Due to a Tennessee Department of Revenue investigation, former co-owner and chef of Wendell's World Beat Grill, Wendell Price Jr, was arrested May 20th in Texas.
Price is currently being held without bond and awaiting extradition to Tennessee.
This week, I wrote about the Memphis singles' scene for our print product. The gist: the single women here are stuck up; there aren't enough single men; and everybody knows everybody else. So good luck.
But I also mentioned something that is somewhat infamous between me and my friends: "the List."
A proposal to bring the Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center into the county will go before a County Commission meeting later today.
"The city had placed it in a catch-all division with the animal shelter and weights and measures," said Deborah Clubb, executive director of the Memphis Area Women's Council, at a meeting of concerned groups and citizens last night. "At the county, it would be under community services with all the other crime-victim services."
Forbes magazine certainly has a way with data. They've analyzed cities for most miserable (I think we all remember that one), emptiest, smartest, etc.
In their most recent geographical take, they've looked to see which cities are the worst for credit card debt.
The Center City Commission recently decided not to return vehicular traffic to the Main Street Mall.
I have to say, I can see both sides of the argument, but I'm a little disappointed.
My longtime colleague Bianca Phillips has recently decided to take another responsibility under her already weighty belt. She will be writing a new blog for memphisflyer.com.
Memphis Heritage held a meeting last night about the plans for Overton Square, and they're asking Memphians to contact Associated Wholesale Grocers to ask the company to discuss its plans for the area with local residents.
During yesterday's almost-aborted committee meeting about MSARC, the Mid-South Peace & Justice Center was passing out a map of reported rapes in the city of Memphis during roughly the last month.
The data came from MPD's crime-mapper. During the month, there 24 rapes, with
the majority the plurality of them occurring in council woman Barbara Swearengen Ware's district, or district 7.
"I feel like I've seen this movie before: The director leaves; it takes a long time to replace them; then we hear allegations of negligence.
"Last year, around this time, we were talking about the animal shelter and mistreating animals. Now we've upgraded to mistreating victims of crime. This is not a national model. It's a disgrace."
So said Councilman Shea Flinn during the City Council's executive committee meeting on the Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center today.
The intent was to illuminate a few things and places you might not know about, but could be helpful or interesting. One of those things was what we called "The Faces of Idlewild."
The Memphis Flyer is looking for summer interns for its editorial department. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and three published writing samples (preferably from a newspaper or website) to Senior Editor Michael Finger at email@example.com or to him at 460 Tennessee St. #200, Memphis, TN 38103.
If hired, your job would include researching and reporting news stories, writing small entertainment features, and maintaining the Flyer's online music listings.
I should mention some of the various perks of the job: a friendly, laid-back atmosphere, you'll definitely learn the ins and outs of Memphis, and you get to work with me (hmm, that might actually go in the anti-perk column).
At any rate, you know what to do.
In which I tell you about events that you may be interested in. Like tonight. Tonight is Changing Direction, hosted by the Coalition for Livable Communities and Transportation for America.
For several years, I was a vegetarian. However, since it had nothing to do with morality and everything to do with taste, I would fudge to be polite.
Like if I was at a dinner party, let's say, or home with my parents. If there was meat in the lasagna, I wasn't going to pick it all out; I was just going to eat it.
Slowly but surely, I found myself firmly in the omnivore column. (I didn't realize quite how much until Lent rolled around this year and I gave up meat, only to realize just how much of it I was eating.)
Which is why, when some of the Flyer staff decided to do a barbecue-rib judging/eating contest this year, I signed right up.
Last night, I went to the first of two Mud Island public-input meetings. (The second is Thursday, May 14th, on Mud Island, fyi.)
It totally reminded me of kindergarten. Not only did participants get to say what we thought should be located on Mud Island, we got to cut out different elements — pedestrian bridges, iconic elements, skateparks, carousels, what have you — drawn on paper and position them where we'd like to see them on the island.
Just in time for barbecue fest and all the downtown traffic, the South Main Association has installed its latest neighborhood beautification project.