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Thursday, July 22, 2021

 
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Today's weather in Memphis:

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

The Shelby County Health Department reported 259 new coronavirus cases Thursday, July 22. One month ago, the agency reported 14 new cases. Majority are Delta variant.

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Nikc Merriweather helped Penny Hardaway win multiple state championships at East High.

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The Nathan Bedford Forrest bust in the state Capitol will be moved to the Tennessee State Museum. 

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Memphis shuts out Louisville for 12th straight victory.

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Patrick Kutas, part of what figures to be a strong CBHS team this fall, recently announced that he was ending his recruitment. His final list was Arkansas, Florida State, Illinois and Oregon. 

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Some say changes could affect the level of care at the hospital.

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Developers planning The Walk on Union announced that the two hotels in the $363 million Phase I will be a Tempo by Hilton and an Embassy Suites.

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The nomination of Dr. Michelle Taylor as the new Shelby County Health Department director drew fire Wednesday, July 21, with distribution of a May memo to Mayor Lee Harris that said a search panel recommended not picking Taylor and continuing the search.

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Defending champion Justin Thomas returning, along with newly crowned Open champion Collin Morikawa.

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Morgan is in his second term on the City Council, which has a limit of two consecutive terms. Contenders for county offices in the May Democratic and Republican primaries can’t begin pulling petitions to get on the ballot until Dec. 20.

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A few days after being named to the Maxwell Award watchlist, University of Memphis Tigers star receiver lands on the 2021 Biletnikoff Award watch list following a prolific 2020 season.

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This weekend, metal is a way of life.

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NBA champion Giannis Antetokounmpo loves some Memphis chicken wings. 

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Update
 

Legislators seek to clarify stance on vaccinations in wake of national criticism following the firing of vaccine official Dr. Michelle Fiscus.

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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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