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VOL. 131 | NO. 67 | Monday, April 4, 2016

The Week Ahead: April 4-10

Let’s get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about in the coming days, from an observance of the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination to your first chance to visit Mud Island River Park this season.

Grizzlies Reeling with Desperate Bulls in Town Tuesday Night

Guard Bryce Cotton became the 28th player to take the court for the Memphis Grizzlies this season. And if you didn’t know much about Cotton, yet another 10-day contract signee, you’re in good company.

City Ready to Develop Master Plan for Pinch District

The Pinch District, one of Memphis’ oldest neighborhoods, is getting its time in the spotlight.

Moore Tech Expands With Welding School, Looks Toward Next Goal

For the first time in its 80-year history, the William R. Moore School of Technology has expanded beyond its Poplar Avenue campus.

Sports Notebook: Cardinals Fall in Opener, Tigers Hold First Football Scrimmage

The next run the St. Louis Cardinals score in 2016 will be their first. Opening the season on Sunday, April 3, in Pittsburgh the Cardinals dropped a 4-0 decision to the Pirates and struck out 14 times.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: South at 5.8 mph
Humidity: 85%


Germantown Community Library will host Night of the Doctor on Monday, April 4, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at GCL, 1925 Exeter Road. Join fellow Whovians for an evening of Doctor Who-themed events and crafts for children, teens and adults. Dress up and arrive at 6:15 to participate in the costume contest. Pre-registration not required. Call 757-7323 for details.

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RedRover Hosts 10-Year Bash at FedExForum

You know you’ve made it when you can throw a birthday party that draws guests like an NBA star in addition to a variety of high-powered business leaders.

Last Word: Basketball Intervention, Medical Inventory and Memphis in the 1960s

Five games left for the Grizzlies to win three and then get to play more in the NBA playoffs. And what seemed to be a foregone conclusion is now not such a sure thing based on the Grizz performance in Sunday’s 119-107 loss to the Orlando Magic in Orlando.

County Attorney Dyer Nominated to State Appellate Court

Shelby County Attorney Ross Dyer has been nominated by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam to the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals.


Fertile Ground

Collaborative leading the charge to remake Memphis Medical District

Residents of the Memphis Medical District have begun filing in to the Premier Palace ballroom on Madison Avenue, along with area stakeholders, planners and other attendees who have business interests in the area.

Editorial: The Ponderosa Box

Maybe we’ve got this all wrong. Some people have suggested bringing recalcitrant, Memphis-hating legislators from other parts of the state here to our city to show them what’s right about this place. Instead, maybe we should go to them.


New Music Festival Coming to Shelby Farms in September

The Shelby Farms Park Conservancy and David Porter's The Consortium Memphis Music Town group are teaming up to put on a three-day, lakeside music festival at Shelby Farms Park in September on the park's new event stage.

$6.5 Million Permit Filed for Malco Theater Downtown

Central Station’s planned seven-screen movie theater is moving forward.

Consultant: Rapid Transit Route Would Be a Boon for MATA

The Memphis Area Transit Authority is throwing its weight behind a new route that would connect Downtown to the University of Memphis area with a bus every 10 minutes.

Cleaning House

City gains the tools, personnel to mount unprecedented attack on blight

Every neighborhood in Memphis and Shelby County has the right to be free from the negative effects of vacant, abandoned and blighted properties. That’s the battle cry of the Memphis Blight Elimination Charter, a 23-page pledge that will steer policy and programs dedicated to blight eradication.

Memphis Presence Helps Turn Tide on Controversial Legislation

The Tennessee Legislature’s de-annexation debate is over for now. But the bill’s effect on the Memphis-Capitol Hill relationship has left a larger political imprint than the proposal.


Doctors Applaud End of Tennessee's Fetal Assault Law

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Brittany Hudson was pregnant, addicted to painkillers and afraid of a Tennessee law that calls for the arrest of mothers of drug-dependent babies. She eventually gave birth without medical help, on the side of a road in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.


Mississippi's Renasant Completes $59M Georgia Bank Purchase

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi-based regional bank Renasant Corp. has completed its acquisition of Georgia-based KeyWorth Bank for $59 million in stock.


Job-Seekers Return at Fastest Pace Since Before Recession

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans are flooding back into the job market at the fastest pace since before the Great Recession, encouraged by steady hiring and some signs of higher pay.

Orders for Lower-Priced Tesla Hit 198,000

HAWTHORNE, Calif. (AP) – Demand for Tesla Motors' new lower-priced electric car surprised even the company's CEO Friday as 198,000 people plunked down $1,000 deposits to reserve their vehicles.

Orders for Lower-Priced Tesla Hit 198,000

HAWTHORNE, Calif. (AP) – Demand for Tesla Motors' new lower-priced electric car surprised even the company's CEO Friday as 198,000 people plunked down $1,000 deposits to reserve their vehicles.

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