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JACK WEATHERLY — Mr. Bingle and flights of fancy in old Memphis

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Downtown Memphis was magic to children and, on a subtler level, adults when I was a kid six decades ago. One went downtown to shop for personal things such as nice clothing and jewelry and to  visit tea rooms and take in the color, such as a mechanical version of the monocled and top-hatted Mr. Peanut tapping with his cane ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Riding with B.B.

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My big sister would tune the brown tabletop radio to WDIA, the pioneering black-music format station in Memphis. She listened when my father wasn’t around. If he caught her listening to that station, he’d say: “Turn off that music!” Except he would add an adjective or two that I won’t use here. One of the disc jockeys on that first-of-its-kind ...

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JACK WEATHERLY: Summertime and fears from not so long ago

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The little girl whose blue veins shone through her lovely ivory skin was dead. She could have been my first girlfriend. I had a crush on her when I was seven or eight. It was on one of those languorous summer days when the news was spread rapidly through our Memphis neighborhood by children— fleet little messengers of sorrow. Joan ...

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Stephen C. Parker joins Butler Snow

Stephen C. Parker has joined the Butler Snow law firm in Memphis and will practice with the Commercial Litigation Group.  Parker recently retired after 30 years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. Parker earned his undergraduate degree and Juris Doctor at the University of Memphis.  He served as a member of the Memphis Police ...

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American Queen to dock in Greenville through '18

GREENVILLE — The American Queen, which last month took on Greenville as a regular port of call, has extended the relationship another three years. The Delta Democrat-Times reports the city council has signed off on the long-term docking agreement with the flagship of Memphis, Tennessee-based American Queen Steamboat Co. The American Queen so far has docked in Greenville twice with ...

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Southaven plans to become regional shopping destination

SOUTHAVEN — Local officials are expecting the outlet mall under construction by Tanger and Poag Shopping Centers to make Southaven a regional business destination. “We are 250 miles from six states and we will probably draw from all of them. This isn’t your local mall,” Carmen Kyle, executive director of the Southaven Chamber of Commerce, told The Commercial Appeal. Tanger ...

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Holly Springs Elvis "museum" to be auctioned off Jan 31

HOLLY SPRINGS — Hundreds of Elvis Presley vinyl singles and albums, a pink Cadillac and the antebellum mansion that became a quirky Elvis shrine will be auctioned this month. Everything that was “Graceland Too” and all of owner Paul MacLeod’s vehicles will be auctioned Jan. 31 at the mansion in Holly Springs, Attorney Phillip Knecht said. MacLeod, who gave tours ...

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Tanger announces outlet mall plans in Miss.

SOUTHAVEN — Outlet mall operator Tanger is partnering Poag Shopping Centers on a development in Southaven. Southaven and DeSoto County officials several years ago approved a $15 million tax increment financing plan in which bonds will be issued to pay for the infrastructure for the outlet mall. In addition, the development has approval for $34 million in sales tax rebates ...

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