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VOL. 130 | NO. 217 | Friday, November 6, 2015

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American Airlines Begins Flights to New York

American Airlines officially has launched its twice-daily nonstop flights between Memphis International Airport and New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

The first flights took off Wednesday, Nov. 4. With 26 flights a day, American is the Memphis airport’s largest carrier.

“This is a huge positive development for the Memphis International Airport,” said Pace Cooper, chairman of the board of commissioners for the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority in a statement.

“Adding two more flights to the New York market provides our passengers with more choices and greater connectivity,” he added. “For American to choose the Memphis route for their precious slots at LaGuardia speaks to the success of our efforts to sell Memphis as a desired destination.”

The Fort Worth, Texas-based airline will use 69-seat E170 aircraft for the Memphis flights to LaGuardia. Ticket sales for the flights began July 4.

The route will depart every day from Memphis at 7:10 a.m. and 1:59 p.m. and arrive in New York at 10:31 a.m. and 5:20 p.m.

It will depart from New York at 11:30 a.m. and 6:45 p.m. and arrive in Memphis at 1:27 p.m. and 8:38 p.m.

– Madeline Faber

Methodist Remodels Union Avenue Facilities

With remodeling beginning at its new Shelby Oaks office this week, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare also is working on its Union Avenue facilities.

On Nov. 2, Turner Construction filed a $456,654 permit application for phase two of repairs, including the removal of bricks on the west side of the 1265 Union Ave. building to be replaced with stucco.

At the same time, Belz Construction Services LLC filed a permit application for $34,106 in tenant improvements for the Methodist Human Resources facility at 1211 Union Ave.

– Madeline Faber

Lifetime Achievement Award For Yellow Cab Owner Smythe

William Hamilton Smythe III, owner of Yellow Cab in Memphis, has received the lifetime achievement award from a major trade group.

Smythe accepted the award from the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association at the group’s recent annual convention, held this year in Las Vegas.

Smythe was a 30-year-old Korean War veteran when he was approached to be the president and general manager of the Yellow Cab Co. in 1960. The company’s roots date back to the mid-1800s, when it provided stagecoach service between Memphis and LaGrange, Tennessee.

Smythe became the owner of the company in 1979.

– Andy Meek

Reverb Launching Mobile Coffee Truck

Reverb Coffee is launching a mobile coffee truck this week, with a series of opening events.

The truck will park at the Downtown Barking Lot Friday, Nov. 6, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and at the Memphis Made Taproom, 768 S. Cooper St., Saturday, Nov. 7, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Reverb Coffee has been roasting specialty coffee since April 2013. It will have a full espresso bar on the new truck and serve high-quality drinks, in addition to teas from Rishi Tea, gourmet hot chocolate, and baked goods from Avenue Coffee.

– Andy Meek

Paxton Lynch Finalist For Johnny Unitas Award

Paxton Lynch’s dream season continues.

The University of Memphis junior quarterback has been named one of the five finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. The winner will be presented the award in a Dec. 11 ceremony in Baltimore; Unitas starred in the NFL with the Baltimore Colts.

Lynch has thrown for 2,709 yards in leading Memphis to an 8-0 record and No. 15 national ranking, and a No. 13 standing in the first College Football Playoff rankings. He’s thrown 18 touchdown passes and just one interception and owns a quarterback rating of 170.2.

Joining Lynch as finalists: Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott, TCU’s Trevone Boykin, Michigan State’s Connor Cook and USC’s Cody Kessler.

The Golden Arm Award has been presented at the end of each college football season since 1987. Candidates must be seniors or fourth-year juniors on schedule to graduate with their class. In addition to recognizing accomplishments on the field, the award criteria include character, citizenship, integrity and leadership.

– Don Wade

Vatterott College Launching Food Bank Collection Drive

Vatterott Career College – Memphis Dividend is holding a collection drive this holiday season for the Mid-South Food Bank.

The college will collect canned and shelf-stable food items through Dec. 19, excluding the Thanksgiving break from Nov. 22 through Nov. 30.

Donations can be dropped off at the Vatterott Career College – Memphis Dividend campus, 2655 Dividend Drive, in the marked boxes near the entrance.

Canned vegetables, no-sugar-added fruits, shelf-stable milk, canned chicken and tuna and baby food are are among requested items.

– Andy Meek

Feuer Powertrain Begins Production In Tunica

Feuer Powertrain North America Inc. has started production at its $60 million plant plant in Tunica County, Mississippi.

The Robinsonville plant’s first product from the assembly line was a V8 diesel crankshaft for Cummins that will go into a new Nissan Titan pick-up truck.

The 155,000-square-foot facility plans to employ 300 people when fully operational. With the ramp-up to full production, 39 workers currently work at the plant.

A formal opening is planned for early next year.

Feuer is Europe’s largest crankshaft manufacturer, making more than 1 million a year for auto brands such as BMW, Volkswagen, Maserati, Cummins and Rolls Royce.

Feuer executives broke ground on the plant in September 2013.

– Bill Dries

University of Memphis Gets Bike-Friendly Designation

The University of Memphis has been awarded the Bicycle Friendly University designation.

The League of American Bicyclists awarded U of M a bronze-level recognition. The school joins a group of 127 other BFUs in 42 U.S. states and Washington, D.C.

Among the U of M’s bike-friendly activities is the Tiger Bike program, which allows students, faculty and staff to rent bikes for transportation or recreation. The school also hosts a Bike to Campus Day ride each fall. And it hosted an Earth Day celebration that included an All Things Bike Fest.

– Daily News staff

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 23 23 1,365
MORTGAGES 21 21 1,068
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 6 6 196
BUILDING PERMITS 117 117 3,173
BANKRUPTCIES 42 42 795
BUSINESS LICENSES 2 2 331
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0