Longtime Local 24 anchor Cameron Harper has signed off for the final time at the station. From his Facebook page:
Alexis Grace is crowdfunding her debut EP and first music video.
The singer-songwriter from Memphis who was on the eighth season of “American Idol” in 2009 – she finished in 11th place – has since then been, as she puts it, “working hard to put my original music out in the world.” Along those lines, she’s planning to release her first EP in January.
She’s already written and recorded six new songs. She’s got an Indiegogo page set up where contributors can pick from goodies as rewards for donating.
Grace is dedicating the EP to her father, who passed away in the summer. “He was a professional bass player on Beale street for almost 40 years, and didn’t stop until he literally couldn’t play, so neither will I,” she writes on her Indiegogo campaign page.
You can’t be there. Media can’t be there. But on Saturday, Nov. 8 at FedExForum, the University of Memphis men’s basketball team will play an undisclosed opponent (Ok, we’re 99 percent sure it’s Saint Louis) in a “secret scrimmage.”
One thing that’s not a secret: Sophomore forward Austin Nichols won’t play because of “double case of pink eye,” according to Tigers coach Josh Pastner. Junior forward Shaq Goodwin and guard and Vanderbilt transfer Kedren Johnson, who also are nursing minor injuries, are questionable.
Sophomore Nick King not having Nichols, and possibly Goodwin, won’t have an impact on the rest of the Tigers.
“We know what Shaq and Austin are capable of doing,” King said.
Pastner has a largely inexperienced team this season after losing four senior guards off a team that advanced to the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament. He says he’s confident this team will play hard and defend but, beyond that, “I have no idea about outcomes of games.
“As much as I can’t stand gray area,” Pastner said, “this team has a lot of gray area.”
The effort to raise money to keep Newby’s open is still rolling along – as of Wednesday night, Nov. 5, the GoFundMe crowdfunding effort had raised a little over $10,000 of a $25,000 goal.
Newby’s owner Todd Adams posted this updated on the campaign page on Wednesday:
“I have not given up, we are still working with investors to buy our property. The last thing I ever wanted to do, but a difficult decision was made to close the doors and cancel some special events. November 19th we will either reopen for another 40 years working on our goals of renovation or we will look for a new location as the new developer has informed me, ‘they have other plans…'”
For the second year in a row, the video game chain GameStop has launched a way for consumers to donate to St. Jude while they shop.
GameStop has again teamed up with St. Jude for its “Thanks and Giving” campaign, which raised more than $1 million for St. Jude last year.
Customers who shop at GameStop between Nov. 3 and Dec. 24 will be able to donate in-store or online to help kids battling cancer and other disease at St. Jude. Customers who make a donation at any GameStop location will get a coupon for 10 percent off the future purchase of a pre-owned game.