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  • Dec 6-12, 2007
  • Vol. 1, No. 980


  • Shelby County Officials Criticize Wharton's Appointee Raises

    When John Fowlkes was chief administrative officer for Shelby County, he helped advise the county on its ethics ordinance. Now that Fowlkes is a Criminal Court judge, maybe he needs to come back and referee a disagreement over the way his former CAO duties -- and his salary -- were divvied up among Mayor A C Wharton's top appointees.

    In August, Fowlkes was appointed to a vacant judgeship. His CAO duties were assumed by county chief financial officer Jim Huntzicker, who now holds dual titles of CAO and CFO. Other appointees also took on additional duties ...

  • Presley Clan Hits Led Zep Concert

    Three generations of Presley women and their entourage went to the Led Zeppelin concert in London Monday night. TMZ was there and shot pictures. Then they wrote snark.

    "After exhausting London's supply of black eyeliner, Scientolostars Priscilla Presley, Lisa Marie Presley, her daughter Riley Keough and borefriend Ryan Cabrera ..."

  • Hannah Montana's Memphis Concert: The Bootleg Video

    Thanks to the wonders of, you now can see and hear the world's most important artist, Hannah Montana, performing a song during her recent Memphis concert at FedExForum. You know, the one that you couldn't get tickets for.

    After forcing ourselves to watch this, we don't want to say the young lady is, uh, overrated, but does the name "Tiffany" ring a bell?

  • Bob Frank and John Murry Create Murder Ballads in Memphis This Week

    The 62-year-old Bob Frank was born and raised in Memphis, where he attended East High School. He was also a cohort of Jim Dickinson and others on the city's underground folk scene in the Sixties. After a high-profile eponymous album for Vanguard Records in 1972 went awry, Frank moved to Oakland, California, and basically retired from the record business, re-emerging with a few obscure, self-released albums earlier this decade.

    The 27-year-old John Murry was raised in Tupelo, relocated to Memphis as a teenager, and made a name for himself on the local music scene via first-rate alt-country bands ...

  • Where's the Cheapest Gas in Memphis?

    The cheapest gas in town? Well, according to, today it's a Mapco on Danny Thomas, which has regular priced at $2.79 a gallon.

    The website is a handy and helpful tool, worth checking before you head out to fill up your tank. Differences in prices can vary up to 20 cents a gallon between stations only a few blocks apart ...

  • Chuck Berry, John Lennon, and Yoko??? Play "Memphis, Tennessee"

    Wow. This is a gem that hasn't gotten nearly enough attention. John Lennon and his hairy bandmates backing Chuck Berry as he sings "Memphis, Tennessee" on "The Mike Douglas Show" back in the 1970s.

    Chuck looks like he's barely tolerating the presence of all those fuzzy stoned-out white people, but somehow manages to resist kicking Yoko Ono off the stage when she lets out the occasional yelp. She's a hell of a bongo player, though.

    Seriously, they just don't make television like this anymore. Rock on.

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  • Memphis Music Legend Ben Cauley Makes Friends in Wisconsin

    From the Madison Isthmus Daily Page: Ben Cauley of The Bar-Kays returned to Madison for the first time in four decades for the Otis Redding memorial.

    The Otis Redding tribute on Monday evening was a somber, respectful affair. Marking the 40th anniversary of the great soul singer's death in the Lake Monona plane crash that also claimed the lives of all but one of the Bar-Kays, the event drew a large crowd to Monona Terrace and featured an appearance by the tragedy's sole survivor, the trumpeter Ben Cauley ...

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  • Is the GOP Trying to Elect a Preacher-in-Chief?

    Sez Cheri DelBrocco: "The Republican Party appears to have abandoned any commitment to the tenets of the Constitution and is positioned to elect a preacher- in-chief whose first loyalty will be to the dogmas of Christian Fundamentalism." She's Mad as Hell about it.


  • Buddy McEwen Remembered

    Buddy McEwen finished his final round at 67, which is five under par at his beloved Davy Crockett. There are a lot of us who wish his score could have been much higher.

    McEwen died at 67 last week, after a four-year battle with throat cancer. He was a beautiful man, full of humor, spirit, and sass. I first met him in the early 1990s, when I began playing at Davy Crockett. He was the genial pro, more of a host, really. He'd greet you, chat you up about your life, the Tigers, your golf game, and sell you some used balls ...


  • This Is the End

    On World Without End, ex-pat Memphians Bob Frank and John Murry find their voices by reviving the murder ballad.




Food & Drink

  • The Cove Opens (Softly) Tonight

    When Midtown dining institution Anderton's closed last year, interior designer Jim Marshall managed to acquire most of the decor -- the ship bar, the retro chandeliers, and the nautically-themed murals. He also managed to acquire the old Beer Joint location on Broad Avenue.

    So Marshall decided to open a new bar using Anderton's sea-faring decor ...


  • It's Calipari, Baby!

    Dick Vitale takes on the Tigers today in USA Today and explains, even though they're still in Conference USA, why they're getting the last laugh...


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