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  • TDOT crews work overtime to clear roads during snow daysTDOT crews work overtime to clear roads during snow days

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — TDOT crews can't catch a break either. They told WREG, they'll continue to monitor and treat roads until about 10 p.m. Tuesday night. Communication was key for The Tennessee Department of Transportation crews. Workers in the command center kept a close eye on the 125 cameras around Shelby County and the Mid-South. "We've been for 24 hours," an employee said. Throughout Tuesday morning, monitors showed heavy snow - which then turned into slipping and sliding cars running off the road. WREG also saw vehicles having trouble on the flyover. They took their time as they inched up the steep on-ramp. "There's been a few accidents and minor injuries. We are going to monitor the cameras throughout the day," a TDOT spokesperson said. That's why TDOT calls their efforts a success. They say this time around, they were able to prepare since there wasn't any rain before the snow hit. Road crews laid salt and brine on the roads Monday morning. Trucks full of brine and salt were on the move throughout Tuesday. WREG watched trucks come and go all morning at the command center. They filled up their trucks with salt and then hit the road, concentrating on bridges and overpasses. WREG asked TDOT if there was anything they felt they could improve on. They said they are always looking at new and various ways to protect drivers from all weather conditions. "Mainly, we have to take care of our motorists and keep them safe," a TDOT spokesperson said.  

    WREG / 2 min. ago more
  • Snow days taking a toll on parents, kids financiallySnow days taking a toll on parents, kids financially

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Tuesday marks the fifth day students are not at school in the Mid-South, which can be tough for those who rely on the consistent meals provided. There was no school Friday, Jan. 12 due to snow and ice, a long Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend and school was out Tuesday due to snow again. While kids might be rejoicing, their stomachs might not be. Their parents wallets could be taking a toll too. Thousands of students are enjoying a snow day in the Mid-South, but there's also thousands who depend on the schools for a warm meal. Thankfully there are people stepping up to help. While students around the Mid-South celebrate snow days. It's not always easy on parents. Students have been out of school now for five days straight. Mom, Michelle Adair and her family have recently fallen on some hard times. They’re working to get out of their situation. "That's a lot of meals," Adair said. "Our food bill this week has gone up at least $100 this week," the mom said. She’s been able to get some help from the owner of Club Memphis in Orange Mound, but she’s far from the only person facing problems like this. Wendy Henley and her 10-year-old step-daughter have a safe place to stay and food to eat because of the help from Shepherd’s Inn, a division of Refuge Memphis. "When the cold came - me, her and her father were on Summer and we had nowhere to go," Henley said. The people of the Mid-South are known for their generosity, but even some church groups have had to put a halt to helping due to dangerous conditions. Pastor Autura  Eason-Williams, with Capleville United Methodist Church, runs a food pantry for the Hickory Hill and Southeast Shelby County communities. Her church helps more than 100 families a month. "We actually work with Kirby Middle School and we provide a lunch for kids to take home every Monday," Pastor Eason-Williams said. But Eason-Williams says the conditions are too treacherous when it comes to reaching the pantry. "Our parking lot gets really slick and iced over, and the ramp going up to the food pantry is pretty bad. We don't want people risking their lives to come up here," Pastor Eason-Williams said. And for those who might be struggling right now, Henley has this advice. "There's so many people out there that are wandering around and don't know what to do. There are resources out there, but you have to get up and find them. You have to look. You have to pray," Henley said. The food will not go to waste. It will be distributed at church events tomorrow, but the pantry will not be open. For information about how to help Shepherd's Inn you can reach Randy Dickey at 901-690-8193. For information how to help Club Memphis you can reach Ashaki Williams at 901-864-7317.

    WREG / 23 min. ago more
  • Memphians staying safe in the bitter coldMemphians staying safe in the bitter cold

    The snow has come and gone, but now it's freezing cold outside. The Mid-South is now bracing for dangerously cold temperatures. 

    WMC Action News 5 / 41 min. ago
  • FULL LIST: Schools announce Wednesday closures - WMC Action News 5FULL LIST: Schools announce Wednesday closures - WMC Action News 5

    FULL LIST: Schools announce Wednesday closuresWMC Action News 5Tennessee Department of Transportation said it only responded to two or three accidents on Tuesday; a far cry from the 300 reported Friday. TDOT was able to pretreat the roadways with salt brine--something that was impossible Friday because rain fell ...and more »

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  • Winter Weather: How the frigid temperatures are affecting local businessesWinter Weather: How the frigid temperatures are affecting local businesses

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The recent snow days in the Mid-South have closed many businesses down, affecting their sales and employees' wages. Richard Wright drove up to Memphis from Coldwater, Mississippi to take advantage of Tuesday's snow day by selling firewood. “Usually, we come during the snow time to try and get rid of the wood, help people stay warm," he said. Wright said the morning got off to a slow start, so he hopes sales will be worth the trip. “We had to drive like 15-20 miles per hour just to drive slow all the way up here and it’s going to be very bad getting back also.” One business thriving by willing to be on the roads is Domino’s Pizza, LLC. They’re one of the only pizza places around town that’s been open for delivery since Friday’s snow day. Madeline Demetrious, an assistant manager at one of the Mid-South stores, said in one hour, they made what they usually do in four hours because there have been so many calls. “I kid you not, in one minute, eight orders popped up on the screen for delivery," said Demetrious. "It was mostly delivery at night.” She said they had to close early each night this weekend due to the backlog of orders and said the website tracker wasn't keeping up with the real time orders in the store, which were getting up to a four to five hour wait. She said she's thankful for the customers who've been understanding and for the employees who were able to make it in. However, many jobs across town shut down for the snow, including on construction sites. “Safety is first and foremost with all of us in the construction business and so, we got to look after the safety of our people and the public as it relates to working and being around our job sites," said Don Sloan, estimator for Chris Woods Construction Company. Sloan said many employees earn hourly wages but will likely all be able to earn the hours back when the weather clears up. “We just try to work through it and get back on schedule," he said. We heard a similar mindset from others losing business right now, from hairdressers to servers, hoping the crowds will be back when the roads are safe.

    WREG / 56 min. ago more
  • Mid-South schools get creative for snow day announcementsMid-South schools get creative for snow day announcements

    Snow day fun is not just for students, school leaders are finding ways to get in on the fun.

    WMC Action News 5 / 1 h. 21 min. ago
  • Multiple armed robberies reported in Memphis during frigid temperaturesMultiple armed robberies reported in Memphis during frigid temperatures

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Many people in the Mid-South are enjoying these recent days off from work or school due to weather conditions, but criminals haven't been doing the same. There have been multiple reports recently of robberies. Juanita Myers Perkins said it's sad to think while some enjoyed a snow day, others were targeted by criminals on it. "It's ridiculous," she said. "It's harmful." Police said around 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, a man went into a Circle K on Winchester Road with a gun. He had a mask on and was dressed in a black hoodie, pink pajama pants, pink gloves and a tan purse. Officers said he pointed a gun at the clerk inside and got away with cash. "It's said and pitiful," said Perkins. "They wouldn't want their mother or sister to be robbed, so they need to think; That's the main thing. They need to think,." Thankfully, the employee wasn't hurt, but it's a business that now has to be on alert. Over the weekend, two Family Dollar stores were also robbed at gunpoint. Surveillance video shows one robbery that took place at a Family Dollar on Summer Avenue Sunday night where police said a man got away with cash. Police are also investigating an armed robbery at a Family Dollar on East Shelby Drive from Saturday night. Police said two people went in and got away with cash. One person has since been arrested. "People just need to take better care of themselves and make sure they're protected and don't get hurt," said Richard Wright, who works in Memphis. It's not just businesses that are getting robbed. Police said two people stole a car that was left running in Cooper-Young on Friday. "People are crazy. They'll rob you and jump in your car. You can't leave it running anywhere, people are crazy," said Wright. Police are still looking for suspects in all of these incidents. If you have any information that can help police, call Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH. We asked police if they see a trend in crimes going up or down during the cold weather but have not yet heard back.

    WREG / 1 h. 52 min. ago more
  • Students shred Mt. Trashmore during snow dayStudents shred Mt. Trashmore during snow day

    Tuesday's winter storm slowed down the Mid-South, but it didn't slow down Mid-South children.

    WMC Action News 5 / 2 h. 24 min. ago
  • Multi-vehicle crash blocks traffic on Highway 78Multi-vehicle crash blocks traffic on Highway 78

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Miss. — Icy road conditions in some parts of the Mid-South made driving treacherous Tuesday morning. The West bound traffic on a section of Highway 78 and Interstate 22 in Marshall County was blocked off for a few hours following a multi-vehicle crash. That accident near the Red Banks exit also involved some tractor trailers. It was one of two different accidents in the same area. Traffic was backed for nearly two miles as Holly Springs police diverted drivers, mainly 18-wheelers, from US 78 to 178. WREG watched as police tried to pull one semi-truck back on the interstate and prepared to tow away the cabin of another 18-wheeler and a pickup truck from the median. "I was just talking to the driver behind me. We were checking out the roads and heard something on cb. They said there was a cab up there with a frame," said a truck driver. Steve Rizza and Marty Alvis pulled their semi trucks to the side of US 78 around 10 p.m. Monday night when it started raining. Riza is driving some gas pipes from Birmingham, Alabama to a gas company in Wichita, Kansas. "I haven't found a load yet I picked up that is worth my life or somebody else's," Alvis said. Alvis who is driving some dry goods from Atlanta to Anderson, Missouri agrees. He says once the wreck was cleared, he planned to wait until he was sure US 78 was safe to travel. "I could have a nuclear bomb, and I wouldn't be moving right now," Anderson said. To give you an idea how dangerous the interstate was, as police were working the crash in the West bound lane there was a crash in the East bound lane involving two vehicles. A tractor trailer also fished tailed behind them. WREG's photographer was close by when that happened. The crashes were enough to shake up the experienced drivers a little bit. "You can't make money if you don't stay alive," Anderson said.

    WREG / 2 h. 29 min. ago more
  • Flyer Will Come Out on Thursday This WeekFlyer Will Come Out on Thursday This Week

    Due to weather-related issues with our delivery system and printer, this week's Memphis Flyer will not hit the streets until Thursday, January 18th. We apologize for any inconvenience. Here's what the cover will look like, if that's any consolation. 

    Memphis Flyer / 2 h. 45 min. ago
  • FULL LIST: Schools announce Wednesday closuresFULL LIST: Schools announce Wednesday closures

    The second winter storm of the season dropped up to six inches of snow on the Mid-South on Tuesday. 

    WMC Action News 5 / 2 h. 51 min. ago
  • Smaller warming centers popping up to help those in need during frigid temperaturesSmaller warming centers popping up to help those in need during frigid temperatures

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — As the temperatures drop, people in the Mid-South are rising to the occasion and helping those in need. WREG has told you about the city-run warming centers but there are others lending a hand in the frigid temps. 28-year-old Derrick Knox knows. He had a job at a factory, when he lost his form of transportation things changed. "I had now way back and forth, so they fired me. But I've been looking though," Knox said. He's now getting helping hand at Shepherd's Inn. The warming center started in the last few weeks, but has already helped more than 150 people. Shepherd's Inn, a division of Refuge Memphis, is letting people stay at a church off Austin Peay in Raleigh. "We open our doors at 4 p.m. We let them enjoy a warm meal, play some cards and video games. We have Christian movies they can watch and play basketball. The shelter is open to anybody that needs it," Randy Dickey with Shepherd's Inn said. They're not the only group stepping up. Across town in Orange Mound, Ashaki Williams is doing what she can. "I'm one slip up, one paycheck away from being homeless. I don't know their situation," Williams said. Williams owns Club Memphis. Normally an event center off Park Avenue, it's now transformed into a warming center. Those who stay there are also offered clothing, a meal, and toiletries. "I don't only want them to come and just get warm. What's going to happen once they leave here? You know what I'm saying? So I try to give them stuff they can use," Williams explained. Services from Club Memphis are helping Andre Pressley and his family. "A bad car wreck got in the way, but Club Memphis has been a help," Pressley said. It's not just immediate help these two shelters give, Knox sees himself getting back on his feet with their assistance. "I believe everybody and everybody believes me. So whatever they need to get done, I need to get done. I'm there. I do it for myself, and I do it for others too. I have a heart," Knox said with a smile. Williams hopes to provide some inspiration to those who can help others as well. "I said maybe they'll pickup what I'm doing and other neighborhoods will come along with me. Then it will make Memphis, not just Orange Mound, a better place to be," Williams said. Shepherd's Inn is located at 3683 Austin Peay Highway and Club Memphis is located at 2790 Park Avenue. Both are accepting and could always use donations. You can reach Dickey at 901-690-8193 for more information and Williams at 901-864-7317.

    WREG / 3 h. 3 min. ago more
  • Dorsey Hopson says he's willing to give charters control of schools, if they have a plan for improvement - The Commercial AppealDorsey Hopson says he's willing to give charters control of schools, if they have a plan for improvement - The Commercial Appeal

    The Commercial AppealDorsey Hopson says he's willing to give charters control of schools, if they have a plan for improvementThe Commercial AppealLuther Mercer, the Memphis advocacy director for the Tennessee Charter School Center, said he's had conversations with SCS leaders over the last few months about what it might look like for charter schools to take over existing SCS schools in need of a ...

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  • TVA urges consumers to conserve energy in frigid temperaturesTVA urges consumers to conserve energy in frigid temperatures

    All customers in the TVA service territory are asked to conserve their use of electric power as much as possible. 

    WMC Action News 5 / 3 h. 25 min. ago
  • Fred Smith floats idea of higher FedEx wages post-tax reformFred Smith floats idea of higher FedEx wages post-tax reform

    “I am sure we are going to be doing a lot of things as a result of this tax bill, because it was a very, very good policy.” That is what Fred Smith — founder, chairman and CEO of Memphis-based FedEx Corp. — told Stuart Varney, host of the Fox Business Network’s Varney & Co. during a Tuesday, Jan. 16, interview. What exactly those things might be Smith did not say, but he did say the company’s board would need to approve any items before announcements were made. When Varney asked…

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  • Documents reveal new details about Sam's Club closingsDocuments reveal new details about Sam's Club closings

    The Tennessee workers are not represented by a collective bargaining unit.

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  • U of M partners with SAS to boost regional tech talentU of M partners with SAS to boost regional tech talent

    A first-of-its-kind training partnership between a university and a business analytics software and services company — SAS Institute Inc. — is coming to the University of Memphis. Tuesday, the University of Memphis (U of M) and SAS jointly announced the analytics software company is establishing a training center at the FedEx Institute of Technology. The program is the first of its kind in that it is located on a university campus and will allow participants to apply their company’s tuition…

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  • Photos: Memphis International keeps runways ready for take offPhotos: Memphis International keeps runways ready for take off

    After the Memphis area received one to three inches of snow from Monday night to Tuesday morning, the Memphis airport revved up its snow plows. As of 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, the snow operations crews at Memphis International Airport were continuing to keep runways clear of ice and snow. Flights are continuing to arrive and depart regularly, said Glen Thomas, director of Strategic Marketing & Communications for the Memphis airport. No significant delays have been reported. "There have been five…

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  • Memphis named a 2018 'Best Place' for moviemakersMemphis named a 2018 'Best Place' for moviemakers

    Citing more than 100 projects and a reported 983 jobs in the Bluff City during 2017, MovieMaker magazine counts Memphis among its 2018 “Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker.” To rank each city, the publication looked at film activity during the past 12 months, film infrastructure and criteria such as population size, transportation, local and state tax credits, and architectural and geographic distinctiveness. MovieMaker also used research, surveys and interviews in its assessment. Memphis…

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  • Schools discuss makeup days following back-to-back snow stormsSchools discuss makeup days following back-to-back snow storms

    Back-to-back snow storms have given Mid-South students a long weekend of fun.

    WMC Action News 5 / 5 h. 38 min. ago
  • Minor earthquake recorded near DyersburgMinor earthquake recorded near Dyersburg

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A magnitude 3.6 earthquake was recorded in the Missouri bootheel near Dyersburg, Tennessee on Tuesday morning, the US Geological Survey reported. The small quake was recorded about 11 a.m. local time and was about 7 miles underground, the USGS said. A quake of that magnitude is classified as “minor.”  

    WREG / 5 h. 39 min. ago
  • Double dose of snow moves Memphis winter totals above averageDouble dose of snow moves Memphis winter totals above average

    It has been a winter wonderland as of late in the Mid-South, between the snow and ice we saw on Friday and the snow we have seen fall Monday into Tuesday, 2018 it has been a winter to remember here in Memphis.

    WMC Action News 5 / 6 h. 17 min. ago
  • Christ Community's Broad Ave. clinic getting million-dollar expansionChrist Community's Broad Ave. clinic getting million-dollar expansion

    "This is a tangible demonstration of our continuing commitment to the Binghampton community and the Summer/Jackson corridor."

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  • ‘Stranger Things’ star poses with teen for hilarious senior photos‘Stranger Things’ star poses with teen for hilarious senior photos

    NEWMAN, Calif – A California high school student is in the running for most epic senior photos of all time thanks to a star from the Netflix show "Stranger Things." Damaris Fregoso told KTXL it all began with a late night tweet she never thought would be answered. "I was about to hop in the shower and then I was like, 'Let me look through my phone,' and then I said, 'Let me tweet him,'" she said. That 1 a.m. tweet made a simple request to "Stranger Things" star David Harbour: "how many retweets for you take my senior photos with me." The response from Harbour, who plays Jim Hopper on the show, calling for 25,000 retweets, came quickly. 25k. And I get to wear the school sweatshirt and hold a trombone. https://t.co/xPNEE681J4 — David Harbour (@DavidKHarbour) October 29, 2017 "And then I realized it was my own tweet and once I saw that I started shaking really bad," Fregoso said. "I could not control my shaking. And I thought, 'Is this real? Like, what the heck?'" The goal was reached in less than a day, leading to Fregoso and Harbour meeting last week in Los Angeles. "It felt so unreal. I couldn’t believe that my favorite character was standing right in front of me," Fregoso said. "It was crazy. I like to say the word 'weird,' but it’s not weird because weird sounds not good, but it’s weird, but crazy, like a good weird." Or maybe "strange" would have been better? While she still can’t find the words, Fregoso now has the most talked about senior photographs of the year. In them, Harbour holds a trombone and reps an Orestimba High School sweatshirt, as promised, which he kept. senior photos '18 -bunny ears-trombone-pompoms and -smiles pic.twitter.com/8Nccv5adK1 — damaris ◟̽◞̽ (@postydamaris) January 13, 2018 Fregoso says the outpouring of support for her photographs online has been amazing, though she is still getting used to being in the limelight. "It just seems so unreal. I don't believe it," she said. "I'm still normal me, you know? And a whole bunch of people were talking about me and I was just like, 'Whoa.'" Fregoso hopes the photographs with Harbour can lead to more opportunities, but for now, the Orestimba High School basketball player is glad she sent that tweet. "Take your shot, you know, because you never know," the 17-year-old said. "It’s just crazy to think that if you catch somebody at the right moment, things change. Shoot your shot and hopefully you make the shot." Fregoso made it and has the photographs to prove it.

    WREG / 6 h. 58 min. ago more
  • 3.6 magnitude earthquake shakes West TN, MO Bootheel3.6 magnitude earthquake shakes West TN, MO Bootheel

    As if the snow storm wasn't enough, an earthquake shook part of the Mid-South on Tuesday.

    WMC Action News 5 / 6 h. 59 min. ago
  • Tigers bring hot play to frosty FedExForum as they host UConnTigers bring hot play to frosty FedExForum as they host UConn

    Fresh off of a thrilling overtime win over Temple, the Memphis Tigers (12-6, 3-2 AAC) are set to face the UConn Huskies (10-7, 3-2 AAC) on Tuesday night.

    WMC Action News 5 / 7 h. 1 min. ago
  • Man’s attempt to hold in sneeze leaves him with ruptured throatMan’s attempt to hold in sneeze leaves him with ruptured throat

    ENGLAND – If you are about to sneeze — even if you are in a quiet place — doctors would advise you to let it rip. A 34-year-old unnamed man in Britain learned that lesson the hard way and had to spend two weeks in the hospital due to his resulting injury. That’s according to a case report with the cringe-inducing title “Snap, crackle and pop: when sneezing leads to crackling in the neck.” The report was published Monday in the medical journal BMJ Case Reports. According to the report, this “previously fit” man pinched his nose and kept his mouth closed during a “forceful” sneeze. He later told doctors he immediately felt a popping sensation in his neck. He didn’t notice any problems right away, but a couple of hours later he felt pain in his throat and neck. When it became swollen and his voice changed, he took himself to the hospital. “This 34-year-old chap said he was always trying to hold his sneeze because he thinks it is very unhygienic to sneeze into the atmosphere or into someone’s face. That means he’s been holding his sneezes for the last 30 years or so, but this time it was different,” case report author Dr. Wanding Yang said. She works in the department of ear, nose and throat at at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. The man described a “popping sensation” after he pinched his nose and held his mouth closed during the sneeze. (BMJ Case Reports) Initially, doctors saw swelling in his neck and when they examined the soft tissue they heard popping and crackling. Yang said that meant there were air bubbles getting into the man’s muscles and deep into his tissue. Scans confirmed the problem. The tests showed actual streaks of air in the retropharyngeal region and extensive surgical emphysema in the neck anterior to the trachea. In other words, by trying to hold in his sneeze, he actually blew a small hole in his throat. “Luckily, it was a very small perforation,” Yang said. “He didn’t need any operation.” When you sneeze, it’s your body’s protective reflex to get rid of an irritant that has gotten into your nose. With a sneeze, a significant amount of air pressure builds up in the lungs and forces its way through the nasal cavity to get rid of that irritant. A sneeze can propel mucous droplets at a rate of 100 miles an hour. If you hold a sneeze back, that pressurized air will need to go somewhere. In this case, it injured the tissue in the man’s throat. In past cases, doctors have also seen a stifled sneeze cause sinus problems, middle and inner ear damage, ear infections and a ruptured ear drum. The patient was given antibiotics and had to be fed through a tube, which was removed after seven days. His symptoms got better while he rested and gradually he was able to eat soft food. This kind of sneezing injury is unusual, according to the report. Doctors have seen patients with similar injuries after coughing heavily or after vomiting forcefully. “It is a rare injury that we would more likely see with trauma, like if someone were to be in a car accident or was injured with a gunshot or knife, or if they swallowed something sharp,” said Dr. Adam M. Klein, who did not see the British patient and was not involved in the study. Klein is the director of the Emory Voice Center and chief of the division of laryngology in the department of otolaryngology. Klein said if you are worried about spreading germs with your sneezes, rather than hold it in, the best thing to do to avoid injury is to let it out. If you don’t have a tissue, sneezing into the crook of your elbow, rather than onto your hand, is “a good practice.” The good news for this patient is that there was no permanent damage. Doctors did advise the man not to pinch his nose closed for future sneezes and they advise others to heed the same advice. “Halting sneeze via blocking nostrils and mouth is a dangerous maneuver,” the report recommended. It “should be avoided, as it may lead to numerous complications.”

    WREG / 7 h. 11 min. ago more
  • 4 South Carolina officers shot after domestic violence call4 South Carolina officers shot after domestic violence call

    YORK COUNTY, N. Carolina —A man shot and injured four law enforcement officers — one of them critically — early Tuesday near a South Carolina home, a sheriff’s spokesman said, after deputies initially were called there for a complaint of domestic violence. The man suspected of firing the shots, Christian Thomas McCall, first struck one deputy near the home outside the city of York and then hit the others a couple hours later, York County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Trent Faris said. McCall, 47, was injured when officers returned fire during the second exchange, which ended a nearly six-hour ordeal in which officers were looking for him, Faris said. The wounded officers — three York County sheriff’s deputies and one York police officer — were taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds, including two by helicopter, Faris said. One of the injured officers was in critical condition, Faris said late Tuesday morning. One was recovering from surgery, and the others either were undergoing or awaiting surgery, he said. The officers’ names weren’t released. “We could really use your prayers and thoughts for those officers right now,” Faris said at an earlier news conference. McCall also was taken to a hospital and was in surgery late Tuesday morning, Faris said. Information on his condition was not released. Sheriff’s deputies initially went to the home outside York, a city of about 7,000 people roughly 12 miles south of the North Carolina state line, after 10 p.m. Monday, after someone called authorities to say a male was hitting a female there, Faris said. The suspect, McCall, left the home on foot before deputies arrived, Faris said, and police dogs were brought in to search for him. During the search, McCall fired a gun from somewhere near the home shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday, hitting a deputy who handles one of the dogs, Faris said. More officers arrived and searched near the home. Shortly after 3:30 a.m., McCall fired again, and officers returned fire, Faris said. McCall, as well as two deputies and the York officer, were injured in that shootout. Faris did not release any information about the female who allegedly had been hit.

    WREG / 7 h. 24 min. ago more
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  • FedEx realigning several subsidiaries under FTN and CEO Richard SmithFedEx realigning several subsidiaries under FTN and CEO Richard Smith

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They posted photos of themselves with their 13 children, smiling as they celebrated birthdays, renewed wedding vows and visited Disneyland together. In the photos, the couple’s children wore identical clothing based on gender and often had the same haircuts. “They all dressed alike when they went out,” Betty Turpin, David’s mother, told CNN. It was for “protective reasons,” their grandmother said. When they went out, the couple would line the children up according to age, and the parents took their positions at the front and back of the line, she told CNN. “It was easier to keep up with the kids” that way, she said. “They were very protective of the kids,” she added. The parents, David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, are accused of holding their children captive in their California home in filthy conditions, with some shackled to beds with chains and padlocks. David and Louise Turpin (CNN) They are charged with torture and child endangerment, and scheduled for a court hearing Thursday. Bail was set at $9 million for each. It was not immediately clear if the suspects had attorneys or whether they had entered a plea. On Sunday, a 17-year-old girl managed to escape from their home in Perris, California, and called 911 from a cell phone she found in the house, police said. She claimed her 12 brothers and sisters were being held captive inside the home by her parents, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said. Sheriff’s deputies went to the home and found 12 victims who “appeared malnourished and very dirty” with several shackled to their beds “in dark and foul-smelling surroundings,” the sheriff’s department said. All of them looked like children, police said, and officers were surprised to learn that seven of them were adults. The adults are being treated at Corona Regional Medical Center in Corona, and the six children are being treated at Riverside University Health System Medical Center in Moreno Valley. The 13 siblings ranged in age from 2 to 29. Couple renewed vows in front of children Neighbors said they knew a large family lived there, CNN affiliate KABC reported, but they never saw any of the younger children. They said the kids would emerge occasionally at the same time to work on the lawn and would head back in together. One neighbor said the kids appeared “very pale-skinned, almost like they’d never seen the sun.” Their grandmother, said the entire family would go on vacation together and had yearly passes to Disneyland. “This is a highly respectable family,” Betty Turpin said. The entire family took several recent trips, in 2011, 2013 and 2015, to renew their vows at the Elvis Chapel in Las Vegas. The couple’s children joined them for the 2013 and 2015 renewals. In one ceremony, the girls, wearing the same purple plaid dresses and white shoes, lead the processional, and the boys, wearing dark suits, stand with their father. An emotional David Turpin can be seen repeating his vows in the video. The children laugh along with the Elvis impersonator, and the couple kisses as their daughters clap. Bankruptcy didn’t seem to upset the couple The Turpins moved into the Perris home in 2010, public records show. The next year, they filed for bankruptcy in California, according to court records. Ivan Trahan, an attorney who represented the couple at their bankruptcy hearing, told CNN “there was nothing out of ordinary” about the couple when he worked with them in 2011. They couple “spoke lovingly of their children and even showed me their photos from Disneyland,” he said. David Turpin made about $140,000 per year working as an engineer at Northrup Grumman, according to the bankruptcy documents. His wife’s occupation was listed as “homemaker.” They listed about $150,000 in assets, including about $87,000 from 401k plans from Lockheed Martin and Northrup Grumman, according to court papers. The documents listed debts of about $240,000, which included mostly credit card debt and a foreclosed farm in Rio Vista, Texas, valued at $40,000. Trahan said neither of the Turpins seemed upset they were going through bankruptcy. “They came with a lot of debt. We just knew there was no way they could make their payments,” Trahan said. David Turpin is listed as the principal of the Sandcastle Day School, according to the California Department of Education website. It was operated out of his home, and opened in March 2011.

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    Some of Overton Park’s green space will be paved for the Memphis Zoo’s new parking lot, a city official said Wednesday, though some say the plan is “needlessly large,” and some are even calling for protests against it. Doug McGowen, the city’s chief operating officer, said the Memphis City Council’s resolution, which outlines and drives the parking lot redesign process, orders new, permanent paved parking in a now-green area southeast of the zoo’s current parking lot. Designs from Powers Hill show lots and drive lanes that come close to the park’s Formal Gardens and Veterans’ Plaza. “There are areas that aren’t currently paved that will be paved per the council’s resolution,” McGowen said. That's where the plan becomes a problem for some. A new petition at change.org calls the current plan “needlessly large,” saying it “consumes nearly three acres of park land.” The petition, posted last week by Louis Grazer, said the plan needs several “design changes to prevent unnecessary and undesired visual intrusion into the park.” His petition says the council-mandated 415 parking spots can be housed on the zoo’s current parking footprint. Alternate plans by independent Overton Park advocates have circulated on social media in recent weeks. Those plans include the 415 parking spaces mandated by the council’s resolution and fit them all on the zoo’s current lot. McGowen said, in a note from city hall issued Monday, that he was aware of the alternate plans. But they won’t work, he said, because housing the 415 new spaces on the existing lot “is not possible given the specifics of the resolution.” The change.org petition asks, among other things, for city leaders to eliminate a ring road around the parking lot (included to improve traffic flow in the new lot) because it “consumes a great deal of park land and places the sights, sounds, and smells of moving vehicles adjacent to Overton Park and its users.” “It intrudes on the sanctity of Veterans' Plaza,” reads Glazer’s petition. “The circulation flow should be within the parking lot, not around it.” As of Thursday morning, the petition had been signed by 2,041 people. A long thread started Wednesday on the Stop Hurting Overton Park Facebook page had some urging patience with the process now in place, one that is set to end parking on the park’s Greensward. Others said it was time to renew protests around Overton Park. “Friends of Overton Park, it appears that our attempt to play by the city's game book is meeting a dead end with a projected bad outcome for the Greensward,” wrote Michael Graber. “Is anyone ready to reactivate protests? Perhaps this time we can protest the zoo itself and set up posts on North Parkway and McLean and Poplar for more visibility?” Many on the thread were confused by McGowen’s missive from Monday, calling it “vague” and that it “doesn’t really tell you anything.” McGowen said the intent of the note was “to ensure people knew that we were still moving through the process and we have not stopped.” In the note, McGowen said that, following a review of the latest version of the plan by designers Powers Hill, an independent advisory team, and the public, “several design changes were mandated by the adminstration.” Though, no specifics of the changes were given, nor were the reasons for them to be mandated by Mayor Jim Strickland’s office. McGowen explained Wednesday that those changes were simply decisions made from a menu of options that came from all the input (inducing the public’s) that is guiding the planning process. Some of the changes included the location of some drive lanes, the ability to pay for parking on a mobile app, installing pay parking kiosks along Prentiss Place, and whether certain trees were to stay or go. All of the changes will be reviewed by the designers, and the advisory team, which is set to have another meeting within a month. The public can then weigh in on the decisions and the plan overall in a public meeting.

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  • Frayser Dump Dropped By City CouncilFrayser Dump Dropped By City Council

    Memphis City Council members not only unanimously voted down an expansion of Memphis Wrecking Co .' s construction landfill in Frayser Tuesday, Jan. 9. They followed the vote on the proposal with approval of a six-month moratorium on permits and certificates for any new construction landfills in Memphis.

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  • Predatory PracticesPredatory Practices

    New ideas emerge for cities to manage payday lenders. Imagine a business that came with a warning, just like a pack of cigarettes. That's one new way cities can deal with payday lenders, according to a new report from an urban policy think tank. Tennessee cities need new methods to deal with payday lenders, the report says, because state lawmakers have "failed to act." Payday lenders offer up easy-to-get, short-term loans often made with no credit check and often with high annual percentage rates (APR) that can create a mountain of debt for lendees. The report, "Fighting Predatory Lending in Tennessee," was issued last week from Chattanooga's Metro Ideas Project. It calls these organizations "predatory lenders" and says they are most widely used by home renters, African Americans, those without a four-year college degree, and those earning less than $40,000 a year. Shelby County has more payday lenders than any other county in Tennessee, according to the report. Shelby has 232 payday lending locations, more than double of second-ranked Davidson County (Nashville), which has 109. Shelby ranks second of all Tennessee counties for the number of such lenders per capita. For every 100,000 Shelby County residents, there are nearly 25 payday lenders. Only Madison County (Jackson) beats Shelby, with nearly 30 payday lenders per capita. In total, there are more than 1,233 payday lending locations, in 89 of the state's 95 counties. This gives Tennessee more "payday lending locations than any other state." This is thanks, according to the Metro Ideas Project, to a "loose regulatory environment" in the state. State law pre-empts local authority on the terms of the payday loans. Lenders here can charge up to 459 percent APR on loans, for example, and city leaders cannot change that. But local governments can force payday lenders to give space on all outdoor signage that reads "warning: predatory lender," much like the Surgeon General's label on cigarettes, alcohol, and more. Cities can also require such lenders to get a local permit, preventing the creation of clusters of lenders. The Memphis City Council and Shelby County Commission passed a joint ordinance in 2009 that would not allow payday lenders within 1,000 feet of homes. The report also favors establishing a nonprofit, "non-predatory" lender "for residents with poor or nonexistent credit histories." Changing state law on payday lenders would be the easiest route, the report said, but that isn't likely in Tennessee. "The Tennessee General Assembly, however, has failed to act and instead has chosen to give away the store to the payday industry," the report says. "To date, it seems that statewide reform of APRs, fees, or enforcement of aggregate loan limits is off the table until state legislators are willing to act. "In lieu of state action, cities must take the issue into their own hands." In Washington, Congressman Steve Cohen and others recently introduced a bill that would cap APRs at 36 percent, much less than the 459 percent they can currently charge in Tennessee. "Throughout my career, I have always worked to shield people from those who would take advantage of them through predatory lending practices that can wreak havoc on people's lives and perpetuate a cycle of indebtedness," Cohen said in a statement.

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  • Memphis 3.0: The City Makes Plans for Its Third CenturyMemphis 3.0: The City Makes Plans for Its Third Century

    "Is this just another study?!" The question brought a hush to the proceedings. Everyone realized that the woman asking it had cut to the quick of the matter. I was attending one of the public outreach sessions sponsored by Memphis 3.0, a new initiative to develop a comprehensive plan for the city's third century, which begins in 2019. Such public meetings tend to attract the same few citizens who have the mindset and the time to get involved, and this woman was clearly a veteran of many such gatherings. Her question immediately conjured up the ghosts of past bureaucrats and academics, however well intentioned, that raised hopes for change, only to offer more business as usual after the data was collected. But Ashley Cash, a veteran of neighborhood planning herself, and head administrator at the city's Office of Comprehensive Planning (OCP), was confident and quick with her response: "Whatever is written in this plan gets transferred to the policy and code of the city." This was, she insisted, going to be a plan with follow-through. And it was perhaps the first time that one could honestly say this about such a document. While municipal planning is nothing new, it has only evolved in fits and starts in Memphis. A comprehensive plan like Memphis 3.0 aims to coordinate various project-specific plans with a holistic vision of how to best grow the entire city. If our growth and wealth tend to concentrate around a "cone" expanding from downtown to the east along Poplar, how do we spread it out? How do we encourage businesses in underdeveloped neighborhoods. How do we improve transit to serve them better? How can we make all neighborhoods more livable and more sustainable? John Paul Shaffer, executive director of BLDG Memphis (a nonprofit that facilitates community development corporations and projects), says, "You can look at our peer cities and model cities, and there's not a single one of them that doesn't have some sort of guiding document for how they're doing business. And how they're making development decisions." The only such plan Memphis has is nearly 40 years old. Community input has become de rigueur for such plans. "Of course, public meetings are the tried and true method to reach people," says Cash. "But we've also tried to partner with a lot of agencies who have existing networks." That includes the two chief nonprofit partners in the Memphis 3.0 initiative: BLDG Memphis and the UrbanArt Commission. If that third partner strikes you as unconventional, you're correct. Only a few cities have pioneered the tactic of having planners work with artists. (In fact — full disclosure — that's how I came to be involved with Memphis 3.0, as a consulting musician.) But that's not all that's innovative about the project. The biggest leap forward has been to simply take the idea of a comprehensive plan seriously, initiating community involvement across the vast area that Memphis has become, from Presidents Island to Cordova. Shaffer sums up the city's history this way: "The city has grown by this cycle of flight and annexation. And that goes all the way back to people getting out of downtown to the streetcar suburbs, and then it continued through the civil rights era, through white flight, and bussing and all these kinds of things that played into it. And it's all been facilitated by government policy — how government spent money on programs that were accessible mainly to middle-class white families. Then they built highways and all these things that spurred this development and encouraged it. Memphis ate it up to some extent, and that's how we grew in the entire 20th century." Coping with the sheer sprawl of Memphis is the key challenge to planners. City limits that encompassed only 51 square miles in 1945 have grown more than six-fold today. In the 1960s, plenty of federal money was available to subsidize municipal planning departments, but soon after they had to function independently, at the mercy of the economy. This wasn't always a bad thing, given that one of the major planning goals of the 1970s was to demolish Beale Street. That initiative foundered, but by the late 1970s, there were still enough resources to begin work on the city's most recent comprehensive plan — completed in 1981 and updated the year after. The city's commitment to this plan was rarely resolute, possibly because widespread public input was not a priority. And without citizen involvement, there was no accountability. "If you look at our last comprehensive plan," says Cash, "there really wasn't a lot of community engagement in that. That's just the way the profession was at the time." As Shaffer sees it, "It's not like community engagement didn't exist back then. I just don't know that locally it was highly valued the way this project values it. I'm sure there were probably constituent groups that were at the table, and maybe that's because they'd always been at the table." What makes Memphis 3.0 different, he says, is "thinking about new approaches and bringing artists into the equation and doing pop-up meetings and bus tours. Even serving meals at community meetings is new. Some of these new approaches are exciting to see at the local level. These approaches have been around for a while; it's just nice to see them come home." "Bringing artists into the equation" is the ideal way to express the process by which aesthetics are brought to bear on a discipline that has traditionally been the realm of number-crunchers. And it brings us to the third primary player in Memphis 3.0, the UrbanArt Commission (UAC). Executive director Lauren Kennedy recalls the evolution of her thinking: "Several years ago, the UAC budgeted for a public art master plan. When I came on board, I didn't know exactly what to do with that money, because at that point — this was 2015 — there wasn't really a planning department. There wasn't some comprehensive city plan to tie it to, and I didn't want to produce a public art master plan that just lived in a vacuum. So I didn't move on it that year. Then we got a new mayor, a new administration. Jim Strickland came in and basically rebuilt the Planning Department and the Office of Comprehensive Planning. Also, when I was thinking about how to use that funding, I was starting to follow work in Calgary and Minneapolis, where artists and designers had been plugged into city departments to think about things differently, to come at things from a different approach and perspective, and to consider some of the aesthetics of the way the cities were operating." The work in Minneapolis' Creative CityMaking program that inspired Kennedy ranged from street theater to a "rolling foot cam" video project that recorded pavement-level images. The public interest in such projects was so impressive that Kennedy and John Zeanah (who had recently helmed the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan) made a trip to Minneapolis to see it firsthand. What they saw was enough to convince them that artists could take public engagement to a new level. At the same time, Zeanah's Greenprint project was making a new comprehensive plan for the city seem doable. "I feel like that was kind of a turning point," says Shaffer. While his BLDG Memphis had been calling for a comprehensive plan for years, "the Greenprint showed a lot of people who had never seen that comprehensive approach or hadn't seen it in three decades, and kinda put that back on the table for folks. Where we're looking at this through the lens of green spaces, but we're looking at housing, transportation, and workforce and education and health and equity and these kinds of things that make a comprehensive view." Thus, with some additional encouragement from Paul Young, director of the city's Division of Housing and Community Development, a perfect storm of influences led to the founding of Memphis 3.0. And in an innovative move, the UAC was at the heart of the operation. "I'm grateful to the city for being open to this experience and the journey with us," Kennedy says. She wasted no time in putting out a call for artists. Out of more than 50 applicants in March of last year, three were selected, and bless my soul if I wasn't one of them. And while we artists are just beginning our engagement events, we've worked out some interesting ways to re-imagine our city in creative ways. I am in very good company. Yancy Villa-Calvo, a native of Mexico City, has done public art installations for some time, the most recent being her "Barrier Free" project, which used a movable wall and mirrored silhouettes of families to urge participants to empathize with the immigrant experience. For Memphis 3.0, she has devised an installation called GEMS (Go Explore Memphis Soul). She'll be visiting neighborhoods with the GEMS mobile, a crystalline-like art piece superimposed on a map of the city, using eye-catching images that encourage people to draw or write what they love, dislike, and hope for in their neighborhood. Neili Jones, a Raleigh/Frayser native, has studied design, fashion, and brand management, but her real interest is stories. "My goal is to ensure that as many voices get involved as possible," says Jones. "I meet the people where they are — community meetings, rallies, groceries stores, or at bus stops. My art is about utilizing space and collecting the visual story." Having most recently done activist art in Atlanta, her work for Memphis 3.0 uses creative set pieces to elicit narratives from residents concerning the history and development (or lack thereof) of their neighborhoods. As for me, a native of Memphis, Nebraska, my public art (aside from performing in rock or jazz bands) has always centered on sound design for independent movies, modern dance pieces, or gallery installations. My engagement project for Memphis 3.0 focuses on the environmental sounds that surround us. "ReMix Memphis" is a traveling audio experience, using field recordings of Memphis in a user-friendly app that allows participants to mix together the sounds they'd like to hear (or not hear) around them. A way of thinking aurally, not visually, it encourages people to re-imagine the livability of their community. The best part? I'm crowd-sourcing my field recordings. Use your phone to record things like trains, planes, automobiles, playgrounds, or what have you, then email them to remix.memphis@gmail.com. As one of the artists for Memphis 3.0, I've had a front row seat to its implementation. A particularly inspiring moment came during a retreat by the entire team of Memphis planners and artists in St. Louis. One community organizer there, based in Chuck Berry's old neighborhood, told us: "Every community has a heartbeat. Find it!" And we have followed that counsel. Divvying up the city into 14 districts, three planning teams, each one armed with an artist, are setting up local headquarters as the year unfolds. The teams also benefit from a small army of expert planners, aside from the professionals already working for the OCP, including local design firms brg3s, Ray Brown, and Self+Tucker, the University of Memphis School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, and the Berkeley, California-based firm Opticos. The latter have consulted with many cities, based on the key insight that "walkable places are critical for healthy, resilient, and equitable communities." And, in a departure from old-school urban planning that would have sacrificed whole neighborhoods at the altar of progress, Opticos operates with a "focus on social, environmental, and economic responsibility — a triple bottom line." Noble goals indeed, but as I joined the first tour of neighborhoods in the North District (a sprawling administrative fiction stretching from Harbor Town to Hyde Park and Douglass), I wondered how we could bring such values to bear on what we saw. Ray Brown and local residents spoke about significant places on our route (and I spoke about significant musical sites, such as Manassas High School, what was once Johnny Curry's Club, and the former American Sound Studios, now a Family Dollar). What struck me most was the tragedy of what North Memphis has endured at the hands of collapsed or departed industries. All that's left of Firestone, one-time employer of thousands, are the ruins of a factory and the brownfields around it, too polluted for cost-effective remediation. Its looming smokestack made me wonder: Could any amount of planning remedy this history? And yet the mood was upbeat as we tooled up and down Chelsea. When I spoke to community members who attended, they felt their concerns were falling on sympathetic ears, by and large. Quincey Morris, of the Klondike-Smokey City Community Development Corporation  felt that the Memphis 3.0 workshops could have been scheduled better, so as to include seniors who don't go out in the evenings, or single parents. "Other than that," she said, "I think that they did listen, especially in my one-on-one interview with [OCP planner] Trey Wilburn. And as 3.0 moves forward, we do intend to stay involved and participate. We have an opportunity to have input and hold people accountable. And I think that's the only way that you can do it." Indeed, as Cash notes, accountability is key: "We can continue the conversation. The process ends in 2019, on the tail end of 2018, but, really, what we wanna be able to say is, 'Okay, it's 2020, and we're still engaged in the community.'" Shaffer adds, "If we adopt a plan that citizens and communities don't feel like they have any ownership in, it's not something that's easily implementable. It's an uphill battle. Bringing people in for the whole process and the whole ride, it helps get it adopted and makes sure that decision makers are following this guiding document, because it's something the entire community has come together and said: 'This is our vision for our city and for our neighborhoods.'" Visit www.memphis3point0.com to learn more and see when workshops and artists' events are scheduled near you.

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  • Fly on the Wall 1507Fly on the Wall 1507

    WTF-TV Fly on the Wall wants to start 2018 with a long slow clap for the WMC-5 team who have finally perfected the TV news formula. In one innovative Tweet about freezing temperatures, these folks figured out how to make the weather report a crime story — and for kids! Tennessee GOP Scott Desjarlais, of Tennessee's House of Representatives, has spent the last week being mocked online following claims that God has forgiven the Christian, pro-life conservative for having extramarital sex with his patients and pressuring women in his life to have abortions. @TheTweetOfGod responded to Desjarlis' claim saying, "I most certainly did not, fat Vin Diesel." Dammit, Gannett! "The cat came back. But it wasn't the next day. It was two years later." — from "Cat Back With Joyful Owners After Two Years," the story of a Clarksville family that lost their cat then got it back, printed in The Commercial Appeal.

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  • Last Word: Mural Madness, Madison Plans and New JudgesLast Word: Mural Madness, Madison Plans and New Judges

    Maybe this discussion was bound to happen in a city where murals have been going up at a pretty good clip for several years now. At first, it was a rather startling form of civic witness in a new kind of Memphis boosterism that was a reaction to years of downing Memphis as the dominant civic monologue.

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  • Orion, LEO Buy Slice of Wonder BreadOrion, LEO Buy Slice of Wonder Bread

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  • Lamar Avenue Mural Draws Council ContemptLamar Avenue Mural Draws Council Contempt

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    The bike-share system coming to Memphis this spring announced Wednesday that Sara Studdard will serve as the nonprofit’s first community engagement and marketing director. Studdard previously worked as the Explore Bike Share project manager within DCA, a communications consulting firm, driving the bike share effort in Memphis. Now, her main role with the nonprofit will be to support its executive director with program development, community outreach, marketing, sponsorship, and workplace culture. “Every day, multiple times a day, I am struck by how powerful bike share will be for the city of Memphis and our residents,” said Studdard. “My participation over the years with Explore Bike Share has been a personal and professional privilege, and I couldn’t be more grateful to continue representing this transformational asset for every Memphian.” Before serving as Explore Bike Share’s on-the-ground representative at DCA for three years, Studdard did marketing and community engagement work for projects like the Broad Avenue Arts District redevelopment. She’s also spoken at conferences about transportation equity and authentic community engagement models. Some of her work has been highlighted in national publications such as Better Bike Share Partnership and Bike Fixation. Trey Moore, the nonprofit’s inaugural executive director said Studdard’s experience and expertise are why Explore Bike Share’s strategy “stands as the model” for other bike-share systems nationwide. “She holds knowledge from daily operations to the international transit landscape, and her extensive partner and programming development is second-to-none for our mission and momentum,” he said. Studdard is looking to hire a team, beginning with a community engagement manager. The application for the position will be open beginning Tuesday, Jan. 16 until the end of the month. Explore Bike Share is slated to bring 600 bikes to the city this spring and another 300 next year.

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  • Memphis Pets of the Week (Jan. 11-17)Memphis Pets of the Week (Jan. 11-17)

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  • Mavis Staples, Taj Mahal among Blues Music Awards nomineesMavis Staples, Taj Mahal among Blues Music Awards nominees

    Mavis Staples, Taj Mahal and the North Mississippi All-Stars are among the nominees for this year's Blues Music Awards in Memphis, Tennessee. The Blues Foundation will present the awards May 10 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

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  • Electric, Gas Rates Won't Increase, Water Rates WillElectric, Gas Rates Won't Increase, Water Rates Will

    Water rates will increase by 1 percent for Memphis Light, Gas, and Water (MLGW) customers beginning next month, as the Memphis City Council voted in favor of the hike Tuesday. Originally voting the increase down in December, the council has now approved a one-time increase in water rates. The additional $1 million in revenue will be allocated solely for research on the Memphis Sands Aquifer. However, gas rates will not rise, as the council voted that increase down. This comes despite a Tuesday-morning conversation, in which the utility’s president Jerry Collins warned the MLGW council committee of the possible consequences of avoiding an increase. Collins said not increasing gas rates could lead to layoffs within the utility, as well as less cash for infrastructure and capital improvements. Moving into the vote on electric rate increases, council member Patrice Robinson told her colleagues they should be careful about how they decide and consider how not increasing the rate will negatively impact the community. “Approving any increase is not a politically popular thing to do,” she said. “...but it’s incumbent upon everyone to manage this asset in a responsible way. We need to come to an agreement on a modest rate increase.” Council member Bill Morrison agreed, imploring other council members to realize how their vote will affect residents, especially during events like storms. With this, a standing ovation rippled through the  crowd. Still, the council voted this increase down. But, Collins said he always has a “plan B in his hip pocket,” which he said will largely involve the utility having to borrow money for capital improvement projects or delaying projects all together.

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  • City Council Revisits Discussion on Gas, Electric Rate IncreasesCity Council Revisits Discussion on Gas, Electric Rate Increases

    A Memphis City Council committee reopened a discussion Tuesday on hiking up utility rates for Memphis, Light, Gas, and Water (MLGW) customers. In December, after the full council voted down a resolution to increase water rates, the body sent the resolutions for both gas and electric rate increases back to the committee for further discussion. MLGW CEO Jerry Collins presented two new options Tuesday for electric and gas rate hikes. The first would delay the initial increases until September 2018. At that time, gas rates would rise by 3 percent and electric rates by 2.3. Then, in January 2019 and 2020, gas would increase again by 3.8, while electric rates would go up by 2.8 percent. Similar to the first, the second option would postpone the increases to July of this year. Electric rates would increase by 2.3 percent in July and again in January for the next two years, and gas rates would increase initially by 3 percent and then by 3.7 percent in January of 2019 and 2020. For gas, councilman Worth Morgan motioned for the first option, saying that it would give people living on fixed-incomes more time to budget and prepare for the change. However, the committee voted to return to the full council recommending option A, one that the group had previously agreed upon. Under this option, gas rates would increase by 4.5 percent beginning next month and then again in January 2019. For electric, the committee voted to go with the second option above, which implements a 3 percent increase in July and a 3.7 percent increase over the next two years in January. This option, Collins said, would cause the utility to lose $13 million in revenue over the three year period, but to the benefit of the customers. Additional revenue collected from the electric rate increases is slated to fund some of the utility’s operations and infrastructure improvements, Collins said. Council member Martavius Jones said if a portion of the revenue is going to go toward improving infrastructure, then approving the increase is a “no-brainer.” “Rate increases for me translate to infrastructure improvements,” he said.

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  • Memphis Zoo Sued For Alleged Gender DiscriminationMemphis Zoo Sued For Alleged Gender Discrimination

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