Free Amy LaVere song in iTunes store

Fans of Amy LaVere, who several days ago held a free concert in Overton Park to celebrate the release of her new CD “Stranger Me,” can download one of the tracks for free in the iTunes store.

The song is “You can’t keep me.”

A CD and vinyl edition of LaVere’s new record are available via Amazon.com. And limited edition autographed CDs are available from LaVere’s label, Archer Records.

Gov. Haslam: “Memphis has to be a great city”

If anybody had any doubts about whether Bill Haslam would forget about the west side of the state when he moved into the Governor’s mansion in Nashville, he made a point of dispelling those notions Thursday at the Downtown Memphis Commission’s annual luncheon.

He took pride in telling the crowd, for example, that only 24 hours earlier he was running in Downtown Nashville dressed in his “Believe Memphis” shirt.

“If Tennessee is going to be a great state, Memphis has to be a great city,” Haslam said. “It really is that simple.”

He singled out Downtown Memphis for special praise, which was fitting considering the group that brought him to speak. He said Downtown has the kind of corporate presence “other cities would kill to have.”

“The passion and commitment people have to Memphis is almost unparalleled,” he said.

Toney Armstrong at Kiwanis

 

Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong has been busy since his appointment as police director in April.

Armstrong took stock of what he and City Council member Jim Strickland termed a “challenging” tenure today at the Memphis Kiwanis Club.

The tenure has included the death in the line of duty of an officer, the flooding of the Police Training Academy in Frayser, a Presidential visit with the security details attendant with any visit by the leader of the free world and the logistics of moving the Memphis in May International Barbecue Cooking Contest to Tiger Lane.

What he didn’t mention was the covert tape recording of his first gathering with officers in which Armstrong served notice that there would be changes in the upper ranks and some of those in the room would not be happy with the changes.

But he hinted at it as we put our tape recorder on the podium for his speech at The Peabody.

“At least he let me know he’s recording it,” Armstrong joked. “It’s a good thing.”

 

 

A quick word on the (lack of) progress over the debt ceiling

I’m starting to be afraid that a comment Sen. Bob Corker made on the floor of the U.S. Senate last week is going to go down as the understatement of the year:

“Maybe the debt ceiling was the wrong place to pick a fight, as it relates to trying to get our country’s house in order. Maybe that was the wrong place to do it.”

Book is almost closed on Borders; Letter from CEO

Isn’t this story getting old?

Even if it is, it’s apparently not over yet.

Memphis may be losing another bookstore. Borders, which still operates one of its giant shops near Germantown, is on the verge of a complete liquidation of the book chain.

That’s according to a story in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal. A deal to save the company has apparently fallen through.

The chain’s president sent this letter to employees Wednesday:

“As you know, we have been working towards a successful sale of the Company and I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on the latest developments. Under the previously announced sale process, Borders had two alternate options for a Stalking Horse bidder: the Najafi proposal, or a group including Hilco and Gordon Brothers, who would purchase the store assets of the business and undertake an orderly wind-down. Late this afternoon, Najafi informed us that they have decided to withdraw as the stalking horse proposal, and therefore we will submit the Hilco and Gordon Brothers proposal to the Court for the purposes of serving as the Stalking Horse bidder at the auction next week.

While we regret Najafi’s withdrawal as the Stalking Horse bidder, we remain hopeful that they or other potential bidders who are interested in operating Borders as a going concern will choose to participate in the auction process on July 19.

In the meantime, as the process moves forward, we will continue to conduct business as usual. Our stores remain open, and Borders.com is fulfilling orders as usual. It’s important that we all stay focused recognizing that media speculation will no doubt continue.

I am tremendously proud of all of you and your commitment to Borders. Your dedication is making an important difference, and we are beginning to see a positive impact from the changes we are making. Thank you for all you are doing.

Mike”

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