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VOL. 133 | NO. 120 | Friday, June 15, 2018

Bird Electric Scooters Debut Friday in Memphis

The electric scooter start-up Bird launches a fleet of 200 of the scooters in Memphis Friday, June 15, at 3:30 p.m. in Court Square.

Fred's Prepares to Sell Retail Pharmacy Business

Memphis-based Fred’s Inc. wants to sell its retail pharmacies, which would effectively reverse much, if not all, of its efforts to shed its discount-store identity in a transition to personal health care. Fred’s has hired an adviser to talk with potential buyers of its retail pharmacy business, company leaders announced Thursday, June 14, as it reported quarterly financial results to analysts.

TBA Gubernatorial Forum Focuses on Criminal Justice Reform

Four of the major contenders for Tennessee governor told the annual convention of the Tennessee Bar Association Thursday, June 14, that they each favor keeping the state attorney general a position appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

SNAPSHOT: PRIZM Ensemble Camp Strikes a Chord

The ninth annual PRIZM Ensemble Music Camp and International Chamber Music Festival at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church, directed by Roderick Vester, gives young musicians chamber coaching as well as a chance to perform in recitals and concerts with PRIZM faculty. The concerts, which are open to the public, continue through Saturday, June 23. General admission is $20 for adults, $10 for students and free for children under 12.

Last Word: Bird Is The Word, Governors Quartet and Charlie Morris's Secret

Former Vice President Joe Biden plays the Orpheum Friday evening. Maybe that isn't the right way to put it -- unless there's a drum solo no one is talking about. Free Bird?

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: Southwest at 5.8 mph
Humidity: 79%


The Memphis Juneteenth Urban Music Festival returns Friday through Sunday, June 15-17, in Robert R. Church Park, 345 Beale St. The annual event features live music, vendors, senior activities, kids zone and more. Admission is free. Visit memphisjuneteenth.com.

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Morris' Secret Helped Pass Civil Rights Cold Case Laws

Charlie Morris was known for decades as a political operative who defined a brand of grassroots-style campaigning and political involvement in North Memphis. He and his late wife, Alma, operating out of a barber shop in a Quonset hut off Chelsea Avenue, endorsed candidates and worked for them at the polls – going door-to-door in their neighborhood in what was the most basic kind of political organizing.

City Turns 22 Major Streets Back Over to TDOT

A decades-long contract under which the city of Memphis maintains 22 state routes or highways on behalf of the state of Tennessee is coming to an end.

Harris and Lenoir Clash in First General Election Mayoral Debate

The two contenders for Shelby County mayor on the Aug. 2 ballot differed Wednesday, June 13, on leadership experience and whether county government has been breaking ground on important issues or has taken too long to act on those issues.

Haslam Says Immigration Issues Have Little to Do With Being Governor

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has been watching the television ads in the Republican primary race for governor – especially the ads about immigration and pledges to help President Donald Trump build a wall at the border with Mexico.

Startups Dive Into 2018 Summer of Acceleration

Now in their fourth year as partners on the Summer of Acceleration entrepreneurial program, EPIcenter, Start Co. and Memphis Bioworks Foundation are helping to foster success for promising startup companies across different industries.


Carpenter Talks Strikeouts, Coaching and the State of Baseball

Of all the starting pitchers that followed Bob Gibson to the mound in a St. Louis Cardinals uniform, perhaps none came as close to matching Gibson’s fierceness as Chris Carpenter did. In nine seasons with the Cardinals, he won a Cy Young Award, a franchise-high 10 playoff games, and was part of two World series-winning teams (2006 and 2011) and four National League pennant-winning clubs.

UT’s Holdsclaw Finds Joy in Finding Herself

Identity is the fundamental premise of the human condition. Who are you? Until that’s comfortably resolved, nothing else is able to fall into place.


Grizzlies Controlling Owner Robert Pera as Elusive as Ever

Part of me wants to give Robert Pera a pass. Or at least the benefit of the doubt. Because at the end of it all, what matters most is this:


Eye-opening internship leads lawyer back to St. Jude

Kaleigh Davis always knew she wanted to make a difference, but it took some divine intervention to change her course. “I’ve always wanted to do the cliché of ‘helping people’ and not just work to make money but to make a difference, however that may be,” she says. As Associate Counsel at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Davis is tasked with duties typical of any attorney, but her client is more than unique.


Bittersweet Memories

DOWN HOME UP THERE. We drove to Syracuse recently to visit our daughter and son-in-law. She’s taken a marketing and communications job with the university and he’s moving his sales career up there as well.

Weigh Your Options For Long-Term Care

Ray’s Take: As of August 2017, the oldest person alive was a 117–year-old woman named Violet Brown from Jamaica. And when I scrolled through the list of the top 100 oldest people alive, only three were men. I’ll let you try and make sense of that.


Police seek help in toddler's fatal shooting 1 year ago

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Police are reaching out to the public for help in solving the fatal shooting of a 2-year-old Tennessee girl one year ago.


Appeals Court Considers Woman's Challenge to Life Sentence

CINCINNATI (AP) — Federal appeals judges said Thursday they're considering asking the Tennessee Supreme Court to clarify whether a woman serving a life sentence for killing a man when she was 16 can ever gain parole.

Tennessee Woman Accused in Officer's Death Takes Plea Deal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A woman charged in the death of a Tennessee police officer who tried to help her has taken a plea deal.


Arkansas Senate Leaders Propose Ethics Rules Overhaul

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Senate leaders are calling for an overhaul of the chamber's ethics and conflict-of-interest rules a week after a lawmaker who is also the governor's nephew was implicated in a bribery and corruption probe.

Mississippi City Could be Getting First Casino

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Developers are looking to build the first casino in the Mississippi Gulf Coast city of Long Beach.


Etsy raises fees and revenue outlook, shares soar

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (AP) — Etsy's stock is soaring after the online crafts company announced an increase in fees and boosted its revenue outlook for the year.

Microsoft follows Amazon in pursuit of cashier-less stores

Microsoft is working on automated checkout technology that could help retailers compete with Amazon's new cashier-less stores.

South Dakota high court dismisses appeal against Keystone XL

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — South Dakota's Supreme Court this week dismissed an appeal from opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, saying a lower court lacked jurisdiction to hear their cases.


Trump accused in lawsuit of misusing charitable foundation

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's attorney general sued President Donald Trump and his foundation Thursday, accusing him of illegally using the charity's money to settle disputes involving his business empire and to promote his political fortunes during his run for the White House.

U.S. to open temporary shelter in Texas for immigrant children

HOUSTON (AP) — Federal authorities say they will open a temporary shelter for unaccompanied immigrant children in far west Texas as existing facilities reach capacity.

Justices strike down Minnesota voter clothing restrictions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down Minnesota's broad restrictions on voters wearing "political" hats, T-shirts and pins to the polls, but said states can place limits on such apparel.

Fewer US teens smoking, doing drugs ... and drinking milk

NEW YORK (AP) — Fewer U.S. teens are smoking, having sex and doing drugs these days. Oh, and they're drinking less milk, too.

Raised in the projects: San Fran elects black woman mayor

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco's incoming mayor knows the yawning gap between rich and poor firsthand, having been raised by her grandmother in the city's drug- and violence-riddled projects.

Morris' Secret Helped Pass Civil Rights Cold Case Laws

Charlie Morris was known for decades as a political operative who defined a brand of grassroots-style campaigning and political involvement in North Memphis. He and his late wife, Alma, operating out of a barber shop in a Quonset hut off Chelsea Avenue, endorsed candidates and worked for them at the polls – going door-to-door in their neighborhood in what was the most basic kind of political organizing.

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