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VOL. 132 | NO. 101 | Monday, May 22, 2017

Present Day Issues Surface in Centennial of Persons Lynching

The interfaith prayer ceremony Sunday, May 21, marking the centennial of the lynching of Ell Persons included several mentions of the removal of Confederate monuments in the last month in New Orleans.

The Week Ahead: May 22-28

Happy Monday, Memphis! School is almost over for the year, and you have plenty of chances to get outside in the coming days for the unofficial start of summer – from 901Fest at Tom Lee Park to the opening of the Splash Park at the Children’s Museum. Check out details on those and more events you need to know about in The Week Ahead…

Barbecue Decoy Surfaces As Overton Square Protest

Several dozen people staged a street theater protest in Overton Square Saturday, May 20, after a decoy call for a protest Downtown at the Memphis In May International Barbecue Cooking Contest.

CEO: Wunderlich Acquisition ‘A Good Thing for Memphis’

In providing context for his firm’s pending acquisition by a Los Angeles-based financial services firm, Wunderlich Securities Inc. CEO Gary Wunderlich explained that “there’s been a ton of consolidation in our industry,” and that “size and scale matter.”

Last Word: Centennial, Hackett Retires -- Sort Of and Baseball Dreams

Monday marks 100 years since a mob took Ell Persons off a train and to the Macon Road Bridge across the Wolf River and burned him alive. It was the lynching that gave birth to the Memphis Branch NAACP one month later. The national NAACP field office investigator who came to Memphis at great personal peril to investigate Person’s death was none other than James Weldon Johnson, the man who also composed “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

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Partly Cloudy
Wind: South at 4.6 mph
Humidity: 79%


Germantown Community Library will hold an Estate Planning Basics workshop Tuesday, May 23, at 6:30 p.m. at 1925 Exeter Road. Explore the fundamentals of successful estate planning from Lansky Law Firm. Pre-registration required; call 901-757-7323.

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Former St. Benedict, U of M Pitcher Sam Moll One Step Away From the Bigs

Lefthander Sam Moll was good as a freshman and sophomore pitching at the University of Memphis. But as a junior in 2013, the St. Benedict at Auburndale High School product was something beyond dominant.

Bike Summit Features Call for Changes in Push for Bike Ways

The city’s former bicycle and pedestrian coordinator who put the city on the map nationally for bike lanes and bikeways says bicycle advocates have to think differently.

Memphis Retail Brokers Preparing for Largest Event of the Year in Vegas

This week more than 37,000 retail real estate professionals from 58 countries will gather in Las Vegas for the International Council of Shopping Centers’ annual RECon convention.

Hackett Retires From CMOM to Devote Effort to Grand Carousel Fundraising

Former Memphis Mayor Richard C. Hackett is retiring as CEO of the Children’s Museum of Memphis in June to devote his attention to fundraising for the institution he helped create 30 years ago. Hackett became leader of the museum in 2006.


Dream a Baseball Dream

Memphis area produces more than its share of college, pro and MLB players

Memphis is Hoops City, a hotbed of premier basketball talent. That’s why University of Memphis basketball coach Tubby Smith is under pressure. The best of those hometown players on his team, Dedric Lawson, has transferred to the University of Kansas and everyone’s worried Smith won’t get the elite local talent going forward.

Editorial: Addressing Memphis' Most Important Crime Issue

If Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings could snap his fingers and suddenly have a police force of 2,500 officers, that in and of itself probably wouldn’t have stopped what happened the night of May 12 in Midtown or a day later in Whitehaven.

May 19-25, 2017: This week in Memphis history

1917: Ell Persons is lynched by a mob of more than 5,000 people at the Macon Road Bridge. Authorities concluded Persons had murdered and raped Antoinette Rappel because they believed the dead girl’s eyes had retained an image of Persons – a practice law enforcement once used that has been thoroughly discredited.


Trader Joe’s Developer Pulls Out of Project

A representative with Centennial American Properties, the developers of a planned Trader Joe's location on Exeter Road, told The Daily News Friday, May 12, the company no longer has any property in Germantown, leaving the future of the oft-delayed project in question.

Senses Nightclub Reopens, Raising Zoning Questions

Senses, the controversial nightclub located at 2866 Poplar Ave., mysteriously reopened Saturday, May 6, after sitting empty for several years. And it has plans to continue operations, which may be in direct violation of the local zoning laws.

Large Section of Cooper-Young Flourishing

The Mount Arlington neighborhood located in the eastern section of Cooper-Young in Midtown Memphis has been expanding with new growth. Investors, rehabbers and builders have been cultivating the area, causing average sales prices to jump significantly.

Corky’s Targets Millennials With Store Upgrades, UberEATS

Corky’s BBQ is chasing a new generation of customers it wants to turn into barbecue fans.

Pending Elvis Week Will Encompass New Amenities

Graceland Plaza is just about all gone. Only a few brick storefronts remained Tuesday, May 16, in the area across Elvis Presley Boulevard from the late entertainer’s mansion. The late 1960s-era shopping center that became the entry point for tours of the mansion starting in the 1980s is being demolished to become a new entry point and green space for the $45 million Elvis Presley’s Memphis complex that opened in March.


'Wait a Minute Mr. Postman': Carrier Accused in Drug Sales

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A U.S. Postal Service mail carrier in Tennessee and 24 other people have been charged in connection with the sale of heroin and other drugs.


Tennessee State University to Get $500K for Goat Meat Study

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee State University is receiving almost a $500,000 federal grant to expand its goat meat research.


Prospect of NAFTA Rewrite Gives US Farmers a Case of Jitters

WASHINGTON (AP) – A sizable majority of rural Americans backed Donald Trump's presidential bid, drawn to his calls to slash environmental rules, strengthen law enforcement and replace the federal health care law.


Volkswagen Has Fix for More Cars in Cheating Scandal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – U.S. and California regulators approved a fix for more Volkswagen cars caught up in the company's emissions cheating scandal, giving their owners an option to keep the vehicles instead of having the automaker buy them back, regulators announced Friday.


Government to Switch to 1 Student Debt Servicing Company

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Education Department has announced it will move servicing of $1.3 trillion in federal student loans to a single provider.

Appeals Court Strikes Down FAA Drone Registration Rule

WASHINGTON (AP) – An appeals court on Friday struck down a Federal Aviation Administration rule that required owners of drones used for recreation to register their craft.

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