They were most impressed with the NYPDs Real Time Crime Center, a state-of-the-art facility that provides on-the-scene incident reports to the departments detectives. New York officers drive to crime scenes in special computer-equipped vans and send information to officers waiting at the crime center.
Godwin says Memphis will soon be moving forward with its own version of the crime center, integrating MPD databases to facilitate using their PDAs and laptops in the same manner. A crime center will be set up on the 10th floor of 201 Poplar, which currently houses empty office space.
The future crime center will also contain video surveillance technology that would allow the MPD to set up cameras in crime hotspots around the city. The images would be displayed on screens in the crime center, where an officer would monitor the video for suspicious activity. Funding for this operation has already been secured through grants.
Memphis is already doing some of things that have been successful in New York, such as using crime data to determine hotspots in the Blue Crush operation.
Were already following the same track theyve laid down, said Deputy Chief Dewey Betts at a Wednesday afternoon press conference.
But there is one thing New York has that Memphis may never have a large police presence. The NYPD has 4.5 officers per 1,000 citizens, while Memphis currently has 3.0 officer per 1,000 residents. If a proposal to hire 650 more officers is approved, Memphis will have 3.7 officers per 1,000 people.
They have a police officer on every corner, said Godwin. We cant afford to do that.
by Bianca Phillips
The CD will feature a new version of Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" and will include songs from Al Green, the Bo-Keys, Gary Johns, John Kilzer, Al Kapone, and more.
Eye of the Tiger is available at Wal-Mart, Best Buy, FYE, Davis-Kidd Booksellers, Tennessee Sports Zone, Spin Street, Poplar Tunes, Tiger Book store, Borders, Cats, and at the official Tiger Booth at the FedExForum.
(Alas, Graceland didnt make the list of finalists.) And when we think of the Seven Wonders, we think of pyramids. When we think of pyramids, we think of Egypt. And when we think of Egypt, well, we think of Memphis. But maybe it's time to brush up on the fun and fact-filled history of Memphis, Egypt.
So where is Elvis Presley now that we need him?
Its not common knowledge that the King of Rock-and-Roll played a major role in the creation of the Arizona Memorial.
After the war, the U.S. Navy built a wooden structure alongside the Arizona and began a tradition of raising and lowering an American flag over the submerged hulk, which still contains the bodies of some 1,100 sailors killed when the ship was sunk by Japanese bombs. In the late 1950s, a movement was started to build a more impressive monument, and an architect came up with a plan that would cost some $500,000. His design was a soaring bridge that would span the sunken ship without actually touching it. For reasons that are now hard to understand, it wasnt easy coming up with that money, and the project foundered.
Enter Elvis Presley. On the evening of March 25, 1961, Elvis held a sold-out concert in Honolulu that not only raised awareness of the memorial but raised more than $64,000 toward its construction. That was the spark that got the whole thing started, and the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial sometimes called the Pacific War Memorial opened to the public on May 25, 1962.
Michelle Richmond ponders the strange controversy of the Southern writer Brad Vice, whose debut book was greeted first with acclaim and then with defamation. Kevin Conley profiles a wacky Cajun stuntman who handles alligators and explosions as easily as he handles criminals and car chases.
Reporter John Williams reveals the inner workings of American politics by way of one independent gubernatorial candidate who put his idealism to the test against the Arkansas party machines.
Other writers in the issue include Ginny Johnson, Jack Pendarvis, Kevin Brockmeier, Jill McCorkle and many others. Go to the OA Web site for more information.
This Web site is so wrong in so many ways that we knew you'd like it. Take the tour and don't miss the dancing segment.
And we were totally kidding about that earlier hornymanatee.com post.
Bolden was born Aug. 15, 1890, according to the Gerontology Research Group, a Los Angeles organization that tracks the ages of the world's oldest people.
Guinness World Records recognized Bolden as the oldest person in the world in August after the death of Maria Esther de Capovilla of Ecuador, who also was 116.
The recipients are Nobel laureate and scientist Joshua Lederberg, musician B.B. King, writers David McCullough and William Safire, and former Negro Leagues baseball great John "Buck" O'Neil
President George Bush will present the medals at a White House ceremony and dinner on December 15th.
King, whose "60th Anniversary Tour" kicks off in January, launched his professional career in 1947, leaving the Mississippi Delta where he worked on a plantation and heading for Memphis. Last April, at his eponymous club in New York, King played his 10,000th concert.
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Interested in thinking globally, investing locally? Go here for more of Motleys best bets in Memphis. But just remember, you get what you pay for. Sometimes. Just ask Joe Cooper.
Indictments for the charges will be handed up on Monday, December 11,2006. The raid culminates a 23-month investigation involving the Memphis Police Department and the FBI.
Police arrested more than 75 people, officials said. No word on if they were strip-searched or not.
The singer said: "Thank you VH1 and thank you everyone who bought the record. I will see you on tour."
Okay, none of this is particularly unusual or even exciting, except for certain oddities in the posting on the ITV website: 1) The picture of JT says it's Kiefer Sutherland. 2) Weirdly, David Hasselhoff's ode to hitchhiking, "Jump in My Car" won for best comeback of the year.
But here's our favorite part: "Showbiz gossip guru Perez Hilton presented friend Paris Hilton with an award for biggest outlaw of 2006.
"Paris beat off stiff competition from the likes of Willie Nelson, Mel Gibson, and Dick Cheney to claim the honour."
Even for Paris, that's a tough night's work.
You may remember, a couple weeks back, that we reported the London Sun had called the Flyer offices asking us to send a reporter to Gest's riverbluff house to talk to his maid and verify her name. Due to the long-distance connection and the incomprehensible British accent on the other end, our reporter thought they said his maid's name was "Vagina."
But no, it's Vaginica. And they're still looking for her.