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Good morning, Memphis, where we could see a quarterback battle for the Tigers in the spring and coach Ryan Silverfield is all for it, saying he loves competition.
But, first, the late Memphis rapper Young Dolph’s label, Paper Route Empire, released a mew musical tribute featuring some of his closest friends, collaborators and proteges, our Bob Mehr reports.
“Long Live Dolph,” an eight-track tribute, features songs from Big Moochie Grape, Kenny Muney, Jay Fizzle, Joddy Badass, Snupe Bandz, PaperRoute Woo and Chitana.
The digital release comes just two months after Dolph’s murder in November. Earlier this month, three suspects were arrested in connection with the killing.
Q&A with Tennessee economic commissioner
Ford Motor Co.’s project, Blue Oval City, is expected to create about 5,800 jobs in an electric truck and battery-manufacturing complex in 2025.
Our Omer Yusuf speaks with Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe to discuss the area’s workforce, South Korean company SK Innovation’s role and how the Haywood County project can transform West Tennessee.
“The good news here is that we have lead time, for the sake of this conversation, two years to make sure that we adequately prepare the workforce and the numbers and the skillsets required to make sure the project is successful,” Rolfe said in his Q&A with Omer. “What we’re probably most excited about is the quality of wages that will be available to West Tennessee and the contiguous states.”
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Plans for the Parke at Houston Levee development
Collierville could see more homes, hotels, and retail spots with The Parke at Houston Levee Development project.
The Parke at Houston Levee features about 150 acres of single-family homes, townhouses, condominiums, hotels, medical and business offices, retail and commercial spaces, supermarkets and fuel stations, our Dima Amro reports.
"Presenting our western most gateway into Collierville, this limited access intersection has the potential to both set the tone for first impressions of our town as well as leverage the location to generate a substantial tax base for the town," developers Township Development Services said in a letter to Assistant Town Planner Nancy Boatwright.
The plan will face the board of mayor and aldermen Feb. 28.
Best Buy Teen Tech Center to ‘bridge the digital divide’
A Best Buy Teen Tech Center opened in South Memphis as a place for middle and high school students to get hands-on experience to explore their interest in the digital field.
The center allows them to practice with programming, photography, filmmaking, music production and recording, and fashion and accessory design, our Astrid Kayembe reports.
The centers are meant "to bridge the digital divide by giving youth access to tech education opportunities, relationships that help to build confidence, and a foundation for school and career success."
Olive Branch Airport looks to expand
The city of Olive Branch is working with the Mississippi Legislature to receive some federal funding to grow the Olive Branch Airport, our Gina Butkovich reports.
Expanding the airport goes hand in hand with the growth Olive Branch needs, said Ken Adam’s the city’s mayor.
"Not necessarily with flying components and widgets and boxes out like cargo, but it ties into corporate staff and executives coming in and out to view their businesses and flying from one warehouse location to another, that all ties together," Adams said.
Full Senate to take up expulsion of Sen. Katrina Robinson
The full state Senate will take up the fate of Sen. Katrina Robinson, D-Memphis, on Feb. 2 and weigh whether to expel her from the chamber following her conviction on federal fraud charges, our Adam Friedman reports.
The announcement comes days after a Senate Ethics Committee determined Robinson violated the body's code of ethics and recommended she be stripped of her position.
Robinson requested the committee delay last week's hearing so her attorney could join, while she continued to argue her federal case had not yet concluded, despite her conviction.
Robinson awaits a March sentencing.
Will Memphis football see another quarterback battle?
Memphis football coach Ryan Silverfield said freshman quarterback Seth Henigan told him he’s staying at Memphis as long as Silverfield remains coach, but the coach also said Grant Gunnell plans to stay and is preparing for spring practice.
“(Grant) talks quite often about how much he loves Memphis and the people here. He plans on being here competing and fighting and he wants to battle for a starting job. I'm all for it, I love competition.” Silverfield said on the “Jason & John" show on 92.9FM.
Silverfield's message of a quarterback battle adds intrigue to an offense in transition where quarterback, for now, is the only strong constant, our Evan Barnes reports.
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