Archives for April 2019

Beale Street Music Festival Road Closures Getting Underway

(Memphis, TN) — Beale Street Music Festival road closures are underway. Closures on Riverside Drive started yesterday. Full closures will go into effect tomorrow. Complete closure of Riverside Drive for Beale Street Music Festival will run through Monday. It will shut down for other Memphis in May events later this month.

State’s Two Largest School Districts Say They’ll Fight School Voucher Bill

(Nashville, TN) — The state’s two largest school districts are threatening to fight the School Voucher Bill in court. There are two versions of the bill, but both would impact Memphis and Nashville, giving some students public school funds to attend the schools of their choice. Yesterday, Shelby County Schools and Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools released a joint statement saying lawmakers can’t arbitrarily limit legislative action to a portion of the state. The two districts are promising to fight the House or Senate versions if either should pass.

Shelby Co. Mayor Presents Budget

(Shelby Co., TN) — Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris says it’s a tight-budget year. That’s what he told commissioners yesterday afternoon while presenting his nearly one-and-a-half-billion-dollar budget. The budget includes a six-million-dollar investment in early childhood education. It also includes modest pay raises for county employees.

Preparations Being Made For Beale Street Music Festival

Preparations are underway for the Beale Street Music Festival. Workers are preparing Tom Lee Park for simultaneous concerts this coming weekend. More than 30-thousand people are expected to pack the park. People from all 50 states and 25 countries are expected to attend the festival.

Rep. Cohen Reacts To Southern California Synagogue Attack

Memphis Congressman Steve Cohen is reacting to a deadly attack on a Southern California synagogue. Rep. Cohen called Saturday’s attack on the last day of Passover sick and noted it happened on the sixth-month anniversary of a deadly attack on a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Cohen said the day should have been a time for celebration of faith and freedom. He added that he’s praying for those impacted by the attack.

Memphis Musician, Activist To Be Laid To Rest

Memphis musician and activist Omar Higgins will be laid to rest tomorrow. Higgins died last week due to health complications from a staph infection. His memorial will follow a procession down Beale Street starting tomorrow morning at 10:30. Visitation will follow 30 minutes later with his funeral at noon at Clayborn Temple.

Shelby Co. Mayor To Present Budget Today

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris is expected to present his first budget to commissioners today. The budget is not expected to include a property tax increase. The budget is also expected to include limited, or no use of the general fund balance and an increase in funding for Pre-K. Funding for Pre-K is expected to go up by two-and-a-half-million dollars.

Hernando Police Investigate Threat Toward Middle School

Hernando Police are investigating a threat made toward the middle school. The threat was reportedly made on social media and police say they’ve spoken to the child and his parents. Additional police presence will be noticed today on all of the district’s school campuses.

Southaven Man Arrested For Wednesday Shooting

A Southaven man is now behind bars, arrested for last week’s shooting. 18 year-old Toney Hughes Junior was being held Friday with no bond until a schedule court date for this Wednesday. Officers found the shooting in the 8000 block of Elmbrook Drive off Rasco Road Wednesday night. No word on the updated condition of the unnamed victim.

Escaped Inmate Back In Custody

The DeSoto County SHeriff’s Department now says escaped inmate Robert Gene Heath is back in custody. Heath escaped from his work detail at the DeSoto County Bus Barn. We reported last weeek that Heath drove off in a school-owned pickup truck. He had been serving a three-week sentence for shoplifting in Hernando.