By Wayne Risher, The Daily Memphian
Graceland has sued the city of Memphis again, this time in federal court, over an indefinite delay of a zoning change allowing Elvis Presley Enterprises to expand the Whitehaven tourist magnet.
The operator of Elvis Presley’s home and related attractions sued the city in U.S. District Court on Tuesday, Oct. 16, alleging the delay was retaliation for its Chancery Court lawsuit against the city and Memphis Grizzlies ownership.
Graceland claims its constitutional rights were violated when city officials asked for the rezoning to be tabled pending resolution of the Chancery lawsuit. That case seeks to resolve whether a FedExForum non-compete clause prevents public incentives from going to one of Graceland’s planned improvements, a 6,200-seat performance venue.
City chief legal officer Bruce McMullen said the federal lawsuit appears to be a rehash of Graceland’s previous claims. “It is hard to see how the lawsuit is legally sound,” he said in a statement. “Unfortunately, once again it appears EPE is using lawsuits as part of their business strategy.”
No one hit the jackpot for Tuesday night’s record $667 million Mega Millions drawing, pushing the top prize for Friday to a whopping $900 million.
There were, however, nine tickets sold across the country that matched five numbers, but not the Mega Ball. One of the $1 million tickets was sold in New Jersey, with two more being purchased in Pennsylvania. Lottery officials in both states are expected to reveal the stores that sold those lucky tickets later Wednesday.
Tuesday’s winning numbers were 3, 45, 49, 61 and 69. The Mega Ball drawn was 9 and the Megaplier was 5x.
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) – Shots were fired on the interstate Wednesday morning.
Memphis Police Department reported shots were fired in the area of I-240 and I-40 before 7 a.m.
It is believe the shots were fired as part of a road rage incident.
No injuries were reported.
The suspect was last seen in a black sedan heading westbound on I-240 toward Covington Pike.
Road rage crashes on the rise in Shelby County
Statistics we obtained from the State of Tennessee show road rage rising dramatically from a decade ago.
Police said some of those shootings stemmed from road rage, something Memphis drivers said concerns them.
Statistics from the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security show that’s not what people are doing The number of crashes involving aggressive road rage in Shelby County rose dramatically in the last ten years from just one case in 2008 to 361 last year. “The main thing is that people are impatient on the roadways,” said Captain Jimmie Johnson with Tennessee Highway Patrol
Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY
After all the offseason hype, LeBron James will step on the court in the Los Angeles Lakers’ purple and gold for the team’s season opener Thursday in Portland as the new-look Lakers take on Damian Lillard and Trail Blazers (10:30 p.m. ET, TNT). James left his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers — for the second time — in July to join the Lakers. While he says he didn’t join the team to be closer to L.A. for his blossoming career in the entertainment business, it’s worth asking: Will Hollywood LeBron will get in the way of Basketball LeBron? The three-time NBA Champion and four-time MVP’s journey in L.A. will undoubtedly be one of the most important storylines to watch this season, especially with James not knowing what to call his coach!
By Jeff Goldman | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
The lucky New Jersey ticket matched five numbers, but not the Powerball. State lottery officials will disclose where it was sold later Thursday.
Saturday’s jackpot will be worth at least $430 million with a cash option of $248 million, making it potentially the 18th largest in U.S. lottery history.
Mark Giannotto, Memphis Commercial Appeal
INDIANAPOLIS — Marc Gasol grimaced and hobbled off the court court after yet another Indiana Pacers put-back dunk early in the second quarter Wednesday night, and the thought had to be running through your mind, too: Could this regular season opener be going any worse for the Memphis Grizzlies?
The Grizzlies were getting doubled up on the scoreboard and their inability to grab a rebound meant the Pacers’ entire roster suddenly looked like a combination of Moses Malone and Dennis Rodman.
The good news? It didn’t get much worse.
Gasol returned to the floor, Memphis played respectably enough the rest of the way to suffer a 111-83 loss at Indiana, and it now gets 81 more chances to get it right.
The bad news? The Grizzlies can’t afford to look that awful much longer.
Jennifer Pignolet, Memphis Commercial Appeal
Ask union leader Tikeila Rucker what guarantees a Shelby County Schools teacher’s pay, benefits or insurance won’t change in the next several months, and she’ll give you one word:
Faith that district leaders won’t make changes at will — because they can.
The three-year memorandum of understanding between 7,000 teachers and the school district expired in March.
“We are operating under the good grace of superintendent at this time,” Rucker said.
The United Education Association, led by Rucker, and the Memphis Shelby County Education Association are in the process of drumming up support from teachers to allow the unions to go back to the table with SCS to create a new agreement. They tried once before, but couldn’t garner enough participation, citing technical difficulties with an email that went out asking for votes.
To give them more time, SCS Superintendent Dorsey Hopson agreed in a letter not to make changes to working conditions dictated under the previous agreement.
“Although it expired, we will continue to be guided by the terms and conditions contained in it and do not anticipate any disruptions with daily operations,” Hopson’s email said.
But if the unions again fail to garner enough support, they will be at a crossroads. Hopson would have the power to make changes unilaterally to major elements of a teacher’s job.
Hopson cheered at rally
Rucker’s union had a rally Tuesday to engage teachers in the process of “collaborative conferencing,” the process that replaced collective bargaining with a change in state law in 2011.
Hopson was a welcomed guest, and the union gave him the chance to address the crowd.
BY STACY JACOBSON, WREG
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Early voting started on Wednesday but there were some issues that delayed voters from casting their ballots.
Officials and voters both say it was an issue with the Internet. But while voters are frustrated, officials are downplaying the impact.
Eddie Phillips came to the Abundant Grace Fellowship Church on Shelby Drive on Wednesday morning to have his say.
“I came here at 11 a.m. to vote and they were already having problems. They said something was wrong with the Internet,” he said.
Phillips isn’t alone. Election officials said they had connectivity issues in up to 10 locations, keeping poll workers from being able to electronically check in voters.
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) – One of the referendums on the November 6 ballot is the issue of term limits for Memphis mayor and Memphis City Council members.
Ten years ago, term limits passed overwhelmingly by limited Memphis City leaders to just two four-year terms.
WMC Action News 5’s Andrew Douglas explain how this year’s referendum would extend term limits to three terms.
Memphian Eloise Phifer supports term limits in the city.
“I just feel like turnover is better and embedded people with long term interests is not in the best interest of the city,” Phifer said.
Most Memphians agreed with her. In fact, 10 years ago Memphis voters approved term limits by more than 75 percent.
Now, term limits are back on the ballot, and it may confuse the average voter.