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VOL. 131 | NO. 131 | Friday, July 1, 2016

Strickland Unveils Greensward Solution, Zoo Not Happy

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has put forth his plan to end parking on the Overton Park Greensward.

Aretha Franklin’s Childhood Home Safe for Now

Aretha Franklin’s birthplace at 406 Lucy Ave. in South Memphis is getting an encore. Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter has suspended his demolition order for six weeks to give some breathing room to the LeMoyne-Owen College Community Development Corp.’s recently revived campaign to turn the house into a museum.

Loeb Looking to Build Homes Near University of Memphis

Loeb Properties has a piece of University of Memphis-area land under contract for purchase and the eventual construction of single-family homes.

Frank Stokes, Epitome of the ‘Memphis Sound,’ Given Just Memorial

Nathaniel Kent remembers his grandfather as an older man in his 70s by the mid-1950s who came over with his guitar – ill and near the end of his life.

Shelby County Budget Shuffle Endures

By the end of Shelby County government’s budget season, a lot of paper was being passed around the County Commission chambers.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Partly Cloudy
Wind: South at 10.4 mph
Humidity: 66%


Gallery Ten Ninety One will host an opening reception for the 35th Juried Exhibition of the Tennessee Watercolor Society on Friday, July 1, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the WKNO Digital Media Center, 7151 Cherry Farms Drive. The exhibit of 30 selected paintings will be on display through July 28. Visit wkno.org or call 901-458-2521.

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Last Word: Highlander, Aretha's House and When The Old Daisy Was New

There is Highland Row and Highland Strip and they do not meet, although they are just a short walk from one another near the University of Memphis.

Mayor Strickland Defends Anonymity Of Memphis Police Director Applicants

Releasing the names of everyone who has applied for the job of Memphis Police Director would have “a chilling effect” on good candidates for the critical public safety post and “hurt public safety,” Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland says.


Hattiloo’s Bandele: ‘It’s a Supply and Demand Thing’

When you see Ekundayo Bandele in his sleek, contemporary Midtown office, dressed sharp in a tie and freshly shined shoes, phone dinging constantly, you might think he was born to be a theater impresario. 


Grizzlies Like Draft Results, But Still Need Conley to Run the Show

Not a lot of films have their world premieres in Memphis. But if it is summer and the Grizzlies have a crucial player becoming a free agent, then it’s time for a Craig Brewer short film.

Summitt’s Story Recalls Love of the Game

Somehow it seems fitting that as the NBA prepares to throw around Monopoly money in what promises to be the most insane summer of free agency to date, we are also looking back at how Pat Summitt got started coaching women’s basketball at the University of Tennessee.


Sweet Sounds From The Shell

The Stax Music Academy played June 25 as part of the Levitt Shell’s 2016 Free Music Concert Series. The concert series at the Overton Park venue, which recently got a $4 million upgrade, continues Thursdays through Sundays until the end of July.


Money and Marriage – Have This Discussion First

Ray’s Take It may not sound very romantic, but financial compatibility really is a key ingredient in building a lasting relationship. According to a GoBankingRates.com survey, the biggest deal breaker in a relationship is overspending, followed closely by debt and financial honesty.

Different But Not Less

THIS IS MINISTRY, BABY. Sometimes we don’t see the difference we can make right where we are.

Reader: Investing in All Students is Overdue, Critical

I’m super-thankful for the commitment of Shelby County Commissioners led by chairman Terry Roland and budget chairman Van Turner to add critically needed funds for the 2017 Shelby County Schools (SCS) budget approved Wednesday, June 29. I’m also very thankful to Superintendent Hopson and the SCS board members along with organizations like Stand for Children, Black Lives Matter and petition signers who advocated for a budget that refused to slash some core academic programs and staff.


GOP Lawmakers Present Alternative to Insure Tennessee Plan

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – GOP lawmakers are making the case for a more limited approach to Medicaid expansion than was envisioned by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee proposal.


Jonesboro Fairgrounds Sold to Church

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) – A Jonesboro church has purchased the fairgrounds site just north of the city for $6.65 million, but the Northeast Arkansas District Fair will be held there as scheduled.


Amazon 'Prime Day' Sales Gimmick is Back This July

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon is renewing its "Prime Day" July sales gimmick as Wal-Mart also tries to go after online shoppers.

Rad Return: Crystal Pepsi Coming Back to Shelves for Summer

PURCHASE, N.Y. (AP)PepsiCo is bringing back the 1990s this summer with an eight-week release of Crystal Pepsi, one of the iconic beverages of that decade.


Google Calendar Outage Leaves Users Frustrated

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) – Google says it expects to have Google Calendar up and running normally following widespread reports of an outage.


FDA Warns Against Eating Raw Cookie Dough Amid E. Coli Fears

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a warning that's sure to disappoint many who enjoy sneaking a taste of cookie dough, federal regulators said this week that people should not eat raw dough or batter of any kind due to an ongoing outbreak of illnesses related to a strain of E. coli bacteria found in some recalled flour.

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