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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.

County Commission advances pipeline setbacks on first reading

Commissioners went ahead with a Monday vote on the Unified Development Code changes proposed by county Mayor Lee Harris. That despite the Byhalia Connection Pipeline companies urging a delay. 

Loews Hotels drops plans to use historic police building
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The Memphian surrounds its 'pilgrims' with color and art

The Memphian in Overton Square has just opened. Inside, the place is as much a lively, luminous art gallery as a hotel.

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The man, the face, the jingle: Personal injury lawyer Corey B. Trotz
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901 FC looks to new Fortune with midfielder

The 24-year-old was North Carolina FC’s most valuable player in 2020.

Monday prep report: Northpoint blanks ECS to advance in D2-A
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Restaurateurs bristle at new directive 'suggesting' mask use

Restaurateurs aren’t happy with a new health directive that suggests people wear masks but puts the burden of the decision on them.

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Germantown to establish stormwater commission

Germantown wants to establish a new commission to take a closer look at stormwater and utility needs in the city.

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Hard labor, donations transforming White Station High's tough courtyard

Against all odds, a $550,000 fundraising and work project to turn White Station High’s hardpan courtyard into an oasis is nearing the finish line. But a little work and fundraising are still to be completed.

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Arts & Culture
A garden walk grows in Cooper-Young

Since the Cooper-Young Garden Walk started in 2016, the number of stops on the tour has quadrupled. “People keep upping their game,” says event founder Kim Halyak.

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Opinion: Note to unvaccinated millennials: 'You are not invincible'

More than 95% of doctors have gotten vaccines, according to one survey. Do you think we would immediately have taken those shots when offered if we were concerned about their safety?

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County Mayor Harris says county tax rate should hold steady

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris said on “Behind The Headlines” that the estimated drop in the county property tax rate to $3.50, accounting for increases in values, should be the line to hold on the county tax rate. But county commissioners this week reviewed numbers suggesting some want to raise taxes beyond that point.

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