Retired Gen. Tommy Franks recently sold his Harbour Island home for $1.6-million to Clearwater physician Dennis Lox. But Franks and his wife, Cathy, haven't left Tampa. They purchased the two-story property, 914 Anchorage Road, in 2003 for $1.35-million, records show. Michael Hayes of Franks & Associates said Franks sold the four-bedroom, 4,739-square-foot home so that he can downsize. Franks and his wife still own a smaller home in South Tampa. Hayes said the couple were spending more time at their ranch in Oklahoma when they decided to pare down.
Chief takes e-mail seriously
The e-mail warns that $32,000 worth of UPS' famous brown suits were allegedly sold on eBay in the last 30 days. "TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY!" it pleads. "Make people aware so that we can prepare and/or avoid terrorist attacks on our people!" So that is exactly what St. Pete Beach police Chief David Romine did, forwarding the e-mail to every St. Pete Beach city employee, some of whom sent it to their friends and families. But the chief had an itchy mouse finger. "Turns out that is an urban legend," Romine said Friday, after checking with the Department of Homeland Security. "There doesn't appear to be much to it all." UPS said the e-mail has been around since 2003.
UCF raises $356M; USF ponders goal
The University of Central Florida has raked in more than $350-million in private dough, and the University of South Florida is pondering a capital campaign goal likely to top $500-million. UCF officials announced this week that their first capital campaign raised $356-million, about $200-million more than expected. USF, meanwhile, is in the "quiet stages" of its third capital campaign. Its second campaign ended five years ago and raised $257-million.
Donate dog treats, get an ornament
Hillsborough County Animal Services has launched an "Animal Angel Tree" donation program for the shelter's critters. Anyone who donates something - treats, toys, blankets, crates, etc. - gets an ornament made by children or shelter staff members. Stop by the shelter, 440 Falkenburg Road in Tampa, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, or call (813) 744-5660 for more information.