Tuesday update

Local business owners Farhat Othmani (Qahwa), Wanda Russell (Wrapzody), and Willie Moore (Willie Moore’s Restaurant) were interviewed for a feature in the Washington Post on the hiring crisis in Memphis.

Max’s Sports Bar is starting up its fall cornhole league in a couple of weeks. As of yesterday, there were spots for 4 more teams left. If you want to join, get by there and sign up. They open this afternoon at 4:30. Specials for cornhole teams include

  • $4.24 Tito’s handmade vodka
  • $4.25 Jagermeister
  • $12 Miller Lite buckets

There’s a half-off Blind Bear special going on at GetMyPerks where you can get $50 of gift certificates for $25. The offer is good for food only, not alcohol, but the Bear has a fabulous menu so it’s still a great deal. You have to wait for the physical certificate to be snail-mailed to you and bring it to the restaurant to be redeemed. Promotional value expires October 31. Are we sure we can even count on the U.S. Postal Service to have delivered the certificate by then?

Star and Micey play Ghost River’s location at Main and Crump this Saturday. The El Mero Taco food truck will be onsite if you get hungry.

Mark Giannotto of the CA calls on local sporting events to lead the way in the fight against COVID by requiring proof of vaccination or a recent negative test.

The annual Grizzlies Garage Sale will be held at FedExForum this Saturday from noon to 4. Jerseys, furniture, autographed memorabilia, basketballs, and more from past seasons will be available for purchase. Lynnie’s Links and Drinks and MemPops will be onsite.

I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Col. Stephen (Steve) Chandler, who is the new commander of the MPD North Main Station. Former commander Joseph Smith has been transferred to the Mount Moriah Station.

Local 24 has a look back at the 3rd annual Beale Street Artcrawl Festival, held last Saturday.

From the Wall Street Journal: How a Billion-Dollar Farm Tech Startup (Indigo Ag) Stumbled, Then Revamped

Middle Tennessee is experiencing historic flooding, so bad that I-40 had to be closed in both directions at Bucksnort. I overheard a truck driver turn down a load to Nashville yesterday due to road conditions.

COVID Act Now has Shelby County at 113.9 new COVID cases per day per 100K residents. Prior to vaccines becoming widely available, Harvard medical staff recommended stay-home orders for areas where the rate exceeded 25 per day per 100K.

Shelby County Schools reports that more than 275 students and staff have tested positive for COVID.

That’s it for today. Back tomorrow with more news.