• Issue Archive for
  • Mar 5-11, 2009
  • Vol. 1, No. 1045


  • Winners

    With their final NCAA tournament approaching, Antonio Anderson and Robert Dozier wrap up the most successful careers in Tiger basketball history.
  • Woman Goes to Heaven; Returns 5 Hours Later

    The Reverend Paul Grubb was laid to rest in Memorial Park on Monday afternoon. Brother Grubb, as his many followers and friends called him, had been the pastor of Faith Temple on North Trezevant for more than half a century. He was also married to the Rev. Lula Grubb, and the obituary in The Commercial Appeal made no mention of his wife's remarkable adventure -- one that made her a national sensation in the late 1940s.

    Lura Grubb died and visited heaven for five hours. More on the fascinating Mrs. Grubb at Vance Lauderdale's blog.

  • Big Bucks for Bankers and Brokers

    (Updated) Bankers and brokers at Memphis banks should be able to make ends meet for another year of the recession, thanks to compensation packages disclosed this week.

    Birmingham-based Regions Financial, which got $3.5 billion in the U.S. Treasury bank bailout, was especially generous, even though its stock price has fallen from $35 in 2006 to $3.20 this week.

    According to the proxy statement made public Tuesday, Regions President and CEO C. Dowd Ritter received total compensation of $9,261,865 in 2008. In 2007, he earned $7,713,138. In 2006 he earned $18,433,987. His three-year haul: $35,408,990. ...

  • Controversial Plan for Overton Park?

    Longtime activist and Vollintine-Evergreen resident Mary Wilder calls her neighborhood "the kink in the hose."

    "We get a lot of flooding," she says. "Back in August, we had trucks and cars on the street and the water was up to their steering wheels."

    To mitigate Midtown's storm water problem, the city of Memphis is considering installing a detention basin ... in the middle of Overton Park's greensward.

  • Two Memphis Singers Make American Idol Finals

    Alexis Grace and Lil Rounds, two soulful mamas from Memphis, will be bringing it to American Idol ‘s whopping huge national TV audience as the chart-topping contest for aspiring singers heads into the countdown for its eighth season on Fox (Channel 13, locally). After the auditions and initial elimination rounds, both are to be counted in the Top 13 finalists, and both are favorites of both fans and judges already.
  • Social Skills

    University of Tennessee considers cutting graduate social work degree at its Memphis campus.
  • Tennessee's Four Largest Dailies Agree to Share News Content

    What follows is the text of an agreement between the four largest Tennessee daily newspapers:

    Representatives of the four largest newspapers of Tennessee -- Nashville's Tennessean, Memphis' Commercial Appeal, Chattanooga Times-Free Press and Knoxville's News Sentinel -- met Feb. 4 ...

  • Flyer Flashback

    To mark the Flyer's 20th anniversary, we're looking back at stories from our first two decades.

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  • Candidates for Democratic Party Chair Face First Test on Saturday

    After all the choosing sides and back-room wheeling and dealing and parliamentary maneuvering and propagandizing, the race for chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party has come down to two contestants – lawyers Jay Bailey and Van Turner – and the turnouts of the two candidates' supporters at Saturday morning's party caucuses will the first crucial test of their relative strength.
  • Gubernatorial Candidates Cammack and Wamp Are Different Strokers

    Which one of these two hopefuls is for gay adoption, and which one is for closing off the state's borders to illegal immigrants? Before it's all over -- more than a year and a half from now -- the 2010 governor's race will have exposed a number of different personalities to the view of Tennessee voters. But none so different -- at least among mainstream candidates -- as Democrat Ward Cammack and Republican Zach Wamp.
  • Wharton Warns Bredesen: Don't "Skim Off" County Funds to Fill State Budget Hole

    Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton served notice on Governor Phil Bredesen Wednesday that he and others in county government will defend what is properly theirs against possible financial depredations by the state. "They're not going to keep us in the dark, and they're not going to feed us anything we shouldn't be eating. We're going to be on the alert, and watch what they're doing."


  • Commercial Appeal Layoff Announcement Postponed

    Life is more stressful than usual for many employees at The Commercial Appeal these days. Last week the newspaper's management announced that it would lay off 23 Newspaper Guild-covered employees and three employees covered by the pressman's union effective March 12. The employees being laid off were originally supposed to be notified on Monday, March 2. But recent, not entirely clear events, have resulted in the notification date being been pushed back to March 27 ...
  • Bianca Knows Best ... and Helps a Gardener

    Dear Bianca,

    With spring fast approaching, I've been thinking about planting an organic vegetable garden. Given the economic situation, it makes sense to start growing my own food. Can save money and help the Earth by eating locally.

    However, I share my yard with three others ...

  • More on the Overton Park Detention Basin

    Kayaker Martha Kelly often paddles in the river and the harbor downtown.

    "The storm drains downtown empty straight into the harbor," she says. "Trash, oil slicks, and lawn chemicals get picked up and it ends up being a foamy, oily, nasty smelling mess down in the harbor every time there's a hard rain." So when she considers the possibility of a storm-water detention basin in the middle of Overton Park, she thinks it will be a health hazard for a number of reasons ...

    More at Mary Cashiola's In the Bluff.

  • Letter from the Editor

    Last Sunday morning, I stumbled to my front door and looked through the glass, blinking at the reflected glare from the early sun. Yep, it was snow, lots of it ...


  • The Beale Street Music Fest Lineup

    The full line-up is out for Memphis in May's Beale Street Music Festival. The festival, which takes place Friday, May 1st through Sunday, May 3rd at Tom Lee Park, will feature a diverse group of headliners.


  • Movies This Weekend: The Class, Watchmen

    Only two new movies hit local theaters today, but both are heavyweights in their respective worlds: A "Best Foreign Language Film" Oscar winner and Palm D'Or winner at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, The Class recounts a year in the life of a Parisian middle-school teacher and his unruly charges. Dead Poets Society this ain't. Critic/high-school teacher Addison Engelking calls it the best school-themed movie ever made. Read his rave here.

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  • "An Evening With Coach Cal and Friends" is Postponed

    Well, this is awkward. The "Evening With Coach Cal and Friends" event scheduled for Monday night at Harrah's in Tunica has run into a bit of a problem. The event has been postponed until Monday, April 13th, due to the fact that featured guest Charles Barkley will be unable to attend.

    Barkley was ordered to serve a three-day sentence for his recent misdemeanor DUI conviction in Phoenix -- beginning today.



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