VOL. 131 | NO. 128 | Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Memphis Grizzlies Claim Guard Wroten Off Waivers
Guard Tony Wroten, whom the Grizzlies drafted in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft, is returning to the team. According to a report from espn.com, Memphis claimed Wroten off waivers on Sunday, June 26.
The New York Knicks had released Wroten several days earlier. By picking up Wroten, the Grizzlies add depth to their backcourt as point guard Mike Conley enters free agency on July 1. The Grizzlies picked combo guard Wade Baldwin of Vanderbilt 17th overall in last week’s NBA Draft.
In 72 games during the 2013-14 season, Wroten averaged 13.0 points and 3.0 assists with Philadelphia. He averaged 16.9 points and 5.2 assists in 30 games the following season for the 76ers. He played in just eight games with the Sixers last year. He also suffered a partially torn ACL in January 2015.
Wroten, 23, was the 25th overall pick in the 2012 Draft. Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace was actively involved in that draft, but had been pushed aside during the Jason Levien era of the Grizzlies’ front office at the point Memphis let Wroten go.
– Don Wade
10th Annual Rock for Love Set for September
This September, the Church Health Center will celebrate the 10th anniversary of a festival that’s become one of the nonprofit’s biggest annual fundraisers as well as one of the city’s most beloved music bashes.
The 10th annual Rock for Love festival kicks off Sept. 2 at the Hi-Tone with an all-star revue-style celebration of music recorded in Memphis. Graham Winchester will lead the charge, co-curating along with event founder J.D. Reager a night that features multiple acts covering hits and rarities cut in studios like Sun, Stax, Ardent, Easley, Royal and American.
Saturday night, Sept. 3, the action shifts to Otherlands Coffee, where The Dead Soldiers will play an acoustic set to headline an evening that will spotlight folk, acoustic and singer-songwriter styles.
The weekend will close on Sunday, Sept. 4, at The Levitt Shell, with a lineup of Memphis favorites, including Amy LaVere, Jack Oblivian & The Sheiks and Star & Micey.
In 2015, Rock for Love raised $50,000 for the Church Health Center. Its raised more than $250,000 for the organization since its founding to support the Church Health Center’s mission of providing affordable healthcare for the working uninsured.
– Andy Meek
Local Soda Memfizz Sees Commercial Expansion
Memfizz, a homemade probiotic soda, has hit the shelves of several Midtown and Downtown restaurants.
More than a year ago, Steve Cantor started brewing the soda through a fermentation process using water kefir grains. Otherlands coffee bar has sold the soda for months, and a recent expansion brings Memfizz to the Curb Market, Miss Cordelia’s Grocery and the Dixon Gallery & Gardens, with nearly a dozen more venues on the way
– Madeline Faber
Mid-South Food Bank Receives Donation From Archer Daniels Midland
The Mid-South Food Bank has received a $5,500 donation from Archer Daniels Midland, money that will go toward distributing high-nutrition food through the Food Bank’s network of partner food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other agencies that provide food for those in need.
The donation was given through ADM Cares, a social investment program that directs funds to initiatives and organizations that drive social, economic and environmental progress worldwide. The program comprises three focus areas: supporting the responsible development of agriculture, improving the quality of life in Archer Daniels Midland communities, and fostering employee giving and volunteer activities.
The Mid-South Food Bank supplies food and other grocery items to charitable feeding programs in 31 counties in West Tennessee, North Mississippi and eastern Arkansas.
– Andy Meek
AT&T Bringing Faster Speeds To Tennessee Businesses
AT&T says it’s bringing gigabit internet speeds to even more businesses in 22 Tennessee communities, including Collierville, Cordova, Germantown and Memphis.
With AT&T Business Fiber, according to the telecom giant, more businesses can download and upload up to 1 gigabit per second. With speeds that fast, a business could download a two-hour high-definition video in less than a minute and download 8,000 word processing documents in one second.
AT&T has aggressively expanded its fiber footprint over the past few years, both to consumers and businesses. It’s expanded coverage to reach more than 1 million incremental business customer locations in the U.S., with more than 28,500 of those in Tennessee.
– Andy Meek
Tigers Alumni Game Draws 2 Dozen Former Players
The second annual Blue-Gray University of Memphis alumni basketball game brought in more than two dozen former Tigers for a game on Saturday, June 25, at Elma Roane Fieldhouse.
The Gray Team (older players) won the game 125-119. Former players Jeremy Hunt and Willie Kemp organized the game. A portion of the proceeds were to be distributed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the National Kidney Foundation.
Playing with a running clock and minimal officiating, the game featured plenty of slam dunks and 3-point shooting.
Former Tigers Elliott Perry and Andre Turner coached the Blue Team while past Tigers Detric Golden and Marcus Moody guided the Gray.
Shawn Taggart led the Gray squad in scoring, ending the game with 35 points, while Geron Johnson led the Blue with 33 points. .
– Don Wade