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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

NCAA sets Nov. 25 start date for 2020-21 college basketball season

The Memphis Tigers and the American Athletic Conference can at last finalize the 2020-21 schedule.

The NCAA approved a delayed Nov. 25 start date for the 2020-21 basketball season. The University of Memphis will await guidance from the American Athletic Conference on the league portion of its schedule.

University of Memphis statement on COVID-19 cases in athletics provides few details

Shelby County Health Department stated earlier there were 46 cases in the U of M athletics department

The university said 46 cases are still active in the athletics department, but that the reports of 42 on the football team is “overstated.”

Grizzlies draft: Memphis interviews Georgetown center Omer Yurtseven

Yurtseven is disappointed he hasn’t had the chance to show teams what he can do behind the 3-point line, since interviews have replaced demonstrations.

Calkins: Shelby County athletes have every right to be ticked

Shelby County athletes are right to ask why everyone else can play sports when they cannot. The honest answer to that question reflects badly on us all. 

Shelby County Health Department: 46 active COVID-19 cases in Memphis athletics

New information reveals the second group of athletes affected at the University of Memphis. 

SCS football players protest postponing season

Pain and frustration were on display as SCS football players met at the board’s offices to protest Tuesday’s decision to postpone indefinitely.

Memphis landlords sue U.S. over eviction moratorium

Seven Memphis plaintiffs who own or manage more than 5,000 rental units have sued the U.S. government, claiming the eviction moratorium essentially deprives them of the use of their property.

Judge grants DNA testing in 1987 murder case

Criminal Court Judge Paula Skahan ordered the expedited DNA testing of crime scene evidence that has never been tested, including a knife used in the murders, eyeglasses and bloodstained clothing. 

Number of COVID-positive patients in area ICUs falls to 70

That’s the lowest number of COVID-positive patients in ICUs reported in almost a week.

Suburban park playgrounds begin to reopen

Bartlett and Collierville will open Saturday. Others could soon follow with standards safety precautions such as masks and social distancing.

Leslie Lynn Smith leaving Epicenter; Jessica Taveau named interim CEO

Before her role at Epicenter, Smith was president and CEO of Detroit business accelerator TechTown.

Tigers Football Insider: Kylan Watkins will be the X-factor for the Memphis offense

The former Whitehaven star brings value to the Tigers’ rushing and passing game.

State has 'clawed back' $18M from companies, seeks another $10M

Lawmakers could consider new laws for economic incentive accountability after finding out Tennessee collected $18.4 million from 17 companies.

U of M, Chamber partner in economic development; Townsend will lead

At the U of M, Townsend built a reputation for working with public-private partnerships that have brought high-tech firms to its UMRF Research Park.

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Summer Avenue taco truck tour: TacoNGanas stands out in a rich array of mobile Mexican street food

A Summer Avenue taco truck scene has bloomed through the summer, with at least eight regular trucks around the wider neighborhood and several others that seem to pop up more infrequently. If you live near Summer or Macon avenues between Highland and White Station, there’s a good chance you can walk to a taco truck. 

COVID-19 forces Kevin Durant Hoopfest cancellation

Annual basketball showcase won’t be played in January 2021.

Tennessee high school graduation rate dips for first time since 2013

Data released this week by the state education department showed about 89.6% of public high school seniors earned their diplomas within four years, down by just one-tenth of a percentage point. Still many observers were surprised by any decline.

Daily Memphian high school honor roll: Bartlett runner McNair sets school record

Check out who made the list among athletes in football, cross-country, volleyball, golf and soccer.

Ready to ride and roll: Pandemic pastimes get more Memphians outdoors

But skates, bikes in short supply

Bicycles are selling like hotcakes, with customers in some places putting down deposits for bikes they won’t see until January. 

Lee ordered Economic Development to pursue Chinese investment in electric cars
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UTHSC rebuffs lab animal watchdog; says it reported lapses

The cases involve piglets and mice that were not euthanized when federal regulations said it was necessary. In one case, a researcher lied about the procedures. That research was suspended but has been reinstated.

New investor plans majority stake in American Residential Services
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Grizzlies on the money by hiring MIT's Sonia Raman

The new Memphis assistant used concepts from the Celtics while building a successful college program.

Thursday prep report: Collierville volleyball ends hiatus with impressive victory
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Outdoor dining space to open off South Main

New outdoor seating off South Main beside Puck Food Hall will be for dining, working or just gathering to enjoy a little distanced socializing and music.

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Utility work to affect weekend traffic in Collierville

While work depends on the weather, the Collierville-Arlington and Eastley Street intersections are scheduled to close from 8 a.m. Saturday but reopen before 6 a.m. Monday.

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'Better Jefferson' project emerges from pandemic delay

Tentative plans for a 2-mile stretch between Front and Cleveland include better pedestrian crossings, protected bike lanes and landscaping. A public meeting Thursday resumes a process that was paused in March for the pandemic. 

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The art shows must go on: Exhibitions stay on through pandemic

Memphis museums reopened slowly and carefully, and shows that were expected to leave in May are still open through Sept. 27.

Related story: Downtown art museum’s veiled design: ‘It’s exceeding our expectations’

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Opinion: Division on the county commission often brings more heat than light

Like the population they represent, current members of the Shelby County Commission are turning out to be the most disparate and eclectic group to be elected to a local legislative body in years – perhaps ever.

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Van Turner: Reform vote 'is not against law enforcement'

Shelby County Commissioner Van Turner has seen first hand the impact of violent crime on his commission district which includes Hickory Hill. But Turner says it’s possible to back law enforcement and be opposed to a militarization of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and Memphis Police Department.

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