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VOL. 131 | NO. 212 | Monday, October 24, 2016

With New Hire, Broad Avenue Arts Alliance Hits Milestone

Broad Avenue has in recent years gone from a stretch of empty storefronts broken up by isolated businesses to a vibrant commercial district complete with abundant foot traffic and visitors making frequent trips to coffee shops, restaurants and galleries.

The Week Ahead: October 24-30

The real fall may finally have arrived in Memphis, but we’ll see. What we do know will arrive this week is the Memphis Grizzlies’ first real game of the 2016-2017 season at FedExForum. And the first public look inside a very historic Memphis church near FedExForum the day before that season opener. The Wolf River also is in the news this week and toward week’s end, Halloween will be lurking around the corner.     

Freedom Awards Explore New History

In the sanctuary of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church last week, with former Mississippi Gov. William Winter and some students who racially integrated Memphis public schools in 1961, Swin Cash talked about memories of her last season as a professional athlete.

Clayborn Reborn Effort Charts Different Pre-vitalization Path

The hope has been that the redevelopment of Central Station in the South Main area would cause a ripple in development to the east and link up with the sprawling South City development that encompasses the Foote Homes public housing development, the area south of FedExForum, and go south of Crump Boulevard.

Last Word: The Day After Big River, Freedom Awards Shift and Tubby & Fiz


Once the ribbons were cut, the speeches made and all of the players on both sides of the river were thanked, Sunday was the day those who put the Big River Crossing project in motion waited for to see what the public’s verdict would be on the boardwalk crossing the Mississippi River.

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Mostly Cloudy
Wind: Southwest at 3.5 mph
Humidity: 80%


Stax Museum of American Soul Music will continue its Motown Film Series with a screening of “The Mack” on Monday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. at the museum, 926 E. McLemore Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; admission is pay-what-you-can at the door. Visit staxmuseum.com for details and a film series schedule.

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Crawford, Martin, Look to Improve for Their Team and Themselves

Markel Crawford played the sixth-most minutes for Josh Pastner’s last University of Memphis team. Jeremiah Martin played the seventh-most minutes in the 2015-16 season.


Resetting the Bar

Grizzlies, Tigers, have high hopes and high hurdles

David Fizdale is a first-time NBA head coach. Tubby Smith is a college coach with a Hall-of-Fame resume.


Editorial: The Most Important Election of Your Lifetime

After all of the votes – popular and electoral – are counted in this tiresome campaign season in which being the lesser of two evils is extolled as a virtue, we all still have work to do.


October 21-27, 2016: This week in Memphis history

2010: On the front page of The Daily News, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton marks one year in office with the city filing more than 130 lawsuits in Shelby County Environmental Court against owners of blighted properties. “I’m a lawyer and I’ve gotten to the point where I’m just saying, ‘Hey, I gotta sue somebody,” he says. Wharton says he feels “right at home” in the mayor’s office. “You never see me arguing with council members,” he adds. “Wonder why that is?” The remark is the closest Wharton comes to comparing his governing style to former Mayor Willie Herenton, whose July 2009 resignation set the stage for the October 2009 special election that Wharton won while serving as Shelby County mayor. The contrast in governing styles is one factor in Wharton’s move to City Hall. But Wharton’s relationship with the council is already becoming more complex as he marks one year as mayor.


The Week Ahead: October 17-23

This will be a historic week for Memphis, so mark your calendar for Saturday, Oct. 22, when a boardwalk across the Harahan Bridge opens to the public that will give Memphians and visitors alike an intimate experience with the Mighty Mississippi. The Big River Crossing also will link Memphis to West Memphis, Arkansas, and provide bicycle enthusiasts miles of trails along the river levee that will be unique in the world. There’s only one Mississippi River, the world’s second-largest inland waterway, and there’s only one Memphis! This crossing will be an unmatched amenity for the city for years to come.   

Midtown Breaking Record Home Sales Prices

Through the first nine months of this year, Midtown Memphis’ 38104 ZIP code has had an 11 percent increase in home sales and a 12 percent increase in average sales prices.

Big River Crossing, St. Jude Ride and RiverArtsFest to Draw Crowds

The Oct. 22 opening of the much anticipated Big River Crossing is joining the St. Jude Ride and the 10th annual RiverArtsFest for a big weekend of festivities on the banks of the Mississippi in Downtown Memphis.

Editorial: Big River Crossing Will Revitalize Both Sides

When Big River Crossing, the bicycle and pedestrian boardwalk on the northern side of the Harahan Bridge, has its grand opening Oct. 22, it will be a busy day.

Real Life Can Wait: Former Tiger Alan Cross Walks On in the NFL

The Cross family’s living room in Millington is something of a mini-museum. A living testament, really, to what can happen when someone lives out the clichés – keep trying, never quit, believe in yourself – and decides the best way to deal with doubters is to figuratively head-butt them.


Commission Rejects Move of Confederate Statue From Park

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Historical Commission is blocking a plan by Memphis city leaders to move a statue honoring a Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader out of the downtown area.


Judge: Georgia Can Keep Execution Drug Provider Secret

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge in Atlanta says Georgia doesn't have to reveal information about its execution drug to two Mississippi death row inmates.


$47 Billion Offer to Create World's Biggest Tobacco Company

LONDON (AP) — British American Tobacco has offered to buy out Reynolds American Inc. for $47 billion in an attempt to gain a strong presence in the U.S., a lucrative market where sales of electronic cigarettes are booming as traditional smoking fades.

SharkNinja, Dyson End Legal Battle Over Advertising Claims

BOSTON (AP) — Two of the most well-known names in vacuum cleaners have ended a two-year legal battle over just how much their products suck.


Christie Aide on Trial Says She Told Him of 'Traffic Study'

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's former deputy chief of staff testified Friday in her criminal trial that she told him about a traffic study on the George Washington Bridge before sending an email that it was "time for some traffic problems," which prosecutors say started a political revenge plot.


US Internet Repeatedly Disrupted by Cyberattacks on Key Firm

LONDON (AP) — Cyberattacks on a key internet firm repeatedly disrupted the availability of popular websites across the East Coast of the United States Friday, according to analysts and company officials.


50 Years Later, Black Panthers Look Back at Party's Founding

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Black Panthers emerged from this gritty Northern California city 50 years ago, declaring to a nation in turmoil a new party dedicated to defending African-Americans against police brutality and protecting the right of a downtrodden people to determine their own future.

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