Archives for March 2019

Olympic Champion Inspires Women During Speech On UofM Campus

omen in Memphis are being inspired by an Olympic gold medalist. Three time U.S. Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes spoke to hundreds of women at the University Center on the UofM campus yesterday. The Junior League’s fourth annual Women’s Summit is meant to encourage, inspire and empower women. Dawes said women often experience a feeling of failure when they compare themselves to others.

Neigbors Meet

Graceland officials are meeting with their neighbors. Members of the Bluebird Neighborhood Association in Whitehaven met with Elvis Presley Enterprises at an East Memphis law office yesterday. Neighbors say they’ve been negatively impacted by some of the major re-developments Graceland has undergone since 2016. They say they don’t want to stand in the way of Graceland’s plans to expand, but they don’t want their property values put in jeopardy.

Tennessee Education Commissioner Visits Memphis

Tennessee’s new education commissioner says she’ll enact any education laws passed by the state’s elected officials. Penny Schwinn made the comment yesterday while in Memphis to tour the state run Achievement School District. Her comment came a day after the Shelby County Schools board voted unanimously on a resolution to oppose Governor Bill Lee’s school voucher plan. Schwinn also said the state is ready to go forward with TN-Ready testing next month.

Tennessee Lawmaker Introduces Cell Phone Jamming Reform Bill

A congressman from West Tennessee wants to change federal law to allow prisons to jam cell phones. David Kustoff and Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas introduced a pair of bills yesterday to make it legal to jam calls from cell phones smuggled into prisons. The Cell Phone Jamming Reform Act would allow state and federal prisons to set up jamming systems. Prison officials say cell phones can be used by inmates to direct criminal activity, including intimidating witnesses and corrections workers.

Body Found In Loosahatchie River ID’d

Authorities have now identified a body that was found in the Loosahatchie River earlier this week. Shelby County Coroner says Gregory Westbrook was 56 years old. No cause of death is available yet, but foul play is not suspected.

Another Suspect Arrested In CBU Shooting

Another suspect is under arrest in connection to a shooting at Christian Brothers University. Tyrone Williams was picked up yesterday on an unrelated charge and allegedly admitted to being involved in the incident earlier this month. Williams is charged with aggravated robbery following an exchange of gunfire on the CBU campus between people in the car he was driving and another vehicle.

Missing Alzheimer Man Found Safe

A missing man with Alzheimer’s is okay. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office says 58-year-old Michael Hurt has been found safe. Authorities had been looking for Hurt after he disappeared yesterday morning. There’s no word on where Hurt was while he was missing.

The Community Remembers Ra’Kayal Blount

An eleven-year-old girl hit and killed by a car in Whitehaven is being remembered. A vigil was held last evening for Ra’Kayla Blount. She was hit by a car while crossing Millbranch Road, near Winfield Road on Tuesday afternoon. Ra’Kayla was a student at Havenview Middle School. The driver who hit her stayed at the scene of the accident and called police.

Powerball Jackpot Claimed In Wisconsin

And you likely didn’t win the big Powerball jackpot last night, as only one ticket in the entire country matched all of the numbers, and that ticket was sold in Wisconsin. However, the winning numbers were 16-20-37-44-61, Powerball 12.

Olive Branch Man Arrested For Friday Night Shooting

Polcie in Olive Branch have arrested 21 year-old Tyrease Lofton, of Southaven, as a result of a shooting Friday night. Bryan Harris, of Horn Lake, was shot and killed in a parking lot on Goodman Road.