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VOL. 133 | NO. 22 | Tuesday, January 30, 2018

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Work Program for Homeless Increases Scope, Worker Pay

Work Local, a Downtown-centric program providing work opportunities for homeless Memphians is expanding its scope using additional funding from the Downtown Memphis Commission and the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The program, which is run by Hospitality Hub with primary funding from the city of Memphis, will expand its Downtown services to five days a week starting in early February.

Hospitality Hub began the initial phase of the program in November 2016, providing $9 hourly work shifts and a hot meal at the end of each five-hour shift. Since then, more than 400 participants have taken part in the program, which provides trash-collection and other sanitation services. The program and its participants completed nearly 200 blight-reduction projects during the first year in operation. The new plan will create two shift times with eight miles of Downtown coverage per shift, more than doubling the current scope. In addition, workers’ pay will increase from $9 to $10 per hour.

“We are really encouraged by the initial results of this initiative and agreed to help fund the expansion, but the program still needed other local partners,” Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said in a statement. “We are proud to see the Downtown Memphis Commission and CVB step up in support of this innovative initiative and the positive impact it has on our Downtown.”

The Work Local initiative is designed to create a safer alternative to panhandling and has succeeded in providing a cost-effective program for reducing trash and blight in the Downtown core. The new proposed program boundaries will run from Exchange Avenue on the north to G.E. Patterson Avenue on the south, and from Front Street on the west to Danny Thomas Boulevard on the east.

“We are proud of what this program was able to do in two days per week during the initial trial,” stated Jarad Bingham, chief strategist of Hospitality Hub. “When expanded to five days, we feel the impact on the lives of our participants and our Downtown will be great and we are excited about what’s to come.”

– Daily News staff

Memphis Football Hires New WRs Coach

University of Memphis coach Mike Norvell has added Desmond Lindsey to his staff to coach the Tigers’ wide receivers.

At Southern Miss in 2016, Lindsey coached the tight ends and helped the Golden Eagles to the New Orleans Bowl. Last season, he moved to coaching the wide receivers, helping junior wideout Korey Robertson to a breakout year, with 72 catches for 1,070 yards, 11 touchdowns and five 100-yard receiving games.

Lindsey began his coaching career as the wide receivers coach at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. In 2008, he joined the staff at West Alabama, working with then-offensive coordinator Will Hall, who was hired as Memphis’ associate head coach in January.

He spent six seasons on the staff at UWA, including the last three as assistant head coach, before joining Hall’s staff at West Georgia in 2014 as the assistant head coach, recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach.

Having served as the recruiting coordinator at West Georgia, Lindsey continued to be an important part of the recruiting plan at Southern Miss.

“Desmond has tremendous relationships in South Mississippi and throughout the region, having grown up in Taylorsville and playing college ball at both Jones Junior College and Delta State,” Norvell said. “He’s a relentless recruiter and will be a tremendous representative of our community on and off the field.”

Lindsey has twice been selected to participate in the Bill Walsh NFL Coaches Fellowship Program, working with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2009 and with the Tennessee Titans in 2013. In 2012, he was one of 30 coaches from an NCAA school selected to participate in the NFL/NCAA Football Academy in Dallas. That academy provides 30 college coaches and coaches from 30 NFL teams with development and networking opportunities to enhance their chances at success in the football coaching industry.

– Don Wade

Delano, Grahamwood School Additions Move Ahead

Shelby County Schools has applied for building permits for classroom additions to two schools totaling $6.3 million.

A $2.5 million permit for Delano Elementary School, 1716 Delano Ave., would add seven classrooms to the Frayser optional school, which has an emphasis on technology.

A $3.8 million permit for Grahamwood Elementary School, 3959 Summer Ave., would add a 10-classroom building to that optional school’s campus.

– Bill Dries

MUS, Hutchison Sponsor Human Trafficking Symposium

International Justice Mission representatives will be in Memphis next week to discuss the organization’s work to end modern-day slavery and protect the poor from such violence.

Philip Langford, IJM vice president of international advancement, and Dawn Gary, IJM director of strategic partnerships, are set to speak at Memphis University School’s annual Robert M. Metcalf Symposium on Thursday, Feb. 8. MUS is partnering with Hutchison School for the presentation, which will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Hutchison’s Sanders Lecture Hall, 1740 Ridgeway Road. The program is free and open to the public.

More than 40 million people are trapped in modern-day slavery, which the International Justice Mission defines as the use of lies or violence to force another person to work for little or no pay. Dedicated to ending slavery and protecting the poor from such violence, IJM works around the world to rescue victims, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors and strengthen justice systems.

The Metcalf Symposium at Memphis University School is an annual lecture series founded by William Halliday and lower school principal Clay Smythe, both MUS alumni, to encourage reflection on the ethical traditions of western civilization, consistent with the school’s Christian tradition.

This is the 20th anniversary of the series.

– Daily News staff

Loeb Files Permit to Renovate Former Donald’s Donuts

Loeb Properties has filed a building permit application for exterior renovations to the former Donald’s Donuts location at 1776 Union Ave.

Grinder, Taber & Grinder Inc. is listed as the contractor on the $131,818 building permit application filed with the Office of Construction Code Enforcement.

In November, Donald’s Donuts owner Pimol Sam told several local media outlets that Loeb Properties declined to renew the lease of the local, minority-owned business, which expired on Dec. 31.

No tenant was listed on the application.

The longtime doughnut shop was known as Howard’s Donuts when Sam took over in 2005. He changed the name to Donald’s Donuts in February 2006.

– Patrick Lantrip

PROPERTY SALES 50 226 2,557
MORTGAGES 44 145 1,731
BUILDING PERMITS 204 569 5,701