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Thursday, April 8, 2021


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Thursday Prep Report: Houston walks it off against Collierville

Mustangs coach Lane McCarter happy with victory over a very good team in an intense atmosphere.

7 Vance Building developers: 'Failure is not an option'

Carlisle Development responded to the rejection of its design for a $43 million, mixed-use building in a positive, forward-looking way. The co-developers said they plan to “resolve any outstanding design issues.”

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Calkins: No vaccination, no admission. This Marine is showing us the way

Tony Ludlow served his country for a decade. He didn’t do it to protect the right of the misguided to make the rest of us sick. So if you want to join his boot camp, you’ll have to show him proof of vaccination first. 

LUCB decision could make Shelby County pipeline 'impossible'

Pipeline company says setback conflicts with state law

The Land Use Control Board is recommending a setback requirement for oil pipelines built in Shelby County. It remains legally questionable whether the requirement could be applied to the controversial Byhalia Connection pipeline project.

Corker talks of Senate 'burn-out,' divisiveness, possible return to politics

Corker surfaced as former President Donald Trump was leaving office, prompting speculation Corker may be looking at a presidential bid in 2024 or some other bid for elected office in the 2022 midterm elections.

Herrington: Anatomy of a winning streak as Grizzlies creep up on franchise record

One unexpected feature: The play of the third string as a unit.

Veteran coach Leitao honoring hoops enthusiast in Jack Jones Shootout

Two Mr. Basketball winners are on the rosters for the all-star game, which takes place Saturday at Collierville High.

Grizzlies notebook: Road upsets boosting Memphis playoff hopes

The Grizzlies’ recent trend: Slow starts, bountiful finishes.

New Housing and Community Development director nominated

Ashley Cash led the team that developed the comprehensive Memphis 3.0 plan that covers residential and commercial development across the city. 

Planning board sees litter, rejects apartment expansion

Requests to block off two East Memphis streets delayed

All the litter showing up in each case file photo was not the focus of the development issues. But Land Use Control Board members took notice and rejected a landlord’s plan to enlarge his rental property in South Memphis. 

Memphis basketball lands Miami freshman transfer

Despite his limited playing time, Earl Timberlake was considered one of the best available players in the transfer portal. 

Background checks no longer required for Tennessee gunowners

The measure applies to firearms that are concealed and ones that are openly carried.

Pipkin has no-appointment evenings, other vaccine incentives

City also giving MATA riders free rides to Pipkin and making blocks of slots available to groups, including businesses.

Calkins: How did my 96-year-old mother celebrate her vaccination? She went to Disney, of course

Mom got her second dose of the Moderna vaccine not long ago. We celebrated by taking her to Disney World. It was a magical experience — made possible by the magic of the vaccine.

Dillon Brooks, gold steaks and playoff hopes

Can the Grizzlies keep rolling into one of the most difficult parts of their schedule?

Coronavirus: More than 150 new cases reported

After three days of new coronavirus cases under 100, the numbers were up a bit on Thursday, April 8. 

Tom Lee Park overhaul gets $3.2M in corporate funding

The $60 million capital campaign to remake Tom Lee Park reached the 80% mark Thursday, April 8, with $3.2 million in funding commitments from three health care corporations as well as AutoZone and First Horizon Foundation.

Number of houses for sale rises, but by less than 1%

The number of home sales rose 45% from February and nearly 13% from a year ago. But the stat that affects more people the most – the inventory of homes available for sale – remained low at 1,990.

Grizzlies Insider: With gold-steak winning streak, Grizz playoff chances shaping up

The Grizzlies have not lost sight of their ultimate goal. 

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Opinion: Derek Chauvin trial is must-see TV thanks to legendary Memphis lawyer

As I have watched the evidence meticulously unfold against Chauvin, I have also thought about the highly-respected late Memphis attorney S. Shepherd Tate and the role he played in making televised trials possible.

Opinion: Vaccine passports have long been required by schools

At various times throughout our history, all levels of government have mandated vaccines and not once have we drifted down that slippery slope towards tyranny.

Protesters decry latest police shootings around country

Around 30 people gathered outside the National Civil Rights Museum on Sunday, April 18, to demand justice in three recent police killings in Knoxville, Chicago and Minnesota. 

National Poor People's Campaign leader says no to Byhalia Pipeline
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Planners aim to turn old movie theater into $50 million entertainment hub

MVP3 Entertainment Group and ATWEC Technologies plan to buy Malco Majestic Cinema in Southeast Memphis and transform it into a sports complex and film production facility. A hotel is also set to be built on the 20-acre site.

A fourth COVID surge would affect the young, workforce
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Red-hot Grizzlies upset Bucks for second straight win

Grayson Allen had 26 points, including seven 3-pointers, as the Grizzlies continue their road trip.

Related story: Box score: Grizzlies 128, Bucks 115

Memphis basketball extends offers to Chandler Jackson, Justin Morgan
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Elwood's Produce Stand opening next to Elwood's Shack

On Saturday mornings, the restaurant on Summer Avenue will become home to Elwood’s Produce Stand, starting April 17.

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Family Resource Center helps Collierville meet 'whole child' needs

Collierville is looking at how to better serve students and families. The Family Resource Center and its new leader are helping meet physical, social and emotional needs.

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Cooper-Young proves 'perfect' for Porchfest

Neighborhood leaders thought the tree-lined streets, where almost every home has a veranda, would be ideal for outdoor mini-concerts.

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Arts & Culture
A record label, song and video raise musician's profile

‘Lost in Orion,’ Don Lifted’s somber yet catchy debut single with Fat Possum Records, is ‘the culmination of a really tough, frustrating and death-ridden time,’ the artist says.

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Opinion: Note to mayor — make a splash when choosing police director

When it comes to a diverse pool of candidates, the list of finalists for the police director’s job is a homerun. Three are from inside the department. Three are women and five are African American. But this search comes with plenty of challenges.

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Volunteering to help with vaccines, serve the homeless, or help take pictures of a cat

Sarah Petschonek joins Eric Barnes on The Sidebar

Sarah Petschonek, founder and executive director of Volunteer Odyssey, joins Eric Barnes on this week’s edition of The Sidebar to talk about volunteering changes during the pandemic. 

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