Memphis Pastor and Millington Police Officer Indicted on Separate Child Porn Charges

Two Memphis men — a pastor and a police officer — have been indicted on separate child pornography charges, according to two back-to-back press releases from the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee.

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New Memphis Music Festival: Bona Fide Blues Fest

Today the Memphis Blues Society announced yet another new festival for Memphis for 2015 – the Bona Fide Blues Festival. 

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Here's the Bona Fide Blues Fest by the numbers:

2 – The two day festival will take place October 2 – 3, 2015 at various venues at or near Overton Square.

2 – The Overton Square Tower Courtyard and another stage near Cooper will host free outdoor shows during the festival.

$25 – Friday and Saturday evening indoor show wristbands are $25.

$40 – For $40, you can get a year long membership to the Memphis Blues Society along with your wristband.

40 – There are at leaset forty blues acts scheduled to perform.

100 – All the musicians come strictly from a 100-mile-radius.

1969 – The last year that a regional blues festival was held in Memphis.

While the schedule hasn't been released yet, the lineup includes folks like Ruby Wilson, the Bo Keys, Steve Selvidge Band, Ghost Town Blues Band, Robert Nighthawk's Wampus Cats, Eric Hughes Bad, Tyrannosaurus Chicken, Booker Brown, and Miranda Louis with David Hudson. Click here to see the lineup.

The Bona Fide Blues Festival will be family-friendly and the indoor venues will include Lafayette's, Blue Monkey, Zebra Lounge, Bar Louie, and more. I'll be sure to update this post with more info as soon as it becomes available. 

Go there: 

Bona Fide Blues Festival
Overton Square

October 2 – 3, 2015

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20+ Free Things To Do In Memphis In 3+ Days

For last month's I Love Memphis Podcast Bonus Clip, Kevin and I discussed the top free things to do in Memphis, based on my Thrillist article "25 Free Things To Do In Memphis" and Kevin's hour-by-hour guide to doing them all in the shortest amount of time. Because we're just wild and thrifty like that.

Click below to listen to us discuss, or check out the itinerary below. 

Disclaimer: I fully realize that this itinerary is an outrageous number of things to do and you'd be very rushed if you attempted to do everything in exactly the time suggested. Think of this more as a fun way to start thinking about your budget-friendly Memphis trip/staycation rather than a plan you need to follow exactly. It's just for fun, folks.


 Beale Street Landing

Noon – Visit Mud Island
2 p.m. – Take a Jimmy Ogle Outdoor Walking Tour
7:30 p.m. – Enjoy live music at the Levitt Shell (seasonal)

After breakfast – Play bocce ball on South Main
11 a.m. – See the Peabody Ducks, then ride the elevator to the Skyway 
Noon – Stroll down Historic Beale Street stop by A. Schwab and take pictures with their goofy hats and then grab a pic in front of FedExForum 
3 p.m. – Tour the National Civil Rights Museum (Free to TN residents with ID from 3 p.m. to close on Mondays)
5 p.m. – Walk around Beale Street Landing and let the kids play in the splash pad
Evening – Watch the sunset on the river

7:30 a.m. – Visit the Meditation Garden at Graceland (Free from 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m daily)
8:30 a.m. – Experience the Crystal Shrine Grotto at Memorial Park Cemetery (Free dawn until dusk)
9:30 a.m. – Browse the U of M Art Museum
mid-morning – Play Disc Golf at Libertyland

Tuesday afternoon 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. (pick two or three)
– Tour the Pink Palace Museum (Free 1-5 on Tuesdays)
– Tour the Stax Museum (Free for Shelby County Residents on Tuesdays from 1-5) 
– Visit the Memphis Zoo (Free to TN residents on Tuesdays from 2-5)
– Tour the Rock 'n Soul Museum (Free Shelby County residents on Tuesdays from 2-7) 
7:30 p.m. – Enjoy live music at Bluesday Tuesdays in Overton Square (seasonal)


Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Memphis, Tenn.

Extra time on Wednesday:
Walk around the Bass Pro Pyramid
Tour the Brooks Museum (Pay-what-you-can every Wednesday from 10- 4)
Tour Pyramid Vodka distillery
Visit Elmwood Cemetery

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Speakers, Job Interviews, and Cocktails at MULYP Empowerment Conference

This weekend in East Memphis, the Memphis Urban League Young Professionals (MULYP) will host their third annual Empowerment Conference at the Hilton hotel. A few dozen local industry leaders will serve as panelists and speakers over three days of seminars, parties, and events.

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If you're not familiar with the MULYP, it's a membership organization that supports local young professionals in several areas, including professional and personal development, finance and health educations, mentoring, and advocacy. To learn more, check out their Facebook page.

For the full conference schedule, go here. Unless otherwise noted, all of the events take place at the Hilton. Here are the highlights:

Friday evening: Welcome Reception

Saturday morning: Breakfast that includes remarks from both mayors, plus keynote speaker Aerial Ellis of duGard Ellis Public Relations, followed by workshops and breakout sessions on topics like personal branding, entrepreneurship, inclusivity, and the how to make a difference in the community. 

Saturday afternoon: Hiring Lounge from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. If you're a young professional looking for employment, you'll have the opportunity to meet with HR executives from 15 local companies for on-the-spot interviews. You'll also have a chance to have your resume critiqued and have professional head shots made. 

Saturday night: Mixology cocktail party at The Bradford downtown with local DJs, catering, and bartenders from various local establishments. 

Sunday morning: Farewell Brunch


This conference is a chance for young professionals to hear from leaders in the community, meet one another, and maybe even find a new job. Take a look at the list of speakers, too – it's an impressively diverse group of business owners and industry experts.

A weekend pass is $85 plus fees and tickets are still available. If you just want to go to the Hiring Lounge, tickets are $10 plus fees. If you just want to go to the Mixology party, tickets are $50 plus fees. 

Go there:

Memphis Urban League Young Professionals 3rd Annual Empowerment Conference
August 21 – 23, 2015

Hilton Memphis
939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Memphis, TN 38120

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