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VOL. 132 | NO. 76 | Monday, April 17, 2017

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Hooks Institute to Host 20th Anniversary Events

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute at the University of Memphis will celebrate 20 years of promoting civil rights and social change with a series of events this week. All events are free and open to the public unless stated otherwise.

• The Hooks Institute African-American Male Initiative Symposium will feature national and local efforts to increase positive educational and social outcomes for African-American males. The event will be held Wednesday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the University of Memphis’ University Center Bluff Room, 499 University St., room 304.

• The Hooks Institute and the University of Memphis Libraries will roll out the Benjamin L. Hooks Papers website, their collaborative project to digitize Hooks’ civil rights and personal papers, Wednesday, April 19, with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and program at 6 p.m. in the UC Bluff Room. The project is the U of M Libraries’ largest digitization effort.

• The Hooks Institute’s Join Hands for Change Gala: Pursuing the Dream to Reality will celebrate the institute’s work over the last two decades. The event will be held Thursday, April 20, at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. This year’s keynote speaker will be civil rights pioneer, politician and diplomat Ambassador Andrew J. Young. This is a ticketed event, and tickets are available at hooksgala2017.eventbrite.com.

Founded in 1996 by the late civil rights activist Dr. Benjamin Hooks in partnership with University officials, the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change is an interdisciplinary center at the University of Memphis. Visit memphis.edu/benhooks for details on the institute and this week’s events.

– Don Wade

Regions Bank Makes Branches Autism-Friendly

Regions Bank has developed a company-wide initiative meant to help it better accommodate people living with autism, as well as their family members and caregivers.

It grew out of a meeting between Kathy Lovell, Americans with Disabilities Act manager for Regions, and the Autism Society of Alabama.

Accommodations in Regions branches meant to serve those with the disability include designated quiet areas in all Regions branches; an informational video to explain autism and offer suggestions to branch associates about possible ways to respond to a customer’s autism-related episode; and the delivery of sensory packs to Regions’ more than 1,500 full-service branches. Each pack contains a stress ball, sunglasses and noise-canceling earbuds.

– Andy Meek

Memphis Tigers to Play in 2017 Veterans Classic

The University of Memphis will join Alabama, Pittsburgh and host Navy in the 2017 Veterans Classic on CBS Sports Network, an annual college basketball showcase that brings together teams from across the country in celebration of Veterans Day.

The fourth annual event at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, tips off on Friday, Nov. 10, the opening day of the 2017-18 college basketball season. Alabama will play Memphis at 5:30 p.m. Central time.

The participating schools will also have the unique opportunity to get a glimpse of life as a midshipman at the Naval Academy. The visiting teams will be immersed in the culture and tradition of the Naval Academy, including touring the “Yard,” watching noon meal formation, eating lunch with the Brigade at King Hall, as well as a number of other special experiences, including military demonstrations and receptions.

CBS Sports Network will also televise a 30-minute all-access show that provides a look at the schools’ visit to the Naval Academy on “Hoops Confidential: Veterans Classic.”

Tickets are $75 for lower level reserved, $50 for upper level general admission and $40 for group tickets in the upper level.

The 2016 Veterans Classic presented by Northwestern Mutual featured Navy, Ohio State, Vanderbilt and Marquette. Navy, Florida, North Carolina and Temple participated in the event in 2015 and the inaugural event in 2014 featured Navy, Michigan State, Tennessee and VCU.

“I grew up in Southern Maryland, and am quite familiar with the rich traditions of the Naval Academy,” said Tigers coach Tubby Smith. “I’m excited to be a part of this event – it is a wonderful opportunity for our players to show their appreciation and to learn more about the young men and women that serve our country, and the great tradition of the Naval Academy.”

– Don Wade

Southeast Memphis Restaurant Sells for $1.7 Million

A 1.1-acre lot where a McAlister’s Deli is currently located has switched hands, according to a warranty deed filed with the Shelby County Register of Deeds April 12.

Michael A. Lightman and Robert T. Levy sold the property for $1.7 million to California-based Condit Properties LLC in the sale.

Located at 3855 Hacks Cross Road near Tenn. 385 in southeast Memphis, the 3,695-square-foot restaurant was built in 2005 and last appraised for $1.1 million in 2016, according to the Shelby County Assessor of Property.

– Patrick Lantrip

Pinnacle Grows Memphis Staff With Client Service Hires

Pinnacle Financial Partners has added two professionals in Memphis in client service roles.

Melanie Gibson, who has 10 years of experience, joins Pinnacle as a client service specialist. She comes most recently from Bank of Bartlett, where she was a sales and services supervisor, and is based at Pinnacle’s Forest Hill office.

Meanwhile, Kim Webb brings 30 years of experience to her role of client service adviser for Pinnacle’s Cordova office. She also comes from Bank of Bartlett, where she was a vice president and market manager for the bank’s main office.

– Andy Meek

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 64 87 1,429
MORTGAGES 39 60 1,107
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 6 196
BUILDING PERMITS 92 209 3,265
BANKRUPTCIES 42 84 837
BUSINESS LICENSES 21 23 352
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0