than 13 years of property management experience. Previously she served as a senior property manager for PDC Properties Inc., where she was responsible for the day-to-day operations of more than 7 million square feet of industrial, office and retail space.

– Daily News staff

Memphis Hires UCF’s Vinson As Associate Athletic Director

Courtney Vinson, who has served as an assistant athletic director at the University of Central Florida for the past four years, has been named the associate athletic director for sport services and senior woman administrator at the University of Memphis following a national search.

At Memphis, Vinson will oversee the operations of the athletics office of compliance, including certification, scholarships and the scholarship book process. Among her other responsibilities, she will also serve as the sport administrator for several sports.

Vinson joined the University of Central Florida staff in July 2011. Over the past four years, she has been responsible for overseeing the UCF athletics compliance office.

Prior to her tenure at UCF, the Long Island, N.Y., native served as the director of compliance at Clemson University from 2008 to 2011.

– Don Wade

Rock for Love Adds Bands, Announces Times, Expansion

Rock for Love is expanding a bit, with just three weeks to go until the ninth annual concert-fundraiser for the Church Health Center kicks off.

Among the latest news, the University of Memphis Music Industry Division will curate and manage a stage at the Friday, Sept. 4, Crosstown Block Party. Lauren Moscato, Drew Erwin, Kyndle McMahan and Jeffery Jordan also will perform that night at Midtown Crossing Grill, at 394 N. Watkins St., starting at 6 p.m.

There’s also a new addition to the Saturday night lineup, with Big Don & The Hollywood All-Stars set to bring some music to Lafayette’s Music Room.

Josh McLane is hosting a night of comedy at the Hi-Tone Sept. 3. Among other ways to get involved with the event and supporting the Church Health Center, rockforlove.org is hosting an online auction featuring everything from a Mark Edgar Stuart house concert to original works by Memphis artisans.

Last year, Rock for Love raised $50,000 for the Church Health Center. This year’s sponsors include Independent Bank, Delta Dental, NexAir, ServiceMaster, Sun Studio, Huey’s, Magnetic Digital Agency. WMC-TV and iHeartRadio are media sponsors.

Visit rockforlove.org for the full lineup.

– Andy Meek

Collierville Referendum Effort On $95M School Falls Short

There won’t be a special election later this year in Collierville.

An effort to force a referendum on the $95 million bond issue for the new Collierville High School fell short of the 3,281 signatures it needed to take it to the ballot.

Critics of the project had until Aug. 4 to gather the necessary signatures. Shelby County elections administrator Richard Holden said those opposed to the bond issue didn’t turn in a petition.

Because they didn’t, the Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen‘s July vote to issue the bonds becomes the final word on the matter.

Meanwhile, early voting in advance of the Sept. 17 Arlington and Lakeland municipal elections opens in two weeks.

In Arlington, incumbent Mayor Mike Wissman is running unopposed for a second four-year term. So is Arlington school board member Kay Williams.

In the other school board race, Robert Elliott Sr. is challenging incumbent Barbara A. Fletcher.

Three of the six Arlington alderman positions are on the ballot as well. Larry Harmon Jr. and Brian Groves are running for the seat currently held by Glen Bascom, who is not seeking re-election. Lee Mills is challenging incumbent Gerald McGee, and Harry Scooter Spore is challenging incumbent Jeff McKee.

Lakeland voters are electing two city commissioners and two school board members. They also have two ballot questions, one to allow wine to be sold at food stores and one to permit liquor stores in Lakeland.

Lakeland couldn’t vote last year on wine in food stores with Memphis and Shelby County’s five suburbs because Lakeland had never approved liquor by the drink. Lakeland voters approved liquor by the drink in the 2014 referendums.

Lakeland voters will choose two commissioners from four candidates – Michele Dial, Larry Pardue, Joshua Roman and Justin Smith – all of whom are newcomers. The top two vote-getters take seats on the commission.

The setup is the same in the school board race, which also has four candidates: Teresa Henry, Geoff Hicks, Susan Miller and Mica Partain. Henry is the only incumbent among the four.

– Bill Dries

National Baptist Convention Returns To Memphis

The National Baptist Convention will return to Memphis for its annual convention starting Sept. 7 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

Local leaders will formally announce the convention at a Thursday, Aug. 13, press conference.

The 135th annual session of the convention will run Sept. 7-11 and is expected to draw 50,000 people to the city. The gathering was last in Memphis in 2009.

– Bill Dries

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 51 223 1,152
MORTGAGES 55 189 861
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 25 45 144
BUILDING PERMITS 149 541 2,593
BANKRUPTCIES 24 120 581
BUSINESS LICENSES 14 65 264
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0