MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Four young children were stabbed to death in a gated apartment complex in suburban Memphis on Friday, and the Shelby County Sheriff's Department has charged their mother, Shanynthia Gardner, with first degree murder as well as other charges.
30. Principal Dyson: 'I’ve Made Myself a Qualified Candidate' - Saturday, July 02, 2016
The Music City Miracle run. The outstretched hand reaching toward the goal line in Super Bowl XXXIV. When talk turns to the Tennessee Titans’ glory days and that magical 1999 season, Kevin Dyson’s name always comes up.31. Former Titan Dyson Finally Reaching His Goal - Saturday, July 02, 2016
When is it too late to go back to school and prepare for a new career? Most experts and older students who’ve returned to school at 30, 40, 50 – or even 60 and beyond – will tell you there’s really no limit as long as an older student is motivated and focused.32. Different But Not Less - Friday, July 01, 2016
THIS IS MINISTRY, BABY. Sometimes we don’t see the difference we can make right where we are.
Brian McLaren – pastor and celebrated theologian, activist and prolific author – was here a couple of weeks ago, and he shared some thoughts about his visit in The Huffington Post:33. Grizzlies Like Draft Results, But Still Need Conley to Run the Show - Friday, July 01, 2016
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.34. Symbols of War Keep Dragging Us Down - Thursday, June 30, 2016
More than 150 years ago, we fought our nation’s most bloody war, a conflagration that claimed 620,000 lives, almost as many as were killed in all other American war efforts combined.
Despite the horror of it all, we just can’t seem to learn a lesson, possibly because of Southern hardheadedness, and a century and a half later, we seem doomed to an eternal task: pushing Sisyphus’ rock to the top of a hill only to have it chase us back to the bottom.35. Record July Fourth Travel Forecasted - Thursday, June 30, 2016
Have plans to travel this July Fourth weekend? You’re not alone.
AAA forecasts nearly 43 million Americans will travel this Independence Day weekend. It’s the highest travel volume for July Fourth on record and a half million more than last year.36. Libertas Roof Repairs Raise Questions for SCS - Thursday, June 30, 2016
As expected, the Shelby County Schools board approved two new charter schools for the 2017-2018 school year Tuesday, June 28, and turned down eight other charter applications for now.
What wasn’t expected during the board meeting was approving $165,000 in funding for an emergency roof repair at Libertas School of Memphis, a Montessori method-charter school in Frayser that is part of the state-run Achievement School District.37. Ikea Recalls 29 Million Dressers After 6 Kids Killed - Wednesday, June 29, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) – Ikea is recalling 29 million chests and dressers that can easily tip over and trap children underneath. Six children have been killed and three dozen others injured, and federal safety officials on Tuesday urged consumers to take immediate action.38. Appreciation: Pat Summitt Used the Sport to Empower Women - Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Needing yet another men's basketball coach, Tennessee officials turned to the one person they thought would be perfect to take over the Volunteers program.
Pat Summitt said no.
She wasn't interested in the job in 1994 after Wade Houston was forced out, and she turned it down again when Jerry Green quit in March 2001. A Tennessee governor once joked he wouldn't have his job if Summitt ever wanted to run her home state.39. Time Running Out to Save Aretha Franklin’s Birth Home From Demolition - Monday, June 27, 2016
A local business owner has stepped up with $15,000 to save Aretha Franklin's birth home, but the effort may be too little too late.
The dilapidated house at 406 Lucy Ave. is headed for demolition unless a realistic and fully-funded plan emerges within the week, said Steve Barlow, an attorney with blight-fighting law firm Brewer & Barlow PLC.40. Target-Date Funds, Questions to Ask - Friday, June 24, 2016
Ray’s take: Target-date funds have become one of the most popular retirement plan investment choices in recent years. A target-date fund is a mutual fund that automatically changes its mix of stocks, bonds and cash based on a date of planned retirement. You just determine your retirement date and choose the one closest to that date.41. Born in the Projects, Norman Fights for Social Justice - Friday, June 24, 2016
Keith Norman makes a habit of rising before the sun – and no wonder. As vice president of government affairs at Baptist Memorial Health Care and president of the Memphis branch of the NAACP, he’s got a lot on his plate. But if you want to see him in his element, stop by First Baptist Church on Broad, Sunday morning at 7:45 a.m.42. Pesce: ‘You’ve Already Heard the Worst’ - Friday, June 24, 2016
What kind of gift do you give to the friends and family who have prayed for your sick baby daughter long enough to see her get well, grow up and go to high school?
In Cheryl Pesce’s case, the answer was also the beginning of her successful jewelry design business, which now fills an airy studio space Downtown with chunks of crystal and agate, freshwater pearls, leather hides, and gold, bronze and silver chains. Pesce, 56, who sells directly to customers from her website cherylpesce.com, is in the running for a FedEx Small Business Grant and has submitted a necklace design to Anthropologie.43. From Exhaustion to Endurance - Thursday, June 23, 2016
Not long ago, while waiting in line at the grocery store, I overheard a very weary-looking young father with a baby in his arms and two toddlers sitting in the shopping cart say to the clerk, “My wife is sick, the kids are sick, the baby was up all night, and work is piling up on my desk. I feel like I’m 60.”44. Community Foundation Bucks National Trend With Increase in Donations - Thursday, June 23, 2016
The most recent Giving USA Report showed that Americans are giving more than ever – a record-high rate of more than $1 billion a day ($373.25 billion in 2015) – but that donations to foundations were down.45. Last Word: Farewell Northside, Roland's Stand and Wayne Jackson - Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Northside High School is no more. The Klondike-Smoky City institution graduated its last class last month.
The Shelby County Schools board had voted that same month to give the high school one more school year.46. SCS Board Closes Northside High Immediately - Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Northside High School has graduated its last class.
Shelby County Schools board members voted Tuesday, June 21, to close the North Memphis school effective with the academic year that ended in May.47. Report: More Than a Quarter of Tennessee Children in Poverty - Wednesday, June 22, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Annual Kids Count report on Tennessee says more than a quarter of the state's children live in poverty and worsening economic conditions explain why child well-being in the Volunteer State has dropped from 36 to 38.48. Cox to Lead Asset Management at Lehman-Roberts - Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Matt Cox has been promoted to director of asset management at Lehman-Roberts Co. Cox most recently served as total process reliability coordinator for three years. In his new role, he is responsible for the full lifecycle of all construction equipment supplied to Lehman-Roberts’ operations divisions, including acquiring equipment, maintaining nearly 600 pieces of rolling stock and disposing of equipment as necessary.49. Two of 'Three Gs' Surface Again in SCS-Germantown Talks - Wednesday, June 22, 2016
When Germantown and Shelby County Schools leaders got together in May to talk about a new annual lease for the use of ballfields in Germantown by SCS schools within Germantown, the talks returned to a familiar topic – the three Gs.50. County Commission Delays Budget Votes, Germantown School Talks Surface - Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Shelby County Commissioners delayed final votes on all of the budget matters before them Monday, June 20, until a special meeting next week.
And a proposed sale of two Germantown schools surfaced in the middle of another marathon budget session for commissioners.51. George Lapides: One of a Kind - Friday, June 17, 2016
Almost every George Lapides story, at least for those of us working in Memphis sports media, begins with those first impressions after arriving in town.
Seeing George take over an interview or a press conference and putting on his own full-court press when the subject was trying to skate by with lame, say-nothing answers. 52. Schools Funding Again Center Stage For County Commission - Monday, June 20, 2016
Shelby County commissioners could wrap up most of the formalities Monday of their budget season.
But it will probably take a while.
The biggest issue of the season – school funding – appeared to be resolved with a compromise last week in committee sessions.53. Memphis Design Firm Tapped to Convert NASA Station Into Science Resort - Saturday, June 18, 2016
Memphis-based Haizlip Studio has been hired to help reimagine a former NASA satellite tracking station and Cold War outpost in western North Carolina into a full-service, $40 million science resort complete with an independent research facility and lodging.54. Eye in the Sky: FedEx, Orbis Debut Third-Gen Flying Eye Hospital - Friday, June 17, 2016
Memphis-based FedEx Express and Orbis International debuted the third-generation Orbis Flying Eye Hospital on Thursday, June 16, at the FedEx World Hub.
The Flying Eye Hospital is the world’s only mobile ophthalmic teaching hospital, which was retrofitted on an MD-10 aircraft donated by FedEx in 2011. The aircraft has been custom-designed to provide the best medical training and technology to patients and health care professionals throughout the developing world. It leaves for its inaugural program in Shenyang, China, on Sept. 2.55. With Dad's Help, Ridge Smith Off to Chase His MLB Dream - Friday, June 17, 2016
Over the years, there wasn’t much down time and not a lot of quiet moments. Over the years, there was a sustained echo – the ping, ping, ping of an aluminum bat, and later the whack, whack, whack of a wood bat, squaring up a baseball.56. My Town Miracles Helping Those in Need, One Family at a Time - Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Noel Fenderson, one of the founders of My Town Miracles, tells a story from Mark Allen, the group’s growth marketing secretary.57. Editorial: Memphis’ Violence is a Political Problem - Saturday, June 11, 2016
You didn’t think this would be easy, did you?
If it was, any one of our previous efforts at overcoming a heritage and history of violence as a way of life would have done the trick by now.58. Lehman-Roberts Investing in Memphis Roads, Community - Saturday, June 11, 2016
Lehman-Roberts Co. president Patrick Nelson is right when he says, “What we do is not terribly fancy or glamorous.”59. Lenovo, Google Unveil Phone That Knows Surroundings - Friday, June 10, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A Lenovo smartphone unveiled Thursday will be clever enough to grasp your physical surroundings – such as the room's size and the presence of other people – and potentially transform how we interact with e-commerce, education and gaming.60. It’ll Leave A Mark - Friday, June 10, 2016
THE MARKS WE’RE LEAVING. People were hooking up, shooting up and throwing up in the woods, on benches and in cars and right in front of children on the greensward. Like the weeds, pretty much everywhere. Like the privet, pretty much out of control. Like the shell and the rose garden and the lake and the forest and the picnic grounds and the pride of a city, pretty much left for dead.61. Your Phone May Soon Sense Everything Around You - Thursday, June 09, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Suppose your smartphone is clever enough to grasp your physical surroundings – the room's size, the location of doors and windows and the presence of other people. What could it do with that info?62. Brush With Death Recalled, Part 1 - Thursday, June 09, 2016
I was 50 when I died. April 21, 2002. I can’t forget the date.
A few weeks earlier, I saw an old friend, Cotton, at a memorial service for a mutual friend. In the early 1980s, Cotton and I were in the same golf group. After the service, we reminisced about a golf outing that no one involved could forget.63. ‘Critical Mass’ - Saturday, June 04, 2016
Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson calls it “a brave new world” after four years of unprecedented changes: the merger and demerger of the county’s public schools systems, the rise of charter schools, the formation of both the state-run Achievement School District and locally run Innovation Zone model, and declining SCS enrollment.64. SEC Coaches Saban, Bielema Want to Change NFL Draft Rules - Thursday, June 02, 2016
DESTIN, Fla. (AP) – Alabama's Nick Saban and Arkansas' Bret Bielema would like to see a major change to rules regarding NFL draft entry.
This one is far from a slam dunk.
The high-profile coaches said Tuesday at the Southeastern Conference's annual meetings they would like to see underclassmen who leave school early have the option of returning after testing their prospects for the NFL draft – similar to what happens in college basketball.65. New Grizzlies Coach Fizdale Plans to Win Now - Thursday, June 02, 2016
David Fizdale didn’t leave the Miami Heat, a place where he won two NBA championship rings as an assistant, and the surf and sand of South Beach, to take on a major rebuilding job.
“I’m here to win. That’s the best way I can put it,” Fizdale said during his introductory press conference as the new head coach of the Grizzlies on Tuesday, May 31, at FedExForum. “The goal is to win a title, no doubt about it.”66. Joint SCS-ASD Raleigh School Off for Now, But Debate Continues - Thursday, June 02, 2016
The Shelby County Schools system has turned down a collaboration with the state-run Achievement School District on an Innovation Zone middle school in Raleigh.
SCS will instead turn Raleigh-Egypt High School into a grade 6-12 school, which will compete with the ASD charter school that also opens in August at nearby Raleigh-Egypt Middle School.67. New Grizzlies Coach David Fizdale: 'I'm Here to Win' - Tuesday, May 31, 2016
David Fizdale didn’t leave the Miami Heat, a place where he won two NBA championship rings as an assistant, and the surf and sand of South Beach, to take on a major rebuilding job.
“I’m here to win. That’s the best way I can put it,” Fizdale said during his introductory press conference as the new head coach of the Grizzlies on Tuesday, May 31, at FedExForum. “The goal is to win a title, no doubt about it.”68. The Week Ahead: May 30-June 5 - Monday, May 30, 2016
It's time to get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from a Funkadelic party at the New Daisy to a Day of Merrymaking on the Greensward... 69. GameStop Collecting Funds for St. Jude - Saturday, May 28, 2016
The GameStop video game retailer announced this week that customers of GameStop and its affiliated ThinkGeek brand can donate at the point of purchase for children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital beginning Memorial Day weekend.70. Baker Family Keeps Owen Brennan’s Going - Saturday, May 28, 2016
If you show up on a Sunday for Owen Brennan’s famous brunch, owner Jim Baker will be there to greet you, to say your name and smile at the thought of another round of mimosas being ordered.71. Downsize Your Expenses, Not Your Home - Friday, May 27, 2016
Ray’s Take Millions of baby boomers are approaching, or have arrived at, retirement. Some may find themselves looking around their large homes where they raised their families and deciding they don’t need all that room anymore. The kids have grown up and moved out (maybe) and the money from a sale could really bulk up their retirement funds. It may also be time to consider a downstairs bedroom and other considerations for the next phase in life.72. Legislators Sweating the Small Stuff - Thursday, May 26, 2016
My late father kept a paper weight on his desk at home that read: “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”
Well, we’re sweating the small stuff – from the federal government down to the states – with this harangue over transgender bathrooms.73. GameStop Collecting Funds for St. Jude - Wednesday, May 25, 2016
The GameStop video game retailer announced this week that customers of GameStop and its affiliated ThinkGeek brand can donate at the point of purchase for children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital beginning Memorial Day weekend.74. Baptist Adding ICU at Children’s Hospital - Tuesday, May 24, 2016
The Spence and Becky Wilson Baptist Children’s Hospital has hit its ceiling and is now expanding to meet increased demand. When the 19,000-square-foot pediatric emergency department opened last year, Baptist Memorial Health Care expected to treat 35 children a day. That figure is more like 65 to 70 children, with the hospital expecting to exceed 20,000 patients in its first year.75. West Cancer Doc Building Blood and Marrow Transplant Program - Saturday, May 21, 2016
As a measure of how far Dr. Yasser Khaled’s field has come, the medical director of the West Cancer Center’s recently formed Blood and Marrow Transplant Program still recalls some eye-opening statistics that date back to his early days in the field some 15 years ago.76. State Legislature Closed Door On Progress, Invited Ridicule This Session - Saturday, May 21, 2016
The Tennessee General Assembly spent the last four months selecting a state book, attempting to regulate ingress/egress of bathrooms, and putting guns on college campuses. Given this lamentable priority list, we're not surprised that our House of Representatives chose not to vote on a bill that would have helped young kids realize their dreams, lift families out of poverty, and generate revenue for Tennessee.77. One Family - Saturday, May 21, 2016
An unprecedented private investment aims to restore a commercial heart to the Soulsville USA neighborhood, where a pair of sprawling buildings take up nearly a full block across from the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. It isn’t an eyesore, but inactivity within those walls has been a drag on the community.78. Baptist Executive Vaughn Receives U of M’s Highest Alumni Award - Friday, May 20, 2016
Anita Vaughn’s notable 43-year career with Baptist Memorial Hospital started on a whim.
“I went to University of Memphis for a year thinking I was going to be a commercial artist,” Vaughn said. “Then a friend just happened to say, ‘You know what? I’m going down to Baptist School of Nursing,’ and I said, ‘Well, OK. Me too!’79. Latest 'High Gear' Book Maps Success for College Grads, Millennials - Thursday, May 19, 2016
The 21 million U.S. students enrolled in postsecondary schools grew up with technology and the hourly clock of life ticking ever faster. Yet this has not always translated into a generation of young people ready to attack a world that waits for no one.80. SCS Budget Quest About More Than Dollar Figures - Wednesday, May 18, 2016
When the Shelby County Commission meets next week to look over the budget proposal approved Monday, May 16, by the Shelby County Schools board, there will be a debate that goes beyond the bottom line dollar figures and line items.81. New Schools Giving Memphis Suburbs More Autonomy - Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Some of the trees along East Shelby Drive on the 158 acres at Sycamore Road are in rows. It’s the unmistakable sign of a tree nursery. And before that it was considered a prime dove hunting location.82. Sometimes, Adviser Just Saves Clients From Themselves - Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Mike Cooper understands that the information is everywhere. Financial “experts” on radio and television offer unsolicited advice with little regard for whether the consumer is a 25-year-old single mother worried about her children’s college education or a 50-year-old man beginning to turn an eye toward retirement.83. Shelby Farms Park Kids Camps Start in June - Saturday, May 14, 2016
Shelby Farms Park will off its nature camp (grades K-2) and adventure camp (grades 3-6) to connect kids to the park through high-adventure fun and hands-on learning. Activities include canoeing, archery lessons, environmental education and more.84. Sometimes, Financial Planner Mike Cooper Just Saves Clients From Themselves - Saturday, May 14, 2016
Mike Cooper understands that the information is everywhere. Financial “experts” on radio and television offer unsolicited advice with little regard for whether the consumer is a 25-year-old single mother worried about her children’s college education or a 50-year-old man beginning to turn an eye toward retirement.85. Shelby Farms Park Kids Camps Start in June - Friday, May 13, 2016
Shelby Farms Park will off its nature camp (grades K-2) and adventure camp (grades 3-6) to connect kids to the park through high-adventure fun and hands-on learning. Activities include canoeing, archery lessons, environmental education and more.86. High Water Marks - Friday, May 13, 2016
LORD KNOWS, THE CRICK DOES RISE. The last time I was on a cook team, the Mississippi was lapping at the top of Tom Lee Park and I’d been lapping at a number of things for a couple of days myself.87. Adults Not Helping Childhood Obesity Turn Corner Very Quickly - Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Richard Hamburg does not pretend that there is a cure-all for childhood obesity, that just a little exercise will make things all better, that just a few policy changes or improvements in school lunch programs (which is happening), or a reduction of “food deserts” will solve the whole problem.88. The Week Ahead: May 9-15 - Monday, May 09, 2016
Alright, Memphis, grab your calendars! Whether you want to book it over to the Ruby Bridges Reading Festival or just baste in the scent of barbecue, there’s plenty to do this week. Here’s our roundup...89. FDA Announces Rules That Could Upend E-Cigarette Industry - Friday, May 06, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government on Thursday announced sweeping new regulations for electronic cigarettes that could upend the multibillion-dollar industry and for the first time require e-cigarette makers to submit their products for a safety review.90. Planning Your Second Act - Friday, May 06, 2016
Ray’s Take When surveyed, many baby boomers say they plan to do some kind of work in retirement. The reality is that we are living longer, healthier lives than our parents and grandparents. When we reach the traditional retirement age, we probably have a lot of years of living (and spending) left. What to do with those years is changing with the retirement of the boomer generation.91. Crazy About Triathlons Or Just Crazy? - Friday, May 06, 2016
Nikki Balderson is a 38-year-old wife and mother of three young children – ages 2, 5 and 7. So if you want to make her fit into a tidy little demographic profile, you can do that. From afar.
Up close? Not really who she is. Or more accurately, not only who she is.92. Herenton Pitches Two New Schools For Juvenile Offenders - Friday, May 06, 2016
Former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton began Wednesday, May 4, with an appeal that got the attention of Shelby County Commissioners. “We don’t want your money,” he told 11 of the 13 commissioners in committee sessions as he pitched two new residential campuses for children in juvenile detention.93. Bikesmith Evolving Into Community Hangout - Thursday, May 05, 2016
The Bikesmith’s grand opening next week for a patio expansion and a pump track at the 509 N. Hollywood bicycle shop is the latest reflection of Jim Steffen’s longstanding intent to make his business bigger than a place where goods are bought and sold.94. Memphis Football Camps To Start in June - Wednesday, May 04, 2016
The University of Memphis football program will host six different camps in June and July, including a first-ever kids camp for third- to eighth-graders.
The inaugural Kids Camp is scheduled for June 7 on the U of M’s Park Avenue campus. The cost is $40 per child.95. Events - Tuesday, May 03, 2016
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis will host the 45th annual Steak n’ Burger Dinner, featuring a keynote by Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway, on Tuesday, May 3, at 6 p.m. at Minglewood Hall, 1555 Madison Ave. Kids can enjoy a pre-event games area before sitting down to enjoy a meal where adults eat burgers and kids eat steak. Tickets are $200; proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Clubs. Visit bgcm.org for details. 96. Events - Monday, May 02, 2016
Memphis Branch NAACP, Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association and the National Park Service will hold a public forum Monday, May 2, from 1:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the National Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry St. The forum and panel discussion is part of the commemoration of the 1866 Memphis Massacre. Visit naacpmemphis.org for details and a schedule of related events.97. The Week Ahead: May 2-8 - Monday, May 02, 2016
So, you think this is the “off-week” of the Memphis In May International Festival – the gap between the Beale Street Music Festival and the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. But, while Tom Lee Park gets a breather, there are plenty of cultural experiences to soak up across Memphis. Here's our weekly roundup of local happenings you need to know about...98. Learning Garden Initiative Calling for Applications - Saturday, April 30, 2016
The Kitchen Community Memphis is now accepting summer/fall 2016 applications for the Learning Garden Initiative within the Achievement School District, Jubilee Catholic Schools and Shelby County Schools.99. Events - Saturday, April 30, 2016
Independent Bookstore Day will be celebrated on Saturday, April 30, with special discounts, giveaways and events at Burke’s Book Store, 936 S. Cooper St., and The Booksellers at Laurelwood, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Among the highlights: participate in Litographs literary tattoo chain; purchase exclusive IBD books and art pieces; and visit both locations to be entered to win one of 10 prizes. Visit burkesbooks.com and thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com for full schedules.100. Grinding Recovery - Saturday, April 30, 2016
Michael Drury is watching the current U.S. presidential season with a combination of professional detachment and an air of resignation.
Detachment, because part of his job as chief economist at Memphis-based McVean Trading & Investments is to keep abreast of what makes economies around the world tick. Part of that, of course, means at least some degree of focus on the man – or, possibly a few months from now, the woman – who sits astride the dominant global economy.