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VOL. 132 | NO. 77 | Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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SCO to Renovate Student Areas, Diner

The Southern College of Optometry has announced plans for a significant expansion and renovation of the school’s diner, student lockers and study areas, which are housed on the fourth floor of SCO’s 11-story campus in the Memphis Medical District.

The renovation plans will add 1,000 square feet by closing in the balcony spaces, moving the lockers to the sixth floor, and upgrading the Blink Diner with a new kitchen and new furnishings that can serve both dining and studying functions.

“This project is part of Southern College of Optometry’s long-term commitment to its students and to the local medical district as a whole,” said SCO president Dr. Lewis Reich. “SCO is strongly invested in the Memphis Medical District Collaborative and its efforts to improve the area. These renovations will help facilitate community development and create a top-tier learning environment for our students.”

During the renovations, the Blink Diner will temporarily relocate to the sixth floor. The second- floor lobby, third-floor breezeway and the breezeway between the tower and The Eye Center will be completely closed off, and one of the tower’s four elevators will be dedicated to construction use.

Formus Inc. will handle the architectural work and Grinder, Taber & Grinder Inc. will handle construction, which is scheduled to begin this month and wrap up in the fall.

Last week, Southern College of Optometry filed a $982,562 building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for interior renovations at its 1245 Madison Ave. location.

– Patrick Lantrip

UTHSC College of Pharmacy Hosting Race for the Summitt

Students from the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center will host Race for the Summitt at UT Health Sciences Park in Memphis on Sunday, April 23.

The event gets started at 8:30 a.m.

Organized in 2012 by students in UTHSC’s College of Pharmacy, Race for the Summitt is a four-mile race-walk that raises money for Alzheimer’s disease research.

The Pat Summitt Foundation was established by the late Pat Summitt, former University of Tennessee Knoxville women’s basketball coach, in November 2011 and is dedicated to increasing awareness and providing education about Alzheimer’s disease.

Participants can visit raceforthesummitt.racesonline.com to register.

– Andy Meek

Shockey Named President Of 59th Liberty Bowl

Leigh Shockey, chairman and CEO of Drexel Chemical Co., has been elected president of the 59th AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Shockey is a longtime board member of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Festival Association.

“Our events shine a positive light on Memphis and create community pride for local citizens,” Shockey said in a statement. “In addition, we will continue to share the life-saving message of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through our events during the year.”

Steve Ehrhart, the bowl game’s executive director, said Shockey will bring “energy, enthusiasm and dedication” to her role as president.

The AutoZone Liberty Bowl Association also elected the following officers for 2017: Scott Barber, chairman; Bill Kinkade, vice president; Bill Giles, secretary; and Chris Moore, treasurer.

Upcoming events related to the Liberty Bowl include a dinner honoring former St. Louis Cardinal and Hall of Fame broadcaster Tim McCarver on June 25 at the Hilton Memphis, and the 23rd annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl Golf Classic, which benefits St. Jude, on June 26 at Ridgeway Country Club.

For more information about both events call 901-795-7700 or go to autozonelibertybowl.org.

– Don Wade

Memphis Zoo Adds Three Mandrills

The Memphis Zoo has added three new mandrills, making this the first time in 67 years that the zoo has been home to the monkeys sometimes called “forest baboons.”

The trio are part of the Patas monkey habitat in the zoo’s Zambezi River Hippo Camp.

Nine-year-old Babu, the largest of the three mandrills, came to Memphis from the Granby Zoo in Canada. The two females, 9-year-old Kimani and 7-year-old Gertrude, come from the Birmingham Zoo in Birmingham, Alabama.

Zoo leaders point out that most children will recognize the Old World monkeys because Rafiki from Disney’s “The Lion King” was a mandrill.

– Bill Dries

Craigmont Alumni Work To Restore Planetarium

In an effort to restore the only planetarium within Shelby County Schools, a group of Craigmont High School alumni, is partnering with Charles Vergos’ Rendezvous to host the Cheers for Craigmont fundraiser (#CheersforCraigmont).

The Cheers for Craigmont fundraiser will be held Thursday, April 20, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Rendezvous, located in the alley at 52 S. Second St. This private, invite-only event will help restore the planetarium to support science, technology, engineering and math – or STEM – efforts for inner-city youth that attend Craigmont High.

“It is important for children of all backgrounds to be exposed to different academic programs to give them better opportunities to make an impact in Memphis as they graduate,” says Rendezvous co-owner John Vergos.

The planetarium has been inoperable since 2010, and costs to restore the planetarium range from $31,000 to $190,000 – including digitizing the planetarium based on current technology.

In addition to the fundraiser, there will be a #CheersforCraigmont event week May 7-14.

To confirm your attendance at Rendezvous or to offer other support, contact Dominique Frost or Diamond Taylor at cheersforcraigmont@gmail.com or dfrostco@gmail.com.

– Daily News staff

Madison Avenue Park Sets Opening Lineup

Madison Avenue Park, the new Downtown micro-park and art gallery across the street from The Brass Door, has announced a schedule for its Friday, April 21, grand opening.

The festivities will run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. regardless of the weather and will include music, movies, art and food.

The full schedule includes:

9 a.m.: Downtown Yoga

10 a.m.: Visible Music College

11 a.m.: Tennessee Shakespeare Company

11 a.m.: Sache T-shirt truck

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: MEMPopS and food trucks

Noon: Charveymac

1 p.m.: Memphis Symphony Orchestra Star Wars preview

2 p.m.: Opera Memphis

3 p.m.: Hattiloo Theatre

4 p.m.: Ribbon-cutting ceremony

4:30 p.m.: Stax Music Academy Choir

5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Happy hour with MEMPops and food trucks

5:30 p.m.: Kaleidoscope

8 p.m.: Indie Memphis local music video block

– Patrick Lantrip

Early Voting Hours Shift to Afternoon

Early voting in the state House District 95 special primary elections drew 904 citizens through Saturday, April 15, and have now shifted to being open afternoon hours.

The two early voting locations – New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 7786 Poplar Pike in Germantown, and Collierville Church of Christ, 575 Shelton Road – are open 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. each day through Friday, April 21. On the last day of early voting, Saturday, April 22, the polling sites will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The district covers parts of Collierville, Germantown and Eads.

Primary election day is April 27, with the winners advancing to the June 15 special general election to fill the vacancy created by the February resignation of Republican state Rep. Mark Lovell.

– Bill Dries

PROPERTY SALES 97 418 8,253
MORTGAGES 112 508 9,293
BUILDING PERMITS 194 1,059 18,126
BANKRUPTCIES 46 208 5,367