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VOL. 132 | NO. 67 | Tuesday, April 4, 2017

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Local Trucking Company Buys Land for New Office

JIT-EX, a locally owned for-hire trucking fleet, has bought three parcels of land in Whitehaven from Estes Express Lines for $2.4 million, according to paperwork filed with the Shelby County Register of Deeds.

A representative with JIT-EX confirmed that the location will be the company’s new headquarters but declined to comment on when the move from its current office at 4570 Getwell Road will take place.

The sale includes three parcels totaling 13.6 acres, according to the paperwork. One of the parcels contains a 14,520-square-foot prefab warehouse while another has an 11,490-square-foot office building that was built in 1968, according to the Shelby County Assessor of Property.

The three parcels were last appraised for a combined $1.4 million in 2016.

Angela J. Maidment, vice president of corporate real estate Virginia-based Estes Express Lines, signed the warranty deed on behalf of the seller.

In conjunction with the purchase, JIT-EX took out a $2.3 million mortgage on the property though BancorpSouth, according to additional documents filed the same day.

Bobby Watts, acting as president, signed the deed of trust on behalf of JIT-EX.

Watts and his partner, John Michael, founded JIT-EX, which stands for Just in Time Express, in 2001 with one truck. The company has grown to include a fleet of 65 power units, 225 trailers, a 40-door crossdock terminal and more than 100 employees, according to its website.

– Patrick Lantrip

Memphis Seeks Online Input On Road, Bike Lane Projects

The city of Memphis’ Engineering Division has launched an online public input survey regarding the design proposals for 10 street repaving projects outlined at its March 27 open house.

The 10 proposals include these street segments:

North Highland Street – Summer Avenue to Walnut Grove Road

Riverside Drive – Jefferson Avenue to Beale Street

North Perkins Street – Summer Avenue to Walnut Grove Road

Hickory Hill Road – Mt. Moriah Road to Winchester Road

Knight Arnold Road – Hickory Hill Road to Ridgeway Road

Riverdale Road – Winchester Road to Shelby Drive

Cooper Street – Washington Avenue to Central Avenue

Getwell Road – Park Avenue to Interstate 240.

Airways Boulevard – Shelby Drive to the Mississippi state line

Mendenhall Road – Knight Arnold Road to Mt. Moriah RoaD

All of the proposed designs except Getwell include bike lanes.

The online survey, as well as the public comment period, will close April 17. City officials will review all comments received and, based on that feedback, will determine how to proceed with each design proposal. Projects could reach construction by fall 2017.

Take the survey at surveymonkey.com/r/STPGROUPS56, and visit bikepedmemphis.com for more information.

– Daily News staff

Regions Bank Redesigns East Memphis Branch

Regions Bank has unveiled the company’s reimagined bank branch at 6200 Poplar Ave. at the company’s West Tennessee headquarters.

The branch is the latest to reflect Regions’ new design and other innovations. Among other things – no teller line. The open design of the branch means customers are instead welcomed by Regions’ universal bankers, employees who can handle a larger number of tasks and customer needs.

The branch also offers DepositSmart ATM service, which can accept deposits and cash checks for customers at any time. And the branch offers Regions Video Banking in the lobby, along with Video Banking ATMs in the drive-thru facility adjacent to the headquarters building.

Video Banking ATMs connect customers with Regions video bankers via live, two-way video.

The 6200 Poplar facility joins Regions’ 88 Union Ave. branch in Downtown Memphis and Regions’ Greenline branch in Germantown in offering the new design. The Regions branch at 1171 Ridgeway Road also offers Regions Video Banking in addition to traditional branch-banking services.

– Andy Meek

Tigers’ Carrier Selected AAC Hitter of the Week

University of Memphis senior outfielder Chris Carrier has been named the American Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week after hitting two doubles and three home runs during a week that included the first series win over Cincinnati since 2004.

Carrier, who is the Tigers’ first player-of-the-week honoree this season, started the week off with a two-run home run against Mississippi State at AutoZone Park. Then the Christian Brothers High School product started the Cincinnati series with a 2-for-4 game that included another two-run homer. In the second game, Carrier went 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles and a pair of walks. In the finale, he blasted a game-clinching home run and walked two more times.

Carrier finished the week with a .600 batting average, eight RBI and five runs scored. He walked six times in the four games and struck out just twice. Carrier was twice named the AAC Hitter of the Week as a sophomore in 2015.

– Don Wade

NSA Mid-South to Hold Walk To Honor Murdered Marine

Naval Support Activity Mid-South has announced it will hold the fourth annual Lance Cpl. Suzanne Collins Lantern Procession on Thursday, April 6, as part of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.

Throughout April, activities and events on base will address online conduct, consent, support of victims and holding sailors accountable, regardless of rank.

“We are ensuring a strict zero tolerance policy for sexual assault offenders,” said Capt. David Bryson, commanding officer of NSA Mid-South. “The events throughout the month of April will allow us time to focus on this and make sure we are taking care of our sailors and civilian personnel as well as fostering a climate on the installation where reporting assault is embraced and encouraged.”

The lantern walk is named for Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Suzanne Collins, who was 19 years old when she was sexually assaulted and murdered in 1985 near the Millington naval base. The event is held to remember Collins and also to show solidarity with all sexual assault victims.

Speakers at the walk will include Bryson; Millington Mayor Terry Jones; and Capt. Caleb Miller, commanding officer, Marine Corps Reserve Forces. A letter from Collins’ parents will also be read.

“While Lance Cpl. Collin’s case was extreme, if we can let her experience fade into history books how can we truly show victims today that their experiences matter to us?” said Susanna Parkinson, the installation Sexual Assault Response Coordinator. “We walk for Suzanne to show all victims how important they are to us.”

The lantern walk is open to the public and does not require base access. It will be held at Millington’s Glen Eagle Golf Course, 6168 Attu St. Visit facebook.com/NSAMidSouth for details.

– Daily News staff

House GOP Leader: Hotel Bill Not Related to Divorce

The Republican leader in the Tennessee House says his effort to allow lawmakers living within 50 miles of the state Capitol to be reimbursed for hotel bills is unrelated to his pending divorce.

Rep. Glen Casada tells WTVF-TV that the proposal is “absolutely not” connected to his own family status.

Casada, who lives 39 miles from the Capitol in Williamson County, says the measure would take effect after the 2018 elections, which would be after his divorce is finalized.

Casada says he often doesn’t finish his legislative work until 9 p.m. and then has to be back to work by 7 a.m. the next day. Casada says occasional hotel stays are “a fair request of the taxpayers” for suburban lawmakers to occasionally stay the night in Nashville.

– The Associated Press

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