Gerald Jones, a long-time server at B.B. King's Blues Club, is battling stage 4 T-cell lymphoma, and his employer is hoping to raise a little cash to help cover his medical expenses.
From March 7th through the 10th, patrons can leave donations in one of several buckets placed on the stage, at the three bars, and at the front door. Customers can also add a donation to their tab when dining or drinking. Money raised will help pay for Jones' chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant.
County Commissioner Steve Mulroy's dog, Buster, may not have much in common with the cats of the House of Mews. But the commissioner says he's pretty sure the two species would agree on one thing: The Shelby County Commission should pass Mulroy's animal care ordinance requiring pet owners in the county to provide food and water to their pets daily.
Mulroy, his dog Buster, and commissioner Sidney Chism held a press conference outside the House of Mews on Saturday afternoon urging county residents to voice their support for the ordinance, which is up for its third and final reading on March 26th. Chism's dog Princeton was supposed to be in attendance, but Chism said he couldn't make it.
The ordinance requires pet owners to feed and provide fresh water for their animals daily, provide them relief from extreme temperatures, pick up pet waste, and groom animals to avoid health risks.
"County commissioners have been known to fight like cats and dogs, but on this issue, I think we should agree," Mulroy said.
However, that hasn't been the case with this ordinance. At its first reading, commissioners Terry Roland, Wyatt Bunker, and James Harvey argued against it. Harvey said the language was too intrusive, claiming the requirement to provide a pet with fresh water daily went too far. Roland complained that the ordinance put too many rules on people in rural Shelby County, and Bunker didn't like the requirement that pets must be given relief from extreme temperatures.
Now, Mulroy says a libertarian group and the Mid-South Tea Party have come out against the ordinance. But Chism said passing the ordinance is just common sense.
"The ordinance should have been passed, like, yesterday. We need to make sure our animals are taken care of because if we don't have laws in place, who is going to do it?" Chism asked.
There's already a city ordinance and a state law that deal with basic animal care, but nothing that applies directly to the county. Although the state law can be enforced in the county, it only deals with the most extreme forms of cruelty.
The Downtown Memphis Commission (DMC) will offer 20 artists exhibit space in 20 makeshift galleries downtown for 20 days beginning June 1st.
The DMC is currently seeking proposals from Mid-South artists for the inaugural "Unveil Downtown" walkable art event. Selected art will be displayed in downtown restaurants and retail shops, and artists may sell a maximum of 10 pieces from their collection. All of the proceeds from art sales will go back to the artist, but the artist must be willing to donate one item to the Downtown Neighborhood Association for an online silent auction.
Proposals are due by March 23rd. Check out the DMC website for more information on how to submit a proposal.