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VOL. 131 | NO. 141 | Friday, July 15, 2016

BLM Movement Leaders Add to Demands, Conley Says 'Time To Speak Up'

The city’s Black Lives Matter movement doesn’t have a single leader or “figure head” and shouldn’t be oversimplified, said a coalition of several groups involved in the protests.

Grizzlies Officially Sign Conley to Long-Term Contract

Mike Conley said "it's great to be back" Thursday, July 14, after signing a multi-year contract to remain with the Memphis Grizzlies. 

Zoo Steps Up Campaign For Old Forest Trams

The Memphis Zoo is pushing for “eco-friendly new trams” to run through Overton Park’s Old Forest in an email appeal to zoo members sent Thursday, July 14.

Snapshot: Cultural Tribute Lights Up Memphis Corner

A new piece of public art is going up on the southwest corner of the Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division parking garage Downtown. The UrbanArt Commission and city of Memphis called for entries that would display the city’s rich African-American and cultural heritage. The winning design is by Michael Roy and Derrick Dent. The 70-foot-tall mural at South Main and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue should be completed in the next couple of weeks.

Last Word: Conley Makes It Official, No "Figure Heads" and Early Voting Opens

Mike Conley signed on the dotted line about an hour before the press conference confirming that he and the Grizz front office have closed on the deal that makes him the highest paid player in NBA history… for now.

Local Weather
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Humidity: 68%

EVENTS

The Orpheum Theatre Summer Movie Series will feature two movies on Friday, July 15: a matinee of “Muppet Treasure Island” at 2 p.m. and “North by Northwest” at 7 p.m., both at The Halloran Centre, 225 S. Main St. Adult tickets are $8 for each movie; children 12 and younger are $6. Visit orpheum-memphis.com.

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UHI Home a Model for Design

A Raleigh house built nearly 50 years ago will rise as a national model for design techniques that render homes accessible for those experiencing limited mobility as a result of aging.

Early Voting Opens For The Aug. 4 Election

Early voting opens Friday, July 15, in advance of the Aug. 4 election day in Shelby County and across Tennessee.

On the Line of Scrimmage, Color Doesn’t Matter

HOOVER, Ala. – Politicians love to tell us that young people are our future. It’s mostly an empty cliché used to bridge one vague policy position to another, something to fill space instead of trying to offer a real solution to a real problem.

Baptist Hires Disparity Coordinator For Breast Program at Women’s Center

A 2014 study by the Avon Foundation found that black women in Memphis are more than twice as likely to die from breast cancer as white women. That helps convey why Venecia Harris is one of the newest hires at Baptist Women’s Health Center in Memphis.

Big River Crossing View Debuts Online Until October

The view from the Big River Crossing that debuted online Thursday, July 14, shows just how wide the Mississippi River is at Memphis.

THE TIPPING POINT

Mahoro Lives the American Dream — and Pays It Forward

Memphis stands at the threshold of incredible possibility. In this column, we introduce innovative Memphians who are driving our city forward and forging its future success.

STARTUP CONFIDENTIAL

Sharkey: Know Where You Want to Go

It’s probably not surprising that it took a while to catch up with Neko Sharkey for an in-person interview. Sharkey is a classic multitasker: An engineer by training, he’s the founder and owner of Environmental Advantage Group, which provides risk management for banks, environmental compliance for construction companies, and support for other engineering firms. Sharkey is also a pastor at New Hope Baptist Church, a husband and the father of three daughters.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Agreeing on Retirement Issues – Start Early

Ray’s Take Communication is the key to avoiding conflict in any aspect of life. And retirement issues are no exception.

To Zoo. Zooed. Zooing.

YOU’VE BEEN ZOOED. That headline is indicative of the last few months. In fact, it’s the indicative present perfect usage of the new verb this city has created.

Eventually, MSU’s Mullen May Take the Hit

HOOVER, Ala. – After recent events, it’s good to remember that not everyone is a sell-out.

MEMPHIS AREA

Court Date Delayed for Olive Branch Lawmaker Charged in Fight

OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (AP) — A court date has been delayed for a Mississippi state senator, his father and two other men charged after a fight in a subdivision last week.

STATEWIDE

Tenn. Police Look to Keep Peace at Black Lives Matter Protests

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police in several major Tennessee cities have indicated they made a concerted effort to avoid arrests and maintain peace during recent Black Lives Matter protests.

Democratic Women to Address Lawmaker Sexual Harassment Report

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A group of Democratic women plans to address a report that found Republican state Rep. Jeremy Durham used his position to sexually harass at least 22 female interns, lobbyists, staff and political workers.

US ECONOMY

US Producer Prices Rose in June at Fastest Pace in 13 Months

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prices charged by U.S. producers rose in June at the fastest pace in 13 months, reflecting a big jump in the price of gasoline and other energy products.

Average US Mortgage Rates Move Little; Near Historic Lows

WASHINGTON (AP) – Long-term U.S. mortgage rates moved little this week, remaining near historically low levels in the wake of financial disarray in Europe.

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