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VOL. 130 | NO. 243 | Tuesday, December 15, 2015

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Papa Murphy’s Adds Four New Locations

Take-and-bake pizza chain Papa Murphy’s has doubled its presence in the Memphis-area with four recently inked leases.

It is a new tenant at The Pointe shopping center in Cordova, taking up a 1,600-square-foot space at 465 North Germantown Parkway.

Papa Murphy’s also signed a 1,315-square-foot lease at 4287 Summer Ave. in Memphis and a 1,500-square-foot lease at 3874 Goodman Road in Olive Branch, Miss.

It also signed a 1,400-square-foot lease at 8390 Highway 51 North in Millington, Tenn.

The four new stores join Papa Murphy’s locations in Germantown, Lakeland, Olive Branch and Collierville.

Shawn Massey and Robert Sloan with The Shopping Group represented Papa Murphy’s in all four transactions.

– Madeline Faber

Kelsey Proposes No Parole For Especially Aggravated Burglary

State Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown will introduce legislation to bar parole for those convicted of especially aggravated burglary.

Kelsey, who is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced his intentions Monday, Dec. 14, as the Tennessee Legislature prepares to return to session Jan. 12.

He termed the category of burglary as “the worst type of burglaries.”

“This is when someone breaks into your home and beats you,” Kelsey said in a written statement. “The idea that these violent offenders could be eligible for release after a few years for a crime that will affect his or her victims for the rest of their lives is astounding.”

Kelsey cites statistics from the Tennessee Corrections Department showing the average sentence for the crime is 9.8 years, with those convicted serving only half of the sentence on average.

– Bill Dries

Memphis College of Art Expands Curriculum

Memphis College of Art has added three undergraduate and three graduate programs to its current curricula.

Undergraduate programs added include Bachelor of Fine Art degrees in graphic design, animation and illustration. These programs were formerly offered as concentrations and will now become freestanding majors.

A metals concentration in the undergraduate fine arts major, as well as a comics track within the undergraduate illustration major, also have been approved. The college will expand graduate programs by offering Master of Fine Arts degrees in illustration, metals, and painting and drawing.

The college received approval for the new programs from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design in November.

– Andy Meek

ArtsMemphis Gets $40K NEA Grant

The National Endowment for the Arts has given ArtsMemphis a $40,000 grant to help fund its Community Engagement Fellows Program.

ArtsMemphis launched the program in 2014 with the intent to address neighborhood problems through art. Projects include establishing a Family Resource Center at Dunbar Elementary, where parents and students can gain instruction with classes like Arts Too!, a multidisciplinary arts experience for parents, and O-MUSIC, an after-school music program in which older students living in the Orange Mound neighborhood instruct younger students in playing musical instruments.

Since its inception, the program has graduated 30 ArtsMemphis fellows associated with different nonprofits throughout Memphis. Each fellow is given a stipend to participate in the six-month curriculum.

The NEA grant is is born out of the foundation’s livability efforts to support projects that use the arts to improve quality of life within local communities, especially those in urban centers populated by people of color.

“Supporting projects like the one from ArtsMemphis offers more opportunities for more people to engage in the arts every day,” said NEA chairman Jane Chu.

– Madeline Faber

Hard Rock to Mark 2016 With Annual Guitar Drop

Hard Rock Cafe Memphis is tuning up for its New Year’s Eve Guitar Drop on Beale Street.

For the eighth year, Hard Rock will mark the new year as a 10-foot guitar “drops” from 100 feet over Beale at midnight.

The event, which kicks off Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. at 126 Beale St., will feature Scott Madaus as emcee and an encore headline performance by Memphis-based R&B powerhouse The Bar-Kays.

Additional live performances throughout the evening include DJ Debonair, DJ Tree, Jerred Price performing as “Almost” Elton John, c’beyohn, The Andy T-Nick Nixon Band, Under the Radar and a dance performance by G Force Dance Company.

General admission tickets are $25 at freshtix.com/events/hardrockguitardrop2016, and individual and couple VIP packages are available starting at $150.

– Kate Simone

Downtown Theater Last Showing of Year Dec. 19

The Downtown Community Theater and Gallery will offer its final 2015 showing of “It Sounds Like Memphis” Saturday, Dec. 19, at 4 p.m.

The Broadway-style production is directed by Donald O’Conner and choreographed by Della Perkins. Visit memphisdowntowntheater.com for more information.

Adult tickets are $15; the price is $12 for children 12 and younger and those 55 and older. Tickets can only be purchased at the door. The address for the theater is 55 S. Main St.

– Don Wade

AAF Awards Russ Williams 2016 Silver Medal Award

The American Advertising Federation Memphis has announced Russ Williams, CEO of advertising agency Archer Malmo, as its 2016 Silver Medal Award recipient.

The annual Silver Medal Award stands as the highest form of individual recognition by the AAF. It is awarded to an exceptional industry leader for a career of outstanding accomplishment and advertising contribution. The Memphis chapter has recognized remarkable lifetime achievements annually since 1960.

Williams will be honored at a formal ceremony during the AAF Memphis luncheon Jan. 21 at 11:30 a.m. at the Westin Hotel, 170 Lt. George W. Lee Ave. Visit aafmemphis.org for more information regarding luncheon registration.

“As a lifelong Memphian, Russ is completely committed to developing and fostering talent and contributing to moving Memphis forward as an attractive workplace for talented creatives,” said Gary Backaus, partner and chief creative officer at Archer Malmo. “He’s been a champion of advancing Memphis forward.”

Since joining Archer Malmo as CEO in 2000, Williams has led the agency to increase revenue by 180 percent and double in employee size from a 90- to 185-person shop in both Memphis and Austin, Texas. Under Williams’ watch, Archer Malmo was recognized by Advertising Age as one of the industry’s Best Places to Work in 2011, 2014 and 2015, and listed on the Inc. 5000, a list of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S., for the past three years. Williams also recently led Archer Malmo’s acquisition of Tocquigny in Austin.

Williams has served as the chairman of Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association, as well as on the board of Memphis’ Volunteer Odyssey.

– Don Wade

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