• Issue Archive for
  • Jan 8-14, 2009
  • Vol. 1, No. 1037


  • Shovel Ready?

    Local groups are currently compiling a list of "shovel ready" projects for Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton to include in the city's request for federal economic stimulus funding.

    So far, some local projects that might be submitted include ...

  • The Last Sermon

    Benjamin Hooks delivers his last homily as pastor of Greater Middle Baptist Church.

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  • Knoxville Mayor Haslam, an Early-Bird Candidate for Governor, Visits Memphis

    From one end of the state to another came Knoxville mayor Bill Haslam this week. Republican Haslam, who is one of the suddenly mushrooming number of declared gubernatorial candidates to come forward in the wake of former U.S. Senator Bill Frist's weekend statement of non-candidacy, arrived in Memphis Wednesday afternoon, wasting no time in widening his range of exposure.
  • GOP's Mumpower Overpowered by Democratic Coup; Williams is New House Speaker

    In a surprise move that trumped even the unexpected 2007 vote by former Democratic state Senator Rosalind Kurita to seat Republican Ron Ramsey as Speaker of the Senate, the Democrats of the state House on Tuesday leagued with Republican Kent Williams of Elizabethton to overturn the GOP's expectations of voting in majority leader Jason Mumpower of Bristol as House Speaker ...
  • Rep. Blackburn Apparently Averts Foreclosure on Brentwood Home

    7th District congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, who represents portions of Shelby County and last fall was among the stoutest opponents of any federal bailouts related to the housing industry crisis, saw her own home listed for foreclosure this week, but apparently will avert any further jeopardy, according to a spokesperson for her family bank.

  • GADFLY: Behold the Exploits of Blagoman!

    The governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, is becoming a folk hero. Have you noticed? There's no telling how much longer Blago will survive the withering pressure he's under, both politically and criminally, but in the meantime we can all watch his exploits and marvel at his chutzpah.


  • FROM MY SEAT: Who Needs the BCS When We Have the NFL?

    College football has taken its annual share of abuse -- all deserved -- for the many cracks in the foundation of its postseason format. But this year, the NFL has earned a heap of criticism -- again, deserved -- for its own shortcomings in a playoff format that has come to reward mediocrity and penalize geographic coincidence.
  • Griz to Trade Conley?

    I'm coming in a little late on this one -- too busy writing about hip-hop biopics and Jewish resistance movies -- but let's backtrack to see where we are on the current rumor of Mike Conley to the Milwaukee Bucks.

    The first related report came from my radio colleague Chris Vernon ...

    Get the latest on the Grizzlies at Beyond the Arc, Chris Herrington's Grizblog.



  • Dying Breed

    Clint Eastwood examines angry old manhood in what might be his last film role.


  • Fly on the Wall

    Some stories are destined to go around the world a few times. Take, for example, the story of 7-month-old Mi-Asia Anderson, the incredibly lucky baby who took a stray bullet in her diaper during the New Year's Eve service at Memphis' Greater Faith Tabernacle church ...

    Read Chris Davis look at the week in Memphis media in Fly on the Wall.

  • Bianca Knows Best ... And Helps a Stinker

    Dear Bianca,

    I hang out with a lot of artsy Midtown types, and I've become pals with a guy I'll call Bob. Bob is really smart, has a great hipster fashion sense (hello skinny jeans!), and shares my taste in local indie and punk music.

    But Bob stinks ...

  • Recycling in Memphis? Kinda, sort of.

    Last September, after returning from the Democratic National Convention, council member Barbara Swearengen Ware noticed something about Memphis. "After spending a few days in Denver, I see now that we don't have a big emphasis on recycling," she said at the time. "It's obvious to me that we have not done a comprehensive job on recycling ..."

    Mary Cashiola restrains herself from writing "duh" in her In the Bluff column.

  • Joe Cooper Speaks, and Other Letters

    In the spirit of the season, I humbly accept the award by John Branston for the Worst Courtroom Performance (December 25th issue) but reserve the right to point out the following on my behalf: I'm the guy who risked his life to go undercover and nail the two Memphis city councilmen ... More letters.
  • Letter from the Editor

    I filled my gas tank for $22 this morning. In August, it cost me $50 ...

Food & Wine

  • Wally Joe Secures Spot for New Restaurant

    Listen up, Memphis foodies, to a piece of great news: Wally Joe is opening a new restaurant in East Memphis.

    The 75-seat restaurant, which is still unnamed, will be located on a spacious residential lot at 688 S. Perkins, where Impact Marketing and Media was formerly located....

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