Willis took the witness stand shortly before the lunch break and is expected to continue testifying this afternoon and possibly next week. Willis posed as a lobbyist for the FBIs sham computer recycling company, E-Cycle Management. Jurors have seen him in several hours of videotapes prior to his court appearance Friday.
Wearing a pin-striped gray suit, Willis took the stand and said his background included two criminal convictions plus stints working as a political consultant for Bill Clinton, Al Gore, and several Tennessee and Memphis politicians.
A previous witness, Barry Myers, testified that Willis gave him money which he passed along to Dixon. In one tape shown earlier this week, Willis puts money on a table and Dixon takes a stack of ten $100 bills before leaving Williss home.
"We, here at Team Awesome, would like to spread the word about the first in a series of our upcoming projects. We are holding a launch party at the HiTone on Friday, June 16th to showcase emerging artists from Memphis and Los Angeles. The launch is comprised of a mixed-media collaboration between artists from both cities. We will be showcasing fashion design, music, fine arts, and video.
We would like to extend an invitation for you, the illustrious media, to join us at our launch party. This would be an excellent opportunity for all parties and it gives everyone the chance to witness the talents that exist in our community."
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The team was in Memphis when the incident is believed to have occurred, and further investigation is being conducted here. In late April, volunteer coach Greg Simpson allegedly held down the student on the teams charter bus while assistant coach Dustin Pentz assaulted him with a gloved hand. The two have since been fired.
In Memphis, a referee, who could serve as a possible witness, is being interviewed. Jim Lemmy, an assistant district attorney for Shelby County, says an indictment could be at least three months away. For more, go here.
Yes, it's that Steven Seagal. Apparently, now that he lives in Memphis, the Aikido master has found his inner bluesman and is taking it on the road reportedly with a killer band called Thunderbox. Read a review of his Seattle performance here.
The band is touring in support of Seagal's new album, Mojo Priest. Our favorite song title: "Talk to My Ass." Um, no thanks.
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We think Elvis is probably spinning in his grave and we suspect that if Sillerman could catch him at it, he'd put that on stage. Read more, if you must, here.
The hopes of Dixon, who was forced to acknowledge taking money from FBI agents masquerading as executives of a computer company needing legislative favors, rested on an eloquent summation by lead defense attorney Coleman Garrett. The accused man had been wheedled and scammed into cooperating with a government-manufactured conspiracy over a years time, Garrett insisted, calling Dixon a victim, not a perpetrator.
With his fate ready to be deliberated by a jury, starting today, most observers saw conviction probable, a hung jury possible, and acquittal unlikely. Go here, for more.
The paper reports that "Geller, who thought he had purchased the Memphis property in an eBay auction last month for $905,100, learned on Friday that the sellers had sold the 3,000-square-foot house for an undisclosed sum to a foundation set up by Mike Curb, a music producer."
Read more of this strange story here.
We also wrote about our favorite song on big Steve's new "Mojo Priest" album, titled, "Talk to My Ass." After reading this interview with a writer from the San Francisco Chronicle, we think we might know who Steve's singing about. A sample exchange:
Q: As far as you know, are you the only blues-playing Buddhist?
A: I'm sure that's not true at all. There's probably hundreds of thousands of blues-playing Buddhists.
Q: Does the Buddhist philosophy really work with the blues?
A: I would have to say this is the weirdest interview I've had yet.
And dont forget the Internet, another tool of Satan. A Google search for 6/6/06 pulls up a ton of sites and blogs with space dedicated to the beastly date. On Yahoo Answers, a poll asks What could happen on 6-6-06? A woman by the name of Lorrie details numerous catastrophic and/or historical events that have occurred on June 6th in years past. Like this tidbit: 1862 - American Civil War: Battle of Memphis - Union forces capture Memphis, Tennessee, from the Confederates.
Another writer, sMan From Utopia takes a different approach to the question: I've spoken to Satan and he felt that doing anything on 06-06-06 would be too campy and over the top. He indicated to me that Arbor Day has some potential.
Jurors in Dixons federal court trial Monday listened to more tapes of Dixon and bag man Barry Myers, lobbyist Tim Willis, and undercover agent L.C. McNeil, who posed as vice-president of E-Cycle Management.
Man, you be lucky to clear $30,000, Dixon says of his job as a lawmaker, which paid a base salary of $16,000 plus per-diem expenses.
Dixon, charged with taking bribes from E-Cycle, says that to supplement their income from the legislature, everybody got some semi-hustle. Go here to read more.
About Memphis, she wrote: "Memphis, once a major hub for cotton, hardwood and mules, has the air of a city midway through a desultory attempt to pull itself out of a recession. There are blocks of beautifully renovated storefronts butted up against streets littered with garbage and lined with boarded-up businesses. Deserted and depressed pedestrian malls lead down toward the neon signs of Beale Street, the heart of the city's blues scene."
Nashville fared a bit better ... we think: "Nashville is softer, smaller and more refined than Memphis."
To read more of how one writer sees us, go here.
One of the best places in town to find this heavenly combo is at Midtowns premier lesbian bar, The Madison Flame, which features Blacklight Karaoke with Scottie Forester every Wednesday night. Check it out.
Don't worry. They won't ask you to marry them. At least, not right away.
A press release sent out today details Bryant's courageous trip to the Mexican border in Arizona, where he met with the Minutemen "civil defense unit," and "helped construct a fence."
Our favorite line in the flackery was this one, however: "Carmen Miranda, the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps Vice President accompanied Bryant around the ranch, introduced him to the Minutemen working on the fence ..." What, Speedy Gonzalez and Jose Jimenez weren't available?
BSC will be at the New Daisy Theatre on Beale Street, celebrating the release of James Luther Dickinson's new CD, Jungle Jim & The Voodoo Tiger on Memphis International Records. This performance will be the first video-taped event for BSC's new TV series featuring Memphis' indigenous musical talent.
The party will feature performances by Jim Dickinson and the North Mississippi Allstars, Amy LaVere and The Tramps, Jimmy Davis, plus surprise guests. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $15.
For more information, call the New Daisy at (901)525-8979 or email Sam Tibbs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"It's during moments such as those that Williams seems like the carefree, kid-at-heart point guard who couldn't care less about his fall from grace in Sacramento or his countless losses and ugly confrontations in Memphis."
As J-Will's Heat prepares for the NBA finals, he gets some love from the local daily. Read it all here.
"In Monday's Game 4, Williams did not score in 27 minutes, missing each of his four field-goal attempts. That followed seven-point outings in Games 2 and 3.
"Overall, Williams is shooting 11-of-23 against Detroit and has made only 2-of-12 three pointers. The ex-Florida Gator has been nearly invisible in the fourth quarter in the series. He's played nine minutes in the final period, including only one minute the past two games, sitting in favor of back-up Gary Payton.
"Still, coach Pat Riley said he's not unhappy with Williams."
Isn't that what Hubie Brown and Mike Fratello used to say?
Heres to you, Cooter! It's Rocky Top's loss.