• Issue Archive for
  • Dec 18-24, 2008
  • Vol. 1, No. 1034



  • Bruce Thompson Gets Light Sentence in Fraud Case

    There were times, during and after Bruce Thompson's sentencing in federal court on Wednesday, when it almost appeared that the former county commissioner was there to be given a good citizenship award, not a punishment for admitted fraud in the amount of a quarter of a million dollars. In the event, he got six months and a $10,000 fine -- with no requirement to make financial restitution.
  • Title Lenders Regulated Under New Ordinance

    From his vantage point at Wolfsburg Automotive on Summer Avenue, co-owner Jim Boyd can see four title loan and cash advance businesses.

    "That's just looking out the front window," Boyd says. "There are another four within a block of here."

    But, under a new ordinance, title lenders won't be allowed to cluster in a neighborhood ... Read the rest.

  • States in Trouble: Arizona Leads the List; Tennessee 13th

    BusinessWeek has a slideshow of the 20 States in the Worst Budget Trouble. Tennessee comes in at a respectable, tho not disastarous, 13th.

    Topping the list is Arizona, with a $3.1 billion budget gap. Coming in second is California, with a 30.6 billion budget gap (I think the ranking is done by the percentage gap of the total budget, not the actual dollars of the budget deficit) ...

    More at Mary Cashiola's In the Bluff blog.

  • MATA Hitches A Ride with Google

    Memphians have longed used Google for finding information, images, and maps. Now, through a collaboration between MATA and Google Transit, they can use it to find local bus routes.

  • Local Economy Could Be Worse?

    Memphis Regional Chamber of Commerce president John Moore predicted a somewhat positive local economic outlook today at a Center City Commission board meeting.

    "I feel confident going into '09 ..."

  • It's Almost 2009. You Need a Sarah Palin Calendar.

    When Veep candidate Sarah Palin was mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, her vice-mayor was a woman named Judy Patrick. Judy is a photographer, it turns out, and she is offering a stunning Sarah Palin calendar for only $13.56 (marked down from $15.95).

    The calendar features more than 50 pictures of the Palin family, including the rifle-packin'-mama pic shown here. To order, go here.

    Phil Bredesen, eat your heart out!

  • Listen to Rap and Bake Cookies This Weekend

    If you've had it up to here with "Jingle Bells" and "Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer," you may want to consider added some class to your Christmas tune repertoire. At their annual "Classical Christmas" performance, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra will perform holiday songs by Handel, Fauré, and Respighi. The performance begins at 8 p.m. tonight at First Congregational Church.

    Tried of bringing that same old batch of gingerbread people to the holiday potluck? Sample new cookies and swap recipes with other home bakers at ...

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  • You Go, Girl! Representative Camper Does "Money, Honey," Elvis-Style

    Somebody had to think this up sooner or later. Invitees to Memphis state Representative Karen Camper's forthcoming January 8 fund-raiser (in the King's birthday week) are advised that it is an "Elvis Night In" affair -- apparently meaning that it takes place in cyberspace, since no location is mentioned. Or, as she puts it in the emailed invitation: You get to participate in this fund-raiser by "staying at home’ and enjoying Elvis (her bolds)." You can take the jump at "read more" for her suggestions as to how to do that. And, oh yes, there's a "Return to Sender" RSVP e-mail address included.


  • On Fake Lakers Fans

    From Chris Herrington's GrizBlog, Beyond the Arc: Great game tonight for about 45 minutes, then the Grizzlies' experience deficit kicked-in in the form of poor execution down the stretch.

    I'm getting sick and am not going to get a post-game report together tonight. (Check back sometime mid-morning.) But I did want to register my disgust with all the bandwagon Laker fans in the crowd tonight and pass along a great bit of locker-room banter on that subject ...

    More here.

  • Pau's Return: Grizzlies-Lakers Tonight

    Tonight, former Griz "great" Pau Gasol returns to FedExForum for the first time since his controversial trade nearly a year ago. Pau, Kobe Bryant, and the rest of the Los Angeles Lakers take on the Grizzlies at 7 p.m. Chris Herrington has a game preview up at Beyond the Arc and, if you can't make it downtown tonight, check in during the game, as Chris will be live-blogging from courtside throughout the game.
  • Griz Host Bobcats Tonight

    Over their past seven games, the Grizzlies are 0-2 against the New Orleans Hornets and undefeated against everyone else. The good news tonight: The Hornets are not in town.

    Instead legendary coach Larry Brown brings his 8-18 Charlotte Bobcats team to town. Tip-off is 7 p.m. Check out Chris Herrington's Grizzlies blog, Beyond the Arc, for a game preview and check back for reports during and after the game.




  • Bianca Knows Best ... And Helps a California Dreamer

    Dear Bianca,

    I've been dating the same guy off and on for six years now, but he's hardly ever home since his job requires him to be on the road for weeks at a time.

    I love my boyfriend, but last week I suddenly caught myself daydreaming about a guy who's couch-surfing at a friend's house ...

  • What I Call Recycling, My Grandma Calls Thrift

    I rarely buy plastic baggies anymore. And I prefer to buy foods sold in glass jars. Unlike some health nuts I know, this aversion to plastic isn't based on some irrational fear of chemicals leeching into my food. I've put enough toxins in my body (and alcohol into my liver) over the years not to care much about that ...
  • Letter from the Editor

    I've been thinking about Jenga lately. You know, the game where you build a tower of little slotted logs ...

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