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VOL. 133 | NO. 144 | Friday, July 20, 2018

Strickland Announces Plan for Every Other Week Curbside Yard Waste Pick Up

UPDATE: Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland announced Friday, July 20, that the city plans to make the solid waste section of the city public works division its own division. And he announced a transition to every other week curbisde pickup of yard waste by the city starting in October. 

Democrats, Republicans Release Endorsement Ballots

A group of Democrats including former U.S. representative Harold Ford Sr. is preparing to mail and distribute at the polls 60,000 endorsement ballots at no cost to the Democratic contenders on the ballot.

A Cut Above

South Front salon to open second location in 266 Lofts

Longtime Downtown Memphis barber Excell Blanchard has been cutting hair for nearly a quarter of a century, and in that time, he has built up a loyal clientele base who has moved with him from one venture to next.

Violent Crime Drops by Crime Commission Numbers, Property Crimes Up

Major violent crime in Memphis and countywide dropped in the first six months of 2018 compared to the first six months of 2017, by the most recent statistics released by the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission.

Last Word: MemFix 4's Big Weekend, Early Voting Six Days In and Grizz Moves

A big weekend to avoid the interstate with a rare closing of I-240 between the 385 split and the I-40 split and Poplar over I-240 also closed in both directions. This kicks in Friday evening and runs up to Monday morning’s rush hour as TDOT crews work to replace four bridges in East Memphis using a relatively new process in which parts of the bridges are assembled in advance and then moved into place. The bridges are both Poplar bridges, the Park Avenue bridge and the Norfolk Southern rail bridge. And this will happen all over again in about a week’s time using the same schedule, weather permitting. Weekenders on the interstate already have some experience with a milder version of this with the interstate projects on the south leg

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Partly Cloudy
Wind: West at 4.6 mph
Humidity: 94%


The Orpheum Summer Movie Series continues with “Selena” Friday, July 20, at 7 p.m. at The Orpheum, 203 S. Main St. Doors open at 6 p.m. for activities in the lobby, including a drink special and photo booth with movie-themed props and quotes. Costumes are encouraged but never required. Adult tickets are $8; children 12 and younger are $6. Visit orpheum-memphis.com.

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After the Injury

MSU QB Nick Fitzgerald will try to lift his team to a special season

ATLANTA – Early in last season’s Egg Bowl on Thanksgiving night, Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald made a short run to his left, got hit, and crumpled to the Scott Field turf. His right ankle had been dislocated and his foot had been spun around as though on a swivel.

Early Voting Nears 23,000 Six Days In

Early voting turnout totals with all sites open across Shelby County jumped to around 6,000 a day on the first three days all 27 sites were open to citizens in advance of the Aug. 2 election day.

State Sen. Tate Censured by Local Democratic Party

Amid early voting, the Shelby County Democratic Party is censuring state Sen. Reginald Tate for comments he made about Democrats this summer and for calling himself a “black Republican.”


Grizzlies’ Front Office Makes Calculated Moves to Give Team Real Shot at Relevance

We will not be granting general manager Chris Wallace and the rest of the Grizzlies’ front office absolution. Can’t do it. Too many bad draft picks over the years, the bungled Tyreke Evans situation, and the failure to sufficiently vet Chandler Parsons’ health, make that impossible.


Following Merger, First Tennessee Executive Encourages Memphians to Embrace Change

Sometimes, your career chooses you. For Darin Johnson, he always knew he wanted to combine his love of numbers and people. “Since I was a kid, I’ve loved numbers,” Johnson said. “In fact, we didn’t have voicemail when I was a kid, so I would memorize everyone who would call and all of their numbers."


Former Vol OL Munoz Now Protecting Game

Loving football just wasn’t enough. The game didn’t love Michael Munoz back at times.


Money Left Unclaimed in Dormant Accounts

Ray’s Take: It’s crazy to think that there are billons of hard-earned dollars left behind or forgotten about in dormant accounts all across the world. But with that much money left unclaimed, there are clearly many reasons accounts go dormant. Moving to another state and forgetting to close accounts is the usual culprit.

Old School, Brand New

NEWS IS DEAD, LONG LIVE LOCAL NEWS. My grandfather, J.P. Alley, was the editorial cartoonist for The Commercial Appeal, and he won a Pulitzer in the 1920s fighting the KKK as part of the paper’s editorial team.


Prosecutor Censured for Book About Facebook Slayings

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Supreme Court has censured a prosecutor who wrote a book about trying a double murder arising from a Facebook spat.


'Big Hunk O' Love' for Elvis Could Connect 2 Distant Cities

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – Elvis Presley's Mississippi hometown could create a tourism partnership with the German city where he lived while serving in the U.S. Army.


Comcast Drops Fox Bid, Paving Way for Sale to Disney

NEW YORK (AP) – Comcast is dropping its bid for Fox's entertainment businesses, paving the way for Disney to boost its upcoming streaming service by buying the studios behind "The Simpsons" and X-Men.

Zuckerberg's Holocaust Comment Puts Facebook on the Spot

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is clarifying his stance pertaining to Holocaust deniers after getting some blowback on social media.

Next Generation: Business Owners Mentor Their Heirs Apparent

NEW YORK (AP) – The plan was for Greg Goodman to sell his auto supply store and retire about the time he turned 60. Then Plan B came along – his son Chandler decided to join and eventually take over the family business instead of becoming an architect.


US Political Spending Getting More Secretive With IRS Change

Political spending in the U.S. is about to become even more secretive after the IRS this week dropped a requirement that many nonprofits have to provide lists of their major donors.

Trump Slams Rate Increases by Independent Federal Reserve

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump on Thursday cast aside concerns about the Federal Reserve's independence, saying he was "not happy" with the Fed's recent interest rate increases.


Pay Down Debt or Save Money? How to Allocate Your Cash

It's one of the most common questions financial advisers hear: should I prioritize paying down debt or building up savings?


Poll: If DNA Shows Health Risks, Most Want to Know

WASHINGTON (AP) – Would you want to know if you harbor a gene linked to Alzheimer's or another incurable disease? A new poll finds most Americans would.

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