Good Friday morning, Memphis, where the temperature is rising this weekend and where we celebrate a Tigers victory Thursday over East Carolina University and the Grizzlies return to FedExForum tonight to face the Utah Jazz.
But, first, let’s salute Ja Morant, the Grizzlies’ All Star point guard.
Morant officially went from rising star to superstar after being named the NBA All-Star Game starter at age 22 in his third season with the Grizzlies, our Grizzlies reporter Damichael Cole reports in this story.
Morant, a former Murray State star, joined Marc Gasol in 2015 as the only Memphis Grizzlies players to start in an All-Star Game. Along with Gasol and Morant, Zach Randolph and Paul Gasol are the only four Grizzlies selected for the game.
The All-Star Game will be played Feb. 20 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland.
Morant celebrated his selection last night with his grandparents.
Amy Weirich has a reputation for being tough on crime; critics say she’s a flawed attorney general
Becoming a district attorney general was never a goal for Amy Weirich, even when she spent her entire career in the district attorney’s office.
But when then-Gov. Bill Haslam recruited then-District Attorney General Bill Gibbons to become State Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security, Gibbons asked Haslam if he would appoint Weirich to his former position, reports our Katherine Burgess in this story for subscribers.
Weirich, after all, had been Gibbons’ assistant district attorney, the first woman to hold that position. Previously, she was Chief Prosecutor of the Gang and Narcotics Prosecution Unit and Division Chief of the Special Prosecution Unit in the Criminal Court. She had joined the district attorney’s office in 1991 as a courtroom prosecutor, rising through the ranks.
So when Haslam appointed Weirich District Attorney General in January 2011, the first appointment of her term, Weirich decided she was ready.
Weirich’s tough stance on crime garnered support throughout Shelby County, but it was also followed by allegations of misconduct.
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The judge orders TVA to provide supply documents
A federal judge in Memphis wants the Tennessee Valley Authority to provide documents about the environmental impact — and potential dangers — of its bid for a long-term contract to supply electricity to Memphis, reports our Samuel Hardiman.
U.S. District Judge Thomas Parker issued an order on Monday requiring TVA to turn over further documents about how it brought the contract offer to Memphis — a contract that more than 140 other local power companies have already signed. .
Parker’s order is in response to legal filings from Protect Our Aquifer, a Memphis-based nonprofit, and two other environmental nonprofits. These nonprofits argued that TVA’s long-term contracts are not actually 20-year contracts, but endless contracts that violate two federal laws — the TVA Act, which governs TVA, and the national environmental policy. Parker has not ruled on these allegations.
Carrot Top, the building edition
South Point Grocery won’t be hard to find. Even from afar.
Store owners are looking to put an 11-foot-tall neon carrot on top of the store, according to an application submitted to the Downtown Memphis Commission Design Review Board, our Corinne Kennedy reports.
The team is requesting a waiver to allow for larger signage than generally permitted. The owners are also planning to put other neon signs on the front of the store reading “South Point Grocery”.
The design review committee will discuss the requests on Wednesday.
Super Bowl recipes: leftover steak on nachos?
Nachos are the ultimate Super Bowl food. They are delicious and pretty much universally loved.
They’re also easy to assemble, bake and serve entirely on a baking sheet, which means fewer dishes to worry about when your team looks like it might be whipping up a game-winning drive, reports our colleague, Mackensy Lunsford of the Southern Food.
And, of course, Memphis is known for its barbecued nachos prepared in a variety of ways, all delicious as a snack for a few people and as a meal for one.
Tigers beat East Carolina behind big games from Lester Quinones, Josh Minott
Josh Minott had a double-double and Lester Quinones dropped a team-high 17 points to lead Memphis to a 71-54 win over East Carolina on Thursday night at FedExForum, our Jason Munz reports in this story. .
Minott, a freshman forward, had 13 points and 12 rebounds to record his second career double-double.
It was the second straight victory for Memphis (11-8, 5-4 AAC), which was again without injured stars Jalen Duren, DeAndre Williams, Landers Nolley II and reserve player Jayden Hardaway. The Pirates (11-8, 2-5) got 19 points from leading scorer Tristen Newton.
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