Memphis

In August of 1870, the brutal murder of Colonel Thomas Dickins was reported in the Memphis Avalanche. According to the article, Col. Dickins, returning to his farm near Raleigh, "was way-laid by some fiend, and his life destroyed, in daylight, on a public road."

The assassin had ambushed the victim and fired both barrels of a shotgun into Col. Dickins' body from close range. 

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Interim Superintendent of the Unified School District Dorsey Hopson and Memphis Daily News reporter Bill Dries join host Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News, to discuss the chances for success of the consolidated school district.

For a review of the top news stories of the week, you can tune-in to Behind the Headlines Friday evenings at 7 on WKNO-TV 10.

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This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, a conversation about the sustainability of Memphis city pensions.

Ernst von Hesse-Wartegg

Apr 9, 2013
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Ernst von Hesse-Wartegg, an Austro-German traveler, visited Memphis a few months after the 1878 Yellow Fever epidemic.

He described his mixed reactions to the city in his memoir Travels on the Lower Mississippi.

He wrote, “After traveling to the four corners of the world, I cannot remember impressions anywhere as disagreeable as those upon entering this Memphis.

  In March of 1934, Dr. R.Q. Venson, a Beale Street dentist, took his nephew to a Cotton Carnival parade. While at the parade, his nephew pointed-out that, “the negroes were horses,” meaning that black men were pulling the floats.

In reaction to this, Dr. Venson requested that blacks be allowed to fully participate in future Cotton Carnivals.

His request was denied, so, Dr. Venson created the Cotton Makers Jubilee as an alternative to the racially-segregated Cotton Carnival. Black Memphians would have their own festival.

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This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, County Commissioner Mike Ritz and Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald join host Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News, and Bill Dries, Senior Reporter for the Memphis Daily News, to discuss the latest developments on the Unified School front, including Judge Hardy Mays' decision to consider appointing a "special master" to streamline decision-making between the Unified School Board and the su

James Winchester

Feb 26, 2013

James Winchester, one of the founders of Memphis, was born in Maryland in 1752. He served under George Washington in the American Revolution, endured capture by the British, and moved to Middle Tennessee after his release.

By 1785, Winchester had build a fortified home in this still untamed wilderness, survived Indian attacks, which killed his brother and several friends, and started a family with his young wife, Susan.

Frances Dancy Hooks

Feb 21, 2013

February 23rd is the birthday of Frances Dancy Hooks. In 1949, Mrs. Hooks, wife of the late Dr. Benjamin Hooks, began a career in education that would span 24 years.

She made a name for herself in the Memphis City School System. Among her many achievements was the co-founding of the Memphis Volunteer Placement Program, an effort to bring volunteer counselors to work with African American students.

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Shopping in Memphis is hard. Recently in a large supermarket, a shopper of close acquaintance discovered that the shelves were bare of skim milk. She found an employee and asked if they had any more. He went the storage area, then returned after several minutes to say that they were still looking.

I'm not sure which is worse: that they had no skim milk in the store, or that they had it, but did not know where it was.

Also recently, I dropped-in at a car dealership to look at new SUVs. There were two shiny ones in the showroom.

Early Photography

Feb 20, 2013
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In 1839, the invention of daguerreotype made it possible to capture and preserve a photographic image. The public was thrilled with the opportunity to be recorded for posterity, and the business of professional photography blossomed.

Memphis quickly embraced this new technology. Newspaper ads in the mid-1840s promoted itinerant daguerreotypists, but the earliest known advertisement for a permanent photo studio appeared in 1843 in the periodical American Eagle.

The ad stated:

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