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MUS too strong for Briarcrest

commercialappeal.com — It was the game that MUS and Owls coach Bobby Alston had been waiting for - one in which everything clicked like it did in Friday's 34-0 Senior Night shutout of Division 2-AA West rival Briarcrest.

Melrose star scores five touchdowns

Jerry Lee Lewis' Living Legacy: Approaching 80, the 'Last Man' of rock and roll looks back

commercialappeal.com — The wrought iron gates guarding his kingdom in rural Mississippi bear the family name and the silhouette of a grand piano. Up the driveway, in the carport, sits a vintage cream-colored Rolls-Royce. Inside the house, a gleaming white Harley-Davidson is parked in the living room. His seventh wife is making his lunch in the kitchen.
Oct 31, 2014

Jerry Lee Lewis' Living Legacy: Approaching 80, the 'Last Man' of rock and roll looks back shar.es/10ugIS via @memphisnews

Oct 31, 2014

Great visit with "hillbilly rajah" Jerry Lee Lewis --> "@BobMehr sits down with the 'Last Man' of rock and roll. memne.ws/1zRpKmt"

Oct 31, 2014

RT @memphisnews: Ladies and gentlemen ... Jerry Lee Lewis. @BobMehr sits down with the "Last Man" of rock and roll. memne.ws/1zRpKmt

Oct 31, 2014

Jerry Lee Lewis Has a Bad Back: Sippin' soda and watching "Gunsmoke" in bed with "The Killer" as he approaches 80. commercialappeal.com/go-memphis/mus…

New faces, smaller numbers, big plans mark Bowen’s University of Memphis athletic department

commercialappeal.com — As Bowen pushes the U of M into what is his third full sports season as athletic director, he does so with a transformed department, one he and staff will point out often is the "leanest" in the American Athletic Conference.
Oct 31, 2014

Videos of top UofM AD personnel talking about their roles in my story on changes with @TigersAthletics : memne.ws/UofMADdept

Oct 31, 2014

RT @memphissports: Many changes under @TigersAthletics AD Tom Bowen, but his UofM team set as his 3rd season in charge accelerates: memne.ws/UofMADdept

Justin Timberlake sells Mirimichi golf course to Memphis businessman Fred Edmiston

commercialappeal.com — Pop music superstar Justin Timberlake and his family have sold Mirimichi, the golf course they opened in 2009 near the Shelby Forest area where he grew up, to Memphis businessman Fred Edmiston.

Movie Review: Former Harry Potter is devilish in horror-comedy ‘Horns.’

commercialappeal.com — The former Harry Potter is transformed into a horny devil, literally, in "Horns," a horror movie with a comedic edge to match its title pair of satanic points. The movie was adapted by screenwriter Keith Bunin from a 2010 novel by Joe Hill, the chip-off-the-old-brimstone son of Stephen King.
Oct 31, 2014

Harry Potter is a horny devil (literally) in HORNS. Opens in Memphis today, My review: goo.gl/3KoBpq

Finals set in School Spirit Showdown

commercialappeal.com — It's Germantown vs. Booker T. Washington in the finals of the "School Spirit Showdown," our contest to find the Memphis-area school with the most spirit. Germantown beat Collierville by 5 percentage points in one semifinal, while Booker T. Washington beat Tipton-Rosemark Academy, which pulled several upsets over larger schools in previous rounds, by 1 percentage point in the other.

Jason Smith's Tiger Basketball Insider: More from strength coach Evarist Akujobi

commercialappeal.com — First-year University of Memphis strength and conditioning coach Evarist Akujobi discussed his philosophy and his efforts to make the Tigers physically and, perhaps more importantly, mentally stronger in today's paper. If you missed it, you can read it here.

Judge rules city of Memphis can cut retiree health care

commercialappeal.com — A judge ruled that the city of Memphis may cut subsidies for retiree health care starting Jan. 1. The ruling by Shelby County Chancery Court Judge Walter L. Evans Friday represents a defeat for unions and retirees that have protested cuts. The action means the city can start open enrollment for health insurance for retirees over 65 on Monday.

Indie Memphis Daily: Sunday Viewer's Guide

commercialappeal.com — Now 17 years old, the Indie Memphis Film Festival officially has reached adulthood, at least as measured by the Motion Picture Association of America, which has set 17 as the age at which a person may be admitted to an R-rated movie without a parent or guardian.

Report card delivers trove of school data

commercialappeal.com — In Shelby County, 74.6 percent of the class of 2014 graduated in four years or less, compared to the state average of 86.3 percent, according to the state report card released late Thursday.

Houston cross country girls look to make impact at state

commercialappeal.com — Watching Houston's Emma Reed lead her team through the first two miles of a cross country race isn't exactly like watching a Mother Duck lead her ducklings across a busy road - but it's in the neighborhood.

MTSU Poll: Anti-income-tax Amendment 3 closer than expected; Haslam, Alexander ahead

commercialappeal.com — NASHVILLE - Surprisingly, the outcome of the anti-income-tax constitutional amendment on Tuesday's ballot is uncertain, according to the new MTSU Poll released Friday by Middle Tennessee State University. Not surprisingly, Gov. Bill Haslam held a substantial lead over his Democratic challenger, Charles V.
Oct 31, 2014

MTSU Poll: Anti-income-tax Amendment 3 closer than expected; Haslam, Alexander ahead shar.es/107y6o via @memphisnews

Indie Memphis Daily: Saturday Viewer's Guide

commercialappeal.com — Now 17 years old, the Indie Memphis Film Festival officially has reached adulthood, at least as measured by the Motion Picture Association of America, which has set 17 as the age at which a person may be admitted to an R-rated movie without a parent or guardian.
Oct 31, 2014

And now this: My advance look at SATURDAY at @indiememphis, with reviews of 10 films: goo.gl/gcVBgY

Evarist Akujobi reshaping Memphis basketball strength and conditioning program

commercialappeal.com — Even if University of Memphis basketball coach Josh Pastner was going to hire someone else, Evarist Akujobi still wanted Pastner to know what the Tigers needed from their next strength and conditioning coach.
Oct 31, 2014

Akujobi: "Last year ... we got punked around a lot." RT @memphissports: Akujobi says Tigers need to get stronger memne.ws/13nw72G

Analysis: In the 8th Congressional District, the shift from ‘blue dog’ to red was quick and drastic

commercialappeal.com — DRESDEN, Tenn. - Jake Bynum plotted his path last fall to what would be an open mayor's office in Weakley County this summer, gauging the political gusts along the way. Would he run as a Democrat, or as a Republican? The choice could define his chances.
Oct 31, 2014

To tell the story of how the 8th District went from 'blue dog' to red, I started with a trip to Weakley County: commercialappeal.com/news/local-new…

Prep results from Oct. 30

commercialappeal.com — DISTRICT 14-AAA At Arlington ARLINGTON 40, CORDOVA 6 Cordova 6 0 0 0- 6 Arlington 0 17 9 14-40 Cor - DeMarcus Johnson 36 run (kick failed) Arl - Cameron Durley 21 FG Arl - Joseph Stevenson 9 run (Cameron Durley kick) Arl - Keelon Webber 2 run (Cameron Durley

Assignment Memphis 2.0: Griz or Grizz? D’ya mean a basketball player or the guy in the bear suit?

commercialappeal.com — Is it Griz with one 'z,' like Les Miz and The Wiz? Or Grizz with two 'z's,' like ZZ Top and Buzz Lightyear? Depends on whom you ask.
Oct 30, 2014

Where @DavidWWilliams takes on the issue of "The Griz" vs. "The Grizz". Me? I'm for 1 more letter: "The Grizzl". memne.ws/GRIZvsGRIZZ

Oct 30, 2014

RT @memphissports: Sports Editor @DavidWWilliams in Assignment:Memphis 2.0 tackles this critical Memphis sports issue: "Griz or Grizz?" memne.ws/GRIZvsGRIZZ

Oct 30, 2014

@jensized Griz or Grizz? No subject too whimzical for 'Assignment: Memphis' shar.es/10spH2

Oct 30, 2014

You know what else has two consonants near the end of it? NASHVILLE. Griz with one 'Z' all the way. commercialappeal.com/sports/columni…

Memphis mayor proposes ‘juvenile safety centers’ for curfew violators

commercialappeal.com — Memphis Mayor A C Wharton is proposing a rule change that would make it easier for police to detain young people caught outside after curfew. "It is my firm belief that removing the handcuffs from our police officers when it comes to making decisions as to transporting juveniles would go a long way in this effort," Wharton wrote in a letter this week to City Council member Myron Lowery.