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VOL. 131 | NO. 124 | Wednesday, June 22, 2016

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Lettuce Eat Rebrands as Wild Beet Salad Co.

Local salad and wrap restaurant Lettuce Eat has rebranded in advance of opening its second location. Now known as Wild Beet Salad Co., the restaurant will open an East Memphis restaurant in late summer.

Owner Kelcie Hamm had to change the name for legal reasons. Chicago-based Lettuce Entertain You has the rights to use the word lettuce as a verb.

Hamm is making the most of the rebrand with a new website and menu items, including, of course, a wild beet salsa. When the website is completed, customers will be able to order lunch and dinner online.

The original Lettuce Eat opened at 6641 Poplar Ave. in 2014. The second Wild Beet Salad Co. location will open at 4715 Poplar Ave. in Knickerbocker Plaza.

– Madeline Faber

Thomas & Betts Donates $50K to Memphis Apprenticeship Program

Memphis-based Thomas & Betts Corp. has pledged $50,000 to the Memphis Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee.

The funds, to be paid over the next 10 years, will go toward the development of classrooms and laboratories in the Memphis Electrical JATC’s new 20,000-square-foot facility on Shelby Oaks Drive.

The Memphis Electrical JATC is a five-year apprenticeship program that has provided both classroom and on-the-job training over the last 70 years for apprentices pursuing a career in the electrical industry. The program is jointly sponsored by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 474 and the Memphis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association.

“T&B values its community and close partnership with the Memphis Electrical JATC,” David Kendall, industry affairs director at T&B, said in a statement. “We understand the value the apprenticeship program provides, and truly hope that our donation can go towards enriching the students’ classroom and laboratory experience.”

Thomas & Betts, a member of the ABB Group, is a leading manufacturer of both medium- and low-voltage products.

– Daily News staff

Memphis Housing Market Ranked Among Healthiest

For the third consecutive quarter, Memphis has made the top 10 in a national list of the healthiest housing markets.

In the second-quarter 2016 Health of Housing Markets report published by Nationwide, the Memphis metropolitan statistical area came in at No. 4 in a ranking of 400 housing markets, and is projected to be one of the most sustainable markets over the next year. The Q2 report weighed employment, demographics, home prices and the mortgage market using data from the first quarter.

Harrisburg-Carlisle, Pa., topped the Q2 ranking. Saginaw, Mich., and Lansing-East Lansing, Mich., also ranked above Memphis.

– Madeline Faber

Commission OKs Donating Land for Wolf River Trailhead

Five acres of land in Raleigh has been donated by Shelby County government to the city of Memphis for use as a trailhead on the Wolf River Greenway.

Shelby County commissioners on Monday, June 20, approved the donation of the two tax-delinquent parcels south of Raleigh Lagrange Road and east of Old Austin Peay Highway.

The land east of the Creekwood Villages Apartments and west of Kennedy Park is to be used as part of the park and a trailhead where the Greenway follows the northernmost point of the Wolf River in Shelby County.

The trailhead is to be a major feature of the Greenway, with the Wolf River Conservancy acquiring land on the other side of the Wolf River in the old Epping Forest subdivision as well.

In other action Monday, commissioners approved three grants totaling $13,750 for local nonprofits. The money is drawn from a $1.3 million fund that allocated $100,000 to each commissioner to use with approval of the full commission. The latest grants leave a balance of $54,750 in the fund.

– Bill Dries

Ronald McDonald House Scholarships Honor Eight

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis has selected eight students as the recipients of the organization’s inaugural college scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic school year. The students will be honored Wednesday, June 22, at 4:30 p.m. during a program held at the Ronald McDonald House of Memphis, 535 Alabama Ave.

Three students will receive $2,500 RMHC Scholars Scholarships, and three students will receive $2,500 RMHC/African-American Future Achievers Scholarships. Two additional students will receive $2,500 Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis Perseverance Scholarships.

The Perseverance Scholarship was created by the Memphis Chapter of Ronald McDonald House Charities specifically for students that have stayed at Ronald McDonald House of Memphis while being treated for cancer at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

– Andy Meek

PROPERTY SALES 23 23 1,365
MORTGAGES 21 21 1,068
BUILDING PERMITS 117 117 3,173