VOL. 133 | NO. 21 | Monday, January 29, 2018
The Week Ahead: Jan. 29-Feb. 4
The Daily News
Good morning, Memphis! Proceedings related to the city’s removal of Confederate statues from two parks get underway, just one of many events on a busy Monday. Check our rundown of all the happenings you need to know about in The Week Ahead…
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam delivers his last State of the State address Monday in Nashville. The 6 p.m. address is to a joint session of the state House and Senate in the House chamber. Haslam will outline his plans for the last year of his eight years as governor and probably do a fair amount of looking back. The address marks the point at which the Legislature ends the ceremonial part of its election year session and gets into the details of legislating. You can watch Haslam’s address streamed online at http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/livevideo/
(Daily News File/Houston Cofield)
Also in Nashville Monday, the first court ruling over the removal of Confederate monuments from two parks here in Memphis is expected. Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle is expected to rule on a move by the Sons of Confederate Veterans to ensure Memphis Greeenspace Inc., the private nonprofit that bought both parks from the city including the monuments, doesn’t damage or destroy the statues. That is the most immediate issue. Beyond that is the question of whether the city’s sale of the parks was legal.
Monday is also the day parents can begin applying for places in the Shelby County Schools optional program as well as open enrollment slots at others schools. If you associate optional schools enrollment with the annual campout outside SCS headquarters, that is thing of the past. All applications for both of these options are completely online this year and done at the same time. If you don’t have internet access you can go to a school or library or the school system offices. http://www.scsk12.org/schoolchoice/ is the place to get information and apply. Optional schools are programs or schools that have a curriculum that is a specific pursuit like engineering or the arts and there are several dozen of them either within an existing school or making up the entire school. There are entrance requirements.
The open enrollment process is for available space in any of the conventional schools in the system and they are filled on a first-come basis.
The bell rings on all of this at 10 a.m., except it won’t be a bell. It will be something live on the website, which doesn’t make a noise. But if you want, you can ring a bell.
Shelby County government holds three public hearings Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday on how it intends to use a $60 million resilience grant from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Resilience grants go toward projects that mitigate the impact of flooding. In Shelby County’s case there are three projects. The three workshops are to gather public input on what is planned. All of the sessions begin at 6 p.m.
The Tuesday meeting is at the Memphis Leadership Foundation, 1548 Poplar Ave. The Wednesday meeting is at Baker Community Center in Millington, 7942 Church St. The Thursday meeting is at the Southaven Public Library, 8554 Northwest Drive in Southaven, Mississippi.
Monday is the last day for free Christmas tree recycling at The Yard. You can drop off your tree at the company’s composting facility, 1735 Thomas Road, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Bonus: If you mention Memphis Botanic Garden, The Yard will donate $5 to MBG. Call 901-833-9273 for details.
(Daily News File/Houston Cofield)
Juice Orange Mound, a group that promotes and supports the Orange Mound neighborhood, is hosting “Too Far, Support Lamar” on Saturday at 2269 Lamar Ave. The group is trying to raise awareness of Kroger’s decision to close three local stores including locations on South Third, South State Street and Lamar. The group is gathering Saturday to show its opposition to the Lamar closure specifically from 9 a.m. until noon. It’s the oldest African-American community in the city, the group points out, and rather than continue investing in the community by renovating the location, Kroger has decided to close it down. Kroger, for its part, said each of the three stores has lost more than $2 million since 2014 and that they’ll collectively lose $6.3 million by the end of January.
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The Broad Avenue Arts District is hosting “Sweet Street” on Friday, a special night from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. during which you can shop and sample sweet treats along the way. You’ll grab a $5 punch card from any participating shop and enjoy the treats while you hit up the stores. When you’re done, drop the punch card into a drawing to win a batch of Broad Avenue surprises. Participating shops include Wiseacre Brewing Co., City & State, Falling into Place, Broadway Pizza, Five in One Social Club and more.
The Memphis Grizzlies play the Phoenix Suns at 7 p.m. Monday at FedExForum, their last home game before beginning a four-game road trip. For more information go to www.grizzlies.com or call -901-888-HOOP.
The Grizzlies’ G League team, the Memphis Hustle, have a rare 10:30 a.m. game Monday vs. the Texas Legends at the Landers Center. They play at 7 p.m. Wednesday vs. the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Former University of Memphis players Trahson Burrell and Austin Nichols are among the notables on the Hustle’s roster. For tickets, go to the Landers Center box office or call 1-901-888-HOOP. For more information, go to http://memphis.gleague.nba.com/.
Get a head start on the Winter Olympics from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Memphis Botanic Garden with Memphian and Team USA bobsledder Sable Otey. There will also be Mid-South Ice House hockey and figure skating demonstrations. Indoor activities include a bounce obstacle course, giant games, hula hoops and more. Snacks included and medals awarded for completing the activities. Admission is $5 for Garden members, $10 for non-members. No registration required. Call 901-636-4119 for more information.
Agricenter International will gather public input for its strategic business plan and conceptual master plan on Monday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Ducks Unlimited’s headquarters, 1 Waterfowl Way, on the Agricenter campus. The master plan will serve as the Agricenter’s guide for the next 20 years of growth and is funded by a local anonymous foundation, FedEx Corp., the Shelby County Commission, Agricenter International, Helena Chemical and Asgrow. The organization’s long-range goals are to serve as a hub for agricultural networking and innovation, showcase food and fiber as a pathway to increased educational and career opportunities, and promote the efficacy and commercialization of new agricultural technologies and practices.
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