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  • Police recover 40 lbs. of marijuana from Southeast Memphis homePolice recover 40 lbs. of marijuana from Southeast Memphis home

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police said they recovered 40 lbs. of marijuana from a Southeast Memphis home Wednesday. They arrested Melvin Tamayo, 44, and charged him with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding and driving without a license. “I don’t know nothing about that, so” Memphis police said they got information that led them to believe Tamayo was storing and selling marijuana at a home on Buttermilk Drive. They set up surveillance and watched him take two duffel bags out of the house and put them in the back of a silver Ford F-150 truck. Cops then said they pulled that truck over and K9 dogs found 10 lbs. of marijuana. At that point, they said the suspect admitted to having 40 more lbs. of weed in the house. Police said when dogs searched the home, they found drugs and paraphernalia all over the place, including in four suitcases in the living room and in bags in the bedroom closet, dresser and kitchen cabinet. Police also found nearly $4,000 in cash: 115 $20 bills, 126 $10 bills and 80 $5 bills. Charles Sanders said he moved to the neighborhood from Parkway Village to get away from crime, but he said this latest episode didn't bother him. “I moved up here for peace and quiet," he said. No one answered the door when WREG knocked. But later, a silver F-150 pulled up, dropped a child off and sped away. They made it clear WREG was not welcome by flashing a middle finger out the window. Tamayo is in jail on a $250,000 bond. Criminal records showed his official address listed is on East Alston Street in South Memphis.

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  • Trump delays new policy on importing elephant trophiesTrump delays new policy on importing elephant trophies

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said he’s delaying a new policy allowing trophies of African elephants shot for sport to be imported until he can review “all conservation facts.” The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday it would allow such importation, arguing that encouraging wealthy big-game hunters to kill the threatened species would help raise money for conservation programs. Animal rights advocates and environmental groups criticized the decision. California Rep. Ed Royce, the Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, urged the administration to reverse the policy, calling it the “wrong move at the wrong time.” Trump tweeted Friday that the policy had been “under study for years.” He said he would put the decision “on hold” and review it with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Zinke issued a statement later Friday saying: “President Trump and I have talked and both believe that conservation and healthy herds are critical. As a result, in a manner compliant with all applicable laws, rules and regulations, the issuing of permits is being put on hold as the decision is being reviewed.” U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, a Florida Republican who co-chairs the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, on Saturday said Trump’s delay was a “step in the right direction,” but more needs to be done to protect the species from extinction. In his statement, Buchanan called the sport hunting of African elephants “shameful” and said the U.S. should support a permanent ban. Royce questioned the action because of concerns not only about African wildlife but U.S. national security, citing the political upheaval in Zimbabwe, where the longtime president was placed under house arrest this week by the military. “The administration should withdraw this decision until Zimbabwe stabilizes,” the committee chairman said in a statement. “Elephants and other big game in Africa are blood currency for terrorist organizations, and they are being killed at an alarming rate. Stopping poaching isn’t just about saving the world’s most majestic animals for the future — it’s about our national security.” The Fish and Wildlife Service said in a written notice issued Thursday that permitting parts of elephants from Zimbabwe and Zambia to be brought back as trophies will raise money for conservation programs. The change marks a shift in efforts to stop the importation of elephant tusks and hides, overriding a 2014 ban imposed by the Obama administration. The new policy applies to the remains of African elephants killed between January 2016 and December 2018. “Legal, well-regulated sport hunting as part of a sound management program can benefit certain species by providing incentives to local communities to conserve those species and by putting much-needed revenue back into conservation,” the agency said in a statement. Watch Video Royce said that when carefully regulated, conservation hunts could help the wildlife population, but “that said, this is the wrong move at the wrong time.” He described the perilous situation in Zimbabwe, where the U.S. Embassy has advised Americans to limit their travel outdoors. “In this moment of turmoil, I have zero confidence that the regime — which for years has promoted corruption at the highest levels — is properly managing and regulating conservation programs,” Royce said. “Furthermore, I am not convinced that elephant populations in the area warrant overconcentration measures.” The world’s largest land mammal, the African elephant has been classified as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act since 1979. Illicit demand for elephant ivory has led to devastating losses from illegal poaching as the natural habitat available for the animals to roam has also dwindled by more than half. As a result, the number of African elephants has shrunk from about 5 million a century ago to about 400,000 remaining. And that number continues to decline each year. Two other lawmakers, Reps. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., co-chairs of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, assailed the administration’s decision. “We should not encourage the hunting and slaughter of these magnificent creatures,” Buchanan said. “We don’t get a second chance once a species becomes extinct.” One group that advocates for endangered species called for more action after Trump’s Friday night tweet. “It’s great that public outrage has forced Trump to reconsider this despicable decision, but it takes more than a tweet to stop trophy hunters from slaughtering elephants and lions,” said Tanya Sanerib, senior attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity. “We need immediate federal action to reverse these policies and protect these amazing animals.”

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  • Memphis defeats SMU 66-45 to claim AAC West Division titleMemphis defeats SMU 66-45 to claim AAC West Division title

     Neither wind, nor rain or even a 57-minute delay for lightning was going to keep the No. 18 Memphis Tigers from hoisting the West Division trophy for the American Athletic Conference.

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  • Memphis leaders work to inspire students at empowerment conferenceMemphis leaders work to inspire students at empowerment conference

    There were several community leaders at Saturday’s Youth Empowerment Conference in Orange Mound who gave firsthand knowledge about staying on the right track.

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  • High school locker room burglarized during playoff football gameHigh school locker room burglarized during playoff football game

    White Station faced off against the Whitehaven football team, and the visiting White Station team says their locker room was burglarized during the game. 

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  • Police investigating a murder on Jackson AvenuePolice investigating a murder on Jackson Avenue

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Police are investigating a murder at the 4000 block of Jackson Avenue. One male was shot and killed, police say. Police have not released any additional information at this time. This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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  • Memphis Defeats SMU 66-45 to Claim AAC West Division Title - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort WorthMemphis Defeats SMU 66-45 to Claim AAC West Division Title - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    NBC 5 Dallas-Fort WorthMemphis Defeats SMU 66-45 to Claim AAC West Division TitleNBC 5 Dallas-Fort WorthMEMPHIS, TN - NOVEMBER 18: Darrell Henderson #8 of the Memphis Tigers runs with the ball as Shelby Walker #9 of the SMU Mustangs attempts to tackle him on November 18, 2017 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by ...and more »

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  • Man killed in Jackson Ave. shootingMan killed in Jackson Ave. shooting

    Police are investigating a fatal shooting in the 4000 block of Jackson Avenue.

    WMC Action News 5 / 2 h. 38 min. ago
  • Deadly sugar addiction – why carbs, not fats, are the problemDeadly sugar addiction – why carbs, not fats, are the problem

    ST. LOUIS -- Some doctors say sugar may be the number one killer in America right now. That may sound like a stretch, but you can see why they make that claim. Diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and obesity can all be partially attributed to too much sugar. Mike Norton, 51, had been an athlete most of his life. He thought he was doing everything right with diet and exercise, but then he suffered a heart attack just over five years ago. “I consumed carbs all the time, not knowing that they were bad for you until I had some medical issues, then I found out otherwise,” he said. Norton was a ticking time bomb. “I know factually it was my diet,” he said. Norton thought he was eating healthy: low fat, low calories, but loads of carbs – which means lots of sugar. “Load up on pasta before a run or a ride,” he said. “So that’s what I did and I did that for decades. After I finished eating a heavy carb meal, within an hour I was hungry, so I would eat more. And it was self-perpetuating.” That is one of the main symptoms of a carb addict. You can't stop eating, especially after a high carb big meal, because carbs turn into sugar. If some sugar sensitive people have just one piece of candy, they have intense cravings for more. So after his health scare, Norton cut out all carbs and started eating fattier, more calorie dense foods. “My energy level is much higher. My mental acuity. My weight has gone down about 25 pounds and I have sustained that weight loss,” he said. And his test results back that up. “I was a pre-diabetic. I’m not anymore. My cholesterol is down tremendously since being on this diet,” Norton said. Dr. Rick Lehman, Orthopedic Surgeon and Director with the U.S. Center for Sports Medicine in Kirkwood, works with athletes every day. And he agrees that sugar addiction is a big problem. “I think sugar in and of itself is one of the worst foods you can possibly eat,” he said. Research shows that sugar affects the brain in the same ways as cocaine or heroin. Scans show identical areas of the brain light up when exposed to drugs or sugar. “Sugar addiction is really no different than opioid addiction. People have looked at all these things that are similar to opioid addiction,” Lehman said. “It’s a real effort, it’s not as easy as saying, ‘Hey, I’m going to eat junk food.’” So how did all the companies get it so wrong with the low-fat craze? The American Medical Association Journal reported last year sugar companies paid researchers in the 1960s and 1970s to downplay the role sugar has on health. And with that research, the blame shifted to fatty foods. So to make low fat foods taste better, sugar-based additives were put in most everything. “When we all believed that fats are bad and carbs were good, so we were eating low-fat cookies and low-fat food, and what happened to America? We got immense. We got giant,” Lehman said. And for people like Norton, who have cut carbs out, life has gotten so much sweeter. “For me personally, it’s all about quality of life. I now have the ability to exercise at not quite the intensity I once did, but without worrying about having a heart attack,” Norton said. “So for me, that gave me a level of freedom that I didn’t have prior to being on this diet.” Of course, some say that sugar addiction is a cop-out for people who simply lack the will power to say no to certain foods. Doctors said that's the same excuse made in the 70s as research started coming out about smoking. When you engineer foods to make you dependent upon them, you can really see how hard it is for some people to stop.

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  • Tigers roll over SMU to wrap up AAC WestTigers roll over SMU to wrap up AAC West

    MEMPHIS - Best in the West!! For the first time in school history, the Memphis Tigers have won a division title, wrapping up the American Athletic Conference West Division by rolling up 66 points on their way to a sixth straight win 66-45 over SMU. The Tigers with a school record 7 rushing touchdowns, 2 each for Patrick Taylor and Darrell Henderson and 3 for quarterback Riley Ferguson, who also threw for 320 yards and 2 TD...both to Anthony Miller, who also became the school's all-time leader in career receptions. With the win, the Tigers earn a spot in the American Athletic Conference Championship Game on December 2nd against either Central Florida or South Florida. Click here as the Tigers celebrate a division title. A look at how the West was won. Highlights from @MemphisFB 66-45 win over SMU that wrapped up @American_FB West division title and earned the Tigers a spot in the @American_FB Championship game. pic.twitter.com/RK1Eew2ZZx — Mike Ceide (@MCeide_WREG3) November 18, 2017

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  • Progressive pastors say Roy Moore unfit for US SenateProgressive pastors say Roy Moore unfit for US Senate

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala.  — A leading figure among religious liberals says the candidacy of Roy Moore for U.S. Senate is a struggle for the “soul of the nation.” The remarks on Saturday by the Rev. William J. Barber come a day after a letter signed by dozens of progressive pastors in Alabama said Moore — dogged by recent allegations of inappropriate conduct toward teenage girls decades ago — is unfit to serve. Barber, former head of the North Carolina NAACP, spoke at an anti-Moore rally at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, that drew more than 100 people. The event was in direct contrast to a news conference Thursday during which religious conservatives expressed their commitment to Moore, who describes himself as a conservative Christian who hues to family values. Signs carried by Moore opponents at Saturday’s rally decried his opposition to gay and transgender rights. Moore was also criticized for opposing federally backed health care, assistance for the needy and more. Barber and other speakers claimed Moore’s campaign is fueled by a perversion of Christianity linked with white supremacy, and Moore is trying to take those forces to the Senate. “What is happening now in Alabama matters for the soul of the nation,” said Barber, of Goldsboro, North Carolina, and the force behind the “Moral Monday” protest movement that calls for greater rights for gays and minorities. On Friday, more than 50 Alabama pastors have signed a public letter stating Republican Roy Moore isn’t fit to serve in the U.S. Senate. The letter continued to collect signatures Saturday. The letter says Moore demonstrated “extremist values” incompatible with traditional Christianity even before recent allegations of sexual misconduct involving young women. The pastors cite Moore’s opposition to the expansion of Medicaid, which provides health care for the poor. It also accuses him of denigrating people from other countries and faiths and cites his opposition to homosexuality. The letter was written by a group of pastors in Birmingham. It includes the signatures of ministers from mainstream and liberal denominations including Methodists, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, the United Church of Christ, and some moderate Baptists. Moore still enjoys the support of conservative evangelical leaders, but he has ignored mounting calls from Washington Republicans concerned that if he stays in the race he may not only lose a seat they were sure to win but also may do significant damage to the party’s brand among women nationwide as they prepare for a difficult midterm election season. Since last week, Moore has been engulfed by accusations of sexual misconduct toward women in their teens when he was a deputy district attorney in his 30s. Several of his accusers have allowed their identities to be made public. One said Moore molested her when she was 14. Another said Moore assaulted her when she was a 16-year-old waitress after he offered to drive her home. Five others said Moore pursued romantic relationships with them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18.

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  • Last second TD leads Mississippi State to win over HogsLast second TD leads Mississippi State to win over Hogs

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. –  Nick Fitzgerald threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Deddrick Thomas with 17 seconds remaining, and No. 17 Mississippi State survived a lackluster performance and four fumbles to earn a 28-21 win over Arkansas on Saturday. The Bulldogs (8-3, 4-3 Southeastern Conference) won at least eight games in a season for the fourth time in coach Dan Mullen’s nine years with the victory. They had already earned bowl eligibility for a school-record eighth straight season. The Razorbacks (4-7, 1-6) led by a touchdown in the fourth quarter, but Fitzgerald tied the game with 4:07 remaining with a 37-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Todd. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema then went for it on a fourth-and-two from the Razorbacks own 44, and the Bulldogs held. Nine plays later, Thomas scored to earn Mississippi State’s fifth win in six games over Arkansas. Fitzgerald accounted for three touchdowns and totaled 254 yards in the win, finishing 12-of-23 passing for 153 yards and rushing 22 times for 101 yards. The junior threw for a pair of touchdowns and rushed for another. David Williams led Arkansas with 75 yards rushing on eight carries, while quarterback Austin Allen completed 11 of 17 passes for 119 yards. Bielema is now 29-33 overall in his fifth season with the Razorbacks, 11-28 in the SEC.

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  • 6 Mickey Mouse facts you probably didn’t know6 Mickey Mouse facts you probably didn’t know

    Most parents would never let rodents near their kids — unless, of course, it’s Mickey Mouse. Here are six facts about the world’s most iconic critter. 1. He started off as a rabbit Before Walt Disney created Mickey Mouse, he made Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. But in a dispute with his business partner at Universal, Disney lost the rights to Oswald. The loss of his first character inspired the birth of the Mouse. If you look at the two characters, you can see the resemblance. Red shorts, big ears and wide eyes sound familiar? 2. He’s married to Minnie Yes, married. While there was never a wedding in any film, Disney decided in the studio that the two mice already were happily hitched. Like any loving couple would want, Mickey and Minnie shared their big screen debut together in “Steamboat Willie” in 1928. Every year on November 18, they get to celebrate their birthdays together. How romantic is that? 3. He’s silent for 8 films and then exclaims, ‘Hot dogs!’ Mickey Mouse is clearly a huge fan of hot dogs. He chose to reveal that to the world in 1929 in his ninth film, “The Karnival Kid,” and even did a hot dog dance. Sure, he had laughed and squealed before, but he didn’t show us he could utter words until this film. 4. His magic turned kids into stars Remember how Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake got their big career breaks? Of course, the magic of the Mouse had something to do with their success. The child sensations starred in the revival of the 1950’s “Mickey Mouse Club.” 5. He doesn’t wear white gloves for fashion Mickey’s white gloves actually help distinguish his hands from the rest of his body. The first time we see him in the famous accessory is in the cartoon, “The Opry House,” in 1929. 6. He’s frequently a write-in candidate in elections Unfortunately, votes for Mickey Mouse usually end up in the trash, along with those for Donald Duck. Voters are allowed to dream big though, right?

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  • 5 ways to keep delivered packages from being stolen5 ways to keep delivered packages from being stolen

    NORTH TEXAS – More people than ever are doing their holiday shopping online, and many police departments tell CBS Dallas-Fort Worth it will mean more thieves than ever will be casing front porches looking for delivered packages. Having a security camera at your front door may help in catching a thief, but even in plain sight a security camera alone may not be enough of a deterrent to keep your packages safe. Here are CBS Dallas-Fort Worth’s top five ways to keep your holiday packages from being stolen: Source: Wikimedia 1. Use an Amazon Locker – Instead of having Amazon deliver your packages to your home, you can have them delivered to an Amazon Locker. The way it works is you’ll receive an e-mail from Amazon with a pick-up code. You’ll then enter your pick-up code at an Amazon Locker kiosk and one of lockers will open with your package inside. You package will be kept in a locker for up to three days. To find an Amazon Locker near you, click here. 2. Reroute or reschedule a delivery with an app – For $5 using the Fedex Delivery Manager or UPS’ My Choice  app, you can reroute a package to a new address or reschedule it and have it delivered to your home on another day. For a $40 a year membership, UPS offers unlimited use of its rerouting and rescheduling service. 3. Try Package Guard – This Frisbee-shaped device with the words “Place Package Here” written on top is designed to be put near your front door. When a package is delivered and placed on the Package Guard, you’ll be notified with a text message or email. If a thief tries to take your package, a hundred-decibel alarm goes off and you’ll receive another alert on your phone. Using your phone, you can deactivate the alarm when you return home to retrieve your delivery. The Package Guard can be ordered for $69. 4. Put a vacation hold on your mail – If you are headed out of town for the holidays, the U.S. Post Office will hold your packages and mail for anywhere between three and 30 days. Then when you’re back in town, you can either pick-up your mail at your local post office or have it delivered to your home. This service is free of charge. 5. Use a lockbox – There are several different types and sizes of lockboxes. Landport offers a simple yet high-tech version that can be bolted down to your front porch. With a five-digit code the box electronically unlocks. That code can be given to your delivery company and can be changed at any time. The price for these boxes start at $500 and go up to $800 for larger ones.

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  • Police offer warning after package theft caught on cameraPolice offer warning after package theft caught on camera

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Police need your help identifying this man you see stealing a package right off a front porch in Whitehaven. This happened Monday at a home in the 3700 block of Masonwood lane. “Tis the season and it’s time make arrangements for those package deliveries!” Police said in a Facebook post. The video shows a suspect getting out of the passenger side of a car, grabbing the package and leaving. The vehicle is possibly a Hyundai Sonata. If you know who this man is, call Crimestoppers at 528-cash.

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  • One man shot and killed in Castalia HeightsOne man shot and killed in Castalia Heights

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis police say one man has been shot and killed in a shooting in Castalia Heights. Officers are on the scene in the 2100 block of East Person Avenue. One man was shot and has been pronounced dead on the scene. Police say that the suspect was possibly driving a blue Chevrolet Impala, with a broken rear tail light. WREG will be working to find out more information.

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  • Man shot, killed in Castalia HeightsMan shot, killed in Castalia Heights

    A man was shot and killed in the Castalia Heights neighborhood, according to Memphis Police Department.

    WMC Action News 5 / 5 h. 48 min. ago
  • 'Armed and dangerous' escaped Millington inmate captured'Armed and dangerous' escaped Millington inmate captured

    An escaped inmate considered to be armed and dangerous has been captured, U.S. Marshals confirmed.  

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  • ‘Armed and dangerous’ inmate walks away from federal prison camp in Millington‘Armed and dangerous’ inmate walks away from federal prison camp in Millington

    MILLINGTON, Tenn. — The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said an inmate who “walked away” from a Millington prison should be considered armed and dangerous. In a press release Saturday afternoon, officials with the Federal Prison Bureau said Travon Gardner, 40, was “discovered missing” from the Federal Prison Camp on Navy Road just after 6 p.m. Friday. But WREG didn’t find out until we heard an alert on the police scanners around 1:30 a.m. Saturday – more than seven hours later – and people in the area said they were never told a man considered to be armed and dangerous was on the loose. JUST IN: Prison officials finally sent us a mug shot/info about escaped Millington inmate Travon Gardner. They say he was "discovered missing" at 6:15 last night. We found out about it at 1:30 this morning when we heard it on the police scanners – 7 hours later. @3onyourside pic.twitter.com/aWuD0oHrZs — Nina Harrelson (@NinaHarrelsonTV) November 18, 2017 “Well, it’s scary,” said Sue Manning, who lives a few blocks away. “Wouldn’t you think it’d be scary?” The prison camp is a minimum-security facility which houses people convicted of non-violent crimes. “That’s mostly white-collar crime over there,” said neighbor Edward Mynatt. “As far as I know, there’s no hardened criminals over there.” Gardner was serving 25 years for drug and gun charges. Neither prison officials nor Millington Police have said exactly how he was able to walk away from the prison camp. But even though authorities warned Gardner should be considered armed and dangerous, people who live in the neighborhood tell WREG they had no idea an inmate had even escaped until we told them. “I think it’s a little bit lax on their judgement,” Manning said. “I think as soon as he’s escaped, they know he’s armed and dangerous, they should put it on the news for the people in Millington or around this area to be alert.” Neighbors said they often see prisoners doing lawn work and picking up trash along Navy Road. “Very seldom do I see them out there by themselves,” Mynatt said. “Sometimes they’ll be out there cutting grass and there’ll be somebody in a truck watching them.” Manning has seen the same thing. “There’s a guy sitting in the truck,” she said. “I guess that’s him watching them – supposed to be.” Authorities haven’t answered our questions about what Gardner was doing when he escaped. Prison officials said he is 5’9″ and 155 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. Investigators didn’t get a car description and aren’t sure which direction Gardner could be traveling, but said he is from the Nashville area. The Federal Bureau of Prisons said the U.S. Marshals are investigating. Less than two weeks ago, accused murderer Antoine Adams escaped from a Marshall County, Mississippi jail, and still hasn’t been caught. Federal prison camp in Millington  

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  • Woman in critical condition after Saturday morning shootingWoman in critical condition after Saturday morning shooting

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — One woman is in critical condition after being shot early Saturday morning. Memphis police say the shooting happened in the 3100 block of Waco Street at around 1 a.m. Police found the victim, and she was transported to the hospital. No suspect information is available at this time. Police are asking anyone with any information to call 901-528-CASH.

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  • Woman in critical condition after being shot Saturday morningWoman in critical condition after being shot Saturday morning

    Memphis police responded to a shooting Saturday morning. 

    WMC Action News 5 / 9 h. 54 min. ago
  • Man shot, killed at Raleigh apartment complex - WMC Action News 5Man shot, killed at Raleigh apartment complex - WMC Action News 5

    Man shot, killed at Raleigh apartment complexWMC Action News 5(Source: WMC Action News 5). MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -. A man is dead after a shooting at a Raleigh apartment complex Friday night, Memphis police confirm. MOREAdditional LinksPoll. The shooting happened at Stonegate Apartment Complex on Stone Way ...

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  • Resident concerned after bed bugs found at senior living high-riseResident concerned after bed bugs found at senior living high-rise

    It's a story that will make your skin crawl. People living in a Memphis high-rise say they have unwanted roommates -- bed bugs!

    WMC Action News 5 / 20 h. 45 min. ago
  • Man shot, killed at Raleigh apartment complexMan shot, killed at Raleigh apartment complex

    A man is dead after a shooting at an apartment complex Friday night, Memphis police confirm.  

    WMC Action News 5 / 21 h. 44 min. ago
  • One man shot and killed at a Raleigh apartment complexOne man shot and killed at a Raleigh apartment complex

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. —Memphis Police say a man was shot and killed at a Raleigh apartment complex. Police responded to a shooting call at the 2800 block of Stone way Lane. According to family members at the scene, the victim was in his early 20s. No other suspect information is available at this time. This is a developing story.

    WREG / 21 h. 49 min. ago
  • Friday Football Fever: Week 14Friday Football Fever: Week 14

    Friday Football Fever continues in Week 14!  

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  • Grizzlies, MPD, MAM team up to coach and mentor kidsGrizzlies, MPD, MAM team up to coach and mentor kids

    Being a major league city with the Memphis Grizzlies in town is not just a boost for folks who like sports here in the Mid-South. 

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    Malik Jackson rolls left to make a pass Friday night against Southwind. His 91-yard TD run was a big part of the Cardinals' comeback win.

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  • City uses ‘I am Memphis’ signs to honor sanitation workersCity uses ‘I am Memphis’ signs to honor sanitation workers

    Signs mimicking the "I am a Man" sign from the Sanitation Workers Strike can now be seen on sanitation trucks around the City of Memphis. 

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  • Woman convicted in hair weave killings collapses as guilty verdict readWoman convicted in hair weave killings collapses as guilty verdict read

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  • Elon Musk unveils much-anticipated Tesla semi truck — and a surprise new supercar (Video)Elon Musk unveils much-anticipated Tesla semi truck — and a surprise new supercar (Video)

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  • Q & A With MCA President Laura HineQ & A With MCA President Laura Hine

    As reported in this week’s Memphis Flyer cover feature "Art of the Deal," the Memphis College of Art was severely impacted by a declining enrollment. But what does that really mean? And was it merely the kiss of death to a small, private college already struggling with a low endowment and debt? There’s some context necessary for understanding college enrollment and trends in higher education. An institution’s reputation, and the kinds of training programs it offers are meaningful of course. There will always be a Harvard, probably. But enrollment numbers are also aligned with things as basic as birth rates, and one of MCA’s last major economic crises came about in the 80’s, as the last members of the enormous Baby Boomer generation reached the end of their formal education. Enrollment dropped from 246, which was an all-time high in 1976, to 207 in 1980. After losing only 39-students, the school was described as being, “under siege financially,” and it faced faculty layoffs, major changes to academic culture, and an $80,000 shortfall. When wages are stagnant while tuitions go up colleges are taxed with finding larger and larger amounts of financial aid. Unemployment, on the other hand, can increase some enrollments as displaced workers look to acquire skills, marketability, etc. while a warming economy (conversely and counterintuitively) shrinks enrollment by sucking those potential students back into the workforce. 90% of MCA students have traditionally come from within a 300-mile radius of the school so, in this case, proximity and convenience have driven enrollment. MCA’s interim President Laura Hine understood that the Overton Park-based art college’s future was tied to smaller, realistic headcounts, a 21st-Century curriculum, and funding models that hedged against the natural ebb and flow of enrollment. She also knew that enrollment was just one part of a three-pronged threat the school was facing — a threat that included crippling real estate debt, and an endowment too low to sustain the school during harder times. Hine spoke to The Flyer for this week’s Art of the Deal cover story. Here’s a transcript of the conversation. It has been edited for length, focus, and clarity. Memphis Flyer: I know you’ve been at the school for a while now. But you’ve only been in your current position for what six or eight months, right? Laura Hine: I came here in the academic year 2014-15 as the VP for Advancement and when Ron retired in the middle of last semester I was asked if I would take the position and I said yes I will. When you came on as interim President, did you have any idea you’d be the person who’d announce the school was closing? No I didn't. I've been here, and there’ve been serious economic and financial challenges. Of course I was aware of those. But it wasn't a thought in my mind that it would come to this. Someone asked me would you have taken the job had you known this would be the outcome and that's a really hard question for me to answer because I love the school. But this has been the worst professional experience of my life in terms of the sadness and the heartbreak of it all. You have jobs, and you work hard. I'm not afraid of any of that and I've done that my whole life. But I've never had the same passion and love for something as I have for the school, so I think that's what's made it different from any of the work I've ever done before. The board and Ron had approached me at some point prior to my being asked to take up the job — more or less rather suddenly. Would I have an interest in applying for the president's job at the end of Ron's tenure and I said yes, it's possible I would throw my hat in the ring. Then Ron decided to retire and the college needs someone to step into the position, so I accepted it on the interim basis. We never made it to the process of full National search because we were otherwise occupied . Looking back at some of the media when Ron Jones first joined MCA — He often seemed like maybe he wasn’t fully aware of what he was stepping into — or that the problems got much bigger, much faster than anticipated. He inherited some situations I think that probably caught him a little bit unaware and he very quickly had to spring into action and take some steps that would stabilize the college. There were issues related to accreditation, and he stabilized that. So much has been written about the real estate debt. I know the college sold some properties at the time. There were some active layoffs. Your instructional cost is the largest line item in your budget — as it should be. But I think there were some faculty layoffs, and at that time we got to the accreditation problems etc. It did seem like a lot happening at once. When I got here people said, “You jumped on a sinking ship.” I said, “Well, it was listing.” But there's always an opportunity for stabilizing a sinking ship. I think there’s a sense — related to the abruptness of the announcement — that the school wasn’t exploring all its options, beating every bush... We're running annual campaigns and fundraising. So, to say we haven't been out in the community raising money is just not true. There are various events for fundraising. To say we aren’t beating every bush is just wrong. I would say, within the major donor funding community, there was no stone left unturned. People raised the issue of Sweetbriar, when the alumni came in and saved them. Well historically, if you look throughout the entire college’s history, our alumni are not wealthy people. And they have been asked to give and give. They are part of every campaign to raise money. But to look to them to provide the kind of funding this institution needs, it's just not there. The funding capacity is just not there. They can help in other ways or support the school in other ways. But they don't have the capacity to give on a large scale. The problem with that — Let's say you have a pretty successful campaign and it yields $2,000,000. Well that's that’s one year. But unless you have ongoing commitments, and know you can count on those commitments, what happens here is, you get into a situation — and this was at the front of the minds of the board when they made their vote — you don't know that you have funding lined up to teach them out. Could you have raised enough money to maybe get you through a year? Fine, you've now admitted new students but you have no funding commitments that will sustain the institution over a longer period of years. There is no private college of any kind that doesn't rely on its donors to survive and the major donor community here has been extraordinarily generous to this college over a very long period of years. But the efforts to line up multi-year commitments didn't materialize. So then you have a situation. I know the teach-out is scheduled to end in 2020. Will you still have students then? Or faculty? Or will they transfer to other schools, get other jobs? There will be students all the way up till commencement May 2020. We are staging a transfer fair on November 9th. But let me explain to you how this works. We are professional Fine Art and Design School. The way art curriculum is built doesn't translate easily to other environments.The pool of credits that are accrued here by our students are studio credits. So the longer student goes in our environment and uses their federal financial aid, the more obligated we are to see them through to degree completion. When we talked to our accreditors after the board vote trying to get some guidance on accreditation during a period like this, we asked about what would be appropriate for the teach out. They said, “well, we’ve unfortunately had too many of these kinds of conversations because of the failure rate of small private liberal arts and fine arts schools. And the answer is how long can you teach out? There are some schools they just go ‘we're closing the doors tomorrow. We don't have the means to carry on. We don't have the funding in the resources to carry on.’” And that's what happens. In this instance we looked at how long can we carry on if we liquidate our assets and how long can we carry on and teach out students. You know, there's no book or roadmap on how you do this with compassion and understanding for all of the people who are going to be impacted, so in my mind it was imperative that we come out as soon as possible and share the information. The accreditor said, “You can wait till the spring,” and I said, “There's no way we're going to do that because what happens you're going to have students your continuing to accrue credits without in the information that they need? This is something that's going to impact their lives.” What about faculty? Decisions about faculty are going to be based on student need. You go back to what's our mission? It's to educate students. So faculty decisions will be made based upon what faculty are needed to serve the students. So you have to look at things like do program analysis. What are the larger what disciplines? What are the largest populations of students that we need to serve? So the faculty that are needed to serve those students are the faculty who will remain. In a general sense there are never any guarantees about faculty saying through four years. Faculty go and come and make career choices and decisions based on their life circumstances. based on student need. I’d like to talk a little about the real estate debt. I know a lot of it happened before you got here, and I don’t want you to feel like you have to answer questions right now if those questions are better suited for someone else, or feel like you’re putting words in other people’s mouths. I'm pretty familiar with the history because I've had to become familiar with it. Because it's been a financial challenge for the school. So I'm familiar with a snapshot of the incurred debt. That was in the first decade of the 2000s. And it grew to over $11-million. And I think there's always this notion — and it's human nature to point the finger of blame but 3 fingers always come back — I just don't like to collapse into that. There were some detractors. And these steps were taken during probably what you would say was a more hopeful time. There was an expansive vision. That just frankly didn't materialize. And the folly of it? There's some validity to that. It's kind of a “you build-it-and-they-will-come” versus “there here and what are we going to do about it?” All the while you have the wild ticker tape of nationally declining enrollments running in the background. I don’t think I realized it was as high as $11-million. It has been a financial albatross around this institutions neck for many years. When I first came here in there was a board-led fundraiser and the philanthropic community showed up for this institution in a big and mighty way. And we took that money and we reduced debt by 31%. We had multiple loans and the interest rates were pretty high. So what we did was, we found out about a bond issue tax-exempt refinance mechanism. So we can colidated our debt, went through that refinance, and got interest rates down to 3.67%. Over the life of the loan it would save the institution about $800,000 in interest, so it was a very smart thing to do. At the same time we looked at Nissan [Graduate School] downtown, and when you looked at the operational expense associated with having a building that far from where we are, it was about a $230,000 a year expense just operating the shuttle and security down there. So a decision was made to sell the building. Let’s talk some more about enrollment. We've seen declining enrollment. The other thing: Recruiting students here is one thing and retaining students here is another. This is something I wasn't really aware of when I started working here. I always had this impression there's a pretty affluent student body of the College of Art. These are kids who can pursue a fine art degree etc. And I want to be careful here because I don't want to disparage any of our existing students — it's important me that that doesn’t happen. There are no shame cooties for this institution that you're serving kids who are largely coming out of poverty. These are talented kids and we change their worldview and they go out and they're different people when they leave here than when they came in. But their financial barriers are considerable and present a lot of challenges. You started to see more and more pressure in the post-recession era on colleges and universities every institution struggles with enrollment, with no exception. There is a fight for every headcount in every college, in every University. In the post-recession era it starts to catch up. With the Disappearance of the middle class normal families the middle class families ability to pay a fine and liberal arts schools tuition. You have things that occur at the state level like Tennessee making the first two years of community college free. It's hard to say no to two free years of school, and that deals a blow to institutions like us. I’ve heard mentions that there may have been missed opportunities in terms of identifying emerging disciplines and developing curriculum... I think there were some missed opportunities to build out programs here in areas where you're seeing enrollment upticks… Everything is digital in terms of the interest and demands of students on a national level. They're looking for design programs, user experience, user interface, app development and that kind of cutting edge design program. And we have some classes here, but there wasn’t an emphasis on that in our curricular developments. Due to the generous support of some of our donors we had some consultants come in to help spur thinking and passion for program changes and development but those consultancies didn't lead to any actions in a period where we didn't have any time to waste. I know Ron Jones wanted to upgrade, or modernize enrollment. And he brought in someone from a different kind of academic environment. From the for-profit environment. Can you speak to what kinds of changes were made? Did they work? The new changes in enrollment didn't work out as we intended it to. That's clear. The thinking was, we needed to look at the pressures that exist in the macro environment — Like community college, free tuition etc. There was the fight for every headcount and I think that the choice was made to bring in someone who had a very aggressive approach to enrollment. And I think the short answer I'm willing to give is I don't think that person was a good cultural fit here here, and I wasn't shy about saying it. This happens at a time when a lot of colleges are struggling and failing. I was hesitant to describe it as a trend, but the more I look... It's a trend. It's an absolute trend. But is MCA just a statistic? Just part of that trend or it’s story — how we arrived here — unique even inside that trend? I think it's truly a combination of all of it. You cite the national trends the declining enrollment in the traditional and fine arts. There are three factors that determine the fate of an institution and we had on all of them: declining enrollment, low endowment, and debt. That's 3 combined factors that will sink an institution. If you have a large endowment that sustains you. We don't have that. It's important to note to this institution has maintained the corpus of its endowment. You read about the colleges like Sweetbriar, where they were dipping into the Corpus of their endowment to sustain themselves and to keep their operations going. We haven't done that but when you look at the size of our annual drawdown — we have a 5% drawdown policy. So with an endowment of about 4.7- 4.8 million, 5% comes to $225,000 to $255,000 annual draw down on a 10 or 11 million dollar budget. It doesn't help us. I mean, it does help us, but only to that amount and then there’s no more. I've seen it written over the last week,people saying, “It’s just not that much money. It's onlu 6.9 million dollars right?” We have all three of those kisses of death for an institution of higher education in a post-recession environment. You have to look at statistics. I think closure rate has doubled in the last decade. We're not unusual. We talk to our accreditors, and there is a heartache in higher ed nationally. If you ask a person like me, especially in the political environment we’re in right now, I don't think there’s ever been a more important time for the liberal arts and the fine arts. I think this dynamic is a tragedy at a time when we need people who are educated in this fashion — people can change the world with their worldviews, through their expansive thinking. You mention conventional wisdom — It’s only $6-million. Which is a lot of money, but I think when other institutions have raised that kind of money, I understand why people might say that. To go back in address the debt issue, you have several plans for consideration, but we could not secure multi-year commitments and that's what you got to have. Say you raise a million dollars and admit new students then next year you go to the same people who dug deep, and they don't have it the next year. So it really is a process. Will the major donor community sustain this institution for years while we put a plan in place? It's interesting to me that people are telling me, “sell everything south of Poplar. Eliminate your debt. Invest in Rust Hall. Well, that was the plan — go back to what we used to be. Lower expectations on head count. Go back down to a sustainable size. We couldn't line up the commitments. You sound like an urban planner talking about sprawl… Right? Forget growing your way out of it. You're not going to grow your way out of it. So that was a plan that we weren't able to line up commitments for. and I think the reason was — there was a feeling, all the while this is going on — we missed our enrollment goals by a lot. Where did we land on enrollment this year? 35% less than we’d projected. Is that the remnants of enrollment is a process or is it truly just a product of the times in terms of the declining enrollment. That resulted in an even greater deficit, and I think it was kind of determinative in a sense, that the model that the school has had just isn't viable. It’s probably easier to sell the idea of expansion though — whether it’s a good idea or not— than shrinking. You can see expansion in the landscape. Shrinkage? What you see is absence — negative space. Like, "Can someone just give me a visual on what Rust Hall will look like if we do these kinds of programs?" Because you can go and you can sell that. I think that’s probably part of it. There's a weariness that sets in too. Our donors have been so generous to this institution, and they are called upon to support the community and other nonprofits in ways that are just constant. In fairness to them, it's probably just weariness. I think I read that the school’s budget model is based on something like 80% tuition and 20% fundraising, is that still accurate? I would say that's about right. There were striking fundraising years, like the first year I was here.There was a major fundraiser. See, you have these years when the philanthropic community comes on extremely. You'll see that kind of say, “wow that was a pretty good year!” And then you start to see it settling down into just really normal ranges. There's been so many plans and so many projections. Anyway you slice it we are going to need donor support at about a million to a million .5 every year. That's the nut. Do miracles happen? I think it was High Ground News that asked what it would take. I think I said it will take a $30-million endowment. Well, why $30-million? Because 5% of $30-million is $1.5 million, and we would need to know we had that kind of resource available to us under pretty much any scenario. And that's where the $30-million amount comes from. So there was a directive from the board to reduce our costs. Cost restructuring is a euphemism for a lot of hard decisions that are made. And I said, “Yes. Okay, we will reduce our costs. I largely come from the for-profit sector so I very much understand when you have a deficit there are two ways to address it. You either cut your costs or you increase the revenues. It's just that simple. It's not even a magic formula, it's very basic. So the board understood that we needed to cut costs. And I think that a lot of hard decisions were made in the cost restructuring that have been demoralizing for the institution on a lot of levels. But where they were a necessary part of a larger plan to create a sustainable future. How do you mean demoralizing? 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But anyway he was traveling all the time and moving. Laying the gas pipes. and he happened to be in Memphis 1 summer the second year after I got out of high school and I came to visit him. my parents were divorced who they didn't live together and I didn't have anything to do with my dad had a new Studebaker and I would take it out everyday and wander around Memphis. I drove down Adams Avenue.. I never seen a Victorian building. over the door to the Memphis Academy of Arts. So I stopped the car and got out. and I came back out register for the next semester. The woman who was the registrar, I asked her what is this place. She said it's an art school. Would you like to go here? I said yes. And she proceeded to fill out a schedule of classes for me. I had no portfolio, nothing. I just walked in off the street. And I had had one class in life drawing when I was spending some time with my aunt in Salt Lake City. She asked if I'd had any previous experience and I said yes I had a life drawing class. She said oh well you can take Life drawing with Ted Faires. So I had a schedule that was 5-days and 2-nights. And the tuition was $175. And I said, “But I don't have any money.” She said, “That's okay, just have your father write as a check when you come to the first class.” So I did that. I was not allowed to drive a car anymore. But that’s my experience. I knew the minute I saw that side of that building, this is where I was supposed to be. Did you have any background in art at that point? I had not had any art training at all, really. My little high school in Oklahoma didn't have our classes. My aunt, my mother's youngest sister, wanted to be an artist and she finally became a fashion illustrator. Back then they had illustrators for newspapers. So when I went to stay with her after I got out of high school, she was teaching at a little school called The Art Barn in Salt Lake City. And she took me with her and I had my first drawing class. And you took to it naturally? Actually, I was not very good at it. But I was inspired by her so much that, whatever she wanted me to do, I would do it. It felt good. Were you always so spontaneous? Or, is impulsive the better word? I don't think so. But something happened to me when I saw that sign. I needed to find out what this place was. Can you paint a picture of campus life? The culture of the college? It was a very small school. It also on the GI Bill, so there were several veterans there. Some of them in wheelchairs. Ted Rust was the director. They didn't call him the president then. He got there in1949, and I was there in 1952. I had a memory of there not being more than 36 students working for a degree. There were many people in the community who came to take classes. And we were just one big happy family. Everybody knew everybody. The first time I ever met Ted Rust, our director, I was sitting out under the wisteria, which was profuse. It’s beautiful, but it’s a menace! Oh yes. And I should have been in class too. Ted Rust looked at me and said, “Aren't you supposed to be in class?” And I said. “Yes sir.” And I got up and went. But we became very good friends. Most of the students were friends with the faculty. I know the school offered paths for fine arts, and design, and also for advertising. Was this a competitive division? Everybody had to take the foundation course. I think that's been one of the strengths of the school. Everybody had to learn how to see. Which was done through drawing, and design. You had to learn how to think. So everybody took those courses. Fine Arts and the advertising had friendly competition. We called them “the business students.” But there was no putdown of either. And we had very strong advertising classes. Also interior design was taught. I’m familiar with the big changes. The moves, name changes etc. What are some of the other notable changes over the years, in your opinion. Of course I'm old enough to proclaim that I hate change. I don't apologize for that. But I do recognize the value of all the changes that have been made. Some, I think we're better than others. I won't continue on that. But we should talk about some of it. Was the transition into Overton Park a smooth one? It was a smooth transition. And it was very exciting. Some of us hated to give up the old beautiful buildings though. But the park is so wonderful, and the building was an award winner so the move was very smooth. Everybody at the old Art Academy packed up their cars, whatever vehicle they had, and move boxes into the new building. It was only half the size it is now. Another thing that changed once we got into the new building, is we started offering more liberal studies in house. The old school didn't offer liberal studies. You had to go elsewhere if you wanted to work for the degree. Ted Rust got the college accredited, and we began working on getting all the liberal arts classes required for the degree in house instead of having to have students go elsewhere. I remember when MCA students would also take classes at Rhodes and CBU. There was a consortium for students interested in classes that weren’t being offered in house. When we first started that I was a Guinea pig, I guess. I went to Rhodes to take one of the classes Jack Taylor was offering. I think I was not a good person to send. I didn't pass the class. Something about physics. A physics class he thought artists might enjoy. What else do you remember about the early days in Rust Hall. The school was actually designed for the courses we were teaching at the time. For the specific courses. The basement area was a very long and narrow studio devoted to fabric design. We had these long printing tables and used to joke about it and call the bowling alley. As Time passed and studios got rearranged, things changed. I believe the original building was only half the size it is now. It was built to hold about 200 students. Often we would have as many as 24 students in a classroom and that never bothered me. Student seem to work off each other. And I hated the name change. it never should have happened. Oh well. A lot of people hated that, I think, but I understand. It was a response to all the private Christian high schools that sprang up after desegregation. So many of them took the name “academy.” I can understand why MCA might have wanted to avoid confusion in the same way Southwestern at Memphis became Rhodes because there are so many schools with Southwestern in the name, and the name only really makes sense if you’re recruiting in Tennessee only. Speaking of desegregation, one of the things that happened when the Art Academy move to the park was this. The park was segregated at the time, you see. African-Americans could only come on Thursdays. Ted Rust told the city, “We are a school. We have classes every day and the students must come.” It’s so hard to think about a group of people only being able to go somewhere one day a week. It is just incredible. And I the park was desegregated soon after that. Are you working on anything special now? I am. I’m preparing new work for a show in 2018 for my 85th birthday. —————————————————— A Conversation with Dolph Smith Dolph Smith was unable to enroll in person, so his mother did all his paperwork at the Memphis Academy of Art. The person helping her was Veda Reed. Smith, a painter, bookmaker, educator, and builder of nifty little buildings, was among the first students to receive a diploma after the school moved to Overton Park. He graduated in a class of seven. Memphis Flyer: I’ve enjoyed your work for so long I hate that our first extended conversation is the result of such bad news. Dolph Smith: It's just heartbreaking. There's so many of us that still have our roots in that place. I don't think I'll ever accept it. I know you at least started when the school was still on Adams. I was a GI in Berlin Germany. Something happened that told me that I needed to go to an art school. And bless my mother's heart, I woke up in the middle of the night and called her. And I asked her to find me an art school. And she did. She found the Memphis Academy of Art on Adams. When I was at the bottom of a troop ship coming home from Germany she walked up those broken steps on Adams and Veda Reed signed me in. That was in 1957. What’s amazing is that fate’s a big factor in bringing people to an art school. It’s not like you want to be a fireman when you grow up. Things happen to you growing up and you come to it. What a blessing. I’ve loved every minute of it.  What was student life like when you got there? It was very intimate then because we were just so close to the faculty. that's when Ted Faiers was there and Burton Callicott and that whole lineup of iconic people. And Ted Rust. It was just a warm little place. Of course every now and then a little bit of plaster would fall out of the ceiling, but that was part of it. We had a little sandwich shop down in the basement. That's where we had our lunch. Ted Rust would come out of his office and walk out to the volleyball court and we’d have a volleyball game every afternoon. That does sound close-knit. It was. We were so close. And you know the classes were small. I was there in the last couple of years on Adams, and when they built the new school I was in the first graduating class there in Overton Park. I think there were seven in my graduating class. What kind of balance was there between classical fine arts training and commercial and industrial design? We took everything. We had calligraphy, Burton Callicott taught that. That was one of his geniuses. There was a pretty good advertising design department. One of the leaders of that was Jason Williamson. He was a great watercolor painter. I graduated with an advertising design degree and got a job pretty quickly at a small art studio downtown. Of course, over the years I got the urge to pick up that brush. And that led to teaching nights at the college. We had a big community education program. I think it was in the hundreds of people down there at night. It was just a thriving place. I did a good bit of that. And Ted Rust asked me to join the faculty. So I left a day-to-day job and went to the college. Which was then still called the Academy. What were academics like? When I went through as a student I had to go to Memphis State to get 30 hours of academics because they didn’t teach any of that. It was all painting, throwing clay, even making mosaic tile as a class, and we all took that. So we had to put things together in two places. We had to have a language class so I took German because I’d been in Germany and figured I could ace that class. But I ended up with a C. I didn’t ace it at all. That’s how we put together the academics, which worked out fine, I guess. And there was no such thing as campus housing... I lived on a street called Cowden out there, over towards where the Memphis State campus was. We all had to find places to live, that was just part of it. I had the GI Bill, which was a help. A big help. And I had to have a job. I did some part-time work. One of them was at the Methodist Hospital where I was born. I worked nights at the admissions desk, and I’d go to class the next day. I'd be in life drawing working on a figure and she would pose for 20 minutes, and she’d take a ten-minute break, and I would take an 8 minute nap in a sling chair in the studio, and my friends would wake me up, and then I’d draw for another 20 minutes, and then I’d go take a nap. A thing that really strikes me about this news. Art and artists are really at the core of Midtown’s identity, and a big part of that is directly related to the presence of MCA. You watched a lot of that grow. I don’t think I have a question here... So many of us put down roots under that building, and so many of us are still growing from the roots attached to that building, and to that space. I think you’ll enjoy this… We're being cremated. And the first place I wanted my ashes to be thrown was off the balcony at the Memphis College of Art. Outside the room where I used to teach. So many are gone. Burton Ted. Veda And I are the last of this old breed that go all the way back. It's just part of our very physical selves. Not just mental but physical. And I'm not giving up. Watch The Memphis Flyer's News Blog and Fly on the Wall for more web extras related to this week’s cover story Art of the Deal:The extraordinary rise and precipitous fall of the Memphis College of Art [content-1]

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    The extraordinary rise and precipitous fall of the Memphis College of Art When Jeffrey Nesin packed up his bow ties and returned to New York in 2010, The Commercial Appeal wrote a glowing farewell to the Memphis College of Art's long-serving president. Nesin had led the school for 19 years, more than doubling enrollment during his tenure, engaging major funders, and greatly expanding MCA's footprint outside of its Overton Park facility. According to the CA, Nesin was leaving the school in "a sweet spot ... a happy place where it can continue to grow." It was a defining moment for MCA and, with financial support from the Hyde Foundation, the occasion was marked by the move of the school's postgraduate program into a beautiful old building in downtown's South Main arts district. The building had been renovated and rebranded as the Nesin Graduate School in honor of MCA's departing rainmaker. Two years later — and amid a virtually unreported-on struggle to retain academic accreditation — the school was spending $700,000 more annually than it was taking in, and MCA's newly installed president, Ron Jones, was forced to declare a state of  financial exigency and ask the board of trustees for special powers to eliminate programs and terminate contracts. Jones further announced that MCA would begin a process of selling off its private art collection. "An institution with significant debt and insufficient revenue cannot move forward if all the energy is focused upon raising money to make ends meet," Jones said. Three years after the declaration of financial exigency — and only five years after the grad school's grand opening — MCA sold its South Main building and reconsolidated its graduate and undergraduate programs. Two years later, on October 24th, 2017, the big blow came: After 81 years of "teaching people the language of art and craft," as stated in the school's original 1936 catalog, MCA's board announced the school would end student recruitment, effective immediately, and prepare to close. Reasons cited included declining enrollment, overwhelming real estate debt, and no viable long-term plan for financial sustainability. Art by the Numbers So, what happened to that "sweet spot"? How did MCA's "happy place" get so sad, so fast? Did MCA overextend its resources in the early 2000s, thereby becoming a victim to the circa-2008 global banking and real estate crisis? Or is the college just part of a trend, one of the many small private institutions closing around the country, due to dropping enrollment and rising tuition costs. The short answer is "yes, to all that," but it's complicated. The seeming abruptness of MCA's decision is perhaps more directly tied to a catastrophic bottoming out of enrollment, and what may be interpreted as a final no-confidence vote by members of Memphis' philanthropic community. The die was cast when privately made promises to fund the college through a period of physical and programmatic right-sizing were rescinded late in the game, with no safety nets or back-up plans in place. MCA interim president Laura Hine explains: "I would say, within the major-donor funding community, there was no stone left unturned. Historically, our alumni are not wealthy people, and they have been asked to give and give. You can't look to them to provide the kind of support this institution needs because the funding capacity is just not there. ... And even if we could have raised enough money to get through a year? Now we've admitted new students and have no funding commitments that will sustain the institution over a longer period of years. There is no private college of any kind that doesn't rely on its donors to survive, and the major-donor community here in Memphis has been extraordinarily generous to this college over a very long period of years. But efforts to line up multi-year commitments just didn't materialize." MCA's closing announcement felt abrupt because it was abrupt. Although major changes were anticipated by faculty and staff, none of those plans included total shutdown. Recorded minutes from a September 5th faculty meeting listed only three potential options going forward: a merger with another area school; undertaking the build-out of the school's design program without compromising other divisions; or transforming MCA into an arts learning center with courses available to other Memphis schools for transfer credits. "I regret that a lot of people, alumni, and friends of the school feel they didn't get sufficient warning of the situation," says long-serving MCA trustee Cecil Humphreys. "I think they feel kind of blindsided, betrayed. This was a long time coming, but when it happened, it happened very quickly. "We thought we'd arranged funding to give us a couple more years," Humphreys continues. "When that funding was withdrawn, the decision had to be made quickly, because the nature of the school's obligations to its students. When you admit them, you've got to have a reasonable belief that you're going to be around to teach them for four years." Hine had no idea she'd be tasked with closing the school when Ron Jones retired in February, and in an extensive interview, she restates a bit of conventional wisdom that's been buzzing around the internet since the bad news broke: "Everybody thinks we should just sell everything south of Poplar, eliminate our debt, and invest in Rust Hall. "Well," she adds, "that was the plan — go back to what we used to be. Go back down to a sustainable size. We couldn't line up the commitments." Hine calls the college's $6.9 million real estate debt "an albatross around this institution's neck." She describes a frustrating economic circumstance where even exceptional fund-raising doesn't necessarily translate to sustainability, let alone the kinds of improvements you can show funders to illustrate where their money goes. "We reduced debt by 31 percent," Hine says, citing a better-than-average 2014/2015 giving season, and a painstaking process of debt consolidation. "We'd had multiple loans," she says, "and the interest rates were pretty high." An additional $200,000 in annual expenses were cut by outsourcing MCA's IT department. "That's a lot of hard decisions," Hine adds, describing a "fear-producing" environment where layoffs create anxiety every time management walks in the door. Head Hunting Unfortunately for MCA, austerity measures, debt maintenance, and successful giving campaigns couldn't keep pace with the school's precipitous drop in enrollment. "There's been a fight for every head-count," Hine says. "With the disappearance of the middle class, normal families don't have the ability to pay tuition for fine arts and liberal arts schools. And you have other things that occur at the state level, like Tennessee making the first two years of community college free. It's hard to say no to two free years of school, and that deals a blow to institutions like us." In 2010, as MCA reached peak expansion, the school had 444 students. In 2011, that number dropped to 433. Under MCA's business model, 80 percent of the operating budget was derived from tuition and fees ($43,550 a year). Every lost student was a major blow, and losses kept piling up. "We always strive for a freshman class of around 130," Humphreys explains. "We budget for a class of about 100. This year's freshman class was 66." That's nearly $1.5 million off budget, and almost $3 million less than the ideal. "It's a lot," Humphreys says. In the spring of 2015, Jones set out to upgrade and modernize recruitment, bringing on an enrollment manager educated and previously employed by the University of Phoenix, a for-profit school offering online learning options and catering to nontraditional and older-trending students. The faculty began to express concern that new directions in enrollment weren't working, and in an October 2015 letter addressed to Jones, the "collective Faculty of Memphis College of Art" expressed what turned out to be prescient concerns about "a crisis situation with regard to recruitment and our recent experiences with the Admissions Office." The letter continued: "If the situation is not improved immediately, we believe the enrollment for fall 2016 will be disastrous." "New changes in enrollment didn't work out as we intended it to; that's clear," Hine says. "I think that the choice was made to bring in someone who had a very aggressive approach to enrollment. I think the short answer I'm willing to give is, I don't think that person was a good cultural fit here, and I wasn't shy about saying it." As MCA's struggle to stabilize enrollment was failing, the school's crushing real estate debt — which topped out at $11 million at its highest point — remained an issue. Not to mention $2.5 million in deferred maintenance on Rust Hall. Making Art Work When Nesin arrived in 1991, MCA didn't own any property outside of Overton Park, and students had to find their own housing. Sarah Blackburn Klimek, president of MCA's alumni association, wonders why the school changed its approach to student housing. "It wasn't difficult at all," Klimek says. "We all lived on Belvedere [street], in those apartments. Belvedere was our dorm. My work-study job was matching freshmen with other freshmen for housing. They filled out questionnaires, and we would help them find places to live." MCA alum Dan Hayes tells a different story. Hayes studied illustration at MCA, took classes at Rhodes, and claims to have double-majored in poverty and theater. He describes the MCA housing situation as less than ideal. "Housing was a big negative for me," he says, describing an experience that included dropout roommates and a too-tiny leased room. "My dad felt like he was throwing money away," he says. "Students wanted housing," Humphreys says, explaining why MCA started buying properties in Midtown. "We don't have a campus, and parents want their kids to live close to school and in places where they weren't afraid, because they didn't think it was safe." Humphreys says the board was mostly supportive of the school's efforts to develop safe and affordable student housing.    "The downtown graduate school, that's a whole other topic," Humphreys adds. "Not everybody agreed that was a good idea. It was made very attractive by a donor to the school, but I don't think that's worth getting into now." Within three months of Nesin's arrival, MCA purchased and converted a pair of buildings on Poplar, just across the street from Overton Park. Nineteen years later, The Commercial Appeal described the school as "a minor real estate empire of 20 properties on Poplar, North Tucker, and North Rembert." MCA also enlisted Askew, Nixon, Ferguson Architects to design a matching pair of $3 million, 26,000-square-foot apartment-style dormitories [on Barksdale], topped by glass-walled art studios. Mori Greiner, who died in 1996, was MCA's board chair when Nesin arrived. He's been cited as "a key person" in early negotiations to obtain properties. In an unpublished history of the college created for MCA's 60th anniversary, and supplied to the Flyer by the college, Nesin attributes the school's rapid growth to Greiner, a past director of programming for WMC-TV, who, Nesin wrote, "was passionate about purchasing student residences, and spent a great deal of his own time searching the neighborhood for suitable properties." "You have to move things around and be a mini-mogul," Nesin told The Commercial Appeal as he prepared to leave for New York at the end of his Memphis tenure. "I didn't know this came with the territory at first, and I had to learn about it little by little." Downtown Detour In 2010, MCA closed on a $400,000, 48,000-square-foot warehouse located at 477 S. Main. The school spent an additional $2.5 million to transform the building into the Nesin Graduate School, which housed the school's art education program and programs in studio art and photography. MCA's grad school opened around the time the Cecil C. Humphrey School of Law moved into its new digs on Front Street and the Visible Music College acquired a downtown property on Madison. Richard Florida's hugely influential 2004 book The Rise of the Creative Class had become an urban development Bible, and the transformation of downtown into a free-range campus was regarded as exactly the kind of development that would help Memphis attract and retain "creatives" — the most desireable of all demographics. "There was an expansive vision that, frankly, just didn't materialize," Hine says. The Nesin School was supposed to bring 100 students into the South Main arts district. There were 31 MFA students and 21 art education students downtown when MCA shuttered its South Main satellite, which had become controversial because graduate students were less available to undergraduates and farther from art supplies and materials only available in Midtown. "We looked at the operational expense associated with having a building that far from Overton Park," Hine says. "It was about a $230,000-a-year expense. We had to operate a shuttle back and forth, and between that and the cost of security down there, a decision was made to sell the building." MCA still owed $500,000 on the building, plus an additional $500,000 expense to transform a number of Midtown properties into studio space for dislocated MFA students. The End Game Can MCA be saved? Hine doesn't seem very optimistic, but believes a bigger endowment would go a long way toward solving the seemingly unsolvable problem. Even in the hardest of times, the school never dipped into the corpus of its $4.7 million endowment. "A $30 million endowment would make a huge difference," Hine says. Humphreys has a somewhat more positive outlook. "Some of us are hoping and praying for a miracle," he says. "I was always hoping that [major] donors would reach the conclusion that maybe the college won't be self-sufficient," he says. "Maybe we need the kind of annual support that every other art entity in the city needs. The Symphony's not self-sufficient. The Opera's not self-sufficient. Was there ever a possibility we could start thinking about the College of Art in the same way?" So what does it mean for the students and teachers when a college begins the process of shutting down? Because many of MCA's fine arts credits don't translate easily to other academic environments, students who've attended the longest will face the greatest challenges transferring credits, should they choose to attend another school instead of continuing on through the teach-out program. To that end, on November 9th, 25 colleges entered into an agreement with MCA to accept the maximum number of student credits. "If you're asking me, 'Do our students want to leave?,' the answer is no," Hine says. "There are some students who are sophomores or juniors who may go ahead and move on to another school, but we don't really anticipate that." Faculty tenure was eliminated at MCA in 1981 and replaced by a rolling contract system. Hine says decisions regarding faculty retention will be made based on student need, but will faculty want to stay at an institution in hospice care? MFA director and acting vice president of academic affairs, Haley Morris-Cafiero, doesn't anticipate a voluntary mass exodus of teachers. "I think if they can stay, they will remain," she says. "But at the same time, it's very much an understanding that the teachers have got to do what they've got to do." Baleigh Kuhar, a senior painting major, says while the news isn't good, she's glad things are out in the open now. "There was an overwhelming suspense — this huge tension in the air — that something major was going to happen. It turned out to be the school closing." Since the announcement, she says, "There's kind of a sigh of relief. Now we're on the same page." Memphis College of Art was born near the end of the Great Depression. The James Lee Memorial Art Academy — the institution that gave birth to the Memphis Academy of Art, which became the Memphis College of Art — took a distinctly 19th-century approach to art education, aiming to shelter students from the corrupting influence of modernism. In the mid-1930s, a splinter group broke away from the Lee Academy, and as the older institution went down, the new school was awarded physical and financial support from the city of Memphis, establishing a public/private partnership that endured into the 1990s. Through the years, MCA moved from Front Street to Victorian Village, and finally to Overton Park, where, in 1959, it took up residence in a distinctive building designed for the school by Roy Harrover. Barring some unforeseen influx of capital, the Memphis College of Art will close its doors for good after its last student graduates in 2020. "I've described this process as heart-wrenching," Cafiero says, confronting the inevitable. "In reality, it's gut-wrenching."

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    Original co-chairs Gary Shorb, Richard Smith , Calvin Anderson , Carolyn Hardy , Spence Wilson Jr., Duncan Williams, Leigh Shockey and Jason Hood voted to install a new leadership structure that will include addition of a chairman, vice chairman and new co-chairs. In addition, Daphne Large of Data Facts Inc ., Andy Cates of Colliers International, and Robin Smithwick of Diversified Trust were elected to two-year terms as co-chairs.

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  • Lawyer explains Harbor Town murder charges - WMC Action News 5Lawyer explains Harbor Town murder charges - WMC Action News 5

    Lawyer explains Harbor Town murder chargesWMC Action News 5WMC Action News 5 spoke with a lawyer about how the charges work, and what they can tell us about what happened in this crime that Memphis police haven't released many details about. Kurtrell Williams, 21, could face life in prison in connection with ...

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  • Cowboys' Elliott drops appeal, will serve rest of 6-game banCowboys' Elliott drops appeal, will serve rest of 6-game ban

    Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has dropped his appeal with five games remaining on his six-game suspension over alleged domestic violence.

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  • Saint Francis-Memphis Hires New Chief Nursing OfficerSaint Francis-Memphis Hires New Chief Nursing Officer

    As the newly hired chief nursing officer at Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis, Jennifer Chiusano doesn't really have a typical day, which can involve working with the nursing leadership team, managing the quality and service of the nurse staff and helping manage the quality of patient outcomes. The job, which she started Oct. 16, includes a lot more that's part of the day-to-day, but much of it falls within those buckets.

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  • 20th annual Memphis Christmas Parade held in Whitehaven20th annual Memphis Christmas Parade held in Whitehaven

    Memphis Christmas Parade will take over the streets of Whitehaven this weekend.

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  • Graceland to Contest Grizzlies' Non-Compete Clause in CourtGraceland to Contest Grizzlies' Non-Compete Clause in Court

    Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE) is legally challenging the Memphis Grizzlies’ non-compete agreement that is blocking it from adding a concert hall to Graceland. The Grizzlies’ FedexForum use agreement with the city bans other publically-funded places in the city from holding concerts with more than 5,000 attendees, but EPE has filed a declaratory judgement action with the Chancery Court of Shelby County to contest that, officials announced Wednesday. After EPE agreed to change its plans from constructing a 6,200-seat concert hall to a multi-purpose facility between 50,000 and 75,000 square feet, City officials said they would still have the ability to sue for any damages caused to the city if the Grizzlies were to leave Memphis. EPE officials also say that a representative for the Grizzlies told the enterprise that even if the multi-purpose facility is permitted, it would have usage limitations until the end of the franchise’s agreement with the FedexForum. However, EPE's statement points out that the proposed multi-purpose facility is “substantially similar to the facility now proposed by the city of Memphis for the Fairgrounds,” which would operate with no limitations. “Since no reasonable business person would have agreed to these two limitations, Elvis Presley Enterprises was left with no choice but to protect both itself and the city of Memphis by filing a declaratory judgment action, so that it can move forward with its business plans, continue to invest heavily in the Graceland campus in the Whitehaven community of Memphis, and bring more jobs and increase tourism in the community, Greater Memphis and Shelby County,” EPE’s statement read. Depending on the court's ruling, EPE will move forward with it's original proposal for the 6,200 seat space or the multi-purpose facility. The original $50 million proposal also includes additional museum and retail spaces. In response to EPE's decision, the city's chief legal officer Bruce McMullen issued a statement calling EPE's press release "misleading." The city's statement reads: "At the center of this issue is whether the City of Memphis would violate the non-complete clause in the contract with the Memphis Grizzlies by using public money to finance a concert or convention center venue that competes with [the] FedexForum. The City has worked in good faith to attempt to negotiate with Elvis Presley Enterprises to find a suitable resolution for its concerns. The administration is shocked that EPE would use a misleading press statement and a lawsuit to try [to] advance its position in the negotiations. We don't object to Graceland building a 6,200-seat venue. That option is available to it without the use of public funds, and it is free to do so."

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  • City Continues Transit Vision Planning Process, Opens Second Public SurveyCity Continues Transit Vision Planning Process, Opens Second Public Survey

    The city, in collaboration with Innovate Memphis and the Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) are moving forward in the Memphis 3.0 transit vision planning process. After beginning in September with stakeholder meetings, followed by public engagement, the question remains should MATA allocate resources to services that promote high ridership and more frequency or services that cover a large percent of the city with less frequency. Scudder Wagg of Jarrett Walker + Associates, the transit consultant group working with the city to develop the comprehensive plan, said that currently about 40 percent of MATA’s resources go toward services conducive to high ridership, while 60 percent of resources are used for services that provide more coverage. “But, is that the right split for Memphis?” Wagg asked. To answer this question, the public was asked if they prefer walking further distances to bus stops with less wait times or shorter walks and longer waits. The majority of respondents, Wagg said, prefer a shorter wait time. Based on this, consultants at JWA produced a second report, outlining four basic concepts for the future of Memphis' transit system. Two of the options are revenue neutral. The first, most similar to today’s network is the Coverage concept, in which routes extend well beyond the city’s core into the southern and eastern edges of the city. However, with the focus on coverage, less buses frequent each route causing wait times to be more than 30 minutes, and in most cases, greater than 60. Contrarily, the second concept, which aims to increase ridership, concentrates services in high-density areas within the I-240 loop. While buses on all routes would run every 30 minutes or less, some neighborhoods, namely in the eastern and southeastern areas of the city, would lose access to services completely. With about $45 million of additional funding, Wagg said MATA could provide a service that increases bus frequency as well as extends coverage to less dense areas. “If you don’t increase resources, it’ll be painful,” Wagg said. CEO of MATA Gary Rosenfeld agreed, saying that funding for the city’s transit system has been stagnant for years. “We need to change that for the benefit of the community.” Wagg said there are two basic concepts, both requiring increased funding, that promote high ridership and further coverage.  The Coverage PLUS concept would increase bus frequency on all routes and maintain most of the current coverage. With this concept, buses on each route would come every 30 minutes or less. Resources would be equally allocated between services that garner high ridership and those that provide coverage to low-density areas. The second concept, Ridership PLUS, would use 80 percent of funding for services that increase ridership, while 20 percent would be allocated for services that extend coverage. This concept, Wagg said, has the most frequent services, with five high-frequency routes traveling east-west out of downtown and two going north-south. Both of these concepts also include replacing fixed route services in Southwest Memphis with a demand responsive transit, or dial-a-ride service. It would run on flexible routes and connect to a new transit center near Mitchell and 3rd Street. Wagg adds that the concepts are not meant to prompt an “either-or” decision, but rather to provide a range of concepts that “frame the extreme ends.” Over the next two months, Innovate Memphis staff will lead outreach at transit centers and various community events to survey the public on the four concepts. The survey is also available online.  After the public engagement wraps up, a recommended network will be drafted in February, with the final vision plan slated to be complete by May.

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  • Magic Of Carousel Horses Returns to CMOMMagic Of Carousel Horses Returns to CMOM

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  • Beale Hotel Developers Change PlansBeale Hotel Developers Change Plans

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  • Nashville group plans 71-acre development near Shelby FarmsNashville group plans 71-acre development near Shelby Farms

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  • Memphis grad traveling to all National Park Service sitesMemphis grad traveling to all National Park Service sites

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  • "We Can't Stop Now:" Collierville NAACP hosts annual Freedom Fund Banquet"We Can't Stop Now:" Collierville NAACP hosts annual Freedom Fund Banquet

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  • 'Moxy' Headed Downtown'Moxy' Headed Downtown

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  • Gannett Co. Urges Readers to Help Fight Advertising TaxGannett Co. Urges Readers to Help Fight Advertising Tax

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  • Tubby Time! Take Two.Tubby Time! Take Two.

    The Tigers’ coach takes on a fresh season with lots of new faces — and lots of question marks. This month marks the beginning of Tubby Smith's 27th season as a college basketball coach. But only his second at the University of Memphis. His first on the Tiger bench ended with, at best, mixed reviews. The Tigers finished 19-13, good enough for fifth in the 11-team American Athletic Conference. (Smith will remind you this is precisely where the team was picked to finish.) But 19-win seasons that fall short of the NIT, let alone the NCAA tournament, are considered face-plants by much of the remaining Tiger fan base, a base that is dwindling if you count the empty seats at FedExForum on game nights. Smith's second season in Memphis will be very different. The departure of three starters with eligibility remaining — most notably brothers Dedric and K.J. Lawson (along with their father, Keelon, who served as Smith's director of player development) — forced a significant transformation of the Tiger roster. A pair of junior-college All-Americans — guard Kareem Brewton and forward Kyvon Davenport — will be among the new faces counted upon to help the Memphis program regain national traction. (In the preseason AAC coaches poll, the Tigers were picked to finish ninth in the now-12-team league. Welcome aboard, Wichita State.) During a recent visit in his office on the U of M campus, Smith discussed his Tiger tenure to date, and what's ahead for the embattled program. Is it a relief for this season to arrive, for games to finally be played? Changes are inevitable in every organization, but in sports more than anywhere else. From junior high on up. People are moving; our society is mobile. It's good to have signed the class we did, the No. 1 class in the American Athletic Conference. That was a big relief, knowing we have talented players coming in. You don't want to lose anybody, but I can't really pay attention to what people think or say. Everybody has an opinion. They don't know the inner-workings. You may think you know about what's going on at FedEx or with the Grizzlies. But you're dealing with human beings, personalities. And then 17-to-20-year-olds, they're being influenced by a lot of different stimuli. Social media. People don't know how to interpret. Look at our president. And young people simply don't know how to digest [it all]. Aside from years you've changed jobs, was it the most turbulent offseason of your career? It was the most changes, without any significant problems. It's not like someone was arrested. We won 19 games. We weren't expected to win the national championship. Every player's stats improved, except one [in one area]. There was an exodus of players with eligibility remaining, most notably the Lawson brothers. With some months to reflect, how do you view this transition in the program? We signed three good freshmen last November, players I feel will contribute a lot: [guard] Jamal Johnson, [swingman] David Nickelberry, and [forward] Victor Enoh. I've been pleased with them. Then in the late signing period, we simply signed better athletes, the junior-college players. Is the Tiger program better off without the Lawson family? I don't want to comment about the Lawsons. It isn't anyone in particular, because we had Markel [Crawford]. Think about Chad [Rykhoek]. We were going to try and get him a fifth year of eligibility. Sometimes you don't know what the internal distractions are for players. This is a bit personal, but are your feelings hurt when players choose to leave your program? No. Never. I'm disappointed, because I wonder what we did wrong. Did we not try and do everything we said we'd try and do? They might be disappointed with playing time or that we didn't go to the postseason. We held them accountable for the most part. At your season-opening press conference (September 29th), you emphasized that members of the current team are "our players." What do the players share in common? By "our" I meant the community and the city and the university. They're representing this city, this conference, and their families. I want players to believe in Tubby Smith. I believe in you [as a player]; that's why we signed you to a scholarship. The relationship should continue to grow, and the experience will be wholesome, in a good environment. It's not about being happy, but about achieving your dream. When you hear the negative stuff, they're not part of our program. They may not be a fan of yours, may not be a fan of Tubby Smith's. Have Jeremiah Martin and Jimario Rivers — the team's returning starters — emerged as the kind of leaders this team will need? They're trying. Jeremiah's not one to be very vocal. But the best leaders lead by example. People would rather see a sermon than hear one. They want to see that your words and deeds match your responsibility. I've been impressed with Jeremiah, but I expect more, in all areas. Jeremiah's in a unique position as a veteran leader but younger than some of those he's expected to lead. People can lead at a young age. My son went to a [private academy], where 9th- and 10th-graders outranked him. I told him that's the way it is. I've got younger people I have to answer to. Kareem Brewton was a leader for his team [Eastern Florida State College]. Malik Rhodes is a tough, hard-nosed guy. Mike Parks is big, physical. Karim Azab has been here a year now. These are mature men, and a lot bigger than we had last year. Size and depth were ingredients your first Memphis team lacked. A glance at this year's squad indicates it's bigger. Will it be deeper too? Last year we tried to put in two or three guys at a time, and we'd see a dip. I was disappointed. The rotation was disrupted when Chad went down. The depth this year ... I don't know who will start. It's a great problem. When I meet with guys, one-on-one, I tell them what they have to do to earn minutes. Not start; just earn minutes. That will evolve and can catapult you into being a starter. It's going to be competitive. What style of basketball will this team play? You've said they'll rebound well, play defense. Last year may have been the first team I've coached that got outrebounded for the season. That was a real problem. We got outrebounded by 21 against Connecticut last year ... and won the game. This group includes guys who can rebound at every position. We're bigger and taller at every position except point guard [where Martin returns]. Raynere Thornton [6'7" and 235 pounds] will play multiple positions. Kyvon Davenport is taller than Raynere and has perimeter skills. Players have evolved; they want to be versatile. They all want to be LeBron James! It's our job to come up with an offense, a system that will utilize their skill sets. Mike Parks is a big man [6'9" and 270], but he can really shoot the ball. You gotta define roles. This is the biggest challenge for any coach, and [players] have to accept the roles. A kid has to accept the truth. Memphis basketball fans have a short fuse at times. Were you taken aback by the criticism when last season turned sour over the final month? It didn't bother me. We won 21 games at Minnesota and went to the NCAA tournament [in 2012-13] and they still question what you do. Are you able to shut off the noise when you go home? There's nothing to shut off. It never enters. I'm too old for that. I've been around too long. It doesn't help me to listen to it. The other day someone told me, "Someone wrote a nice article about you, Coach." Oh, really? "Did you read it?" No. I'm reading scouting reports. I'm on the phone. I've got my own homework to do. I tell my players about this — distractions. People tell me I need to tweet more. I've done okay without tweeting. I want to be informed, but that's what I have a staff for. What's happening with recruiting? Who do I need to call? Has your wife, Donna, enjoyed Memphis? She loves it. We live a pretty comfortable life. My dad used to tell me, "Don't you ever think what you're doing is work." I tell my guys: moderation. Everything in moderation. The great John Wooden talked about balance. My dad was a very proud man, a wise man. How did he raise 17 kids with a 9th-grade education? How did he build a Guffrie Smith legacy? If I can be half the man he was. What should expectations be for the 2017-18 Tigers? Sky's the limit. I think we should win the national championship. That's what every coach's expectations should be. You're not much of a coach if you don't come in every day competing for championships. We have realistic goals. The league is going to be stronger than it's been in a long time. We have six possible NCAA–tournament teams. There are so many good players back. Wichita State is going to increase everyone's RPI. This league has that potential. We have to raise our level of play to be one of those postseason teams. I'm excited about this group. Happy Anniversary Times Three To borrow an expression from former Tiger (and current Georgia Tech) coach Josh Pastner, the collective mood around the U of M program has "gone negative" of late. The Tigers have not played a postseason game since March 2014. When you include missing out on the NIT, this is the longest drought Memphis has experienced since a four-year dry spell from 1977-78 through the 1980-81 season. But history tells us things will get better. This season will culminate near the 45th anniversary of the Tiger program's most famous team, the 1972-73 squad led by Larry Finch (above) that came one Bill Walton short of winning the national championship. It will also mark 25 years (this can't be true) since Penny Hardaway delivered his last no-look pass in a Tiger uniform. Moving further along the Tiger-hoops timeline, this is the 10th-anniversary for the 2007-08 team, a group that reached No. 1 in the country and played for the national championship, banner or no banner. The Tigers experienced losing seasons — actual losing seasons, with more losses than wins — between each of those seminal moments that have come to define the program. Whether or not Tubby Smith leads the next memory-making season for U of M basketball remains to be seen. But it will happen. So deep breaths, Tiger fans. Raise a glass for three special anniversaries this winter, and be ready to mark the next. — FM

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  • Fly on the Wall 1498Fly on the Wall 1498

    EZ Weaves After years of chasing recognition, Memphis officially became a World Class City ™ last week when a large, purple vending machine for hair weaves arrived at Wolfchase Galleria. The Diamond Dynasty weave machine offers a variety of fancy hair options ranging in length and style and priced from $55-$80. TV newscasters said the vending machine will be a convenience for people who may need to change their look on the go. Like spies, maybe? We're #2... In a story about the city's declining murder rate, the Associated Press ran with the headline, "Killings Down in Tennessee's Second Most Populous City." It seems unnecessarily baroque and maybe a little shady even. Verbatim "Late at night and into the early morning hours, customers engage in so-called 'money wars.' The stacks of bills Dennis is bundling will be sold out of a duffel bag at the edge of the stage, minus 10 percent. In other words, $900 singles will cost you $1,000. In order to show off who has the most money to burn, customers will shower the girls with bills, competing with each other to make it rain money the hardest." — Excerpted from "Money Wars at a Memphis Strip Club," Forbes.

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  • Woman killed in Harbor Town identified - WMC Action News 5Woman killed in Harbor Town identified - WMC Action News 5

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