6:34 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

It's Hard To Shop In Memphis

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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.

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Memphis Moments
5:56 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Early Photography

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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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Behind the Headlines
5:12 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Radio Roundtable: Heritage Trail Project Update

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, an update on the City of Memphis' controversial Heritage Trail housing project, with host Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News; Jackson Baker of the Memphis Flyer; and Bill Dries, senior reporter for the Memphis Daily News.

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Behind the Headlines
5:00 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Radio Roundtable: The Need For Green Space In Shelby County

The Shelby Farms Greenline
Credit Shelby Farms Park Conservancy

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, host Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News, and panel discuss the need for green space and green initiatives in Shelby County, including the Green Line.

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Memphis Moments
6:45 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Frances Wright

Frances Wright c. 1835

Scottish by birth, Frances Wright earned her reputation as a reformer in the United States.  She was an early champion of women's rights, democracy, the working class, and abolition.  

Wright believed slaves had to be prepared to live as free people, so, in October of 1825, she purchased a few slaves and some land in the present Germantown area, establishing the Neshoba Plantation.

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