VOL. 131 | NO. 134 | Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Lifeblood Issues Urgent Call For All Blood Types
Plummeting blood donations has forced Lifeblood to issue an emergency appeal for all blood types, especially all Rh negative types: A-negative, B-negative, AB-negative and O-negative, the organization announced Tuesday, July 5.
Reserves of blood are depleted to a less-than-one-day supply on the shelves. Since it takes 24 to 36 hours to test and process each donation before it can be released for a patient, blood is being transfused as fast as Lifeblood can provide it to hospitals, and donors of all types are needed to give blood now.
Appointments are recommended. To schedule a blood donation online, visit lifeblood.org or call Lifeblood at 901-529-6320.
Volunteer donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 115 pounds and be in good health. Sixteen-year-olds must have parental permission, and all donors 16-22 years of age must meet certain height and weight requirements.
Lifeblood has donor centers at 1045 Madison Ave.; 7505 U.S. 64, suite 109; 1055 Goodman Road E., suite J; 2095 Exeter Road, suite 75; and 4702 Spotswood Ave.
– Andy Meek
Chef Shuttle Now Delivers From Rendezvous
The restaurant delivery service Chef Shuttle has added The Rendezvous to its Downtown Memphis restaurant offerings.
The full Rendezvous menu is now available for delivery Downtown and as far away as Midtown. With Chef Shuttle, full restaurant menus are always offered at the same prices as in the restaurant itself, and customers then pay a delivery charge of $4.95 regardless of order size.
The delivery service operates seven days a week: Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The Rendezvous delivery will initially be available in the following ZIP codes: 38103, 38104, 38105 and 38163.
– Andy Meek
Grizzlies Add Two Assistant Coaches
The Memphis Grizzlies have hired Keith Smart and Adam Mazarei as assistants on new coach David Fizdale’s staff.
The hires were announced Tuesday, July 5. Terms of the deals weren’t disclosed.
Smart and Fizdale worked together the last two seasons as assistant coaches with the Miami Heat. Smart previously was a head coach with the Sacramento Kings (2011-13), Golden State Warriors (2010-11) and Cleveland Cavaliers (2003). He also spent three seasons as head coach of the Continental Basketball Association’s Fort Wayne Fury. He made the winning shot in Indi-ana’s 1987 NCAA Tournament championship game over Syracuse.
Mazarei has been a player development assistant for the Grizzlies the last three seasons. His roles included assisting with advance and pro personnel scouting.
– The Associated Press
U of M Baseball Holding Summer Showcase Aug. 20
The University of Memphis baseball team will host its 2016 Summer Showcase Camp on Saturday, Aug. 20. The one-day camp is for students in eighth through 12th grades and will take place at FedExPark (974 Getwell Road) on Memphis’ Park Avenue campus.
Campers will get the opportunity to display their skills in front of the Memphis coaching staff as well as other two- and four-year college coaches from the Mid-South region. This will be done through instruction, showcase-style workout and bullpens.
Camp fee is $160 and includes instruction, facility use, secondary insurance, lunch and a T-shirt. Participants should bring their baseball glove, hat, bat, pants, batting gloves, cleats and tennis shoes.
Campers are encouraged to sign up online at memphistigersbaseballcamps.com.
For questions about the Summer Showcase Camp, contact camp coordinator and assistant baseball coach Lee Parks at 901-678-5041 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Don Wade
Cordova Retail Center Sells for $3 Million
A two-tenant retail center on Germantown Parkway has traded hands for $3 million.
Kim Investment Partners IV LLC, a California limited liability company, purchased the 6,480-square-foot Class A building at 2288 N. Germantown Parkway from GT Plaza LLC, according to a June 29 warranty deed.
The center, which is occupied by Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza and The Vitamin Shoppe, was built in 2014 and is situated on 0.9 acres on the east side of Germantown Parkway south of Varnavas Drive. The Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2016 appraisal is $975,800.
GT Plaza LLC acquired the property from the site’s developer, Ger-Park LLC, in December 2014 for $2.4 million.
In conjunction with the most recent sale, Kim Investment Partners IV filed a $1.8 million loan through Columbian Mutual Life Insurance Co. Kenneth C. Kim signed the trust deed as manager of Kim Investment Partners.
– Daily News staff
Tuition at TBR Schools to Rise 2.6 Percent on Average
Tuition at Tennessee Board of Regents institutions will rise an average of 2.6 percent for the 2016-2017 school year, the lowest average increases in undergraduate tuition since 1983.
TBR currently oversees six universities, including the University of Memphis; 13 community colleges; and 27 Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology. The tuition increases were approved at TBR’s quarterly meeting.
In a release, the TBR said the increases are within a range recommended by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, and provided this statement:
“It’s never easy to increase the price our students must pay, especially as we strive to encourage more people to enroll in our colleges and universities.
“That said, we are grateful that we were able to keep the increases to very low rates – among the lowest increases in about 30 years. The rates range in general between 2.3 percent and 2.8 percent. … We appreciate Governor (Bill) Haslam’s continued support for higher education and the General Assembly’s commitment to funding, allowing us to keep our rates so low.”
Undergraduate tuition and maintenance fees at University of Memphis will increase 2.3 percent. Austin Peay State University students will see a 2.8 percent maintenance fee/tuition increase; East Tennessee State University, 2.6 percent; Middle Tennessee State University, 2.6 percent; Tennessee State University, 2.4 percent; and Tennessee Tech University, 2.8 percent.
Students at community colleges will pay 2.6 percent more for tuition/maintenance fees, and TCAT students will see a 2.8 percent increase.
When the increased tuition is combined with approved mandatory fees, the price increases for in-state students taking a full-time course load of 12 credit hours breaks down this way at the six TBR universities:
• Austin Peay State: $188
• East Tennessee State: $188
• Middle Tennessee State: $180
• Tennessee State: $144
• Tennessee Tech: $192
• University of Memphis: $222
– Daily News staff
Fantasy Sports Operators Must Register With State
Fantasy sports operators in Tennessee, where an entry fee is paid to participate and prizes are awarded, must now obtain a license with the Secretary of State’s office.
The General Assembly passed the Fantasy Sports Act of 2016 in its last session, renaming the Tennessee Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gaming. It is now called the Division of Char-itable Solicitations, Fantasy Sports and Gaming.
The new law went into effect July 1.
The license requirement applies to fantasy sports operators who offer daily and season-long contests that charge players an entry fee to assemble imaginary teams and subsequently offer prizes as a result of the outcome of those games. Examples of such operators include DraftKings, FanDuel and Yahoo! Sports, according to a press release. A nonrefundable $300 charge accompanies the application.
There is no requirement for players to register with the division. Free games where players do not pay an entry fee to win a prize are also excluded from the law.
“Tennessee is one of the first states to enact legislation specifically addressing fantasy sports contests,” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said in a statement. “We look forward to ensuring operators follow the law to offer a new level of consumer protection for Tennesseans who choose to play these online games.”
Licensing includes submitting financial documents as well as maintaining segregated player funds. Complaints submitted to the division will be investigated. Violators could face civil penalties.
A copy of the law, application and rules can be found at sos.tn.gov/fantasysports.
– Daily News staff