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The Memphis Sound
7:42 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Muscling In On The Memphis Sound

Highway 72 begins in the east in Chattanooga, runs through Alabama and Mississippi before reaching its western terminus in Memphis.  In fact, it is the only US highway to have both termini in the same state but pass through other states in between the end points.

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Mid-South News
6:00 am
Mon May 13, 2013

You’ll Be Mine: Bringing Musical Tourism To West Memphis

In the 1940s and 1950s, KWEM was a stepping-stone for musicians on their way to greater fame. The original building still stands on Broadway Street in West Memphis, AR.

Every year more than 10 million visitors come to Memphis, and spend more than three billion dollars, much of it on music-related tourism. But few ever cross the bridge to West Memphis, Arkansas. Now some in the area are trying to change that by capitalizing on the rich musical history of an old West Memphis radio station, KWEM.

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Mid-South News
6:00 am
Fri May 10, 2013

As River Crests, Shelby County Is Better Equipped To Handle Rising Waters

The Mississippi River is expected to crest at Memphis today.

Snowmelt and rainfall in the North have caused the Mississippi River to rise recently, and it is expected to crest at Memphis this morning. Forecasters with the National Weather Service anticipate the river will reach 33.5 ft at its highest point. That’s more than ten feet below the crest of 2011 which flooded thousands of homes and businesses in the area.

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Memphis Moments
5:51 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

The Murder Of Colonel Thomas Dickins

The Grave Marker for Col. Thomas Dickins, Located Near the Statue at Wade Bolton's Grave

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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Mid-South News
9:23 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Memphis Musician Sid Selvidge Dies At 69

Sid Selvidge.
Credit Archer Records

Sid Selvidge was a cultural voice in Memphis for more than five decades, and he helped start the Beale Street Caravan radio show, which broadcasts live performances of Memphis music to more than 2.4 million people worldwide.

First and foremost a singer, Selvidge made eight albums as a solo artist and three with the Memphis alt/rock band Mud Boy and the Neutrons. Selvidge also ran his own record label for several years and produced Alex Chilton’s Like Flies on Sherbert, Cybill Shepherd’s Vanilla, and Paul Craft’s Warnings!

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