Penny’s decision to stay creates team, new Tennessee laws begin
Hello Thursday morning in Memphis, where fans in Mississippi State celebrate the school’s first-ever national championship in a team sport, as the Bulldogs beat Vanderbilt 9-0 to win the College World Series.
But, first, we take a look at the meaning and impact of Penny Hardaway’s Orlando Magic interview and what happened over the following days.
The Tiger Nation has gone from fear of not having Penny Hardaway to local legend embracing the team and Memphis. Then, bonus news: Coach legend Larry Brown could join the sideline to coach this Tigers team many expect to compete for a berth in the NCAA. It was a lightning week and it was only Wednesday morning.
Our sports columnist, Mark Giannotto, says Hardaway played what he called the Orlando Magic situation pretty much correctly.
Here is an excerpt from Mark’s column:
Penny Hardaway has said he is staying in Memphis, sparking happy relief among Tigers fans, though it’s not entirely clear he was set to leave. Larry Brown finally seems to be coming with him too.
Whether those two sentences are true as the calendar turns to July can only mean one thing when it comes to the tricky PR tap dance that Hardaway just played: he played this whole Orlando Magic situation just right.
Consider everything that has happened – or has not happened – over the past few weeks.
And, in this story for subscribers, Tigers beat writer Jason Munz discusses how the clues were where Penny intended to stay, even before starting that memorable 70-second video. Here’s part of that story:
When Penny Hardaway suddenly appeared on Instagram accounts across the world shortly after 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday – sporting a black ‘901’ baseball cap and a bright blue polo shirt with the Memphis logo stitched right above her heart – you just got it. know.
You knew he wasn’t quitting his job as the Tigers basketball coach. Not now. Not for the Orlando Magic. Not for any other NBA coaching job. Not for nothing.
Problems serving the city’s solid waste
Recently released internal documents reveal a culture of backbiting and strained relationships, angry emails and alleged physical encounters at the Memphis solid waste department, our Sam Hardiman reports in this story for subscribers.
The documents give details of what the city recognized in early June as a cultural issue in the department.
âObviously, we had something going on internally within the organization that wasn’t productive,â Doug McGowen, City of Memphis chief operating officer, told Memphis City Council.
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U de M opens cutting-edge technology center
It was a good day for the University of Memphis. Principals cut the ribbon for the new $ 31 million wellness center in a sunny ceremony – the morning after Tigers basketball coach Penny Hardaway, who attended the ‘event, told Memphis he would stick around, reports our Laura Testino.
In addition to indoor and outdoor basketball courts, the two-story center, named in honor of trustee and former interim president R. Brad Martin, also has four group fitness studios, an indoor track , tennis courts, field spaces, and cardio and weight training areas. With the full well-being of the students in mind, there is also a cafÃ©, an educational kitchen, a wellness patio and an outdoor swimming pool.
Two new developments planned
Our Corinne Kennedy reports on two new developments planned for Memphis; one in the medical district and another near the University of Memphis.
Located just off Southern Avenue, a Florida developer envisions a 92-unit, 101-parking space apartment complex for students and young professionals.
A separate group of developers are looking to build 31 housing units in the medical district, which will include a variety of homes ranging from studios to quadruple.
New mount. Sinai Baptist Church Pastor Dies
Rev. W. DeWayne Breckenridge, Sr., pastor of New Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, passed away on Friday, reports our Lucas Finton.
“DeWayne was such a pure-hearted justice advocate that he would do what was right and right for people to help them recover,” said Pastor Keith Norman, one of Breckenridge’s colleagues. “He was ‘the adjuster.’ He would straighten the scales to help give people hope.”
Visitations will be held July 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the New Mt. Sinai Baptist Church. Her funeral will be July 3, starting at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church Broad.
New laws come into effect today
From carrying handguns without a license, rules for transgender students’ sports participation in school and the use of toilets, as well as changing the prosecution process for constitutional issues, Natalie Allison examines the new laws that come into effect today in Tennessee.
Some other changes that come into effect today include a bill requiring public textbooks to be available online; extended eligibility to collection courts; more transparency on the backlog of rape kit tests; and tougher sentences for murder against a person whom the accused knew was acting as a “good samaritan”.
Mark Russell is editor-in-chief of The Commercial Appeal. You can reach him at 901 / 288-4509 or [email protected] You can also follow him on Twitter: @ MarkRussell44