VOL. 132 | NO. 130 | Friday, June 30, 2017
Greenline Access at Perkins And Princeton Opened
A Perkins Road access point to the Shelby Farms Greenline was formally opened Thursday, June 29, in the Avon neighborhood.
The access point is at the northeast corner of Perkins and Princeton Road and takes bikers and pedestrians to the part of the greenline that passes under Perkins.
Construction began last fall with funding from a grant of $100,000 for the greenline made by Shelby County Commissioner Heidi Shafer, whose district includes the area.
– Bill Dries
TBI: Most Offenders Charged With Violent Crimes Younger
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation data for the first five months of 2017 shows more than 70 percent of Memphis Police Department arrests for murders and robberies were of suspects age 24 and younger.
And 48.9 percent of those arrested for major violent crimes between January and May in Memphis were 24 or younger. The major violent crime category includes murders, robberies, rape and aggravated assault.
The same demographic – age 24 and younger – accounted for 39.6 percent of reported victims of major violent crimes, according to the TBI data.
The data was released Thursday, June 29, by the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission and the University of Memphis Public Safety Institute.
– Bill Dries
MATA Board Approves Route and Service Changes
Twenty-four bus route service changes and four new routes are ready to roll starting Aug. 6.
The Memphis Area Transit Authority board approved the changes Tuesday, June 27. The changes are the latest by the transit authority in recent years designed to improve service by altering routes and timing.
The MATA board had abolished the northern and southern legs of the 31 Crosstown bus service, one of the most popular in terms of ridership, in earlier changes.
On Tuesday, the board restored the northern leg of the route into the New Chicago area of North Memphis under the 31 Firestone name.
A listing of all of the changes can be found at www.matatransit.com.
– Bill Dries
Three Redbirds Named To Triple-A All-Star Game
The Pacific Coast League has announced that catcher Carson Kelly and pitchers Ryan Sherriff and Luke Weaver have been selected to represent the Memphis Redbirds at the 2017 Triple-A All-Star Game.
The game, which pits the Pacific Coast League opposite the International League, will take place July 12 at 8 p.m. Central at Cheney Stadium, home of the Tacoma Rainiers.
It will be televised live nationally on MLB Network.
Kelly, 22, will be participating in the third mid-season All-Star game of his career, also making the team in the Midwest League with Peoria in 2014 and in the Texas League with Springfield last year. The reigning Cardinals’ Minor League Hitter of the Year also participated in the 2016 All-Star Futures Game in San Diego and entered the season as a consensus top 5 prospect in the Cardinals organization.
This season, Kelly has been a force in the Redbirds lineup. Entering play on Wednesday, June 28, he was hitting .279 with 7 HR and 31 RBI. He was named the Cardinals Minor League Player of the Month for May after hitting .381 with 3 HR and 15 RBI in 22 games.
Sherriff, 27, earns All-Star honors for the second straight season after retiring the only batter he faced in the 2016 Triple-A All-Star Game. The southpaw reliever has allowed 14 runs on 30 hits in 34.2 innings with 31 strikeouts against seven walks. He has converted four of five save opportunities and also posted a 2-0 record.
Entering games of June 28, Sherriff was tied for the second-most appearances in the league (31) and ranked among league leaders in fewest base runners per 9 innings pitched (9.61, 3rd) and fewest walks per 9 IP (1.56, 4th).
Weaver, 23, is a first-time mid-season All-Star. He was named a post-season All-Star in the Texas League while pitching for Springfield in 2016. The reigning Cardinals Minor League Pitcher of the Year has been dominant in his first full season at Triple-A, going 6-1 with a 2.16 ERA in 10 starts. In 50.0 innings, Weaver has allowed only 14 runs (12 earned) on 38 hits with 11 walks and 54 strikeouts. Weaver is considered a top 70 prospect in all of baseball.
– Don Wade
Crye-Leike Ranked Arkansas’ Top Real Estate Agency
Crye-Leike Real Estate Services, the nation’s fifth-largest independent residential real estate firm, maintained its position as the “Top Residential Real Estate Agency” in Arkansas in 2016, as ranked by Arkansas Business.
The weekly business newspaper released its annual survey of 2016 sales production results from real estate firms across the state in its June 19, 2017 edition.
Arkansas Business reported that Crye-Leike, “the perennial No. 1,” retained its spot atop the list with 2016 sales production increasing almost 4 percent to $1.26 billion last year.
Memphis-based Crye-Leike, founded 40 years ago in 1977, opened its first office in Arkansas in Jonesboro in 1999 and expanded into Little Rock in 2002. The company has 25 company-owned offices in Arkansas, including six franchise offices.
2017 marks the company’s 25th year of expansion outside its hometown market in Memphis.
– Daily News staff
Hamilton Eye Institute Director Earns Top Award
Dr. James Fleming, director of the Hamilton Eye Institute at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has received the 2017 Outstanding Physician Award from the Tennessee Medical Association.
Fleming is also the Philip M. Lewis Professor of Ophthalmology and former chair of the Department of Ophthalmology in the College of Medicine at UTHSC.
According to the medical association, the Outstanding Physician Award recognizes “TMA member physicians who, during the course of their careers, have made a distinctive mark on the profession of medicine, their colleagues and their communities.”
Fleming began his career with UTHSC in 1997 when he was recruited by the late Dr. Barrett Haik to lead Hamilton Eye Institute’s oculoplastic services.
Over the course of his 36-year career, Fleming has written or co-authored about 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented more than 110 talks nationally and internationally. He also has a deep interest in health care policy and a long record of service to multiple organizations such as the Tennessee Medical Association, American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and more.
– Andy Meek
ALCO Management Earns Affordable Housing Honor
Memphis-based ALCO Management Inc. has been named to the 2017 Affordable 100 – a list published by the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA).
The list consists of the 100 largest affordable multifamily property management companies ranked by affordable unit counts. The 2017 Affordable 100 list is available on NAHMA’S website and will be published in the June issues of NAHMA News, Affordable Housing Finance magazine and Units magazine.
ALCO guides a portfolio of more than 7,500 conventional and affordable apartments.
“We have been building a portfolio of amazing communities all across the Southeast for more than 40 years,” said Frank Z. Jemison Jr., ALCO’s chief executive officer. “To now be one of the largest affordable housing managers in the country is a testament to this team, but the true testament for us is the difference we have made in the neighborhoods and communities in which we operate.”
NAHMA is the leading voice for affordable housing management, advocating on behalf of multifamily property managers and owners whose mission is to provide quality affordable housing.
ALCO also has a seat at the national table this year.
Executive vice president Michael D. Johnson is currently serving as president of the board of directors for NAHMA for 2017-18.
He was elected by NAHMA’s executive council late last year.
– Daily News staff