Virtually every year has some kind of Memphis flavor. This year the connection comes from nominees MGMT, Robert Gordon, Justin Timberlake, Booker T. Jones, and Mavis Staples. Read the rest at Sing All Kinds.
The SMU Mustangs shouldn’t necessarily be overlooked, but today’s matinee was a game the Tigers were, indeed, supposed to win.
Read the rest of Frank Murtaugh's take at Tiger Blue.
In the wake of Tuesday’s East High School incident, in which police found two students in possession of a loaded gun, Memphis City Schools and Memphis Police Department representatives gathered this week to underline their efforts to increase safety measures in schools.
MCS Superintendent Kriner Cash said he aimed to “reassure the community that the safety of Memphis schools and the corridors to and from those schools are top priority.”
Already this year, 10 guns have been found in schools; at this time last year, only six had been discovered. MCS plans to increase their already frequent metal detector checks in all schools, as well as keep better watch on school entrances and exits.
Police Director Larry Godwin reinforced Cash’s concern, stating their shared dedication to ensuring school safety. The MPD plans to increase patrols in the areas surrounding schools, while working with Juvenile Court to “interrupt the source of the firearms.”
“We will make those arrests and do the things we have to for those violent individuals who are disrupting the good students of Memphis City Schools,” Godwin said.
The Trust Pays program, which was recently implemented in all schools and asks students to report criminal activity to a faculty member they trust, was used in the situation at East High and a recent episode at Hamilton High. Cash commended the efforts of students and teachers in the past year to lower overall incidents on campuses, but insisted that these recent occurrences involving guns command the commitment of the entire Memphis community to school safety.
Read the rest of Greg Akers' review here.
Here's a taste: "This is indie Memphis, a long way from the tourist crush of Beale Street and Graceland, in spirit if not in actual distance. Midtown, just a short drive from a downtown famous for its blues, jazz and barbecue hounds, is its hipster epicenter. a diverse area that is now home to posh cocktail bars as well as divey rock clubs and longstanding juke joints. It parties late, very late, and stays friendly through the night."
Read it here.
Because Adam Kleinheider, the celebrated blogger-aggregator for the Nashville Post and the City Paper up thataway, has his rapier moving pretty good at the expense of "Chamelon" candidate Harold Ford Jr. in this week's Viewpoint.
Read more at Tiger Blue.
So who are they? John Branston has the details in City Beat.
The council directed the Office of Planning and Development to work with the Memphis Regional Design Center and the Midtown Development Corporation to develop the overlay. For more, visit Mary Cashiola's In the Bluff blog.