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VOL. 133 | NO. 141 | Tuesday, July 17, 2018

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Early Voting So Far Tops 2010 and 2014 Levels

The first two days of early voting in advance of the Aug. 2 election talliede more than 2,700 early and absentee ballots cast.

The two-day total of 2,766 topped the first two days of early voting in 2010 and 2014 in the same election cycle of county general elections and state and federal primaries.

Most of the two-day total came from the 1,537 early voters at the five sites on opening day Friday, July 13. New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Germantown was the most popular of the five sites with 536 early voters. By primary, 240 voted in the Democratic primary and 295 in the Republican primary.

Local Democratic party leaders vowed the week before to turnout the Democratic early vote in the predominantly Republican area. Republicans, meanwhile, made their presence known at Dave Wells Community Center in predominantly Democratic North Memphis. Of the 165 early voters there on opening day, 75 voted in the Republican primaries and 90 in the Democratic primaries.

There was no breakdown at press time on Democratic and Republican primary turnout through the second day of early voting Saturday.

Another 902 citizens voted early Saturday for a total over the first two days including absentee voters of 2,766.

That compares to 1,431 in the first two days of early voting in the 2010 elections for the same election cycle. The 2010 numbers were with just one location through those two days – the election commission offices Downtown. And that number includes absentee.

In the 2014 elections, there had been 1,150 through the first day days of the voting period including absentee again with the same single location.

Early voting at the five sites continued through Monday with all 27 early voting sites across the county open starting Tuesday through July 28.

– Bill Dries

Memphis News, Daily News Win 17 State Press Awards

The Memphis News and The Daily News won a combined 17 awards in the 2018 Tennessee Press Association State Press Contest. The competition is co-sponsored by the University of Tennessee.

The TPA awarded The Memphis News first place for Best Business Coverage, Local Features and Best Single Editorial.

The winning editorial was titled “Make the System Take Down Monuments.”

The Memphis News was awarded second place in Best Graphics and/or Illustrations for a portfolio of cover illustrations. The Memphis News was awarded third place for Best Single Feature, Best Feature Photograph, Best Personal Humor Column, Editorials, Best Sports Writing and Investigative Reporting. And, The Memphis News was awarded fourth place for Best Single Editorial.

The TPA awarded The Daily News first place for Best Sports Writing for Don Wade’s portfolio and first place for Local Features. The Daily News was awarded second place for Best Business Coverage and Best News Reporting, fourth place for Best Feature Photograph and fifth place for Best Breaking News Coverage.

The West Virginia Press Association judged 1,424 entries from 73 of the association’s 124 member newspapers.

Newspapers who won first-place awards in the categories of editorials, best single editorial and public service received $250 prizes from UTs Edward J. Meeman Foundation.

The foundation was established at UT in 1968 to fund the contests, to provide professional critiques of journalists’ work and to support journalism students and educators. UT has co-sponsored the contest since 1940.

– Daily News staff

Midtown Property Switches Hands for $2.2M

The vacant lot on Union Avenue where Sean’s Cafe & Smooth Moves juice bar once stood, will soon be home to the latest Pinnacle Financial Partners bank branch.

Property owner 1615 Union Development LLC sold the parcel for $2.2 million,according a July 13 warranty deed Monday for the former cafe lot. In conjunction with the purchase, new owners Balvinder Kumar and Jatinder Sharma took out a $1.5 million loan from Bank of Bartlett for the former drug store property.

While the days of getting milkshakes at Wiles-Smith Drug Store may be gone, the vacated pharmacy and old fashioned soda fountain is slated for a new use.

In February, tenant Pinnacle Financial Partners applied for a $1.3 million building permit for a 4,100-square-foot bank branch with drive-thru service at the corner of Union Avenue and Rozelle Street.

Last year, the Nashville-based bank received a variance from the Midtown Overlay portion of the Unified Development Code by the Board of Adjustment for a 20-foot setback, alternative streetscape layout and the orientation of its drive-thru. .

In 2016, Sean’s Cafe & Smooth Moves and neighboring Happy Day Laundry & Cleaners burned down in a fire.

– Daily News staff

Grizzlies Sign Rookie Carter to Multiyear Deal

Guard Jevon Carter, a 2018 second-round draft pick, has signed a multi-year contract with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Selected 32nd overall in the 2018 NBA Draft, Carter was named the 2017-18 Naismith Defensive Player of the Year and earned his second straight Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year award during his senior season at West Virginia University.

Carter started all 37 games for the Mountaineers last season and averaged 17.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 3.03 steals (second in the nation) in 35.5 minutes while shooting 42.2 percent from the field, 39.3 percent from three-point range and 85.8 percent from the free-throw line on the way to being voted a consensus Second Team All-American.

Carter (6-2, 205) left West Virginia as the program’s all-time steals leader (330) and set single-season school records last year for assists (246) and steals (112). He currently is competing for the Grizzlies in the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018 in Las Vegas, where he had averaged 12.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.40 steals in 23.8 minutes through five games.

– Don Wade

West Cancer Center Awarded Highest Level of Care Rating

West Cancer Center has achieved an accreditation shared with only 36 other cancer patient care facilities in the U.S. — an accomplishment the clinic has held since 2012.

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is the highest-level rating that recognizes the commitment of West Cancer Center physicians, associates and leadership to excellence as a patient-centric cancer center.

West Cancer Center’s East Campus on Wolf River Boulevard received the NCQA recognition first, with other locations to follow.

“Delivering the highest quality care and services to our patients at West Cancer Center has been and always will be our first priority,” said Erich Mounce, CEO for West Cancer Center. “Having the NCQA accreditation renewed is not a small feat, and we thank all the physicians and staff that are dedicated to improving the quality of our cancer care each day,”

NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. The organization accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations and recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance.

– Daily News staff

$1.1M Building Permit Filed For Whitehaven Restaurant

On Monday, July 16, a building permit application valued at $1.1 million was filed for a restaurant in Whitehaven.

The permit was to “[build] a restaurant” at 1201 Winchester Road. The owner is listed as Homer Fulton Jr., the tenant is Soulfood Restaurant and the general contractor is Traditional Construction Co. Inc., according to the application.

– Daily News staff

PROPERTY SALES 0 291 21,272
MORTGAGES 0 160 16,194
BUILDING PERMITS 258 692 41,920
BANKRUPTCIES 1 117 6,579