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Friday, June 18, 2021

 
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The Bluff City Balloon Jamboree officially kicks off Saturday, but Friday night it held a special event for some families.

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Cerelyn “C.J.” Davis was sworn in as Memphis’ police chief Friday, June 18. She is the first woman to be named chief in the city’s history. 

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Two nonprofits organized a colorful way to hand over scholarship checks of $2,000 each to 104 girls and young women on Friday, June 18.

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Featuring over 70 teams, including some of the best from Memphis, the Hoopfest had plenty of prominent schools with coaches in attendance. Texas, FSU, Creighton and Mississippi State were present at Briarcrest.

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For Chris Luther, an NFL draft and NBA play-in game were more than just that in his father’s final days.

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Terry Rooker helped launch the careers of four players from his Germantown Giants team. 

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David Skinner sues Germantown and its Planning Commission after they denied a request to rezone his property.

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LeMoyne-Owen welcomed back students — prospective or current — for the first since the campus closed last March at the COVID-19 pandemic’s beginning; a moment that brought joy and excitement to staff and faculty at Memphis’ only HBCU.

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Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald said Friday, June 18, the city emailed resident Nick Toombs because of vagueness over the city’s sign ordinance.

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Two Memphis nonprofits — Collage Dance Collective and Memphis Music Initiative — recently received grants from MacKenzie Scott, billionaire philanthropist and ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. 

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Germantown Assistant Chief Jeff Beaman will be the next leader of the Gallatin Fire Department. He is retiring from Germantown after 31 years.

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If it all comes together the undeveloped intersection of Elvis Presley Boulevard and Holmes Road in Whitehaven could be home to the second-largest Black-owned film studio in the U.S. within a few years.

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College coaches from around the nation will be on hand to evaluate talent in Basketball Coaches Association of Tennessee event.

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Despite being automated, the distribution center will employ 350 people. 

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A developer plans to build 15 townhouses and dual-purpose public art on another acre of Midtown’s abandoned I-40 property.

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Bridges are magic. They connect, enable, overcome, elevate. They make big things possible when they weren’t before. They make it reachable for the many rather than the few, doable, accessible. 

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David Boone, a Shelby County teacher and alderman in Brighton, has been indicted after he was accused of fondling a juvenile in an incident that occurred in Southaven, Mississippi. 

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Students in the Stax Music Academy “All Star Song Lab” got to present their work to none other than Justin Timberlake. 

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“For reasons still under investigation, three officers fired at the man, fatally wounding him,” the TBI said in a press release. The victim had multiple firearms, the release said, and would not drop them.

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Wiseacre Downtown opened during COVID and never got a ribbon-cutting or a grand opening party. But on Thursday, June 17, they did it all.

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Bane, picked No. 30 overall by the Grizzlies, had the best 3-point shooting percentage among all rookies this season.

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Metro
 
The Early Word: CDC says masks are back; One Beale revealed
 

We’ve got trade tea and golf tees, exceptions that may prove the rules and a group of students get a Gap year. 

 
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CDC recommends new mask guidelines, even for those vaccinated
 
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Business
 
Planners, neighborhood group oppose proposed apartments near U of M
 

A developer says he needs exceptions to zoning rules so he can build a 92-unit apartment complex near the University of Memphis and meet demand for student housing. But the University District Neighborhoods Corp. and others oppose the plan.

 
Memphis gaining sixth Fortune 1000 company
 
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Sports
 
Grizzlies release Las Vegas Summer League schedule
 

Summer basketball is right around the corner. 

 
Is trading back again an option for the Grizzlies?
 
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Food
 
My Favorite Things: Dory's Brandade soothes the soul
 

A zero-waste goal and humble leftovers come together to make a stellar dish for the bar menu at Dory.

 
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Suburbs
 
Lakeland board approves options on two sites for new schools
 

The sites are for future schools, looking 15 to 20 years down the road, Superintendent Ted Horrell said. 

 
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Neighborhoods
 
After suicide, Oakhaven church provides mental health services
 

Healing Center Baptist Church’s Bishop William Young and his wife, Pastor Dianne Young, have continued their larger mission to remove the stigma around mental health in a predominantly African American community.

 
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Arts & Culture
 
NCRM plans for 30-year anniversary
 

The National Civil Rights Museum plans to mark its 30th anniversary in late September with a “community celebration.”

 
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Opinion
 
Opinion: Our nation, not just Tenn. and Ark., needs a new bridge
 

‘Memphis doesn’t just move the world through its music — although Memphis is mentioned in songs more than any other city in the world. Memphis is indispensable when it comes to transportation, logistics and distribution, moving products around the world as an integral cog in the global supply chain.’

 
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Podcasts
 
Grizzlies podcast: Memphis makes major draft move
 

Drew Hill and Chris Herrington react to the Grizzlies’ trade with the New Orleans Pelicans. 

 
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