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Alfred Washington makes impact on Memphis youth through mentoring | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | December 15, 2018
Alfred Washington, BBBS Board President, hopes to make a large impact on a community through mentoring.        
The Beifuss File: Attack of the 60-foot girl (and more outdoor art) | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | December 15, 2018
Paris mural artist in Memphis brings Brooks paintings from the museum to the streets       
Memphis Japan Festival returns Sept. 30 with celebration of Japanese culture | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | December 15, 2018
The Memphis Japan Festival returns to Memphis Botanic Garden Sept. 30 with a celebration of Japanese culture.       
Shop Local East | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | December 15, 2018
This holiday season, we're encouraging our readers to support local businesses by shopping right here at home. Consider these Memphis-area establishments for your gift-giving needs. Muddy's Bake Shop Cookies and cupcakes and pies — oh my! Satisfy your giftee's sweet tooth with treats...
Opening Day at the Mid-South Fair | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | December 15, 2018
The sights and sounds of food, fun and rides at opening day at the Mid-South Fair       
Memphis couple helps save lives at Le Bonheur — when not responding to disasters | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | December 14, 2018
Kari and Scott Harbin are helping save lives as Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital employees. That's when they aren't with a FEMA group or fighting fires.        
'On me until it's gone': U of M president drops off $250 gift card at Starbucks during finals week | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | December 14, 2018
University of Memphis President M. David Rudd wanted to make sure students had the fuel they needed to make it through study day on Thursday.        
21 Voices: Forcing Change at CMOM | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | December 14, 2018
They don't want to talk about it. They say they can't talk about it, in fact. Leaders with the Children's Museum of Memphis (CMOM) say a non-disclosure agreement prevents them from talking about how and why Richard "Dick" Hackett, the museum's former executive director and former mayor o...
Council Member Calls Colleagues' Absence
Memphis Flyer | December 14, 2018
At its third consecutive meeting this week, the Memphis City Council was unable to reach a quorum and the council members who have been present all week are growing impatient.  After four council members supporting Rhonda Logan’s bid for the vacant D...
Do sinus cocktails work? | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | December 14, 2018
A “sinus cocktail” is like your mother’s home remedy for a cold. But does it work?       
MATA’s ‘Ongoing Process’ of Upgrading Bus Stops Limited by Funds | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | December 14, 2018
Of the 4,200 Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) bus stops in the city, only about 300 — or a little over 7 percent — are equipped with both shelters and seating. John Lancaster, MATA’s director of scheduling and planning, said the ridership a...
Man Pleads Guilty to Urinating on Kellogg's Line | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | December 14, 2018
The man who filmed himself urinating on a production line at Kellogg’s in 2014 pleaded guilty to tampering with consumer products Friday and now faces up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Gregory Stanton worked at Kellogg’s Memphis manufacturing facility in 2014, the...
TVA Says It's 'Committed' to Not Use Aquifer Wells | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | December 14, 2018
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) officials said Friday they are “committed to not using the wells” in the Memphis Sand Aquifer a day after environmental groups urged a local agency to revoke the utility’s license for the wells. TVA was given permits by the Shelby County Health D...
State Liquor Laws On Trial at U.S. Supreme Court | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | December 14, 2018
A Memphis couple will fight the Tennessee liquor lobby before the U.S. Supreme Court next month, refuting a state law that many, including a past Tennessee Attorney General, have said violates the U.S. Constitution. State law now requires anyone seeking a license to operate a liquor s...
River Threat | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | December 14, 2018
Mississippi River mayors urge action on new climate report. States and cities along the Mississippi River will see billions of dollars worth of climate-related impacts unless "major changes" are made in the near term, according to a group of 85 mayors in cities and t...
Man Faces 20 Years on Credit, Debit Card Fraud | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | December 14, 2018
Ever wonder who steals your credit or debit card information from ATMs? Well, in Memphis it might have been Cristian Balazs-Andras. When the undocumented Romanian was arrested in June, he had 68 fraudulent gift cards with him, according to U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant. Balazs-An...
Fly on the Wall 1554 | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | December 14, 2018
On th'WREG Sinclair failed to break into the Memphis market earlier this year when WREG's parent company, Tribune Media, backed out of a controversial, hotly contested deal with the conservative media giant. In June, Atlanta-based media giant Gray Television Inc. agreed to acquire WMC...
Cuddle Cot gives grieving parents precious extra days with their stillborn baby girl | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | December 13, 2018
Emily and Joel Long lost their baby girl at 38 weeks. She was stillborn, and they faced the impossible task of saying goodbye.       
The Flyer staff surveys some of Memphis’ steamiest bowls of soup. | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | December 13, 2018
Let us now praise famous soups. The hearty potatoes, the classic tomatoes (perfect with grilled cheese), even the Hungry Man soup with those little burgers (remember them?). A good soup can do so many things. It can slake hunger and chase off a chill. Grandma's chicken soup reportedly can...
Former Memphians open franchise of Kitchen Tune-Up | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | December 13, 2018
After 15 years in marketing, 2001 UT graduates Ryan and Michelle Thompson hope to give back to Knoxville with their Kitchen Tune-Up franchise.       
Golden Globes could hit home for Tennessee with 'Beale Street,' Dolly Parton, Nicole Kidman | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | December 13, 2018
"If Beale Street Could Talk" makes most critics' lists of Golden Globes nomination predictions, as well as Dolly Parton's song in 'Dumplin'        
Treadaway Withdraws Bid for District 1 Council Seat | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | December 13, 2018
Lonnie Treadaway withdrew his bid for the vacant Memphis City Council District 1 seat Wednesday at the council’s first daily standing meeting, called as an attempt to reach a quorum. This comes a day after four council members supporti...
Scenes From the New Restaurant Iris | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | December 13, 2018
After a total remodel of the space and menu, Chef Kelly English re-opens Restaurant Iris.       
State of the Stops | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | December 13, 2018
Upgrades to MATA bus stops limited by funding. Of the 4,200 Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) bus stops in the city, only about 300 — or a little over 7 percent — are equipped with both shelters and seating. John Lancaster, MATA's director of scheduling a...
Novel Begins Book Delivery | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | December 13, 2018
Santa isn’t the only one in the delivery business. Novel will begin delivering books with same-day delivery beginning December 5th. “Christy Yarbro, one of the managing partners, came up with the idea,” says John Vergos, who, along with Matt...
Report: Memphis Internet Slowest in the Country | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | December 13, 2018
Memphis has the slowest internet in the country, according to the latest report from Ookla. The company’s Speedtest product is used by millions each day to test the speed of their internet connection. Ookla also produces regular market reports of fixed and mobile internet speeds in ...
Environmental Groups Ask County to Revoke TVA Well Permits | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | December 13, 2018
Environmental groups have asked the Shelby County Health Department to revoke and not re-issue permits for five Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) wells near its new natural gas energy plant here. The health department issued the permits for the wells in 2016. TVA planned to drill the ...
Leaders Unveil a New Manassas, Safe for Bikes and Pedestrians | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | December 13, 2018
Drive there today, and you’ll find a whole new Manassas. The Medical-District street between Martin Luther King Jr. and Poplar has been completely changed after it was re-paved by the city in April. The re-imagining and renovation of the street is thanks to the city of Memphis a...
Fly on the Wall 1555 | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | December 13, 2018
Dammit, Gannett Here are some things Maribel Wadsworth, president of USA Today Network, allegedly told Gannett employees during a company-wide conference call, according to the Nashville Scene, with an easy-to-understand translation for folks who don't work in print media and are therefor...
Responding to Allegations, XPO Announces New Policies, Investigation | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | December 13, 2018
In response to concern from House members about the company’s working conditions, XPO Logistics announced there will be an independent investigation into the allegations made and new policy for pregnant employees. Shortly after 97 House members sent a letter ...
Security officer at St. Jude creates community through first names | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | December 12, 2018
Dennis Farmer was the first-ever non-employee to receive of the Spirit of ALSAC Award in 2016.        
Memphis Man Gets Eight Years for Selling Heroin | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | December 12, 2018
A Memphis man was sentenced to 100 months in federal prison for selling heroin in 2017, according to a statement released last week by the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Tennessee. Melvin Scott, 41, was arrested in September 2017 after m...
Projects On Deck for Former MCA Property, Cooper-Young | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | December 12, 2018
Two new projects would transform a familiar Midtown corner and connect a now-disconnected Midtown street. Officials with both projects will seek approval by the Memphis and Shelby County Land Use Control Board on Thursday, Jan. 10th. Poplar Art Lofts Memphis College of Art wi...
Cohen, 96 Other House Members Urge Hearing on XPO Working Conditions | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | December 12, 2018
After employees at XPO Logistics’ warehouses, including one here in Memphis, reported claims of discriminatory and unsafe working conditions, Tennessee Congressman Steve Cohen joined 96 other House members Tuesday in requesting a House Committee to hold a hearing on the ...
Council Members Walk Out on Vote for District 1 Seat | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | December 12, 2018
Four Memphis City Council members walked out of the body's Tuesday meeting after the council voted to open the floor back up to all six candidates vying for the vacant District 1 seat. Resuming its November 20th meeting, the council began its 1...
Explore Bike Share Cranks 25K Rides in Six Months | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | December 12, 2018
More than 25,500 bike trips have been taken on Explore Bike Share (EBS) bikes since the city-wide system launched here nearly six months ago, according to new figures from the group. EBS also shared heat maps (see below) to show where most of those rides were taken. Downtown is ea...
Pat Mitchell-Worley Named Director of Stax Music Academy | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | December 12, 2018
The Soulsville Foundation announced Wednesday that Memphis music veteran Pat Mitchell-Worley will be the new executive director of its Stax Music Academy. Mitchell-Worley, who began teaching part time in the academy’s after school program in 2017, has served as interim director since July. ...
Is Memphis barbecue the best? Food Network's 'Chopped' says yes, even if the winner is a New Yorker | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | December 11, 2018
Chef Melvin 'Boots' Johnson of Queens beat three challengers from other regions to make Memphis-style barbecue the winner of 'Chopped' competition.       
First woman, African-American elected to lead Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | December 11, 2018
The Rev. Phoebe Roaf, rector at St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Virginia, has been elected fourth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee.        
Mr. Rogers' messages worth hearing, repeating every day | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | December 11, 2018
“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” documentary creates new Mr. Rogers fan.       
Council Resumes Business With Six Members | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | December 11, 2018
In a fourth attempt to reach a quorum, six of the 10 Memphis City Council members reconvened Tuesday morning and succeeded. Council Attorney Allan Wade told the council that after reviewing the city charter, it’s his opinion that the six members present are sufficient for a quor...
Former MPD Officer Faces Death Penalty on Federal Charges | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | December 11, 2018
A former Memphis Police Department (MPD) officer “will answer for what he’s done,” said police director Michael Rallings in a statement Tuesday morning after the officer was indicted on federal charges last week. Former MPD officer Sam Blue and Anthony Davis, a co-conspirator, were ...
Gas Prices Fall Across Tennessee | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | December 10, 2018
Gas prices across Tennessee have fallen 52 cents over the past two months, according to AAA. The state average on Sunday was $2.17, down seven cents from a week ago, 34 cents from last month, and 9 cents from this time last year.  "Gas prices in Tennessee could drop another 5 to 8 c...
Group Calls For Ambassadors to Promote, Support Riverfront | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | December 10, 2018
The Memphis River Parks Partnership (MRPP) is looking for a group of Memphians to join a volunteer network supporting the transformation of the riverfront. The group, deemed the Memphis River Parks Ambassadors will be tasked with volunteering at...
Try mindfulness to deal with life's disappointments, divisiveness | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | December 10, 2018
Engaging in mindfulness can be more fruitful than expecting willpower to make you happy.       
Christmas shipping deadlines: Key dates for FedEx, USPS, UPS and Amazon this holiday season | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | December 10, 2018
Want to make sure that package gets there by Christmas this year? Here are the key shipping deadlines for the holiday season for FedEx, USPS, UPS and more.        
Raven & Lily restaurant opens in Collierville Historic Town Square | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | December 09, 2018
Chef Justin Young describes the menu as "Modern Southern."       
Dîner en Blanc: 1,000 guests dressed all in white come together for picnic like no other | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | December 09, 2018
1,000 guests dressed all in white will attend the inaugural Le Dîner en Blanc on Saturday in Memphis. The location is a surprise — even for attendees.       
Memphis-based Hallmark Channel movie 'Christmas at Graceland' gets air date | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | December 09, 2018
Elvis-related Hallmark Channel holiday movie to air more than a month before Christmas       
Thanksgiving road trip? Gas prices are falling in Memphis and across the nation | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | December 09, 2018
Gas prices in Memphis and across Tennessee are falling just in time for Thanksgiving travel.