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Tuesday, February 23, 2021


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Tuesday prep report: Fourth-quarter surge powers Tipton-Rosemark to region championship

Mr. Basketball finalist Alex Anderson puts Rebels on his back in the decisive fourth quarter.

City takes charge of vaccination sites, eyeing 40,000 in arms this week

The city is investigating using a large call center at the University of Memphis for phone appointments.

City Council debates buying city's tallest building

The council votes next week on the further use of a PILOT extension fund already being tapped for $62 million for four Downtown parking garages. Meanwhile, one of the banks involved in financing the garages wants some more loan guarantees, which includes a proposed TIF.

Tigers' 2021 football schedule features another challenging road map

Memphis was just 1-3 in the regular season away from the Liberty Bowl in 2020.

Gus's, Houston Middle expansion moving ahead in Germantown

Germantown’s Design Review Commission gave favorable reviews to Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken and the addition to Houston Middle School.

Council approves nine-month ban on permits for smoke shops

The moratorium is a reaction to plans for a smoke shop on McLean Boulevard across from Snowden School in Midtown.

Number of wasted doses higher than previously reported

More than 2,400 doses wasted in seven separate incidents, state Department of Health says.

Council votes to order car washes closed for duration of boil water advisory

The order doesn’t become effective until it is signed by the mayor.

Senate committee advances 'right to work' constitutional amendment

A Tennessee Senate committee on Tuesday, Feb. 23, advanced a right-to-work constitutional amendment, one step in a long process to place the amendment on the November 2022 ballot for final approval by voters.

Final drag racing ordinance votes delayed

Legal questions prompt delay of consideration on three measures. 

Boil advisory could end within days, MLGW says

State environmental officials are helping in the effort to find leaks and resolve water problems.

NBA skips Mike Conley, who's still searching for first All-Star selection

Former Grizzlies star is a 14-year veteran; Ja Morant also not picked.

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Exclusive: How Hutchison was able to bring students back to campus during the pandemic

Hutchison’s students and families wanted to be back in class despite the pandemic; the school had to ensure it was possible to do it safely. 

What is wrong with the Grizzlies' three-point defense?

Beat writer Drew Hill and columnist Chris Herrington discuss how the Grizzlies can correct defensive problems.

Collierville Schools pulls Opportunity Academy from agenda

Collierville Schools decided it will not review its Opportunity Academy about 24 hours before district staff was supposed to review policy around it.

Collierville Police phasing in body cameras

The Collierville Police Department is phasing in body cameras. The tools are part of the department’s ongoing efforts to “leverage technology.”

Council action on pipeline postponed again

Opponents of the proposed Byhalia Connection oil pipeline will have to wait a bit longer to see what action the Memphis City Council might take regarding the project. The council’s attorney has requested more time to study the city’s legal options.

Tiger Woods suffers serious leg injuries in California car crash

Woods was taken to the hospital with series leg injuries and was undergoing surgery. He was the only person in the vehicle, authorities say.

Popular steakhouse primed for Lake District spot

Marshall Steakhouse is adding to its popular Holly Springs location, opening a second restaurant at The Lake District in Lakeland.

'Miracle' teen heads home from hospital — with a large souvenir

Sam Reid, 17, is now home after being thrown off a sled being pulled by a four-wheeler. 

Tigers Basketball Insider: Can team buck the data in its first game back?

The Tigers will soon be unpaused, but will they be untroubled? 

Lab confirms South African variant present in Memphis

South African strain has shown to be more resistant to vaccines than other known variants.

Kelsey residency measure clears hurdle, would override local decisions

A Tennessee Senate committee on Tuesday, Feb. 23, advanced a bill preventing cities and counties from requiring police officers, firefighters and emergency medical professionals to live where they work.

Coronavirus: 0 deaths reported in last 24 hours

The Shelby County Health Department reported 110 new coronavirus cases and zero new coronavirus-related deaths on Tuesday.

Bobby Ellis was a familiar face at the Rendezvous for more than 50 years

Bobby Ellis spent more than 50 years at the Rendezvous; he knew what each one of the 70 keys on a big ring unlocked.

UPDATED: VECA opposes 'smoke shop' near Snowden School

The Vollintine-Evergreen Community Association is appealing a decision to allow what it calls a “smoke shop” to open next to Dino’s Grill and near Snowden School. While renovations have been made, the business has not yet opened.

City Council Scorecard: Grants vs. Buses

The Daily Memphian City Council Scorecard looks at a committee vote this past week on whether to send $2.6 million to the council grants program or the city’s bus system. 

Amid COVID-19 vaccine issues, process continues
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Residence for veterans, seniors would be part of large U.S. network

Veterans Services (USA) plans to transform the East Memphis Crowne Plaza into a mixed-use development marketed to veterans and other seniors. The organization’s goal is to operate such a facility in all 50 states.

Search for next DMC president taking extra time
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Box score: Memphis 80, Cincinnati 74

Feb. 28, 2021: Memphis 80, Cincinnati 74

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Memphis fends off Cincinnati for fifth straight win

Saturday prep report: CBHS closes Pratt House with a victory in state quarterfinals
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Prime Holly Springs steakhouse expanding to Lakeland

The second location of Marshall Steakhouse will hold 340 customers and occupy 7,800 square feet on two levels with a brewery onsite.

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Lakeland planners approve gas station, studies regulation changes

The Commission endorses a gas station/fast-food restaurant for Lakeland Commons, but it has questions about the design facing U.S. 70.

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Unity walk a first step, not final solution in fight against gun violence

Saturday’s event – one that featured many elected officials and community organizations – was the second unity walk in a three-month span.

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Arts & Culture
Neo-soul artist Jordan Occasionally celebrates Black joy

Jordan Dodson, who performs as Jordan Occasionally, wrote the song “Don’t Shoot,” which became an unofficial anthem of the widespread Black Lives Matter protests in Memphis in 2020.

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Opinion: We all need the bridge to Binghampton

Binghampton is at the very center of our city but far from the center of our attention. We drive through it en masse every day on Walnut Grove and Sam Cooper, largely ignoring the decline to our left and right.

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Pandemic tech changes will endure, county chief information officer says

On The Daily Memphian Politics Podcast, Shelby County Chief Information Officer Sandra Perry talks about the lasting impact and the security challenges of work-at-home government services and what happens when one part of county government wants its own computer system and network.

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