VOL. 132 | NO. 137 | Wednesday, July 12, 2017
PetVax Opening Midtown Location
Local veterinary clinic PetVax has signed a lease in Midtown’s Belvedere Collection, located at the northwest corner of Union Avenue and Belvedere Boulevard, with plans to open its sixth location there.
Construction will soon begin for the 2,298-square-foot clinic at 1680 Union Ave., which is expected to be ready and open in late 2017.
Aaron Petree represented the landlord, Loeb Properties, in the transaction.
Founded in 1994 by Dr. Kevin Frazier, PetVax offers preventive pet care, owner education, heartworm tests, spay and neutering services, and follow-up care.
PetVax currently has locations in East Memphis, Collierville, Cordova, Bartlett, and Germantown.
– Patrick Lantrip
Tigers’ Ferguson, Kyser On National Watch Lists
Memphis senior quarterback Riley Ferguson has been named to the summer watch list for the 81st Maxwell Award, annually awarded to the nation’s player of the year, while junior center Drew Kyser has been named to the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, presented to the most outstanding center in Division I-A football.
Ferguson passed for 3,698 yards and a school-record 32 touchdowns in his junior season in 2016. He ranked second in the American Athletic Conference, with 284.5 yards passing per game and a 152.7 passer efficiency rating. His 3,698 passing yards rank second only to 2016 NFL First Round draft pick Paxton Lynch in the Memphis record book.
The Maxwell Award, named in honor of Robert W. “Tiny” Maxwell and presented by the Maxwell Football Club, has been given to America’s College Player of the Year since 1937. The watch list incorporates a broad spectrum of Football Bowl Subdivision programs and conferences across the country. Returning Maxwell Award winner Lamar Jackson (Louisville) headlines the 2017 watch list class.
Semifinalists for the Maxwell Award will be announced Oct. 30, while the three finalists for the award will be unveiled Nov. 20. The winner of the 2017 Maxwell Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 7.
Kyser, a junior from Opelika, Alabama, graduated from high school a semester early to join the Tigers roster, enabling him to earn playing time right away as a true freshman in 2015. After playing in the season-opener off the bench, Kyser stepped in and started at center for the remaining 12 games of the year, helping the Tigers to a Birmingham Bowl appearance.
Last year, Kyser started all 13 games at center, helping an offensive unit that ranked 28th in the country in total offense (463.7 yards per game) and 14th in passing offense with 304.4 yards per game. In all, Kyser has appeared in 26 straight games heading into his junior season.
The Rimington Trophy, which is overseen by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, will be presented Jan. 13.
– Don Wade
Council Delays Discussion About Future of DMC, RDC
Memphis City Council members put off a discussion Tuesday, July 11, on a call to look at restructuring or abolishing the Downtown Memphis Commission and the Riverfront Development Corp.
Council member Philip Spinosa, the co-sponsor of the measure with council chairman Berlin Boyd, delayed a committee discussion Tuesday until October citing last week’s resignation of DMC president and CEO Terence Patterson.
Council members also got an update on the Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division kiosk glitch, which converged with a false rumor Saturday about Memphis Grizzlies player Zach Randolph paying overdue utility bills, creating long lines at some of the kiosks.
MLGW President Jerry Collins said 18,774 of the more than 30,000 customers who used the TIO Network kiosks will be refunded for the $2 user fee, to the tune of $37,000.
A TIO vice president said the company has never experienced this kind of glitch with its systems. The glitch made it appear that a customer’s balance had been reduced, which fed the false rumor that Randolph had donated money toward the bills.
Collins said many customers were paying a dollar on their balances to check the total and also incurred the $2 user fee.
The council also heard Tuesday in committee that developers of the Universal Life Building at Danny Thomas Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue have closed on financing for the renovation of the building, which was the cornerstone of black business in Memphis in the early 20th century.
Construction is about to begin on the building, which has been vacant since 2001 and is scheduled to reopen next spring.
The city minority business effort will be a tenant in the building, with a $300,000 buildout already set aside in the previous fiscal year’s city capital budget. Self-Tucker Architects also will be a tenant.
– Bill Dries
Memphis College of Art Outsources IT Operations
Memphis College of Art has outsourced its IT operations to Memphis-based IT managed services provider tamburrino inc.
The deal is expected to save the college more than $100,000 in labor costs alone and to also find more savings through the processes put in place to evaluate all IT services, software, maintenance contracts and other systems.
MCA interim president Laura Hine said the college is looking forward to continuing to work with tamburrino inc. “to streamline our processes and encourage innovation at MCA.”
– Andy Meek
Galapagos Tortoises Return to Memphis Zoo
Three Galapagos tortoises from Oklahoma City are settling in at the Memphis Zoo tortoise yards. The recent return of the tortoises to the zoo after a 30-year absence comes by way of the Oklahoma City Zoo. The exhibit area for the brothers is by the Dragon’s Lair and the Herpetarium.
Galapagos tortoises can weigh up to 500 pounds and span four feet or more. Instead of solid shells, they have a honeycombed structure that has tiny air chambers to distribute the weight of the shell evenly.
They walk with their front feet turned inward and never in a straight line.
– Bill Dries