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VOL. 9 | NO. 16 | Saturday, April 16, 2016

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LEDIC Founder Buys Metro 67 Apartments

The Metro 67 Apartments in Downtown Memphis has been sold by a Dallas equity firm to Scott Ledbetter, founder and chairman-emeritus of LEDIC Management Group in Memphis, and members of his family.

The sales price was not released, but a $22.3 million loan was transferred as part of the ownership change, according to Shelby County Register of Deeds data.

The seller, 67 Madison Partners – an affiliate of EFO Holdings LP – bought the building in 2007 for $4.5 million.

The property transfer includes an adjacent parking garage at 60 Madison Ave., according to a release from ARA Newmark-Memphis, which brokered the sale for the seller.

The release states the Ledbetter family plans to “implement extensive improvements on the parking garage located at 60 Madison to enhance the experience for tenants.”

The building’s 157 units were 99 percent leased at the time of closing.

In January, the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. board approved transferring the Metro 67 lease to the Ledbetter family. The CCRFC, an affiliate board of the Downtown Memphis Commission, grants property tax freezes to promote Downtown development.

With the CCRFC’s approval, Metro 67’s 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-tax incentive will continue under the new ownership until 2021.

ARA Newmark-Memphis brokers Blake Pera and Tommy Bronson represented the seller.

LEDIC Realty Co. will take over leasing and management from Fogelman Management Group.

The high-rise, located at Madison Avenue and Front Street, was built in the 1920s as the headquarters for Union Planters Bank. In 2009, it was renovated for multifamily use as a Historic Tax Credit redevelopment.

– Madeline Faber

Memphis Redbirds Set Roster for 2016 Season

The Memphis Redbirds, the Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, have announced their roster as of Thursday, April 7.

Fifteen players on the 25-man spent time in Memphis last season, including Dean Kiekhefer, Thomas Lee, Arturo Reyes, Ryan Sherriff, Miguel Socolovich, Sam Tuivailala, Justin Wright and Heath Wyatt on the pitching staff, catcher Alberto Rosario, infielders Dean Anna, Alex Mejia, Matt Williams and Jacob Wilson, and outfielders Anthony Garcia and Nick Martini.

In addition to the 15 players who played in Memphis last season, five others played at the Triple-A level elsewhere in 2015. Pitchers John Church (Las Vegas [Mets], Pacific Coast League),Juan Gonzalez (Oklahoma City [Dodgers], PCL), Opening Night starter Deck McGuire (Oklahoma City [Dodgers], PCL) and J.C. Sulbaran (Omaha [Royals], PCL), as well as outfielder Carlos Peguero (Round Rock [Rangers], PCL; Pawtucket [Red Sox], International League) playing one step from the majors last season.

Seven of the Top 30 prospects in the Cardinals organization, according to Baseball America, open the season active in Memphis, including Sam Tuivailala (#11), Charlie Tilson (#13), Anthony Garcia (#21), Arturo Reyes (#22), Jacob Wilson (#23), Dean Kiekhefer (#29) and Mike Ohlman (#30). Top prospect Alex Reyes starts on the Restricted List, and two other Top 5 prospects in prospects Tim Cooney and Marco Gonzales begin on the Disabled List.

Four Redbirds appeared in the big leagues last season, with pitchers Miguel Socolovich, and Sam Tuivailala and infielder Dean Anna spending time in St. Louis and outfielder Carlos Peguero playing 34 games with the Red Sox and Rangers.

For tickets or for more information on the 2016 Redbirds season, contact the Redbirds front office at 901-721-6000 or visit memphisredbirds.com.

– Don Wade

BankTennessee Announces Personnel Moves

BankTennessee has announced a few personnel moves, including an addition and a promotion.

Michael Newsome has joined the Collierville-based bank as vice president and commercial lender. His responsibilities include building and sustaining relationships with commercial banking customers in the Memphis area market.

Before joining BankTennessee, Newsome was with Carty & Co. in institutional fixed income sales, Metropolitan Bank as managing director in commercial lending, and First Tennessee as vice president in business banking.

Meanwhile, BankTennessee has also promoted Christy Enoch to treasury management officer. She was previously with BankTennessee in the treasury management and deposit operations department since joining the bank in 2013.

– Andy Meek

Election Commission Hires New Elections Coordinator

Shelby County Election Commissioners voted Friday, April 8, to hire Linda Phillips, a former county clerk in Tippecanoe County, Ind., to be the next Shelby County elections coordinator.

And election commission chairman Robert Meyers said later that Phillips has accepted the job at a salary of $108,000 a year, the same salary Richard Holden was making in the job.

Holden retired at the end of 2015 and the search for a new coordinator has taken longer than expected.

The election commission’s first choice, Wilson County, Tenn., assistant elections administrator Tammy Smith, turned down a job offer in February, reopening the process.

Phillips had been a finalist in the group that included Smith.

Meyers said the election commission’s goal is to have Phillips in Memphis and working by mid-May as the county’s election machinery is being prepared for the Aug. 4 state and federal primary elections.

“My belief will be that she will maintain the status quo through this election cycle,” Meyers said, “and use that as an opportunity to evaluate and work with people to make sure they are successful and the kind of people she wants on her team.”

Each state has different elections laws and procedures, sometimes different procedures from one county to the next.

Meyers points out that Tippecanoe County uses the same touch screen voting machines Shelby County uses.

The job of administering elections is part of the job of being county clerk in Indiana and the clerk’s position is an elected position. Phillips served two terms from 2003-2010 and then ran for and was elected Tippecanoe County assessor. She lost a re-election bid for assessor in 2014.

She told election commissioners here that she would like to explore some kind of audit trail for voters to either see or keep to verify their votes. She also talked about new voting technology as well as Indiana’s use of voting centers that bring together voters from numerous precincts in a smaller number of central locations to vote on election day.

The voting centers would be similar to the early voting locations used in advance of election day in Tennessee.

– Bill Dries

New South Main Development Planned

More residences are planned for the South End. Home builders Hamilton & Holliman, on behalf of property owners David and Stacy Petringa, recently submitted plans for a 10-lot subdivision at 27 W. Carolina St.

The property is immediately west of bar and restaurant Loflin Yard.

Plans for the 1.2-acre lot include “three common open space lots for private drives and green space,” according to the application.

The application will be reviewed at the May 12 meeting of the Land Use Control Board.

Nearly 1,900 residential units and 510 hotel rooms are under development in the South End, according to data from the Downtown Memphis Commission.

– Madeline Faber

Memphis Crews Plug Second Leak of Untreated Sewage

Memphis officials say public works crews have fixed a second sewage leak discovered in the area where a larger pipe broke and sent millions of gallons of untreated wastewater into a creek and lake.

In a statement, the city of Memphis said Friday that a plug has been placed in a 60-inch pipe that broke and sent an estimated 1,000 gallons per day into Cypress Creek and adjoining McKellar Lake in Memphis.

Officials said the leak was discovered after a bypass was installed in a 96-inch pipe that collapsed March 31, sending 50 million gallons of sewage per day into the creek and lake. That larger leak caused a major fish kill and led to high levels of E.coli in both bodies of water. It was fixed overnight Thursday.

– The Associated Press

Urban Child Institute’s Acting President Retiring

Dr. Henry G. “Hank” Herrod has announced his retirement as acting president/CEO of The Urban Child Institute. In addition, UCI’s board of directors has decided to reduce other staff positions to reflect the new direction of the organization.

Staff positions and placements still are being finalized. Board member Meri Armour has been appointed interim director until a new full-time director is named, according to board chairwoman Jill Crocker.

“The board is aware of the needs in our community,” said Crocker. “The intent of these changes is to take steps to reduce overhead and administrative costs at Urban Child so more money will go toward community programs and institutions that support our mission.”

According to the bylaws of The Urban Child Institute, the organization’s purpose is to promote the health of the population, particularly children, of the Mid-South region through innovative initiatives focusing primarily on prevention and wellness.

Early childhood is deemed a critically important issue and will continue to be a focus of the organization. In addition, the UCI building will continue to serve as a meeting place for groups from throughout Memphis.

UCI has made a number of changes following a chorus of criticism from the community about giving out just $2 million in external grants in 2013, concerns about now-retired CEO and president Eugene Cashman’s compensation (about $633,000 in 2013) and a lack of transparency in general.

Crocker was elected chairwoman in January, at the same board meeting that included the news that UCI had approved a 5 percent annual granting strategy that will equate to giving about $8 million to local organizations to support children’s needs.

As reported earlier this year, several grants will soon be awarded, including $403,000 to Neighborhood Christian Center; $155,000 to PeopleFirst; and $50,000 to Books from Birth. Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, the University of Memphis and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center will each receive $2 million. An additional number of smaller gifts of $25,000 or less will be awarded to total $121,000.

– Don Wade

Second Beale Street RFP Opens Friday, April 15

A second request for proposals to manage the Beale Street Entertainment District opens Friday, April 15, with the Beale Street Tourism Development Authority taking a second round of applications.

The authority reopened the process after reviewing four applications from the first round.

The four companies that applied can reapply, and a consultant for the authority has talked with all of those firms about their original applications.

“I tried to be as straightforward as possible with all of the groups,” consultant Jeff Sanford said last week. “I think the meetings were good.”

Authority members said questions remained about aspects of each of the four submissions, including financing of the plans.

The authority is looking for a day-to-day management firm for the district and the second round includes a longer period for submissions, with a deadline of June 24.

– Bill Dries

Waddell & Associates Teams With International Network

Focus Financial Partners, an international partnership of independent, fiduciary wealth management firms, has added Memphis-based investment firm Waddell & Associates Inc. to its network.

W&A joined Focus on April 1. In a letter to clients, W&A president and CEO David Waddell explained that little will change as a result of the partnership – not the firm’s name, management authority or the client experience.

“The driving purpose of joining the partnership is to tap into the best practices of the leading firms in our industry to upgrade our services,” Waddell wrote. “Also, as a partner firm within Focus, we will receive additional compliance, technological, and succession planning resources to further fortify our firm behind the scenes, ensuring client care for generations to come.”

W&A and Focus began talking almost 10 years ago. In recent months, after due diligence on both sides, Focus concluded that W&A is an ideal partner for its Mid-South region, and W&A likewise concluded that joining Focus would assure “continued excellence and continuity” at the firm, according to W&A.

– Andy Meek

Horn Lake Among Top Cities for African-Americans

Horn Lake has been named one of 2016’s 10 Best Cities for African-Americans by relocation website Livability.com.

The site’s editors, which put Horn Lake at No. 8 on the list, studied basic indicators spanning a range of topics, such as cost of living, crime, climate, health care availability and economic equality. They then looked for areas with larger-than-average African-American populations and places where they are succeeding in terms of income, homeownership and academic achievement. Other factors included desirability – areas where African-Americans are moving to at higher rates – and lifestyle and consumer data.

Tallahassee, Fla., came in at No. 1 on the 2016 list. The other cities, in order, are: Lansing, Mich.; North Las Vegas, Nev.; York, Penn.; La Vergne, Tenn.; Springfield, Mass.; Stockbridge, Ga.; Horn Lake; Lawton, Okla.; and Frankfort, Ky.

In citing its reasons for choosing Horn Lake, Livability said the city has experienced significant growth among its African-American population – from 12 percent in 2000 to the current 35 percent – most likely due to the city's location and affordability.

Livability also cited Horn Lake’s unemployment rate, which is well below the national average, and said that both the income gap and poverty rate for African-Americans are among the lowest of the cities on the list. Housing costs are also lower than neighboring cities, Livability said, and more than half of African-American residents are homeowners.

– Kate Simone

Offense Shows Well In Tigers’ 2nd Scrimmage

The University of Memphis football team’s second scrimmage of the spring schedule had a new format and a new environment as the team scrimmaged in Nashville on Saturday, April 9, and utilized a game clock for a half.

“It was a good day. We got to play a little bit more than a half of football,” said head coach Mike Norvell said. “We got to see what I was hoping for. It was really back and forth. The offense goes down in the first series and scores a touchdown. The defense responded and really stalemated them there for the better half of the quarter and there towards the end of the first half, the offense responded again and was able to score a couple more times.”

Former Tennessee quarterback Riley Ferguson guided Memphis on an opening scrimmage scoring drive, capping the six-play drive with a touchdown pass to Phil Mayhue. The defense then recorded a sack and got stops on the next two possessions before Jake Elliott converted the first of two field goals.

After some special teams work, the Tigers also did work overtime situations, scoring touchdowns in each of the three practice periods, including a 25-yard run from freshman running back Darrell Henderson and touchdowns from Anthony Miller and Doroland Dorceus.

An estimated 500 Tigers fans were on hand to see the scrimmage at Father Ryan High School.

“It was great,” Norvell said. “We pulled up on the bus and we saw a tunnel of blue.”

The Memphis spring game, dubbed Friday Night Stripes, will be played April 22 at 7 p.m at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, 335 S. Hollywood St. The Tiger Walk will begin at 6 p.m., and the pre-block party festivities will include a Tiger equipment sale and Tiger Lane activities.

– Don Wade

Monogram Foods Acquires Progressive Gourmet

Memphis-based Monogram Foods has acquired Progressive Gourmet. The Wilmington, MA-based company bakes and supplies appetizers to chains like Marriott, Hilton Hotels & Resorts and Kroger.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

With the addition of Progressive Gourmet, Monogram now employs 2,600 people and has reached $600 million in 2016 revenue.

As a result of the acquisition, Monogram is looking hire 100 to 150 employees. Additional facility expansions are planned for throughout the year. Monogram owns eight manufacturing plants in seven states, all of which have been acquired over the past ten years.

– Madeline Faber

‘Million Dollar Quartet’ Casting Paid Extras

“Million Dollar Quartet” is casting paid extras in Memphis, where the CMT television series is being filmed through early July.

The project, which is being assisted by the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission, is seeking people of all ages and types as general extras as well as those who can portray several specific types: basketball players, cheerleaders, teachers, musician types, churchgoers, farmers, swing dancers, military personnel, families, rollerskaters, barbecue joint customers, coaches, shoeshine guys, 1950s-period types, newspaper boys and prisoner types.

This project takes place in the 1950s, so extras should have natural colored hair and no visible tattoos or piercings.

Extras will be paid $64 for eight hours, plus overtime after eight hours. Meals will be provided if working a full day.

To be considered, complete a free talent application at .onlocationcasting.net or email information and photos to MDQextras2016@gmail.com with the subject line MDQ EXTRA.

For more information, call 901-480-4667 or email MDQextras2016@gmail.com.

– Daily News staff

Proposed Crosstown High Moves Forward in Contest

The proposed high school at Crosstown Concourse is moving forward in a national contest chaired by Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

The XQ Super Schools Challenge will support five winners with $10 million each to go toward reimagining the American high school.

The proposed 500-student public high school within the Crosstown Concourse development is one of 348 applications from a pool of 700 to move to the development phase of the contest.

“This incredibly unique opportunity includes the space of the school itself,” said Michelle McKissack, a member of the Crosstown Councourse High School board of directors in a statement. “Instead of trying to fit such an innovative high school into an existing school building, Crosstown Concourse offers us a blank slate, an open space with no walls to design a physical learning environment that is one-of-a-kind and presents us with limitless possibilities for collaboration, skills development and learning.”

The upcoming phase of the contest ends May 23, with final winners announced in August.

– Madeline Faber

Commission OKs Arlington School Capital Funding

Shelby County Commissioners on Monday, April 11, approved $105,374 in capital funding for an Arlington Schools bus parking lot and support building.

The funding is a reallocation of existing funding the commission had approved in 2014.

In the last month, the commission approved a similar reallocation, also from 2014, of $1.1 million in funding to get started on three emergency capital projects for Shelby County Schools that include mechanical repairs, fixing a collapsed ceiling at the school system’s Central Nutrition Center and wall repairs at Ross Elementary School.

Both of the reallocations are for the current fiscal year which ends June 30.

In other action on the short agenda of 15 items, the commission approved two grants totalling $15,000 for local nonprofits out of the commission’s fund of $1.3 million for such grants.

Each commissioner has a $100,000 allocation they have been using since the July 1 start of the fiscal year, and commissioners frequently pool some of their funding for a particular nonprofit. The full commission must approve the grants.

Including the two grants approved by the commission Monday, the $1.3 million fund has a balance of $161,300.

– Bill Dries

Shaq Goodwin to Compete At Portsmouth Invitational

After a stellar senior season, former University of Memphis forward Shaq Goodwin has been invited to the Portsmouth Invitational, hosted in Portsmouth, Va.

Now in its 63rd year, the Portsmouth Invitational has invited the 64 best college basketball seniors from across the nation to participate in a four-day, 12-game tournament in front of representatives from every NBA team.

Goodwin, a 2015-16 All-American Athletic Conference First Team honoree, averaged 14.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game for the Tigers in 2015-16, leading Memphis to a 19-15 overall record before falling in the championship game of the 2016 AAC Tournament.

During the season he set an AAC record with 15 made field goals against UCF, scoring a career-high 35 points, and he also is tied for the AAC record with 23 rebounds in a game, set a season ago against Temple. After his four years with the Tigers, he is one of just three players in program history to score 1,400 or more points, pull down 800 rebounds, and block 195 shots in a career, joining Keith Lee and Kelly Wise.

Goodwin will compete for the Mike Duman’s Auto Sales Team. Stefan Moody (Ole Miss) will also play on the team.

– Don Wade

EnSafe Renovating Corporate Headquarters

Memphis-based EnSafe Inc. is making renovations to its corporate headquarters at 5720 Summer Trees Drive.

Belz Construction Services LLC recently filed for a $700,000 building permit for renovations at the property. Ensafe provides environmental, engineering and health and safety consulting services. Including Memphis, it has 13 locations across the U.S.

– Madeline Faber

TruGreen Completes Merger With Scotts LawnService

Memphis-based TruGreen has merged with Scotts LawnService to create one of the largest lawn care companies in the U.S.

Both groups are spin-offs from parent companies. The newly combined company represents nearly $1.3 billion in revenue.

Scotts LawnService separated last year from The Scotts Miracle-Gro Comopany and TruGreen separated from Memphis-based ServiceMaster in 2014.

As a result of the merger, TruGreen serves 2.3 million residential and commercial customers in the U.S. and Canada.

TruGreen, which moved to the Forum II building this year, will remain in East Memphis. Jim Gimeson, former president of Scotts LawnService, will join TruGreen as COO.

– Madeline Faber

Flights to Jacksonville, Atlanta Launch From MEM

Two new flights take off this week at Memphis International Airport.

On April 14, Frontier Airlines will launch its nonstop flight from Memphis to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

On April 15, Allegiant Air will launch its nonstop service between Memphis and Jacksonville International Airport.

Jacksonville, Floria is a new nonstop destination from MEM. Fronier joins Delta and Southern Airways Express in coverage to Atlanta.

– Madeline Faber

Walton Named Principal Of Commercial Advisors

Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors has appointed Patrick Walton as principal.

He joined the firm as vice president in March 2012 and has more than 10 years of experience in commercial real estate.

He was the 2014 MAAR Pinnacle Industrial Landlord Broker of the Year, and for the last two years was the lead broker in the largest industrial transactions in the market

Walton is also a member of the Cushman & Wakefield Global Supply Chain Services Group, a graduate of Nexus Leadership Academy and a member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors.

He also currently serves on the MAAR Commercial Council board of directors.

– Andy Meek

Brand-Design Publication Honors Tactical Magic Work

An award-winning logo created by Memphis branding company Tactical Magic for local video production company Running Pony has been included in the ninth volume of "LogoLounge," a leading publication of branding and identity design work.

Running Pony’s new logo features a two-dimensional, multicolored horse in motion.

More than 22,000 logos were submitted for publication by the nation’s branding experts who published “LogoLounge.” Only 10 percent were selected to appear in the design book’s newest edition.

Trace Hallowell, Tactical Magic’s brand strategist, said his firm’s trademarks have appeared in “LogoLounge” 20 times since the firm was founded 10 years ago.

Said Running Pony partner Jonathan Epstein, “This logo helped us refresh our brand image and gave us the opportunity to have new conversations with clients. It brings who we are to life.’’

– Andy Meek

Dedric Lawson Announces He Will Return to U of M

Forward Dedric Lawson has announced he plans to return to the University of Memphis for his sophomore season.

Lawson, who led the team with 15.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per game last season, released a statement to The Commercial Appeal saying he wanted another season to play on the same team with his brother, K.J. Lawson, who missed much of last season with injuries.

Earlier, Dedric Lawson had said he wanted to “test the NBA waters” and was contemplating entering this year’s draft. The Lawson brothers’ father, Keelon Lawson, was hired by former U of M coach Josh Pastner as an assistant before they enrolled at the university.

The U of M is still searching for a replacement for Pastner and there has been no official word on assistants, although this news would seem to indicate Keelon Lawson will retain some role with the program no matter who the next Memphis head coach is.

– Don Wade

Methodist, West Clinic Integrate Breast Centers

The Methodist Breast Center and The West Clinic Comprehensive Breast Center are now the Margaret West Comprehensive Breast Center.

The new center consolidates Methodist Healthcare’s and The West Clinic’s breast services into an integrated program for the complete management of breast health and wellness.

Erich Mounce, CEO of West Cancer Center, called the collaboration “an extension of an already amazing partnership between West Cancer Center and the Methodist Healthcare family. The Margaret West Comprehensive Breast Center reflects both of our organizations’ commitment to providing our patients with the tools they need for their wellness journey.”

The comprehensive breast center has a full suite of services for the total management of breast health, including advanced imaging and diagnostic services, such as digital breast tomosynthesis, or 3-D mammography.

Patients also have access to complete diagnostic and treatment services to evaluate and treat a vast array of both benign and malignant breast diseases and conditions.

– Daily News staff

Beale Landing Architecture Wins International Honors

Beale Street Landing has been named the best marina or port in the world for 2016 in the fourth annual Architizer A+Awards.

A jury of designers, urban planners and architects selected the landing, designed by RTN Architects of Buenos Aires, Argentina, as the most architecturally significant marina or port for 2016.

The A+Awards include a category based on public voting. In that case, Beale Street Landing was a close second to the OneOcean Marina Port Vell in Barcelona, Spain.

This is the first year the awards have included a Marinas and Ports category.

“This international recognition is an affirmation of the thoughtful design of the architects and the willingness of the Memphis community to embrace a world-class approach to riverboat docking,” said Benny Lendermon, president of the Riverfront Development Corp., in a written statement.

Architizer is a large online group of architects from around the world. The select jurors for the awards included Kickstarter co-founder Charles Adler; architect David Rockwell of the David Rockwell Group; Jeanne Gang, founder of Studio Gang Architects; and Pinterest co-founder Evan Sharp.

– Bill Dries

Wal-Mart Hiring 300 For New Supercenter

Wal-Mart is looking to hire 300 local residents for its upcoming store at 6790 Raleigh LaGrange Road.

To fill the full and part-time positions, Walmart has opened a temporary hiring center at 6496 Summer Ave. Most of the new associates will begin work this summer to prep for the store’s opening.

Applications will be accepted Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The new supercenter will be the company’s sixth inside the Memphis area. Wal-Mart has existing supercenters 4.9 miles away on Germantown Parkway and 4.2 miles away on U.S. 64.

– Madeline Faber

UTHSC Professor Lands $1.7M Grant Renewal

A University of Tennessee Health Science Center professor has landed a $1.7 million grant renewal from the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases to study how the intestine blocks certain toxins from entering the bloodstream.

The grant to Dr. Radhakrishna Rao, a professor in the department of physiology in the College of Medicine, will be used to support a project titled “Intestinal Mucosal Protection by Epidermal Growth Factor.”

In his 16th year of research with more than $5 million awarded in total funding, the focus of Rao’s project is to determine the molecular mechanisms involved in regulation of the epithelial barrier function in the colon.

– Andy Meek

Germantown Schools Pulls Permit to Expand Riverdale

The Germantown Municipal Schools District has filed a $9.7 million building permit application for an addition to Riverdale School, 7391 Neshoba Road.

The two-story classroom building and one-story gymnasium is a steel structure with brick walls.

Zellner Construction Services LLC is the contractor on the project, which is the most immediate solution to overcrowding in the suburban school system.

The district considered a new elementary school before moving ahead with the addition to Riverdale.

Riverdale is structured as a K-8 school and has nearly 6,000 students, with 22 portable classroom buildings on the campus.

The $9.7 million permit is on the high end of the preliminary estimate of $7 million to $10 million the school system got from consultants less than a year ago.

– Bill Dries

Tennessee Unemployment Dips to 4.5 Pct. in March

Tennessee’s unemployment rate dipped to 4.5 percent in March, four-tenths of a percentage point from the February revised rate of 4.9 percent, according to preliminary figures from Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips.

The U.S. preliminary rate for March was 5.0 percent, increasing one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous month.

Over the past year, Tennessee’s unemployment rate decreased from 6.0 percent to 4.5 percent, while the national rate declined from 5.5 percent to 5.0 percent.

The state’s nonfarm employment decreased 700 jobs from February to March, with the largest decreases in government, leisure/hospitality, administrative/support/waste services and mining/logging/construction.

County- and city-level unemployment data is scheduled to be released Thursday, April 21.

– Kate Simone

Tenn. Supreme Court Case Records Available for Order

Records of Tennessee Supreme Court cases that were previously only available by visiting Nashville can now be requested online.

The Tennessee State Library and Archives said the new online ordering system allows researchers to order cases dating back to the early 1800s in hard copy or digital scans.

The system allows the user to search for names of ancestors or topics.

A news release said the records were once stored in the attic of the state Capitol and arrived in the hands of the Library and Archives needing to be restored. The archival technical staff has worked for more than a decade to preserve the records of more than 50,000 cases. The project is continuing.

Cases currently at the Library and Archives range from the beginning of the 19th century to around 1950.

– The Associated Press

Grizzlies Sign Bryce Cotton For Rest of Regular Season

The Memphis Grizzlies have signed guard Bryce Cotton for the remainder of the 2015-16 regular season, pursuant to the NBA’s hardship roster rules.

Before this signing, Cotton had made three appearances for the Grizzlies since signing a 10-day contract on April 1.

Overall, the 23-year-old holds career averages of 4.1 points in 9.2 minutes in 21 games (zero starts) over two professional seasons with the Grizzlies, Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz.

Undrafted in the 2014 NBA Draft following a four-year collegiate career at Providence College (2010-14), Cotton has appeared in 40 games (all starts) in two seasons with the NBA Development League’s Austin Spurs and recorded 22.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 39.2 minutes.

Cotton also has played for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association.

– Don Wade

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