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VOL. 9 | NO. 49 | Saturday, December 3, 2016

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Stubby Clapp to Manage Memphis Redbirds in 2017

Former Memphis Redbirds infielder Stubby Clapp has been named the club’s manager for the upcoming 2017 season, the St. Louis Cardinals announced.

Clapp, who has extensive minor league coaching experience, succeeds Mike Shildt, who was promoted to Quality Control Coach with the Cardinals after serving as Redbirds manager in 2015 and 2016.

“We are pleased to welcome back Stubby to the Cardinals organization as manager of the Memphis Redbirds,” Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak said in a statement. “Stubby has worked hard to get this opportunity and will bring a balanced approach to managing and player development.”

Clapp said he and his family “feel very blessed” to have an opportunity to work with the Cardinals organization again.

“The Redbirds have the best fans in baseball, and we look forward to being back at home with them at AutoZone Park,” Clapp said.

Clapp’s history in Memphis dates back to the early days of the Redbirds, as he played 425 games from 1999-2002 and still holds the franchise’s career records for triples (19) and walks (222). He ranks second in runs scored (258) and third in games played, doubles (87), extra-base hits (128) and total hits (418).

He was a member of the Redbirds’ first Pacific Coast League championship team in 2000 and reached the major leagues in 2001 with the Cardinals, where he appeared in 23 games and hit .200 with two doubles. In all, Clapp played more than 1,000 minor league games during his career and boasted a .274 lifetime batting average.

Prior to returning to Memphis, Clapp spent four seasons as a hitting coach in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, including the 2015 and 2016 seasons with the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

Clapp began his coaching career in 2007 in the Houston Astros system, and he managed at the short-season level in 2011 and 2012.

– Don Wade

Collierville Foundation Awards $87,000 in Grants

The nonprofit Collierville Education Foundation has awarded $87,366 in grants for projects in the Collierville Schools system, including its largest single grant in the 20-year history of the foundation.

The $22,161 grant announced Thursday, Dec. 1, is for a STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – classroom at Collierville Middle School.

The other 69 grants on the list include a sensory room for special needs students and binding for a Collierville history book written by students at Crosswind Elementary School.

The foundation fields grant requests before making the awards. Among the entities funding the grants through the foundation are the Town of Collierville with $40,000; Landers Ford, which raised $30,000 during a Classic Car Show; and Carrier Corp., which donated $5,000 toward a math and science grant.

Grant applications for the 2017-2018 school year begin in July with an application posted at www.colliervilleeducationfoundation.org, the foundation’s website.

– Bill Dries

First Tennessee Matching Wildfire Donations to $50K

In response to deadly wildfires that have taken lives, burned homes and businesses, and displaced thousands of residents in Gatlinburg and surrounding areas, the First Tennessee Foundation is matching donations from the public to the East Tennessee Red Cross, up to a total of $50,000.

The donations can be made at any First Tennessee financial center across the state.

At press time Thursday, Dec. 1, the wildfires in East Tennessee had claimed seven lives and injured at least a dozen more, according to multiple media reports, and at least 14,000 people have been forced to evacuate.

Also, a Memphis couple vacationing in Gatlinburg with their three sons – all three of them were injured in the wildfires – remained missing at press time.

– Andy Meek

St. George's Students To Bunker Down for Marathon

Students and families of St. George’s Independent School will view and cheer on runners in the St. Jude Marathon Saturday, Dec. 3, from a Midtown bunkhouse.

The bunkhouse is the school’s newest facility at 815 McLean Blvd., which is located along the marathon route.

Support of the St. Jude Marathon has become an important community service opportunity for the school because of the impact of childhood cancer on two St. George’s families in the past two years, according to a release.

The students and parents will make posters and be out in force Saturday morning to cheer on runners raising money for St. Jude as they go past the facility.

“This is a perfect example of how we will use this new facility in Midtown to help our students and families fully engage and connect with all the good work being done in the city of Memphis,” said Ross Peters, head of school at St. George’s.

The bunkhouse opened this fall to support service learning and community engagement in Memphis through collaboration with the Choose901campaign and Serve901 program.

While the partnership is multi-faceted and includes the development of service learning curriculum, the most visible element is the newly renovated and shared facility in the Vollintine/Evergreen neighborhood.

– Daily News staff

American Apparel Closing Memphis Location

After filing its second bankruptcy in roughly a year, American Apparel will be closing its location at 528 S. Main St. in Downtown Memphis at the end of December.

The company made the announcement to its employees in a videoconference late Tuesday night.

American Apparel had been on South Main at the intersection of G E Patterson for 11 years, according to Cynthia Grawemeyer, who owns the building along with her husband, Mark.

"They have been a good company to work with," Grawemeyer said. "We've never had any problems with them."

The Memphis and other store closings are the latest efforts to restructure the company. Earlier this year, American Apparel laid off hundreds of workers in California to overhaul its U.S.-based production process.

"As far as I know right now, the only store that will remain open in Tennessee will be the Nashville store," Grawemeyer said.

With all of the renovations going on in the South Main Arts District, which includes a movie theater and a new hotel, Grawemeyer said there is no shortage of potential clients to move into the soon-to-be-vacated property.

"I really think that something great will go there on that corner," she said.

Holiday shoppers may reap the most benefit from the closing, as the store attempts to liquidate its remaining inventory before the end of the year.

– Patrick Lantrip

Election Commission Completes Halbert Recount

As Shelby County Election Commissioners certified the results of the Nov. 8 elections this week, they also talked about the Chancery Court case over the results of the 2015 race for City Court Clerk more than a year ago.

Former Memphis City Council member Wanda Halbert, who finished second to current clerk Kay Robilio, is contesting the results of the 2015 election.

Election Commission attorney John Ryder told commissioners at their Tuesday meeting that a new tabulation of the clerk’s race results show Robilio is still the winner of the race over Halbert and six other candidates by a margin of 1,179 votes. That compares to a 1,367-vote margin for Robilio in the 2015 certified results.

Ryder termed the shift of votes as “a typical recount situation.”

The new tabulation was to be submitted to the court for consideration, Ryder said, with the next hearing in the matter set for Dec. 13.

– Bill Dries

6 U of M Football Players Honored by AAC

University of Memphis return specialist Tony Pollard was selected American Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Year, becoming the fourth consecutive Tiger to win the award. Pollard’s selection follows punter Tom Hornsey in 2013 and kicker Jake Elliott in 2014 and 2015.

Pollard, a redshirt freshman, returned two kickoffs for touchdowns this season, breaking a 20-year drought at the U of M without a kick return for a TD. He ranks ninth nationally in kickoff returns, averaging 28.4 yards per attempt and had 993 yards on returns.

Pollard was an All-Conference First Team selection, as were Elliott, punter Spencer Smith, tight end Daniel Montiel and linebacker Genard Avery. Wide receiver Anthony Miller was a Second Team choice.

University of South Florida quarterback Quinton Flowers was Offensive Player of the Year and University of Central Florida linebacker Shaquem Griffin was Defensive Player of the Year. Navy’s Ken Niumatalolo won Coach of the Year for the second straight time.

– Don Wade

Bartlett Soap Co. Rebrands As Buff City Soap

The Bartlett Soap Co. has rebranded as Buff City Soap – a new name that acknowledges its growth into new markets while still paying homage to its local roots.

The business, which manufactures all-natural soaps and skincare products, opened its Bartlett storefront in late 2013. In February, co-founders Brad Kellum and Jennifer Ziemianin decided to open a second location in Olive Branch.

“Over a three-year period, The Bartlett Soap Co. grew from Brad and I driving around town delivering soaps, to two storefront locations and 13 employees who are extremely vital to what we do every day,” Ziemianin said in a statement.

Kellum and Ziemianin worked with Paradigm Marketing and Creative on the rebranding effort, which Ziemianin says “fits the playful personality of our business.” That includes in-store signage with sayings such as “100% Awwww Naturel Ingredients,” “Good, Clean Fun” and “Buff Naked Ingredients.”

All of Buff City Soap’s products are 100 percent plant-based and range from body butters to bath bombs to soaps for babies, kids and pets. The products are manufactured in Bartlett and come in scents with names like “Good Morning Sunshine,” “Narcissist” and “Man Soap.”

In addition to their two storefronts (6269 E. Stage Plaza in Bartlett and 5338 Goodman Road, suite 113, in Olive Branch), Buff City Soap products can be found at Miss Cordelia’s Market in Memphis, Miss Lucille’s Marketplace in Clarksville, Tennessee, and Domestic Divas in Tupelo, Mississippi. The company also accepts custom orders. For more information, visit buffcitysoap.com.

– Daily News staff

U of M To Hold Winter Commencement Dec. 11

The University of Memphis will award a total of 1,693 degrees, including 55 doctorates, in two commencement ceremonies Dec. 11 at FedExForum.

At the 11 a.m. ceremony, students in the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Communication and Fine Arts, University College and School of Law will receive degrees. At the 3:30 p.m. session, degrees will be awarded to students from the Fogelman College of Business & Economics, College of Education, School of Health Studies, Herff College of Engineering, Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management, Loewenberg College of Nursing, School of Public Health and School of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

The featured speaker at both sessions will be attorney Donald E. Godwin, chairman and CEO of Dallas, Texas-based law firm Godwin Bowman & Martinez. Godwin also will be awarded an honorary doctorate during the afternoon ceremony.

For more than 40 years, Godwin has tried significant jury cases in courts throughout Texas and across the United States. Board certified in civil trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, his practice covers a broad range of areas with an emphasis on complex litigation, including oil and gas, environmental, fiduciary duties, will contests, major family law disputes and business torts.

Godwin earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, his law degree from Southern Methodist University and a master’s in accounting from the University of Memphis.

– Don Wade

Eastgate Arts District Launches in East Memphis

Eastgate Shopping Center is looking to become Memphis’ newest arts district.

The East Memphis retail center – whose tenants include Fresh Market, Steinmart and Michael’s – launched the Eastgate Arts District Friday, Nov. 25, to coincide with the eighth annual WinterArts holiday artists market.

The goal is to rekindle public interest in Eastgate, which opened in 1962 and once was home to department stores such as Julius Lewis and Shainberg’s, as well as Katz Drug Store and the Paramount Theatre.

Art walks will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. each Friday night through Christmas Eve. The new district also hopes to attract other arts-related activities, such as performance work, during December. WinterArts will also stage sidewalk demonstrations of fine-craft disciplines, such as wood-turning and thrown pottery.

Staged by the nonprofit ArtWorks Foundation and housed at 5058 Park Ave., the 5,000-square-foot WinterArts market features fine crafts, paintings and photography by dozens of local professional artists selected through a juried process. It is open daily through Christmas Eve. For hours and more information about possible performances and other events, visit winterartsmemphis.com.

– Daily News staff

Methodist Le Bonheur Pulls $15.4M Building Permit

As a part of its master plan, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has filed a $15.4 million building permit application for the foundation of a 440,000-square-foot tower on the Methodist University campus at 1265 Union Ave.

The permit application is the latest step in Methodist’s $280 million expansion and modernization project, which is scheduled for completion in early 2019. The tower will create room for the hospital to consolidate its oncology, transplant and outpatient programs into a centralized area to increase efficiency for medical staff and caregivers and create a better overall experience for patients, family and visitors.

Turner Construction Co. is listed as the contractor on the permit. Several more applications for the new tower will be filed individually, with the next one expected in a couple of months.

Other aspects of the master plan for Methodist’s flagship hospital include combining the West Cancer Center on Union Avenue with hospital-based services to create a comprehensive cancer center, consolidating all transplant services into a two-floor comprehensive Transplant Institute, building a parking plaza with 700 spaces and adding two gardens to provide green space on site.

– Patrick Lantrip

Monogram CEO Given Meat Industry's Top Honor

Karl Schledwitz, chairman and CEO of Memphis-based Monogram Food Solutions Inc., has been awarded one of the meat processing industry’s top honors.

Schledwitz is the 2017 recipient of The Richard L. Knowlton Award, which recognizes innovative skills, corporate citizenship and exceptional business acumen.

The award is presented annually by Meatingplace, one of the nation’s leading information sources for the red meat- and poultry-processing industry. It is named for former Hormel Inc. chairman Dick Knowlton, who is regarded as a legendary leader in the meat-processing industry.

“Karl Schledwitz is a modern-day Dick Knowlton who has found ways to transform existing companies into entrepreneurial giants,” said Meatingplace publisher Bill Kinross in a statement. “We need industry leaders like Monogram to continue to advance our industry.”

Schledwitz, along with his partner Wes Jackson, founded Monogram Foods in 2004 after they purchased King Cotton and Circle B brand meats from the Sara Lee Corp.

– Andy Meek

Grizzlies to Host Holiday Basketball Camps

The Memphis Grizzlies are preparing to host their Holiday Basketball Camps for boys and girls ages 7-16 as well as “Grizzlies Grit & Grind Training” sessions in various locations around the Memphis area. Campers will get the opportunity to develop their shooting, dribbling and defensive skills as well as other fundamentals of the game with experienced instructors in one of four camps taking place in December.

The camps, which run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, will be held Dec. 19-22 at St. Mary’s Episcopal School, 60 Perkins Road Extended, and Independent Presbyterian Church, 4738 Walnut Grove Road. Then from Dec. 27-30, camps will be held at the Landers Center, 4560 Venture Drive in Southaven, and the Memphis Jewish Community Center, 6560 Poplar Ave.

The Memphis Grizzlies Holiday Basketball Camps are $275 and include two tickets to a Grizzlies game, 28 hours of skills and drills instruction, a reversible jersey and more.

The Grit & Grind Training sessions will be held Saturday afternoons now through Dec. 10, offering boys and girls, individual, team and small group private lessons for all ages and skill levels. Sessions are customized to each player’s needs and focus and can be scheduled as needed or in discounted multi-session packages. Workouts are led by former NBA assistant coach Scott Adubato, who brings more than 25 years of coaching experience and was an assistant coach for the Grizzlies from 2000 to 2007.

Limited spots are still available. For more information or to register for the camps and training sessions, visit grizzlies.com/camps or email camps@grizzlies.com.

– Don Wade

U of M Continues Search For VP of Student Affairs

Two of the four candidates interviewing for the position of vice president of student affairs at the University of Memphis visited the campus this week to meet university officials.

Darrell Ray and Cathy Akens, who were in town Monday and Tuesday, respectively, also hosted open forums for students, faculty and staff during their visit.

Ray is the associate vice president of student affairs at Louisiana State University, while Akens has been associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Florida International University since 2012.

Ray and Akens are the third and fourth candidates to visit the university in the past month.

Pedro Santana visited the campus for his interview and open forum on Nov. 18, and Danette Saylor visited on Nov. 16.

Saylor previously held the dual positions of vice president for student affairs and success at Albany State University and the vice president for student affairs at Darton State College after the Georgia Board of Regents decided to consolidate the two institutions.

Santana is currently the dean of students at Stockton University.

Recordings of the open forums and more information about each individual candidate can be found at memphis.edu/studentaffairs/vpsearch.php.

– Patrick Lantrip

Memphis Democrats Claim Five Leadership Posts

Memphis Democrats claimed five of the nine leadership positions in the state House Democratic Caucus over the Thanksgiving weekend.

The caucus for the upcoming 2017-2018 legislative session selected Representative Joe Towns as assistant minority leader to returning minority leader Craig Fitzhugh of Ripley.

Representative Raumesh Akbari is house floor leader and Representative Antonio Parkinson is caucus vice-chair. Representative Karen Camper is Democratic House Caucus treasurer and Representative John Deberry is leader pro tempore of the caucus.

Representative Mike Stewart of Nashville returns as House Democratic Caucus chair with Representative JoAnne Favors of Chattanooga selected as Minority Whip. And Representative Harold Love Jr. of Nashville is caucus secretary.

– Bill Dries

UTHSC Vice Chancellor For Research Wins Honor

Dr. Steven Goodman, vice chancellor for research at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has been elected as a 2016 Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. Goodman’s election makes him the first active UTHSC-affiliated AAAS Fellow since 1972, and the first active member of the association from Memphis since 2009.

Goodman is being honored “for distinguished contributions to the fields of cell biology, neurobiology and hematology for identifying the function of the spectrin membrane skeleton in normal and pathophysiology.”

– Andy Meek

Garth Brooks to Play FedExForum on Feb. 4

The No. 1-selling solo artist in U.S. history, Garth Brooks, will hit the FedExForum stage on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m. for the Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood. It is Brooks’ first visit to Memphis in 19 years.

Tickets for the Garth Brooks World Tour at FedExForum go on sale to the general public on Friday, Dec. 2, at 10 a.m. (eight ticket limit) and are available only at ticketmaster.com, ticketmaster.com/garthbrooks, 1-800-745-3000, or Ticketmaster Express (1-866-448-7849).

– Don Wade

Memphis College of Art’s BFA Exhibition Underway

The Memphis College of Art’s newest crop of BFA candidates are showcasing their work to the public at the 2016 Fall BFA Exhibition, which runs through Dec. 7.

This year’s exhibition is being held at Rust Hall Main Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., with a reception on Dec. 2 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This year’s featured candidates are Callie Do, Elaine Fleming, Rachel Goodnight, Taylor Johnson, Dezmond Gipson and Celeste Rudd.

The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

– Patrick Lantrip

First Tennessee Responds To Chattanooga Crash

First Tennessee Bank and the First Tennessee Foundation have teamed up with the Hunter Worley Foundation to support families of the children killed in the recent Chattanooga bus tragedy.

Donations will be accepted at any First Tennessee branch.

Donations totaling up to $10,000 will be matched dollar for dollar by the First Tennessee Foundation.

The Hunter Worley Foundation will administer the donations to cover unpaid funeral expenses and provide immediate crisis assistance, ongoing living needs, education support, pastoral and psychological support and networking.

One hundred percent of the donations to the Hunter Worley Foundation are committed to these services. There is no administrative fee involved.

“We hope that making the donation process easier and matching these contributions will be impactful for what is certainly going to be a long road for so many,” said First Tennessee Chattanooga market leader Jeff Jackson in a statement about the donations.

– Andy Meek

Pranica Nominated For Sportscaster of the Year

Memphis Grizzlies television play-by-play announcer Pete Pranica has been nominated for Tennessee State Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sports Media Association, marking Pranica’s fifth career nomination for the statewide award.

Finalists were nominated by NSMA members in their state between Oct. 15 and Nov. 15. The top two vote-getters (plus ties) are placed on the final ballot in the state categories, and the top 10 (plus ties) go on the national ballot, which will be voted on by NSMA members throughout the month of December. The NSMA consists of more than 800 leading sportscasters and sportswriters throughout the country.

Pete Weber of the Predators Radio Network in Nashville is the other state finalist.

Pranica is in his 13th season with the Grizzlies, and 24th overall covering the NBA.

– Don Wade

Memphis’ Rent-to-Income Ratio Among Lowest in US

Memphis recently was ranked third in the nation in terms of lowest rent-to-income ratio, according to a study conducted by SmartAsset, a financial data analytics company.

The study found that a 3.6 percent rent increase was offset by a 10 percent increase in median income from 2012 to 2015 in the Bluff City.

U.S. Census Bureau data show the median income in Memphis increased from $33,563 in 2012 to $36,908 in 2015. The average annual rent in Memphis was $9,564 in 2012 and $9,912 in 2015, according to the findings.

The study also found that residents in 29 out of the 50 largest cities in the country can expect to pay more than 30 percent of their income on rent, a percentage the U.S. Census Bureau marks as “rent-burdened.”

Detroit, Michigan, topped SmartAsset’s list, followed by Cleveland, Ohio. Jacksonville, Florida, and San Francisco, California, came in at Nos. 4 and 5, respectively.

– Patrick Lantrip

U of M Tops List of Tennessee Online Colleges

The University of Memphis is the state’s top higher education institution for online classes or degree programs, according to a new ranking by OnlineColleges.com.

The ranking relies on data from the National Center for Education Statistics across multiple criteria, including the number of online programs offered, in-state and out-of-state tuition, and the percentage of students taking online courses.

U of M topped the rankings of 55 institutions in the state. Southwest Tennessee Community College was ranked 10th statewide.

– Bill Dries

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 51 333 19,446
MORTGAGES 68 383 22,433
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 86 2,922
BUILDING PERMITS 138 688 40,004
BANKRUPTCIES 34 238 12,486
BUSINESS LICENSES 35 108 6,374
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 21 123 7,395
MARRIAGE LICENSES 20 92 4,453