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VOL. 133 | NO. 154 | Monday, August 6, 2018

Day One

New school year sees historic changes shift to putting down roots

Five school years into the historic merger and demerger of public education in Shelby County, the start of the sixth school year classes this month shows the change is establishing very real roots.

East High Sportsplex Has Broader Goal

The first day of the school year usually finds those who run the seven public school districts within Shelby County thinking much further ahead. The start of the school year is something that may have consumed their thoughts about the time they were taking down the Christmas tree last December and preparing for the start of the calendar year.

The Week Ahead: Aug. 6-12

Good morning, Memphis! It’s that time of year again when backpacks, books and buses are on the minds of families around the county. Here’s to a prosperous year for the students of Shelby County Schools and a first day that is safe and fun.  

Last Word: DEB Comes to Memphis, Collierville's New School and Lamar Avenue

At the end of an eventful week on several fronts, two of those fronts met Saturday evening in Memphis Park. The park, cleared of all remaining Confederate monuments and markers earlier in the week, was the site of the first Le Diner en Blanc in the city. This is an event that takes place in other cities with the Paris DEB 30 years old and still running.

New $95 Million Collierville High Gets Sunday Open House

“It’s really not as daunting as it looks,” Collierville Schools superintendent John Aitken said Saturday, Aug. 4, as he took reporters on a tour of the $95 million Collierville High School. The new school had its formal opening with a Sunday afternoon ribbon cutting and has its first school day Aug. 13 when the Collierville Schools system academic year begins.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Light Rain
Wind: South at 5.8 mph
Humidity: 68%


The Whitehaven Farmers Market, hosted by Methodist South Hospital, is open Monday, Aug. 6, from noon to 5 p.m. in front of Methodist South’s Medical Office Complex, 1300 Wesley Drive. Shop locally grown fruits and vegetables, then visit the University of Tennessee Extension booth, Farmers’ Market Fresh, for children’s activities, food demonstrations, recipes and more. The market continues Mondays through Sept. 24, except for Sept. 3. For more information, call 901-516-3580.

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FedEx Becomes Jersey Sponsor for Grizzlies

Conley says he’s on pace to be ready for season

FedEx Corp. is the Memphis Grizzlies’ first-ever jersey sponsor and the local delivery company's logo will be integrated into the team’s three newly designed Nike uniforms. Additionally, the Grizzlies in a special event Thursday night at FedExForum, introduced a refreshed logo, icon and word-mark as a part of a reimagined “brand identity” and announced a new design for the court at FedExForum.

Harris Claims County Mayor, Democrats Sweep Other Countywide Offices

State Sen. Lee Harris easily beat County Trustee David Lenoir to become the next Shelby County mayor in the Thursday, Aug. 2, county general election, leading a Democratic resurgence in county politics.

Around Memphis: August 6, 2018

The Daily News offers a weekly roundup of Memphis-related headlines from around the web, adding context and new perspectives to the original content we produce on a daily basis. Here are some recent stories worth checking out…

Norvell Announces Two Roster Additions during Media Day

Memphis football coach Mike Norvell announced the addition of Corteze Love and Nigel Brannon to the team’s roster during the Tigers annual Media Day Thursday, Aug. 2.


Commercial Appeal, Amazon Eying New Locations

262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 -
The $412 million advanced research center at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital took another step forward Thursday, July 26, when a new building permit application was filed for $330 million.


Long, Winding Road

Relief for Lamar Avenue congestion finally in sight

Considered by many to be the main artery of Memphis’ robust logistical and distribution network, the Lamar Avenue Corridor has long been clogged by its own narrow lanes and outdated capacity. 

Editorial: Police Surveillance Requires Oversight

The city’s release of 330 pages of previously sealed documents from the federal court case on police surveillance clearly shows police have kept tabs on protesters.

August 3-9, 2018: This week in Memphis history

1973: On the front page of The Daily News, State Representative Harold Ford touts a legal opinion from the Tennessee Attorney General’s office on the redrawing of U.S. House district lines by the legislature. Shelby County election commissioners contend they control the use of precinct boundaries in setting those lines not the legislature. The legal opinion says the legislature has the power to set the boundaries and a local body cannot overrule or change that. Ford would run in the 8th Congressional district election the next year, taking the Democratic primary and claiming the seat in the general election in an upset of Republican incumbent Dan Kuykendall.


Bluff City Bourbon

North Memphis distillery rolls out new local brand

Tucked away in a nondescript North Memphis warehouse, Big River Distilling Company has been quietly crafting, barreling and aging its arsenal of small batch whiskeys and bourbons. But since this process takes years to see to fruition, they decided to lay low until the time was right to unveil their brand to the public.

Chamber Taps New Economic Development SVP

With a new focus on proactive rather than reactive recruitment, the Greater Memphis Chamber has hired Eric Miller as its new senior vice president of economic development. 

Commercial Appeal Looking at New Spot Downtown

The Commercial Appeal building was a nexus of local news coverage for Memphis and the Mid-South for nearly a half-century, but The CA won’t be operating out of its 495 Union Ave. location for the first time since the Ford Administration.

Cardinals Give Up on $14 Million Man Greg Holland

Finally, the St. Louis Cardinals could take no more. On Friday, they designated would-be closer Greg Holland for assignment. Holland was signed to a one-year $14 million contract and was expected to be a key piece in making the 2018 team competitive for the postseason.

Council Chairman Pushes Back Against Criticism

The end of Memphis City Council sessions has long been the place for issues and complaints not on the council agenda. The time reserved for citizens to speak their mind is where some of the broadest criticism is leveled at city leaders. There is also no level of detail that is considered too great for some of the speakers.


Human Case of West Nile Virus Confirmed in Tennessee

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee health officials say they have confirmed a human case of West Nile virus in Shelby County.


Police: Arkansas Man Tried to Steal Jet to go to Concert

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Police say an Arkansas man accused of trying to steal a commercial jet told investigators he thought piloting the plane would involve little more than pushing buttons and pulling levers.

Arkansas Adoptees Get Access to Birth Records

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas adoptees now have the opportunity to access their once-sealed birth files.

Report Points to Lapse in Key Data in Mississippi Bus Crash

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — More than a year after a train slammed into a bus stuck on a railroad crossing on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and killed four people, investigators report that local officials and the railroad, CSX Corp., were well aware the crossing was a trouble spot, but the information does not appear to have been reflected in the GPS mapping program the bus driver used.

Mississippi Governor: Hyde-Smith Was Right Choice for Senate

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's Republican governor said he's satisfied he chose the right person to temporarily fill a U.S. Senate seat, even while acknowledging that some of his own supporters passionately disagree with his decision.


Walmart Testing Automated Carts to Speed Up Grocery Orders

NEW YORK (AP) – Walmart is testing automated carts that retrieve bins of groceries from storage as it tries to speed up the process of packaging online orders to send out or bringing to customers at their cars.

US Stocks Mostly Higher After Solid Jobs Report for July

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are mostly higher Friday after the Labor Department said hiring remained solid in July. Larger companies climbed while smaller, U.S.-focused companies lagged the rest of the market. There was little immediate reaction to China's threat to put tariffs on $60 billion in American goods. Bond prices edged higher, sending yields lower. Food companies and other big-dividend stocks climbed.

Jury Tells Pork Giant to Pay $473.5M in Nuisance Lawsuit

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal jury decided Friday that the world's largest pork producer should pay $473.5 million to neighbors of three North Carolina industrial-scale hog farms for unreasonable nuisances they suffered from odors, flies and rumbling trucks

US Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.9 Percent as Hiring Slows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Employers pulled back on hiring in July, but the job gains were still enough to lower the U.S. unemployment rate a tick to 3.9 percent from 4 percent.

Will Economic Boom Complicate Curbing Immigration?

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of President Donald Trump's priorities, low unemployment, is complicating another: curbing immigration.


Astronauts Picked for SpaceX, Boeing Capsule Test Flights

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA on Friday assigned the astronauts who will ride the first commercial capsules into orbit next year and bring crew launches back to the U.S.

Trump Rips LeBron James' Smarts Hours Before Rally in Ohio

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Ahead of campaigning in Ohio on Saturday, President Donald Trump unleashed a withering attack on the state's favorite son, savaging LeBron James in a late-night tweet that derided the intelligence of one of the nation's most prominent African-American men.

Twin Northern California Fires Force Thousands to Flee Homes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twin wildfires fueled by dry vegetation and hot, windy weather continued to grow Saturday in Northern California, destroying 55 homes and forcing thousands of residents to flee their neighborhoods.

'Hazardous' Smoky Air Shuts Yosemite in Peak Tourist Season

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yosemite National Park's iconic cliffs are shrouded in so much smoke from nearby wildfires that the air quality is worse than anywhere in America and is rivaling Beijing.

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