The Dixon Gallery & Gardens, the Pink Palace Museum, and the National Civil Rights Museum joined the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art today with re-accreditation through the American Association of Museums (AAM). The esteemed award is considered the "Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval" for museums, according to a news release issued today.
The re-accreditation runs through 2026. The Dixon, the Pink Palace, and the Civil Rights Museum received the honor today, while the Brooks was accredited in an earlier review cycle. The awards were announced today at Congressman Steve Cohen's office.
According to the AAM, there are 17,500 museums in the United States, and only 779 (5 percent) are accredited.
"Once again, these three outstanding museums have shown that they meet and exceed the highest
standards of our field," said AAM president Ford W. Bell. "The people of Memphis, who
have nurtured and supported these institutions, can take pride in the fact that, in their midst, they
have four of the finest museums in America, on a par with such museums as the Smithsonian
Institution in Washington, the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and the Getty
Museum of Art in Los Angeles."
Alvin Upchurch, 17, has been arrested and charged with first degree murder in the January 13th shooting death of 17-year-old Terrence Wilkins.
Wilkins was shot around 9 p.m. near the corner of Linden and Bellevue after leaving a basketball game at Central High School. He was transported to the Regional Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. Police say the shooting stemmed from an altercation over a hat. During the argument, an acquaintance of Wilkins pulled out a handgun and began firing. Wilkins was struck.
Romantix, an adult bookstore at 2947 Lamar, was robbed at 5:55 p.m. on Tuesday, and the suspect remains on the loose.
The suspect reportedly grabbed the cashier and took an undisclosed amount of cash from the drawer. He then fled on foot.
The Memphis Police Department released a video of the suspect today, and they're asking for the public's help in identifying him. Anyone with information should call 528-CASH.
The teenager shot last Friday after a Central High School basketball game likely knew his shooter, said Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong during a press conference at the Memphis City Schools Board of Education on Tuesday afternoon.
The victim, 17-year-old Terrance Wilkins, was a student at Booker T. Washington High School. Wilkins was taken off of life support on Sunday.
His murder remains unsolved, and Armstrong urged anyone with information to contact 528-CASH.
Armstrong said the shooting stemmed from an altercation that occurred after the basketball game, off of school property on Bellevue and Linden. He said the suspect is an African American male between the ages of 17 and 19.
The meeting, which also involved Memphis City Schools’ officials, focused on the current protocols in place between MPD and MCS security.
“I want to use this time for us to review our policies and discuss whether or not there is a need for adjusting them. While I know and understand that the safety of school events is something they adopt as the responsibility of the school system's security team, the city's overall safety falls squarely in my domain,” said Armstrong in a statement released subsequent to the shooting.
Memphis Police officer Sean Fritz, 36, was charged with two counts of computer fraud and one count of making false statements to a federal agency after he allegedly accessed the FBI's National Crime Information Center’s (NCIC) database for non-law enforcement purposes.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Fritz used the database to help a confidential informant for illegal purposes. But Fritz denied accessing the NCIC database for illegal purposes when he was interviewed by the FBI. He was arrested on Tuesday (January 10th), and he faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count of computer fraud and making false statements.
"As the indictment alleges, Officer Fritz abused his position of trust as a law enforcement officer by
violating the very laws he swore to uphold and defend as a Memphis Police Department officer,” stated
United States Attorney Edward L. Stanton, III in a press release on Wednesday.
Still unsure what the merger of Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools means for your child? The Transition Planning Commission (TPC) may have the answers.
TPC is holding its first town hall meeting tonight (Jan. 10th) at 7 p.m. at Collierville United Methodist Poplar Sanctuary (454 W. Poplar Ave., Collierville). Additional meetings are being scheduled within the city limits and in other municipalities for mid-January.
At 8:24 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Memphis Police responded to a wounding call at 8158 Forrest Park North. The victim, 28-year-old Gus Crittle, was lying on the sidewalk and he was unresponsive. He was pronounced dead after an ambulance arrived on the scene.
The case has been referred to the MPD's homicide bureau, and they're still seeking Crittle's killer. Anyone with information is encouraged to call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH. All tips are anonymous. Tips leading to an arrest may be eligible for up to $1,000.
Tips may also be submitted here or by texting AWARD to 274637 (CRIMES).
According to an obituary in the South Reporter, Crittle, a native of Holly Springs, Mississippi, was an HVAC technician with the Trinity Lakes Apartment Complex in Memphis. He left behind a wife and four children.
Parking lot construction is underway for Memphis College of Art’s (MCA) downtown Nesin Graduate School on S. Main. Since the school opened in the fall of 2010, parking has been scarce for students.
There are a handful of parking spots available to the side of the building on Butler, but the majority of students have to parallel park wherever they can.
“They’re in the same predicament as most downtown businesses. It’s first come, first serve,” said Jonathan Welden, director of MCA’s physical plant.
Welden said lack of parking is a common complaint among students at the grad school, which boasts more than 100 enrollees.
“The plan is for MCA to have a permanent presence in the South Main Arts District,” Welden said. “[We want to] utilize that presence to foster the continued development of it as an arts district, and in that process, continue to educate the community in and through the visual arts.”
Although the school has 24-hour in-house security and cameras operating in the area, Welden said there have been multiple car break-ins since MCA moved into the building in 2010.
“The security for our building and our area, specifically, is not a concern, but it just goes with the general rule that in any area where there are so many automobiles in one spot, break-ins are going to occur,” Welden said.
The new parking lot will be patrolled and fenced-in to help lower the chances of students getting their vehicles burglarized.
The lot will be designated only for MCA staff, faculty, and students, and drivers must have a parking pass hanging from their rearview mirror.
“I think it’s going to serve the greater community as a whole, because it will relieve those additional cars from the street. Other businesses and residences in the area should have an easier time finding parking,” Weldon said.
The lot has been in the works since September and is slated to be completed by January 15th.
The Black Diamond, the laidback Beale Street bar famous for catering to employees of other bars along the entertainment strip, closed for business on New Year's Day.
The scuttlebutt, according to Paul Ryburn's Journal, is that Tater Red's is planning to expand into the Black Diamond space. A spokesperson for the Beale Street Merchants Association referred questions about Black Diamond's closure to Tater Red's gift shop owner Leo Allred. However, Allred told the Flyer that he wasn't ready to talk about his plans.
Is it just us, or is Memphis steaming up?
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