Anyone can join in the celebration, regardless of religious beliefs. Dress comfortably and bring a chair or blanket. Drums and noisemakers are also welcome. The group gathers at dusk in the park area across from Theatre Memphis.
But a nonworking hydrant violated an ordinance requiring hydrants within certain distances of public buildings, so now the city is going to pay $20,000 to have a real hydrant installed. That's a real pisser.
But if you want a hydrant for your little pupster, a company appropriately named Yuckos offers faux hydrants for a mere $375. If you splurge for one and plunk it down in your front yard, just hope the fire department knows its not hooked up if your house catches on fire.
Its performed by members of the Emerald Theatre Company. For more, check out the Flyers searchable listings.
Tim DiScenza, the governments chief prosecutor, offered no objection to the postponement but stressed, as did McCalla, the need for Dixons team to keep to the newly scheduled October date. In a brief conversation with reporters afterward, Dixon, who had looked more tense Friday morning than he had during his earlier trial, acknowledged that his personal circumstances were tough but said he would endure through whatever came next.
John Elkington, head of Performa Entertainment Real Estate, the company that manages Beale Street, said the morning show with Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts will air from Beale Street on Friday, September 15th.
Tentative location for the set is Beale and Third. Beale Street and FedExForum will be prominently featured in the show.
At least one Baptist blogger has a problem with this. Read about it here.
Gest's lawyers are trying to get out of a prenup the impresario signed with ex-wife Liza Minnelli, citing 'substantial nondisclosure" on Minnelli's part. So what did the little songbird not disclose? Only that she had herpes and was more than likely going to put back a few bottles of vodka each day and beat him silly. Now, Gest's not saying he wouldn't have married her had he known, but he never would have signed a prenup.
Read about the sordid affair here. Then go take a shower.
The obelisk damaged in the 2003 windstorm has been relocated several hundred yards south of its former location, which makes it look larger because of its proximity to the river. Orange tape circling the monument is scheduled to be removed this month after lights are installed.
A second memorial depicting a scene from the actual rescue will be installed in October, according to the Riverfront Development Corporation. It will be at the northern tip of the park where the old monument was erected in 1952. The artist is David Alan Clark.
"How do you think stripping dwarf sisters would be any different from any other strippers? Would you be compassionate and automatically believe their lives had been an epic struggle to hurdle social barriers and overcome massive obstacles not faced by average sized people? Or would you just assume theyd been in a tree trunk making cookies, or in a polar igloo packing Santas sled?"
From a story by the always-interesting former Memphian/writer/actor/dwarf Eugene Pidgeon, writing in the New Haven Advocate about a dwarf strip act called Little Sisters.
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Speaking before a festive crowd on Cohen's behalf at a stand set up in front of the Federal Building downtown were Memphis mayor Willie Herenton and Shelby County mayor A C Wharton. "It is very simple: Steve Cohen is the best qualified candidate for this job," Herenton said of Cohen, whom he characterized as having "a wealth of experience and a knowledge of the governmental process." In his turn, Wharton said, 'This is a joyous day in which we're looking at those things which unite us and not those things that divide us."
Also speaking were two figures whose personal histories link them to the history of the Civil Rights movement - just-retired General Sessions Judge Russell Sugarmon and longtime NAACP head Maxine Smith. (For more, go to "Political Beat".)
"Lacy Holloway; Chair Person of the Harold Ford Barn raising Committee of North East Tennessee is offering a great opportunity to help Harold Ford, Jr., in his bid for the U.S. Senate. Lacy is searching for barns with great visibility on major roadways or either interstate in North East Tennessee. This is a low cost avenue to support Rep. Ford as he campaigns from Mountain City to Memphis."
According to Clays memo, "The CBC welcomes support from others in the House and Senate, especially those with liberal credentials but it is critical that its membership remain exclusively African American." The memo was written after two white, Jewish congressional candidates, Tennessees Steve Cohen and New Yorks David Yassky suggested that they would seek membership in the CBC in order to better serve majority black districts.
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Next Tuesday will determine whether a former president and chief operating officer of Memphis' Morgan Keegan brokerage firm keeps alive his hopes of representing Rhode Island in the U.S. Senate. The hopeful is Republican primary candidate Stephen Laffey, now serving as the mayor of Cranston, Rhode Island, and running as a hard-right conservative against the moderate GOP incumbent, Lincoln Chafee. Laffey, who began as an executive with Morgan Keegan in 1992, departed his perch at the top of the Memphis firm in 2001 as the result of what The Commercial Appeal then called a "shift in power" and what a Rhode Island paper this week called "a palace revolt."