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By Updated: March 12, 2019 4:08 PM CT | Published: March 11, 2019 10:19 PM CT
  • Memphian to make difference in city through art, business, and music 
  • Shelby County Opioid Summit comes to Memphis Thursday 
  • Former U of M professor returns to Memphis to debut first novel
  • Steve Mulroy to hold book signing at Novel

Memphian to make difference in city through art, business, and music

A native Memphian is determined to make a positive difference in the city and nationally through art, business, and music with his movement, “RESPECT MY CITY.”

The movement was organized and founded by Memphian, James Davis, and is an effort to "get Memphians to appreciate and value their city more, while at the same time leading to the city key decision makers and influencers,” according to a release.

“Memphis is a great city with a lot of progression, but unfortunately the drawback is that there’s the negativity that gets more of the focus and attention,” Davis said in a release. “This negativity – poor economics, an underserving educational system and substantial race-relation issues has been a big part of the Memphis narrative, locally and nationally. In order for Memphis to really propel forward, then Memphians have to stand up more for the city in which they live.”

The movement will “shed light and positivity” on some of those key components in Memphis, according to a release.

In addition, the movement is a celebration of the city with the Memphis Fusion Art Show & Mixer, the Business Connect Weekend and the Celebrate 901 Concert. These events will take place at different venues around the city, and there will also be community pop-ups to get residents from all over to embrace the positivity in their immediate districts.

For more information, click here.  

-Natalie Martin

Shelby County Opioid Summit comes to Memphis Thursday 

Someone dies every three days in Shelby County due to an opioid-related incident.

To help educate the public about the drug epidemic that is devastating Mid-South families, a group of stakeholders is hosting the “Shelby County Opioid Summit: Prevention & Interventions” March 14-15 at the University of Memphis.

The free, two-day summit begins at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 14, at the Rose Theatre with a series of experts speaking about root causes, prevention and intervention strategies, and long-term solutions.

Nashville-based drug and alcohol addiction treatment program Addiction Campuses is providing lunch for the first 200 to register. Local "American Idol" contestant Chris Johnson will perform during lunch on both days of the summit.

The summit is funded through a grant contract with the state of Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

The summit is hosted by the University of Memphis School of Social Work, Memphis Area Prevention Coalition, Church Health and TN School Counselor Association.

Organizations or vendors interested in setting up a table to disseminate information about resources available in Shelby County can call 901-249-2828.

Parking for the event is located in the Zach Curlin parking garage. Overflow parking is in the lot next to the Student Recreational Center off of Southern Avenue.   

Interested attendees need to register for Day 1 and Day 2 of the summit.  

-Michelle Corbet

Former U of M professor returns to Memphis to debut first novel 

Bob Levey, a journalist whose career includes nearly four decades at The Washington Post and an extensive career in electronic media as a commentator and talk show host, will be in Memphis March 22 to debut his first novel, “Larry Felder, Candidate.”

Levey will discuss his time at The Post, Watergate, writing and the current state of journalism and sign copies of his novel on March 22 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Spain Auditorium in Buckman Hall at Christian Brothers University, 650 East Parkway S., according to a release.

“I spent a couple of very happy years in Memphis, teaching journalism and getting to know the city,” Levey said in a release. “I’m delighted to be able to come back and discuss my career and novel.”

Levey held the Hardin Chair of Excellence in Journalism at the University of Memphis from 2006 to 2009 and has taught journalism at five major research universities.

For more information, contact Leanne Kleinmann at 901-483-0559 or

-Natalie Martin

Steve Mulroy to hold book signing at Novel

University of Memphis law professor and former County Commissioner Steve Mulroy will present his new election reform book, “Rethinking U.S. Election Law: Unskewing The System,” at a book signing March 19 at 6 p.m. at Novel bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. 

The event will be about 45 minutes long, and wine and cheese will be provided as the author speaks briefly on some proposed election reforms and takes questions. 

Samples of Mulroy's book are available for review, along with order forms to get a copy with a special author’s discount, according to a release.

The book, published by Edward Elgar Publishing, is a scholarly work “written for the layman,” and has received positive reviews both locally and nationally.

Mulroy’s book proposes innovative reforms like the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, proportional representation, the Fair Representation Act and ranked-choice voting, none of which require a constitutional amendment.

“Interest in election reform is high right now,” Mulroy said in a release. “Nationally, people are concerned about gerrymandering, the Electoral College, and potential ‘spoiler’ candidates like Howard Schultz. Locally, November’s referenda have sparked debate on ranked-choice voting and term limits. My book tackles these issues and more.”

There is no obligation to buy the book, but the public is invited to attend the discussion about election reform.

-Natalie Martin


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