VOL. 133 | NO. 143 | Thursday, July 19, 2018
Last Word: Soccer Names, Early Voting and a Censure and Ole Miss's Bowl Ban
By Bill Dries
We will know the name of the United Soccer League Memphis team Sept. 1 as well as get a look at its logo. Will we go with something like the Rogues or Americans or go for a World Cup-style name suitable for craft beer consumption? Along with the answer to that, we will get an exhibition at the ballpark on that Saturday before Labor Day between the Colorado Rapids of MLS and the Tulsa Roughnecks FC of the USL. So if this is any indication, World Cup and craft beer.
County mayoral candidates Lee Harris, left, and David Lenoir, right, met again this week at the Memphis Rotary Club luncheon at Clayborn Temple.
The debates between the two candidates for Shelby County Mayor are getting pretty contentious but it’s still difficult to say this is getting personal. Lee Harris and David Lenoir are leveling some serious criticism at each other including at this week’s Memphis Rotary Club forum. But it’s staying on the job they are seeking and how they would perform and why one feels he is more qualified than the other.
Early voting turnout in Shelby County through Wednesday, the second day all 27 early voting sites were open – 16,651. Early voting continues through July 28 and election day is Aug. 2. DEMOCRACY.
On the fifth day of the early voting period, the local Democratic party announced it has censured state Senator Reginald Tate for comments Tate made in Nashville about his partisan preferences. Tate has been “primaried” on the August ballot – a term politicos use as shorthand for an incumbent being challenged in his or her own primary. It’s the first time Tate has had opposition but not the first time Tate has drawn the ire of the party.
In his “View From The Hill” column, our busy Nashville correspondent Sam Stockard reports the private company the state has been considering to manage state colleges and similar institutions is still considering its options along with the state.
The former director of Governors Island in New York comes to town to talk about some of her experiences there and how they might relate to Mud Island River Park. And the path forward, according to Leslie Koch, is not necessarily a big attraction and hopes it will be a tourist magnet. Koch’s advice confirms the fast moves the park is taking under the Memphis River Parks Partnership to add features and improvements and even test some ideas as the spring and summer season is underway across the harbor.
Ole Miss quarterback Jordan Ta'amu talked about life under an NCAA bowl ban at SEC Media Days this week.
Don Wade at SEC Media Days in Atlanta looks at Ole Miss football rebuilding while the NCAA bowl ban is still in effect.
More on the journey of Teach for America recruits finding their way in Memphis.
Launch Pad, the co-working space, setting up shop in Memphis with space at Toyota Plaza. And company president Anne Driscoll tells us Memphis is Launch Pad’s main focus this year even as it expands to five to 10 new cities.