The team was formed after Godwin pulled his officers from the Metro DUI unit earlier this month. Godwin said 71 percent of the DUI arrests in Shelby County occur in Memphis, so pulling out of the city/county team would help the MPD target Memphis DUIs. MPD officers assigned to the Metro DUI unit were housed 19 miles outside the city limits. The new squad will be headquartered in the Hickory Hill substation. With only eight officers, the old Metro unit was also considerably smaller than the new MPD unit. Interestingly, the new Shelby County Sheriffs DUI unit has also grown since the split. Theyve partnered with the Germantown Police Department, and now boast 11 officers. - Bianca Phillips
MPD officers assigned to the Metro DUI unit were housed 19 miles outside the city limits. The new squad will be headquartered in the Hickory Hill substation. With only eight officers, the old Metro unit was also considerably smaller than the new MPD unit.
Interestingly, the new Shelby County Sheriffs DUI unit has also grown since the split. Theyve partnered with the Germantown Police Department, and now boast 11 officers. - Bianca Phillips
Its easy enough to buy into the Mamet as misogynist theory, considering the writers macho, cigar-chomping image, and the horrors his male characters inflict on women in earlier scripts like the brutally brilliant Edmond, and the juvenile Sexual Perversity in Chicago. Its not a completely baseless charge, but its one that completely (and unjustly) strips Americas most provocative living playwright of his complexity. Oleanna is, at its very core, a simple tragedy in the classic mold, about a person of privilege who, neither fully guilty or completely innocent, is brought low by pride and hypocrisy, and replaced by a system that will not and can not stand.
John, played with sensitivity, and explosive fury by Chris Hart, is happy with his job at an exclusive college, and in line for tenure. To celebrate that professional milestone hes finally buying his castle: a nice house with a big back yard for the boy. His recently published book has proven incomprehensible to Carol, a failing student who hopes to appeal her grade. A deal is struck between student and teacher to forgo their traditional roles, and change the failing grade to an A. For John, this proves to be a deal with the devil that will rob him not only of his of his job but his dreams as well.
In the plays first scene Lyric Peters Carol is an agitated bundle of confusion and impatience, unable to articulate her needs or understand anything that challenges her values. By act three shes the angry, articulate, politically motivated spokesperson for a group, promising to drop all the charges shes leveled against her teacher in exchange for the removal of his and other books from the reading list.
Are their sexual overtones in Johns words and actions? Mamet leaves it vague, and the answer can vary from show to show. In this case, however, the answer is no. Although Johns behavior may stink of paternalism and entitlement, his root intentions are basically noble and in keeping with his views as an educator. One also gets the sense that the only thing Harts autoamorous professor wants to feel up is his own reflection in the mirror.
Mamets attempts to write language as its actually spoken, then present it as a rigidly structured, nearly orchestral exercise can be hard on actors. Caught between the plays hot emotion and the writers cold formalism both Hart and Peter sometimes stumble over one another, and lose their way. But neither ever completely lose sight of their intentions, and their committed performances keep the audience engaged even when the dialogue gets messy.
Mamet loves a good cypher, and in order to understand its intentions its important to understand the meaning of its mysterious title which is neither referenced or explained in the spoken text. Oleanna is the name of a 19th-century european folk song that, like the American hobo anthem Big Rock Candy Mountain, tells of a heavenly paradise where crops self-plant, sweet beer bubbles up from the earth, and luscious barbecued pigs walk the street asking if anyone would would like a slice of ham. In Oleanna, the women do all the work, and, If she doesn't work hard enough/ she takes a stick/ And gives herself a beating. The point here is that there is no paradise where things are easy, and even utopian environments like the ivy-covered walls of academia, or the lost Oleanna, have a dark side. Like its closest dramatic kin, Arthur Millers The Crucible, Oleanna isnt an indictment of anything or anyone but a fair, unflinching jury trial.by Chris Davis
It reads as follows:
A South-East Shelby County house was severely damaged this afternoon when a car crashed into it. Fortunately, no one was home at the time.
The driver of the car, Christopher Anderson, 26, lives in South-East Shelby County. The other passenger in the vehicle, Jeremiah McCoy, 20, also lives in the neighborhood.
It all started about 12:30 this afternoon when Anderson told Sheriffs Detectives a black SUV started following his white Chevrolet Camaro as he drove east on Marsha Woods near Hacks Cross Road.
Thats when Anderson said someone in the SUV began shooting at his car. As the Camaro crossed Hacks Cross Road onto Glynnville Drive, Anderson lost control at the intersection of Glynnville Drive at Winding Hollow Way.
The Camaro jumped the curb and crashed into the front room of a house at 4286 Winding Hollow Way owned by Mr. and Mrs. Mickey Smith. They were not at home.
Neither Anderson nor McCoy was hurt in the crash.
Deputies are investigating whether the shots fired at Andersons car might be connected to another shooting call in the same neighborhood before the crash.
About noon, neighbors near the intersection of Hacks Cross at Marsha Woods reported hearing gunshots and saw a man wearing black clothes standing on the sidewalk at the intersection firing a pistol into the air. Deputies arrived a short time later but the man had left the area.
So far, no other persons have been arrested in connection with the shooting and car crash today.
On Tuesday, the Tennessee Supreme Court, in a unanimous opinion, ordered that 8-year-old Anna Mae He be returned to her natural parents, Shaoqiang and Qin Luo He. Anna Mae He, or A.M.H. as she is referred to in court documents, has been living with Jerry and Louise Baker in suburban Memphis since she was three weeks old.
The opinion overturned the rulings of a Chancery Court and the Tennessee Court of Appeals, whose ruling was 114 pages long.
The case is nearly as difficult to summarize as it is to interpret. At the same time, it has provided countless sound bites and much material for feature stories, which, no matter how skillfully done, cannot do justice to such a complicated tale. However, the Supreme Courts narrative, which is 20 pages long, is very readable and available online at the Tennessee Supreme Courts website.
Anyone with an opinion about the case and that means just about anyone who has followed it even casually will find it fascinating if not compelling.
Here is an excerpt of the courts own summary of its opinion.
Therefore, according the parents those superior rights to the custody of their child that constitutional law mandates, only a showing of substantial harm that threatens the childs welfare may deprive the parents of the care and custody of A.M.H. Although A.M.H. has now been with the appellees for more than seven years, six of those years elapsed after the parents first unsuccessful legal filing to regain custody.
Evidence that A.M.H. will be harmed from a change in custody because she has lived and bonded with the Bakers during the pendency of the litigation does not constitute the substantial harm required to prevent the parents from regaining custody. John Branston
Hebron offered to launder money for an FBI informant last spring, but the officer ended up keeping the money for himself. Since the money was being used in an FBI sting investigation, it was property of the U.S. government. He later lied about his involvement when confronted with the FBI. Hebron is being charged with theft of U.S. funds and making false statements to U.S. investigators.
Hebron, a Mitchell High School security officer, had numerous conversations and meetings with the unnamed informant over the course of 2006.
On November 9th of last year, Hebron accepted $3,000 in cash in exchange for his promise to launder the money and return $2,400 to the informant, but the money was never returned. Hebron said hed used some of it to pay some bills.
The two made several plans to rob drug dealers, and in one meeting at a Budget Mini-Storage on Fontaine, the informant delivered Hebron a briefcase with two kilograms of fake cocaine and $9,800 in U.S. currency.
The two drove to Mississippi, rented a hotel room, and spilt the cash. Hebron hid the drugs hidden in nearby woods. Hebron later told the informant he was unable to locate the fake coke.
When interviewed by an FBI agent on January 19th, Hebron denied his participation in the scheme. A couple days later, he called the FBI agent back and changed his story, claiming hed given the informant a ride to the storage facility, but did not know anything about the contents of the briefcase hed received.
The investigation against Hebron was part of Operation Tarnished Blue. Bianca Phillips
"There, Bass Pro Shops is now asking for a waterfront site that would block access to the river and mar the historic districts image. Already, the Buffalo news media are asking tougher questions about the entire deal and why the city should continue with the large public subsidy and allow the store to pick its site.
"Most of all, the Buffalo public has lost its patience with the store and its interest is fast following. With the clock on the 30-day ultimatum ticking, Buffalo citizens were told: 'the talks are going very well now,' 'we dont want to interfere with the momentum weve got going,' 'everyone is being as creative and flexible as possible,' and everyone is 'putting in a good faith effort.'
The foregoing is from one of our favorite local blogs "Smart City," (which would explain why it's on our blogroll). The latest SC post examines the stormy history of Buffalo, New York, and Bass Pro Shop. You remember Bass Pro Shop? They want to buy The Pyramid. Or not. Or something.Read Smart City and learn why we need to beware of fishy promises.
Shaun officially unveiled the KISS logo on his new tour bag. Shaun told kissonline.com, "The KISS logo represents my deep appreciation for the band and the music that they have made over the years. I've been a fan for as long as I can remember and I wanted to be able to add something very special to my golf bag. I'm very fortunate to be able to call them friends and I look forward to seeing them out on the road in the near future."
Shaun then added, "I've been asked by many players and fans about the logo. Most people know me as an avid KISS fan and the reactions have all been great. I've been amazed at how many fans are out there and interested in what the band is up to and whether or not they are going to be touring again. Of course everyone wants backstage passes, but I guess that's the price you have to pay when you are representing a Hall of Fame band."
Still, advance word is that Memphis fares better than the cities north of the Mason-Dixon line. And besides, a Southerner wins almost every year, so maybe this year he/she will call Memphis home. Check it out tonight on Fox-13 at 7:00.
Seems that 12-year-old actress Fanning's role in the movie Hounddog is that of a child who is brutally raped, then turns to the music of Elvis for comfort.
The scene is so brutal that the film's investors actually pulled out, and production had to be stopped until new investors with deep pockets and thicker skin were located. Despite the controversy or perhaps because of it the movie was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
The question now: Is Memphis ready for the dubious attention Hounddog will bring to its most famous dead resident? Read more about the kinderscandal.
Homes should be between the $150,000 and $850,000 range and should lean toward a contemporary design.
To submit your home, send a digital photo to Mindy Christiansen with the headline "Tn Casting Call".
Deadline to send in submissions is February 12th.
Forest Hill Funeral Home owner Clayton Smart is facing several class-action suits after he announced he wouldnt be able to honor over 13,000 prepaid burial contracts last July. At the time, he blamed inflation, but now state authorities are saying he invested the money from those contracts elsewhere. Smart filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Oklahoma yesterday.
David Keller of High Point will have extra staff on hand next Monday to counsel those affected on how to transfer arrangements to his or another local funeral home.
Nearly eight years ago, Anna Mae He was placed with the Bakers in foster care as an infant. The Bakers have sought to adopt Anna Mae, which the Hes contested.
Read the Flyer's 2004 cover story outlining the complicated details of the He/Baker situation.