VOL. 132 | NO. 92 | Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Mississippi River at Memphis Nears Flood Stage
The Mississippi River at Memphis is expected to go above flood stage Tuesday, May 9, with a flood warning in effect until May 19.
The river stage at Memphis was 33.15 feet Monday. Flood stage is 34 feet.
The Shelby County Office of Preparedness, after consulting with the National Weather Service’s Memphis office, forecasts minor flooding on May 13 when the river stage reaches 36.5 feet.
The minor flooding will not affect Downtown events at that level. It is flooding Greenbelt Park on Mud Island and low-lying flood plain areas where there are no homes or businesses.
“This should be a short-lived minor flooding event,” said Dale Lane, director of the Office of Preparedness. “We do not expect homes nor businesses to be impacted.”
– Bill Dries
Redbirds Win 10 Straight, Setting Franchise Record
The Memphis Redbirds (20-11) won their 10th-straight game with a 10-1 victory over the Iowa Cubs Sunday, May 7, in Des Moines, Iowa, setting the franchise record for longest winning streak.
The 10-straight wins eclipsed the Redbirds’ previous franchise record of nine, which was set in April 2000 and matched in August 2014.
The longest winning streak in Memphis baseball history is 18, set by the 1928 Chickasaws of the Single-A Southern Association. The 1980 Chicks (Double-A Expos) have Memphis’ longest affiliated winning streak at 14.
In the record-setting victory, Luke Weaver hurled 7.0 shutout innings, allowing just four hits and striking out four; he did not issue a walk.
In 15.0 innings this season, Weaver has not allowed a run or a walk and has given up only eight hits.
The Redbirds were to continue their series at Iowa with a game Monday night, May 8, and wrap it up the following day. The team begins an eight-game homestand Thursday, May 11.
– Don Wade
UTHSC Building Up Hemophilia and Thrombosis Treatment Center
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center has launched and is expanding a comprehensive Hemophilia and Thrombosis Treatment Center, the only one of its kind in a 150-mile radius.
The clinic, one of only 120 in the country, aims to be a one-stop shop bringing together hematology physician services, nursing, case management and social work, infusion therapy, physical therapy, dentistry, a laboratory and pharmaceutical services. The clinic also has primary care physicians for routine health needs and collaborates with specialists.
The clinic has grown gradually, with hematology and primary physician and infusion services launching in March 2016. The multi-team comprehensive care started last month.
The Hemophilia and Thrombosis Treatment Center is managed by University Clinical Health, a clinical practice group affiliated with UTHSC. It’s located at 6401 Poplar Ave.
– Andy Meek
Babe Howard Classic to Be Played Tuesday in Millington
University of Memphis Baseball will play host to UT Martin on Tuesday, May 9, at USA Stadium in Millington in the W.S. “Babe” Howard Classic. The game is designed to honor the integral figure in the history of baseball in the Mid-South as well as the city of Millington’s long military history.
As part of the festivities surrounding the game, Memphis will be honoring all those who serve and have served our country with the Tigers’ annual Military Appreciation Game. General admission tickets are $5 for all fans, but any military personnel will receive free admission with their military ID.
The city of Millington has a long military history and the pregame ceremonies will feature some of the personnel from the Naval Support Activity Mid-South base. The game will also serve as the opening ceremonies for Millington Little League, where approximately 300 youth baseball players will be recognized on the field.
Howard was a legend in the area for his unrivaled support and sponsorship of area athletic teams, especially baseball. Howard built USA Stadium in Millington, which was the official training site of USA Baseball from 1987 until 1996.
Memphis first started playing the Babe Howard Classic in 2014 after the dedication of the FedExPark indoor training facility in the memory of Howard, a Millington native.
The Tigers are 2-1 in the Babe Howard Classic, falling 5-3 in the inaugural game to Austin Peay. Memphis has beaten UT Martin in the event the last two seasons.
– Don Wade