Editorial Results (free)
1. Last Word: The Grizz Are Back, Bass Pro Shops Buys Cabela's and Stein at Amurica
- Tuesday, October 04, 2016
Some of you will remember the late George Lapides, whom I worked with for a time at WREC, had a policy about pre-season baseball games or what he called the “Grapefruit League.” It was that they didn’t exist. He wouldn’t acknowledge the games much less the scores.
2. Last Word: Candlelight Protest, International Paper Rumors and Ruby Wilson
- Monday, August 15, 2016
Graceland and Black Lives Matter meet again Monday evening, according to the announcement as the weekend began of the Coalition of Concerned Citizens.
The coalition, which includes leaders of the July 10 bridge protest as well as the July 12 protest that briefly blocked traffic on Elvis Presley Boulevard outside Graceland, isn’t too happy with how its meeting with Mayor Jim Strickland went last Thursday.
3. Last Word: The Elvis Bubble, Global Entry At MEM and ARC at the Rec Room
- Friday, August 12, 2016
Elvis Week is with us. If you are on Elvis Presley Boulevard every day you know that the Elvis Week landscape is very different this year with the Guest House at Graceland hotel going up and well underway at this point – 90 percent complete toward a late October opening we were told during a media tour on Wednesday.
4. Items Owned By Gangster 'Whitey' Bulger To Be Auctioned
- Monday, June 27, 2016
BOSTON (AP) – Some things seem to capture the public perception of gangster James "Whitey" Bulger's life: a sterling silver "psycho killer" skull ring, a rat-shaped pencil holder, a stack of books about the Mafia.
5. EDGE OKs Fast Track PILOT Program
- Friday, May 20, 2016
The board of the Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine has approved a new tax incentive package designed to give Memphis a more competitive edge against North Mississippi.
The EDGE board green-lighted the Fast Track PILOT program at its Wednesday, May 18, meeting, making it EDGE’s fifth payment-in-lieu-of-taxes program.
6. Last Word: BSMF Looks Up, Overton Park Respite and Slow Economic Growth
- Monday, May 02, 2016
The Beale Street Music Festival box office numbers won’t be in for a bit yet. But it looks like the three-day event that ended Sunday evening with Beck and Paul Simon weathered the weather very well, maybe better than usual.
7. EDGE Considering Fast-Track Incentive Program, Diversity Spend Changes
- Friday, April 22, 2016
The Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine has started work on a new tax incentive program that would help Memphis compete with North Mississippi for industrial projects.
At its April 20 meeting, EDGE board chairman Al Bright appointed a committee to evaluate a proposed Fast Track PILOT and hammer out its policies and procedures.
8. Last Word: Rallings Meets the Council, Million Dollar Auditions & A Pinch Plan Emerges
- Wednesday, February 03, 2016
His second day on the job, the new Memphis Police Director, Michael Rallings, met the Memphis City Council and discovered just what a huge issue police body cameras are – if he didn’t know that already.
His answers to some pointed questions about when police can turn off those cameras and why made this an uneven first encounter.
Council members told him they got an earful from constituents over the weekend in the wake of the fatal police shooting of Johnathan Bratcher in South Memphis. And some of the reaction they got was to reports that a police dispatcher ordered police trying out the body cameras to turn them off as they arrived at the scene of the shooting.
There are three cameras being tested. And one of the officers with them showed up after the shooting, according to police.
Meanwhile, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland still didn’t have a timetable for the roll-out of the cameras but did offer some specifics including hiring by the MPD of 10 new personnel to deal with the handling of what the camera records.
And Strickland’s intention is to pay for it out of the existing MPD budget.
9. Book Looks at Sam Phillips' Career, Early Days in Alabama
- Wednesday, January 13, 2016
FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — The legacy of Sam Phillips is inextricably tied to Memphis, Tennessee, and his Sun Records and studio. But Phillips' Alabama hometown holds the key to understanding the man who gave the world rock 'n' roll.
10. The Week Ahead: Dec. 14, 2015
- Monday, December 14, 2015
How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from the annual AutoZone shareholder convergence Downtown to the new Star Wars movie...
11. Sammy Davis Jr. Pendant Among Elvis Artifacts Auctioned
- Monday, August 17, 2015
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A diamond and gold pendant Elvis Presley gave Sammy Davis Jr. was among 160 authenticated artifacts sold Thursday evening during an auction at the King of Rock 'n' Roll's longtime Memphis, Tennessee, home.
12. Old-Time Country, Stones Intertwined
- Saturday, June 13, 2015
Joey, the CowPolka King, well remembers the times he would play acoustic bass, piano or his specialty – the accordion – and try to catch up after Cowboy Jack Clement launched into one of his favorite songs….
13. Bass Pro Announces Opening Week Lineup
- Friday, April 17, 2015
Bass Pro Shops has unveiled the celebrity lineup and schedule for its opening festivities, kicking off with a free Evening for Conservation event Wednesday, April 29, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Here is the press release from Bass Pro:
14. Old Favorites
- Saturday, February 07, 2015
A few years ago, Tandy Wilson, chef and owner of City House, offered this tip about earning his respect as a diner: Don’t tell me you’re a foodie, he said, tell me you’re a “regular.”
We were having a conversation about overuse of the term “foodie,” and how even though it can be a well-meaning label to show a person’s interest in a particular topic, it also can carry the snobbish weight of those who salivate over the trendiest dishes – and then salivate over their keypads to type a Yelp review after just one visit.
15. Dobbs the Latest in Line of Dual-Threat UT Quarterbacks
- Saturday, November 29, 2014
If the University of Tennessee’s football team gains bowl eligibility with a victory Saturday at Vanderbilt, it can look back to a quarterback change Oct. 25 against Alabama as a pivotal point in the season.
16. Stonewall Jackson's Little Slice of Heaven in Brentwood
- Saturday, November 22, 2014
“Everybody has to meet his Waterloo,” sings honky-tonk hero Stonewall Jackson in his breakthrough No. 1 hit back in 1959.
Of course, that line, the entire song really, means everybody must meet his or her fate someday.
17. Eye-Catching Reads
- Thursday, May 22, 2014
“I will not be venomous!” This is what I imagined to be the mantra of the reptile written about in Frankie Frisco’s “Second thoughts” sports column in the May 10 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: “A Spurs official said the snake was determined to be non-poisonous ….”
18. Honoring a Pair Of Fundraising History Makers
- Friday, February 15, 2013
Lights, camera, action. In 1980 the United Negro College Fund launched the Parade of Stars telethon. It became a nationwide fundraising program raising millions of dollars for generations of students, and support for historically black colleges and universities. It became the largest one-day African-American special event in the country. It changed black history – and American history – creating an acknowledged culture of fundraising in the African-American community. America’s largest corporations became engaged. Small churches, teachers, sororities and fraternities became engaged. Donors and volunteers from across the country organized to support UNCF and celebrate black philanthropy.
19. City Schools Chief of Staff Leaves for Chicago Job
- Saturday, December 22, 2012
John Barker, chief of staff for Memphis City Schools, is leaving the school system in January to become chief of accountability for Chicago Public Schools.
20. Black Caucus Organization Names New President
- Friday, December 21, 2012
Democratic Rep. Joe Armstrong of Knoxville has been selected to be the president of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators for the next two years.
21. ‘A Unifier’
- Friday, May 25, 2012
The Levitt Shell recently kicked off its season of free public concerts with its most well-attended opening weekend to date, continuing a 75-year tradition of bringing together Memphians from all walks of life to enjoy music in Overton Park.
22. Miss. House OKs Redistricting Plan Favoring GOP
- Monday, April 30, 2012
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi House Republicans pushed through a redistricting plan Thursday that critics say would cut the number of white Democrats in the 122-member body.
House members voted 70-49 for the plan, with 63 Republicans and seven Democrats supporting it.
23. Sumlin: Remembering a Memphis Musical Great
- Monday, December 19, 2011
Recent headlines shouted “Chicago Blues Great Hubert Sumlin Dies at 80.” The stories released about the death of Hubert Sumlin were almost correct, but the headlines should have read “Memphis Guitar Great Hubert Sumlin Dies.”
24. Dem Luckett Touts Economic Record in Miss Gov's Race
- Wednesday, July 27, 2011
CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) — Bill Luckett still vividly remembers his first work in helping renovate buildings. He was a ninth grader, and he sanded walls for house painters in his hometown of Clarksdale.
25. Harwell Stops Payment for Some Legislator Travel
- Tuesday, July 26, 2011
NASHVILLE – House Speaker Beth Harwell, who donates her own legislative expense payments to charity, has moved to curtail the expense money other state representatives collect for out-of-state traveling.
26. Gone Cold
- Friday, February 11, 2011
School children welcomed Jack Frost on Wednesday afternoon and the three to five inches of snow he brought with him, but for business owners, the snow that caused hazardous road conditions and closures across the city also caused dollar signs to melt like icicles in the sun.
27. Cash’s Road Manager Reminisces About ‘Life With Johnny’
- Monday, August 02, 2010
Marshall Grant and Johnny Cash were stuck at a train crossing one night in 1955 when they heard one of Cash’s early hits on the radio, prompting the Man in Black to say: “We don’t sound like other people.”
28. ‘Holy Grail’ of Recording Uncovered
- Monday, July 26, 2010
A 52-year-old tape recorder described by some as the Holy Grail of the music industry has been discovered in the storage room of the owner of a used bus dealership in Marion, Ark.
But this isn’t just any bus dealership owner. Bob Tucker, owner of Bob Tucker Motors on Interstate 55, is a music industry veteran and one-time leader of the Memphis band that toured with the Beatles in 1964.
29. Architect Honored for Remarkable Achievements
- Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Before St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital became the sprawling complex of medical buildings in Uptown Memphis, the original facility was more modest, but no less important to the city’s landscape.
30. FBI Wants Public’s Help in Civil Rights Killings
- Tuesday, November 24, 2009
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Over the past three years, the FBI scoured faded documents, interviewed aging lawmen and tracked down witnesses from killings that occurred decades ago, many of them involving white police officers who shot black men or teenagers.
31. SunTrust Exec’s Consulting Role Follows Other Leadership Changes
- Monday, June 29, 2009
William R. Reed Jr., vice chairman of Atlanta-based SunTrust Banks Inc., will retire at the end of August to work as a consultant for the bank with a focus on Memphis.
Reed has entered into a contract with the bank under which he’ll be paid $502,000 over the next two years. He’ll get office space in Memphis and will be expected to promote “the business interests of SunTrust and its affiliates both at the corporate level and, in particular, in the Memphis, Tenn., market,” according to SunTrust.
32. Finding Memphis Believers Starts With Media Tour
- Monday, June 04, 2007
Four days in Memphis was not long enough for British newspaper reporter Adam Gretton, who toured the Bluff City last fall as part of a quartet of journalists in town from the United Kingdom.
They were flown to town by the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) and whisked to a variety of landmarks on their whirlwind four-day tour. They scarfed down lunch at The Arcade Restaurant. The scribes were given a 90-minute walkthrough at Ardent Studios on Madison Avenue.
33. Anniversary Edition of MillionDollar Quartet Coming Soon
- Thursday, September 14, 2006
A cool day in December 1956 and an impromptu gathering of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash at Sun Recording Studio singing songs like "You Belong to my Heart," "I Shall Not Be Moved," and "Dow
34. Spotlight Brightens on Memphis Cinema
- Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Like an independent film competing for attention during Oscar season, Malcolm Pratt's relatively new cinema group might seem overshadowed by other big screen efforts in Memphis.
Just two weeks ago, a public casting call was held for "Black Snake Moan," the latest Hollywood production by Memphis writer and director Craig Brewer. Later this year, the Johnny Cash biopic "Walk the Line," also shot in Memphis, opens in theaters. But Pratt's nonprofit group - Cinema Memphis - is more concerned with shining a spotlight on the classics.
35. Archived Article: This Week
- Monday, June 27, 2005
SBA Presents Community Express Loan Workshops
SBA Offers Community Express Loan Workshops
The U.S. Small Business Administration and Service Corps of Retired Executives, or SCORE, present Community Express Loan Workshops at 10:30 a....
36. Archived Article: Comm Briefs
- Friday, June 01, 2001
Memphis Brooks Museum of Arts first Wednesdays series continues with Southern Fried Jazz from 5 p Memphis Brooks Museum of Arts first Wednesdays series continues with Southern Fried Jazz from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday. The ensemble will play on the...
37. Archived Article: Benchmark
- Thursday, May 09, 1996
05-09 Benchmark Edward Johnson, Vera Lewis and Johnny Clay on behalf of their minor children and on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated vs. Memphis and Shelby County Health Department, interim health officer John H. Kirkley, and d...
38. Archived Article: Calendar
- Monday, February 19, 1996
02-19 Calendar Feb. 19 The Roundtable for Women in Foodservice, Memphis chapter, will meet from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Shelby Place. Judy Patton, senior vice president of Food Insights, will speak on "Understanding Your Customer: The Psychology Be...