Archives for October 2019

Teenager Arrested After Dogs Found Dead; Malnourished At South Memphis Property

Memphis Police have arrested a 19 year-old man after two dogs were discovered dead on his property. Five more dogs were said to be “extremely malnourished.” Poclie were following up on tips regarding a property in the 2200 block of Zanone Avenue in South Memphis Tuesday.

Abusive Pastor Launching New Church

The victim of a sexual assault by a Memphis pastor over 20 years ago is upset after finding out the former Highpoint Church teaching pastor is starting a new church. Andy Savage resigned his position at the Memphis-area church after the assault came to light last year. Jules Woodson said she was devastated to learn her “abuser” would be back at the pulpit in a tweet over the weekend. Savage is launching Grace Valley Church in Memphis.

Dogwood Planted in Honor of Debra Johnson

The Tennessee Department of Corrections administrator allegedly killed by a West Tennessee State Penitentiary inmate is being honored. A dogwood tree was planted outside of the Tennessee Prison for Women in Nashville yesterday in honor of Debra Johnson. Johnson spent 38 years with the TDOC before she was murdered in West Tennessee in August. Curtis Ray Watson is accused of sexually assaulting and killing Johnson while escaping from the West Tennessee State Penitentiary.

TennCare Medicaid Transfering to Fed Block Grant

Governor Bill Lee is defending his idea to transfer TennCare Medicaid coverage to a federal block grant. Speaking after the American Conservative Union CPAC in Memphis yesterday, Governor Lee said the move would give the state more flexibility on how to spend eight-billion dollars. Lee said communities with a large percentage of TennCare recipients would see the biggest benefit of the block grant proposal. Over one-in-five of all those receiving TennCare in the state live in Shelby County.

City Raising Awareness of Domestic Violance

Memphis is raising awareness of domestic violence. Both the I-40 and I-55 bridges were lit up in purple last evening. It was part of an event at Beale Street Landing hosted by the Family Safety Center to call attention to domestic violence. Memphis police call domestic violence widespread, accounting for nearly 18-thousand of the crimes MPD investigates annually.

Tornado Still Affecting Local Residents

Another 350 people living in an apartment complex in Parkway Village are being asked to relocate. Hundreds of people living in the Cottonwood Apartments were already forced to relocate following a tornado that tore through parts of Shelby County last week. Memphis officials say damage to the apartment complex is greater than first thought. The city is working to find housing arrangements for those being displaced.

Grocries Are Paying Off For the Zoo

The Memphis Zoo’s partnership with Kroger is paying off. The zoo and Kroger partnered to reduce the use of plastic bags. Kroger presented zoo officials with an eight-thousand-dollar check yesterday. The money was raised through the sale of reusable bags that included images of some of the zoo’s animals.

Trump and Pence Campaiging for Tate

Vice President Mike Pence will campaign in Mississippi at rally for Tate Reeves… on the Mississippi Gulf Coast on Nov. 4…President Donald Trump is holding a rally Nov. 1 in Tupelo..Reeves is the second-term lieutenant governor. He faces Democrat Jim Hood, who is the fourth-term attorney general. The winner will succeed Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who is limited to two terms. …

Officer Upgraded to Non Critical Condition

Memphis police say an officer who was hit by a vehicle should recover. The officer was investigating a crash on I-40 Saturday night when he was hit. It happened at Eastbound I-40 West of Sycamore View. The officer was taken to Regional One in critical condition but has since been upgraded to non-critical condition.

Resource Center Remains Open

The Multi-Agency Resource Center that opened following last week’s storms remains open. Emergency management officials say the resource center will stay open through tomorrow to help victims. The center is open from 10 o’clock in the morning until six in the evening at Olivet Fellowship Baptist Church. There are several agencies including the Red Cross with people on hand to answer questions and look at possible solutions.