Monday, November 30, 2015

MLGW Chief Grilled on Water Hike

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2015 at 4:31 PM

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Memphis City Council member grilled Memphis Light Gas & Water (MLGW) president Jerry Collins for nearly an hour Monday in a special meeting called before Tuesday’s vote on a proposed water rate increase.

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MLGW leaders want a water rate hike of 22 percent, which averages to about $3.31 per customer per year. The increase would yield $22 million per year for the utility.

MLGW leaders said they need the money to fill budget gaps in the water department this year. Those gaps come from increasing legal fees, higher operation costs, and $2 million in revenues lost when Cargill shattered its corn milling facility here this year. Also, MLGW leaders want to spend $2.7 million to upgrade two water pumping stations.

Council member Alan Crone asked Collins what he’d done to lower expenses and close the budget gaps. Collins said he’s cut the water budget as much as he could. MLGW has deferred maintenance on plants and equipment across the service area, inducing leaky water meters on customers’ homes.


Collins said he delivered the council “a good budget,” evidenced by the fact that the utility has the second-lowest water rates in the country and the lowest combined rates for water, gas, and electricity.

“Sometimes you have to raise rates and this is one of those times,” Collins said.

MLGW raised water rates 14.9 percent in 2008, 5 percent in 2011, 7.1 percent in 2013, and 2.1 percent in 2014. The utility asked the council for a rate increase last year but council members voted it down.

According to state law, the state will automatically increase water rates if a utility shows two years of budget gaps. When the council vote down the water rate hike last year, “it started the clock” on a two-year window that ends with state control of water prices. Collins said if the council does not approve this rate increase, the state would increase the rates in a year-and-a-half and the hike would be more than 22 percent.

Council member Harold Collins asked how MLGW could square spending $240 million to install smart meters to all of its customers and also ask them to pay more for water. MLGW’s Collins said the money would be spent over five years and the smart meters would, once installed, save the MLGW system $40 million annually, which could delay further rate hikes.

Crone asked MLGW’s Collins if the utility could cut rates on electric and gas without having to raise rates on water. Collins said he’d explore the suggestion and report back to the council tomorrow before they vote on the rate hike during their regular meeting.



University of Memphis Receives Grant to Improve Teacher Training

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2015 at 3:09 PM

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The University of Memphis College of Education will be receiving a grant by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to improve its teacher preparatory program.

The charity organization, which is based in Seattle, will give $34.7 million over three years to five Teacher Preparation Transformation Centers, meant to connect higher education institutions, preparation providers, and K-12 school systems in order to improve the education sector.

The University-School Partnerships for the Renewal of Educator Preparation (U.S. PREP) consortium is the official recipient of the grant, in which the University of Memphis is a partner university. The consortium is led by Texas Tech University and includes Southern Methodist University, the University of Houston, Southeastern Louisiana University, and Jackson State University.

“The partnership enables the U of M to collaborate with universities implementing similar changes,” said Dr. Ernest Rakow, interim dean of the College of Education. “The U.S. PREP coalition offers both a system of support and a space to learn from each other as we all strive to enhance our pre-service teacher education programs and prepare teachers who are culturally relevant, classroom-ready, and prepared to work in the communities the University serves and beyond.”

The University of Memphis will receive about $600,000 over three years.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Ikea Set to Open Fall 2016

Posted By on Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 10:37 AM

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Ikea is set to open its $65 million store here next fall.

The Swedish retailer said Tuesday morning it expects to break ground on the project next month. Ikea said it hired Linkous Construction Co. to build the store on 35 acres behind Costco on Germantown Parkway.

“With a contractor onboard, plans can proceed towards opening the future Ikea Memphis,” said Lars Petersson, Ikea U.S. president. “This store will provide a more convenient Ikea shopping experience for current and potential customers throughout Tennessee and the Mid-South, growing our Ikea presence in the Southeastern U.S.”

Ikea said the 271,000-square-foot Memphis store will have nearly 10,000 items, 50 room settings, and three model home interiors. It will also have a 350-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties like salmon plates and the store’s iconic meatball dish.

The store will also include a “Children’s Ikea” section in the showroom, baby care rooms, and play areas throughout the store.

The news comes after Ikea secured a deal with the Memphis and Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE) last week to extend its tax break deal, offsetting $1.2 million more in taxes.

That deal was struck after Shelby County Assessor Cheyenne Johnson re-evaluated the land Ikea purchased for the store, increasing the store project’s total price tag by $1.2 million.

Negotiations between Johnson’s office and the retailer delayed the project by many months.


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Memphis Comic & Fantasy Convention at the Hilton

Posted By on Sun, Nov 22, 2015 at 6:56 PM

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The annual Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention was held at the Hilton this past weekend. The celebrity guest was John de Lancie, who played the character “Q” on the Star Trek: Next Generation and Star Trek Voyager TV series. Frank Chin caught all the action. Check out the slideshow.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Independent Autopsy Shows Hog-tying Killed Troy Goode

Posted By on Thu, Nov 19, 2015 at 8:21 AM

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Widespread Panic fan Troy Goode died after being hog-tied by Southaven Police for an extended period, according to an independent autopsy ordered by Goode's attorney Tim Edwards.

Edwards made the announcement on Tuesday, but he would not release the full autopsy, citing privacy concerns. The official Mississippi state autopsy report has not yet been released.

Goode, who was from Memphis, had taken LSD in the parking lot outside a Widespread Panic show in Southaven on July 18th. According to reports, he began acting erratically before the show, and his wife decided to drive him home. On the way there, she pulled into a parking lot on Goodman Road, and Goode got out of the car. A witness who observed his behavior called police.

When police arrived, Goode reportedly ran around the parking lot and even released a police dog from a van. Southaven police attempted to restrain Goode by hog-tying him, and Goode passed away at Baptist DeSoto Memorial Hospital, where he was transported by police. Edwards said the independent autopsy showed that the hog-tying position led Goode to struggle with breathing and eventually sent his heart into cardiac arrhythmia, leading to his death.

Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite released the following statement yesterday in response to Edwards' independent autopsy announcement.
On July 18th, the City of Southaven received a 911 emergency call concerning a Caucasian male (Troy Goode) acting erratically and posing a danger to himself and innocent bystanders along Mississippi Highway 302 (Goodman Road). Southaven Police officers responded to the call immediately. Mr. Goode’s behavior, as noted by several witnesses, included running in and out of traffic, jumping on moving vehicles and opening the door of a Southaven Police K-9 unit.

Based on information provided by these witnesses and Mr. Goode’s behavior, Southaven emergency personnel were also called to the scene. Mr. Goode’s threatening of the responding police officers and emergency medical personnel, along with his resisting arrest and provoking the Southaven Police Department K-9 created concern for the safety of Southaven emergency personnel. Officers were eventually able to restrain Mr. Goode so that he no longer posed a danger to himself or the emergency personnel.

At no time during the arrest or while receiving medical care from Southaven emergency responders did Mr. Goode claim he could not breathe or appear short of breath.

Mr. Goode was placed into an ambulance, where he continued his violent behavior by verbally threatening the responding medical personnel. Because of his continued violent behavior, emergency responders requested that a Southaven police officer ride in the back of the ambulance with Mr. Goode. Mr. Goode was transported to Baptist DeSoto Memorial Hospital where upon arrival his care was transferred from Southaven emergency personnel to hospital staff. Due to Mr. Goode’s agitated combative state, Baptist-DeSoto emergency personnel directed that he remain restrained for his safety and for the safety of the staff providing care. Mr. Goode passed away approximately one hour after his arrival at Baptist-DeSoto Hospital. As has been previously reported by various media outlets, the toxicology report showed the presence of LSD, marijuana and alcohol in Mr. Goode’s body.

This is a tragic situation and we understand the sensitivity of this matter. Also, the City of Southaven is waiting on the official autopsy results; however, given some of the inaccurate assertions that have been circulated, the City of Southaven believed it appropriate to provide a statement on the matter. The men and women of the City of Southaven EMS and Police were faced with a difficult situation and handled Mr. Goode’s arrest in a manner that officers and emergency personnel deemed appropriate and necessary for the safety of Mr. Goode and all persons involved. The City is aware of potential litigation regarding this matter and will put forth a vigorous defense for all its first responders involving all the facts in this matter. In the event of a lawsuit, the City looks forward to this case advancing through the judicial system, not in the media, and the City will not argue this case through media press releases.

The City offers our condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Goode.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

EDGE Approves Extension for IKEA

Posted By on Wed, Nov 18, 2015 at 4:53 PM

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IKEA is moving forward on its Memphis location.

Tuesday afternoon, the Economic Development Growth Engine, or EDGE, unanimously approved an extension of the global chain's 11-year PILOT agreement by up to 18 months.

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Streetdog Foundation Seeks Funds for Hank

Posted By on Wed, Nov 18, 2015 at 2:05 PM

Meet Hank. Earlier this month, this rescued German shepherd traveled 11 miles across Memphis to be back with his original foster mom Rachel Kauffman. And now Streetdog Foundation has launched a crowd-sourcing campaign to pay for Hank's medical care.

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The story goes something like this: In late October, Streetdog Foundation volunteer Tiffany Ford saw Hank's picture on the Memphis Animal Services (MAS) website. He'd been brought in as a stray and was severely underweight. Another animal advocate Rachel Kauffman opened her home as a temporary foster home, and Hank was relocated there from MAS. Save Our Shepherds, another rescue group, lined Hank up with a possible permanent home.

Hank quickly began bonding with Kauffman, but after a few days, he was scheduled to move to his longer-term foster home, where he would be temperament-tested since the possible permanent adopter had requested a calm dog.

Hank's GoFundMe page tells what happened next:
Two days after he arrived, his foster mom left to run some errands. When she returned, her back door was open and Hank was gone. Hank somehow managed to open the door himself and dig out under the fence! We knew he was smart, but wow!

Hank’s foster immediately took her dog and began to look for him. She sent a message to her friends at Streetdog Foundation and Save Our Shepherds and a search crew quickly formed. The first crew arrived on the scene 20 minutes after being notified that he was missing. Within an hour, 10 people, including his first foster, were also looking for him. Volunteers were posting on Facebook, Twitter, and Next Door, and driving and walking around the neighborhood. We searched until dark. A notification from some neighbors nearby led us back out later that night to High Point Terrace and Galloway Golf Course, but we did not find him. For the next 2 days there were more than 400 shares of our social media posts and the administrators for Lost and Found Pets of the Mid-South joined in to help us find Hank. While we drove around, they monitored sightings and relayed information to us via text message.
Then, on the night of November 3rd, a Streetdog volunteer happened to spot Hank when she was driving to meet some friends. She followed him right to Kauffman's doorstep. Seems Hank had decided Kauffman's home would be his forever home. Volunteers later tracked his path, based on the various sightings that had been reported, and determined he'd traveled 11 miles back to Kauffman's house.

Kauffman has agreed to let Hank stay, but he has quite a bit of medical expenses. Shortly after he was freed, Hank had a vet check-up. He was 68 pounds, about 20 pounds underweight for his breed. And he was heartworm positive. Now Streetdog is hoping to raise $1,000 for Hank's medical care. Any extra funds raised will be used to treat other dogs rescued by the Streetdog Foundation.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Cohen Continues Push for Federal Review of Stewart Case

Posted By on Tue, Nov 17, 2015 at 1:14 PM



U.S. Attorney General [USAG] Loretta Lynch heard Darius Stewart’s name and learned a bit about his case from Memphis Congressman Steve Cohen during a committee meeting in Washington Tuesday.

Stewart, 19, was shot and killed by Memphis Police Department officer Connor Schilling this summer during a traffic stop. Earlier this month, a Shelby County grand jury declined to to indict Schilling for voluntary manslaughter and employment of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony. The move brought criticism of the grand jury system and the handling of the case.

During a meeting of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice Tuesday, Cohen briefly described the events of the Stewart case to USAG Lynch and offered his own harsh criticism of the system and the way the case was handled.
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Here’s what Cohen said to USAG Lynch on Tuesday:

“[Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich] asked the grand jury to indict on voluntary manslaughter. The grand jury chose not to.

How that was presented? Who knows? Obviously, not as well as a ham sandwich could have been presented.”

Cohen asked Lynch to review the case to see if any civil rights violations had occurred. She said she’d have her staff get information about the case from Cohen.

Here’s their brief conversant on the Stewart case:

Cohen: Are you familiar with the case?

Lynch: I’m not currently familiar with the case. Although, we have a number of similar matters under review.

Cohen: Well, I hope you’ll become familiar because it’s a situation that many people in Memphis, including myself, feel was a miscarriage of justice, equal to any of those other across the United States. For some reason, it hasn’t risen to the radar of the United States Attorney General and I hope it will.


Cohen asked for the U.S. Department of Justice to look into the Stewart case back in July.

At the time, the DOJ said it would monitor the case. Cohen renewed his call for a federal investigation earlier this month.

On Tuesday, he personally asked Lynch for a review of the case. 

Water Rate Hike Before Council Today

Posted By on Tue, Nov 17, 2015 at 10:49 AM

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Water rates from Memphis Light Gas & Water [MLGW] could increase by 22 percent, or about $3 annually per customer, if the Memphis City Council approves the hike in a meeting this afternoon.

The rate increase has been talked about ever since Cargill announced in 2014 that it would close it corn milling facility here, which it did in January. The company said the plant was underutilized and was too far away from the Corn Belt.

Cargill used “five times” more water than anyone in the MLGW system, Jerry Collins, the utility’s president, told the Memphis City Council during a committee meeting Tuesday.

“No one out there was as big as Cargill in terms of water use,” Collins said.

Collins said Cargill’s absence as a MLGW water customer left a $2 million hole in the utility’s budget and would have a 1.8 percent impact on water rates. The proposed rate increase would raise much more than that but Collins said new money is needed in the water division for things like a project to rehabilitate some old water pumping stations, making up for some lost rents, and a $1 million increase in legal fees.

But many council members did not like the fact that MLGW sought to balance its budget on the backs of MLGW customers.

“Residential customers will bear the brunt of what (Cargill) has done. Is that how it's always going be?” asked council member Janis Fullilove. “Large companies decide they’re going to leave and go wherever and this will this fall back on the customer as your asking us to do with this 22% rate increase?”

Collins explained that Cargill was MLGW’s biggest water customer.

Fullilove pushed back asking how the rate increase will benefit MLGW’s residential water customers. She noted that Memphis has a high poverty rate and that “$3 amounts to $30 to some people out there.”

She asked why MLGW couldn't go after Cargill for the money, noting that she knew the idea sounded silly “but it sounds just as silly to me to put this on the backs of the residents for what Cargill did.”

Collins said if MLGW does not raise water rates, the utility will have a budget gap, and then the state of Tennessee will step in and raise rates for the utility. That increase would like be more than 22 percent Collins said, noting the state just rose rates in Bartlett by 42 percent.

Fullilove dismissed this as a “scare tactic” and said she’d vote against MLGW’s rate hike this afternoon.

Council member Berlin Boyd agreed with Fullilove that the hike will impact the impoverished citizens of Memphis and said more needs to be done to make inner-city homes more energy efficient.

“It looks like you’re taking from the ones with the least and making them pay for something a company with (an exorbitant) amount of revenues, Cargill…” said council member Joe Brown. “They’re not in a fix like these rate payers are going to be.”

The resolution to increase the water rates failed in the committee meeting, meaning it will still get a vote but her full council council this afternoon. But the resolution will go before the council with a negative recommendation from the committee.


Monday, November 16, 2015

Lawmaker Urges Suspension of Syrian Refugees in Tennessee, Haslam Concurs

Posted By on Mon, Nov 16, 2015 at 1:40 PM

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Thirty Syrian refugees came to Tennessee last year and eight of them landed in Memphis, according to the Tennessee Office for Refugees.

President Barack Obama wants to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees into the U.S. Over the next year. But in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, states are proclaiming those refugees aren’t welcome in their borders. Obama called this refusal a “betrayal of our values.”

The Tennessean reported Monday that Rep. Sheila Butt, R-Columbia, wants Tennessee the join those other states. A letter from Butt to Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam was leaked on Scribd today.

A few hours later, Haslam issued a statement saying he was asking the federal government to suspend Syrian refugee placements in Tennessee.

“We are currently working to get specifics from the U.S. Department of State on the status of any Syrian refugees currently slated to come to Tennesse," Haslam said. "While screening, acceptance and placement is legally under the authority of the federal government, they have said in the past they would be open to cooperating with receiving states. Today I’m asking the federal government to suspend placements in Tennessee until states can become more of a partner in the vetting process.”

In the letter from Butt, she asks Haslam to “suspend all efforts to settle any Syrian refugees in Tennessee, through any agencies, until the U.S. Department of Homeland Security completes a full review of security clearances and procedures.”

For context behind the move, Butt points to the "violation and the loss" still felt in the state after the Paris attacks and the attack on a military recruiting office in Chattanooga earlier this year.

Tennessee state Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris, D-Memphis, said this in statement Monday afternoon: 

"We should offer safe sanctuary because we can, and taking several dozen displaced families is the least we can do," Sen. Harris said. "We should step up when called, because that's what the good guys do during these days of crises, and we should not turn a cold shoulder, because we understand that the refugees will head into the arms whoever offers help first, including the bad guys and those who might seek to exploit these families."

Blogs and Facebook posts have swirled after the Friday attacks in Paris noting that “thousands” of Syrian refugees were already arriving en masse across the country. Newspapers are moving to report real figures. 

In Tennessee, the number of Syrian refugees admitted here last year is 30, according to the Tennessee Office for Refugees. The office is a department of Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc., which administers the federal Office of Refugees Resettlement for Tennessee. A spokesman for that office confirmed Monday evening that eight of those Syrian refugees have been settled in Memphis. 

Data from the office shows that the 30 Syrian refugees came to Tennessee from October 2014 through September 2015. Two of them came in July, four in August, and six in September, in an apparent ramp-up after refugees flooded out of Syria.

In the same time period, 186 refugees were settled in Memphis, though the data does break down the nationalities of those refugees here.

However, the nationalities of the refugees settled in Tennessee in the last year have been from Afghanistan, Cuba, Palestine, Somalia, Ukraine, and more.  

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

New Funds Will Buy New Trolleys

Posted By on Thu, Nov 12, 2015 at 4:24 PM

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The Tennessee Department of Transportation has awarded the Memphis Area Transit Authority [MATA] more than $2.6 million in funding to buy three new electrical rail trolleys for Downtown Memphis.  

Trolleys were removed from service last year after two trolleys caught fire on the Madison Line.

The funds for the new trolleys will come from the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement [CMAQ] program.

"The funds will allow MATA to expedite the return of our iconic trolleys with the purchase new rail cars,” MATA CEO Ron Garrison said in a statement. "New vehicles will also ease MATA’s long-term operations and maintenance costs, and take us a step further in moving busses currently on the trolley routes into other bus services.”

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Scenes from the Darrius Stewart Rally

Posted By on Tue, Nov 10, 2015 at 2:09 PM

A group calling itself the Darrius Stewart Truth Coalition held a "Justice of Darrius" rally on Tuesday afternoon outside the Shelby County Criminal Justice Center.

The group was protesting last week's announcement that a grand jury declined to indict Memphis Police officer Connor Schilling for the shooting death of Darrius Stewart, an unarmed black teenager killed during a traffic stop in July. Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich recommended indictment to the grand jury, but it's members, whose identities remain a secret, did not agree. 

Schilling is expected to face administrative hearing with the Memphis Police Department, possibly this week. He is still relieved of duty with pay, and that hearing could determine if Schilling should be suspended with pay or possibly terminated.

Stewart was shot on July 17th by Schilling after the car Stewart was a passenger in was pulled over for having a headlight out. Stewart was detained in the back of a squad car after the traffic stop while Schilling checked for warrants. When Schilling discovered Stewart had two outstanding warrants in Illinois and Iowa, he opened the squad car door to place handcuffs on Stewart. Schilling said Stewart then attacked him and struck him with the handcuffs. During the struggle, Schilling fired at Stewart. Stewart died from two gunshot wounds, according to the Shelby County Medical Examiner's report.






Monday, November 9, 2015

Memphis Launches App For Reporting Non-Emergency Issues

Posted By on Mon, Nov 9, 2015 at 12:01 PM

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The city of Memphis has launched a new app that claims to be a one-stop shop for reporting everything from potholes to your neighbor's overgrown weeds.

Users can report non-emergency issues with the SeeClickFix app by photographing the problem or pointing it out on a map. And the issue is forwarded to Memphis' 311 system for reporting potholes, code violations, and street lights that have gone out.

“This is a great example of how the city is becoming more responsive by making the process accessible and easy for citizens, so that we can work together to enhance our neighborhoods, raise our community standards, and improve the overall quality of life for our residents,” said Mayor A C Wharton.

Additionally, city workers can use the app for reporting and managing problems while they're out in the field. Once the claim has been received, the person who reported it will receive a claim number to track its progress.

“When a person spots a problem, they can take a picture of it with their phone, add a description, and submit it. It’s that simple. And with a picture, staff can hone in on exactly what the issue is, saving time,” said Brent Nair, the city's Chief Information Officer.

Several other cities, such as Oakland, California, and Richmond, Virginia, are also using the SeeClickFix app.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Updates on the Upgrades to New Hippo Home at the Zoo

Posted By on Thu, Nov 5, 2015 at 4:06 PM

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The Memphis Zoo is six months away from having its African exhibits vastly expanded to include a brand new home for the hippopotamuses.

The four-acre Zambezi River Hippo Camp is meant to feel like a safari along a river. The exhibit, which opens in March 2016, will give visitors a glimpse into the wildlife of the region in Africa that doesn't just stop at hippos; it also includes flamingos, crocodiles, and birds — complete with an aviary. The entire camp is modeled after a fishing village in the region, along with a plantation that will show the region's relationship to coffee.

The exhibit will also feature open multipurpose buildings housed in rondavels — South African-style huts. The second story will allow visitors to have a higher view of the animals below with the ability to see all parts of the Zambezi River Hippo Camp.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

ULI: Save the Coliseum, Youth Sports for Fairgrounds

Posted By on Wed, Nov 4, 2015 at 11:55 AM

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The Mid-South Coliseum should be saved and used for events like concerts and the Fairgrounds should have a state-of-the-art youth sports facility, according to a new report issued by the national Urban Land Institute [ULI] Wednesday.

ULI delivered its recommendations for the Mid-South Coliseum and the Fairgrounds in a report called “Memphis, Tennessee: A Vision for the Memphis Fairgrounds.” The report is the product of the group’s week-long visit to the site in June.

The group says the Coliseum and the Fairgrounds could be a “a major gathering place for the residents of Memphis and the surrounding region.”

Here’s what the group proposes for the Coliseum:

“Repurpose the Coliseum to create an events structure that could host smaller events and concerts.

While the panel recognizes the costs of restoring the Coliseum, it appreciates the facility’s significance in the city’s history.

As a result, the panel recommends preserving at least part of the structure or its shell for reuse as an indoor facility with a larger outdoor stage for a range of events such as concerts, sports games or graduations.”

Here’s what ULI proposes for the Fairgrounds in general:

"Create a unique state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor youth sports facility oriented toward sports, such as boys’ and girls’ basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, gymnastics, and fencing.

This facility could include several indoor multi-sports courts, academic tutoring and study rooms, concession and merchandising spaces, and removable and retractable bleachers to create a championship court, among other uses.

The complex could be used for a variety of events and tournaments that would attract local and regional users as well as a vibrant gathering place for the surrounding neighborhoods.”

The report also encourages the creation of a “Midtown Collaborative,” a group responsible for “engaging neighborhood representatives, nearby universities, existing institutions on the site such as the Kroc Center and Children’s Museum, the youth sports facility operator, and other businesses and stakeholders to create more unified support and accomplish greater goals for the Coliseum and Fairgrounds area.”

Check back here for more details as the story develops.

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