VOL. 132 | NO. 75 | Friday, April 14, 2017
City Offices Closed For Good Friday
City of Memphis offices will be closed Friday, April 14, in observance of Good Friday. That includes City Hall, Memphis Animal Services, libraries and community centers.
Garbage and recycling collections by city crews normally scheduled for Friday were moved up to Thursday, although collections by Inland Waste on a Friday schedule are not affected.
The closings do not apply to the Memphis Police and Fire departments, the Memphis Pink Palace Museum or the Lichterman Nature Center.
– Bill Dries
Grizzlies’ First Round Home Playoff Schedule Announced
The Memphis Grizzlies’ schedule for the 2017 Western Conference First Round Playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs is set, with the Grizzlies beginning on the road in San Antonio at the AT&T Center for Games 1 and 2. The series starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 15.
The Spurs will meet the Grizzlies at FedExForum for Game 3 on Thursday, April 20, at 8:30 p.m. and Game 4 on Saturday, April 22, at 7 p.m.
After finishing the regular season with a mark of 43-39 (.524) in David Fizdale’s first year as head coach, the Grizzlies clinched their franchise-record seventh straight postseason appearance, the third-longest active streak in the NBA behind San Antonio (20 straight) and Atlanta (10 straight).
Coming off 25 straight home playoff game sellouts, all seats at FedExForum are currently available for purchase for Game 3 and Game 4. Fans can get their tickets now at all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling 800-4-NBA-TIX, visiting the FedExForum Box Office or online at grizzlies.com or ticketmaster.com.
If necessary, Game 6 of the series with the Spurs would be played in Memphis on Thursday, April 27, at a time yet to be determined.
– Don Wade
Memphis Law Week Events Announced
The Memphis Bar Association is once again hosting Law Week, an annual celebration of the legal community in Memphis.
Several events associated with the celebration are ongoing or planned this year.
The Juvenile Court Book Drive started April 10 and runs through May 5. The MBA’s Access to Justice and Law Week committees are collecting donations of hardback, paperback and coloring books (new or gently used) for Juvenile Court. Books should be appropriate for toddlers through age 8, although books for older children will also be accepted. In lieu of books, donations will be accepted to purchase books. Checks can be made payable to the Memphis Bar Foundation, in care of Anne Fritz, 145 Court Ave., suite 301, Memphis, TN 38103.
Books can be donated at the Shelby County Courthouse, 140 Adams Ave. (Division 9 of Circuit Court); the Memphis Bar Association, 145 Court Ave., suite 301; at the offices of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, 488 S. Mendenhall Road; or at any Memphis Bar Association event.
Other events planned for Law Week include:
• Legal Lines – The MBA Young Lawyers’ Division and WREG Channel 3 are collaborating to provide Legal Lines, a live legal help call-in program from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 20.
• Law Week Party & Trivia Night – This event will be held Thursday, April 27, at Railgarten from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Members of the legal community are welcome to join this celebration of the legal profession and have fellowship. Trivia Night information can be found at memphisbar.org.
• Memorial Service – On May 2, the annual memorial service at Calvary Episcopal will start at noon. The service honors attorneys and judges the profession has lost in the last year.
Look for a special section on the legal community in April 21-27 edition of The Memphis News.
– Daily News staff
Memphis’ Lindsay Crowdus Player of the Year Finalist
University of Memphis senior outfielder Lindsay Crowdus has been named a USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year finalist. The USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, which is considered the most prestigious honor in Division I women’s collegiate softball, recognizes outstanding athletic achievement by Division I female players across the country. The award is in 16th year.
Crowdus not only ranks second in the NCAA in batting average (.485) and third in hits this season, she has become the all-time record holder in many categories at Memphis. Her 65 hits to date is the most all-time in a season by any hitter at Memphis.
Crowdus is the only American Athletic Conference representative on the USA Softball Player of the Year finalist list. Prior to the start of postseason play, the list will be narrowed to 10 finalists on May 10. The top three finalists will be announced May 24, while the winner of the 2017 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be revealed on May 30 prior to the start of the NCAA Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.
– Don Wade
Freewheel Comes Full Circle For Its Second Season
Freewheel, the Memphis Medical District Collaborative’s slow-ride bicycle program, is returning for a second season beginning Wednesday, April 19.
The rides, which will take place every Wednesday for six consecutive weeks, provide a free opportunity to casually explore neighborhoods by bike and learn more about the medical district’s new and existing hidden treasures.
“The biking movement is growing in Memphis, and Freewheel’s ability to capture the energy of Memphians is a perfect example of progress,” Nicholas Oyler, bikeway and pedestrian program manager of the city of Memphis, said.
During the inaugural fall 2016 season, more than 20 ZIP codes and 250 riders cumulatively covered 1,435 miles through seven neighborhoods.
Participants can bring their own bikes, or they can sign up to borrow one from the medical district’s fleet, which was originally restored last fall by Anthony Siracusa’s team of trained bike mechanics at Carpenter Street Bike Shop.
Each slow ride will depart at 6 p.m. from Kudzu’s parking lot at 603 Monroe Ave., the new Freewheel headquarters. Rides explore a particular neighborhood in approximately 45 minutes. Participants are invited to High Cotton Brewing Co. for discounted beers afterwards.
– Patrick Lantrip
Fund Set Up to Assist Victimized Football Players
A special assistance fund has been established by the University of Memphis at Bank of Bartlett to help three Memphis football players recovering from a home robbery that occurred in November while the team was playing at Cincinnati.
Former Tigers Deandre Jordan and Arthur Maulet and returning player Anthony Young lost a list of items ranging from computers to clothes.
Fans who wish to support the Tigers can make any donations at any of the eight Bank of Bartlett locations (visit bankofbartlett.com for a list) or can send checks to the U of M football office. If making a deposit, it should be directed to the Memphis Football Account.
Boosters and fans are prohibited by NCAA regulations from donating anything directly to the student-athletes.
– Don Wade
Primacy II Office Building Sells for $16.6 Million
Primacy II, a 123,265-square-foot East Memphis office building at 6055 Primacy Parkway, has sold to Nashville-based Priam Capital for $16.6 million.
The seller was The Southland Cos., according to a warranty deed filed with the Shelby County Register of Deeds.
Terry A. Lynch, president, signed the deed on behalf of Southland.
In conjunction with the purchase, Priam took out a $10.6 million mortgage on the property through Missouri-based RGA Reinsurance Co.
Abhishek Mathura, Priam co-founder and partner, signed the paperwork.
The 8-acre site, developed in 1981, was appraised for $7.2 million in 2016 by the Shelby County Assessor of Property.
Currently the building has 17,709 square feet available for lease at $21 per square foot. CBRE’s Patrick Reilly and Don Drinkard are the listing brokers.
The building was completely renovated in 2015-16 with a new lobby, common areas, HVAC system and an outdoor patio overlooking Lichterman Nature Center.
Priam purchased an office building at 5400 Poplar Ave. from HBAM Member Services for $5.7 million earlier this year and also owns the Grove Park Building at 4515 Poplar in front of Oak Court Mall.
– Patrick Lantrip