Friday, June 18, 2021

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Memphis Police Chief C.J. Davis now on duty!

The first woman to lead the Memphis Police Department was welcomed on Monday as she began her first day on the job. “I was proud to participate in the pinning ceremony this morning of our new Police Chief C.J. Davis,” Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland tweeted. The...

Tennessee to funnel $52M more into Memphis megasite

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced Tuesday that the state will pour $52 million into building a complicated wastewater discharge pipeline into a sprawling site that has failed to land potential tenants due to a lack of infrastructure buildout. The Memphis Regional Megasite, located...

Expert to study mental disabilty claim of death row inmate

An expert hired by a state prosecutors’ office can conduct a mental evaluation of a Tennessee death row inmate who claims he is intellectually disabled and should not be executed for the slayings of a mother and daughter more than 30 years ago, a...

Kayaker’s photos show crack in closed I-40 bridge in 2016

Photos taken by a Mississippi River kayaker about five years before a crack was found in the Interstate 40 bridge linking Tennessee and Arkansas appear to show the fracture that led transportation officials to close the span indefinitely last week. Arkansas transportation officials said they...

With I-40 bridge closed, backup route gets inspection

An inspection of the Interstate 55 bridge connecting Tennessee and Arkansas began Tuesday, a week after the span became the states’ primary Mississippi River crossing when a cracked steel beam prompted the indefinite closure of the nearby Interstate 40 bridge. Inspectors using drones were looking...

Mississippi River opened near Memphis under damaged bridge

by Adrian Sainz and Andrew DeMillo -- The U.S. Coast Guard said Friday that river traffic has reopened on the Mississippi River near Memphis, three days after it was closed when a crack was discovered in the Interstate 40 bridge that connects Tennessee and Arkansas. More...

Fully vaccinated can drop the masks, skip social distancing

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major step toward returning to pre-pandemic life, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has eased mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings. “Today is a great day...

Official: Repairs to interstate bridge could take months

Repairs to the Interstate 40 bridge linking Arkansas and Tennessee could take months after a crack was found in the span, forcing thousands of trucks and cars to detour and shutting down shipping on a section of the Mississippi River, a transportation official said...

Tennessee inmate asks court to declare he can’t be executed

by Travis Loller -- NASHVILLE – A Tennessee death row inmate’s attorneys on Wednesday asked a court to declare that he cannot be executed because he is intellectually disabled. The petition was filed in Memphis Criminal Court one day after Gov. Bill Lee signed a bill...

Tennessee Legislature adjourns for the year

by Kimberlee Kruesi --  NASHVILLE — Tennessee lawmakers on Wednesday adjourned for the year after spending their final moments slashing how long the unemployed can receive benefits, and banning certain concepts on race and racism from being taught in schools. The GOP-controlled General Assembly had been...