VOL. 132 | NO. 82 | Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Grizzlies Game 6 Playoff Tickets on Sale
The Memphis Grizzlies have begun selling tickets for Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round series against the San Antonio Spurs, which takes place Thursday, April 27, at FedExForum. Tip-off time and broadcast details have not been announced as of press time.
The Grizzlies and Spurs are tied 2-2 in the best-of-seven series going into Tuesday’s Game 5 in San Antonio. The game starts at 8 p.m., and the Grizzlies Bud Light Playoff Watch Party and festivities will be held at The Trophy Room in Collierville. The Grizzlies Claw Crew will be on hand to rally the crowd and give away prizes during timeouts and breaks throughout the game.
Game 5 will be broadcast by FOX Sports Southeast with the Grizzlies LIVE! Pregame Show to begin at 7:30 p.m. Check your local listings for details. Fans can also tune in to 92.9 FM ESPN to listen to all the action.
Playoff tickets for Thursday’s Game 6 are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, the FedExForum box office, by calling 800-4-NBA-TIX, or online at grizzlies.com or ticketmaster.com.
– Don Wade
Planned Parenthood Opening 2nd Location
Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region is preparing to open a second location.
The organization has finished construction on a $2.7 million health center at 835 Virginia Run Cove, near Summer Avenue and Interstate 240 in the Berclair area, and will begin seeing patients there May 1.
The location of the 7,500-square-foot clinic was chosen to provide enhanced access from as many parts of PPGMR’s service area as possible and to better serve Memphis’ growing Spanish-speaking population, according to PPGMR, which also operates a center at 2430 Poplar Ave.
The Virginia Run location will offer sexual and reproductive health care for women, men and teens. Services include birth control, well woman care, HIV testing and prevention services, sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment, abortion services, emergency contraception and pregnancy testing, among others.
The center was designed and built with funds from PPGMR’s ongoing “Planned Parenthood Now” strategic growth campaign, which has raised a little more than $11 million of its $12 million goal. The campaign will also be used to establish an endowment for PPGMR and strengthen its outreach, education and advocacy efforts.
“In the face of relentless political attacks, Planned Parenthood is more committed than ever to this community. Our new health center is a testament to our commitment,” said PPGMR president and CEO Ashley Coffield in a written statement. “We know that our services will be more and more vital to women and families across the Mid-South in the years ahead, and we are so grateful to be able to accommodate them here.”
The clinic, which is located in a newly renovated facility, was designed by architect Options Design. The developer was Los Loups, and the contractor for the project was Lubin Enterprises. The building features an exterior mural by Siphne Sylve and an interior mural by Kong Wee Pang, both through the UrbanArt Commission.
– Daily News staff
State House District 95 Early Vote Breaks 2,500
Fewer than half of 1 percent of the 51,000 voters in state House District 95 had cast a ballot through Saturday, April 22, the end of the early voting period in advance of Thursday’s election day in the special primary elections.
Shelby County Election Commission numbers show 2,535 early votes were cast, and all but 222 voted in the seven-candidate Republican primary.
Democrat Julie Byrd Ashworth is running unopposed in the Democratic primary and advances automatically to the June 15 special general election along with independent candidates Robert Schutt and Jim Tomasik.
The election in House District 95 – which includes Collierville, Germantown and Eads – is being held to fill the vacancy created by the February resignation of state Rep. Mark Lovell just weeks into his two-year term.
– Bill Dries
Cooper-Young Pup Crawl Set for May 11
The annual Cooper-Young Pup Crawl benefiting the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County is set for May 11.
The event, hosted by the Cooper-Young Business Association, is presented by sponsors Memphis Animal Clinic and Memphis Veterinary Specialists.
Twelve Cooper-Young restaurants and bars will offer special canine-themed drinks for the event and will donate 10 percent of sales from Pup Crawlers to the Humane Society. The organization also will sell Pup Crawl T-shirts to raise additional funds toward its mission of rescuing injured and abused animals.
– Andy Meek
West Memphis to Refurbish Water Tower as Attraction
West Memphis wants to draw attention to a 94-year-old water tower in an attempt to boost tourism.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the $240,000 project will illuminate the water tower in West Memphis with hanging glistening cables, to give the effect of cascading water.
The cost includes lights, a small park and garden, cables with shiny discs that will hang from the structure, a plaque denoting the tower’s history and a sitting area.
The project could begin in June and be completed by the end of the year.
The plan comes on the heels of plans to build a 5-mile trail along the Mississippi River that connects to Big River Crossing, the bicycle/pedestrian walkway on the Harahan Bridge that opened in October and connects West Memphis and Memphis.
– The Associated Press