Archives for August 2019

New Video Boards, Food Options To Be Unveiled At Liberty Bowl

(Memphis, TN) — Fans attending the Tigers season opener tomorrow will notice some changes at the Liberty Bowl. The changes include new food choices, updated facade in Tiger Lane, and new video screens inside the stadium. UofM officials say the video boards are the same size as before, but they’re of higher quality with better clarity. The Voice finalist, and Memphis native, Reagan Strange will perform tomorrow during the Landers pregame tailgate concert.

Memphis Company Extends Endorsement Deal With Tim Tebow

(Memphis, TN) — A Memphis-based company is re-upping an endorsement deal with Tim Tebow. ARS Rescue Rooter will continue to sponsor the Tim Tebow Foundation. The company is a partner of the foundation’s Night to Shine as well as a sponsor of the Tim Tebow Celebrity Gala and Golf Classic. ARS Rescue Rooter announced an extension of the deal with a tweet earlier this week.

THP To Start Enforcing Hands Free Cell Phone Law

(Undated) — The Tennessee Highway Patrol will start enforcing the state’s new hands free cell phone law this weekend. The law went into effect nearly two months ago. THP says during that time it’s focused on educating drivers about the new law instead of issuing citations. THP officials say they’ll start cracking down today as the Labor Day holiday weekend gets underway.

SCS Announces New Program For Half Days

(Memphis, TN) — Shelby County Schools is announcing a new program to help parents deal with half days. SCS said yesterday the new half-day program will allow parents to sign up their kids to stay at school a full day on days where there’s early release. On those days, students will get reading and math enrichment. The district is scheduled to have eight half days this school year.

Call Goes Out For Blood Donations Ahead Of Holiday Weekend

(Memphis, TN) — Vitalant is asking for blood donors to step up ahead of the Labor Day holiday weekend. Vitalant is offering incentives to get the blood flowing. Donors will receive a 25-dollar Amazon gift card and be entered to win a dream vacation. There are several sites where donations can be made, including Memphis and Germantown.

MPD Won’t Enforce Hands-Free Cell Phone Law Labor Day Weekend

(Memphis, TN) — The state’s new hands-free cell-phone law won’t be enforced by the Memphis Police Department this holiday weekend. MPD still isn’t able to enforce the law nearly two months after it went into effect because Memphis City Council needs to pass an ordinance giving officers the ability to do so. City Council members are expected to review a draft of the ordinance on Tuesday, the day after Labor Day.

Distribution Center Could Mean Hundreds Of New Jobs For Frayser

Hundreds of jobs could soon be coming to Frayser. Shelby COunty COmmissioner Willie Brooks confirms that a developer wants to build a massive distribution center and has a client out of Atlanta currently interested in the area off Hawkins Mill and Old Allen Road.

Commission Podcasts Coming To Shelby Co

(Memphis, TN) — The Shelby County Commission is going high-tech. The commission approved nearly 110-thousand-dollars yesterday to produce podcasts so residents can keep up with what’s happening with county government. Supporters say it will make for more transparent government and make government more accessible to people. One commissioner voted against the resolution because he feels the podcasts could be produced at a lower cost.

Heat Stroke, Not Toxic Algae Cause Of Dogs’ Deaths

(Memphis, TN) –A veterinarian has confirmed two dogs who died of heat stroke, and not toxic algae, after playing in The Outback Off-Leash Area of Shelby Farms Park. Shelby Farms Park posted to Facebook yesterday that the cause of death was confirmed with a veterinarian. Despite the news, Shelby Farms Park officials say their lakes will remain closed for now.

One Of the Last Surviving 1968 Sanitation Strikers has passed away

(Memphis, TN) — Mayor Jim Strickland has confirmed a member of the 1968 Memphis sanitation strike has passed away. Baxter Leach helped lead the charge for sanitation workers to unionize and fight for labor rights and better working conditions alongside Dr. Martin Luther King. Leach, who was honored during last year’s MLK50 Commemoration, died yesterday at age 79.