Airlines canceled nearly 7,000 weekend flights and started to cut Monday service as the ripple effects of driving snow and ice that brought many East Coast airports to a standstill drifted into the next work week.
44. The Week Ahead: Jan. 25, 2016 - Monday, January 25, 2016
We hope everyone survived Snow Terror ‘16 and is looking forward to a fun, productive week ahead that’s free of milk and bread runs. (Saturday’s high temp is 60 degrees – woohoo!) Here’s your weekly rundown of events and happenings worth paying attention to…45. - Monday, January 25, 2016
THE MEMPHIS NEWS...46. - Saturday, January 23, 2016
THE MEMPHIS NEWS EDITORIAL...47. - Saturday, January 23, 2016
THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC...48. In the Game - Saturday, January 23, 2016
Way back in the 1990s, perhaps before the Grizzlies and FedExForum were even a twinkle in anyone’s eye, Chris Wallace came to Memphis and The Pyramid for a preseason NBA game featuring Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.49. Last Word: Winter Pre-Game Show, The Zoo Goes To Court And Hotel Fever - Friday, January 22, 2016
You wouldn’t call this the eye of the storm, would you? We’ll go with calling this the pre-game show for the winter storm that is supposed to show up in Memphis at around 7 a.m. Friday morning. Think Super Bowl pre-game.50. Last Word: The View Across The Harbor, Crosstown Undercurrents and Bonnaroo - Thursday, January 21, 2016
There is so much that’s been said in advance of this that whatever happens, it might be hard to live up to the preparation.
Much of the rest of this is like an arms race of sorts.
Consider the equipment list from Memphis International Airport.
10 snow brooms, 12 plow trucks, four de-icing trucks each with 40,000 gallons of deicer, four 2-ton salt spreaders and four tractors to keep the runways clear.
The city of Memphis Public Works division has eight snow plows ready to roll on major thoroughfares if the snow gets within the three-inch mark. A set of 16 salt trucks were to load up at 11 p.m. Thursday evening to begin applying salt and sand when needed, with continual inspections of road conditions. And that includes some pre-treated priority areas.
And then there was this truly unusual announcement from Shelby County Schools: the optional school parent camp-out was suspended Thursday evening because of the weather.
This is the camp out the school system tries its best to discourage each and every year at this time. That includes bar-coded applications and repeatedly emphasizing that 99.9 percent of those with the bar-coded applications get their first choice of optional schools, making the camp-out unnecessary. The applications are handed out over several days and are then time-stamped when they are turned in for consideration.
Nevertheless, the tents go up each year and voices are raised in the debate about whether this is parents who care more or parents who are carried away.
This year, the school system, while emphasizing that it “does not authorize or direct” the camp-out, says the line will resume Sunday at 7 a.m.
The school system also adds: “The current process being managed by parents will be recognized due to potential health and safety risks related to forecasted inclement weather.”
But is there a line to get back in line? And when does that start?
The fishing puns are overpowering as Bass Pro Shops expresses its interest in redeveloping Mud Island River Park, on the other side of the city harbor from the Pyramid Bass Pro Shops opened at just this past May.51. The Persecution of Jeremy Durham - Thursday, January 21, 2016
Bass Pro Shops is one of five companies to express interest in Mud Island as part of the process by the Riverfront Development Corporation to go a different way with the park.
The RDC released the names of the companies Thursday.
Earlier this month, we outlined the RVC Outdoor Destinations proposal.
We don’t know nearly as much about what Bass Pro Shops has in mind or the other three firms.
All five now head for what amounts to a second round in which they submit specific plans to a search committee of the RDC including how they will pay for their plans.
Inhumane and unfair: That’s the only way to describe the “liberal media’s” treatment of state Rep. Jeremy Durham over the last month.52. Is That Credit Card With the Annual Fee Really Worth It? - Thursday, January 21, 2016
NEW YORK (AP) — The biggest months for adding and dropping credit cards are December and January, so now's the time to make sure that $95 annual fee is really worth it.
Chances are, it's not.53. Last Word: Time and The Greensward, Crosstown High and Race and Sports - Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Remember how the schools merger story of about five years ago would change by the hour at times? That story has met its equal in what is becoming the first major challenge of the new Strickland administration at City Hall – the Overton Park Greensward.54. Shaq Goodwin, Dedric Lawson Honored by The American - Wednesday, January 20, 2016
So much happened before noon Tuesday on the first day of the short work week that it required waiting for the dust to settle on several fronts.
Here is the latest on a very fluid and volatile situation that could very well change as you are reading this.
Luckily we report at a time when you can change stories on line to keep up with such changes.
Zoos and parks and protests featuring brass bands suggest to a casual observer that this is not very serious as controversies go.
And maybe that was the case about a year and a half ago when a group of high school students decided to block the gravel driveway from the zoo parking lot onto the greensward.
But consider this:
The Memphis Zoo is working toward a March 1 opening of its new exhibit, Zambezi River Hippo Camp, a $22-million attraction that from what we saw just a few months ago will likely draw big crowds to the zoo in the spring.
The zoo was preparing for that starting with the removal of 27 trees from the north end of the greensward.
The best Mayor Jim Strickland could get from both sides – the zoo and Overton Park Conservancy – at his meeting with them Tuesday was a commitment to take his proposal for mediation to their respective boards.
The zoo board has authorized its leaders to file a lawsuit in Chancery Court over the greensward and it’s very likely the zoo would go to court before the March 1 opening because of the crowds on their way.
If the work to come by the zoo in advance of the March 1 opening involves heavy machinery, the reaction is likely to draw a much bigger protest than the ones Memphis Police have so far watched from a distance without making arrests.
As in all pressing political dramas, this controversy has the accelerant of timing.
Senior University of Memphis forward Shaq Goodwin was selected as American Athletic Conference Player of the Week, and freshman forward Dedric Lawson was named the league’s Rookie of the Week.55. Father Don’s Legacy: Planting Seeds of Hope - Wednesday, January 20, 2016
It is said that the future belongs to those who give the next generation reason to hope. This saying rings true in the life of Rev. Donald Mowery, and is lived out through his decades of commitment to youth in Memphis and across the country.56. Last Word: No Bern, Say No More and The Daily Mail Comes For A Visit - Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Democratic presidential contender and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders didn’t make it the city after all following the weekend’s debate among the Democratic presidential contenders.57. Last Word: Tri-State's Deal With First Tennessee, Matt Barnes' Fine and The Grind - Monday, January 18, 2016
It sounds strange to refer to this as a holiday weekend – the anniversary of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.58. - Monday, January 18, 2016
Holidays suggest something different than the rededication to purpose so many of us stress as our definition of this day honoring the memory of a leader whose life made it difficult to imagine what our society would be like without his presence.
That we feel compelled to express the meaning of the day through actions and a recommitment to principles buffeted by reality reflects a hope that we wish to retain as first-hand memories of King’s life fade and his legacy endures.
THE MEMPHIS NEWS...59. The Week Ahead: Jan. 18, 2016 - Monday, January 18, 2016
How was your weekend Memphis? Here are some local events to keep on your radar this week, from a full slate of MLK activities to a David Bowie tribute to a Marco Rubio fundraiser…60. Wet Willie’s Leadership Donates $35,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure - Monday, January 18, 2016
The leadership team at Wet Willie’s Management Corp. has made a donation of more than $35,000 to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization.61. Luttrell, Strickland Attend Obama’s State of the Union - Saturday, January 16, 2016
Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell and Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland both attended the Tuesday, Jan. 12, State of the Union address, the final State of the Union address by President Barack Obama62. Wal-Mart to Shutter 269 Stores, 154 of Them in the US - Monday, January 18, 2016
NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is closing 269 stores, more than half of them in the U.S. and another big chunk in its challenging Brazilian market.
The stores being shuttered account for a fraction of the company's 11,000 stores worldwide and less than 1 percent of its global revenue.63. - Saturday, January 16, 2016
THE MEMPHIS NEWS EDITORIAL...64. - Saturday, January 16, 2016
LAW & THE COURTS...65. Outside the Box - Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Southwest Tennessee Community College is opening its new Whitehaven Center on Tuesday, Jan. 19. The building, which accommodates nearly 2,000 students at 1234 Finley Road off Elvis Presley Boulevard, is seeing new life following its run as a Kroger store that closed in 2011.66. - Saturday, January 16, 2016
THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC...67. Editorial: Listen to What Musicians Say, as Well as What They Play - Saturday, January 16, 2016
If you are looking for what has become of the troubadour – or where the troubadour lives when he or she isn’t on the road less traveled – you are in his or her capital.
It’s hard to think of anyone able to make a living as a musician today in Memphis who isn’t totally consumed by it, immersed in all of it.68. The Grind - Saturday, January 16, 2016
For Memphis musicians like John Paul Keith, the grind is not a catchy rallying cry or slogan. It’s a philosophy, a work ethic that allows musicians like him to earn a living dedicating themselves to their craft in one of the most important music cities in the world.69. Blowing The Whistle - Friday, January 15, 2016
WE HEAR WHAT WE WANT. I have an old white dog. She’s like a lot of old white dogs. She has a lot wrong with her, aches and pains here and there, problems internal and external, sagging everywhere. 70. 8 Games Behind Where They Were Last Year, Grizz Need Z-Bo More Than Ever - Friday, January 15, 2016
She spends a lot of time napping in front of the TV, snoring while she’s at it, talking to herself and dreaming about what used to be, having nightmares about what she imagines is coming.
You can’t say the sports gods don’t have a sense of humor. On Jan. 12, 2015, the Grizzlies made a three-way trade with Boston and New Orleans that sent away the team’s designated whipping boy with fans (Tayshaun Prince) and the pouty Quincy Pondexter and brought in the athletic, the dynamic, the difference-making, Jeff Green.71. Last Word: Overton Park's Restless Winter, Across The Harahan and Higher Ed - Thursday, January 14, 2016
It may be chilly outside, but it might as well be July on the Overton Park greensward with all of the political heat that is building.72. What Are the Odds? - Wednesday, January 13, 2016
The thermometer spiked when more than two dozen trees donated to the Overton Park Conservancy in 2012 were removed this week by the Memphis Zoo which is preparing for large crowds in March.
That’s when its new Zambezi Hippo River Camp exhibit opens to much anticipation and much fanfare.
That and the New Year’s Eve legal opinion favoring the zoo’s position on its use of the greensward for overflow parking set the stage for a dispute the administration of Mayor Jim Strickland has had to mediate at less than two weeks in office.
I am writing this article as the Powerball lottery jackpot prepares to pay out $1.3 billion to some lucky fool – I mean lucky winner.
I’m always amazed at the long lines and hype surrounding these potential payouts from the lottery. It seems Americans just can’t pass up the possibility that, “I might win it.” So they stand in line, buy a ticket (or several) and hope.73. Another Week, Another New Destination for Memphis Airport - Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Memphis International Airport has announced its second new destination in as many weeks, this time from low-cost airline Allegiant Air.
The carrier will add a twice-weekly flight from Memphis to Jacksonville, Fla., bringing its total count of destinations from Memphis to seven. Allegiant, which began operations locally last May, currently flies Memphis routes to Austin, Texas; Las Vegas, Nev.; Phoenix/Mesa, Ariz.; and Orlando/Sanford, St. Petersburg-Clearwater and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.74. US Stocks Veer Lower Following Another Drop in Price of Oil - Tuesday, January 12, 2016
A slump in crude oil prices and other commodities weighed on stocks in afternoon trading Monday. Energy companies were among the biggest decliners as the price of crude oil sank to the lowest level in more than a decade. Investors also weighed the implications of another drop in China's stock market.75. House Set to Strengthen Government Records Law - Tuesday, January 12, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House moved forward on legislation that would make it easier to obtain government records, as a new congressional report concluded that the freedom of information process under the Obama administration is broken and in need of serious change.76. Luttrell, Strickland To Attend Obama’s State of the Union - Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell and Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland will both be attending the Tuesday, Jan. 12, State of the Union address, the final State of the Union address by President Barack Obama77. The Art of Productivity in the Workplace - Tuesday, January 12, 2016
It’s no secret that a happy employee is a productive employee. What makes a happy employee? There are many factors, such as compensation, respect, open communication, ownership in work, etc., that an employer must cultivate over time to see results. However, one of the simplest ways to boost productivity in the workplace is by creating an enjoyable work environment.78. Helping Memphis Make the Shift to Startups - Tuesday, January 12, 2016
It’s been quite a year! We saw Memphis’ first joint Demo Day with Start Co. and Zeroto510, graduated 18 startups from accelerator programming and hosted several investors and startup enthusiasts from all over the country here for the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. However, on a national scale, our startup community still has plenty of work to do.79. Grizzlies Notebook: Zach Randolph Still Mr. Double-Double, Even Off the Bench - Monday, January 11, 2016
Ever since Memphis coach Dave Joerger decided to have power forward Zach Randolph play off the bench, he has been Mr. Team First and Mr. Positive Attitude.
He also is still capable of being Mr. Double-Double.80. From the High-Flying to the Practical: CES 2016 in Brief - Monday, January 11, 2016
LAS VEGAS (AP) – This year's CES gadget show, like ones before it, showed off a mix of the dreamy and the practical in technology. Gadget prototypes promised us fully autonomous vehicles carrying commuters on the streets and in the sky, while gizmos went on sale that aimed to solve daily problems like restocking your fridge.81. - Monday, January 11, 2016
THE MEMPHIS NEWS...82. The Week Ahead: Jan. 11, 2016 - Monday, January 11, 2016
How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from drones and robot research to the Grizzlies’ annual MLK symposium at the National Civil Rights Museum...83. - Saturday, January 09, 2016
THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC...84. Editorial: Art and the Changing Eye of the Beholder - Saturday, January 09, 2016
One of the oldest public murals in Memphis, a city that can’t seem to get enough of them, is at the Pink Palace Museum.
The set of three paintings, which depict the explorer Hernando DeSoto at the Mississippi River, was painted by Burton Callicott during the Great Depression in the museum’s three-story-tall entrance.85. Last Word: The Crest, OPEB Fever, Armstrong Leaves and An Elvis Warning - Friday, January 08, 2016
The crest is here and it is not quite 40 feet on the Mississippi River gauge. The projections Thursday evening going into Friday’s crest of the river at Memphis changed a bit from the 40.3 foot level. The crest is 39.8 feet.86. Memphis Lands Another Nonstop to Atlanta - Thursday, January 07, 2016
No reports of major damage anywhere in Shelby County, according to the Shelby County Office of Prepardness.
But the river’s high water is still a sight to behold.
Frontier Airlines is expanding its presence at Memphis International Airport by adding a nonstop flight to Atlanta.
The flight to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will begin April 14 and will run three times a week: on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday departing Memphis at 12:05 p.m.87. Last Word: The River, Miss Cordelia's, OPEB and the Kumbaya Council - Thursday, January 07, 2016
Here comes the river. Not quite at 40 feet on the Mississippi River gauge at Memphis overnight but getting there88. The Latest in Gadgets: Even Footballs Are Getting Smarter - Thursday, January 07, 2016
For those who weren’t around in 2011 when the river crested at 48.3 feet, the second highest level ever recorded at Memphis, this is the part of the program where lots of people begin to gather at the river.
For some it will be to compare what they've seen before. For others it will be their first look and experience with the concept that nature is bigger than we are.
The smaller those first-time river visitors are, the easier it is for them to accept that. After all, when you are always looking up at the world everything is bigger than you are.
In Tom Lee Park you see them step onto the park's grass, their eyes riveted on the west, perhaps not seeing much beyond the grass at first, a small hand poking out of a coat sleeve shielding their eyes from the sun. And then their first glimpse of the running brown water. And the walk inevitably becomes a run and then a quick halt as the immensity of the river kicks in. Always the two together even when the river is just being eternal.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The latest developments surrounding the consumer-electronics show in Las Vegas known as CES (all times PST):
Kids tossing around a football probably hope to throw a perfect spiral in a big game one day. Technology is about to help them out.89. Last Word: Council Round-Up, One Beale's Third Tower and the Battle Over the ASD - Wednesday, January 06, 2016
On a clear day, the song goes, you can see forever.90. A Magic Trick for Landing the Job You Want - Wednesday, January 06, 2016
In Memphis though, it seems that no two politicians will see exactly the same thing or have precisely the same opinion.
On a somewhat sunny but not necessarily clear Tuesday in our fair city there was a lot to see.
Time and time again, I am tasked as a recruiter to pull the perfect candidate out of my hat for my clients.
By perfect candidate, I mean someone whose skill set matches a job description along with the company culture.91. Sutherland Named HR Manager At CDS - Wednesday, January 06, 2016
Renee’ Sutherland has joined Central Defense Staffing as the human resource manager. In her role, she is responsible for conducting recruitment efforts, training and development of employees, employee relations, conflict resolution and workers’ compensation. She has a team that consists of recruiters, coordinators and administrative support workers.92. Dividends On the Chopping Block as Profit Growth Peters Out - Wednesday, January 06, 2016
NEW YORK (AP) — The dividend gravy train is slowing down, threatening an important source of income for investors at a time when stocks are going nowhere.
About 500 companies cut or halted their dividends last year, the highest tally since the economy was crawling out of the Great Recession in 2009. Not only that, other companies got more reluctant to raise their payouts to shareholders, according to numbers released Tuesday by S&P Dow Jones Indices. The number of dividend increases was the lowest in four years.93. Last Word: Farewell For Now Midtown Kroger, Weather Hype and Tri-State Bank Clues - Tuesday, January 05, 2016
A moment of silence for Midtown Kroger if you will, now that you’ve been through the New Year’s mountain of emails etc.94. Q&A About the Market Turmoil in China and Beyond - Tuesday, January 05, 2016
Where to shop with the Midtown supermarket landmark now closed was the water-cooler question of the day for those who have had a love-hate relationship with the store.
If you are a creature of habit and your habit is that store, you’ve known it by many names – Seesel’s, Seesel’s by Albertson, Schnucks and Kroger.
And as many bad names as you called its original parking lot, you came up with some new ones for the God-forsaken parking lot and its marked pedestrian walkway to hell built on the elegant ghost of the old Trousseau shop.
The store's interior wasn’t quite “Double Indemnity” tiny – think Barbara Stanwyck in cat sunglasses talking furtively over doll-like shelves to Fred MacMurray before “My Three Sons.”
But the “super” in its version of a supermarket was the 1950s black-and-white television Superman.
When Pau Gasol – the original Gasol -- was still playing for the Grizzlies, I ran across him on a late-night grocery excursion able to shop two aisles at once peering over his own aisle to the one I was on, suddenly having that feeling that someone was watching me.
An informal and decidedly unscientific sampling Monday found the alternative sites were the Kroger at Poplar and Cleveland, Cash Saver on Madison, West Memphis WalMart (a go to destination for left of Midtowners, otherwise known as Downtowners) and “I’m still waiting for Trader Joe's."
The old Midtown Kroger has closed as the new and bigger Kroger is starting to take shape behind chain link fences with tarps and other construction barriers just west of the original store but still within earshot of the Idlewild Presbyterian Church carillon.
BEIJING (AP) — After the Chinese stock market started 2016 with a plunge that unnerved investors globally, here are some questions and answers about the turmoil.
WHY DID THE CHINESE MARKET DROP SO MUCH?95. Last Word: The River, The New Mayor and Explaining Boll Weevils - Monday, January 04, 2016
Hello, 2016. What’s your hurry?
First things first – the Mississippi River at our doorstep is above flood stage. But the crest is now predicted to come Friday and will be just over 40 feet – lower than predicted last week.96. Strickland Pushes Change Theme Beyond Campaign Borders - Monday, January 04, 2016
We will be posting web stories on the forecasts and other announcement from the county’s Office of Preparedness each evening to work with their schedule for summarizing where we are.
Floods are a slower moving cause for concern because we know what is happening upriver from us where the river is narrower. But this is also the Mississippi River, which is the definition of unpredictable.
Change as a political force is usually defined by the length of a campaign season.
Once the votes are counted, it’s taken as a verdict on how much or how little voters wanted change in a short span of time.97. Strickland Takes Office, Doubles Down on Change Theme - Saturday, January 02, 2016
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland took office New Year’s Day with a pledge to immediately begin to “target and remove” street gang leaders and equip police with the ability to immediately issue domestic violence orders of protection.98. - Saturday, January 02, 2016
LAW & THE COURTS...99. - Monday, January 04, 2016
THE MEMPHIS NEWS...100. The Week Ahead: Jan. 4, 2016 - Monday, January 04, 2016
How was your weekend, Memphis? 2016 has kicked off with a full calendar – from an Elvis birthday celebration to a haunted pub crawl. So whether you’re still making your New Year’s resolutions or already have broken a few, here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about...