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1. September 22-28, 2017: This week in Memphis history
- Saturday, September 23, 2017
1933: George Barnes, better known as “Machine Gun Kelly,” and three other people were arrested at a house on East Rayner Street for the kidnapping of oil millionaire Charles Urschel. Barnes was the first nationally known fugitive to be captured by the FBI. On the run from the FBI, Barnes returned to Memphis, the city where he had grown up and attended Central High School.
The house on Rayner Street belonged to his former brother-in-law. After a restless night that probably involved a lot of drinking, Barnes heard the next day’s newspaper hit the front porch and unlocked and opened the door to retrieve it. He didn’t lock the door.
Confronted by agents with their guns drawn, Barnes allegedly said, “Don’t shoot, G-men,” according to accounts of the capture over the decades. The FBI’s own website acknowledges that didn’t happen, attributing the “G-men” name for FBI agents to a comment Barnes made after he was in jail. Still other research shows it was Kelly’s wife and accomplice, Kathryn, who used the term.
Most Memphians didn’t know Barnes was Machine Gun Kelly until the national publicity about the arrest and Barnes, in the Shelby County jail, began recognizing and calling out the names of police officers he knew.
2. Last Word: Watching the Masthead, Dunavant Award Winners and Gin Blossoms
- Thursday, March 30, 2017
Jones Lang LaSalle says it can save the University of Memphis and by extension the state 12.5 percent of the cost of running its facilities. That’s included in a statewide higher education facilities contract the Haslam administration appears poised to award in a fast-moving return to privatization proposals. But the administration is encountering resistance from legislators who cite a letter from the Tennessee Comptroller that calls into question the cost savings estimates.
3. Last Word: Pro Day, Hardwood Patios in C-Y and Memphis' Contested Convention
- Thursday, April 7, 2016
It was a windy Pro Day Wednesday at the University of Memphis for Tigers quarterback Paxton Lynch. And if the wind wasn’t for you, you could watch Lynch work out for NFL teams and their representatives on the NFL network.
Don Wade was there to watch in person.
4. This Week in Memphis History: September 25-October 1
- Saturday, September 26, 2015
1982: Memphis Mayor Wyeth Chandler resigns to become a Shelby County Circuit Court judge.
Chandler quits with a little more than a year left in his third four-year term, and his resignation sets off a court fight over whether the vacancy can be filled by the city council or must be decided in a special election.
5. This Week in Memphis History: April 17-23
- Saturday, April 18, 2015
2014: The formal dedication of the Overton Park Bike Gate on the western edge of the Midtown landmark draws a crowd of several hundred people, dozens of whom come with their bicycles for a ride from the gate on East Parkway to Shelby Farms Park. The nearby Hampline connecting the park to the western end of the Greenline was still under construction at the time.
6. Former Motel 6 Sells for $1.4 Million
- Tuesday, January 28, 2014
1321 Sycamore View Road
Memphis, TN 38134
Sale Amount: $1.4 million
Sale Date: Jan. 13, 2014
Buyer: P & S Hospitality LLC
Seller: G6 Hospitality Property LLC
Loan Amount: $1.1 million
Loan Date: Jan. 14, 2014
Maturity Date: N/A
Lender: Argent Bank
Details: The former Motel 6 at 1321 Sycamore View Road in Northeast Memphis has traded hands for $1.4 million.
7. Frayser Walgreens Sells for $2.2 Million
- Wednesday, January 22, 2014
The 17,062-square-foot Walgreens at 3360 Frayser Blvd. (alternatively 3360 N. Watkins St.) in Frayser has sold for $2.2 million.
8. Midtown Dance Club Sells for $1.1 Million
- Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The former Backstreet Night Club at 2018 Court Ave. in Midtown has sold for $1.1 million to an entity called Turner Holdings LLC.