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Say Cheese! Memphis' Love Affair With Pancho's — and Cheese Dip. | Memphis Flyer Say Cheese! Memphis' Love Affair With Pancho's — and Cheese Dip.
"Pancho Man" is the guy with the big mustache and sombrero on the cartons of Pancho's cheese dip. Tim Wallace, who also sports a mustache, is the other Pancho Man. He's president of Pancho's manufacturing plant and the man who keeps the Pancho's South Memphis cheese-dip operation running smoothly. You might say Wallace lives and breathes Pancho's. "I can't go into a grocery store without turning the face of the Pancho Man out," he says. "I run the day-to-day operations of the whole company," Wallace said. "I'm the salesman. I'm the whole nine yards. You might say,
Memphis Flyer | February 22, 2018
Fly on the Wall 1512 | Memphis Flyer Fly on the Wall 1512
Dammit, Gannett Has the time come for your Pesky Fly to just give up and rename this whole column "Dammit, Gannett"? This week's atrocities at USA Today's Memphis Commercial Appeal include running the same obituary for two different men. It's possible, of course, that Jerry Lynn Gunn of Oakland, TN, lived a strange parallel life with Tom Manning of Cherokee Village, AR. It's conceivable that both were Navy men born on October 8, 1942, in San Francisco and that they shared the name Jerry Lynn Gunn. But that almost never happens. And then there's this masterfully craft
Memphis Flyer | February 22, 2018
On the Grounds | Memphis Flyer On the Grounds
City officials look for a developer to re-shape the Fairgrounds. The city wants to redevelop the northern part of the Fairgrounds into a private mixed-use space with retail stores and a hotel, and it's looking for someone who can pull that off. City officials issued a request for qualification (RFQ) last week, seeking a developer who can transform the 19 grassy acres that front Central. Near the hotel and retail spaces, the city intends to construct a 500-spot parking garage that would be available for game day parking and could house a small bus transf
Memphis Flyer | February 22, 2018
Sally Field plays cupid with Olympic skater Adam Rippon, son | The Commercial Appeal Sally Field plays cupid with Olympic skater Adam Rippon, son
"Find a way," Field told her son about the Olympic skater.        
The Commercial Appeal | February 21, 2018
Environmental Group Demands TVA Reverse 'Reckless Course' for Water Safety | Memphis Flyer Environmental Group Demands TVA Reverse 'Reckless Course' for Water Safety
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) should reverse its “reckless course” of using Memphis’ drinking water to cool a new power plant here and should allow the public to weigh on other options, according to the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC). Last year, TVA drilled five wells into the Memphis Sand Aquifer, the city’s drinking-water source. The agency planned to draw 3.5 million gallons of water from the aquifer to cool its new $975 million natural gas plant, which will replace an older, coal-burning plant. That plan was halted last year after local groups, P
Memphis Flyer | February 21, 2018
Designers: Greensward Parking Won't End by January | Memphis Flyer Designers: Greensward Parking Won't End by January
Parking on the Greensward would not end on January 2019 and establishing a new timeline will likely be weeks away, according to city officials and those designing a new parking lot for the Memphis Zoo. Officials with Powers Hill Design, the firm hired by the city to craft the zoo’s new lot, delivered their most recent plan to the public Wednesday evening at a meeting at the Pink Palace Museum. They said the delay on the project comes as Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland wanted to ensure the public had time to comment on the design. “The mayor wants to make sure we don’t jump befo
Memphis Flyer | February 21, 2018
Wrestling comes to Rec Room | Memphis Flyer Wrestling comes to Rec Room
Live professional wrestling will be featured the first and second Fridays of the month beginning March 2 and continuing through the summer at the Rec Room at 3000 Broad. So, look out for Prince Adonis, Ken Dang, Andy Mack and Seven Foot Monster Kontar - some of the wrestlers slated to take part in Memphis matches. The wrestlers are part of Ultimate Championship Pro Wrestling South (UCPWS), a wrestling organization based in Holly Springs, said Steve Thompson, who emcees the shows and does commentary.  Tommy J
Memphis Flyer | February 21, 2018
New Report Shows Immigrants Contribute Billions to Local Economy | Memphis Flyer New Report Shows Immigrants Contribute Billions to Local Economy
In 2015, immigrants contributed $4.2 billion to Memphis’ gross domestic product, according to a a report by Latino Memphis and New American Economy. The report, “New Americans in Memphis: A Snapshot of the Demographic and Economic Contributions of Immigrants in the Metro Area,” is the first solely dedicated to immigrant contributions in the city. The findings of the report were announced Tuesday at city hall during a reception for Barrier Free, an art installation set up in the Hall of Mayors that’s meant to honor diversity. “Memphis is a city made
Memphis Flyer | February 20, 2018
City Council Votes to Remove 'Offensive' Paint Memphis Murals | Memphis Flyer City Council Votes to Remove 'Offensive' Paint Memphis Murals
The Memphis City Council voted Tuesday to immediately remove six Paint Memphis murals they’ve deemed offensive in the past. The resolution to scrub the murals came from Chairman Berlin Boyd in the middle of a heated discussion between Paint Memphis director Karen Golightly and a council committee. Golightly said previously that the mayor asked her to try to “educate” council members on the subjects of the murals and the artists’ intentions. As Golightly was going through an educational presentation, discussing each piece an
Memphis Flyer | February 20, 2018
Recipe Finder: Baked cheese spaghetti two ways | The Commercial Appeal Recipe Finder: Baked cheese spaghetti two ways
Let spaghetti stand in for macaroni next time you crave baked pasta and cheese        
The Commercial Appeal | February 19, 2018
Enough! National School Walkout will protest gun violence on campus | The Commercial Appeal Enough! National School Walkout will protest gun violence on campus
What can be done to stop school shootings like the one this week that claimed the lives of 17 students at a Florida high school? Walkout. Of school that is.        
The Commercial Appeal | February 19, 2018
'10 out of 10'— Memphis teens react after special screening of 'Black Panther' | The Commercial Appeal '10 out of 10'— Memphis teens react after special screening of 'Black Panther'
Two Memphians raised $2,400 to send about 150 kids to the movies to see people on screen who look like them.        
The Commercial Appeal | February 17, 2018
New Pickup Spot for Uber, Lyft at Airport | Memphis Flyer New Pickup Spot for Uber, Lyft at Airport
Getting a Lyft or Uber home from the airport? There’s a new pickup spot. Starting March 1, drivers for the ride sharing services will be found outside the Concourse A, B, and C ticketing lobby exits on the outer commercial drive at Memphis internaitonal Airport. “This change will result in a more convenient process for passengers doing business with Uber and Lyft,” said Scott Brockman, president and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority. “We will continue to work with all of our ground transportation partners to enhance this part of the travel experience.
Memphis Flyer | February 15, 2018
Paint Memphis to Get One More Shot at Defending its Murals | Memphis Flyer Paint Memphis to Get One More Shot at Defending its Murals
After the city unintentionally painted over seven Paint Memphis murals last week, instead of the ones the city council identified as offensive and requested be removed, the mayor’s office issued a temporary stay on buffing murals. This is to give Karen Golightly, director of Paint Memphis, one more chance on Tuesday to ask the council to rethink its position on the murals which some of its members in the past have deemed “satanic.” Those include paintings on public right-of-ways of Elvis Presley with a snake coming from his orifices, a cow skull, and a danci
Memphis Flyer | February 15, 2018
Fly on the Wall 1511 | Memphis Flyer Fly on the Wall 1511
Dammit, Gannett Judging by the size of that type, the egregiousness of that typo, and the sheer number of mistakes like this we've seen since Gannett Co. moved The Commercial Appeal's copy editing duties out of state, it would appear that there's plenty of room for despair. Future Shock Last week a dead body was found after decomposing inside a utility van on the city impound lot, and the Memphis Police Department was confronted with a baffling mystery from an unknown address, thousands of years in the future. Local 24's report states that the "shooting originally occurre
Memphis Flyer | February 15, 2018
Infill Frenzy | Memphis Flyer Infill Frenzy
Cooper-Young, Speedway Terrace seek historic protections. Two of the city's oldest neighborhoods are seeking protection from infill developers. Neighbors in Cooper-Young have said that, if left unchecked, developers could destroy the very thing that made the neighborhoods special in the first place. In Speedway Terrace, they want to "protect homeowners and their investments." So, both are working to be deemed a Historic Overlay District, which would give developers a list of dos and don'ts when building there. The residential real estate market in a
Memphis Flyer | February 15, 2018
Puttin' Down Roots | Memphis Flyer Puttin' Down Roots
Country outlaw Dale Watson’s love affair with Memphis comes full circle. "Help me, Merle, I'm breakin' out in a Nashville rash It's a-looking like I'm fallin' in the cracks, I'm too country now for country, just like Johnny Cash" — Dale Watson, "Nashville Rash" In March 1998, after winning the Grammy for Best Country Album — with little support from the Nashville music establishment, and even less airplay on mainstream country radio — Johnny Cash and his producer, Rick Rubin, took out a full-page ad in Billboa
Memphis Flyer | February 15, 2018
AG Wants Execution Dates Set for Death Row Inmates | Memphis Flyer AG Wants Execution Dates Set for Death Row Inmates
Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery asked the Tennessee Supreme Court Thursday to set execution dates for eight death row inmates. The request originally came from the Tennessee Department of Corrections (TDOC), which Slattery said is “required by law to carry out death sentences by lethal injection.” But getting that done after June 1 is “uncertain,” Slatery said, “due to the ongoing difficulty in obtaining the necessary lethal injection chemicals.” Slatery and TDOC want execution dates set for: • Donnie Johnson, convicted in Shelby County for murder in 1985
Memphis Flyer | February 15, 2018
Comptroller Says City's Sale of Parks Was Lawful | Memphis Flyer Comptroller Says City's Sale of Parks Was Lawful
After investigating Memphis’ December sale of two public parks, the state comptroller's office announced Wednesday that the city’s actions were in accordance with the law. Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge, and House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, requested that the comptroller's office determine if the city acted in compliance with the Tennessee Open Meetings Act, among other laws when it sold the parks to Memphis Greenspace, Inc. for $1000 each. The review showed that the Memphis City Council did give sufficient notice of its meetings and agendas, and d
Memphis Flyer | February 14, 2018
Dinstuhl's explains how to know what's inside your chocolates | The Commercial Appeal Dinstuhl's explains how to know what's inside your chocolates
Quit poking your chocolates — there's a signal in the squiggle        
The Commercial Appeal | February 12, 2018
Hundreds March in Memphis, Demanding a Livable Wage | Memphis Flyer Hundreds March in Memphis, Demanding a Livable Wage
Exactly 50 years after the 1968 sanitation workers began their strike and marched from Clayborn Temple to Memphis City Hall, hundreds gathered in Memphis to march the same route on Monday. As the mass of marchers made their way through the streets of Downtown, stepping to the rhythm of a small marching band, they chanted, holding picket boards resembling those carried in 1968. The marchers, who were from two dozen cities around the Mid-South, were demanding $15 an hour minimum wage and fair working conditions. The Poor People’s Campaign and Fight for
Memphis Flyer | February 12, 2018
University of Memphis Official Against Bill That Would Ban Fraternities, Sororities | Memphis Flyer University of Memphis Official Against Bill That Would Ban Fraternities, Sororities
An official at the University of Memphis says the new bill that would ban Greek organizations on state campuses won’t eliminate hazing and other issues often associated with fraternities and sororities on college campuses. The vice president of student affairs at the U of M, Dr. Darrell Ray said Greek life can be an important part of the college experience. “While there may be challenges, most students have good experiences when participating in fraternities and sororities,” he said.
Memphis Flyer | February 10, 2018
Valentine's Day crafts to keep the kids busy this month | The Commercial Appeal Valentine's Day crafts to keep the kids busy this month
From Valentine's Day cards to photo backdrops and DIY treat holders, this list will keep your kids busy.        
The Commercial Appeal | February 10, 2018
Memphis Pets of the Week (Feb. 8-14) | Memphis Flyer Memphis Pets of the Week (Feb. 8-14)
Each week, the Flyer will feature adoptable dogs and cats from Memphis Animal Services. All photos are credited to Memphis Pets Alive. More pictures can be found on the Memphis Pets Alive Facebook page.
Memphis Flyer | February 09, 2018
Gebre Waddell's Soundways | Memphis Flyer Gebre Waddell's Soundways
With last Sunday's Grammy Awards now behind us, we can more easily imagine the many talents that fuel the music industry. Along with headline-grabbing superstars like Bruno Mars, awards went to less celebrated roles, such as "Best Improvised Jazz Solo" and "Best Engineered Album" — offering some all-too-rare recognition for those who hone their craft over a lifetime, more for love of the art than any hunger for notoriety. Often, in the brave new world of maximum streaming and minimum liner notes, such critical team players get no public credit for their
Memphis Flyer | February 09, 2018
Fly on the Wall 1509 | Memphis Flyer Fly on the Wall 1509
Neverending Elvis People magazine recently interviewed Kent Ripley, an Elvis tribute artist who presided over three vow renewal ceremonies between David and Louise Turpin, the California couple accused of imprisoning and torturing their children in a "house of horrors." According to People, Ripley sang "Love Me Tender" as the couple approached the altar and "Viva Las Vegas" as they danced afterward. "Just like most people [in that setting], you can see a little bit of emotion, and when you see that, you think that deep down, there's some care, some love," Ripley said. "So with
Memphis Flyer | February 09, 2018
Infill Frenzy: New Developments in Cooper-Young | Memphis Flyer Infill Frenzy: New Developments in Cooper-Young
Some worry recent projects could ‘destroy’ the city’s character. The city's urban core is a lava-hot market, but as some developers rush to cash in, some long-time Memphians worry that some of their projects are "destroying the characteristics of what Memphis is." Infill development projects, those built where something else once stood, are not new to the core, said Josh Whitehead, director of the Memphis and Shelby County Office of Planning and Development, but this recent trend is something new. "The renewed interest in the core ove
Memphis Flyer | February 09, 2018
Explore Bike Share Needs Volunteers to Unpack Bikes | Memphis Flyer Explore Bike Share Needs Volunteers to Unpack Bikes
Sevens trucks loaded with equipment for the bike-share system launching here in the spring will arrive in Memphis on Thursday. Explore Bike Share, set to launch this spring, will provide 600 high-tech bikes stationed at 60 locations around the city this year, followed by another 300 bikes in 2019. “Six hundred state-of-the-art BCycle Dash bikes, which collectively make up the largest system of this technology caliber in the country, will be arriving this week in over six hundred boxes,” Rajah Brown, Explore Bike Share’s operations director said. “And those six
Memphis Flyer | February 09, 2018
Aquifer Test Results Still Not Available to Public | Memphis Flyer Aquifer Test Results Still Not Available to Public
An environmental group said the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has, again, delayed the release of tests results from its wells drilled into Memphis’ drinking water source but a TVA official said they don’t have the results and are awaiting them to compile into a state report. TVA drilled five wells into the Memphis Sand Aquifer last year. The agency planned to draw 3.5 million gallons of water from the aquifer to cool its new $975 million natural gas plant, which will replace an older coal-burning plant. That plan was halted last year after a local group, Protect Our Aqui
Memphis Flyer | February 09, 2018
Peabody Avenue to Lose Car Lane, Gain Bike Lane | Memphis Flyer Peabody Avenue to Lose Car Lane, Gain Bike Lane
The city has plans to give the 1.7-mile stretch of Peabody from Bellevue to Cooper a makeover that includes less lanes for cars this summer and wants public input to help determine exactly how the street should look. The street will be resurfaced and bike lanes, along with traffic-calming configurations will be installed. The city’s engineering division will present two different designs at a public meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 6, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Idlewild Elementary. Nicholas Oyler, the city’s Bikeway and Pedestrian program m
Memphis Flyer | February 09, 2018
Sierra Club: Arkansas Power Plants Polluting Memphis Air | Memphis Flyer Sierra Club: Arkansas Power Plants Polluting Memphis Air
Coal-fired power plants in Arkansas are polluting Memphis’ air. That’s according to a new report released last week from Sierra Clubs in Tennessee and Arkansas. The groups hired California-based Sonoma Technology Inc. to review the impacts of emissions from the White Bluff and Independence power plants, operated by Entergy, Arkansas’ largest utility. The study found those two power plants — one south of Little Rock, the other in north east Arkansas near Newark — “emit enough pollution to raise the levels of unhealthy ozone smog in the Memphis area,” according to a news
Memphis Flyer | February 09, 2018
Report: TVA Raised Costs on Homeowners, Lowered Costs for Industries | Memphis Flyer Report: TVA Raised Costs on Homeowners, Lowered Costs for Industries
Over the past five years, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has charged its residential and small business customers more while charging its industrial customers less, according to a new report issued Tuesday from the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE). The shift has added more than $1.4 billion to TVA’s smaller customers over the last five years, according to the report prepared by Synapse Energy, a Massachusetts energy economics research firm. With this, the average TVA household is paying $110 more now than it did in 2011, according to the report.
Memphis Flyer | February 09, 2018
Court Prohibits Sale of Confederate Statues, City Says it Was Expected | Memphis Flyer Court Prohibits Sale of Confederate Statues, City Says it Was Expected
After three Confederate monuments came down here in December, city officials say they expected a decision like the one made by a Davidson County chancellor Monday. Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle’s ruled that Memphis Greenspace Inc, the group that purchased the two Downtown parks and removed the statues, cannot transfer or sell the monuments. On Tuesday, the court followed up by requiring that the city and the challenging group, Sons of Confederate Veterans set a mediation to take place before March 16 to decide on the future homes for the mo
Memphis Flyer | February 09, 2018
Classic southern buttermilk pie updated at Napa Cafe | The Commercial Appeal Classic southern buttermilk pie updated at Napa Cafe
Napa Cafe owner Glenda Hastings shares recipe for her beloved pie        
The Commercial Appeal | February 09, 2018
Three lasagnas, one easy-to-use pan | The Commercial Appeal Three lasagnas, one easy-to-use pan
Clever pan can be used for lasagna, meatloaf, casseroles, cakes        
The Commercial Appeal | February 09, 2018
Recipe Finder: Orzo two ways | The Commercial Appeal Recipe Finder: Orzo two ways
Orzo salads from our files, one with tuna and one vegetarian        
The Commercial Appeal | February 09, 2018
Healthful food to get you over the post-holiday blues | The Commercial Appeal Healthful food to get you over the post-holiday blues
Adopting a healthier diet doesn't mean you have to give up flavor in your food        
The Commercial Appeal | February 09, 2018
International Blues Challenge 2018: One of the blues world's biggest gatherings returns to Memphis | The Commercial Appeal International Blues Challenge 2018: One of the blues world's biggest gatherings returns to Memphis
The 34th annual International Blues Challenge is expected to draw one of the biggest gatherings of blues entertainers in the world.        
The Commercial Appeal | February 09, 2018
Recipe Finder: Italian spinach, but not from Ciao Bella | The Commercial Appeal Recipe Finder: Italian spinach, but not from Ciao Bella
Italian spinach recipes dating back to the 1950s at Cerrito's        
The Commercial Appeal | February 09, 2018
Funeral food is a tradition that won't die | The Commercial Appeal Funeral food is a tradition that won't die
The "Southern Sympathy Cookbook" takes on the topic of feeding the bereaved with a touch of humor.        
The Commercial Appeal | February 09, 2018
Memphis preschool shows how generosity isn’t half a world away | The Commercial Appeal Memphis preschool shows how generosity isn’t half a world away
Though half a world away, students in Memphis and Mumbai are communicating about their different environments       
The Commercial Appeal | February 09, 2018
Recipe Finder: Hearty and creamy chowder makes for a nice January meal | The Commercial Appeal Recipe Finder: Hearty and creamy chowder makes for a nice January meal
One corn chowder, one corn soup, and a request for a Mexican corn chowder       
The Commercial Appeal | February 09, 2018
Get your sheet together for no fuss, no muss dinner | The Commercial Appeal Get your sheet together for no fuss, no muss dinner
Sheet pans make for meals easy to prepare, fast to cook and a cinch to clean up       
The Commercial Appeal | February 09, 2018
From peppermint patties to candied orange rinds, you can do it at home | The Commercial Appeal From peppermint patties to candied orange rinds, you can do it at home
Even difficult divinity is doable when a pastry chef shows you the way       
The Commercial Appeal | February 09, 2018
Goodies all rolled up for your holiday parties | The Commercial Appeal Goodies all rolled up for your holiday parties
Crescent roll wreaths are easy to make and a breeze to serve       
The Commercial Appeal | February 09, 2018
Recipe Finder: Eggnog pound cake | The Commercial Appeal Recipe Finder: Eggnog pound cake
Recipe Finder digs out holiday favorites. Email us your favorites to share with readers!       
The Commercial Appeal | February 09, 2018
Instant Pot is short and stout and gets it all worked out | The Commercial Appeal Instant Pot is short and stout and gets it all worked out
The Instant Pot lets you cook under pressure, cook overnight, steam rice, make your own yogurt and more       
The Commercial Appeal | February 09, 2018
Instant Pot Creamy Butternut Squash Risotto | The Commercial Appeal Instant Pot Creamy Butternut Squash Risotto
Instant Pot is a more advanced version of the age old Crock-Pot, that is a hybrid of a pressure cooker and slow cooker. Watch as we make Creamy Butternut Squash Risotto in the Instant Pot.       
The Commercial Appeal | February 09, 2018
Recipe Finder: Paulette's Chicken Livers Bourguignon | The Commercial Appeal Recipe Finder: Paulette's Chicken Livers Bourguignon
This one is a blast from the past but just as good to liver lovers today       
The Commercial Appeal | February 09, 2018
From a city known for BBQ, two Memphis competitors win championship in burgers, steaks | The Commercial Appeal From a city known for BBQ, two Memphis competitors win championship in burgers, steaks
Jimmy Shotwell is back from the World Food Championships and introduces us to two competitors from Memphis that won and will move on to the overall championship next April.       
The Commercial Appeal | February 09, 2018