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On a two-fold mission, Clift Dates summoned several people of like

minds to meet him at the offices of The New Tri-State Defender on Tuesday morning. “We are going to declare war on crime in our neighborhoods,” said Dates, a principal organizer of Memphis Boxing Group LLC, a boxing group created to provide training to young men and women. “Our other mission is we’ve got to rescue our youth.”

Dates and his partners unveiled a “faith-based initiative” that will more formally debut with a boxing-centered event in December. Helen Cole-Washington, who co-founded the non-profit Battlefields of Life Foundation with Santi B. Smothers in 2016, is on board. The budding partnership with Memphis Boxing Group LLC will further the foundation’s goal of help-

ing young people who lack ambition and a sense of direction and who are caught up in a web of crime, domestic violence, teenage pregnancy and anger-management issues, said Cole-Washington. “Let their families be there first coach. From there we team up with these great men and give these young men and women something to look forward to,” she said. “We’re looking

to partner up with the community, the businesses here and all of us come together collectively for this one mission and that is to take on this war.” Cole-Washington was senior manager when Dates operated CDA, Inc., the first minority-owned private security guard company in the Memphis/Shelby County area.

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Referendums – A matter of division

The three referendums on the Nov. 6 ballot have strong proponents and opponents, with the division evident again last Monday evening during an Instant Runoff Voting Forum held at Minglewood Hall and hosted by Pearl Walker, founder/administrator of the Memphis Raise Your Expectations Facebook Group Page. Urging “Yes” votes on all three items were Shelby County Clerk (and former Memphis City Council member) Wanda Halbert and City Councilman Martavius Jones; Shelby County Democratic Party Chairman Corey Strong and Erika Sugarmon, former schools board member, urged “No” Votes. (Photos: Sherri Wright) Opinions on referendums: Page 4, Youth and the power of the vote: Page 8, Early voting locations: Page 9, Referendum language: Page 11-12

Dueling narratives escalate XPO employee accusations

POWER & POLITICS

Tennessee’s largest teachers group backs Dean for governor Lee reportedly snubs invitation

by Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell

by Marta W. Aldrich

Special to The New Tri-State Defender

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This much is known about the death of Linda Neal: She died Oct. 17, 2017 on the warehouse floor of XPO Logistics, where she worked. Why she died – or whether she had to die at all – has touched off a bitter labor dispute that escalated into a full blown “March on the Boss,” with XPO employees picketing the Southeast Memphis warehouse, demanding safer work conditions, an end to sexual harrassment and more lenient policies for sick days. “We work long hours in that heat,” said Lakeisha Nelson, an XPO employee. “We stand up every day, working overtime. You have to work until all the work is finished, however many hours that is. But there is

The political action committee for Tennessee’s largest teachers organization on Tuesday endorsed Democrat Karl Dean for governor over his Republican opponent, Bill Lee. The Tennessee Education Association PAC cited Dean’s record on school funding and his opposition to vouchers that use taxpayer money to pay for tuition to private or religious schools. “Karl Dean has a record of increasing education funding as mayor of Nashville and has made improving K-12 funding a centerpiece of his campaign for governor,” TEA President Beth Brown said in a statement. “Increasing the state’s

A delegation of workers intent upon delivering a letter to XPO officials encountered a locked door. (Courtesy photo) no forgiveness. If you leave, sick or not, you get a point. After 10 points, you’re out of a job.” But while officials with XPO Logistics lament the loss, they insist the company maintains a safe work environment and that managers acted appropriately and quickly to help save Neal’s life. “The truth is that my colleague’s passing is being shamefully exploited by Teamsters who are trying to

get XPO employees organized into a union,” said Erin Kurtz, senior vice president of communications. “Linda was given immediate medical attention and was not left unattended for 45 minutes. Again, this is a distortion by union organizers to deliberately mislead people.” What happened?

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per-student investment is a top priority for TEA and one of the reasons Dean has earned our endorsement.” The announcement comes as Dean Karl Dean lags significantly behind Lee in the polls with less than a month before voters go to the polls on November 6 – and one week after Lee received the stunning endorsement of (Dorsey Hopson) the superintendent of schools in Memphis, home to the state’s largest district and a Democratic stronghold in a mostly red state. TEA’s backing of Dean was not a surprise, however. The teachers

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CONTINUED FROM FRONT Neal reported to work on Oct. 17, 2017, like any other day. She mentioned that she wasn’t feeling well, said one of her sons. “Some of the workers told us that my mom went to her supervisor and told him she was sick and asked to go home,” said Dean Turner, one of Neal’s five sons. “He said ‘No. Get back to work.’ She did and shortly after that, she collapsed on the floor.” Nelson remembers the moment. “I heard them call for a wheelchair, and I saw the security guy bringing one,” she said. “I was coming back from lunch, and I asked somebody ‘Man down?’ They said ‘Yeah.’ Then someone ran to me and said, ‘Lakeisha, it’s Linda!’ I ran there as fast as I could, but by the time I got there, management was keeping everybody back from her.” Nelson said she wanted to administer CPR to her friend but was ordered to keep her distance. “We were all told that if anyone touches her, they would be immediately terminated,” Nelson continued. “She died laying right there. I was screaming and crying.” But in a statement, XPO Logistics vehemently denies that Neal was left unattended.

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CONTINUED FROM FRONT group has endorsed Democratic candidates for governor for at least 40 years of general elections, although it has recommended GOP candidates such as U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander to its parent organization, the National Education Association. (TEA backed Democrat Craig Fitzhugh and Republican Beth Harwell in

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“Here are the facts: When our employee collapsed, we immediately called emergency services and cleared the area for first responders,” the statement said. “EMTs were on the scene within 10 minutes and we complied with their direction to restrict access until Memphis Police arrived. “Our colleague’s passing was upsetting to everyone, especially her co-workers, who were told they could go home for the rest of the day,” the statement said. Nelson remembers it differently. “I begged to go home,” she said. “They told us, ‘Get back to work.’ I was still stepping over the pool of blood where she fell the next day.” “No, we will never forget Linda Neal.” Oct. 1: March on The Boss Aggrieved XPO employees say that Neal’s death only underscored ongoing complaints about extreme heat, long hours and sexual harrassment. And on Oct. 1, flanked by various union and community leaders, the Shelby County NAACP and elected officials, several XPO employees publicly protested in front of XPO’s Southeast Memphis facility. “Working conditions there are atrocious,” said NAACP President Deidre Malone, who also sits on the

this year’s primary races to replace outgoing Gov. Bill Haslam, who is term-limited.) Public education has been a major issue on the campaign trail and front-of-mind for voters. Dean and Lee’s first debate, held last week in Memphis, touched on some of the very issues that the teachers group spotlighted in its endorsement of Dean. “Dean is the only gubernatorial candidate who opposes private school vouchers – a

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U.S. Congressman Steve Cohen peers through the window at XPO Logistics. Cohen joined in the protest and asked to go inside the plant, but was denied. An XPO Logistics official said that in denying Cohen, “local teams were following the safety guidelines that are in place.” (Facebook photo)

board of The New Tri-State Defender. “These employees are forced to work in 100-plus degrees for 14-16 hours a day sometimes.” Kurtz pushed back on claims of extreme heat. “Throughout the work site, there are giant fans installed, and they have been installed for years,” she said. “Any implication that they were only

hardline issue for TEA,” said Brown, a 38-year-old teacher who this year became one of the youngest TEA members to hold its top office. “Vouchers take critical funding away from public schools and have severely undermined public education in states that have implemented voucher programs.” Lee, a businessman from Franklin, supports vouchers and is open to other programs that give parents choic-

installed after Linda’s death is not true.” In addition to Malone and other civic leaders, State Rep. G.A. Hardaway and U.S. Congressman Steve Cohen joined the protest as well. Malone said they were attempting to deliver a letter outlining complaints about the workplace, but were denied from entering the facility – even when Cohen asked. “I was surprised that management not only refused to see us, but called the police,” Cohen said. “But the conditions in that plant are deplorable. And something is going to be done about it. This is unacceptable.” As XPO spokeswoman, Kurtz said she never got a call from Cohen or anyone. “We were accused of being insensitive and unresponsive to our employees by not speaking to marchers last week, but I always call everyone back,” she said. “No one called me. No one called the corporate office, including elected officials who stood with protesters last week.” Asked about the optics of denying Cohen access to the plant last week, Kurtz said, “Well, I wasn’t there to actually know how the decision was made, but I can tell you that local teams were following the safety guidelines that are in place.” Other elected officials on hand for the protest included State Reps G.A.

es beyond traditional public schools. A perennial issue in Tennessee’s Legislature, vouchers have been voted down consistently by mostly Democrats and rural Republicans, albeit by increasingly narrow margins. TEA also is lobbying for higher teacher pay, improved supports for teachers, and expanding early childhood education – all of which are part of Dean’s platform. The group’s endorsement

Hardaway, Jessie Chism, and London Lamar. Members of #BlackLivesMatter, Fight For 15 and the Memphis Bus Riders Union also participated. Nelson said her XPO plant employs many African-American and Latina women, who find themselves subjected to sexual harassment and demeaning treatment by XPO management, who are mostly white men. “(There’s) groping and grabbing, sexual comments, supervisors forcing themselves on women while they work, and women being forced to take off their bras before coming onto the warehouse floor,” Nelson said. “And if we report it, we may be out of a job.” Kurtz stressed that worker unrest is being driven by union organizers. “I was in Memphis not too long ago, and I visited the site there,” Kurtz said. “Our employees are upset that the company is being portrayed like this. That is because they love their jobs.” Nelson said that most of her coworkers want a union, but are afraid of management. “We have been threatened with losing our jobs and with other types of retaliation if we join any protests,” she said. “But I am ready to take the pain, to carry this burden, to walk this journey,” she continued, “so my children and grandchildren won’t have to.”

came after Dean met with TEA leaders at its Nashville headquarters, as well as with members across the state, according to a spokeswoman for the teachers organization. Lee did not respond to the group’s requests for a similar meeting, the spokeswoman said in answer to a query from Chalkbeat. A spokeswoman for Lee’s campaign did not immediately comment on the matter. Now in its 153rd year, the

teachers group had almost 29,000 members in 2015-16, down by more than a third from five years earlier after the state stripped away rights to collective bargaining and payroll deductions. TEA officials have been working to rebuild the organization’s base and its influence. (Follow Marta W. Aldrich  @marta_w_aldrich; Email: maldrich@chalkbeat. org.)

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CONTINUED FROM FRONT “I have a trust in him and he definitely has a trust in me that we can come together and make this happen.” Eldridge “Pete” Mitchell, who founded Restoration House Boxing Academy in 2014, also has a long history with Dates. He first started training boxers in 1990, eventually deciding to restrict his focus to amateur boxing. “Clift and I have been talking for the past year about doing something with the kids. …Clift, Monyette Flowers (of Flowers Power Boxing) and I had been talking about putting (boxing) shows on in Memphis…making boxing good again. … “Clift is the head of this thing but I can do the boxing. I can do the ring, I can do the judges, the officials. I have trained people to put on a boxing show. “ Amateur boxing is governed by the USA Olympic Boxing in Colorado Springs, Colo. “It’s pretty intense on what you’ve go to do to run an amateur boxing program,” said Mitchell, who was the threetimes Tri-State Boxing Champion and three times runner-up while attending Melrose High School. Mitchell left Tuesday’s meeting early, heading for the Memphis Police Department gym, where he was scheduled to make a pitch to all of the boxing coaches in Memphis. “I’m introducing this program to them, telling them that let’s make boxing the thing in Memphis. …If we put this

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Clift Dates (center) said he is stepping out on faith, along with several others, including (seated l-r) Santi B. Smothers and Helen Cole-Washington and (standing l-r) Ike Griffith, Tyrone Curry, State Rep. Joe Towns Jr. and the son of Sunbeam Mitchell. (Photo: Karanja A. Ajanaku) program together right … we will have people coming in here from all over the country…just to be exposed in our amateur program… “The more we expose boxing, the more kids we are going to get in. And as Battlefields of Life says, they are trying to reach out and teach kids discipline. …There are many kids out here that can get passed that (anger), we’ve just go to find them. We’ve got to make something attractive to them.” Flowers Power Boxing is looked to for magnetism. The team of Memphis-born and raised brothers has amassed 25-plus years in professional boxing. Reached in Las Vegas where he lives, Monyette Flowers said, “We’re planning on doing shows very soon in Memphis. We’re trying to give the children a different mindset on

and we’ve got to educate our children on how not to kill each other; on how not to hurt each other. “I’ve seen a thousand or more murders and I’ve see a thousand or more kids saved. I see this (the boxing initiative) as a bait to get them in. …Give them something to be a part of. You can’t play with these kids. They know your spirit and when you are passionate about what you are doing...” Ike Griffith, Director of the City of Memphis Office of Youth Services, said, “We’re living in some difficult times with our young people and the home structure is not always perfect. To have positive opportunities for our young

people is a necessity. …If we don’t take a firm stand, you think we going through something now…” City government needs helpmates, Griffith said. “This (initiative) is a helpmate to the city… My job is helping children find jobs, introducing them to the world of work. We have over 5,000, 6,000 to apply but I am only able to help 1,500. Next year I will be able to do 1,750. But the remaining ones that I couldn’t help, I’ve got to have something positive that we can embrace …” Dates referenced the fatal shooting of Greater Memphis Chamber President/CEO Phil Trenary on Sept. 27, noting

that those charged with murder are 16, 18 and 22. He looked further back and said, “We shoot up each other all the time and no reaction from our community. I’m so tired of being tired of this stuff. I am not going to sit here and tolerate it any more. “We are on a mission and we have declared war on this crap. We are also (on) a mission to save our youth. That’s the main point. I’ve talked to the ‘Man’ upstairs many nights about this problem. He said, ‘If you are going to do something Clift, you better do it while you still got your mind strong.’ …I’m going out on faith.”

their goals and plans. When I was young, I used to box out of Memphis, Tenn. It kind of kept me disciplined, and I had goals set.” Flowers said the Flowers Power Boxing group will usher in amateur and professional boxing, making use of a strong connection to Floyd Mayweather Sr. and his renowned son, Floyd Mayweather Jr. “We’re good friends. He (Mayweather Sr.) said whenever I want to do a show to let him know. He will be down, hopefully, in December as well.” Dates said the initiative is well-founded, well thought out and has the much-needed support of the law-enforcement community. Tyrone Curry, president of the Memphis Afro-American Police Association, said, “We’ve gotta start putting in love, guidance and direction

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PERSPECTIVE The New Tri-State Defender, October 11 - 17, 2018, Page 4

INSTANT RUNOFF VOTING

Vote ‘NO’ on all referendums

by Erika Sugarmon

Special to The New Tri-State Defender

A homeowner sells you his house, remarking on its high ceilings, lovely sun porch, and Southern exposure, all true. He fails to tell you there are termites, which you find out to your dismay after closing. We’d call that fraud by omission.  You can deceive someone by not telling them what they need to know. Our city leaders are doing just that with the three ballot measures up this November. That’s why I was happy to sign on as a plaintiff challenging in court their misleading wording. Back in 2008, Memphis referendum voters overwhelmingly supported two election reforms for city elections: Term Limits of 2 terms, and Instant Runoff Voting (IRV). IRV lets voters rank candidates in order of preference—1st, 2nd, and 3rd.  If no candidate gets a majority, rather than running a separate costly, low-turnout ‘runoff’ election, IRV uses the rankings to find the winner with majority support.   Because African-American and low-income voters have an especially hard time coming back to the polls for that second runoff election, IRV avoids voter suppression.

IRV has been used for decades in the U.S. in other cities and would be good for Memphis.   It allows more voters to Erika participate, Sugarmon makes elections more competitive, and gives newcomer candidates a more level playing field, than either of the two election systems we used to run in Memphis.  Which is why the City Council incumbents want to undo those 2008 referendums with three repeal referendums, to make it easier for them to stay in power longer. And, with their tricky ballot language, they might get away with it. The first ballot question asks voters if they’d like to adopt a 3-term limit for city elections— without telling them that we already voted in a 2-term limit. Termites, anyone? This language makes it sound like if you like term limits you should vote “Yes.” But really, if you want to limit incumbents’ time in office, you would want to vote “No.”

The second ballot question asks voters if they’d like to repeal IRV and return to the way things were in 2008.  They don’t tell you, but that means we’d have to pay for the second round of runoff elections in most City Council districts. They also don’t tell you that doing that will cost the City over six figures a year over (conservatively) in election costs. That’s a problem because state law says the City must do an estimate of the fiscal impact of a referendum. Back in 2008, the City followed the law and informed voters on the ballot that adopting IRV would  save $250,000 a year. Wouldn’t repealing that now cost $250,000 per year?   Wouldn’t it be useful for voters to know this? Well, you won’t find any such required info on the ballot, which just ignores the 2008 ballot number and claims it’s impossible to estimate. Apparently what was possible then is impossible now. The third and final referendum proposes that we get rid of runoffs (either the Instant kind or the expensive, low-turnout kind) altogether. This would allow an incumbent to skate by with 30 percent or so of the vote in a crowded field of candidates, where the anti-incumbent vote was split between too many similar challengers.

I know something about this, because I was a victim of it this past August. I ran for City Council against an appointed incumbent, a pro-business, anti-labor candidate.  Along with me, two other progressive, pro-labor candidates split that vote, letting the incumbent win with just around 40%--even though a majority of that district would have ranked that incumbent pretty far down its list.  I was a close second.  I likely would have won under an IRV vote. (See Supplemental Documentation) But leave aside the merits of this “minority rule” proposal. Like the other two, it’s confusing to the voters.  That’s because it directly contradicts the second proposal. Question 2 says, “Go back to runoffs for single-member districts, like we had in 2008.” Question 3 says, “Get rid of all runoffs.” You can’t have it both ways. This whole business shows how the City Council disrespects voters.  The politicians said we didn’t understand what we were voting for in 2008, so they’re making us vote on it again. They quietly used tax dollars to try to lobby Nashville to outlaw IRV across the state—which, if they’d succeeded,  would have made a mockery of this November 2018 referendum. Then they write de-

Trio: Vote ‘Yes, Yes, Yes’

by Erica R. Williams

Special to The New Tri-State Defender

It’s a controversial ballot that could disqualify some voters, especially those of low socio-economic status. This is the claim asserted by a trio of elected leaders who urged voters to take a closer look at the November 6 ballot. “Let’s not go backwards,” Council member Edmund Ford, Jr. said to a small crowd that had gathered on a recent Thursday night for a live broadcast of the “Brian Clay Chronicles,” a local independent-run podcast. “We know the sacrifices that have been made for us to vote and this process would manipulate our votes.” The process the Shelby County Commissioner and Memphis City Council member was referring to is known as Instant Running Voting (IRV). During the podcast, Ford sat on a panel with fellow Council members, Patrice Robinson and Jamita Swearengen. The trio vehemently urged voters to vote, “Yes.Yes.Yes,” on next month’s ballot, relating to three critical referendums. Possibly the most controversial of the three is IRV. “The intent of IRV is to see if the other side can move enough votes around and throw them away, so that someone who wouldn’t normally wins will win,” Ford said about the process. Currently, Memphis voters are only allowed to select one candidate per race; but IRV would change that process, requiring voters to instead rank candidates

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City Council members Jamita Swearengen (left), Edmund Ford Jr. (also a a Shelby County Commissioner) and Patrice Robinson make an argument for repealing the instant runoff provision during a recent segment of the “Brian Clay Chronicles.” (Photo: George Tillman Jr.) in order of preference. “Someone coming in third place, could end up winning the race. This isn’t right,” Ford said. “Let the winners win, and the losers lose.” More than 10 years ago voters approved IRV during a 2008 election, something Ford believes happened because it was looked over on the ballot. IRV was never implemented in the city because Election Commission officials said the machines couldn’t handle such balloting; but in 2016, they decided that they could make it work, slating its debut for a 2019 implementation. Unsure if it should be used at all, recently Council members approved a referendum that would repeal IRV altogether. Ford said, voting yes would

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ensure that it’s not implemented in Memphis, citing the disenfranchisement of low-income voters as the reason for its possible negative impact. Attorney Steve Mulroy, who is at the forefront of the Save IRV campaign, disagreed with Ford’s notion. “It is absolutely incorrect that it can disenfranchise African American voters. In fact, it’s the opposite,” he said. The Rev. Earle J. Fisher, a proponent of IRV, also challenged Ford’s claim. “I am in support of IRV because it enhances and empowers voters to choose who represents them. Historically we have had low voter turnout and IRV requires voters to go to the polls only one time,” he said.

But Ford said IRV could cause bigger problems. “The NAACP in Charlottesville has even likened IRV to the poll tax,” he explained. “And I’m curious to see what the other side is going to say to try to persuade people that this is good for African Americans.” Ford added that he has empirical data that not only says IRV suppresses votes but results in votes being thrown out. “In the city of Sante Fe, for example, they were forced to use IRV and had a 600 percent increase in ballots being thrown out.” But Fisher said these examples are “worst case scenarios.” “I am after what gives the most voice to the most people,” Fisher said. “And I believe IRV does.”

SUBSTITUTE ORDINANCE No. 5669 A referendum ordinance to amend the charter of the city of memphis, same being chapter 11 of the acts of 1879, as amended, pursuant to the provisions of article 11 section 9 constitution of the state of tennessee home rule amendment so as to repeal the procedure of instant runoff voting and restore the prior procedure for election of council members to single member districts; requesting the city comptroller to submit this amendment to the voters at the november 6, 2018 general election. ...

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ceitful language to tilt the scales toward their favored “Yes” vote. This is why I’m proud to be on this lawsuit, and proud to be urging Memphians to vote “NO” on all upcoming ballot questions. Tell the politicians we meant what we said the first time. Tell them we’re not too stupid to understand the 2008 referendums, or to understand how to rank “1, 2, and 3” on an IRV ballot. Tell them we won’t be fooled by their tricky wordplay. Vote “NO” on all referendums. Go to www.saveirvmemphis.com for more information.

Standing firm on his claim that IRV does not disenfranchise voters, Mulroy said forcing people to come back to the polls a second time marginalizes working class people. He believes IRV will save people time and the city money because voting will only take place once, as opposed to the current voting system, which requires a run-off election. “There is data that shows that when people have to come to the polls a second time, there is a drop off of African-American voters,” Mulroy explained. “So actually, IRV will help increase voter participation in minorities.” But Council member Swearengen has a solution for Mulroy’s proposed issue: get rid of run-off elections completely. “We don’t have them for the mayoral race or super-district races, so let’s not have them for the district races,” she said. Doing away with the run-off elections is also a referendum on the ballot. Swearengen told voters to vote yes to repeal these elections. Additionally, Ford, Swearengen and Robinson are urging voters to vote yes to another referendum that extends the city’s current limit of two consecutive terms for the mayor and city council members to three consecutive terms. Although the issues are different, the three city leaders believe they have a similar objective: to disqualify the black vote. Voters can vote for or against all three referendums on the Nov. 6 ballot.

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RELIGION

‘End times’ conference designed to ‘rock your world’

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A conference of people with a view of “end times” that differs from a more commonly held view will unfold in Memphis over a three-day stretch later this month. The Memphis Eschatology (Endtimes) Conference 2018 will be held at the Church of Christ, 33 E. Raines Rd. October 19-20. As a field of study, eschatology deals with what is going to happen in the end times according to the Bible. The conference theme is “Eschatology in the Pauline Epistles.” There will be multiple presentations – all focusing on “all Bible prophecy being fulfilled countering a futurist perspective of fulfillment.” Memphis author and debater, William Bell Jr., is a key conference organizer. He’s also one of the speakers. Bell hosts the live “All Things Fulfilled Radio Broadcast” on KWAM 990 each Sunday morning at 9 a.m.

and a pre-recorded broadcast on WORVAM, WJMGFM 92.1, and WGDQ FM 93.1 in Hattiesburg, MS. Along with Don K. PresWilliam ton, founder Bell Jr. of the Preterist Research Institute in Ardmore, OK, Bell also is the co-host of the “Two Guys and A Bible” podcast, which airs Tuesdays at 6 pm CDT on BlogTalkRadio. com/fulfilledradio and other Internet podcast platforms. They were awarded honorary doctorates from Vision International University of Rowena, Calif. for their work in eschatological studies. Conference organizers described the teaching and preaching of fulfilled Bible prophecy as a “grassroots movement seeking to restore the an-

Monumental observation… With a celebratory embrace, the congregation of Monumental Baptist Church saluted the Rev. Wade C. Bryant and his wife Brenda, during the observation of Pastor Wife Appreciation Day last Sunday at the church at 704 S. Parkway East. Mt. Vernon Baptist Church-Westwood was the guest church. (Photo: Tyrone P. Easley)

cient message of the Old Testament Prophets, and of Christ and his Apostles who taught, expected to see all prophecy fulfilled in their own generation, almost 2000 years ago.“ Covenant eschatology – sometimes labeled the Preterit view – views the end times events, including the Book of Revelation, as already fulfilled, in the past. In other words, the conference media release asserts, “we are not living in the last days; there is no Rapture, great tribulation, coming Antichrist, or literal 1000 years reign of Christ on earth in Jerusalem in our future.” False views of eschatology were a major cause in creating many of today’s existing denominations, the organizers assert. Their view is that “Covenant eschatology is helping to heal these divisions and breeches among Christians by opening dialogue and engagement with all from Pentecostals, Presbyterians, Baptists, Churches of Christ, Adventists, Je-

hovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, Jews, Muslims, and more.” The lectures from the Pauline epistles are geared toward people “interested in accurate exegesis (interpretation) of Bible prophecy end times Bible texts.” An open forum is set for Saturday, with all speakers participating after the presentations end. Local preachers and elders are encouraged to attend and will be offered an opportunity to make a presentation. Other speakers include John Holt, a former Memphian who now lives in Porter Ranch, CA, and works as a fire captain in Los Angeles. Food and snacks will be provided throughout the day. Earnest Wells Sr.

of Wells Roofing and Remodeling Company will also assist in providing food for the event. The conference is free. Building capacity is about 175. Registration is encouraged using www.bit.ly/ memphisendtimes2018. Attendees are welcome to bring guests. A livestream will be provided. Following the event, all lectures will be posted to the website and on YouTube and Facebook. Registration is open until Oct 20. (For more information contact William Bell, 901-601-0548 or visit www.allthingsfulfilled.com/event and rainesroadcoc.org/event.)

Pre-Love... Pastor & Wife Pre-Love Day at Lambert Church of God in Christ (1070 Keating St.) was the 14th celebration of the service of Pastor Charles Moore and his wife, Gwen Moore. Bishop William S. Wright (right), pastor of Liberty COGIC in Whitehaven was the guest speaker. (Photo: Tyrone P. Easley)

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. – Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)


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FESTIVAL REVIEW

Mempho Fest

Had there been a roof on the muthasucka at Mempho, funk icon George Clinton surely would have torn it off. (Photos: Johnathan Martin)

by Dalisia Brye

Hip-hop legend Nas also lit up the stage with many of his classics, including “Hate Me Now” and “If I Ruled The World.”

‘This is so dope!’

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The Mempho Music Festival lived up to its “food, music and nature” theme this year as fans gathered for the second annual event at Shelby Farms last weekend. The two-day event kicked off Saturday with several major acts performing for fans in an intimate setting, while being surrounded by the many beautiful acres of land Dalisia Brye Shelby Farms has to offer. Upon arrival, patrons were whisked away in buses and driven to a secret location in the park, which, for many, was truly the beginning of a unique experience. “This is so dope,” said concertgoer Rasheeda Evans. “As long as I’ve lived in Memphis and visited Shelby Farms, I’m completely blown away at how exclusive this event is. It totally exceeded my expectations.” Janelle Monae, Juicy J and Project Pat were just a few of many acts that performed Saturday night, but the crowd seemed to gravitate to the hometown sounds from Boo Mitchell, Bobby Rush and Al Kapone as they celebrated 60 years of Royal Studios with a magical tribute. “When I was asked to perform with such legendary people, it was a must, I had to do it,” said Al Kapone. “I’m excited and honored more than anything. I’ve been a fan of the Mitchells before my career started and it’s always a blessing to represent Memphis.” The festival closed out Sunday with performances from rappers Rich the Kid and Nas that had the crowd amped with their chart topping hits. As the evening set, the music was loud and funky as George Clinton and the Parliament, along with The Bar-Kays that ripped the stage with sounds that Memphians were all too familiar with. “We just (wanted) to capture the essence of Memphis in a different way,” said Mempho Fest creator and founder Diego Winegardner, who said he first envisioned Mempho Fest as he was bike riding through Shelby Farms. “I can definitely see the Mempho Fest being along the levels of Coachella in coming years.” Mempho Fest-goers were welcomed to a safe, fun, family-friendly atmosphere that offered some a chance to see their favorite performing artists. “Janelle Monae is my idol”, said 8-year-old Aaliyah Taylor. “My mommy surprised me with tickets for my birthday. It was the best gift ever and I hope she comes back next year so I can see her again. Headliner Post Malone ended the night with a high-energy performance. Afterward, he was seen carrying nachos and snapping pictures with fans. The festival also featured late night performances, with local artists extending the party atmosphere until 2 a.m. “I came all the way from D.C to attend this event,” said Jonah Vincent. “It was definitely worth the hype and I plan on coming to the fest from here on out.” (For a full recap of the Mempho Music Festival, visit Memphofest.com.)

Shelby Farms was lit up for and packed for the Mempho Music Fest both Saturday and Sunday nights. Organizers are already planning to expand the festival to a third day as soon as next year. This background singer for George Clinton & Parliament/ Funkadelic shouts out the crowd.


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Youth and the power of the vote

‘Anti-littering’ makeover designed to enhance Memphis’ beauty

by Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell

Special to the New Tri-State Defender

Nearly 500 Shelby County Schools students from 15 high schools participated in the Power of The Vote Youth Forum held at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, 70 N. Bellevue, last Friday (Oct. 5). The forum reflected the combined effort of several organizations to “assure that every eligible high school student is provided an opportunity to discuss the importance of civic engagement, register to vote and have an opportunity to learn how to properly operate voting machines.”

Whatever it’s called – M-Town, Bluff City, The River City, Big M, Home of the Blues, Birthplace of Rock ‘n Roll – Memphis is well loved by those who know her best. This month’s launch of a new campaign calls on Memphians to join city government to fight the litter and blight. The “901 Keep It Clean” is the new “Clean Up, Paint Up, Fix Up” initiative of the 21st century. “Litter remains a pervasive concern in urban centers,” said Eldra White, executive director of the Memphis City Beautiful Commission. “Memphis is already beautiful with its trees and wonderful canopy. But our effort to keep Memphis clean will enhance the natural beauty we have all come to love.” Local, celebrity spokespeople will lead the way on multiple media platforms, such as: University of Memphis Basketball Coach Penny Hardaway, the Grizz Girls, Christ Missionary Baptist Church Pastor Dr. Gina M. Stewart, and Spoken Word Artist Sebastian Carson. “As I have moved across the city and

spoken with older Memphians, they remember when Memphis won awards for its cleanliness,” White said. “They feel that something was lost the day Dr. King died in Memphis. Truth or not, we want to bring back a strong sense of pride for our city.” Stewart said she was “humbled and happy” to be a part of the project. “The videos were shot back in the summer,” Stewart said. “I felt honored and thankful to speak on behalf or our city. Memphis has the best people you can find anywhere. We can do better, and we can be better. A litter-free city will benefit us all.” Criminals tend to gravitate toward areas where garbage and other debris is dumped in residential communities where people live, White said. “But if we can eliminate those areas, there is no place for criminal activity to go on. This improves the quality of life for everyone.” Billboards, television and radio ads will be played, using one of the chosen spokespersons. “We show that we really care for our home town when we make sure we don’t litter and challenge others to do the same,” Stewart said. “Memphis City Beautiful

tried to choose a cross-section of local figures to drive the message home. Keeping Memphis clean helps us all.” White said once Memphis City Beautiful has promoted a call to action and Memphis once again reflects the pride felt by all of its people, businesses will feel comfortable building here. “We need new jobs for employees to care for their families,” said White. “Caring about Memphis is a win-win proposition.” The 901 Keep It Clean initiative will open up dialogue about litter and how to move forward toward eliminating the issue altogether, White said. “Mayor Strickland promised to reduce the areas of blight and trash. …This is one way he is delivering on that promise.” Noting that Memphis is rich in cultural history and significance, Strickland said, “It is our obligation as citizens to not let blight and litter create a barrier between us and opportunity. People come from all over the world to patronize our city and we want that to continue.” (To learn more, visit www.memphiscitybeautiful.org. Join the discussion at #901keepitclean.)

THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW Southwest to launch Tennessee’s first publically-funded funeral service program

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The Memphis (TN) Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc. was the host member of the I Am A Voter Collaborative, which powered “The Power of the Vote Youth Summit, along with Shelby County Schools and the Shelby County Election Commission. Early voting for the Nov. 6 State/Federal General Election and Municipal Elections begins Oct. 17 and concludes Nov. 1. For locations and times, see Page 9. Pictured (l-r): Flo Roach, Memphis Chapter – Jack & Jill President Vanecia Belser Kimbrow, Esq., and Charmaine Hayslett. (Courtesy photos)

For Mid-South individuals interested in pursuing a career as a funeral services director or embalmer in Tennessee, the nearest drive to obtain an associate degree is in Nashville. That changes January 2019 with the launch of the first publically-funded funeral service program in Tennessee at Southwest Tennessee Community College’s Whitehaven Center.  As a Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) institution, Tennessee residents who qualify may pursue the Associate of Applied Science degree in Funeral Service Education tuition-free at Southwest with Tennessee Promise and Reconnect scholarships. “This new program is an outstanding example of our mission as a community college and role as a workforce engine and pipeline in the Mid-South,” President Tracy D. Hall said. “Right now, those who seek credentials in funeral service must travel outside West Tennessee and in some cases pay private school rates,” she said.  “We saw the industry need and are filling a major gap in our city with this new program nestled in a wonderful neighborhood at our Whitehaven Center.” The program curriculum is designed

to educate students in the fundamental skills, knowledge and practice of funeral services. “The curriculum was developed to equip graduates with the knowledge required of this profession and experience with the best practices of the industry,” Southwest’s new Funeral Service Department Chair Ron Johnson said.  “Students will develop or improve their ability to communicate with families on a caring, personal level.” Johnson brings extensive experience to the role as a dual licensed funeral director and embalmer for 19 years in Mississippi and Tennessee.  He has a Master of Science in Natural Sciences from Delta State University, a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Mississippi Valley State University and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Funeral Service Technology from Northwest Mississippi Community College.  “This is a very worthy program needed in our community,” said Karl Bond, president of Bond Funeral Home and Advisory Board member. “This program will ensure students are highly qualified and trained for a rewarding professional career in funeral service and will prepare them to take the national board exam.” Students will perform their apprentice-

ships at area funeral homes as required by the state of Tennessee and will be eligible to seek licensure as a funeral director or embalmer. “The participation by the owners of these funeral homes will provide our students with hands-on experience and a knowledge of business operations,” said Johnson. “We welcome businesses interested in contributing to the educational welfare of our students.” Students will complete 63 semester hours of coursework to earn the Associate of Applied Science degree in Funeral Service Education at Southwest. The curriculum encompasses aspects of the funeral business, operations and marketing. The program is seeking accreditation by the American Board of Funeral Service Association. Aside from the convenient location in the Whitehaven neighborhood in Memphis, students stand to save significantly in tuition per semester. At Southwest, tuition per semester is $2,077.50 compared to $5,360 at John A. Gupton College in Nashville and $2,700 (out of state) at Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia. Prospective students may apply online at www.southwest.tn.edu or call (901) 333-5000 for more information. 

CitizenFest Memphis learning summit ready for debut

by Paige N. Williams

Special to The New Tri-State Defender

The Fourteenth Amendment establishes citizenship and lays out what it means to be a U.S. citizen. But it doesn’t explain how citizens can use their voices to actively participate in government. That’s what CitizenFEST Memphis is for. The Fourth Bluff and Citizen University are partnering to host CitizenFEST Memphis, a learning summit to teach individuals ways to exercise their civic power. CitizenFEST is free, and will be held at Harbor Landing on Mud Island on Oct. 13 (Saturday) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “The goal of CitizenFEST is to provide participants with

tools, connections, and inspiration for the work of active citizenship,” said Ben Phillips, senior program manager at Citizen University. “And we want to do so in a way that is grounded in place, action-oriented and joyful.” CitizenFEST, which was launched earlier this year, will include performances, workshops, lunch, and a keynote by Eric Liu, CEO and founder of Citizen University, a nonprofit. Started in Seattle, Citizen University has since expanded its footprint and now teaches people in different cities about powerful citizenship. Phillips said that partnerships with local organizations such as the Fourth Bluff are key. “We put out an open call

asking who wanted to partner with us on these events, and leaders here in Memphis raised their hand,” Phillips said. “We also have been intentional in coming to parts of the country we haven’t been before, and engaging communities who are at crossroads of change, navigating this moment of change in America.” The event combines information about local efforts to organize, along with sharing information that Citizen University has learned in other communities. “That combination of local and national is what’s so special about CitizenFEST,” Phillips said. “It’s about combining skills and powerful ideas with concrete opportunities

to get involved on the ground. And it’s about connecting folks who are active in their community with others they might not know yet.” Everyone is invited to come to the summit regardless of his or her current involvement in the community. This is an event designed to promote community involvement and teach everyone different ways on how he or she can help change the city, Phillips said. “The idea at the heart of the event is that citizenship isn’t about documentation status,” Phillips said. “It’s about a larger definition of citizenship - showing up in your community, participating actively, and doing so in a way that lifts up your community.

CitizenFEST is designed to provide participants with tools, connections and inspiration for the work of active citizenship in a way that is grounded in place, action-oriented and joyful. (Courtesy photo) “In short, it’s about building power and cultivating character.”

(Register on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ citizenfest-memphis-tn-tickets-49189456990.)


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BIDS PER ORDINANCE #5366 (4) RFQ #39087 PAPER FOR CITY OFFICES AND PRINT SHOP (5) RFQ #39090 RELOCATION MOVING SERVICES By Order of the Mayor of the City of Memphis, Tennessee. Jim Strickland Mayor Eric S. Mayse, City Purchasing Agent Request for Bids MSCAA Project Number 171409-00 Baker Sanitary Sewer Lift Station Replacement - Rebid Sealed bids for Baker Sanitary Sewer Lift Station will be received by the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority (Authority), Staff Services Division, 4121 Runway Road, Suite B, Memphis, TN 38118, until 2:00 p.m. local time on Thursday, 11/1/18. Bids will not be received at any other location. Within 30 minutes thereafter, the bids will be opened and publicly read at the Authority’s Project Center located at 4225 Airways Boulevard, Memphis, TN. The Bid Documents, including a description of the scope of work, the required response format, and additional instructions may be obtained on or after Thursday, 10/11/18 online at www.flymemphis.com. A Pre-Bid Meeting will be held Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at the Charles Baker Terminal, located at 3870 Fite Road, Millington, TN 38053. The project site will be available for inspection immediately following the meeting.

The Authority reserves the right to reject any or all responses to this Request for Bids in whole or in part; to waive any informalities, technicalities, or omissions related to this Request for Bids; and to reject responses on any other basis authorized by the Authority’s purchasing policies. The Authority is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination based on the grounds of age, race, sex, color, national origin, disability, marital status, military service, or sexual orientation in its hiring and employment practices and in the admission to, access to, or operation of its programs, services, and activities. By order of: Scott A. Brockman, A.A.E. President and CEO Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority NOTICE TO BIDDERS Shelby County Government has issued Request for Qualification number RFQ 19-008-04, Assessment and Implementation of Expanded Shelby County Sewer System. Information regarding this Bid is located on the County’s website at www.shelbycountytn. gov . At the top of the home page, click on the dropdown box under “Business”, Click on “Purchasing” and “Bids” to locate the name of the above described Sealed Bid. RFQ 19-008-04 DUE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH, 2018 AT 4:00 PM CST

All Bidders are responsible for checking the Authority’s website up to the submission deadline for any updates, addenda or additional information. The successful Bidder must sign a contract with the Authority that includes Federal Aviation Administration provisions, if applicable, regarding the Buy American Preference, Foreign Trade Restriction, Davis-Bacon, Affirmative Action, Debarment and Suspension, and Drug-Free Workplace, all of which are incorporated herein by reference. Each bid must be made by a contractor licensed in Tennessee and be accompanied by a 5% Bid Guarantee. The successful bidder must execute a Performance Bond and a Payment Bond in the amount of 100% each of the Contract Price and meet the Dis-

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an Offer to Purchase for the following property: Roderick Baker Tax Parcel #: 04104400000100                   Tax Sale #: 1402 Price Offered: $3000.00                              Terms: Cash Additional Offers to Purchase, of at least ten percent (10%) higher, may be submitted within Ten (10) working days of this notice. If additional offers are received during this ten (10) day period, all prospective Purchasers must attend a Public “Bid Off” at 9:00 a.m. on November 2, 2018, to be held in the Shelby County Land Bank Office, to determine the highest and best offer. The property shall thereafter be sold to the prospective Purchaser making the highest and best offer without warranties of any sort. SHELBY COUNTY LAND BANK 584 ADAMS AVENUE MEMPHIS, TN   38103 MIKE BLACKWELL (901) 222-2581 NOTICE OF PROPOSED SALE OF REAL PROPERTY  BY SHELBY COUNTY GOVERNMENT Notice is hereby given, pursuant to T.C.A. §67-5-2507, that Shelby County Government has received an Offer to Purchase for the following property: Tawana Gardner Tax Parcel #: 02701400000010                    Tax Sale #: 98.02 Price Offered: $50.00                              Terms: Cash Additional Offers to Purchase, of at least ten percent (10%) higher, may be submitted within Ten (10) working days of this notice. If additional offers are received during this ten (10) day period, all prospective Purchasers must attend a Public “Bid Off” at 10:00 a.m. on October 30, 2018, to be held in the Shelby County Land Bank Office, to determine the highest and best offer. The property shall thereafter be sold to the prospective Purchaser making the highest and best offer without warranties of any sort. SHELBY COUNTY LAND BANK 584 ADAMS AVENUE MEMPHIS, TN   38103 MIKE BLACKWELL (901) 222-2581

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Notice is hereby given, pursuant to T.C.A. §67-5-2507, that Shelby County Government has received an Offer to Purchase for the following property: Sonita Cummings Tax Parcel #: 06005500000500                   Tax Sale #: 1402 Price Offered: $1000.00                              Terms: Cash Additional Offers to Purchase, of at least ten percent (10%) higher, may be submitted within Ten (10) working days of this notice. If additional offers are received during this ten (10) day period, all prospective Purchasers must attend a Public “Bid Off” at 1:00 p.m. on October 30, 2018, to be held in the Shelby County Land Bank Office, to determine the highest and best offer. The property shall thereafter be sold to the prospective Purchaser making the highest and best offer without warranties of any sort. SHELBY COUNTY LAND BANK 584 ADAMS AVENUE MEMPHIS, TN   38103 MIKE BLACKWELL (901) 222-2581 NOTICE OF PROPOSED SALE OF REAL PROPERTY  BY SHELBY COUNTY GOVERNMENT Notice is hereby given, pursuant to T.C.A. §67-5-2507, that Shelby County Government has received an Offer to Purchase for the following property: Michael A. Davis, Sr. Tax Parcel #: 01305400000070                    Tax Sale #: 604 Price Offered: $50.00                              Terms: Cash Additional Offers to Purchase, of at least ten percent (10%) higher, may be submitted within Ten (10) working days of this notice. If additional offers are received during this ten (10) day period, all prospective Purchasers must attend a Public “Bid Off” at 8:30 a.m. on October 30, 2018, to be held in the Shelby County Land Bank Office, to determine the highest and best offer. The property shall thereafter be sold to the prospective Purchaser making the highest and best offer without warranties of any sort. SHELBY COUNTY LAND BANK 584 ADAMS AVENUE MEMPHIS, TN   38103 MIKE BLACKWELL (901) 222-2581

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CITY OF MEMPHIS NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTE REFERENDUM ORDINANCE NO. 5676, 5669, 5677 The City of Memphis will be holding three (3) proposed Referendum ordinances to the qualified voters of the City of Memphis along with the State and Federal General and Municipal Elections on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. These referendums are held in accordance with TCA § 2- 3-204 Except for the signatures, the referendums contains the following language: SUBSTITUTE ORDINANCE No. 5676 A REFERENDUM ORDINANCE RELATIVE TO THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF MEMPHIS, SAME BEING CHAPTER 11 OF THE ACTS OF 1879, AS AMENDED, AND RELATNE TO AMEMDMENTS THERE TO PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE 11 SECTION 9 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE (HOME RULE AMENDMENT) TO PROVIDE FOR THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR ELECTION OF PERSONS TO THE MEMPHIS CITY COUNCIL AND TO ESTABLISH TERMS OF OFFICE FOR PERSONS ELECTED TO THE MEMPHIS CITY COUNCIL WHEREAS, it is deemed advisable and in the best interest of the citizens of the City of Memphis that the City of Memphis Charter be amended by ordinance as provided by Article 11, Section 9 of the Constitution of the State of Tennessee (Home Rule Amendment) for the purpose of providing for the qualifications for election of persons to the Memphis City Council and to establish terms of office for persons elected to the Memphis City Council. SECTION 1. PROPOSED AMENDMENT. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MEMPHIS and submitted by the City of Memphis to its qualified voters at the first general election, which shall be held in the City of Memphis on November 6, 2018, and which shall be held at least sixty (60) days after such publication: QUESTION: Shall the Charter of the City of Memphis, Tennessee be amended to extend the nwnber of terms a person may be eligible to hold or to be elected to the office of Mayor or Memphis City Council from two (2) consecutive four-year terms to three (3) consecutive four-year terms and to repeal all provisions of the City’s Charter inconsistent with this amendment. SECTION 2. PUBLICATION OF HOME RULE AMENDMENT BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, That the Comptroller is hereby directed to cause the Ordinance to be published pursuant to provisions of Article 11, Section 9 of the Constitution of the State of Tennessee. SECTION 3. DELIVERY TO ELECTION COMMISSION. BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, That the Comptroller of the City of Memphis shall certify adoption of this Ordinance to the Shelby County Election Commission in charge of holding the general State election on November 6, 2018, and request that this proposed amendment to the Home Rule Charter of the City of Memphis be placed on the ballot. SECTION 4. PROPOSAL AND PREFERENCE. BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, That the Comptroller of the City of Memphis is hereby directed to deliver a copy of this Ordinance to the Shelby County Election Commission, together with a suggested proposal and the following form of preference to be placed on the ballot in an election to be held on the 6th day of November 2018: REFERENDUM ORDINANCE TO EXTEND THE NUMBER OF TERMS A PERSON MAY BE ELIGIBLE TO HOLD OR TO BE ELECTED TO THE OFFICE OF MAYOR OR MEMPHIS CITY COUNCIL FROM TWO (2) CONSECUTIVE FOUR-YEAR TERMS TO THREE (3) CONSECUTIVE FOUR-YEAR TERMS AND TO REPEAL ALL PROVISIONS OF THE CITY’S CHARTER INCONSISTENT WITH THIS AMENDMENT Said ordinance of the City of Memphis was adopted on the day of , 2018, to provide for referendum vote on a Home Rule Amendment to the Charter of the City of Memphis, to read as follows:

being hereby declared to be the legislative intent to have passed the remainder of this Ordinance notwithstanding the parts so held to be invalid, if any. SECTION 9. PUBLICATION. BE IT FURTIIER ORDAINED, that this Ordinance shall be published immediately after the adoption hereof. SECTION 10. ENACTMENT OF REFERENDUM ORDINANCE. BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, that this Referendum Ordinance shall take effect from and after the date it shall have passed by the Council, signed by the Chairman of the Council, certified and delivered to the Office of the Mayor in writing by the Comptroller, and become effective as otherwise provided by law. CO-SPONSORS: BILL MORRISON JANIS FULLILOVE JAMITA SWEARENGEN BERLIN BOYD FRANK COLVETT, JR. KEMP CONRAD REID HEDGEPETH MARTAVIUS JONES PHILIP SPINOSA THE FOREGOING ORDINANCE #5676 PASSED 1ST Reading 12-5-2017 2nd Reading 12-19-2017 3rd Reading 1-23-2018 Approved Dr. Edmund Ford, Jr Chairman of Council Date Signed: 2-16-2018 Approved Jim Strickland Mayor, City of Memphis Date Signed: 2-7-2018 I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy, and said document was adopted by the Council of the City of Memphis as above indicated and approved by the Mayor. Valerie C. Sniper Comptroller, City of Memphis SUBSTITUTE ORDINANCE No. 5669 A REFERENDUM ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF MEMPHIS, SAME BEING CHAPTER 11 OF THE ACTS OF 1879, AS AMENDED, PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE 11 SECTION 9 CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE HOME RULE AMENDMENT SO AS TO REPEAL THE PROCEDURE OF INSTANT RUNOFF VOTING AND RESTORE THE PRIOR PROCEDURE FOR ELECTION OF COUNCIL MEMBERS TO SINGLE MEMBER DISTRICTS; REQUESTING THE CITY COMPTROLLER TO SUBMIT THIS AMENDMENT TO THE VOTERS AT THE NOVEMBER 6, 2018 GENERAL ELECTION. WHEREAS, the City of Memphis Charter was amended as a result of 2008 Referendum No. 5 proposed by the City of Memphis Charter Commission on August 21, 2008 and approved by the voters during the election held on November 4, 2008 which changed the procedure for elections to the Memphis city council’s single district members; and WHEREAS, the voters of the City of Memphis adopted Charter amendments to require the use of Instant Runoff Voting (IRV), thereby eliminating the primary system for those races; and WHEREAS, Pierce County, Washington, Burlington, Vermont, Aspen Colorado, and North Carolina all repealed Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) after experimenting with it and finding much confusion; and WHEREAS. studies from Stanford University, University of North Carolina, Ohio State University, University of San Francisco, University of California San Francisco and University of Minnesota all show voter confusion and disenfranchisement particularly in the minority communities; and

‘’No person shall be eligible to hold or to be elected to the office of Mayor or Memphis City Council if any such person has served at any time after December 31, 2011 more than three (3) consecutive four-year terms, except that service by persons elected or appointed to fill an unexpired four-year term shall not be counted as a full four-year term?”

WHEREAS, Governor Jerry Brown of California of California vetoed RCV legislation calling it overly complicated and confusing; and

I, Doug McGowen, Interim Director of Finance for the City of Memphis do hereby certify that the foregoing amendment shall have no impact on the annual revenues and expenditures of the City.

WHEREAS, it is deemed advisable and in the best interest of the citizens of the City of Memphis that the City of Memphis Charter be amended by ordinance as provided by Article 11 Section 9 of the Constitution of the State of Tennessee Home Rule Amendment for the purpose of repealing the prior approved amendment related to Instant Runoff Voting.

FOR THE ADMENDMENT (YES) AGAINST THE ADMENDMENT (NO)

WHEREAS, a study by San Francisco State have shown that RCV decreases turnout, particularly in minority communities; and

SECTION 5. EFFECTIVE DATE OF CHARTER AMENDMENT. BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, That this Ordinance shall take effect for the purposes set forth herein sixty (60) days after approval by a majority of the qualified voters voting thereon in an election to be held on the 6th day of November, 2018, the public welfare, requiring it.

SECTION 1. PROPOSED AMENDMENT NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MEMPHIS, and submitted by the City of Memphis to its qualified voters at the first General Election, which shall be held in the City of Memphis on November 6, 2018, and which shall be held at least 60 days after such publication:

SECTION 6. CERTIFICATION OF RESULTS. BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, That the Shelby County Election Commission certify the result of said election to the Comptroller of the City of Memphis, who shall see that said result is made a part of the Minutes of the Council of the City of Memphis.

QUESTION: Shall the Charter of the City of Memphis, Tennessee be amended to repeal Instant Runoff Voting and to restore the election procedure existing prior to the 2008 Amendment for all City offices, and expressly retaining the 1991 federal ruling for persons elected to the Memphis City Council single-districts who shall each be elected to serve four-year terms?

SECTION 7. NONCONFLICTING - CONFLICTING LAWS. BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, That from and after the effective date of this Home Rule Amendment, all laws constituting the present Charter of the City of Memphis in conflict with the subject matter of this amendatory Home Rule Ordinance shall be immediately annulled, vacated, and repealed and all laws constituting the present Charter of the City of Memphis not in conflict with this amendatory Home Rule Ordinance, be and the same are here continued in full force and effect. SECTION 8. SEVERABILITY. BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, that if any clause, section, paragraph, sentence or part of this Ordinance shall be held or declared to be unconstitutional and void, it shall not affect the remaining parts of this Ordinance, it

SECTION 2. PUBLICATION OF HOME RULE AMENDMENT. BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, that the comptroller is hereby directed to cause the Ordinance to be published pursuant to provisions in Article 11, Section 9 of the Constitution of the State of Tennessee. SECTION 3. DELIVERY TO ELECTION COMMISSION. BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, that the Comptroller of the City of Memphis shall certify adoption of this Ordinance to the Shelby County Election Commission in charge of holding the General Election on November 6, 2018 and request that this proposal amendment to the Home Rule Charter of the City of Memphis to be placed on ballot.


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SECTION 4. PROPOSAL AND PREFERENCE. BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, That the Comptroller of the City of Memphis is hereby directed to deliver a copy of this Ordinance to the Shelby County Election Commission, together with a suggested proposal and the following form of preference to be placed on the ballot in an election to be held on the 6th day of November 2018: REFERENDUM ORDINANCE REPEALING INSTANT RUNOFF VOTING AND REINSTATING THE PROCEDURE FOR RUNOFFS IN CITY SINGLE- DISTRICT ELECTIONS TO THE MEMPHIS CITY COUNCIL AS ORDERED BY FEDERAL CONSENT DECREE AND APPROVED BY VOTERS OF THE CITY Said ordinance of the City of Memphis was adopted on the 5th day of December 2017, to provide for referendum vote on a Home Rule Amendment to the Charter of the City of Memphis, to read as follows: I, Brian Collins, Director of Finance for the City of Memphis do hereby certify that without speculating about certain assumptions I cannot estimate whether the foregoing amendment will have any impact on the annual revenues and expenditures of the City. Shall the Charter of the City of Memphis, Tennessee be amended to repeal Instant Runoff Voting and to restore the election procedure existing prior to the 2008 Amendment for all City offices, and expressly retaining the 1991 federal ruling for persons elected to the Memphis City Council single- districts? FOR THE ADMENDMENT (YES) AGAINST THE ADMENDMENT (NO) SECTION 5. EFFECTIVE DATE OF CHARTER AMENDMENT. BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, That this Ordinance shall take effect for the purposes set forth herein sixty {60) days after approval by a majority of the qualified voters voting thereon in an election to be held on the 6th day of November 2018, the public welfare, requiring it. SECTION 6. CERTIFICATION OF RESULTS. BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, That the Shelby County Election Commission certify the result of said election to the Comptroller of the City of Memphis, who shall see that said result is made a part of the Minutes of the Council of the City of Memphis. SECTION 7. NONCONFLICTING - CONFLICTING LAWS. BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, That upon adoption of this Home Rule Amendment, all laws constituting the present Charter of the City of Memphis in conflict therewith are hereby repealed and annulled, and all laws constituting the present Charter of the City of Memphis not in conflict with this amendatory Home Rule Ordinance, be and the same are here continued in full force and effect. SECTION 8. SEVERABILITY. BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, that if any clause, section, paragraph, sentence or part of this Ordinance shall be held or declared to be unconstitutional and void, it shall not affect the remaining parts of this Ordinance, it being hereby declared to be the legislative intent to have passed the remainder of this Ordinance notwithstanding the parts so held to be invalid, if any. SECTION 9. PUBLICATION. BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, that this Ordinance shall be published immediately after the adoption hereof. SECTION 10. ENACTMENT OF REFERENDUM ORDINANCE. BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, that this Referendum Ordinance shall take effect from and after the date it shall have passed by the Council, signed by the Chairman of the Council, certified and delivered to the Office of the Mayor in writing by the Comptroller, and become effective as otherwise provided by law. Dr. Edmund Ford, Jr . Council Member Berlin Boyd Chairman of Council ATIEST: Valerie Snipes Comptroller THE FOREGOING ORDINANCE #5669 PASSED 1ST Reading 11-7-2017 2nd Reading 11-21-2017 3rd Reading 12-5-2017 Approved Dr. Edmund Ford, Jr Chairman of Council Date Signed: 12-19-2017 Approved Jim Strickland Mayor, City of Memphis Date Signed: 12-28-2017 I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy, and said document was adopted by the Council of the City of Memphis as above indicated and approved by the Mayor. Valerie C. Sniper Comptroller, City of Memphis REFERENDUM ORDINANCE N0.5677 A REFERENDUM ORDINANCE RELATIVE TO THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF MEMPHIS, SAME BEING CHAPTER 11 OF THE ACTS OF 1879, AS AMENDED, AND RELATIVE TO AMEMDMENTS THERETO PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE 11 SECTION 9 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE (HOME RULE AMENDMENT) TO ELIMINATE RUN-OFF ELECTIONS. WHEREAS, it is deemed advisable and in the best interest of the citizens of the City of Memphis that the City of Memphis Charter be amended by ordinance as provided by Article 11, Section 9 of the Constitution of the State of Tennessee (Home Rule Amendment) for the purpose of eliminating run-off elections. SECTION 1. PROPOSED AMENDMENT. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MEMPHIS and submitted by the City of Memphis to its qualified voters at the first general election, which shall be held in the City of Memphis on November 6, 2018, and which shall be held at least sixty (60) days after such publication: QUESTION: Shall the Charter of the City of Memphis, Tennessee be amended to pro-

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vide that in any municipal election held as required by law, the candidate receiving the largest number of votes shall be declared the winner thereby eliminating run-off elections? SECTION 2. PUBLICATION OF HOME RULE AMENDMENT BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, That the Comptroller is hereby directed to cause the Ordinance to be published pursuant to provisions of Article 11, Section 9 of the Constitution of the State of Tennessee. SECTION 3. DELIVERY TO ELECTION COMMISSION. BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, That the Comptroller of the City of Memphis shall certify adoption of this Ordinance to the Shelby County Election Commission in charge of holding the general State election on November 6, 2018, and request that this proposed amendment to the Home Rule Charter of the City of Memphis be placed on the ballot. SECTION 4. PROPOSAL AND PREFERENCE. BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, That the Comptroller of the City of Memphis is hereby directed to deliver a copy of this Ordinance to the Shelby County Election Commission, together with a suggested proposal and the following form of preference to be placed on the ballot in an election to be held on the 6th day of November 2018: REFERENDUM ORDINANCE RELATIVE TO THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF MEMPHIS, SAME BEING CHAPTER 11 OF THE ACTS OF 1879, AS AMENDED, AND RELATIVE TO AMEMDMENTS THERETO PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE 11 SECTION 9 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE (HOME RULE AMENDMENT) TO ELIMINATE RUN-OFF ELECTIONS. Said ordinance of the City of Memphis was adopted on the day of , 2018, to provide for referendum vote on a Home Rule Amendment to the Charter of the City of Memphis, to read as follows: “Shall the Charter of the City of Memphis, Tennessee be amended to provide that in any municipal election held as required by law, the candidate receiving the largest number of votes shall be declared the winner, thereby eliminating run-off elections?” I, Doug McGowen, Interim Director of Finance for the City of Memphis do hereby certify that the foregoing amendment shall have no impact on the annual revenues and expenditures of the City. FOR THE ADMENDMENT (YES) AGAINST THE ADMENDMENT (NO) SECTION 5. EFFECTIVE DATE OF CHARTER AMENDMENT. ;BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, That this Ordinance shall take effect for the purposes set forth herein sixty (60) days after approval by a majority of the qualified voters voting thereon in an election to be held on the 6th day of November, 2018, the public welfare, requiring it. SECTION 6. CERTIFICATION OF RESULTS. BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, That the Shelby County Election Commission certify the result of said election to the Comptroller of the City of Memphis, who shall see that said result is made a part of the Minutes of the Council of the City of Memphis. SECTION 7. NONCONFLICTING - CONFLICTING LAWS. BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, That upon adoption of the Home Rule Amendment identified in this ordinance by referendum vote, all laws constituting the present Charter of the City of Memphis in conflict with the subject matter of this amendatory. Home Rule Ordinance shall be immediately annulled, vacated, and repealed and all laws constituting the present Charter of the City of Memphis not in conflict with this amendatory Home Rule Ordinance, be and the same are here continued in full force and effect. SECTION 8. SEVERABILITY. BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, that if any clause, section, paragraph, sentence or part of this Ordinance shall be held or declared to be unconstitutional and void, it shall not affect the remaining parts of this Ordinance, it being hereby declared to be the legislative intent to have passed the remainder of this Ordinance notwithstanding the parts so held to be invalid, if any. SECTION 9. PUBLICATION. BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, that this Ordinance shall be published immediately after the adoption hereof. SECTION 1O. ENACTMENT OF REFERENDUM ORDINANCE. BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, that this Referendum Ordinance shall take effect from and after the date it shall have passed by the Council, signed by the Chairman of the Council, certified and delivered to the Office of the Mayor in writing by the Comptroller, and become effective as otherwise provided by law. CO-SPONSORS: Jamita E. Swearengen Berlin Boyd Frank Colvett Janis Fullilove Martavius Jones Worth Morgan Bill Morrison Patrice Robinson THE FOREGOING ORDINANCE #5677 PASSED 1ST Reading 12-19-2017 BERLIN BOYD 2nd Reading 1-9-2018 CHAIRMAN 3rd Reading 2-6-2018 Approved Dr. Edmund Ford, Jr Chairman of Council Date Signed: 2-20-2018 Approved Jim Strickland Mayor, City of Memphis Date Signed: 2-27-2018 I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy, and said document was adopted by the Council of the City of Memphis as above indicated and approved by the Mayor. Valerie C. Sniper Comptroller, City of Memphis SHELBY COUNTY ELECTION COMMISSION Robert D. Meyers, Chairman Norma Lester, Secretary Anthony Tate, Member Dee Nollner, Member Steve Stamson, Member


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NOTICE OF PROPOSED SALE OF REAL PROPERTY BY SHELBY COUNTY GOVERNMENT Notice is hereby given, pursuant to T.C.A. §67-5-2507, that Shelby County Government has received an Offer to Purchase for the following property: Ladder Partners, LLC Tax Parcel #: 02907600000490                    Tax Sale #: 1402 Price Offered: $1000.00                              Terms: Cash Additional Offers to Purchase, of at least ten percent (10%) higher, may be submitted within Ten (10)

working days of this notice. If additional offers are received during this ten (10) day period, all prospective Purchasers must attend a Public “Bid Off” at 8:00 a.m. on November 8, 2018, to be held in the Shelby County Land Bank Office, to determine the highest and best offer. The property shall thereafter be sold to the prospective Purchaser making the highest and best offer without warranties of any sort. SHELBY COUNTY LAND BANK 584 ADAMS AVENUE MEMPHIS, TN   38103 MIKE BLACKWELL (901) 222-2581

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CLASSIFIEDS NOTICE OF PROPOSED SALE OF REAL PROPERTY BY SHELBY COUNTY GOVERNMENT Notice is hereby given, pursuant to T.C.A. §67-5-2507, that Shelby County Government has received an Offer to Purchase for the following property: Metro West Services, Inc. Tax Parcel #: 0730880M000070                    Tax Sale #: 1401 Price Offered: $3500.00                              Terms: Cash Additional Offers to Purchase, of at least ten percent (10%) higher, may be submitted within Ten (10)

working days of this notice. If additional offers are received during this ten (10) day period, all prospective Purchasers must attend a Public “Bid Off” at 8:30 a.m. on November 8, 2018, to be held in the Shelby County Land Bank Office, to determine the highest and best offer. The property shall thereafter be sold to the prospective Purchaser making the highest and best offer without warranties of any sort. SHELBY COUNTY LAND BANK 584 ADAMS AVENUE MEMPHIS, TN   38103 MIKE BLACKWELL (901) 222-2581

NOTICE OF PROPOSED SALE OF REAL PROPERTY BY SHELBY COUNTY GOVERNMENT Notice is hereby given, pursuant to T.C.A. §67-5-2507, that Shelby County Government has received an Offer to Purchase for the following property: R & R Real Estate Tax Parcel #: 07508800000660                    Tax Sale #: 602 Price Offered: $50.00                              Terms: Cash Additional Offers to Purchase, of at least ten percent (10%) higher, may be submitted within Ten (10)

working days of this notice. If additional offers are received during this ten (10) day period, all prospective Purchasers must attend a Public “Bid Off” at 9:30 a.m. on November 2, 2018, to be held in the Shelby County Land Bank Office, to determine the highest and best offer. The property shall thereafter be sold to the prospective Purchaser making the highest and best offer without warranties of any sort. SHELBY COUNTY LAND BANK 584 ADAMS AVENUE MEMPHIS, TN   38103 MIKE BLACKWELL (901) 222-2581

Making the case… Knowing the difference between diversity and inclusion and accurately measuring the effectiveness of companies relative to both was an element of Fred Keeton’s presentation during The Solution Series workshop hosted by the Black Business Association of Memphis (BBA) on Wednesday morning (Oct. 10) at Memphis Bioworks. Keeton of Keeton Iconoclast Consulting, LLC also was slated to keynote the BBA’s BENNY (Black Entrepreneurship and Networking Need You) Awards Luncheon at the University of Memphis-Holiday Inn on Thursday. (Photo: Karanja A. Ajanaku)

HAZARDOUS WASTE CORRECTIVE ACTION PERMIT REISSUED TO ASHLAND LLC

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Division of Solid Waste Management (DSWM) has reissued a hazardous waste management corrective action permit to Ashland LLC. The facility (EPA ID TND048319644) is located in Shelby County at 2351 Channel Avenue, Memphis, TN 38106. This decision follows a 45-day public comment period on the draft permit that ended on September 24, 2018. The opportunity for comment included a public hearing held on September 18, 2018 at the Riverview Community Center, 1891 Kansas St, Memphis, TN. A Response to Comments has been issued to address comments received from the public at the hearing or in writing. Nexeo Solutions, LLC purchased the property and the chemical distribution business from Ashland in 2011, but Ashland retained all responsibilities for implementing the approved final remedy at the facility. The renewal permit (TNHW-176) requires Ashland to continue to perform corrective action for solid waste management units and areas of concern at the site. It includes provisions for providing site security, performing groundwater monitoring and maintaining institutional controls, such as restrictions on digging and use of groundwater. The permit includes requirements to investigate any other release of hazardous waste or hazardous constituents discovered at the site, regardless of the time at which waste was placed in a unit, and to take appropriate corrective action for any such release. At this time, there are no additional units that require further action. The permit is issued under the authority of the Tennessee Hazardous Waste Management Act of 1977, as amended, Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 68-212-101 et seq., and Rule Chapter 0400-12-01, Hazardous Waste Management. The permit is effective as of September 27, 2018, and shall remain in effect until September 27, 2028, unless continued, revoked and reissued, or terminated under applicable regulations. Electronic copies of the permit, including the Response to Comments document, are available online at tn.gov/environment/notices/ashland and at the DSWM Central Office, 312 Rosa L. Parks Ave, 14th Floor, Nashville, TN 37243 (615-532-0780). Paper copies are available for review at the South Branch Library, 1929 South Third St, Memphis, TN 38109 (901-415-2780) and at the TDEC Memphis Environmental Field Office 8383 Wolf Lake Drive, Bartlett, TN 38133 (901-371-3000). If it is hard for you to read, speak, or understand English, TDEC may be able to provide translation or interpretation services free of charge. Please contact Mary Evans at 615-532-0798 for more information. TDEC is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) employer. TDEC does not unlawfully discriminate on any basis prohibited by applicable law in any of its programs, services or activities. EEO/AA/ADAAA inquiries or complaints may be directed to the ADAAA Coordinator, TDEC HR Division, at 615-532-0200. Hearing impaired callers may use the Tennessee Relay Service (1800848-0298). If you would like to receive notices like this directly, contact the Public Participation Officer in DSWM’s Central Office for a Mailing List Request form. Email Solid.Waste@tn.gov or call 6155320788. RIGHTS OF APPEAL The administrative and judicial review of this final permit is pursuant under the Tennessee Uniform Administrative Procedures Act, T.C.A. Sections 4-5-317 and 4-5-222 and the Hazardous Waste Management Act, T.C.A. 68-212-113 and Tennessee Rule 0400-12-01-.07(7)(k). NOTICE ISSUED: October 11, 2018

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SPORTS

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Tigers’ ‘revenge’ match is ‘just another game’ to UCF Four things to watch for in major AAC matchup on Saturday by Terry Davis

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The first time the Memphis Tigers lost to the University of Central Florida last season, it was a 40-13 loss, a game rescheduled after Hurricane Irma blew through Florida in September. The second time UCF beat Memphis last season it was for the American Athletic Championship, a 62-55 loss. So you can believe that when the Tigers hit the Liberty Bowl field on Saturday, they’ve got revenge on their minds. The national spotlight has dimmed a bit, with the Tigers stumbling twice this season against inferior opponents (Navy and Tulane). But if the Tigers hope to winning the AAC-West this season, Saturday’s game against No. 10 Central Florida is a must win. Here are a few things to look for in this game of conference rivals: A streak will be broken The Tigers have a 12-game home-winning streak at the Liberty Bowl. They’ve also defeated a Top25 ranked team in each of the last three seasons (Ole Miss, Houston and UCLA). This may be the only chance the Tigers get to extend that streak

this year. Stopping an offensive Meanwhile, UCF comes machine into the game with the nation’s longest current winThe Knights are second ning streak with 18 wins. in total offense in the AAC, And while Memphis may partially because QB McKconsider it a rivalry, UCF enzie Milton has given does not. The Golden teams fits this season. Knights have won 11 of 12 Milton can beat you with meetings with Memphis, Terry his arm (1,500 passing and don’t look at Memphis Davis yards, 18 TDs) or his legs as main rivals. (215 rushing yards, five “It’s just another game TDs). Milton has spread on our schedule. Our rivals are the the football around. He has thrown other people down south,” UCF linea touchdown to eight different rebacker Wyatt Miller told The Orlanceivers. UCF has scored at least 38 do Sentinel, alluding to University points in every game this year. of South Florida. “That’s our rivalry “Milton is a very difficult young game, this is just another game on our man to prepare for, because he can do schedule.” so many things,” Norvell said. “He is Whoever wins, a streak will end. one of the most talented quarterbacks The newest Tiger will probably in the country. We have to do our jobs and be in the right position.” sleep through this game “First we have to take care of ourselves,” added Tigers Defensive Tigers redshirt senior LB Curtis Coordinator Chris Ball. “We have Atkins Jr. left the UConn game at to correct some things that we made halftime for the arrival of his firstmistakes on last week. We have got born, Curtis Atkins III. to be able to execute on a high level.” “Whew,” the proud papa said when asked about his baby boy. “He is cutting up, but (being a dad) is the Ground and pound greatest feeling in the world.” Atkins Sometimes a good defense is a later joked about asking Tiger Coach great offense. If the Tigers are paMike Norvell about a scholarship for tient and put the game in the hands the infant.

Even in the Windy City, Anthony Miller reps for MEM

One way to slow down a potent UCF offense is to keep the ball out of their possession by using star RB Darrell Henderson to move the ball downfield. Henderson currently leads the nation in rushing yards. (Photo: Warren Roseborough) of Tiger RB Darrell Henderson – who leads the nation with 934 rushing yards – they may be able to disrupt the Knights offensive flow by limiting UCF’s time of possession. It is hard to score if you don’t have the football. Last week, the Tigers showed how

PREP SPORTS

Whitehaven hands Central first loss, 35-14

by Terry Davis

by Terry Davis

Anthony Miller may be living in Chicago these days, but he is definitely not forgotten in Memphis – and he has definitely NOT forgotten his hometown either. Shining in his rookie NFL season with the Chicago Bears, Miller spent some of his off-week back home in Memphis, hanging with the Memphis Tigers. He was even on hand as a celebrity judge for last Thursday’s slam dunk competition during Memphis Madness at FedExFourm. On Saturday, he returned to the Tigers’ sidelines to watch his former teammates run roughshod over the Connecticut Huskies. Miller holds many receiving records at the University of Memphis including most catches, most receiving yards and a lot others. On Sunday, Miller hosted a football camp for area youth. Miller, who has blossomed since earning a spot as a walk-on at Christian Brothers High School, has made a point of shouting out Memphis after big plays – including doing the “Shoot Dance” in the end-zone dance after his first pro touchdown. His pride in Memphis has quickly made him a crowd favorite when Tiger alums in the NFL are shown on the Jumbotron at the Liberty Bowl Stadium. Fans roared when they saw a clip of him on the sidelines during the UConn game. This week, the Bears travel to Miami to play the Dolphins. Miller missed the last game because of a shoulder injury, but is expected to be back in the lineup Sunday. We caught up him to ask about his rookie season in the Windy City. Terry Davis: Are you healthy? Anthony Miller: Yes I am. I just have a little shoulder injury. I have dealt with it before, but I am definitely going to be back next week. TD: How has the transition from college to pro been for you? AM: It is more of a mental thing. In college, it’s more of a simplified thing as far as the play calling goes. Now you are on this level you have to think on all aspects of the game. TC: How do you like playing with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and wide receiver Allen Robinson II? AM: Mitchell is a great quarterback. He is young like me and we both bring that energy to the offense. We are

In a measuring-stick game, the Whitehaven Tigers met up with the Central High Warriors at Crump Stadium. At stake: Would Central be able to maintain its unblemished record against a tough Tiger program whose only two losses are to Lausanne and North Little Rock, Ark.? The answer was ultimately no, as Central was unable to overcome Whitehaven, who won 35-14. Tigers QB Vincent Guy opened up the scoring with a 39-yard touchdown completion to Devin Boddie for the early 7-0 lead. Central answered with a powerful 21-yard run from Dylan Ingram to tie the score at 7-7. Guy connected with South Carolina commit Keveon Mullins for a 72-yard TD run that gave Whitehaven a 14-7 lead heading into halftime. In the second half, a 72-yard run by Cameron Sneed put the Tigers back in scoring range. That’s when Guy found his third different receiver, Cormontae Hamilton, for a three-yard touchdown to extend the Tigers’ lead to 21-7. Whitehaven’s defense got into the scoring action when Sean Wilder picked off a pass from Central’s Sylvester Donerson and ran it back for a touchdown. With momentum on Whitehaven’s side, Central mustered one more score, a touchdown by Lorenzo Towns on a one-yard run. Sneed capped off the scoring for the Tigers with a 68-yard run. Sneed finished the night with 181 rushing yards and one touchdown. Guy was very efficient, passing for 117 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. “I like the result, but I don’t like the way we got there,” said Whitehaven coach Rodney Saulsberry.

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productive they can be when they ran the football. Henderson and Patrick Taylor each rushed for over 100 yards in the first half against UCONN. “It is going to be a great atmosphere and we’re going to be ready to go,” Taylor said. “We have got to get revenge. It’s going to be a dog fight.”

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Except for the fact that he wasn’t wearing Tiger blue, Chicago Bears rookie WR Anthony Miller looks right at home talking to Tigers Senior Assistant Athletic Trainer Larry Reynolds on the sidelines. During the Bears bye-week, Miller was back home for Memphis Madness and to witness the Tigers’ 55-14 blowout of UConn. (Photo: Terry Davis) just excited to what is going on this season, and there is more to come. Robinson is a freak! He can do everything. He is a great mentor to me. He has been in the league about five years. He is a great guy to follow. TD: Chicago has quickly accepted you. How has it been since you’ve been there? AM: I am glad to be in Chicago. Being from Memphis, I rep the city everywhere I go. In any interview you will catch me mentioning the city. I represent Chicago, but Memphis is always first. TD: What are your expectations for the rest of the season? AM: For the rest of the season, you should be seeing the same thing. Our confidence is growing with every win. We are getting a little more swagger about ourselves. We are excited!

Whitehaven WR Keveon Mullins (Photo: Terry Davis)

“We made way too many mistakes. We have got some things to clean up. We had three turnovers and won by 21 points. That is not going to happen a lot. We are going to be playing better teams, so we have to shore that up.” Central’s Lorenzo Town rushed for 125 yards on 11 attempts and Ingram finished the game with 51 yards on 11 attempts. “There is nothing in the stars that says Central should be undefeated this season. We lost to a better team tonight, but I like where we are headed,” said Central coach Major Wright. “Everyone understands something is happening here and we don’t plan to go backward at all. In time people are going to dread playing us.” Junior defensive back Tamarion McDonald and senior linebacker Tyler Hunter both had seven tackles to lead the way for the Tigers. Linebacker Bryson Eason made his return to the lineup. Eason had missed every game since injuring his ankle earlier in the season. Eason aggravated the injury in the first half and sat out the rest of the game. The Tigers use of explosive plays is a blessing and a curse for this team, Saulsberry said. “That is the danger,” Saulsberry said. “We have fallen into big-play capability and it is exciting, but we have to get into honing out drives. We want to be able to play grimy football and extend drives. Right now we are a big play team and we are playing well, but we need to be able to grind things out.”

The New Tri-Stae Defender — October 11-17, 2018  
The New Tri-Stae Defender — October 11-17, 2018  
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