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VOL. 130 | NO. 112 | Wednesday, June 10, 2015

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Whitehaven Motel Sells for $1.5 Million

Springbrook Hospitality LLC, a Tennessee limited liability company, purchased the America’s Best Value Inn & Suites located at 1360 Springbrook Avenue on June 2.

The 152-unit motel, located at the corner of Springbrook and Sandbrook in the Brookway Industrial Park in Whitehaven, sold for $1.5 million.

Jags Hospitality Ltd. L.P. had owned the motel since 1997 when it purchased the property for $1 million.

A loan by BBCN Bank of Los Angeles, California for $1.2 million was filed with the sale on June 4.

The Shelby County Assessor of Property lists the property with an appraisal value of $628,000.

– Chandler Reports & The Daily News Online

Cycling Event Raises $35,000 for Wolf River Conservancy

The Wolf River Conservancy’s annual “Cycle the Greenway” event raised more than $35,000 Saturday, June 6.

More than 120 cyclists and six teams participated in the ride. Buckman Cares, the Buckman Laboratories team, led the way in terms of fundraising.

The event is a joint effort since 2010 by the conservancy and the Memphis Hightailers Bicycle Club.

– Bill Dries

Local Restaurants 'Certified' for Healthful Approach

Through a partnership between the Tennessee Department of Health and the United States Healthful Food Council, Eat REAL Tennessee has announced the first REAL-certified establishments in Memphis.

Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership is a growing national program that helps combat diet-related disease by recognizing food service operators committed to holistic nutrition and environmental stewardship.

Memphis’ inaugural class of REAL-certified food service establishments can be found throughout the city and include: Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, Cafe Eclectic, City Market, The Farmer, Fuel Cafe, Hog & Hominy, Lettuce Eat Salad Co., McEwen’s, Porcellino’s, Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe, Trolley Stop Market, Tsunami and Two Vegan Sistas.

“Memphis is a city rich in local food culture and community, and these eating establishments are helping shift the environment towards a more healthful and sustainable model,” said Eat REAL Tennessee project manager Nikkole Turner.

Eat REAL Tennessee is a statewide initiative supported through a grant from the Tennessee Health Department as part of an innovative approach to preventing diabetes and obesity across the state. The program also serves as a community outreach platform, engaging and educating the public on nutrition and healthy dietary choices. Utilizing the points-based REAL Index, independent registered dietitians conduct an assessment of menu offerings and overall nutrition and sustainability practices.

Establishments are credited with points across a range of criteria such as the use of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, healthy preparation methods, moderate portion sizes, unsweetened beverages, healthy children’s options and sustainable sourcing. Those that satisfy the necessary requirements are awarded and recognized as “REAL Certified.” The USHFC has partnered with the Memphis Business Group on Health and certified its annual awards luncheon this year at Rhodes College.

The USHFC is partnering with FITKids, a program of the University of Memphis, to help Memphians find healthy, family friendly dining establishments through its website and mobile app.

– Don Wade

UTHSC Appoints New Vice Chancellor for Research

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center has appointed Steven R. Goodman as its new vice chancellor for research.

Goodman comes to UTHSC from the State University of New York Upstate Medical University, where he was the former vice president for research, dean of the College of Graduate Studies, and professor in both the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and the Department of Pediatrics.

At UTHSC, reports directly to Chancellor Steve Schwab. He begins his new role at UTHSC’s main Memphis campus in early August.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Goodman to our campus. He will play a central role in managing, maximizing and expanding our institution’s research portfolio,” Schwab said in a statement. “Each year our faculty and staff receive, on average, nearly $100 million in research funding from federal institutions and private foundations. Through vision, collaboration and innovation, we anticipate Dr. Goodman will increase that funding to significantly higher levels.”

Larry Pfeffer has served as the interim vice chancellor for research since April 2013. Schwab said Pfeffer “performed with admirable diligence and tenacity as we searched for the right leader to accept this pivotal, strategic position.”

Goodman is respected worldwide for his three decades of research into the structure and function of cell structures called membrane skeletons. His studies on Sickle Cell disease are paving the way for new, more effective drug treatment for this disease, an inherited blood disorder affecting mostly people of African descent. His research accomplishments have led to his becoming a recipient of the Society of Experimental Biology and Medicine Distinguished Scientist Award in 2011. He has served as a consultant, invited speaker and presenter on more than 200 occasions, in addition to serving as principal investigator or co-investigator on approximately $20 million in extramural grant funding.

– Daily News staff

Memphis Magazine Boasts General Excellence Award

Memphis Magazine recently took home top honors from the City and Regional Magazine Association.

It was named the General Excellence winner for its circulation cateogry (under 30,000) during CRMA’s 30th annual convention in Dallas.

Memphis previously won the General Excellence award in 2007, 2008 and 2010; it has been a finalist in the category every year since 2007.

The other 2015 General Excellence winners were Seattle Met (30,000-60,000 circulation) and Boston (more than 60,000 circulation).

“It’s always great to be honored by our journalistic peers in the city-magazine business,” said Kenneth Neill, editor of Memphis. “This award is a superb tribute to a terrific editorial and design staff who produce work of the highest quality, year in and year out.”

Memphis magazine is published by Contemporary Media, the locally owned company that also publishes the Memphis Flyer, Memphis Parent and Inside Memphis Business. The magazine celebrates its fortieth anniversary in 2016.

– Daily News staff

Collierville Attorney Charged in Murder-for-Hire Plot

Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have arrested a Collierville attorney accused of trying to hire someone to kill his estranged wife.

At the request of 25th District Attorney General Mike Dunavant, TBI Special Agents began investigating Fred Auston Wortman III on June 4. Several days earlier, a concerned citizen contacted law enforcement and reported that Wortman contacted him to find someone to kill his estranged wife. On Friday, Wortman met with a TBI agent, who posed as a potential hit-man, and supplied him personal information about his wife and a down payment for the murder.

TBI agents, with the assistance of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, arrested the 39-year-old Collierville man and charged him with one count of Solicitation of First Degree Murder. At the time of this release, Wortman was being held in the Fayette County Jail on $15,000,000 bond.

Wortman is a 1994 graduate of Dyersburg High School.

– The Associated Press

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PROPERTY SALES 64 87 1,429
MORTGAGES 39 60 1,107
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 6 196
BUILDING PERMITS 0 117 3,173
BANKRUPTCIES 0 42 795
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 2 331
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0