Monday, May 17, 2010

Habs and Celtics: Role Reversal

Posted By on Mon, May 17, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Frank Murtaugh has some thoughts on the NHL and NBA playoffs. And the "F-bomb."

Friday, May 14, 2010

Election Fatigue

Posted By on Fri, May 14, 2010 at 10:06 AM

John Branston says we're wasting money on too many elections in Shelby County.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Week from Hell

Posted By on Thu, May 13, 2010 at 2:40 PM

Randy Haspel surveys the damages from a very bad week in The Rant.

One Hand Tied Behind Our Backs

Posted By on Thu, May 13, 2010 at 9:32 AM

A column from the editor concerning diversity.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Herenton Withdraws from Debate

Posted By on Wed, May 12, 2010 at 3:24 PM

Saying that two panelists will not be "fair" to him, former mayor Willie Herenton has backed out of a scheduled debate with Steve Cohen. Bruce VanWyngarden has some thoughts.

Alcohol Sales at Shell Approved

Posted By on Wed, May 12, 2010 at 2:42 PM

Since 2008, the Levitt Shell has been providing a place for Memphians to experience free music. This summer, they'll start selling wine and beer.

When the Shell opened, its charter members decided that part of creating a safe and entertaining environment for people of all ages was keeping alcohol out of its free events. "Since then," says Anne Pitts, executive director of the Shell, "we've realized that it will be a good source of income for us, and that it's not antithetical to the family-friendly atmosphere we build here at the Shell." On Tuesday the City Council passed a resolution to allow the Shell to sell beer and wine at events, as well as letting people bring in their own drinks.

The family-friendly atmosphere Pitts speaks of is certainly a key part of the Shell, and a main attraction for those who frequent its concerts. In the past, the no-alcohol rule has been ignored by some attendees, and regulars have voiced discontent with the unruly behavior of some who brought it in. "The new policy is a positive for us," says Pitts. "Having it out in the open is going to give our security team and the Levitt Shell a better chance to control it."

Pitts says a survey regarding alcohol at the Shell was conducted last fall. "The overwhelming result of that survey was that people wanted it to happen," says Pitts. She also points out that proceeds from the alcohols sales will help sustain the Shell's operation. "One thing people don't usually know about the Shell is that the Levitt Foundation only funds about a quarter of our yearly budget," says Pitts.

"One thing we're very proud of," says Pitts, "is that our shows are very engaging to kids, and we don't want to deter that in any way. We're going to be extremely vigilant about keeping it open and appropriate for everyone involved. We consider that to be a sacred part of the Shell experience."

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Bianca Knows Best ...

Posted By on Tue, May 11, 2010 at 1:49 PM

... and Helps a Needy Mom.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Furry Flood Victims Wait for Owners at Humane Society

Posted By on Mon, May 10, 2010 at 2:08 PM

Not only were hundreds of people displaced by recent flooding around Millington, a number of dogs and cats were left homeless after their owners either abandoned or lost their pets during the evacuation.

More than 30 canine and feline flood victims are being held at the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County. Volunteers rescued the animals last Monday after the floodwaters receded. None of the rescues were wearing collars, tags, or microchips identifying owners and addresses.

“We’re holding the animals for 14 days in hopes that their owners will come and get them,” said Amanda McNeely, director of operations for the humane society. “After the 14 days, we’ll spay and neuter them and put them up for adoption.”

About two-thirds of the rescued animals were cats, which McNeely says have a tendency to scatter during disasters. Some chained dogs were set loose by the fire department during rescue operations.

“We do have one pit bull that we found still tied to a fence. We speculate that he had to swim to stay afloat during the flood, so we named him Phelps,” said McNeely referring to Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps. “We talked to several people whose animals drowned in the flood,” McNeely said. “Once the Shady Oaks Trailer Park started flooding, the police wouldn’t let residents go back into their trailers. One man had a puppy in a crate because it was rambunctious, and they wouldn’t let him in to get his puppy.”

Anyone who has lost a pet during the flood should visit the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County at 935 Farm Road to see if their pet is being held there. Any pets left after two weeks will be made available for adoption by the general public.

— Bianca Phillips

Cardinals' New Arrivals are "Made in Memphis"

Posted By on Mon, May 10, 2010 at 10:03 AM

Frank Murtaugh checks out the St. Louis Cardinals new arrivals from Memphis.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

"One Came Home" at Studio on the Square

Posted on Sat, May 8, 2010 at 7:46 AM

One Came Home, which closed the On Location: Memphis film festival a couple of weeks ago and now opens for a full run at Studio on the Square, is not your typical local debut feature. For starters, filmmaker Willy Bearden is not your typical fledgling filmmaker.

Read more in Film.

Friday, May 7, 2010

On Ethics Codes

Posted on Fri, May 7, 2010 at 1:42 PM

An ethics survey has John Branston wondering what it would take to keep our representatives on the straight and narrow.

Read it in City Beat.

Black Rock Revival Show Friday

Posted on Fri, May 7, 2010 at 6:57 AM

"Basically, I want to revive rock-and-roll music and give it back to black people," Sebastian Banks says of his band Black Rock Revival. "When I was younger, I didn't even know black people ever did play rock music, even though they were the original ones to do it. I want to breathe life back into the idea of a black rock band."

Read more in this week's music feature.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

What? No "May the Pork Be With You"?

Posted on Thu, May 6, 2010 at 10:14 AM

Got a clever name for a barbecue team? Play along at our Hungry Memphis contest for a chance to win tickets to the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.

Employment Trending Upward

Posted on Thu, May 6, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Over the past few months, several indicators have pointed to a strengthening economy. Yet, the national employment picture has remained intractable, stubborn, and downright recalcitrant…until now.

Finally, there seems some movement in the right direction as unemployment numbers have decreased, albeit slowly.

Read more at MBQ's Business Minded blog.

Last Round for T.O. Fuller?

Posted on Thu, May 6, 2010 at 4:00 AM

As part of a reduced state budget, the T.O. Fuller's 18-hole golf course is slated to close October 1st.

"The golf course is the revenue-generating part of the park. If you shut down the revenue side, we're afraid it won't be long before you shut the park down," said Friends of T.O. Fuller State Park president Ralph Thompson.

Get the rest of the story in this week's Fly-By.

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