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  • Civil Emergency Message (Shelby County, Tn)

    04/30/2011 4:39:10 PM PDT · by TnGOP · 29 replies · 1+ views
    WREG TV Website ^ | 4/30/11 | National Weather Service
  • Jihad Returns to America---The Arkansas Shooting as Islamic Jihad

    06/04/2009 5:13:10 AM PDT · by SJackson · 21 replies · 1,053+ views ^ | June 04, 2009 | Robert Spencer --Phyllis Chesler
    Jihad Returns to America By: Robert Spencer | Thursday, June 04, 2009 Jihad came once again to American soil on Monday, when an American convert to Islam, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, began shooting at soldiers who were standing outside the Army-Navy Career Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. Muhammad murdered Pvt. William Long, 23, and gravely wounded Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula, 18. Muhammad was charged with capital murder and – in a departure from authorities’ practically reflexive dismissal of terrorism as a factor in virtually any act of violence by a Muslim -- sixteen counts of committing a terrorist act. Rather curiously,...
  • Converting our citizens against the non-believers

    03/10/2011 7:23:43 PM PST · by smokingfrog
    The Hill's Congress Blog ^ | 10 Mar 2011 | Melvin Bledsoe
    “The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community’s Response” Committee on Homeland Security - US House of Representatives March 10, 2011 Thank you very much for allowing me to come here and tell the country what happened to my son. This hearing today is extremely important to begin the discussion about the issue of Islamic radicalization in America and my hope is that this Committee can somehow address this issue in a meaningful, productive way. First, I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the family of Private William Long, and to the wounded soldier,...
  • Court Overturns Ford Corruption Conviction

    04/14/2011 2:37:49 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    The Daily News (Memphis) ^ | 4/14/11 | Bill Dries
    Former state Sen. John Ford’s federal TennCare fraud and corruption convictions were tossed Thursday morning by the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court specifically found that Ford’s failure to disclose that he was working as a consultant for a TennCare contractor while he was a state senator voting on policies governing TennCare wasn’t a matter for the federal courts. It was instead a matter for state government, the court ruled. A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the use of the “honest services” federal statute also figured prominently in a ruling that could mean Ford will be released...
  • Memphis radio personality John 'Bad Dog' McCormack loses battle with leukemia

    03/11/2011 3:33:25 AM PST · by Sybeck1 · 5 replies
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 3/11/11 | Michael Lollar
    Longtime Rock 103 radio personality John "Bad Dog" McCormack died shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday at Methodist University Hospital after he was admitted to the hospital's intensive care unit in critical condition earlier in the day. McCormack, 55, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2009 and underwent a bone marrow transplant. He had relapsed and had been re-admitted to the hospital before his condition worsened Thursday. His WEGR-FM radio partner Tim Spencer posted a message from McCormack on the station's website. He said the words were written by McCormack to be published in the event of his death: "I have gone...
  • Memphis voters OK school charter surrender

    03/08/2011 10:15:03 PM PST · by SmithL · 22 replies
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 3/8/11 | Zack McMillin, Jane Roberts
    Memphis voters spoke very clearly, if not with overwhelming volume: The city wants a unified Shelby County school system. The specific question on Tuesday’s schools referendum read: “Shall the Administration of the Memphis City School System, a Special School District, be transferred to the Shelby County Board of Education?” A total of 71,424 voters showed up to answer, and 47,812 of them (67 percent) pushed the “yes” button. Those who wanted MCS to remain as is turned out only 23,612 voters (33 percent). “The people were not led so much by fear as people thought they would,” said MCS board...
  • MEMPHIS: School-charter issue still in doubt as Election Day arrives

    03/08/2011 10:42:24 AM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 3/8/11 | Daniel Connolly
    Just 77 days have passed since the Memphis City Schools board chose to surrender its charter, and as voters set out today to confirm or reject the action, it's still unknown what a "yes" vote or "no" vote will really mean. Public bodies continue to push conflicting plans for a postvote future, and lawyers have prepared for a long struggle in court. Highlighting the uncertainty: More than 50 people have responded to a call for members of a proposed new, unified school board. The board might never exist. Applications continue to stream in ahead of the March 15 deadline. The...
  • Police Shoot and Kill North Memphis Man's Dog (8 month old Pit Bull)

    02/22/2011 10:17:27 AM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 54 replies
    WREG ^ | 02/22/2011 | WREG
    (Bartlett, TN 2/21/2011) An eight month old pit bull puppy was shot dead by Bartlett Police. Now, the owner wants answers. Police say they shot the dog because it charged them. The owner says police had no reason to shoot the puppy because it was asleep inside a bathroom at his house. "That was basically my best friend and they just came in here and killed her," said dog owner Maurice Flanagan. Flanagan is talking about Lexus, his eight month old pit bull puppy. He has cell phone video taken just days before he says Bartlett Police shot and killed...
  • General Forrest License Plate in Mississippi

    02/24/2011 2:05:32 PM PST · by BigReb555 · 51 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | February 24, 2011 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    "After all, I think Forrest as the most remarkable man our 'Civil War' produced on either side.”
  • In Memphis, old strife heats up over schools, race

    02/24/2011 1:07:45 PM PST · by flowerplough · 35 replies
    AP/World magazine ^ | 21 Feb | Sainz
    A bold bid by the struggling, majority-black Memphis City Schools system to force a merger with the majority-white, successful suburban district has fanned relatively routine fears over funding and student performance into accusations of full-blown racism. The fight over the fate of 150,000 public school students has stirred long-festering emotions in Memphis and surrounding Shelby County, creating a drama that has spread beyond school board meetings to union rallies, the state Legislature and federal court. On March 8, Memphis voters will decide whether to approve disbanding the city schools system and turning education over to the county district, which is...
  • Commissioner storms out of meeting on schools merger (MEMPHIS, TN)

    02/24/2011 6:42:59 AM PST · by GailA · 10 replies
    WMC News 5 Memphis ^ | 2/23/11 | Kontji Anthony
    MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Shelby County Commissioner stormed out of a meeting on the proposed Memphis City Schools/Shelby County Schools merger Wednesday, telling reporters the Commission was wasting taxpayer dollars. As always, members of the local Memphis media stood outside the Shelby County Commission committee room during their attorney-client privilege meeting. But in the middle of the meeting, Commissioner Terry Roland left, frustrated. "I'm going to let you all know," he said. "I'm going to let the folks know everything that's going on behind these closed doors." Roland said he was obligated to let his District 4 constituents know...
  • Alert pizza delivery driver saves customer's life

    02/22/2011 4:15:07 PM PST · by Track9 · 40 replies
    WMC-TV ^ | 2/22/11 | Nick Kenney
    MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A pizza delivery driver was called a hero Monday after she likely saved an elderly woman's life. Before Monday's incident, most neighbors knew little about Memphis resident Jean Wilson, except that she's eaten pizza daily for the past three years. "We make her pizza every day before she even calls, because we know she's going to call," delivery driver Susan Guy said. Guy often delivers Wilson's regular order, one large pepperoni pizza, but recently workers at her restaurant noticed an unusual break in the pattern. "She hadn't called in three days," Guy said. "My boss told...
  • The Memphis "Pig" gets stuffed and replaced by a conservative-talk "Point"

    02/14/2011 11:56:25 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 13 replies ^ | 2/15/11 |
    Memphis owner George Flinn and talker Mark Skoda are collaborating on a Tea Party-friendly “Point", with the effect of banishing the adult alternative "Pig" format from the local airwaves, both AM (WMPS at 1210) and the simulcast on Flinn-owned low power TV WPGF-LP channel 6, at 87.7 FM. Skoda says he’s inspired by the growth of the Tea Party, and he will manage the new format through MPS Broadcasting. The schedule starts with Dirk Van’s “First Light”, the Nashville-based Steve Gill (regionally syndicated), Salem's Mike Gallagher, Matthew Hill (talkshow host and state legislator), “News and Views” with Dr. Larry Bates...
  • Memphis Council's unanimous vote OKs surrender of charter by city schools

    02/11/2011 6:31:06 AM PST · by GailA · 15 replies
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | 2/10/11 | Richard Locker, Amos Maki
    The Memphis City Council on Thursday accepted the decision by the Memphis City Schools Board of Education to surrender its charter, essentially wiping out the city school board in one vote. "The Memphis City Schools board will be dissolved upon the filing of this resolution (with the Secretary of State)," said Council Atty. Allan Wade. "They would continue to exist only for the purpose of winding up their affairs." The council instructed Mayor A C Wharton to deliver notification to the Secretary of State today. But it remains unclear -- even to many council members -- what the 10-0 vote...
  • Editorial: Vilification has no place in debate

    01/23/2011 2:23:47 PM PST · by SmithL · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 1/23/11 | Editor
    U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, disgraced us all this week when he compared Republicans to Nazis in an almost empty House chamber. With the smell of gunpowder from the Tucson, Ariz., mass killings and President Barack Obama's words of reconciliation still hanging in the air, he derailed any steps toward civility in favor of partisan exaggerations beyond the bounds of decency. Cohen accused the GOP of lying about health care reform and then compared their tactics to those of notorious Nazi propaganda chief Josef Goebbels. He then said, echoing Republican former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, that the GOP was engaged...
  • The first primary? (ear on the ground)

    01/14/2011 8:14:41 PM PST · by ebshumidors · 8 replies
    When CPAC and other conventions run straw polls, the winner is usually determined by whichever candidate's supporters pack the house. The National TEA Party Convention scheduled for April 7-9 in Memphis will be doing a PPV where they expect 30K+ subscribers who will be able to vote. With this large a voting base, it should be a 'must attend' event for anyone thinking of running once they find this out. Herman Cain and Newt are already listed as speakers. I expect others to attend as soon as word of this straw poll gets out. It should give a beeter idea...
  • National TEA Party Convention April 7-9, 2011 Memphis, TN

    11/16/2010 10:47:10 AM PST · by ebshumidors · 13 replies · 1+ views
    This is the preliminary list of speakers. More are coming on line daily. Some we freepers talk about all of the time. Book signings, workshops and some special off site events. This is going to be a lot of fun! Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, Dr. Larry Bates, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, Deneen Boreli, Thomas Boreli, Andrew Breitbart, Anne Coulter, S.E. Cupp, Jack Dailey, Niger Innis, David Kirkpatrick, Michelle Malkin, Robert Spencer, David Webb
  • 'Al-Qaeda' gunman in college siege (Dyersburg State Community College, Tennessee)

    09/17/2003 4:31:30 PM PDT · by Brian S · 70 replies · 593+ views
    HOME > BREAKING NEWS > STORY 'Al-Qaeda' gunman in college siege From correspondents in Dyersburg, Tennessee September 18, 2003 A MAN with a gun and a knife claiming to be a member of al-Qaeda took a classroom of US college students hostage this afternoon. Four people were released several hours into the standoff, authorities said. Because the gunman claimed to be a member of an international terrorist organisation, the FBI has been called in, but Police Chief Bobby Williamson said authorities have no reason to believe the claim. A SWAT team and about five hostage negotiators were among the officers...
  • Yuengling Expansion Could Bring Tourism, Wider Beer Distribution

    10/15/2010 2:37:33 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 57 replies
    Memphis Daily News ^ | October 2010 | Tom Wilemon
    A brewery in Memphis will allow D.G. Yuengling & Son Inc. to introduce its beer to new markets in the South and Midwest, said David Casinelli, the company’s chief operating officer. The Pottsville, Pa.-based company has signed a letter of intent to buy the former Coors brewery from Chism Hardy Enterprises LLC, but representatives of both parties are still negotiating the terms of a possible sale.... Although Yuengling is the nation’s oldest brewery, it currently sells beer in only 13 states. It has two breweries in Pennsylvania and one in Florida. The Memphis facility would give Yuengling a foothold to...
  • Mother arrested for reckless driving while 13 kids in car

    09/22/2010 6:33:02 AM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 51 replies
    WMC TV ^ | 9/21/2010 | Lori Brown
    MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Mid-South mother is charged with reckless driving while having 13 children in the back of her Ford Explorer, but she says she did nothing wrong the night she and her children were arrested. Police responding to a fight at Crystal Palace say they saw Treshundra Barnes, 25, driving at a high rate of speed while serving back and forth. They say none of the 13 children in the car were wearing seat belts. Officers say Barnes nearly hit several children. "That never happened at all," Barnes said. "The only thing I was doing was hitting...
  • Memphis councilwoman Janis Fullilove apologizes for 'pole dancing' incident

    08/18/2010 4:41:10 AM PDT · by Libloather · 66 replies · 2+ views
    Commercial Appeal ^ | 8/17/10 | Amos Maki
    Memphis councilwoman Janis Fullilove apologizes for 'pole dancing' incident“Yes, I was on the pole,” Fullilove says By Amos Maki Memphis Commercial Appeal Updated August 17, 2010 at 10:55 p.m. Memphis City Council member Janis Fullilove sent a letter of apology to the president of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials for what she described as "over the top" behavior at a party last week. Fullilove, regional director for NBC-LEO, said Tuesday that she engaged in dancing -- including pole dancing -- on a river cruise during the group's gathering in Memphis. "Yes, I was on the pole," said...
  • TBI Asked To Investigate Shelby Co. (Memphis) Voting Issues

    08/10/2010 5:32:14 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 7 replies ^ | 08/10/2010 |
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The district attorney general in Memphis has asked the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to look into voting problems in Shelby County during last Thursday's election. SNIP The election commission reported that problems occurred after election workers accidentally loaded early voting information from the May election, prompting poll workers to incorrectly tell some people they had already voted in the August election.
  • BREAKING: Body of missing Memphis (NBA) basketball star Lorenzen Wright found

    07/28/2010 3:40:10 PM PDT · by GailA · 17 replies · 1+ views
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | 7/28/10 | Kristina Goetz, Beth Warren
    Law enforcement officials have found the body of missing Memphis basketball star Lorenzen Wright in a wooded area at Hacks Cross and Winchester in southeast Memphis. A law enforcement source confirmed the body was that of Wright, 34, who has been missing since July 19, though the Memphis Police Department won't officially comment. Police are referring to their investigation as a "death investigation." Curtis Wright, Lorenzen Wright's uncle told The Associated Press that police called the player’s father, Herb Wright, a couple of hours ago. According to sources, a 9-1-1 call was made from Wright's cell phone on July 19....
  • Obama backs white rep in majority black district

    07/13/2010 12:06:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 1+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/13/10 | Adrian Sands - ap
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. – President Barack Obama said Tuesday he is endorsing the white incumbent for Congress in a majority black district in west Tennessee. Two-term U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen faces an Aug. 5 Democratic primary against former Memphis mayor Willie Herenton. Herenton, who served 18 years as Memphis' first elected black mayor, is making race an issue in the contest, saying Tennessee needs just one African-American congressman. The state's nine House members and two U.S. senators are white. The district roughly follows the borders of Memphis, which is 60 percent black. The Democratic primary winner will be the heavy favorite...
  • The Killing Season: When Violence Takes Over (July in Memphis)

    07/08/2010 10:31:37 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 34 replies ^ | 07/08/2010 |
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The month of July annually ranks as one of the most violence prone times of the year in Memphis African American communities. Too often it's black on black crime. Too often involving young black teens as perpetrators and victims. Fox 13's Les Smith took to the streets in search of understanding the tensions that too often explode into the killing season.
  • Bellevue (Baptist) says 'you're out,' gay softball coach claims

    06/19/2010 12:20:39 PM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 65 replies · 761+ views
    The Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | Wednesday, June 16, 2010 | Clay Bailey
    Bellevue says 'you're out,' gay softball coach claims A local women's softball coach said her team was banned from a Bellevue Baptist Church league after she acknowledged she is gay. Jana J. Jacobson said church officials told her the "deviant" lifestyle would prevent the team from competing in Bellevue's adult women's softball league. The coach said she was the only team member who attended meetings in preparation for the season that began June 8, and the only member questioned by Bellevue leadership. She wondered why her lifestyle mattered since they were playing softball. "Finally, in my frustration, I said that...
  • For many women of color, economic hedge against vagaries of life is nonexistent (barf)

    06/02/2010 9:04:46 AM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 48 replies · 710+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 5/30/10 | Wendy Thomas
    She works hard for the money, or so the song says, but most women of color are having a difficult time building wealth with the money they make. For those who are familiar with historic racial disparities in wealth and asset accumulation, this comes as no surprise: For every dollar of wealth the average white family has, the average family of color has 16 cents. But for women, it's even worse. In a jaw-dropping study by Mariko Chang titled "Lifting As We Climb: Women of Color, Wealth and America's Future," the median wealth for never-married women of color, ages 18-64,...
  • Anger greets Memphis City Schools layoffs; move called 'terrible blow to morale'

    05/15/2010 5:45:09 AM PDT · by GailA · 37 replies · 1,247+ views
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | 5/15/10 | Jane Roberts
    As news spread Friday of hundreds of part-time teacher aides losing jobs in the city schools, an angry backlash grew in school hallways and on Internet postings. The most prevalent sentiment was over singling out the lowest-paid employees and forcing furloughs rather than adopting across-the-board cuts. "It's a terrible blow to morale to every single person in school buildings actually working with children," said Stephanie Fitzgerald, president of the Memphis Education Association. The loss of 300 teacher aides most likely means their work will be "piled on" teachers and other staff, she said. Fitzgerald also takes exception to forced furloughs...
  • Nashville Flood 2010: The Disaster You May Not Have Heard About

    05/06/2010 1:18:28 AM PDT · by ICAB9USA · 31 replies · 1,545+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 5/5/10 | Noel Sheppard
    A great American city is currently buried under a sea of water, but you may not know much about it given all the attention media have given to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the failed car bomb attempt in New York's Times Square. The rain totals are almost unimaginable as is the flooding. Damage estimates at this point have already surpassed a billion dollars, and are likely to go higher. Several of my readers have asked me to post the following video. I cried most of the time I watched. See if you can control your...
  • Storm-damaged Shelby, Tipton counties named federal disaster areas(TENNESSE DELUGE)

    05/06/2010 6:17:35 AM PDT · by GailA · 31 replies · 682+ views
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | 5/5/2010 | staff
    On the day a body was recovered from the area's worst storm in years, the federal government declared Shelby and Tipton counties disaster areas. The declaration, requested by Gov. Phil Bredesen, clears the way for federal aid to areas damaged by flooding. It brings to 10 the number of Tennessee counties declared disaster areas. Four of the counties are in West Tennessee -- Dyer and McNairy were also added Wednesday -- which was hit hard by flooding and wind. The other six to receive the designation -- Cheatham, Davidson, Hickman, Montgomery, Perry and Williamson -- are in Middle Tennessee. That...
  • Officials: At least 5 dead in Tennessee flooding

    05/02/2010 4:00:14 AM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 33 replies · 1,806+ views
    ChattanoogaTimesFreePress ^ | May 2, 2010 | Erik Schelrig
    MEMPHIS, — At least five people died and hundreds were being evacuated Saturday as heavy rains pounded Tennessee, causing widespread flooding across the state. The forecast called for more rain through the weekend. The five deaths were storm related, but the exact causes were not yet known, Jeremy Heidt, spokesman for the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, said Saturday evening. Hundreds of homes had been evacuated and shelters were being opened across the state for people stranded due to flooded roads. Heidt said crews were called out for swift-water rescues from Nashville to Memphis. “It’s so widespread, it’s a very serious...
  • Breaking - jurors reported they have reached a verdict on 3 of 4 charges in Palin hacking trial

    04/29/2010 12:07:13 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 243 replies · 8,612+ views
    knoxville news ^ | April 29, 2010 | Jim Balloch
    KNOXVILLE - Federal court jurors reported today they have reached a verdict on three of four charges against former University of Tennessee student David C. Kernell, accused of illegally accessing the private e-mail account of 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. But they also reported they are deadlocked on the first count, a charge of identity theft. Without asking what their verdict is on the other counts, U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Phillips sent them back to the jury room to continue deliberating the first count. In their written communication to the judge this afternoon, the jurors said: "Some...
  • Sisters Attacked By Fellow Students & Parents

    04/22/2010 4:41:35 PM PDT · by TNdandelion · 34 replies · 1,382+ views ^ | 04/22/2010 | Melissa Moon
    (Memphis, TN) 15-year-old DJ Kates and her 16-year-old sister, Jossalin Melville, were attacked by a group of kids and some parents Tuesday afternoon at Gladstone and Ridgemont in Raleigh. It happened about a mile from Raleigh Egypt High School as the girls walked home from school.
  • U.S. Capitol Police investigating e-mailed threat to Cohen; FBI alerted

    04/06/2010 7:04:52 PM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 30 replies · 1,121+ views
    The Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 4/6/10 | Bartholomew Sullivan
    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Capitol Police are investigating an E-mailed threat to U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen's campaign committee, and the FBI in Memphis is aware of the threat and is taking it seriously, spokesmen for both agencies said today. Someone with a address sent the message to a Cohen for Congress website saying, "If our tea parties had hoods, we would burn your ass on a cross on the White House front lawn." The reference to hoods followed a Cohen interview last week in which he described TEA Party activists using racial epithets "without robes and hoods" of the...
  • Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) Bashes Tea Party Movement On Radio Show - calls them rascist

    04/03/2010 4:07:07 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 90 replies · 2,738+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | April 3, 2010 | Kristina Goetz
    Congressman Steve Cohen of Memphis teed off on the Tea Party movement in a Thursday night radio interview attracting national attention. The two-term Democratic congressman said the Tea Party — "without hoods and robes" — has shown an angry, hardcore side of America that's against any type of diversity. “We saw opposition to African-Americans, hostility toward gays, hostility to anybody who wasn’t just, you know, a clone of George Wallace’s fan club,” he said on The Young Turks, an Internet and satellite radio talk show.
  • House Democrat: All that’s missing from the tea party are the robes and hoods

    04/03/2010 10:29:59 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 36 replies · 1,000+ views
    Of all the incendiary smears of tea partiers over the last few weeks, this one’s my very favorite. Not only is it relentlessly nasty, especially for a congressman — note the cute little joke he makes near the end referencing McCain’s torture in Hanoi — but it’s part of a critique of, ahem, right-wing vitriol. Come for the finger-wagging about civility, stay for the George Wallace and Kristallnacht analogies. Then again, that’s par for the course. As Ed Driscoll reminds me, what makes this clip extra special is the fact that Steve Cohen himself was compared to a Klansman and...
  • Police clear Overton Park after record crowd at zoo; fights break out, shots fired (Memphis)

    03/31/2010 12:29:25 PM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 37 replies · 1,590+ views
    The Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | March 30, 2010 | Jody Callahan
    Sitting on his porch on Overton Park Avenue at about 6 p.m. Tuesday, Clint Hermes saw a group of youngsters stomping through his neighbor’s yard. Suddenly, two of the boys in the group of five or six pulled out pistols, Hermes said. “A couple of guys just pulled out guns and for no apparent reason, just started shooting in the air,” Hermes said. “At that point, everybody just started running.” That was just part of an overall fiasco at the Memphis Zoo and Overton Park on Tuesday as thousands of people converged on the area to take advantage of free...
  • Body of woman missing since January found in bed frame of Memphis motel

    03/18/2010 6:07:17 AM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 32 replies · 2,181+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 3/17/2010 | Cindy Wolff
    For more than six weeks, room 222 at the Budget Lodge at 1533 E. Brooks didn't give up its secret. Cleaning crews were in and out, dusting, vacuuming, washing out the sink and toilet. Five times people rented the room and spent the night. Finally on Monday, the cleaning crew said room 222 didn't smell right. They dismantled the bed and found the body of Sony Millbrook, a mother of five who was reported missing Jan. 27. Her body had apparently been there all along, entombed in a space under the mattress and box springs in a metal frame that...
  • Local UFO Sightings on the Rise

    03/04/2010 8:44:33 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 47 replies · 1,488+ views
    myfoxmemphis. ^ | 03 Mar 2010 | Jill Monier
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Bright white lights and strange, triangular shaped objects, Tennesseans are reporting some unusual things overhead. Don't expect that to stop anytime soon, a local group that investigates UFO close encounters says sightings are on the rise. For decades millions of people have reported seeing UFO's. A recent poll shows one in 12 Americans have seen a mysterious object in the sky, and that a third of adults believe it's likely aliens have visited earth. While some say the increase in volume of reports in Tennessee are enough to make any investigator sit up and take notice, others...
  • Memphis police officer faces animal cruelty charges

    03/01/2010 6:54:52 PM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 8 replies · 510+ views
    WMC TV Memphis TN ^ | 03/01/2010 | WMC TV Memphis TN
    MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Memphis police sergeant is charged with animal cruelty after animal control officers found two starved dogs in her back yard. Sergeant Betty Carter has been charged with two counts of cruelty to animals and two counts of failure to obtain licenses. The charges come after the Memphis Animal Shelter received a recent call about dogs running loose at the officer's home on Aldie. When the animal control officer arrived at Carter's house, she did not find dogs running loose, but neighbors urged her to look in Carter's back yard. There, the officer found four dogs...
  • Drunk Mom Allegedly Runs Through School With Sword

    02/25/2010 5:35:10 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 54 replies · 1,646+ views
    cbsnews ^ | Feb. 25, 2010
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Police said the mother of an elementary school student drank a 40 ounce bottle of malt liquor before brandishing a sword in her child's school. The woman, 32, apparently intended to confront the parents of another child who had been in a spitting match with her child the previous day....
  • Memphis Man Arrested: Accused of Making Bomb Threats & Threatening to Start "Holy War"

    12/28/2009 12:01:01 AM PST · by Cindy · 74 replies · 2,369+ views - Local News ^ | Last Update: 12/25 9:52 pm | n/a
    Note: The following news brief is a quote: Last Update: 12/25 9:52 pm Memphis Man Arrested: Accused of Making Bomb Threats & Threatening to Start "Holy War" MEMPHIS, TN – Tonight, Mohamed Ibrahim is out after posting $100 bond. Earlier in the day, he was arrested after police say he walked into several Memphis businesses and threatened to blow them up. Court records show Ibrahim was also telling people he was Muslim, and wanted to start a jihad, or holy war, in Memphis. Police say when they arrested him, he had a butcher knife hidden in one of his jacket...
  • Memphis attorney bit off part of man's nose in restaurant scuffle (Incl. video)

    12/21/2009 2:05:28 PM PST · by Stoat · 49 replies · 1,462+ views
    WMCTC / New York Post ^ | December 17, 2009 | Janice Broach
      MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Memphis attorney has admitted to biting off part of a man's nose during a confrontation at a popular Midtown restaurant.According to a lawsuit filed by Greg Herbers, Mark Lambert bit off and swallowed part of his nose during a dispute last June at Dish on South Cooper Street.Lambert is a trial attorney with the Cochran Firm.      The incident at Dish began in the men's room when Herbers became annoyed because the urinal and stalls were occupied.Herbers says two men were together inside the same stall. He says Lambert carried on a conversation with...
  • Toddler dies in fire, Aunt about Food stamp card

    10/20/2009 6:03:13 AM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 23 replies · 1,903+ views,0,4601507.story
  • Memphis Mayoral Election Today

    10/15/2009 7:19:33 AM PDT · by Married with Children · 6 replies · 451+ views
    10/15/09 | Married With Children
    Who will win the special Mayoral election today? King Willie Herenton is out after a 17 year reign and the candidates have all made their case to take his place. Who will it be? A C Wharton (who ran two of Willie Herenton's campaigns and seems to dodge questions posed during debates, Carol Chumney, Mayor Pro tem Myron Lowrey, Charles Carpenter, Jerry "The King" Lawler or one of the other 25 on the ballot?
  • Billboard Featuring Gay Marine Vandalized

    09/27/2009 8:39:14 PM PDT · by Saije · 135 replies · 3,759+ views
    WREG-TV ^ | 9/27/2009 | Stephanie Scurlock
    The gay and lesbian community is calling for an investigation into a billboard that was destroyed. The billboard is just one of 5 put up for National Coming Out Day and features a gay Marine. The billboards were paid for by the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center. "We had the idea to celebrate National Coming Out Day which is October 11th. It's a time that around the nation people say I'm proud to be gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender," said Heidi Williams, Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center. The MGLCC wanted to get Memphis' attention but they didn't expect...
  • Ex-Mayor of Memphis Starts Bid for Congress, Invoking Race in Campaign

    09/13/2009 7:45:10 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 46 replies · 1,334+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 13, 2009 | Robbie Brown
    MEMPHIS — A Congressional race in Tennessee has become freighted with racial overtones almost a year before the election, with a prominent black politician saying the white incumbent cannot properly represent black voters. The black candidate, former Mayor Willie W. Herenton of Memphis, has argued that Tennessee needs a black voice in its currently all-white delegation. He is running a blistering campaign against Representative Steve Cohen, a fellow Democrat with a precarious hold on the majority black district. “To know Steve Cohen is to know that he really does not think very much of African-Americans,” Mr. Herenton said in a...
  • US cities may have to be bulldozed in order to survive

    09/13/2009 12:07:08 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 139 replies · 5,072+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | September 12 | Tom Leonard
    Dozens of US cities may have entire neighbourhoods bulldozed as part of drastic "shrink to survive" proposals being considered by the Obama administration to tackle economic decline... Having outlined his strategy to Barack Obama during the election campaign, Mr Kildee has now been approached by the US government and a group of charities who want him to apply what he has learnt to the rest of the country. Mr Kildee said he will concentrate on 50 cities, identified in a recent study by the Brookings Institution, an influential Washington think-tank, as potentially needing to shrink substantially to cope with their...
  • The Tea Party Express hits Dallas, Little Rock and Memphis today!!

    09/04/2009 6:56:30 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 54 replies · 7,398+ views
    Woo hoo!! The Tea Party Express has a busy schedule today: 11:00 AM – Rally in Dallas, TX – Cape Buffalo Grille, 17717 Addison Rd, Dallas, TX 75287 2:45 PM – The Whistle Stop – Mile Marker 143; 1 hour and 45 minutes east of Dallas, TX; 170 miles east on Interstate 30; 4 miles west of Mt. Vernon, Franklin County, TX 6:00 PM – Rally in Little Rock, AR – State Capitol (North Grounds Near Liberty Bell) Woodlane & Capitol Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201 10:00 PM – Rally in Memphis, TN – Draper’s Catering (Parking Lot) 6116 Macon...
  • Town hall tension: Meeting turns ugly over health care

    08/09/2009 3:52:05 AM PDT · by Man50D · 56 replies · 2,912+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | August 8, 2009 | Linda Moore
    Hundreds of people crowded into the BRIDGES building in Downtown Memphis on Saturday for a congressional town hall meeting that quickly deviated into a raucous shouting free-for-all, requiring extra law enforcement officers to watch over the scene. The meeting, hosted by U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, was scheduled to address constituents' concerns about Social Security and veterans' benefits, but the real topic of the day was health care reform legislation being crafted by Congress. Most people in the crowd of close to 500 were in loud opposition, although Cohen supporters held their own, waving signs that read "Health Care Now."...