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State Review of School Security Nearly Complete | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | August 15, 2018
A statewide assessment of the security of Tennessee schools is almost complete and $35 million in grant funds are available to help schools "address vulnerabilities and risks." Governor Bill Haslam said Tuesday that 1,796 schools, or 99 percent of the state's public schools, have been ...
Former Memphians open franchise of Kitchen Tune-Up | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | August 15, 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.        
Greenspace Looks to Recreate Parks Formerly Home to Confederate Statues | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | August 15, 2018
Memphis Greenspace, the nonprofit that bought two Downtown parks and removed the Confederate statues from them last year, is now looking to activate and reinvent the spaces. After additional Confederate memorabilia was removed from Memphis Park last weeke...
Convicted Rapist Gets New Trial Partly for
Memphis Flyer | August 15, 2018
A convicted rapist will get a new trial in part because the Shelby County prosecutor handling the case made part of his closing argument standing on the courtroom desk, to mimic a scene from Dead Poets Society. The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals filed the ruling Frida...
From Playhouse on the Square to New York: Memphian uses acting to engage communities | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | August 15, 2018
Jon Adam Ross took his acting talent to New York. Now he engages communities with his writing and acting.       
Rallings Calls Media Coverage of ACLU Lawsuit  “Erroneous” | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | August 15, 2018
In response to news coverage of a recent court ruling saying that Memphis violated a 1978 consent decree by gathering political intelligence on protesters, Michael Rallings, director of the Memphis Police Department (MPD), said Tuesday that some of the language in the reports "does...
Overton Square Hotel Slated to Open in 2020 | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | August 15, 2018
Plans for a boutique hotel in Overton Square moved forward Monday, after developers submitted the plans to the Office of Planning and Development. Developed by Loeb Properties in partnership with LRC2 Properties and MMI Hotel Group, ...
Memphis Pets of the Week (August 9-15) | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | August 14, 2018
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.
'Hidden Figures' leads to math scholarship for LeMoyne-Owen College students | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | August 14, 2018
"Hidden Figures" and her former math professor motivated Annie Marie Garraway to fund a scholarship.        
We can all learn something from the Bar-Kays' story | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | August 14, 2018
The story of the Bar-Kays is one we can hold onto when times get tough.       
Who's a Good Dog? A Special Issue about our Canine Companions. | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | August 14, 2018
"Who's a good dog?" It's the ultimate existential question for our canine friends. (See also, "Are you a good boy?" and "Who's my good girl?") "Who's a good dog?" we ask, day after day, while scratching Duke's shaggy head. "Who's a good pup...
Convention Center Hotel Planned for Plaza East of City Hall | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | August 14, 2018
The city’s new convention center hotel is now planned for the city-owned plaza directly to the east of City Hall, Doug McGowen the city's chief operating officer announced Tuesday at a Memphis City Council committee meeting.  The hotel is being developed by T...
Fly on the Wall 1535 | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | August 14, 2018
Media Climate Fly on the Wall's media coverage has been uniquely critical of Memphis' broadcast news outlets for a tendency to over-report sensational news with little followup or context to help viewers understand what the scary-sounding information may or may not mean for us. So, it ...
Memphis Greenspace Clears Out Rest of Confederate Memorabilia from Memphis Park | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | August 14, 2018
Memphis Greenspace started cleaning out the remaining Confederate memorabilia from Memphis Park Saturday "to say goodbye to the past" and now also has full state approval to relocate the Confederate statues the nonprofit removed from two parks late last year. On Saturday, the nonpro...
Josh Steiner opens Strano by Chef Josh in East Memphis | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | August 13, 2018
Josh Steiner, a 27-year-old executive chef and restaurant owner, goes bigger with new restaurant.       
Mr. Rogers' messages worth hearing, repeating every day | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | August 13, 2018
“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” documentary creates new Mr. Rogers fan.        
Memphis Literary Arts Festival: Not your traditional book festival | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | August 13, 2018
The festival, set for June 15 and 16, "showcases literary writers alongside reporters, musicians, muralists, and deejays."       
Inaugural Camp DJ Memphis builds confidence, new skills | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | August 13, 2018
Memphis based DJ Devin Steel created a camp where he could pass on his knowledge to the latest generation.       
Everything you need to know about what Memphis' Beale Street has to offer | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | August 13, 2018
The two-block stretch of the Bluff City between Second and Fourth streets is as chockfull of culture and culinary creations as ever.       
Horseshoe Tunica to Open Sports Betting Monday | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | August 13, 2018
"The Book at Horseshoe Tunica" opens Monday, August 13th at 11:30 a.m. The first 500 bettors will receive a free T-shirt. Sports and entertainment stars, including DeAngelo Williams and Chris Kirkpatrick will make ceremonial first bets. Several Mississippi government officials will also b...
Son's diagnosis prompts Bartlett doctor's fight against diabetes | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | August 12, 2018
When Dr. Kashif Latif's son was diagnosed with diabetes, Latif made a decision. He would become an endocrinologist to help his son and others.       
Synagogue members follow command to gather food and serve families | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | August 12, 2018
Beth Sholom takes leftover produce to families.       
Raven & Lily restaurant opens in Collierville Historic Town Square | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | August 11, 2018
Chef Justin Young describes the menu as "Modern Southern."        
Best summer cocktails: 7 recipes to keep you in good spirits | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | August 11, 2018
What are the best summer cocktails? We've collected seven cocktail recipes — from the classic Moscow Mule to a unique kombucha smash — to beat the heat       
Eye Institute grants improved vision to Memphians | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | August 11, 2018
Cataract-A-Thon provides vision care to cataract patients       
New movies in Memphis and special screenings, June 1-7 | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | August 11, 2018
Here are the movies opening in the Memphis area this week, plus special screenings.       
Dîner en Blanc: 1,000 guests dressed all in white come together for picnic like no other | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | August 11, 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.        
Dr. Phil Kronk: Does society based on consumption push us to greed? | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | August 11, 2018
Success in this society is tied to money and the display of possessions.       
Here's how to watch the royal wedding, plus memories of a Memphis visit | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | August 11, 2018
Love it or hate it, there's no ignoring this weekend's royal wedding. Here's how to watch it, plus some memories of a Memphis visit.       
Memphis area Muslim community prepares for start of Ramadan | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | August 11, 2018
Local Muslims are preparing to join others worldwide in observing Ramadan beginning this week.       
Epping Way section of Wolf River Greenway nearing completion, opens in June | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | August 11, 2018
A section of the Wolf River Greenway in Raleigh is set to formally open next month.       
Barbecue in Memphis has a rich history with deep roots | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | August 11, 2018
There's good reason to think Memphis is 'the most consequential barbecue city' in America.       
What celebrities have ordered Rendezvous ribs? | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | August 11, 2018
From athletes to musicians to presidents, here's a look at who has have ordered shipments of Rendezvous ribs over the years.       
Graceland rated one of Top 25 U.S. landmarks by TripAdvisor | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | August 11, 2018
TripAdvisor ranks Graceland one of the Top 25 U.S. landmarks for its Travelers' Choice awards.       
Barbecue side dishes that stand the test of time | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | August 11, 2018
Beans and slaw are good, but everything can use a little lift now and then.       
National Doughnut Day: Where to find freebies and deals in Memphis | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | August 11, 2018
Several Memphis area spots are offering deals in honor on National Doughnut Day.       
Queuing for 'cue: Most recommended barbecue restaurants in Memphis | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | August 11, 2018
Memphis has more than 100 barbecue restaurants, but the same 10 are routinely recommended. We want to know where else locals are getting their ribs.       
The Cupboard: A Memphis dining staple for more than 75 years | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | August 11, 2018
It all started at 1495 Union in 1942, but the restaurant's trajectory changed in in 1992 when Charles “Chuck” Cavallo purchased the place for $3,750.        
Barbecue Cooking Contest: Weather doesn't dampen these teams' spirits | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | August 11, 2018
On Thursday, lightning brought a halt on Memphis in May, but the shoulder teams stayed positive as the rain delayed their plans       
Explore Bike Share: How to sign up and explore Memphis | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | August 11, 2018
With more than 60 stations across Memphis, Explore Bike Share is easy to use.       
Trouble at the dock: Locking community bikes | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | August 11, 2018
The locking process isn't difficult, but we struggled in the beginning.       
Explore Bike Share demo | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | August 11, 2018
An Explore Bike Share organizer demonstrating how to properly lock a bike. The bike share programed launched in Memphis on May 23, 2018.       
Election Results: Harris, Dean, Blackburn, Lee, Bredesen, Kustoff, Cohen  Win | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | August 11, 2018
Yes, Virginia, there was a blue wave in Shelby County, Tennessee — at least it appeared so when all the votes were counted for the August 2nd election, which included a county general election, primaries for state and federal offices, and isolated other ballot matters. From M...
Memphis in May to Honor City of Memphis in 2019 | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | August 10, 2018
In honor of the city’s upcoming 200th birthday, the 2019 Memphis in May International Festival (MIM) will honor Memphis and Shelby County for the first time in the 42-year-old event’s history. Historically, MIM salutes a country for the one-month festival, b...
Free chicken at Chick-fil-A on Tuesday | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | August 10, 2018
Dress up like a cow, get free chicken at Chick-fil-A on Tuesday.        
Will a TDZ TCB? The Future of Memphis' Fairgrounds | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | August 10, 2018
A critical decision looms on a years-in-the-making plan that could transform one of the largest pieces of public property in Memphis. The stakes could not be higher for the city's plan to turn the largely fallow Memphis Fairgrounds into a youth sports tourist magnet. It...
Two years later Pokémon GO! still going strong, creating communities in Memphis | The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal | August 10, 2018
Two years after the release of the popular game that took the world by storm, people are forming communities through the app        
Memphians’ Favorite TDOT Signs | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | August 10, 2018
The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) can get a little creative when it comes to signs on the interstate. A member of the Memphis Reddit community recently asked the group what their favorite sign is. “I've been seeing ‘OMG Stop Texting and Driving’ pretty frequently ...
‘Goodbye to the Past’ | Memphis Flyer
Memphis Flyer | August 10, 2018
Greenspace clears out more Confederate artifacts from Memphis Park. Memphis Greenspace started removing the remaining Confederate memorabilia from Memphis Park Saturday "to say goodbye to the past" and now also has full state approval to relocate the Confederate sta...
Memphis Flyer | August 10, 2018
Dammit, Errbody Ryan Poe, the Gannett-owned Commercial Appeal reporter-turned-columnist, began a recent installment of his daily 9:01 with a hearty, "good morning from Memphis, where we're waiting with bated breath for West Memphis to open a proposed waterpark," which, not to exaggerate, may be...