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VOL. 130 | NO. 134 | Monday, July 13, 2015

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Crosstown Arts to Provide Studio Residency Program

Beginning this September, Crosstown Arts will offer a studio residency program for visual artists.

The studio residency is a short-term project space made available to an individual artist for a four-month session. The temporary space will be used for focused creative work in a new setting.

This studio residency program will include access to a private, newly renovated 750-square-foot studio provided at no cost to the resident artist. The studio is located in the back of 424 N. Cleveland, adjacent to existing artist studios and Crosstown Arts’ galleries and offices.

The studio is intended as a workspace only. Room and board are not provided.

Application deadline is July 31 and applicants must be 21 years of age and live in Shelby County. The residency session dates are Sept. 1-Dec. 31. For more information, go to www.crosstownarts.org and click on “Studio Residency” at the top of the page.

– Don Wade

UTHSC Appoints New Department Chair

Matthew Allman has been appointed chair for the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Allman is assuming the position vacated by Linda Reed, the department’s previous chair, who retired June 30. Joining the college faculty in November 2012, Allman served as clinical coordinator for the Physician Assistant Studies program until July 2014, when he became the program director.

His appointment as department chair and program director was effective July 1.

– Andy Meek

SRVS, AutoZone Honored for Disability Employment Efforts

Memphis-based disability services provider SRVS and auto parts retailer AutoZone have garnered recognition from the Association of People Supporting Employment First for their contributions supporting integrated community employment for people with disabilities.

SRVS, which is Tennessee’s largest provider of services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, received the “Best Practices” award for outstanding accomplishments in promoting state-of-the-art practices in Employment First, highlighted by the creation of training curriculum and establishment of a career center for job preparedness.

AutoZone received an “Employer Award” for its inclusion of persons with disabilities alongside those without disability at its Memphis fulfillment center. AutoZone employs seven people who are supported by SRVS.

Employment First is a U.S. Department of Labor initiative created to assist states in implementing the system changes needed for the move to community-based employment. Since SRVS began participating in the program in 2013, the organization has placed 26 individuals in full community-based, integrated employment with major companies in Memphis, including AutoZone.

As part of its shift to an integrated employment model, SRVS closed its 52-year-old sheltered occupational workshop at 3592 Knight Arnold Road in late June.

SRVS executive director Tyler Hampton said the APSE award is validation that the integrated employment transition is the right move for those with disabilities.

“We are honored to work with world-class organizations like AutoZone to make employment even more meaningful and to assist in bringing greater fulfillment to the lives of the people we support.”

– Daily News staff

Greenline Half Marathon Registration is Open

Registration for the “green” Shelby Farms Greenline Half Marathon is officially open.

The race, set for Oct. 11 at 8 a.m., features 13.1 miles of terrain at Shelby Farms Park and on the Greenline. The Council for Responsible Sport also has certified the half marathon as sustainable, meaning it ensures a reduction of the carbon footprint to Shelby Farms Park and the city of Memphis through the event.

Sustainable steps include compostable cups, recycle stations and participant T-shirts made from organic and recycled cotton.

A post-race party will include food from Moe’s Southwestern Grill and Humdinger’s and entertainment by Ghost Town Blues Band.

Registration is $45 until July 31, when the price bumps up to $55. On Sept. 1, it increases again to $65. Race proceeds benefit the Greenline.

The Greenline Half Marathon is presented by Christian Brothers University. Visit shelbyfarmspark.org for more information.

– Daily News staff

Memphis Selling 2015 Football Ticket Packages

The University of Memphis is offering several ticket packages for the upcoming football season.

A the “pick 3 premium mini-plan” includes tickets to the Ole Miss game plus any two other Tigers home games. A “pick 3 mini-plan” consists of three games excluding the Ole Miss game.

The prices for the premium mini-plan are $132 for lower sideline seats and $66 for upper sideline/end zone seats. The mini-plan that excludes the Ole Miss game is priced at $84 for lower sideline seats and $36 for upper sideline/end zone seats.

Season tickets along with mini-plans are currently on sale through the Athletic Ticket Office. Visit www.the901club.com for more information.

Single game tickets go on sale Monday, Aug. 3. A presale for Tiger Scholarship Fund donors starts the week of July 27.

In addition to season and min-plan tickets being currently on sale, Liberty Bowl Blue Lot season parking passes are also currently available for $65.

Memphis opens the 2015 season Sept. 5 against Missouri State. The home schedule is highlighted by a nationally-televised, Thursday night game against Cincinnati on Sept. 24. Memphis plays host to Ole Miss on Oct. 17.

– Don Wade

Donate a Backpack for Boys & Girls Clubs

Parents looking to get a head start on back-to-school shopping can this week get a discount and support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis at the same time.

Gap stores at Carriage Crossing and Wolfchase Galleria will accept new or gently used backpacks that the Boys & Girls Clubs will give to its members.

Customers who donate a backpack will receive $10 off their purchase July 10-17. Monetary donations for the Boys & Girls Clubs also will be accepted.

The Memphis clubs serve more than 3,500 members, ages 6 to 18.

“The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis thanks all area Gap Stores for helping us give our youth the tools to prepare for the back-to-school season,” said clubs vice president Mandy Powell in a statement. “Many of our members do not have the resources available to collect essential items and school supplies and hence may be unprepared to attend school in the fall. By customers donating a backpack or making a monetary gift, they are taking an active role in providing great futures for our youth.”

Gap stores nationwide are participating in the one-week event. In 2014, more than $600,000 was raised through the effort.

– Daily News staff

American Airlines Trims Plans to Increase Flights This Year

American Airlines is scaling back its plans for more flying this year amid signs that average fares are declining, and the announcement set off a rally in airline stocks.

Wall Street analysts have been urging the airlines to scale back growth plans to prevent fares from falling, but it was unclear whether airlines would continue to talk about their capacity plans after last week, when the U.S. Department of Justice began investigating possible collusion among the carriers.

American said Friday that it expects to increase passenger-carrying capacity by 1 percent this year, down from an earlier forecast of 2 percent. American, the world’s largest airline operator, said its U.S. capacity will rise 1 to 2 percent and international capacity will rise about 1 percent compared with 2014.

The signal comes a week after the Justice Department began an investigation into whether American and rivals United, Delta and Southwest are violating antitrust laws by working together to limit seats, which would drive up fares. Investigators have asked the airlines for information about their discussions about capacity with each other, with Wall Street analysts, and with big investors.

American Airlines is the largest carrier operating at Memphis International Airport. It announced Thursday, July 2, that it was adding two daily nonstops from Memphis to New York’s LaGuardia Airport. The flights begin Nov. 5.

– The Associated Press

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PROPERTY SALES 62 288 2,619
MORTGAGES 52 197 1,783
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 16 53 275
BUILDING PERMITS 0 569 5,701
BANKRUPTCIES 0 87 993
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 110 491
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0