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Former Shelby County Mayor Jim Rout has been hired as the new general manager of the Mid-South Fair. One of his first duties, we presume, will be renting hundreds of U-Haul trucks to carry all the fair's rides, tents, and exhibits to a new -- as yet undetermined -- location after developers take over the old site on Central. Don't forget all those fiddlesticks, funnel cakes, and corndogs!

On the very last play of the game, the University of Memphis Tigers lose to lowly Arkansas State. We knew it wouldn't be the same team after running back DeAngelo Williams left, but we never thought it would be as bad as this.

Developers unveil plans to, well, develop the old Tennessee Brewery.

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We're glad that someone wants to save the majestic building, but we're a bit disappointed -- as are some of its neighbors -- that the proposed plans for an adjoining giant high-rise will make the original building look like a cottage for the Keebler elves.

Visitors to the Southern Festival of books return to their cars to find their windows smashed and belongings stolen. The cars were parked downtown at the Tennessee Welcome Center, in broad daylight on a Saturday morning. You know, we can hold all the nice festivals we want, but if we don't do something about the crime here, there, and everywhere in Memphis, most people are just going to stay home. And who can blame them?

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