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It looks like the Shelby County Clerk's Office can finally begin producing the Elvis Presley specialty plates, after an anonymous donor contributed $3,500 to meet the cost of the 1,000-plate requirement. After two years of promotions, only 900 Elvis fans promised to chip in $35 each to purchase a plate. Fellow Memphians, aren't we just a little bit embarrassed that someone from New Jersey had to bail us out?

An Ole Miss professor found himself in a heap of hot water after paying a speeding ticket in Gallaway, Tennessee. When he mailed in his payment, the police noticed the ticket was scribbled with certain colorful expressions. Yes, we know all about the First Amendment, but some things you just don't do.

When Robert Finney's SUV broke

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down on I-55, he pulled over, hopped onto a mechanic's wheeled "creeper," and rolled himself under the vehicle to fix it. Problem number one: The car started rolling while he was still beneath it. Problems number two and three: His two young children were in the back seat. Lucky for him, then, that Johnny Peel happened to be driving along. Peel pulled his Honda in front of the driverless SUV to slow it down, then hopped out of his car, ran back and jumped in the SUV, and hit the brakes — just before the car was about to roll into traffic. Peel's Honda was wrecked, but everybody else was safe. We understand that Peel has been offered a new car from various Memphians, but shouldn't they give out medals for things like this? Wow!

Congratulations to Fred Smith, who has been named to the National Aviation Hall of Fame. As founder of FedEx (and a fighter pilot in Vietnam), we agree that Smith knows a thing or two about airplanes.

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