Tuesday, September 29, 2015

State Road-Trouble Tour Comes to Memphis

Posted By on Tue, Sep 29, 2015 at 2:12 PM

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  • Senator Jim Tracy (front, center) brought his listening tour to Memphis Tuesday.


Tennessee road revenues have stagnated. Highway construction costs have risen. Tennessee has a backlog of $6 billion in road project, more than $800 million worth of them around Memphis. Something must be done.

That’s the word from the Memphis stop of state Senator Jim Tracy’s nine-city listening tour on Tuesday.

Tracy (R-Shelbyville) is the chairman of the Senate’s Transportation and Safety Committee and is using the tour to, of course, listen to local officials but to also discuss the challenges in funding the state's long-term needs for its transportation system.

Tracy’s tour came Tuesday as Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam repeated his call for action on the state’s road construction backlog to reporters in Murfreesboro Monday. Haslam told reporters he has yet to set forth any specific recommendation to fix the backlog.

He said a gas tax hike likely won’t happen this year but said in March that a tax hike must happen in the next four years. Tracy has said he will not support a gas tax hike in the next legislative session.

Tracy brought with him Susan Mattson, a research analysts with the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office, and Bill Moore, chairman of the Tennessee Infrastructure Alliance and former chief engineer of the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

Mattson said, basically, that state transportation revenues are not expected to be sufficient for new projects or the long-term maintenance of highways. Most of the state’s road revenues, she said, come from a fuel tax, a fixed-rate fee assessed on gallons of fuel.

The last gas tax increase, she said, was in 1989. The last diesel fuel tax increase was in 1990.

Since then, automobile fuel efficiency has greatly improved, she said. So, even though people may be driving the same amount of miles each year, they’re paying less in fuel taxes to pay for the roads. The state is working on tax programs for electric cars and those running on compressed natural gas, like trucks run by FedEx and UPS, Tracy said.

But people are also driving less in general, Mattson said, pointing to the example that millennials are streaming into urban centers and opting for public transportation.

All of this, she said, has driven Tennessee road revenues down.

That’s bad news, according to Moore, who said some Tennessee roads might not get the fixes they need. He said there were around $800 million worth of projects around Shelby County that are sitting on the shelf because of a lack of funds.

Here are a few he mentioned:

1. Lamar Avenue - from Getwell Road to Mississippi state border
Plan: widen the road
Cost: $229 million

2. I-240 - from I-40 Midtown to I-55 South
Plan: re-build all interchanges on the six-mile stretch, improve conditions for future I-69 corridor
Cost: $50 million

3. SR 14 - from Covington Pike to Tipton County line
Plan: improve the 12.5-mile section
Cost: $75 million

4. I-40 - from Germantown Road to Collierville/Arlington Road
Plan: widen 8.4 mile stretch of road from four lanes to eight lanes
Cost: $65 million.

Most of the projects, Moore said, are shovel-ready and only await TDOT funds to get started.

Mattson put forth some options for new revenues.

A one-cent higher gas tax, she said, would yield about $31 million in new road revenues. A one-cent hike on the diesel tax would yield $9.6 million. An average Tennessee citizen, she said, pays about $160 per year in gas taxes, for a total of $300 of total taxes.

Matron said other states tax miles driven instead of fuel. This, she said, usually requires the state to install some sort of GPS tracker on cars.

Another options, she said, would be for the state to issue debt on road projects, something Tennessee has never done.

Yet another option is to levy tolls at booths on drivers for their use of highways.



Sunday, September 27, 2015

Memphis Wins $30M for Foote Homes

Posted By on Sun, Sep 27, 2015 at 4:42 PM

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Memphis will get $30 million in federal funding to redevelop Foote Homes, the last housing project in the city.

Memphis was selected as one of nine finalists for the funding in July. The money comes from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through President Barack Obama’s Choice Neighborhood competition.

Congressman Steve Cohen announced the award Sunday and said the money "will help revitalize our city and position us for success." 

"This infusion of government funds will stimulate additional private investment, a synergy which will prove even more beneficial for Memphis," Cohen said in a statement.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Extension of Wolf River Greenway Breaks Ground

Posted By on Fri, Sep 25, 2015 at 10:58 AM

The Wolf River Greenway, which currently encompasses around 2.6 miles of trail near Germantown, will eventually extend all the way to Harbor Town. And on Friday morning, officials broke ground on one of the segments that extends the bicycle/pedestrian trail westward.

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The groundbreaking took place at Kennedy Park in Raleigh, which is located along the path of the Wolf River. The greenway will closely follow the path of the river with bridges and outlook areas overlooking the water.

Chuck Flink with Alta Planning+Design, the Raleigh, North Carolina-based design firm working on the greenway project, said seven phases of the greenway extension are in design now — including the segment that runs through Kennedy Park — and those will begin construction in 2016. Another eight phases will go into the design phase in the next 30 days.

The $40 million expansion of the Wolf River Greenway should be completed by 2019. The majority of the funding for the project comes from the private sector.

Once complete, the Wolf River Greenway is expected to add 1,126,000 more bicycle trips in the county per year and 4,650,000 more walking trips, according to the Wolf River Conservancy. 

"We get carried away on the built environment and our repaving projects, but we often forget about our natural environment," said Mayor A C Wharton at Friday's groundbreaking.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Patterson Tapped as New DMC President

Posted By on Thu, Sep 24, 2015 at 2:28 PM

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Terence Patterson was selected today as the new president & CEO of the Downtown Memphis Commission [DMC].

The announcement comes after a months-long hunt to replace current president Paul Morris. He will leave at the end of the year to work for his father’s business, Jack Morris Auto Glass. 

Patterson was selected after a national and local search that yielded more than 50 candidates. 

Patterson is a native Memphian, a Harvard graduate with a Master of Business Adminstration from Northwestern, where he also earned his law degree. He is the current treasurer of the DMC's Center City Development Committee and has worked with the DMC for many years.

He currently works as the program director for education for the Hyde Family Foundation. 

"Patterson's experience in working with complicated financial and business transactions and with both the public and private sectors, prepares him well to lead this public-private partnership organization," read a statement from the DMC.


Lipscomb Attorneys Fire Back

Posted By on Thu, Sep 24, 2015 at 1:49 PM

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Robert Lipscomb knows his accuser, Bobby Harris, but he never had a sexual relationship with him when he was a minor.

Lipscomb met Harris “many years ago” but not through his duties as director of the Memphis Housing Authority. Lipscomb never offered to help Harris or his family obtain housing. Lipscomb never gave Harris MHA money. Lipscomb never called Harris from the MHA office and “does not know why” Harris called him there.

These statements are all according to Lipscomb’s attorney, Ricky Wilkins, who fought back for his client during this morning’s meeting of the MHA. The defensive statements were in a letter dated today from Wilkins to Lori Patterson, an attorney for Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, and Berkowitz. The MHA hired the firm to conduct an internal investigation of Lipscomb.

Wilkins gave the letter to MHA board members during their meeting today, which focused on whether or not to retain Lipscomb. The board voted to retain him but maintain his suspension with pay.

The letter says Lipscomb will cooperate with the investigation but sought to narrow the focus of the review to “his performance of official duties, but not to matters outside the scope of his duties.”

Wilkins also acknowledged that the internal investigation began after a “public announcement form the Memphis Mayor’s office and subsequent local media coverage of an ancient, unfounded allegation of sexual misconduct lodged by an individual named Bobby Harris.”

Naming Harris, Lipscomb’s original accuser, was a bit of a bombshell. Several reporters (including our own Jackson Baker) have talked to Harris over the past month but only on the basis of anonymity.

Wilkins also gave MHA board members a letter dated 2011 from Harris, who was apparently apologizing to Lipscomb. That letter was apparently received by the MHA and a copy was maintained by that office ever since, according to Wilkins.

In his letter, Wilkins said Lipscomb was aware that Harris filed a criminal complaint against him, “which was completely baseless and unfounded, and Mr. Harris later recanted his allegations.”

Further, Wilkins said the allegations and the timing of their surface might be politically motivated.

“Unfounded and unsupported allegations made by the (Memphis Mayor A C Wharton) and (Chief Administrative Officer Jack Sammons) about matters of which they have absolutely no personal knowledge, during a political season, are not valid reasons for MHA to conduct an investigation, especially in light of Mr. Harris’ other allegations that the Mayor’s office offered to pay him if he would renew the 2010 allegations,” Wilkins said in the letter. “The reasons for the actions by the Mayor’s office are beyond the scope of this response, however, at the appropriate time, these issues will certainly be addressed.”

Memphis Repped on Pope Visit

Posted By on Thu, Sep 24, 2015 at 12:09 PM

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  • Vice President Joe Biden, Congressional leaders, and religious leaders pray with Pope Francis on the U.S. Capitol's west balcony.

Pope Francis visited Washington, D.C. today and some Memphians had a front row seat.

The pontiff gave a speech to Congress this morning (the first time a pope has ever addressed that body) on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Some Memphians were on hand for the historic occasion thanks to Memphis Congressman Steve Cohen.

How did Cohen choose who got to see HIs Holiness? A lottery, of course.
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“Pope Francis is an inspiring and uniting figure whose work has helped countless people around the world,” Cohen said in a statement. “I was pleased to provide these Memphians with the chance to see His Holiness in person as he became the first Pope in history to address the U.S. Congress. I hope everyone enjoyed the opportunity to be part of this historic day in our nation’s history.”

Congress members were given a small number of tickets to the event and Cohen offered them up in a lottery. (Cohen was also the main backer of Tennessee's state lottery when he was a state Senator.) Those winners paid their own way to Washington and paid for their own accommodations, Cohen said.

Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander also weighed in on the Pope's visit with this statement:

“Pope Francis lives his life in a way that provides an extraordinary example of serving others. It has been an honor to help host his visit and to hear him.”

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker responded thusly:

"It was an honor to welcome His Holiness Pope Francis to our nation’s capital today and hear his historic address to Congress. His address was one of hope and unity, and I was particularly pleased to hear his message about the fight to eliminate modern slavery.

"As Pope Francis conveyed, ending modern slavery will not come easy. It will require cooperation from people of all faiths, backgrounds, and nationality. But together, we can end it. I remain committed to efforts to fighting slavery and human trafficking, which is a heartbreaking reality for the more than 27 million people enslaved today in more than 167 countries, including our own.”

MHA Retains Lipscomb (Updated With Full Letter)

Posted By on Thu, Sep 24, 2015 at 11:50 AM

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The Memphis Housing Authority [MHA] board voted to retain its embattled director Robert Lipscomb on the staff but he's still suspended with pay.

Lipscomb is the target of now numerous allegations of sexual misconduct. Those allegations came forward last month when one accuser contacted Memphis Mayor A C Wharton's office at Memphis City Hall. That accuser said he was a homeless teenager in Memphis when Lipscomb picked him up and forced the teen to perform oral sex on him.

At least nine more accusers contacted Memphis Mayor A C Wharton's office after that with similar stories, according to the city's chief administrative officer Jack Sammons. The Memphis Police Department and the Shelby County District Attorney's Office are now investigating the claims.

No formal charges have been filed against Lipscomb. Though, he did resign from his post as the city's director of Housing and Community Development.

Lipscomb's attorney handed out a letter to MHA board members from Lipscomb's first accuser. That letter is from 2011, the attorneys said, and is an apology, they said.

The letter's content is below:.

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Dear Mr. Lipscomb,

I want to start by apologizing for the trouble I caused you. Even though the world gave my pain, I shouldn’t have brought it to you. Now I regret I lost our friendship.

I coulnd’t handle the pain. My mom took sick in March of '07, twenty-three days after her birthday and passed May 2 (2007 at 11:40 a.m.). My aunt and uncles said when the money gone I got to go.

I was already homeless, but that broke my soul and I needed help to be honest.
You were in a position to help and you did but a part of me felt as if you could have did more given our past. I thought you would.

I want have your friendship back at least.
Accept my apology, and forgive me. I was young and stupid. But, now I realize just cuz you have no where to go or food to eat you shouldn't take advantage of great people to get ahead.

It's like every-where I turned, I would get help only heart ache and pain, and I took my anger I had against the world and turn it to you. And at the time I didn't have the one thing I needed a relationship with God. I found him after my move to Michigan, I've never felt so free.

But since I've been back I'm facing the same problems. Please help me or at least know you forigve me.

My family got me out the way cause the state would give them money for me cause I was 18 at the time of my mom's death and me was the oldest of the three. I hurt because they took my sister and brother and turned them agaisnt me and when we got back together I had to feed the three of us and you were the only window of light in that dark world.

But I begging you for you to grace me with your blessing. I really need you. I have a three year old child I have full custody of and no help or steady job.

I hope you find it in your heart to help me and point me in the right direction. I've been seeking God's help since my suicide attempt weeks before my mom passed. Me being shot and robbed didn't help me much but I still had no right to do what I did. I'm sorry.

Bobby Harris 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Memphis Police Get Body Cameras

Posted By on Wed, Sep 23, 2015 at 3:40 PM

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Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong announced that 500 officers will soon begin wearing body cameras. 

The announcement came at a press conference at the MPD's Real Time Crime Center. Armstrong said that 50 officers are being trained with the cameras each day, and by early October, 500 officers will be using the cameras. By the end of the year, they should have 2,000 cameras deployed and operational. Every officer will have a camera assigned to him or her, Armstrong said.

The body cameras have been discussed for quite some time, but Mayor A C Wharton, who spoke at the conference, said the city was on target with its goal of outfitting officers with cameras.

"In spite of the fact that we've had some of the roughest periods, especially with loss of Officer Bolton, there have been quite a few questions about whether we have fallen behind," Wharton said.

But he maintains the process is on-track. He said it simply takes awhile to get the technology up and running.

"This is not simply about placing a gadget on the lapel of each officer. It's much more than that, with all the aspects of technology," Wharton said.

Armstrong also said that in-car video has been installed in five squad cars, and four more cars will have cameras by October 1st. He said there will be cameras in more than 400 vehicles by January 2016.

Wharton pointed out that crime in Memphis is on the decrease with major violent crimes down 20 percent from 2006, when the county's Operation Safe Community initiative was launched.


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Homeless Hotline Restored

Posted By on Wed, Sep 23, 2015 at 11:41 AM

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The city's Emergency Housing Partnership Homeless Hotline, which connected homeless or financially strapped Memphians with emergency shelter, food, clothing, and other basic needs, is back in service after being abruptly cut off after the end of July.

The new number is 901-529-4545, and the hotline, which is now being administered by MIFA, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The hotline had previously been run by the Tennessee Community Services Agency (TNCSA), but the city didn't renew its contract with TNCSA after they claimed there were complaints about volunteers not answering the hotline at night. But that meant the city was without a hotline for several months while MIFA got set up to run it. TNCSA executive director Tom McWherter told the Flyer at the time that he'd been working with the city on a new contract that would add paid staff in the evenings to ensure those calls were answered, but he was told on July 21st that his contract wasn't being renewed after all.

"I was told the reason my contract was being pulled was there had been some complaints during the night-time hours. The phones weren't being answered [by volunteers], or calls weren't being returned. It didn't involve my staff," McWherter said. "We all knew about that issue and had discussed it many times. It was an issue we had worked on solving with this new contract."

The Mid-South Peace & Justice Center's Homeless Organizing for Power and Equality (H.O.P.E.) organization campaigned to get the hotline back as soon as possible, and they're still asking questions as to why the hotline was allowed to go dormant for months.
 
From an email statement from H.O.P.E.: "Many questions remain, such as: Why was the hotline disconnected in the first place? Why was the contract with TNCSA to continue to operate the hotline offered and then suddenly canceled, when none of the previous problems with the hotline were areas under their responsibility? Why was no one warned about the hotline being temporarily disconnected, including homeless service providers? Why have we continued to receive contradictory answers to these and other questions from the City of Memphis? This is a crucial program that saves lives. HOPE supports it fully, but will also always fight for proper accountability and transparency."

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Memphis Twitterati (Sort Of) Gush on Trader Joe's News

Posted By on Wed, Sep 23, 2015 at 9:46 AM

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Memphis woke to the news that a Trader Joe's is coming (to Germantown, but alright). If you missed it, read that news here, here, and here

All of those news outlets have been poking around the TJ news for months now with speculation stories, interviews with insiders, and a scouring of public documents in Germantown .

Well, Memphis finally got what it was clamoring for. And the crowd, as they say, went wild (well, sort of).

Check it out so far:

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Health Department Releases Plan to Make Shelby County Healthier

Posted By on Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 7:53 PM


County leaders are trying to make Shelby County one of the healthiest places to live.

On a warm Tuesday afternoon, community leaders from various organizations gathered at the Urban Child Institute to hear about the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) for the all of Shelby County.

The plan identifies five priorities for the county: healthy lifestyles, violence as a public health issue, mental health, as well as two “cross-cutting priorities” that overlap — health disparities and social determinants of health, along with increasing collaboration across the local public health system.

The CHIP has been in the works since 2012 in six phases, facilitated by the Shelby County Health Department. The first and second phases, from December 2012 to March 2013, were set to create the overall vision of the project as well as the conductors, including all facets of the public health sector such as academics, government, nonprofits, healthcare systems, and agencies to create the Community Health Assessment (CHA). From March to August 2013, the CHA focused on compiling the community health status, the needs and wants of the community, the capacities and competencies of the public health system, and trends that factor into the overall quality of life and health to Shelby County.

From the fourth phase on, starting two years ago in September 2013, implementation of the plan has been the focus — mostly mobilizing local organizations and institutions to communicate clearly with one another to tackle the issues.

Community Health planners Amy Collier and Angela Moore, who have been called the “A Team” of the health department, presented the plan and process on Tuesday.

“This is a strategic plan addressing key public health issues,” Moore said. “We had 60 community partners … who have actually committed action items within the CHIP.”

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell also spoke at the event. He talked about changing his own lifestyle into a healthier one and stressing importance of what they called “social determinants of health,” which includes a safe place to live, healthcare access, transportation, social support and norms, and educational access, among others.

Altha J. Stewart, the director of System of Care at the Shelby County Public Defender’s Office, also spoke regarding the public health issues.
“There are multiple ways to cut the pie of social determinants of health,” Stewart said. “One I think is particularly helpful in terms of Shelby County and the discussion around improving overall community health, which has to do with these things: income and social status, social support networks, education and working conditions, social environments, [and] our biology and genetic endowment.”

Child development, particularly involving healthy lifestyles, is also critical in the county to improve the health of Memphians, she said.

“Gender, believe it or not, has a lot to do with how healthy we are or what health issues we face,” Stewart said. “But the real elephant in the room: culture, race, and ethnicity — that’s where people tend to get tripped up because they feel like there’s just so much wrapped up in that. [They believe] it’s too hard to tackle, but it really isn’t.”

The entire CHIP is available to read online from the Shelby County website, or you can read it below.

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City Receives $3.7 Million for Lead Hazard Reduction

Posted By on Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 1:09 PM

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The city of Memphis will soon launch a three-year program to reduce lead hazards in 240 housing units built before 1978, thanks to a $3,714,272 federal grant from the department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The grant, which was announced on Tuesday afternoon, will also fund "healthy homes" assessments in 65 units. The city's office of Housing and Community Development (HCD) will train 65 low-income residents to be lead hazard workers and 15 to be lead hazard supervisors. Those trainings will be facilitated by the Renaissance Business Center, and anyone interested should contact 526-9300. 

Congressman Steve Cohen helped secure the HUD grant funding for the city.

“I appreciate Congressman Cohen’s assistance in getting these funds channeled to our city to help rid homes of dangerous lead-based paints that are a known health hazard,” said Mayor A C Wharton. “We are grateful that HUD recognizes the need in our community, and we look forward to working with the Shelby County Health Department, Memphis Housing Authority, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, and local non-profits in administering these grant funds to help protect the help of our low-income families.”

Homes built before 1978 were commonly painted with lead-based paints, which have since been banned. Lead is a toxic metal that can cause permanent damage to the brain and other vital organs, especially in children under age six.

Anyone with a home built before 1978 can call the HCD Lead-Safe Program at 576-7325 or 576-7335 for a free lead-based paint inspection. The Lead Hazard Reduction program will serve all of Shelby County, but a higher priority will be placed on units where children with elevated blood lead levels live. Second priority will be given to units the following zip codes: 38103, 38104, 38105, 38108, 38112, 38116, 38117, 38118, 38119, 38126, 38128, and 38141.

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Downtown Memphis Commission Committee Chooses New President Candidate

Posted By on Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 12:31 PM


The committee searching for a new president for the Downtown Memphis Commission [DMC] has selected Memphian Terence Patterson.

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Patterson is the current tresaurer of the DMC's Center City Development Committee and has worked with the DMC for many years. He is the program director for education for the Hyde Family Foundation.

He's a Harvard graduate with a Master of Business Adminstration from Northwestern, where he also earned his law degree.

He's worked with Walt Disney Co. as a financial analyst, practiced corporate law with Kirkland & Ellis, and he then served as the interim executive officer of new schools for the Chicago Public Schools system. He returned to Memphis in 2011 to work with Hyde. 

The DMC new-president search committee lauded Patterson. One member said in the search they hoped to find current president Paul Morris' "twin brother" but, in Patterson, they believed they found "his cousin."  

"This guy loves Memphis; it's his hometown," Morris said. "He's lived in Los Angeles and Chicago and with his credentials, he could work anywhere in the world he wants to. He wants to make this place better and recognizes how important Downtown is to making Memphis better."

The recommendation will go before the entire DMC board next week.
 
The announcement comes after a months-long hunt to replace Morris. Morris has served a president for five years after serving as a volunteer member of the DMC board. He will leave at the end of the year to work for his father’s business, Jack Morris Auto Glass.

The DMC hired DHR International in its search for a new president. The Pittsburgh firm is responsible for finding Morris for the president’s position. 

Demolition Begins to Make Way for McDonald's on Highland

Posted By on Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 8:29 AM

It's the end of an era for the eastern side of the Highland Strip. The building that once housed Whatever, the Super Submarine Sandwich Shop, and the Southern Meat Market was leveled last week.

After some resistance from the surrounding community in 2013 when the proposal was initially filed, McDonald's, which is currently located at 657 S. Highland, will be relocated to the corner of Southern and Highland, right across the street. Initially, the issue surrounded how the fast-food restaurant would fit within the local neighborhood aesthetic and comply with the University District Overlay.

Since then, the issues were addressed, and the fast-food conglomerate was approved for its design a year ago last August: a wrap around drive-thru was scrapped for a double drive-thru in the back of the store, and the building is far closer to the sidewalk than originally planned.

The property was sold in March for $580,000, according to the Memphis Business Journal.

Gary Geiser, the owner of Whatever, said if the property had been up for sale, they would have purchased it.

"If we had even been notified that they were interested in selling it the property, we would've tried to buy it for sure," he said. "But we weren't notified."


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The property, which now belongs to McDonald's, has caused the collection of locally owned businesses previously located there to scatter. The corporation plans on the restaurant being completed by 2016. The current McDonald's will be leveled and sold as property.

"I think [the new McDonald's] is a really bad idea," Geiser said. "I think it's in a bad position. The train is always there. It'll give them good exposure, but getting in and out of there will be a real bear."

Originally, Whatever occupied a small corner of the building and expanded further into the property. They were forced to move to a space across the street at 555 S. Highland.

"We had a good run there," he said. "It was an interesting corner. We were across the tracks from the rest of the Highland Strip."

Since moving, however, sales have been up for Whatever. A second location opened on Madison Avenue, near Overton Square, and a third location in Cordova is opening in the coming weeks.

The Super Submarine Sub Shop moved to 3316 Summer Ave. The Southern Meat Market, after 114 years at the Highland location, moved to 3826 Park Ave.

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Man Taunts Cops on Facebook, Gets Arrested

Posted By on Fri, Sep 18, 2015 at 12:11 PM

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The man said "come get me" and Shelby County Sheriff's Office [SCSO] said "ask and you shall receive."

Last week, the SCSO posted photos on their Facebook page of the people they sought with domestic violence warrants. Included was Jonathan Mercer, who was wanted on a range of charges from theft, harassment, DUI, and, of course, domestic assault.

Mercer apparently saw his photo on Facebook and left a comment (as Patrick Mercer): "I'm in North Carolina. Come get me."

Well, they did.

"So we contacted our friends at the Iredell County Sheriff's Office in North Carolina, and asked if they would help us out, and help they did," said a Friday morning status on the SCSO's Facebook page. "Mercer is now in custody in (North Carolina) awaiting extradition back to Tennessee." 

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