The 901: What will Memphis, Shelby County pay to the Memphis Grizzlies?

Around 50 people outside the FedExForum on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021.

Good morning, Memphis, where we the sun is peeking through clouds that promise even more rain and thunderstorms today and tomorrow and where home prices have continue to rise as home sales surged in the past year. 

But, first, the city of Memphis, Shelby County and the Memphis Grizzlies have agreed on how much money local government will pay for the Grizzlies’ remaining lease at FedExForum, and they have agreed to tweak the team’s existing lease, our Samuel Hardiman and Katherine Burgess report.

The city and county could pay the Grizzlies at least $44.8 million over the next eight years, the remainder of the lease. The first four years would be payments of $4.9 million split between the two governments. The next four years would be $6.3 million annually.

Samuel and Katherine dive into why Memphis and Shelby County were on the hook for the Grizzlies’ shortfall with the lease at FedExForum.

Trezevant High School Coach Teli White leads his team down Central Avenue during the Parade of Champions put on by the City of Memphis to honor players from East, Lausanne, Trezevant and Whitehaven high schools who all won their respective football championships.

MSCS wants to build a new $80 million high school in Frayser

Memphis-Shelby County Schools seeks funding from the county for aa new high school in Frayser, which documents show plans to build it on the existing property at Trezevant High School or at Martin Luther King Preparatory High School, our Laura Testino reports. 

Bobby White, founder and CEO of Frayser Community Schools, said he would welcome a new high school for the neighborhood, no matter where it’s built. 

“There’s an excitement around this new high school,” White said. “The people in our community, me included, we’re excited about the new high school. Where it’s going to be built, I don’t think is as important as if we’re really going to get it built.”

Poll worker Jeanette Eskridge (left) helps Sandra Jones get started on a voting machine Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, at Dave Wells Community Center in Memphis.

Judge rules against opening more sites during first days of early voting

The Shelby County Election Commission will not be required to open additional early voting sites during Holy Week, Judge James Butler ruled.

Butler also declined to restrain the Election Commission from implementing a resolution opening just its downtown location on the first two days of early voting, which begins April 13, our Katherine Burgess reports.

He determined that he had heard insufficient proof to determine that the Election Commission had violated the Tennessee Open Meetings Act or the Tennessee Constitution. 

A home for sale in the Ridgeway Estates West neighborhood of Memphis, Tenn. on Friday, April 8, 2022.

What to know from the March housing market report

Home prices and sales in the Memphis market continue to rise in 2022, our Omer Yusuf reports in his story for subscribers.

As the prices and sales rise, Memphis-area home sales also increased from March 2021 to March 2022 — with over 1,700 home sales reported.

Omer digs into the data found from the March housing report and tells us what we need to know from it.

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“Sharecropper,” a two-color linoleum cut from 1952 by Elizabeth Catlett, also is part of the show.  (Image provided)

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art plans to transform into ‘epicenter of Black art’

A new fund plans to transform the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art into a “powerhouse” and “epicenter” of Black Art, our John Beifuss reports. 

Funded by a group of anonymous donors, the $5 million Blackmon-Perry fellowship establishes a permanent rotating position for a young curator of color while also providing money for exhibitions and regular purchases of works by contemporary and historic Black artists from around the world.

“We’re serious when we say we will be an epicenter of Black art,” said Mark Resnick, the museum’s chief operating officer and acting executive director. “Memphis is going to be a real powerhouse in this area.”

Renderings show what the proposed 7Brew Coffee on Union Avenue could look like.

7Brew Coffee to expand into Memphis

A developer is looking to open 7Brew Coffee, a drive-thru-only coffee shop, on Union Avenue in Midtown, our Corinne Kennedy reports.

The Arkansas-based chain currently has 19 locations in various southern states, and the Memphis location would be the first in Tennessee.

An application was submitted to the Memphis and Shelby County Board of Adjustment seeking variances to allow for a drive-thru and several other zoning exceptions.

Kenny Lee, stands outside of the Crystal Palace Skating Rink on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022 where he was the manager for 13 years up until the day it closed in 2017.

Killing our future: How to curb youth violence in Memphis 

Many Memphis youths are turning to guns and violence as a means of asserting themselves in a society that devalues them. But we shouldn’t have to mourn lost lives and futures, our Tonyaa Weathersbee writes in her latest series for subscribers.

Weathersbee has started a series of columns to detail and why youth violence has grown in Memphis as well as ways to possibly reverse the troubling trend.

Here’s an excerpt: 

This wasn’t the role Kenny Lee thought he’d be playing at this point in his life.

Two decades ago, Lee, the former entertainment manager of Crystal Palace Skating Rink on South 3rd Street, was helping teenagers plan Sweet 16 parties.

Or he was hiring them for small jobs that, for the most part, helped them earn money and esteem – especially since most of them lived in 38109, a zip code with a child poverty rate of 42 percent.

That’s the 14th highest child poverty rate in Shelby County.

“As a child I grew up going to Crystal Palace, but as teen I loved it even more, because I was able to get a job there as entertainment manager,” said Lee, now 33.

Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins talks with Steven Adams during the first half of the team's NBA preseason basketball game against the Chicago Bulls on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

How Taylor Jenkins’ talks helped put a spotlight on Memphis Grizzlies

The way Jenkins talks about basketball is both cogent and corny. So it’s worth discussing now how Jenkins is perhaps an under-emphasized facet of what made the Grizzlies the talk of the NBA this season, our Mark Giannotto writes in his latest column.

Here’s an excerpt: 

Taylor Jenkins called the meeting a turning point this week, the moment when, if they ever make a movie out of this Memphis Grizzlies season, the transformation into a contender really began.

The Grizzlies had just lost to Minnesota by 43 points. They were vacillating between impressive wins and uninspiring losses. Their defense was awful. They were less than a week away from losing Ja Morant to injury for the first time. They were just eight days from starting a streak in which they won 10 of 11 games without him. 

So in Salt Lake City, the place where last season ended, before a November rematch with the Utah Jazz, a meeting was called. It wasn’t a secret back then. But perhaps, in retrospect, given the way these Grizzlies took off from there, it revealed more about Jenkins than anyone else.

The 901 is written by Ray Padilla, digital producer for The Commercial Appeal. He can be reached at raymond.padilla@commercialappeal.com or on Twitter @Ray_Padilla_.

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