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Schools may exceed capacity More portable classrooms on tap By Lela Garlington 901-529-2349

If all of Collierville’s public school students sign up to attend the town’s new municipal school district this fall, oicials say they will have to add more portable classrooms and require some teachers to loat between classrooms at Collierville High and Schilling Middle. “It’s going to tax the schools,” Supt. John Aitken said during this week’s school board meeting. But he stressed that the numbers do not take into account a potential agreement between Collierville and Germantown that could help ease overcrowding. Currently about 1,100 Collierville students attend schools in Germantown. An inter-local agreement could guarantee Collierville students who are already in Germantown schools places until their exit grade from elementary, middle or high school. If such an agreement isn’t reached, Collierville High could have as many as 2,869


Despite drizzle, almost 2,000 run in G’town Half Marathon, Mayor’s Cup 5K Runner Kristin Preuett (above) tries to stay dry under an umbrella Sunday before the start of the 16th annual Germantown Half Marathon. More than 1,800 runners braved rainy weather for the half-marathon and the 29th annual Mayor’s Cup 5K, which ran simultaneously. The races beneit the Special Olympics, and race oicials anticipated raising around $3,000 for the organization. Runners, including Koko Abdusalan (right, center) line up at the start line. SEE MARATHON RESULTS ON PAGE 8



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North Texas students ready to serve Team helps out at animal shelter over spring break By Lela Garlington 901-529-2349


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Had they not signed up for the alternative spring break trip, University of North Texas students could have been on the beaches of Padre Island and participating in the decades-old pastime of drunken debauchery. Instead a half-dozen students and a staf member are walking puppies, cleaning cages, organizing a storage area and learning more about animal behavior at the Collierville Animal Shelter. Another UNT group is volunteering at the Mid-South Food Bank. The weeklong volunteer work is through UNT’s Center for Leadership and Service. “We want to make them more

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PepsiCo plant on byhalia Road shuts down Slump in cola sales idles 60 workers By Wayne Risher 901-529-2874

PepsiCo Inc. shut down production at its Collierville bottling plant last Thursday, idling about 60 workers as the soft drink giant grapples with a long national slump in cola sales. The employees were sent home

after they arrived for work Thursday morning at the plant at 150 S. Byhalia Road, said Terry Lovan, president and business manager of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 984. About 100 employees on the distribution and sales side of the facility aren’t afected. PepsiCo’s closure follows the shutdown of facilities announced this year at Abilene, Texas; Dayton, Ohio; Roanoke, Va., and Salem, Ore. Despite the national contrac-

tion, Lovan said the shutdown came out of the blue. “The people reported to work this morning. They told them they were closing the production side,” Lovan said. “That’s the American way any more. Wake up in the morning, and you’re liable to not have a job.” Lovan said he received a formal notiication later last Thursday and scheduled a meeting with the company to ind out more. Collierville city oicials received a letter from Pepsi saying

the layofs include 12 salaried workers and 43 hourly workers. Mayor Stan Joyner said the letter indicated the closure was due to increased cost pressures and excess capacity. “We hate to see them go,” Joyner said. “They’ve been a great corporate citizen for the years that they’ve been here.” Pepsi spokeswoman Gina Anderson said, “We plan to close down production operations at our Collierville beverage facility efective immediately. Asso-

ciated work will move to other facilities within our system. This diicult decision was made with careful consideration and we’re committed to providing support to afected employees by ofering outplacement services. A majority of employees will remain at the Collierville facility.” It’s unclear where products sold in Greater Memphis would be made. Staf writer Lela Garlington of The Commercial Appeal contributed to this story.


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As part of the $109.3 million Interstate 40-240 interchange improvement project, Sam Cooper Boulevard was shut down to one lane eastbound last weekend. Westbound traic also is scheduled to be reduced to one lane this weekend.

ROADWORK AHEAD By Tom Charlier 901-529-2572

Jason Rasmussen all but said goodbye to Sam Cooper Boulevard last Saturday. On the irst day of a scheduled 18-month period of lane closures along the heavily traveled route in East Memphis, Rasmussen, 46, experienced few problems as eastbound traic was reduced to only one lane. But with heavier weekday traic expected to cause more congestion, and with westbound traic also set to be reduced to one lane this weekend, he plans to avoid Sam Cooper for quite a while. “I can drive around it,” Rasmussen said. “I wouldn’t want to try it on a Monday morning, that’s for sure.” The lane closures are needed to accommodate the renovation of the critical Interstate 40-240 interchange, which includes the widening and reconstruction of Sam Cooper just west of I-40. The interchange work also includes the construction of a 75-foot-high lyover ramp connecting eastbound I-40 with the north loop of the interstate, the completion of a westbound ramp to the north loop, and the replacement of the I-40 bridge over the Wolf River with a

initial sam Cooper lane closures pinch traic but major delays to come wider, seismically sound span. The $109.3 million contract for the project is the largest ever awarded by the Tennessee Department of Transportation. Last weekend, only the eastbound lane closures were in efect, as workers spent much of Saturday installing the concrete Jersey barriers used to separate traic. The closure extends more than a half-mile from near the White Station bridge over Sam Cooper to the Wolf River bridge on I-40. Although traic was relatively light, by early afternoon a queue of vehicles stretching west almost to Perkins had formed. Cars were moving steadily through the work zone, but some motorists chose to cross the median to make U-turns and avoid it. Sam Cooper, which carried an average of 73,000 vehicles daily in 2012, is an important commuting route connecting suburban areas with Midtown and Downtown Memphis.

TDOT spokeswoman Nichole Lawrence said the state will use its electronic Dynamic Message Boards to give motorists advance notice of the construction zone so they can seek alternative routes. “I think local people will igure it out — that they can go around it,” Lawrence said. Traic engineers for Memphis and Bartlett say they’re concerned that the construction will prompt so many motorists onto other roads that the timing of trafic lights might need to be reset. Streets such as Summer and Walnut Grove are likely to absorb most of the extra traic, they say. TDOT oicials say the contractor, Dement Construction Co. of Jackson, Tenn., has incentives in its contract to complete the irst-phase work early to allow the reopening of Sam Cooper lanes before the scheduled 18-month period is up. The entire interchange project is expected to be inished in about three and a half years. The interchange work got under way as another major project, the widening of I-240 between Poplar and Walnut Grove, was winding down. That project, which is a year behind schedule, now is expected to be completed by midsummer.

students. With that many students, oicials say, they would need between 10 and 15 portable classrooms. . With its current 1,947 students, Collierville High is using 97 percent of its building space — not counting its two existing portable classrooms. Schilling Farms Middle now has 988 students. That number could jump to 1,141 students in August. The middle school campus is at about 98.8 percent capacity now — not counting the school’s existing eight portable classrooms. With 1,100 or so students, it could be at 114 percent building capacity by August. The 40 people in the audience at the board meeting in Town Hall audibly groaned as they watched a PowerPoint presentation on two large video screens that showed projections for the high school numbers. Collierville parents will sign up their children during March 24, 25 and 27 early enrollment dates. “The early enrollment numbers will help us gauge what we can expect in August,” Aitken said. School oicials outlined how the eight schools could adapt in the event all the town’s children stay in the district. In addition to portable buildings and floating teachers, other suggestions that school consultant Mike Simpson mentioned included split shifts, reconiguring grade structures and leasing temporary space. Simpson said the district could expect to get a maximum of four portable buildings by Aug. 1. Previously, CHS has enrolled as many as 2,400 students by employing loating teachers, who transfer among classrooms not in use, and by using the existing two portable classrooms. School board member Kevin Vaughan said the school system will consider building another school within the next few years. School board chairman Mark Hansen said: “With good data, it will let the Board of Mayor and Aldermen know we’ve done our homework.”


Germantown Police report MARCH 9

■ Business in the 1200 block of S. Germantown road reported that money was missing from the register at 6:33 a.m. MARCH 10

■ Someone took the license plate of the victim’s vehicle in the 2800 block of mikeyair at 1:30 p.m. ■ oicers initiated a traic stop and arrested two male adults for possession of marijuana at Kirby parkway at poplar Avenue at 3:58 p.m. ■ oicers initiated a traic stop and arrested a male juvenile in possession of a handgun at poplar pike and hacks Cross at 11:10 p.m. ■ Victim reported that his adult son stole a pistol from his vehicle that he had borrowed in the 8300 block of Green Downs Cove at 1 p.m. ■ oicers obtained a warrant on an adult male after he violated his order granting bail after he was arrested previously for aggravated assault in the block of 8400 Creek Bridge Cove at 8:22 p.m. MARCH 11

■ oicers initiated a traic stop and arrested a male adult found in possession of marijuana at Germantown road and hospital Drive at 10:10 p.m. MARCH 12

■ Someone passed a counterfeit check at a business in the 2100 block of exeter at 2:50 p.m. ■ Someone passed a counterfeit check


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at a business in the 2000 block of exeter at 2:50 p.m. ■ Someone found a bicycle in the 3200 block of oak manor Drive at 2:57 p.m. ■ oicers initiated a traic stop and arrested a male adult found in possession of marijuana and prescription medication at poplar and poplar Woods Circle east at 4:19 p.m. ■ Someone took victim’s wallet and its contents from her purse in the 7800 block of poplar at 4:37 p.m. ■ Someone opened two new cellphone lines to the victim’s existing account in the 1300 block of Corsica Cove at 5:08 p.m. MARCH 13

■ Victim reported that her boyfriend threw a glass igurine at her during an argument in the 1900 block of Vienna Way at 12:01 a.m. ■ Someone iled a fraudulent tax return using the victim’s personal information in the 3000 block of honey Tree Drive at 8:45 a.m. ■ Someone iled a fraudulent tax return using the victim’s personal information in the 8100 block of eingham at 10:25 a.m. ■ Someone obtained the victim’s debit account number and made several fraudulent charges in the 7200 block of mimosa Drive at 5:55 p.m. ■ Two vehicles collided causing injuries at Kimbrough and Farmingdale at 8:41 a.m. ■ Two vehicles collided causing no injuries at hacks Cross and Cross Village

Drive at 2:36 p.m. ■ Two vehicles collided causing no injuries at West Street and poplar at 2:40 p.m. MARCH 14

■ Business reported money missing from the register in the 1200 block of S. Germantown road at 6:54 p.m. ■ Someone took the wrought iron horse head from the entrance of the subdivision in the 7700 block of hunters run Drive at 11:44 a.m. ■ Two female subjects took merchandise from the business without paying in the 1900 block of exeter at 3:38 p.m. ■ Two vehicles collided causing no injuries at Brierbrook road and Germantown road at 2:55 p.m. MARCH 15

■ Victim reported that someone took his cellphone and ipad in the 7600 block of poplar at 11:08 a.m. ■ Someone iled a fraudulent tax return using the victim’s personal information in the 9300 block of Williams Glen Cove at 2:18 p.m. ■ Someone scratched the victim’s vehicle in the 8700 block of Farmington at 3:08 p.m. ■ Female victim reported that she was involved in a physical altercation with her ex-roommate’s cousin in the 7600 block of Southern Avenue at 10:32 p.m. provided by the Germantown police Department

Collierville Animal Shelter. “I wish other shelters would take advantage of this,” said shelter director Nina Wingield. “We do reward them. I have lots of chocolate and cookies. We’re also buying them pizza,” she said. Wingield learned about the UNT program when another local private nonproit shelter turned a similar group down because it didn’t allow untrained volunteers near their animals. “I love it. We plan on projects that take a lot of time like cleaning out the shed and reorganizing it, or cleaning out the feral cat habitat,” Wingield said. Site leader Taylor Jones, who wants to be a veterinarian, assisted with surgery this week by doing the prep work. “When they operate on puppies, they sometimes hold their breath. I had to make sure they weren’t. It was very nerve wracking to me,” said Jones, 18. “You can’t replace the ield experience,” said sophomore Morgan Silva, who wants to be an animal behavior researcher. “This is much better than just reading about it.”

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Facilities to be replaced after study shows risk of collapse By Jennifer Pignolet 901-529-2372

Germantown will spend $929,000 to replace two aeration towers at one of its water treatment plants after a seismic study showed they would likely collapse during an earthquake. The project is the bigger of two public services projects the Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved last week, in addition to a $300,000 sewer repair. The two concrete aeration towers at the Southern Avenue facility stand 35 feet tall, 25 feet wide and

88 feet long and add oxygen to the water after it is pumped out of the aquifer. One of the towers is 35 years old and the other is 38 years old. Germantown public services director Bo Mills said aerating the water is what makes it smell and taste less like well water. If there were to be a major earthquake, he said, the ire department could still get water by bypassing the aeration step. But for longterm residential, it’s one of a few important features, along with adding chlorine and luoride. “Our water is that pure,” Mills said. “We’re very


Mike Sorensen (left), superintendent of water services, talks with public services director Bo Mills at one of the city’s two water treatment plants slated for a renovation.

blessed. We have to do very little treatment.” The seismic study was


Central Day School to close this year; church elders cite declining enrollment By Marlon W. Morgan 901-529-2792

Citing declining enrollment over the last five years, Central Day School in Collierville has announced it will close at the end of the school year. Five years ago, the school, which is housed at Central Church, 2005 Winchester, had 355 students enrolled in kindergarten through eighth grade. During the current school year, that number dipped to 228, said Central Church director of operations David Darnell. “Basically, we’re proud of the rich history that the school has had over the years,” Darnell said. “It’s a testament to our great, dedicated and gifted teachers. But unfortunately, the

elders have been faced with about ive years of declining enrollment and inancial issues. “Now with the municipal school systems coming in, the numbers made it such that the elders had to make the decision to close the school.” Darnell said the elders reached their decision early last week. The announcement was made to the faculty last Friday, and a letter was sent to parents. Lelita Jefers, a parent of two Central Day School children, said she was shocked when she received her letter in the mail. Her oldest son, Richmond, is an eighth-grader who has attended the school since kindergarten. He will go to Harding Academy next year. But she now must ind a school for her youngest,

Ryan, a second-grader. “I told my 9-year-old that his school was closing and he cried,” Jefers said. “He cried big tears because of his friends, his teachers. It was just heart-sickening for him. He’s thriving there. He’s doing so well in that school because the teachers care so much about their kids. They go above and beyond.” Jeffers said parents were given no indication the school was in inancial trouble. She said that some parents requested to meet with elders, but were sent a letter from the church attorney saying no such meeting would take place. Central Day School opened in August 1995 when Central Church was located in Hickory Hill. It employs 32 faculty and administrators, Darnell said.

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved the funding for the new designs March 10. The money will come out of reserve funds generated by customers’ water bills. Mills said work on the project will not begin until October. The two existing towers will be replaced with one, more eicient tower. One tower will need to stay in service while the main one is under construction. That will decrease the plant’s production level by half, from 12 million gallons a day to six million.

million project to renovate the main building of the water treatment plant and didn’t have the extra funding for the aeration towers. Last year, the city sought bids for the project, but the numbers came back higher than estimated and the city scratched the project. According to city documents, the lowest bid was 31 percent more than the city’s budget for the project, which at the time was proposed as a renovation instead of a reconstruction. “We redesigned a little bit,” Mills said. “We changed some of our thought processes.”

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Junior Beta Club Sara Pacer is in seventh grade at Schilling Farms Middle School.


Sara Pacer says her teachers inspire her SARA PACER More than 60 Schilling Farms Middle School students competed in the Junior Bet Club Convention. Schilling students won awards in 10 of the 21 categories.

Schilling students participate in convention By Marsha Nall Special to The Weekly

Schilling Farms Middle School students competed in the annual Junior Beta Club Convention in Nashville March 2-4. Students from about 140 Junior Beta clubs all across the state competed in various academic, performance, music, art and craft competitions. Schilling students won awards in 10 of the 21 categories in which they competed. Team competitions included awards for second place in Battle of the Books and ifth in Tower of Power. Individual awards went to Jessy Olatt for campaign speech, Natalie Estes for language arts, Ben May for math, Alice Zakharenko for acrylic painting and pencil sketch, Dani Cagna for color photography and Grace Capooth for pastels. Harrison Powell,

the state secretary from SFMS, presided over the third session of the convention, ending his year of duties and leadership training. Club sponsors, Barbara Toberman, Dr. Carol Brawner, Catelyn Maxwell, myself and ESL teacher Shelly Misenheimer accompanied the 68 students and 30 parent chaperones to the convention. Parents Trina Blankenship, Anjelica Merkle and Laura Capooth worked for months preparing the team competitions for Tower of Power, Living Literature and Battle of the Books. Approximately 30 students under the supervision of Merkle and Maxwell prepared a scene from Tarzan of the Apes while students painted canvas backgrounds and the boat which abandoned Tarzan’s parents on the African coast with costumed students posing like wax igures frozen in the scene. Toberman prepared 40 students to compete in Songfest with lyrics written by Emma Stopher. Toberman also organized students, backdrops and costumes in Jessy Olatt’s campaign skit for state president. This was Schilling’s seventh year to com-

pete. Olatt ran for state president with the theme “Jessy O is the way to go” based on a Wizard of Oz theme. In the Tower of Power competition, students had to build the tallest tower that can hold a tennis ball using 150 straws, a roll of masking tape and scissors. The coach was Trina Blankenship and the group members were Tyler Blankenship, Nicolas Brockman, Claire Thomas, Brianna Barrentine, Josh Thompson; alternates: Divya Dwarampudi, Sahithi Kundavajjala. In the Battle of the Books, students had to answer any questions regarding 12 assigned books in a knowledge bowl setting. The coach was Laura Capooth and team members were Grace Capooth, Sara Pacer, Shreya Varrier, Anjali Padiyar. The Quiz Bowl team coach was Carol Brawner and team members were Adu Menon, Mohammed Hyder, Isha Sahasrabudhe, Aby Binu, Sri Choudannavar and Ziven Noorani. Marsha Nall is an eighth-grade teacher at Schilling Farms Middle School.

ally knew that teaching was “my thing.”


When did you know you wanted to be a teacher?

Favorite movies, songs, TV show:

Movies: The Book Thief and Pink Panther; songs: “Wanted” and “I Want Crazy” by Hunter Hayes “Roar” by Katy Perry and “Blown Away” by Carrie Underwood; TV show: The Voice What do you do for fun: Running through cross country or track, drawing, tennis, gymnastics, violin, spending time with friends and family, going to Auburn football games. What is the best part of your school: My teachers. The way they

make it fun to learn and inspire me to fulill my dreams just amazes me. If you could meet a famous person, who would it be? Gabby Douglass.

Not only did she win the gymnastics all-around gold medal at the 2012 Olympics, she inspired kids everywhere, including me, by showing them that through hard work, faith and dedication, anything is possible.

you have any teaching inQ Do spirations?

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the student teaching and observations, but until I worked as a long-term substitute at a junior high school, that is when I re-

If you hadn’t become a teacher, what do you think you would you be doing?



Mathcounts team members from Memphis University School put on their game faces as they headed to the regional middle school math tournament at the Herf College of Engineering at University of Memphis. Team members are (from left) Ethan Hurst of Germantown, Loyal Murphy, Jet Tan, Jackson Howell, Jacob Webb, Rick Reinhard, Akaash Padmanabha, Jackson Moody and Chang Yu of Collierville. The team of Ethan Hurst of Germantown and Jacob Webb and Chang Yu of Collierville inished irst in both rounds that day. They will join with three team members from White Station Middle School and one mathlete from Lausanne Collegiate School to form the Memphis Mathcounts Team and compete in Nashville Saturday for the state title.

Do you know an outstanding student you’d like to see featured? E-mail Matt Woo at

I can’t really imagine doing anything else! I really enjoy challenging students and making them think beyond the answer.


do you like most about students inspire me — I Q What A The What is the last book you your school? love being able to explain What a wonderful faculty to something they do not under- Q read? A

work with — teachers and administrators both are so helpful and supportive.

best thing about being a kid is that it’s OK to make mistakes. You don’t have to be perfect like adults try to be. Favorite subject: Math

kids the freedom to sit wherever they want in the cafeteria. Plans/goals for the future: I hope to remain a straight-A student and keep my studies at a high priority. I plan to graduate high school and go on to college where I hope to study to become a pediatrician.

Job as long-term sub helped Shannon Dorris discover teaching was ‘my thing’ Schilling Farms Middle School, seventh-grade enriched mathematics

Age: 12 Best thing about being a kid: The

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Not everyone is a Stephen King fan (I am!) but I highly recommend to even the nonKing fans “Under the Dome” and “11/22/63.”


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CALENDAR April 18: Good Friday holiday May 21-22: Semester exams May 23: Last day of school for students Complete Shelby County Schools calendar available at www.scsk12. org/uf/calendar/iles/2013-14_Instructional_Calendar.pdf


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Memphis University School celebrated 25 new inductees and 10 current Cum Laude Society members during a reception. Among the 35 students honored were Germantown residents Alec Carro, Hayden Combs, Andy Sorensen, Matthew Gayoso, Jack Gray, Salman Haque, Ashish Kumar, Nick Schwartz, Aditya Shah, Azeez Shala, Hamid Shirwany and Zain Virk. Modeled on Phi Beta Kappa at the collegiate level, the Cum Laude Society is the highest academic honor students in a secondary school can achieve.

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School receives national recognition

Students honored by National Merit Organization

By Sharon Masterson Special to The Weekly

St. Benedict at Auburndale High School principal Sondra Morris was recently notiied that the school was one of ive recipients in the nation receiving the annual Charity & Social Service Honor presented by the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. The school submitted a student-produced video to the Memphis Diocese describing the many ways and programs they provide service to the greater community. The video presented to the local diocese for submission was chosen to be the Memphis representative in the competition. From there, the Basilica selected the Memphis video as one of the ive to be honored. Senior Chris Schuhlein of Germantown, who played an integral part in the production of the video, will represent the school and Diocese at the March 29 ceremonies in Washington at the National Shrine. St. Benedict based the video on the school’s Benedictine charism of “pray and work.” The students were congratulated by Memphis Catholic Diocese Bishop J. Terry Steib by video, wherein he praised all the SBA Eagles in “The Nest,” for their service and this recent accomplishment. The Bishop granted the students a day of from school on Easter. Superintendent of Catholic Schools Janet Donato thanked the students for their hundreds of hours service each year and for taking the time to produce the video to bring recognition to the Diocese and the school. St. Benedict’s video may be found on the National Shrine’s website at Click on “News & Events” and then “Honors Program” for a list of honorees and a link to the videos on YouTube.

DeAnte Spencer is one of 30 members of Houston High’s drum line performing “It’s Hip to be Square” at the school’s annual Colorfest competition.

By Mylissa Horrocks Special to The Weekly


Drum line performs ‘It’s Hip to be Square’ at Colorfest By Monty Crosby Special to The Weekly

Houston High A Drumline performed “It’s Hip to be Square” at the school’s Colorfest competition, an indoor band competition hosted annually by the Houston Band Indoor Drumlines and Color Guards. The competition was attended by schools in the Memphis area. The Houston High School Indoor Drumline participates in local, regional and national competitions as a member of Winter Guard International. They have twice been a World Championship inalist. The auditioned group has 30 members made up of the marching band drum line. The group travels extensively in the spring and is under the direction of

Isaiah Rowser. Houston drum line will conclude its 2014 competitive season with performances at Arlington on Saturday and University of Memphis on March 29. This year’s irst place winners at Colorfest were Class A Percussion, Desoto Central High School; Concert Percussion, Northpoint Christian School, Germantown Middle School and St. George’s Elementary Gryphon Brigade; and Class A Winterguard, Desoto Central High School and Houston Middle School. Led by director Jim Smith and assistant director, Spencer Nesvick, the Houston Band leads the state with the most student musicians chosen for any All-District clinic in Tennessee. Additionally, the Houston Band

Wind Ensemble was selected through audition to perform at the upcoming Tennessee Music Educators’ Conference at the Cannon Center in April. The top two concert ensembles at Houston High School, Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, will perform on stage in Carnegie Hall, New York City’s most prestigious venue April 13. Monty Crosby is the publicist for Houston High School.

Five ECS seniors were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Organization, and of those ive, two students enter the inal round. ECS has a long-standing history of Merit scholars. Since 2008, nine ECS seniors have been awarded National Merit Finalist status. Another 18 students have been recognized as Achievement or Commended Scholars. Alexander Spanopoulos of Germantown and Daniel Shute have been recognized as 2013-2014 National Merit Finalists in the program, which awards more than $35 million in funds for higher education. Commended students are Bryson Beaver and Bethany Beckham of Germantown and Reagan Arnwine of Memphis. Both Spanopoulos and Shute have attended ECS since kindergarten. ECS Ridgelake first grade teacher, Susan Robinson,

taught both boys in the 2002-2003 school year. “It has been such a joy to watch Alexander Alexander and Daniel Spanopoulos grow into wise young leaders,” Robinson says. “I consider it a privilege to have had them in my classroom as youngsters and to watch their achievements as they have moved through their years at ECS.” The 2013-2014 school year is the 59th year of the program which honors academically talented high school seniors and enters them in a challenge to win one of 8,000 National Merit Scholarship awards. This year’s Merit Scholarship winners will be announced between April and July. They will join more than 300,000 other students who have earned the National Merit Scholar title. Mylissa Horrocks is the ECS communications writer.

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DRESSED BY DESIGN Custom-designed bridal gowns, new ilm series add to Memphis Fashion Week glamour By Barbara Bradley Special to The Commercial Appeal


ost designers are introverts, says Russian-born wedding gown creator Olia Zavozina. They’d rather sketch and let the sales folks deal with customers. So some brides-to-be have been surprised to ind themselves sitting down with Zavozina herself at her store in Nashville as she sketched out a design inspired by the bride’s own personality and desires. Brides can have a dress created for them or choose an existing design, the new spring ones to be shown as part of Memphis Fashion Week, two days of runway shows March 28-29 at Annesdale Mansion and General DeWitt Spain Airport as well as surrounding events.

Zavozina’s collection will be well showcased March 28 at the renovated Midtown mansion, now a popular wedding venue, along with the collections of Byron Lars, Waverly Gray and former Memphian Annie Griin. New York designer Hilton Hollis will return for his second Memphis Fashion Week appearance March 29 at DeWitt Spain. Also showing will be former Memphian Ellis Dixon with her new line Fluid Sunwear, and 15 winners of the Emerging Memphis Designer Project. This year’s event expands with an indie ilm series, fashion-related documentaries shown on three nights this month, as well as a Memphis Fashion Fund Party to support programs such as Emerging Memphis Designer Project, which cultivates local designers and artists in the fashion industry. Last year’s irst- and second-place project winners, Tara Skelley and Star Hawks, will be back with new fashions. Dixon, who now lives in Lisbon, Portugal, will bring the line she started last year of mostly 1950s-inspired made-to-measure swimwear. The globe-trotting Dixon said by email that Portugal was “a great place to be inspired by the weather, the sea and the sights.” Plus it lets her stay close to European fashion trends. Dixon’s swimsuits, available in a choice of fabrics, are made in Los Angeles and sold online at Freeze models will show the work of two locally designed jewelry lines, Becca Belz and Brave Design, as well as eyewear from Eclectic Eye. VIP tickets for Memphis Fashion Week are almost sold out, said director Abby Phillips, but there are plenty of general admission seats. Last year about 350 people attended both nights, and she expects the same this year. One of the headliners is Zavozina, whose gowns are sold in boutiques nationwide and at select Nordstrom Wedding Suites, and whose work has

Former Memphian Ellis Dixon will show her line of Fluid Sunwear swimsuits at Memphis Fashion Week.

Olia Zavozina, who moved to Nashville from Russia to attend college, married and established her bridal gown design business there, is on the road frequently with her line but likes to have personal contact with the brides-to-be as her staf creates made-to-measure bridal gowns.


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Olia Zavozina’s collection, such as her Emma design, will be showcased during Memphis Fashion Week. The Russia native designer has a store in Nashville and creates made-tomeasure bridal gowns. Fluid Sunwear made-to-measure swimsuits by former Memphian Ellis Dixon, who will show her line at Memphis Fashion Week

been featured in People Magazine, on “Good Morning America,” in “Martha Stewart Weddings.” The line got a little star-power boost in the March issue of Southern Living magazine. A bonus section featured Hayden Panettiere, star of ABC’s hit series “Nashville,” wearing a blush-toned, high-low hemmed gown by Zavozina. The designer came to America in 2003 by way of Tyumen in Siberia, where she was studying to be a translator in the area of world economy and inance, she said. She was visiting the South to perfect her English, but ended up inishing her degree at what is now Welch College in Nashville and marrying a Nashville native. Sewing and designing since she was a child, she launched her design career in this country through the Nashville Fashion Group, starting with custom jackets and later cocktail

dresses sold in Nashville stores, and moved on to wedding gowns in 2008. She now creates about 500 designs a year sold at stores all over, including Maggie Louise Bridal in Collierville. Brides-to-be may work with one of her stylists, choose from the entire line at the Nashville store at Edgehill Village, and receive a dress that is made for their measurements. Modiications including fabric choice, neckline and hem, are free she said. The cost generally runs $2,000 to $4,000. But Zavozina enjoys designing for individual brides whenever she isn’t away traveling with her line. “I like to get to know the bride, and I know it makes a diference,” she said. “It’s so creative, and I grow as a designer.” So often have the brides inspired her designs that many dresses in her collection are named after them. Women often come in with pictures

Memphis Fashion Week returns with three days of events featuring six spring and summer designer collections and appearances by designers olia Zavozina and hilton hollis. ■ Collections by Zavozina, byron lars, Annie Griin and Waverly Grey will be shown, along with brave Design jewelry and eyewear from eclectic eye, at 8 p.m. March 28 at the Annesdale Mansion, 1325 lamar. ■ hollis, Fluid Sunwear by ellis Dixon, and the work of the emerging Memphis Designer Project winners, along with becca belz jewelry, will be shown starting at 8 p.m. March 29 at Gen. DeWitt Spain Airport. ■ other events include Gossett ViP Preview Party on March 26 at Wiseacre brewing Co. for ViP ticketholders; Memphis Fashion Fund Party, 6-9 p.m. March 27 at Madewell in Saddle Creek; Shop the Designs at local boutiques, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 29; and a fashion ilm series at 7 p.m. March 18 and March 25 at Malco Studio on the Square. Tickets are $50 general admission each night for the runway shows or $150 ViP for the weekend. Get more information and buy tickets at Follow on Twitter at @memfashionweek.

of gowns they like, said Zavozina. But she gets more help by simply asking them: “How do you want to feel like on your wedding day?” They may say they want to feel sexy, elegant, comfortable, etc. Then she knows a lot, she said. Zavozina said stark white is out as a wedding gown trend, with women favoring instead an often more lattering ivory or blush (closer to a taupe than to pink), light blue or platinum gray. Southern brides from Memphis as well as Nashville gravitate toward traditional lace gowns, she said, but favor itted styles over the Southern belle ballgown.

Parker launches long-awaited shoe line at Nordstrom By Nicole Brodeur Seattle Times

SEATTLE — She’s tiny. Can barely inish a plate of berries. She’s left-handed. Says things like “No. Way.” And to every person who approached her at the downtown Nordstrom shoe department earlier this month, she extended a hand. “I’m Sarah Jessica,” she said. “Very nice to meet you.” “Sex and the City” went of the air 10 years ago, but it doesn’t matter to fans of the show and its star, Sarah Jessica Parker. They still watch it in syndication and have locked to two big-screen ilms.

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“Sex and the City” star Sarah Jessica Parker talks about her new line of shoes at a Nordstrom store in Seattle.

And they lined up for hours March 5 to spend an average of $300 on a pair of shoes designed

by Parker and Manolo Blahnik CEO George Malkemus III. “It was all about the

single sole, and no platform, no heavy shoe,” said Malkemus, who is accompanying Parker on a tour of Nordstrom stores, the only retailer to carry the SJP Collection. Parker has been approached by many designers about a shoe line over the years, but she always dreamed of working with Malkemus. Friends urged her to call him one afternoon last year. “She was my dream,” Malkemus said of Parker’s request that he collaborate. “It was a perfect dream.” After a year, the line was inished: 25 styles, all made in Italy, which start at $195 for the Billie suede lat and go to $485 for the

Alison bootie. The line includes three handbags that sell for $245 to $375 and a “Manhattan” grosgraintrim skirted trenchcoat in blue or beige, which sells for $495. Each shoe has a grosgrain ribbon up the back, a remembrance of the ribbons Parker used to wear in her hair — and iron — as a child. Parker named all the shoes for fashion icons, family members and friends. Perhaps the most iconic is a T-strap heel called Carrie, which comes in black, but also purple and green — choices Parker has called “subversive.” “We always thought that it was always going

to be the shoe I loved the most,” Parker said. And is it? “I don’t know if that’s the truth. I can’t compare them to my children (James Wilkie, 11; and twins Marion and Tabitha, 4). They would wring my neck if I compared the shoes to my children. “It’s that feminine, ladylike thing, but there’s something kind of naughty and irrepressible and inappropriate.” As for the legacy of the character it’s named for, and “Sex and the City”? “I don’t know what the legacy is. I think I am illequipped to answer that. That is one of the questions that I feel other people should answer.”

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1. Scott McNeil, 1:15:00.64. 2. Michael Kelly, 1:26:53.01. 3. David Haskins, 1:26:58.25. GRANDMASTERS

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1. Graham Farnsworth, 16:49.78. 2. Ben Knoernschild, 17:56.08. 3. Derek Morgan, 17:57.07. MASTERS


Runners head out from the start line for both the 29th annual Mayor’s Cup 5k and the 16th annual Germantown Half Marathon. More than 1,800 runners braved rainy weather to participate in the two races which benefit the Special Olympics. Organizers anticipate raising around $3,000 for the Special Olympics.

1. David Zucker, 18:38.61. 2. William Flaherty, 19:25.50. 3. Robert Wilson, 19:45.03. GRANDMASTERS

1. Johnny Pitts, 21:54.40. 2. Jim Sammons, 23:06.18. 3. Dave Howry, 24:51.66. AGE GROUP WINNERS

9-UNDER: Connor Weaks, 22:11.22. 10-14: Reagan Ballard, 18:58.43. 15-19: Christopher Walls, 20:29.79. 20-24: Andrew Hahn, 18:57.12. 25-29: Seth King, 21:43.89. 30-34: Dale Sanford, 19:31.70. 35-39: Brian Reese, 18:27.54. 40-44: Frank Alvarado, 20:59.19. 45-49: Bruce Keisling, 19:56.82. 50-54: Clyde Nelson, 25:09.92. 55-59: Robert Riesenbeck,


Ben Knoernschild (right) and Derek Morgan placed second and third overall in the Mayor’s Cup 5k.


Patrick Cheptoek won the half marathon in 1:06:49.27. 27:43.81. 60-64: Bob Leopold, 25:35.28. 65-69: Bob Teutsch, 26:47.29. 70-74: Jon Enemark, 1:06:29.73.

75-OVER: George Allen, 42:03.21. WOMEN OVERALL

1. Caroline Blatti, 19:51.37. 2. Emily Farnsworth, 20:40.25. 3. Aida Wiese, 21:53.12. MASTERS

1. Joelle Goan, 26:39.04. 2. Suzanne Ward, 26:53. 43. 3. Chanel Alnasan, 27:44.49.

Bonita Paul of Bowling Green, Ky., was second female overall finisher in the half marathon. She ran the 13.1 miles in 1:19:39.97. She was only 20 seconds behind race winner Marion Kandie.


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Bartlett High School Career-Technical

About Academic All-Stars

Jacob, a senior, is a top student who is taking courses to prepare for a career in pharmacology. He currently ranks seventh in a class of 325 seniors and hold a 4.31 weighted grade point average. He is active with HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) and plans to compete in its competition this spring with a project focusing on pharmacology. He is a strong health science student, having taken challenging Honors and AP courses throughout high school. In addition, Jacob is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, National Spanish Honor Society, ACT 30+ Club and Honor Roll. He is a four-year member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and four-year member of the baseball team. He participated in the Infinity Club, where he assisted students with special needs. As a member of the Pep Club, he led pep rallies during football season. Jacob gives of his time to the community by volunteering for the Bartlett baseball camp and for his church’s Vacation Bible School. He also assists with the Bellamy Basket project for the needy and does yard work for the elderly.

Mallory McAlister Lewisburg High School Career-Technical Mallory, a senior, is an honor student who loves science and children. She holds a 3.9 weighted grade point average while pursuing her dream to become a neonatal nurse. She has committed herself to the DeSoto Career and Technical Center’s special two-year health sciences program. As a second year student, she attends practicals at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto where she observes and assists with medical duties. She rotates between charting, surgeries, ICU and Labor & Delivery. In addition, Mallory has a love of art and won a Gold Key at the Mid-South Scholastic Art Contest. She also won “Best Drawing” at the Mid-South Fair. She took AP Studio Drawing last year. She is involved in the Interact Club and Beta Club. As a leader, she sets a positive example by displaying good character and a positive attitude. Mallory is very involved with her church youth group. She teaches Vacation Bible School and occasionally conducts worship services at nursing homes. She bakes for the elderly at her church. She also participates in the walk to end Alzheimer’s each year.

Matthew Johnson Lausanne Collegiate School Career-Technical Matthew, a senior, is an accomplished student who has a passion for all things “mechanical.” He holds a 4.14 weighted grade point average and scored 33 on the ACT with a perfect 36 on the English portion of the test. He has been named a National Merit Commended Student. As a youngster, he enjoyed dismantling electric toys and components just to see how they worked and how they were designed. His interests evolved until he found himself learning about the inner workings of automobiles, sound components, robotics and demolition. An Eagle Scout, Matthew built two subwoofer loudspeakers for his church as his Eagle project. He also started his own yard and landscaping company called “The Motivated Teen.” He used money from this business to fund numerous modifications to his 2006 Subaru Forester. He was the co-head of engineering on the Robotics Team this year. He also was a videographer for the school’s broadcast network, “Lynx Live.” In addition, Matthew has been a school Ambassador/Diplomat since freshman year. He is a member of the National Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society. He volunteers for MIFA and teachers leadership skills with the Bridge Builders program.

Justin Lynch Briarcrest Christian School Career-Technical Justin, a senior, is an outstanding student, leader and technical producer. He holds a 4.31 weighted grade point average and scored 33 on the ACT with a near-perfect 35 on the Science portion of the test. He was part of the Development Team for the Briarcrest Broadcast Network (BBN). He now is the Technical Director and Producer for BBN. More than 32,000 people watched Briarcrest sporting events online last year. Justin has been involved in all aspects of audio and visual production in the theatre department. He runs the video camera at basketball games and runs the live computer feed for football games. A natural leader, Justin has a calm, yet assertive demeanor. He has received the Joseph A. Clayton Award twice and the Great Works of the Heart Award twice. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Latin Club, Key Club and the National Thespian Society. An Eagle Scout, Justin built and installed mileage markers for the school’s Cross Country team for his Eagle project. He was selected as crew leader on a 70 mile hike at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico last summer.

Demayah Killebrew Central High School Career-Technical Demayah, a senior, is a talented and hard-working student who is pursuing the university and career-technical paths to graduation. She currently is completing her third year of cosmetology and will meet the requirements to sit for Tennessee’s Cosmetologist Licensing Exam. To achieve this goal, she has enrolled in online classes outside of the regular school day, adding one more challenge to a hectic senior year schedule. One of Demayah’s proudest accomplishments was being chosen by a prestigious dance academy in Canada to attend an intensive two-week residential ballet program. At the camp, she had the opportunity to refine her craft by working with some of the best teachers in the business. Despite a busy academic and dance schedule, Demayah has made time for the Bridge Builders program, which helped her build “self-confidence” and “character.” Demayah also is active in the community. She has volunteered at the Children’s Museum and for Her Faith Ministry, where she helped prepare lunches. She also volunteers with Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church.

Maxwell Cherry Munford High School Career-Technical Maxwell, a senior, is a disciplined student and leader. He holds a 3.82 grade point average and scored 35 on the ACT. He is committed to both the FFA (Future Farmers of America) and FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America). He is the FFA chapter treasurer and Chairman of the State Runner-up Parliamentary Procedure Team. In FBLA, he is the chapter vicepresident and regularly competes in competitions at the regional and state levels. His commitment to excellence and his leadership motivate his classmates to get involved and to participate in school organizations. A member of the National Honor Society, Maxwell has earned the Academic Achievement Award all four years of high school. He received the Outstanding ACT Award, TSSAA Student-Athlete Award of Merit and TSSAA Distinguished Scholastic Achievement Award. He also is team captain for the varsity soccer team. Maxwell makes a difference in the community through his volunteer work with his church. He is a youth group memberand volunteer. He also volunteers with the Mid-South Food Bank and with World Changers, a part of the Tennessee Restoration Service Project.

Madeleine Murphy Brighton High School Career-Technical Madeleine, a senior, is a top agricultural student who plans to pursue a career in Veterinary Health Technology. She holds a 3.745 grade point average and scored 25 on the ACT. She has earned an ‘A’ average in all of her agricultural classes including Principles of Agricultural Science, Leadership Communications, Dual Enrollment Horse Science and Dual Enrollment Veterinary Science. As a senior, Madeleine is enrolled in Advanced Principles of Agriculture, Forestry Management and Livestock Management and holds a 98 average or above. She was selected for the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Agricultural Sciences. A determined student, Madeleine has received the Cardinal Academic Excellence Award the past two years. She has been honored as “Underclassman of the Month.” She is president of FFA (Future Farmers of America), where she earned a FFA Green Hand Degree and Chapter Degree. She was a breeding sheep exhibitor and participated on the Parliamentary Procedure Team. Within the community, Madeleine is a member of the Tipton County Junior Livestock Association. She volunteers at a Memphis soup kitchen, Mid-South Food Bank and her church’s Vacation Bible School.

Now in its 8th year, the Academic All-Stars program identiies and recognizes high school students in the Memphis metro area for their excellence in academics, leadership and community service. Each week during the school year, six to seven Academic All-Stars are proiled in The Commercial Appeal. Winners are selected by geographic areas that include Bartlett, Cordova, Fayette County, Germantown, Collierville, DeSoto County, Millington, Tipton County, Whitehaven, South Memphis, East Memphis, Midtown and Downtown Memphis. There are 10 categories of achievement: Art, Drama & Speech, English & Literature, Foreign Language, General Scholarship, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Sciences & History, and Career-Technical. The Commercial Appeal compiles the nominations submitted by schools. Representatives from area universities judge the student resumes and select the award recipients. For more information, call or email Mary Lou Brown, Community Relations Manager for The Commercial Appeal at 901-529-2508 or




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Area schools loaded with talented teams By Pete Wickham Special to The Weekly

Collierville brought home its irst state AAA baseball championship last May, a year after Arlington did the same thing. As good as the baseball is in Shelby County, know how rare that is? One has to back nearly 20 years for back-to-back area state AAA champions — Germantown (1995) and Houston (1996). So 2014 could be a watershed year. The chance exists for the area to have its irst AAA three-peat, and Collierville coach Jef Hopkins knows there’s no shortage of candidates. “Bartlett might have its best team in 3-4 years. Houston’s outstanding. Arlington is strong,â€? Hopkins said, “and Dyer County (which also went to state last year) has four arms already signed by colleges for next year. The deal is, we could be really, really good this year ‌ and stay home.â€? A year ago, the pitching of Brandon Hicks (now at Murray St.) and Peyton Sanderlin (CBU) carried the Dragons to a 34-12 record. This year, the ace will be last year’s closer, senior righty Bradley Crain (3-1, 4 saves). Peyton Culbertson, 6-1 as a sophomore will be back as will junior Alex Hicks. The lineup is filled with veterans like threeyear starting SS Brandon Montgomery (.299, 19 steals), headed to UMemphis, junior irst baseman Parker Phillips, who made the All-State team with six homers last year, powerhitting CF Grayson Moye, also a three-year stater, and catcher Cody Young (.346) and 2B-P Kyle Dailey (.304). “The key to our success is if our pitching develops,â€? said Hopkins, whose team got of to a 3-3 start, “but if they develop like I think they will, we could be outstanding when May rolls around.â€? Houston (30-15) was denied a trip to Murfreesboro by a 1-0 defeat against Dyer County in the sectional. The Mustangs return some veterans with senior OF Logan Blackfan (a Southern Illinois signee), 1B-P Jake Greer (Samford), OF-turned-SS Wes Rober-


Collierville High’s softball team took second place at the Brentwood Classic by going 5-2 overall. The Dragons were led with strong hitting by lead-of batter Hannah Oliver and by Bayleigh Wisher. Against Brentwood, Wisher hit a “walk-of� grand slam against the tournament host Brentwood. Wisher and Kelsey Gross led the Dragons to the championship game with their pitching. JIM WEBER/THE COMMERCIAL APPEAL FILE PHOTO

Parker Phillips (right) provides home run power for Collierville. Phillips hit 6 home runs last season, including one at state.

son (Gulf Coast CC), leadof man Walker Lamberth and catcher Cullen Lynd. Sophomore CF Ayrton Schaefer (.400) impressed at the plate as a freshman starter while 3B Jack Kenley held his own with the glove as a rookie. “You can tell the diference this year by the way they walk around,â€? McCarter said. “They feel like they belong now.â€? Pitching will tell a lot of the tale with senior Bryan Waldrop and juniors Walter Rook, Connor Hayman and Jack Rude (7-0 as a sophomore) in the rotation. Junior Niko Warmus and senior Joey Reed will come out of the bullpen. McCartrer, whose team got of to a 5-1 start, agrees with Hopkins that “you get out of the area you have a real shot at winning state ‌ the hardest part is getting there.â€? Casey Callaway’s Germantown squad went 19-17 last year, fell in the districts and have some big holes to ill, notably at catcher where junior Cullen Ray replaces longtime team leader Ridge Smith, now at Austin Peay. “Cullen got bigger and stronger over the ofseason and should be a stronger hitter this year,â€? said Callaway, whose Red Devils have started the season 3-3. Senior Joseph Rodgers could play three inield spots during the season, and Callaway said, “you’ll see that with several players on the roster.â€? Chris Little will be back in RF, while sophomore Dacoda Stone moves to center as a replacement for Doug Collins, an Air Force Academy signee who will miss the season

after shoulder surgery. Junior RHP Chris Howell (6-3) will anchor the rotation. Preston Collins, a sophomore lefty, is one to watch. Briarcrest coach Kevin Sneathern’s team went 1021 last year. He sees better days ahead with a group of seven seniors, a promising JV squad in the wings and the return of junior OF Bond Watson, who played last year at Marshall Academy. “Bond has a big time arm, and adds a big bat to our lineup,â€? Sneathern said. Matt Cunningham will be the staf ace this year. Second-baseman Paxton Pearson has signed with Illinois-Springfield, and Cort Satterield is back at third. A pair of juniors, SS Ben Ellis and 1B David Foster draw raves from their coach. “I expect big things from them ‌ and I hear from several colleges a day asking about those the juniors.â€? For this year, however, he admits “were just hoping to close the gap.â€? St. George’s returns only three starters, led by junior P-IF Connor Green, the ace of the rotation, senior OF William Brown and junior Davis Baty, who will split the catching duties with sophomore Judson Scott. “So far the young guys are doing what they’re supposed to do,â€? coach Buzz Walthall said. “The pitching has been a big surprise, and Connor’s a real front-line type of arm. Our defense has been good, but we’re not a power team at the plate. We’re going to have to manufacture runs.â€?

The St. Louis sixth-grade girls basketball team won the PAA champion for the second consecutive year. Winning team members are Lily Manuel (front, left), Britt Andreini, Sarah Moran of Germantown, Amelia Hinton of Germantown, Mary Helen Weirich, Sarah Grace Wingield; coach Danny Andreini (back), Lucia Garafa of Germantown, Laney Skinner of Collierville, Kailtyn Broughton, Sarah Reno, Jenni Grace Wolbrecht of Germantown and coach Jim Broughton.




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Memphis’ NCAA South Region is loaded Top name teams could be at Forum By Zack McMillin 901-300-9225

If the top four seeds in the NCAA tournament’s South Region advance in this week’s second- and third-round games, it will be tough for any Sweet 16 site to match the ield that would be headed to Memphis’ FedExForum March 27, at least in terms of name recognition and past tournament achievement.

And if those top four seeds — No. 1 Florida (31-2), No. 2 Kansas (24-9), No. 3 Syracuse (27-5) and No. 4 UCLA (26-8) — do falter, the most likely “upsets” would come from No. 5 VCU (26-7) or No. 6 Ohio State (25-9), teams with big tournament success in the recent past. Over the last 11 years, all six of those teams have made a Final Four, ive have made the championship game and three have won the title. During this regular season, two of those teams held the No. 1 ranking for consecutive weeks (Florida and Syracuse), another

(Kansas) rose as high as No. 2 and another (Ohio State) held the No. 3 ranking for several weeks. Florida earned the tournament’s overall No. 1 ranking after going 18-0 in the Southeastern Conference regular season and winning the SEC tournament on Sunday. The Gators, who won back-to-back titles in 2006-07, start four seniors and have ive players averaging between nine and 14 points, led by senior swingman Casey Prather and senior point guard Scottie Wilbekin. Kansas, of course, won that 2008 national title game at Mem-

phis’ expense, and also features former Memphis Tiger big man Tarik Black, pressed into the starting rotation because of a back injury to Joel Embiid. Kansas is led by likely NBA lottery pick Andrew Wiggins, who averages 17 points. Syracuse, which made the Final Four last year and won the 2003 title (beating Kansas), was the nation’s top team after starting 25-0 but lost ive of its inal seven games. Four players average 12 or more points for Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim, with C.J. Fair leading the way with 16.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per

game. UCLA, under irst-year coach Steve Alford (who won a national title as a player at Indiana), just defeated Arizona for the Pac-12 tournament title in Las Vegas, behind 21 points and 15 rebounds from Kyle Anderson. UCLA’s irst opponent? Tulsa, whose coach, Danny Manning, won the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player award in 1988 at Kansas, the year after Alford was MOP for Indiana. The South Region semiinals will be March 27 and the inal will be March 29. For tickets call (800) 745-3000 or visit NCAA. com/mbbtickets.

Judgment time


Memphis forward Shaq Goodwin (middle) has failed to score in double figures in the Tigers’ last four games, a trend that will have to end if the U of M is going to advance in the tournament.

Jackson, Goodwin keys to tourney By Jason Smith 901-529-5804


Memphis head men’s basketball coach Josh Pastner is excited to lead his Tigers into Friday’s NCAA second-round tournament game against George Washington. The Tigers will play the Colonials at 5:55 p.m. CDT in Raleigh, N.C.

Pastner knows year will be measured by tournament success By Jason Smith 901-529-5804

When University of Memphis coach Josh Pastner saw American Athletic Conference tournament champion Louisville on the No. 4 line during last Sunday’s NCAA tournament Selection Show, he knew the Tigers wouldn’t be seeded as highly as he hoped. Louisville, Pastner said, had looked like a No. 1 seed in steamrolling to the AAC tournament title at FedExForum last week. Memphis, meanwhile, had been ousted in the quarterinals by Connecticut, its third loss in ive games. Still, Pastner said “the mood was good” when the Tigers (23-9) learned they were the No. 8 seed in the East Region and will play No. 9 George Washington (24-8) at 5:55 p.m. CDT Friday in Raleigh, N.C., in the tourney’s second round. “Guys were excited. We know that it’s a fresh new start. We’ll be ready to play,” said Pastner, who had expected Memphis to be a six or seven seed. Memphis, one of four AAC teams to make the tournament, will be facing a George Washington team Pastner admitted he hasn’t seen much this season. The Colonials finished the regular season tied for third with Saint Joseph’s in the Atlantic 10 standings behind Saint Louis and VCU. The Colonials lost 74-55 to VCU in the semiinals of the A10 tournament. The Memphis-George Washington winner will face the winner of

Memphis senior guards Michael Dixon (left) and Chris Crawford know the Tigers’ season will be judged on how they do in this year’s NCAA tournament..

the game between No. 1-seeded Virginia and No. 16 Coastal Carolina in the third round Sunday. Memphis, which is making its fourth straight NCAA tournament appearance under Pastner, advanced to the third round last year as a No. 6 seed, beating Saint Mary’s in the second round to earn Pastner’s irst NCAA tournament win before falling by 22 points to a more physical Michigan State team. “We know we’re gonna be judged on what we do this week. There’s no ducking that. We’re not trying to hide from it,” Pastner said. “We know what we gotta do. We can’t just show up and talk about it.” Asked about the team’s mood, senior guard Michael Dixon Jr. said the Tigers haven’t dwelled on the loss to Connecticut. Memphis watched the Selection Show from behind closed doors, away from local media. Pastner said he did

a “private viewing” this year because the team had “a celebration” during the show the last three seasons and hadn’t advanced past the irst weekend. “We didn’t play well our last game, but that’s out of our control now. The only thing we can control is preparing for George Washington. It’s just as simple as that,” Dixon said. “I told (senior teammate) Chris (Crawford) we’re literally playing for our life.” After the loss to Connecticut, senior guard Geron Johnson guaranteed the Tigers would win both games this week. Crawford backed Johnson’s guarantee. “You know I’m rolling with Geron,” Crawford said. “Whatever he said, I’m going to roll with him. He guaranteed two wins and that’s what we gotta do. We gotta get the job done.”

Pellom to provide intel on his former GW team By Michael Cohen 901-529-2525

By now you know Memphis received a No. 8 seed in the East Region, and you’re probably aware that the Tigers will take on ninth-seeded George Washington in Raleigh, N.C., on Friday at 5:55 p.m. But what you may not know is Memphis, a team hungry for its next game following a 19-point loss to Connecticut during the quarterinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament, has a built-in

cheat sheet when it comes to the Colonials. His name is David Pellom. Pellom, a ifth-year senior and graduate student, transferred to Memphis from George Washington. He played three seasons and redshirted a fourth in our nation’s capital, and you better believe he knows the tendencies and skill sets of each of his former teammates. That Josh Pastner and his assistants will tap into their unique resource is unquestioned, and it probably happened just minutes after the selection show ended.

But what should Tiger fans make of the Colonials outside of the Pellom connection? First, you ought to know GW, a team that went 24-8 overall with an 11-5 record in the Atlantic 10 conference, has five wins over teams in this year’s NCAA tournament ield: Creighton, VCU, St. Joseph’s, UMass and Manhattan. So GW is no slouch. Next you should know the Colonials, much like Memphis, pride themselves on having a balanced ofensive attack. George Washington has ive players that

average double igures in scoring this season, with Maurice Creek topping the list at 14.6 points per game and Kethan Savage coming of the bench to chip in 13.4. Six diferent players have scored at least 20 points in a game this season for coach Mike Lonergan’s team. George Washington is also a team built on transfers. Creek, the leading scorer, and Isaiah Armwood, the leading rebounder, both arrived in Washington after stints at Indiana and Villanova, respectively.

University of Memphis coach Josh Pastner and senior guard Geron Johnson were headed to the locker room after their 19-point loss to Connecticut last week in the quarterinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament when Johnson turned to Pastner and apologized. “He told me, ‘I was in a daze in the irst half.’ He told me that,” Pastner said. “I’m like, ‘How did that happen? How are we in a daze?’ and he says, ‘Coach, we were just in a daze.’ ” While teams like UCLA, Louisville and Michigan State enter this week’s NCAA tournament as trendy picks to advance due in part to their impressive runs to conference tournament titles, No. 8-seeded Memphis (23-9), which plays No. 9-seeded George Washington (24-8) in Friday’s second round in Raleigh, N.C., is trying to snap out of a “daze” that’s seen it lose three of its last ive games. Though Johnson hasn’t played particularly well over that stretch, few of the Tigers have. But it’s two players in particular — senior guard Joe Jackson and sophomore forward Shaq Goodwin, the team’s top perimeter and interior threats — that Memphis needs to get going if it’s going to win two games this week in the tournament as Johnson guaranteed. Jackson has shot just 36 percent from the ield (18 of 50) over Memphis’ last ive games, and hasn’t been the spark plug ofensively or defensively of late that the Tigers need him to be. He’s registered three or fewer assists in four of the last ive games (he averages 4.5) and has just three steals over that stretch. Goodwin, meanwhile, hasn’t scored in double figures in four straight games, having been plagued by foul trouble of late. While he’s otherwise played with good efort, he’s shooting just 26.3 percent from the ield over Memphis’ last four games (5 of 19) and 54.2 percent from the free-throw line, and has nearly three times as many turnovers (14) as he does made ield goals. Memphis has gone 16-1 in games in which both Jackson and Goodwin have scored in double igures and just 7-8 in the games in which one or both scored fewer than 10 points. “I don’t think it’s lipping a switch to turn it

U of M guard Joe Jackson averages 4.2 assists a game but has had three or fewer in four of the Tigers’ last five games.

TIGERS IN THE TOURNEY Who: No. 8 seed Memphis vs. No. 9 George Washington in second round of NCAA tournament. When, where: 5:55 p.m. CDT Friday, PNC Arena, Raleigh, N.C. TV, radio: TBS; WREC-AM 600, WKBQ-FM 93.5

on. They just gotta play to their abilities. “Shaq’s playing very hard. He’s gotta make free throws. He’s gotta inish those short shots. He’s gotta catch the ball. He can’t turn it over. But he plays hard. There’s no issue with his efort. It’s a focus thing. “Joe was really good in practice Friday, on Saturday and (Monday). I really like where Joe’s at (mentally). The last three days he’s been a chatterbox. When he’s talking and got some ire in him, you can just see it. To me, that’s healthy.” Pastner said he doesn’t subscribe to the theory that teams can’t advance deep into the tournament having not played their best basketball in the games leading up to it. The 1996-97 national champion Arizona team that he was a part of lost two straight games and three of its last six before winning six straight in the NCAA tournament. “We went into the tournament on a two-game losing streak and we won six in a row,” Pastner said. “VCU went to the Final Four (in 2011) and didn’t think they were getting in (the tournament). Xavier a couple of years ago (in 2012) where we beat ’em and they went to the Sweet 16 coming off a couple losses. “I think at this point of the year it just kind of rejuvenates you, re-energizes you and everybody starts fresh and clean,” he said. “We’re more than capable. Now we just gotta step up and do it on the loor.”

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Outdoors Mississippi

New ishing regulations go into efect March 26 By Bryan Brasher 901-529-2343

They aren’t as dramatic as the ones that caused such a stir among Mississippi crappie anglers last year, but several new regulations will go into efect for the state’s lakes and rivers March 26. Anglers on Lake Washington in Washington County will no longer be allowed to use limb lines or set hooks to catch ish. But

sport-ishing trotlines and free-floating fishing devices like jugs and noodles will still be allowed, along with traditional yo-yos. Creel limits for the ponds at the Charles Ray Nix Wildlife Management Area in Panola County will now be the same as the statewide limits for all species, and skiers visiting state ishing lakes will be allowed to ski on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day from noon until sunset. The nearest

Mississippi state ishing lake to the Memphis area is Tippah County Lake in Ripley. “We had a lot of complaints about limb lines on Lake Washington,” said Dennis Riecke, a isheries biologist with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. “People were leaving ish hanging on them and leaving the lines hanging in the way. There had gotten to be so many of them that it was hard for people to ish

in some areas.” With the weather improving and the crappie starting to bite, some of the old regulations on Mississippi reservoirs are also worthy of a reminder. The regulations for crappie fishing are the same for Arkabutla and Enid lakes. The daily creel limit for crappie is 20 per person, and all crappie must be over 12 inches. Anglers may use no more than ive poles per person with no

more than two hooks or lures per pole. There is a limit of 50 crappie for boats with three or more anglers. The same regulations apply on Grenada Lake except for the rod restriction. Anglers on Grenada may use no more than three poles per person with no more than two hooks or lures per pole. The regulations difer drastically on Sardis Lake where the daily creel limit for crappie is 15 per person and the minimum length

limit is 11 inches. Anglers ishing Sardis may use no more than three poles per person with no more than two hooks or lures per pole, and there is a limit of 40 crappie per boat for boats with three or more anglers. “It’s important to know the regulations for whatever lake you’re ishing,” Riecke said. “Even if you need to check before every trip.” Visit or call 601-432-2212 for more information.

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IT’S NO FISH TALE Grenada lake event could produce tidal wave of 3-pounders


National Wild Turkey Federation Ghost River Gobblers Chapter Banquet: Saturday at the Moose Lodge, 950 Moose Lodge Road, Somerville, Tenn. Contact: Vivian England at 901-4652621. National Wild Turkey Federation Northeast Miss., Long Beards Chapter Banquet: March 29 at the American Legion in Corinth, Miss. Contact: Billy Miller at 662-286-9174. EDUCATIONAL

By Bryan Brasher

Live Fish Feedings: Every Saturday and Sunday at 1 and 4 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops in Memphis. Learn about fish kept in the aquarium at Bass Pro. Contact: 901-213-5800. 901-529-2343

During a recent team tournament on Grenada Lake, a relatively small ield of 25 boats brought 18 crappie to the scales that weighed 3 pounds or more. Coming from any other lake, such numbers might be met with skepticism. But on Grenada, they’ve become a spring tradition. Perhaps no lake in the country is better known for producing the much-soughtafter 3-pound trophy — and early-season reports say this could be a special year even for a lake with special standards. “Reports of big ish from Grenada are nothing new, but it’s just been amazing so far this year,” said Mike Vallentine, owner of the popular Crappie Masters Tournament Trail. “The best ishing is still before us, and we’ve already seen so many 3-pound crappie. I think we may hit it just right for our tournament down there.” The Crappie Masters will visit Grenada on Friday and Saturday for an annual tournament known as the Mississippi State Championship. Last year, the tournament drew 117 boats — and with a smaller tournament having already produced so many 3-pounders earlier this year, many are excited to see what will be brought to the scales during a larger event with a purse that’s likely to draw some of the best crappie anglers in the country. “The ish are just now coming out of the deeper water onto the shallow lats,” Vallentine said. “Big females are starting to stage, and that’s just going to give anglers more and more chances to get that 3-pounder. It could happen on any cast.” Warren Cotton and Jeremy Davis won last year’s Mississippi State Championship with a two-day total of 14 crappie that weighed 33.96 pounds. Vallentine believes it could take 35 or 36 pounds to win this year — and the battle for big-ish honors will likely be ierce. Missouri residents Deb Sosinski and Joe Meyer have been ishing to prepare for the Crappie Masters event for several weeks. On one trip, two weeks ago, they each topped the 3-pound mark — Sosinski with a ish that weighed 3.25 and Meyer with one that weighed 3.10. “We live on Mark Twain Lake in Stoutsville, Mo., but we do a lot of ishing on Grenada because the ish are so much bigger there,” Sosinski said. “Last spring, we stayed down here in a travel trailer. But since we liked it so much, we got a cabin for this year.” Studies have shown that 3-pound crappie are caught about as often as 13-pound largemouth bass. Not only have most anglers never caught one, many have never even seen one outside of a picture. Because of that rarity, stories of supposed 3-pounders are often exaggerated. But both Vallentine and Sosinski say exaggeration isn’t necessary on Grenada —


Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission: March 27 at 9 a.m. at the TWRA Ray Bell Region 2 Building in Nashville. Visit SPECIAL EVENTS

Turkey Hunting Seminar: March 27, Bellevue Baptist Church Turkey Hunting Seminar featuring Brodie Swisher; co-sponsored by Bellevue Sportsmen and Bass Pro Shops; free; prizes and refreshments; 7-9 p.m.; contact Brent Marcum at (901-490-8299) or Cade Rogers at ccrogers35@gmail. com (901-262-1143). FISHING TOURNAMENTS


Missouri anglers Debbie Sosinski, pictured, and fishing partner Joe Meyer have been fishing Grenada Lake to prepare for the Crappie Masters event scheduled for Friday and Saturday. Two weeks ago, they landed these two giant crappie that weighed 3.25 pounds and 3.10 pounds. Grenada has become nationally known as one of the top lakes for producing 3-pound crappie.

especially this year. “A lot of people don’t really know what a 3-pound crappie looks like,” Sosinski said. “When you hear people talking about a 3-pounder caught from anywhere else, you always have to wonder. But on Grenada, it’s a real possibility every time you go. The ish that weigh 2 or 2½ pounds here — the ish that people consider big on most lakes — are just normal ish on Grenada.” Vallentine agreed. “Grenada Lake has become famous — period,” Vallentine said. “The lake has gone from drawing 250,000 visitors a year to 1.2 million visitors a year. That’s how popular Grenada has come — and it’s all because the lake is known as the home of the 3-pound crappie. “I think it could be one of the more enjoyable tournaments we’ve ever had.”

CRAPPIE MASTERS TOURNAMENT ON GRENADA LAKE When, where: Pre-tournament seminar and registration will be held Thursday at Holmes Community College. Registration begins at 5 p.m. with seminar set for 6:30. Competition will take place Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. with anglers required to be in the weigh-in line at Grenada Landing by 4:30 p.m. Entry fee: $300. Kids Rodeo: During Saturday’s competition, a special fishing rodeo will be held for anglers ages 15 and under at the North end of Grenada Dam. Registration will be held from 8-9 a.m. with fishing to follow from 9-10:30. More information: Visit crappiemasters. net or call Mike Vallentine at 660-351-6960.


Ducks Unlimited dinner raises $400,000 for conservation By Bryan Brasher 901-529-2343

During its irst 20 years, the annual Ducks Unlimited Wolf River sponsor dinner raised $1,109,467 for wetlands conservation. This year’s dinner raised more than a third of that total — some $400,000 — in three hours. The Feb. 15 event served both as a fundraiser and a tribute to recently retired DU chief adminis-

trative and inancial oficer Randy Graves. In a show of thanks to Graves, members gave like never before. “It was a bigger event than usual due to the tribute to Randy,” said Adam Webster of DU. “People who attended the dinner really gave, and we had some folks who couldn’t make it donate money as well.” The event, which has grown annually since 1994, has become known for consistently raising

more than $100,000 with live and silent auctions that feature one-of-a-kind items. Landowners and hunting plantations from all over the country — and some from other countries — donate hunting and ishing trips, and the bidding is often heated. This year’s live auction featured several hunts, including a one-day trip to Irby Woods Hunting Club in Lambert, Miss., a oneday green timber hunt to Pin Oak Duck Club near Roe, Ark., and a four-night

trip for two to General Belgrano, Argentina. But the biggest earner was a duck-hunting trip for up to 12 hunters on the 7,000acre Mississippi property owned by Duncan and Abby Williams. “The Duncan Williams hunt sold for $8,000,” Webster said. “That’s nothing new. It’s always one of the biggest draws we have.” DU studies have shown that it costs about $250 to conserve one acre of wetlands. That means 1,600

acres will be conserved with funds raised this year for a total of more than 6,000 acres conserved by funds raised from the event since 1994. Webster said the numbers could shift a little in either direction with money still lowing in and some expenses needing to be covered. But the total will still stand as the clear record for the dinner. “It was just a great night all the way around,” Webster said. “It was a very itting tribute to Randy.”

Bassmaster Elite Series on Lake Seminole: Through Sunday in Bainbridge, Ga. Weigh-ins will be broadcast online at Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters Mississippi State Championship on Grenada Lake: FridaySaturday in Grenada, Miss. Entry fee is $300 per boat. Visit Kids First Adult/Child Team Bass Tournament on Pickwick Lake: Saturday at Pickwick Landing State Park. Entry fee is $25. Visit FLW Tour on Sam Rayburn Reservoir: March 27-30 in Lufkin, Texas. Daily weigh-ins on Crappie USA Super Event on Pickwick and Wilson Lakes: March 28-29 from 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at McFarland Park in Florence, Ala. Entry fee is $125 in the amateur division, $250 in the semipro division. Fishers of Men TennesseeWest Legacy Division Team Bass Tournament on Pickwick Lake: March 29 from Pickwick Landing State Park in Counce, Tenn. Entry fee is $75 per boat. Additional membership fees may apply. Contact: Billy Cooper at 731926-6919. EverStart Series Central Division Bass Tournament on Grand Lake: April 3-5 in Grove, Okla. Daily weigh-ins on Bass Pro Shops Big Cat Quest Catfish Tournament on the Tennessee River: April 5 in Iuka, Miss. Entry fee is $200 per team. A third team member can fish for $50 as long as person is between 12-17 or 65 and over. Visit FLW Tour on Beaver Lake: April 10-13 in Rogers, Ark. Daily weigh-ins on Bass Pro Shops Big Cat Quest Catfish Tournament on the Mississippi River: April 19 in Memphis. Entry fee is $200 per team. A third team member can fish for $50 as long as person is between 12-17 or 65 and over. Visit Bass Pro Shops Big Cat Quest Catfish Tournament: April 26 in Clarksville, Tenn. Entry fee is $200 per team. A third team member can fish for $50 as long as person is between 12-17 or 65 and over. Visit E-mail upcoming outdoor events to Bryan Brasher at brasher@

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PETS OF THE WEEK GERMANTOWN ANIMAL SHELTER Name: Dakota is a 2 year old Shepherd mix. Age: 2 years Breed: Shepherd mix Description: Has one floppy ear.

Name: Bandit Age: 1 1/2 year old Breed: Domestic shorthair. Description: Bandit loves to play.

COLLIERVILLE ANIMAL SHELTER Name: Dolly Breed: Pit bull/ terrier mix Description: A sweet heart dog.

Name: Mae Breed: Domestic shorthair Description: House trained.

HUMANE SOCIETY Name: Galinda Age: 1 year Breed: Tortoiseshell Description: Loves to run and chase, cuddle.

Name: Wendell Age: 1 year Breed: Black lab mix Description: Loves to play, spend time with dogs, people.

The Germantown Animal Shelter, 7700 Southern, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The Collierville Animal Shelter, 603 E. South St., is open 1-4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The Humane Society, 935 Farm Road, is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. TuesdayFriday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.


Attitude, laws soften on pit bulls By Linda A. Moore 901-529-2702

In the 11 years that Donna Velez has operated Hearts of Gold Pit Rescue, she’s never had a problem. With hundreds of pit bulldogs in and out of her home over the years, not once, she said, have her neighbors reported her to Memphis Animal Services or have any of her dogs run loose. “If I can live with 300 or 400 pit bulls and I’ve never had an incident, surely someone that’s half responsible can live with one or two,” Velez said. It’s good news to her and for the breed that communities across the country are backing away from ordinances that ban pit bulls, and states are making those bans illegal. Attitudes have softened considerably as animal activists and television shows like Animal Planet’s “Pit Bulls and Parolees” cast

were, I’d have had them all along. He’s just a jewel.” Memphis does not ban pit bulls, although in 2010 a mandatory spay/neuter ordinance for pits was considered. That discussion resulted in the city’s spay/neuter ordinance for all dogs. Memphis Animal Services requires criminal background checks and fence inspections before pit bulls can be adopted from the shelter, said James Rogers, MAS director. And, while breed restrictions are a “hot button issue,” Rogers said, “It’s not the animal that’s a problem, it’s the person that owns the animal.” Nevertheless, the dogs’ foes complain that their message is being drowned out by a well-funded, wellorganized lobbying efort in state capitols. The debate puts millions of pit bull owners up against a relatively small number of people who have been victimized by the dogs.


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the dogs in a more positive light. “Lawmakers are realizing that targeting dogs based on their breed or what they look like is not a solution to dealing with dangerous dogs,” said Lisa Peterson, a spokeswoman for the American Kennel Club. Seventeen states now have laws that prohibit communities from adopting breed-speciic bans. A 2013 bill in Tennessee was proposed and later withdrawn that would have required owners of vicious dogs to obtain $25,000 in liability insurance. It was amended to include pit bulls. The changing attitudes, Velez believes, also come in part from the kinds of people who own pit bulls: doctors, lawyers, teachers and grandmothers like Judy Sutton, who adopted A.C. from Velez four years ago. “He’s my irst pit,” said Sutton, 70. “If I’d known what wonderful dogs they


By Katie Pemberton Special to The Weekly

The Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County was recently accepted as a contestant in the 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge. HSMSC is competing with 50 other shelters nationwide for a chance at more than $600,000 in grant funding, including a grand prize of $100,000. The 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge is a nationwide competition for animal shelters (and their communities) aimed at getting more animals adopted or returned to their owners than ever before. The contest period is June 1 through Aug. 31, and in order to qualify, each shelter must adopt out 300 more animals in the three-month period than in the previous year. “The ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge really gives us an opportunity to engage the Memphis community in helping us save lives,” said Alexis Amorose, HSMSC executive director. “We have a major challenge ahead of us — completing almost double the number of adoptions we did in 2013 — and we absolutely cannot do it without the community’s support.” HSMSC will host a community brainstorm on Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the community room at the 935 Farm Road facility. The brainstorm is open to the public; supporters are asked to bring ideas and strategies for increasing adoptions. For more information about the 2013 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge, please visit aspca. org/100K.

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YMCA is more than just a wellness center

Paragon National Bank in Germantown held its ninth annual reception for the opening of the St. Agnes Academy senior art exhibit March 4. The reception at the bank’s Fountain Place location showcased the art of 12 students in Janis McCarty’s (front center) art class. Paragon will continue to display the art throughout the month of March. Artists at the reception include Dori Green (back, left), Katie Ayres, Lauren Forsythe, Maya McCullough, Katie Crutcher, Adele Lemm, Alex Sander, Caroline Cook, Mary Kate Dockery, Ellen Nikbakht, Ellen Flettrich and Grace John.

By Jeremy C. Park Special to The Weekly

At a recent meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Germantown, Emily Shade (third from left) with the Germantown Library was inducted into the club. Inducting Shade is Kiwanis president Steve Green (left), Kiwanis Lt. Governor Dianne Polly, and membership chairman Steve Jackson. The Germantown Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Royal Panda Pacific Cafe & Sushi Bar to celebrate its new location at 1250 N. Germantown Pkwy. in Cordova. They have a full-service bar with a huge selection of wines, beers, sakes, cocktails and mixed drinks. Happy hour is 4-7 p.m.

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For nearly 160 years, the YMCA has been focused on strengthening communities by making sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. The YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South has nine fully equipped wellness centers and three program branches that serve all ages and segments of our community. These wellness centers ofer a variety of state-of-the-art exercise equipment and classes, sports programs, swimming pools, basketball gyms, racquetball courts and more. As a nonproit organization focused on healthy living, the Y makes it fun and easy to bring our families and community together while encouraging an active lifestyle. Focused on Youth Development, the YMCA ofers before- and afterschool care, summer camps, youth sports, swim lessons and specialized programs, like Y-Cap, an early intervention program for at-risk youth. Last year, they taught


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Community In brief A R O U N D CO L L I E RV I L L E

Spring book sale The Collierville Burch Library’s spring book sale will be April 4-5, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The preview sale is 5-7 p.m. April 3 for Friends of the Collierville Burch Library members or those who purchased a $5 shopping pass.

YMCA Easter Eggstravaganza Get ready to get wet at the Easter Eggstravaganza at the YMCA at Schilling Farms on April 19. Children collect loating plastic eggs in the indoor pool. Children ages 3 to 5 years old swim at 1:30 p.m. with a parent/guardian in the water with the child. Kids ages 6 to 7 years old begin at 1:45 p.m. Children ages 8 to 9 years old start at 2 p.m. and children 10 to 14 years old begin at 2:15 p.m. Bring a basket and lotation device. Space is limited. Reserve your spot by April 17. Walk-ins are not allowed. Cost is $3 for YMCA members and $5 for nonmember. Call 901-850-9622 for more information.


Ethan Cohen overcomes fear, wins volunteer award By Trish Dianetti Special to The Weekly

Ethan Cohen, a senior at St. George’s Independent School, was recently named “Volunteer of the Year” at the Lifeblood annual awards luncheon. Ethan’s story is more than just that of a teenager who donates several pints of blood. This young man is devoted to the cause and his story began when he was just 5 years old. His fear of needles would have him running in terror. He had a debilitating fear hat would make his heart race and his stomach churn. When St. George’s would host one of its three annual blood drives, Ethan would run the other way. One spring day his chemistry teacher was talking about blood do-

nation and an upcoming school blood drive. She explained that the discomfort that Ethan might feel from donating blood would pale in comparison to the all of the beneits his blood would provide to others in need. At that moment he decided it wasn’t all about him and that he could make a difference in other people’s lives. Since that day, Ethan has become thoroughly committed and involved with Lifeblood. For the past year and a half, he has donated countless hours of community service to Lifeblood and the promotion of blood donation. Ethan is so passionate about this that he volunteers at the donation center just about every day of the week, year-round.

He is in charge of donor comfort and care and it gives him an incredible sense of giving. Several times throughout the year, he dresses up as the blood center mascot, “Phil A. Pint” at local events, and travels around the city doing promotional work. He ofers support on mobile blood units when additional help is needed. During the summer, Lifeblood hosts a weeklong event called Donorfest where he promotes the need for blood donation and assists with donor special needs. In addition, he has generously donated over four gallons of blood and platelets himself, no doubt saving countless lives. St. George’s hosts three blood drives throughout the year and Ethan takes

Ethan Cohen recently won Lifebloods’ “Volunteer of the Year” award for his hours of service and dedication. Congratulating him are Lifeblood vice president of donor relations Jennifer Balink (left) and his parents Marcie and James Cohen.

charge of scheduling, organizing, advertising, and recruiting for these drives. He sets up guest speakers from around the community to speak at the school and tell a personal

Pouncey named Citizen of the Year

The United Methodist Women of CrossRoads located at 9315 E. Shelby Dr. will hold its annual Fashion Show and Luncheon Saturday. Along with the fashions, there will be door prizes and a silent auction. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. with lunch being served at 11 a.m. Tickets are $15. Call 901-737-3776 to reserve tickets.

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Drawing classes at Hobby Lobby Artist Anne Enochs is ofering drawing classes March 24 and 25 at the Germantown Hobby Lobby. The classes are 10 sessions. Monday classes will be 9:30 a.m. to noon and Tuesday classes will be 5:30-8 p.m. To register, call 901-383-9339 or visit

Young professionals meeting at chamber Young professional between 22 to 40 years old can take part in the Germantown Area Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Group on Wednesday, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Chamber oice, 2195 Germantown Road South. The deadline to register is Friday. Save a seat by e-mailing susan@

Southern Junkers Spring Market The Southern Junkers Spring Market will be April 11, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and April 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The market will be set up in front of the Top Dog Trade Center, 11625 Highway 64.

Cheryl Rollins (front row, left), Jeannie Sommer, Chandra Towler, Cynthia Godby, Dale Sommer (back row, left), Donna Apollonio, Dave Apollonio, Deano Orr and Rick Oullette were among the teams from International Paper to participate in Junior Achievement’s 29th annual Bowlin’ on the River Bowl-A-Thon.


Bowlin’ on the river JA fundraiser draws a thousand bowlers By Jamie Elkington Special to The Weekly

Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South held its 29th annual Bowlin’ on the River Bowl-A-Thon on Feb. 2223 and March 1-2 at bowling centers across the region including Billy Hardwick’s All-Star Lanes, Winchester Bowling Center, FunQuest Family Entertainment Center in Collierville and Strike Zone Bowling Lanes in Southaven. Its largest fundraiser of the year, Junior Achievement’s bowling event drew more than 100 local corporations and organizations and thousands of bowlers to build team morale and have a good time, all while supporting the community’s youth who participate in JA programs. This year, Junior Achievement looks to meet its goal of collecting more than $300,000 thanks in large part to the participating teams, whose fundraising eforts will be recognized at an awards ceremony

Grace Genzer, Caton Brooks, Jackie Haas and Jon Steele from Smith & Nephew bowled in support of Junior Achievement.

in April. “Every dollar raised during Bowl-A-Thon helps Junior Achievement train the MidSouth’s next generation of leaders and goes a long way to boost each child’s chance for success in life,” said Larry Colbert, Junior Achievement president and CEO.

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“We are grateful for our event partners, participating corporations and individuals who stepped up this year to make a major impact in our community.” Jamie Elkington is the communications specialist for ABO Marketing & Communications.

At an awards dinner on March 6, the Germantown Lions Club presented Andrew Pouncey with the “Richard F. Benson” Citizen of the Year Award for 2013. Pouncey’s name has been added to the Citizen of the Year plaque which hangs outside the Mayor’s oice at the Germantown City Hall. Germantown Lions Club President Ron Foster presented Andrew Pouncey with the Edwin Dalstrom Distinguished Service Award. This award is named in honor of the irst president of Mid-South Lions Sight and Hearing Service, which works with Lions Clubs throughout the Mid-South to provide care for indigent persons who have sight or hearing impairments. In order to present the Dalstrom Award to Pouncey the Germantown Lions Club made a $1,000 donation to Mid-South Lions on his behalf. Pouncey not only received the award but also helped supply sight and hearing services to indigent persons who live in the Mid-South. Pouncey also was presented with certificates and/or proclamations from U.S. Representative Stephen Fincher, Germantown Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy and representatives from the oices of U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, U.S. Representative Steve Cohen, State Senator Brian Kelsey, State Representative Steve McManus and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell. Ron Roberson is with the Germantown Lions Club.

GERMANTOWN CHARITY HORSE SHOW SNAPSHOTS Audrey Haniso, (third from right) was presented at the Royal Ball. Her escort was Griin Jett (third from left). With them are (from left) Nick Gardner III and Kathryn Morris and Summer Jansen and Ryan Hanisco.

Brown Bag lunch Germantown United Methodist Church’s next Brown Bag luncheon will be April 4. The guest speaker will be Jim Eikner with WKNO TV&FM and the topic will be “A Memphis Man with a Mission: Public Broadcasting and the Arts.” The program starts at 11 a.m. and lunch is at noon. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lunch and the church will provide beverages. There is no cost to attend. You do not have to be a member of the church to participate but you must be over 55 years old.

Trish Dianetti is the assistant director of communications for St. George’s Independent School.


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The Collierville Burch Library is conducting an online survey until March 28 to ind out how patrons use the library’s computers and Internet. The information will help the library improve its technology services. The study is anonymous and will take 10-15 minutes. Find the survey at

story of how blood donation has touched their lives.

Chandler Grace Michael, one of the princesses at the Germantown Charity Horse Show Royal Ball, was escorted by University of Memphis football player Alex Huggins (left). Her brother, Evan Michael (right) also is a U of M Tiger football player.


Alex Livesay is queen of the 2014 Germantown Charity Horse Show. She was presented at the Royal Ball. Her escort was Christian Guzman.




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Lenten lunch series continues with speakers, book signing By Kit Decker Special to The Weekly

The Saturday Lenten luncheon series at St. George’s Episcopal Church got of to a good start with Dr. Earle Donelson speaking on the series theme “Body, Mind and Spirit: The Path to Make Us Whole.� Sessions continue each Saturday in Lent. Parish members serve as “celebrity chefs� who prepare and serve the lunches. Speakers for the remaining four sessions are: Saturday: Dr. Jay Earheart-Brown from Memphis Theological Seminary March 29: David Waters from The Commercial Appeal April 5: Dr. Scott Morris and Antony Sheehan from the Church Health Center April 12: Brad Thompson

from St. Columba Conference and Retreat Center. Gather in the Parish Hall at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 2425 S. Germantown Road, at 11 a.m. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. and speakers begin at noon. Tickets are $10 for each luncheon. To buy tickets call Erika Ewen at 901-4813810 or the church oice at 901-754-7282. On Sunday Pat Morgan, author of “The Concrete Killing Fields: One Woman’s Battle to Break the Cycle of Homelessness,� will be at St. George’s Church’s Bookshoppe. The book signing will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Bookshoppe. The books will be available for purchase in the store that day. The Bookshoppe will sponsor a book talk with the author in the church library

from 12:30-1 p.m. In her book, Morgan describes her work at the church sponsored Street Ministry which served homeless people in Memphis. From her work in this ministry, Morgan talks about the two main causes she identiies of homelessness — substance abuse and mental health issues — and her struggles with the systems she found underfunded and understafed. She also worked in Washington, D.C. in policy and program areas advocating for services for the homeless before returning to Memphis. This will be an opportunity to meet the author and learn about her experiences. Kit Decker is the publication writer and editor for St. George’s Episcopal Church.

Thousands of books, clothing, household items and more will be for sale at Collierville United Methodist Church’s annual rummage sale on Saturday. Doors open at 8 a.m.


Rummage sale to be church’s biggest hunters can shop in a gym full of glassware, housewares, clothes, books, It is rummage sale time toys and much more. Then again in Collierville. The shoppers can stop by the annual Youth in Missions giant tents full of furniRummage Sale at Collier- ture, lawn equipment and ville United Methodist, 454 bikes. This year’s bargains Poplar Ave., will be Sat- include more furniture urday, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. than ever. The sale ofers Block Thanks to generous countless wonderful items local donors, this year’s for all ages. sale will be the largest in Community support church history. Bargain of this project allows lo-

By Chris Pepple Special to The Weekly

KyungOk Song and her husband, Wan Ho Song. Mr. Song died March 4. He was a founder of the Korean Baptist Church in Collierville and owner of S & I Cleaners. FAMILY PHOTO


Mr. Song was a founder of the Korean Baptist Church By Lela Garlington 901-529-2349

Wan Ho Song was someone you might regret not meeting. During Friday night’s memorial service at the Korean Baptist Church in Collierville, 200 to 300 friends and family each took a single lower from the loral arrangements and paid their respect by gently placing them on his cremation box. Almost all of Mr. Song’s service was in Korean, but visitors couldn’t mistake the well-known Christian hymn “Blessed Assurance� as the congregation sang in Mr. Song’s native language. Mr. Song, one of the founders of the Korean Baptist Church and the owner of S & I Cleaners, died of colon cancer March 4. He was 71. For 20 years, Mr. Song served as an unpaid lay pastor. Every Sunday after the services ended in Collierville, Mr. Song drove 100 miles to minister to a

cal youth to participate in mission trips throughout the summer. More than 2,500 volunteer hours are put into the week of the rummage sale. Other volunteers pick up the rummage throughout the year. Doors openCOLLIERVILLE APPEAL at 8 a.m. No large bags or purses allowed in.



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March 20 Germantown Weekly