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VOL. 131 | NO. 164 | Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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Hollywood Feed Opens Pet Bakery

Natural and holistic pet food and product retailer Hollywood Feed has opened a specialty bakery for pets next to its Midtown location at 2015 Union Ave.

The venture into the brand making their own pet treats was led by the company’s desire to find a unique, nutritious treat in the form of traditional biscuits and fresh-baked options.

For this endeavor, Hollywood Feed president Shawn McGhee tapped the talent of professional pastry chef Sarah Nicholson, who serves as director of bakery services for Hollywood Feed. McGhee gave her just three guidelines for ingredients: no wheat, flour or white sugar allowed. A graduate of the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, Nicholson creatively found alternative ingredients that made for a healthier pet treat, including almond and coconut flour, eggs, fruits, vegetables, and soy-free and gluten-free treat varieties.

The 2,500-square-foot facility features an open kitchen so customers can see pet treats being made fresh daily. The bakery goods will also be offered in all of the Hollywood Feed stores in the Memphis area.

– Daily News staff

Medtronic Awards $125K To 2 Local Health Organizations

The Medtronic Foundation has announced it’s awarding two, two-year Health Access Grants of $125,000 each to Christ Community Health Services and the Church Health Center.

The grants, according to the foundation, will support the two health care organizations in their continued commitment to improve health care access to underserved residents in the Mid-South, with an emphasis on chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

The grant to Christ Community Health Services will support the expansion of an intervention that detects and treats high blood pressure by screening people in their homes rather than in medical clinics or hospitals.

The Church Health Center grant will support Wellness 4 Life, a program in which medical providers refer patients to the center’s health coaches, who help them set goals for making lifestyle changes and adopting healthier behaviors. Patients then work with the center’s wellness facility staff to learn how to exercise, prepare healthier meals and take the next steps toward healthier living.

– Andy Meek

Burgess New Chairman Of County Commission

Melvin Burgess is the new chairman of the Shelby County Commission.

The second-term Democratic commissioner ran unopposed for the leadership post and was elected by the body at its Monday, Aug. 15, session.

Burgess takes over as chairman on Sept. 1, succeeding Republican commissioner Terry Roland.

Heidi Shafer was elected chairman pro tempore for a one-year term as well. She also was unopposed for the post.

In other action Monday, the commission delayed a vote on a special use permit for a gravel mining operation by Standard Construction Co. Inc. in the Barret’s Chapel area.

Standard has been mining gravel in the area for more than 20 years and other companies have been doing the same for more than 40 years. The permit request drew opposition. But Nathan Bicks, the attorney for Standard, said the application also had support from area residents.

The commission also voted to appoint another full-time judicial commissioner and a part-time commissioner at its Sept. 12 meeting and to interview applicants for the positions during Sept. 7 committee sessions. The body appointed attorney Shayla Purifoy as a new judicial commissioner on Aug. 1.

A referendum ordinance that would give the county commission final say if the mayor fires the county attorney was approved Monday on the second of three readings. Commissioner Van Turner had proposed an exception if the mayor fired a county attorney for cause. But Turner withdrew the amendment, saying it complicated the proposal.

The commission approved $100,000 in funding for a job classification pay study for county government and approved an interlocal agreement with the city of Bartlett for Shelby County General Sessions Environmental Court to hear cases involving alleged environmental violations in Bartlett.

– Bill Dries

TSA Closes MEM Checkpoints After Security Threat

Memphis International Airport flights were temporarily delayed on Monday, Aug. 15, following a security threat.

Shortly after 1 p.m., the Transportation Security Administration temporarily closed the B and C checkpoints in response to a security alert. The checkpoints were reopened 15 minutes later when the alert was resolved. Airlines were alerted about the checkpoint closures and were able to hold flights.

“At this point, we don’t know of any passengers who missed their flights due to the security alert. Most of the backups were cleared in less than 20 minutes,” said Rob Robertson, marketing and community outreach director for the Memphis International Airport.

The nature of the alert is still under investigation by the TSA.

– Madeline Faber

Memphis Film Prize, On Location Name Winners

Two local film competitions have named this year’s winning submissions.

The judges of the 17th annual On Location: MEMPHIS International Film & Music Festival announced its winners on Sunday, Aug. 14.

American director Alexander Janko won best feature for his film “Year by The Sea,” in which an empty nester retreats to Cape Cod to reclaim an identity separate from marriage and family life.

Pedro Salís García won best animated short for his film “Cuerdas.” In the Spanish director’s film, a young girl’s routine is turned upside down by the arrival of a very special child.

Cuban directors Jeremy Ungar and Ivaylo Getov won best documentary short for their film “Soy Cubana.” The film focuses on a female a capella quartet from Santiago de Cuba.

On the same day, organizers of the Memphis Film Prize named director McGhee Montieth’s film “He Could’ve Gone Pro” as the contest’s inaugural winner. Montieth took home $10,000 and a slot at the Louisiana Film Prize, where her film will compete this fall for $50,000.

– Madeline Faber

BBB Warns Shoppers About Memphis-Based Business

The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about a Memphis-based internet business called Swift Kickz. The company sells sneakers and athletic shoes, and also states on its website that it buys and sells shoes on consignment.

BBB of the Mid-South reports it has received seven complaints in the last 10 months from consumers in four states and that the company failed to respond to any of the complaints

Most complaints allege that consumers paid for shoes but never received them. Consumers also allege that they received no shipping information and were unsuccessful in getting the company to respond to emails. The website, swiftkickz.com, lists no physical address or phone number, but a note on the “Contact Us” page says, “We currently do not have a physical location but are located in Memphis, TN.”

Among the complaints, a consumer from Brooklyn, New York, told the BBB she paid more than $1,200 for four pairs of sneakers that never arrived and she hasn’t received a refund.

Another consumer from Islip Terrace, New York, told the BBB that he paid $650 for a pair of sneakers but that the company canceled his order and refunded his money a week later with no explanation. When he looked at the website again, he saw the same pair of sneakers offered for $899.

– Daily News staff

BancorpSouth Puts Two Planned Mergers on Hold

A downgrade of BancorpSouth’s Community Reinvestment Act rating means two mergers have been tabled for the time being. BancorpSouth announced in January 2014 its intent to acquire Ouachita Bancshares Corp. of West Monroe, Louisiana, and Central Community Corp. of Temple, Texas. The merger agreements were valued at a combined $325 million in stock and cash at the time.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. notified BancorpSouth Thursday that it was lowering its CRA rating from “satisfactory” to “needs to improve.”

The bank says it’s unlikely to have the mergers approved until its CRA rating returns to “satisfactory.”

The Community Reinvestment Act is intended to encourage financial institutions to help meet the credit needs of the communities in which they operate, including low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.

– The Associated Press

PROPERTY SALES 76 133 1,342
MORTGAGES 83 131 1,047
BUILDING PERMITS 190 277 3,028