Memphis to celebrate Isaac Bruce; mapping COVID-19 infections
Hello, Memphis, where the University of Memphis will honor Isaac Bruce at halftime of Saturday’s game against Mississippi State at the Liberty Bowl following his induction into the Professional Football Hall of Fame.
But, first of all, two maps of Shelby County show that areas with more vaccination have fewer active cases of COVID-19, including fewer pediatric cases, our Katherine Burgess reports.
“The evidence is clear: In areas where we currently have fewer active cases, we are finding that in those populations we have a higher vaccination rate,” said Michelle Taylor, director of the Shelby County Department of Health. . “There couldn’t be clearer evidence for the people who are still on the fence that they need to be vaccinated.”
There are currently 6,660 active cases identified in Shelby County, but it is estimated that for every identified case there are about 2.5 more cases that have not been identified, Taylor said.
Future of the Raymond James building
The building at 50 N. Front St. Downtown – known to many as the Raymond James Building, named after its former main tenant – will be converted into a mixed-use development comprising hundreds of apartments, reports our Corinne Kennedy.
“I hope to see real viability in what could be the new era of this important waterfront building,” said owner Jacob Sofer. “My hope is to adapt quickly to the realities of today’s market and to continue to offer Memphians a huge tower space on the river. “
He said in a press release that he hopes to convert the tower into 300 apartments, with commercial space on the first two floors of the 21-story structure. The pandemic has reduced the demand for office space around the world. However, demand for apartments remains high in Memphis.
Consequences of racism in Rhodes
Two recent racist incidents at Rhodes College could cause more black students to withdraw from higher education, our Tonyaa Weathers writes in this column for subscribers.
She writes in part: “Kofi Whitehead’s enrollment in Rhodes College is a step towards reversing the reality that black men are the group least likely to graduate from college.
But unless the college vigorously tackles another reality – that reality being an increase in racist incidents on campus over the past decade – such advances could easily turn into setbacks.
Especially since, as a study of students at the University of Washington shows, racial trauma is more likely to cause black students to leave college earlier. “
New DeSoto County Development
Les Cascades, a mixed-use development across Silo Square in Southaven and the Lake District in Lakeland, paved the way for Olive Branch on Wednesday, our Gina Butkovich reports.
“This is going to mean a lot to the town of Olive Branch, to DeSoto County, north of Mississippi,” said Marion Threatt, managing member of the Focal Point Investment project owner. “We had been working on this deal for three or four years, we wanted to make sure it was something special. Our hope is that it will be a destination point.
Lil Nas X Presents The Memphis Nonprofit
Memphis-based non-profit Unleashed Relationship is one of the groups on the “Baby Registry” of musical artist Lil Nas X. accompanying the release of her first album, our Katherine Burgess reports.
The Baby Registry is asking fans to support HIV / AIDS nonprofits in the South.
Relationship Unleashed, which is associated in the registry with the song “Scoop” with Doja Cat, is an organization that seeks to “create social, cultural and professional equity for members of the black LGBTQ + community.”
New pizza option coming soon
Columbus, Ohio-based Donatos Pizza is turning to Memphis as part of its expansion plans with Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville as demand for their pizzas with edge-to-edge toppings increases.
Donatos currently owns three restaurants in Tennessee – Nashville, Murfreesboro and Knoxville – and plans to add five more in the Memphis area and grow to about 20 statewide, Baldwin said.
Issac Bruce Celebration
In 1993, the University of Memphis defeated Mississippi State in Starkville, led by Isaac Bruce, who would become the first Tiger to exceed 1,000 receiving yards in a season and the first to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. professional football.
Saturday, the Tigers celebrate Bruce and hope to replicate 1993 result as the Bulldogs come to the Liberty Bowl for a 3pm kickoff, reports our Evan Barnes.
The school expects more than 40,000 people will descend on Liberty Park for the game, although Laird Veatch has said there will likely be fewer Mississippi State Fans Than Expected.
Our Mark Giannotto writes in this column for subscribers that while the Tigers don’t need to win, defeating another Power 5 opponent would continue a trend started in 2015 with a win over Ole Miss.
He writes: There is an opportunity to give a cathartic and cathartic reminder to the rest of the country that the entertainment brand Memphis established during its rise to power is going nowhere, even if UCF, Cincinnati and Houston (at least temporarily) leave the Tigers. behind in the AAC.
It will be all the more striking if it happens against Mississippi State coach Mike Leach, considered one of the great offensive innovators of modern college football. Because it’s Memphis, not Mississippi State, that comes in on Saturday with the best offense in the country, even a true freshman (Seth Henigan) as quarterback.
Dann Miller is the Senior Director of Customer Experience at The Commercial Appeal. He can be contacted at [email protected] or on Twitter @dannmiller.