VOL. 132 | NO. 181 | Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Crows Truck Service Building New Facility
Crows Truck Service, a local truck, trailer and refrigeration dealership, has filed an $8 million building permit application with construction code officials to build a new facility at 5500 Davidson Road.
Chris Woods Construction Co. was listed as the contractor on the application.
Currently, Crows Truck Service operates a 30,000-square-foot auto parts garage at 5278 Lamar Ave., which is less than a mile from the new site, a 20-acre tract of vacant on the north side of the Tennessee-Mississippi border, according to the Shelby County Assessor.
William and Paula Crow purchased the property for $3 million in 2006, according to the Shelby County Register of Deeds.
– Patrick Lantrip
Bike Safety Program Launching at SCS
A fundraising campaign is launching this month to fund a bicycle safety program for fourth-grade classes at 14 Shelby County Schools next spring, plus six more schools during the 2018-2019 school year.
The program, organized and funded by Revolutions Bicycle Cooperative, will educate about 825 students on traffic rules and regulations; potential hazards to traveling by bicycle; and handling skills needed to cycle effectively, appropriately and safely through the community. Shelby County Schools and community partners with experience in bicycle education will work to promote safe youth cycling by offering on-the-bicycle training, as well as hands-on and in-class lessons on safety concepts and laws.
The curriculum will be taught during physical education classes. In addition to SCS and Revolutions Bicycle Cooperative, additional partners in this program include the Shelby County Health Department, the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office, BLDG Memphis and Bike Walk Memphis.
Funding for the program will provide two classroom sets of bicycles, helmets and transportation for the classroom bikes that would allow Revolutions Cooperative to deliver them by bicycle. Adults 21 and older are invited to Revolutions at First Congregational Church, 1000 S. Cooper St., for Tour de Brewer #2, a fundraising event for the program on Sept. 23 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
A $10 donation is suggested. The group will ride by bicycle to four Memphis taprooms and Old Dominick Distillery.
– Andy Meek
U of M Track Standout Up For NCAA Woman of Year Award
Chardae Greenlee, a four-year University of Memphis track and field star from 2013-17, has been named as one of the nation’s Top 30 for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year award, the NCAA office has announced.
Greenlee is one of 10 candidates from the NCAA Division I level for the national honor. There also are 10 candidates from both the NCAA Division II and III levels.
The Hazel Crest, Illinois, native graduated in May with a degree in sport and leisure management and a 3.74 grade-point average.
In the arena of competition, Greenlee wrapped up her career as one of the program’s most-decorated performers. Primarily competing in the triple jump, Greenlee won three consecutive American Athletic Conference outdoor titles in the event (2015-2017). Her triple jump effort to win the 2015 conference crown is a Memphis women’s program record.
Greenlee was an eight-time All-American Athletic Conference honoree (indoor/outdoor combined) in the triple and long jumps. For her career, Greenlee won 18 triple jump titles and recorded 41 top-three performances.
Among her classroom accomplishments, Greenlee was a four-time American Athletic Conference All-Academic selection. This year, she received an NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women’s Enhancement Graduate Scholarship and participated in the NCAA Career in Sports Forum.
– Don Wade
Mid-South Ranks Low In ‘Happiest States’ Study
A recent study claims Mid-South residents don’t have much to be happy about.
The “Happiest States in America” study from personal-finance website WalletHub ranked Tennessee No. 42 in the happiness rankings, with Mississippi and Arkansas checking in at Nos. 45 and 46, respectively.
Minnesota topped the happiness list, followed by Utah and Hawaii. West Virginia came in last.
To determine the rankings, analysts looked at 28 metrics spanning three categories: emotional and physical well-being, work environment, and community and environment.
Arkansas residents were last in the category of physical and emotional well-being, which included things like the rate of depression, adequate sleep, life expectancy and sports participation.
Mississippi had the lowest rate of participation in sports and also the fourth-highest divorce rate. It was also ranked the least safe.
Oregon had the highest share of adult depression, Wyoming had the highest suicide rate and Nevada the highest divorce rate.
On the positive side, Hawaii had the lowest depression rate, Colorado residents get the best sleep, Utah residents have to work the fewest hours and have the lowest divorce rate, and North Dakota has the lowest long-term unemployment rate.
– Don Wade
Memphis 3.0 Planning Enters Third Phase
The Memphis 3.0 comprehensive planning process enters its third phase this week with the first of four public workshops to consider scenarios of what the city’s growth will look like through 2040.
The scenarios help understand growth patterns, where people move to and where jobs locate, and how future changes may impact quality of life and other measures. These impacts may also include how the city’s revenue could increase or decrease, new development potential for different areas, and which areas change or remain the same over time.
The workshops, hosted by the Office of Comprehensive Planning, will help planners understand community values and preferences for population and job growth. Staff members will present a Memphis 3.0 update and provide an overview of the scenarios. Participants will go through an exercise to identify which values are most important to drive the future of development in Memphis, then select and amend a preferred scenario based on those values.
The meeting schedule includes:
Each meeting lasts from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and participants can arrive at 5 p.m. to ask questions about the process or scenarios.
In addition, the Memphis 3.0 partners will also be taking input through “pop-up” engagements throughout the month.
The results of the workshops will form the foundation of future steps in the planning process, including development of a citywide land-use plan, transit vision, road plan, climate action plan and district-level plans. Results from the workshops will be published in October at memphis3point0.com.
– Daily News staff