The Cheat Sheet 

The University of Memphis Tigers, still smarting from a two-point loss to rivals Ole Miss, hit the road to seek redemption by putting a whuppin' — they hoped — on Arkansas State. Unfortunately, the gods of football have other ideas, because thunderstorms cancel the game. The game is rescheduled for later in September, which means the U of M will have to play three games in 11 days. We just can't catch a break here.

click to enlarge GREG CRAVENS

Operators of the Ducks, those amphibious vehicles that have been transporting tourists around town and even into the Mississippi River for years, announce they are ending their stay in Memphis. We never liked getting stuck behind one of these slow-moving things in traffic, but we came to enjoy the weirdness of the whole quacky experience.

Three employees of the Germantown Performing Arts Centre are sacked after they tie rope into loops that resemble a hangman's noose, which is interpreted as a racist threat by one of GPAC's board members. A Ku Klux Klan hood left in a board member's office, yes — definitely a racist symbol. A burning cross on GPAC's front lawn, yes. But a hangman's noose left dangling behind the stage?

Memphis police reach new heights in their battle to solve crime. And we mean that literally. Officers will now climb into a 25-foot-high basket at Beale and Third, which will give them an unobstructed view of pretty much the entire entertainment district. We guess that will give everyone on Beale a nice, safe feeling — until the cops have to take a bathroom break.


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

    • Vulnerable Vista

      French Forters worry silos would obstruct river views.
    • Still Fighting Forrest

      Memphis still trying to relocate Forrest statue.


News Blog

Meet the New Blue Suede Brigade

Fly On The Wall Blog

How Much News is on the News: A Guns & Bunnies Web Extra

Intermission Impossible

August Wilson's Metaphysical "Gem of the Ocean" Opens at The Hattiloo

Politics Beat Blog

Two Bites from the Thursday Night Smorgasbord

News Blog

Photo Contest Focuses on Memphis Bikes

News Blog

Live at the Garden guests prepare to party

News Blog

Bike Lanes and Plazas to Pop Up Downtown

Intermission Impossible

Nuremberg Revisited: An Indie Theater Company Does its Homework


More by Michael Finger

  • Memphis' "Summer of Fear"

    Thirty-seven years ago this week, Memphis became a city in fear. In the late summer of 1969, a cold-blooded killer stalked the streets, and over a period of 28 days, police made one grisly discovery after another. In the end, the slayer was captured after a wild chase by a posse of ordinary citizens. After his arrest, George Howard Putt told reporters, “I’d do it all again.” The murder spree began on the afternoon of August 14, 1969 ...
    • Mar 16, 2016
  • Mr. Bingle to Appear at Potters Guild Show

    • Nov 20, 2014
  • Book Notes

    • Oct 20, 2011
  • More »

Readers also liked…

© 1996-2017

Contemporary Media
460 Tennessee Street, 2nd Floor | Memphis, TN 38103
Visit our other sites: Memphis Magazine | Memphis Parent | Inside Memphis Business
Powered by Foundation