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15 covers for our 1,500th issue | Memphis Flyer 15 covers for our 1,500th issue
This week marks the 1,500th issue of The Memphis Flyer and to celebrate we're sharing 15 of our favorite and most significant covers since '89. You'll have to forgive me for some the older ones—they were professionally photographed from our archives with my phone. The first issue: Flyer founder and publisher Kenneth Neill remembers installing the first Flyer box on a r
Memphis Flyer | November 22, 2017
Memphis Residents Could Pay Increased Water, Gas, Electric Rates Next Year | Memphis Flyer Memphis Residents Could Pay Increased Water, Gas, Electric Rates Next Year
Memphis, Light, Gas, & Water (MLGW) customers might start paying higher rates in 2018, after a Memphis City Council committee voted Tuesday in favor of water, gas, and electric rate increases. CEO of MLGW Jerry Collins, Jr. told the committee that the revenue from the increased water rates would be used to fund research on the Memphis Sands Aquifer, the source of Memphis’ drinkin
Memphis Flyer | November 21, 2017
City Council Looks to Ensure Good Portion of Public Art Money Goes to Local Artists | Memphis Flyer City Council Looks to Ensure Good Portion of Public Art Money Goes to Local Artists
The Memphis City Council began discussion of an ordinance that would ensure a set percentage of public art funds are spent on local and minority artists. Funds were pulled from the city’s UrbanArt Commission (UAC) during budget season last year after then-council member, now chairman Berlin Boyd expressed concerns over the amount of money spent to bring in out-of-town artists,
Memphis Flyer | November 21, 2017
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 | November 21, 2017
Vote to Remove Memphis' Confederate Statues Held by City Council | Memphis Flyer Vote to Remove Memphis' Confederate Statues Held by City Council
The Memphis City Council was set Tuesday to have the third and final vote on an ordinance that requires the city administration to adopt a plan to immediately remove the Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jefferson Davis statues, as well as related artifacts from the city. However, following city council attorney Allan Wade’s advisement to hold the vote until the next meeting, the co
Memphis Flyer | November 21, 2017
City Program Offering Work to Homeless Memphians Expands | Memphis Flyer City Program Offering Work to Homeless Memphians Expands
A program that employs homeless Memphians for various clean-up projects around town is expanding to more days of operation per week and will start paying participants higher wages, Mayor Jim Strickland announced last week. When it launched last November, the Work Local initiative ran just two days a week and paid participants $9 an hour. Now, it will run five days days
Memphis Flyer | November 20, 2017
TDOT to Halt Lane Closures on State's Highways for Thanksgiving Holiday | Memphis Flyer TDOT to Halt Lane Closures on State's Highways for Thanksgiving Holiday
In anticipation of more than one million travelers hitting the state’s highways for Thanksgiving, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announced Monday there will be no lane closures during the holiday. Beginning Wednesday, TDOT will pause all construction-related closures through Monday, Nov. 27 for what the department’s commissioner, John Schroer calls the most-t
Memphis Flyer | November 20, 2017
Recipe Finder: Loaded potato soup | The Commercial Appeal Recipe Finder: Loaded potato soup
With ham and hash browns, this is a different potato soup        
The Commercial Appeal | November 20, 2017
State Offers up to $10K for Information on Lorenzen Wright's 2010 Murder | Memphis Flyer State Offers up to $10K for Information on Lorenzen Wright's 2010 Murder
The state has issued a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the murder of former Memphis Grizzlies basketball player Lorenzen Wright. After Wright was shot in 2010 and his body later discovered in an abandoned field, Haslam issued the first reward in 2010, but no offender was apprehended within the statutory five
Memphis Flyer | November 17, 2017
Q & A With MCA President Laura Hine | Memphis Flyer Q & A With MCA President Laura Hine
As reported in this week’s Memphis Flyer cover feature "Art of the Deal," the Memphis College of Art was severely impacted by a declining enrollment. But what does that really mean? And was it merely the kiss of death to a small, private college already struggling with a low endowment and debt? There’s some context necessary for understanding college enrollment and trends in highe
Memphis Flyer | November 17, 2017
Art of the Deal: What Happened at MCA? | Memphis Flyer Art of the Deal: What Happened at MCA?
The extraordinary rise and precipitous fall of the Memphis College of Art When Jeffrey Nesin packed up his bow ties and returned to New York in 2010, The Commercial Appeal wrote a glowing farewell to the Memphis College of Art's long-serving president. Nesin had led the school for 19 years, more than doubling enrollment during his tenure, engaging major fund
Memphis Flyer | November 16, 2017
Fly on the Wall 1499 | Memphis Flyer Fly on the Wall 1499
Typo Negative Normally, your Pesky Fly doesn't make fun of ordinary typos because they're just a fact of life. But I've got a theory about this one. This is what happens when the PR arm of local law enforcement gets a little too excited about the possibility of typing a "Florida Man" headline. In possibly related news, we can't tell if this Nextdoor post is about racism or extort
Memphis Flyer | November 16, 2017
More Power To You | Memphis Flyer More Power To You
TVA considers big changes for an energy-efficient future. Use more energy, and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) will charge you less; use less, and you'll be charged more. That's the core of a newly announced pricing structure for electricity, one that TVA officials say is necessary in a more energy-efficient future. If you can afford to generate your own p
Memphis Flyer | November 16, 2017
Oswalt New Downtown Memphis Commission CEO | Memphis Flyer Oswalt New Downtown Memphis Commission CEO
Jennifer Oswalt was chosen Thursday as the new president and CEO of the Downtown Memphis Commission (DMC). Oswalt was the group's chief financial officer and had been serving in the CEO position on an interim basis since Terrence Patterson left the post in July. At that time, Oswalt planned to leave the organization and return to Contemporary Media Inc., which publishes the Memphis Flyer,
Memphis Flyer | November 16, 2017
A Q & A with Veda Reed, Dolph Smith | Memphis Flyer A Q & A with Veda Reed, Dolph Smith
If "Cloud Atlas" wasn’t already the name of a time-spanning science fiction epic, it would make a fitting biography title for Veda Reed, a painter of note who’s always looked to the sky for inspiration. Reed’s not from around here. She’s also Memphis to the core, having arrived in town before Rock-and-Roll, with no great plans to be an artist. The place spoke to her, inspired her,
Memphis Flyer | November 16, 2017
MLGW Warns Customers to be Wary of Scam | Memphis Flyer MLGW Warns Customers to be Wary of Scam
Scammers have been targeting Memphis Light, Gas, & Water (MLGW) customers, and the utility is warning customers not to be deceived by the ruse. MLGW officials said Wednesday that the scammers are calling from 1-888-203-2365, claiming to represent the utility, asking customers to pay their bill immediately, and threatening to cut off their utilities if they don’t comply. Bu
Memphis Flyer | November 16, 2017
City Continues Transit Vision Planning Process, Opens Second Public Survey | Memphis Flyer City Continues Transit Vision Planning Process, Opens Second Public Survey
The city, in collaboration with Innovate Memphis and the Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) are moving forward in the Memphis 3.0 transit vision planning process. After beginning in September with stakeholder meetings, followed by public engagement, the question remains should MATA allocate resources to services that promote high ridership and more frequency or services that cov
Memphis Flyer | November 15, 2017
Netflix's 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' can engage little readers | The Commercial Appeal Netflix's 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' can engage little readers
Engage your stubborn readers by watching Netflix's 'A Series of Unfortunate Events'        
The Commercial Appeal | November 15, 2017
Graceland to Contest Grizzlies' Non-Compete Clause in Court | Memphis Flyer Graceland to Contest Grizzlies' Non-Compete Clause in Court
Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE) is legally challenging the Memphis Grizzlies’ non-compete agreement that is blocking it from adding a concert hall to Graceland. The Grizzlies’ FedexForum use agreement with the city bans other publically-funded places in the city from holding concerts with more than 5,000 attendees, but EPE has filed a declaratory judgement acti
Memphis Flyer | November 15, 2017
Recipe Finder: Chocolate-covered cherries | The Commercial Appeal Recipe Finder: Chocolate-covered cherries
Ditch the fake maraschinos and go with the fancy cherries        
The Commercial Appeal | November 13, 2017
National Toy Hall of Fame inducts paper, shocking many | The Commercial Appeal National Toy Hall of Fame inducts paper, shocking many
"Santa, can I have a paper airplane for Christmas?" said NO KID EVER.        
The Commercial Appeal | November 13, 2017
Make Thanksgiving buffet easy for everyone with these tips | The Commercial Appeal Make Thanksgiving buffet easy for everyone with these tips
There are rules for everything--including your Thanksgiving buffet        
The Commercial Appeal | November 13, 2017
City Reveals Preliminary Designs for Zoo Parking Lot | Memphis Flyer City Reveals Preliminary Designs for Zoo Parking Lot
City officials dropped preliminary design plans late Friday afternoon for an expanded Memphis Zoo parking lot, another step toward ending parking on Overton Park's Greensward. Powers Hill Design has been working on the designs for weeks. The team worked up three different designs. All of them include 415 more parking spaces for the zoo, a mandate from the Memphis City Council. The desi
Memphis Flyer | November 12, 2017
Federal Historic Tax Credit Cut in New House Tax Plan | Memphis Flyer Federal Historic Tax Credit Cut in New House Tax Plan
The federal historic tax credit was axed in the new tax plan released Thursday by House Republicans and Memphis Heritage hopes to save the tax credit like it has saved so many old buildings in Shelby County. The new tax plan from House Republicans is the biggest tax reform effort since 1986. It cuts taxes to corporations, the wealthy, and more. It raises taxes on homeowners, some small b
Memphis Flyer | November 12, 2017
Four Local University Presidents to Sign Letter Supporting a 'Clean' Dream Act | Memphis Flyer Four Local University Presidents to Sign Letter Supporting a 'Clean' Dream Act
Presidents at four of Memphis' higher education institutions will sign a letter to Tennessee congressmen and senators asking them to support legislation that protects Dreamers. After President Donald Trump's administration rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in September, nearly 800,000 would-be DACA recipients were left in uncertainty, as well as faced
Memphis Flyer | November 12, 2017
What's it mean to love America? Hold fast to what's good, and fight to right what's wrong | The Commercial Appeal What's it mean to love America? Hold fast to what's good, and fight to right what's wrong
Loving America doesn't require that we all agree and see the country as the same. It does demand that we respect each other's points of view.        
The Commercial Appeal | November 12, 2017
Dying boy's wish for early Christmas cards touches nation's heart | The Commercial Appeal Dying boy's wish for early Christmas cards touches nation's heart
The nation has responded to a dying Maine youth's request for Christmas cards as he celebrates last holiday early.        
The Commercial Appeal | November 12, 2017
Recipe Finder: German chocolate 2 new ways | The Commercial Appeal Recipe Finder: German chocolate 2 new ways
German chocolate cake has nothing to do with Germany, but with the name of a baker.        
The Commercial Appeal | November 12, 2017
State Asks How to Spend $45M Volkswagen Settlement Money | Memphis Flyer State Asks How to Spend $45M Volkswagen Settlement Money
Tennessee is getting more than $45.7 million in the government’s settlement with Volkswagen and state officials want to hear how you want to spend it. In 2015, the German automaker admitted it installed software in about 590,000 of its cars to cheat emissions tests and fool state and federal regulators. In a formal complaint against the company, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Memphis Flyer | November 10, 2017
Fly on the Wall 1497 | Memphis Flyer Fly on the Wall 1497
Verbatim "Closed borders white nation, now we start the deportation." This awkward couplet was chanted by white supremacists marching in Shelbyville, Tennessee, last Saturday. It's possibly the least memorable slogan since ... well ... we forget. According to White Lives Matter representatives, a similar rally in Murfreesboro was cancelled because someone had "intel" (paramilitary s
Memphis Flyer | November 10, 2017
Radio Silence | Memphis Flyer Radio Silence
We had questions and got no answers. Representative Andy Holt (R-Dresden) and the National Civil Rights Museum (NCRM) left Flyer questions unanswered recently, but you should know that we did ask. Would Rep. Holt still give away AR-15s in the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas? Why did the National Civil Rights Museum give Rev. Bernice King a Freedom A
Memphis Flyer | November 10, 2017
Historic Cooper-Young | Memphis Flyer Historic Cooper-Young
Midtown neighborhood on the path for historic protections. Cooper-Young is a step closer to becoming a historic overlay district after the designation was approved last week by the Memphis Landmark Commission. Bounded by Central on the north, East Parkway on the east, Southern on the south, and McLean to the west, the 335-acre proposed historic overlay district
Memphis Flyer | November 10, 2017
Big Show! Big Tent! | Memphis Flyer Big Show! Big Tent!
The Indie Memphis Film Festival celebrates 20 years of movies that matter. In 1998, Kelly Chandler, a University of Memphis film student, got some of her fellow budding filmmakers together at a coffee shop in Midtown. Frustrated that there was no place to show their work, they decided to take matters into their own hands. The ad hoc film society attracted the a
Memphis Flyer | November 10, 2017
Recipe Finder: Banana Cream Pie from McEwen's | The Commercial Appeal Recipe Finder: Banana Cream Pie from McEwen's
This decadent pie is a reader favorite.        
The Commercial Appeal | November 10, 2017
Recipe Finder: Buckley's Memphis Jam | The Commercial Appeal Recipe Finder: Buckley's Memphis Jam
Buckley's shares its recipe for Memphis Jam appetizer        
The Commercial Appeal | November 10, 2017
Corny? Ear-y? A-maze-ing? Memphis corn mazes are growing strong | The Commercial Appeal Corny? Ear-y? A-maze-ing? Memphis corn mazes are growing strong
Let's get lost (inside a corn maze).        
The Commercial Appeal | November 10, 2017
Three steps toward a better healthcare system | The Commercial Appeal Three steps toward a better healthcare system
It is only a matter of time until our small businesses and large corporations will buckle under the cost of providing healthcare to their employees.        
The Commercial Appeal | November 10, 2017
Things to do in Memphis: Practice golf inside the I-240 loop | The Commercial Appeal Things to do in Memphis: Practice golf inside the I-240 loop
For the public golfer, there are ways to practice golf in the inner city.        
The Commercial Appeal | November 10, 2017
Recipe Finder: Dobos torte | The Commercial Appeal Recipe Finder: Dobos torte
Old Seessel's dobosch torte much like New Orleans doberge torte        
The Commercial Appeal | November 10, 2017
Hot tamales! Hot tamales! And get your Bloody Marys too | The Commercial Appeal Hot tamales! Hot tamales! And get your Bloody Marys too
Greenville's annual festival has expanded to take in three more Downtown blocks this year        
The Commercial Appeal | November 10, 2017