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VOL. 131 | NO. 238 | Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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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

Memphis QB Ferguson Earns Honors for Win Over Houston

Junior University of Memphis quarterback Riley Ferguson grabbed a pair of honors on Monday, Nov. 28. Ferguson was named the American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the third time this season and was one of eight quarterbacks from across the country named a Manning Award Star of the Week.

Ferguson was 30-for-45 for a career-best 409 yards in a 48-44 win over nationally ranked Houston in the regular season finale last Friday. Ferguson, who finished with four touchdown passes, found wide receiver Anthony Miller twice in the end zone for go-ahead touchdowns in the final 3:49 of the game.

In his first season at Memphis, Ferguson has gone 255-for-400 for 3,326 yards and 28 touchdowns against nine interceptions. The 28 touchdowns ties Paxton Lynch’s single-season record from last year and Ferguson is second in single-season yardage to Lynch’s 3,776 yards from 2015.

Fans can vote for The Manning Award’s Quarterback of the Week by going to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page and voting for Ferguson.

– Don Wade

Monogram CEO Given Meat Industry 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

Pinnacle Taps New Memphis Area Manager

Chad Rounder has joined Pinnacle Financial Partners as a senior vice president, financial adviser and area manager for Pinnacle’s Memphis market.

Rounder brings 11 years of experience to his role. He comes from Iberiabank, where he served as a business banker and branch manager. Previously he was a branch manager for Regions Bank in Collierville.

Rounder is based at Pinnacle’s Memphis headquarters at 6525 Quail Hollow Road.

– Andy Meek

U of M Continues Search For New 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

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 23 23 1,365
MORTGAGES 21 21 1,068
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 6 6 196
BUILDING PERMITS 117 117 3,173
BANKRUPTCIES 42 42 795
BUSINESS LICENSES 2 2 331
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0