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VOL. 130 | NO. 94 | Thursday, May 14, 2015

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Coke Seeks Building Permit For New Distribution Facility

Coca-Cola is building out its new Memphis home.

The soft drink giant has applied for a $1.7 million building permit for its new 266,800-square-foot location at 4770 Southpoint Road in Memphis. Heard Construction Inc. is listed as the general contractor on the building permit application.

In February, the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine awarded Coca-Cola Refreshments USA Inc. a 15-year tax break to consolidate distribution operations in Memphis and West Memphis, Ark., into the new Memphis facility.

The Atlanta-based beverage giant will maintain its production operations on Hollywood Street in Memphis and in West Memphis, but plans on moving 317 employees from the Hollywood location and another 50 employees from West Memphis to the new distribution center, which will serve the entire Memphis region.

– Amos Maki

Artspace Lofts Plan Scores Major Investment

A plan to transform an abandoned Downtown warehouse into live-work spaces for artists has received a major boost.

The Hyde Family Foundations is investing $1 million to help Artspace Project Inc. make the South Main Artspace Lofts a reality.

The organization wants to convert the old United Warehouse building at 138 St. Paul Ave. in the South Main Historic Arts District into 58 affordable live-work spaces for artists and their families, community and gallery space and an outdoor arts garden.

Artspace Project Inc. is still seeking roughly $2.85 million to fully fund the $14 million project. It is trying to raise private donations to complete financing so it can begin construction on the project in the first quarter of next year.

– Amos Maki

Shelby County Clerk Changes Car Tag Decals

The Shelby County Clerk’s office has changed the way the annual vehicle decals or “tags” are made as well as the number system for them.

Before the change, the tags showing a driver had renewed his or her vehicle registration were printed separately from the registration information and taped to the registration form.

The change at all seven branch locations of the clerk’s office include the peel-off tag as part of the registration form, which also is printed on card stock.

The numbered decals also use the vehicle’s license plate number which clerk Wayne Mashburn says will improve security. Law enforcement officers will be able to tell instantly if the decal goes with the vehicle it is on.

The change is the latest in the registration renewal process for Memphians in recent years. Vehicle inspections for Memphians that had been required for registration renewal were abolished by the Memphis City Council in July 2013.

– Bill Dries

Pre-Leasing Launches for Chisca on Main

Pre-leasing at The Chisca on Main is now underway.

Memphis-based Carlisle Corp. is renovating the 102-year-old Chisca Hotel into an apartment community.

The property will be managed by Memphis-based LEDIC Management Group, which has a beige leasing trailer on site in the parking lot behind The Chisca on Main, between Main Street and Second Street.

The leasing trailer is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The leasing office is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.

Flyers, brochures and handouts with leasing information will be provided to visitors, who also can fill out their application to lease housing. Floor plans can be viewed on the newly launched website, www.thechisca.com, along with amenities and other information.

The redeveloped Chisca on Main will include a total of 161 units in a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom designs, including some loft units and a few penthouse units.

– Amos Maki

Nonprofit to Introduce 1,500 Memphis Children to Tennis

Tennis Memphis, a nonprofit organization which manages and programs City Of Memphis municipal tennis courts, is entering the final four weeks of its Be A PowerServer Campaign, which ends June 5.

The effort aims to raise $30,000 towards the organization’s annual National Junior Tennis & Learning Tennis summer camps, held at 23 locations across the Memphis area.

NJTL was formed in 1969 by tennis legend Arthur Ashe and two of his colleagues with the mission of making tennis available to underserved children, focusing on its physical, character building, psychological and intellectual benefits.

Tennis Memphis has a core mission of Empowering Youth Through Tennis and Education. It was founded in 2002 and is one of the nation’s largest NJTL chapters, offering year-round youth programs featuring tennis, as well as training in life skills and academic excellence. Thousands of Memphis area youth are impacted every year through activities at tennis and community centers, Shelby County Schools, Boys & Girls Clubs, and this seven-week annual tennis summer camp.

The 2015 camps will reach more than 1,500 children, and will be operated at 23 sites for seven weeks from June 1-July 24. Sites include tennis centers, parks and community centers. The daily camp will be conducted for three hours per day, four days per week.

In addition to daily professional tennis instruction, students will have lessons in life skills from the NJTL Life Skills curriculum and participate in the national Arthur Ashe essay contest. There will be heavy emphasis on 10 and under tennis at all sites.

The cost at most sites is only $25 per week, or a summer pass can be purchased for all seven weeks for only $100. Hundreds of campers pay reduced or no fees to attend.

– Don Wade

Memphis is No. 2 ‘Sneeziest and Wheeziest’ City

The Memphis area is ranked as the country’s second worst city for exposure to ragweed pollen and ozone pollution that can worsen respiratory allergies and asthma, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.

The Washington D.C.-based group is using the ranking to push for the Environmental Protection Agency to approve standards for ozone pollution as well as carbon emissions from power plants.

By the pollen and ozone standards, the council ranks Memphis just below Richmond, Va. on the scale of “sneeziest and wheeziest” cities and regions.

Chattanooga was fifth, Little Rock was 18th, Nashville was 26th and Knoxville was 29th.

– Bill Dries

Vanderbilt Poll: Majority Support Insure Tennessee

An overwhelming majority of Tennesseans support Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s failed proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income residents, according to a Vanderbilt University poll.

The results, released Wednesday, also show that about two in three voters say they think the state Legislature does not spend enough time on issues they care about. Still, the General Assembly’s 55 percent popularity rating remained unchanged from the university’s last poll in November.

Haslam’s Insure Tennessee proposal was defeated twice in Senate committees during the recently concluded legislative session. But the poll of 1,001 registered voters finds that 78 percent want the full Legislature to vote on the proposal. Sixty-four percent said they support Insure Tennessee, while 19 percent said they oppose it.

The poll also suggests that Haslam will face a tough path in trying to build support for a gas tax increase in Tennessee. Just 25 percent said they support increasing the tax for the first time in 25 years. Forty-six percent said they would oppose an increase.

– The Associated Press

PROPERTY SALES 97 418 8,253
MORTGAGES 112 508 9,293
BUILDING PERMITS 194 1,059 18,126
BANKRUPTCIES 46 208 5,367