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VOL. 132 | NO. 73 | Wednesday, April 12, 2017

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Fowler Named Chairman Of Rhodes’ Board of Trustees

Scientist Cary Fowler is the new chairman of Rhodes College’s board of trustees, the liberal arts college announced Tuesday, April 11. He will succeed William J. Michaelcheck, who is completing his eight-year tenure as chairman.

Fowler, a Rhodes alumnus and visiting scholar at Stanford University, served as executive director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, an international foundation based in Rome, Italy, from 2005 through 2012.

In the 1990s, he led the team that produced the United Nations’ first assessment of the world’s plant genetic resources for agriculture. Fowler also led the international committee that proposed and designed the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a facility near the North Pole that serves as the global safety collection for crop diversity.

In addition, Fowler chaired the search committee that recommended Marjorie Hass last year as the current president of Rhodes.

“Through the liberal arts, Rhodes and the faculty there opened my eyes to the world and changed the course of my life and work,” Fowler said in a prepared statement. “I am so happy to be able to serve the college.”

– Bill Dries

Butler Snow Grows Its Commercial Litigation Group

The Memphis office of Butler Snow LLP has added three attorneys to its commercial litigation group.

Clifton Lipman, Robert Crawford and Michael Less are the latest attorneys to join the full-service law firm in recent months.

Former U.S. Attorney Ed Stanton joined Butler Snow’s commercial litigation group in March as part of a white-collar compliance and government investigations team.

Lipman will be of counsel at Butler Snow and continue to focus his practice on all aspects of construction law. He has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Memphis and earned his law degree at the U of M’s Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

Crawford’s practice in commercial litigation includes financial institution and general business disputes. Crawford earned his bachelor’s degree from Rhodes College and a law degree from Vanderbilt University.

Less has concentrated his practice in construction law representing owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, sureties, insurance companies, design professionals and financial institutions. He is a fellow in the American College of Construction Counsel and is a founder of the Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel, serving as president of the group in 2006.

Less has an undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

Butler Snow employs more than 330 attorneys across its 22 U.S. offices as well as locations in London and Singapore.

– Bill Dries

Memphis Escape Rooms Adding ‘Grizzlies,’ ‘Lost Pyramid’ Experiences

Memphis Escape Rooms is about to expand its partnership with the Memphis Grizzlies: an exclusive Memphis Grizzlies Escape Room, the first NBA-licensed escape room in the country.

In this new experience, appropriately named “Grizzlies,” players will be tasked with saving a Grizzlies game – and dodging the wrath of 18,000 angry fans – in one hour or less. “Grizzlies” will be housed at the business’s second location, set to open May 5 at 530 S. Main St., at the corner of South Main and G.E. Patterson Avenue.

The Downtown location also features an escape room called “Lost Pyramid.” In the ruins of an Egyptian pyramid, players need to unravel an ancient feud and escape before suffering the same fate as a powerful Pharaoh.

Tickets for “Grizzlies” and “Lost Pyramid” are $25 plus tax and can be purchased at memphisescaperooms.com.

Memphis Escape Rooms’ original location is at 1010 June Road, suite 100, in East Memphis.

– Don Wade

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 85 205 21,165
MORTGAGES 76 206 24,338
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 27 34 3,135
BUILDING PERMITS 183 321 43,755
BANKRUPTCIES 48 92 13,560
BUSINESS LICENSES 31 44 6,756
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 25 32 7,931
MARRIAGE LICENSES 22 41 4,775