Wiseacre Brewing Company, a craft brewery that will open to the public on Friday, August 30th, gave us a sneak peek into their new state-of-the-art facility.
Beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday, patrons can sample beers, purchase growlers, and take tours of the facility at 2783 Broad.
The Memphis In May International Festival will honor Panama next spring, and they're now taking applications from local high school students for study-abroad opportunities there.
The Memphis In May Student Exchange Program will send students to Panama for 10 to 12 days next spring to learn about its history and heritage.
Local public and private school students in the 11th and 12th grade can submit a written application, an essay, and a letter of recommendation from their school by November 22nd for a chance to qualify for the trip. Students will be chosen based on grades, community involvement, and speaking and writing skills.
Applications are available now on the Memphis In May website.
Memphis has the fourth lowest cost of living in the nation, according to the Council for Community and Economic Research. It falls just behind Harlingen, Texas, Norman Oklahoma, and Pueblo, Colorado.
“Memphis’ cost of living index was the lowest among all of the top 100 metropolitan areas in the United States, including cities like Jacksonville, Louisville, and Oklahoma City — all nearly the same size as the Memphis metro,“ said Adrienne Johnson, director of research for the Greater Memphis Chamber.
The cost of consumer goods and services, such as grocery bills, housing, utilities, transportation and healthcare, are factors in determining cost of living.
Mid-South city Jonesboro, Arkansas, which is located about 60 miles north of Memphis, came in at number nine on the list of least expensive cities.
Here's the list of least expensive and most expensive cities.
1. Harlingen TX
2. Norman OK
3. Pueblo CO
4. Memphis TN
5. Youngstown-Warren OH
6. Temple TX
7. Omaha NE
8. Jonesboro AR
9. Sherman-Denison TX
10. Idaho Falls ID
1. New York (Manhattan )NY
2. Honolulu HI
3. New York (Brooklyn) NY
4. San Francisco CA
5. New York (Queens) NY
6. San Jose CA
7. Hilo HI
8. Stamford CT
9. Orange County CA
10. Washington DC
Local nonprofit, SoGiv, has submitted its Global Awareness shoe into Walmart’s 2013 “Get on the Shelf” contest. The contest allows entrepreneurs around the country to submit their products for a chance to be sold on Walmart’s website and potentially have them sold in select stores.
SoGiv's "Global Awareness" shoe is a black athletic sneaker with streaks of red and a gray SoGiv logo, which has the seven continents embedded in it.
"Should we win, not only would it be a good look for Memphis, but it would allow people all over the world to buy that shoe at Walmart.com," said Edward Bogard, founder of SoGiv and designer of the shoe. "A lot of people don’t know that it’s not camouflage [but] all seven continents on the shoe. It helps kids learn their seven continents a little bit faster. It’s more than a fashion statement."
People can vote for SoGiv's Global Awareness shoe once a day up until Sept. 2nd here. A portion of the proceeds from every shoe purchased will go to one of 16 different charities and causes that SoGiv supports. These include HIV/AIDS, obesity, cancer, mental illness, and homelessness.
Bogard, a philanthropic designer, founded SoGiv in 2009 with the mission to raise global awareness and proceeds for worthy causes in the Mid-South and around the world.
Fire Station 6 in North Memphis won't be shut down after all. Mayor A C Wharton's office, the Memphis Fire Department, and Memphis City Councilman Lee Harris reached an agreement today that will allow the North Memphis station on Thomas Street to remain open to provide emergency services and medical care throughout fiscal year 2014. The fire personnel and equipment will be moved from the station as previously planned. The station was slated for closure last month due to city budget constraints.
“There are a large number of elderly residents in that area and the majority of calls to that station are medical calls,” said fire department director Alvin Benson. “Our intent is to continue providing emergency service and medical care from this station, and to have this station continue its role as a community resource, anchor, and safe place in the event of emergencies."”
After hearing concerns over the planned closure from residents in that area, Memphis City Councilmen Lee Harris and Joe Brown set out to save the station. They had planned to introduce a resolution to pull $1.1 million from the city's reserve funds to keep the station open for at least a year.
But Harris told the Flyer this afternoon that the agreement that was reached does not involve taking money from the city's reserves. Instead, Memphis Fire Department Director Alvin Benson will re-work the fire department's budget in a way that preserves the station.
Had Fire Station 6 closed, it would have been the first fire station closed in years.
"This would be the first fire station closed for as long as anybody can remember," Harris told the Flyer a couple weeks ago. "We have to take that seriously. We can't just throw a brick and close the first fire station in years."
Last week, the historic Roland Darnell house at 1433 Union, which once housed the women's philanthropy organization, the Nineteenth Century Club, seemed destined for the wrecking ball after Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter said he had little choice but to allow the building's new owners to go forward with demolition plans.
But the brakes have been pressed on demolition after four current and former members of the Nineteenth Century Club, represented by Shelby County Commissioner and attorney Steve Mulroy, managed to get a temporary injunction from Shelby County Chancery Court. The women — Teresa Hurst of Memphis, Gloria McDaniel of Memphis, Connie Lee of Memphis and Nancy Walker of Germantown — allege that the organization's leadership auctioned the property in January without full approval of the club's membership.
The four must post a $650,000 bond within 10 days. Memphis Heritage has launched a fund-raising campaign to help the women raise the bond money.
Dogs and cats that have already been spayed or neutered can get low-cost shots and microchips on Saturday, August 3rd at the Pet Festival at Legends Park so long as their people live in the 38105 zip code, which covers parts of downtown.
The festival, sponsored by Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services and Memphis Animal Services, runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They'll also be scheduling pay-what-you-can spay and neuter surgeries for the month of August.
A city ordinance requires all dogs and cats that are at least six months old to be spayed or neutered. All dogs and cats that are older than three months must be up-to-date with rabies vaccinations.
Additionally, the Pet Festival will feature toys and games for pets, activities for kids, and prizes awarded throughout the day.
The festival is funded through a $71,630 grant awarded to Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services to provide pay-what-you-can spay and neuter surgeries and rabies vaccinations for 598 cats and 497 dogs in zip code 38105.