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Good Tuesday morning, Memphis, where the seismic announcement that Ford Motor Co. is investing $ 5.6 billion to create a huge industrial complex near Memphis is still sinking.

Ford on Monday announced it would create a campus at the Memphis regional megasite, about 80 miles northeast of downtown Memphis, to produce a new generation of electric trucks and electric vehicle batteries. Construction is expected to begin by the end of the year, manufacturing is expected to begin in 2025 and the company is expected to employ around 5,700 people, reports our Daniel Connolly.

The news of the so-called Blue Oval City immediately garnered praise. “Today is a truly remarkable day for western Tennessee and the entire region,” said US Representative David Kustoff, a Republican who represents the region that includes the Haywood County side of the megasite. “Ford’s investment in Megasite will create thousands of jobs and reshape the economy of West Tennessee for generations to come.”

State Senator Raumesh Akbari, a Democrat who represents Memphis, said, “The people of western Tennessee will build the next generation of electric vehicles in America. It is an astonishing reality today. It’s actually hard to overstate the importance of this announcement and the potential for transformative change an underserved community will see from this historic investment. “

Local Ford dealer Kent Ritchey called the manufacturing plans “brilliant”, saying “this is great news for economic development.”

Governor Bill Lee said the state was competing with about 15 other states to bid on the project and called it “the largest single investment in the history of this state.”

He plans to convene a special legislative session in the coming weeks to approve a grant payment to seal the deal: $ 500 million.

“It will have a generational impact on individuals and families in our state, particularly in western Tennessee,” Lee said on a conference call Monday with reporters. “This really begins the accelerated transformation of western Tennessee that must occur for our state to lead the nation.”

Here is an introduction from Daniel Connolly on what the Ford Accord means and its components.

How megasite took shape over the years

Tennessee has owned the former farmland where megasite is found since 2009, and the goal of megasite has always been to create jobs in western Tennessee. Located near the town of Stanton, about an hour northeast of Memphis, the Memphis Regional Megasite was originally called the “Haywood Megasite” due to its location in Haywood County. In 2012, it was renamed to include Memphis in an effort to boost marketing prospects, reports our Gina Butkovich in this development site story.

Check back to the AC website today for more information on the Ford Project. Governor Lee, CEO of Ford and other executives as well as local dignitaries, officially announce Blue Oval City at 10 a.m. today at Shelby Farms Park.

FedEx driver fired after insulting TikTok video

FedEx employee unemployed after making swearword-filled TikTok video claiming he wouldn’t deliver packages to homes if there were flags from Black Lives Matter, President Joe Biden or Vice President Kamala Harris , reports Asha C. Gilbert of USA Today.

“What’s up TikTok. Just wanted to come over here and tell you if you have a Joe Biden, Kamala [expletive] camel toe [flag] displayed in front of your house – Black Lives Matter [flag], I will not deliver your [expletive]”said Vincent Paterno, the employee.

Memphis Grizzlies goalie Ja Morant (12) speaks to the media during a press conference at FedExForum on Monday, September 27, 2021.

Ja Morant, other Grizzlies are vaccinated

Ja Morant did not hesitate when asked if he was vaccinated against COVID-19 during Memphis Grizzlies Media Day on Monday, reports our Evan Barnes.

“I am vaccinated,” Morant said.

As one of the best young players in the NBA, Morant made sure to get the shot because he knows people who have died from illness caused by the novel coronavirus. He also wanted to protect his 2 year old daughter, Kaari. Morant’s choice matches that of most of his Grizzlies’ teammates. General manager Zach Kleiman said the team was “a very good place”, but declined to provide a specific percentage of vaccinated players.

Several other Grizzlies have said they are fully vaccinated, including Jaren Jackson Jr. and Brandon Clarke, who received their first shots last season.

Memphis Grizzlies center Jaren Jackson Jr. (13) addresses the media during a press conference at FedExForum on Monday, September 27, 2021.

As Grizzlies enter training camp, Jaren Jackson focuses on basketball, not health

For the first time since his rookie season, Jaren Jackson Jr. has not started a regular season press conference to talk about injuries or his health, reports our Evan Barnes.

The Memphis Grizzlies forward has spoken of playing in five-on-five games with Ja Morant. How he had met teammates all summer long. For the first time in a long time, Jackson said he was having fun again now that he wasn’t hurt.

“The joy of being able to go out and shoot at random times in the night and call my dad and wake up his (butt) just to do something he wants to do,” Jackson said Monday. “Come bounce with me or tell me about the game. It’s all back.”

Mark Russell is editor-in-chief of The Commercial Appeal. You can reach him at 901 / 288-4509 or [email protected] You can also follow him on Twitter: @ MarkRussell44