Archives for October 2019

Memphis City Council Could Lift Police & Fire Residency Requirement

The Memphis City Council is said to be discussing the possibility of loosening its residency requirement for police officers and firefighters. Right now, city officers and firefighters must live within the city limits in order to work for the city. Two council members, though, want to expand the residency requirement to anywhere within two hours drive of the city.

Daughter Seeks to Exonerate Her Father From the Grave

The daughter of a man executed for murder is asking that DNA testing be conducted on previously untested evidence. April Alley is the daughter of Sedley Alley who was put to death in 2006 for the 1986 rape and murder in Millington of Lance Corporal Susan Collins. Lawyers for Alley appealed to a Shelby County judge today for that testing and Alley tells WMC-TV that testing make come too late for her father, but it’s never too late for the truth.

Timberlake Donating to Local School

Memphis native Justin Timberlake is teaming up with Levi’s to donate a state-of-the-art songwriting lab to the Stax Music Acadamy. Entertainment Tonight made the announcement yesterday with a formal announcement expected today. The donation to the South Memphis school is estimated to be worth over 200-thousand dollars.

Expect Power Outages Next Several Weekends

The Tennessee Valley Authority is issuing a warning about power outages in Fayette County. The TVA will be doing maintenance and upgrades over the next couple of weekends. The work will require outages that could last up to six hours. The outages are expected to start around 10 o’clock at night with power being restored by six o’clock Sunday morning.

Executed Man’s Daughter Demands DNA Evidence Testing

A Memphis woman whose father was executed for murder 13 years ago is asking a judge to order the testing of DNA evidence in the case. The hearing in Memphis focused Monday largely on whetherr April Alley can legally bring a petition for DNA testing on behalf of her father’s estate. Sedley Alley was convicted for the 1958 killing of 19 year-old jogger and Marine Lance COrporal Suzanne Collins.

MS Burn Ban Lifted Statewide

The statewide burn ban in Mississippi has now been lifted. Governor Phil Bryant said Monday that the recent rainfall has been beneficial and the state forestry office has seen decrease wildfire activity. DeSoto County is now issuing burn permits. ANyone wishing to burn should call 662-469-8080.

5 Memphis Schools Underperforming

Five Memphis-area schools have been put on-notice for “underperforming.” Fairley High School, Geeter K-8 School, Martin Luther King Prep, Trezevant High and Power Center Academy. Memphis Lift is calling them out “for underserving children.” Content Continues Below
The watch list is comprised of five schools they believe should be targeted for intervention or closure based off TVAAS scores and parent feedback.

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Schools on Watch List

Five Memphis-area schools have been put on-notice for “underperforming.” Memphis Lift is calling them out “for underserving children” the watch suggest the schools should be targeted for intervention or closure based off school scores and parent feedback.

Women and Three Children Die in Sunday Morning Crash

A woman and three children were killed when their vehicle collided head-on with a tractor-trailer early Sunday morning on I269 near Near the Shelby Faytte county line. The crash killed 34 year old Latricia Taylor, along with a 9-year-old son, her 7-year-old nephew and 3-year-old neice. Taylor, was driving the wrong direction on the interstate when her car collided with the tractor-trailer.

New Concourse Coming to MIA

Construction is beginning on a new concourse for the Memphis International Airport. The new space will offer natural light, higher ceilings, and more gate space. All airlines and concessions will now be consolidated to the new concourse. The new section is set to open in 2021.