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VOL. 131 | NO. 213 | Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Daily Digest

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Orion Federal Credit Union Opens in Medical District

Orion Federal Credit Union opened its newest branch this week at 821 Poplar Ave. in the Memphis Medical District.

The new location is Orion’s 10th in the Memphis area and is the result of Orion’s purchase of the property in March 2015. Orion CEO Daniel Weickenand said the branch will rejuvenate an underutilized street corner on what’s a main thoroughfare connecting Downtown and the rest of Memphis.

The property previously was home to a gas station. Orion engaged Grinder, Taber & Grinder as construction contractor. Among other features of the new branch, the new facility includes one-stop transaction centers and universal bankers.

– Andy Meek

Wagner Appointed Circuit Court Judge

Attorney Mary Wagner is the newest Shelby County Circuit Court judge, appointed Monday, Oct. 24, by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

Wagner fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Donna M. Fields.

She comes to the bench from being an attorney at Rice, Amundsen, Caperton PLLC, where her practice has included an emphasis on family law and nonprofits as well as defense work.

Wagner has also taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, where she earned her law degree in 2009 after earning a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Colorado.

Wagner is also a former chairwomen of the Shelby County Republican Party.

– Bill Dries

Grizzlies Waive Stephens, At Least 2 Others

Former University of Memphis player D.J. Stephens was among three players waived by the Memphis Grizzlies as they continue to get ready for opening night on Wednesday, Oct. 26. According to a report from the Salt Lake Tribune, Jordan Adams also is being released, though no confirmation has come from the team.

Adams, a first-round draft pick in 2014, could miss this season after knee surgery this summer. He played 30 games as a rookie but knee issues limited him to two games last season. He averaged 3.2 points in 32 NBA games for his career.

In addition to Stephens, the Grizzlies also waived forward JaKarr Sampson and guard/forward Wayne Selden Jr.

Stephens, signed by Memphis on Aug. 8, appeared in five preseason contests (one start) and averaged 9.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.40 steals in 23.5 minutes.

Sampson, signed by Memphis on Oct. 21, did not appear in a preseason game with the Grizzlies. He competed in one preseason contest for the Denver Nuggets, totaling 10 points and three rebounds in 20 minutes, before he was waived Oct. 15.

Selden, who joined Memphis on Aug. 8, competed in five preseason games (one start) and averaged 8.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 18.6 minutes.

– Don Wade

Dedric Lawson Voted AAC Co-Preseason Player of Year

University of Memphis sophomore forward Dedric Lawson was voted Co-Preseason Player of the Year in the American Athletic Conference, sharing the honor with Cincinnati’s Troy Caupain.

Lawson averaged 15.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks as a freshman. He notched 17 double-doubles, which tied Keith Lee’s freshman record at Memphis.

Lawson was the only Tiger to receive preseason recognition at AAC Media Day on Monday, Oct. 24, in Philadelphia.

The league’s coaches picked Cincinnati to win the conference championship, with UConn second, SMU third, Houston fourth and Memphis fifth. Then Temple sixth, East Carolina seventh, UCF eighth, and Tulsa, USF and Tulane 9-11.

The Bearcats were the only school to get two first-team selections, with forward Gary Clark joining Caupain. Forward Ben Moore of SMU and guard Damyean Dotson of Houston also made first team.

– Don Wade

Six Crye-Leike Realtors Hit Top Sales Lists

Six Memphis-area Realtors with Crye-Leike Realtors Inc. have been named among America’s Best Real Estate Agents for 2016 by REAL Trends, which ranks the performance of residential real estate firms, agents and teams in the United States.

The list ranks the most productive agents and agent teams by state based on closed transactions and closed volume. To qualify for inclusion, an agent must have closed at least 50 transaction sides or $20 million in sales volume in 2015. For real estate agent teams, the minimum is 75 transaction sides or $30 million in closed sales volume.

Their REAL Trends rankings are:

Tennessee – Individual Agents by Closed Sales Volume

No. 1: Judy McLellan of Crye-Leike’s Quail Hollow office, $65.4 million in closed sales volume.

No. 11: Rick Travers of Crye-Leike’s Germantown office, $30.1 million in closed sales volume.

No. 13: Joyce McKenzie of Crye-Leike’s Collierville office, $29.2 million in closed sales volume.

No. 31: Melissa Thompson of Crye-Leike’s Quail Hollow office, $20.2 million in closed sales volume.

Tennessee – Individual Agents by Closed Transaction Sides

No. 6: Jimmie Tapley of Crye-Leike’s Quail Hollow office, 168 closed transaction sides.

No. 8: Tyler Tapley of Crye-Leike’s Quail Hollow office, 128 closed transaction sides.

No. 11: Rick Travers of Crye-Leike’s Germantown office, 115 closed transaction sides.

No. 12: Melissa Thompson of Crye-Leike’s Quail Hollow office, 113 closed transaction sides.

No. 21: Judy McLellan of Crye-Leike’s Quail Hollow office, 102 closed transaction sides;

No. 22: Joyce McKenzie of Crye-Leike’s Collierville office, 97 closed transaction sides.

Crye-Leike is the nation’s fourth-largest privately held residential real estate brokerage firm and is the largest serving Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and the Mid-South.

– Daily News staff

Grizzlies, C Spire Renew Partnership

The Memphis Grizzlies and C Spire, a diversified telecommunications and technology services company, have announced a multiyear extension of a partnership agreement with the NBA Western Conference team and FedExForum.

C Spire has been a marketing and promotional partner with the Grizzlies and FedExForum since 2011. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but the deal gives the company access to premium sports and entertainment opportunities along with advertising and signage.

“We’re proud to continue our relationship with C Spire, a true technology innovator and longtime supporter of the Memphis Grizzlies and FedExForum,” said Anthony L. Macri, vice president of partnership marketing for the Memphis Grizzlies, in a statement. “C Spire has demonstrated a strong commitment to Memphis and shares the passion our fans have for the Grizzlies. Regional partnerships are important to us and we look forward to growing together in the coming years.”

Memphis business leaders lauded C Spire for its continued investment in the future of the Memphis Grizzlies and FedExForum.

Kevin Kane, president and CEO of the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, said the news is “a strong indication that our efforts to boost the community’s positive image are continuing to pay dividends.”

– Daily News staff

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 133 1,342
MORTGAGES 0 131 1,047
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 19 170
BUILDING PERMITS 0 305 3,056
BANKRUPTCIES 20 118 736
BUSINESS LICENSES 27 53 329
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0