Friday, October 28, 2016

Prairie Farms Expansion Stirs Neighborhood Controversy

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2016 at 7:46 PM

The Prairie Farms facility on Madison. - GOOGLE
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  • The Prairie Farms facility on Madison.

A project at the Prairie Farms plant in Midtown has some neighbors and at least one developer hoping the milk plant will move, while the company’s owner said the project will clean up the site for its neighbors and keep and create skilled jobs in Memphis.

Neighbors of the Midtown production facility complained recently to city officials about the trucks parked in the vacant lot behind the milk plant. Jim Turner, owner of the land and the Prairie Farms milk plant, said he wasn’t aware zoning laws prevented him from parking trucks there.

His company, Turner Holdings LLC, is now asking city officials for a legal change to the vacant lot that would allow it to be used for “vehicle maintenance, repair, warehousing, and temporary parking of trucks and trailers,” according to the company’s city application.
The "back lot" at Prairie Farms. - GOOGLE
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  • The "back lot" at Prairie Farms.

The Land Use Control Board (LUCB) is slated to review the request during its next meeting on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. Turner has scheduled a public meeting on the zoning change for Monday, Oct. 31 at 4:30 p.m. at the Brooks Museum.

This move comes after the company was awarded a tax-break deal from the Memphis and Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE) board in June. The seven-year deal is worth more than $1 million and covers what is now a $10 million project to add a new building to the milk plant, which fronts Madison. The project will bring about 50 jobs, Turner said.    

Turner said before his company was awarded the payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) deal, he received maybe an average of two complaints a year form neighbors. That increased once the company’s name was in the news about the PILOT deal.

However, Turner said his company has a construction permit for the plant expansion in hand and is moving forward with the plans. That expansion will take place on the company's south lot, not on the vacant lot for which Turner is asking for the zoning change.

But neighbors plan to fight that zoning change. That fight includes a a larger question as to whether or not a factory belongs at all in Midtown, and especially as a close neighborhood to the burgeoning Overton Square.

“That’s just no place for an industrial site right in the middle of that neighborhood,” said Gordon Alexander, a member of the Midtown Action Coalition. “Not only has the dairy changed, but the neighborhood has changed.”

Alexander said neighbors complain that loud noises and lights emit from the dairy site as early as 4:30 a.m. The 18-wheelers that haul in and out of the site are loud, congest traffic, and pose threats to cyclists using the Madison bike lanes.

Turner said the company has operated in the area for more than 80 years. Alexander maintains, though, that in the company’s infancy here, it was a small, neighborhood dairy “that delivered glass bottle to people in Midtown.”

George Cates, founder of Mid-America Apartment Communities, agreed with Alexander’s assertion about the land’s use back in June (during the EDGE meeting that gave Prairie Farms the PILOT) but for a different reason.

He said told EDGE board member the “Turner site would be beneficial if it were used for purposes other than an industrial site, such as a hotel, retail, apartments, or for mixed use,” according to the minutes of that meeting.

“If the site was used for one of the suggested purposes, Mr. Cates stated they would generate more than 25 jobs and the taxes to the city and the county would be substantially greater,” read the minutes.

For some of this, Turner said he felt that some people see the recent controversy on the project as a “reason to kick us out of Midtown.” But he said he doesn’t agree with that. The company has “every right” to change the zoning for the vacant lot and it will “not cause any harm to the neighborhood.”

Turner admitted the exterior of the site looks a “little run down,” adding that the company has been focused on its expansion plan and put off exterior improvements. But a portion of the company’s plan will change that.

The company wants to build a fence around the lot (and the entirety of the facility’s northern and western borders) to help shield the site from neighbors, like The Blue Monkey restaurant and bar to the west and to homes and apartments to the west.

The eight-foot-tall fence would be made of pine wood and brick. Plants like knockout roses, magnolias, loblolly pines would be placed inside and outside of the perimeter of the fence.

Council member Worth Morgan urged everyone involved in the debate to “be as cordial and civil as possible.” He also said there may be a third way available on the issue soon was bound against giving any details.

“There are more options still being pursued right now that can be good for the neighborhood and be good for Turner,” Morgan said. “Right now, our efforts are focused on pursuing some of those options.”

This aerial shot of the Prairie Farms Dairy site shows the production facility on the south side of the property, and the now mostly vacant north side. - APPLE MAPS
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  • This aerial shot of the Prairie Farms Dairy site shows the production facility on the south side of the property, and the now mostly vacant north side.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

A $60 Million Federal Grant Is Helping Shelby County Combat Climate Change

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2016 at 3:49 PM

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Nearly 11 months after receiving a federal resilience grant to assist with unmet recovery needs following ruinous flood damage in 2011, government officials outlined Thursday at John F. Kennedy Park how they will combat future disasters brought forth by climate change.

“For those who don’t accept science, too bad,” said Congressman Steve Cohen. “This project will work to protect us from future floods. We need to be on the frontline of preparing our people for the disaster that’s coming. It’s going to come because we’re ruining our earth."

In January, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded Shelby County $60 million in part of its National Disaster Resilience Competition. Breaking up a seismic $1 billion and spreading it between select counties, states, and cities, as well as Puerto Rico, it’s an initiative to strengthen the environment for future generations, said Ed Jennings, Jr., HUD’s southeast regional administrator.

“On behalf of the Obama administration, resiliency is a priority we’ve set,” Jennings said. “It’s not just about how we have enough money to rebuild housing or infrastructure, but that we protect ourselves for a new generation.”

Shelby County's plan, called "Greenprint for Resiliency,” will restore wetlands and flood storage areas along the Wolf River to protect downstream homes and residents. A portion of the grant will be allocated for repairs and upgrades to Rodney Baber Park and Kennedy Park — which, currently, is the only city park with a boat launch ramp into the Wolf River. About $9 million will go toward completing the 18-mile Wolf River Greenway Connection, said Keith Cole, executive director of Wolf River Conservancy.

“For many people, getting outside, enjoying the river, hiking and biking, that’s what the Wolf River Watershed is all about,” Cole said.

HUD’s grant will further assist the Wolf River Conservancy with mitigating future flooding and preventing soil erosion that could have negative affects on the Memphis Sand Aquifer. Native wildlife, too, will be better protected, according to Cole.

“The mission of the Wolf River Conservancy is just as relevant today if not more so since our founding in 1985,” Cole said.

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell and Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland championed the Greenprint plan, saying it was accomplished by officials at all levels of government working together. Pointing to a nearby softball field where he played as a teenager, Strickland said “the same thing that was true then is true now, you win with teams.”

Noting other recent “game changers” in the Mid-South, Cohen mentioned the new bike and pedestrian friendly Harahan Bridge, a $15 million dollar Tiger grant to increase downtown walkability, and a $30 million federal grant to revive Foote Homes. Though the Greenprint project isn’t “sexy like the Harahan bridge,” Cohen said it was just as imperative.

“This here, $60 million, this is a very big deal,” Cohen said. “Memphis is the city of good abode. This project is going to help people in need, and that’s what we need to do with our time on earth. This is what cities need to be known for.”

Arkansas Supreme Court Disqualifies One of Two Medical Marijuana Initiatives from November Ballot

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2016 at 1:47 PM

The Arkansas Supreme Court disqualified one medical marijuana initiative from the November ballot, but voters will still be able to vote for a competing amendment. 

The court disqualified Issue 7 because it found that there were not enough valid signatures on the petition to qualify it for the ballot. The court disallowed more than 12,000 signatures, leaving the petition with 65,412 signatures. The petition needed nearly 68,000 signatures. 

Supporters of Issue 7 have said that it was written from a patient-centered position, as it allowed more qualifying conditions for the use of medical marijuana as well as the ability for a patient to grow their own plants if they lived a certain numbers of miles away from a dispensary. 

Arkansas for Compassionate Care, who led the campaign for Issue 7, posted today on their Facebook page that they would continue to fight in court for the allowance of the initiative on the November ballot. The post also urged Arkansas voters to still vote yes to the competing amendment, Issue 6, should they ultimately lose in a higher court.

If both initiatives fail, it could be years before Arkansans have the chance to vote on medical marijuana. 

Sierra Club Granted Continuance on Appeals Hearing for TVA Wells Permit

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2016 at 12:47 PM

The appeal on the TVA’s two wells won’t be heard today as the Sierra Club wants more time to gather evidence and experts.

The Shelby County Health Department granted the delay after objecting to it initially, but they asked the club to make haste, "recognizing that TVA is experiencing significant costs during this period of appeal and has expressed its strongest desire to have this matter heard at the Board’s earliest opportunity.”

The Sierra Club filed the appeal on Oct. 4. According to the Rules and Regulations of Wells in Shelby County, at least 30 days is required between the receipt of the appeal by the Health Department and the hearing, which would make the earliest eligible day Nov. 3.

The proposed TVA wells would draw 3.5 million gallons of water daily from the Memphis Sand Aquifer, the source for Memphis' famous and delicious drinking water, in order to cool a new power plant under construction.

According to Scott Banbury, local coordinator for the Sierra Club, at least four wells are needed to adequately cool the plant. TVA has already been granted three permits that can no longer be appealed. If the last two permits are denied to TVA, they will be forced to consider other options for obtaining the needed water.

Application Shows New Images of Old Dominick

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2016 at 12:26 PM

Some new images of the Old Dominick Distillery have emerged in an application asking the Downtown Memphis Commission (DMC) to approve the design of its signage.

D. Canale & Company, a Memphis name brand associated with alcohol for nearly 150 years, announced in 2014 its intention to build a distillery in Downtown Memphis.

The 50,000-square-foot facility sits across the street from Gus’s Fried Chicken, close to the corner of Front and Vance. The company’s application to the DMC’s Design Review Board (DRB) says the building will house a spirits production distillery (30,000 square feet), an office, a tasting room (5,000 square feet), a retail store (1,500 square feet), event spaces (10,000 square feet), and a restaurant (5,000 square feet).

The company will make whiskeys and vodkas and is named for Domenico Canale, who originated Old Dominick Whiskey in Memphis in 1866. The company mascot — a Dominicker rooster — plays on the founder’s name.

“Old Dominick Distillery revives and creates a home for a 150-year-old original Memphis spirits brand,” the application says.

The DRB application only covers three signs, two permanent and one temporary. One permanent sign will be mounted to the top of the building and say “Old Dominick Distillery” in bright neon and feature the large rooster. The second, a much smaller sign above the door, will carry the company initials in a monogram style.

The temporary sign will be a banner to hang on the building until the permanent signs can be installed.

Owners originally planned to open Old Dominick to the public in 2015. The DRB application says the company now plans to begin production and open to guests next year.

The DRB will vote on the company’s signs next week.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Violent Crime Up Slightly Since Last Year; Property Crime Continues to Decrease

Posted By on Wed, Oct 26, 2016 at 3:40 PM

Today, the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission released figures that show violent crimes are up slightly from this time last year, while property crimes continue their overall decrease. 

While the figures, which are based on preliminary data from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, do show a 3.4% countywide increase in major violent crimes (murder, aggravated assault, robbery, and rape), the overall trend is down more than 15 percent from this time in 2006. 

Property crimes continue their decade long decline with a four percent reduction in property crimes from this time last year, and a whooping 37.9% from this time 10 years ago. 

District Attorney Amy Weirich said in a statement today that, “Since 2006, we have seen a continuing decline in the rate of major property crime. However, after steady declines from 2007 through 2011, our major violent crime rate has been up and down. It remains the biggest part of our crime challenge,”

Memphians Call 911 for Loose Dogs, Weeds, Recycle Bins

Posted By on Wed, Oct 26, 2016 at 2:59 PM

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Memphians call 911 to report weeds, loose dogs, debris in yards, drain flooding, sewer backups, when they want a traffic sign fixed, or when they want a new garbage can or recycle bin.

That’s according to Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland Wednesday who said about 30 percent of 911 calls each year do not require immediate assistance.

“Non-emergency calls tie up our phone lines and can prevent callers with genuine emergencies from getting through,” Strickland said in a news release.

So, the city and United Way of the Mid-South have launched the “Make the Right Call” campaign to inform citizens on who they should call about those weeds and stray dogs.

Those non-emergency calls should go to the city’s 311 system, for which a call center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. If you’re looking for information on local resources on community, social, and health services, you should call 211.

If that’s a little confusing, let’s do it this way:

311: requests for city services
• Complaints about debris in yards, vehicle violations at homes, weeds, potholes, trash collection, or requesting a new garbage and recycle bin, to report sewer backup, drain flooding, traffic sign maintenance, and loose or stray dogs.
Open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

211: information on community, social, and health services
• Community, social, and health services, along with federally-funded services like housing, employment, food banks, emergency shelters, youth and family counseling, mental health, addiction agencies and more.)
Open Monday –Thursday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Friday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

“Knowing the right number to dial helps reduce call volume, but most importantly, it saves our citizens time and cuts through the red tape of finding a nonprofit agency with appropriate services,” said Dr. Kenneth S. Robinson, president and CEO of United Way of the Mid-South. “The quicker a person in need is connected to the right information, the faster we can help them discover solutions to challenges and problems.”

Memphis Police Invites Federal Review of Their Policies and Practices

Posted By on Wed, Oct 26, 2016 at 1:22 PM

"This is the right thing to do." Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings announced a partnership with the Department of Justice that will focus on reviewing the MPD's community policing policies and use of deadly force. - MICAELA WATTS
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  • "This is the right thing to do." Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings announced a partnership with the Department of Justice that will focus on reviewing the MPD's community policing policies and use of deadly force.

It turns out that the Department of Justice showing up at your door can be a good thing, you just have to send out the invitation in the first place. 

That's what Chief Noble Wray of the DOJ's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services reiterated in a press conference today. Flanked by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, U.S. Attorney Edward Stanton III, and police director Michael Rallings, Wray announced the launch of an independent assessment of Memphis Police Department's community policing techniques and policies related to use of deadly force.  

"This is a collaboration, and it's important to know that," stressed Wray, adding that the COPS program is an independent, objective assessment that the MPD entered into willingly. 

"The purpose is to improve trust between a law enforcement agency and the community it serves," said Wray. Currently, the COPS's program is in various phases of review with 14 other police departments across the country. Just recently, the office released 94 findings and 272 recommendations to the San Francisco police department after finding discriminatory policing practices against people of color. 

The process can take up to two years, and the findings will be released in a public report. Experts in the field of policing will be interviewing police officers and concerned citizens alike during the review. They will also host "listening sessions" which will serve as community forums for citizens to come and voice their input. 

According to Strickland, conversations about inviting the COPS program to Memphis started in April, but an objective review of the MPD had been a priority of his since his first day in office. Rallings echoed the mayor's desire for a transparent process to improve community policing, simply saying, "This is the right thing to do."

Public scrutiny of Memphis' police department has been amplified in the last year, following the death of Darrius Stewart, an unarmed black teenager who was shot and killed in a confrontation with former police officer Connor Schilling. Stewart's death occurred in a time where nation-wide public concern about police relations with minority communities is at an unprecedented high. 

Memphis citizen's discontent with their own police department took physical form in early July of this year, when more than 1,000 protestors shut down on the Interstate 40 bridge into Arkansas traffic for several hours. Rallings said that the bridge protest did not spur the department's decision to enter into the assessment, as the talks with the DOJ had already been underway. 

Rallings acknowledges that a detailed investigation of this size and scope will likely yield some uncomfortable findings, but regardless the department is ready and willing to comply. 

"We want to improve," said Rallings, "And in order to have to open yourself up."

The first listening session will be on Nov. 29 from 6:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church in Midtown, Memphis. 

Memphis Pets of the Week (Oct. 27-Nov. 2)

Posted By on Wed, Oct 26, 2016 at 11:54 AM


Each week, the Flyer will feature adoptable dogs and cats from Memphis Animal Services. All photos are credited to Memphis Pets Alive. More pictures can be found on the Memphis Pets Alive Facebook page.

New Union Kroger Opens Next Week

Posted By on Wed, Oct 26, 2016 at 11:49 AM

This Google Maps Street View photo shows the new store under construction in August. - GOOGLE
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  • This Google Maps Street View photo shows the new store under construction in August.

Midtowners, prepare to go Kroegring on Union once again.

The long-awaited Kroger store on Union will re-open on next Wednesday (November 2) at 6 a.m. The first 200 shoppers through the registers after the opening will get a free two-liter bottle of Coke, products from Bimbo Bakeries, and coupons from Hostess. Shoppers can also enter to win some Kroger gift cards, too.

The reopening comes after a massive project to update the former Kroger store on Union, which used to be a Schnuck’s, which used to be a Seesel’s. The Kroger store there closed its doors in January.

Demolition crews tore down the old store building as well as a mid-rise apartment building in a lot adjacent to the store. Construction crews built the new store from the ground up.

The new Kroger store will feature a Corky’s BBQ, Murray’s Cheese Shop, a New York Style Sandwich Shop, sushi bar, juice bar a new pharmacy, and an expanded parking lot. The new store is about 60,000 square feet, nearly twice the size of the former 30,000-square-foot store.

IKEA To Open in December, Meatball Lovers Rejoice

Posted By on Wed, Oct 26, 2016 at 11:33 AM

If you're living in gleeful anticipation of the day IKEA will open its doors to the city of Memphis, wait no more. The Swedish retailer has announced business will begin on Wednesday, December 14 at 9 a.m. 

Prior to the company's 43rd U.S. store opening in Memphis — the first in Tennessee — Atlanta, Georgia and St. Louis, Missouri were home to the closest locations. The Memphis store will feature 10,000 exclusive items, 50 room-settings, three model home interiors, and a supervised children's play area. A 250-seat restaurant will serve notable specialties the retailer is known for. Be it meatballs and lingonberries, salmon plates, or, maybe, home furnishings, customers can start lining-up 48 hours prior to the grand opening. 

“We look forward to introducing Mid-South customers to a whole new way of shopping for the home,” said Trisha Bevering, store manager of IKEA Memphis.

Progress made on IKEA Memphis can be seen from Interstate 40 near the Germantown Parkway Exit. The 271,000 square-foot store will include about 800 parking spaces and is being built on 35 acres of land. The store will boast Tennessee's largest solar array — a facet of 90 percent of IKEA's locations in the United States. Including construction, the retailer will have brought 725 new jobs to Memphis when the store opens. 

In meantime, check out the interior of other IKEA locations. 

Parody Facebook Accounts for City, Mayor Delight and Confuse

Posted By on Wed, Oct 26, 2016 at 11:18 AM

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  • One is real. The other is not. Can you tell the difference?

A tumble weave sculpture will be added to Overton Square. “Bone Cans” will be added on Union. Liquor stores will be open this Sunday “to help roll in Halloween.”

These are some of the fake announcements from a pair of parody Facebook accounts that have popped up for Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and the city of Memphis.

But city officials (the real ones) are on to the fake ones and the fake ones are on to the real ones, too.

“The City of Memphis” page was launched Sunday. Its first pronouncement was of the new “Bone Cans” to be installed along Union for “fried chicken bones left with nowhere to go.” Its second read: “Sea of Blue on Sam Cooper, an unarmed black man was spotted driving a nice car.”

A parody account for Strickland went live Tuesday with this first post:

Speaking of which, both pages look official AF. They carry images of the Hernando deSoto Bridge, Strickland, and Beale Street. One tip-off, though, may be, that the handle for the fake Strickland page is @DaRealestMayor.

City officials (the real ones) sought to clear the air in a post yesterday providing Memphis social media-ites with the only sure-fire way to know the difference between what is real and what is not.

The check mark under a page’s name at the top left of a Facebook means the page has been verified as authentic. (See the check marks above.)

But the fake city of Memphis page fought back with this:

So, make sure you check those check marks before you go believing that after the council vote on marijuana a shirtless, dreadlocked Strickland has been seen outside of Whatever, or that liquor stores will be open Sunday.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

After Years of Decay, Clayborn Temple is Alive Once Again

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 7:13 PM

Multiple generations gather in the sanctuary of Clayborn, eager to see and contribute to historic landmark's storyline. - MICAELA WATTS
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  • Multiple generations gather in the sanctuary of Clayborn, eager to see and contribute to historic landmark's storyline.

Today, more than 150 people filled into the sanctuary of the historic Clayborn Temple to witness new life breathed back into a resurrected stronghold of the Civil Rights Movement.

Standing in the south shadow of the FedEx Forum, Clayborn Temple, once a buzzing hive for both congregation members and civil rights leaders alike, has been boarded up and empty since 1999, after years of downtown development had gradually forced congregation members out of the neighborhood. 

In October of 2015, nonprofit Neighborhood Preservation Ins. bought the deed to Clayborn in hopes to embark on a multi-million dollar renovation project. Under the leadership of Rob Thompson and Frank Smith, media began to tour the nearly forgotten landmark last week. Today, the church doors were opened to the public, as the team spearheading the project invited guests to come in and discuss what they thought the new future of Clayborn should include. 

Tentative plans for the church will have it alive and thriving once more in time for the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s death, in April 2018. Continued public input will be sought by leaders of the project. 


Another Round of Layoffs Begins at the Commercial Appeal

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 12:45 PM

Memphis Newspaper Guild President and Commercial Appeal Reporter Daniel Connolly is hopeful, but not happy.

"Today's cuts upset me and many others because they're part of a long series of reductions," he says, speaking on behalf of the Guild, and the employees it covers. "But l'm trying to stay focused and get the job done and I see a lot of other people around me doing the same."

Two CA employees were laid off today. They weren't Guild-covered and their names haven't yet been released. More layoffs are expected.

Gannett's newspaper products will be shrinking, even as the Commercial Appeal's parent company looks to expand its holdings. In advance of its third-quarter earnings announcement Thursday, and as the media giant appears to be working out details on a billion-dollar deal to acquire Tronc (The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, etc,) Gannett announced it was laying off 2% if its workforce. Politico pegs that number as roughly 350-people, and speculates that harder hit properties may see a figure closer to 10%. 

"Two people were let go today. Neither was Guild-covered so I'm not privy to information about them," Connolly says. "Also, there were cuts at the Gannett newspaper in Jackson, Tennessee. Details of those are unclear, but the CA staff will be picking up some of those functions.Regarding other cuts this fall, [the Guild has] been working with the company on severance packages."

More details to come. 

Feds Announce Review of Memphis Police

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 11:44 AM

From left, Noble Wray, Edward Stanton III, Jim Strickland, Michael Rallings
  • From left, Noble Wray, Edward Stanton III, Jim Strickland, Michael Rallings

A new partnership between the Memphis Police Department (MPD) and the U.S. Department of Justice is expected to be announced Wednesday.

The MPD has been under review by the DOJ for the use of deadly force and community-oriented policing, according to officials at Memphis City Hall. Federal officials will announce their findings in a news conference Wednesday.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and MPD director Michael Rallings invited the DOJ's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) to Memphis "for a collaborative review of both community-oriented policing and the use of deadly force," said Strickland spokesman Ursula Madden.

"We haven't yet signed an agreement, but we do expect a formal announcement in partnership with the DOJ tomorrow," Madden said.

Noble Wray, the DOJ’s Policing Practices and Accountability Initiative Chief in the COPS office, is slated to speak. Wray’s office is responsible for “advancing community policing nationwide,” according to the news release.

“Since 1995, the COPS office has invested more than $14 billion to advance community policing, including grants awarded to more than 13,000 state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to fund the hiring and redeployment of more than 127,000 officers and provide a variety of knowledge resource products including publications, training and technical assistance,” according to the COPS office.

Also, slated to speak are Edward L. Stanton III, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, Memphis Mayor Jim Edward L. Stanton III, and MPD director Michael Rawlings.

This story will be updated as details become available.

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