City Council Votes On Countrywood Development

Among the planning and development items the Memphis City Council votes on Tuesday, Jan. 19, is a residential planned development at the end of Countrywood Parkway south of Interstate 40.

The 163 acres of land include 48 acres of conservation agriculture land.

The two development options include single-family homes, apartments, senior citizen townhouses and cabin-style guesthouses.

Also on the agenda is a tire store on the northwest corner of Hacks Cross Road and Misty Meadows Lane.

And the council is again scheduled to vote on a hotel with retail at the northeast corner of Jackson Avenue and Front Street, across from the Pyramid, that has been delayed numerous times since September.

The council also votes Tuesday on rezoning single-family residential land on the three corners of New Allen Road and New Frayser Bouelvard opposite the Nike Inc. North America Distribution center.

Belz Investco GP plans to develop the open land on the three corners as an industrial park under zoning as an employment district.

The vote on the matter Tuesday is the first of three readings of an ordinance.

– Bill Dries

Methodist Hospice Residence Taps Lanier as New Director

Methodist Hospice has named Donna Lanier as director for Methodist Hospice Residence.

She has extensive health care experience with over 35 years working in public and private hospital settings.

Throughout her career she has focused on nursing and hospital administration and at Methodist Hospice will lead a team of nearly 70 associates and additional volunteers who provide care to hospice patients and their families in the 30-bed Methodist Hospice Residence.

Previously, Lanier worked for Delta Medical Center as chief nursing officer.

– Andy Meek

Memphis YMCA to Offer Blood Pressure Program

YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South will begin offering the Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program next month, making it one of 16 Y’s nationwide to provide the service.

The evidence-based program combines blood pressure self-monitoring, nutrition education and personalized support to help participants with hypertension lower their blood pressure.

The program is facilitated by Healthy Heart Ambassadors, appointed and trained by the Y, who will show participants how to use a blood pressure cuff, encourage self-monitoring and facilitate monthly nutrition education seminars.

The Memphis YMCA is seeking adults 18 and older who have been diagnosed with high blood pressure to take part. Participants must not have experienced a recent cardiac event, can’t have atrial fibrillation or other arrhythmias, and mustn’t be at risk for lymphedema.

The Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program will launch Feb. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be available at the Cordova Family YMCA, Fogelman Downtown YMCA, Millington Family YMCA and Nuber YMCA. It’s free for members and will cost a small fee for nonmembers.

For more information, contact Health Innovations YMCA program director Connie S. Binkowitz, at

– Kate Simone

Memphian Appointed To THDA board

Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed Memphis-area homebuilder Kim Grant Brown as a member of the Tennessee Housing Development Agency board of directors.

Brown manages her own business and partners with her family’s residential construction company, Collierville-based Grant & Co.

Brown served as president of the West Tennessee Home Builders for 2014 as the first woman and the youngest person to do so.

– Madeline Faber

Roberts Elected to Baker Donelson Board

Kristine Roberts, a shareholder in the Memphis office of the Baker Donelson law firm, has been elected to the firm’s board of directors.

She was elected by Baker Donelson’s shareholders to a three-year term upon her completion of a one-year term, filling the remainder of Jennifer Keller’s term as she assumed the role of president and chief operating officer.

Roberts is chair of Baker Donelson’s Financial Services Litigation Group and is an experienced business and commercial litigator who’s handled trial and appellate cases in federal and state courts, as well as in private arbitrations. Her focus is on banking and financial services litigation, and she also concentrates on securities claims, class actions and other complex litigation of a commercial nature.

She currently serves as co-chair of the mentoring committee for the firm’s women’s initiative and recently served for five years as Baker Donelson’s recruiting chair in Memphis.

– Andy Meek

‘We Sustain Shelby’ to Reward Environmental Actions

The Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability is preparing to launch an initiative that encourages residents to take environmentally friendly steps.

The five-month We Sustain Shelby campaign, which begins Feb. 1, rewards participants for taking various actions to help them cut energy and water use, reduce waste and become better stewards of the environment. The office will issue two to four actions each week, ranging from easy to difficult – such as checking garbage for lesser-known recyclables, dining at a Project Green Fork restaurant or installing weather-stripping.

Participants will earn points for each completed action and their continued participation, and prizes will be awarded weekly throughout the campaign. In addition, participants will be entered into a drawing for a grand prize to be announced and awarded in July.

The options for residents to take action on their own or with a team are offered upon signing up at The site also provides information on why each recommended action is important, materials and instructions needed to complete it, estimated environmental impact and additional educational resources.

– Kate Simone

Belz Sells Linden Camilla Towers for $14.4M

An entity affiliated with Belz Enterprises has sold the Linden Camilla Towers in Midtown for $14.4 million.

The 11-story senior living apartments, located 256 S. Camilla St., are still under local ownership.

United Housing Partners-Wesley Camilla sold the affordable multifamily complex to Linden Camilla LLC, according to a Dec. 6 warranty deed.

The seller, an entity of local real estate giant Belz, had owned the property since it was developed by the Memphis Housing Authority in 1977.

The registered agent for the new owner is James Carmichael, owner of Silver Tree Residential.

Memphis-based Silver Tree manages more than 30 multifamily communities throughout the U.S. that are designated for Section 8 Rental Assistance.

Linden Camilla Towers contains 430 units across 303,952 square feet.