VOL. 130 | NO. 169 | Monday, August 31, 2015
Redevelopment to Begin at Scimitar Building
The developer of a boutique hotel in the 103-year-old Scimitar Building is preparing for the Downtown property’s conversion.
Suna Winchester has applied to the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for a $5.2 million building permit to convert the former office building at 179 Madison Ave. into a 58-unit hotel.
Patton & Taylor Enterprises LLC is the contractor.
Construction crews were erecting a chain link fence Friday, Aug. 28, around the building on the southeast corner of Madison and Third Street.
The hotel will be in the Ascend Collection of Choice Hotels.
– Bill Dries
US Cold Storage Prepares For Covington Opening
A 336,500-square-foot cold storage facility added onto the Unilever ice cream production facility in Covington, Tenn., is preparing to open.
The expansion, which will serve as a frozen food distribution center for Unilever products, is owned by U.S. Cold Storage.
A formal grand opening is set for Oct. 8, marking an addition that will make the combined plant at 104 Witherington Drive one of the largest ice cream manufacturing plants in the world.
Unilever executives hinted at the project in September 2013 when they opened a $108 million manufacturing expansion at the plant, which was already Covington’s largest employer. The $48 million cold storage expansion was announced in October 2014.
– Bill Dries
Zoo Welcomes Red Panda Cub With Naming Contest
The Memphis Zoo has added a cute new face to Cat Country – a red panda baby – and it’s asking for help naming the cub.
The baby boy was born at the zoo June 3 to parents “Justin” and “Lucille” and is currently being mother-reared in the red panda night house.
The naming contest includes a name-submission phase that began Friday, Aug. 28, and runs through Sept. 8, and a voting phase that runs Sept. 10-18.
To enter, post a name suggestion and favorite red panda fact on the Memphis Zoo’s Facebook page before Sept. 8 at 5 p.m. To coincide with the last day of name submissions, the Zoo will host a Twitter contest for a four-pack of Zoo Boo tickets.
Zookeepers will pick their favorite five name submissions, and winners will get a behind-the-scenes tour of a zoo exhibit for up to four people.
On Sept. 10, the top five names and photos of the cub will be posted on the zoo’s Facebook page and Instagram account. The public can vote by liking the photo associated with their favorite name before Sept. 18 at 5 p.m.
The winning name will be announced at a party Saturday, Sept. 19, in conjunction with International Red Panda Day, and the person who submitted the winning name will receive a commemorative gift. For details, visit memphiszoo.org.
– Daily News staff
Jernigan Capital Shareholders To Get Cash Dividend
Shareholders of Jernigan Capital Inc. are getting a reward of sorts for being early investors in the newly public company.
On the heels of its first earnings report earlier this month, Jernigan Capital has announced it’s paying shareholders a cash dividend in October. The Memphis-based company – whose chairman and CEO Dean Jernigan has deep ties to Memphis – is paying 35 cents per share of common stock Oct. 15 to shareholders of record Oct. 1.
The company, which acts a source of capital for self-storage entrepreneurs, recently wrapped up a $120 million initial public offering. It was founded in 2013.
– Andy Meek
Final Memphis Redbirds Homestand Starts Monday
The Memphis Redbirds are celebrating the city of Memphis during the final four home games of the season.
The team is partnering with the Memphis Grizzlies, Choose901 and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, among others.
The Monday, Tuesday and Thursday games begin at 7:05 p.m. with gates opening at 6 p.m. Wednesday’s game starts at 11:35 a.m. and gates open at 10:30 a.m. All contests are against the New Orleans Zephyrs.
Monday is “Grit and Grind Night.” Grizzlies guard Tony Allen will make a special appearance and meet fans at AutoZone Park. The Grindfather will sign and throw out the first pitch.
Other Grizz-themed aspects of the night include an opportunity for fans to pose for photos with Grizz, the Grizz Girls and the Claw Crew. Rick Trotter will serve as guest PA announcer.
The Redbirds also will wear commemorative Grizzlies-themed jerseys on the field. Co-branded Redbirds-Grizzlies magnet schedules featuring the Grizzlies’ upcoming 2015-16 regular season schedule will be distributed to the first 2,500 fans.
Tuesday’s game will feature a St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital check presentation. Select Redbirds players and coaches pledged to donate a combined sum based on personal game statistics from the 2015 regular season.
Wednesday’s game includes a “Lunch & 3 Innings” special. For $10, fans can get a field-box ticket, a hot dog and a soda.
At Thursday’s finale, all fans will get a voucher good for a field-box ticket to any 2016 regular season home game, excluding fireworks dates.
– Don Wade
Early Voting Begins In Lakeland, Arlington
Early voting began Friday, Aug. 28, in the Arlington and Lakeland municipal elections – Shelby County’s second and third elections of 2015.
But most of the early voter turnout in the two suburban towns won’t come until the last day of the early-voting period, Sept. 12. That day, the Shelby County Election Commission will open voting sites in both suburbs. Until then, Arlington and Lakeland residents can cast votes in Downtown Memphis, at 157 Poplar Ave.
The sites open Sept. 12 are Arlington United Methodist Church, 6145 Quintard Street, and Lakeland Elementary School, 10050 Oakseed Lane.
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 along with Memphis and Shelby County’s five suburbs because it 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.
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.
– Bill Dries
EPA Seeking Up to $177K In Fines Against Tenn. Lawmaker
A state lawmaker is facing up to $177,500 in fines from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for discharging waste from his northwestern Tennessee hog farm without a permit.
WTVF-TV in Nashville first reported that the EPA has filed the complaint against state Rep. Andy Holt, a Dresden Republican and vice chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. According to the filing, Holt’s farm discharged a total of more than 860,000 gallons from lagoons on the farm raising nearly 1,500 swine without proper authorization.
Holt, who has been a vocal critic of the EPA, told WTVF that he “loves a good fight,” but that he has also been in discussions about a settlement. He said he self-reported the discharges to the state.
– The Associated Press