Editorial Results (free)
1. Drafting at No. 4, the Grizzlies will look at Michael Porter Jr. with reservations about his health
- Friday, May 18, 2018
If the Grizzlies had landed in the top three of the NBA Draft Lottery, it’s pretty clear they would have been choosing from among DeAndre Ayton, Luka Doncic and Marvin Bagley. But even with the second-worst record last season, the Grizzlies fell to No. 4. And that could change the conversation in a major way.
2. Grizzlies Get Fourth Overall Pick in NBA Draft Lottery
- Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Despite having the second-worst record in the NBA last season at 22-60, the Memphis Grizzlies slid backward two spots in Tuesday’s NBA Draft Lottery in Chicago and will have the fourth pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.
3. Grizzlies’ Poor Draft History In Focus With Lottery Pick
- Friday, May 11, 2018
When the NBA Draft Lottery is held on Tuesday, May 15, in Chicago, Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley will be watching on TV. The lottery show will air at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN, should you be inclined to join Conley and root along.
4. A Look Back At UT’s History In NCAA Tourney
- Friday, March 16, 2018
Basketball coach Rick Barnes was fired by Texas in late March of 2015 when he refused to fire members of his coaching staff.
5. The 2018 NBA Draft Might be Deep, But It’s Not Mistake-Proof for Grizzlies
- Friday, March 16, 2018
In one analysis before the 2009 NBA Draft, nbadraftnet.com decided the pro player most comparable to Connecticut big man Hasheem Thabeet was Dikembe Mutombo. Each of them was at least 7-foot-2. Each played basketball. That’s where the similarities ended.
6. Florida’s Epiphany On Guns Means Little in Tennessee
- Thursday, March 15, 2018
Memphis resident Stevie Moore has been waging a war to take illegal guns off the streets since someone shot his son in the head with an AK-47 15 years ago.
“It’s my mission to fight these guns whatever way I can,” says Moore, who founded the organization Freedom From Unnecessary Negatives in an effort to steer youth away from violence.
7. Tennessee Panel Won't Let Las Vegas Shooting Survivors Speak
- Friday, March 9, 2018
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee legislative panel refused to let two Las Vegas concert shooting survivors testify Wednesday after Republicans delayed action on a Democratic bill to ban the device used by that gunman in October.
8. Last Word: Penny Turns Up, Boots to Tickets and Ag Innovation
- Wednesday, March 7, 2018
So it begins as it always does in the world of Tigers basketball. Gary Parrish of CBSSports reporting the University of Memphis is considering a change from Tubby Smith to Penny Hardaway. Hardaway’s name last surfaced during the exit of Josh Pastner. This time around, the report is that Hardaway has already started rounding up possible staff members. This will either vanish with a very quiet poof and University officials saying they always review their options at the end of the regular season or it will move swiftly to an announced deal.
9. This Week In Memphis History: Feb. 23-March 1
- Saturday, February 24, 2018
2008: Shelby County Commissioners and Memphis City Council members hold a rare joint meeting to talk about several plans for a new use of The Pyramid. At the time of the meeting, three years after the arena closed, the structure is jointly owned by the city and county governments. The two primary ideas are a Bass Pro Shops plan Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton’s administration is pursuing and a theme park and set of attractions developer Greg Ericson is proposing. Bass Pro Shops executives aren’t at the meeting.
10. Final Goodbye: Roll Call of Some Who Died in 2017
- Monday, January 1, 2018
They made music that inspired legions of fans. Rock 'n' roll founding fathers Chuck Berry and Fats Domino, rockers Tom Petty and Gregg Allman, grunge icon Chris Cornell, country superstar Glen Campbell and jazz great Al Jarreau were among the notable figures who died in 2017, leaving a void in virtually every genre of music.
11. Last Word: Grizz Speculation, SCS Grade Floors and Cedar Heights
- Thursday, December 14, 2017
Grizz lose to the Wizards 93-87 in Washington. And ESPN columnist Zach Lowe says the team has lost its identity as well as a lot of games. CBSSports reports Marc Gasol is open to a trade but will not request one. And if you are looking to go far afield with the theories, here’s one from a Dallas Mavericks fansight, mavsmoneyball, that includes a really good graphic on the salaries of Grizz players.
12. Pay for No Play: Paying Millions to Former Coaches
- Friday, December 8, 2017
Tennessee’s bungled search for a football coach will come at a cost for the university. A big cost.
There are buyouts everywhere. A potential lawsuit looms. And a rift between boosters caused by the botched search may be the costliest item of all for the university long term.
13. Much at Stake in Memphis-UCF Rematch
- Friday, December 1, 2017
For a game that happened two months ago, UCF’s 40-13 victory over the Memphis Tigers has had incredible staying power. But there are logical reasons for that, too.
It’s the only loss Memphis (10-1) suffered all year. The Tigers took out two Top-25 teams (at the time the games were played) in UCLA and Navy. Yet they were not really competitive against UCF, which is undefeated at 11-0 heading into the American Athletic Conference championship game on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 11 a.m. at Spectrum Stadium in Orlando (ABC-TV).
14. Memphis, UCF Familiar Foes Seeking AAC Title
- Tuesday, November 28, 2017
The UCF-South Florida game on the day after Thanksgiving brought in some of the best television ratings for a Black Friday game in that slot in 15 years.
“It shows what I’ve been saying all along,” said American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco. “There’s real interest in this league nationally.”
15. Tigers Defense Has Persevered Through Adversity This Season
- Thursday, November 23, 2017
The numbers don’t tell the story. A glance at the American Athletic Conference team statistics show a University of Memphis defense that ranks in the bottom half of the 12-team league in practically every category, from scoring defense (seventh, 32.6 points per game) to total defense (eighth, 452.3 yards per game). The Tigers have allowed 43 touchdowns (4.3 per game) and struggled stopping opponents on third down and in the red zone.
16. The Grizzlies’ $3.3 Million Steal, Tyreke Evans, Playing Toward a Payday
- Wednesday, November 15, 2017
The Grizzlies didn’t quite score enough points in losing 110-103 in Milwaukee to finish 2-3 on a five-game road stretch. But not because Tyreke Evans didn’t try to carry the Grizzlies to victory yet again.
17. Anthony Miller: A Great Catch for Memphis
- Friday, November 3, 2017
Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo watched Anthony Miller catch 10 passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns this year.
18. Germantown High Grad Mickey Callaway New N.Y. Mets Manager
- Wednesday, October 25, 2017
When Germantown High School graduate Mickey Callaway manages his first professional baseball game, it will be from the dugout of the New York Mets.
Callaway, 42, the highly respected pitching coach for the Cleveland Indians, was introduced as the new manager of the Mets at a press conference on Monday, Oct. 23.
19. Ferguson, Taylor Rally No. 25 Memphis Past Houston, 42-38
- Friday, October 20, 2017
HOUSTON (AP) — Down 17 in the second half on the road, there was no panic in No. 25 Memphis.
The Tigers kept their focus and finished with a victory.
Riley Ferguson threw for 471 yards and had a 21-yard TD pass with 1:28 left, Patrick Taylor rushed for a career-high four touchdowns and Memphis rallied to beat Houston 42-38 on Thursday night.
20. Outsourcing Bid at Tennessee University Would Cost More
- Friday, October 20, 2017
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A bid to outsource facilities management at Tennessee colleges and universities would cost the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga a quarter-million dollars more than its current expenses in-house.
21. Turning The Page
- Saturday, October 14, 2017
The Memphis Grizzlies still cling to their old grit-and-grind identity – at least for marketing purposes and perhaps a subconscious need for comfort and security. But they also decided now was the time they had to initiate transformative change.
22. FedEx Freight Honors Heroic Drivers From Around the US at Awards Ceremony
- Thursday, September 28, 2017
A group of FedEx Freight executives and distinguished drivers gathered in the aubergine-accented Peabody Hotel Skyroom Tuesday evening, Sept. 26, to honor some of the company’s most outstanding individuals.
23. Raising The Ceiling
- Saturday, September 2, 2017
Here’s the thing about expectations: You either embrace them, turning them into some divine combination of daily bread and rocket fuel, or they crush you.
There is no middle ground. Not when the statistical mid-point – a .500 season – would be an undisputed failure.
24. Looks Like Another 8-4 Season for Tennessee
- Friday, August 25, 2017
Oops. I goofed last year. So did lots of other people who thought Tennessee’s football team would win the SEC East Division and go to the league championship game for the first time since 2007.
25. Trump Says Transgender People Should be Barred From Military
- Thursday, July 27, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump said Wednesday he wants transgender people barred from serving in the U.S. military "in any capacity," citing "tremendous medical costs and disruption."
26. Grizzlies Paradox: Get Younger, Get Older, Stay Relevant
- Friday, July 21, 2017
The Memphis Grizzlies continue to walk dual trails. It is what they must do, even if such hedging threatens to constrain both their immediate and long-range future.
We learned this week that 31-year-old point guard Mario Chalmers is returning to the Grizzlies on a partially guaranteed one-year contract. Two seasons ago, Chalmers was an impactful backup for Mike Conley until a ruptured Achilles tendon ended his season.
27. US to Create Independent Military Cyber Command
- Tuesday, July 18, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – After months of delay, the Trump administration is finalizing plans to revamp the nation's military command for defensive and offensive cyber operations in hopes of intensifying America's ability to wage cyberwar against the Islamic State group and other foes, according to U.S. officials.
28. Alabama is Media’s Overwhelming Pick To Win SEC Title
- Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Twice in the previous three years, SEC media correctly predicted the SEC champion. Both times, they did it by picking Alabama (2014, 2016). They went with Alabama again this year, predicting the Crimson Tide to defeat Georgia in the SEC title game.
29. Sports Notebook: Grizz Moves Bring Tyreke Evans Back to Memphis
- Monday, July 10, 2017
The Memphis Grizzlies continued changing their roster for the upcoming season by agreeing to a one-year contract with free agent guard Tyreke Evans.
Evans, according to ESPN, will make $3.3 million on the one-year deal. Evans, 27, played one year for the University of Memphis and then was the fourth overall pick in the 2009 draft by the Sacramento Kings.
30. Z-Bo Leaves Memphis With Many Memories
- Thursday, July 6, 2017
Eight years ago this week, there was a press conference at FedExForum. The Memphis Grizzlies had acquired a power forward via a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers.
As is the routine when the Grizzlies get a new player, he posed holding his new jersey – No. 50 – with general manager Chris Wallace. That was how the Zach Randolph years started here.
31. New Grizzlies Ready to Work, Free Agent Picture Still Cloudy
- Friday, June 30, 2017
All across the NBA landscape, teams are trotting out their second-round draft picks and saying the same things: We had these players rated higher. We couldn’t believe they were still there. And the classic, “We’re so happy they fell to us.”
32. Grizzlies Grabbed Accomplished College Players in NBA Draft
- Wednesday, June 28, 2017
When last week’s NBA Draft tipped off, the Grizzlies were outsiders with no picks. It didn’t stay that way. General manager Chris Wallace had indicated weeks earlier the Grizzlies would approach this draft as if they had picks, adding, “You don’t know what opportunities will come your way in the 11th hour.”
33. For Grizzlies, a New Chapter About to Begin
- Friday, June 16, 2017
The June 22nd NBA Draft will tip off without the Memphis Grizzlies. At least that’s the case almost one week out. The Grizzlies have no picks.
What they do have, in abundance, are free agents.
34. Russia-Trump Campaign Contacts a Concern, Ex-CIA Chief Says
- Wednesday, May 24, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former CIA Director John Brennan told Congress Tuesday he personally warned Russia last summer against interfering in the U.S. presidential election and was so concerned about Russian contacts with people involved in the Trump campaign that he convened top counterintelligence officials to focus on it.
35. The Press Box: Conley Finds His Best Game Starts with Him
- Friday, May 19, 2017
After Mike Conley signed the richest deal in NBA history last summer – five years and $153 million – his old coach with the Memphis Grizzlies, Lionel Hollins, made a couple of predictions during an interview on SiriusXM NBA Radio.
36. House Approves Education Fund Concept, But Senate Action Put on Hold
- Thursday, May 11, 2017
House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh pushed his K-12 education fund to passage Tuesday, May 9, but the possibility of funding and Senate approval will have to wait until 2018.
Dubbed the “K-12 Block Grant Act,” the measure calls for setting aside $250 million in excess state revenue for interest-generating investment to provide grant money for school systems statewide. Each system could use the funds for state-approved programs such as reading coaches or dual enrollment, items not funded through Tennessee’s Basic Education Program.
37. Business Time
- Saturday, May 6, 2017
Had the flattering comments come from the Memphis Grizzlies’ own content producers, Grind City Media, they would have been easy enough to dismiss. After all, that would have been like what center Marc Gasol said at season’s end when stressing the importance of candid evaluation.
38. His Team: After One Season, David Fizdale Leaves Fingerprints on Grizzlies
- Friday, May 5, 2017
The pain of losing his first NBA playoff series as a rookie head coach was still fresh, still raw. The night before, David Fizdale watched as his Grizzlies fell to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 in the first round.
39. 7 Takeaways as Grizzlies Transition to Off-Season
- Monday, May 1, 2017
The Grizzlies’ Game 6 loss to the San Antonio Spurs in their first-round playoff series ended their 2016-2017 season. Less than 24 hours later at FedExForum, first-year coach David Fizdale and players met with the media to recap the season that was and to look ahead.
40. Spring Lessons: Here’s Who Vols Will Start
- Friday, April 28, 2017
Tennessee football coach Butch Jones isn’t big on naming starters and divulging depth charts. Not until he has to. So it comes as no surprise the Vols enter summer workouts and fall camp with junior Quinten Dormady and redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano still competing for the starting quarterback’s job.
41. Hits and Misses in UT’s Quest for JuCo Gold
- Friday, April 28, 2017
Things were supposed to be so easy for Jonathan Kongbo. He arrived at the University of Tennessee last year as the No. 1-ranked junior college prospect in the nation. He had the combination of size and speed that everybody wants in a defensive lineman. The sky was the limit.
42. View From the Hill: IMPROVE Act an Insight Into Testy Election Ahead
- Thursday, April 27, 2017
In case anyone’s keeping stats, Senate leadership soundly defeated House leadership this session in the gas tax/tax cut battle.
Whether this is a forerunner to a Republican gubernatorial primary remains to be seen as Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris and House Speaker Beth Harwell weigh decisions. It’s not as if they’d be facing off against each other, though, since businessman Bill Lee and former Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd are definitely in the race and not hurting for money.
43. Grizzlies Even Series with Spurs in Game 4 OT Victory
- Monday, April 24, 2017
It’s a series now. Check that, it’s more than a series.
It’s a gunfight minus the spoons. It’s the No. 7 seed Memphis Grizzlies having a real chance to take out the No. 2 San Antonio Spurs and the NBA’s preeminent coach and a cold-blooded superstar that almost single-handedly broke Bluff City hearts.
44. Grizzlies Beat Spurs 105-94 in Game 3
- Friday, April 21, 2017
The tone had been set three nights earlier in San Antonio. First-year coach David Fizdale had watched his team not just get beat by the San Antonio Spurs, but in his view disrespected by the officials.
45. House, Senate Approve IMPROVE Act
- Thursday, April 20, 2017
The House and Senate are nearly ready to send the IMPROVE Act to Gov. Bill Haslam, passing it with relatively wide voting margins after months of debate.
Only one adjustment is needed in a measure providing property tax relief for veterans, the disabled and elderly before the measure can be sent to Haslam.
46. Mayors Say Region Needs New Mindset, More Density
- Tuesday, April 18, 2017
When Hernando West first surfaced in 2007, it was going to be a different kind of development south of the state line. But the recession that followed put the plans for the city’s first mixed-use development on hold – until recently.
47. Game 1 Suggests Grizzlies Don’t Have Enough to Compete for 48 Minutes
- Monday, April 17, 2017
The Grizzlies can win a quarter. They won the first quarter in Game 1 of their playoff series at San Antonio. Even led by as many as 13 points before carrying a 30-25 lead into the second quarter.
But in the three quarters that followed they were outscored 27-19, 32-15 and 27-18. That added up to a 111-82 loss that, until the Grizzlies prove otherwise, confirmed the worst fears about how this series will go.
48. Grizzlies Limp Into Closing of Regular Season
- Wednesday, April 5, 2017
For a brief and blessed time the Grizzlies’ injury reports were vacant. This was back before Chandler Parsons’ season ended with yet another knee issue, before Marc Gasol’s left foot strain, JaMychal Green’s sore left shoulder and Andrew Harrison’s gimpy right ankle.
49. Last Word: Mike Rose, Bartlett High Options and Memphis-Nashville Talk
- Monday, April 3, 2017
Mike Rose transformed Memphis-made Holiday Inn from a single brand to multiple brands and a corporation that transformed the hospitality industry as casino gaming spread beyond Las Vegas and Atlantic City in the 1990s. During his time at the helm of Holiday Inns and Promus Companies, Rose was also one of the city's most influential corporate leaders with the money and ability to raise money and set terms that made possible the transformation of St. Jude into a research institution and pointed the University of Memphis in that direction as well. Rose died Sunday in Nashville of cancer.
50. The Conductor, Mike Conley, Orchestrating A Career Year
- Friday, March 31, 2017
Hours before the Indiana Pacers found themselves caught in the middle of a tornadic offensive performance from Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley, there was a calm at FedExForum. As the Grizzlies went through their day-of-game shoot-around, Conley was almost still, standing off to the side and playing coach. With Conley’s history of being banged up at this stage of the season, Tony Allen was understandably concerned.
51. Grizzlies Reeling as They Begin Two-Game Homestand
- Wednesday, March 29, 2017
When the Grizzlies play the Indiana Pacers Wednesday night, March 29, at FedExForum it will be the first of their last eight games in the regular season. When they tip off just after 7 p.m., they will do so carrying a four-game losing streak and having lost nine of their last 13 games.
52. No Time to Rest: NBA Has a Problem
- Friday, March 24, 2017
We know from Genesis 2:2 that on the seventh day God finished his creation and rested. So everybody needs rest.
Of course, there is no mention of changing time zones in that passage. Nor anything about the challenge of creating on the second night of a back-to-back.
53. Grizzlies Can Never Have Too Much Forceful Big Spain
- Monday, March 20, 2017
The Grizzlies left behind a five-game losing streak by beating Milwaukee at home and then Chicago and Atlanta on the road in back-to-back nights. San Antonio was to play the Grizzlies at FedExForum on Saturday, March 18.
54. Atlanta Developer Files $200 Million Germantown Mixed-Use Plan
- Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Atlanta developers have filed an outline plan with Germantown leaders for a $200 million mixed-use town village development on the 32-acre “Arthur tract” west of the Saddle Creek South retail center.
55. Grizz Hit All-Star Break With Loss, But Their Goals Are Within Reach
- Friday, February 17, 2017
After he had answered the obligatory questions about the Grizzlies’ ugly 95-91 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans in the last game before the All-Star break, coach David Fizdale spoke to the big picture: “We’re in good position.”
56. Grizzlies Hold Spurs to Season-Low for Points in 89-74 Victory
- Tuesday, February 7, 2017
No Grizzlies player scored more than 15 points or made more than one 3-pointer. The team’s big free agent signing in the off-season, forward Chandler Parsons, suffered through another cold shooting night going 1 of 10 from the floor.
57. Football Recruiting: Memphis, Mississippi State Move Forward
- Friday, February 3, 2017
The top of the college football recruiting period looks like it usually does. Alabama pulled in the consensus No. 1 recruiting class for 2017 for the fifth time in six years and coach Nick Saban said the kind of ridiculous things that a guy presiding over a football factory says.
58. New Year, New Resolutions for Legislators
- Thursday, December 29, 2016
Some Tennesseans recall the days when the state Legislature met every other year and wonder if it should revert to that schedule. Considering the General Assembly pushes most of its work into 3 1/2 months, it might be worth a try.
59. The Press Box: Grizzlies Without Conley a Cut Below
- Friday, December 2, 2016
The numbers tell a dispiriting story. When the Grizzlies play basketball without the services of starting point guard Mike Conley, they lose more often than they win.
60. Conley Injures Back in Grizzlies’ Lopsided Loss to Charlotte
- Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley could miss six weeks after sustaining a back injury in Monday’s 105-84 loss to the Charlotte Hornets at FedExForum.
Near press time, Adrian Wojnarowksi of Yahoo! Sports reported that Conley had suffered a transverse process fracture of the vertebrae and would be out indefinitely.
61. Grizzlies Beat Charlotte For Fifth Straight Win
- Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Point guard Mike Conley scored a season-high 31 points and center Marc Gasol nearly had a triple-double as the Grizzlies cruised to a 105-90 win at Charlotte Monday night for their fifth consecutive victory.
62. Harwell Learning How to Dodge Challengers
- Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Beth Harwell has been called a lot of things over the last few years, “trailblazer” chief among them as Tennessee’s first female House speaker.
Now she’s a “survivor” after eking out a Republican Caucus victory as speaker nominee to continue leading the lower chamber in the 110th General Assembly.
63. Grizzlies Get Back to .500 With Victory at Utah
- Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Center Marc Gasol scored a season-high 22 points and Vince Carter scored 20 points off the bench as the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Utah Jazz 102-96 on Monday, Nov. 14, in the second game of a four-game road trip.
64. Grizzlies, Fizdale Learning More Than One Way to Win
- Friday, November 11, 2016
Denver Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay and teammate Gary Harris had trapped the Grizzlies’ Mike Conley as he received an inbounds pass with less than 11 seconds left in the game. Harris stripped the ball from Conley – perhaps fouling him, though there was no foul call – and passed the ball ahead.
65. Grizzlies Defeat Denver On Gasol’s Buzzer-Beater
- Thursday, November 10, 2016
Memphis center Marc Gasol hit a short jumper in the lane as time expired in the fourth quarter and the Grizzlies defeated the Denver Nuggets 108-107 Tuesday, Nov. 8, at FedExForum.
Vince Carter led Memphis with 20 points and made the inbounds pass to Gasol for the game-winning shot. At 39 years and 287 days old, Carter became the oldest NBA player to post a 20-point game since Michael Jordan did it when he was 40 years and 53 days old for the Washington Wizards in April 2003.
66. Conley, Gasol Lead Grizzlies Over Wizards in Overtime
- Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Point guard Mike Conley scored 24 points with 11 assists and center Marc Gasol finished with 20 points and a career-high four threes as the Grizzlies defeated the Washington Wizards 112-103 in overtime Sunday, Oct. 30, at FedExForum.
67. Smith Hands Off FedEx President’s Position To Bronczek
- Monday, September 26, 2016
With little fanfare, FedEx Corp. founder Fred Smith introduced himself Monday, Sept. 26, at the start of the company’s annual shareholder’s meeting as the board chairman and CEO of the company.
68. Will We One Day Look at Lions Win as Turning Point?
- Friday, September 23, 2016
Was Sunday’s stunning victory in Detroit the start of a turning point for the Tennessee Titans?
For a team that has just six wins since 2013, erasing a 12-point deficit on the road was certainly a sign of hope for a franchise that has experienced virtually nothing but despair for several years now.
69. Another Recruiting Commitment for Norvell and Tigers
- Monday, September 5, 2016
TJ Carter, a three-star cornerback out of Nashville, has committed to the University of Memphis, according to multiple media reports.
Carter because the 23rd commitment for Tigers coach Mike Norvell. Memphis has two scholarship slots remaining.
70. Redbirds’ Home Attendance Still a Rebuilding Project
- Friday, September 2, 2016
On the last Saturday night of the summer at AutoZone Park, the Memphis Redbirds sold the place out and then some. The announced attendance of 11,041 represented the highest mark since the ballpark was renovated and reconfigured after the 2014 season.
71. Last Word: Mike McLean's Campaign, Jimmy Carter and Beyond Disparity Studies
- Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Mike McLean is running one heckuva campaign for Clerk of the Courts. Some of you are thinking, “Why haven’t I heard of that position before?” “Who is the incumbent?”
72. Local Task Force Prepares For Return of Deannexation Issue
- Monday, August 22, 2016
You might call it round two of the deannexation battle.
In Nashville Monday, Aug. 22, a summer study committee of legislators picks up where the debate on a deannexation proposal during the Tennessee Legislature’s regular session ended earlier this year.
73. Grizzlies Like Draft Results, But Still Need Conley to Run the Show
- Friday, July 1, 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.
74. August Ballot Known for What’s Not at the Top
- Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Just before the Memorial Day weekend, candidates in the most hotly contested races on the Aug. 4 ballot got the packages they’ve been waiting on – yard signs.
And social media messages were out by Friday afternoon urging supporters to sign up for them.
75. Joerger and Grizzlies Both had the Itch
- Monday, May 9, 2016
If Dave Joerger and the Memphis Grizzlies had been a married couple, they would have been those unsettled spouses forever undercutting each other in dinner party conversations, rolling their eyes, and smiling fake “we really do love each other smiles” while checking out all the other guests.
76. Roster Remix? Grizzlies May Finally Shake Things Up
- Friday, April 29, 2016
As amazing as it was that the Memphis Grizzlies set an NBA record by using 28 players this past season, it’s almost more unbelievable that they had to sign eight different players to 11 separate 10-day contracts.
77. Grizzlies' Season Ends with Heart and Tears
- Monday, April 25, 2016
Game 4 of this miserable first-round playoff sweep at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs was almost done. Only a few minutes of garbage time remained.
And the question from Dave Joerger to veterans Matt Barnes and Vince Carter was a simple one: Do you want to stay out there, to keep playing, and to end this thing with your boots on?
78. Memphis Takes Pounding in Opener With Spurs
- Tuesday, April 19, 2016
The Memphis Grizzlies were not alone in their unmitigated defeat. The NBA Playoffs started this past weekend and while descriptions of what happened to the Grizzlies within the shadow of the Alamo in San Antonio were colorful – “a 106-74 bludgeoning by the San Antonio Spurs” read one account at NBA.com – this was hardly an isolated incident.
79. Warriors Beat Grizzlies for Record 73rd Win; Now It's the Alamo
- Friday, April 15, 2016
When the Grizzlies nearly beat the Golden State Warriors at FedExForum a few nights ago, falling 100-99, there was that feeling of letting one slip away (and yes, some people believe the officials took it away).
80. Grizzlies Reeling with Desperate Bulls in Town Tuesday Night
- Monday, April 4, 2016
Guard Bryce Cotton became the 28th player to take the court for the Memphis Grizzlies this season. And if you didn’t know much about Cotton, yet another 10-day contract signee, you’re in good company.
81. Grizzlies Have No Answers for Machine That Is The Spurs
- Tuesday, March 29, 2016
To find 31 point and 13 rebounds in the Grizzlies’ locker room, you would have had to gather two or three players together. But in the locker room of the San Antonio Spurs, all those points and rebounds were in one place, in the person of forward LaMarcus Aldridge after the Spurs had defeated the Grizzlies 101-87 on Monday, March 28 at FedExForum.
82. Born Ready? Grizz Players, Brass Given No Choice
- Friday, March 25, 2016
This is not a Grizzlies season to remember. It is a Grizzlies season impossible to forget.
For Chris Wallace, who is living the life of “GM, The Bargain Hunter.”
83. De-Annexation Bill Still Alive, Now In Two Versions
- Friday, March 25, 2016
At week’s end in Nashville, a bill to allow de-annexation by referendum was still on the tracks to passage. But there were significant differences in the Senate and House versions as the Tennessee Legislature heads for adjournment for the year in early April.
84. Last Word: The De-Annexation Express, Return of The Curb Market and Different Fuel
- Thursday, March 24, 2016
When time ran out Wednesday on the state Senate’s state and local government committee in Nashville, de-annexation legislation was still on the tracks as the Tennessee Legislature draws closer to adjournment for the year.
85. Bill to Require Background Checks for Buying Guns Killed
- Thursday, March 24, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A House subcommittee on Wednesday shot down a bill to require background checks for all gun purchases in Tennessee.
Rep. Mike Stewart, the bill's main sponsor, showed off a military-style carbine that he had bought for $750 in cash with no background check. The Nashville Democrat argued that in-person gun sales should be governed by the same rules as buying firearms from retailers.
86. Memphis Fights Back: Senate Poised To Do Real Damage via De-Annexation
- Thursday, March 24, 2016
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland makes a persuasive argument against de-annexation legislation now being considered by the state Legislature, providing a long list of figures to show it would devastate the Bluff City.
87. Opposers Fight De-Annexation Another Day
- Wednesday, March 23, 2016
When the state Senate’s State and Local Government Committee convenes at noon Wednesday, March 21, in Nashville, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and his administration will have been working Capital Hill for about a day and a half.
88. Education Leaders Question Why Virtual School Remains Open
- Monday, March 21, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Legislature's failure to shut down an academically troubled virtual school run by a for-profit corporation has left some education leaders wondering whether Tennessee lawmakers really want to fix schools or have sold out children to powerful special interests.
89. Harris, Towns Hope to Delay Monday De-Annexation Vote
- Saturday, March 19, 2016
Memphis Democrats in the Tennessee Legislature are hoping to delay a scheduled Monday, March 21, state Senate floor vote on a deannexation bill that cleared the state House a week ago.
“This train is moving very fast,” Democratic Sen. Lee Harris said Friday, March 18. “The city of Memphis has never made a significant presentation about the city of Memphis’ finances to the relevant committees or to the Senate members,” he added. “Minimally, we need to send this back to committee so that we can have some airing out of what the facts are and what the known consequences are. … Minimally, if you are going to devastate a city, you should know exactly what that means and what you are doing.”
90. Editorial: We Don’t Need Forgiveness For Past Annexations
- Saturday, March 19, 2016
The normal bait and switch and head fake that is par for the course in Nashville is underway again.
That’s why we will dispense with the cautionary statements from the state Senate expressing doubts about the deannexation bill on its way to the upper chamber at press time.
91. Harris Seeks Legal Opinion on Deannexation Bill, Senate Vote Set For Monday
- Friday, March 18, 2016
State Sen. Lee Harris of Memphis has requested a legal opinion from the Tennessee Attorney General’s office on the deannexation bill the Senate could vote on Monday, March 21.
92. Potential Revenue Loss Stirs Deannexation Options
- Thursday, March 17, 2016
As a potentially damaging deannexation bill moves to the state Senate for a possible vote soon, city officials are considering options to combat the expected loss of revenue should the bill pass.
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland estimates the state deannexation law could cost City Hall $27.7 million on the low end but as much as $80 million if all Memphis annexations dating back to 1998 were negated by voters in those areas.
93. Council Tallies Damage in 'Day of Bad News'
- Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Memphis City Council member Berlin Boyd summed up City Hall’s attitude Tuesday, March 15, during the council’s executive session. “Today is the day of bad news,” he said after a briefing from Mayor Jim Strickland on the deannexation bill approved the night before by the Tennessee House.
That was followed by more details on the estimated $60 million it will cost to replace the entire radio system for local first responders from the radios to the towers used to transmit their signals.
94. Sparks Fly In Nashville Over Deannexation
- Wednesday, March 16, 2016
The Tennessee Legislature’s debate about a proposed deannexation law isn’t a case of Memphis against the rest of the state.
It’s a debate within the Shelby County legislative delegation and with a few exceptions, most of the critics of the measure that would allow referendums to undo annexations that are in some cases 18 years old are Memphis legislators.
95. Last Word: Deannexation, Pastner Past the Season and Chewing Gum and Walking
- Tuesday, March 15, 2016
The much-discussed deannexation bill in the Tennessee Legislature always had the votes Monday evening in the House with Memphis Democrats succeeding only in delaying the outcome in Nashville by about two hours.
The bill passed by a wide margin after a debate that was for the most part Memphis against the rest of the state starting just outside the city limits with Republicans in the Shelby County legislative delegation.
And there is some dispute between the bill’s sponsor from the Chattanooga area and Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland. Strickland puts the potential loss of tax revenue to the city at $80 million. Rep. Mike Carter says it is more like $27 million.
96. Tennessee House Approves Deannexation Bill
- Tuesday, March 15, 2016
The Tennessee House approved a deannexation bill Monday, March 14, in a 68-25 vote after an emotional debate and a tide of amendments that were all voted down on the floor.
Republican state Representative Mike Carter of Hamilton County also disputed Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s claim that the city of Memphis stands to lose approximately $80 million in sales and property tax revenues.
97. Politics of Deannexation Proposal Grows More Complex
- Monday, March 14, 2016
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is heading to Nashville Wednesday, March 16, to talk with legislators about what he considers City Hall’s highest priority in the 2016 session of the Tennessee Legislature – defeating a deannexation proposal.
98. Stephenson Leads Grizzlies to 121-114 OT Win Over Pelicans
- Saturday, March 12, 2016
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Lance Stephenson scored a career-high 33 points, Matt Barnes recorded a triple-double with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, and the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 121-114 in overtime Friday night.
99. Strickland Makes Defeating Deannexation Bill Top Priority
- Friday, March 11, 2016
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is downplaying but not ruling out a move toward local government consolidation as a response to a deannexation proposal in the Tennessee legislature.
100. Strickland Downplays Consolidation Response to Deannexation Bill
- Friday, March 11, 2016
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is downplaying a move toward local government consolidation as a response to a deannexation proposal pending in the Tennessee legislature.