Monday update

Downtown is getting a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Center. According to a Nextdoor post over the weekend, they’re opening at 777 S. Main. Their first day of classes will be Tuesday, May 4 with a women’s self-defense class at 6 PM and a co-ed self-defense class at 7 PM. You can sign up on the website. On your first visit, they ask you to come 15 minutes early to get registered.

777 S. Main is a gray building on the east side of Main between the railroad bridge and Virginia Avenue. It’s a block walk away from the Ghost River taproom.

Also from Nextdoor, gunshots were heard inside South Bluffs in the 9-10 PM hour Sunday. Said to be 4 separate rounds of 5-10 rounds each, with more shots a few hours later.

The Grizzlies got a second win over Portland in 48 hours yesterday. They still hold a 1-game lead over Golden State and San Antonio for 8th in the West, but get this… all that winning over Portland has left Memphis only 0.5 games back from pushing the Trail Blazers out of 7th place. The Grizzlies have one more stop on the road, tonight at Denver at 8, then they’ll be back home Wednesday for another game against Portland.

Fox 13 has photos of yesterday’s protest to end recent police shootings.

WREG has updated info on that car that crashed into a building in the 100 block of Peabody Place. The driver attempted to get away after a traffic stop. Marijuana and guns were found inside the vehicle. Before the stop, the car was seen driving on the wrong side of the road and burning rubber. The driver has been charged with reckless driving, evading arrest, and charges for possession of guns and drugs.

Let’s hear it for the good folks: Calvary Episcopal has long hosted a clothing shop for the underprivileged in the community. Now they’re offering COVID vaccines too.

MLK50 has a story about a new group in our city, Memphis Restaurant Workers United. Not a formal union, the group intends to use public pressure to push for industry reform.

The DM talked with the folks at Walking Pants Curiosities and at Lansky Bros. about the pivot to online sales during the pandemic. Walking Pants experienced a huge surge in the demand for puzzles.

That’s it! Back tomorrow.