VOL. 130 | NO. 239 | Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Forest Hill Heights Plan Seeks Community Follow-Up
Development and government leaders are in the process of crafting a broad development plan for Forest Hill Heights, an area located at the southwest corner of Forest Hill-Irene and Winchester roads.
The city of Germantown, Germantown Economic Development Commission and Forest Hill Associates are partnering to develop a long-term vision for the strategic area, which covers more than 300 of the 1,450 acres annexed by Germantown in 2000.
Last week, a public design charrette was conducted to uncover Forest Hill Heights’ uses and strengths. Now further community input is desired.
On Dec. 17, architects Looney Ricks Kiss, engineering firm Fisher Arnold Inc. and real estate market and economics group RCLCO will present their proposed plan. The public meeting will take place from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Fisher Arnold’s office, 9180 Crestwyn Hills Drive.
Property owners, residents and community groups are encouraged to attend and participate in breakout groups on topics such as land use, market opportunities, infrastructure needs, connectivity/transportation and development standards for the area.
Input from the post-charrette meeting will be incorporated into the proposed plan and recommendations for final review.
– Madeline Faber
Memphis Chamber Names 2016 Board of Directors
The Greater Memphis Chamber has announced its 2016 board of directors, which was unanimously approved by the current board of directors.
New board officers include Richard Smith, vice president of global trade services at FedEx Express, who will serve as vice chair; and Douglas Scarboro, vice president and regional executive of the Memphis branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, who will serve as vice chair of finance and treasurer.
Carolyn Hardy was announced as chairman and Lodie Biggs remains secretary and general counsel. Hardy is president and CEO of Chism Hardy Investments LLC, and Biggs is a shareholder at Baker Donelson.
“The chamber is fortunate to have this outstanding group of men and women serve on our board of directors. As we increase our efforts towards breaking the cycle of poverty and growing our middle class, we’re thankful to have these passionate Memphians helping us lead the charge towards a more prosperous Memphis,” said Phil Trenary, Greater Memphis Chamber president and CEO, in a statement.
– Don Wade
Elvis’ Birthday Celebration To Focus on ‘56 Breakthrough
When local leaders cut a birthday cake on the steps of Graceland Jan. 8 to mark the anniversary of Elvis Presley’s birth, it will also set the stage for a year-long remembrance of the first year Presley was a national phenomenon.
The birthday events kick off a year of events tied to Presley’s 1956 achievements, including his national network television debut on the Dorsey Brothers’ Stage Show, his first gold record for “Heartbreak Hotel” and his first movie, “Love Me Tender.”
A new exhibit at Graceland that highlights Presley’s movie career opens Jan. 7.
“Love Me Tender” will be the theme of a Memphis Symphony Orchestra pops concert Jan. 9 at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts featuring entertainer Terry Mike Jeffrey.
And the Graceland Archives Studio will host a Jan. 7 auction of 126 authenticated artifacts from third-party collectors, the latest in a series of auctions Elvis Presley Enterprises has hosted.
Among the items up for auction in January is a Gibson Ebony Dove guitar Presley played during his 1973 “Aloha from Hawaii” television special.
None of the items at the auction are from the Graceland archives.
– Bill Dries
Memphis in May Festival Announces New Event
After announcing earlier this year that it would retire the annual Sunset Symphony, Memphis in May International Festival has revealed a new event to its month-long lineup.
The Great American River Run will be held Saturday, May 28. It will include a half marathon and 5K run with a course showcasing the Mississippi River and Downtown Memphis.
Live entertainment along the run route and post-race music, food and beverages also are planned for the event.
A second event for the festival finale will be announced in January.
Happening on Memorial Day weekend, the run will support the Wounded Warrior Project. Runners will have a platform to raise funds for the veterans’ service organization, and a portion of the registration fees will be donated to the nonprofit.
“Our city sits on America’s greatest river and we want to celebrate this tremendous local asset with a healthy lifestyle event for local participants and running enthusiasts from across the country,” said James L. Holt, Memphis in May president and CEO, in a statement. “We also want to honor our veterans and celebrate all they do, and have done, for our country, which is the true purpose of the Memorial Day Weekend holiday.”
– Jane A. Donahoe
Dickey Retained On Tigers Football Staff
New University of Memphis football coach Mike Norvell will keep assistant coach Darrell Dickey on his staff.
Dickey served as assistant head coach and co-offensive coordinator under Justin Fuente this season and was named interim coach after Fuente left for Virginia Tech. He will coach the Tigers in the Birmingham Bowl later this month against Auburn.
“I cannot think of a better first hire for this coaching staff,” Norvell said in a statement.
Dickey has been a long-time assistant in college football and also was head coach at North Texas from 1998 to 2006.
Meanwhile, Sports Illustrated has reported that David Johnson, tight ends and running backs coach at Tulane, will join Norvell’s staff. SI also reported that Paul Randolph, who is Arizona State’s associate athletic director for championship life, would be an assistant coach at Memphis. Norvell was deputy head coach and offensive coordinator at Arizona State before accepting the Memphis job.
Former Alabama graduate assistant Dan Lanning is also joining the Memphis staff, the university announced Tuesday, Dec. 8.
– Don Wade
Old Lamar Truck Stop Gets High-Tech Updates
The Quick Fuel station at 4589 Old Lamar Ave. is bringing new innovations to Memphis: an automatic self-cleaning restroom and an automatic convenience store.
The self-cleaning restroom at the Memphis station will be the first of its kind installed at a U.S. fuel station, according to Quick Fuel.
After fueling, a code is printed on the receipt. To enter the restroom, the driver has to key in the code. The unit is then cleaned “literally from top to bottom” automatically after each use, according to the company.
The automated convenience store is like a high-tech vending machine stocked with refreshments and other necessities.
Quick Fuel was an early proponent of standalone automated fuel systems and one of the first to offer advanced fueling through radio frequency identification, which does away with the need for plastic cards. There currently are 53 Quick Fuel locations across the South and Midwest, including locations in Nashville and Knoxville.
– Madeline Faber
Collierville Hotel Sells for $2.6M
A Collierville Days Inn & Suites has sold for $2.6 million.
Kapil Lodging LLC, which lists an address in Oxford, Miss., purchased the hotel at 1230 W. Poplar Ave. from HIM Inc., according to a Dec. 4 warranty deed. HIM had purchased the property in 2000 for $2.3 million.
Built in 1985, the 32,784-square-foot hotel is situated on 2.6 acres on the north side of West Poplar between Bray Station Road and Poplar View Parkway. The Shelby County Assessor’s 2015 appraisal is $1.4 million.
In conjunction with the sale, Kapil Lodging filed a five-year, $2.2 million mortgage through Commercial Bank and Trust Co. Sanjay Hira signed the loan documents as member of Kapil.
– Madeline Faber