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Tigers need QB Paxton Lynch sharp to have a shot at Ole Miss

A lot of things have to go right Saturday night in Oxford if the Memphis Tigers are to stay on the field with the No. 10 Ole Miss Rebels.
One of those things is redshirt sophomore QB Paxton Lynch has to play a clean game.
In other words, no fumbles, no interceptions, and crisp passes that find the intended targets in rhythm.
So far, the 6-7 Lynch has mostly delivered on this. His 66.0 completion percentage leads the American Athletic Conference and ranks 26th nationally.
He has thrown for 766 yards and five TDs with just two picks. He’s also averaging 25.7 rushing yards a game, just enough to loom as a can’t-forget-about-him threat.
His most impressive throw against Middle Tennessee came as he was running across his own end zone and fired a strike about 15 to 20 yards away as he threw across his body.
“Paxton’s thrown a lot of great balls this year,” tight end Alan Cross said. “Last year, he was kind of timid. But he’s gotten a lot better, doing a great job of putting it on the money.”

Lyft cuts its fares in Memphis another 10 percent

And the price war continues among the ride-sharing services in Memphis.

Lyft is slashing prices on its rides in Memphis by another 10 percent, the company announced Thursday. With a 10 percent price cut in May, plus another 10 percent now, that’s 20 percent off its normal fares for rides in the city.

The impetus is the bare-knuckle brawl in which Lyft is currently engaged with competing ride-sharing service Uber, with both companies intensely focused on the other as they perform nearly identical services.

No Memphis Jimmy John’s locations affected in card breach, company says

The Jimmy John’s sandwich chain has disclosed a credit and debit card security breach at some of its locations – but the Memphis locations don’t appear to have been affected.

According to the company, “it appears that customers’ credit and debit card data was compromised after an intruder stole log-in credentials from Jimmy John’s point-of-sale vendor and used these stolen credentials to remotely access the point-of-sale systems at some corporate and franchised locations between June 16, 2014, and September 5, 2014. The security compromise has been contained, and customers can use their credit and debit cards securely at Jimmy John’s stores.”

About 216 stores appear to have been affected, the company said. But none in Memphis were listed on a tally the company released this week.

Memphis Railroad and Trolley Museum celebrating centennial

The Memphis Railroad and Trolley Museum will host a three-day celebration October 2, 3 and 4 to mark the centennial of Memphis’ Central Station.

The massive structure is home to the museum in addition to serving as the train’s arrival and departure point, and about 15,000 people come into and out of the city each year by rail. To celebrate the anniversary, on Oct. 2 the public is invited to attend a free concert by the country band The Grahams in Central Station’s Hudson Ballroom.

Doors open at 7 p.m., with music starting at 7:03. The museum will have special hours to visit the exhibits and gift shop before and after the concert.

Two special rail cars will arrive on Oct. 3 and be open for public display. The Amtrak 7 Car Display Train and the Norfolk Southern Railroad Exhibition Car will be open for viewing at noon that day through 5 p.m.

On Oct. 4, the museum is open free of charge. Visitors can tour the MATA Trolley Barn, listen to guest lecturers at the passenger platform and more. Face painters will be on hand, as well as a balloon artist and food from Double J Bar-B-Q, among other things.

Church Health Center launches cooking series

The Church Health Center is launching a cooking series next month.

It’ll run from Oct. 2 through Nov. 6, with classes held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 in the demonstration kitchen at Church Health Center Wellness, 1115 Union Ave.

“Chef Jenn” (Jennifer McCullough) will kick off the series and be on-hand to offer encouragement and expertise. Classes will range from making appetizers to more complicated fare, and all classes are $45 and will include wine.

(To register, call 901-701-2236 or visit www.churchhealthcenter.org)

The schedule:

October 2: Kick-off with Chef Jenn McCullough: Chef Jenn will highlight her signature appetizers.
October 9: Fish Cookery and Fun with Chef Brown Burch
October 16: Basic Knife Skills with Melissa Peterson.
October 23: Creole Cookery with Chef Gary Williams
October 30: Southern Favorites with Chef Felicia Suzanne Willett
November 6: Fall Harvest Celebration with Chef Mac Edwards

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