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The Spirit of Memphis
 
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Geoff Calkins’ mother Virginia Calkins never lived in Memphis, but she certainly possessed our town’s generous attitude. The spirit was also strong in some past Memphians including Tom Lee and Billy Dunavant, and the heroes honored on Gold Star Mother’s and Families Day.

A spirited Greek Festival is back after a COVID hiatus.

Longtime Leonard’s Pit Barbecue owner Dan Brown is a smokin’ example of the Spirit of Memphis, and Dominique Worthen, owner of Snkrr Bar, has plenty of soul as he mends soles.

Penny Hardaway has created a magical basketball program, and a generous stranger is helping Arlington athlete Bella Wade have a super senior year.

Even Ford Motor Co. is drawn to our area.

 

 

 

 

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“I drove back home to Buffalo to celebrate my mother’s 97th birthday. Instead, I was there as she died. It was the end of a grand and generous life.”

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Artist Theaster Gates talked Thursday about the installation having the same impact “The Bean” and the Tamir Rice Pavilion – both in Chicago – have had with the public finding the ultimate uses for them to make them destinations.

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Landing an NFL team for Memphis proved to be the dream that got away in Billy Dunavant’s professional life. But when the scores are added up, he won much more than he lost. And so did those who were fortunate enough to know him well. 

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Gold Star Mother’s Day was created by a joint congressional resolution in 1936, and in 2011 the resolution was expanded by presidential proclamation to include families. A committee hopes to build a monument at Liberty Park.

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Memphis area industry recruiters share stories of how West Tennessee landed “the big one.”

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After a pair of major surgeries, Tigers volleyball standout Bella Wade beat the odds to play her senior year.

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It was an afternoon showcasing talent that is the stuff of fantasy.

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Exclamations of “Opa!” could be heard throughout the crowd Friday and Saturday at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church as community members celebrated the return of festival.

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Midtown shop specializes in bringing new life to beloved athletic shoes

Dominique Worthen owns the shop in The Gilmore building in Midtown. Customers, who include Grizzlies legend Tony Allen, are a mix of hard-core sneakers enthusiasts and folks who just want their shoes restored.

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Dan Brown’s Sunday was full of old friends who came to wish the former owner of Leonard’s Pit Barbecue best of luck in his retirement.

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