Thursday, April 26, 2012

Elly May in Nashville

Posted By on Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 6:14 AM

Bruce VanWyngarden surveys the current careers of the Clampett family.

Babblin' Crude

Posted By on Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 6:04 AM

Jackson Baker looks at what the Tennessee General Assembly hath wrought in 2012 -- guns, sex, creationism, and more -- in this week's Flyer cover story.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

School Closings?

Posted on Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 5:07 PM

The Transition Planning Commission will hear a recommendation Thursday to close 21 schools in Memphis prior to the start of the 2013-2014 school year. John Branston has the story.

Elvis Presley Boulevard Project Moving Forward

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 11:01 AM

City Councilman Harold Collins told several dozen Whitehaven residents at the Middle Baptist Church last Wednesday that plans to refurbish Elvis Presley Boulevard are on track and moving forward.

"We expect to start ground-breaking in November," he said, to vocal approval from the attendees.

After Loeb Properties were awarded $16.5 million to redevelop Overton Square, Collins successfully spurred the council to allocate $16 million to redo Elvis Presley Boulevard, keyed by the fact that it is the second-most-visited street in America after Pennsylvania Avenue, where the White House sits.

With a target completion date sometime in 2015, state and federal funding have kicked the project budget above $40 million. Intersection improvement, traffic lighting, and aesthetics are to be improved from Brooks Road to Shelby Drive, with the Graceland section as the focal point. The city's engineer's office will be the controlling point for the plan.

Created by the Powers Hill Design firm, three plans were unveiled at the public meeting. Designed to accommodate tourist interest and traffic flow, the lanes are to be widened, and could include a center median incorporating pedestrian and bicycle lanes.

Attendees at the meeting were given a survey to choose the option they preferred. A follow-up meeting is planned for June, with the final blueprint to be presented in July. Residents were also directed to the project website.


An alternate meeting is being planned for area business owners in May.

Two additional factors were discussed: the aerotropolis urban design plan underway, and the sensitivity of assuring some allocation of work to minority owned firms.

Collins explained, "We will be in discussion with the aerotropolis folks, but we're not linking this into that plan. As one of the main entry points to Whitehaven, as well as a destination point to the airport, we will of course keep informed because this is a crucial part of the overall vision, but just their planning process will take at least two years or more. We will be almost finished by then. Also, you cannot sit on government money that long. The need has been identified, the funding allocated, and we are moving forward.?"

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Grant Available for Senior/Low-Income Pet Owners

Posted By on Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 9:17 PM

A fund is now available that will assist low-income and senior Memphians to spay and neuter their pets. Bianca Phillips has the story.

The Interrupters

Posted By on Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Award-winning film, The Interrupters, shows at Rhodes Wednesday evening.

Dontari Poe and Mo'

Posted By on Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Frank Murtaugh is back from New England with some thoughts on Dontari Poe, the Red Sox, the Cardinals, and the NHL.

A Confederacy of Prom Queens?

Posted By on Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Bruce VanWyngarden notes an unusual confederate flag controversy in Gibson County.

The Addams Family Musical

Posted By on Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 8:48 AM

The Addams Family, a musical based on the characters of Charles Addams, opens at The Orpheum Tuesday.

Richard Bausch Takes Leave of Memphis

Posted By on Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 7:48 AM

Noted writer Richard Bausch reflects on his time in Memphis on the cusp of his departure. Leonard Gill has more.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Memphis Canoe and Kayak Race Returns

Posted By on Mon, Apr 23, 2012 at 3:42 PM

The Outdoors Inc. Canoe and Kayak Race is returning after two years of weather-induced cancellations. John Branston has the story.

Letters. We Get Letters ...

Posted By on Mon, Apr 23, 2012 at 7:45 AM

This week's dose of Letters to the Editor ...

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Benefit for Skip Pitts

Posted By on Sun, Apr 22, 2012 at 9:36 PM

There's a benefit for ill Memphis music legend Skip Pitts at the Stax Museum Monday. More info here.

Grizzlies Edge Portland, 93-89

Posted By on Sun, Apr 22, 2012 at 11:37 AM

The Grizzlies rested Zach Randolph and the reserves played extra minutes in the win over the Trail Blazers. Chris Herrington has the usual insights and analysis.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Hanna Star

Posted on Sat, Apr 21, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Hanna Star performs at the Evergreen Playschool Fund-raiser Sunday at Levitt Shell.
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