VOL. 131 | NO. 112 | Monday, June 6, 2016
The Week Ahead: June 6-12
Time to get this week started, Memphis! There’s plenty to keep you busy in this week’s roundup of need-to-know happenings, from the 50th anniversary of a seminal civil rights moment to a blast from the '80s-movie past...
The FedEx St. Jude Golf Classic returns to TPC Southwind this week, and the field is headed by Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka. One of the longest-running stops on the PGA Tour schedule brings golf's finest to town to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Activities begin on Monday with the pros starting their four rounds of play on Thursday and continuing through Sunday. Visit stjudeclassic.com for complete details.
Four years after he integrated Ole Miss, James Meredith decided to march from Memphis to Jackson, Miss., in what he called a “March Against Fear.”
The June 1966 march ended abruptly just south of the stateline in Hernando when Meredith was shot and wounded.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders continued the march on his behalf and 19 days later Meredith joined them as he continued to recover.
Meredith is in Memphis Saturday for the 50th anniversary of the march. He will lead a symbolic march from The Peabody hotel, where he began the 1966 march, to the National Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry St.
The Memphis City Council should close out its budget season Tuesday with votes on the city operating and capital budgets as well as the city property tax rate – all for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
The city property tax rate will remain at $3.40.
But don’t be surprised if there are some last-minute amendments on the floor of what could be a long council session. That’s par for the course.
On the other side of the Main Street Mall, the Shelby County Commission isn’t quite there yet in its budget season. The commission will vote Monday on the first of three readings of a stable county property tax rate of $4.37. But the commission isn’t ready yet to vote on the county operating budget that includes funding for Shelby County Schools and the county’s six suburban public school districts.
School funding is the biggest open question in county government’s budget season. A vote on that issue is likely at the commission’s second meeting in June.
Retired NFL star Ray Lewis shares his life experiences and lessons learned from the hard hits he took both on and off the field at a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at Memphis Botanic Garden. The luncheon benefits Leadership Memphis’ College and Career Tours. For more information, go to leadershipmemphis.org/raylewis .
The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority meets Thursday afternoon and there is likely to be some debate about the idea of a cover charge for Beale Street’s later hours. Such a measure was resurrected in discussions following several recent shootings near Beale Street as well as a stampede on the street itself in which two people were arrested.
Now for some 1980s nostalgia. This Wednesday, June 8, the Malco Paradiso at 584 S. Mendenhall Road is dipping into the past for a 7 p.m. showing of the 1984 “Ghostbusters” film.
The ’80s classic – written by Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd and produced and directed by Ivan Reitman – tells the story of university parapsychologists Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Raymond Stanz and Dr. Egon Spengler who lose a research grant when their experiment methodology is proven to be bogus. And who are we kidding – you know the rest.
Tickets are $13.50.
Book lovers have a party set just for them this week. Marx-Bensdorf Realtors presents Literatini 2016 on Friday at The Booksellers at Laurelwood, 387 Perkins Road Extended, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The event is hosted by Literacy Mid-South and the Mid-South Book Festival and sponsored by the bookstore and Dixon Hughes Goodman. Participants will get to enjoy things like good food and drinks and a “martini death match” as they sample cocktails and food from top local bars and restaurants.
Tickets are $50 per person or $75 per couple. All proceeds from the event directly benefit the students of Literacy Mid-South.
Former Shelby County Commissioner Sidney Chism doesn’t wait for the Fourth of July to hold his political picnic. He does it in June, and this year the date is Saturday on his property on Horn Lake Road.
The picnic is a tradition for political friends and foes – Democrats and Republicans – who are invited and given several minutes to make their pitch to those in the crowd who aren’t running for office.
The Memphis Redbirds swing back into action with games vs. Colorado Springs Thursday through Sunday. The Thursday and Friday games are at 7:05 p.m. First pitch Saturday is at 6:35 p.m. and the game begins at 6:05 on Sunday night. The AutoZone Park box office is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday on non-game days and opens at 10 a.m. on game days. You can also call for tickets at 901-721-6000 or go tomemphisredbirds.com for tickets and detailed information about promotions and discounts.
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