VOL. 117 | NO. 101 | Friday, May 23, 2003
for Memorial Day
All federal, state, county and city offices in Memphis and
Shelby County will close in observance of Memorial Day Monday.
In addition, government offices will be closed in Crittenden
County, Ark., and DeSoto County, Miss.
Sanitation services in the Bartlett area will be suspended
Monday, but workers will run routes on Saturdays before and after the holiday
to restore regular service.
Memphis Light, Gas and Water offices will be closed, as will
all courts and post offices. The Memphis-Shelby County Public Library system
will be closed.
The Memphis Zoo and the Pink Palace Museum will be open
The first documented Memorial Day observance occurred in
Waterloo, N.Y., May 5, 1866. Its purpose was to honor those who fought in the
Civil War. It was expanded to honor those who died during each war in which the
United States fought.
A law passed June 28, 1968, required that beginning in 1971,
Memorial Day would be observed nationwide as a legal holiday on the last Monday
Tenn. rail network
CSX Transportation Inc., one of the largest freight
railroads in the East, will spend more than $47 million this year to maintain
and upgrade its network in Tennessee.
CSXT owns and maintains about 1,025 route miles in
Tennessee, with key facilities in Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville and
Memphis. CSXTs customers represent some of the states largest industries,
specializing in paper, coal, minerals and agricultural products. CSXT employs
about 1,960 Tennessee residents.
CSXT and its 34,000 employees provide rail transportation
and distribution services over a 23,000-mile network in 23 states, the District
of Columbia and two Canadian provinces. It is a business unit of CSX Corp. Both
are headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla.
The company behind a Web site offering searches of more than
123 million criminal records is moving from Downtown to East Memphis.
Rapsheets.com, owned by Investigation Technologies LLC, a
subsidiary of The Daily News Publishing Co., is moving its national
headquarters to 2600 Thousand Oaks Blvd.
Since incorporating in 2002, the company has experienced
rapid growth, outgrowing its Downtown offices, company officials said.
AAA says 500,000
to hit road for holiday
Eager to resume customary leisure travel patterns to
traditional summer destinations, more than 500,000 Tennesseans will hit the
road this weekend, AAA Auto Club South estimates.
Nationwide, the Memorial Day weekend is expected to launch a
healthy summer travel season, AAA officials said.
AAA estimates more than 35 million Americans will travel 50
or more miles from home this weekend, up 0.1 percent from last year.
Southern food fest,
symphony end MIM
The final weekend of Memphis in May features the Great
Southern Food Festival and the Sunset Symphony, set for Saturday and Sunday at
Tom Lee Park.
The Memphis Horns and music from the Republic of Korea
highlight this years symphony, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
Complete schedules of both events can be found at