VOL. 131 | NO. 106 | Friday, May 27, 2016
Violent Crime Continues Rise In Latest Local Statistics
The major violent crime rates in Memphis and countywide were up from a year ago, according to new crime statistics released Thursday, May 26, by the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission.
The numbers for the month of April show the major violent crime rate in Memphis for January through April was up 9.2 percent compared to the same four months of 2015. It was up 10.8 percent countywide from a year ago.
The category includes murder, rape, aggravated assault and robbery.
The city’s 8.1 murders per 100,000 people was an increase in homicides of 55.9 percent compared to a year ago. Countywide, the murder rate was 5.6 per 100,000, which was also a 55.9 percent increase from a year ago.
Reported rapes decreased by 19.4 percent in Memphis from a year ago and by 15.7 percent countywide.
Aggravated assaults were up 8.6 percent in Memphis and 10.7 percent countywide.
Robberies in the city increased 14.7 percent over a year ago and 14.3 percent countywide.
Incoming Crime Commission president Bill Gibbons termed the violent crime statistics “unacceptable.”
Gibbons takes the president’s post in September after leaving his current post of Tennessee Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security.
During his tenure with the state, Gibbons has remained part of the crime commission and Operation: Safe Community, the coalition of local law enforcement and criminal justice system leaders.
Gibbons said the leaders should remain committed to the statistics-driven strategy of Operation: Safe Community, “including data-driven deployment of police, vigorous prosecution of convicted felons who persist in toting guns, effective drug treatment and breaking the cycle of domestic violence.”
“We have planned our work,” he said in a written statement. “We need to keep working our plan.”
The major property crime category saw a 4.5 percent decrease January-April in Memphis compared to the same four months in 2015. The property crime category saw a 6.8 percent drop countywide over the same period from a year ago.
That category includes burglaries, thefts and car thefts.
The car theft category saw an increase from a year ago in Memphis and countywide.
Car thefts were up 10.3 percent in the city from a year ago and up 6.2 percent countywide.
– Bill Dries
Methodist Gets Approval For Hospital Modernization
The Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency has approved the certificate of need filed by Methodist Healthcare for the $280 million modernization of Methodist University Hospital, the Methodist system’s flagship.
Currently, the high priority services offered at the hospital are spread across the campus, which spans six blocks. The modernization project will restructure the campus and centralize clinical services, creating a more easily accessible and navigable environment.
The $280 million plan will add 440,000 square feet to the hospital’s campus and will remove 240,000 square feet with the demolition of the Crews Building.
A new nine-story tower will be built above the emergency department extending above and over Eastmoreland Avenue. Construction is expected to begin in January 2017 and be completed in spring 2019.
Transplant services currently spread across the hospital will be consolidated on two floors in the tower. West Cancer Center’s Union Avenue clinic will be consolidated in the tower, with hospital-based inpatient and surgical services creating one comprehensive cancer center.
Outpatient care also will be consolidated in the new tower, making these services easily accessible from the parking plaza that will connect directly to the tower.
– Andy Meek
Tony Allen Selected to NBA All-Defensive Second Team
Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen has been named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team for the 2015-16 season, the NBA announced.
This marks the fifth career All-Defensive selection for Allen, who previously received First Team honors in 2014-15, 2012-13 and 2011-12 and a Second Team selection in 2010-11. Allen has now been recognized on the NBA All-Defensive Teams five times in his six seasons with the Grizzlies.
Allen averaged 8.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists and a team-leading 1.72 steals in 64 games (57 starts) for Memphis this season. The 34-year-old was tied for the NBA lead with Minnesota’s Ricky Rubio in steals per 48 minutes (3.3) among players with a minimum of 1,500 total minutes played. The Grizzlies’ defensive rating was 2.2 points better with Allen on the floor (104.1) than with him off the floor (106.3).
Allen’s 2015-16 campaign also included reaching 1,000 career steals on March 7 at Cleveland.
The NBA All-Defensive First Team is comprised of unanimous-selection Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs; forward Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors; center DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers; and guards Avery Bradley of the Boston Celtics and Chris Paul of the Clippers.
Joining Allen (121 points, 44 First Team & 33 Second Team votes) on the NBA All-Defensive Second Team is Atlanta’s Paul Millsap (97 points), Indiana’s Paul George (48 points), Miami’s Hassan Whiteside (126 points) and Chicago’s Jimmy Butler (62 points).
Joe Walsh Books August Date At Mud Island
Joe Walsh will play Mud Island Amphitheatre in August.
The Aug. 13 date was announced Thursday, May 26, by Beaver Productions. Tickets go on sale June 3 for the show, which includes opener JD & The Straight Shot.
Word of the show, which is part of a summer solo tour, comes two days after the guitarist made a guest appearance on the NBC show “The Voice.”
In addition to his work as a solo artist, which included an album recorded at Ardent Studios, Walsh is known as a member of the Eagles and the James Gang.
The summer tour reunites Walsh with his band mate from Barnstorm, Joe Vitale. The band also includes one-time Memphian Chad Cromwell who played on Walsh’s Ardent album.
– Bill Dries
Southern Reins Event Raises $290,000 For Charity
Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Memphis, held its inaugural Jockeys & Juleps Derby Party on May 7, attracting 900 guests and raising more than $290,000 to support program services that exclusively benefit people with disabilities in the Mid-South.
The event featured live music, a silent art auction and live auction, Southern food, games on the lawn and a live broadcast of the 142nd annual Kentucky Derby. The party was held at a private residence on Shady Grove Road.
“Hosting a Kentucky Derby party was the perfect fit for our largest event fundraiser,” executive director Jill Haag said in a release. “We were thrilled to host such a wonderful event to showcase our program and how horses can dramatically improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.”
Southern Reins was founded in July 2015 to provide therapeutic horseback riding and equine-assisted activities to help individuals with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities to empower, inspire, nurture and succeed. The program helps individuals with disabilities such as Down syndrome, autism, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, amputation, mental and physical disabilities, attention deficit disorder and more.
FTB Advisors was presenting sponsor of Jockeys & Juleps. Other sponsors read like a who’s who of Memphis companies.
For more about Southern Reins and the event, visit www.southernreins.org.
– Daily News staff
Collierville Shopping Center Sold For $3.5 Million
2140-2150 Poplar Avenue Holdings LLC, a company of Maryland-based CW Capital Asset Management LLC, sold a Collierville shopping center in a May 20 warranty deed to PHC Country Club Collections LLC for $3.5 million.
The shopping center, which stretches from 2140 to 2150 W. Poplar Ave., includes Bangkok Alley and Chiropractic Memphis among its tenants.
According to the Shelby County Assessor of Property, the center was built in 2004 and bears 24,480 square feet. It was most recently appraised at $2.6 million.
In conjunction with the sale, PHC Country Club Collections signed a $1.4 million mortgage for the property with Wells Fargo Bank. The loan was signed May 23, 2016, and matures June 15, 2026.
– Madeline Faber