Memphis International board cool to name change

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Officials of Memphis International Airport say they probably won't change the airport's name to honor the late singer Isaac Hayes.

During a memorial service for Hayes on Monday, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen publicly suggested changing the name of the airport.

Airport board chairman Arnold Perl told The Commercial Appeal newspaper that Memphis is one of the most respected and recognized brands in the world.

Perl said Hayes was a great ambassador for Memphis, but the current airport name best serves the city's needs.

Hayes died Aug. 10 of an apparent stroke at age 65.

Cohen said Tuesday he was drafting a letter to the Airport Authority formally making the suggestion to change the airport name.

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(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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