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100 N. Main planes; KIPP Memphis faces two school closures


Hello, Memphis, where freezing cold has arrived in the area with temperatures looking to be in the single digits this morning.

But, first, the Downtown Memphis Commission selected 100 N. Main Development Partners to redevelop Memphis’ tallest building, our reports Corinne Kennedy.

The Downtown Mobility Authority voted to enter into exclusive negotiations with the team, which includes Kevin Woods, Billy Orgel, Jay Lindy, Adam Slovis and Michael McLaughlin.

“Ownership will not pass to us until the deal is finalized. But this resolution provides assurance to the development team so they can spend the money necessary to close this deal,” the president said. by DMC, Paul Young.

KIPP Memphis Public Schools CEO Dr. Antonio Burt tours classrooms at KIPP Memphis Collegiate Elementary on Wednesday, November 10, 2021.

KIPP Memphis faces two more potential closures

If the Shelby County School Board votes to approve the recommendation not to renew the charter contracts, KIPP Memphis Collegiate Elementary and KIPP Memphis Academy Middle are expected to close at the end of their school years, our reports Laura Testino.

The closures would reduce the local network, which started in 2020 with seven schools, to three. It would also affect around 550 students and more than 50 teachers.

SCS recommends school closures for academic performance, Angela Whitelaw, assistant superintendent of academics and Brittany Monda, assistant superintendent of charter schools, explained.

January 16, 2022 - Mohammad Watandost, left, and his son Rahmatullah sit for a portrait at their Memphis home.

A family flees Afghanistan to their new home in Memphis

the The Watandost family settled in Memphis after fleeing Afghanistan about five months ago.

The family of three are among tens of thousands of Afghan refugees who entered the United States after the United States ended its 20-year war with Afghanistan with a final and chaotic evacuation from Kabul in August , our reports from Katherine Burgess in her story for subscribers.

“It was sad,” said Mohammad Watandost. “It was a lot of chaos. I came here with my wife and child and left everything else behind. My life, my home, my parents, my brothers.

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Michelle Taylor, appointed director of the health department, at a Shelby County commission meeting Wednesday, July 21, 2021.

Shelby County Health Department orders COVID-19 home testing kits

The Shelby County Health Department plans to order 90,000 home COVID-19 test kits to distribute throughout the county, Laura reports.

The turnaround time is expected to take about four weeks, but the health department hopes to receive the kits even sooner than that, said Dr. Michelle Taylor, director of the Shelby County Health Department.

The total cost of the kits is approximately $1.4 million.

“I still think we will eventually get to a point if we are able to get test kits to households, people will do the right thing. I have confidence in Shelby County and I have faith in our ability to take collective responsibility,” Taylor said.

January 12, 2022 - Wider hallways are featured in Concourse B at Memphis International Airport.  The renovated lobby features moving walkways, higher ceilings, and lounge areas.

Memphis International Airport’s new concourse will open next month

Memphis International Airport has announced that it will open its upgraded Concourse B on February 15 our reports Astrid Kayembe.

The $245 million project includes upgraded bathrooms, wireless charging stations, new vendors, a children’s play area and a stage for live music.

“This is an exciting day for MEM, Memphis and our passengers,” said Michael Keeney, chairman of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority Board of Commissioners. “We are truly reinventing the travel experience in Memphis, and we look forward to welcoming our passengers on February 15.”

Katrina Robinson walks to a press conference following her conviction for wire fraud Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Panel finds probable cause for impeachment of Senator Katrina Robinson from legislature

The Senate Ethics Committee has found probable cause to remove State Senator Katrina Robinson from her elected office following her conviction on multiple federal fraud charges, our reports Melissa Brown.

Robinson gets the chance to mount a defense Thursday when the committee meets to consider making a formal recommendation to the full Senate for his removal.

“The purpose of Thursday’s meeting is for the committee to further discuss the charges against her and her criminal conviction, allow her to present a defense and decide whether to issue a formal recommendation to the full Senate on the matter,” said Adam Kleinheider, a spokesman for Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally.

Memphis Tigers assistant coach Rasheed Wallace talks to center Malcom Dandridge during their first official practice, which they held in front of Rebounders Club fans at the Laurie-Walton Family Basketball Center on Tuesday, September 28, 2021.

Memphis basketball assistant Rasheeed Wallace will end the season remotely

Due to health and safety protocols related to COVID-19, Memphis freshman basketball assistant Rasheed Wallace will work remotely “in more of a consulting role” for the remainder of the season, Penny Hardaway said.

“He’s still a part of who we are,” Hardaway said. “He’s still a coach, although we say he’s in a consulting role. (But) with his health and safety, I said, ‘Hey, can you just be a consultant, basically, remotely? We always want your opinion and assessment of what’s going on. Go Zoom with the guys.’ The same things he would do if he was here.

Wallace, who works primarily with Tigers centers and forwards, will continue to be paid by the university and no adjustments will be made to the terms of his deal. our Jason Munz reports.

The 901 was written by Ray Padilla, The Commercial Appeal’s digital producer. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @Ray_Padilla_.