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In brief: Defense Depot wins recognition

The old Defense Depot at Memphis, closed since 1997, will get the Secretary of Defense's environmental cleanup award at ceremonies at the Pentagon June 3.

The depot, constructed during World War II in 1942, was a major distribution center for Army supplies, including hazardous materials like pesticides, rust-prevention chemicals, and industrial, electrical and medical supplies. At its peak period, it employed 3,000.

Contaminated groundwater at the facility was discovered in 1981. Eleven years later, the Environmental Protection Agency made its cleanup a priority. The City of Memphis and the Depot Redevelopment Corp. are responsible for the reuse of the area and, since 1998, the Memphis Depot Business Park has operated on 414 acres restored to environmental suitability.

Last year, another 228 acres were restored.

The Pentagon award recognizes the efforts of both local and military officials in the restoration of the facility to community use.

-- Bartholomew Sullivan

Germantown

Tour to focus on remodeling

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The Germantown Tour of Remodeled Homes and Landscapes will be Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. This year's tour will feature seven houses.

The list of homes, renovation descriptions and directions can be downloaded at germantown-tn.gov or may be picked up at the Municipal Center's information desk at 1960 S. Germantown Road, the city's community development building, the Germantown Community Library, and local businesses.

For additional information, call Sherrye Rhea at 757-7203 or e-mail srhea@germantown-tn.gov.

-- Matt Woo

BRIEFLY...

Several neighborhood associations are sponsoring a Walk to Stop the Violence in Midtown this evening at 5:30 at Cooper Street and Harbert Avenue. The walk will end at Peabody Park at Cooper and Higbee Avenue with entertainment and refreshments.

Music from "Star Wars," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Pirates of the Caribbean," "West Side Story" and other famous films will be performed by the Rhodes College Orchestra in a free public concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the campus' Palmer Hall. Dr. Joseph Montelione, the new conductor of the orchestra, says the "Rhodes Night at the Movies" concert is an attempt to reach out to the greater Memphis community with a family-friendly event, with music that is popular and recognizable.

Dr. Abbas E. Kitabchi was recently appointed the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Maston K. Callison Professor of Medicine in Endocrinology. In a statement announcing the appointment, Dr. Guy L. Reed, chairman of the UT Health Science Center's department of medicine, cited Kitabchi's contributions to improving diabetes care. The endowed chair is named for a former UT Health Science Center dean.

Memphis City Schools needs volunteer jurors to judge its second exhibit of student work April 28. All students have developed and will exhibit a project that demonstrates their best work for the past three months. More than 5,000 volunteers helped judge the fall exhibit. Applications are available at www.mcsk12.net. Click on the "Exhibition of Student Work" banner at the bottom of the home page. Call Miska Bibbs, coordinator of volunteer services, 416-6329.

 
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