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VOL. 132 | NO. 254 | Monday, December 25, 2017

The Week Ahead: Dec. 25-31, 2017

Good morning, Memphis, and a very Merry Christmas! Gifts are unwrapped, holiday cheer is spread, and now we start looking forward to the Liberty Bowl – featuring our own University of Memphis Tigers – plus a whole slate of New Year’s Eve events happening around the city. Check out all our top picks for what to do in The Week Ahead...

South Main Market Adding New Vendors Soon

Civil Pour is one of the newest additions to the South Main Market and offers drinks like local beer, wine and craft cocktails along with small bites and other items at its space in Memphis’ new food hall.

Grizzlies Top Clippers 115-112 Before Starting Five-Game West Coast Trip

To finally reach double-digits wins, the Memphis Grizzlies had to put up a season-high 115 points and hang on at the end after a 16-point fourth-quarter lead melted down to three points.


Memphis Sound at 60

Stax Records, Royal Studios strike a chord that still echoes today

As Stax Records and Royal Studios both wrap up a year of celebrating their 60th anniversary, The Memphis News looks back at the creators and purveyors of the Memphis sound and its significance, both in its heyday and today.

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Memphis Grizzlies Youth Basketball holds its Grizzlies Holiday Basketball Camp Tuesday through Thursday, Dec. 26-28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at FedExForum, 191 Beale St. Open to ages 7-16, the three-day camp features a rare opportunity to train inside the Grizzlies’ Built Ford Tough Practice Facility; instruction by Grizzlies Youth Basketball staff and GrizzFit certified coaches; participation in the Jr. NBA Skills Challenge; team apparel and basketball; and two tickets to a January Grizzlies game. Cost is $225. Register at eventbrite.com or call 901-205-1279.

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Downtown Hotel Revival; Two Companies Look to Expand in Southwest Memphis

5050 E. Holmes Road, Memphis, TN 38118 -
Agilent Technologies has been awarded a 10-year Fast Track payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) incentive to expand its facility at 5050 Holmes Road. The company said it will create 117 jobs paying an average salary of $40,670 excluding benefits.


Forrest Down

Memphis makes history in removing the two most visible Confederate monuments in a deal that involved selling the parks where they once stood

It’s hard to know where the equestrian statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest is when there aren’t lights on it.

Editorial: National Black Theater Museum Would Be Big Bang for the Arts

When Hattiloo Theatre founder Ekundayo Bandele took his well-developed idea for a National Black Theater Museum in Overton Park to the Memphis City Council this month, he began by saying: “It doesn’t exist anywhere in the world. This didn’t come from anywhere.”

This Week in Memphis History: December 22-28, 2017

1929: Memphis Power & Light Co. advertises Christmas gifts in The Daily News, including Christmas tree lamps at $1.25 for a set of eight; washing machines for $99.50 or $185; waffle irons from $8.45; cigar lights “attachable to any socket” at $5 each; and curling irons “for maid or matron” at $1.95 and $3.


Sherra Wright Charged In 2010 Murder of Lorenzen Wright

The ex-wife of Memphis basketball star Lorenzen Wright is charged with first degree murder, conspiracy and attempted first degree murder in the 2010 death of Wright.

Forrest and Davis Statues Removed As City Sells Parks

With a quick vote without debate on a last-minute substitute ordinance, the Memphis City Council set in motion Wednesday, Dec. 20, the removal of Confederate monuments in two city parks.

Possible Trader Joe’s Update, New $35M Airport Facility

In this week’s Real Estate Recap, a new development in the saga of Germantown’s Trader Joe’s, Memphis International Airport begins work on a new $35 million facility, and Central BBQ announces a new a location... -
Developers planning renovations of the old Kroger location at 2130 Exeter Road have bought out the property’s previous owners in a multimillion-dollar deal.

Hattiloo Founder Proposes Black Theater Museum For Brooks Museum Building

Hattiloo Theatre founder Ekundayo Bandele is proposing a National Black Theater Museum for the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art building in Overton Park.

Nonprofit Leader: Removal of 2 Memphis Confederate Monuments 'Only the Beginning'

The morning after the city’s two best-known Confederate memorials came down in a pair of city parks, the attorney and Shelby County commissioner who leads the private nonprofit to whom the city sold the parks said the organization has plans to “liberate” other parks.


Tennessee Tech Brings Back Dewayne Alexander as Head Coach

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Tech has brought back Dewayne Alexander as the 12th head coach in program history.

Hamilton County School District Eyes Rebranding to Improve Image

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee school district may rebrand itself in pursuit of a better public image.


Exiting Mississippi: Census Finds State Again Loses People

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – For the third year in a row, the Census Bureau estimates that Mississippi's population fell, as more people moved away from the Magnolia State than moved in.


US Consumer Spending Rises 0.6 Percent in November

WASHINGTON (AP) – American consumers stepped up their spending last month, a good sign for the holiday shopping season.


After Net Neutrality: Brace for Internet 'Fast Lanes'

NEW YORK (AP) – Now that federal telecom regulators have repealed net neutrality, it may be time to brace for the arrival of internet "fast lanes" and "slow lanes."

Got a Toy That Can Spy? Here's How to Know and What to Do

NEW YORK (AP) – The toys your kids unwrap this Christmas could invite hackers into your home.

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