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Home Invasion

Five residents of Henderson, Tennessee, have been indicted on charges related to the illegal acquisition and sale of firearms after an ATF investigation found 195 firearms, including machine guns, 25,000 rounds of ammunition, six smoke grenades, and $8,000 in cash.

Fortunately for Tennessee authorities, the guns weren't cleverly hidden in a bar amid all the safe legal firearms. And speaking of bars ...

80 Strikes

Shelby County district attorney and gubernatorial wannabe Bill Gibbons recently joined with Memphis Police director Larry Godwin to announce that the MPD's organized crime unit had closed two local taverns and filed public nuisance actions against the owners of Hughes Uptown and the High Point Pinch Bar and Grill.

How bad do things have to get before law enforcement gets tough on crime? A petition filed against Hughes Uptown states that police were dispatched to the club more than 80 times between March 2008 and March 2009 to investigate "robberies, shootings, assaults, drug usage, and theft." That adds up to once a week and twice every other week. "The nightclub had its one chance to operate in a legal, legitimate manner," Gibbons noted in a press release.

Illegally Elvis

The Daily Telegraph reports that William Jablonski, an Elvis tribute artist on the Las Vegas strip, has been cited by police for accepting money from tourists, obstructing the pavement, and being a public nuisance. Jablonski, with help from the ACLU, is fighting local statutes that "violate free speech" and the right to be Elvis any damn where you please.

Branding Fail

Memphian Leigh Jones, who writes food columns for, recently shared her recipe for a dessert that sounds a little like something you don't want to step in: Dump Cake. It may be delicious but, ew.

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