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VOL. 133 | NO. 125 | Friday, June 22, 2018


Bill Dries

Last Word: Draft Done, New Beale Moves and New Elvis

By Bill Dries

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Well, this is off to a rocky start. Jaren Jackson Jr. indicated he didn’t want to come to Memphis until minutes before the Grizz used their number 4 pick in Thursday evening’s NBA draft to select him and reverse years of bad history in draft selections. That was a lot to ask for in the pick of the youngest player in the draft at 18 years of age. But that’s what drafts in the NFL and NBA have come to be about – big moments, declaring victory and celebrating all before anything pans out.

There were some boos at FedExForum as the crowd there watched the pick on a big screen. Some in the crowd gauged it as a mixed reaction at best. Kind of like when teams used to get picked to play in the Liberty Bowl game and would complain about it. Next test is coming to town to meet the locals and to say he really did want to play for the Grizz all along blah, blah, blah. If you are around the forum when this happens and it’s a hot day outside, just come on in because it will probably be a few degrees cooler at the press conference but nothing that you will need to thaw out for now.

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare is marking its centennial as the new Methodist University Hospital continues to take shape.

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare is 100 years old and kicks off its centennial this weekend.

The Beale Street Task Force's security consultant will be trying some new moves in the entertainment district this month.

The homebuilding team for The Lake District.

Some new moves being tested out for Beale Street Saturday nights now that summer is here. The security consultant hired by the city’s Beale Street Task Force has a new way to handle the crowd at the Second Street checkpoint to try. The consultant’s preliminary recommendation is to bring back the Saturday night cover charge during the spring and summer peak starting at 10 p.m. That is going to be quite the debate at City Hall. Meanwhile, the data from the two years of the spring and summer cover charge and still scanning IDs at the checkpoints without the cover charge says some interesting things about Beale.

On Beale Street Thursday, the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau rolled out its rebrand as Memphis Tourism. More on what’s in a name in the Monday edition.

Tigers Coach Penny Hardaway is four months away from the debut of his team.

Tigers basketball coach Penny Hardaway was at the roll out at the New Daisy as he is four months away from the start of the Tigers basketball season. Meanwhile, former Cardinals closer Jason Motte is also on campus these days as the Tigers baseball program’s new director of player development.

It turns out there was no cyber attack on the TNReady student testing process after all.

A new Elvis album in August. “Where No One Stands Alone” is a gospel album with the title track being a duet with Presley’s daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, who coproduced the effort with Graceland Holdings managing partner Joel Weinshanker and Andy Childs. Childs is a Memphis native that many of you will remember from his days doing an Elvis show at Libertyland. These days he’s a singer-songwriter with work in television and with his band Sixwire. He also works with the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau -- now Memphis Tourism -- and the Tennessee Department of Tourism.

The Daily Mail on suits and countersuits involving Lisa Marie Presley and her finances.

Explore Bike Share's metrics for its first month of operation includes calories burned.

Greenways, Bike Share and city green routes on “Behind The Headlines.” Our guests are Nick Oyler, of the city of Memphis; Keith Cole of Wolf River Conservancy and Trey Moore of Explore Bike Share. The show airs Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m.

Here’s a primer of sorts that is a deeper dive into Explore Bike Share’s numbers from its first month of operation we told you about earlier this week.

The cover story of our weekly, The Memphis News, is all about CTE – career technical education – and how that program is being overhauled over several years by Shelby County Schools after discovering the vast majority of students taking CTE courses are not getting any certification in a trade when they graduate high school. The goal is to get those now in the pipeline – teachers and students – through to the other end as the school system changes CTE for future students to channel them into fields where there are jobs in the Memphis area.

The PDF of the new issue up now on this web site. The hard copies hit the streets Friday morning and the online version of the cover story goes up here Friday afternoon.

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