Obamacare Sign-Up Percentages in Memphis

This is really cool.


From Kaiser Family Foundation, a tool to find the number of people by zip code (or roughly by zip code … read the fine print) who signed up for Obamacare through the exchanges in 2014 and 2015.

For example, in zip code 38103:

2015: 5,300 people signed up out of 12,800 potential enrollees. (42%)
2014: 3,600 people signed up out of 13,300 potential enrollees. (27%)

And in a world where hard facts on Obamacare are so difficult to find — given the politics and complexity of the issue — Kaiser has all kinds of interesting data. For instance, while Tennessee premiums are up 38%, they’re up “only”  1.5% after tax credits are factored in.


A few 2015 Memphis election stats

In conjunction with Bill Dries’ Memphis News cover story and precinct breakdown, here are some prettified, interactive statistics from the 2015 Memphis mayoral race, based on the Shelby County Election Commission’s unaudited data.

Going to the Memphis-Ole Miss game? Here’s what you need to know about parking

With parking gates around Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium opening at 5 a.m. for the Saturday, Oct. 17, game vs. Ole Miss, university officials are hoping fans will take the hint and arrive early for the nationally televised game that kicks off at 11 a.m.

A sellout crowd is possible and the Liberty Bowl has a capacity just shy of 60,000. That makes for a lot of cars in a small amount of time if fans don’t come early. Director of athletics Tom Bowen and deputy athletics director Mark Alnutt have been working on the parking issue this week.

“We’re trying everything we can from an operations standpoint, from a customer service standpoint,” Alnutt said. “First it’s important we get the message out about arriving early. Tom and I met with the city and talked about how to improve the flow of traffic.” Read more »

Crosstown Brewing Co. founders turn to Kickstarter for brewery opening in 2016

The founders of the forthcoming Crosstown Brewing Co. have turned to Kickstarter to raise money for the brewery they told The Daily News earlier this year they want to open in the Crosstown neighborhood next year.

(The Kickstarter link is here)

From the crowdfunding page:

“Our founders say it all the time. “Memphis is a beer town!” We believe that the people of this town want and deserve more variety and quality and we think we’re the people to give it to them. By placing our brewery in the Crosstown neighborhood, we really want to help build a new and exciting community in this city. Turning our dream into a reality is a daunting task, though, and we really need some support from our fellow Memphians to take care of some of the initial expenses of our adventure. By contributing to Crosstown Brewing Company, you’re helping to the ensure the success of a business that will always focus on giving back to the community that we call home.”

Two potential losses for Tigers Basketball

Earlier this week, coach Josh Pastner learned his Memphis Tigers would not be getting Bolton High School and Top-40 point guard Jaylen Fisher as he verbally committed to UNLV.

Fisher, of course, was being eyed as next season’s point guard at the University of Memphis.

Now, Pastner may be wondering who will be this season’s point guard in the wake of news that senior Kedren Johnson could be facing season-ending shoulder surgery.

Pastner told media on Thursday, Oct. 8, that a decision had not been reached on Johnson having surgery. If he didn’t have surgery, he would be attempting to play with pain and at something less than 100 percent – a situation not likely to work over the duration of the season.

Johnson averaged 6.7 points and 2.7 assists last season and his weight has been an issue, but he reportedly dropped more than 20 pounds this offseason.

As for Fisher, he was ranked the No. 34 overall prospect in the class of 2016 by ESPN.com, and had been a primary recruiting target for the Tigers. He also considered Arkansas before making his verbal commitment to UNLV.

– Don Wade