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Wednesday, February 24, 2021


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Memphis crushes Tulane in first game back from COVID pause

The Tigers kept their NCAA tournament hopes alive by taking care of business.

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Box score: Memphis 61, Tulane 46

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Calkins: Memphis wins — and that's all that matters for now

Memphis looked rusty after 18 days without basketball. But never mind that. The Tigers got the win!

Request to end water boil advisory could come Thursday

The advisory could be lifted in stages for parts of the MLGW area, which is most of Shelby County with the exception of Bartlett, Germantown, Collierville and Millington. Even when it is lifted MLGW president and CEO J.T. Young said the utility will still be asking households and businesses to continue conserving water for some period after the full restoration.

SCS teachers get vaccinated before return to in-person classes

Shelby County Schools teachers received vaccines beginning Wednesday, just days before their students return to classrooms March 1. 

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AutoZone to offer bonuses for vaccinated employees

AutoZone will pay its workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Daily Memphian high school honor roll: Alex Anderson saluted after leading TRA to region crown

The senior scored 25 points as Tipton-Rosemark won the Division 2-A West Region championship.

Malco could add mini-golf at Collierville theater

Malco Theaters is exploring adding a miniature golf course to its Collierville location.

Haushalter: Weather, saving doses for teachers at root of wasted vaccines

Health Department working with state to shore up processes and perhaps regain control of vaccine.

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Secret commission meeting on vaccine problems to be repeated Friday in public

Questionable secret meeting to be held in public Friday

The head of the Tennessee Coalition of Open Government says it’s “implausible” the Tuesday secret meeting was legal. And one of the county commissioners who attended said the “ton of information” presented should have been heard by the public. 

Michigan grocery business looks to Midtown Memphis location

Michigan-based Gordon Food Service — which caters both to restaurants and the food-service industry as well as the general public — has stores in Nashville and Knoxville but none yet in Memphis. 

Grizzlies' schedule packed for NBA season's second half

After the All-Star break, the Grizzlies won’t have consecutive days off for the rest of the regular season. 

Area's oldest barbecue restaurant is on the market

Leonard’s Pit Barbecue might end up on the chopping block if Dan Brown doesn’t find a new owner for Memphis’ oldest barbecue restaurant.

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Dumpster ire: Landlord cuts tree, installs garbage bin at front sidewalk

The new owner of an apartment building near the Highland Strip applied for a variance allowing a dumpster to be placed near Walker Avenue. The retroactive request will require the owner to make significant changes for approval amid significant opposition. 

Coronavirus: Cases slightly up but 7-day average remains under 100

The Shelby County Health Department reported 141 new coronavirus cases Wednesday.

Herrington: The really tough Grizzlies lineup decisions start now

One player whose presence is needed: De’Anthony Melton, even if the box score doesn’t necessarily reflect his impact. 

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Dillon Brooks upgraded to questionable; could play Thursday

MATA opens new southernmost station on Main Street trolley line

There’s a new end of the line for the Memphis Area Transit Authority’s Main Street trolley service.

Memphis basketball: USF game moved up

The South Florida date change could give the Tigers more flexibility to reschedule one or more postponed games. 

State restrictions for visiting long-term care facilities end Feb. 28

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services visitation guidance provides reasonable ways to safely facilitate in-person visits.

Table Talk: The long 10-day winter, chai to warm up, cake to end COVID

The snow came and we drank it with booze, The Peanut Shoppe faces a tough decision, and the Rendezvous loses a beloved, 53-year employee.

Tigers Football Insider: Gainwell receives high praise from prominent NFL scout

The 2021 NFL Draft is nearly two months away, and former Memphis running back Kenneth Gainwell could hear his name called early. 

TSSAA state wrestling tournament begins today

Top competition hits Chattanooga through Friday.

Opinion: Memphis avoided power blackouts. Here's why

Why did we, in Memphis, not have power service interruption? The simple answer is that Tennessee did not receive the brunt of the severe weather like other states did.

Board blocks quick-loan business in Whitehaven

The applicants argued unsuccessfully to the Board of Adjustment that their flexible-loan business is not as financially punishing to customers as payday or title loan shops.

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Here’s what (Memphis?) Shelby County Schools will look like over the next 10 years

“Reimagine 901” includes school closures, new buildings, improvements or expansions to existing schools, investment in deferred building maintenance, as well as bilingual immersion programs and fine arts.

Local activists react with tears of joy to guilty verdict in Minneapolis trial
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Are the voices of pipeline supporters being drowned out?

Opponents of the Byhalia Connection pipeline project have done a good job of making their voices heard, but the project’s supporters in the community have been less vocal. Some of those supporters may have been intimidated into silence, according to officials at the company that wants to build the pipeline.

NASA selects Rhodes for student-made satellite launch
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Jaren Jackson Jr. upgraded to questionable

Jaren Jackson Jr. was upgraded on the injury report ahead of the Grizzlies’ game against the Clippers. 

Herrington: 10 takes from a Grizzlies season gone wild
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Street Food: A locally made hot sauce heats up the competition

Black Sheep Bottling sells its hot sauce at four local farmers markets in season: Downtown, Cooper-Young, Bartlett and Hernando. You can also find it on the shelf at the Curb Market, Tamboli’s, Oxbeau and Charlie’s Meat Market. 

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Arlington Abbey gets new look as it approaches 150-year milestone

The property, a half-block off Depot Square, is the oldest church in Arlington.

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Strong arm: Muscular poles replacing wire that holds Memphis traffic signals

A nearly $3.4 million project is underway to install “mast arm traffic signal poles” at a dozen intersections along a six-mile stretch of Jackson Avenue. The city will place mast arms at more intersections as funding allows.

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Arts & Culture
In life and art, a happy ending to the park-freeway saga

The Citizens to Preserve Overton Park took its fight to stop a highway all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Playwright Virginia Ralph saw an imaginative children’s musical in that real-life story.

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Activists saved Overton Park; now they just may stop a pipeline

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Opinion: The Chauvin verdict is about more than one bad cop

Derek Chauvin’s conviction should continue the reckoning on race that started after Floyd’s murder shocked the world 11 months ago. A reckoning we have longed for since the night Thomas Moss and his companions were taken out and lynched in Memphis.

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Derk Meitzler talks about his newest restaurant, Backlot

Derk Meitzler talks about Backlot, the new sandwich shop to open in the Paramount building, also known as Strait & Associates in “Bluff City Law,” and what else he has coming up.

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