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VOL. 132 | NO. 134 | Friday, July 7, 2017


Bill Dries

Last Word: Vince Carter Leaves, Fairgrounds and Pulling the Plug on Green Tech

By Bill Dries

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Vince Carter joins Zach Randolph with the Sacramento Kings next NBA season with an $8 million one-year pact for Carter. Still no word on Tony Allen’s free agency status as we put this up. The Grizz plan to retire Randolph’s jersey.

More on the long term view of what this means in Don Wade’s Press Box column.

Terence Patterson is out as president and CEO of the Downtown Memphis Commission. His resignation announced Thursday is effective immediately.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland at the National Civil Rights Museum Thursday to announce grants to the 14 sanitation workers from 1968 – four who are still on the job – and a deferred compensation plan for sanitation workers who have come along since then.

And Strickland makes his debut on Medium with the announcement.

More on Bruster’s, the ice cream chain coming to Highland Strip.

Jernigan Capital’s latest earnings call reports the self-storage capital provider has closed on three new developments totaling $50 million – more than half of that in a self-storage facility in Manhattan.

Two development plans of note on file with the Land Use Control Board for action in August. One is a change to the Parkside at Shelby Farms development. That project now includes plans for a 130-room boutique hotel. And the American Red Cross building on Central Avenue by the University Club would be demolished to make way for Club Gardens.

Further east on Central we recap some recent movement and plans at the Fairgrounds in lieu of an overall specific plan for development there. And we found an outspoken tenant of the Liberty BowlSouthern Heritage Classic founder Fred Jones – who says those plans should be more realistic about the parking needed for the events that draw the largest crowds to the Fairgrounds – the nine football games among the Southern Heritage Classic, the AutoZone Liberty Bowl and the Tigers football program.

Football? Glad you asked. David Climer in Nashville on the ranking of the Titans as the third best team in all of the NFL.

Elsewhere in the Friday Sports Section, high tech in baseball used to mean using a radar gun to clock pitchers. Now it is advanced data and metrics on lap tops, although we found a Redbirds player who had a pretty old school system of notes kept after those at the plate encounters – a proverbial book he kept on pitchers.

Jason Isbell headlines the music festival Shelby Farms Park has been working on since its opening just about a year ago of its “Heart of the Park” improvements. The festival is called Mempho and it is a two-day event – Oct. 6 and 7 that includes Stax legends Steve Cropper and Booker T. Jones and Southern Avenue as well as Cage The Elephant and Robert Randolph and the Family Band. Chuck Leavell of the Allman Brothers and Sea Level, also known for his keyboard work with the Rolling Stones, George Harrison, Eric Clapton and John Mayer is listed as an advisor to Mempho. So don’t be surprised if there are a few more announcements to come about this happening.

This is the first music festival of its kind for Shelby Farms Park. But way back in the 70s, there were some concerts in what was then known as Plough Park, well before the official park status for the larger area.

Meanwhile, Isbell, who is no stranger to Memphis, was on Charlie Rose this week to talk as well as perform.

In the race for Tennessee Governor, former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean reports raising $1.2 million over six months in his quest for the Democratic nomination for Governor. More of these totals to come from the other campaigns – Democratic and Republican – this month.

It’s been about eight years since plans were announced in a Tunica field for GreenTech Automotive, a company that was supposed to make electric cars. It’s been five years since the opening of GreenTech’s plant drew former President Bill Clinton and future Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Harbour. But how many, if any, electric cars have been made in Tunica? That’s what Mississippi’s state auditor tried to find out and his team was initially escorted off the property. Now auditor Stacey Pickering is demanding the company pay the state $6.4 million – the $4.9 million in state and local incentives that went to GreenTech and interest. Jeff Amy of Associated Press on the saga of a secretive business enterprise.

Some new markers on the Ole Miss campus about who built some of the oldest structures on the Oxford campus.

Behind The Headlines this week is a reporters’ roundtable with Madeline Faber of High Ground News, Bernal Smith Jr. of The New Tri-State Defender and Toby Sells of The Memphis Flyer. We talk about Juvenile Court, one year since the bridge protest, medical pot coming to Arkansas and yes, the Grizz. The show airs Friday at 7 p.m. on WKNO.

The cover story by Michael Waddell in the new edition of our weekly, The Memphis News, is all about broadband and the effort to extend consistent broadband service to rural and suburban West Tennessee. It is as complex politically as it is technically.

A PDF of the new edition of the weekly is already up on this website. The hard copies hit the streets Friday morning and the cover story goes up online Friday afternoon.

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