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VOL. 130 | NO. 221 | Thursday, November 12, 2015

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Highland McDonald’s Moves Forward with $1.2M Permit

A McDonald’s restaurant at the southeast corner of Highland Street and Southern Avenue is moving forward.

Local McDonald’s franchisee Century Management Inc. has applied for a $1.2 million building permit for the new restaurant, which will replace an existing McDonald’s just across Highland.

The proposed fast food branch at 610 S. Highland has been controversial. Earlier designs met strong opposition from the University District neighborhood associations and the University of Memphis because the drive-thru ran against the Highland sidewalk.

In the updated design, the 5,353-square-foot restaurant will be situated along the Highland sidewalk with the drive-thru running behind the building, thereby preserving easy pedestrian access.

– Madeline Faber

Used Tennis Balls Needed For Community Art Project

Can tennis imitate art? Yes, apparently so.

The Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster is asking for used tennis balls that will be used for a community art project.

Up to 5,000 of the collected tennis balls will be placed in the fence surrounding the Leftwich Tennis Center to create a one-of-a-kind tennis ball mural.

Tennis balls may be donated now through Monday, Nov. 16. Tennis fans can join one of the sport’s iconic players, Ivan Lendl, Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. to help him place the donated tennis balls in the fence. The live art installation event is free and open to the public and will take place at Leftwich, 4145 Southern Ave.

Tennis clubs where used tennis balls can be dropped off for the art project are: Chickasaw Country Club, 3395 Galloway Ave.; Colonial Country Club, 2736 Countrywood Parkway; Germantown Municipal Park,1900 S. Germantown Road; Leftwich Tennis Center; Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave.; Ridgeway Country Club, 9800 Poplar Ave,; TPC Southwind, 3325 Club at Southwind; The University Club, 1346 Central Ave.; Wolbrecht Tennis Center, 645 Ridgeway Road; and Windyke Country Club, 8535 Winchester Road.

– Don Wade

TruGreen Adds Sprinkler Repair Divison

TruGreen has added a new division and is getting into the irrigation business.

TruGreen piloted the new offering when it purchased Memphis-based Rainman Irrigation in 2013. With the pilot phase complete, Rainman by TruGreen will now be known as TruGreen Sprinkler Repair and Maintenance.

Memphis-based TruGreen plans to launch the new division in more than a dozen markets in 2016, and it is currently available in select cities in Tennessee, Arkansas, Florida, Missouri and Nebraska.

– Madeline Faber

October Elections Numbers Show 22.6 Percent Turnout

Detailed reports on the Oct. 8 Memphis election count show the turnout in the 15 races for mayor, City Court clerk and the 13 Memphis City Council seats was 22.6 percent, or 102,049 of the city’s 452,215 voters.

By age, 60.7 percent of the voters in the election were 55 and older.

The lowest turnout by age was among those 18-24, accounting for 2 percent of the voters who turned out.

By gender, 60.7 percent of the voters were women.

By race, 42.8 percent were black and 26.9 percent were white. The remaining 30.3 percent were “other,” a designation that encompasses other racial groups as well as voters who did not indicate a race on their voter registration forms.

– Bill Dries

Grizzlies Seeking Fastest Baby In Annual Infie 500

When your baby crawls across the living room floor, do you hear a “beep-beep” like you would at FedExForum when point guard Mike Conley drives past defenders to the rim?

If so, you might want to bring your baby to the stadium for what the team calls the “mother of all baby races,” the Annual Grizzlies Infie 500 Diaper Derby, to be held at halftime of the Sunday, Dec. 6, game vs. the Phoenix Suns.

To enter a baby in this speed-crawling competition, family members should submit an online entry on grizzlies.com explaining in 50 words or less why their baby should be selected. Entries will be judged based on content creativity. Submissions will be accepted until noon Wednesday, Nov. 25. Babies must be 6-12 months old to participate; babies who can walk are not eligible.

Finalists will receive four terrace level tickets to the Dec. 6 game against the Suns.

The grand prize of the contest: two courtside seats to a future Grizzlies game, a $100 gift card to the Grizz Den by adidas, a “golden bottle” trophy and the champion title. All qualifying babies will receive a Grizzlies gift pack.

Visit grizzlies.com for more information.

– Don Wade

Free Flu Shots For Memphis Restaurant Workers

Local nonprofit Serving Memphis and the Memphis Restaurant Association are offering free flu shots to all local restaurant workers.

The shots are available at Memphis-area Walgreens stores. Restaurant workers must present a photo I.D. and recent pay stub to receive the free shot.

Restaurant operators also can arrange to have a Walgreens nurse or pharmacist provide free flu shots on site.

This is the third year the partners have offered free flu shots to the industry’s workforce; the goal is to provide 1,000 people with the immunization.

– Daily News staff

Balmoral CVS Sells To Out-of-Towner

A Rhode Island group has purchased the CVS at the northwest corner of Quince and Ridgeway roads in the Balmoral Shopping Center.

Dulgarian TN LLC purchased the 13,800-square-foot drugstore for $2.9 million on Nov. 4 and immediately signed a new lease with CVS 6304 LLC. Balmoral Shopping Center LLC, which sold the outparcel, has owned the greater 96,139-square-foot shopping center since 2001.

The CVS was built in 2011 and is appraised at $2.1 million, according to the Shelby County Assessor of Property.

The sparsely populated center holds Balmoral Cleaners, Baskin-Robbins, Book Traders and Little Caesars Pizza. The anchor tenant space that housed Shnucks has been vacant since 2010.

– Madeline Faber

Memphis Tight End Makes Academic All-District Team

Know that stereotype about football players, how they’re a bunch of meatheads? It doesn’t fit for University of Memphis junior tight end Daniel Montiel.

“We’re normal people, too,” Montiel said of football players. “We go to school.”

Montiel, however, does more than just go to class. He has been voted to the College Sports Information Directors of America’s Academic All-District Team, and will now appear on the CoSIDA Academic All-America ballot.

“It’s truly a blessing,” said Montiel, who has six catches for 56 yards and two touchdowns. “I’m glad I can do that for this university and my family back home (in Arlington, Texas). They want to see me succeed. And I know I don’t want to be a hassle to the coaches when it comes to academics.”

An accounting major with a 3.72 GPA, Montiel has twice been a member of the American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team and has been a member of the Tiger 3.0 club in every semester at Memphis. A multiple-semester honoree on the Dean’s List, Montiel was also an honoree of the Tiger Academic 30 award in multiple semesters.

“He’s always been a fantastic student and he’s maintained those priorities through college,” said Memphis coach Justin Fuente. “And it shows on the field. He’s an incredibly intelligent football player, a pleasure to have on the team.”

– Don Wade

Counterpart Scoops Up 11 Industry Awards

Counterpart Communication Design has won 11 Davey Awards, the ad and marketing agency has announced.

The Davey Awards honor the best in web, design, video, advertising, mobile and social from small agencies worldwide.

The 11 awards are a result of Counterpart’s first year to enter the contest and represent a wide variety of the agency’s work over the course of 2014. They include one Gold Award, the top honor.

– Andy Meek

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