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VOL. 132 | NO. 110 | Friday, June 2, 2017

Mackin Renews Trezevant Grade-Tampering Allegations, Goes Public With More

When Ronnie Mackin, the principal of Trezevant High School, reported a discrepancy last September in the transcript grades of some football players at his school and their grades in the same areas in other student records last October, Shelby County Schools officials were quick to say the school system had “the utmost confidence” in Mackin.

Memphis' First Storm Damage Estimate Tops $9 Million

One of the more striking sites Rodney Wakefield has seen since Saturday’s storm that raked the city was a “for sale” sign in a yard where a large tree had fallen after being uprooted from the ground near the sign.

Southern Heritage Classic Founder Touts Value of Annual, One-Off Events

When he came up with the idea of an annual football game in Memphis between the teams of two historically black universities with large alumni bases locally, Fred Jones had two primary goals for what he called the Southern Heritage Classic.

Rickie Fowler to Play in FedEx St. Jude Classic

Rickie Fowler, the No. 12 golfer in the world, will play in next week’s FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind.

Last Word: Recovery Day 6, Trezevant Allegations Resurface and Memphis Is Hard

There is some debate about how the Memorial Day weekend storm compares to the Ice Storm of 1994 and Hurricane Elvis in 2003. A city public works supervisor who is a veteran of both earlier incidents weighed in this week as Mayor Jim Strickland stopped by Collins Yard to rally the city’s troops in the recovery effort. Rodney Wakefield also had a lot to say about what motivates city workers to tackle this hard work in a sweltering spring and do it as quickly and as safely as possible.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
60.0°F
A Few Clouds
Wind: South at 12.7 mph
Humidity: 56%

EVENTS

The 2017 Explore Memphis kickoff party will be held Friday, June 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. Events include author talks/signings, music, crafts and more, and the library’s community partners will be on hand to provide info on opportunities for library card holders this summer. Visit memphislibrary.org/explorememphis for a schedule.

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OrthoMemphis Calls Its First NUsurface Implant a Success

Dr. Tim Goldsmith, chief clinical officer at Youth Villages, had never been a guinea pig before, but now he is glad he was. Last year, Goldsmith became the first person in Tennessee to receive meniscus replacement surgery through his involvement with an ongoing clinical trial in Memphis for Active Implants’ NUsurface meniscus implant device.

International Medical Corps’ Portable Hospital Finds Home At FedEx

Valued at more than $2 million, International Medical Corps’ massive field hospital has yet to save even a single life since it was constructed five years ago.

Memphis Airport to Receive $5.3 Million Federal Grant

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority will receive a $5.3 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, according to U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

SPORTS

Baseball Brawl: It’s in the DNA Of Players, Part of Unwritten Rules

Memphis Redbirds manager Stubby Clapp and his family were out to dinner the other night when the replay of the San Francisco Giants-Washington Nationals brawl flashed across the television screen.

Tale of a Lost Tiger: Woods Can’t Go Much Lower

Sometimes context can be found in the most obvious of places. Right now, at pgatour.com, Tiger Woods shows up as the 876th-ranked golfer in the world.

Titans Poised to Break Free of Weak AFC South

When Marcus Mariota participated on the first day of the Titans’ recent organized team activities – OTAs for you hardcore NFL fans – it sent two messages to the rest of the AFC South:

Former Vol Gault Sprints Into State Sports Hall of Fame

It was way back in 1980 that John Ward, the University of Tennessee’s legendary former play-by-play man, delivered one of his more memorable lines.

SEC Coaches Unanimously Object to NCAA Recruiting Reforms

DESTIN, Fla. (AP) – Southeastern Conference coaches unanimously agree on one topic at the league's spring meetings this week: They disapprove of NCAA recruiting reforms passed in May.

MARTHA KELLY'S MEMPHIS

Snapshot: East Memphis Anchor

As graduation season wraps up, Memphis artist Martha Kelly paints this iconic image of Christian Brothers High School on Walnut Grove Road. Martha’s illustrations of Bluff City life and culture appear monthly in The Daily News and The Memphis News. To see more of her work, visit marthakellyart.com.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Tiresome Behavior

ENOUGH ALREADY. Even after months of mediation, after an agreed-upon compromise, after the appointment of a committee and the committee’s selection of a master planner, after the Overton Park Conservancy put up $250,000 toward the plan, after the council voted to take the Conservancy’s money … even after all of that … the Memphis Zoo stiffed the conservancy, the city, and you and me. 

529 Plans – What You Should Know

Ray’s Take This August, I will be the proud parent of college freshman. With that pride comes the bills for tuition, room and board, books, etc. 

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Trump Says US Will Abandon Global Climate Accord

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump said Thursday he was withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, striking a major blow to worldwide efforts to combat climate change and distancing the country from many allies abroad. He said the U.S. would try to negotiate re-entry on better terms.

STATEWIDE

Media Group Sues State to Release Outsourcing Records

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A media group has filed a lawsuit to get the state of Tennessee to release records about its attempt to outsource services at Fall Creek Falls State Park.

Magistrate Recommends Against Throwing Out Pilot Execs’ Statements

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A federal magistrate is recommending against throwing out statements two executives made to federal agents when they raided the headquarters of a truck stop chain owned by the family of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

Amid Trump Orders, Nashville Mulls Sanctuary City-Like Rules

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Nashville officials are pushing to adopt sanctuary city-like standards in response to President Donald Trump's policies on immigration.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Walmart Testing Store Employee Delivery of US Online Orders

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) – In its latest effort to compete with online giant Amazon, Walmart is testing a delivery service using its own store employees, who will deliver packages ordered online while driving home from their regular work shifts.

American Express to Solely Take Over the Hilton Credit Card

NEW YORK (AP) – American Express will become the exclusive credit card issuer for Hilton Hotels, the company said Thursday, a major success for a business that has been facing increased competition.

US ECONOMY

US Job Market Looks Solid 8 Years After Recession Ended

WASHINGTON (AP) – Exactly eight years after the Great Recession ended, the U.S. job market has settled into a sweet spot of steadily solid growth.

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