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VOL. 130 | NO. 230 | Wednesday, November 25, 2015

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GLO Launches Memphis-NOLA Flight This Weekend

New Orleans-based carrier GLO this weekend will launch its first flight between Memphis International Airport and New Orleans International Airport.

The inaugural nonstop flight will leave New Orleans at 2:15 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 29. GLO begins its twice-daily weekday flights between MSY and MEM the following day on Monday, Nov. 30.

GLO first announced the route in September.

On weekdays, flights bound for Memphis will depart from New Orleans at 7:55 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Flights bound for New Orleans will depart from Memphis at 10 a.m. and 4:25 p.m.

On Saturday, the Memphis-bound flight leaves Louis Armstrong International at 7:55 a.m. and heads back to the Big Easy at 10 a.m. On Sunday, the route departs New Orleans at 2:15 p.m. and departs Memphis at 4:25 p.m.

GLO will create 12 direct and indirect jobs in Memphis.

On-board service for the 30-passenger Saab 340B aircraft include complimentary beverages, snacks and local publications. The planes do include lavatories.

“We are happy to bring back nonstop service to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and to add GLO to our growing air service family,” said Scott Brockman, president and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, in a statement.

– Madeline Faber

Memphis Chamber Taps Hardy As Next Chairman

The Greater Memphis Chamber has elected a new chairman.

The chamber’s board unanimously chose Carolyn Hardy, president and CEO of Chism Hardy Investments LLC. She assumes the position Dec. 9 at the organization’s annual chairman’s luncheon at The Peabody hotel, 149 Union Ave.

Hardy takes over from outgoing chairman Leigh Shockey, CEO of Drexel Chemical Co.

Hardy has been involved with the chamber for years as a board member and a Chairman’s Circle member. She has been a leading voice in local workforce development, founding the Industrial Readiness Training program that Southwest Tennessee Community College currently uses. The program has now trained thousands of unemployed or underemployed Memphians and has expanded to community colleges across the country.

– Andy Meek

LEDIC Signs Lease For New Memphis HQ

LEDIC’s new headquarters is official.

The Memphis-based manager, owner and developer of multifamily properties around the country has signed a long-term lease at 555 Perkins Extended, according to a Tuesday, Nov. 24, announcement from CB Richard Ellis Memphis.

The 27,000-square-foot lease will cover nearly half of the 60,000-square-foot building.

This month, LEDIC was granted a five-year abatement in city and county property taxes from the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine.

The $10.2 million state-of-the-art headquarters will create 300 Tennessee jobs, be LEED certified and host a technology center and classroom for professional development.

Austin Ehrat, CBRE Memphis associate, represented the owner, Triple Nickle Perkins. The lease

– Madeline Faber

ServiceMaster Takes On North Memphis Spider Site

The ServiceMaster Co. sent a team from its Terminix division to a North Memphis neighborhood Tuesday, Nov. 24, to treat houses near a large colony of spiders.

The free treatment comes after the large spider web covering a field on Chelsea Avenue near May Street drew national media coverage.

Neighbors say the spiders in the field have migrated from the webs, which currently cover a half of a mile, to their homes and become a problem.

The airborne spread of spiders from such complex webs covering a large area is an occurrence known as ballooning.

– Bill Dries

Journey and Doobies Book May Date at FedExForum

Journey and the Doobie Brothers are bringing their “San Francisco Fest 2016” tour to the FedExForum in May.

Tickets for the May 25 concert go on sale Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. The show, a Live Nation production, also features Dave Mason.

The two 1970s-era Bay-area bands have undergone some lineup changes over the years.

Arnel Pineda is Journey’s lead singer. The 2016 tour lineup for Journey includes drummer Steve Smith, who hasn’t performed with the band since 1998. The band features founding and original members Neal Schon and Ross Valory as well as keyboard player Jonathan Cain, who joined the band in the 1980s.

The reformed Doobie Brothers are led by singer Tom Johnston, the band’s vocalist on its early- and mid-1970s hits as well as founding member Patrick Simmons. The 2016 lineup includes long-time guitarist John McFee and Bill Payne, best known as a cofounder of Little Feat, who played on some of the Doobies studio albums.

– Bill Dries

Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Features New Show

With 1.5 million lights, the annual Starry Nights holiday display at Shelby Farms Park is featuring new displays and arrangements of Memphis images and holiday scenes.

Starry Nights opened Nov. 20 and runs through Dec. 27. Special events surrounding the attraction include a 4K run on Dec. 28.

Promotions include a holiday sweater night on Dec. 3 with a $5 discount per car for wearing a holiday-themed sweater. Dec.10 is “decorate your car” night with a similar discount for cars decked out in holiday decor.

A pup-party at Mistletoe Village is Dec. 17 and includes dog-friendly treats in the Holiday Cafe.

– Bill Dries

PROPERTY SALES 23 23 1,365
MORTGAGES 21 21 1,068
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