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VOL. 130 | NO. 235 | Thursday, December 3, 2015

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Liberty Bowl’s $4.8M Upgrade Would Add Seat Backs

The University of Memphis and the Southern Heritage Classic are backing a $4.8 million plan to add 4,000 more seats with backs to Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

U of M assistant athletic director Ryan Alpert said Tuesday, Dec. 1, the university is willing to reimburse the city for the cost of the seat conversions.

Alpert made the comment during Tuesday, Dec. 1, Memphis City Council committee sessions at which the plan was presented. The council could vote Dec. 15 on the proposal from councilman Reid Hedgepeth, who played football for the U of M Tigers.

Council members were quick to write Alpert’s assurances into the resolution in the form of an amendment.

Alpert described the project as “pivotal” for the university’s athletic program and its aspirations to move to a Power 5 conference.

There are currently 800 seats with backs in the 58,508-seat stadium. With the addition of 4,000 seat backs, the stadium would lose 1,400 seats in the trade off. Architect Tom Marshall said because of Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, the conversions aren’t as simple as adding backs to existing bleacher seats.

The U.S. Justice Department and the city negotiated for years on ADA provisions in upgrades to the stadium that resulted in a hard-fought agreement in which the stadium lost seats.

– Bill Dries

Wi-Fi Reaches Memphis Airport’s Cellphone Lot

The Memphis International Airport is now offering Wi-Fi in its cellphone parking lot, where drivers wait for the arrival of incoming passengers before pickup.

The cellphone lot, located to the right of the main drive, has recently received flight information displays with arrival times, improved lighting and landscaping.

The airport provides free, ad-supported and premium Wi-Fi service through Boingo Wireless.

The airport has added many technological improvements inside the terminal this year including new flight and baggage information screens, digital advertising displays and enhanced cellphone data service.

– Madeline Faber

Eight Apply For Vacancy In Circuit Court

Eight Shelby County attorneys have applied to be appointed Shelby County Circuit Court Judge by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

By the noon Tuesday, Dec. 1, deadline, the following attorneys had applied for the vacancy created by Judge D’Army Bailey’s death in July: Frank Cantrell, Stephen D. Crawley, Lee Ann Pafford Dobson, JoeDae L. Jenkins, Kimbrough Brown Mullins, Valerie Smith, Marc A. Sorin and Robert A. Wampler.

The Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments meets Jan. 7 in Memphis to interview the applicants and recommend three finalists to Haslam.

– Bill Dries

Smith & Nephew Expanding Memphis Hub

Smith & Nephew is expanding its Memphis hub at 1450 East Brooks Road.

The medical device manufacturer has applied for a permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to add 1,665 square feet to the shipping area of Building B. The permit is valued at $275,000.

Smith & Nephew’s 377,000-square-foot building was built in 1963, according to the Shelby County Assessor of Property.

– Madeline Faber

Four Tigers Selected To All-AAC Teams

University of Memphis placekicker Jake Elliott, the nation’s leading scorer among kickers, was named the American Athletic Conference’s Special Teams Player of the Year and was one of four Tigers to receive first-team recognition as the league announced all-conference teams Wednesday, Dec. 2.

Also named to The AAC’s first team: Memphis’ all-time, season passing yards leader, Paxton Lynch, along with senior offensive tackle Taylor Fallin and sophomore punter Spencer Smith. Memphis senior tight end Alan Cross was named all-conference honorable mention.

Elliott earned Special Teams Player of the Year recognition for a second straight year and was named to The American’s all-conference first-team for a third straight year. One of the most-called on placekickers in the country, Elliott’s 1.83 field goals made per game ranks sixth in the NCAA’s Football Bowl Subdivision.

Last week in the Tigers’ 63-0 shutout win over SMU, Lynch set an NCAA FBS record by completing seven touchdown passes in one half. While he tied four players for the record, Lynch became the first to distribute the seven touchdown passes to seven different receivers.

For the year, Lynch has completed 280-of-406 passes for 3,670 yards and a school-record 28 touchdowns.

Fallin has started 34 games, including 32 over the past three seasons of his career. This year, Fallin has been a part of an offense that set a school record, racking up 6,125 total yards.

Smith has averaged 47.2 yards on 37 punts this season, including 10 downed inside opponents’ 20-yard line. If Smith met the NCAA’s minimum of 3.6 punts per game (44 punts), he would have ranked fourth nationally in punting average.

Cross has caught 24 passes for 229 yards and three touchdowns during the 2015 season. With his three touchdown receptions this year, he has added to his school record for most career touchdowns by a tight end and currently has 14.

– Don Wade

Firm Donates Holiday Decor Contest Winnings to St. Jude

The web design and digital marketing agency Unofficial has decided to give away its $1,500 in prize money as the winner of Downtown Memphis Commission Holiday Storefront Decor contest to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The decision to donate its winnings to the hospital was reached from the beginning of the firm’s participation in the contest, when Unofficial co-founder Laura Hunt saw there was a field in the application to participate for who to make the winnings check out to.

Unofficial is a relative newcomer to the Downtown business scene, having moved to 73 Union Ave. from Hernando in May.

– Andy Meek

Tampa Developer Buys in Bartlett

Part of a Bartlett commercial center has sold for $1.5 million, according to a Nov. 30 warranty deed.

Senter C. Crook, a trustee of The Crook Trusts, sold the property at 2955 Kate Bond Road to Florida-based HP Sherrill IV LLLP.

According to Florida Uniform Commercial Code filings, the LLLP lists Harrod Chadwick as the registered agent. Chadwick is president of development group Harrod Properties Inc.

The sold parcel of the Bartlett Corporate Park East is 3,515 square feet. In recent years, the bay housed furniture store DirectBuy of Memphis.

– Madeline Faber

PROPERTY SALES 0 133 1,342
MORTGAGES 0 131 1,047