VOL. 130 | NO. 16 | Monday, January 26, 2015
ALSAC Buys Former Day Care Center
The fundraising arm of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has acquired an old day care center site on Second Street for $587,500.
ALSAC purchased the property at 460 N. Second St., located at Second and A.W. Willis Avenue near the St. Jude campus, from Straight Arrow LLC, according to a Jan. 9 warranty deed.
Built in 1947, the 2,460-square-foot building was once a day care center. The Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2014 appraisal is $104,700.
Source: The Daily News Online and Chandler Reports
– Amos Maki
Tennessee Unemployment Rate Improves in December
Tennessee's unemployment rate declined in December, the fourth consecutive month showing improvement.
The state preliminary unemployment rate for December was 6.6 percent, an improvement over November's revised rate of 6.8 percent, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
Despite the improvement, Tennessee still finds itself below the national unemployment rate, which was 5.6 percent in December.
The largest statewide gains were in the trade/transportation/utilities, manufacturing and mining/logging/construction sectors. Information and financial activities were the only sectors to post losses in December.
– Amos Maki
Dixie Pickers to Open East Memphis Store
Dixie Pickers, a retailer offering sporting goods, outdoor clothing, hunting gear, guns and other outdoor accessories, has signed a lease with Loeb Properties for a new store location at 964 June Road near the intersection of Poplar Avenue and Yates Road in East Memphis.
Dixie Pickers will be located in the 8,400-square-foot building formerly home to Tommy Bronson Sporting Goods. The Tommy Bronson store opened in 2013 and the Daily News reported Jan. 16 that it had closed.
This will be the second location for Dixie Pickers, which currently operates a store in the Collierville Town Square.
“We wanted a larger format for our second store,” said Damon Waxler, owner of Dixie Pickers, in a statement.
“The June Road property is perfect in terms of size, two stories and location,” Waxler said. “Poplar Avenue is key and the close proximity to Interstate 240 is very convenient for our customers.”
Waxler and his business partner and wife, Dawn, plan to open the location in July.
– Amos Maki
Charter School Fair to be Held Jan. 31
Memphis-area charter schools will hold a school fair Saturday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pipkin Building at the Mid-South Fairgrounds
The fair is organized by the Tennessee Charter School Center for the tuition-free schools that Memphis has more of than any other city in the state.
The school fair will also be the debut of an online Memphis School Guide.
The fair comes the day after the deadline for parents to pick up bar-coded applications from Shelby County Schools for spots in the optional schools program.
The applications are given and considered on a space-available first-come, first-served basis.
The school system doesn’t encourage the overnight campouts that have defined the process for years, and leaders have stressed that 99 percent of those who pick up applications on the opening day are enrolled in optional programs.
Nevertheless, some parents set up tents last Thursday in the parking lot of the school system’s offices on South Hollywood Street.
– Bill Dries
Gasol Voted to Start NBA All-Star Game
In a franchise first, Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol has been voted by the fans to the Western Conference starting lineup for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game, to be held Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden.
Gasol, who has led Memphis to a 30-12 record through 42 games this season, finished with 795,121 votes. He will be joined in the West frontcourt by New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis and Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin. The West backcourt consists of Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant.
The Eastern Conference All-Star starting lineup includes Washington Wizards guard John Wall and Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry in the backcourt, and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol and New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony in the frontcourt.
This marks Gasol’s second All-Star selection after being nominated by the coaches as a reserve in 2012. The Grizzlies now have been represented in the NBA All-Star Game five times by three players: Marc Gasol in 2012 and 2015, Zach Randolph in 2010 and 2013, and Pau Gasol in 2006.
In another first, Marc Gasol and Pau Gasol are slated to become the first brothers to both start in an NBA All-Star Game and the second pair of brothers to ever appear in the same All-Star Game, joining the Phoenix Suns’ Dick Van Arsdale and the Cincinnati Royals’ Tom Van Arsdale in 1970 and 1971.
– Don Wade
Paragon Recognized for Healthy Work Environment
Memphis-based Paragon Bank was recently awarded the 2014 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award for the State of Tennessee.
The Tennessee Psychological Association presents the award each year to recognize innovative companies that implement programs to foster employee health and well-being. Paragon was nominated by Dr. Robert Bloom, president-elect of the Tennessee Psychological Association and a Paragon customer.
Areas evaluated for the competition include employee involvement, health and safety, employee growth and development, work-life balance and employee recognition.
– Andy Meek
Bass Pro Hosting Pyramid Job Fair
Bass Pro Shops is hosting a job fair Feb. 2 through Feb. 4 to fill 600 full-time and part-time jobs for its destination attraction at The Pyramid.
Those interested in employment with Bass Pro may apply in person at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, south exhibit hall, 255 N. Main St., from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Applicants must be 18 years old.
Applications will be accepted for full-time and part-time positions in the following departments: fishing, camping, hunting, archery, footwear, apparel/gifts, marine accessories, receiving and customer service. Bass Pro Shops will also employ cashiers, greeters, stockers, marine technicians, boat riggers, boat detailers and boat sales consultants.
In addition, restaurant positions are open for servers, hosts/hostesses, bussers, bartenders, dishwashers, line cooks and prep for the two full-service restaurants and bars located inside The Pyramid. Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill will also hire bowling technicians.
Big Cypress Lodge hotel positions available include concierge, houseman, front desk, night audit, bell service, massage therapist, esthetician and valet attendants.
– Amos Maki
Staxtacular to Feature Grizzlies Players
The Soulsville Foundation and the Memphis Grizzlies are bringing the worlds of basketball, music and mentoring together at the foundation’s largest annual fundraiser, Staxtacular 2015.
Presented by SunTrust, Staxtacular will be held Feb. 7 from 7 p.m. until midnight at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music.
The Grizzlies’ “Core Four” – Tony Allen, Mike Conley, Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph – will help host this year’s event alongside other members of the Grizzlies organization. The event will feature live music by the Stax Music Academy and the Bo-Keys with special guest Stax legend William Bell.
After being inspired by Stax Records’ legacy and encouraged by the Soulsville Foundation’s work with at-risk young people, former Grizzlies players Shane Battier and Brian Cardinal and their wives offered to host a fundraiser in 2005, which became Staxtacular. Since then, new Grizzlies players have taken on the host roles, and the event has raised more than $900,000 to date.
Staxtacular 2015 will feature the opportunity to bid on NBA memorabilia, travel packages, original artwork, music-related packages, and more during and live, silent and online auctions. Tickets are $150 and may be purchased at staxtacular.com or by calling 901-261-6338. Tickets are also available at the Stax Museum and at the Grizzlies Den Team Store inside FedExForum.
– Don Wade