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Thursday, January 14, 2021


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Health Dept. expects to announce COVID-19 vaccine openings in 'upcoming days'

Haushalter: “We are scheduled to receive 8,900 doses in one week; only a portion is coming to public health. We do not have sufficient supply. We have sufficient resources and manpower.”

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Grizzlies notebook: Ja Morant upgraded to questionable

The team is staying alive in the way-too-early playoff outlook even as it plays without its stars. 

Coronavirus: Shelby County death toll increases by 31

In addition to those deaths, the Health Department also reported 548 new coronavirus cases.

Organizations commemorate King's legacy with socially distant service

Groups are finding virtual ways to serve for the MLK holiday this year because of the pandemic. 

Preliminary hearing set for MPD officer charged in homicide

A preliminary hearing has been set for Feb. 4 for the MPD officer charged with kidnapping and fatally shooting 30-year-old Robert Howard on Jan. 6. 

Memphis-SMU game rescheduled

Memphis has been faced with three consecutive game postponements this month. 

Suburban developments pivot to housing; CBU expansion approved

The Land Use Control Board approved two unsurprising changes for a couple of big, suburban planned developments. Out, or diminished, is brick-and-mortar retail from the projects.

At Celtic Crossing, they'll celebrate a hometown hero on Inauguration Day

Celtic Crossing hosts a party on Jan. 20 to raise a pint to the new president, one a little town in Ireland claims as its own.

Grizz find ways to win

Grizzlies beat writer Drew Hill and columnist Chris Herrington break down how the Grizzlies have done it and what to expect from the Memphis rotation moving forward.

TSSAA: Basketball tournaments shifting to high school sites

COVID-19 pandemic preventing colleges from hosting; golf, girls soccer get new state tournament homes.

Grizzlies Insider: Taylor Jenkins plans for key players' return

Memphis Grizzlies Coach Taylor Jenkins expects the recovery of the team’s star players in this order: Ja Morant, Justise Winslow, Jaren Jackson Jr. 

Equity already issue in who's getting vaccine; so is missing data on race

Early results on who has received vaccine so far in Shelby County and Tennessee show some disparities, with a large percentage of recipients statewide being of “unknown” race, which is a problem, experts say. 

Local group buys two office buildings on Poplar, plans upgrades

The investors who own the building housing RockHouse Live (formerly Poplar Lounge) have just bought the two ragged, midrise office buildings that flank the bar near Midtown. Immediate plans are to make improvements to woo more tenants back, but long-range plans may include demolition and a new hotel.

Brown on list of 1,000 inspiring Black scientists in U.S.

Dr. Brown holds numerous positions in genetics, genomics and pediatrics at UTHSC.

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Briarcrest's Haynes is at the head of Memphis' fine freshman class

Exceptional skills, competitive drive put Briarcrest’s ninth grader on top of the local scoring charts this week.

Overton Golf Course closes Monday for reconstruction

Overton Park golf course may be jammed this weekend with golfers playing one last round before the nine-hole track closes until the fall. The course is being redesigned and rebuilt.

Strickland and Harris want larger share of vaccine
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Grizzlies' owner's Ubiquiti seeks incentive for new warehouse

Robert Pera’s communications technology firm seeks a 10-year tax incentive that would save the company $1.8 million total in local property taxes. But the company would create 25 jobs paying $37,027 on average.

'Lighthouse Project' envisions 'holistic' development in Binghampton
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Box score: Grizzlies 106, 76ers 104

Jan. 16, 2021: 206 people were in attendance at FedExForum

Freshman Memphis DB has change of heart, withdraws from transfer portal
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My Favorite Things: Warm apple purse at River Oaks

Warm apple purse might not sound like much next to show stoppers like crème brûlée and Key lime pie, but you’re in for a treat at River Oaks.

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Lakeland officials want more say in Health Department directives

Lakeland officials say they understand the seriousness of the virus, but want better collaboration with the Health Department.

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'Lighthouse Project' envisions 'holistic' development in Binghampton

The Hyde Family Foundation has purchased 15 vacant acres on the south edge of Binghampton for the Lighthouse Project. The strategy is to provide and integrate a strong school with accessible housing, job development and health care.

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Arts & Culture
Civil Rights Museum to hold virtual 'King Day'

Memphis musicians Garry Goin, TykeT, Karen Brown and Adajyo will perform. 

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Opinion: To those who 'circle the drain,' thanks

Citizens all over greater Memphis – all over the country – watch over things every day, caring enough about all of us to make sure the greater good is served by the maintenance of the things we care about.

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State GOP chairman says 'redder' Tennessee also comes with challenges for Republicans

Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Scott Golden, on The Daily Memphian Politics Podcast, says the map to winning Tennessee may have changed with some suburban areas turning purple. 

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