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Friday, June 18, 2021

 
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Today's weather in Memphis:

81° / 72° Partly sunny w/ t-storms
 
 

The Bluff City Balloon Jamboree officially kicks off Saturday, but Friday night it held a special event for some families.

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Cerelyn “C.J.” Davis was sworn in as Memphis’ police chief Friday, June 18. She is the first woman to be named chief in the city’s history. 

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Two nonprofits organized a colorful way to hand over scholarship checks of $2,000 each to 104 girls and young women on Friday, June 18.

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Featuring over 70 teams, including some of the best from Memphis, the Hoopfest had plenty of prominent schools with coaches in attendance. Texas, FSU, Creighton and Mississippi State were present at Briarcrest.

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For Chris Luther, an NFL draft and NBA play-in game were more than just that in his father’s final days.

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Terry Rooker helped launch the careers of four players from his Germantown Giants team. 

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David Skinner sues Germantown and its Planning Commission after they denied a request to rezone his property.

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LeMoyne-Owen welcomed back students — prospective or current — for the first since the campus closed last March at the COVID-19 pandemic’s beginning; a moment that brought joy and excitement to staff and faculty at Memphis’ only HBCU.

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Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald said Friday, June 18, the city emailed resident Nick Toombs because of vagueness over the city’s sign ordinance.

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Two Memphis nonprofits — Collage Dance Collective and Memphis Music Initiative — recently received grants from MacKenzie Scott, billionaire philanthropist and ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. 

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Germantown Assistant Chief Jeff Beaman will be the next leader of the Gallatin Fire Department. He is retiring from Germantown after 31 years.

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If it all comes together the undeveloped intersection of Elvis Presley Boulevard and Holmes Road in Whitehaven could be home to the second-largest Black-owned film studio in the U.S. within a few years.

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College coaches from around the nation will be on hand to evaluate talent in Basketball Coaches Association of Tennessee event.

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Despite being automated, the distribution center will employ 350 people. 

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A developer plans to build 15 townhouses and dual-purpose public art on another acre of Midtown’s abandoned I-40 property.

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Bridges are magic. They connect, enable, overcome, elevate. They make big things possible when they weren’t before. They make it reachable for the many rather than the few, doable, accessible. 

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David Boone, a Shelby County teacher and alderman in Brighton, has been indicted after he was accused of fondling a juvenile in an incident that occurred in Southaven, Mississippi. 

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Students in the Stax Music Academy “All Star Song Lab” got to present their work to none other than Justin Timberlake. 

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“For reasons still under investigation, three officers fired at the man, fatally wounding him,” the TBI said in a press release. The victim had multiple firearms, the release said, and would not drop them.

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Wiseacre Downtown opened during COVID and never got a ribbon-cutting or a grand opening party. But on Thursday, June 17, they did it all.

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Bane, picked No. 30 overall by the Grizzlies, had the best 3-point shooting percentage among all rookies this season.

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Metro
 
Strickland sniffling, but expects quick return to office
 

The mayor is among 23% of Memphians who got COVID despite being vaccinated. About 77% of the city’s coronavirus patients are unvaccinated; 94% who are hospitalized are unvaccinated, and 99% of fatalities are unvaccinated, said Dr. Richard Walker, interim head of emergency medicine at UTHSC.

 
Council approves $20 million in ARPA funding for council initiatives
 
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Business
 
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In business, Dunavant presided over big bang of his own
 

“He always wanted the best people to take care of his business. You know what? If you get the best people, you don’t have to worry about execution. He knew that if we executed, we would get another opportunity,” son Bill Dunavant said.

 
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Billy Dunavant: In a league of his own
 
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Sports
 
St. George's freshman voted player of week; Germantown-Bartlett game of week
 

Running back Jaydon Smith had 143 yards rushing on 26 carries and a touchdown as the winner of Week 4.

 
Isaac Bruce is back, and so are fond memories, for big Tigers game
 
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Food
 
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David Quarles IV details design vision of Kelly English’s Pantà
 

Quarles' current and upcoming projects include more work for Apartment Therapy, a commercial project with City & State and residential spaces. 

 
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Suburbs
 
Bartlett residents come together to save local steakhouse
 

Three Bartlett couples recently partnered to save the Side Porch Steak House, an important suburban landmark not only to them but the community at large.

 
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Neighborhoods
 
EDGE grants exemption for anchor grocery store requirement
 

Binghampton Development Corp. Executive Director Noah Gray and Shawn Massey with The Shopping Center Group shared more with the EDGE board about their unsuccessful attempt to lure a new grocer. 

 
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Arts & Culture
 
Transgender photo exhibit breaks ground for Brooks Museum
 

“On Christopher Street: Transgender Portraits by Mark Seliger” first became a book in 2016, with a companion film in which Seliger’s subjects tell their own stories. This weekend, in Memphis and for the first time, it becomes a museum exhibit at the Brooks Museum of Art.

 
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Opinion
 
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Conaway: The Tasteful List 2021
 

Memphis is blessed by its food, the abundance of creativity, diversity and tradition mixed in the same bowls, seasoned with love, soul, and imagination – and still made and served by amazing people with a smile in these, their most trying of times. 

 
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Podcasts
 
Less cowbell: Excitement surrounds Memphis vs. Mississippi State
 

Tigers football beat writer Frank Bonner II and Memphis basketball beat writer Steven Johnson discuss one of the biggest games of the year for Memphis football.

 
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